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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1,380 760
Goku is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Ray Estrada added Goku

2
397 150
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Yoda Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie

3
979 611
Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Superman Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman

4
771 469
Martian Manhunter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Martian Manhunter Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

5
900 564
Groot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

6
657 387
Starfire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Asgeir Hovland added Starfire Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans, Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

7
274 107
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Chewbacca Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

8
604 352
Silver Surfer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Silver Surfer Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe

9
779 491
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Marvel Universe

10
232 84
Venom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Venom Marvel Universe

11
193 61
Optimus Prime is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Optimus Prime The Transformers, Transformers: Prime, Transformers: The Ride - 3D

12
401 252
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Yondu Guardians of the Galaxy

13
459 321
Drax the Destroyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Drax the Destroyer Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

14
376 264
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Gamora Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

The Best '60s Alien Movies

15
402 289
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Lobo Omega Men, Deathstroke

16
178 90
Stitch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Stitch Stitch!, Stitch! The Movie, Lilo & Stitch

17
433 346
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Supergirl Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

18
128 61
Green Lantern is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Green Lantern American Splendor, Green Lantern, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

19
334 280
He-Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
He-Man The New Adventures of He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, The Secret of the Sword

20
129 67
Bumblebee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Bumblebee The Transformers, Transformers, The Transformers: The Movie

21
132 71
Spock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Spock Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

28 Creepy Photos Inspired by Children's Nightmares

22
304 257
Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Power Girl Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

23
234 210
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) Marvel Universe

24
225 235
Beta Ray Bill is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Beta Ray Bill Planet Hulk, Marvel Universe

25
209 217
Hawkwoman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Hawkwoman DC Universe

26
70 63
Ben Tennyson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Ben Tennyson Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force

27
154 188
Kilowog is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Kilowog Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern

28
171 223
Superboy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Superboy JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

18 Terrifying Children's Toys Inspired By The Movie 'Alien'

29
139 176
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Warlock New Mutants

30
153 203
Brainiac 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Brainiac 5 Justice League, DC Universe

31
115 160
Vampirella is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marcos Faria added Vampirella Vampirella

32
125 180
Abin Sur is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Abin Sur Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, Green Lantern

33
93 142
Sodam Yat is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Sodam Yat Tales of the Green Lantern Corps, Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds

34
87 134
Ch'p is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Ch'p Green Lantern: First Flight, DC Universe

35
83 130
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added Gladiator

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36
101 162
Tomar-Re is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Tomar-Re Green Lantern, Green Lantern: First Flight, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

37
27 37
Grimlock is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Grimlock The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

38
37 55
The Wonder Twins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Wonder Twins

39
6 3
Hulkling is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
go_sullivan added Hulkling Marvel Universe

40
25 39
Ultra Magnus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Ultra Magnus The Transformers, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

41
86 151
Dawnstar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Dawnstar DC Universe

42
78 140
Soranik Natu is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Soranik Natu Green Lantern Corps: Recharge

The Best Characters in the Whole Alien Franchise, Ranked

43
70 127
Cosmic Boy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Cosmic Boy DC Universe

44
17 36
Arcee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Arcee Transformers: Prime, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

45
70 136
Arisia Rrab is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Arisia Rrab Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

46
18 41
Rodimus Prime is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Rodimus Prime Transformers: Animated, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

47
15 36
Kup is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Kup The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

48
0 4
Xavin is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
go_sullivan added Xavin

49
55 120
Noh-Varr is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Noh-Varr Marvel Universe

50
10 33
Bulkhead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Bulkhead Transformers: Prime