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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Spider-Man

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  • 2
    Thor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Thor

    Flight, Superhuman strength
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Batman

    Flight, Martial arts
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  • 4
    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Deadpool

    Martial arts, Healing factor
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  • 5
    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Iron Man

    Flight, Hand-to-hand combat
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  • 6
    Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
    31,603
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    Wolverine

    Healing factor, Regeneration
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  • 7
    Captain America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Captain America

    Martial arts, Hand-to-hand combat
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  • 8
    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Hulk

    Shapeshifting, Healing factor
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  • 9
    Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Wonder Woman

    Flight, Regeneration
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  • 10
    Venom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
    11,950
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    Venom

    Shapeshifting, Healing factor
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    Flash is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    16,243

    Flash

    Flight, Superhuman speed
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  • 12
    Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Doctor Strange

    Flight, Magic in Harry Potter
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  • 13
    Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Superman

    Flight, Healing factor
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  • 15
    Punisher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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  • 16
    Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
    15,140
    10,843
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    Groot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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  • 19
    Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Ghost Rider

    Superhuman strength
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  • 20
    Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Scarlet Witch

    Reality warping
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  • 21
    Shazam is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Shazam

    Flight, Magic in Harry Potter
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    Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    The Thing is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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    Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes Of All Time
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