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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100 30
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe

2
82 39
Jean-Luc Picard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Star Trek

3
71 38
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

4
67 42
Malcolm Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Serenity: Those Left Behind

5
46 40
Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
DC Universe

6
34 33
Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe

7
33 34
Captain Nemo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, The Mysterious Island, 20

8
25 29
Captain Atom is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

9
28 36
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe

10
31 45
Captain Planet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Planet

11
21 31
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe

12
30 46
Captain Caveman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Caveman Marvel Comics

13
21 37
Captain Canuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

14
19 38
Captain Phasma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Phasma

15
11 32
Captain Haddock is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Tintin and the Golden Fleece, Tintin and the Temple of the Sun, Tintin and the Blue Oranges

16
13 37
Captain Underpants is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

17
11 37
Captain Carrot is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
DC Universe

18
10 36
Captain Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities

19
8 40
Captain Hammer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

20
4 35
The Captain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
The Captain