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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. 51
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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    ranked low on reranks
    Blade Blade II, Blade: Trinity, Blade

  2. 52
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    Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Quicksilver

  3. 53
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    Wally West is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Wally West Young Justice, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited

  4. 54
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    Ant-Man is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Ant-Man

  5. 55
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    Black Widow (Claire Voyant) is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Black Widow (Claire Voyant) Marvel Universe

  6. 56
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    Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by IsabelBaker
    Nick Fury Ultimate Spider-Man, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate ...

  7. 57
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    Raven is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Raven Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, DC Universe

  8. 58
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    Shadowcat is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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

  9. 59
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    Ms. Marvel is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Ms. Marvel The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Marvel Universe

  10. 60
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    Invisible Woman is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Invisible Woman The Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The ...

  11. 61
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    She-Hulk is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    She-Hulk Marvel Universe

  12. 62
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    Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Emma Frost Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class

  13. 63
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    Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by blackvulcan
    Cyborg Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Justice League: Doom

  14. 64
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    John Constantine is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    often listed & added by EricShosted
    John Constantine Constantine, Constantine, DC Universe

  15. 65
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    Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by dreamcatcher088
    Iron Fist Marvel Universe

  16. 66
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    War Machine is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    War Machine The Invincible Iron Man, Iron Man, Iron Man 3

  17. 67
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    Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by SnowLeopard44
    Zatanna DC Universe

  18. 68
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    Archangel is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Archangel X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel Universe

  19. 69
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    Cable is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Cable Marvel Universe

  20. 70
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    Oracle is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by LaChance
    Oracle The Batman, Birds of Prey, Batman Begins

  21. 71
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    Psylocke is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Corey
    Psylocke X-Men: The Last Stand, Marvel Universe

  22. 72
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    Johnny Blaze is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Marvel Universe

  23. 73
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    Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Rocket Raccoon Marvel Universe

  24. 74
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    Bucky Barnes is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by KatieKate
    Bucky Barnes Ultimate Avengers, Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: ...

  25. 75
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    Doctor Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Doctor Manhattan Watchmen, Watchmen

  26. 76
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    Red Robin is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Red Robin DC Universe

  27. 77
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    Moon Knight is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Moon Knight Marvel Universe

  28. 78
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    John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    John Stewart Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

  29. 79
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    Starfire is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Starfire Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

  30. 80
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    Elektra is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Elektra Daredevil, Elektra, Marvel Universe

  31. 81
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    Hawkman is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Hawkman Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

  32. 82
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    Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by SnowLeopard44
    Power Girl Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

  33. 83
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    Hawkgirl is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by blackvulcan
    Hawkgirl Justice League Unlimited, DC Universe

  34. 84
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    Beast Boy is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Beast Boy Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo

  35. 85
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    Nova (Richard Rider) is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by blackvulcan
    Nova (Richard Rider) Marvel Universe

  36. 86
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    Falcon is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by charlesminorversion1
    Falcon Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Universe

  37. 87
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    Hank Pym is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Hank Pym The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Ant-Man

  38. 88
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    Mister Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by Logan2011
    Mister Fantastic The Super Hero Squad Show, The Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four

  39. 89
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    Firestorm is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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

  40. 90
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    Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Judge Dredd Judge Dredd, Dredd

  41. 91
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    Sub Mariner is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    often listed & added by cptron
    Sub Mariner Marvel Universe

  42. 92
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    Odin is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by IvanBarba
    Odin Thor: The Dark World, Thor, Ultimate Avengers 2

  43. 93
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    Havok is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Havok X-Men: First Class

  44. 94
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    X-23 is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by AaronDoublestein
    X-23

  45. 95
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    Wasp is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by PasquelSmith
    Wasp The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate ...

  46. 96
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    Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by IvanBarba
    Black Adam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam, DC Universe

  47. 97
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    Huntress is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by blackvulcan
    Huntress Birds of Prey, DC Universe

  48. 98
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    Black Bolt is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by dreamcatcher088
    Black Bolt

  49. 99
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    Doctor Fate is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by IvanBarba
    Doctor Fate DC Universe

  50. 100
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    Superboy (Kon-El) is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

    added by blackvulcan
    Superboy (Kon-El) Young Justice, DC Universe

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