55. Dr. Manhattan
The lone super-powered hero in Alan Moore’s deconstructionist masterpiece Watchmen. After an experiment gone wrong turns Jon Osterman into a being of almost limitless power. Able to manipulate matter down to the molecular level enabling him to change his size, and create completely independent duplicates of himself, he is also granted telepathy, telekinesis, force field projection, intelligence beyond any human, time perception (being able to see the past, present, and future all at once), and is virtually indestructible and immortal. Manhattan’s growing apathy towards mankind turns the superhero archetype on its ear, showing just how disconnected from ordinary humans a super-powered being would truly be.
54. Carol Danvers
Ms. Marvel. Binary. Warbird. Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers has gone by many names throughout her time as a superhero. Regardless of the name, due to an accident that melded her genetics with that of the Kree superhero Mar-Vell (the original Captain Marvel), she is one of the strongest women in all of comics. She has been a member of just about every major team in Marvel Comics, including The Avengers, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and S.H.I.E.L.D. Danvers is also responsible for Rogue having the powers of flight, super strength, and invulnerability, when the latter, upon the command of her mother Mystique, absorbs her life force and memories to the point of near death. While her memories eventually faded, Danvers’ powers remained permanently.
The ruthless leader of the Decepticons. Originally a great warrior that arose to challenge the corrupted government of Cybertron, and was even a mentor to Optimus Prime, he eventually became corrupt himself and far more than the regime he helped topple. He is bent solely on domination and power. Megatron is a brilliant military strategist, a deadly fighter, and as vicious and heartless as they come. He also wields a fusion cannon that is regarded as one of the most powerful weapons in all comicdom.
Because she can control all aspects of weather, Ororo Munroe was thought to be a deity by the Kenyan tribe in which she was born. After being discovered as a mutant by Professor X, she joins him back at his school where she quickly proves herself as a capable member of the newly re-formed X-Men. Storm even goes on to become the leader of the team when Cyclops temporarily steps down. Being forced to respect the power of nature and always keeping it in balance, has made Storm a strong but calm voice of reason to Marvel’s mutant family.
Clint Barton was introduced as a villain to Iron Man, but quickly joined the ranks of The Avengers, and has been a prominent member ever since. While he doesn’t possess any real super powers, he is a nearly matchless archer and marksman, and is an extremely gifted martial artist and acrobat as well. Much like Carol Danvers, he has gone by many names throughout his crime fighting career: aside from Hawkeye, he has gone by Ronin, Goliath, The Golden Archer, and even took up the mantle of Captain America for a short time. The character has definitely seen a rise in mainstream popularity since Jeremy Renner’s portrayal of Clint Barton in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.