It’s been a lifetime since superheroes were as popular as they are right now. It doesn’t matter where you look or what you’re doing, they are everywhere.
- Video games
- Lunch kits
Superheroes have become an accepted part of modern society and the world is better for it.
Of the thousands of superheroes in existence, there are a select few who have paved the way for the rest. They bravely set out and propelled the genre to unseen heights. These superheroes changed the way comics are written, created, and perceived. They allowed the medium to expand and grow in unpredictable ways. And they helped changed the perception of those who read their books.
With that, I give to you…
The definitive top 10 superheroes list!
Who is the best superhero?
Thor is arguably the strongest character in Marvel. He’s an Asgardian God who possesses immense strength, can control lightning, and wields the hammer, Mjolnir. With Mjolnir by his side, he’s able to fly and travel inter-planetary.
Thor, for as long-standing a character as he is, didn’t reach the level of popularity he has now until Marvel launched their MCU. With his first movie came immediate notoriety and recognition. It not only followed his origin story fairly closely but it also introduced the world to Chris Hemsworth.
What’s remarkable is that more than any other character in the MCU, Thor dramatically changed…and changed for the better. Ragnarok did what the other movies failed to do…inject life into the character. As a result, his popularity is at an all-time high and shows no sign of stopping.
9. The Flash
While there have been many to take the mantle of The Flash, the only one worthy of this list is Barry Allen. Not Wally West, Jay Garrick, or Bart Allen. Barry Allen.
And here’s why.
Barry Allen is the character who the entire Flash persona was built around. He’s the reason that the Flash became such a popular character and he’s the reason that the CW show has life after so many years. Barry Allen and the Flash are like garlic bread and pasta. One simply cannot exist without the other.
8. Black Panther
If you’d asked me 10 years ago about the relevance of Black Panther, I’d probably have scoffed at the question. This isn’t because he wasn’t relevant but more so due to my own ignorance. For that, I apologize.
Black Panther is one of the most important superheroes of the last 60 years. Much like Wonder Woman provided an entire segment of the comic market with a hero to cheer for, so did Black Panther. He is the King of the fictional nation, Wakanda. Wakanda, while relatively unknown to most of Earth, is the most advanced nation in the world. It houses the very rare and expensive Vibranium and uses the metal in nearly all of its endeavors. This includes Black Panther‘s weaponry and suits.
Of all the heroes on this superheros list, none are more deserving of a spot than Black Panther.
7. Green Lantern
Of all the Green Lantern’s none are as fitting for this list as Hal Jordan. Hal Jordan is the Green Lantern when Green Lantern’s come up for discussion. He is fearless, capable, and willing to do whatever it takes for the good guys to win.
What makes Hal different from the other Green Lantern’s is that his first “mission” sees him bring down the greatest enemy the Lantern’s had ever faced. Of course, I refer to Sinestro. Without fear of praising him too much, Hal is the only Lantern deserving of a spot on this list.
Wolverine is to Canada what Captain America is to the United States. Both are symbols of their countries. While Captain America represents all that is good in the world, Wolverine represents how to get exactly what you want without ever asking.
Wolverine is the perfect definition of rage unleashed. At any given moment, he’s likely to become unhinged. And if he becomes unhinged, some unlucky soul will wind up on the receiving end of an attack that could decimate an entire army. Don’t let this fool you, however. At his core, Wolverine looks to do what’s right. This was never proven truer than when he stepped in and became Headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning.
5. Captain America
Speaking of Captain America…
Captain America is the consummate do-gooder. He has a set of morals and values that is uncompromising. He fights oppression, terrorism, injustice, intolerance, prejudice, bigotry, corruption, and crime. And he believes in a better world and does everything in his power to make the belief a reality.
Captain America has been fighting evil since World War II and will continue to fight it as long as it exists. In the entirety of the Marvel Universe, no character commands the respect that he does. Point in case, Captain America is the leader of the Avengers and will be as long as he wants to be. Above all of these points, when thinking of this superheroes list, he was the first character I thought of.
4. Wonder Woman
If Superman is the epitome of male superheroes, Wonder Woman is the epitome of female superheroes. Wonder Woman is one of the Big Three DC superheroes. She paved the way for female superheroes of all kinds, fought off the stereotypes of women in comics, and cemented herself as the greatest female superhero ever.
But that isn’t all.
Throughout the years, Wonder Woman has given hope to an entire segment of the superhero comic book market that was, for lack of better words, ignored. Seriously. Without her, the comic book industry would only be half of what it is today. All of this adds up to her being one of the most recognizable and important heroes ever created.
Who could possibly have predicted that a kid who was bitten by a radioactive spider would end up being the face of an entire company?
For as much as Superman is the face of DC Comics, Spider-Man is the face of Marvel Comics. I’d even argue that he’s more important than the Marvel logo. Spider-Man is so important to Marvel that they struck a deal with Sony (who owns his cinematic rights) to use the character that they created in their movies.
Think about that.
They paid a rival company a huge amount of money so that they could use a character that was created by them. As a result, when it comes to any sort of superheroes list, Spider-Man is a no-brainer.
If Superman’s spot on this list comes as any sort of a surprise, then stop reading. Well, wait. Don’t stop reading but you should be asking yourself why it comes as a surprise.
Superman is the definitive superhero and as such, should be on every superheroes list that ranks superheroes. Period. He is the model that most artists and writers chose to model their creations after. Superman is more powerful than any comic book character and has been around longer than anyone else.
And then there’s this…
A superheroes list that ranks superheroes can’t be called a superheroes list without Superman.
Ok, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. If Superman came as a surprise to you, Batman shouldn’t.
Batman is the exact opposite of how a superhero goes about business. He’s vicious, violent, and only knows a few boundaries. He’s the most prepared superhero in existence and due to this, is hardly ever surprised. Batman is everything that an aspiring superhero who wishes to be an anti-hero should emulate.
Batman has the most well-known and diverse enemies in existence. In fact, only Spider-Man might have a better list of villains. In having the most diverse list of enemies, Batman, more than any other superhero, is always looking over one shoulder. And if none of these reasons convince you, know that no character has changed the entire medium like Batman.
And that’s it.
The top 10 superheroes of all time. Thoughts? Did I miss anyone? Is there any who you would’ve included that it didn’t?