Top 10 Superhero Alter Egos
Script written by Richard Bush. And behind the mask is… In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 superhero alter egos. For this list, we’re looking at the public identities of some of our favorite superheroes when they’re not wearing their masks and capes. These personas protect our heroes and their loved ones and allow them to enforce justice unimpeded. Special thanks to our users Alberto de Luna, Dwain9695, Shawn Frary, Onyinyechukwu Damien Ujomu, Socrates and SMC0DT for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.com/suggest
Top 10 Superhero Alter Egos
And behind the mask is… Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 superhero alter egos.
For this list, we’re looking at the public identities of some of our favorite superheroes when they’re not wearing their masks and capes. These personas protect our heroes and their loved ones and allow them to enforce justice unimpeded.
#10: Hal Jordan
He’s a cocky test pilot who’s given a magic ring that wields the aura of willpower – what did you think was going to happen? At first, after witnessing his father die in a plane crash, Hal Jordan is a live-for-the-moment kinda guy who only really cares about himself. But as he constantly strives to push himself further, his arrogance is what helps him ultimately overcome fear and selfishness to become worthy of the responsibilities and power that come with being the first human member of the Green Lantern Corps.
#9: Reed Richards
After he and his space team are blasted with cosmic rays, Reed Richards becomes Mr. Fantastic, capable of contorting and stretching his body into crazy shapes. But what really makes him a weapon against evil is his superior mind when wearing a lab coat. As a master of everything from aerospace to electrical engineering, Richards supplies his team with the know-how to defeat the bad guys. One and the same with his secret identity, he remains the group’s leader, despite often becoming distant when working in the lab.
#8: Diana Prince
This heroine and feminist icon comes from a magical island that’s free from mankind’s wicked ways and where men cannot set foot. Princess Diana is sent by her people, the Amazons, to help fight the evils of war, and she joins the military to monitor situations that might require her involvement. Although she becomes the famous red-white-and-blue-wearing Wonder Woman, Diana Prince herself is a curious mind in a strange, new place, who’s struggling to understand simple rituals, and who’s got enough power to battle almost any form of criminal.
#7: The Parr Family
Bob’s an office worker dreaming of his former glory; Helen’s a onetime-feminist who’s now a loving wife and mother, Violet’s a teen who badly wants to fit in, and Dash’s your typical impetuous 10-year-old boy. Forget eccentric billionaires and vengeful agendas; this group of supers is your regular family – with the addition of superpowers, of course. With everything from truly incredible strength to invisibility, this entourage fights for the good guys, but also tackles the everyday problems of family life, whether it’s being awkward at school or marital issues.
#6: Johnny Blaze
Selling your soul to cure your father’s cancer should make you a hero, but the story doesn’t end there, ‘cause the man downstairs is a crafty schemer who killed Blaze’s step-dad anyway in a motorcycle stunt-gone-wrong. So, after his devilish deal, stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze lives his life performing death-defying feats and disciplining the wicked on the whims of Mephisto. Hoping to reconnect with a lost love, Blaze is constantly trying to take time out to live a joyful life, but is distracted by the debt he must pay.
#5: Bruce Banner
Playing around with gamma radiation is not the safest profession, and thanks to scientist Bruce Banner, we know this all too well. When blasted with said radiation, Banner’s genetic make-up is compromised, ultimately making him a ticking time-bomb of destruction. Despite this, Banner is quite a sensitive guy who just wants to make new discoveries, help humanity and cure himself. Of course, since he has a habit of turning into a giant green rage monster, the government can never quite leave him alone.
The Incredible Hulk
#4: Tony Stark
He’s the poster boy for rich egomaniacs everywhere – except he had a change of heart, and did a 180 about everything he once stood for. Having continued his father’s legacy at Stark Enterprises, Tony Stark is an expert in making weapons for the military, later creating the ultimate weapon: the Iron Man suit. Stark’s zany personality and ego make it hard to believe he can actually be a force for peace, or even work with other superheroes; but this self-outed superhero shows an iron will to compliment his armor.
#3: Peter Parker
This friendly neighborhood nerd lives life in the social shadows, but after a radioactive spider takes a bite outta him, he develops web-slinging abilities and becomes Spider-Man. However, to protect his loved ones; Pete must retain his dorky persona and keep a low profile. In his day-to-day, he’s a photographer for the Daily Bugle who basically specializes in taking selfies for a living. What makes Peter Parker distinct is he was the first comic book teen who didn’t play second fiddle, battling the trials of adolescence when not battling ridiculous supervillains.
#2: Clark Kent
After his birth parents sent him away from the exploding planet Krypton, Kal-El crash-lands on Earth. There, he’s adopted by a childless Kansas farm couple, and assumes the name Clark Kent. Finally deciding to use his powers to fight evil, Clark keeps track of the bad guys while working at Metropolis’ Daily Planet with partner and love-interest Lois Lane. Throw in a mild-mannered demeanor, some thick-rimmed glasses and hair gel and you’d never guess this beefed-up poindexter was the S-wearing hero from another planet.
Before we unmask our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Donald Blake
- Oliver Queen
The Black Panther
- Daniel Fenton
#1: Bruce Wayne
An orphan of the town’s richest family, Bruce decides to clean up Gotham as the nocturnal, crime-fighting Batman. Along the way, he realizes he must uphold a cocky, playboy image to keep the public off his tail, while transforming his childhood fear of bats into a tool to terrify his enemies. It’s important for Bruce to act exactly the opposite of Batman, which means he’s socially flamboyant and egotistical. Not only does this persona give him useful alibis; it also allows him access to the family company’s plentiful resources.
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