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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.") 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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    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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  4. 4
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    Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman

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  5. 5
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Daddy Day Care, DC Universe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

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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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    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, DC Universe

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    Batman: Under the Red Hood

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

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    X2, Marvel Universe

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    X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Universe

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    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe

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    Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore

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

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

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    Fantastic Four, The Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver ...

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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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    Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Justice League: Crisis on Two ...

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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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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Thor, The Avengers

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    The New Adventures of Batman, Batman, The Batman

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    Dr. Strange, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel Universe

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    Marvel Universe

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    Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers

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    Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

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    Watchmen, Watchmen

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

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

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

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    The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Universe

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    The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Next ...

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    Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

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    Marvel Universe

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    Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle, Spawn, Spawn 2

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

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    Batman, The Batman, Fight Batman Fight!

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    Guardians of the Galaxy

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

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