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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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Lobo is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Lobo Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen

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Kid Flash is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Kid Flash Alex Ross, Mark Waid

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Shazam is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Shazam C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

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

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Bishop is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bishop Jim Lee, John Byrne Whilce Portacio

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Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Drax the Destroyer Mike Friedrich, Jim Starlin

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Wasp is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wasp Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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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) Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin Sal Buscema

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Atom is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Atom Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

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Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Batwoman Bob Kane, Greg Rucka Grant Morrison

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Jubilee is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jubilee Art Adams, Ann Nocenti Marc Silvestri

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Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Spectre is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spectre Jerry Siegel

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Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard

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

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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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Sif is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sif Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Ultimate Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ultimate Spider-Man MILES MORALES

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Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 119 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) 120 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Tornado Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos, Brian Michael Bendis

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Gamora is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Gamora Jim Starlin

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

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

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Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Scott Lang is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scott Lang John Byrne, David Michelinie

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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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Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp Paul Norris

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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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Mr. Incredible is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mr. Incredible Brad Bird

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Booster Gold is listed (or ranked) 131 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) 132 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Britain Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Atom Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick Cary Bates

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Ted Kord is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ted Kord Steve Ditko

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Hercules is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hercules Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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Deadman is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Deadman Carmine Infantino, Arnold Drake

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Howard the Duck is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Howard the Duck Steve Gerber, Val Mayerik

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Red Hulk is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Hulk Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Gladiator Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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Beta Ray Bill is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Beta Ray Bill Walt Simonson

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Firestar is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Firestar Hasbro, Tomy John Romita

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Banshee Roy Thomas, Stan Lee Werner Roth

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Cloak is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cloak Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan

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Static is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Static Dwayne McDuffie, John Paul Leon

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

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Vixen is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Vixen Curt Swan, Gerry Conway Bob Oksner

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

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Plastic Man is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Plastic Man Jack Cole - DC Universe

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Scarlet Spider is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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Domino is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Domino Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza