Superman, Wonder Woman, Jean Grey, Storm – there are an incredible amount of seriously powerful superheroes that exist in comics. Though, with the ones that were just mentioned, they’re incredibly powerful no matter what they are wearing on their body. In contrast, for others there appears to be much more to a superhero than just his or her powers. Their costumes and their suits can also add extra abilities and strength they would otherwise not have.
But there are only a handful of these superhero suits and armors that truly stand out as powerful, stretching across both Marvel and DC comics. Lucky for you we’ve tracked down the 10 most powerful!
10. War Machine’s Suit
9. Blue Beetle’s Suit
It can track anything that produces energy, allow for superhuman strength and agility, and the armor can produce a temporary energy bubble around Jaime or anything nearby. The suit can produce wings allowing Jaime to fly and also double as shields. The scarab can create an energy cannon, a sword and shield, a grappling hook, an energy blaster, claws and powerful, sharp blades.
8. Cyborg’s Suit
Cyborg (Victor “Vic” Stone) is half man, half machine, possessing enhancements that give him superhuman strength, endurance, and durability. Technically, his robotic form is still a suit that has given him more power than he previously had as a normal human being. Vic is able to reshape various parts of his body into any number of different weapons – including a finger laser attachment, telescopic eyepiece, sonic disruptor, electric shockers, grappling hooks, and winches. Vic is able to lift anywhere from 15 to 20 tons and depending on what kind of upgrades he gets, he could probably lift more.
Batman and Cyborg even created a program called The Grid, which allows him to better manage the constant flow of uploading and downloading data he receives constantly. Vic is also able to interface with technology – an ability that’s referred to as technopathy.
7. Iron Spider
Peter Parker already has a memorable red and blue costume, but during the Civil Warevent years ago, his friend Tony Stark provided him with a brand new suit. Superheroes are battling one another, so Iron Man decides to give Spider-Man the Iron Spider – a suit that is red and gold and comes with a host of gadgets and technological components. Not only does it have a great visual look and style, but it came with pretty nice enhancements as well, like its three mechanical spider-arms protruding from Peter’s back.There was also a built-in fire/police/emergency scanner, a cloaking device, limited bulletproofing and a short-range GPS microwave communication system. It also grants Peter the ability to breathe underwater and the entire suit responds to mental control.
6. Black Panther’s Suit
5. The Thrasher Suit
Bruce Wayne has altered his Batsuits plenty of times, but he outdid himself with the Thrasher suit. Bruce Wayne utilized this armor in issues 8 and 9 of Batman (Volume 2) while trying to defend the Batcave from a gang of Talons. But, very typically of Bruce, the suit is still designed with the classic Bat ears on top of the helmet. The suit is made of meta-aramid fibers, created of Batman’s own design, which happens to be tougher than Kevlar. The Thrasher Suit is also built to withstand burning heat and blistering cold temperatures as low as the Arctic winter (take that Mr.Freeze!). It employs a semi-solid flow micro battery and comes equipped with enough oxygen to last for weeks. Clearly this was built to sustain battle in the most inhospitable places on the planet.
4. The Hulkbuster
Everyone should remember seeing this classic Iron Man suit from Avengers: Age of Ultron. Obviously, as the name suggests, the suit was constructed specifically for Hulk were he ever to completely flip out and become unstoppable. This armor first made its debut in the comics in issue #304 of Iron Man, with Tony having made it for the purpose of hand-to-hand combat with the Hulk. This first iteration of the armor was built with impact-resistant carbon-composites and a magno-hydraulic pseudo-musclature – seemingly something made up – rated at 175 tons. With the suit, Tony is able to go toe-to-toe in a pretty lengthy battle with the Jolly Green Giant, so you better believe that is strong enough to warrant mentioning.
3. ‘Dark Knight Returns’ Armor
This is one of the most iconic pieces of superhero armor that exists within the DC universe and was created by Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. Superman is ordered by the president to stop Batman – even though he’s made Gotham the safest city in the country – and Batman is well-prepared. So to take on the Man of Steel, Bruce builds himself a brand new suit durable enough to withstand a fist-to-fist fight. With the help of a one-armed Oliver Queen firing off a Kryptonite arrow, Bats is able to defeat Supes. This armor also made its cinematic debut this year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – and it looks much cooler in the film than it does in the comic.
2. Doctor Doom’s Mystical Armor
Doom is a supervillain and not a superhero so while he technically may not qualify for this list, his armor certainly does. Doctor Doom’s regular armor is a nuclear-powered battle suit, that is also computer-assisted, and was magically forged Tibetan monastery. It also helps to make Doctor Doom look like one of the baddest and coolest characters in the Marvel universe. But his Mystical Armor is something else entirely. In order to obtain it, Doom killed the only woman he loved and took the skin off of her bones to make the leather used in his superhero armor. Doom is one evil, evil man and this suit is the perfect embodiment of that.
1. Bleeding Edge Armor