This is by no means a complete list. These are simply the most prominent characters you will find shows about on this site. Every show has at least one character listed, but most appear across multiple series and universes.
Ant-Man – Reforming from his life of crime, well-meaning thief Scott Lang is trying to do right when he’s released from prison. He meets Hank Pym, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist that quit his job after working with technology that allows a person to shrink in size. He offers Lang the chance to do use the technology and he soon takes on a full-time career as Ant-Man with Pym as his mentor.
Apocalypse – En Sabah Nur, or commonly known as Apocalypse, is the world’s first mutant. He was born with gray skin and blue lips sometime before 3600BC possessing numerous superhuman abilities. Because of these, he had been worshiped as a deity over the years and ruled the city of Akkaba in ancient Egypt. Having such power, he proclaims himself as not only a god, but a “savior” of sorts in order to establish a new world in the wake of the previous one.
Arrow (Green Arrow) – Oliver Queen is a billionaire playboy who returns to Starling City after five years of being stranded after a ship wreck. In his time away, he learned to survive in desperate situations and now, carrying a bow and arrow, he uses his new skills as a hooded vigilante who acts as judge, jury, and, if necessary, executioner to the wealthy that have used their money and power to take advantage and hurt the citizens of his city.
Batman – Bruce Wayne is an American billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and owner of Wayne Enterprises based in Gotham City. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered by a sense of justice. Wayne trains himself physically and intellectually and crafts a persona to fight crime known as Batman. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers; rather, he relies on his genius-level intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, intimidation, and indomitable will to fight crime.
Captain America – Steve Rogers was a frail young man simply wanting to help his country’s efforts during World War II. His sense of justice, good nature, and patriotism earned him the chance to participate in the government’s secret scientific experiment. The serum he receives transforms his strength, endurance, agility, speed, reflexes, durability, and healing to the zenith of natural human potential. Wearing a costume that bears an American flag motif, he arms himself with a nearly indestructible shield made of vibranium.
Agent Carter – Peggy Carter is a woman living in New York in 1946, having to balance the routine office work she does for the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR) while secretly assisting scientist Howard Stark investigate and neutralize superhuman and otherworldly threats.
Agent Coulson – Special Agent Phil Coulson is a high-ranking member of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), an organization tasked with protecting humanity from any superhuman threats. He is a close confidant and has the complete trust of Director Nick Fury.
Daredevil – Matt Murdock lives in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. As a child he was blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from a vehicle while pushing a man to safety from an oncoming truck. While he can no longer see, the exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gives him premonition to react to danger. As an adult, he becomes a lawyer while secretly training to use is new powers to fight crime as a vigilante when the law can’t.
Deadpool – Wade Wilson is a former Special Forces operative who works as a mercenary. His world comes crashing down when an evil scientist tortures, disfigures, and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue experiment leaves him with accelerated healing powers and a twisted sense of humor. He’s unique in that he knows he’s a superhero in a story and will often break the fourth wall and talk to the audience.
The Flash – Barry Allen, a forensic crime scene assistant for Central City Police Department, is struck by lightning during a storm that is created after a particle accelerator from STAR Labs explodes. In a coma for nine months, Barry awakens to learn that he can move at extraordinary speeds and decides to use his new powers to help his city by becoming a costumed crimefighter.
Nick Fury – Nick Fury is the Director of the Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.), an espionage, law-enforcement, and counter-terrorism agency. The organization has been tasked with protecting humanity from superhuman threats. He is their highest ranking officer with command of their entire network of spies and assassins. He has access to their entire highly advanced arsenal of weaponry; various air, land, and sea craft; and numerous paraphernalia.
The Green Hornet – Britt Reid is a playboy-media mogul as the owner and publisher of The Daily Sentinel. But at night, he fights crime as the masked Green Hornet with the assistance of his martial-artist partner, Kato, and his weapons-enhanced car, the Black Beauty. On police records, the Green Hornet is a wanted criminal, but in reality, the Green Hornet pretends to be a criminal in order to infiltrate and battle the criminal gangs, leaving them and the incriminating evidence for police arrival.
Hellboy – A well-meaning demon whose true name is Anung Un Rama, Hellboy was summoned from Hell to Earth as an infant demon by Nazi occultists (spawning his hatred for them). He was discovered by the Allied Forces; amongst them, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm, who formed the United States Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (BPRD). In time, Hellboy grew to be a large, red-skinned man with a tail, horns (which he files off, leaving behind the signature circular stumps on his forehead), cloven hooves for feet, and an over-sized right hand made of stone. Although a bit gruff, he shows none of the malevolence thought to be intrinsic to demons, and has a strong sense of humor.
The Hulk – The Hulk is the alter ego of Bruce Banner, a socially withdrawn and emotionally reserved physicist who physically transforms into the Hulk under emotional stress and other specific circumstances. These involuntary transformations lead to many complications in Banner’s life. When transformed, the Hulk often acts as a dissociated personality separate from Banner.
Rip Hunter – A roguish time traveler and leader of the Legends Of Tomorrow, who hides the strains of being responsible for history itself behind a façade of charm and wit. He arms himself with a powerful Energy Gun and is the captain of the most powerful ships of all-time, the Waverider, which he he stole from the Time Masters. His goal is to defeat Vandal Savage in order to save the world and his family.
Iron Man – An American billionaire playboy, business magnate, and ingenious engineer, Tony Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping in which his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction. He instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark augments his suit with weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries. He uses the suit and successive versions to protect the world as Iron Man.
The Joker – The Joker is a supervillain and the archenemy of Batman. A master criminal with a clown-like appearance, he’s a violent psychopath with a warped, sadistic sense of humor who murders people for his own amusement. Although he possesses no superhuman abilities, he uses his expertise in chemical engineering to develop poisonous and/or lethal concoctions and thematic weaponry, including razor-tipped playing cards, deadly joy buzzers, and acid-spraying lapel flowers.
Jessica Jones – Based in New York City, Jessica Jones uses her superhuman strength and limited flight in her job as a private investigator following a tragic end to her brief superhero career. Her demeanor and personality can be very rough around the edges, dry and sarcastic, but only wants to do good and help people. As expected, most of her cases deal with others with superhuman abilities.
Professor X – Professor Charles Xavier is a member of a subspecies of humans known as “mutants” who are born with superhuman abilities. The founder of the X-Men, he himself is an exceptionally powerful telepath who can read and control minds of others. While running a private school in upstate New York in order to both shelter and train mutants from around the globe, Xavier also fights to serve the greater good by promoting peaceful coexistence and equality between humans and mutants in a world where often zealous anti-mutant bigotry is widespread. Xavier is a paraplegic typically confined to a wheelchair.
Robin – Dick Grayson was the youngest in a family of acrobats known as the “Flying Graysons.” He watched as a mafia boss killed his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them. He is taken in by Bruce Wayne (Batman) who makes him his legal ward and trains him to be his crime-fighting partner Robin, the “Boy Wonder.” He is considered the first son of Batman and the one that he cares about the most. Throughout his adolescence, the dynamic duo fight their war on crime side-by-side.
Rorschach – A masked vigilante who continues his extralegal activities after they are outlawed. A ruthless crime-fighter, his beliefs in moral absolutism – good and evil with no shades of grey — have driven him to seek to punish evil at all costs. Rorschach’s mask displays a constantly morphing inkblot based on the ambiguous designs used in Rorschach inkblot tests, with the mask’s black and white coloring consistent with his sense and view of morality.
Spider-Man – Peter Parker is a normal teenage high school student living in Queens, New York being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben until one day he’s bitten by a radioactive spider. The small infection reacts to his body giving him super strength, super agility, and the ability to cling to most surfaces. He also develops a premonition to react to danger which he calls his “spider-sense” and the ability to shoot adhesive webs from his writs. Using his new powers, he becomes a costumed crime-fighter, as well as still having to deal with the struggles of adolescence.
Star-Lord – Peter Quill was abducted by an extraterrestrial star-ship as an adolescent boy and has spent all of his adult life as a member of the Ravagers, the mercenary gang who abducted him. One day while on a scavenging job, Peter finds himself embroiled in a significant power struggle and revenge war between two advanced galactic powers.
Supergirl – Supergirl was born as Kara Zor-El and is the cousin of Superman. She is the last survivor of Argo City, which had survived the explosion of the planet Krypton and drifted through space. She shares her cousin’s super human abilities including flight, super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed, vision powers, super-hearing, super-intelligence, and super-breath.
Superman – Superman was born as Kal-El on the planet Krypton, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist father Jor-El, moments before Krypton’s destruction. Discovered and adopted by a Kansas farmer and his wife, the child is raised as Clark Kent and imbued with a strong moral compass. Very early on he started to display various superhuman abilities which included flight, super-strength, invulnerability, super-speed, vision powers, super-hearing, super-intelligence, and super-breath. Upon reaching maturity, he resolved to use these powers for the benefit of humanity through a secret identity. He resides in Metropolis and is a journalist for the Daily Planet, the local newspaper.
Thor – As the son of Odin, king of Asgard, Thor possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability of flight, weather manipulation, and other superhuman attributes. Like all Asgardians, he is incredibly long-lived and possesses a very high resistance to physical injury. After a brief exile to Earth where he loses his powers, he develops a fondness for the realm. Now he acts as it’s protector, returning to fight for humanity against otherworldly combatants.
The Winter Soldier – Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers were best friends before the latter was turned into Captain America. Bucky joins Rogers team during World War II, attacking HYDRA bases, but is thought killed in action. He re-emerges 70 years later as an enhanced brainwashed assassin, known as The Winter Soldier.
Wolverine – Born James Howlett and commonly known as Logan, Wolverine is a mutant commonly allied to the X-Men. He possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, retractable claws that extend from the tops of his wrists, and a powerful regenerative healing ability. It was this healing factor that allowed his entire skeletal structure, including his claws, to be plated in the indestructible metal adamantium.
Wonder Woman – Wonder Woman is a warrior princess of the Amazons known in her homeland as Princess Diana of Themyscira. When outside her homeland, she assumes the secret identity Diana Prince. Gifted with a wide range of superhuman powers and superior combat and battle skills, she also possesses an arsenal of weapons, including the Lasso of Truth, a pair of indestructible bracelets, a tiara which serves as a projectile, and other devices based on Amazon technology.