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Your Top Marvel Heroes part 1

Written by Chris Mitchell on Monday, April 12 2010 and posted in Features
The biggest countdown yet begins NOW!

Greetings and salutations, it’s that time of year again where I do a countdown to determine who takes Top Spot on a various topic of my choosing. And what is this topic you ask? Well, it’s your Top 215 Marvel Heroes. And when I say 215, I am using that number pretty loosely because by the end of this list you will see over 300 characters if you include ties and the OPC. First off, I want to apologize for taking so long to get to this. Real time kinda got in the way, and it took me a little longer to tally up the 400+ lists that I received. Yeah, that’s right, I said 400. And I tell you they were all over the map. Much like the Marvel Villains list, you will see some C and D listers get higher than the more popular A and B listers. So, I fully encourage you bitching and moaning and ripping the internet in half because many a fav. character got a really shitty score.

Speaking of score, the way the voting was conducted, each voter picked their ten favorite characters, ranked from 1-10 (1 being most favorite, 10 being least favorite). For first place, the character was given 10 points, for second - 9 points, for third - 8 points, and so on and so forth. Then, all the points were added up, and ranked in order of points received.

Also in any case of a tie, they will be broken by who got more first place votes. If that number was tied, it went to second place votes, etc etc etc. We do have several ties on the list, I did my best to apply the "Tie Breaker Rule" to the best of my ability. Between the 2 point and 20 point mark we have around 15-20 ties, but they are two to three characters in each slot. It’s not an overload of characters, but still there are quite a few ties.

This list surprised me, will it surprise you? Who knows, only time will tell. So sit back as you see members of your favorite A-List teams appear such as Fantastic Four, Alpha Flight (shush everyone of you), X-Men, and Avengers. Members of B and C-List teams like New Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Force, and Runaways. And members of your favorite D-List teams such like The Unlimited Class Wrestling, The League of Losers, and Night Shift.

So, without further adieu lets get this started.

Do it, Rockapella!!

215. Thunderbird/Juggernaut/Conan/Devil Slayer/Synch (2 points each)

John Proudstar was born into an Apache tribe in Camp Verde, Arizona. As a teenager, Proudstar discovers he possesses the mutant abilities of superhuman strength, speed and resistance to injury. This is a result of his mutation making his muscle tissue much denser than that of an ordinary human. His muscle density is distributed in such a way as to greatly enhance the size of his arms, shoulders, and thighs. Thunderbird's skin is also much denser than in ordinary humans, making him more resistant to physical injury. As part of his mutation, Thunderbird possesses oversized lungs and an unusually developed respiratory system. He can apparently run at faster than normal speeds, as he is seen overtaking a buffalo.

Proudstar was drafted into the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and eventually becoming a corporal. He returned to his tribe afterwards only to find himself depressed and restless. He spends his days running down buffalo and grappling them to the ground. He is later recruited by Professor X to join his third group of X-Men. Although Proudstar is reluctant to be a part of a white man’s team, he agrees and takes on the superhero title Thunderbird. After successfully completing his first mission with the X-Men, Thunderbird turns out to be so volatile and ill-mannered that he constantly throws off the team's synchronization. He often found himself going head to head with Cyclops. It was his anger that helped lead to his untimely end.

To his team mates' surprise, he died after his second mission. During the new team's second mission, the X-Men went to Cheyenne Mountain in the Colorado Rockies, the location of a North American Air Defense command center that was overruled by Nefaria. Nefaria planned to escape with a small aircraft. However, Thunderbird was able to follow him as he leapt onto the airplane that was carrying Count Nefaria. Ignoring Banshee’s warnings and Professor X's telepathic instruction for him not to be on the plane, Thunderbird refused to get off the plane, insisting that this was his chance to show that he was a true Apache warrior. The plane explodes, killing Proudstar. While Nefaria survived it has been accepted that it was Thunderbird’s pride that killed him.

His brother James (aka Warpath who doesn't do much better) later took over the Thunderbird name. He first blamed the death of his brother on the X-Men, later he became a member of X-Force and X-Men. John has been revived by Eli Bard in an attempt to make Selene Immortal. He was revived along with Caliban and his whole tribe. He is later seen with the Inner Circle and Caliban going to Necrosha (Selene changing the name Genosha to Necrosha). He is shown alongside Blink keeping an eye over a captured Warpath, his brother.


juggernaut.jpgYou know, I see a lot of arguments over this guy here. Some feel he should never have been a hero, and the whole villain to hero thing has been done to death (especially with the X-Men). Others say that when Juggs here turned good, that was the best character development in this character in years. He was more then just a beat stick, but an actual character. Either way, someone felt he should be represented on the list so here ya go.

After rebelling against Cyttorak, Cain began losing the mystical energies that flowed through him for so many years. But since those energies were evil, they influenced much of his behavior as the Juggernaut. With that influence gone, Cain decided to turn over a new leaf, he reconciled with his step-brother. They discussed things; Cain was a constant victim of his father's temper and hated Charles for not using his power to stop him, but unknown to Cain was that Charles was also a victim and didn't use his powers because he was scared to. Cain then officially joined the X-Men. While at the Xavier mansion, almost none of the X-Men wanted Cain there and some tried to force him out. But Cain stayed and would develop a strong friendship with a student named Sammy after Sammy saved Cain from drowning. Knowing Sammy's family issues, Cain saw himself when he looked at Sammy.

Juggernaut would apparently betray the X-Men by joining Black Tom Cassidy's new Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants, but he was only spying on them with the intent to warn the X-Men. But Sammy, not aware of what Juggernaut was doing, stumbled upon the group and was devastated that Juggernaut would betray everyone. Black Tom Cassidy killed Sammy, which caused Juggernaut to go into a murderous rampage towards his former friend. Eventually the second Xorn would suck the Brotherhood into his black hole, in which Juggernaut willingly leapt into to protect Nocturne, another spy.

Juggernaut then joined the British super team, Excalibur, along with Nocturne with whom he developed a very strong bond with. Nocturne has displayed some romantic feelings for him, but he has yet to return them. Cain has been suffering from depression due to his loss of power, and has recently retrieved the gem of Cyttorak. In doing so, Cain has also discovered that it was never Cyttorak's intention to use Cain as his avatar, but the true target was his brother Charles Xavier. Cain was upset about the fact that it was meant for Charles and not him. He fought with another possible Juggernaut to for the right to claim the Gem. Only when one was dead could one of them take the Gem and the power. Excalibur came to take him home before he landed the killing blow. Cain told Excalibur he had not taken the Gem. So he was allowed to remain on the team. But it is shown that he had it in his possession.

During The Hulk's attack on the X-Men during World War Hulk. Cain agrees to do Cyttorak's bidding again if he will get Cain to the Hulk. After Cyttorak transports him there he is swiftly beaten by Hulk. Cyttorak then informs Cain that Cain himself was restricting his power by lying to himself about why he wanted it (to save his brother). After he accepts this he is fully powered and engages the Hulk again to a stand still. This time, Cain regained his full power and was able to fight against Hulk without any difficulty to the point that Hulk was momentarily hurt and dominated, being savagely hit by Cain. Finally, both were measured in a test of strength, shoulder to shoulder, with their hands locked to push each other. Cain told Hulk that he had already won before in the same duel and though Hulk was resisting, Cain began moving forward slightly pushing back the Hulk. Just then Cain shifted his attention to Charles Xavier, who was warning him by way of reprimand that if he kept fighting the whole mansion would collapse, then cleverly Hulk took advantage the distraction of Cain in that precise moment to release his hands suddenly and to handle the own Juggernaut’s momentum against him, who ended in an uncontrolled race to the lake (in the back of the mansion), being removed from the battlefield. Recently during the Manifest Destiny storyline, Juggernaut was in a bar contemplating on whether to be a good guy or a bad guy while asking those in the bar their advise. He decided that he was "good with the bad".

conan.jpgI know, I should've used some Buscema art, but whenever I have a chance to use Bruce Timm I do so. So there.

Conan is a Cimmerian, a barbarian of the far north. He was born on a battlefield and is the son of a village blacksmith. Conan matured quickly as a youth and, by age fifteen, he was already a respected warrior who had participated in the destruction of the Aquilonian outpost of Venarium. After its destruction, he was struck by wanderlust and began his adventures encountering skulking monsters, evil wizards, tavern wenches and beautiful princesses. He roamed throughout Hyboria as a thief, outlaw, mercenary and pirate. As he grew older, he began commanding larger units of men and escalating his ambitions. In his forties, he seizes the crown of king of Aquilonia, the most powerful kingdom of the Hyborian Age, having strangled the previous ruler on the steps of the throne. Although Conan's adventures often result in him performing heroic feats, his motivation for doing so is typically his own survival or for personal gain; thus, he displays many of the characteristics of an anti-hero.

Despite his brutish appearance, Conan uses his brain as well as his brawn. The Cimmerian is a talented fighter, but due to his travels abroad, he also has vast experience in other trades, especially the thievery one; he is also a talented commander, tactician and strategist, as well as a born leader. In addition, Conan speaks many languages, including advanced reading and writing abilities: in certain stories, he's able to recognize, or even decipher, certain ancient or secret signs and writings.

Marvel Comics introduced a fairly faithful version of Conan in 1970 with Conan the Barbarian. The highly successful Conan the Barbarian series spawned the more adult, black-and-white Savage Sword of Conan in 1974. Written by Roy Thomas and most art by John Buscema or Alfredo Alcala, Savage Sword of Conan soon became one of the most popular comic series in the 1970s and is now considered a cult classic.

The Marvel Conan stories were also adapted as a newspaper comic strip which appeared daily and Sunday from September 4, 1978, to April 12, 1981. Originally written by Roy Thomas and illustrated by John Buscema, the strip was continued by several different Marvel artists and writers.

Other Marvel Conan titles over the years include Savage Tales (1971 – 1975, issues 1-5 only), Giant-Size Conan (1974–1975), King Conan/Conan the King (1980–1989), Conan the Adventurer (1994 – 1995), Conan (1995 – 1996), and Conan the Savage (1995 – 1996). He also appeared in a variety of What If... books battling some of your fav. characters.

Devil Slayer

devilslayer.jpgOnce again I got a helping hand with the Top List, and my helping hand is named Amoebas. He is going to be invaluable on this list, so yeah. What the hell you waiting for, dude. Do it.

Eric Payne led a less than ordinary life that eventually led him to joining a cult called the Agents of Fortune - their goal, unleash Hell on Earth by bringing about the rebirth of a demon race.

Through his training, his latent mental/psionic talents were unlocked (allowing him limited telepathy and the ability to spot demons) and he was given a shadow cloak that allowed him to transport himself (and others) between dimensions as well as limited transport on Earth (as well as weapons storage and disguises).

The Agents of Fortune were in their final phase of meeting their goals when they stole Dr. Strange's Eye of Agamotto. Realizing (at last) what he has been part of, he turned on the cult and with the assistance of the Defenders, Devil Slayer defeated Vera Gemini and the Xenogensis.

Payne walked alone from that point learning his way and slaying devils when he could find them). He eventually helped the Defenders again against the Six Fingered Hand and the cult's new leader (who Payne's wife left him for).

Payne attempted to find redemption by turning himself in for his evil deeds that led him to join the Agents of Fortune . He eventually joins the Initiative in Hawaii.

synch.jpgEverett Thomas was a mutant born in St. Louis, Missouri. He possessed an aura which allowed him synch up with other super humans in his immediate vicinity, thereby briefly gaining any powers they possessed.

The mechanical collective race known as the Phalanx had assimilated the X-Men and attempted to wipe out what was to be the next generation of mutant heroes. Synch had accidentally synched to Banshee, who was in the area, and had shattered all the windows in his area with Banshee's "borrowed" scream. He didn't know how he did it, but the next thing he knew there was a slew of police officers with guns pointed at him. Unfortunately for them, the menace wasn't Everett, but the Phalanx, who attacked the officers. Luckily, he was saved thanks to the help of the Emma Frost, Sabretooth, Banshee, and Jubilee. This misfit band of heroes ended up saving the other kids who were attacked by the Phalanx. With the sacrifice of Blink, they managed to escape.

Following the end of the Phalanx crisis, Everett and the other youths were all relocated to the Massachusetts Academy, where they trained to use their powers, received a formal education, and acted as the next generation of X-Men, Generation X.

Synch was one of the original members of Generation X, headed by Banshee and Emma Frost. He met his untimely demise when the school had a bomb placed in it by Emma Frost's sister, Adrienne. Heroically, Synch search for the bomb using his teammates powers that he sync'd up with. He would find it but be too far from his team to properly use their powers. He would jump on the bomb and take the explosion himself dieing at the same time. His death would ensure the survivor of hundreds others. Following his death, the academy would be shut down and Generation X would disband going their separate ways.

He was one of the many mutants to be revived by Eli Bard in an attempt to make Selene (The Black Queen of the Hellfire club, which his teacher Emma was once a member as the White Queen) a Goddess. He is seen with fellow Gen-Xer Skin (who died after Gen-X disbanded) attacking Husk along with some of the younger X-Men.


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