Marvel Characters Galactus has never beaten in a fight

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Galactus is one of Marvel’s most fearsome beings, a cosmic force of nature who roams the cosmos devouring planets. One of the most intelligent beings in the universe, Galactus has been around since before the current iteration of the universe began, transformed into an all-powerful being in the crucible of creation. The coming of Galactus is always a moment of great fear, as he was responsible for destruction on an unfathomable scale.

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As powerful as Galactus is, he is not invincible. There are many beings that Galactus surprisingly never defeated. Galactus has learned the hard way that power doesn’t always equate to victory.


ten Galactus lost in Age of Apocalypse X-Men in an issue of What if …


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The Age of the Apocalypse is one of the most beloved X-Men stories of the ’90s and while Marvel certainly wanted to cash in on its popularity after it ended, it was a bit impossible at the time. So in What if… (Vol. 2) 81, they made a story about what would have happened if this world hadn’t ended. Galactus shows up and the X-Men are forced to fight him to save the world.

With the help of Tony Stark, the X-Men are able to fight off Galactus, with Weapon X even killing Silver Surfer. Galactus is mortally wounded in battle, which is a big difference from every fight the heroes of the regular Marvel Universe have had with him.

9 Nothing can defeat the living tribunal


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This one is kind of technical but it still matters. The Living Tribunal is the second most powerful being in the Marvel Universe, acting as a judge for one foremost. Its power is absolute; it can even deactivate the Infinity Gauntlet, robbing the user of their divine power. There is only one thing beyond its power and that is to overcome the One above all.

No one has ever really fought the Living Tribunal because it would be futile. In this regard, Galactus has never beaten the Living Tribunal. He is too intelligent to face a being who outclasses him so vastly.

8 The Ultimates managed to turn Galactus into a Lifebringer


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The Ultimates was another type of super-team, more dedicated to solving universe problems than subduing things, although with members like Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel, Spectrum, America, and Black Panther, they could certainly do it as well. One of those issues was Galactus, and they approached it in a new way.

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The team managed to force Galactus into their incubator, which was no small feat. This turned Galactus into a Lifebringer and he would join the team on their mission to solve the universe’s problems.

7 Doctor Strange once helped Earth’s heroes fend off Galactus


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During the classic Fantastic Four story, “The Trial of Galactus,” a weakened Galactus breaks his vow not to consume Earth and Earth’s heroes clash against him. This is one of the few times the heroes of Earth were able to beat him without tricks, as he was on the verge of starvation. One of the most important heroes in the battle was Doctor Strange.

Strange was able to use his magical abilities to confront Galactus with the souls of all the beings he has slain over the years, which led him to do something no one had heard before: Galactus screamed. The distraction caused by this allowed the FF and the Avengers to take him down.

6 The Avengers are 1-0 against Galactus


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The Avengers were also present during the battle with Galactus in “The Trial Of Galactus”. You would think the team had dealt with the Devourer of the World before, but Galactus and the Avengers had never crossed paths, as the FF were usually dealing with the Cosmic Being. Things were drastic, however, so the Avengers stepped in to help.

The power and skill of the Avengers helped immensely in battle, helping to wear down the already weakened Galactus. As the battle was won, the Avengers learned a valuable lesson that day: that even a weakened Galactus was not an easy foe to beat.

5 Thor defeated Galactus every time they fought


Thor has faced dangerous enemies over the years and his battles against Galactus are always something special. The two have had multiple encounters over the years and although Galactus is more powerful than Thor, the God of Thunder has always managed to come out on top. Galactus may have the power, but Thor’s means and sheer refusal to lose have served him well.

Galactus even made Thor his herald, believing that this would prevent a vision he had of Thor from being the reason for his death. This was a mistake, as Thor used his power combined with that of the cosmic power to eliminate the cosmic being.

4 The mage foiled Galactus as he did for everyone else


In the Infinity Gauntlet following, Infinity war, the mage began a campaign that ended up bringing him the Infinity Gauntlet. Galactus, working with Doctor Strange and Silver Surfer, set out to stop the mage but was as ineffective as anyone who tried. Although the mage didn’t engage Galactus per se, he completely outmaneuvered him, even destroying his ship.

When Galactus finally got to a point where he could fight the Mage, the evil side of Adam Warlock had already acquired the power of the Infinity Gauntlet. In the end, Warlock defeated the Mage without any help from Galactus.

3 Doctor Doom enslaved Galactus


There are few on Earth more fearsome than Doctor Doom. He is a master of magic, one of the smartest people on Earth, and the ruler of his own country. Doom has defeated a who’s who of enemies deployed against him, and Galactus is no different. In fact, at one point Doom was able to capture Galactus and turn him into a power bank for Latveria.

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Few have ever been able to do such a thing against Galactus, and Doom was one of them. Doom doesn’t often lose and Galactus is a being he doesn’t lose to, mainly to prove he’s better than the FF, since he’s doing it on his own.

2 Thanos defeated Galactus every time they fought


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Thanos and Galactus have a lot in common. Both are extinction level events. Both are extremely powerful, with Thanos having more powers than can be waved, just like Galactus. The mere mention of either name scares anyone who hears them. Of course, as with all things, Thanos is someone even Galactus fears.

Thanos and Galactus have faced each other multiple times and each time Thanos has won. While it’s debatable whether he’s more powerful than Galactus, Thanos has a habit of defeating beings who are ostensibly his superiors, and Galactus is no different.

1 The Fantastic Four have been beating Galactus for years


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The Fantastic Four are the first family in the Marvel Universe, and while they don’t seem like much on paper, together they’re a force to be reckoned with. They were the first humans to confront Galactus and, with the help of Silver Surfer and Uatu, defeated the Big G. Since then, the FF has been Earth’s first line of defense against Galactus and has yet to failed.

FFs win their battles thanks to their combination of power, intelligence and teamwork. They made good use of these attributes against Galactus, as he rarely expects to be foiled, which is usually the key to beating him.

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