So, my Top 5 are hard to list because I love so many characters, but each and every one of them deserves to be here for many reasons. They are all going to be superheroes, because they are the characters that I identify with the most. Without further ado, here's my list! Starting with #5:
#5: Wonder Woman/Princess Diana
To be honest, Princess Diana of Themyscira is really only on my list because she is a complete badass! She can fly, has super-strength, and is a skilled warrior. And let's not forget her amazing Lasso of Truth! Let's be real, we all wish we had one of those. Of all the characters on my list, she's really the only one that I put on here simply because she's awesome. However, I greatly admire the girl-power she inspires in women. She doesn't let any man tell her what to do or say. In fact, if any man dares, she completely emasculates them. I think that women should feel empowered by Diana, even if she is just a fictional character. The world would be a much better place for everyone if women were just as confident and strong as she is. I think it would solve the many challenges that women all over the world face today. To kind of contradict myself, she's number five on my list because I wish she was a little more human, at times. While I feel in recent years people have made her more grounded, I find it difficult at times to connect with her and her struggles. But, I still love her and would never dream of not having her on this list!
#4: Hawkeye/Clint Barton
Clint is flawed. He's brash, arrogant, and a smart-ass. Despite his many flaws, however, even he can be a hero. He proves that how someone acts on the outside does not necessarily show who they really are on the inside. He is an Avenger and a mighty warrior because he can sacrifice to help others. He is also proof that you don't need super powers to be a super hero. He has worked hard to be the best of the best among humans, relying on himself and his skills rather than a power. I really feel that Clint just doesn't get the recognition and credit he deserves, especially standing with the likes of Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk. He is truly worthy of standing next to them, and he is just as strong as any of them. I really appreciate Joss Whedon for introducing Hawkeye to the masses. If he hadn't, he may have never have made it on my list. And, I may be the only person who feels this way, but I totally ship Hawkeye and Black Widow all the way. ;)
#3: Batgirl/Barbara Gordon
Barbara Gordon is just your average young woman, who also happens to be super intelligent, an expert martial artist, and a tech wiz. But, underneath all of that, she really is a young woman trying to figure out herself and life while saving the city and people that she loves. Through all of the heartache and tragedy she has gone through, she has always bounced back and has become stronger each time. It doesn't seem like there's anything she can't handle. I really identify with her, and she really inspires me to keep moving forward in life no matter what life throws at you.
#2: The Joker
The Joker is on this list because he is the best of the best among all the villains, in my humble opinion. He is sadistic, maniacal, and above all, pure evil. And that's why I love him. He pushes not only Batman to his absolute moral limits, but Gotham City, as well. He is a man hellbent on causing chaos and proving that even the mightiest among us can fall. I find him fascinating, and he strikes up interesting conversations about the many facets of humanity and morality. Is it a bit sadistic of me to love a character who is so evil so much? Probably. But I do, because even someone as evil as him could never break someone that truly stands for good. I love what he represents. And since The Joker is my number two, you can probably guess who my number one is...
#1: Batman/Bruce Wayne
You could have probably guessed Batman would be my number one when I put Batgirl as my number three. Batman is the ultimate representation of what a super hero is to me. He is just a man. A very flawed, imperfect man. But he has pushed himself to the very peak of human physicality, making him a god among men. He always tries to do what he thinks is right, even if the consequence doesn't always turn out to be good. He is truly a man dedicated to the people of his city, and even of the world! Sometimes, I think that he is even greater than Superman because of who he is. No matter what happens to him, he would never impose his will onto someone else. He would never try and enslave any people of this world, and he knows his weaknesses. Look, Supes is the ultimate boy scout. In recent times, people have made him more flawed and vulnerable, which has made him a better hero. But, as I said with Diana, sometimes he's just not human enough for me. Which is why he's not on this list. And we've seen a couple of storylines where he's lost control and imposed his will on other people (Injustice, anyone?). I also enjoy the struggle on where Bruce finds his identity: in himself or Batman. And that's one of the many reasons why I enjoyed Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" universe so thoroughly. I just can't say enough about Batman. He is proof that with the right motivation and dedication, and no matter who you are or what you've been through, you can change the world. And when you're forever fighting the good fight, you can never lose. No matter what.
So, that's my list! A few things: Everyone on this list, with the exception of course of Wonder Woman, does not have a super power. This is both on purpose and not. I chose the characters that spoke to me, and most of them just happen to not have super powers. Also, as you may have noticed, Hawkeye is the only Marvel character on my list. Y'all, I love The Avengers and the X-Men, and Lord knows I've been on an all-things Marvel kick recently, but something about the DC characters has always pulled me back to them. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I was introduced to Batman and Superman when I was a kid. Something about them always brings me back and makes me fall in love with them all over again. I will forever be a DC girl. And for me being a DC girl, Hawkeye even making it on this list is quite impressive. I definitely could have made it an all-DC list, but in my heart-of-hearts, I know that Clint Barton definitely deserves to be on here. Anyways, I hope y'all like my list! Let me know your thoughts! I love having conversations and friendly debates about superheroes, because I love all things superheroes! Cheers! ;)