Total Nerd The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time  

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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
22,023 12,663
Batman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Batman Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Bruce Timm

2
18,128 11,986
Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Spider-Man Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

3
16,239 11,619
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wolverine Len Wein, Roy Thomas, John Romita

4
15,682 13,364
Superman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Superman Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel

5
13,719 10,272
Flash is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

6
13,202 10,173
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Iron Man Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Don Heck

7
13,193 9,966
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Captain America Joe Simon, Jack Kirby

8
12,181 9,800
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hulk Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

9
11,192 9,019
Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Thor Jack Kirby, Stan Lee, Larry Lieber

10
10,044 8,656
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Wonder Woman William Moulton Marston, H. G. Peter

11
13,380 8,315
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
JesusPerez added Deadpool Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

12
8,810 8,246
Rogue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rogue Chris Claremont, Michael Golden

13
7,656 7,762
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Daredevil Stan Lee, Bill Everett

14
6,643 6,029
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Professor X Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

The Coolest Comic Characters That Aren't Superheroes

15
8,567 8,345
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern Bill Finger, Martin Nodell

16
6,570 3,806
Black Panther is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Panther Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

17
5,546 5,358
Storm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Storm Christy Marx, Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

18
7,493 5,356
Magneto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Magneto Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

19
7,953 5,959
Nightwing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

20
6,596 5,982
Gambit is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Gambit Chris Claremont, Jim Lee, Mike Collins

21
6,193 5,611
Nightcrawler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Nightcrawler Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

The Greatest Female Villains

22
5,852 3,484
Doctor Strange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Doctor Strange Stan Lee, Steve Ditko

23
6,487 4,649
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
RatedMMA added Punisher John Romita, Sr., Ross Andru

24
7,059 6,131
Green Arrow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Green Arrow Mort Weisinger, George Papp

25
5,357 4,443
Jean Grey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Jean Grey Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

26
4,946 4,399
Colossus is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Colossus Len Wein, Dave Cockrum

27
5,694 4,647
Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Silver Surfer Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

28
4,719 4,426
Beast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Beast Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

The Top 6 Real-Life Versions of Batman Villains

29
4,842 4,032
Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
PawanBaadshah added Martian Manhunter Joseph Samachson

30
4,759 4,507
Aquaman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Aquaman Mort Weisinger, Kurt Busiek, Jackson Guice

31
4,519 4,517
Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
dayton72 added Captain Marvel Tom Raney, Paul Jenkins

32
4,500 4,423
Human Torch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Human Torch Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

33
4,929 4,364
Robin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

34
4,196 2,244
Venom is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Venom Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie, Mike Zeck

35
3,378 1,964
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
DouglasMckeever added Star-Lord Timothy Zahn, Steve Englehart, Chris Claremont

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36
3,446 3,048
Iceman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
blackvulcan added Iceman Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

37
4,518 4,416
Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Rorschach Dave Gibbons, Alan Moore

38
4,388 4,072
Hawkeye is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Hawkeye Stan Lee, Don Heck

39
4,280 4,112
Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Catwoman Bill Finger, Bob Kane

40
3,765 2,397
Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Black Widow Stan Lee, Don Heck, Don Rico

41
2,734 1,597
Groot is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Bellwoodbomb611 added Groot Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers, Stan Lee

42
3,994 3,521
Spawn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Spawn Todd McFarlane

The Best Characters from Batman Comics

43
3,212 2,499
Scarlet Witch is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Scarlet Witch Jack Kirby, Stan Lee

44
3,721 3,736
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Logan2011 added Supergirl Curt Swan

45
3,827 3,555
Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Hellboy Mike Mignola

46
3,732 3,176
Mystique is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Mystique Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum

47
2,474 2,272
Cable is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Cable Rob Liefeld, Chris Claremont, Rick Leonardi

48
2,925 2,487
Vision is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Arthur Williams added Vision Roy Thomas, John Buscema

49
3,611 3,509
Batgirl is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time

50
3,739 2,862
Phoenix Force is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Comic Book Superheroes of All Time
Phoenix Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum