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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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    Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Black Cat

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    Lobo is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Lobo

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    Kid Flash is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Kid Flash DC Universe

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    Atom is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Atom

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    Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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    Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Batwoman Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, DC Universe

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    Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Hit-Girl Kick-Ass 2, Kick-Ass

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    Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) Spider-Woman, Marvel Universe

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    Spectre is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Spectre DC Universe

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    Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Drax the Destroyer Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

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    Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Conan the Barbarian Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian

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    Jason Todd Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

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    Red Arrow is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Red Arrow Young Justice, DC Universe

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    Bishop Marvel Universe

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    Sif is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Sif The Super Hero Squad Show, Thor: The Dark World, Thor: Tales of Asgard

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    Shazam is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Shazam Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam

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    Blue Beetle is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Blue Beetle

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


    Angel Marvel Universe

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    Jubilee is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Jubilee X-Men, Generation X, X-Men: The Last Stand

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

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    Red Tornado DC Universe

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    Ultimate Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Ultimate Spider-Man MILES MORALES

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    Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 123 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Red Hood Batman: Under the Red Hood, DC Universe

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    Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Swamp Thing Swamp Thing, The Return of Swamp Thing, DC Universe

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    Kick-Ass Kick-Ass

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

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    Booster Gold DC Universe DC Universe

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    Scott Lang is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Gamora is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Gamora Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

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    Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time


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    Hercules is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Plastic Man is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Ted Kord is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Tick The Tick, The Tick, The Tick Universe

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

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    Captain Atom Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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


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    Banshee is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Banshee Generation X, X-Men: First Class, Marvel Universe

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    Vixen is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Vixen Robbie the Reindeer in Hooves of Fire, DC Universe

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    Deadman is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Hawkman is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Adam Warlock is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Donna Troy is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Donna Troy DC Universe

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


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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

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    Cloak is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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    Cloak Marvel Universe

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