Who can beat Wonder Woman

Is Wonder Woman powerful enough to beat Superman?

Warner Bros. by Meg Bucholtz / .17. October 2019 2:28 p.m. EDT

Diana of Themyscira is one of the oldest and most powerful characters in the classic DC comics Pantheon, and she has risen from eternal popularity with comic book fans to mainstream celebrity in recent years thanks to her appearances in several DC Extended Universe films. It is customary among all comic book fans to discuss, under each banner, the ability of X characters against Y and Wonder Woman powers have been the subject of heated conversation for many years. In particular, the comparison between Wonder Woman and her counterparts at DC Comics Superman is one that has persisted on a more feverish level.

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Superman is the first and ultimate cap character, right? He is described as invincible, has a skill list a mile in length, and is often turned upside down in a lot of terrible, unstoppable power when he loses (or is made to lose) his moral compass. At first glance, that implies Nobody can keep up with him. But what about Wonder Woman? Can she compete with or even surpass the man of steel? Let's discuss.

She has what it takes to beat Superman

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Via the osmosis of pop culture, it is supernaturally understood by most people that Superman is an overpowering alien from the planet Krypton. It is unlike anything else on our planet and in our galaxy. Diana, however, was literally sculpted from the gifts of the Greek gods - and whichever comic version you choose, she is actually the daughter of Zeus. Despite what Clark Kent is, he can't put 'demigod' on the list.

Clark has more of a science fiction background compared to Diana's mythological background, but from a wide angle there is plenty of room on an intellectual basis to consider them as equals. Also, remember that Superman's ability is defined by its location - the Milky Way, the yellow sun of which gives it its superior power compared to what it would have back home on Krypton. Hence, we must consider his exposure to kryptonite as the limiting factor in any theoretical situation in which he fights Wonder Woman. In some cases for Diana, her iconic bracelets are actually a limiting force on her as well, and when they are removed her power grows by orders of magnitude.

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Additionally, Diana is a warrior of dexterity trained for the purpose of defending the weak and protecting her homeland - while Clark was not officially trained to the Kryptonian military standard that once existed. Jonathan Kent probably doesn't have a judo belt anywhere in the farmhouse attic either. Technically, that's a big step up - the learned ability to strategize in combat can be the real difference between success and failure, regardless of an individual's strength.Everyone has weaknesses, even Superman, and entering a tête-à-tête with him requires a plan and the ability to adapt to improve the playing field. Diana has just that.

Wonder Woman has defeated Superman before

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The bread and butter of comics are huge, one-on-one battles. Usually the hero is against the villain, but there is always something special when it is hero-friend versus hero-friend in particularly dramatic circumstances. Diana and Clark had a couple specifically. Most of the time Diana gets him to a tie or uses her natural tendencies to peaceful de-escalation with the lasso of truth to end a confrontation (usually because Clark has been mind-controlled like a woman in need). You, however Has come out.

During the Injustice: year four Diana and Clark, in which Superman is a tyrannical dictator of the earth, meet as enemies to become the champion of the Greek gods. Despite the fact that Diana is consistent with the insurrection trying to overwhelm this alternate universe Superman seeking revenge on control, he hesitates to fight her with all his might because of him does still takes care of her. Wonder Woman takes advantage of this - by breaking her arm and hollowing out his eyes, ultimately winning the battle and gaining the favor of the gods. Bruce Wayne even tells Clark in a flashback that Diana would tear him to pieces if it ever really matteredshe isthe trained warrior - and that's exactly what happened.

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Another great example of Diana's ability to defeat Superman - a task the comics tacitly admit that only she can accomplish, even if it is just a matter of corroborating him - is the annual team Superman / Wonder Woman #one.Clark is infected with a virus that is destroying the world and turning him into an uncontrollable monster that overran the earth. A mist of kryptonite on earth weakens Clark and allows Doomsday to mutate further. Diana fights him when he loses control of himself and, supported by the possessions of the god of war, overwhelms him. Seconds before Wonder Wonder, which is believed to cause the fatal blow, the kryptonite is destroyed and Clark remembers himself. Then he will submit the virus (because these are comics he can do that) and go back to normal. It has a happy ending, but Diana had things Well in the hand.

The result of the debate about the powers of Wonder Woman and Superman

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The First Rule of Comics Are there no rules? Your reality should be elastic in order to allow more possibilities within a certain canon or to switch to an alternative one. Assigning a relative superiority to something as arbitrary as superpower defeats the point of what comics are normally supposed to mean: expressing humanity with superhuman stakes.

On earth and in full control of himself, is Superman more powerful than Diana on a normal day ending with Y? Yes he is. Diana nevertheless stood up for him in a few cases. But the dynamics of their relationship over time and the wild pseudoscience of physics in which they exist are should to mess up this continuum. In these scenarios they ask the question of killing each other because they are friends and because one understands the other may not act as oneself - in short, because of their empathetic abilities. Pitting traditional friends against each other is not necessarily meant to be used to figure out who is better or more powerful, but rather as a setting for a sad tragedy involving the characters (and their dynamics) you love. The mechanics and methodology are almost irrelevant and can be designed to match the emotional basis a particular scenario is intended to evoke. Imposing an objective and predictable stratification of superheroes' abilities is at odds with their format.

The TL; DR is that Wonder Woman can beat Superman, and Superman can beat Wonder Woman too. Don't think too much about it.