Top 10 Best Superheroes of All Time

Superheroes are more than just characters. They are legends, icons, and inspirations. They have amazing powers, cool costumes, and epic stories. They have shaped our culture and our dreams. But who is the greatest superhero of all time? That's up to you. You have the power to decide which of these awesome heroes deserves the ultimate honor.
The Top Ten
1 Batman Batman aka Bruce Wayne is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. In film, he has been portrayed by Lewis Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West, Michael... read more

People say he isn't relatable because he's a billionaire, but that's not the point when we say he's relatable too. You have to admire his strength, especially since he struggled mentally at the age of 8 after seeing his parents killed right in front of him. Even as a child, he battled his trauma and stress.

This character is a true example of someone at war with their own emotions. Not physically like Two-Face, but mentally. That's what makes him not only relatable but also realistic. He has flaws, he is human, and he doesn't have superpowers. The only person who can truly be Batman is Bruce Wayne himself.

2 Spider-Man Spider-Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics existing in its shared universe. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the... read more

Ever since I was a child, I admired and looked up to Spider-Man, not because of Spider-Man but because of who he was before. He was a nobody, a face in the crowd. Batman was always going to be an influential person one way or another as a multi-billionaire. Peter, though, can relate to the public because he is the public.

With great power comes great responsibility, and Spider-Man always puts others before himself. He doesn't do things for himself, but he does things because he knows he's the only one who can. He doesn't have funds, and Spider-Man constantly endangers and impacts his public life negatively, but he knows he can't give up the mantle of Spider-Man because he bears the burden so others don't have to.

3 Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. He made his first appearance... read more

Without any superpowers, he rivals and beats most who possess them. He is also the most emotionally strong, bearing the weight of the world and saving it on his own shoulders. He acts as this universe's metaphorical Greek Cassandra, predicting doom and then dealing with it himself.

He started out as an anti-hero but found his true calling in saving people in a way different from manufacturing weapons. Initially, he believed that using weapons would save people, but he later realized that accountability was the best way to help. Every action as Iron Man works in concert with him as Tony Stark. Tony is a hero both with and without the suit.

He created it in the depths of a cave while being tortured and on the brink of death. Rising from his own ashes, he now acts heroically not just on a global level, but universally. With nothing but his wit, intelligence, and determination, he has worked his way to the top of this list and into the depths of our hearts. End of speech.

4 Superman Superman is a comic character. And probably the first powerful superhero in the fictional world. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, high school students living in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1933. It was published by DC comics. The first animated superhero movie was superman... read more

Why Superman? No, not because of his incredible, albeit overpowering, superpowers - including the ability to keep his hair perfect after flying near the speed of light without a helmet.

Superman is the greatest because of his undying love of life. His ability to see the good in humanity when no one else can. His compassion and respect for people motivate him to do the most good, while everyone else seems to have some trauma trigger them to become a superhero out of vengeance. Yes, Jonathan Kent died, but he wasn't brutally murdered, causing Clark to wear all-black hockey pants and throw plastic bats at bad guys. No, even if Jonathan were alive, Superman would still be Superman. He saves the world for the sake of saving the world.

Superman never kills. "Oh, yeah? Well, Batman doesn't either. And he fights crime even without superpowers that make him invincible." - Yes, but Batman doesn't, from a perspective of, "If we choose to kill, we're no better than the villains." He sets his rule out of some need to prove he's better than the criminals. Superman? He believes a person deserves a second chance. He believes there's good in everyone and that he can bring them back to the light. Batman only sees people in the shadows. Batman has lost all faith in humanity. Superman only has faith. Batman is so untrusting of others that he has a plan to take down Superman, the most loving and true-hearted of people, if he decides to go rogue. Superman's plan for Batman? He doesn't have one. Because he expects Batman to do better. Batman places himself on a pedestal above everyone else. Superman places himself with everyone else. He's not a god among men. He's a man among men. He is the embodiment of love. The embodiment of good.

5 Wolverine Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, commonly associated with the X-Men. His powers and abilities include a healing factor and his signature adamantium claws and adamantium skeleton.

By far, Wolverine is the most interesting and violent superhero of all time. Not only that, but he is perhaps the most influential when you consider all of the Wolverine knockoffs that followed over the years (Lobo, Deadpool, Cable, every Image Comics character, etc.). Not just that, but popularity-wise, he's still more popular than Iron Man, Hulk, and Superman. Don't believe me? Just look at all of the X-Men and Wolverine books, or anything he's guest-starred in. All became huge sellers.

Let's not forget that he has always been the premier vs guy in the Marvel Universe. He should be in the top 3 of this list, but the movies don't do him justice. If they followed his character as portrayed in the comics, then everyone would say that he's the best superhero they'd ever seen.

6 Captain America Captain Steven Grant Rogers, most known as Steve Rogers or Captain America, is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He was a World War II veteran and is known as the world's first superhero. The character was created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon and... read more

Captain America is a great fighter with loads of skills, and he isn't arrogant or stupid. He is probably the bravest superhero in both DC and Marvel. Superman has powers that are so awesome he doesn't even need to be afraid. Batman has so much money that he can afford very high-tech stuff to avoid getting hurt. Spider-Man has a fast healing ability, so he doesn't need to worry much. The Hulk doesn't even need to think about being scared. And Iron Man, with his highly protective armor, is very well protected.

Not everyone would risk their life to have experiments conducted on them. He cares a lot about people, and in the Civil War storyline, he surrendered. Not many superheroes would put aside their pride. Can you imagine the multi-billionaire and arrogant Iron Man doing that?

7 Hulk Robert Bruce Banner, also known as The Hulk or Bruce Banner, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and was portrayed by Edward Norton and Mark Ruffalo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

A lot of people here are talking about movie Hulk and his angry, smashing attitude, which is no doubt a keystone of the character. But that's not all there is to the Hulk. I'm 100% aware that this will sound snobby, but the Hulk is my favorite comic superhero/anti-hero. He is so severely psychologically messed up that he can be an unstoppable rage machine and also an insanely analytical powerhouse at the same time throughout his story arcs.

Even if he's the best hope the heroes have, they are scared of him because of his strength and question him for it. He saves the world one day and is vilified the next, simply because he is a time bomb. They unleash his "bomb" personality because they need it to save them, and then ostracize him once it's done for being immensely powerful. It's an insanely harsh dynamic that Hulk/Bruce Banner has to deal with, and yet he always seems to come through for them. Read "Planet Hulk" and "World War Hulk," and you'll quickly realize why he is the best comic book hero ever.

8 Flash The Flash is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. His first appearance was in October 1956 and was created by Robert Kanigher. His main ability is super speed through the Speed Force and can run at speeds exceeding light.

The Flash is the best because super speed is unbeatable. Let's just say that for some reason he was fighting Superman. Who would win? Most people would probably say Superman, but they aren't really thinking about what The Flash is truly capable of. His reflexes and speed allow him to dodge any punch and land multiple punches on his opponent in the blink of an eye.

But let's say that doesn't work. He can also travel through time. So if he wants to, he can travel back and stop you even before you commit a crime. Not to mention his phasing ability, limited flight, running on walls and water, and the coolest thing ever: throwing lightning. So, who can rival him?

9 Deadpool Deadpool is a fictional antihero created by Marvel who appears in their comics. Deadpool's first appearance was in New Mutants #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza in February of 1991. His powers include self-healing and super strength. He is regarded as one of the funniest characters in comics due... read more

Deadpool is my favorite character, and it isn't just because of his messed-up moral compass and his dark humor. I like Deadpool for all he is worth: a man who has lost his family twice, gotten cancer, been experimented on numerous times, been labeled a failure in the Canadian Weapon-X program (which also messed up his head, plus giving him the looks of a rotten tomato), and lost friends and lovers numerous times. All of this he hides under a mask, a smile, and some jokes.

I love the character not just for his humorous fourth-wall-breaking and the smiles he puts on my face, but also because of the tears he makes me shed. After all the things that have happened to him, after being labeled a failure and being rejected by society, he still continues to live in hope for something better.

10 Thor Thor Odinson is a fictional superhero appearing in the American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder and possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight and weather... read more

Thor is a literal Asgardian god, which already grants him immense strength and high invulnerability, with levels to match the Hulk. Moreover, he wields mastery over lightning, has centuries of training and experience, and knowledge of a vast variety of mystic artifacts and magic taught to him by Odin (his father). He has also gained experience fighting them.

Another deal-breaker is his ability to wield some of the most powerful weapons in the universe (i.e., Mjolnir, Stormbreaker) that almost no one else can. With all this under his belt, he is easily one of, if not the best and strongest superhero. And let us not forget he is also the God of Entrances.

The Contenders
11 Wonder Woman Wonder Woman is a fictional superhero created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character is a founding member of the Justice League, a goddess, and Ambassador-at-Large of the Amazon people. In her homeland, the island nation... read more

Wonder Woman deserves to be very high up on this list. She's always been my role model because of her class and toughness. She is the perfect example of a strong woman, as she never quits and never turns down a challenge.

Not only is her beauty beyond that of any heroine, but her godly strength and her status as an Amazonian warrior princess make her unstoppable. Plus, I love her relationship with Batman.

Honestly, she's better at fighting than Superman. Why is she not higher on this list? She's the most iconic female superhero and is easily stronger than many of the heroes above her on this list. She also has strong morals.

12 Green Lantern Green Lantern is the name of several superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. They fight evil with the aid of rings that grant them a variety of extraordinary powers.

It really depends on which Green Lantern one is referring to, as there are thousands upon thousands. The entire Green Lantern storyline is so engaging because, just as there is the Marvel universe or the DC universe, it's as though the Green Lantern universe could easily be its own thing. There are various different Green Lanterns one could follow, and there are more conflicts and villains than any other superhero has, except the Batman family, because those guys have a big heap on their plate.

The Green Lantern rings themselves are a very creative concept, more so than most of the other superheroes on this list. Think about Thor for example - he was already a character of much fame! A Norse god! Anyway, all of the conflicts between Hal Jordan, Earth, his fellow Lanterns, and his nemesis (Sinestro), and even his bosses (the Guardians), create a storyline that is incredibly engaging.

Part of this is because the writers can be so original with every new storyline, as there are infinite possibilities one could conjure up out of the darkest reaches of space. It really manages to combine a man, awesome powers, and impossible enemies. The storyline also takes so many twists and turns, such as him being stuck to the Source Wall, the introduction of the New Gods, being possessed by the entity of fear, dying and then coming back, having his dad momentarily resurrected, and everything with Mogo and Oa being destroyed and all of that. There is a sturdy backstory, relatable drama, and connections between characters as well as clear antagonists throughout. It is also interesting how sometimes Hal can be a bit of an anti-hero, and also how he is constantly put in battle against the rest of the force or his own friends.

13 Daredevil Daredevil is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Daredevil was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, with an unspecified amount of input from Jack Kirby... read more

Weirdly, he's not very well known outside of comic book readers. His TV show has increased his popularity somewhat, though. He's been hurt by the label "blind Batman" because he really is quite different.

Batman is an obsessive planner, and Daredevil is a reckless brawler. Everything about their character is different. They are both influenced by ninjas, but in very different ways. And they usually don't kill people, but neither does Spider-Man or most of the classic superheroes.

No one here really knows Daredevil except from the TV series. Daredevil is a great superhero. Even with his powers, he still relies mostly on skill. One of the greatest things about him is that his powers are also his weaknesses.

14 Nightwing Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.

Nightwing is a great hero who I think deserves to be a bit more recognized than he is. For one, Dick is a great fighter who uses his acrobatic background to defeat bad guys. In fact, his fighting skills are said to be equal to those of Batman himself.

He also has an extremely likable and friendly nature but can be dark and serious at times when needed. Dick is a natural-born leader, having led the Teen Titans for generations and even leading the Justice League and veterans like Hal Jordan when he became Batman. His on-again/off-again relationship with Barbara Gordon (Batgirl) is super fun to read and watch and is one of the best parts of his series.

Nightwing has no powers and doesn't even have all the gadgets and weapons that characters like Batman and Green Arrow use to fight crime. However, Dick is still a force to be reckoned with, having defeated villains like Blockbuster, Shrike, and Raptor. In a way, Nightwing is like the Spider-Man of DC and is definitely one of the most relatable characters in comic book history.

15 Green Arrow Green Arrow is a fictional superhero who appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Morton Weisinger and designed by George Papp, he first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November 1941. His real name is Oliver Queen, a billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries, also a well-known... read more

Green Arrow rocks! He kills enemies with a bow and arrow and is an extraordinary fighter. People say Batman is the best, but if you think about it, Green Arrow is Batman with a bow.

He's rich, has awesome trick arrows, and his bow is awesome. Batman even said that he fears Green Arrow because he knows they are pretty much the same. Also, some might say anyone could beat him. Well, he's taken down the Flash and Reverse-Flash and, for God's sake, aliens!

Oliver Queen is so cool. He survived on an island for five years. He went from Lian Yu to the army base to the Bratva. He has gone through a lot and should be number one. He used to be a billionaire and, unlike most superheroes, he helps people during the day as Oliver Queen, the mayor. By nighttime, he saves people from villains.

He always takes the blame when something goes wrong. He defeated Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson (who was his teacher and friend, later enemy), Ra's al Ghul (who is the leader of the League of Assassins), Damien Darhk (who is magical), and Adrian Chase (who was his friend and arch-nemesis). He is way better than Batman, Superman, and Supergirl. He's equal with the Flash.

16 Doctor Strange Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, best known under his alias Doctor Strange, is a fictional superhero created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Doctor Strange serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical... read more

He is the most capable superhero because he has the banish ability, which allows him to teleport you wherever he wants with a single thought. I mean, seriously, is he not the best? And he's the leader of the Defenders.

Why isn't he at the top? This man is one of the best superheroes ever. He is so underrated. He deserves to be higher than this, at least. Even Catwoman is higher than he is.

He is the best, hands down. He can use the banish ability to teleport you anywhere he wants with his mind, and he is the leader of the Defenders.

17 Ghost Rider Ghost Rider is the name of several fictional supernatural antiheroes appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

I think that Ghost Rider should be the best superhero because he can burn souls and turn people to dust and gravel. He can also float in the air when a flashbang is beside him and blows up. He can also burn people with just the touch of a finger.

He can call in his motorcycle to ramp on someone's face and can bring someone toward him with his chain, which can reach an unlimited distance. He can turn any vehicle into a dream vehicle. That's why I think Ghost Rider should be number one.

Ghost Rider is the best and deserves the top spot. He is a supernatural motorcyclist. He can suck souls and control the dead. He has the greatest powers of both Hell and Heaven. He can turn a vehicle, weapon, or person into any tool he fancies.

He is 1,000 times stronger, smarter, and more powerful than the Avengers and Justice League combined. The main reason Ghost Rider is so unpopular is because the masterminds of Marvel didn't work on it. According to 2017 reports, Marvel doesn't have any ideas to work with Ghost Rider until 2028. It's a total blunder to not work with the demon.

18 Punisher The Punisher is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer Gerry Conway and artist John Romita, Sr., with publisher Stan Lee green-lighting the name.

Frank Castle should be a lot higher on this list! Thomas Jane and Jon Bernthal made perfect representations of this character. Way better than Batgirl, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman. I don't know why people don't know how to choose.

Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher, is one of the best anti-heroes in all of comic book history. He is known for murder, kidnapping, threats of violence, and torture in his war on crime.

This guy doesn't need any superpowers or magic because he has skills, power, and technique. That's enough. He is so underrated. His family was brutally murdered, and from that day, he is set to fight evil.

He is a lone wolf and loves to work alone. Whether the enemies are 10 or 100, he is ready to punish the evil. That's why he is called The Punisher (Frank Castle)!

19 Hawkeye Clinton Francis "Clint" Barton, better known as Hawkeye, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a former special agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., where he worked under the supervision of Phil Coulson. Known for his use of the bow and arrow as his primary weapon,... read more

Okay, this guy right here held everyone together in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He may not seem that cool, but he's basically like Tony Stark. After all, Marvel gave him a terrible role in The Avengers, but we forgave them after the new Avengers.

He only uses a bow and arrow - skills! He has no superpowers either and can take down some pretty tough people. He is, by far, way better than Green Arrow!

Yes, Clint Barton! They messed up his backstory in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but even non-comic book fans should be able to see how awesome this guy is. He's way underrated and, admittedly, not the strongest Avenger, but he brings something to the team that nobody else does.

Plus, has nobody noticed that in the movies Clint is in, they always win? Then they come out with Infinity War (in which he's absent) and - poof!

20 Raven

If she were real, she would probably say, Whatever! Then, after she gets mad at Robin, Cyborg, or Beast Boy, she will come and crush you on a stove, then fling you out into a pool of sharks and piranhas. Then she will be like, That teaches you! Whatever...

Raven is awesome! Great personality, dark background (almost as dark as Batman), awesome powers, and even better comebacks to Beast Boy's jokes! Come on, at least put Raven before Robin or in the top 50! She reminds me of myself!

Raven is like Scarlet Witch, but in DC and she is purple.

21 Silver Surfer The Silver Surfer is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Born Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer's abilities are given to him through the Power Cosmic. His first appearance was in Fantastic Four #48 in 1966 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. He was... read more

I feel Silver Surfer is overlooked for no good reason, more so by those who write his stories and draw his comics than by the fan base. Silver Surfer's character is full of untapped potential that I feel will reveal itself at some point.

This guy is the least understood by the Hollywood production line.

He better be at the top next time I look. My friend says she loves this guy.

22 Black Widow Natalia Alianovna Romanova, most known as Natasha Romanoff or the Black Widow, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. She is one of the most talented spies and assassins in the entire world and is a founding member of the Avengers. The character was created... read more

Black Widow is better than Wonder Woman, one of the most generic heroes out there. It makes me sick to think people only value how powerful a character is rather than the character itself. Wonder Woman may be a "role model," but Black Widow is a better character, a role model for those on the path of redemption.

She is better than many female characters, who are either eye candy or naive little hicks. That is just one reason of many that she deserves not only the place of number-one superhero but also number-one female superhero as well.

23 Aquaman Aquaman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger, the character debuted in More Fun Comics #73.

Aquaman is actually a very powerful hero. People think he can just talk to fish, but he has the strength of Superman, the brain of Mr. Fantastic, and the leadership abilities of Abraham Lincoln.

So, this guy who put him here knows his stuff and didn't just put him here to piss people off, doofus!

Not only is he the King of Atlantis, but he is also a very important member of the Justice League. He is a fantastic leader, a heroic fighter, and a genuine person as well. Aquaman may not have wanted to be a superhero to begin with, but maybe that is what he was born for.

24 Martian Manhunter The Martian Manhunter is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Joseph Samachson and designed by artist Joe Certa, the character first appeared in the story "The Manhunter from Mars" in Detective Comics #225.

J'onn J'onzz is an interesting character with an amazing array of powers that make him one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe. Like Superman, he's an alien who has adopted Earth as his home, but unlike Superman, Martian Manhunter operates in the background, using his mind instead of his fists.

Martian Manhunter is one of the most powerful telepathic beings in comics, and he's the heart and soul of the Justice League. He deserves more attention in comic book topics.

Does anyone else realize that Martian Manhunter is stronger than Superman in every way? And he is just as selfless, perhaps even more so. Also, he did not kill anyone, but Superman did. So who's really the better person/alien?

25 Robin Robin is the name of several fictional superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was originally created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson, to serve as a junior counterpart to the superhero Batman.

I like Robin okay since he is Batman's sidekick. My favorite version was in the 1960s Batman TV series. When it comes to Batman, I prefer Michael Keaton.

Anyway, I like Robin second mainly because his hero is not a bat or any other cool animal.

Robin proves that you don't need to have superpowers or high-tech gadgets to be a superhero. All he needs is a staff and acrobatic skills to be worthy of being Batman's sidekick.

He also has a tragic past, so you can't help but respect the fact that he deals with that every day and still pulls himself together enough to defeat numerous villains.

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