Simon Williams, Wonder Man, is one of the Avengers’ most tried-and-true members. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in avengers #9, Williams’s body of ionic energy gives him enhanced strength, durability, flight, and a limited ability to absorb and redirect nearby energy.
Though Williams prefers peace and theater to punching and heroics, the Avengers powerhouse is not one to generally shy away from a fight. Over the past sixty years, Wonder Man has used his top-notch fighting prowess to beat everyone, from members of the Masters of Evil to his teammates of him on the Avengers.
10 A Titan Toppled: Wonder Man Pounds Pym
A founding Avenger, Hank Pym, is a man who has gone by many names. Boosting the powers of growth, shrinking, insect control, and bioblasts (depending on the persona), Pym has led the Avengers, created Ultron, and defended the Earth as one of the premier members of its mightiest superhero team.
Nevertheless, Wonder Man took out Pym with a single hit in writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby’s avengers #9. As a member of the Masters of Evil, Simon battled against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. When Pym hurled a boulder at him, Wonder Man tossed it away and struck the scientist in the gut, taking out Giant-Man.
9 Wonder Man Halts War Machine
Loyal friend to Tony Stark, James Rhodes has made his legacy as the gun-toting War Machine. Sporting an Iron Man suit modified with the firepower he is so fond of, Rhodey has blasted the enemies of justice on teams like the Avengers and Force Works.
In 1993’s Wonder Man Vol. 2 #23, writer Gerard Jones and penciler Jeff Johnson pitted the Ionic Avenger against his former teammate as a result of the machinations of Mephisto. The demon partially possessed Wonder Man, causing him to brutally beat his ally into the ground.
8 Disenchanted: Wonder Man Takes Down Amora The Enchantress
Amora the Enchantress has been a part of Simon Williams’s life since his first appearance in avengers #9. An Asgardian with a gift for magic, Amora and her de ella lackey Skurge have fought alongside people like Baron Zemo and the Masters of Evil in pursuit of things like revenge, power, and the bed of Thor.
The Enchantress and Wonder Man clashed in Wonder Man Vol. 2 #2, written by Gerard Jones and penciled by Jeff Johnson. After Amora attempted to enslave Williams in order to gain power in Hollywood, Wonder Man broke free of his mind control of him. However, Williams walloped the sorcerer after “beating” the West Coast Avengers in a mock battle, ending her campaign.
7 Starjammed: Wonder Man Beats The Starjammers
An integral yet underappreciated part of Marvel Cosmic, the Starjammers are a group of interstellar pirates. Led by Corsair (the father of Cyclops and Havok), the team typically consists of genial bruiser Ch’od, vivacious pilot Hepzibah, prickly swordsman Raza Longknife, and sentient squirrel-being Cr’reee and are often found working alongside Shi’ar Empress Lilandra.
These characters clashed with Wonder Man in Operation: Galactic Storm, a 1992 crossover that saw the Avengers intervene in the prolonged conflict between the Shi’ar and the Kree. As the Shi’ar-aligned Starjammers bring a massive bomb across our solar system, Wonder Man bests the combat crew to stop the weapon’s transportation.
6 Ark-Offed: Wonder Man Bests Arkon
Warlord of the extradimensional Polemachus, Arkon the Magnificent, is a classic Marvel character who has battled the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and more throughout his 50-year history. With enhanced strength, speed, and specialized lightning bolts, Arkon’s arsenal can give any Marvel hero a run for their money.
In another of his visits to the 616, Arkon sought to defeat Wonder Man by playing him in a film. As the rest of the West Coast Avengers were forced to stand aside due to Arkon’s threat of nuclear explosion, Wonder Man traded blows with the malevolent monarch until he knocked Arkon to the ground.
5 Wonder Man Smashes The Abomination
The Abomination is one of the Hulk’s most enduring villains, a power-hungry saboteur who, after being exposed to gamma radiation, became a thorn in the side of the Marvel Universe’s forces for good. Emil Blonsky is one of Marvel’s most formidable villains, boasting all the classic powers of the Hulk yet retaining his intellect from him.
Though the Abomination is tough, Wonder Man is tougher. In a fight that took place over several pages, the two bruisers fought through a Hollywood film set. The battle sorely tested Williams’s strength and resolve him, but in the end, a massive blow to the head allowed Wonder Man to put the Abomination down for good.
4 Imperius Wrecked: Wonder Man Bests Namor
Marvel’s Namor is one of the most arrogant, loud-mouthed comic characters. Still, his immense strength and durability of him generally allow the Crown Prince of Atlantis to be as obnoxious as he wants. Still, Namor flies typically on the side of the Angels, being an effective member of groups like the Avengers, the Defenders, the Invaders, and the X-Men.
In a storyline that saw Namor villain Attuma brainwash several Avengers in an attempt to gain the throne of Atlantis, Namor and Attuma met to battle on a floating platform. Wonder Man, Beast, and WWII hero the Whizzer arrived to help Namor, but Attuma tricked Namor into fighting the group. Luckily, Wonder Man was able to best the monarch.
3 Rage Reducer: Wonder Man Subdues Red Hulk
General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross had dedicated his life to hunting and destroying the Hulk by whatever means necessary. One day, that meant turning himself into a version of what he hated the most. After a stint of villainy as the Red Hulk, Ross partially redeemed himself by serving on the Avengers.
When Wonder Man sought to redeem himself after an attempted takedown of the Avengers, Red Hulk ambushed the hero when Simon talked to Captain America. However, Ross’s blows did not phase Wonder Man as Williams drained Ross’s gamma energy.
two Does Not Compute: Wonder Man Disassembles Ultron
The robotic Ultron sits firmly in the top tier of the Avengers’ rogues’ gallery, an iconic evil since his first appearance in avengers #54. A villain who becomes more powerful in each successive appearance, Ultron has used his massive intellect, extreme durability, and armies of duplicates to menace the Marvel Universe, even taking it over in some possible futures.
Despite Ultron’s demonstrated strength, Wonder Man took out the newly-upgraded Ultron-11 in writer Steve Engelhart and artist Al Milgrom’s West Coast Avengers Vol 2 #7. After helping Hank Pym reconcile with the benign Ultron-12, Wonder Man rescued the size-changing Avenger from the evil Ultron-11, thoroughly smashing the robot.
1 Grounded: Wonder Man Downs Captain Marvel
Today, fans know Carol Danvers as the high-flying Captain Marvel, confident Avengers leader, and the galaxy’s protector. However, Danvers first took to the skies as Ms. Marvel, bearing a succession of less-compelling costumes but still remaining a key member of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
When Wonder Man sought to destroy the Avengers, believing that the team’s violence only begat more violence, he battled Danvers in her Ms. Marvel persona. The two ex-lovers had a massive brawl in the sky above the ruins of Avengers Tower, ending with Williams sending the Maiden of Might crashing to the ground.
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