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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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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 101 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Marvel C. C. Beck, Bill Parker

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1,007 1,049
Jason Todd is listed (or ranked) 102 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Jason Todd Doug Mahnke, Judd Winick, Gerry Conway

103
795 1,050
Bishop is listed (or ranked) 103 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Bishop Jim Lee, John Byrne, Whilce Portacio

104
865 947
Kid Flash is listed (or ranked) 104 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Kid Flash Alex Ross, Mark Waid

105
1,042 1,293
Black Adam is listed (or ranked) 105 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Black Adam Otto Binder, C. C. Beck

106
194 220
Domino is listed (or ranked) 106 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Domino Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

107
969 1,427
Judge Dredd is listed (or ranked) 107 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Judge Dredd John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, Pat Mills

108
964 1,331
Huntress is listed (or ranked) 108 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Huntress

109
1,056 1,837
Namor is listed (or ranked) 109 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Sub Mariner Bill Everett

110
794 1,025
Atom is listed (or ranked) 110 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Atom Gardner Fox, Gil Kane

111
767 615
Ultimate Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 111 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Ultimate Spider-Man MILES MORALES

112
982 1,222
Superboy (Kon-El) is listed (or ranked) 112 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Superboy (Kon-El) Karl Kesel, Tom Grummett

113
891 1,046
Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 113 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Cat Marv Wolfman, Keith Pollard

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680 958
Angel is listed (or ranked) 114 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Angel Paul Gustavson

115
519 807
Firestar is listed (or ranked) 115 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Firestar Hasbro, Tomy, John Romita

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910 1,223
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) is listed (or ranked) 116 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew) Archie Goodwin, Marie Severin, Sal Buscema

117
810 1,136
Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 117 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
BrandonAdams added Swamp Thing Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson

118
910 1,426
Batwoman is listed (or ranked) 118 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Batwoman Bob Kane, Greg Rucka, Grant Morrison

119
493 500
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 119 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
pyriel2 added Jessica Jones Michael Gaydos, Brian Michael Bendis

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501 550
Scott Lang is listed (or ranked) 120 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scott Lang John Byrne, David Michelinie

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401 617
Banshee is listed (or ranked) 121 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
MikeHalpin4 added Banshee Roy Thomas, Stan Lee, Werner Roth

122
626 795
Blue Beetle is listed (or ranked) 122 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
jim4stek added Blue Beetle

123
631 932
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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724 1,032
Snake Eyes is listed (or ranked) 124 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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669 1,052
Spectre is listed (or ranked) 125 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
AlanDeanNaldrett added Spectre Jerry Siegel

126
592 822
Conan the Barbarian is listed (or ranked) 126 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
MadanMohanDasaMarcoSing added Conan the Barbarian Robert E. Howard

127
304 583
Magik is listed (or ranked) 127 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
GlassOnion added Magik Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

128
548 758
Tick is listed (or ranked) 128 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Tick Ben Edlund

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517 549
Red Hood is listed (or ranked) 129 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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321 370
Doomsday is listed (or ranked) 130 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Doomsday Dan Jurgens

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111 125
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 131 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Yondu Gene Colan, Arnold Drake

132
336 618
Polaris is listed (or ranked) 132 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Polaris Arnold Drake, Jim Steranko, Don Heck

133
576 1,004
Red Tornado is listed (or ranked) 133 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Red Tornado Gardner Fox, Dick Dillin

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636 782
Roy Harper is listed (or ranked) 134 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Red Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp, Paul Norris

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652 1,097
Hit-Girl is listed (or ranked) 135 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
sdude13 added Hit-Girl Mark Millar, John Romita, Jr.

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384 366
Mr. Incredible is listed (or ranked) 136 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mr. Incredible Brad Bird

137
240 514
Dazzler is listed (or ranked) 137 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Dazzler Roger Stern, Marvel Comics, Tom DeFalco

138
398 672
Adam Warlock is listed (or ranked) 138 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Adam Warlock Roy Thomas, Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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105 37
Barry Allen is listed (or ranked) 139 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

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669 1,473
The Comedian is listed (or ranked) 140 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added The Comedian

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644 1,115
Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 141 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
jonny33333 added Kick-Ass

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517 917
Booster Gold is listed (or ranked) 142 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Sakura928 added Booster Gold Dan Jurgens - DC Universe

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313 506
Cloak is listed (or ranked) 143 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Cloak Bill Mantlo, Ed Hannigan

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120 70
Batman (Terry) is listed (or ranked) 144 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Moai added Batman (Terry) Batman Beyond

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215 499
Cannonball is listed (or ranked) 145 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
brian-james added Cannonball Bob McLeod, Chris Claremont

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576 1,100
Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 146 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
IvanBarba added Captain Atom Steve Ditko, Pat Broderick, Cary Bates

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290 613
Longshot is listed (or ranked) 147 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
the_thrill added Longshot Art Adams, Ann Nocenti

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534 677
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 148 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hercules Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

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504 1,020
Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 149 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain Britain Chris Claremont, Herb Trimpe

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448 912
Deadman is listed (or ranked) 150 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Deadman Carmine Infantino, Arnold Drake