Deadliest warriors of all history
Darkseid vs Thanos
Height: 8 foot 9
Weapons: Bare Hands, Omega Beams, Energon Blasts, Anti-Life Equation, Soulfire
Strengths: Godlike Strength (crushed a Lantern Ring with his bare hands and is arguably stronger than Superman), Despite his large size and weighing nearly a ton Darkseid is extremely fast easily out-speeding and outmanoeuvring those who are beyond peak human speed, Is nigh on invulnerable to most kinds of damage (regularly combatting beings like Superman and others on the same level of power), Godlike intellect, Is ageless, His Omega Beams can remove most beings from existence or simply transport them to a place of Darkseid’s choosing if he deems them unworthy of even killing, Is telepathic and telekinetic, Can survive the vacuum of space, Can control weaker minds and remove weaker beings powers, Can create and destroy matter from nothing through Molecular Creation/Dispersion, Can teleport, Can imbue and remove power as he sees fit, With the Anti-Life Equation Darkseid can destroy and dominate the minds of all lesser beings, With the Soulfire Darkseid can draw upon the power of the other Darkseid’s in the multiverse making him a multiversal being.
Weaknesses: Is extremely vulnerable to Radion which is akin to Kryptonite to Superman, Despite his vast power he has been beaten and killed several times in the past, Despite his power Santa Claus still manages to deliver him a lump of coal every year (though this is just comic relief), The Soulfire has been retconned and is now deemed completely non-canon (granted in this battle to help combat the Infinity Gaunlet).
Height: 6 foot 7
Weapons: Bare Hands, Heat Vision, Energy Blasts, Magic and Curses, Infinity Gauntlet
Strengths: Is deemed a level 1 life ender by the Nova Corps which puts him in the class of a universal/cosmic level threat and reality ender, Godlike strength to the point that he can keep up with most iterations of the Hulk effortlessly as well as the likes of Thor and other Gods, Has one of the greatest minds in the Marvel Universe, Superhuman speed, Invulnerable to most kinds of damage (easily fighting fully enraged Hulk and even tanking three full force screams from Black Bolt who, if Thanos was not in the way, could have easily destroyed half of the planet and shattered the barrier between universes via screaming as well as taking on Odin himself, a being deemed so powerful that his attacks destroy alternate universes and tanked a direct blow from Gungir), Is ageless, Superhuman healing, Extreme agility, Can manipulate energy, Is telepathic and telekinetic, High skill in magic and curses, Can fly unaided, Can survive the vacuum of space, Can teleport via his techno-mystical transport chair as well as time travel and travel to alternate universes, Infinity Gauntlet grants him near total omnipotence.
Weaknesses: Thanos’s only weakness is his love of death and hatred of all life that leaves him actually suicidal, his only goals are either the destruction of everything or his own death meaning that subconsciously he always leaves himself open to be killed no matter what, It is possible to make Thanos give up the Infinity Gauntlet but the only way to do so is to offer him something he wants more (e.g. the death of a mortal enemy), the Infinity Gauntlet can only work in its own universe (removed for this battle).
It was just another day on Apokolips.
Darkseid stood on one of the many viewing platforms of his palace overviewing his tortured subjects below, his crimson red eyes unblinking as he observed his Parademons doing their duty in keeping the Lowlies downtrodden and reminding them of their worthlessness.
It was here that he ruled, here that he was God, a new God and it was here where no one dared to challenge him.
That was until now.
The sound of an energy spike from outside the large doors leading to his throne room drew Darkseid’s attention back inside and moments later a large explosion tore the door open, the blast sending several of his personal Furie Guard flying into the room either unconscious or dying.
Furrowing his brow Darkseid crossed his arms behind his back as he strode inside showing off his royalty and his total lack of fear of the attack on his palace “who dares to attack Darkseid?” he demanded, his voice booming throughout the hall as a shadowed figure emerged through the smoke of the explosion.
As the smoke cleared it revealed a large purple skinned figure on a floating throne, a broad arrogant grin on the Titan’s face as he rested his head in one hand showing almost boredom at the resistant Darkseid’s Guard had put up “finally, the mighty Darkseid, we meet at last” Thanos spoke as he rose from his throne “it has been long since I started my search for you”.
“Do you seek death?” Darkseid retorted glaring down at the smaller being.
“Don’t we all in one way or another?” Thanos replied, his arrogant smirk never leaving his features.
Scowling harder at the Titan’s response Darkseid simply closed his eyes, his mind entering Thanos’s to find his intentions “Thanos, son of A’lars and Sui-San, brother to Eros and the second last of the Titans” he spoke as he easily read Thanos’s mind “to leave your mind so open is a foolish move Titan, it is as if you wished for me to read your thoughts”.
“And what if I did?”.
“What purpose would that serve you Titan?”.
“To prove a point to you”.
“And what is this point?” Darkseid growled, his already thin patience wearing even thinner “what could you possibly prove to a new God?”.
“That I am a worthy challenge”.
Darkseid simply stood motionless glaring coldly down at Thanos at his proclamation making the Titan sigh “you have seen my mind Darkseid, you already know of my deeds and the power I wield” he spoke proceeding to walk passed Darkseid and onto the viewing platform “the Gauntlet that I wield upon my left hand is proof enough of my might” he continued raising his left hand to reveal the golden Gauntlet that adorned it as he looked down upon the pain and misery below.
“The Infinity Gauntlet”.
“Correct, with this I have laid waste to all that oppose me, entire worlds have fallen under the wrath of the Mad Titan and now I find myself at an impasse, the Gauntlet has granted me everything but that of which I truly deserve, what I crave more than anything, a beautiful death”.
“So you have come to me to end your life” Darkseid grated “instead of using the infinite power of the Gauntlet to end your own existence you choose to invoke my ire?”.
Thanos couldn’t help but chuckle darkly at Darkseid’s statement “you do not think that the concept of ending my own life has ever crossed my mind? There isn’t a day that goes by when I wish to simply turn the Gauntlet’s power upon myself and send myself into the embrace of sweet Lady Death” he explained as he admired the six Infinity Stones that adorned the Gauntlet, each one adding to his godlike power “but then what kind of death is suicide? My Lady would never take me into her service if my death was so…mundane, no, my end must be glorious!”.
Scowling yet again at the Titan’s declaration Darkseid pondered as to why he hadn’t just transported the invader into the core of the furthest black hole he could find “so you sought me out for execution?”.
“No, I have come to see if you truly are as powerful as the fates claim, to see if you are the one worthy enough to take my life” Thanos replied turning back around to face the larger overlord “so, tell me Darkseid, do you accept my challenge?”.
Having long grown tired of the Titan’s words Darkseid decided to answer with action instead of words, his crimson eyes glowing as he fired his Omega Beams at Thanos ready to remove him from existence at a molecular level. As the Beams reached Thanos however the Titan simply batted them away with his Gauntlet sending them careening across the throne room blowing up the room across from them.
“What?!” Darkseid exclaimed shocked as to how easily Thanos dealt with his attack before he grunted as the Titan rushed him delivering a punishing right hook straight to his gut, the force of the blow sending a shockwave through the new God which continued behind him sending everything behind Darkseid flying.
Gritting his teeth as pain shot through his abdomen Darkseid quickly retaliated with a brutal kick, sending Thanos flying clean out of the throne room, smashing through the wall and out of the palace where he fell into the chaos filled streets below.
Before the Titan could even hit the ground however Darkseid teleported behind him delivering a punch to the back of his head so powerful that the shockwave it created cracking the buildings around it and shattered every piece of glass for half a mile.
His head snapping forward from the harsh blow Thanos was sent flying again to which Darkseid teleported before him bringing his hand down onto the Titan’s back sending him crashing into the dirt. Reaching down Darkseid then grabbed Thanos by the back of the head hauling him back up “now do you understand the folly of invoking my wrath?” the new God growled only for Thanos to smirk back.
Snarling at the Titan’s insolence Darkseid brought his free fist down to strike him again only for Thanos to catch his fist and twist it hard, making the new God exclaim before Thanos set his feet to the ground balancing himself to throw Darkseid over his shoulder slamming him hard to the dirt.
Raising his left arm Thanos then activated the Power Stone of the Gauntlet to augment his already God-like power to new levels before bringing his fist down straight on Darkseid’s face. The force of the punch sending shockwaves through the streets so powerful that it caused the buildings in a several block area to crumble into rubble and sending their Lowlie inhabitants running for safety as Thanos created a massive shockwave beneath him and Darkseid by the blow.
As Thanos travelled down several miles into the huge crevice he had made he raised his fist again only to suffer an Omega Beam blast straight to the chest, the powerful death rays forcing him straight off of his feet and into the air dragging him out of the hole as Darkseid got to his feet and took off after him, more angered than injured by the attack.
Rising out of the crater Darkseid then harshly backhanded Thanos sending him flying back through his palace, through his throne and through several rooms before the Titan crashed straight out the other side.
As Thanos continued to fly through the air from the force of his punch Darkseid then teleported in front of him by several hundred yards, waiting for the Titan to approach so that he could strike again. When he threw a fist forward again though Thanos suddenly disappeared from few, using the Reality Stone to teleport, the Titan reappearing behind the confused and angered new God before slamming both hands down on either side of his head.
Grunting as his head momentarily rang from the harsh hit Darkseid fired another Omega Beam, the attack crisscrossing through the air and looping around to hit Thanos in the back, knocking him off guard allowing Darkseid to elbow him in the gut.
As Thanos was reeled from the shot to the stomach Darkseid turned around, grabbing the Titan by the throat before launching another barrage of Omega Beams straight at his face with enough force that it would knock Superman down.
To his shock however after mere moments of the Omega Beams barraging Thanos’s head they were pushed back as the Mad Titan launched his own Heat Vision to combat the beams, keeping them at bay as he then grabbed hold of both of Darkseid’s wrists squeezing them hard enough to make his bones creak and groan under the pressure.
Utilizing the Power Stone again Thanos broke Darkseid’s grip and delivered a crushing blow to the top of his head, cutting off the Omega Beams and sending him crashing into the ground once again before the Mad Titan sent a barrage of Energy Blasts after him, causing countless explosions in and around the crater the new God had created in his plummet levelling everything around it in a half mile radius.
Ending the Energy Blast assault Thanos waited a few moments as the dust settled, his arrogant smirk returning to his features “I guess you weren’t a challenge after all” he scoffed with a sigh, he’d have to search elsewhere for his beautiful death.
As he turned back towards the palace to return to his throne though Thanos stopped at the sound of stone cracking under him, looking down to see the very ground shifting sending cracks for miles around as several hundred thousand tons of the ground began to rise up. “You dare to underestimate a new God?!” the voice of Darkseid bellowed from below before the small mountain exploded revealing the ruler of Apokolips making Thanos’s grin grow broader.
“That’s it, give me a challenge!” Thanos roared launching another powerful Energy Blast at Darkseid who immediately retaliated with an Energon Blast, the two beams of pure energy colliding mid-air creating a stalemate.
As Apokolips’ sky lit up from the clashing beams of energy Thanos suddenly cut his off, ending his attack to launch himself at Darkseid straight through his Energon blast, his body causing the new God’s attack to split, forking through the air as the Mad Titan launched himself at Darkseid to deliver a crushing left hook to his face. The Gauntlet only adding to the force of the punch sending a shockwave that further cracked and destroyed the ground around them as well as making Darkseid stumble back.
“ENOUGH!!!” Darkseid then roared as pure power radiated from his body “your presence here as insulted me for long enough!” he bellowed as he teleported behind Thanos again quickly grabbing him in a crushing headlock “loneliness + alienation + fear + despair + self-worth ÷ mockery ÷ condemnation ÷ misunderstanding x guilt x shame x failure x judgment n=y where y=hope and n=folly, love=lies, life=death, self=dark side!”.
As the Anti-Life equation was spoken Thanos suddenly fell still, the Titan letting out a heavy breath as he seemed to surrender.
That was until his arms snapped up to grab Darkseid’s head and with one strong pull he launched the new God over his shoulder throwing him several dozen yards away “what is this?” Darkseid inquired as he righted himself “how can the Anti-Life Equation have no effect upon you?” he demanded to which Thanos just let out a condescending laugh.
“You act as if I don’t already understand the meaningless thing that is existence, that life is pointless, you seek to demoralise me with a fact I already know!” Thanos roared back sending another shot of Heat Vision at Darkseid who simply blocked it with his hand.
As Darkseid blocked his attack Thanos rushed in again slamming his fist into the new God’s gut sending him flying back before ramming his hands into the ground, getting a good grip before ripping a several thousand ton boulder straight from the ground. Lifting it high above his head Thanos then leapt at Darkseid bringing the rock down straight upon the new God’s head.
The sound of the boulder crashing down upon Darkseid echoed for hundreds of miles, near deafening the citizens of the capital city as Darkseid was barely slowed down by the attack.
As the two god-like entities continued to clash the very foundations of Apokolips began to shake under their might, huge craters and crevices cracking the ground around them as they rained blow after blow upon each other. Neither of them gaining any meaningful ground over the other as both of their unnatural endurance prevented the other from leaving a debilitating wound with Apokolips itself suffering more from their combat as the entire planet now began to quake and tremble.
“Come on, is this all the new God has to offer?!” Thanos taunted as Darkseid landed another punch upon his face, creating another shockwave which tore the ground around them to pieces.
“Insolent worm!” Darkseid bit back before delivering an uppercut to Thanos’s jaw making the Titan reel back, as Thanos staggered Darkseid grabbed him by the throat before taking to the sky, dragging the Mad Titan with him straight out of Apokolips’ atmosphere.
Now in the cold expanses of space Darkseid turned to throw Thanos full force back at Apokolips before launching another shot of his Omega Beams after him, the crimson lasers crisscrossing down after Thanos as the Titan’s body started to glow with heat from re-entry.
As he fell Thanos simply smirked as he saw Darkseid’s attack coming towards him, the Mad Titan waiting until the last moment before he hit the capital city of Apokolips to use the Reality Stone to remove himself from that point in space time causing the Omega Beams to miss and strike the city.
A rare smirk graced Darkseid’s lips as he observed the destruction of his city from the atmosphere, the loss of it was an annoyance but he could simply rebuild and the important citizens would have most likely survived the blast anyway. Confident that Thanos had been dealt with Darkseid was shocked to hear the sound of distorted energy behind him, turning just in time to receive a brutal punch to the face sending him flying once again.
Raising his hand Thanos then clutched at the air as he called upon his great skill in the Magical arts, creating a cocoon of magical energy around Darkseid freezing him in place before constricting around him with thousands of tons of pressure.
“You disappoint me Uxas” Thanos commented as he floated closer to the new God, angering his opponent further with the mention of his birth name.
“There is no Uxas, there is only Darkseid” Apokolips’ ruler grated back “who dared tell you of that name?”.
“I am not the only one who left his mind open” the Mad Titan smirked invoking yet more of Darkseid’s ire, the new God proceeding to show off his great resistance to magic as he broke free from Thanos’s grip with a simple flex of his brawn.
Teleporting behind Thanos again Darkseid delivered a harsh backhand to the back of his head sending him sailing back towards the planet but this time Darkseid made sure he reached the surface, rushing after him and grabbing the Titan by the throat to propel him faster to the surface.
When they struck the surface of Apokolips they did so at a force far greater than that of any meteor, their impact outright destroying the planet’s surface for hundreds of miles as they continued through the ground, the force of their impact sending both beings straight to the planets core.
Once they were surrounded by the unholy heat of Apokolips’ core Darkseid threw Thanos in deeper before firing his most powerful Omega Beams yet, the attack sending Thanos deep into the core before making the core instantly unstable, the new God teleporting back to the atmosphere several hundred miles away as Apokolips crumbled.
Safely out of the blast zone Darkseid scowled as he watched his home explode, again just another annoyance, he could always rebuild or if it came to it conquer another planet and transfer it to the fourth realm to make a new Apokolips “now all shall know the folly of challenging the new God”.
“Your victory is short lived Darkseid”.
Upon hearing Thanos’s voice in his mind Darkseid turned around to find the Mad Titan alive and breathing, his skin barely smouldered showing that he had at least tanked some of the planetary explosion before he had used the Reality Stone to remove himself from that point in space time.
Overcome with pure rage Darkseid let out an almost animalistic roar as he threw himself at Thanos who in turn lunged at the new God. Their impact almost audible to planets several light years away as they flew through space recoiling from the impact of each other’s blows, the two god-like beings clashing through the cosmos until finally they crash landed on a nearby planet with an atmosphere.
Upon landing Darkseid sent Thanos back with another blast of Omega Beams before calling upon his greatest power, his body starting to glow a bright golden with a fiery aura as his strength and durability skyrocketed “now Titan, you will tremble at the might of the Soulfire!” he declared as the very ground started to quake beneath them “with this I draw strength from every version of myself in the multiverse, my power is now infinite!”.
“Infinite power?” Thanos scoffed raising his left hand as the Infinity Gauntlet started to glow a crimson red, the Titan calling upon the power of all six Infinity Stones “now we can finally fight as equals, come now Darkseid, give me my beautiful end!” he roared before they both ran at each other, their battle cries echoing through the sky.
At that moment the powers Cosmic and Multiversal clashed and the entire planet suffered for it, the ground giving way and the very tectonic plates shattering as the planet exploded from the force of their impact which carried on throughout the galaxy, displacing stars and even outright snuffing out those too close to their point of conflict where now a brand new black hole was born from the explosion of their impact.
When the interstellar dust finally cleared around the new wound in the universe only one being was left alive, the Mad Titan staring down at where he and Darkseid had once been feeling both pride in defeating his opponent and disappointment at the fact he himself still breathed “you fought well new God but alas, you weren’t worthy to give me the end I deserve” the Mad Titan lamented as he inspected his battle damaged body, in that single moment Darkseid had harmed him more than he had in the entire fight “do not fear my sweet Lady Death, I will reach you sometime”.
Well….fuck, I am both excited and dreading the comments on this fight.
This was easily one of the most ‘who the fuck would actually win?!’ fights I’ve ever done which lead to several discussions with friends, readers and countless coin tosses but eventually I had to go with Thanos as with the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos is borderline the be all end all of Marvel villains.
Even without the Gauntlet the sheer feats that Thanos accomplished made him at base above base Darkseid as he has easily bested the Avengers multiple times, fight Odin to a standstill and as mentioned above tanked several reality breaking screams from Black Bolt. That’s not to say that Darkseid doesn’t have his own god-like feats but from what I’ve seen Darkseid has fallen to much less than what Thanos has taken and laughed off.
With the Gauntlet however Thanos sits comfortably on the same level of reality breakers and could possible even challenge Galactus himself who wields with Power Cosmic in its raw form and even at an outmost stretch could even pose an annoyance to the One Above All.
Sorry Darkseid, you may be one of my favourite DC villains but even with the Anti-Life Equation and Soulfire it still isn’t enough against Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.