The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time Fictional Characters

The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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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.")

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.

List Criteria: Only superhero protagonist characters from comics No villains or superhero teams.

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      Batman

      Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm More
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      Stan Lee, Steve Ditko More
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      Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Sr. More
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      Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Don Heck More
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      Joe Simon, Jack Kirby More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber More
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      Wonder Woman

      William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter More
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      Chris Claremont, Michael Golden More
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      Mort Weisinger, George Papp More
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      Daredevil

      Stan Lee, Bill Everett More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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      Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Mike Collins More
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      Len Wein, Dave Cockrum More
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      Christy Marx, Len Wein, Dave Cockrum More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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      John Broome, Gil Kane More
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      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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      Bill Finger, Bob Kane More
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      Doctor Strange

      Stan Lee, Steve Ditko More
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      Martian Manhunter

      Joseph Samachson More
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      Iceman

      Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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      Spawn

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      Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum More
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      Chris Claremont, John Byrne More
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      Curt Swan More
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      Eddie Brock

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      Phoenix

      Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum More
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