DC Comics' Top 5 Super Families

DC Comic's top tier heroes usually have a wide number and variety of spin-off and supporting characters. Some heroes have so many spin-off characters working together that they've essentially become a working team and family. These teams are not as widely recognized as teams like the the Justice League or the Justice Society, so my goal is to draw attention to DC's Top 5 Super Families. A super family, for the sake of this article, is defined as a group of characters whose origins are linked to one head character. Usually there are some mantles that are passed from one generation of heroes to another. The group usually has a common crime fighting theme, and the head character usually mentors other members of the family. Families have a wider variety of ages than standard teams usually do because families incorporate sidekicks. So every family is a team, but not every team is a family.
 
I took into account several factors to decide which families were the top 5. Because family/spin-off characters are created to broaden the demographic appeal of a book, diversity was taken into account. The more diverse the better. Teams got bonus points for also having diverse powers instead of copy/paste ones. Group cohesiveness was also looked at. How closely do these heroes actually work together? Do they just have a similar theme or are they actually a well functioning group? Status symbol was  taken into account. More well known families are more likely to make it onto the list than less known ones. And finally one of the biggest factors was team numbers. Bigger families (like the Arrow Family are more recognizable than smaller families that only consist of two members like the Martian Family, the Hawk Family, etc.)
 
 
5. The Arrow Family


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members: Oliver Queen, Dinah Lance, Roy Harper, Connor Hawke, Mia Deardan, Sin
Pros: Successfully integrated a non-Arrow character into the family, Racially Diverse, Gender Diversity, Passing of mantles, Character Growth, Close Team Dynamic
Cons: Roy Harper's fall, Not as high cultural status as other teams on the list
 
4. The Flash Family 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members: Barry Allen, Wally West, Bart Allen, Iris West, Jay Garrick, Jesse Chambers, Max Crandall, Jai West, Iris Allen, Linda Park
Pros:  Actual Genetic Relationships, Racially Diverse, Gender Diversity, Passing of mantles, Character Growth, Close Team Dynamic
Cons: Little Power Variety
 

3. The Super Family

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members: Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Conner Kent, Kara Kent, Karen Starr, Christopher Kent, Krypto
Pros: Actual Genetic Relationships, Gender Diversity,  Pet, Very High Cultural Status 
Cons: Little Passing of Mantles, Little (if any) Racial Diversity, Looser Team Dynamic than other Families on List, Little Power Variety
 
 
2. The Aqua Family
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members: Arthur Curry, Mera, Garth, Jackson Hyde, Lorena Marquez , Dolphin, Vulko
Pros: Racial Diversity, Ethnic Diversity, Gender Diversity, Passing of Mantles, Close Team Dynamic, Power Diversity, Character Growth
Cons: Not as high cultural status as other teams on list
 
 
1. The Bat Family 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Members: Bruce Wayne, Richard Grayson, Timothy Drake, Alfred Pennyworth, Damian Wayne, Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, Kate Kane, Cassandra Cain, Helena Bertinelli
Pros: First Sidekick, Racial Diversity, Sexual Orientation Diversity, High Cultural Status, Disabled Member, Passing of Mantles, Close Team Dynamic, Character Growth, Actual Genetic Relationships
Cons: Little Power Diversity, History of Previous Member Going Rogue/Insane
 
Honorable Mentions: Wonder Family, Marvel Family
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Posted by AMP - Seeker of Lost Knowledge

Arrow Family: More Like the BROKEN Arrow Family after what happened in the RISE AND FALL story arc (Black Canary divorced Green Arrow for killed Prometheus, Red Arrow lost an arm and his daughter and has now become a crazed villain, and THE MIA/Speedy has not been seen in a while...) 
 
Flash Family: Alive/Dead/Alive....they can outrace death, time and space..... 
  
Superman Family: Strong and alive.....

Aquaman Family: A work in progress; new faces and a few deaths (Aquaman = twice, Tempest, Dolphin.... ) 
 
Batman Family: Lives forever 
 
 
What about the Wonder Woman family?
Posted by Alch21

The Marvel family? (Kinda a mess right now but still)

Posted by KZR

The Bat Family FTW.

Posted by papad1992

No Green Lantern Family?

Edited by Captain13

@papad1992: I don't consider them a family... No kids or Women... I guess it could be conidered a family in a modern sense, but I don't think that they're on the level of the rest of these.

Plus this is out of date anyway... Familes 4 and 5 don't exist anymore.

Posted by papad1992

@Captain13 said:

@papad1992: I don't consider them a family... No kids or Women... I guess it could be conidered a family in a modern sense, but I don't think that they're on the level of the rest of these.

Plus this is out of date anyway... Familes 4 and 5 don't exist anymore.

True, true!!