Top 10 Best DC Comics Characters

DC Comics is one of the most successful American comic book publishers, alongside Marvel. It has created culturally iconic characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the Justice League. DC Comics is a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
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

Batman is the most iconic character of DC Comics, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers and Time Warner. He is possibly the best franchise and character the company has ever dealt with. The dark bat knight with white eyes can sometimes be seen in deeper shades of blue as well. He saves the main city of Gotham from high places, balancing right from wrong as their best hero.

There are many versions of Batman, and the gadgets he invents from the start, through and sometimes otherwise, win the matches as a true caped crusader should. An escape is never far either, as there are methods in any medium that the character may traverse. Truly wonderful, fine, and dandy.

2 The Flash The Flash is the name of several superheroes appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1.

He is the man with unimaginable and dangerous powers. The Flash is not just a man or a superhero who runs fast. He is a person with truly responsible superpowers. Without showing off or threatening people like some other superheroes, he does his work very efficiently. His cool personality makes him a better citizen as well as a superhero with positive thinking.

Every superhero has their own personal issues, and they drag the whole world into some of the worst situations where they cannot reset things. But The Flash is the only one who changed the course of history and reset it as it was. As a normal person, for me, The Flash is the only one who cares about the feelings of others. He is a very sensitive person and respects the feelings of people. That's why he is the real superhero.

3 The Joker The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design,... read more

Joker is the best character in any form of media. Heath Ledger's version was good. The only thing is, I would have rather learned more of his backstory, not two stories about his father. Arkhamverse and Killing Joke Jokers are my favorites, and he comes in first as my favorite comic book character.

The Joker is so awesome. Not only does he make every other villain look inferior in terms of being a good villain and equal opponent for his natural hero, but The Joker is also interesting in all types of media. If any hero or villain were to hurt him, he would just laugh because he would enjoy it too much. He wouldn't kill any hero as they are too much fun. Just like he won't kill Batman, as he feels the two share such a bond that he just doesn't want to.

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

Look, I know Superman is a Gary Stu, but just because he is one doesn't necessarily mean his character has an impending doom. Superman is a great hero and has continued to do right even after people were against him. He's perfect? Fine, what's wrong with that? Unrealistic? Of course, it's unrealistic. This is a world where gigantic monsters that suck life force in a single snap exist.

Superman can be relatable in a lot of ways, but most people just choose to ignore that. Batman is my favorite DC hero, but Superman comes a close second for me because he has been through a lot.

5 Green Lantern Green Lantern is the name of a number of superheroes appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.

Green Lantern is just awesome because his story is all about the ability of a human to overcome fear and take action, even when all hope seems lost. Aside from Batman, he is the only true human being in the Justice League. Full of personality and motivation, he's a bigger symbol of hope than Superman ever can be. Add in the fact that he is the most powerful member of the Justice League - Hal Jordan - and you have a character deserving of number one.

In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night,
No Evil Shall Escape My Sight.
Let Those Who Worship Evil's Might,
Beware My Power,
Green Lantern's Light!

6 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

10?! I just came back from seeing the new movie, and she was already my favorite superhero. After seeing Gal Gadot do such a great job portraying her, I love her even more!

By the way, if you are 11 or over, you must see the new Wonder Woman movie. You will not regret it! It is now one of my favorite movies, along with Disney's remarkable Moana! This is the best DC movie yet. Can't wait for the 2020 sequel!

The only true iconic female superhero. Not the only one who is great, but the only one whose fame level is like Iron Man, Batman, Superman, or Thor.

When her film came out, the reaction was like, duh, it was obvious we had to get a Wonder Woman film. She is an icon.

When we knew about a Captain Marvel film, it was like, who is that? And ugh, just stupid feminist propaganda being forced on us.

7 Deathstroke Deathstroke is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. He is a mercenary and assassin who first appeared in The New Teen Titans #2.

Deathstroke is an awesome character and villain. The only thing I don't like is how his main enemy is a group of teenagers, but whatever.

Deathstroke has become one of my favorite supervillains because he's like Batman: he doesn't need fancy superpowers to be badass.

Deathstroke is a killing machine (literally). He's a dangerous combat veteran and a mentor to Green Arrow. His portrayal in Arrow by Manu Bennett was superb.

8 Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as a sidekick of the Joker.

Harley is a really fun, interesting, and empowering character. I have loved watching her make a name for herself after finally ending her incredibly abusive relationship with the Joker. Each time she does, she becomes less associated with the Joker. I don't think the Joker's name was mentioned once in "The Suicide Squad."

Not to mention Harley and Poison Ivy's relationship. They're just so fun to watch, and I can't wait until they make their first appearance as a couple on the big screen.

9 Lex Luthor Alexander "Lex" Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics.
10 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

He survived five years on a stranded island, fought his enemies there, then came back home and saved his city. He fought the League of Assassins leader Ra's al Ghul. I don't think anyone can do this much except Batman. Green Arrow should be number 2.

This guy is an awesome character who is not given due recognition. But still, I think giving him more cool and awesome tech and also some more cool villains could increase his popularity.

Billionaire businessman and owner of Queen Industries.

On the other corner... Iron Man, billionaire playboy, and owner of Stark Industries.

This is Deep Thoughts by Lemur...

The Contenders
11 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.

One of the most underrated and undeveloped characters in DC, Martian Manhunter is just so powerful. He doesn't always demonstrate his full potential and all his powers. The writers have always written him in a way that downplays his abilities to show how powerful other characters are.

To me, J'onn has always been one of, if not the most, powerful heroes in DC and maybe all comics. If the writers really dive deep into this character, I feel like he could be much more powerful.

How are Wonder Woman and The Flash ahead of this guy? He could take them down in a millionth of a millionth of a second.

12 Scarecrow The Scarecrow is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Agree, Scarecrow deserves better.

13 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.

I'm going to be honest. Aquaman is not my favorite hero on the list, but this is a list of the top characters. What I take that to mean is whose personality makes for the most interesting solo stories, as well as dynamics while working with or against the other characters on this list. As far as that goes, the number one spot here should go to Aquaman.

The idea of a hero whose primary loyalty is not to the League is very interesting. It's been demonstrated multiple times in the comics that he would gladly go to war with Superman himself for the sake of Atlantis. If his city is ever in danger, he would instantly abandon or even go against the other heroes, because he has a responsibility to protect his ocean kingdom and all of its inhabitants.

There's plenty more to say about his character, but for the most part, that's why I think Arthur Curry deserves first place on this list.

14 Alfred Pennyworth Alfred Thaddeus Crane Pennyworth is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, most commonly in association with Batman.
15 Nightwing Dick Grayson is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman.

Dick Grayson has been an important and loved character for as long as characters like Wonder Woman and The Flash have been around. He's confirmed to be the best acrobat in the DC Universe and was even ranked as a better fighter than Batman himself. He is also one of the only characters to actually grow up. He's been Robin, Nightwing, Agent 37, and even took on the role of Batman when Bruce was gone.

Dick totally kicks butt, and even though I love other characters like Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen, I believe that Dick Grayson deserves to be acknowledged as one of the best, if not the best, characters in the DC Universe.

16 Shazam Captain Marvel, also known as Shazam, is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Artist C. C. Beck and writer Bill Parker created the character in 1939. Captain Marvel first appeared in Whiz Comics #2, published by Fawcett Comics.
17 Rorschach Rorschach is a fictional anti-hero who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He first debuted in the graphic novel Watchmen, published from 1986-1987. Rorschach was created by writer Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

By far one of the best on this list. He is the Batman that will never be. He is insane, but very determined to punish the criminals of New York and will stop at nothing to reveal the true mask murderer. He is one of my all-time favorites.

Like Batman, he isn't a mutant and would kick ass. He is also an anti-hero like Venom that would finish his enemies in order to get answers. I definitely think he would be a good character in a DC Ultimate Alliance game.

Yeah, sure, there are greats out there like Batman and The Flash, but I personally love Rorschach! He might even be my favorite fictional character!

18 Raven Raven is a fictional superheroine appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in a special insert in DC Comics Presents #26, and was created by writer Marv Wolfman and artist George PĂ©rez.

She can literally banish and possess most people on this list!

My all-time favorite DC character.

19 Zatanna Zatanna Zatara is a fictional character, a comic book superheroine in the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Murphy Anderson, Zatanna first appeared in Hawkman #4.

Zatanna is amazing and a magician as well. She should be at the top instead of Nightwing (who she goes out with). Also, she has so many cool abilities unlike Superman.

20 Riddler The Riddler is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.

Riddle me this: why is the Riddler not in the top 20?

21 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.

Nightwing is AMAZING! Red Hood is pretty cool. I know they are the same person, but I just don't like Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Damian Wayne, or any of the others as Robin. I just see Robin as that tween sidekick that someone as legendary and amazing as Batman just doesn't need.

I do LOVE Nightwing, though.

Depends on which Robin you mean. Dick Grayson was awesome. Jason Todd sucked and was better as Red Hood. Tim Drake is almost as awesome as Dick. I think Stephanie Brown was better as Batgirl than Robin. Damian Wayne was annoying.

Dick Grayson is the best Robin, and Nightwing is my favorite superhero.

22 Darkseid Darkseid is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer-artist Jack Kirby, the character made a cameo appearance in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #134 before making his full first appearance in Forever People #1. He is the father of Orion, Kalibak,... read more

Darkseid is just the darkest (pun intended) villain ever! The Joker is a Gotham threat or a threat wherever he is in one or multiple locations. Lex Luthor is a global threat. But Darkseid is a universal and sometimes multiversal threat! His strategic ways will have you wondering what evil he will do next!

23 Catwoman Catwoman is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with the superhero Batman.


Catwoman has been featured in many media adaptations related to Batman. Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, and Eartha Kitt introduced her to... read more

I hate how with Batman, Superman, and others, people have written about how cool they actually are, but for Catwoman, it's about her looks. She is smart, sophisticated, and actually really strong. I love her character development, especially in Batman Returns, from a shy, awkward woman to a badass cat.

Harley was just added to the animated show because Joker needed a girlfriend, whereas Catwoman dates back to the 1940s. Don't get me wrong, I do love Harley and Ivy. I'm obsessed with the Sirens, but I can't stand those girls who only love Harley because they're like, 'I'm totally a psycho too.' They don't even look into her backstory, or they've only seen Suicide Squad. Catwoman deserves so much more love.

Also, I'm slightly obsessed with Batman x Catwoman!

24 Mr. Freeze Mr. Freeze, real name Victor Fries, is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly as an adversary of the superhero Batman.
25 Doomsday Doomsday is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, usually depicted as an adversary of Superman.

The world's strongest supervillain of all time.

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