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
415 160
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 1 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

2
1,393 780
Goku is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Ray Estrada added

3
1,011 618
Superman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Smallville, Superboy, Adventures of Superman

4
683 390
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
792 472
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
916 571
Groot is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy

7
617 355
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
284 114
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
790 495
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marvel Universe

10
242 91
Venom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Marvel Universe

11
204 67
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
405 259
Yondu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy

13
465 327
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
385 268
Gamora is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe

15
409 292
Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Omega Men, Deathstroke

16
183 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
445 349
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Supergirl, Movie 43, DC Universe

18
138 65
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
341 286
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
313 261
Power Girl is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

21
137 78
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
133 76
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
238 217
Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell) is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marvel Universe

24
217 219
Hawkwoman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
DC Universe

25
232 240
Beta Ray Bill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Planet Hulk, Marvel Universe

26
80 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
163 189
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
182 227
Superboy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

29
141 181
Warlock is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
New Mutants

30
158 207
Brainiac 5 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Justice League, DC Universe

31
131 182
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
118 165
Vampirella is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Marcos Faria added Vampirella

33
98 145
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
87 132
Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Dimos Dicoudis added

35
11 8
Hulkling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
go_sullivan added Marvel Universe

36
90 139
Ch'p is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Green Lantern: First Flight, DC Universe

37
105 165
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
41 62
The Wonder Twins is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added

39
28 42
Grimlock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers

40
93 153
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
19 40
Arcee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Transformers: Prime, The Transformers: The Movie, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

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

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
13 36
Bulkhead is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time
Mitchell Slaughter added Transformers: Prime