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A superhero is a character who is noted for feats of courage and nobility and who usually has a colorful name and costume which serves to conceal their true identity, and abilities beyond those of normal human beings. A female superhero is sometimes called a superheroine, although this term has fallen out of favor in the modern era.

Supergirl and Flash

The Flash and Supergirl.

The word superhero originated with Superman, who debuted in 1938, and the stories of superheroes - ranging from episodic adventures to decades-long sagas - have become an entire genre of fiction that has dominated American comic books and crossed over into several other media.

A subsection of superhero is the anti-hero, which came to prominence in the mid 1970s and represents a character who is equally dedicated towards fighting injustice as any other hero, but may not necessarily share the same moral code as a traditional superhero. Anti-heroes are often flawed characters, burdened with the responsibility of their cause, who often demonstrate sociopathic tendencies. In comic books, one of the most well-known examples of an anti-hero is the mutant adventurer, Wolverine. Frank Castle, also known as the Punisher, is often labeled as an anti-hero despite the fact that most of his actions actually categorize him more as a villain. Another questionable character is the mysterious V from V for Vendetta, whose actions brand him as a terrorist, but he is also selfishly motivated to pursue revenge against the totalitarian hierarchy that destroyed his life.

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Character Source
Angel, Thomas Halloway Marvel Comics
Battlestar, Lemar Hoskins Marvel Comics
Black Lightning, Jefferson Pierce DC Universe
Doctor Fate, Kent Nelson DC Universe
Doctor Fate, Khalid Nassour DC Universe
Doctor Mid-Nite, Pieter Cross DC Universe
Green Flame, Beatriz da Costa DC Universe
Guardian, Jim Harper II DC Universe
Isis, Andrea Thomas Secrets of Isis
Kid Flash, Wally West DC Comics
Miss America, Madeline Joyce Marvel Comics
Miss Martian, M'gann M'orzz DC Universe
Patriot, Jeffrey Mace Marvel Comics
Patriot, Elijah Bradley Marvel Comics
Robin, Dick Grayson DC Comics
Speedy, Roy Harper DC Comics
Starman, Theodore Knight DC Comics
Starman, David Knight DC Comics
Starman, Jack Knight DC Comics
Tigra, Greer Grant Nelson Marvel Comics
U.S. Agent, Johnny Walker Marvel Comics

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