My Top 25 DC Heroes
All right, I've done my 25 favorite DC Villains. Time for the heroes! Again, I've also got quotes for some of them and it's in order from least favorite to most favorite. And do correct me if I make any mistakes.
All right, I've done my 25 favorite DC Villains. Time for the heroes! Again, I've also got quotes for some of them and it's in order from least favorite to most favorite. And do correct me if I make any mistakes.
Though she spent years as a Green Lantern villain (and she's not the only one to bear the name either) Carol has since emerged into a more heroic role as the leader of the Star Sapphires. She maintains a very uneasy love-hate relationship with Green Lantern Hal Jordan that has only recently developed.
A street vigilante by nature, Dinah Lance is actually the second Black Canary, her mother being the first. Recently, she has become one of the leaders of the Justice League. A longtime member, she's a hell of a fighter, and also has a sonic scream. In addition to the JLA, Canary has also worked with the Birds of Prey, a team founded by her old ally Barbara Gordon. She is currently married to Green Arrow.
"What do you care about some leggy dame in nylons? Or have I answered my own question?"
Trained by her father Zatara, Zatanna is the mistress of magic. She employs dark magic (always spoken backwards), but nevertheless fights for the greater good. In addition to being a frequent member of the JLA, Zatanaa often works with other magic heroes such as Phantom Stranger and Blue Devil. Her magical abilities where used to lobotomize the supervillain Doctor Light after he raped Sue Dibny. When Batman, who saw this as abusing power, opposed the JLA, Zatanna was forced to lobotomize him as well. Though Bats eventually returned to his original state of mind, their friendship temporarily suffered as a result of her actions. During the Blackest Night, she was forced to kill her father, who had been brought back as a Black Lantern.
The Atom; Ray Palmer is a brilliant scientist with the ability to shrink so small he can ride on atoms (hence the name). Good friends with Hawkman, Atom is a little less lucky in love. A failed relationship with Jean Loring led to her murdering Sue Dibny with Ray's own technology and getting Jack Drake killed before she was finally stopped. Afterwards, Atom sunk into despair, and things only got worse for him when he learned that she had died. During Blackest Night, Atom helped against the Black Lantern Corps and became a temporary member of the Indigo Tribe.
"Excuse me, Poozer"
A drill sergeant of sorts in the Green Lantern Corps, Kilowog is also one it's most well-known, respected, and most powerful members. Though a little gruff, initially distrusting, and rather aggressive, Kilowog is still a hero in every sense of the word. Tough and no-nonsense, he expects the very best from his fellow Green Lanterns.
"The dark things cannot shade the light. The light of...Green Lantern!!
The golden age Green Lantern, Alan Scott is not part of the Corps, but is nevertheless one of the greatest individuals to wear the ring. Actually the Green Lantern of Earth 2, Alan Scott was brought into mainstream continuity following the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. A veteran hero from the days of World War 2 and a longtime member of the JSA, Alan Scott is a veteran hero in every sense of the word, and is still going strong so many years later.
Batman's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth has been an ally to the Dark Knight in his war on crime longer then any other. Incredibly sarcastic and cynical, Alfred nevertheless stands by the side of his surrogate son through even his darkest days. A skilled medic, he has patched Batman up more times then he cares to remember, including when Bane broke his back. He is also incredibly resourceful, mentioning that he has been unsuccessfully captured 27 times. DC's resident butler definitely earns a spot on my list.
"We don't do it for the glory. We don't do it for the recognition. We do it because it needs to be done"
Kara Zor-El is Superman's cousin and along with him, one of the few surviving Kryptonians. She was a frequent ally to her cousin as well as a solo hero. During the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Kara was erased from existence when she died fighting the Anti-Monitor, but her legacy lived on, as there where others who took up the name. Fairly recently though, she was reintroduced as a character. When she first appeared again, many doubted that she could do justice to her cousin's legacy. But she's proven herself, and is as worthy a wearer of the S symbol as Kal-El ever was.
The wielder of the power of Shazam, Captain Marvel is the ultimate super-powered boy scout, which is not surprising, as he is really a young boy named Billy Batson. A hero on par with the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman, Cap has shown that despite his occasional goofy nature and happy-go-lucky personality, he's still always able to rise up to the occasion when the time calls for it. After the wizard Shazam's death at the hands of the Spectre during the Infinite Crisis, Billy has become the new caretaker of the power of Shazam.
Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon. Possessing a strong sense of ethics just like her father, Barbara secretly became Batgirl, joining Batman in his war on crime. Barbara loved her job, but this perfect life was not to last. In his mad goal to drive James Gordon insane, The Joker shot Barbara Gordon in the spine, crippling her and ending her days as Batgirl. But Barbara refused to be broken so easily, and rejoined Batman's cause; this time as Oracle. Using her skills as a computer hacker to aid Batman in his war on crime, she has proven more valuable to his cause then ever before and even founded her own team: The Birds of Prey.
"This looks like a job for...Superman!"
As the last son of Krypton, Kal-El's shuttle rocketed to earth where he was taken in by Martha and Jonathan Kent. Raised to believe in, and uphold strong ideals of right and wrong, Kal-El became Superman, his world's greatest hero. Though a little too "perfect' by most people's standards, I acknowledge that without him, comics wouldn't exist as we know them. Super strong, super fast, super smart, super everything, Superman is also a shining example of perfection personality wise and represents what humanity could one day become. A symbol of hope wherever he goes, The Man of Steel has helped create the Justice League, inspired the Legion of Superheroes, has helped save the DC Multiverse a few times, and went down protecting his city. Now that's a hero for you.
"Those things may be fast. But I'm faster"
The second Flash, Barry Allan gained his powers when he was struck by lightning on a stormy night. As the second Flash, he fought evil alone in Keystone City (later aided by Kid Flash) and as a member of the Justice League. But it was not to last. Barry's wife Iris was killed by the reverse Flash Professor Zoom and during the Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry Allan tapped into the full power of the speed force to defeat the Anti-Monitor. The power proved to be more then he could bear, and he died. Recently however, to everyone's surprise, Barry has returned, and now continues as the Flash, alongside his old sidekick, Wally West, who has now become a Flash of his own. During the Blackest Night, Barry helped rally Earth's heroes against the Black Lantern Corps and became a temporary Blue Lantern.
"Every Hero needs a story, not that I'm some kind of hero"
Despite that claim to the contrary, Huntress is still on my list. A woman who would just as soon hug a baby as kill the kidnapper (or at the least, shoot them) Huntresses's methods have made her an outsider among most other heroes. As a young girl, Helena Bertenelli's family was gunned down by a rival crime family. Helena had been oblivious to her father's life as a mob boss until that bloody moment. In the years that followed, Huntress trained herself to become the brutal vigilante she is today. When she first came into contact with Batman, Helena admired him but he disapproved of her particularly violent methods. She attempted to tone them down in an effort to please him but failed. She has nevertheless become an on-and-off member of the Batman Family. Her record there has not exactly been stellar, but she always manages to find her way back to them at some point or another. She has also worked with the Question and the two have something of a relationship.
"I think your here to help...but I've been wrong before"
The ultimate policeman, James Gordon was one of the only honest cops in Gotham City for a long time. One of Batman's first allies, James saw in him what no other policeman saw at the time. A hero who, despite his slightly brutal methods and the fact that he worked outside the law, was there to pull Gotham out of the hell it had become. As Police Commissioner, Gordon works to keep the police off Batman's back (with mixed results) and has also helped keep him from losing his way on more then one occasion. Even in his darkest days, when the Joker shot his daughter in the spine and later killed his wife, Gordon stood by his ideals.
"Few ever think to ask the question...."
The ultimate conspiracy fanatic and (as far as most people are concerned) a complete crack-pot, Vic Sage is more of a detective then anything else. He first donned the faceless mask when he realized that there where some mysteries that he could not investigate "legally" and thus became who he is today. Seeing plots and conspiracies everywhere, Vic has also fought to control his brutal methods of crime-fighting. In this, he sees a kindred spirit in Helena Bertenelli, A.K.A. Huntress. Recently though, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and died. Gotham Policewoman Renee Montoya has (much to by great chagrin) replaced him.
Once an artist, Kyle Rayner was given the only remaining Green Lantern ring by sheer chance. Hal Jordan, the greatest Green Lantern of them all, had become Parallax and completely destroyed the Corps and the Guardians along with them. Only Ganthet remained. He gave Kyle the last ring and he became the new Green Lantern. Kyle struggled to rebuild the corps, and eventually succeeded, becoming 3rd in command upon it's reformation. The conscience of the corps, Kyle has also seen his fair share of grief. His first girlfriend was killed by Green Lantern villain Major Force when he first became Green Lantern, he lost another love interest; Jade, and was briefly possessed by Parallax. Through it all though, he's maintained his ability to overcome great fear, and is one of history's greatest Green Lanterns.
"Fate is a fatal thing"
The helm of Nabu is a mystical artifact that seeks out a human host to possess. Whoever it possess gains access to it's magical power. There have been many hosts to the helm of Nabu, and all have called themselves "Doctor Fate". In some ways, Fate is kind of DC's resident Doctor Strange but I personally think he is a lot cooler then Strange. I admit that I only really know him from the Justice League/JLU show, but I like what I've seen, and Fate is already one of my absolute favorites.
"I don't belong up here fighting aliens, robots, monsters...I just protect the little guy"
Not anymore. One of the many "archers" in comics and quite possibly the biggest left-winger in DC AND Marvel, Ollie tends to be a bit of a loudmouth and, in comparison to other superheroes who represent humanity at it's best; largely imperfect (He did start out as the most shameless rip-off of Batman ever but, thankfully, writers are taking steps to make him cooler.) Constantly striving to be better, he's certainly succeeded in the past, and, like other heroes without powers, has won the day using nothing more then his brains, resourcefulness, and, in his case, a bow and a quiver full of trick arrows. Recently though, his war on crime has taken a dark turn when he murdered Prometheus. Only time will tell if he ever answers for this or if he will become a more brutal avenger.
"I am kind of unique aren't I?"
Timothy Drake was always smart. When he saw Robin pull off a move that he saw Dick Grayson do at Haley's Circus, he deduced that they where one in the same and therefore, Bruce Wayne was Batman. Tim kept this secret for many years. But after the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, Tim could see that Batman was slowly going from hero to brutal self-serving vigilante. Tim offered his services as a third robin but Batman refused, never wanting to have another robin ever again. But Tim persisted. He worked for the role. Finally, after saving both Batman and Nightwing from Two-Face, Batman relented, and made him his third boy wonder. In the years that followed, Tim proved that he was the best person who ever wore the suit. Leader of the Teen Titans and good friends with Superboy and his predecessor Dick Grayson, Tim had done justice to the role of Robin. But he could not escape the tragedy that all members of the Batman Family have. Both of his parents where killed, forcing him to live with Bruce Wayne. And then he died to. Tim tried in vain to convince Dick to take up the mantle, but he refused. So Tim became Batman himself but was nearly killed by Jason Todd, who was also posing as Batman. After having a falling out with Dick Grayson and convinced that Batman was still alive, Tim struck out on his own, now a much darker person, and with a new identity: Red Robin.
"Of all people you know who I am. Who the world needs me to be, I'm Wonder Woman"
Ambassador to man's world, Diana is the champion of the amazons in more ways then one. While her battle prowess among her people is second to none, Diana also possess a love for man's world that many of her people simply do not have. Determined to make sure they never lose their way, she has protected them and upheld their ideals both alone and as one of the leaders of the Justice League. With incredible fighting skills, indestructible gauntlets that can deflect bullets, the lasso of truth, and a strength that rivals Superman's (who she has sometimes been romantically involved with), Diana is one of Earth's most powerful heroes. But she's also unlike most other heroes in that, despite how much she values life, is willing to kill (just ask Maxwell Lord) Her willingness to use lethal force if necessary has made her an outcast at times, but she always manages to find her way again.
"The good news is, I'm not Batman. The bad news is that I pretty much share his sentiments when it comes to gunrunners in Gotham."
Dick Grayson started out as a young circus performer alongside his parents. Together, they where the Flying Graysons. But when their circus refused to pay protection money for the local gang boss, Grayson's parents where killed. Orphaned, alone, and with nowhere to go, Dick was taken in by Bruce Wayne. Revealing to Dick who he was, Bruce opted to give Dick a new life. As Batman, he trained him to his physical best, and made him Robin, the boy wonder. But their partnership was not to last. Bruce's growing concern for Dick's welfare, culminating in his near death at the hands of Two-Face, led him to absolve their partnership. Not to be outdone, Dick left and went on to become one of the founders of the Teen Titans. He trained himself even further, and by the time he returned to Batman's side, he had developed a new identity; Nightwing. Though their relationship initially remained rocky, the two ultimately reconciled, becoming closer then ever. Both in Gotham and in Bludhaven, alone or with others, Dick proved that he had matured into a full-fledged hero. After Bruce Wayne's death, Dick (albeit reluctantly) became the new Batman, with his mentor's son, Damien Wayne as his Robin.
"My life is all shades of gray"
Taking a look at her history, that's probably true. An orphan with a shady past, Selina Kyle became a cat burglar, stealing to survive. Inspired by Batman, she became Catwoman. The two crossed paths frequently, and the relationship was....complicated to say the very least. Batman had feelings for her but was not about to put them before his ideals. As for Catwoman, she soon found that her feelings for him where a little more then a mere "kittenish flirtation" Far more altruistic then she'd ever admit, she found herself working with Batman from time to time, the two often had an uneasy partnership, though Selina was known to return to her old ways. And this is how it stood for a long time. Until Catwoman attempted to make a go on the right side of the law. Not long after, she and Batman worked together against an alliance of Batman villains that where being led by Hush. Along the way, they finally got (more or less) together. Batman even finally told her who he was. But after Hush was stopped, his paranoia over Selina's involvement ended the relationship. She continued as one of gotham's protectors, but at one point, succumbed to her rage and shot the villain Black Mask in the head. When Hush returned, he purposely targeted her, knowing about her relationship with Batman. Hush ambushed her and cut out her heart, leaving her on life support. Batman beat Hush and got her heart back, finally admitting how much he loved her. Upon her recovery, she immediately went after Hush, beating him, humiliating him, and leaving him with nothing. She may be a hero these days, but she plays by her own rules.
"My name is Wally West. I'm the fastest man alive. I'm the Flash."
As Kid Flash, Wally West was Barry Allan's sidekick and a founding member of the Teen Titans. Then Barry died, and the world was without a Flash. But when Wally came of age, he donned the famous suit himself. It took him a while, but Wally has since gone from being a wise-guy sidekick to the greatest Flash of them all. And though you wouldn't guess it from his animated version, but he's also matured as well. Now a husband and a father, he is confronted with both children who exhibit powers not unlike his own, and also the surprising return of his predecessor and mentor Barry Allan. Between this and the recent Black Lantern insanity, Wally has a lot on his plate, but as always, it's not about to slow him down. Nothing ever dose.
"In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil's might, beware my power, Green Lantern's light!"
As a child, Hal watched his father, a test pilot at Ferris aircraft, die in a plane crash. Hal would later break his promise to his mother that he would never become a pilot and ran away from home. Like his father, Hal became a test pilot at Ferris Aircraft. But one day he was taken to the crash-site of a dying alien named Abin Sur. With the last of his strength, Abin Sur gave Hal Jordan his green lantern ring, telling him that Hal was to replace him as the Green Lantern of sector 2814. Hal would go on to fight evil both in space and back on earth, becoming a founding member of the Justice League and one of the most well-known Green Lanterns of all time. But when his home Coast City was destroyed, Hal descended into madness. Attempting to use his ring to rebuild the city, he failed and was ordered back to Oa for using his ring for "personal gain" Hal went berserk. He killed every Green Lantern he met on his way to Oa, taking their fallen rings as his own. Finally, Hal reached Oa where he killed both his old enemy Sinestro and his friend Kilowog. Hal was then possessed by Parallax and killed all of the Guardians, save Ganthet. Ganthet gave the last Green Lantern ring to Kyle Rayner, who went on to oppose Hal. Finally, Hal sacrificed himself to stop Parallax, ending his own reign of terror. Recently, he has returned, and resumed his position as a Green Lantern, although many of his fellow Green Lanterns no longer trust him. Heralded as "the greatest Green Lantern of them all" Hal has also briefly been a member of the other Lantern Corps and is currently fighting to stop the Black Lanterns.
"I am Vengeance. I am the Night, I am Batman!!"
The only child of altruistic billionaires Thomas and Martha Wayne, Bruce watched as both of his parents where shot dead right in front of him. In that single, grim moment, his childhood ended. Bruce would vow to rid the world of the crime that had taken their lives. He travelled the world, mastering every major form of martial arts on the planet and schooling himself in forensics, criminology, infiltration, tracking, and engineering. When he returned to Gotham City, he was a changed man. Though his first attempt as a vigilante was a disaster to say the least, Bruce then realized that criminals where, by nature, a cowardly and superstitious lot. And so, he donned his famous cape and cowl, and became the Dark Knight that we all know and love. Over his many years as a hero, Batman has been the leader and brains of the JLA, made enemies out of the most well-known rogue's gallery in comics, added 5 Robins, 3 Batgirls, Nightwing, Oracle, Huntress, Red Robin, Batwoman, Azrael, and even his former enemy Catwoman to his cause, and taken down people much more powerful then him using only the skills and equipment he has given himself. He is gruff, no-nonsense, suspicious, calculating, and uncompromising. Resigning himself to a life of loneliness and unhappiness, it makes failed relationships with others all the more painful. He has broken both his back and skull, lost a robin, and has a surreal number of failed relationships. And he got a very nasty son out of one of them. Through all he's gone and been through though, he still holds true to his vocation as it is, if nothing else, the reason he's still alive. He is the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader, Gotham's protector, and, as far as I'm concerned; the greatest DC character of them all.
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