Total Nerd 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities  

Stephan Roget
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List Rules Vote up the characters who earned the title of captain.

The word “captain” resonates with authority and power, so it stands to reason "captain" characters in comic books are among the most visible. From comic books to cartoons, the "captain" motif often arises in the form of a commanding and compelling character, with some even ranking among the best superheroes of all time. While many fictional captains exist in the realm of comics, only a select few of them are actually worth following into battle. The best comic book captains, or captains from other geeky parts of pop culture, possess both overlapping similarities and stark differences. What unites them all, like the best female superhero team leaders, is their belief in their ability to lead.

Some make excellent leaders, like Captains America and Kirk of their Avengers and crew, respectively. Others, like Captains Universe and Atom, use the “captain” moniker as a representation of their power. And some, like Captain Boomerang, appear to use the word only to differentiate themselves from other characters with “boomerang” in their name. So, with a whole lot of heroes sharing the title of captain, which comic book captain would make the best captain in real life?

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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain America Marvel Universe

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Jean-Luc Picard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek

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James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

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Malcolm Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Mal Reynolds Serenity: Those Left Behind

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Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Marvel DC Universe

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Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Britain Marvel Universe

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Captain Nemo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Nemo Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, The Mysterious Island, 20

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Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Atom Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Cold Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

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Captain Planet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Planet Captain Planet

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Captain Caveman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Caveman Marvel Comics

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Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Universe Marvel Universe

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Captain Canuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

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Captain Phasma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Phasma

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Captain Haddock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Haddock Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Tintin and the Temple of the Sun, Tintin and the Blue Oranges

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Captain Underpants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

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Captain Carrot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Carrot DC Universe

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Captain Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

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Captain Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Hammer Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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The Captain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
The Captain