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!
Though DC Comic’s equivalent of a master archer is in many ways evenly matched with Hawkeye, Green Arrow edges out in the ranks for a few notable reasons. First, Oliver Queen has shown exceptional resourcefulness by crafting his own bow from whatever materials he could find while stranded on a deserted island. Second, the Emerald Archer can shoot 29 arrows per minute and catch projectiles out of midair. Third, in one storyline where he was missing an arm, Green Arrow still managed to hit his mark by using his teeth to shoot an arrow from his bow. If those reasons aren’t enough to convince you that Green Arrow is the better archer, I don’t know what will.
Natasha Romanoff was once a Russian spy trained as a martial artist, sniper, and assassin in a notorious KGB facility known as the Red Room. After defecting to the United States and leaving her Soviet past behind, she joins the Avengers. With her wrist-mounted energy shooters, superior fighting ability, and tactical prowess, Black Widow has successfully taken on Elektra,Wolverine, Punisher, Phoenix, Psylocke, and Daredevil. In “Marvel Two-in-One #10,”Natasha fought off 100 armed men all by her lonesome. She’s definitely not somebody you want to mess with.
Dick Grayson is the first Robin to fight crime alongside The Dark Knight. Trained by Batman at a young age, Grayson eventually outgrew the mantle of Robin and decided to step out of the Batman’s shadow as Nightwing. Though he is unpowered like his mentor, Nightwing can handle a multitude of melee weapons like staffs, escrima sticks, and swords with ease. He is an expert fighter who has defeated super-powered rogues in Gotham City and his own city, Blüdhaven. His acrobatic background as a member of the Flying Graysons has also aided him in combat. In the limited series, “Batman: Reborn,” Grayson proved his worth by becoming Batman when his mentor was thought to be dead. Few superheroes can match the skill and fighting ability of this former Robin!
Karate Kid is a member of the futuristic team known as the Legion of Super-Heroes which fights villainous threats in the 31st Century. He has mastered every form of martial arts known to mankind in the 31st century. Kid fought Batman to a standstill and briefly held his own against Superboy. Although he does not possess any form of super strength, Karate Kid is capable of damaging hard materials like stone and steel with his bare fists by finding the weakest spots in an object. He’s also trained his mental senses to resist all forms of mind control and even block out pain from injuries.
A billionaire with limitless resources and a genius-level intellect, Tony Stark has cemented his superhero status by using his technological ingenuity to create highly advanced Iron Man armors to stop the greatest villains in the Marvel universe. A founding member of the Avengers, Iron Man has faced off against just about every villain (and hero) that’s stood in his way. He’s created suits and weapons for almost every combat situation imaginable. His armory boasts suits specifically created for battling stronger opponents like Magneto, Thor, Hulk, and Phoenix. He’s even created an armor for battling gods like the Celestials! All of this powerful technology puts Stark a cut above many of his super-powered teammates.