In Marvel’s fictional universe, Mephisto is the supreme lord of Hell, whose purpose is to deceive the mortals (terrestrial and otherwise) of all universes by proposing pacts to them. Mephisto will grant their every wish in exchange for their soul, which will join the other damned souls in his kingdom. He is an immensely powerful character and is one of the most formidable villains in Marvel’s gallery of antagonists. He is the embodiment of the devil in Marvel’s universe and his Hell is actually an autonomous realm (or world) within the Marvel universe. In that aspect, Mephisto is tied to Hell and cannot exist without it. He can travel away, but his powers are stronger the closer he is to his own domain. This fact makes Mephisto quite difficult to defeat, but as it is usually with comic book supervillains, there are some characters that can defeat him.
Today’s article is going to be a list of the 10 characters that can defeat Mephisto and even kill him in battle. Mephisto is powerful and practically unkillable, but there are some names on this list that could defeat him in a fight or even kill him, and we are going to analyze them here. Enjoy!
Galactus was actually a humanoid alien explorer known as Galan from the Taa-an species. After passing a star, Galan gained god-like powers and turned into Galactus, a god-like entity that has to devour planets because he feeds on their energy. His origin was further expanded by revealing that he had lived during the previous universe, before the Big Bang that created the current one; Galactus still remains the last living being from the previous universe.
Due to his nature, Galactus has been an inspiration for many writers who’ve explored his story and his character further. Being a god-like entity, Galactus is usually depicted as having a very different sense of morality than regular humans, which often causes him to clash with Earth’s superheroes. He has an immense set of powers and is considered to be one of the most powerful beings in the whole Marvel Universe, especially if full of energy after having devoured several planets.
He is usually accompanied by a herald (the most famous one being the Silver Surfer) to whom he has granted cosmic powers. The herald travels the universe and searches for suitable planets for Galactus to feed on in order to satisfy his endless hunger. Although not impossible, it is exceptionally difficult to stop Galactus from devouring a planet once he’s decided to do so, which is why the best option is to leave the planet and let it get eaten.
If you know who Galactus is, you’ll certainly realize why we put him on the list of characters that could defeat and even kill Mephisto. Namely, Galactus is a world-devouring cosmic entity that has a nigh unlimited potential when power is concerned, but what is more important – he could devour Hell in a moment. He even did it, he started to devour it before eventually stopping, but still proving that he could easily take out Mephisto in a direct clash.
Thanos was inspired by the Freudian concept of “Thanatos”, just like his brother, Eros, was inspired by the Freudian concept of the same name. Thanos was born on Titan, one of Saturn’s moons as a member of the Eternals. He is the son of A’lars and Sui-San, two Eternals, but also a carrier of the Deviants gene, which explains his physical experience. Believing him to be a threat to the universe, his mother wanted him killed, but his father stopped her. As a child, he was a pacifist and would only play with his brother and their pets.
Later on, he became fascinated with nihilism and the concept of death, eventually falling in love with Mistress Death, the embodiment of Death in the Marvel universe. Not long after that, Thanos became a supervillain, initially a simple pirate, but soon had more megalomanic plans. He was not satisfied with mere piracy; he wanted more. Much more. Thanos wanted ultimate power, to rule over the whole universe and to become the most powerful being alive. This is why he wanted to collect the Infinity Stones, so he could shape reality according to his own will. A lot of his actions are motivated by his love towards Mistress Death, in whose name he has killed on several occasions.
As far as Thanos is concerned, there is absolutely no doubt that he would be able to defeat Mephisto. Thanos is exceptionally powerful, even without the famed Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos is much stronger than Mephisto, and his unique heritage allows him to defeat even the most powerful of enemies. And while he could probably not kill Mephisto without the Gauntlet, as he does not have the ability to destroy realms in that way, with it, he could do the same to Hell as Galactus – complitey obliterate it.
Inspired by stories of black magic and Chandu the Magician, Strange was created during the Silver Age of Comic Books to bring a different kind of character and subjects to Marvel Comics. The character’s origin story relates that he was once a skilled and brilliant, but selfish surgeon. After a car accident severely damages his hands and hampers his ability to perform surgery, he seeks a way to repair them by meeting the Elder.
After becoming one of the Sorcerer Supreme’s students, he becomes a practitioner of both mystical and martial arts, studying in the mountains of Asia. Aside from knowing many powerful spells, he has a magical suit that contains two mystical and magical objects: the Cloak of Levitation and the Eye of Agamotto, both of which grant him additional powers. During his adventures, Strange can count on the assistance of his friend and servant, Wong, and a wide variety of mystical objects. He takes up residence in a mansion called the Sanctum Sanctorum, located in New York City. Later, Strange himself becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
And while Doctor Strange might not be as powerful as the above two, he is certainly powerful enough of a magician to be able to face Mephisto. Doctor Strange has enormous powers, and along with his magical items, he would be able to neutralize Mephisto’s powers and defeat Marvel’s ruler of Hell. And while we are not sure that he would be able to kill him – although the limits of his magic are unknown – we are certain that he would defeat him in a direct clash.
X-23, aka Laura Kinney, is primarily associated with the X-Men. X-23 is a Wolverine clone created to be a perfect assassin. She during her childhood was trained as an assassin until a series of tragedies of her would lead her to meet Wolverine and the X-Men. She attended X-Men and Avengers schools, was also a member of the X-Men and the X-Force. In 2015, following Wolverine’s death, X-23 replaced him by adopting both her name and her signature costume.
X-23, Wolverine’s dual genetics (female genome), has the same powers, except that she only has two bony claws located in the forearm, and a long lug on the front of each foot. These claws are covered with a thin layer of adamantium. Unlike Wolverine’s, her skeleton is completely normal. This makes her much more vulnerable to attacks targeting the neck or head. Her regeneration factor protects her from diseases and infections.
Severed limbs can be reattached to the body if the operation is done quickly. Drugs have a limited effect on her in time and potency. X-23 was raised from an early age to be a peerless assassin. She knows how to use firearms, especially sniper weapons, and is an excellent melee opponent, using a mixture of martial arts and her claws. She can speak French and Japanese fluently.
As far as X-23 is concerned, she might not be as powerful in her basic form, but when she animalizes and received those demonic, red eyes, X-23 becomes much more powerful. Her animalized form can cut through almost anything and seeing how she does become a sort of demon, she would be able to defeat Mephisto in a fight. She would not be able to kill him, though, but she would definitely come out victorious in the end.
Lord and monarch of Latveria, in central Europe, he is the supervillain archenemy of the Fantastic Four but has also clashed very often with other superheroes of the Marvel universe including Spider-Man and the Avengers; he is a brilliant inventor and a sorcerer. The son of gypsies, on the death of his parents he discovers that his mother, Cynthia Von Doom, was a witch and takes advantage of her occult knowledge and her scientific mind to reach the United States.
College and roommate of Reed Richards, the future Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four, will be the victim of an accident during one of his first experiments to communicate with his deceased mother; this will cost him a completely disfigured face and expulsion from the university.
Later he will wander following his thirst for knowledge to Tibet where, helped by some monks, he becomes one of them until, after having learned all the secrets of the sect, he becomes its Master; at this point, he gets help from them to forge armor and a mask, born from a project in which he poured all his knowledge, both in robotics and alchemy, which were applied on his body still hot, while Destiny delivers a speech that will shape his psychology for years to come.
Much like Doctor Strange, Doctor Victor Von Doom is a powerful sorcerer that can influence reality. In that aspect, his position against Mephisto is much the same as Strange’s, and we think that Doom would be able to win here for the exact same reasons. Whether he would be able to kill him remains debatable, but he would certainly be able to defeat him.
Odin is the result of the union between an early Asgardian, Bor, and an ice giant, Bestla. The couple had two more sons, Vili and Ve. He claims to be at the origin of the human race because he found the world too empty, but his father disagreed with him and created all kinds of plagues to destroy mankind.
During an attack by the ice giants, Bor was trapped and turned into the snow by an adult Loki from the future. Odin and his two brothers then took the lead of Asgard. They later confronted the demon Surtur and Vili and Ve did not survive, giving Odin their strength before dying which amplified his powers and was the origin of Odinforce. Later, the only king of Asgard imprisoned Surtur in the center of the Earth after allying with the trolls.
Odin fell in love with the Earth goddess Gaea and wanted a son with her who was as powerful on Asgard as he was on Earth. He built a cave in Norway to give birth to the future God of Thunder, Thor. He took Thor with him to Asgard and his wife Frigga raised him as her son.
Odin is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel’s universe and he is even more powerful than some names that have already been listed here. The true extent of Odin’s powers is probably still unknown, but he has already demonstrated a gigantic potential and we are quite certain that he would be able to defeat – and even kill – Mephisto with relative ease.
The being named Adam Warlock was the genetic creation of four scientists who called themselves the Enclave. Then called “Him”, Adam Warlock was the prototype of a perfect human life-form developed from artificial genetic material, which the Enclave intended to mass-produce to form an invincible army to conquer the world. Unfortunately, scientists had underestimated the strength of their creation, and after leaving his “cocoon”, He destroyed the base of the Enclave (nicknamed the Hive), accidentally killing one of the four scientists, before escaping.
But his inexperience with life was going to play tricks on him. Seeing the Asgardian goddess Sif, Him naively decided to make her his wife. This provoked a fight with Thor, Sif’s companion, who had gone berserk. To escape Thor’s anger, Him curled up in a protective cocoon and flew into space.
As far as Adam Warlock is concerned, he is a very powerful character that has, at different points in history, been even more powerful than usual. His basic form wouldn’t really stand a chance against Mephisto, but the two of them did fight with Adam Warlock having the Soul Stone with him and Adam Warlock won, which is why we have put him on our list here.
Initially, Deadpool was depicted as a supervillain when he made his first appearance in The New Mutants and later in issues of X-Force, but later evolved into his more recognizable antiheroic persona. Deadpool is actually a disfigured mercenary with the superhuman ability of an accelerated healing factor and physical prowess. The character is known as the “Merc with a Mouth” because of his tendency to talk and joke constantly, including breaking the fourth wall for humorous effect and running gags.
Interestingly enough, he was modeled after DC Comics’ supervillain Deathstroke, who completely inspired the Deadpool persona, including his name (real name and alias), his origins and his costume. The main difference is that Deathstroke is a serious supervillain and mercenary, while Deadpool is more on the comical side. His adventures include numerous hilarious storylines, with one even depicting him killing off the whole Marvel Universe, including himself.
Well, this is a rather controversial choice, but we added it for fun’s sake. Why not? In the famous Killology, Deadpool killed everyone in the Marvel universe, even himself in the end. In that aspect, this weird and quite depressing story in which the mad Deadpool erases everyone from existence is a suitable example for our list, since, if he managed to kill everyone, he also managed to kill Mephisto.
Until a few years after the second Secret Wars, the Living Tribunal was kept at a level of power in which it could easily detonate the stars, and that was it. It was only two decades after the character’s introduction that he was retroactively remodeled as possessing an infinite scale of power over at least 16 dimensions beyond human comprehension. As the embodiment of the Marvel Multiverse, it represents the sum total of all the abstract entities contained within.
It exercises its authority over all alternate realities in the multiverse – but probably not over the entire omniverse; as a result, he is one of the few living things that possess no alternate counterparts on parallel earths, remaining unique within the multiverse. He can monitor the entire multiverse simultaneously and analyze the immense amount of information he receives in this way, making him a truly omniscient being. The cosmic power of the Living Tribunal is seemingly limitless; he is able to obliterate planets and stars at will, or form completely impenetrable barriers around entire planets, or even entire universes.
He is even able to nullify the power of Infinity Gems, preventing them from being used in unison. Before he can act, the three faces of the Tribunal must agree to a unanimous verdict. Thanos, wielding the Infinity Gauntlet, ranked the power of the Living Tribunal as the highest in the hierarchy of the regular multiverse of the Marvel Universe. However, the Tribunal also referred to a higher entity that largely overshadows its own power16 and was easily killed by the Beyonders.
The Living Tribunal was, like Mephisto, created by The One-Above-All, but the Living Tribunal is much more powerful than the infernal ruler. The Tribunal was, for a long time, thought to be the most powerful being in the universe, until it was discovered that he served another, more powerful being. The Living Tribunal could defeat Mephisto and that is why he ended up on our list.
The One Above All (alternatively One-Above-All) is a fictional deity from the Marvel Universe that is depicted as the creator of the whole Multiverse. Although his presence was part of the Marvel mythos early on, he did not appear until 2004’s Fantastic Four #511, where he appeared in the form of Jack Kirby; Mark Waid and Mike Wieringo are credited as his creators. The One Above All’s design changed and today, a lot of people suspect that he is not Jack Kirby (anymore?), but rather Stan Lee, although that has never been officially confirmed. Apparently responsible for the existence of all life in the Multiverse and possibly beyond,
The One Above All is the master and sole superior of the cosmic overseer and arbitrator known as the Living Tribunal, whose faces, embodying equity, vengeance, and necessity respectively, are in perfect alignment with one another as it passes judgment. Although he has appeared in various stories, The One Above All is most closely associated with the Fantastic Four, as they were the first characters to actually see him in his debut appearance; he credited them on their heroics and promised them new adventures, while reviving the Thing. He also appeared to Spider-Man, disguised as a homeless man, and has had an encounter with Thanos and Adam Warlock.
Well, since The One-Above-All created everything in the Marvel Universe, it is quite obvious that he could destroy Mephisto. The One-Above-All created Mephisto and he is the only person that Mephisto explicitly names as being able to defeat him. As his creator, The One-Above-All could also obliterate him, he could completely destroy him and this is why he landed a place on our list.
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