Our favorite heroes and villains from comics have proven time and time again that they can do wonders and marvels on their own, be it battles against an army, against a group or against the worst cases, our favorites always manage to pull through even when the odds are stacked against them. But sometimes, being in a group is better.
It’s fun seeing one character defy all the odds or break all the laws all on his own, but we can never control the fanboys inside of use whenever a character forms an alliance with another character. It’s the comic book equivalent of TV crossovers and we just can’t get enough of it.
Whether it’s for the best, forming a group often does wonders for each of the individuals involved. More lives saved. More cities not destroyed. Or, in the case of teams of villains – more banks robbed. More lives ruined. Either way, it’s the whole deal and maybe even more. Even better is that we, as readers, get to see the bond and rivalries form between the members of the group. It’s never not fun to see Batman grow fond of Superman, or Tony Stark grow weary of Steve Rogers’ perfect teeth.
The superhero/supervillain groups you’ll see below are ranked on how powerful they are. Although we are look to how one entry functions as a group, we also take into account how powerful each of the individuals is because sometimes, these guys just can’t jive with each other.
15. Teen Titans
The DC universe is never short on heroes. Even if the Justice League one day fails, they can easily be replaced by a group of young and aspiring heroes in a group called the Teen Titans. The group has always been a fan favorite simply because it’s made up of optimistic individuals always set on doing good.
The group has had several members already, and it has been led both by Nightwing and Robin. If the leader isn’t enough to scare enemies, the group also has Starfire, Beastboy and, of course, the terrifying Raven. The group has also been home to the protégés of other Justice League members, Superboy, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl.
14. Young Avengers
Marvel’s Avengers also have a youth group of their own. Aptly named the Young Avengers, the group is also keen on ridding the world of evil, but they cause less destruction than their adult counterparts. Most of the members are just heroes in training but don’t let the age fool you, as these guys can surely get the job done.
The team was home to several members including the former Asgardian Wiccan, a smaller version of an enraged Bruce Banner – Hulkling, Patriot, Speed and Hawkeye. The very powerful Vision is also a member of the core group so these guys aren’t to be messed with.
Although not as powerful as most groups on this list, we have to give credit where it’s due. The Watchmen live in an alternate universe wherein heroes or gifted individuals aren’t that common. These guys have surely made their mark in their universe so they deserve a spot on this list.
The members include Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Ozymandias, The Comedian and, of course, the godly individual, Dr. Manhattan. It’s a shame that these guys never really jived in the long run, but they were a force to be reckoned with in their glory days.
12. Sinister Six
Peter Parker aka Spider-Man always has his hands full in New York. The city is surprisingly filled with a lot of bad guys. Spidey manages to take care of them all while keeping up with the busy schedule of being a photographer, but at several points in his career, his villains formed a sinister group called, well, the Sinister Six. We didn’t say they were very clever.
This group of New York’s most nefarious villains was formed by Doc Ock. Originally, the members included Mysterio, Sandman, Vulture, Kraven and Electro. The sole purpose of the Sinister Six is to end Spidey’s life or, at least, make it more miserable. The group has taken in many other members including Venom, Green Goblin and Shocker, but there will always be six of them.
What do you get when you get the world’s best killers and make a group out of them? The X-Force. This group formed by Cable is perhaps one of the deadliest groups to come across in the battlefield, as these guys are ruthless and have the natural ability to kill.
The core members are Archangel, Psylocke, Nightcrawler, Deathlok and Fantomex. And if that’s not enough, Deadpool and Wolverine are also part of the group. Just thinking about how the X-Force has two of the world’s most dangerous and immortal assassins sends shivers down our spines.
10. Brotherhood Of Evil Mutants
The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants isn’t too secretive of their intentions. The name of the group itself suggests that they’re up to no good. In a world filled with humans that won’t accept mutants, Magneto decided to form a group that can punish all those who oppose mutants.
This group of super villains has had a lot of members including Sabretooth, Toad, Mystique, Juggernaut, The Blob and the brother/sister duo that also became part of the Avengers – Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. They could’ve placed higher on this list but they can’t just seem to beat the X-Men.
9. Fantastic Four
These four live up to the name of their group as they’ve done some fantastic things in their career. Despite their small number, the Fantastic Four holds their own very well against some of Earth’s toughest adversaries like the Skrulls and the ever dangerous Doctor Doom, who’s considered as the group’s archenemy.
Core members are Mr. Fantastic, who combines fighting prowess with sheer intellect; Invisible Woman, who can also create force fields; the feisty Human Torch and the very powerful Thing. They can do wonders individually, but out of all the superhero groups, they’re the one that can fully utilize the power of teamwork.
8. Masters Of Evil
With a name like Masters of Evil, this group is obviously a handful even for Earth’s mightiest. Originally formed by Baron Zemo, the Masters of Evil has a ton of evil villains under its employment. Not all the baddies are well-known, but the Masters of Evil has never run short of bad guys to throw at the Avengers.
Aside from Zemo, the group has also been led by the likes of Ultron and Doc Ock. The group’s biggest feat so far is destroying the Avenger’s Mansion. Although it’s not necessarily evil and destructive, we can’t imagine how brave these guys must be to destroy the not-so-humble abode of the Avengers.
7. Horsemen Of The Apocalypse
Recently making its way to the big screen is En Sabah Nur and his ragtag team of individuals symbolizing Death, War, Famine and Pestilence. In the recent movies, the horsemen were made up of Psylocke, Storm, Archangel and Magneto, but this group had some very powerful individuals before.
The only movie character that stayed true to the comic was Archangel. In the comics, Apocalypse (forcibly) employed the likes of Wolverine, Gambit and the Hulk. We also can’t deny that the leader; Apocalypse, is one mutant not to mess with.
The Uncanny X-Men is probably the group with the biggest roster under its name. The group is comprised of only the most elite mutants under the watchful eye of none other than Charles Xavier. Professor X’s school is a breeding ground for talent so it’s no surprise that the X-Men never run short on members.
The long list of X-Men include Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Colossus, Rogue, Iceman, Nightcrawler, Jean Grey and even the mysterious Forget Me Not. If you really want to see how capable these guys are, then keep a close eye during their one of many run-ins with Apocalypse and his Horsemen.
5. Crime Syndicate Of America
When there’s good, there’s evil. The DC comic’s universe is comprised out of so many universes, we lost count along the way. In one of these universes, there lies a very sinister group of individuals, the Crime Syndicate of America. They’re the Justice League minus the justice.
The founding members include Ultraman, who is the counterpart of Superman; Superwoman, counterpart of Wonder Woman; Owlman, counterpart of Batman; Johnny Quick, counterpart of The Flash; and Power Ring, counterpart of Green Lantern. There are other members forming the group in other comics series and, like the founding members, the new ones are evil counterparts of the heroes in other DC universes.
4. Injustice League
While on the topic of the Justice League’s enemies, we can’t forget their other rivals, the appropriately named Injustice League. It’s a bit weird how a group of the world’s most evil villains decided to name their group by just adding a prefix to the ‘justice’ in Justice League but we guess mind games are part of the battle.
The group is made up of the Justice League’s members’ enemies. Simply put, these guys will do all they can to take out the Justice League. Core members include Lex Luthor and the Joker. The other members are notable as well, but the Joker is probably enough to send chills down your spine.
This list won’t be complete without the ever so popular Avengers, a group made up of the world’s (and one from Asgard) mightiest heroes. They’ve been criticized for being a bit more destructive when it comes to saving the Earth, but regardless of the damage they cause, the casualties are greatly reduced when these guys go in.
Originally led by Captain America and Iron Man, the Avengers have had some powerful individuals including Captain Marvel, Vision, Black Panther, and the siblings Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. The comics run of the Avengers is never short on action, and the list of movies surrounding this group is just a wonder.
You know a group of individuals is very powerful when they are created for the sole purpose of fighting the very powerful alien race, the Skrulls. The Inhumans are a secluded group of individuals that live on Attilian, which is a city on the Blue Side of the Moon. These individuals created by the Kree, enemies of the Skrulls, have been abandoned by their creators but the community continued to thrive still.
The current leader of the Inhumans is Blackbolt. Aside from being superior than most humans, Blackbolt can cause massive destruction with just his voice, or for those lucky enough, his whisper. Though secluded from Earth, the Inhumans have helped in protecting the planet against threats such as Ultron, Galactus and Apocalypse.
1. Justice League
There’s no doubting that the Justice League is perhaps the most powerful group in DC, and these guys can probably hold their own against Marvel’s finest as well. The Justice League has had several members but the core individuals making up the super group stay the same.
The core heroes making up the group include Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Cyborg. Now that’s a group we’d like to be rooting for. They’ve taken on a lot of troubles both internal and external and they’re the world’s best bet whenever Darkseid comes wreaking havoc again.