Superheroes are all the rage these days as evidenced by the half a dozen movies put out each year by Marvel Studios and Warner Bros/DC Entertainment. Both die-hard and casual fans of superheroes can’t get enough of people with superhuman abilities saving the world. Does this mean we all have a desire to fly, breathe fire, or shoot electricity from our fingertips and stop crazy villains or otherworldly monsters? Perhaps.
But what about those heroes who aren’t actually “super”–the ones who don’t possess the ability to bench press a truck or shapeshift into cool creatures? There’s a number of these superheroes in the Marvel and DC comics’ pantheon. Many of them have gone toe to toe with villains and heroes who possessed superior traits despite their lack of super powers. Although these characters aren’t nearly as powerful as Superman or Thor, they’ve proven themselves to be crucial allies in numerous comic book stories and movies. Without further ado, here are the Most Powerful DC and Marvel Superheroes with No Powers – Ranked!
Frank Castle is an ex-Special Forces vet whose family was killed by the mob. He vowed to avenge them by waging a one-man war on crime through lethal force. Armed to the teeth with every gun and explosive imaginable, Castle proved himself to be a deadly force against random thugs and super villains alike. In his first appearance in “Amazing Spider-man #129,” this ruthless vigilante faced Spidey despite his lack of superpowers. Castle has feuded with heroes such as Daredevil, Wolverine, and the Hulk, but he’s also teamed up with earth’s mightiest heroes, the Avengers.
Nicholas J. Fury is the penultimate spy in the Marvel universe. As the director S.H.I.E.L.D., he’s handled many super-powered threats and rubbed shoulders with Captain America, Iron Man, and the X-Men. Fury is a veteran of armed and unarmed combat. He’s sparred with Captain America, honing his martial arts techniques. In addition, his role as S.H.I.E.L.D’s director allows him access to high-tech weaponry, jet packs, and even flying cars!
Michael Holt AKA Mr. Terrific is the third smartest man on Earth and is a black belt in six different forms of martial arts. Utilizing his T-spheres, Mr. Terrific can project laser grids, disrupt electronics, generate electric charges, and create explosions with enough force to rattle much stronger enemies. His mask also allows him to be invisible to all forms of technology. Clearly, there’s a reason he’s a valuable member of the Justice Society of America even without superhuman attributes.
Katana is a samurai warrior equipped with a powerful blade, the Soultaker, which also creepily contains the soul of her dead husband. A master sword-wielder, Katana has faced off against super villains as powerful as General Zod and Poison Ivy. Her mystical blade is capable of cutting through just about any surface including Batman’s armor or a Kryptonian’s skin. Even without the sword, Katana is an expert hand-to-hand combatant and an Olympic-level athlete with superior stealth ability that’s caught Batman off-guard!
A master archer and a longstanding member of the Avengers, Clint Barton is no lightweight when it comes to battling tougher foes than himself. Utilizing his exceptional marksmanship, Hawkeye uses a variety of trick arrows to immobilize, electrocute, blow up, or even kill his enemies. Trained by Captain America himself, Hawkeye is proficient in close range combat and can hold his own in a fist-fight. He also has a knack for turning everyday objects like coins, plates, and sticks into melee weapons.
Sources: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK4wW6Sw7Xk&app=desktop, comicvine.com, dc.wikia.com, marvel.wikia.com