Anybody that knows me knows that I love superheroes. I’m a huge fan of both Marvel and DC, but I’ve never actually sat down and tried to express my top heroes in a list, and I have to be honest it was actually incredibly tough. After hours of deliberation, I was finally able to nail down a Top 15 list, and I’m happy to share with you guys my Top 15 Superheroes!
Thor, the Son of Odin and God of Thunder is one of the most epic heroes around. Commanding the forces of Thunder itself, and wielding his mighty hammer Mjolnir, Thor is not a hero to be reckoned with. Thor is one of the founding members of The Avengers, and his love of battle and his dedication to protecting Earth make him a worthy hero.
Thor brings mythology to life, and he represents everything that was awesome about classical mythological heroes. He’s the embodiment of an epic hero, and watching this this titan stand among the modern heroes of The Avengers is always entertaining.
#14: Luke Cage
While Luke Cage is bulletproof and ridiculously strong, his most impressive ability is the head on his shoulders. Cage was given his powers through a prison experiment, and his early comics were heavily inspired by Blaxploitation films of the 1980s. Luke has been portrayed in a variety of ways, but my personal favorite came recently when he became the leader of the New Avengers. Luke Cage is a hero of the people, and while Captain America or Iron Man may be saving the universe from aliens, you can count on Luke Cage to be on the ground helping the everyday people.
Cage is one of the Marvel heroes with the most heart, and his friendship with Danny Rand (The Iron Fist) is one of comic’s greatest bromances. As a father, a husband, and a superhero, Luke Cage is one of the most practical heroes that many can relate to. While Luke Cage doesn’t have a fancy costume, he’s one of the coolest heroes around.
He’s the best there as at what he does, and what he does ain’t pretty. Wolverine is arguably the most iconic of the X-Men, and his claws and attitude define him. Logan is everyone’s favorite Canadian, and despite his rough exterior, he’s a hero at heart. While he was introduced as an animalisticly violent loner, Wolverine has evolved into a teacher and a leader.
Wolverine also has some of the most iconic stories in comics, and his powers are undoubtedly the coolest out of any superhero. Simply put, it would be nearly impossible to omit Wolverine from most top superhero lists.
While Jason Todd isn’t the only former Robin on my top 15 list, he’s absolutely one of the most unique characters that have worn that mantle. For years, Jason Todd was remembered as the Robin that was murdered by the Joker. However, when he returned from the dead years later, he came back with a vendetta. Something that has always separated Jason Todd from other members of the Batman crew is is street background. When he returns as the Red Hood, he becomes a mix of Batman and The Punisher, unafraid to cross the line of killing to fight crime.
While the Red Hood can be extreme, he’s also a very complex character. He can be absolutely brutal, but that doesn’t define him. His struggle with anger and violence is compelling, and makes him one of the most interesting heroes and members of the Bat-Family.
Matt Murdock had already nailed down the brooding, gritty hero shtick while Batman was still using Shark Repellent. After being blinded by radioactive materials as a child, Matt Murdock received enhanced senses that give him an edge in nearly any situation. As a lawyer by day, and a vigilante at night, Daredevil is an interesting character that works both inside and outside the law.
One of Daredevil’s greatest traits is his faith. Matt Murdock is a devout Catholic man, and his faith informs each of his decisions as a vigilante. It’s unique to see a hero dealing so strongly with faith, and it helps to propel Daredevil to one of my favorites.
Scott Summers is the definitive leader of the X-Men, and in recent years, his character has evolved into something much more complex. In early years, Scott served as the Second-in-Command to Charles Xavier, leading the X-Men on countless missions. After suffering from multiple tragedies, including the death of his wife Jean Gray, becoming possessed by the Phoenix Force that controlled his wife and killing his mentor Charles Xavier, Cyclops has become a controversial figure in the X-Men universe.
Cyclops is incredibly powerful, and while he’s a straight-laced hero, his rivalry with Wolverine and his presence in the spotlight of mutant relations have always helped to define his character.
#9: The Human Torch
Johnny Storm, otherwise known as The Human Torch, is the heart and soul of The Fantastic Four. What makes Johnny stand out to me is that he’s an immature teenager put into an extraordinary situation. The other members of The Fantastic Four are pilots, geniuses, and scientists, but Johnny is involved only because of his family. That’s one of the things that makes his character special though, he’s defined by his relationships and connection to others. Whether The Human Torch is a hero, an uncle, a brother, or a friend, Johnny Storm has always been reliable.
Storm’s obsession with fame and being a superhero set him apart from the other members of The Fantastic Four, who are committed to missions of science and exploration. However, he remains the heart and soul of the team, and his positive outlook and cocky attitude are impossible not to love.
#8: The Flash
The mantle of The Flash has been worn by many heroes, but the definitive Flash is none other than Barry Allen. The fastest man alive, Barry is one of the world’s greatest heroes. Working as a Forensic Scientist, The Flash has as strong background in justice, and on top of his abilities, he’s one of the most qualified for fighting crime.
While speed makes The Flash a superhero, the heart behind Barry Allen is what makes The Flash resonate with fans. Beyond anything else, Barry is a good person, and he inspires others. Essentially, The Flash is everything you could want from a great hero.
#7: Iron Man
Billionaire Tony Stark made his fortune off selling weapons, and his legacy was built on death. However, after being abducted and witnessing the atrocities his weapons were being used to perform, Stark reemerged a changed man, swearing to make the world a better place. As Iron Man, Tony utilizes the latest in technology to become one of the world’s greatest superheroes.
Iron Man’s story of redemption is compelling, and you can’t help but root for him. While Tony Stark is far from perfect, he always overcomes his personal demons to save the day.
#6: Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman, as a character, has evolved a lot since her debut. But one thing that has never changed about the character is her dedication to diplomacy, compassion, and love. Diana Prince is a fierce warrior, able to go toe-to-toe with Superman himself, but is also an example of grace and compassion.
Wonder Woman’s strongest portrayals lean heavily into her Greek Mythology background, and as an Amazon Warrior, there’s a ton of mythology associated with the character. While Wonder Woman has lacked consistency in villains and origins, the core of the character has never stopped resonating with fans.
#5: Captain America
Captain America, as a modern character, shouldn’t work. A man who wears the American Flag as a uniform in most circumstances would come across as incredibly cheesy. But Steve Rogers not only makes it work, he does it so well he has become one of the most beloved characters of all time. Coming from humble beginnings, Steve Rogers was a weak guy with a huge heart who wanted to serve his country. After serving in World War 2, he was frozen in ice until the modern era, where he must adjust to the world as a Man Out of Time.
Captain America brings the ideals from the greatest generation, the leadership unparalleled by any other hero, and a moral compass that is completely unwavering. Steve Rogers represents everything that is great about freedom, and he represents the people that live under the flag.
When it comes down to coolness factor, you absolutely cannot top Batman. He has the gadgets, the brooding, the costume, and the ability to take down anybody that gets in his way. Batman is one of the most iconic heroes of all time, and his approach to justice is unique.
Fueled by tragedy, Batman utilizes fear to save his city of Gotham from the depths of crime. Batman’s stories are some of the most iconic in comics, and his villains are unparalleled.
Superman has been a beacon of optimism and hope since he was introduced, and the “S” on his chest has inspired countless people to become the best versions of themselves. Superman embodies the ultimate American Hero. Clark Kent is an immigrant from a foreign planet, a kid from a small town with big dreams, and he represents the best things about the American Dream.
While Superman’s powers are immense, he’s one of the most human superheroes. He’s a role model, and something that we can all aspire to be.
Dick Grayson, Batman’s first sidekick that adopted the mantle of Robin, is one of the greatest comic book heroes ever created. Since his debut as The Boy Wonder, Grayson has evolved into his own hero, and has even taken up the mantle of Batman. Nightwing’s story is incredibly similar to Batman’s, but his optimism, charm, and connection to other characters set him apart. Instead of allowing tragedy define him, Grayson’s story is one of redemption and moving forward.
Nightwing is special because many heroes are stagnant in comics. While Steve Rogers has always been Captain America, Dick Grayson has been allowed to grow into his own character since his debut. Dick Grayson remains as cool as Batman, but brings a special charm that you can’t help but love.
Spider-Man is the pinnacle of superheroes, because at the end of the day, he’s just a regular guy trying to do the right thing. He isn’t perfect, but he always tries to fulfill his mission that “With great power, there must also come great responsibility.”
Peter Parker isn’t a billionaire, or a super soldier. He was a nerdy kid who was bit by a radioactive spider, and he uses his powers to help others. Spider-Man captures the heart of everything we love about superheroes, and Peter Parker helps us to see the heroes that already exist within ourselves.