Top 5 Superhero Without Superpowers

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Hello interweb, Nate here.  So my last actual post was debating on what a superhero is and whether or not you need superpowers to be a superhero (the answer is no, you don’t need superpowers to be a superhero, see why here).  So sense I’m not quite finished with my Teen Titans review (almost done, I promise part 1 will be up Monday) I’ll count down my top 10 superheroes with no superpowers.

 

Rulez

  • Must be a superhero without superpowers (see what is considered a superhero here)

 

 

#5 – Punisher

Promotional art for Punisher vol. 6, #31 (May 2006) by Tim Bradstreet.  Source

Promotional art for Punisher vol. 6, #31 (May 2006)
by Tim BradstreetSource

This vigilante lost his loved ones and ever sense decided to never let crime go free.  He does whatever it takes to stop crime.  While his use of weaponry is impressive, he also uses brute strength, pain resistance, and special ops training that helps him get the job done.

 

#4 – Green Arrow

Green Arrow (Modern Version) Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 5) #17 (February 2013). Art by Andrea Sorrentino.  Source

Green Arrow (Modern Version)
Cover to Green Arrow (vol. 5) #17 (February 2013).
Art by Andrea Sorrentino.  Source

While comics aren’t a stranger to archers with the likes of Hawkeye, Red Arrow (or speedy, whichever you prefer), and Arrowetta (her name was changed to Artemis in the Young Justice cartoons, with no reason mind you) just to name a few, Green Arrow is the original archer.  With trick arrows including his signature boxing glove arrow, he’s been deemed impressive enough to even join the Justice League.

 

#3 – Iron Man

Promotional art for The Invincible Iron Man vol. 5, #25 (second printing) (June 2010) by Salvador Larroca.  Source

Promotional art for The Invincible Iron Man vol. 5, #25 (second printing) (June 2010) by Salvador Larroca. Source

With his skill in technology, Tony Stark has created a suite with countless built in weapons for fighting the bad guys.  Good enough to join the Avengers, you’ll see this shell head fighting along side with the likes of the Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and even Spider-man (I’m talking about the comics on the last one).

 

#2 – Nightwing

Being the original Robin, Dick Grayson eventually grew up and left Batman to become the adult superhero known as Nightwing and ditched that ridiculous red and green costume for an awesome looking black one.  Having been trained by the Bat himself, Nightwing makes up with his lack of superpowers with acrobatics and martial arts.

 

#1 – Batman

Promotional art for Batman #608 (October 2002, second printing) Pencils by Jim Lee and inks by Scott Williams.  Source

Promotional art for Batman #608 (October 2002, second printing)
Pencils by Jim Lee and inks by Scott WilliamsSource

Speaking of the devil…er…bat, was there really any doubt?  I bet out of everyone on this list, everyone expected Batman to be the number 1 spot.  A master martial artist, detective, and peak-human strength, Batman grew up to become a superhero after the tragic deaths of his parents.  How good is this guy?  Well he managed to actually take out the whole entire Justice League in the comics (although, that wasn’t cannon so take from that as you will).

 

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4 comments

  1. Cool list! There’s something special, and relatable, about characters without superpowers. I think that sometimes I enjoy those characters more than the omnipotent, godlike superheroes.

    Barbara Gordon is another great non-powered superhero. Both as Oracle and Batgirl, she is an inspirational hero!

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