- Superman in theory could be beaten with one hit from an average Joe
- Some understanding of how Superman's defenses might work
- DC is inconsistent when it comes to how Magic is used.
- To find out how it happens you have to read a ridiculous scenario
What I am going to do here is not accept the standards that have been given us and challenge the common logic in a given fantasy realm. To be more specific, I will go into detail on how a normal human being could defeat if not eliminate Superman with one single blow, that is not reliant on Kryptonite.
Please know that in this case, it is theory crafting. What that means is that though the writers would never allow such a thing to happen, I will present you with the logical evidence to prove my case. The reason I must emphasize this is because, canon wise, there are numerous sources that writers have seemed to just ignore for the sake of story progression. I for one will make the attempt to stick to fictional-facts.
So without further ado, I present you with how I believe Superman could easily be defeated by an average person, without the help from Kryptonite, in one blow.
As we all know, Superman's greatest weakness is Kryptonite. This substance not only makes him weak, it also incapacitates, causes pain and lowers Superman's defenses to a low number. The part I want to focus on is the lowering of defenses.
Kryptonite takes Superman's impenetrable aura (exterior) and interior defenses (tough body) and makes him completely vulnerable to all harmful elements.
Aura being the logical defenses that extend past his being, which you can see is in action when bullets bounce off his outfit or him being so close or inside of the sun. In any normal situation, even with bullets, his clothes would have been damaged.
Having both exterior and interior defenses reduced, Superman in theory could be simply ended with a knife or beating that is enough to end a normal man. Now this is of course arguable, since there are plenty of cases where Superman being exposed to Kryptonite, continued to take an above average beating. This of course is due to the fact that though his defenses are low, there still needs to be a significant amount of "power" needed to finish him off. Though he may be vulnerable enough to die from a normal beating, the term normal has to be some one with the power comparable to his level of defense.
(Below are examples of exterior intact and exterior failure)
Lex was wearing a super suit. This could have gave him tremendous strength, enough to easily finish the job. This does not mean that superman was completely defenseless, but could suggest that he was susceptible to lower powered attacks.
In this clip, we hear that since there is nothing that can cut through his skin, they need to create a Kryptonite scalpel. This Scalpel would have to dig deep enough into his flesh to dig the bullet out. Although clearly that isn't how the clip plays out.
The point here is that a human being is capable of dealing a minor amount of damage. Though Batman physically is above normal and his strikes are most likely more skilled. This of course does not mean a normal human being could deal the same damage. But let's keep going.
Why am I talking about Kryptonite when I said from the beginning that the average would be dealing a significant, if not final blow WITHOUT Kryptonite? It is in the least important to understand the levels of defense that Superman has before we talk about going past them.
For those who may not know this. Superman is completely vulnerable to Magic. What does this mean? This means that 100% of the damage done is not hindered by Superman's defenses.
How do we define magic? I believe in the realm of what we are speaking about there are two kinds of Magic.
Mystic magic. People like Doctor Strange and Zatanna are the examples I would give of mystical magic. From certain sources Vampires and Werewolves are also lumped into this type and supposedly have an advantage over Superman.
Mythical god-like magic. In this case, I would lump this kind of magic coming from a god-like source. Be it Odin, Thor, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel (Shazam) and Black Adam. All of the strength/power come from this type of magic.
Superman has been known to be vulnerable to both kinds of magic.
One of the biggest problems I have with the Magic argument and Superman is how inconsistent it is with Superman.
For example, the following images all show how Superman is easily injured with magic items. Observe how the damage made took almost no effort to draw blood. This is a clear sign that Magic items easily penetrate both interior and exterior defenses and required 0% effort.
(To be fair, the image on the right is not what it seems to be. But in essence it logically makes sense)
While the images presented here do not seem to do the same kind of damage. In essence, there is little to no sign that the damage done is of a serious condition. Sure the attacks appear to be doing some serious damage, but nothing here actually shows that Superman was actually vulnerable to magic. This is one of my biggest pet peeves with claiming that Superman has a vulnerability to Magic only to have it look like any other powerful attack that hurts him.
From these inconsistent issues with magic, the one thing I have learned is that if the being is magic, they hurt Superman. But if there is a magic Item involved, then that is where it could be devastating.
All the normal person needs now, is a magic item.
We all know Mjolnir as the weapon whom Thor wields. The idea now is that if an average person could attain Mjolnir, then they could in theory be able to deal a tremendous blow to Superman. But there are some variables that we need to take into account before we proceed.
Before I go any further, I do understand that Mjolnir in the context that we are speaking about is from the Marvel Universe and Superman is from DC. This is nerd talk, who cares? Just flow with it.
In order to possess Mjolnir, one would first have to be considered to be "worthy". Now after some research, this seems to be the most ambiguous requirement. What does worthy mean? Does it mean worthy to Odin? Worthy to Asgard Law? Who knows?
Well I wont be able to answer that for anyone now, but I can say the guys over at Comicvine have done a great job at putting together a theoretical meaning for Mjolnir worthiness which could be viewed here.
Powers: According to the wiki it is said that the hammer does posses the force to destroy mountains. The list goes on, but in this case we just need to understand that the hammer itself allows the wielder to posses mountain destroying power.
(Taken from Comicvine) Let's go ahead and use this frame of reference.
In theory I would say without a doubt YES. If some one were to posses Mjolnir and then make an attempt on an innocent persons life, I would assume the hammer is no longer accessible to the wielder. So how would a normal person even make the attempt, if they are Worthy and int he act of doing something unworthy?
Then how could an average person take out Superman?
In order for this to go down correctly, we have to build the scenario. Don't worry, the scenario is a reasonable and logical situation.
(I know this part is a little outrageous, but it is for those who might need a viable means to accept the concept presented to them)
So the idea is that Solomon Grundy is in town. And all of the Super Heroes are having a hard time taking him down. And this isn't just your normal Grundy, this is the intelligent version. A handful of Heroes arrive on the scene, some including Thor, Hawkgirl and Superman.
Most of the heroes are down. The only one standing is Superman, and he is currently having a very hard time finishing Grundy off.
The average person is not far away having been witness to the massacre. Nothing that Superman is throwing at him is working. People all around are dying. Innocents being caught in the crossfire are paying a heavy toll. The average person who we will call Bob, notices that Hawkgirl's mace is laying next to her. And most of us know that her mace is the only weapon that is able to finish Grundy for good.
You go over and grab the mace and while Grundy is distracted, you give a tremendous blow to Grundy, knocking him down and stunning him. Now is the time to strike. Bob goes over to make the final blow and Superman stops him. Superman does not believe in killing even if it means that other innocence could pay the price.
This is the moment where Bob has an obligation to protect the innocent. Superman takes the mace away and he refuses to deal a finishing blow. Bob feels he has the responsibility to save the innocent. Not far from him, he sees Mjolnir on the ground next to an unconscious Thor. Bob makes his way over to it, successfully picks it up and with obligation, feels he must take out Superman to acquire Hawkgirl's mace, resulting the finishing of Grundy and saving the innocents.
Superman standing there, Bob raises the hammer and strikes Superman in the head.
Did it work? Did Bob the average Joe defeat Superman with one mountain destroying blow?
Let's first look at some of the conflicts that might arise.
In one of our previous articles titled "Superman is horrible with power efficiency" which could be viewed here. We go into detail on how Superman in various ways not only allows damage to be done to himself, but also to innocent people.
As mentioned before in the article title "Superman is horrible with power efficiency", it also touches on how Superman often at times allows his enemies to beat on him and even get the first shot. Superman is so sure of himself, he sometimes doesn't even try to defend himself. Bob being a normal human being, this would most likely be the same scenario. Below are some examples of just that.
Or maybe you think that there is something I am missing? Let's talk about it.