100 Greatest Comic Characters of All Time – Part 13

40. Sinestro

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Nemesis to the Green Lantern. Sinestro is a former member of the Green Lantern Corps himself, but after abusing his power, he was excommunicated and vowed vengeance. To achieve that end, he took up a yellow power ring fueled by fear instead of courage like the green counterparts. He has been the constant thorn in the Corps side for the last 50 years of its history.

39. Green Arrow

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DC Comics’ resident archer. While his mastery of a bow and arrow, and quiver full of gimmick arrows are practically identical to Marvel’s Hawkeye (though to  be fair, Green Arrow came first), their personalities are extremely different. Oliver Queen has made himself a crime fighter with a hard political edge, reminiscent of Robin Hood after whom his costume is fashioned. His political views border on pure anarchy, but is typically tempered by his more centered friends like Batman and Black Canary.

38. The Human Torch

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The youngest member of comics’ “First Family”, the Fantastic Four. Since his first appearance, Johnny Storm has been one of the more popular characters in Marvel. His friendships with Spider-Man and Daredevil helped add to his popularity as he was featured fighting along side of them multiple times. His care-free attitude and cool (well, not so much) powers have made him an exciting and endearing character.

37. Optimus Prime

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The fearless leader of the Autobots and by far the most popular of the Transformers. Aided by the success of the movie franchise, Optimus Prime has become arguably the most iconic robot in all of pop culture. A courageous heart, a brilliant strategic mind, and a fighting prowess matched only by his sage-like wisdom are what make him such a truly compelling character.

36. Mystique

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One of the X-Men’s most formidable enemies, and the mother of Rogue (through adoption) and Nightcrawler. With the ability to shapeshift into literally anyone, down to voice, fingerprints, and retina , she is almost impossible to track. Add in her incredible skill with firearms and hand-to-hand combat, along with her willingness to do just about anything to ensure the preservation of mutant-kind, and it’s easy to see why she is one of the greatest villains in comics.

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