Total Nerd The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time  

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List Rules Only superhero protagonist characters from comics. No villains or superhero teams (of course there is often a fine line between hero and villain).

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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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Psylocke is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Psylocke Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady) is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ant-Man Robert Kirkman, Phil Hester

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Cable is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cable Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

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Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Canary Carmine Infantino, Robert Kanigher

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Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Sal Buscema, Bill Mantlo, Terry Austin

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Wally West is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wally West Carmine Infantino, John Broome

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Shazam is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Shazam C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

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Raven is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Raven Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Emma Frost Chris Claremont, John Byrne

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Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Quicksilver Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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She-Hulk is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
She-Hulk John Buscema, Stan Lee

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Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cyborg Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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Kitty Pryde is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Shadowcat Chris Claremont, John Byrne

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Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Nick Fury Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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War Machine is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
War Machine David Michelinie, Bob Layton

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Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Iron Fist Roy Thomas, Gil Kane

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Invisible Woman is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Invisible Woman Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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John Constantine is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
John Constantine Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Jamie Delano

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Ms. Marvel is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) Roy Thomas, Gene Colan

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Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Zatanna Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson

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Johnny Blaze is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Johnny Blaze Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog

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Archangel is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Archangel Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Black Widow (Claire Voyant) is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Moon Knight is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Moon Knight Don Perlin, Doug Moench

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Barbara Gordon is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Oracle Carmine Infantino, Gardner Fox

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Hawkgirl is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hawkgirl Gardner Fox, James Robinson, David S. Goyer

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Bucky is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bucky Barnes Joe Simon, Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby

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John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
John Stewart Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil

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Starfire is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Starfire Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

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Tim Drake is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Robin Marv Wolfman, Pat Broderick

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Falcon is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Falcon Gene Colan, Stan Lee

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Hawkman is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Havok is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Havok Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake

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Doctor Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doctor Manhattan Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

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Nova (Richard Rider) is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Nova (Richard Rider) Marv Wolfman, John Buscema

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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Elektra Frank Miller

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Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Power Girl Wally Wood, Otto Binder, Al Plastino

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Hank Pym is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hank Pym Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

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X-23 is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
X-23 Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

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Mister Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mister Fantastic Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Beast Boy is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Beast Boy Arnold Drake, Bob Brown

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Jubilee is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jubilee Art Adams, Ann Nocenti, Marc Silvestri

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Odin is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Odin Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Gamora is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Gamora Jim Starlin

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Black Bolt is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Bolt Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Firestorm is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Firestorm Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom

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Doctor Fate is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doctor Fate Steve Gerber, Gardner Fox, James Robinson

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Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jason Todd Doug Mahnke, Judd Winick, Gerry Conway

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Lobo is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Lobo Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen

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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Judge Dredd John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills