The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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List Criteria: 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.") 
 

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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    • Appears In: Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman, Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League Unlimited, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Martial arts, Eidetic memory
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    • Appears In: Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Precognition, Healing factor, Superhuman speed, Hand-to-hand combat, Superhuman strength, + more
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    • Appears In: X-Men: First Class, Superhero Movie, Hulk Vs, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Healing factor, Regeneration
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    • Appears In: Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman, Justice League Unlimited, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Healing factor, Eidetic memory, Superhuman speed, Superhuman strength, + more
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    Flash
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    • Appears In: Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care, DC Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Superhuman speed
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    • Appears In: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Captain America, Ultimate Avengers 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Martial arts, Hand-to-hand combat
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    • Appears In: Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Super Hero Squad Show, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Avengers, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Hand-to-hand combat, Superhuman strength, Energy blast, Compliance professional, + more
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    • Appears In: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers 2, Hulk Vs, Ultimate Avengers, Planet Hulk, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Shapeshifting, Healing factor, Superhuman speed, Superhuman strength, Reality warping
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    • Appears In: Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk Returns, Thor, Hulk Vs, Thor: Tales of Asgard, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Superhuman strength
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    • Appears In: Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Marvel Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Martial arts, Healing factor, Immortality, Superhuman strength, Teleportation
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    • Appears In: Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Justice League: Doom, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Regeneration, Superhuman speed, Hand-to-hand combat, Superhuman strength, + more
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    Daredevil
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    • Appears In: Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Martial arts
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    • Appears In: American Splendor, Green Lantern, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Justice League: Doom, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Power ring
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    • Appears In: X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Martial arts, Healing factor, Superhuman speed, Hand-to-hand combat, + more
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    • Appears In: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Magneto, X2, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Extrasensory perception, Psychokinesis, Telepathy, Eidetic memory, Empathy, + more
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    • Appears In: Batman: Under the Red Hood
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    • Appears In: X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Magneto, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2, + more
    • Powers/Abilities: Flight, Magnetism
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    • Appears In: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, DC Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Martial arts
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    • Appears In: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Empathy, Interkinetic Power, Bio-Kinetic energy
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    • Appears In: X2, Marvel Universe
    • Powers/Abilities: Teleportation, Night vision
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