The 12 Most Powerful Characters In The DC Universe Ranked (2023)

Fortress of Solitude previously featured a list ofThe Most Powerful Characters in the Marvel Universe. Now it’s time to take a look at the equivalent list for the strongest and most powerful DC characters in the DC Universe. Have you heard of Anti-Monitor, Krona, Mr. Mxyzptlk, The Endless, Decreator, Eclipso, Superman Prime, Elaine Belloc, Spectre, Michael Demiurgos, Lucifer Morningstar or The Presence before?


12. Anti-Monitor

The Anti-Monitor is a supervillain fromCrisis on Infinite Earthsand first appeared in #2 of that series (he remained a “shadow” until #5).

He is The Monitor’s counterpart from The Anit-Matter Universe and was the sole Guardian of The Sinestro Corps. The Anti-Monitor was destroyed in #12 ofCrisis on Infinite Earths but returned inGreen Lantern: Sinestro Corps #1.

The Anti-Monitor is definitely one of the strongest and most powerful DC characters.

11. Krona

Born on Maltus as an Oan, Krona is a scientist and is said to be near-immortal and invulnerable. He also possesses psychic powers, which include telepathy and psychokinesis.

Krona became obsessed with observing the origins of the universe and how it began, despite the legend that doing so would bring about a great disaster. He constructs a machine, breaking through the temporal barrier, which allows him to view the beginnings of time itself.

Then he witnessed the hand of creation depositing the “speck” that would grow to become the universe, but this causes his machine to explode at that very moment. In turn, this causes the universe to shatter and, as a result, creates a multiverse as the universe replicates itself into parallel universes.

Hence, the Anti-Matter Universe is also created, releasing new evil upon the cosmos. This spawned the likes of The Monitor and Anti-Monitor. Interestingly, these actions lead to the Oans becoming the Guardians of the Universe, and their first act was to punish Krona, transforming him into pure energy left to wander the cosmos.

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10. Mr. Mxyzptlk

Hailing from the Fifth Dimension, Mr. Mxyzptlk appears as an imp, fashioned as a jester of some sort.

While he has the power to do almost anything he is able to imagine, such as erasing any being from existence, he takes no pleasure or fun in that. Instead, he often seeks amusement, which sees him challenge Superman.

Mister Mxyzptlk is not bound by any physical laws. His powers often appear magical, making him one of the most powerful beings in the universe. However, he never taps into his full destructive capabilities.

Ask any fan, and they’ll tell you that Mr. Mxyzptlk is one the strongest and most powerful DC characters.

9. The Endless

Technically, The Endless is not a single character in the DC Universe, but rather a group of siblings that embody seven different fundamental forces of our existence.

From the Vertigo comic seriesThe Sandman, The Endless are ageless, immortal, and nigh-omnipotent. The seven siblings are not known to have names but are known by their functions: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire, Despair, and Delirium.

Although a collection of concepts and ideas, each sibling has their own feelings, thoughts and personality. Interestingly, each individual, while unique in their actions and personalities, is also depicted differently in the DC comics by means of their speech bubbles, with each having a panel description whenever an individual is speaking and a caption to explain the uniqueness of the speech.

8. Decreator

The DC Universe closely resembles the creation story and entities of Abrahamic religions. It is thus believed that God created the Earth with these words: “Let there be Light!” And it is those words that The Cult of the Unwritten Book, a group of supervillains which first appeared inDoom Patrol #31(April 1989), believe cast a shadow that became the Decreator.

The Decreator, who cannot be reasoned with or stopped, is summoned by the Cult to unmake the world. The Doom Patrol succeeded only in slowing him down to such an extent that no one would notice the deconstruction of the universe by means of using similar vibrations equal to his powers.

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7. Eclipso

You can’t talk about the strongest and most powerful DC characters without bringing up Eclipso, a supervillain that first appeared inHouse of Secrets #61(August 1963). He is the first incarnation of the Wrath of God and the Angel of Vengeance.

Eclipso is sealed inside the Heart of Darkness, which appears as a small, black diamond, first mined on the desolate world of Apokolips.

Eclipso possesses all those who come into contact with the diamond, most notably Bruce Gordon.

Dr. Gordon is a scientist of Solar Energy, ironically the one weakness of Eclipso. While studying and attempting to photograph an eclipse on Diablo Island, the natives feared this would steal the ‘sun god’. They sent their witch doctor, Mophir, who possessed the black diamond, to stop him.

While fighting, Dr. Gordon fell to his death off the side of a cliff but was wounded by the black diamond, allowing him to survive the fall. While picking up the diamond during the moment of the eclipse, it transformed Gordon into the host for Eclipso.

6. Superman Prime (One Million)

In short, Superman Prime is a version of Superman in the future.

After living inside the Earth’s yellow sun for 15,000 years, the Man of Steel enhanced his powers to great cosmic levels, giving him nigh-omnipotence, invulnerability, and the ability to create life and entire universes.

In theDC One Millionstoryline, the original Superman watched his parents, friends, and wife (Lois) die (from natural causes) without the knowledge and means to save them. As time went by, the sadness of his losses began to slow him. This ultimately led him to pass the reigns of being Superman to his heir, Superman Secundus.

He then left Earth. His travels would last until the 700th Century, during which time he acquired immense abilities from beings he met and perfected them as his own. Having broken through the Source Wall, he studied under the guidance of the Source (discussed below) itself, also being granted a portion of its power.

Although the extent of his new abilities is unknown, he would eventually return to Earth in order to forge a new covenant with his descendants. Superman Prime also gained the powers and abilities of his descendants and magnified them to the level of his own.

As part of the covenant, he would bestow a portion of his power upon them as long as they served for truth and justice. He would later return to hisFortress of Solitude, now in the centre of the Sun.

Again, Superman Prime is definitely one of the strongest and most powerful DC characters. He is definitely the strongest Superman.

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5. Elaine Belloc

Elaine Belloc’s biological father is the Archangel Michael, who, along with his brother, the retired ruler of Hell, Lucifer Morningstar, supports Elaine on her quest.

Unlike any of the other angels who were sterile, Michael was not. Sandalphon began experimenting to create a being capable of birthing angels, which was fulfilled in Elaine. After a long series of battles and journeys, including both Michael and Lucifer, Michael is forced to hand over his demiurgic power to Elaine after he is mortally wounded by Fenris the Wolf. Michael’s death would result in the release of the demiurgic power, which would erase all existence.

Eventually, Elaine acquires the powers and goes on to take over the reins of Lucifer’s and Yahweh’s creations. After merging the two universes, she takes Yahweh’s place as the God of Creation in the DC Universe.

4. Spectre

In the DC Universe, the Spectre is an aspect of The Presence, God’s Vengeance. After creation, Lucifer led the rebellion of the angels against The Presence, one of whom was the angel Raguel/Aztar.

Aztar later repented of his sins and, in return, was stripped of his memories and became the incarnation of His Wrath. This was his penance. Now known as the Spectre, he was to replace Eclipso.

The Spectre was accountable for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, the plagues of Egypt, and bringing down the Walls of Jericho, to name a few. When God took on human form as Compassion and Redemption, represented by Jesus, Spectre was not allowed to roam the earth any longer and was cast into limbo until the day of the crucifixion.

Upon completion, the Spectre burst forth on the Day of Wrath, ripping through the world, casting his vengeance on man until Michael informed the Spectre of the new “rules”. From that day forth, the Spectre had to be bound to a human soul to walk the Earth again, seeking vengeance.

3. Michael Demiurgos

Before any life, even before the DC Multiverse existed, Yahweh, the Almighty created two brothers. Alongside his twin brother to Samael, Michael Demiurgos is said to be accredited for the creation of the DC Multiverse.

Yahweh bestowed the two each a gift: Samael, that of fire and will, and Michael, that of creation and Demiurgic Power.

With God’s Demiurgic Power residing within him, Michael is often described to be the most powerful of all God’s created beings. It is also with this Demiurgic Power that God’s name is written on every atom of all creation, and with Samael’s will, they have the power to enable the physical creation of the cosmos to occur.

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2. Lucifer Morningstar

Lucifer Morningstar was once proud and the most beautiful of all the angels.

As discussed above, Yahweh created two brothers (Samael being the eldest). Yahweh had instructed and guided them on how to use their powers to form creation, known as the DC Multiverse.

Samael then turned against Yahweh and led the rebellion of the angels in Heaven, taking on the name Lucifer Morningstar. He was thus sent to rule over Hell after he fell for more than 10 billion years.

After this time, and retiring as ruler of Hell, we see his story pick up, as discussed in the storyline of Elaine Belloc above.

Like the Biblical being, Lucifer is one of the strongest and most powerful DC characters — second only to The Presence and His light.

1. The Presence

The Presence is the highest form of being in the DC Universe, having created the angels, namely Michael and Samael.

The Presence is known as the God of the Covenant and the creator of the DC Universe and all within it.

He was created by writers Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey as the comic equivalent of the Abrahamic God, first seen inMore Fun in Comics #52in 1940. Seldom shown in any comics, The Presence is often spoken about and referred to rather than being depicted in any form.

The Presence has undergone many different forms and is known by many different names in the DC Universe, including Yahweh, The Voice, The Hand, The Source, The Presence and, oddly enough, Wally.

There is no character more powerful or stronger than The Presence.

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Superboy-Prime: One Of The Most Powerful DC Characters

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The debate of who’s the most powerful DC character rages on. While every fan believes there’s some official bible that ranks heroes and villains in terms of raw power, it doesn’t exist. For many, though, Superboy-Prime is considered a top contender for the most powerful DC hero spot. But is he all that and a bag of Kryptonite chips?

Considering the sheer number of Super-People in DC, let’s first recap who Superboy-Prime is.

He’s not from the main DC Universe, but another one known as Earth Prime where DC heroes are considered fictional. His origin is extremely similar to Superman’s, as his father, Jor-El, teleported him from Krypton to Earth, where he was adopted by Jerry and Naomi Kent.

Oh, and his name is also Clark Kent.

There were a few changes and alterations to the character’s story as he found his footing and powers. His biggest moment and story arc, though, arrived in Infinite Crisis, by Geoff Johns, Phil Jimenez, George Pérez, Ivan Reis and Jerry Ordway.

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The event showcased the rage that flowed through Superboy-Prime as he dealt with the loss of Earth Prime and anger of seeing the future he could’ve had on another Earth. He proceeded to knock the snot out of Black Adam and Wonder Girl, and killed Conner Kent in combat. To top it all off, he slaughtered 32 Green Lanterns before finally succumbing to a punch from Superman and being placed in the custody of the Guardians of the Universe.

In an interview with CBR, Johns admitted his love for writing the character in Infinite Crisis and other stories. “He’s become jaded and angry. And he’s such a fun character to write, he’s just such a jerk. He’s scary, he’s funny. He’s tragic. He’s a bizarre character to me,” he said. “Superboy-Prime is representative of good intentions gone bad.”

Remarkably, he hasn’t featured that much in modern DC stories as he’s often made way for another Superboy (Conner Kent). The readers haven’t forgotten him. However, as many ask if Superboy-Prime is the most powerful DC character.

While his powerset is similar to Superman’s, he’s immune to magic and Kryptonite—which Big Blue isn’t. That said, due to the extent and nature of his strong power, he relies on solar power more than the Man of Steel or else his powers get depleted.

So, is it safe to call him one of the most powerful DC characters? The answer depends on who writes him. In Johns’ hands, maybe. But these things are always open to interpretation and change.

There are a lot of really powerful characters that have come out of DC Comic history, like Wonder Woman, Barry Allen (The Flash) and the rest of the Justice League, Doctor Jon Osterman (Doctor Manhattan, the nuclear physicist), Hal Jordan and the Lanterns, Lex Luthor, characters fromWatchmenand one of the most powerful villains that the Justice League has ever faced, Darkseid. These are some really strong characters, but it wouldn’t be interesting if we were constantly focusing on the most known characters, would it? If you want to see how powerful the listed DC characters are, check them out and more fun comics.

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Are these the most powerful and strongest DC characters in the DC Universe?

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