Best DC Comics Characters

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.

Most iconic of DC Comics subsidiary of Warner Brothers(Known for animation video things such as Animaniacs cartoon) and Time Warner in charge mostly. Possibly the best franchise and character the company ever dealt with. The dark bat knight with white eyes can be seen at times in deeper shades of blue also. Saving the main city of Gotham from high mounted places where balances right from wrong as their best hero. Many versions determined, the gadgets that invent from the start through and sometimes otherwise derived wins the matches as a true caped crusader should. An escape is not much far either as there are methods in any medium that the character may traverse. Jolly truly wonderful, fine and dandy,

Batman is the one with the best stories and has the strongest mind of them all. He has the tactical advantage in nearly every situation and his combat skills are often unmatched. How does that not indicate on him being the best DC hero of all time? With a little of preparation time Batman is able to take down anyone, even Superman! All of this he achieves with no superpowers, just his mind, combat skills, detective skills, tactics and gadgets. He is pure awesomeness.

I think there is not doubt that Batman is the best Superhero in DC comics. He is one of the most interesting characters, the supporting cast is almost flawless and, of course, the best rogues gallery in all of comic book history. Plus, thanks to Nolan's trilogy and Arkham games, he has been spreading through media faster than any other heroes. Let's just hope Zack Snyder doesn't mess his reputation up with the upcoming movie.

He can defeat every member of JL (JLA: ToB), without him Justice League is like a police station, he has the best background history, Superman comes first (a year before) but Batman was the most interesting character of DC since his first appearance, Superman needs Batman more than Batman needs Kal-El. DC and Warner know the value of Batman...he's the character with the best selling graphic novels, the best animated/live action movies, the widely acclaimed videogames (Asylum & City) and much more...

2 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 Ledgers version was good, 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 characters.

Joker is so awesome, nothing only does he make every other villain his bitch in terms of being a good villain and equal opponent for his natural hero. Joker is interesting in all types of media if any hero or villain were to hurt him he would just laugh cause he would like it to much and 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 so much of a bond that he just doesn't want to.

The. Joker is one of my favorite Villains in any type of media, he is probably the most interesting and coolest villain ever and causes Batman a lot of trouble.

The Joker is Batman's greatest rival. He is dark and crazy. The only character even at his level of awesomeness is Batman. These two should be 1 and 2 respectfully.

3 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.

I must mention that Superman was originally the people,s champion. He was a massive socialist. He would face real world issue WHILE Batman fought bald maniacs ( Hugo Strange). I also need to tell all the Batman fanboys that if it wasn,t for Superman there would be no Batman. Superman was such a success that everyone was trying to recreate it, that is why Batman was made. Seriously Superman is the superhero archetype if it wasn,t for him there would be no MCU or X-Men He is what started by it all. Calling Superman a bland excuse to plague comic books is silly he created comic books he was Thebes's first successful Superhero. I don,t men's to retread the last line but it is simply true. Also I find it ironic that everyone calls Superman overpowered yet Batman can beat literal god while being Blindfolded, Seriously the Prep time argument is stupid. I find it interesting that everyone nowadays tries to villanize Superman ( Injustice, BvS etc,. Maybe people don,t like the idea of a ...more

Superman sucks he doesn't have infinite strength. Kryptonite gives him his power at the same time it takes it away so how he's even alive is a question I have. The sun gives him his power so his strength is limited. Hulk would kill superman in a fight as he would eventually get stronger thN him and become entirely invincible Smashing every bone n Supermans body and tearing his very hard heart out. Point is Superman is just useless to anything and all of his enemies are the most bland poor excuses of villains to ever plague comic books, just as Superman is bland and a poor excuse to plague comic books.

He is the first superhero that came in our lives. What is he doing in the 3rd rank he should be placed on the top position. Come on guys this is superman, whenever someone says something they are more likely to take his name. He is the most popular superhero in this world. Batman is always second to superman in DC. Well all the other superheroes are mostly inspired by superman. He is the best!

4 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 but, he is the person with truly responsible superpowers. Without showing of or threatening people like any other superheroes he do his work very efficiently. His cool personality makes him a better citizen as well as a superhero having positive thinking. Every superhero has their own personal issues and they dragged the whole world into some worst situations where they cannot reset the things. But The Flash is only one who changed the course of history and reset it as it is. as a normal person for me The Flash is only one who cares about feelings of others. He is very sensitive person and respect the feelings of people. That's why he is the REAL SUPERHERO.

The Flash is possibly the most important character in DC, if not all of comics. The Flash (either Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart Allen) has been at the center of every major DC event in history, and the history of The Flash is pretty much linked with the history of DC itself. In the Golden Age, Jay Garrick Flash was one of the first superheroes, but after WWII people didn't really care about superheroes that much (punching Hitler wasn't cool anymore). So DC rebooted Flash as Barry Allen, a mild-mannered police scientist, and people loved him so much that they started buying comics again, and DC rebooted Green Lantern, Atom, and many more. This is around the time Marvel started being a thing, and they were helped by the jump in comic sales caused by The Flash. So essentially, Flash saved not only DC comics, but all of superhero comics. He is also a superhero who is truly more than the man under the mask. Sure, Batman is "an idea", and so is Superman, but it'll always be Bruce Wayne ...more

The Flash is undoubtedly one of the most powerful heroes. Note that I didn't say the strongest. He's powerful solely because when he's at his peak speed, absolutely nothing can touch him unless he wills it. Let's face it the shows, and cartoons dumb down his speed solely because he'd be too overpowered if he was anything like his comic book version. I mean how would you beat a man who you can't even touch, let alone see?

Infinitely more powerful and cooler than Batman, I rate the Flash as my favorite, however, Superman should be number 1. I simply don't get why Batman is so popular. It's unrealistic that he would survive any of the blows he takes as he is simply a human being. Concussions galore, extreme strength limitations etc..

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 JL- Hal Jordan- and you have a character deserving of number.
'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! '

If anyone's a hero it's Hal Jordan, all about inspiring others to overcome fear to reach greatness, and putting his all into protecting others. Also he punches batman in the face, ultimate props for sticking it to that depressing bastard

The ring bearer as I would like to call him is probably the second strongest hero in Justice league. (second to flash) While Batman is definitely cooler than him but his at there on the top. And yes he can beat anytime.

The idea of turning your imagination and bravery into power is one one most creative concepts in comic history, and that lone makes GL great. But that's not all! He also has a good back story and a fun, relatable personality. I'm so sick and tired of people judging this guy because of ONE BAD MOVIE! Superman,batman,spidermam,iron man, and many others ALL had bad movies before and everyone still LOVES them! And in response to one guy's comment, hal charges his ring every 24 HOURS, NOT TEN MINUTES. There's a difference. One last thing... Am I the only one who thinks the green lantern animated series was underrated?

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 fave superhero, but 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 fave 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 who's fame level is like IronMan, Batman, Superman or Thor.

When her film came up, the reaction was like duhh it was obvious we had to get a Wonder Woman film she is an icon.

When we knew about a Captain Marvel film was like who is that and ughh just stupid Feminist propaganda being forced on us.

How in the world is wonder woman not at the extreme least in the top 5's. She is technically a part of the trinity so I would expect her to be 3rd. She is the face of women in the dc universe so at least help make her above Harley Quinn people!

She's the greatest female superhero and is really cool. Who else has an invisible jet or a lasso of truth? She's very beautiful too. Steve Trevor is an extremely lucky guy to be her boyfriend.

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 really one awesome character and villain. The thing is don't like though is how his main enemy is a group of teenagers but whatever you know.

If you watched teen titans, you would know why he's so amazing. He made all of the teen titans go insaine by showing them individually the cold, hard truth which I think is an amazing concept for a villain

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

Deathstrtoke is 'a killing machine' (Literally)... He's a dangerous combat veteran and a mentor to Green Arrow. His portrayal in Arrow was Superb (By Manu Bennett).

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 Quinn is so cool! She will always be the best villain to me. In my opinion, her best appearance was in Suicide Squad. Harley Quinn has such a background story and is a character that will never be forgotten!

Wow so expected for the females on the list to be so low. Harley deserves at least 5th place and wonder woman should be much higher - definitely beating deathstroke, Martian manhunter, nightwing and the flash

She should be top 10 sense she's the second best villain ever behind joker.And Margo Robby from suicide squad was the best she was great as Harley.

She's definitely most interesting
Superman - too powerful
Batman - too dark
Flash - too complicated
Harley Quinn is fun, interesting, beautiful, special, and completely unique
She's an antihero and a villain
Best Batman villain

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

Superman shall feel my wrath today for I am ben 10 or am I lex luthor? who cares

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 their... Then came back home and saved his city he fought 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 business man and owner of queen industries
On the other corner...
Iron man, billionaire playboy. And owner of stark industries
This is deep thoughts by lemur...

I really like this character, to me, he gives more meaning than Hawkeye.

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.

Martian manhunter is awesome!
He could beat ant member of the justice leauge
Even superman because he could shapeshift into kryptonite,
He can go through walls has super strength and can shoot lasers
But he isn't arrogant and has great leadership qualities.

I can't believe this MM is the #1 superhero...if your comic books you would know that he took on the whole JL including (superman) so go do your research and you would know that MM is the #1 superhero

HOW are wonder woman and abd the flash ahead of this guy? he could take them down in a millionth of a millionth of a second

Come on guys mm has the best leadership qualities and I love him because he is mature like no other

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

I like Nightwing the best. He is the best hero in my eyes. He is some one everyone trust, he is one of those few people that Batman cares about. He is a great leader, with a great team, the Teen Titans (the Justice League is one of the worst team ever because they lack trust, they can not work together well, and they don't even have a official leader and people can just join and they get kick out anytime, they are not friends, the don't have to much respect for each other) He is the first Robin, the first child hero, the first son of Batman. He can move on even if he lost, he did not grow violent when Jason or anyone died, the created the dynamic Duo. And is a inspiration for me, he should be more at the top, a least seven.

Dick Grayson has been an important and loved character as long a time as characters like Wonder Woman and The Flash have. He's confirmed to be the best acrobat in the D.C. Universe and was even ranked to be 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 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 think that Dick Grayson deserves to be acknowledged as one of (or the) best character in the D.C. Universe.

We all love Batman, Superman, and Wonderwoman, but we often forget one important comic book hero. Nightwing has everything a superhero needs. A tragic backstory, a strive to protect, a fight for justice, and a connection to Batman. Without knowing it, he created one of the most important legacies in comic book history. The mantle of Robin. For years that was his symbol, and he soon became the leader of the Teen Titans. He was known as a great leader, even when he branched away to become Nightwing. Even in that persona he was great, becoming a big brother to Bruce's other adoptive kids and being the amazing protector of Bludhaven. Eventually, when his adoptive father died, he became Batman... the damn Batman! He chose his adoptive father's son as his Robin, and they were THE Dynamic Duo, until Bruce was brought away from the dead. Dick became Nightwing again, and still continues to be an amazing and inspirational to DC comic lovers around the world.

'You'll never know if you can ...more

Underrated... He is the most realistic hero/fictional character of all of them because it is possible for a hero like him to exist IRL. Let's be honest, if there was a dude named "Batman" running in a bat costume IRL he'd be a joke (not that I hate batman). Nightwing's fighting style and suit is also realistic and awesome..

14 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 gonna be honest. Aquaman is not my favorites hero on the list. But this is a list of the top CHARACTERS, and what I take that to mean is whose personality make sure for the most interesting solo stories, as well as dynamics while working with or against the other characters on this list. And 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 husband 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.

He is a King of an unbeatable army and kingdom which can easily make him the leader of the league if it is needed. He can fight toe to toe with Superman and has several times. He commands ALL of the oceans many creatures and he could flood the earth. He can give people seizures (it's been done in the comics). He is super strong, resistant, fast, and he can fight with a magic trident. He isn't afraid to kill his enemies if necessary. And he also has a kickass wife/girlfriend as a partner. He's simply an underrated BEAST.

Geoff John's New 52 run was really really good. A lot of people don't know about the powers from his trident that basically make him a god. He can control the sea, storms, earthquakes, shoot lightning and energy blasts, create force fields, and more.

Aquaman should be in the top 10. He has super-strength, he can "super jump" (like Hulk), he has excellent leading skills, he has an army of Atlanteans, and he can control sharks. He knocked out Superman with one punch and he took down Batman. So "useless", amirite?

15 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.

Don't you mean DC comics should make into a superhero who TRAINS batman? or they could just leave as he is, he's awesome anyway

I don't know super butler?

He can kick batman's ass

How Is he number nine!

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.

Shazam is a great young hero, really lets me know, just like Richard Grayson, that young people can do great things

Cool and funny

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, an will start at nothing to release 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!

I'm not locked in here with you! Your locked in here with me!

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

I hate how with batman and Super man and stuff, people have written about how cool they actually are but for catwoman it's about her boobs. She is smart, sophisticated and actually really strong. I love her character development, especially in Batman Returns froma shy awkward woman to a bad ass cat. Harley was just shoved on 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, like I'm obsessed with the Sirens but I can't stand those girl who only love Harley because they're like ' I'm totes a psycho too ', they don't even look into her back story. or they've only seen suicide squad. Catwoman deserves so much more love. Also I'm slightly obsessed with Batman x Catwoman!

M close runner up 2nd favorite. My X Box profile mini me has donned her get up the past year and a half. Sexy, sassy, slinky, clever and gotta love the whip. Love Selina Kyle!

Best boobs ever!

19 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.

Female batman right here.

20 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.

The coolest character ever!

She deserves it!

21 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 top 20?

Riddles all day

He challenges Batman on an intellectual level something that can't be said for most Batman villains. The psychology of the character is also fascinating as his gimmick is an actual mental disorder. His narcissism also makes him an incredibly entertaining character to read about.

Hush
Riddle Me That
The House That Cards Built
Villains Month
Questions Multiply The Mystery
Catwoman When in Rome
The Remarkable Ruse Of The Riddler
The Riddle Factory
When Is a Door
Dark Knight Dark City
Green Arrow #50
The Question #26
The Primal Riddle
Batman TAS
The Arkham Games
Detective Comics by Paul Dini
Detective Comics #140
Detective Comics #142
A New Dawn
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These are all stories that illustrate what makes Riddler such a great and compelling villain.

22 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. And 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 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

I wonder if Dick Grayson fans know that Nightwing is Robin when they voted in this list...

He is the best of all the super heroes and Dick Grayson is the best.

23 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.

He killed superman. And the unkillable deadpool he should be number 1

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 Power Girl Power Girl, also known as Kara and Karen Starr, is a fictional DC Comics superheroine, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58.

She has the biggest boobs in DC history, which only gets better with that cleavage window

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