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).

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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Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Drax the Destroyer Mike Friedrich, Jim Starlin

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Bishop is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bishop Jim Lee, John Byrne, Whilce Portacio

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Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Adam Otto Binder, C. C. Beck

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Domino is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Domino Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

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Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Judge Dredd John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills

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Namor is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sub Mariner Bill Everett

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Kid Flash is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Kid Flash Alex Ross, Mark Waid

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Huntress is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Firestar is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Firestar Hasbro, Tomy, John Romita

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Superboy (Kon-El) is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Superboy (Kon-El) Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett

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Ultimate Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ultimate Spider-Man MILES MORALES

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Angel Paul Gustavson

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Atom is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Atom Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

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Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Cat Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

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Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema

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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Swamp Thing Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos, Brian Michael Bendis

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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Batwoman Bob Kane, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Marvel C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Banshee Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, Werner Roth

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Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard

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Sif is listed (or ranked) 123 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sif Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Scott Lang is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scott Lang John Byrne, David Michelinie

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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spectre Jerry Siegel

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Blue Beetle is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Tick is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Tick Ben Edlund

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Magik is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Magik Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 129 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doomsday Dan Jurgens

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Yondu is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Yondu Gene Colan, Arnold Drake

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Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp, Paul Norris

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Polaris is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Polaris Arnold Drake, Jim Steranko, Don Heck

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Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hit-Girl Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr.

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Red Tornado is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Tornado Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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Dazzler is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Dazzler Roger Stern, Marvel Comics, Tom DeFalco

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Adam Warlock is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Adam Warlock Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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The Comedian is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Longshot is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Longshot Art Adams, Ann Nocenti

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Mr. Incredible is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mr. Incredible Brad Bird

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Cannonball is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cannonball Bob McLeod, Chris Claremont

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Booster Gold is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Booster Gold Dan Jurgens - DC Universe

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Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Britain Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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Cloak is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cloak Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan

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Casey Jones is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Casey Jones Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird

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Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Atom Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick, Cary Bates

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Red Hulk is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Hulk Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Howard the Duck Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hercules Jack Kirby, Stan Lee