Move Aside Yellow Lanterns: The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Yellow
While yellow may not be the most aggressive color in the world, don’t for a second think that it doesn’t and/or can’t strike fear into the hearts of any who see it.
Just take comic books as an example. Even though colors like red and blue are much more common for a superhero costume, some choose to wear the color yellow. And they don’t just wear it, they live and breathe it. Yellow is unique in the sense that it speaks on so many different emotional levels. It’s often used to show happiness, fear (Yellow Lantern Corps), intellect, cheerfulness, and it stimulates mental activity.
Yellow is a color unlike any other and the below superheroes exploit this. Some wear it for fashion, some wear it to pay homage to the dead, and others wear it because they know just how amazing it is.
The question is, who are those who choose to wear it.
But who are they?
Here are The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Yellow.
Even though he could’ve easily landed at the number one spot on this superheroes that wear yellow list, I purposely chose to place him at number ten.
Simply put, placing Wolverine at number one is too obvious. From the most diehard readers to the least causal of fans, everyone knows that Wolverine wears yellow. Sure, there have been periods of time where he has worn another color but at the end of the day, yellow is the color most synonymous with him. I can’t exactly say why it works so well. What I can say is that when Len Wein thought it up, it was a stroke of brilliance…maybe even a lucky break. Say what you want but there’s no way he could’ve possibly known how important the color scheme was going to become to the character.
Yellow is to Wolverine what orange is to an orange…it’s defines him.
Yellowjacket is just one of a few superhero names that Hank Pym has gone by. He has been known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and Goliath. While the first two identities have utilized the color red and Goliath has incorporated a little bit of yellow, it’s the Yellowjacket version of Hank that lands him on this superheroes that wear yellow list.
As Yellowjacket, Hank can do many of the same things he can do in his other forms. Where the character differs, however, is as Yellowjacket he can project blasts of bio-energy and fly. If it wasn’t for the giant shoulder pads on the costume, the Yellowjacket costume could easily go down as Hank’s best.
Firestorm is a little different from the other superheroes that wear yellow on this list. When not in his Firestorm form, he is actually two different people.
Firestorm came to be after high schooler Ronnie Raymond and physicist Martin Stein wound up caught in a nuclear explosion. The blast resulted in the two merging as one with Ronnie Raymond primarily in control and Martin Stein acting as a voice of reason in his head. This occurred because when the two combined, the blast rendered Martin Stein unconscious.
Firestorm was actually created during the famed DC Implosion and was one of the only superheroes to survive it. Personally, I can’t be thankful enough for this. Aside from developing into one of the funniest character dynamics in DC, Firestorm is also one of the best superheroes that wear yellow.
For years, comic book fans all over the world wondered if Marvel was ever going to create an equal to Superman. For years they wondered if anyone at Marvel would ever be able to stand tall in a battle against the Kryptonian. And for years they wondered if Marvel was afraid to create a character like this.
Thankfully, after years on wondering, Marvel addressed this.
Sentry is Marvel’s version of Superman. Like Superman, Sentry has more power than he knows what to do with. Not only does he possess incredible strength, but he can also bend time, teleport, manipulate the weather, heal from practically anything, is invulnerable, and more.
The best thing about Sentry is that he does all of this while proudly wearing the color yellow.
If it confuses you as to why Magik is here, think about this. Magik is one of the greatest fighters in Marvel, one of the greatest users of magic, and is able to call upon one of the greatest weapons in all of comics.
The Soulsword is the by-product of Magik causing her own energy to physically form in front of her. When this happens, she draws the Soulsword from it. On its own, the sword is a formidable weapon. However, if used as a weapon, it’s only doing half of what it can do. The Soulsword is able to disrupt magical spells and beings, usually causing both to disappear. And as the sword is used more and more, it becomes more powerful.
Although many could argue that her brother Colossus is the greatest of all the Rasputin siblings, in my mind he doesn’t even come close. Not only was Magik trained by one of the most demonic beings in Marvel, but she was also raised in a dimension away from her friends, family, and everything that she knew. Different from Colossus, Magik was raised learning to both survive and thrive.
5. Dr. Fate
The original Dr. Fate first appeared inside the pages of More Fun Comics #55 back in 1940. He was created by comic book legends Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman.
Dr. Fate is one of the most powerful characters in comics. Rather than being born with his powers, Dr. Fate is a trained Sorcerer whose powers are augmented bu Nabu and the Helmet of Fate. This means that he has:
- Super Strength and Speed
- Magical Know-How
- Magnetic Control
- Time Travel
- Memory Erasing
- Damage Resistance
- Immunity to Disease
- Illusion Casting
- Mystical Bolts
- Enhanced Intellect
- Reality Manipulation
- Mystical Senses
- Doesn’t Age
Of all the superheroes that wear yellow at DC, Dr. Fate is the one that villains should everywhere should fear.
4. Trini Kwan
It’s tough to talk about superheroes that wear yellow and not talk about Trini Kwan. Trini Kwan is a founding member of the Power Rangers. In conjunction with the other Rangers, Trini is responsible for a few things in my life. First, she’s partly responsible for me never being able to forget that theme song. Second, she’s responsible for me spending countless hours in front of a television. And third, she’s responsible for my love of big cats.
While the other Rangers (minus the Black Ranger) have dinosaur-inspired Zords, Trini has a Sabretooth Tiger. As a fan of most sports teams with a Tiger as their mascot, I’m forever indebted to Trini for showing me how awesome the animal is.
3. Luke Cage
Of all the superheroes that wear yellow, Luke Cage may be the one that nobody should trifle with. Above being one half of the original Heroes For Hire and amazing Avenger, Luke Cage also has powers that most can only dream of.
Luke Cage possesses superhuman strength and durability. Sure, most heroes have that or at least some degree of that. However, it isn’t that by which he makes other heroes jealous. In addition to his superhuman strength and durability, he’s also impervious to most attacks and has nearly indestructible and impenetrable skin. Yeah…bullets literally bounce off of his body on impact.
2. Kid Flash
Wally West is the original Kid Flash, the nephew to Barry Allen and one of the founding members of the Teen Titans. More than that, however. Over the course of time, he has cemented himself as the fastest superhero in DC. Not Barry Allen. Superman. And not Jay Garrick.
Unlike the other versions of The Flash, Wally West doesn’t use the Speed Force to gain his speed. Nope. To gain his speed, Wally West actually becomes one with the Speed Force. This means that he can cover as much as 7,000 miles in under 7 seconds. If for whatever reason that doesn’t impress you, remember this. The fastest planes ever made can’t even come close to that.
For as known as he is with the color red, Daredevil started out in the color yellow. Yep. At one time the Man Without Fear struck fear into the hearts of his opponents looking like a Simpsons character.
You can’t blame him for his reasoning.
After his father was brutally murdered for doing what was right, a young Matt Murdock took his father’s old yellow boxing robe and fashioned a costume out of it. Although it’s not the color I would’ve chosen, it’s tough not to applaud Matt for 1) paying homage to his father and 2) being environmentally conscious and reusing old material.
And that’s it. The Top 10 Superheroes That Wear Yellow. What do you think? Who would make your superheroes that wear yellow list?