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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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3,051 2,410
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Phoenix Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

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52
2,242 1,779
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

53
1,830 1,780
Cable is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cable Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

54
2,030 1,690
Blade is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Blade Marv Wolfman, Gene Colan

55
2,212 1,680
Wally West is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wally West Carmine Infantino, John Broome

56
776 518
Shazam is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Shazam C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

57
2,213 2,211
Black Canary is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Black Canary Carmine Infantino, Robert Kanigher

58
1,901 1,541
Raven is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Raven Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

59
1,843 1,670
Quicksilver is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Quicksilver Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

60
1,489 1,255
Cyborg is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Cyborg Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

61
1,877 2,042
Emma Frost is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Emma Frost Chris Claremont, John Byrne

62
1,903 2,494
Kitty Pryde is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Shadowcat Chris Claremont, John Byrne

63
1,724 1,479
Iron Fist is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
dreamcatcher088 added Iron Fist Roy Thomas, Gil Kane

64
1,691 1,596
Nick Fury is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IsabelBaker added Nick Fury Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

65
1,926 2,113
She-Hulk is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
She-Hulk John Buscema, Stan Lee

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66
1,899 1,711
War Machine is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
War Machine David Michelinie, Bob Layton

67
1,677 2,080
Invisible Woman is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Invisible Woman Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

68
1,632 1,720
John Constantine is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
EricShosted added John Constantine Alan Moore, Stephen R. Bissette, Jamie Delano

69
1,481 1,330
Johnny Blaze is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Johnny Blaze Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploog

70
1,750 1,751
Zatanna is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
SnowLeopard44 added Zatanna Gardner Fox, Murphy Anderson

71
1,696 1,511
Ms. Marvel is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers) Roy Thomas, Gene Colan

72
1,721 1,811
Archangel is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Archangel Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

73
2,156 2,403
Black Widow (Claire Voyant) is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Black Widow (Claire Voyant)

74
1,452 1,720
Moon Knight is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Moon Knight Don Perlin, Doug Moench

75
1,228 1,188
Bucky is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
KatieKate added Bucky Barnes Joe Simon, Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby

76
1,463 1,687
Barbara Gordon is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
LaChance added Oracle Carmine Infantino, Gardner Fox

77
1,308 1,511
Hawkgirl is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Hawkgirl Gardner Fox, James Robinson, David S. Goyer

78
1,331 1,334
Starfire is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Starfire Marv Wolfman, George Pérez

79
1,542 1,656
John Stewart is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
John Stewart Neal Adams, Dennis O'Neil

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80
1,187 1,583
Havok is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Havok Neal Adams, Roy Thomas, Arnold Drake

81
1,198 1,262
Falcon is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
charlesminorversion1 added Falcon Gene Colan, Stan Lee

82
1,358 1,779
Hawkman is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

83
1,582 2,157
Doctor Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doctor Manhattan Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

84
1,542 1,835
Tim Drake is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Red Robin Marv Wolfman, Pat Broderick

85
1,236 1,433
Nova (Richard Rider) is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Nova (Richard Rider) Marv Wolfman, John Buscema

86
1,140 1,200
Hank Pym is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hank Pym Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

87
1,382 1,681
Elektra is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Elektra Frank Miller

88
1,222 1,257
X-23 is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
AaronDoublestein added X-23 Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost

89
1,457 1,793
Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
SnowLeopard44 added Power Girl Wally Wood, Otto Binder, Al Plastino

90
1,023 1,093
Beast Boy is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Beast Boy Arnold Drake, Bob Brown

91
1,199 1,781
Mister Fantastic is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Mister Fantastic Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

92
526 554
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
logan-sullivan added Gamora Jim Starlin

93
838 1,395
Jubilee is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Jubilee Art Adams, Ann Nocenti, Marc Silvestri

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94
945 1,114
Firestorm is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Firestorm Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom

95
1,163 1,525
Doctor Fate is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Doctor Fate Steve Gerber, Gardner Fox, James Robinson

96
944 1,170
Black Bolt is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
dreamcatcher088 added Black Bolt Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

97
1,192 1,549
Odin is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Odin Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

98
731 868
Wasp is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
PasquelSmith added Wasp Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

99
655 773
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Drax the Destroyer Mike Friedrich, Jim Starlin

100
959 1,222
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Lobo Roger Slifer, Keith Giffen