If We Describe Their Powers, Can You ID These Superheroes?

By: Ian Fortey
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5 min
Before the movies made him cool, this character was mostly known as the guy who could talk to fish. Who is he?
Aquaman
Aquaman is a very old character who's been around since 1941. Like many DC characters, he's a member of the Justice League but unlike many he spent literally years being made fun of, notably due to his appearance in the old "Super Friends" cartoon in which his character was so goofy and useless it was hard not to make fun of him.
Serpentor
King Shark
Hercules

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Size means nothing to this hero who can grow incredibly tall or shrink to subatomic sizes. Who is it?
Ant-Man
Ant-Man uses something called Pym Particles to help him alter his size, allowing him to shrink down to microscopic size. In the movies, we get a glimpse of the subatomic universe and in the comics, there really is a whole universe there with its own worlds and people, too.
Spider-Man
Rocket Racoon
Drax

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He can call the lightning and wield a hammer that only the truly worthy can even lift. What's his name?
Thor
Thor, the son of Odin, is from the god-like race called Asgardians. He's not the only one who ever managed to wield that hammer, though. Another alien named Beta Ray Bill has used it, as have Captain America, Superman and Wonder Woman. Also a frog name Throg, Frog of Thunder.
Captain America
Beast
M. Fantastic

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A skull wreathed in hellfire and a flaming motorcycle are part of this hero's powers. Do you know who it is?
Ghost Rider
Nic Cage famously played the Ghost Rider in movies, a sort of bounty hunter for the devil who can burn the sin out of people. In the comics, the Ghost Rider is much more than that and may, in fact, be the strongest hero on the face of the Earth. Maybe.
Lucifer
Archangel
Darkseid

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After taking part in a government experiment, this hero gains strength, speed, and reflexes. Plus a cool shield. Who is it?
Captain America
Captain America is one of Marvel's oldest titles and has proven to be one of the most popular, as well. The current crop of movies is not the first time the Captain has been on film though as there were several older attempts including a 1990 movie and a 1944 serial.
The Thing
Galactus
Howard the Duck

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Super strength and fighting abilities aren't all this hero has, they're also part god and equipped with a lasso that compels people to be honest. Who do we mean?
Wonder Woman
The Amazon Wonder Woman is one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe, but like all characters has had to overcome some goofy history. Notably, Wonder Woman used to have an invisible jet which was especially weird since the jet was invisible but not her when she was in it.
Supergirl
Psylocke
Rogue

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Do you know this hero who doesn't have natural superpowers but has built some amazingly powerful armor that provides a vast array of weapons, strength and the ability to fly?
Iron Man
Iron Man, who is more often than not the alter-ego of Tony Stark, has been around since the 1960s. Iron Man is not the only one in the suit in modern comics, either. While film audiences know about War Machine, there is also Ironheart, piloted by Riri Williams, and Rescue, piloted by Tony's significant other, Pepper Potts.
Beta Ray Bill
She-Hulk
Green Lantern

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Trained to be a spy and skilled in numerous forms of combat, this hero is agile and deadly but doesn't have actual superpowers. Who is it?
Harley Quinn
Poison Ivy
Black Widow
Black Widow, also known as Natasha Romanoff, was a Russian spy at one point. Because it's hard to compete in a world full of gods and people who can snap their fingers and end half the universe, she's been given a few technological enhancements in the comics over the years, including a healing ability.
Zatanna

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Before this hero learned to control ancient and powerful magic, his skill was as a surgeon. Name him!
Morpheus
John Constantine
Dr. Strange
Dr. Stephen Strange learned the mystical arts to become the sorcerer supreme of Earth. The movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch was very popular but also wasn't the first movie featuring Strange. A very low budget made-for-TV "Dr. Strange" was made back in the 1970s.
Magneto

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This character is considered the greatest detective ever. He has no superpowers, but he does have a lot of gadgets and training. Who is it?
Batman
Bruce Wayne has been living a double life as Batman since 1939. In that time he's fought many enemies, but unlike most other comics he's stuck true to his roots by not having any superhuman abilities or at least none that last for very long. His power has always been his own mind.
Captain America
Luke Cage
The Blob

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All of this hero's natural abilities are enhanced, plus he has a technologically advanced suit made from vibranium. Who is he?
Specter
Black Panther
The King of Wakanda, T'Challa the Black Panther, has become one of Marvel's most popular characters thanks to the movie, but he dates back all the way to 1966. Ironically, the political party of the same name appeared only months after Black Panther debuted as a character.
Moon Knight
Swamp Thing

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This superhero can spin a web any size and catch some thieves just like flies. Look out! Who is it?
Batman
Captain America
Spider-Man
Spider-Man got his powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider, at least in the original version created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. In later versions, they updated the science a bit and made it a genetically modified spider.
Scorpion

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X-ray vision, super speed, flight, and general invulnerability are a few of this character's powers, which are very similar to her cousin's. Name her.
Black Widow
Supergirl
Supergirl, also know as Kara Zor-El, is Superman's cousin and another Kryptonian with the same basic set of skills. There have been other people who used the name "Supergirl" over the years, however, including one that was a man-made life form created by Lex Luthor.
Blink
Sue Storm

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Gamma radiation gave this hero a nearly endless supply of strength at the cost of their intellect. Do you know who it is?
Wolverine
The Incredible Hulk
Bruce Banner became the Incredible Hulk after exposure to gamma radiation in his lab. Since that time there have been a lot of other Hulks including the sinister Maestro, the Grey Hulk, the Red Hulk, She-Hulk and even a gangster named Joe Fixit, among many others.
The Flash
Cyclops

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The weather is under the control of this hero who can summon rain, fog, lightning and tornadoes. Who is it?
Dr. Fate
Pyro
Storm
The X-Men's Storm has appeared in numerous movies now and cartoons as well. In the comics, the character is married to everyone's favorite Wakandan the Black Panther. Will that ever make it to film? You never know.
Dr. Doom

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Being mouthy isn't this character's power, even though he's good at it. His real power is incredible healing. Who is he?
Deadpool
Deadpool has gotten very famous thanks to the Ryan Reynolds movies. Weirdly enough, Reynolds has played Deadpool in three movies, not just two, first taking on the task in the monumentally bad "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" films in which the character made no sense, lost his mouth and could shoot optic blasts like Cyclops for some reason.
Colossus
Forge
Sabretooth

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This hero is empowered by a ring that is in turn fueled by the hero's own willpower. Who is it?
Preacher
Thor
The Green Lantern
The Green Lantern is one of many Green Lanterns who makes up the Green Lantern Corps. They're defenders of the universe from cosmic threats which include Lanterns of literally every other color, the most dangerous of whom are the zombified Black Lanterns.
Sandman

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Who is this powerful hero who can read the minds of others and also compel them to do things?
Ronan the Accuser
Aquaman
Nightcrawler
Professor Charles Xavier
Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X, is a powerful psychic and the founder of the X-Men. He's also related to a number of other popular characters in the comics universe. He's the father of Legion, who has his own show on FX, and he's brothers with the Juggernaut, who you may recall tore Deadpool in half.

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After losing his sight as a child, this character developed a kind of sonar-like perception as well as incredibly agility and fighting skill. Who is he?
Daredevil
Daredevil is also known as "The Man Without Fear" and often crosses paths with characters like Spider-Man fighting crime in New York City. Though the Netflix show about Daredevil was fairly serious, the comic Daredevil has had his share of goofy storylines, notably against the perennially ridiculous villain Stilt-man.
Iron Fist
The Punisher
Luke Cage

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Saying a magic word brings out the powers in this hero that include flight, strength, control of electricity and immortality. Who is it?
Storm
Aquaman
Shazam
Shazam is also known as Captain Marvel but of course, Marvel also has a Captain Marvel. How did that happen? Captain Marvel was originally a Fawcett Comics character from the '30s. DC said it was a ripoff of Superman and sued them. Marvel trademarked the name in the '50s, but DC bought the character from Fawcett. So they had the guy but couldn't call him Captain Marvel and instead started calling him by his power word - Shazam.
Kal-El

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Who is this hero that is so fast they can phase through solid matter and even travel through time?
Venom
Domino
The Flash
The Flash got his powers after a one-two punch of zany chemicals and a lightning strike. Like many characters, he never fully pushed the limits of his abilities very often, but at one point Barry Allen actually turned into a literal lightning bolt and went back in time to make himself into the Flash.
Maggot

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This hero isn't always on the side of good and is skilled in gymnastics, hand-to-hand combat and, of course, thievery. Who is it?
Morbius
Catwoman
Catwoman has been an on and off villain/ally of Batman for decades now. That said, in the comic book world at least things have smoothed out quite a bit since Catwoman and Batman actually got married. Good for them!
Spawn
Jessica Jones

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What's the name of this son of Magneto who can move at incredible speed?
Gambit
Fantomex
Flash Gordon
Quicksilver
Quicksilver has appeared in both the MCU films and the X-Men films played by two different actors, which is only vaguely confusing. His character died in "Age of Ultron" but lives on in the X-Men franchise where the special effects involved in the use of his power make the whole world seem to slow to a crawl.

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This hero can absorb ambient cosmic energy allowing him to travel the universe and alternate dimensions as well as making him nearly immortal. Who is it?
Reed Richards
Silver Surfer
The Silver Surfer shows up very often in the Fantastic Four and appeared in one of their films as well, even though no one liked it. Part of his powers include the ability to transform matter and energy, which means he never needs to eat he can just sustain himself.
Starlord
Groot

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Teleportation is this hero's main skill, but fencing is another ability as well. Do you know who it is?
Marrow
Nightcrawler
Nightcrawler is one of the more popular X-Men members thanks to his unusual personality and appearance. He's a devout Catholic but looks like a blue demon, which at some point in the comics we learn is because of who his parents are. His father is Azazel, a teleporting, demon-like character from the movie "X-men: First Class" and his mother, weirdly enough, is Mystique.
Bishop
Shatterstar

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When you have accelerated healing and a skeleton coated in adamantium, you're very hard to kill; like this hero. Who is it?
Banshee
Black Tom Cassidy
Juggernaut
Wolverine
Wolverine, also known as Logan, also known as James Howlett, is a very old mutant, although in the comics he didn't show up until the 1970s when he made his debut alongside the Incredible Hulk fighting a monster called Wendigo.

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When you're not even human it helps to have the power to shape shift like this character, who can also turn invisible and phase through solid objects.
Siryn
Hawkman
Sinestro
Martian Manhunter
The Martian Manhunter is a green-skinned alien and founding member of the Justice League. You didn't see him in the recent Justice League film, but he did show up in a made-for-TV adaptation in the 1980s that is best forgotten by everyone, everywhere.

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What superhero is able to open a window to another universe before his own eyes and fire beams of energy from it?
Iceman
Cyclops
Cyclops is one of the founding members of the X-Men and often depicted as their leader. While it seems like he just fires lasers from his eyes, in over 50 years of history writers have established that Cyclops actually absorbs solar energy that he uses to open a small portal to another universe from where his optic blasts originate.
Bloodshot
Rom

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Complete with blue skin and no pants, this hero has the ability to manipulate physics and do almost anything. Who is it?
Lockheed
Dr. Manhattan
Dr. Manhattan is the most powerful being in "The Watchmen" and basically transcends the human race entirely as the story progresses. He becomes a god-like figure and doesn't seem to particularly enjoy it all that much, either.
Bishop
Cable

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What powerful hero draws strength from Earth's yellow sun and can leap a tall building in a single bound? Of course, they can also fly and punch the building down.
Captain Marvel
The Hulk
The Thing
Superman
One of the oldest heroes in comics, Superman's original set of abilities did not include the power of flight. What he could do at the time was run at great speed and jump like nobody's business, which is why the old cartoons used to say he could leap tall buildings.

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This anti-hero is empowered by the forces of Hell itself and also a living, parasitic costume. Can you name them?
Darkhawk
Morbius the Living Vampire
The Demon
Spawn
Al Simmons became Spawn after he died and went to Hell, which sounds like a rough deal. The character is one of the flagship heroes from Image comics, which was formed in the '90s by a handful of the top writers and artists who had previously made their names at Marvel and DC.

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She doesn't have any powers but she does have an arsenal of weapons and a very limited moral compass. Who is she?
Lois Lane
Mystique
Jean Grey
Hit Girl
Hit Girl comes from the comic and movie "Kick-Ass," in which no one has any real superpowers, just a lot of skill, determination and maybe psychosis. Chloe Grace-Moretz played the murderous vigilante in the movie when she was just 11 years old.

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Under DC's Vertigo banner, this character ruled over the World of Dreams. Who was it?
The Sandman
Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" was one of the best-reviewed books of all time and is still incredibly popular today, years after the series ended. It's one of the few comics that has not been successfully adapted to a film franchise and, in fact, Gaiman has said he would rather have no Sandman movie than a bad Sandman movie.
Swamp Thing
Thor
Etrigan

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Armed with a mop, this mutated hero has super strength and durability. What's the name?
Streaky the Super Cat
Ego
Squirrel Girl
The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger has had four movies and a comic book from Marvel even though most people have likely never seen or heard of the character. The ultra-low budget first movie was released by Troma films, which is where James Gunn, director of "Guardians of the Galaxy" got his start.

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Do you know this character whose power is to absorb the powers of others and in the comics has the powers of flight and super strength?
Human Torch
Rogue
Rogue's ability to absorb the powers of others allowed her to get an upgrade in the comic books when she encountered Captain Marvel and siphoned off her powers enough to get a permanent upgrade allowing her to fly.
Martian Manhunter
Legion

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