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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1
148 38
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe
2
103 58
Jean-Luc Picard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Star Trek
3
92 57
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
4
90 61
Malcolm Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Serenity: Those Left Behind
5
57 48
Captain Britain is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe
6
68 63
Captain Marvel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
DC Universe
7
42 53
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
35 47
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
43 65
Captain Planet is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Planet
10
32 48
Captain Universe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Marvel Universe
11
37 58
Captain Cold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, DC Universe
12
40 65
Captain Caveman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Caveman Marvel Comics
13
27 52
Captain Canuck is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
14
25 58
Captain Phasma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
Captain Phasma
15
22 57
Captain Underpants is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
16
18 53
Captain Boomerang is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
17
17 51
Captain Haddock is listed (or ranked) 17 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
18
15 54
Captain Carrot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
DC Universe
19
10 59
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
5 53
The Captain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 20 Comic Book Captains Ranked By Their Leadership Abilities
The Captain