DC Comics‘ supervillains have always been the most interesting villains in the world of modern-day American superhero comics. Whether it’s Batman’s Rogues Gallery, or some other character’s rival, DC’s villains have always attracted a lot of attention. In wake of James Gunn’s take on the Suicide Squad franchise, we have decided to to a comparison of two zoological supervillains – Killer Croc and King Shark. Who would win?
Although Killer Croc and King Shark are two very similar fighters, King Shark has successfully fought the likes of Superman and Aquaman, showing that he was capable of dealing with superpowered heroes, while Killer Croc is not that powerful. Also, King Shark has an advantage in water. This means that King Shark would win in a fight against Killer Croc.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
Comparing the powers of Killer Croc and King Shark
Our second section will contain a comparison of the two characters’ powers. It won’t be a direct comparison as much as a listing of their powers abilities, which is going to serve as a basis for our analysis in section three of our article. Now, let us begin.
As a result of the disease, his skin has become rock hard over the years and bony plaques have formed over the entire epidermis. By virtue of this symptom, he can withstand large-caliber weapon shots, most physical attacks and even powerful close-range explosions.
Furthermore, Croc possesses a semi-invulnerability: on one occasion he withstood the impact of a tanker and didn’t move an inch. He possesses superhuman physical abilities, such as super strength: he managed to break through the door of a national bank vault without the slightest effort, he broke through a huge brick wall without difficulty, raised a forklift and threw it. away without problems. Croc is able to lift at least five tons, although over the years, through hard training and constant mutations, he has increased and continues to increase his strength.
Batman himself claimed that Croc is capable of lifting a bus full of people.
Despite his enormous mass, Croc has superhuman reflexes, agility and speed, particularly while moving underwater, being a skilled swimmer, and is able to survive underwater for long periods of time, even for several hours, although he ultimately needs air. His best weapons are always his claws and fangs, capable of piercing even the hardest materials, such as rock, concrete or steel. Obviously, as for other characters, his strength, endurance, appearance (more or less reptilian) and stature or height (more or less contained) vary according to the authors and designers (even animators in the case of animated series).
Killer Croc has also been shown to have extraordinary regenerative powers, which allow him to heal quickly (even heal fractured bones and regrow mutilated limbs), highly developed sensory powers (such as thermal-night vision that allows him to see at night and to fight with Batman even in the dark) and to be able to see the body heat of any living thing to understand if it is alive or dead. He also has a powerful sense of smell that allows him to understand if someone is nearby and understand who it is, as well as a very fine hearing that makes him hear noises that are imperceptible to the human ear.
He is very skilled in land combat and is practically unbeatable underwater, similar to the likes of Aquaman or King Shark. Croc’s weak point is his lack of intelligence, which is compensated for by his aggression and animal brutality. On many occasions he has proved to be a very violent and dangerous killer, also due to his cannibalistic tendencies, which lead him to devour his victims, including his opponents.
As far as King Shark is concerned, his increased flesh provides him with protection against the pressures of depth and physical attacks. His shark physiology includes teeth and claws, which are used as a weapon, and gills that allow it to breathe underwater. He can swim at great speeds and is resistant to cold.
King Shark possesses great strength and endurance, he is capable of lifting a house and his teeth can chew steel, plus they have a virtually instant regenerative ability. King Shark can also regenerate lost tissue. He is apparently gifted with animal empathy: he has been able to sense and call his shark “cousins” to come to him, although he is unable to actually control them, especially when they are full of blood frenzy.
Who would win: Killer Croc or King Shark?
Killer Croc and King Shark, although based on different animals, are two very similar fighters and that is what made this comparison so intriguing and challenging. Now that we’ve cleared things up a bit, let us continue with the analysis.
As their basic information reveal, Killer Croc and King Shark are both characters that rely heavily on their physical strength, rather than on their intellect. It’s not that we’re implying that they’re stupid, but they’re not the brightest of the lot (although there have been extremely intelligent iterations of Killer Crock, such as Johns’ Earth One version). They are strong and they are aware that their strengths lie in their, well, strength. This is why they both prefer physical combat over anything else and they are not great tacticians.
But, this is where things become interesting. Namely, although they look the same and have very similar physiques, from what we have gathered from the comic books, King Shark is much more powerful than Killer Croc. Namely, King Shark has successfully fought the likes of Aquaman, Superboy, and Superman, and has dealt damage to all of them, which is notable because all three of them are superpowered. On the other hand, Killer Croc has not encountered many superpowered characters in Gotham City and some stories have shown that he, like Bane, doesn’t really do well against characters such as Superman.
From that, we gather that King Shark has the upper hand when the two characters’ biggest and most important assets are concerned. Also, King Shark has one big advantage – the battlefield. Namely, if the two of them landed in water, King Shark would certainly have an advantage because he’s more adept to living underwater and he can breath underwater, too. Killer Croc, on the other hand, might like sewers and damp areas, and he is a good swimmer, but he needs air to breathe and he is not adapted to living under the surface of the water.
All of this has led us to one, simple conclusion – the winner here would be King Shark. He is more powerful than Killer Croc and he can fight both on land and underwater, while Croc would certainly have a lot of trouble underwater.