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I was in a Marvel forum, and I saw a picture of Squirrel Girl with a defeated Thanos, and the Watcher saying that it was the real Thanos, and that she had saved the universe.

I'm not sure if that is a joke from Marvel, or it it is canon. In which comic did this happen?

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related scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/8454/… –  Einer Jul 14 at 14:58
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Squirrels. She defeated him with squirrels. –  Keen Jul 14 at 15:57
    
also defeated wolverine with squirrels its weird that she works has a babysitter for the avengers being so powerfull –  cidric Jul 14 at 16:14
    
@Keen, Squirrels, his one true weakness! And that of every single other villain in Marvel! –  Brian S Jul 14 at 16:49
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She defeated him with style and panache, of course... –  djm Jul 14 at 17:33

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This occurred in GLX-MAS #1 published in 2005. It was a special holiday issue. The stories included are meant as parodies, and not canon within the main Marvel Universe.

Marvel describes the issue as such:

Marvel’s own Milwaukee-based Misfits are back—in their very own, double sized X-mas special! Sure, they survived the GLA mini-series, but can Squirrel Girl, Mr. Immortal, and pals survive… the HOLIDAYS?!? 6 all-new features of mockery, morbidity, and merriment-- including the return of Grasshopper, Deathurge… and the Yuletide tyranny of Dr. Tannenbaum?!

There are actually two stories involved here.

The first is "Eggnog, Toilet Paper, & Peace on Earth". It ends with Squirrel Girl running to battle Thanos.

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The second story is "Days of X-Mas Past". Unfortunately, it is never explained how Squirrel Girl defeated Thanos, just that she did.

squirrel girl vs thanos

As to how Squirrel Girl might be able to defeat Thanos, one might refer to the answer to the question How did Squirrel Girl defeat Dr Doom? which explains a possible battle strategy (Squirrel Swarming the enemy with extraordinary numbers) and points out the fact that her official power/ability stats are maxed out.

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On the Facebook game Marvel:Avengers Alliance one of her power moves is (of course) a squirrel swarm (called Fury Furry). –  Monty129 Jul 14 at 19:36

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