The Top 10 Most Important Superheroes Of All Time, Ranked

If your fave didn't make our cut, you need to root for a better hero.

10. Daredevil

Daredevil's blindness isn't his disability; it's his strength. Though creator Stan Lee was worried that those without sight would be offended by the character, that community welcomed Daredevil with open arms.

We started getting letters from charities ... saying, 'We've been reading these stories to the people here and they love them, and they're so pleased you have a super-hero who is sightless.'
Stan Lee, Alter Ego, August 2011

9. Jean Grey

Sure, Wolverine may get all the attention cause he's dark, gritty and says "bub" a lot. But Jean Grey -- an original X-Men member herself -- is easily more important. Over the years, she's evolved from Cyclops' love interest to one of the most powerful, death-defying mutants in all of existence.

And yeah, we're a sucker for complicated love triangles. Sweet, sweet drama.

8. Storm

In addition to being one of the coolest and most stylish members of the X-Men, this weather manipulator actually defeated Wonder Woman in a 1996 DC vs. Marvel miniseries.

She's Marvel Comics' most important female hero... period.

7. Goku

This most famous of anime heroes (at least here in the United States) is normally happy and outgoing, with a kind heart. But when a battle heats up, this hero fights with serious power.

Nappa say

What does the scouter say about his power level?

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WHAT? NINE THOUSAND? There's no way that can be right!

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Can it?

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Goku is pretty much who everyone at your gym is working hard to be.

6. Captain Marvel

Elderly abuse aside, Captain Marvel already appears to be one of the most important superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She's a fighter-pilot-turned-power-strutting superhero who will almost surely save the Avengers and the universe.

Judging by the trailer, Brie Laron's debut as Carol Danvers should help secure Captain Marvel's spot on this short list of supers.

5. Black Panther

Sure, the Black Panther has superhuman speed, reflexes and strength. But it's his history that makes him truly important: He was the first mainstream superhero of African descent, and his Jungle Action series is credited with being Marvel Comics' first ever graphic novel.

He runs a powerful country, he's been married to X-Men's Storm and he traveled to America to kick the KKK's ass. Oh, and did we mention that the Black Panther is one of the smartest and richest people on Earth?

4. Captain America

This first-ever Avenger made a name for himself beating up Nazis. It doesn't get much more American than that.

Captain America doesn't need bullets to get the job done -- just his shield. But he'll still give you two tickets to the gun show. Bang, bang. 💪

3. Spider-Man

This teenage webslinger can't be stopped by a radioactive spider bite, mad scientists, goblins (of both green- and hob- varieties), lizard men or alien symbiotes. He only has one weakness, in fact...

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2. Wonder Woman

This most-famous female superhero, inspired by feminists of the age, made her first comic book appearance in 1941. More than 75 years later, this kickass Amazon has become a role model for an entirely new generation of boys and girls.

Box office records aren't the only thing she's smashing.

1. Batman

He's way melodramatic, lacks actual superpowers, and talks with a strange, low growl. But hey: That's why we love him.

No, I can't sleep. You sleep. I'm awake. I don't sleep. I don't blink. Am I a bird? No. I'm a bat. I am Batman. Or am I? Yes, I am Batman. Happy Halloween.
Abed Nadir, Community, Season 1
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