The Top 10 Martial Artists In DC Comics Current Continuity
10. Red Hood (Jason Todd)
To become Robin, Jason Todd was trained by Bruce Wayne, just as Dick Grayson was. Batman instructed him in acrobatics, marksmanship and martial arts. After his return, he expands on his training by learning from people of the same caliber as those who trained his ex-mentor Batman i.e. the All-Caste and the League of Assassins. With an extensive knowledge of Batman’s tactics, Jason can anticipate most of his former mentor’s actions and counter them.
9. Black Canary
Black Canary is highly trained and skilled in several forms of martial arts but Muay Thai and Judo being the most notable of her styles. Having been trained by other top-tier fighters such as Wildcat, Lady Shiva, Wonder Woman and more. Her superpower, the Canary Cry, allows her to create ultrasonic vibrations from her mouth whenever she screams allowing her to severely damage both organic and inorganic objects. Her Canary Cry has been depicted as having the capabilities as most sonic weapons Ten-fold and has even been depicted as breaking metals and as having the resonance to affect and shatter the Earth.
Dick Grayson possesses peak athletic strength and endurance who regularly engages in intensive physical exercise. Nightwing is a master in various forms of unarmed combat, such as Aikido, Boxing, Capoeira, Eskrima, Hapkido, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Savate, Shaolin Kung Fu, Taekwondo, and Wing Chun, and is armed with twin Eskrima sticks made from an unbreakable polymer. Grayson is a prodigious natural athlete, master acrobat and aerialist possessing a peak level of agility/acrobatic skills. He is regarded as the greatest acrobat in the DC Universe. He is the only human on Earth who can do the quadruple somersault (formerly one of three, the other two being his parents). He is shown to have natural skill in reading the body motion of others and is able to anticipate and predict one’s next action. Like that of Batman, he also possessed a will strong enough to withstand even telepathic attack.
7. Robin (Damian Wayne)
Having been trained by the League of Assassins since birth, Damian is already an highly trained expert in martial arts and in wielding a wide range of weaponry. Despite his age, Damian has taken on and bested trained fighters like Talia Al Ghul, Red Hood (Jason Todd), Red Robin (Tim Drake), and Deathstroke, amongst others.
Deathstroke possesses enhanced strength (the strength of 10 men), heightened speed, agility, reflexes, stamina, endurance and durability granted by an experimental serum. His enhancements made it possible for him to press about a ton. He has the capacity to use up to 90 percent of his brain at any one time, making him a tactical genius, adept at turning his opponents’ own abilities against them; this can also be attributed to his years in the military and combat with various heroes. Deathstroke also possesses a healing factor in his blood that enables him to recover from physical injury much faster than a normal person. This enables him to recover from what would otherwise be fatal injuries. Deathstroke is also a formidable martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant. He proved himself to be one of the best fighters in the United States Army and, through his martial arts training, he would later be a master of Boxing, Karate, Bōjutsu, Jojutsu, Jujitsu and Ninjutsu. Deathstroke is also skilled in the use of various weapons, including swords and firearms, which are among his current weapons of choice.
5. Ra’s al Ghul
Due to his expanded life span, Ra’s has accumulated a vast knowledge of hand-to-hand combat and martial arts (all of which rival or are greater than that of Batman). When in combat, he favors more ancient weaponry (as he has had more time to utilize them than more modern weaponry). These weapons include scimitars, katana, bolas, throwing stars (shuriken), smoke pellets, and miniaturized explosives. His constant exposure to the Lazarus Pits have granted him slightly enhanced endurance, strength, and healing.Over the centuries he has also developed powers of magic and mysticism that grant him even great power and abilities.
Batman has been repeatedly described as being one of the greatest martial artists in the DC Universe, and having peak human physical conditioning. As a polymath, his knowledge and expertise in countless disciplines is nearly unparalleled by any other character in the DC Universe. He has traveled the world acquiring the skills needed to aid him in his endeavors as Batman. Batman has trained extensively in various martial arts, mastering over 127 different types. Batman has the ability to function under great physical pain and to withstand telepathy and mind control.
3. Bronze Tiger
Bronze Tiger is a highly skilled grandmaster of martial arts. Fluent in many expressions of the art form of combat Bronze Tiger is skilled enough to be a member of the elite fighting team of the Untitled. The only fighter in the DC Universe said to be on par with Lady Shiva. That’s quite a compliment!
2. Cassandra Cain
As a child, Cassandra Cain received intensive training by her father, along with several other members of the League of Assassins, including Bronze Tiger, Merlyn the archer, and a series of instructors hired by her father, including Alpha. Upon taking the mantle of Batgirl, she was trained further by Batman, Oracle, Black Canary, and by Lady Shiva. She received supplementary instruction from Onyx. Cassandra’s superiority in combat results not just from her excellent physical condition, but from her cognitive functions (the result of her idiosyncratic upbringing) that enables extraordinary feats of coordination as well as perceiving minute changes in an opponent’s movements and body language. Her upbringing using body language as her exclusive mode of communication also had the effect of enabling her to “read” minute changes in an opponent’s expressions, breathing, muscles, joint position, and center of gravity which in turn allows her to see or “predict” an opponent’s moves before they happen. It is possible this ability is only partially the result of her upbringing and that there is a genetic predisposition to it since Lady Shiva, Cassandra’s mother, is the only other martial artist known in the DC universe to have this ability. Cassandra also exhibits extraordinary resistance to pain. On more than one occasion she has been described as “being able to take a bullet wound and not even bat an eye”, due to additional training received as a child.
1. Lady Shiva
Lady Shiva is regarded by many as one of the best assassins on the planet. She is the world’s foremost grandmaster of martial artists and is very skilled with all forms of weapons – even being a part of the Untitled with such greats as Bronze Tiger, Cheshire, December Graystone, Rictus, and Red Hood. She is known to have learned and mastered numerous martial arts, including long forgotten ones. She is able to read people’s movements through their body language, predicting their movements beforehand. She is able to hold her own against multiple opponents. Batman, who is also considered to be one of the greatest martial artists, stated that “she may well be the best fighter alive.”