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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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  1. 1
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  2. 2
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    - 7,510
    Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  3. 3
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    Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  4. 4
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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Superman Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman

  5. 5
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    Flash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  6. 6
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    Captain America is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  7. 7
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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  8. 8
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    - 6,349
    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  9. 9
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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  10. 10
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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  11. 11
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    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    often listed
    Wonder Woman Justice League Unlimited, Wonder Woman, Batman vs. Superman

  12. 12
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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Daredevil Daredevil vs. Spider-Man, Daredevil, Marvel Universe

  13. 13
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    Rogue is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Rogue X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand

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    Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Green Lantern American Splendor, Green Lantern, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

  15. 15
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    Professor X is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  16. 16
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    Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  17. 17
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    Magneto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

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    Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Nightwing Batman: Under the Red Hood

  19. 19
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    Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  20. 20
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    Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Nightcrawler X2, Marvel Universe

  21. 21
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    Gambit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Gambit X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Marvel Universe

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    Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Silver Surfer Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe

  23. 23
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    Punisher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  24. 24
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    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  25. 25
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    Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by dayton72
    Captain Marvel

  26. 26
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    Human Torch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  27. 27
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    Beast is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  28. 28
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    Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  29. 29
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    Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  30. 30
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    Colossus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  31. 31
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    - 2,521
    Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  32. 32
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    Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  33. 33
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    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  34. 34
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    Robin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Robin The New Adventures of Batman, Batman, The Batman

  35. 35
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    - 1,035
    Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  36. 36
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    Venom is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Venom Marvel Universe

  37. 37
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    Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Catwoman Maggie, Catwoman, Batman: New Times

  38. 38
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    Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Rorschach Watchmen, Watchmen

  39. 39
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    - 1,765
    Mystique is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  40. 40
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    - 1,515
    Iceman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  41. 41
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    Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Scarlet Witch The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Universe

  42. 42
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    - 707
    Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by DouglasMckeever
    Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy

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    - 1,194
    Vision is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by cptron
    Vision The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Next ...

  44. 44
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    - 2,139
    Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Supergirl Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

  45. 45
    + 2,082
    - 1,703
    Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Phoenix Marvel Universe

  46. 46
    + 2,198
    - 2,098
    Spawn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Spawn Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle, Spawn, Spawn 2

  47. 47
    + 2,143
    - 2,070
    Batgirl is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Batgirl Batman, The Batman, Fight Batman Fight!

  48. 48
    + 2,237
    - 2,172
    Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  49. 49
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    Groot is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by Bellwoodbomb611
    Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

  50. 50
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    - 1,430
    Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

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