Galactus was the first Big Bad of the Marvel Universe. His whole shtick was that – because he is a force of nature – the Devourer of Worlds could not be defeated by normal means. Unfortunately, if any new threat appeared, having it defeat Galactus was an easy way to establish power. And some of the victories of characters who beat Galactus are... improbable, to say the least.
One ground rule: Only those who stopped the main Marvel Universe version of Galactus count. If you include alternate realities, then every character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has defeated Galactus. Hell, there’s a reality in which Ghost Rider completely owned Galactus. That’s just not right.
So: who has beaten Galactus? Here are the strangest foes to beat Big G.
Right off the bat, this one negates Galactus’s whole deal: he can’t be defeated by superheroes, so let’s have a whole bunch of superheroes defeat him. The fight concludes with a slingshot bringing down the giant. Admittedly, in this story from 1982’s Fantastic Four #243, Galactus was malnourished and had the combined might of the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, and an assortment of other New York-based heroes beat him up before the killing blow came from the Mr. Fantastic using the Thing as a big orange pebble. And it was a killing blow. Galactus was at death’s door until Mr. Fantastic used superscience to bring Big G back to life!
Okay, so other supervillains have defeated Galactus before – most notably Dr. Doom and the Beyonder (“The who?” you might ask. Eh, he’ll probably show up in Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5 or 6.) – but this is Thanos. This is the Big Bad of MCU Phase 3! He willingly kills half of all life in the universe just to impress a girl (flowers would’ve been fine, really). Sure, Thanos beat Galactus and a dozen other cosmic beings singlehandedly with the Infinity Gauntlet, but in 2003’s Thanos #6 he beat Galactus to save a civilization and save Galactus from a greater threat. After mentally defiling, physically threatening, and verbally taunting him, Thanos crushed Galactus between two planets, but again Thanos is the good guy in this situation. Who’da thunk it?
Woo boy. So the Impossible Man is a green and purple alien who has the ability to become anything he chooses, including an entire planet and civilization. Despite all that power, the Impossible Man is kind of, for lack of a better term, stupid. In 1975’s Fantastic Four #175, the Impossible Man disguised himself as the Invisible Girl to lure Galactus to his home planet of Poppup, and tricked Galactus into eating it! The Impossible Man didn’t mind losing the planet since he could always create another civilization later, but devouring all of that Impossible matter caused cosmic indigestion for the World Eater. Unable to maintain his form, Galactus’s head grew larger than his body before his entire form seemed to “pop” out of existence (he got better). Defeated by a clown in purple pants. Definitely not a moment Galactus wants to remember.
Krona is not a name that rings bells for most Marvel fans, though DC fans know him as one of the most ancient threats to the Green Lantern Corps – so how could he defeat Galactus and have it still “count” in Marvel history? In what has to be the best Marvel/DC crossover ever (seriously, go out and read it!), the premiere team of each universe was pitted against each other for the fate of all reality, thanks in large part to Krona, the guy who gave up a chance to be one of the big-headed Green Lantern-bossing Guardians.
Krona discovered Earth-616, the main Marvel Universe, and forced his universe and theirs to collide. Krona confronted Galactus in Avengers/JLA #2, and before the Big G could flinch, Krona ripped him to pieces. A few issues later, we learn Krona turned the corpse of Galactus into a floating castle. Yeesh. After the whole shindig, Galactus recovered and returned to his own dimension.