The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time Fictional Characters
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The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

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.
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    Batman

    Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm More
    100
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    Stan Lee, Steve Ditko More
    94
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    Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita, Sr. More
    92
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    Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel More
    92
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    89
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Don Heck More
    89
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    Joe Simon, Jack Kirby More
    88
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber More
    83
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  10. 10
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    Bill Finger, Martin Nodell More
    72
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    William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter More
    72
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    Chris Claremont, Michael Golden More
    70
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    Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza More
    69
    added by: JesusPerez
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    65
  15. 15
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    65
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    65
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    Daredevil

    Stan Lee, Bill Everett More
    65
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    Mort Weisinger, George Papp More
    65
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    Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Mike Collins More
    64
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    Len Wein, Dave Cockrum More
    64
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    Christy Marx, Len Wein, Dave Cockrum More
    64
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    64
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    63
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    John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru, Gerry Conway More
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    added by: RatedMMA
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    Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore More
    63
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    63
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    Len Wein, Dave Cockrum More
    62
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    John Broome, Gil Kane More
    60
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    Mike Mignola More
    59
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    Mort Weisinger, Kurt Busiek, Jackson Guice More
    59
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    C. C. Beck, Bill Parker More
    59
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    58
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    58
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    Stan Lee, Don Heck More
    58
    added by: Logan2011
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    Bill Finger, Bob Kane More
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    Stan Lee, Steve Ditko More
    57
    added by: cptron
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    Iceman

    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
    57
    added by: blackvulcan
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    Martian Manhunter

    Joseph Samachson More
    57
    added by: PawanBaadshah
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    Mystique

    Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum More
    56
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    Todd McFarlane More
    56
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    Batgirl

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    Kitty Pryde

    Chris Claremont, John Byrne More
    53
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    Phoenix

    Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum More
    53
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    Curt Swan More
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    Eddie Brock

    Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie More
    51
    added by: IvanBarba
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    Chris Claremont, John Byrne More
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee More
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