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Tough Nuts of The Superhero World

There are many different arguments between fans of superheroes and comic books. Batman or Superman? Marvel or DC? Avengers or Justice League? These kinds of arguments are not just restricted to playgrounds either as college dorms, homes and even offices are filled with fans of the worlds populated by our caped or mutated heroes. It's hard to compare the strengths and weaknesses of all of them effectively though since the Marvel and DC characters have a wide range of varying skills. The question that's on my mind though is which superheroes are hard? This doesn't just mean "does-alright-in-a-fight" hard but "hard-as-granite" hard. So in no particular order...


Marvel hero and regular member of The Avengers, Thor wields a powerful hammer known as Mjolnir and has god-like abilities that makes him nearly immortal. Being the Norse God of thunder, he can harness the power of thunder and uses Mjolnir to control storms. He is one of the strongest of his race and can even enhance his strength when he goes into a trance like stance called Warrior's Madness , the negative effect being that he will attack both foe and friend. With the ability to throw items out of the Earth's atmosphere, Thor is one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe.


Although Bruce Banner is a quite physicist, when he transforms into Hulk he will smash anything in his way. Bruce was exposed to a gamma ray blast which means when he feels certain emotions such as anger or terror he turns into Hulk and becomes incredibly powerfully. The angrier he gets, the stronger he gets as well so even some of the other strong heroes on this list have struggled when faced against Hulk. Being resistant to most forms of injury and capable of almost limitless physical strength, Hulk is regarded as one of hardest heroes out there.

Iron Man

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, draws his strength and power from his suit which he funds by being a billionaire, playboy, industrialist, philanthropist, nuclear physicist and ingenious engineer. The main weapons of the suit are its lasers and flying ability but Stark has created several upgrades for different situations including suits capable of space travel, deep-sea diving and stealth. Iron man is a huge part of The Avengers but has also had a few run-ins with Hulk and had to create 'Hulkbuster' heavy armour to fight him, making Iron man capable of great strength.


Moving away from the Marvel Universe for a moment, DC's Superman is simply put just that; a super man. He was born on the planet Krypton and was sent to Earth because of the impending doom of his home planet. He vowed to use his superhuman abilities to protect humanity. Superman can be viewed as the ultimate superhero since he is "faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound" as well as having a whole host of other abilities. Superman wouldn't even bat an eyelid if you tried breaking a granite worktop across his head, in fact being as tough as he is he probably wouldn't even feel it.


Wolverine is hard, he's a scrapper and as a member of the X-Men has been in many a good fight. What makes him "hard-as-granite" hard though is the fact his skeleton was infused with a virtually indestructible metal called adamantium which protrudes as three spiked claws out of each hand. Add to this the fact he can heal any wounds really quickly and has quite an angry temperament, Wolverine will be quick to start a fight and will stay fighting for a very long time.

Silver Surfer

The Silver Surface is a cosmic being who travelled the galaxy for the evil Galactus, looking for planets for him to devour. When he came across Earth and had an altercation with the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer stopped his evil ways and was consigned to Earth. He wields a silver surfboard, hence the name, which he uses to travel faster than light and being a cosmic being means he has many powers including superhuman strength, endurance, senses and the ability. What stands the Silver Surfer above others in the toughness stakes though is his ability to absorb and manipulate the ambient energy of Universes. Being able to absorb a whole Universe makes anyone a tough nut.