So Sayeth the Odinson: Who Will be the Last SUPER-Man Standing?

Greetings from the Odinson,

Superman is the hero that has all the tools – super strength, super speed, nigh-invulnerability, super sight, breath, and anything else needed to get the job done, and more so than any other character in the medium, Superman has his doppelgangers. 

These thinly veiled homages all possess the same powers beyond those of ordinary men that the Man of Steel does.  Some of these characters possess these abilities to varying degrees greater and lesser than others.  Some of them even have very similar origins as the Last Son of Krypton, and some have very different origins, but all of their creations can be traced back to the first super hero, the very first SUPER-man.

Of all the Superman clones in fiction, and there are quite a few, who is the strongest.  Who will rise to the top of the heap and be…

The Last SUPER Man Standing

Excluded from the Contest:

Non-Superman Clones: Thor, Hulk, Hercules, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Solar, Captain Atom, Dr. Manhattan and Goku.

Actual Superman Clones: Bizarro, Superboy Connor Kent, Match, and Nuclear Man.

The Superman Family (including his foes): Supergirl, Jonathan Kent, General Zod, Superboy Prime, Cyborg Superman, the Super Pets, and the citizens of the Bottle City of Kandor.

Wild Cards: Invincible (he’s more Superboy than Man) and Martian Manhunter (an errant fire K.O.’s him). 

The Supermen that Don’t Make the Top 10 because they aren’t as SUPER as the Men that Did:  Samaritan, The High, Apollo, Prime, Superior, Ethan, Count Nefaria and Hancock.

Final Caveat: It is a given that all these characters possess the basic powers of the hero they are based on – super strength, speed, fortitude, etc.  So, I shall not waste space regurgitating those abilities but instead list the attributes that make these super-men different. 

The Battle Ground: A remote uninhabited galaxy on the far side of the multiverse, far away from any innocent bystanders so these Men of Tomorrow can really cut loose.

Let us begin.

10 – IconWhat Makes Him Different? He was an alien infant that crashed landed on a cotton plantation in in the 1800s.  He was raised by a slave woman.  His alien physiology gives him a long life span, so he still appears in his prime even in the 21st Century.  He possesses an energy manipulation power that he uses in many different ways like energy blasts, force fields, and super punches.  It’s very similar to the way the super fighters use their special moves in games like Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat.   

Why He’s #10:  In his secret identity as Augustus Freeman, Icon is a lawyer and as such has a very strict code of law ethic.  Unfortunately, there are other super-men on this list that have no problems bending and even breaking the rules and this edges them slightly ahead of Icon when it comes to this no holds barred contest.

9 – Omni-ManWhat Makes Him Different? As far as the world at large knew, Omni-Man was a strange visitor from another world who had come to our planet to fight for truth, justice, and the American Way.  However, after the World’s Greatest Super Heroes were ambushed and brutally murdered, the teen hero Invincible soon learned that his father, Omni-Man, was actually a sleeper agent sent to Earth by the Viltrumite Empire (thinly veiled clones of Kryptonians) to in fact conquer the planet.  

Why He’s #9: He is extremely powerful and nearly immortal, but though the Viltrumites have all been shown to be able to take immense amounts of damage, pain, and extreme wounds that would prove mortal for most characters, they are not invulnerable and can be hurt, and if enough damage is applied, killed.  So, with the heavy-hitters that make up the rest this list on hand, Omni-Man’s journey ends here.

8 – SupremeWhat Makes Him Different? He can be utterly ruthless and he has no qualms about using excessive force.  When you have the power to smash mountains to rubble and no issues with holding back, it can make for a very dangerous adversary.  He has a very similar power to Doomsday, the monster that killed Superman, in that his body seems to adapt to whatever threat he finds himself up against.  This means his powers are constantly adapting and changing.   

Why He’s #8:  He has an unstable mind and can easily be manipulated.  He has also on occasions shown to be easily over powered by villains like Quantum, Doctor Eclipse, and Crypt.  So, while his ruthless aggression may get him past the first two entrants on this list, his battle stops here.

7 – Mon-ElWhat Makes Him Different? He is a member of the Daxamite race, distant cousins to the Kryptonians.  As a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, Mon-El has vast knowledge of history and super technologies of the 31st Century.     

Why He’s #7:  Though he is immune to Kryptonite, Mon-El has a severe allergy to the element lead.  As we progress up this list, we’ll start to run into to some really super smart super-men who could easily figure out this weakness and quickly bring Mon-El’s run to an end.   

6 – Mr. MajesticWhat Makes Him Different?  He is a nigh immortal warlord of the proud Kherubim Empire (a sort of mix between Spartans and the Amazons of Paradise Island) that has been fighting a centuries long war against the evil forces of the Daemonite Empire.  Lord Majestros has a superior genius intellect and is able to work with and construct machines and devices whose technology is far beyond that of mere mortals.

Why He’s #6:  Being as powerful as he is, Lord Majestros is quite arrogant, and pride always goes before the fall.  

5 – HyperionWhat Makes Him Different? Like Superman, there are many versions of Hyperion all across the multiverse, including evil doppelgangers.  He has been shown to be able to go toe-to-toe with some of the mightiest heroes in the Marvel Universe including Sub-Mariner, Thor, Gladiator, and the Hulk, and he has scored just as many victories as he has losses.    

Why He’s #4:  Other super-men may have lost their homeworld, but Hyperion lost an entire Universe!  Hyperion can be an extremely conflicted and broody hero at times and this self-doubt can often cause hesitation, and hesitation against the Big Boys in the Top 4 positions of this list will spell disaster and earn a one-way ticket to Night-Night Land

4 – Captain Marvel (SHAZAM)What Makes Him Different? His powers are based more in the realms of magic rather than science fiction.  When teenager Billy Batson says the magical word SHAZAM! He is suddenly transformed into the adult super hero Captain Marvel.  As the earthly avatar of Olympian power, Captain Marvel is the world’s mightiest mortal.  Plus, he can manipulate magic and call down the thunder.    

Why He’s #5:  Even though he possesses the Wisdom of Solomon, at heart, Captain Marvel is still a teenaged boy on the inside.  It has been shown in the past that he can be manipulated or tricked by others into defeat.  Adversaries like Thor, Lex Luthor, and even Harley Quinn have been shown to be able to exploit this weakness, so it would stand to reason that the rest of the names on this list could also.   

3 – Blue MarvelWhat Makes Him Different? Adam Brasher gets his super human powers by absorbing anti-matter energy from the Negative Zone.  He can manipulate energy in a fantastic way.  He is even able to alter and increase another meta human’s super powers.  And, he may just be the smartest of the super-men, even smarter than Superman himself. 

Why He’s #3:  Though his vast Superman-like powers and his Mister Fantastic-like super intelligence makes him a truly powerful force to be reckoned with, the Blue Marvel’s road stops just short of the last two nigh-invincible super-men on this list.

2 – GladiatorWhat Makes Him Different?  Gladiator has scored major victories over the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and fellow super-man Hyperion.  He has stood toe-to-toe with Marvel’s biggest guns Thor and the Hulk.  And, when confronted by the Annihilators, a team of Marvel’s mightiest cosmic heroes, it was Gladiator’s presence that gave Thanos pause and him who the Mad Titan deemed the greatest threat.  

Why He’s #2: Gladiator has a very unique strength/weakness.  If he believes he can do something, he can.  If he believes he is invincible, he is.  While that kind of ability will get you almost to the top of the mountain, when confronted with the sheer might of the #1 name on this list, even a hero as mighty as the Praetor of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard may feel a tinge of doubt.  

1 – SentryWhat Makes Him Different?  Robert Reynolds is truly a complicated hero.  He has a fractured psyche.  One minute he is the Golden Guardian known as the Sentry, one of the most awe-inspiring heroes in Marvel History.  The next minute he can suddenly transform into the Void, a sinister and vastly powerful force for evil.  His bad often outweighs his good and the Sentry may just be too powerful and too dangerous to keep around. 

Why He’s #1:  He has the power of a million exploding suns.  He has tamed the Hulk and taken the mightiest blows of Thor with a smile.  He murdered the Olympian god Ares with his bare hands and survived death himself at the hands of Morgan Le Fey and the Molecule Man.  When exile, mind-wipes, magic, and not even death can stop the Sentry, what can? 

So there you have it, folks, The Sentry is the Last SUPER-Man Standing.  Agree with this lists?  Who do you see as the mightiest of the Man of Steel’s doppelgangers?

Be sure to check out past my past installment in this series The Last Immortal Standing where the Odinson pits the Top 10 ever-living characters in fiction in a battle to find out just who really wants to live forever.

This is Odinson bidding thee farewell

NOTE: Be sure to checking out my book – The Survivors: A Glen Haven Tale.  Available in Paperback, on Kindle, and as an Audiobook.

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About Odinson

I am a lifelong comics fan and pop culture enthusiast. Comic books, novels, games, television, movies, I love it all. From fantasy to science fiction, drama to comedy, as long as the writing and execution are interesting, I love it, and I want to talk about it.

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