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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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1
25,355 14,375
Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm

2
21,705 13,110
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

3
18,518 13,064
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita

4
18,026 14,861
Superman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel

5
15,671 11,434
Flash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

6
15,234 11,199
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Don Heck

7
15,162 10,897
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Joe Simon, Jack Kirby

8
13,869 10,700
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

9
13,103 9,669
Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

10
11,788 9,415
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter

11
15,347 9,101
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
JesusPerez added Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

12
9,470 9,578
Rogue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Chris Claremont, Michael Golden

13
8,840 8,673
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Stan Lee, Bill Everett

14
9,718 9,137
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bill Finger, Martin Nodell

15
7,221 4,023
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

16
7,521 6,843
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

17
7,881 4,486
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

18
9,034 6,701
Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

19
6,307 6,151
Storm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Christy Marx, Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

20
8,483 5,993
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

21
6,876 6,289
Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

22
7,295 6,712
Gambit is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Mike Collins

23
7,878 6,771
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Mort Weisinger, George Papp

24
7,416 5,181
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
RatedMMA added John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru

25
6,008 4,994
Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

26
6,369 5,143
Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

27
5,532 4,950
Colossus is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

28
5,255 4,961
Beast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

29
5,524 5,018
Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mort Weisinger, Kurt Busiek, Jackson Guice

30
5,474 4,564
Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
PawanBaadshah added Joseph Samachson

31
5,657 4,857
Robin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

32
5,169 5,082
Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
dayton72 added Tom Raney, Paul Jenkins

33
4,998 4,921
Human Torch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

34
5,188 2,642
Venom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck

35
4,048 2,443
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
DouglasMckeever added Timothy Zahn, Steve Englehart, Chris Claremont

36
4,930 4,564
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Stan Lee, Don Heck

37
5,066 4,943
Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

38
4,876 4,546
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bill Finger, Bob Kane

39
3,918 3,495
Iceman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

40
4,426 2,752
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico

41
3,408 1,920
Groot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bellwoodbomb611 added Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, Stan Lee

42
3,787 2,847
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

43
4,224 4,160
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Curt Swan

44
4,487 3,979
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Todd McFarlane

45
4,303 3,964
Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mike Mignola

46
4,079 3,893
Batgirl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

47
2,914 2,633
Cable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

48
4,164 3,556
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

49
3,375 2,839
Vision is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Roy Thomas, John Buscema

50
3,448 2,509
Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady) is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Robert Kirkman, Phil Hester