One of the biggest anime franchises is Dragon Ball. Ever since it came to the West, audiences have been enamored with the journey of Son Goku as he fights nearly unwinnable battles and makes friends from all over the universe. Despite all odds, the show has managed to continue for decades and has more of a dedicated following than even the Pokemon anime. Being the main character, Goku has to overcome a lot of obstacles that slowly get more powerful as the series goes on. Because of this, he is constantly learning new powers and abilities to win each fight he gets into.
His powers are way over 9000 these days, and any opponent hesitates for trying to pick a fight with him. While he may be one of the strongest characters in the Dragon Ball Universe, how would he fare if he were to battle some of the legendary superheroes from comic book worlds? Well, considering his intense power, he would beat the majority of them without breaking a sweat, but there are others who would likely best him in combat. Either way, the war would be one for the ages. On that note, let’s delve into eight superheroes who could beat Goku and seven that would be crushed by him.
15. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: SUPERMAN
We know that we’re definitely going to get some backlash for this one, but we have to go with what we know. The power that Superman possesses is simply astronomical. While different realities and comic stories change up his repertoire, there’s no denying just how strong the Man of Steel really is.
Combine his super strength, flight, heat vision, freeze breath, and so many more together and you get a nearly unstoppable machine that can beat just about anybody. His power increases the closer he gets toward the sun, so the only real way to rob him of his strength is by blowing up the light source or shoving Kryptonite down his throat. Even then, Superman doesn’t go down easily and has taken greater beatings than Goku.
14. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: BLACK PANTHER
What happens when you take the son of a king and train him in every weapon known to man? You get the warrior known as T’Challa. Taking over the mantle of the Black Panther, he is the protector of Wakanda and one of the most fearsome Marvel heroes. Coated in a suit of Vibranium, nothing can pierce his skin or deflect the sharpness of his claws.
Despite his durability, agility, and combat knowledge, he wouldn’t be able to last long against Son Goku. Goku was also trained in several styles of martial arts, so he’d be able to match T’Challa. On top of that, Vibranium is not invincible, and Goku would easily be able to tear through it at some point during their battle. The King of Wakanda would fall.
13. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: HULK
Marvel’s equivalent to Superman is a little bit different. Bruce Banner was a pretty strong hero when turned angry, but the Hulk is so much more than a monster who can punch really hard. As the Marvel Universe has expanded, so have the abilities of the Hulk. He can leap tall buildings in a single bound, shake the Earth with one punch and even send massive shockwaves just by clapping his hands.
On a regular basis, he might not be able to beat Goku, but when his rage turns him into Worldbreaker Hulk, things might turn his way. Keep in mind that this version of the Hulk was able to crush the hands of Doctor Strange, withstand a vocal blast from Black Bolt, and even take down the Ghost Rider.
12. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: THOR
The son of Odin and the Prince of Asgard, there are few warriors like the mighty Thor. With his trusty hammer, Mjolnir, there are few beings that can stand in his path and make it out alive. He is not only one of the strongest Asgardians, but one of the strongest Avengers, often giving the team that extra source of power they need to win the day.
In a fight against Goku, though, Thor wouldn’t come out on top. He’d have his electricity and his super strength, but when compared to a Super Saiyan, he just doesn’t measure up. He’d put up a decent fight (and that includes the lightning powers we saw in Thor: Ragnarok), but in the end, Goku is just more powerful.
11. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: DOCTOR FATE
When it comes to magic and sorcery, there’s no better solution in the DC Universe than Doctor Fate. An ancient spirit named Nabu, he has been around for centuries honing his skills and becoming more powerful as time goes on. Tied to a nearly indestructible helmet, there is almost no getting rid of Doctor Fate.
Goku might have the raw strength to compete with just about anyone, but Doctor Fate’s abilities far surpass any power that Goku may unleash. He exists outside of time and space and can manipulate realities to his will. His enchantments can span across multiple dimensions and, as his name suggests, he can even alter what fate has in store for people. Goku wouldn’t stand a chance against those sorts of abilities.
10. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: BATMAN
It’s often said that when given enough prep time, Batman could take out anyone he pleases. While that’s largely true within the context of the DC Universe (especially when he fights Superman, the Justice League, the Flash…anybody really), we’d wager that the same strategy wouldn’t help him out as much if he were to fight Goku.
The reason for this is that unlike Superman, Goku doesn’t have a fundamental weakness like Kryptonite, the rock that does an immense amount of harm to the Man of Steel. Batman could develop suits of armor, but in order to compete with someone who legitimately had god-like strength and powers, he’d have to create armor that is outside the realm of possibility. Kryptonite won’t help him in this fight and he would ultimately lose.
9. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: PROFESSOR X
Charles Xavier is arguably one of the most powerful mutants ever, and there’s a good reason that he was able to establish his own school. While he’s not exactly the picture of physical health, it’s his mental capacity where his power truly shines. Being able to jump in the minds of other people and control them is just one of the many powers he has at his disposal. He can render people essentially brainless without moving a single muscle.
Goku could try his very hardest to get toward Professor X to punch him into next week, but Xavier would quickly respond by getting in the Super Saiyan’s head and just toying with him. When using his powers to their full extent, Professor X is nearly unstoppable.
8. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: WOLVERINE
James Howlett is one of the toughest mutants in the Marvel Universe, and he’s got the ability to prove it. On top of the adamantium claws and skeleton that lies under his skin, Wolverine has a healing factor unlike any other hero in comics. Even if there is a single cell left, Wolverine can regenerate and continue on with his quest for brutality.
While he is no slouch, we’d have to give this fight to Goku. He may not have any adamantium blades on hand, but his strength could eviscerate Wolverine without much effort. The only reason Logan would be able to keep fighting is that he refuses to stay down, but as he continuously takes a beating, he would eventually have to give in to Son Goku.
7. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: PHOENIX
If there’s one mutant who could definitely rival Professor X’s powers, it would be Jean Grey. Known otherwise as the Phoenix, she was taken over by an entity known only as the Phoenix Force. This resulted in abilities that turned her into an omega-level mutant. She’s not just limited to party tricks but can shape the world with only her mind.
As she allows the Phoenix Force to take control, she obtains more powers and abilities. At full capacity, her power would be able to stop just about anyone from getting to her, including one as strong as Son Goku. If it comes down to a physical fight, all she has to do is blast fire at the Super Saiyan to get the job done.
6. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: MARTIAN MANHUNTER
Martian Manhunter is one of the last martians in the DC Universe. After being a fish out of water for a while, he eventually found his home as the guardian of the Watchtower for the Justice League. Being a valued member of the team, he has mental abilities as well as strength that is on par with that of the Man of Steel, Superman.
Yet, if he were to fight Goku, there’s one fatal flaw with his character: his weakness to fire. Not only are his mental abilities not strong enough to stop someone like Goku, but all the Super Saiyan would have to do is get the Manhunter surrounded and the fight would immediately go to him. Even aliens wouldn’t be able to stop someone like Goku.
5. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: THE FLASH
You can’t hit what you can’t see. The Flash isn’t the most adept when it comes to martial arts or fighting style, but he doesn’t need to be. Before you even blink, he can get several blows on your head. By the time you realize what’s going on, you’re already on the ground in a daze.
If the Flash were to fight Goku, he would immediately have the upper hand. Goku might be fast, but with the Flash’s connection to the Speed Force, he can turn any battle to his favor. He could even drag Goku into the Speed Force, where he would be much stronger and finish off his anime foe. Goku simply doesn’t have the speed capabilities to be able to combat the Flash.
4. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: SHAZAM
Billy Batson’s story is one of the most interesting ones in the DC Universe. After coming in contact with a wizard, he was bestowed with the powers and attributes of literal gods. Combining all of them to become Shazam, Earth’s Mightiest Mortal, Batson proved to be one of the strongest members of the Justice League as well as one of the most endearing.
However, the fact alone that he is mortal still remains, and Goku would be able to capitalize on that. All that would need to be done in that fight is outpower Shazam and his various godlike abilities. As we all know, our favorite protagonist is more than up to the task on that front, leaving this battle out of the hands of Shazam.
3. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: SPAWN
Being a man who sold his soul to the Devil, Spawn came back with a vengeance. While he started out with some impressive abilities, his strength and combat prowess only increased as he made his way through the world. He ended up being able to teleport, screw with the minds of others, and even manipulate matter itself.
While it’s fair to assume that Spawn doesn’t have the strength that Goku does, he more than makes up for it in the roster of abilities he has at his disposal. Furthermore, he killed both God and Satan at one time, and they tip the scales in terms of power. With the right amount of determination, Spawn would be able to take Son Goku (though it would be a close fight).
2. WOULD BE CRUSHED BY GOKU: GREEN LANTERN
Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light! Unless you’re a Super Saiyan, that is. The Green Lanterns and their various constructs are impressive, there’s no doubt about that, and the only limitations are the wearer’s will and imagination. However, it doesn’t contain the sheer power or force capable of defeating somebody like Goku in the heat of battle.
You could argue that Green Lanterns have contained powerful foes before, but never anything on the level of Goku. Furthermore, the constructs can be broken through, and a Super Saiyan would have no trouble doing that. Even if Green Lantern were to throw a giant fist to try and send Goku into the sun, the Dragon Ball legend could not only dodge it, but take the opportunity to finish off his opponent.
1. WOULD DESTROY GOKU: SILVER SURFER
Once an alien who wanted to save his planet, the Silver Surfer would eventually become the herald of Galactus imbued with the Power Cosmic. He can travel across the universe on his board and, equipped with numerous powers, can face just about any foe that may try to take him out and win that fight without breaking a sweat.
If it came down to a fight with Goku, this one that the Silver Surfer would win. Goku’s got his strength and energy blasts, but Silver Surfer’s powers far eclipse that. He would be able to absorb a lot of Goku’s attacks as well as use the Power Cosmic to deal out more damage. He can also toy around with matter itself, meaning that Goku simply doesn’t stand a chance.
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