For decades now, fictional entities living in the Marvel Universe have had to fear the tremors in the ground and the ever-growing grunting in the distance that signifies the oncoming presence of the mighty Juggernaut. This running, rolling natural disaster breaks through things as his entire life’s purpose; and he’s exceptionally good at it, too. He’s as big as he is strong, and he’s as strong as he is big. He’s Juggernaut, b****, and he’s here to mess things up beyond feasible repair.
Juggernaut is one of those characters whom we thank time and time again for being entirely fictional. If he were to exist in the real world, we as a species would have far more severe and immediate issues on our hands than political discomforts and climate change. We would have to live every day of our lives in constant fear that a very tall, very heavy man would break through the walls of our homes, grunting and screaming his way through our living room and breaking through our kitchen, only to continue on to the next house, and so on. We wouldn’t know where Juggernaut is going, or what his end goal is. We would just be focusing on getting the hell out of his way.
Thankfully, though, Juggernaut’s existence is trapped within the pages of comic books, or behind the screens of X-Men cartoons and films. We pity our mutant heroes who have to deal with him in their world, but they are equally fictional, and they tend to handle him pretty well. That goes to say more about their strengths than about Juggernaut’s weaknesses, because Juggernaut is an absolute beast. Here are a few things you might not have known about him.
15. He’s a Self-Sustaining System
Juggernaut is more than just a man; he is an entire ecosystem compacted into one huge human body. The Crimson Gem granted Cain Marko extraordinary abilities, and has effectively removed his dependence on many of the things that humans need in order to survive. While we would die pretty quickly without certain key necessities such as water, food, or even breathing, Juggernaut doesn’t need any of that. He can go on rampaging through cities and destroying everything in his path without eating a bite of food, drinking a sip of water or Coca-Cola, or even breathing in a lungful of air. You might be wondering if Juggernaut sleeps, and the answer is no, of course not. There have been several instances in which Juggernaut has been trapped in impossible situations, such as under thick layers of concrete or in the center of a mountain, and he spent the following weeks digging himself out without ever stopping. That is perseverance if ever we’ve seen it.
14. Colossus Once Became Juggernaut
At one point in the series, Cain Marko cut his allegiance to Cyttorak and served the god Serpent. During that period, Colossus approached Cyttorak and made a deal with the god wherein he essentially became his own version of Juggernaut. Colossus theorized that he would need some of Juggernaut’s juice in order to take down Marko. He was right, as Cain ended up succumbing to the new Juggernaut Colossus in a battle. However, the transformation skewed Colossus’ inherently good nature, and he was beginning to be seen as a threat to the X-Men. Juggernaut version of Colossus was eventually ended by the powers of Magik’s sword, effectively releasing Colossus from Cyttorak’s grip. Though the hybrid mutant period was short-lived, it served as evidence that when one impenetrable, immovable force fuses with another, even more impenetrable and immovable force, the results are quite intimidating, to say the very least.
13. He Has Vast Unlocked Potential
It’s always hard to guess at the potential of a fictional character when the writers don’t explicitly state what that character is capable of. In the case of Juggernaut, fans tend to feel quite strongly that the character’s full potential has not been clearly demonstrated by the writers of the X-Men series, which is a viewpoint grounded in reality. Given Juggernaut’s sheer force generated via momentum, he can technically keep on breaking through stuff and destroying all matter in front of him, and if he continues doing so for long enough, his strength and destructive potential would keep growing until it would require a true galaxy buster to stop him. However, as the stories were written over the years, Juggernaut tends to get derailed and slowed down before he can generate enough momentum to be considered truly unstoppable. Given how the character is written and how his power builds over time, we’d like to believe that Juggernaut could be one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel (or even the entire fictional) universe if given enough time to get rolling.
12. Thor Refuses To Fight Him
As powerful as Thor is, he really, really doesn’t like the idea of fighting Juggernaut. In fact, one might even say that the Nordic god is scared of fighting Marko. There are multiple instances where the two seemed to be primed for a good fight, but Thor deflected the possibility of a battle by sending Juggernaut through a portal into another dimension, like in Acts of Vengeance. In that instance, Thor tried to kill Juggernaut with a hammer blow, but Juggernaut simply caught the hammer with ease. There was another time when Thor nearly died after he was caught in an insane bear hug by Juggernaut, but the god was saved thanks to a psionic attack sent by Bedlam that separated Thor from Juggernaut. We by no means want to undermine Thor’s strength, but it’s pretty clear that he shakes in his little Viking boots whenever he thinks about facing Juggernaut in a fight.
11. He Defeated The Hulk In A Battle
Yeah, it would seem that a knock on the door from Juggernaut doesn’t always spell good news for the Avengers. A fight between Juggernaut and the Hulk is a clobberfest that Marvel fans totally relish in each time it happens, and it sure has happened a bunch of times throughout the years. Admittedly, The Hulk usually tends to get the upper hand in the fight even though Juggernaut’s power level grows as he builds momentum. However, so does The Hulk’s, as we all know and it is what makes these battles so fierce, but with The Hulk usually winning. On the other hand, there was at least one instance in which Juggernaut messed The Hulk up pretty badly, such as when they faced each other in the Amazon. Juggernaut was not wearing his Cyttorak armor at the time, but he still challenged the Hulk to a battle. At one point, Juggernaut gets trapped in some quicksand. Hulk tries to save him, and Juggernaut attempts to pull him in. The battle eventually ends with Juggernaut knocking the Hulk unconscious.
10. He Is Professor X’s Stepbrother
True X-Men fans are fully aware of the link between Juggernaut and Charles Xavier, but if your only experience of the X-Men series comes from the films, then you probably don’t know that Cain Marko is actually Professor X’s stepbrother. After Professor Xavier’s father died, Juggernaut’s dad, Kurt Marko, marries Sharon, young Xavier’s mother. Cain and Karl Marko then move into the Xavier mansion, which leads to the two essentially growing up together. The main issue between the two step brothers is that, despite Cain being Kurt’s natural son, Kurt grows to identify with Charles’s intelligent, mindful way of being rather than his son’s destructive one. As time goes on and this favoritism develops, Cain begins to lash out and abuse Charles, which in turn leads to Kurt treating Cain badly. All of this is exacerbated when Xavier’s mother dies, leaving Charles alone with his step brother and step father. At least, for a while.
9. He Killed His Own Father (By Accident)
Like many comic book characters, Juggernaut has experienced a pretty regrettable childhood, with the saddest part of it being the death of his father that he was mostly responsible for. The tension between Cain Marko and his father builds up to a breaking point over time, and climaxes when the young Cain throws accusations at his father, saying that he had something to do with the death of Charles’ father in order to marry Charles’ mother and get his hands on some of the family fortune. The situation escalates until Cain, feeling the need to make a huge scene, trashes his dad’s laboratory. With the lab up in flames, Kurt saves the two boys, losing his life in the process. With his dying words, Kurt Marko desperately tells the boy Charles to keep Cain’s extraordinary physical powers a secret from him. As it turned out, Cain was listening in on the conversation, which did absolutely nothing to better his relationship with Charles.
8. Captain Universe Juggernaut?
This event occurred during The Gauntlet storyline. After Spider-Man happens upon an unconscious Juggernaut, the government appears and brings Juggernaut to a facility to contain him. Spider-Man ends up sneaking into the premises and finds Juggernaut in order to find out who knocked him unconscious. After that, a new version of Captain Universe appears in the room with the intention of killing Juggernaut. This version of Captain Universe, as Spider-Man finds out, is a man who goes by the name of William Nguyen, and he is seeking vengeance on Juggernaut for seriously deteriorating his life during a prior fight with Spider-Man centering on Madame Web. Due to Captain Universe’s wicked decision to prioritize claiming his vengeance over fixing the tectonic plates caused by Juggernaut, the Uni-Power exits Nguyen’s body and enters Juggernaut, who uses the power to repair those tectonic plates.
7. He Can Dig With The Very Best Of Them
One frequently forgotten attribute of Juggernaut’s is that that boy can dig. We mentioned this earlier, but Juggernaut’s amazing digging powers bear some more digging into (sorry). When Spider-Man defeated Juggernaut by leading him into the bottom of a wet cement concrete foundation, Juggernaut spent a lot of time digging to the surface, which required him to make his way through several hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of stone, clay, and rock, all of which densely compacted over Juggernaut’s body through each thrust. Aside from digging his way out of a ditch, Juggernaut can just as easily dig his way into it; Marko once used his strength to fracture the very tectonic plates underlying North America by digging into the ground using nothing but his bare fists through hundreds of deep, deep kilometres. We frequently think of moles as the best diggers in the animal kingdom, but Juggernaut’s digging ability puts every mole out there to shame.
6. He Has Few Weaknesses
Juggernaut has only a couple select weaknesses, and unless you have someone like The Hulk come in to slow him down, the only way anyone can ever stop Juggernaut is to exploit one of those weaknesses. His two main weaknesses are essentially psionics and mysticism. Although an unstoppable force once he gets moving, Juggernaut has historically been defeated by having his helmet removed and his mind infiltrated via telepathic assault. In terms of mysticism, there are plenty of mutants in the X-Men universe who employ magic as their main power output, and they tend to have the upper hand against Juggernaut. However, Juggernaut’s defensive attributes are so high that neither psionic nor mystical attacks can cause him lasting physical or mental damage. Also note that the more momentum Juggernaut builds up, the harder it is for his enemies to exploit either one of his weaknesses.
5. He Can Magically Recreate His Helmet
Although the weaknesses mentioned above certainly provide some consolation to whoever is unlucky enough to face Juggernaut as an adversary, it’s important to remember that, even if you knock Juggernaut’s helmet off and give yourself an avenue to infiltrate his psyche, he has the ability to simply reconstruct the same helmet if the circumstances allow it. As was seen in Amazing Spider-Man #628, if Juggernaut somehow loses his helmet while attempting to build disastrous momentum, he has the ability to magically recreate it from nearby raw materials, provided he is in possession of the full power of the gem. After looking at Juggernaut, it would appear that his abilities are based on pure brute strength and he has no inkling of mysticism within him, but that can be a costly assumption to make. Taking his helmet off is one thing, making sure it stays off is another entirely.
4. He Is HUGE
Of course, this is something that can easily be observed by just taking one look at the man, but it must be explicitly stated how friggin’ big Juggernaut is. His official measurements are just staggering: he is 9’5” tall and he weighs 1,900 pounds. Holy mackerel! Although his size in comparison to normally-proportioned people on the show makes it obvious how tremendous he is, the numbers are really shocking when you look at them. In fact, they’re almost impossible, which really messes you up until you remember the fact that Juggernaut is a fictional character whose physical proportions were derived from the minds of his writers. To give some perspective, the tallest man in recorded history was Robert Wadlo, known as the “Giant of Illinois,” who was 8 ft 11.1 inches in height and weighed 439 lbs at his death. The heaviest real life person we know of was Jon Brower Minnoch, who weighed 798 pounds before his death, with a height of 6 ft 1 in.
3. The Character Is Just Over 50 Years Old
Last year, specifically July of 2015, marked the 50th anniversary of Juggernaut being written as a character. That is 50 whole, fast-flying years of the huge fellow breaking his way through buildings and building foundations, and collapsing the sternums of all mutants that stand in his way. It seems strange to think about, but half a century has passed since Juggernaut’s inception. That’s no world wars (thankfully), 12 United States presidencies, and 50 New Year’s Eves. He first appeared in the July 1965 publication of The X-Men # 12, and the character was written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby. (Politefully bow your heads at the mention of the two comic book messiahs). If you’d ask either of them where all the time went since they brought the Juggernaut into existence, they would probably shrug their shoulders, look up at the clouds, and whistle a little tune.
2. He’s Not A Mutant
Not technically, anyway. If you don’t look closely enough at the dotted lines, you might go ahead and assume that Juggernaut is a mutant just like any of the others that appear in the X-Men series. However, he isn’t; in order to be considered a mutant in the X-Men universe, you must be a carrier of the mutant gene, which Juggernaut is not. Of course, that’s not to say that he’s an ordinary, yet merely abnormally big human being, because he really isn’t. Juggernaut’s superhuman abilities come from the Crimson Gem of Cyttorack. Cain Marko becomes Juggernaut when he reads what is inscribed on it. The inscription on the gem actually describes that the bearer will be transformed into a “human Juggernaut,” which, as we can all see, is exactly what happens. Essentially, Juggernaut’s powers are based on magic rather than genetics. The Juggernaut is not a mutant, no. He’s…
1. He’s Juggernaut!
We all love dank memes, don’t we? They’re pretty much all over the internet these days, to the point where it’s actually hard to picture an internet without them. Well, the memes we know are rooted in ancient memes from around a decade ago, such as the classic, “I’m the Juggernaut, B****!” meme of old. Anyone who remembers this will revel in sweet, digital nostalgia over the days before the “dank” memes of new came in. If you don’t remember the Juggernaut meme, please keep that to yourself, because we don’t want to feel old. Voiced by Randy Hayes and Xavier Hazario, the Juggernaut meme of old centered around clips from the classic X-Men 90’s cartoon, with voice-over dubs by Hayes and Hazario consisting mostly of them uttering different phrasings of Juggernaut being “the Juggernaut, b****!”, and what that sort of identity implies. Though old as hell, it is dank, and definitely worth a watch. He’s Juggernaut, b****!