The Top 5 Superpowerless Fighters in Comic Books

Written by Jason Scott. Posted in Daily Daft

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We realize everyone has their own opinion as to which superheroes are tougher, or who would win over who in a fight over who.  As such, at Daft Gadgets, we believe in democracy and everyone’s right to have their own wrong opinion as to who the toughest superpowerless heroes are.

We define a superpower, as something that is preternatural to humans. For example, mutants are an evolved branch from humans and their powers don’t count, so wolverine would have to fight with bleeding hands and the inability to regenerate faster than a normal human. Kwai Chang Caine gets his power from within his chi and as such we might count him if we liked him more, whereas nobody from the movie kungfu hustle would qualify for our list, even though we found them all to be very amusing.

So lets begin with

#5 Frank Castle a.k.a: “The Punisher”

Photo thanks to Wikipedia

Photo thanks to Wikipedia

Now the Castle isn’t known so much for his technique in hand to hand combat as he is for his “in your face” catch a fly with a bazooka mentality.  He employs many anti hero tactics like murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion, threats of violence, and torture to get his way, so he’s kind of like a bad guy in an identity crisis.

These tactics take the readers focus off his supreme fighting skills as a well placed punch is often less exciting than a live grenade in someones pants or shot gun in someones mouth.

That being said, Castle is a war veteran trained as a master of martial arts, stealth tactics, guerrilla warfare, and almost every form of weaponry.

Who Did The Punisher Fight That Makes Him So Tough?


He fought Spiderman on more than one occasion, although he was defeated in the majority. He believed Spiderman was a killer and was tricked into seeking revenge against him.

He took out Rhino without any serious problems


He also defeated Venom when he learned Venom was the killer “Eddie Brock” (Although he let him go when he ran out of sniper bullets)

He defeated Daken, the mutant son of Wolverine

He broke his arm and sent him through three walls and on to a subway track where he electrocuted him and allowed a subway to run him down.

He also defeated Deadpool multiple times before blowing his head off. (which grew back) and Daredevil, who tried to come to the aid of the innocent Deadpool.

This is by no means a complete list of the Punisher’s top foes, but you get the idea.

#4. Ben Turner/Bronze Tiger

After killing his parents murderer with a Kitchen knife, Ben Turner turned to the martial arts as a way to help quell the inner rage of his soul. Studying along side Richard Dragon under the teachings of Master O-Sensei, Ben Turner became one of the greatest martial artists in world.

He has been considered by most to be one of the top 5 martial artists in the DC Universe and is still considered to be top 10 even though he has lost popularity over the years.

Who did he beat up that was so tough?

Uhhh…. Batman. More than once.

This alone is enough for Ben Turner to make our list.

#3. Lady Shiva

The Same Master O-Sensei that trained Ben Turner also had a god daughter named Sandra Woosan. Wooson is known to be the deadliest assassin the DC universe and currently goes by the code name “Lady Shiva”

Who did she beat up that makes her so tough?

Well she handled Victor Sage (the question) without much of a problem, although that was before his training with Richard Dragon.

She also defeated and helped retrain Batgirl (who turned out to be her daughter), and gave a pretty serious liking to the third Robin, “Time Drake”

Add to the list “Connor Hawke” (The Second Green Arrow)who was defeated during a martial arts tournament. (His life was spared at Robin’s request.)

On top of everything, she has mastered a move known as the Leopard Blow, that will apparently kill any opponent instantly, even the Great Richard Dragon.

#2. Shang Chi


Even the Great Iron Fist himself confessed that Shang Chi was a superior fighter, which is a pretty big deal since Iron Fist has the superpower known as “Shou Lou the undying”

Shang Chi’s name means a rising and advancing spirit. He has teamed up with the Sons of Tiger, Iron Fist, Jack of Hearts, White Tiger, Spiderman, the Thing, and even ROM the Space knight.

Shang is also a master of every martial arts weapon

Who has Shang Fought that makes him so tough?

Well, he did defeat and kill his father in a brutal engagement as well as his younger half brother “Moving Shadow”

Shang Chi also came to blows with the Man Thing (pardon the expression), The Shadow Stalker, Razor Fist, Shockwave, Skull Crusher, Zaran, Silver Samurai.

Who the hell would want to fight this thing?

Who the hell would want to fight this thing?

He has also once held off a crowd of 30 super criminals for Captain America, a so called “super human”.

#1. Batman


It may come as no surprise that Batman is listed in the #1 slot.

Throughout the comic ages Batman has become one of the most powerful human beings in the DC Universe, despite having no superhuman powers.

By training with the most brilliant minds on the earth in the fields of science, biology, criminology, and other areas, Batman has molded himself in a Jeet Kune Do fashion that allows him to utilize his evolving strengths in a way no comic character has before him.

Who did Batman beat up that makes him so tough?

Uhhhh….Superman!

Unlike Doomsday, Batman didnt kill Superman, he just let him know whos boss

Unlike Doomsday, Batman didn't kill Superman, he just let him know who's boss


Yes, that’s right. Batman beat the daylights out of Superman. Batman believes Superman is a government sellout and prepares a final battlefield in his honor. Superman walks into traps of electricity and ultra sonic sound waves before finally taking a Kryptonite arrow (developed by batman) to the chest. Batman’s grasps the throat of Superman and delivers the final words:

“We could have changed the world…now…look at us…I’ve become a political liability…and…you…you’re a joke. I want you to remember, Clark…in all the years to come…in your most private moments…I want you to remember…my hand…at your throat…I want…you to remember…the one man who beat you.”

Batman is a master disguise artist and profiler, capable of ninja like stealth and Houdini like escapology. This allows him to treat every battle as just a battle in a much larger war. Although he refuses to take life, and has been forced to retreat, Batman becomes stronger after ever defeat. He has lost many one on one battles but has consistently proven himself as the victor of the war, and as such, wins the top spot among the superpowerless heroes.

Other notable mentions:

Wolverine (without powers)

Snake Eyes

Richard Dragon

Marv from Sin City

The King Pin

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