How strong is Colossus? Before he became the new Juggernaut, everybody said he could lift over 100 tons. Now they're saying can lift 70 tons.

  • When he was a teenager he could only lift 40 tons. However, when Colossus was a teenager, he was strong enough to knock down the original Juggernaut (Cain Marko) and if he was lifting 40 tons at that time, he wouldn't be able to do that.

  • I personally believe he's a Class 100 or else he wouldn't be able to go toe to toe with the heavy hitters of the Marvel Universe. Can anyone explain this discrepancy?

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    It makes sense that he gets stronger over time, especially from teenager to adult. – Kevin Feb 13 '12 at 22:39
  • 70 tons isn't much more than an M1 Abrams tank. I would think he'd strain to lift two of those, but that's just me. – Beta Feb 14 '12 at 23:32
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    Of course it hasn't been consistently portrated. What is consistently portrayed in a long-running comic book series? – KSmarts Feb 19 '15 at 22:43
  • Why do people not realize all of these match-ups are merely speculation, even in the comic books!?! – user46908 Jun 13 '15 at 0:36
  • Welcome to this site. Please do not post comments and opinions as if they were answers. – Andres F. Jun 13 '15 at 0:54

According to the Marvel Universe Trading Card Series 2 (1991), the strength classifications are as follows:

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Judging by this:

Colossus didn't get a card in Series 2, but did in Series 3, which used the same metric:

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His strength is a 6, which puts him in the 50 to 100 ton range. Juggernaut did not get cards in either of these series, but he did get a card in the X-Men: Series 1 trading card set, published by the same manufacturer at the same time.

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His strength is also a 6. And yes, Colossus' strength is also a 6 in this series.

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    These cards are the first thing I thought of when I read the question. Good find! – Kevin Howell Feb 14 '12 at 18:41
  • All of these cards are over 15 years old. There is far more recent information available about the character. These would have listed his strength at the time. And not very accurately due to the limited range of the Marvel strength table. – Thaddeus Howze Dec 9 '12 at 19:06

Colossus is a mutant whose powers were due to his cellular replacement of his organic structure with an extra-dimensional organic osmium steel. This allowed his body to increase his physical resilience and superhuman strength.

  • Even as a teenager his superhuman strength was impressive placing him in the upper tiers of strength in the Marvel Universe at approximately 70-75 tons.

  • This put his strength in the same class as Doc Sampson, The Thing, She-Hulk and Thundra.

  • Since he was still a teenager, Xavier expected his physical ability to increase as he grew older. He was expected to achieve a Class 100 status making him the equal of The Thing, The Abomination, an un-enraged Hulk or Thor (without his strength enhancing belt or gauntlets).

  • His physical strength is currently greater than when he first joined the X-Men due to the realignment of his cells by Magneto following an injury during the Mutant Massacre. (X-men #188)

  • While in his armored form, Colossus requires no food, water, or even oxygen to sustain himself, and is extremely resistant to injury. He is capable of withstanding great impacts, large caliber bullets, falling from tremendous heights, electricity, and certain magical attacks.

Recently, Colossus has become an agent of Cytorrak, a near-immortal extra-dimensional being who is a member of a group of entities called the Octessence. These beings vast power is unmatched except by their mystical opposite, the Vishanti.

The Octessence

The Octessence trying to find a way to maintain their influence on the human world.

  • The previous agent of Cytorrak was Cain Marko, brother to Charles Xavier. Marko was a normal human who was imbued with the power of Cytorrak. Cytorrak had been banished from the human realm and found a way to disguise a portion of his power in a Vietnam village.

  • Cain Marko discovers the Crimson Gem of Cytorrak and read the inscription: "Whosoever touches this gem shall possess the power of the Crimson Bands of Cyttorak! Henceforth, you who read these words, shall become forevermore a human juggernaut!"

  • The stone gives a fraction of the power of Cyttorak to whoever possesses it via acting as a portal to or containing a portal within it to the Crimson Cosmos. The infusion of power gave Cain Marko, superhuman levels of physical strength, resistance and durability. The power increase is so vast, when the Juggernaut begins moving in a direction, he is basically unstoppable.

  • The power of the Juggernaut allowed him to battle entire superhero teams to a standstill. Juggernaut fought the X-men numerous times with the best result being Marko leaving the scene of the battle. Surrounded by a mystical field of force, Marko was basically invulnerable to harm and had the strength to shatter mountains when properly motivated. Only a few beings have ever managed to stop Marko once he became unstoppable (Hulk, Skaar and Thor; a very short list).

  • Now Colossus has been imbued with the power of Cytorrak. If the previous power increase is any indication, he is a far more powerful being than Cain Marko ever was. He has held his own against the Red Hulk and fought against the Worthy during the Fear Itself story line.

Colossus the Juggernaut bringing the pain to Kuurth, Breaker of Stone

Colossus the Juggernaut bringing the pain to Kuurth, Breaker of Stone during Fear Itself.

  • For all intents and purposes his physical form should allow him to channel more energy from the Crimson Cosmos, giving him access to limitless physical strength. Cytorrak, even when offered a chance to remove his power from Colossus while he was possessed by the Phoenix force (which everyone expected him to do) Cytorrak refused indicating Colossus' suitability as his avatar far exceeded anyone who has ever held the title.

Cytorrak on his throne in the Crimson Cosmos, his personal dimension.

Cytorrak on his throne in the Crimson Cosmos, his personal dimension.

I would expect Colossus' power now exceeds the physical strength, stamina, durability and invulnerability of all but the near-cosmic level entities such as Thor, Gladiator, the Green and Red Hulks or cosmic beings such as the Sentry, the All-father Odin or the Heralds of Galactus.

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    +1, as a guy who hasn't read lots of comics about the X-Men and mainly only watched the films, I can only find this awesome. The movie version of Colossus is so dull, oh boy. – Alfredo Hernández Jun 13 '15 at 23:28
  • Especially the Deadpool movie version. Loved the movie, hated the rendering of Collossus – Paul Aug 13 '16 at 20:14

From Marvel.com

Colossus can transform his body tissue into an organic, steel-like substance that grants him superhuman strength enabling him to lift/press up to 75 tons and makes him impervious to most injury.

(Should be about as Canon as you get, but that doesn't mean the various writers have always agreed with the details.)


Colossus has undergone many transformations since Professor X brought him to the state those many years ago but he has always been in the top five when it comes to potential for sheer brute force. The only thing that has held him back form his full potential is second guessing himself or his doubts on his contribution to the team. At his peak Colossus can hold his own with any being in the Marvel Universe with the exception to beings like the Silver Surfer, Thanos, Odin, Galactus, you know beings with cosmic origins.


Colossus was originally at 70 tons "cold," meaning he could lift 70 tons over his head without issue. Over the years every writer of the various comics, Colossus has been in have taken some liberties. It is written that after Magneto helped to heal Colossus, he was even more powerful. That, in conjunction with his getting older (he was a teen when he joined the X-Men at his 70 ton strength), he has become even stronger.

Without the Juggernaut power, I would put Colossus at roughly 100 tons. More than the Thing, less than the Hulk. The real issue is that it is alluded that since Piotr is a pacifist by nature, he never really cuts loose. In the comics, when he does "cut loose" he can really be formidable. But those instances are few and far between.

With the Juggernaut power, his strength is virtually incalculable. Potentially growing as he is moving.

  • "Without the Juggernaut power, I would put Colossus at roughly 100 tons." What are you basing this number off of? – phantom42 Dec 16 '13 at 17:19

I think that the juggernaut colossus is way way stronger than the Hulk and many other characters. This is because colossus by himself is already a 75-ton class, and after being amplified by cyttorak power, he is easily 100+ (with the limit being yet unknown). Juggernaut Colossus wields a fraction of cyttorak power. Cyttorak is the supreme godlike being. Cyttorak exemplar is obviously the strongest on earth in terms of brute power.


According to the (Original) Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe (from the 80's), Colossus could lift (press) 70 tons. He fought Juggernaut and lost, but held his own because of the durability of his Organic Steel form. Juggernaut has always been "class 100" strength (on par w/ Thor & an enraged Hulk). As a Combination Colossus/Juggernaut, his strength must well surpass the original Juggernaut's (and Thor as well, but not Hulk, who's only limit is his level of anger). I wouldn't add 70 tons to Juggernauts strength, but you already have a Base of 70 tons (Vs. normal human strength), so maybe he's 140-150% of the Original Juggernaut's strength?


Depends. The hulk when in worldbreaker form is as about as mad as he can possibly get. To the point of well breaking the world in half by walking let alone smashing. Colossus even as the Unstoppable Colossus is still somewhere well below that.


After reading all these responses, it got me thinking. If Cain Marco, as a normal human, could lift about 100 kilos and as the Juggernaut about 100 tons, that is an 1000 times increase in strength. If that increase is just proportional (not exponential), Colossus, powered by Cyttorak, should be able to lift somewhere upwards of 70000 tons.

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