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Top 100 DC and Marvel Characters – Master List

Here are the rankings for the Top 100 DC and Marvel Characters, with their point totals and a link to the entry where you can read more about them.

DC

1. Batman (Bruce Wayne) – 2527 points (118 first place votes)

2. Superman (All Star Superman – 100 points (1 first place vote)) – 1326 points (49 first place votes)

3. Flash (Wally West) – 1275 points (30 first place votes)

4. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) (1 as Spectre) – 1091 points (25 first place votes)

5. The Joker – 797 points (9 first place votes)

6. Robin/Nightwing (Dick Grayson) – 665 points (11 first place votes)

7. Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) – 552 points (12 first place votes)

8. Wonder Woman – 542 points (13 first place votes)

9. Robin (Tim Drake) – 502 points (3 first place votes)

10. Oracle (Barbara Gordon) (79 (1) for Batgirl) – 470 points (3 first place votes)

11. Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz) – 438 points (5 first place votes)

12. Booster Gold – 428 points (7 first place votes)

13. The Question (Vic Sage) – 395 points (4 first place votes)

14. Starman (Jack Knight) – 376 points (12 first place votes)

15. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord) – 370 points (6 first place votes)


16. Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner) – 364 points (6 first place votes)

17. Rorschach – 363 points (5 first place votes)

18. Black Canary – 352 points (4 first place votes)

19 (tie). John Constantine – 344 (8 first place votes)

19 (tie). Lex Luthor (All Star – 11) – 344 points (1 first place vote)

21 (tie). Animal Man – 325 points (7 first place votes)

21 (tie). Hawkman (Katar Hol – 47 (2), Carter Hall – 278 (4)) – 325 points (6 first place votes)

23. Dream/Morpheus – 322 points (2 first place votes)

24. Zatanna – 307 points (3 first place votes)

25. Green Lantern (Guy Gardner) – 303 points (4 first place votes)

26. Darkseid – 293 points (3 first place votes)

27 (tie). Captain Marvel (Billy Batson) – 289 points (5 first place votes)

27 (tie). Power Girl – 289 points (5 first place votes)

29. Flash (Barry Allen) – 281 points (4 first place votes)

30. Aquaman (Orin) – 269 points (6 first place votes)

31. Catwoman – 251 points (1 first place vote)

32. Jesse Custer – 230 points (9 first place votes)

33. Death – 229 points (2 first place votes)

34 (tie). Spider Jerusalem – 225 points (9 first place votes)

34 (tie). Swamp Thing (Alec Holland) – 225 points (3 first place votes)

36. Firestorm (201 (4) for Ronnie/Professor, 8 for Ronnie/Arkadi) – 209 points (4 first place votes)

37. Green Lantern (Alan Scott) – 196 points (3 first place votes)

38. Black Adam – 195 points

39. Yorick Brown – 186 points (2 first place votes)

40. Deathstroke the Terminator – 171 points

41. Flash (Jay Garrick) – 170 points (1 first place vote)

42 (tie). Bart Allen Impulse/Kid Flash – 169 points (5 first place votes)

42 (tie). Bizarro – 169 points

44. Plastic Man – 163 points (3 first place votes)

45. Jonah Hex – 162 points (5 first place votes)

46. Ambush Bug – 157 points (6 first place votes)

47. Elongated Man (16 for Ralph and Sue) – 153 points (1 first place vote)

48. The Spectre (Jim Corrigan) – 149 points (1 first place vote)

49. Mr. Miracle (Scott Free) – 147 points

50. Huntress (Helena Bertenelli – 125 (2), Helena Wayne – 19) – 144 points (1 first place vote)

MARVEL

1. Spider-Man (Peter Parker) – 2164 points (103 first place votes)

2. Captain America (Steve Rogers)- 1616 points (43 first place votes)

3. Daredevil (Matt Murdock) – 1006 points (22 first place votes)

4. Dr. Doom – 872 points (15 first place votes)

5. The Thing (Ben Grimm) – 850 points (12 first place votes)

6. Hulk – 730 points (15 for Joe Fixit, 9 for “Professor Hulk”) (13 first place votes)

7. Wolverine – 728 points (10 first place votes)

8. Hawkeye – 676 points (17 first place votes)

9. Thor – 605 points (12 first place votes)

10. Cyclops – 604 points (13 first place votes)

11. Iron Man (Tony Stark) – 603 points (11 first place votes)

12. Nightcrawler – 497 points (12 first place votes)

13. Magneto – 465 points (7 first place votes)

14. Dr. Strange – 464 points (12 first place votes)

15. Silver Surfer – 461 points (8 first place votes)

16. Beast – 456 points (8 first place votes)

17. Deadpool – 443 (13 first place votes)

18. Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) – 427 points (9 first place votes)

19. The Multiple Man (Jamie Madrox) – 399 points (11 first place votes)

20. Jean Grey (Marvel Girl/Phoenix) – 374 points (13 first place votes)

21. The Punisher – 360 points (8 first place votes)

22. The White Queen (Emma Frost) – 332 points (1 first place vote)

23. Iron Fist – 325 points

24. Thanos – 287 points (5 first place votes)

25. She-Hulk – 283 points (9 first place votes)

26. Ultimate Spider-Man – 261 points (12 first place votes)

27 (tie). Sub-Mariner (Namor McKenzie) – 222 points (2 first place votes)

27 (tie). Nova – 222 points (6 first place votes)

29. Nick Fury – 221 points (2 first place votes)

30. Storm – 209 points (3 first place votes)

31. Colossus – 208 points (2 first place votes)

32. Galactus – 191 points (4 first place votes)

33. Power Man (Luke Cage) – 190 points (1 first place vote)

34. Adam Warlock – 186 points (3 first place votes)

35. Ms. Marvel – 185 points

36. Rogue – 183 points (2 first place votes)

37. Invisible Woman (Sue Storm/Richards) – 170 points (1 first place vote)

38. Princess Powerful/Bruiser (Molly Hayes) – 167 points (1 first place vote)

39. Human Torch (Johnny Storm) – 163 points

40. Ultimate Captain America – 161 points (1 first place vote)

41. Gambit – 147 points (5 first place vote)

42. The Vision – 146 points

43. Mary Jane Watson – 144 points

44. Black Panther – 137 points (4 first place votes)

45. Jessica Jones – 134 points (3 first place votes)

46. Iceman – 132 points (5 first place votes)

47. Howard the Duck – 131 points (1 first place vote)

48. J. Jonah Jameson – 130 points (2 first place votes)

49 (tie). Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) – 128 points

49 (tie). Bucky/Winter Soldier (James Buchanan Barnes) – 128 points

Hope you had fun following the countdown!!

87 Comments

Wow. It’s arguably Vertigo’s most popular book and not a single Fable made the top 50. I guess that’s on account of them splitting the vote. I can’t even imagine which one I’d pick (Bigby? Prince Charming? Boy Blue?).

So, who’s going to go through them all and record how many times the word “everyman” was used in the #1 defenses?

I’ll put the over-under at 62.

when i talk to non comic book people and they ask who my favorite character is i always say batman, as it is someone they know of. i could see that answer easily being superman, spiderman, wonder woman, captain america, etc…

but when i talk to comic book people they never enter into the picture. they are far more iconic than characters.

it amazes me that on such a comic-centric site that they still hold such reverence. i mean i hate gnort, but can easily see why he could be someone’s favorite. i am just mystified that convention was so upheld on this list.

and to keep off merv pumpkinhead, damn you all.

I’m assuming the same thing for second-string (meaning, not Avengers, FF, or JLA) team books like the Legion, Titans, New Mutants, etc. Langhorne: that votes split carrying the entire category of characters down off the list.

I do notice, however, that of the Vertigo characters who made the list, only 3 of them (Spider, Death, and Dream) were not previously part of the regular DCU. Maybe that is why no Marvel characters from outside the regular MU made the list? Do we somehow think of books like Fables, Books of Magic, DP7, Psi Force, etc. as indi books that just happen to be published by DC and Marvel?

And, if so, what does that say about the quality / popularity of Transmetropolitain and Watchmen that they had representaion on the list while books like Squadron Supreme (not to dis it, I like it better than Watchmen for its social commentary) did not?

Theno

Actually 2 marvel characters from outside the regular MU did make the list (Ultimate Spiderman and Ultimate Captain America).

Personally, I voted for characters outside the normal “world” (including Merc from the New U), members of second rank teams (ie Ilyana Rasputin and Deadshot), and extreme longshots (Chamber and Katana). I think it was part of the fun to pick people that you liked but knew had no chance.

I also put down at the bottom of my lists an “iconic” character that I always loved (spiderman and batman) because even if I can’t afford to buy all 58 Bat-titles, they deserved to be here. Just wondering how many other people included a single “icon” on their list.

I do notice, however, that of the Vertigo characters who made the list, only 3 of them (Spider, Death, and Dream) were not previously part of the regular DCU.

Actually, Dream and Death were part of the DCU in the early issues of “Sandman”.

Will you be posting the rest. Ie all other votes cast?

Curious to see some of the people who made the list, and who received multiple vote

Rene stole my thunder but Dream actually met with the JLA in an early issue.

Yorick, Jesse Custer and Rorschach are all outside the DCU as well. I guess maybe if you think of Rorschach as a Question substitute you could say he’s in the DCU, but not the other two.

@ Thenodrin

I think that’s why my #1, Cannonball, didn’t qualify. Fans of the New Muties aren’t all huge fans of Sam Guthrie, and we’re few enough to not have multiple team members elected to the top 50.

Though Having my favorite lose out to Howard the Duck and MJ Watson hurts a little.

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My theory on the Vertigo votes (and their clustering) is that there’s a minority of DC readers who pretty much ONLY read Vertigo titles. So their ballots might be heavily concentrated. Whereas fans of, say, the New Mutants or the Legion are very likely to read a whole bunch of other Marvel or DC titles too, so their lists would be more diffuse. I suspect there weren’t all that many ballots made up of, say, 10 Legionnaires, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were some made up of 10 Vertigo characters.

That was Dream II, Daniel Hall, who met with the JLA.
However, the Sandman universe has ALWAYS been considered as one with the rest of the DCU. As opposed to most of the other current Vertigo books such as Fables, Jack, Deadman, Y…
Most older Vertigo books actually DID have some connection to the greater DCU.

I’d like to see a breakdown of the lower 50 characters, #s 100-52.

Vincent Paul Bartilucci

October 1, 2007 at 3:50 pm

The JLI appeared in the 5th issue of Sandman.

I’d be interested to find out if anyone who voted for Mary Jane Watson didn’t also have Spidey as their number 1.

Also there was Dream and Constantine’s meeting with J’onn J’onnz in the very first arc, also featuring Doctor Destiny, with his Materioptikon being Dream’s ruby. And Death helping Element Girl to finally die in a later issue.

Hey Danar, I voted for Chamber too! But not enough love :(

Sandman, the WWII hero was in like the first issue of Sandman. Also, a lot of the characters were taken from the old anthology series of the 50s.

If folks like Spider-Man, Batman, etc were not heralded by hard core comic fans they wouldn’t be iconic.

Don’t blame the average fan for loving an icon as it was the hardcore fans who made them this way.

Glad to see Wally in @ #3!!

Dream met the Martian Manhunter and Scott Free, both on the list in his search for the Ruby, not Dream/Daniel. I am disappointed to see that Lucifer didn’t make the list, out of the whole Sandman series, he seemed to me at least as the second most interesting character.
On a side note, whoever said the Vertigo people only read Vertigo is absolutly right, and I applaud him for his foresight.

The vote was rigged I say. Here are the real #1’s:

1. Brother Power, the Geek (DC)
1. Prez (DC) (tie)

1. Paste-Pot-Pete (Marvel)

Dream did meet the JL (Manhunter and Scott Free) as well as Etrigan in the first story arc, but that was before Vertigo splintered away from the DCU. I always considered those meetings to be establishing the new title in the Universe, and forgettable once Vertigo was deemed separate.

That’s just me, though.

Theno

Superman and Batman also went to Dream’s funeral at the very end of Sandman, so it wasn’t just a pre-Vertigo thing. (There was also Death’s appearance in Captain Atom, about which the less said the better.)

Where is the Green Goblin for the Marvel list? The Joker is #5 on the DC list, but the truth is that the Joker is a follower and a disciple to the Green Goblin as far as evil is concerned. The Goblin killed Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s first love, way back in 1973 and changed the depraved embodiment of the comic book supervillain into a whole new level of the personification of a psychopath. Sure, the Joker crippled Batgirl (in 1988) and killed the Jason Todd version of Robin (also in 1988), but the Green Goblin forever changed comic book storytelling fifteen years earlier by killing Gwen and should be acknowledged as the awesomely wicked and malevolent character that he is. Plus, the Goblin would easily slay the Joker and impale his head on the front of his Goblin Glider for all to see.

“13.Vincent Paul Bartilucci said …

I’d be interested to find out if anyone who voted for Mary Jane Watson didn’t also have Spidey as their number 1. ”

Yep. I had MJ on the list but Spidey absent, thanks to recent times.

>>Here’s another vote to see the next 100.

I’m sure Brian is planning to post the next 50 characters any day now.

He just likes keeping us in suspense.

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Superman and Batman also went to Dream’s funeral at the very end of Sandman, so it wasn’t just a pre-Vertigo thing. (There was also Death’s appearance in Captain Atom, about which the less said the better.)

Also the Kryptonian god Rao appeared in Sandman: Endless Nights

I’d be interested to see how the choices change over time, how about a nice bar graph? I was surprised by Captain Americas popularity and Wolverines relatively low ranking (I’m ambivalent about both), seems like ten years ago he would of been top of the list. I’m sure movies and quality of current story arcs affects peoples opinions more than they think.

For me my favorite Sandman characters in order were
Barnabas (my #1 DC overall)
Morpheus (my #2)
Delirium (I think around #7 or 8)

Death and Matthew the Raven were both up there too, in my top fifteen or so.
I know Barnabas was a bit of a sentimental pick, but what can I say? I REALLY REALLY want a talking dog, and he was very kind with Delirium.

It really was a glorious book.

OK how the hell did that smiley with shades get in there?? I know I didn’t do that.

Hob Gadling and Death made my list. Dream and Delirium were strongly considered.

I love Hob. Death’s a mug’s game.

8)

So cool that Nightcrawler was the 2nd favorite X-Men. Too bad he got pushed out of the 3rd X-men movie. He should have a part in Wolverine (they are best buds). To bad his own comic wasn’t so good either (art was great though).

OK how the hell did that smiley with shades get in there?? I know I didn’t do that.

I’m guessing it happens automatically to an 8 followed by a )

Lets try: 8)

Personally I’ve always used a B instead of an 8, so lets try that: B)

Well that’s just wrong

oh you kids and your infernal gadgetry.

Wow Cyclops is in the top ten!!!

Go Cyclops Go!!! You are the best X-man!!!

I hope Cyclops returns in X4 and lead the team once again!!!

X-men 4 Cyclops Returns

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oh hell with it I am just going to say tgis n live with it, ther r twice as meny sad geeky DC readers as there r marvel readers or this pole would be a no contest.
Dc evolves around peeps who like being great, power far beyond character, leaving lil room for intresting villains n character story telling always looking for the next giant enermy to swat. I mean marvel have the whole issue where the cant change sticking with there same old things since the early when evers but aleast they did it, OK vertigo I like but only cause Neil Gaimen was is anchor head n Didi was fit, I cant forgive Dc for they over muscle bound idoits with no character.

On a last note a friend of mine argues that supman could kick the holy hell out of the marvel uni but I dont care, supman is twice as dull a cyclops n I hate that stupid boyscout, so there.

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Eu não acredito neste tópico, quando que o Gambit iria aparecer nesta posição ou mesmo a Tempestade, ainda mais perdendo para o Homem Múltiplo, não que eu não goste dele, mas é meio estranho isso, por isso acho que não é o verídico!
Quanto ao Homem-Aranha sem dúvida que o primeiro lugar é dele, mas também acho que o Wolverine estaria em melhor posição, possívelmente até a segunda, esta que foi ocupada pelo Capitão América, que só ocupa esta posição nos Estados Unidos mesmo, porque em outros países jamais este personagem patriota americano chegaria nesta posição.

spiderman is strong look inthe comic book !

what about SGT.ROCK

wheres doctor strange???

Doctor Strange came in at #14. Why?

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I hope this list isn’t a listing of power ranks. Cause if so…it is EXTREMELY inaccurate (Both Marvel and dc lists)!

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The. DC list is agreeable but the Marvel list doesn’t have professor X no carnage or venom hob gobblin oh and the DC list didn’t have sergeant rock on it and I don’t think I saw bain on the DC list either. These are all important characters two bot franchises I can’t see why they wouldn’t be there

Sure, maybe Superman was the first superhero. Sure he is basically indestructible, but what I want to see is an all out battle between DC and Marvel. Really who wouldn’t want to see that? There has to be something else that can defeat Superman??? Am I right? Besides he is way over rated. Just saying.

Oh and X-Men are the best and will always be the best.

I agree with Duncan as well. Professor X should have at least been on there and how in the world is spiderman number one for Marvel?? Definitely not.

Spawn kills everyone hands down.

No Hank Pym? This list makes me cry

Try the 2011 list, Anthony!

Where the heck is venom!!!!

Austin Lovelace

March 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

I suck really really bad at life

Xmen rule! Arw poor austin, we all suck at life

This list is somewhat stupid…so you’re telling me The Thing is more popular than Iron Man, The Hulk, and Wolverine? Don’t think so…

where the hell is Spawn??!!

where the hell is Spawn??!!

I dunno. Any ideas as to why he wouldn’t appear on a Top 100 DC and Marvel Characters list? ;)

Why is Deadpool # 17? He should be up in the top 10.

deadpools better than spiderman

I am wondering who did this list and how the votes were tallied. I focus more on the Marvel list since I read Marvel more than DC when I was younger. I guess that I found the characters more diverse. There were a few characters I was surprised ommitted from the list. The one that stands out for me is Ghost Rider. He is one of my more likeable characters in Marvel. He is not one of my all time favorites but I do find him unique. He has a cool background story and one of the more creative characters created in mainstream comics of all time. Plus he had crazy powers that would always give him an advantage when in battle. I am surprised no one brough up GR for not listed. Others who deserve merit would have been Black Widow, Elektra, & Moon Knight. I think MK is real cool but he never gets quite enough respect. I personally think a movie or adult themed mini series on him could be intriging.

they need to have blackbolt on there he would beat everybody on that list and thats a fact

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i hate everyone

Anonymous i thought your on dsi tube

I seriosly would Love it. The“ DC”and“ Marvel” go head tohead on adual

Lego marvel supetheroes better have these people and more

No love for Lobo on the DC side? Hmm.. The Marvel list seems off a few places most certainly.. Where in the heck is Cable?!
& I know its Marvel & DC but I think below a special * was deserved for Spawn & Pitt: IMAGE

There only 99

all i no is i like some marvel like vision and captain america etc. and i like dc because batman superman and wonderwoman and i really cant decide

How come mr fantastic is last and why is Ironman 11th

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I LIKE CAT FARTS IN MY MOUTH

BTW NEVER DO A CAT!

I agreed with the list but having cyclops at number 10 it is undeserving cause he should be not exist in this comic world.I ultimately fucking(sorry for my language) hate him

what about deathlok

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If keeping power ,strength,resistance and intelligence in view .

No 1 Superman
# 2 Martian Manhunter / Green Lantern
3# Batman
4# Flash

Other list is better . : )

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