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Comic Vine Battle of the Week Results: Aquaman vs. Thing

Who gets clobbered? Come find out which character won more votes and what the CV staff thinks of this fight!

It's the king of the seven seas against the heavy hitter from Marvel's first family! I really wanted to use Aquaman in this segment (because he more than deserves attention), but finding a proper character to give him a good fight was proving difficult. I considered Red Hulk, but honestly, I thought that may make the match a bit too one-sided since his initial run gave him a plethora of high-end feats. So, I opted for a step below Rulk's rank: Thing. He's never had what it takes to earn a majority over the true powerhouses in his universe, but he has the drive, physicals and talent to give them at least a few clean hits before going down. The same could be said for New 52 Aquaman, so I figured at the very least, this battle could be entertaining to think about.

While one character took a massive lead, I was happy to see many thought it was still a good fight and, at the end of the day, that's really what this segment is all about. Even if the winner is obvious in your eyes, my goal is just to provide you with a brawl that's fun to think about and hopefully you'll also learn more about the characters involved (or have the opportunity to share knowledge). After leaving the poll open for five days, a whopping 70% thought Arthur Curry would eventually defeat Ben Grimm.

IT'S "BOW DOWN BEFORE THE KING OF ATLANTIS, SURFACE DWELLER" TIME!

Ben earned 27% of the votes and 4% thought it was too close to call. I find myself with the majority this time around. While Aquaman is disputably stronger and faster (he lifted a cruise ship, tossed a submarine, sent Superman flying with a strike), Thing is one tough dude and keeping him down won't be easy thanks to his high durability to blunt force trauma. I think if they decide to duke it out, this could be a fight that would do loads of damage to the surrounding area (fret not, it's unpopulated). But ultimately, I see no reason to believe why the member of the Fantastic Four would be safe from Arthur's trident (breached Darkseid's armor, after all) and that could be a massive factor. After thinking it over all week, I imagine Arthur is left battered and bruised, but ultimately he's the one left standing and clearly most of you think so as well.

Viner Argument of the Week for Aquaman is by Lvenger

"After much deliberation, I think this is going to be quite the battle. Definitely the closest fight of this feature yet even if the votes don't show that. However, I feel that the most likely character to win this fight would be Aquaman. In the New 52, we've seen Arthur lift cruise ships, tug boats and toss 100+ton submarines through the air. If cruise ships really do weigh in the average of the mid 100,000 tonnes, then this beats the Thing's 30,000 weight lifting feat. Of course, it's not about physical strength but striking power in a fight. Aquaman has shown to be able to sucker punch Superman quite a way although this hardly counts as a viable win or KO of Superman. Also he's carved massive holes in mountains and torn open submarines quite handily. To be honest, not many noteworthy Thing striking feats spring to mind after my research, not even his Sunday punch lol. Although Arthur's armour can be easily destroyed and his forehead chipped by a bullet, he did endure Wonder Woman's blow with a bloody lip. And his bullrush of Wonder Woman may come in handy against the Thing but Aquaman hasn't displayed any combat or reaction feats that show he can dance around the Thing. Thus it'll be a long slog between the two fighters.

Finally, Aquaman has one advantage over the Thing that the Thing cannot claim to also have. If Aquaman can get move the battle to the Hudson River, it's game over. Aquaman can outmaneuver the Thing in water as well as being the more experienced combatant underwater. The Thing's fight with Namor in AvX was poorly written IMO. Ben should not have been able to get the better of Namor on his home turf. Without story constraints in this fight, Aquaman should take the edge if the battle is moved near water. And the trident gives Aquaman another avenue of hurting the Thing. It's extremely durable and has pierced many foes in fights so far. This fight would be close and the Thing does have a chance of winning. But as much as I love Ben Grimm, I have to give the edge to Aquaman in this fight."

Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring, Comic Vine staff writer

"What are you doing to me, Gregg? My favorite super-hero, of all time, vs a man made of orange rock? I'm not breaking out of fanboy mode for this one. Aquaman is stronger, without a doubt. However, the Thing may be a bit more invulnerable. Aquaman doesn't need to be sitting in the ocean to be a formidable opponent. He's super-strong and can take the punches and sharp rocky edges from the Thing. Worse comes to worse, Aquaman can call upon some flying killer whales to eat Thing. Better yet, he calls upon Topo, his Krakken-esque friend to strangle Thing. That's right, Aquaman delegates to beat Thing because this fight is a waste of his time!"

Last but definitely not least, here's a tease for next week's fight. Be sure to check the homepage on Monday to see who the combatants are.

(Bane voice) LET THE GUESSING GAMES BEGIN!

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Want to suggest a battle? Feel free to comment below or send it to Gregg via Twitter.

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Posted by dagmar_merrill

It is Deadpool vs The turtles. I think Deadpools gonna win it.

Posted by weaponx

Deadpool? Red Hood?

Posted by MyNameWasDeleted

here's your image- just mirrored

Edited by theTimeStreamer

The Thing wins.

I like both characters but Aquaman is just a blown-up middleweight trying to take on a true heavyweight. The Thing is stronger, more durable and a better fighter. Aquaman might be able to win in water with help from some sea-life friends but there is absolutely no way he can beat Ben Grimm man-to-man in a fist-fight.

Posted by ShadowX

Deadpool vs TMNT. This should be fun.

Posted by Pokergeist

Although the masses will scream Deadpool, the Turtles have a good shot being skilled and outnumbering. Also contrary to popular belief, the Ninja Turtles have Peak Human Stats and better durability due to Turtle Physiology and Shell.

Might be a very good debate.

Posted by patrat18

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642: read what he said its true thing is not stronger, more durable mabe outside of water, but in it aquaman owns thing in everything. read "we've seen Arthur lift cruise ships, tug boats and toss 100+ton submarines through the air. If cruise ships really do weigh in the average of the mid 100,000 tonnes, then this beats the Thing's 30,000 weight lifting feat" its all true.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Although the masses will scream Deadpool, the Turtles have a good shot being skilled and outnumbering. Also contrary to popular belief, the Ninja Turtles have Peak Human Stats and better durability due to Turtle Physiology and Shell.

Might be a very good debate.

Actually, Mateus Santolouco claims they have low-level superhuman stats.

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Edited by Pokergeist

@k4tzm4n said:

@cadencev2 said:

Although the masses will scream Deadpool, the Turtles have a good shot being skilled and outnumbering. Also contrary to popular belief, the Ninja Turtles have Peak Human Stats and better durability due to Turtle Physiology and Shell.

Might be a very good debate.

Actually, Mateus Santolouco claims they have low-level superhuman stats.

Awesome, even freaking better. They should by all accounts do to being Giant Turtles that train as much as say early Electra has.

Posted by MrShway88
Posted by Mr_Athrilla

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642: I doubt Thing is more durable. Author can survive the deepest pressures at the bottom of the sea. I doubt Thing can do the same. Stuff like that is more Hulk level feats.

Posted by sync1

@k4tzm4n

I would like to suggest a battle. This one has been bugging me for a while.

Batwing vs Azrael

Posted by iaconpoint

Being an FF fanboy, I didn't vote because y bias in with Ben.

And that's obviously Deathstroke vs the TMNT, not Deadpool.

Posted by dngn4774

Being an FF fanboy, I didn't vote because y bias in with Ben.

And that's obviously Deathstroke vs the TMNT, not Deadpool.

Bias is how most of these battles are won

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@mr_athrilla: Thing is barely pierced by adamantium and Arthur is cut by simple shrapnel and is cut by bullets while bullets bounce off Ben so I don't get what you're point is.

@patrat18: Thing has tussled with the likes of Hulk and Thor and has already beaten Namor on land and is one of Marvel's strongest character's. if the fight goes into the water Aquaman takes it but if the fight stays on land Thing wins. it's the same exact way that it goes when he fight's Namor.

Posted by _Glacier_

No swords,so no Deadpool.It seems like it is Cable.

Posted by Fetts

It could be Deathstroke vs TMNT

Posted by blackcobalt

@k4tzm4n:

I would figure that they have to be superhuman. The Turtles are really bulky, yet are quick and silent.

Posted by GhostRavage

here's your image- just mirrored

HA! Its true! Its Deapool vs TMNT!

Posted by MyNameWasDeleted

Being an FF fanboy, I didn't vote because y bias in with Ben.

And that's obviously Deathstroke vs the TMNT, not Deadpool.

No swords,so no Deadpool.It seems like it is Cable.

@fetts said:

It could be Deathstroke vs TMNT

no I think it's this guy...

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This will be good haha. Who can talk more smack, Deadpool or Mikey? Would be good to see.

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The Thing wins.

I like both characters but Aquaman is just a blown-up middleweight trying to take on a true heavyweight. The Thing is stronger, more durable and a better fighter. Aquaman might be able to win in water with help from some sea-life friends but there is absolutely no way he can beat Ben Grimm man-to-man in a fist-fight.

This.

Ben wins.

Edited by New_World_Order

I want to see more powerhouse matches

Edited by TheGraail

TMNT on the right. and on the left could be Iron Man/ War Machine or Deadpool(but I see no swords)

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Yup Deadpool vs TMNT

Posted by JamDamage
Posted by JamDamage

@allstarsuperman: Actually I think's Deathstroke vs the TMNT's not Deadpool. If so then DS should be them, if Batman was voted in beating them. 4 bad asses themselves tho. Hmm?

Posted by GhostRavage

@allstarsuperman: Actually I think's Deathstroke vs the TMNT's not Deadpool. If so then DS should be them, if Batman was voted in beating them. 4 bad asses themselves tho. Hmm?

Look at the posts above :3! You'll find truth in them...

Posted by Hawkguy

Hyperion vs. Shazam would be cool

Posted by hart7668
Posted by RedLantern23

I doubt they would use Deathstroke again...he just faced Captain America

Posted by Miss_Garrick

Aquaman wins? That's great! I love Aquaman, but I thought Thing was going to win for sure.

Posted by patrat18

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642: namor is not aquaman,everybody fights hulk/thor,the question is how dose that battle end. i seen a scan were spiderman punched hulk but did he win no.even if he did win hulk is not the strongest character,aquaman fought superman head on in the past, and we all know superman far beyond hulk in every way.that is until he spends days getting mad to reach superman,s level.

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@patrat18: Hulk is physically the strongest character potential for unlimited strength and yes Superman is league`s above Hulk but why bring up Aquaman vs Superman Superman easily stopped him in any fight they`ve had and if he didn`t he was of course holding back. Thing has traded blows with Hulk and Thor unlike Aquaman who could easily get one shotted by Superman and it`s like Namor stand`s no chance against guy`s like Hyperion and Thor so you`re point is irrelevant.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@hawkguy: Hyperion vs Superman or Thor vs Shazam would be better in my opinion.

Posted by New_World_Order

Maybe She-Hulk would have been a better contender?

Posted by Shazam78

@k4tzm4n: I was refering to voting he only got 27%

Posted by Crimsonlord53
Posted by Baberaham_Lincoln

I don't know if that's deadpool.... i think it's deathstroke. Also pretty stoked to see Aquaman win.

Posted by GodDamnIronMan

the Thing should win.
he is stronger, and definitely more durable. Aquaman is faster, about same strength level, but Thing can last longer in a brawl, as long as he stay out of the water.

stalemate or the Thing wins.

Posted by Thedarklordpandamonium

Definitely Deadpool vs turtles and turtles would win.

Posted by Trodorne

Yay.

Posted by turoksonofstone
Edited by Raw_Material

@k4tzm4n: Your like the Joe Silva of comics.

Edited by Raw_Material

And I'm the Joe Rogan...

But really @inferiorego ? Deadpool vs The Ninja Turtles?! That's gonna be a close one! Love the both of them, but I'm going to have to think about this one.

I'm happy that everyone's getting to like Aquaman now! I remember people were rousting him on the forums and now I see some of those guys coming to like him. I liked Aquaman either way. The ocean is just a cool thing and I love the underwater fantasy world to it. Atlantis and the civilization to be more specific.

Posted by johnjoe66

I dunno i think its gonna be a sentienal vs TMNT

Edited by Ancient_0f_Days

for everyone who hasn't seen ...

It's pretty obvious who the Turtles are fighting....the guessing game was over hours ago.

Aqauaman wins.

Posted by lifeofvibe

the thing with that shadow image lookes bulkeir

Edited by IIXIIOIIXII

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