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The Best Alien Superheroes of All Time

Updated June 14, 2019 28.1k votes 3.5k voters 21.2k views67 items

List RulesSuperheroes 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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  • Yoda1
    509
    243

    Yoda

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Venom2
    336
    149

    Venom

    Marvel Universe
  • Superman3
    1,072
    616

    Superman

    Smallville, Superboy
  • Groot4
    966
    556

    Groot

    Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Chewbacca5
    362
    178

    Chewbacca

    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • Silver Surfer6
    639
    355

    Silver Surfer

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Marvel Universe
  • Starfire7
    726
    413

    Starfire

    Teen Titans Go!, Teen Titans
  • Optimus Prime8
    287
    136

    Optimus Prime

    The Transformers, Transformers: Prime
  • Martian Manhunter9
    795
    470

    Martian Manhunter

    Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice
  • Rocket Raccoon10
    791
    472

    Rocket Raccoon

    Marvel Universe
  • Goku11
    1,362
    871

    Goku

    Dragon Ball Z Kai, Dragon Ball Z
  • Green Lantern12
    206
    103

    Green Lantern

    American Splendor, Green Lantern
  • Gamora13
    413
    272

    Gamora

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe
  • Yondu14
    423
    284

    Yondu

    Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Stitch15
    234
    141

    Stitch

    Stitch!, Stitch! The Movie
  • Drax the Destroyer16
    463
    329

    Drax the Destroyer

    Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Universe
  • Lobo17
    414
    298

    Lobo

    Omega Men, Deathstroke
  • Supergirl18
    464
    354

    Supergirl

    Supergirl, Movie 43
  • Bumblebee19
    179
    120

    Bumblebee

    The Transformers, Transformers
  • Spock20
    165
    121

    Spock

    Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series
  • Power Girl21
    314
    273

    Power Girl

    Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe
  • Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell)22
    267
    229
  • He-Man23
    333
    305

    He-Man

    The New Adventures of He-Man, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
  • Noh-Varr24
    145
    124

    Noh-Varr

    Marvel Universe
  • Abigail Brand25
    132
    119

    Abigail Brand

    Marvel Universe