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The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time

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List RulesOnly 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 - at times even while maintaining day jobs. 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.  Some superheroes also have disabilities that counteract their skills, weapons or unique talents. 

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. 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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    Spider-Man
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    19,377

    Spider-Man

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  • 2
    Batman
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    25,150

    Batman

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  • 3
    Thor
    25,035
    13,517

    Thor

    Flight, Superhuman strength
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  • 4
    Deadpool
    27,320
    14,359

    Deadpool

    Martial arts, Healing factor
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  • 5
    Iron Man
    28,918
    16,782

    Iron Man

    Flight, Hand-to-hand combat
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  • 6
    Wolverine
    32,353
    19,367

    Wolverine

    Healing factor, Regeneration
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  • 7
    Captain America
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    16,509

    Captain America

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  • 8
    Hulk
    23,496
    14,526

    Hulk

    Shapeshifting, Healing factor
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  • 9
    Doctor Strange
    16,324
    8,941

    Doctor Strange

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  • 10
    Wonder Woman
    21,460
    13,441

    Wonder Woman

    Flight, Regeneration
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  • 11
    Flash
    26,553
    16,444

    Flash

    Flight, Superhuman speed
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  • 12
    Venom
    12,282
    6,493

    Venom

    Shapeshifting, Healing factor
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    Superman
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    21,611

    Superman

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  • 14
    Black Panther
    15,177
    9,988
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  • 15
    Punisher
    13,403
    9,514
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  • 16
    Black Widow
    8,804
    6,168
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  • 17
    Nightwing
    15,423
    11,028
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  • 18
    Groot
    7,666
    5,206
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  • 19
    Johnny Blaze
    5,948
    4,316

    Johnny Blaze

    Superhuman strength
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  • 20
    Scarlet Witch
    7,613
    5,631

    Scarlet Witch

    Reality warping
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  • 21
    Shazam
    6,288
    4,198

    Shazam

    Flight, Magic in Harry Potter
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  • 22
    Silver Surfer
    10,250
    8,031
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  • 23
    Green Lantern
    15,090
    12,816

    Green Lantern

    Power ring
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    Rocket Raccoon
    5,683
    4,178
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    Ant-Man (Scott Lang)
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