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List Rules Only superhero protagonist characters from comics. No villains or superhero teams (of course there is often a fine line between hero and villain)

List of the most badass, tough, and iconic comic book superheroes ever created. This list includes central characters from both the DC and Marvel Universe, as well as more non-traditional or underground comic books. The definition of what makes a "superhero" can be quite slippery, and often encompasses characters with questionable morals and behavior (giving rise to the notion of the "anti-hero.") If you love these superheroes, you'll also be interested to know that a few of them have really lame origin stories.

Traditionally, a "superhero" simply means a larger-than-life character, or one gifted with special abilities, either organically or via their own genius or inventiveness, who uses his or her powers to protect and defend the public from threats. Though the word "superhero" began to be used as early as the 1910s, the concept really took hold in the public's mind following the introduction of Superman in 1938.

Though Superman and other characters of his day were gifted with special talents and abilities, making them particularly suited to crusading for justice, many characters that followed were more "human" than the noble alien from Krypton, using their intelligence (such as Iron Man or Batman) to create a superheroic persona. A common trope has also become scientific accidents or twists of fate that turn a regular citizen into a superhero (as is the case with Spider-Man being bitten by a radioactive spider or Bruce Banner becoming The Hulk after being pelted with gamma rays.) Some superheroes also have disabilities that counteract their skills, weapons or unique talents. Of course, a number of superheroes are also not only not human, but god-like beings, such as Marvel's Thor.

Because of the massive popularity of superheroes – particularly at the start of the 21st Century, when superhero films reigned at the box office – a number of deconstructions and analyses of the genre have also been done, culminating in the creation of "meta-superheroes" who comment on the concept of superheroism itself. The Watchmen, a group modeled on classic superhero comics but representing the ways that vigilantism and consolidated power can go wrong, is a good example of this trend. 

So take a look at this list, decide who your favorite comic book superheroes are, and vote them up.

We have your top 50 superheroes, your top 100 superheroes of all time… we don’t quite have your top 200 comic book characters of all time simply because this list is just for the best superheroes ever. We didn’t include the super villains on this top comic book characters list. Who are the top comic book heroes? Who is the best superhero? Let’s put these question to rest of who is the best super heroes to rest.

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Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Batman Bill Finger, Bob Kane Bruce Timm

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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wolverine Len Wein, Roy Thomas John Romita

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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spider-Man Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Superman Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel

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Flash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain America Joe Simon, Jack Kirby

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Iron Man Jack Kirby, Stan Lee Don Heck

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hulk Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Thor Jack Kirby, Stan Lee Larry Lieber

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Deadpool Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

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Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wonder Woman William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Daredevil Stan Lee, Bill Everett

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Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern Bill Finger, Martin Nodell

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Professor X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Professor X Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Rogue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rogue Chris Claremont, Michael Golden

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Magneto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Magneto Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Green Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp

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Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Nightcrawler Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

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Gambit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Gambit Chris Claremont, Jim Lee Mike Collins

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Storm is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Storm Christy Marx, Len Wein Dave Cockrum

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Punisher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Punisher John Romita, Sr. Ross Andru

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Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Panther Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Silver Surfer Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Colossus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Colossus Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

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Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Martian Manhunter Joseph Samachson

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Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jean Grey Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Beast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Beast Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doctor Strange Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

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Human Torch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Human Torch Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Marvel Tom Raney, Paul Jenkins

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Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Aquaman Mort Weisinger, Kurt Busiek Jackson Guice

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Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hawkeye Stan Lee, Don Heck

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Robin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Catwoman Bill Finger, Bob Kane

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Venom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Venom Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie Mike Zeck

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Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Widow Stan Lee, Don Heck Don Rico

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Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rorschach Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

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Mystique is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mystique Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Supergirl Curt Swan

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Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scarlet Witch Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spawn Todd McFarlane

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Iceman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Iceman Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Phoenix Stan Lee, Chris Claremont Dave Cockrum

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Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Star-Lord Timothy Zahn, Steve Englehart Chris Claremont

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Vision is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Vision Roy Thomas, John Buscema

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Batgirl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hellboy Mike Mignola

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Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Canary Carmine Infantino, Robert Kanigher

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Blade Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan