The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time Fictional Characters
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The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

List Criteria: Only superhero protagonist characters from comics No villains or superhero teams.

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.") 

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. 101
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    added by IvanBarba Johnston McCulley

  2. 102
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    Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema

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    ranked low on reranks & added by IvanBarba Otto Binder, C. C. Beck

  4. 104
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    ranked low on reranks Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck

  5. 105
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    added by IvanBarba Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

  6. 106
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    added by blackvulcan Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen

  7. 107
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    added by Logan2011 Art Adams, Ann Nocenti, Marc Silvestri

  8. 108
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    Hasbro, Tomy, John Romita, Sr.

  9. 109
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    added by IvanBarba John Broome, Gil Kane

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Ditko

  11. 111
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    added by blackvulcan Jim Lee, John Byrne, Whilce Portacio

  12. 112
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    Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

  13. 113
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    added by IvanBarba Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

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    added by Sakura928 Dan Jurgens DC Universe

  15. 115
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    added by dreamcatcher088 Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

  16. 116
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    added by AlanDeanNaldrett Jerry Siegel

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    Paul Gustavson

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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  20. 120
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    ranked low on reranks Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

  21. 121
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    added by blackvulcan Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett

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    added by IvanBarba Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom

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    added by IvanBarba Doug Mahnke, Judd Winick, Gerry Conway

  24. 124
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  25. 125
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    added by blackvulcan Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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    added by BrandonAdams Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson

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  28. 128
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    Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

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    Joss Whedon

  30. 130
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    added by IvanBarba blue lantern

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik

  32. 133
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    added by IvanBarba Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Brian Michael Bendis

  33. 134
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    often listed & added by blackvulcan Carmine Infantino, Arnold Drake

  34. 135
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    added by IvanBarba Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick, Cary Bates

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    new! & added by akaslasher Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch

  36. 137
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    Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

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    new! & added by KatieKate Bucky Barnes

  38. 139
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    Frank Miller

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    added by dreamcatcher088 Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

  40. 142
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    added by IvanBarba Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

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