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.
 

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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    the people's #1 & added by blackvulcan Batman Beyond, Young Justice, Batman

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    Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man

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    X-Men: First Class, Superhero Movie, Hulk Vs

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    Iron Man: Armored Adventures, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The ...

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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers 2, Hulk Vs

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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Captain America ...

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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care, DC Universe

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    Thor: The Dark World, The Incredible Hulk Returns, Thor

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    X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand

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    American Splendor, Green Lantern, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

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  12. 12
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman

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    added by Logan2011 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, DC Universe

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    added by JesusPerez Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs

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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class ...

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: First Class, Magneto

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    Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Universe

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    Batman: Under the Red Hood

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    X2, Marvel Universe

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    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men, X2

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    X-Men, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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    X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men, X2

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    added by dayton72 Justice League, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Showcase Original ...

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    added by RatedMMA Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

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    X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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    Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, ...

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    Watchmen

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    added by PawanBaadshah Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Justice League: Crisis on Two ...

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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Black Panther, Ultimate Avengers 2 ...

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    The New Adventures of Batman, Batman, The Batman

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    Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

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    added by cptron Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe

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    Epic Movie, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: The Last Stand

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    added by Logan2011 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thor, The Avengers

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    added by blackvulcan The Super Hero Squad Show, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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    added by Logan2011 Marvel Universe

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    Hellboy, Hellboy: Blood and Iron, Hellboy: Sword of Storms

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    added by blackvulcan Justice League, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, DC Universe

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    Marvel Universe

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    added by Logan2011 Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

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    Batman, The Batman, Fight Batman Fight!

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    ranked low on reranks Batman: The Animated Series, Birds of Prey, Batman: New Times

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    Transformers Universe

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    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2

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    ranked low on reranks Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers

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