Total Nerd The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time  

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List Rules Superheroes from other planets that have appeared in comics.

What is it about aliens that makes them such good super heroes? Is it because it's so easy to give them super powers? Is it that they view our world with an outside perspective that lets us view our morality with fresh eyes? Whatever it is, the best alien superheroes have become a huge part of our popular culture. The most iconic of their ranks, Superman, was created as the embodiment of America at the turn of the last country. He was a refugee from a far-away land who grew up to hold dear all the ideals that America offered the world. It was a statement about ourselves and America's place in the world.

Soon, Superman wasn't the only the alien superhero in our cosmic neighborhood. The Green Lantern Corps alone is one of the most diverse institutions in comics, to the point where it features an alien squirrel who can kick butt with the best of them. The Guardians of the Galaxy are some of the strangest characters out there, but they're also some of the most sympathetic. Alien characters let comics move away from Earth-based stories into something more colorful and ultimately more original. After all, there are only so many human characters you can have before red skinned aliens who vomit blood start to find an audience.

But even with all the strange physical and cultural quirks, many of these alien superheroes are extremely relatable. After all, Kilowog is just another drill sergeant with a heart of gold. Silver Surfer is filled with guilt and self-loathing over what could be considered the worst job ever. Even Supergirl lives in the shadow of a famous relative and has to constantly prove her worth to the world. Heck, Mar-Vell developed cancer in one of the most controversial stories in all of comics.

Just because you have super powers doesn't mean you're immune to emotional strife. And at the end of the day, that's why we love these characters. Because alien or not, they're just as human as we are. So check out the ranking of the best alien superheroes below and consider vote for the ones that most deserve the top spots.

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1
1,390 773
Goku is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Ray Estrada added

2
407 158
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

3
1,000 615
Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman

4
672 388
Starfire is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Asgeir Hovland added Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

5
782 472
Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

6
911 570
Groot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy

7
613 354
Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe

8
281 112
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

9
785 495
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marvel Universe

10
238 90
Venom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Marvel Universe

11
202 66
Optimus Prime is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: The Ride - 3D

12
404 257
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy

13
463 326
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

14
381 268
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

15
406 292
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Omega Men, Deathstroke

16
180 96
Stitch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Stitch!, Stitch! The Movie, Lilo & Stitch

17
441 348
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

18
135 64
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added American Splendor, Green Lantern, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

19
339 284
He-Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
The New Adventures of He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword

20
311 259
Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

21
135 76
Spock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

22
132 74
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers, Transformers, The Transformers: The Movie

23
238 214
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marvel Universe

24
215 218
Hawkwoman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
DC Universe

25
231 238
Beta Ray Bill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Planet Hulk, Marvel Universe

26
76 68
Ben Tennyson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force

27
161 188
Kilowog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern

28
181 224
Superboy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

29
141 179
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
New Mutants

30
158 206
Brainiac 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Justice League, DC Universe

31
130 181
Abin Sur is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern

32
118 164
Vampirella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marcos Faria added Vampirella

33
98 144
Sodam Yat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

34
90 137
Ch'p is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: First Flight, DC Universe

35
11 7
Hulkling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
go_sullivan added Marvel Universe

36
86 132
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added

37
105 164
Tomar-Re is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern, Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

38
28 41
Grimlock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

39
39 60
The Wonder Twins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added

40
92 153
Dawnstar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
DC Universe

41
75 129
Cosmic Boy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
DC Universe

42
82 143
Soranik Natu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern Corps: Recharge

43
25 45
Ultra Magnus is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

44
2 8
Xavin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
go_sullivan added

45
73 138
Arisia Rrab is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

46
18 39
Kup is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

47
18 40
Arcee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Transformers: Prime, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

48
20 44
Rodimus Prime is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Transformers: Animated, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

49
63 130
Ganthet is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight

50
57 122
Noh-Varr is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marvel Universe