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The 20 Richest Comic Book Characters of All Time

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Here's a list of the richest superheroes, comic book characters and wealthiest villains of all time, ranked from richest to not-so-richest, and whose favorite color is green. Comic book characters list many various ways to make money, but they’re keeping those kinds of secrets to themselves. Who are the richest comic book characters? These are the wealthiest heroes and villains in comic bookdom with a few ground rules. First off, we've only included the mainstream universes of the "Big 2" (Marvel Comics and DC Comics) with one big glaring exception that just HAD to be on the list, because if we would've included anything independent, it would have opened it up to pretty much the entire medium.

This isn’t the place to find Marvel Comics’ net worth or even Tony Stark net worth, because there’s not a calculator close by that will compute those kinds of numbers. Funny comic book characters even the smartest superheroes out there may not quite make them one of the richest superheroes, though we do have a few super smart comic book characters here, like Lex Luthor.

The richest fictional character may be right here on this list of comic book characters, though, we’re not sure how much Lucy made at that psychiatry booth (she has no paper trail). All comic book characters have the potential, but only the top 20 Marvel villains and superheroes here (and DC) made it here. This list of comic book heroes and villains that are filthy rich will make you jealous you don’t have a slice.

Also, we didn't assign any dollar value, as we believe estimates based on our own world make absolutely zero sense.

Be sure to check out Ranker's other lists like the wealthiest women in America, richest Black people, and the Justice League characters list.

  • Being the first Black superhero in mainstream American comic books, Black Panther tops this list as the most realistically rich superhero (or supervillain) in either DC or Marvel.

    Why is this? Well, for one, he runs the entire country of Wakana\da (a fictional African country in the Marvel universe), which just happens to be the world's only deposit of the most precious metal: Vibranium.

    You know that indestructible tough metal that Wolverine's bones are incased in? Vibranium is is even stronger than that, and T'Challa (the Black Panther's real identity) owns all of it and often has to protect it.

    So, from the perspective of natural resources, supply vs. demand, and how much he has at his disposal, if he just sells a tiny bit of it, T'Challa, the Black Panther, is arguably the richest superhero in comics.

    BONUS: He's considered one of the eight smartest people in the entire Marvel Universe.

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  • Namor
    Photo: jennifer yin / Flickr

    Namor once saved the day with a ridiculous wad of cash using the explanation that if he wanted to, he could always have money because what he has to work with is oh, you know, all the riches of the sea.

    That's right, any time anyone loses a wallet or drops change into the ocean (as well as any pirate treasure that exists in the Marvel universe and the countless riches of the Kingdom of Atlantis)... it's all Namor's. The reigning Prince of Atlantis, Namor is one of the biggest jerks in the Marvel universe, even though his heart is usually in the right place.

    Namor has other-worldly value to his riches, which puts him above anyone who runs a country (except for T'Challa, because c'mon, what if one guy owned all the platinum in the world?), and anyone who runs a huge corporation.

    BONUS: Breaking a chunk off of a building in his place could go for millions at a huge museum, so that's another huge source of income.

    Guess he does have a reason to be so snobby.

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    Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)

    Adrian Veidt (Ozymandias)
    Photo: Watchmen

    Adrien Veidt, otherwise known as Ozymandias, otherwise known as (WATCHMEN SPOILER ALERT) the bad guy from Watchmen, is one of the richest superheroes in history. He has Bruce Wayne-style power and fortune, but takes it one step further than Bruce Wayne. His questionable morales give him the financial edge on Bruce Wayne, as Wayne runs an honest business. Veidt kills people and sells toys of himself.

    On top of it all, he is also the smartest man on Earth.

    Veidt is a superhero/supervillain (depending on your take on Watchmen) that doesn't pull punches (often) and does what he wants to get what he wants. Money isn't really a problem for him, as he owns a freaking crazy, genetically-engineered wildcat named Bustastis, and a "tower" (a sure sign... as you will see... of a rich superhero).

    Because of all this, he's #3 on this list.
  • Batman
    Photo: DC Comics

    Owner of Wayne Enterprises, billionaire Bruce Wayne is the richest self-made superhero on this list. Sure, Strange earned his powers, but someone had to give them to him. Bruce Wayne took billions of dollars as an orphan and turned himself into one of the most powerful superheroes in comic books.

    Being able to keep up with the titans in the Justice League like Superman and Wonder Woman (and often having to save them all, always being one step ahead of almost everyone in the DC universe), Batman is easily among the smartest characters in comic books.

    With this intelligence, he runs Wayne Enterprises, a multi-billion dollar international company, and somehow still has enough time to be Batman (see: Lucius Fox) and get all those crazy gadgets he needs not only made, but ordered privately and in quantities that allow him to always have everything he needs under his belt... well, ON his belt.

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