DC has always proven to be the home for some of the most powerful characters in comic book history. With godlike characters such as Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and The Flash, there has always been the argument that DC was for people who loved ultrapowerful heroes and Marvel was for those who liked more human heroes.
With so many powerful characters on Earth, DC upped the ante when it came to its cosmic heroes. People like Superman and Wonder Woman need villains -- or allies from other worlds -- who can challenge them and match up to them in terms of power. That means that some of DC's most powerful characters are from the cosmic realms. Here is a look at 10 of the most powerful DC cosmic characters in comic book history.
Superman is easily the most powerful alien to ever arrive on planet Earth, but Daxamite's are pretty close and Mon-El might be one of the most powerful of that race. He made his way to Earth thanks to meeting Jor-El and receiving directions before Krypton exploded. He then suffered unspeakable torment when he was sent into the Phantom Zone to live alone until a cure was found for a poison that was killing him.
When it comes to his powers, Valor has similar powers to Superman thanks to the Earth's yellow sun, including invulnerability, longevity, enhanced senses, and flight. His powers increase the longer he is under the yellow sun, with his only real downfall his vulnerability to lead, which was fixed thanks to an anti-lead serum developed by Brainiac 5.
9 INFINITY MAN
There have been different versions of Infinity Man, with the first being the brother of Darkseid. However, they all share one trait -- they are the protector of New Genesis and is both summoned to help them or they, in turn, can save him when he is in danger and need of help.
He has fought against the strongest of heroes and villains over time, and when times get tough, he can just teleport away such as when he battled Superman at one point. He is also dangerous, as the most recent appearance saw him stripped of all his compassion. To understand the full extent of his powers, he was able to stand toe-to-toe with not just two Green Lanterns but a Red Lantern as well in Godhead.
Hal Jordan was seen as one of the greatest superheroes of all-time and the most powerful member of the Green Lantern Corps. He was a man who knew no fear and always did what was right. However, Parallax is an alien being that feeds on fear and was able to attack Jordan when he was at his most desperate.
Parallax was so powerful that he drove the noble and fearless Hal Jordan crazy, in turn making the Green Lantern into the universe's deadliest villain. He used Jordan to destroy the Green Lantern Corps and the Guardians, turning him into a villain that Earth's heroes couldn't even stop. Only Jordan's purity of heart was able to turn him around and only the ultimate sacrifice beat Parallax.
7 GREEN LANTERN CORPS
While not a single DC cosmic character, the Green Lantern Corps is the peacekeeping force that rules over the entire universe. There are a total of 7,202 members of the Corps with two covering each of the 3,600 sectors of the universe -- with the exception of sector 2814, which includes Earth.
These are not only some of the most powerful characters in the universe, but they are a military unit that grows in power when they work together. They have one of the most powerful weapons in existence with their power rings and each Lantern was chosen based on their indomitable willpower and character, only the best of the best.
Orion is the son of Darkseid that first appeared in 1971 as part of Jack Kirby's New Gods series. Orion is a complicated character, as he is dangerous as the son of Darkseid but struggles to control the evil that threatens to rise in him. However, he almost always succeeds and is a powerful ally of New Genesis.
As a New God, he is all-powerful. He is immortal and has superhuman strength. His power is at a level where he can fight Superman on a level playing field and can destroy Green Lantern constructs. He can also endure hits by someone as powerful as Superman and doesn't tire in battle.
5 MISTER MXYZPTLK
Mister Mxyzptlk is an imp from the 5th Dimension and he mostly shows up on Earth to just mess with people -- most specifically Superman. He is a trickster who can distort reality, and as a magical creature, he presents a threat possessing one of Superman's most distinct weaknesses.
Mister Mxyzptlk is pretty much able to do anything he wants, at any time he wants, to anyone he wants. The only way to stop him is to solve one of the puzzles that he creates. He can teleport, is immortal and has the ability to manipulate logic on a scale that most humans can't fathom. His only weakness is that he restricts his own powers.
In DC, the reason that the Justice League formed was that the world faced a threat that no one hero could defeat. In the New 52, that threat was Darkseid and he was more powerful than any hero -- meaning that even Superman and Wonder Woman had to find help to win the battle and save Earth -- and they only did it by slowing Darkseid down.
Darkseid is a New God, meaning he has almost omnipotent powers. He is immortal, invulnerable, can regenerate from injuries, and has superhuman strength and stamina. He is strong enough to best Superman in battle. He also has the Omega Effect, which makes him almost unbeatable.
Doctor Manhattan has done a lot recently to prove to be the most powerful being in the entire universe. Before him, the closest that anyone came to destroying everything was the Anti-Monitor, the being that brought about the Crisis on Infinite Earths and the being that changed the entire DC Universe.
The fact that it took the sacrifice of Barry Allen to finally stop him speaks volumes. He has destroyed countless universes and no one could stop him, with Anti-Monitor even besting the Spectre. He can unmake matter, absorb energy, alter reality, and is invulnerable -- able to battle the strongest heroes in the universe without taking any damage.
2 THE GUARDIANS OF THE UNIVERSE
The Guardians of the Universe are the immortal founders and leaders of the Green Lantern Corps. Their goal in life is to bring order and truth to the universe and do it by any means necessary. While they are not as physically strong as other beings on this list, they are possibly the most intelligent beings in existence -- and true power lies in knowledge.
Their powers include durability, awareness, vast knowledge and a psionic ability through their own immense willpower. Their psionic abilities are even more powerful than the strongest Lantern's, as Kyle Rayner said in Green Lantern Vol. 3 #100 that the Guardian Ganthet could crack a planet in half with a simple thought and he also staggered Anti-Monitor with a psionic attack.
1 THE PRESENCE
When counting down the most powerful DC cosmic characters of all-time, the number one on the list has to be DC's version of God. This being is known as The Presence. While there are numerous Gods in DC, mostly from the Greek versions of Zeus and his offspring, the Presence is the Christian version of the character.
The Presence is the being that gave the Spectre his powers -- which means he created one of the most powerful beings to ever exist in DC Comics. He has the power to resurrect the dead as he did with the Justice Society. The Presence appeared in Lucifer and showed he was not absolutely omnipotent, and since DC and Vertigo merged, that remains the case for now.