ByWill Devine, writer at
Will Devine

For decades Marvel and DC have traded blows in a epic struggle for comic book supremacy. It times each his reigned over the other and power has shafted back and forth, but what I've always found amazing is that so many of the main heroes and villains from both sides are so similar.

So with that being said this is my article on my top 5 copycat comic books characters, now if I miss you favorite I'm sorry I'd love to here you comments and feedback below. Thanks again and I hope you enjoy the read


Aquaman debuted in 1941, three years after Namor was created by Bill Everett , an early Marvel comic. Like Aquaman, Namor was the prince of the underwater city of Atlantis; like Aquaman, Namor has a scaly costume, like Aquaman, Namor uses his command over the ocean and all its occupants to help mankind, although he developed so that he does that rather begrudgingly. The only difference is that Namor did it first, and the similarities are rather damning.


One of Marvel’s best-loved (and one of my personal favorites) Deadpool began life as an enemy to teen X-Men New Mutants before becoming the self-referential walking parody we know today. Part of the same Weapon X program that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton.

Interesting fact, creators Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza noticed that the character’s get up was pretty much identical to fellow comic book anti-hero Deathstroke that they named him Wade Wilson, a sly nod to DC’s Slade Wilson.

Whilst the pair share an occupation, their characteristic have diverged wildly over the years. Where Deadpool was introduced as a serious-minded assassin in the same mold as Deathstroke, he evolved into a joke character who frequently broke the fourth wall and opined on the nature of comics whilst being in a comic. Deathstroke, meanwhile, continued to be way grouchier than someone wearing pirate boots should be.


Okay, this looks bad. Clint Barton was raised by crooks and criminals but took the master archery skills he learned from the underworld into the crime-fighting world, joining the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and becoming a key member of the Avengers. He’s a dedicated superhero despite the lack of powers

Oliver Queen has been emptying his quiver long before Clint Barton was even a twinkle in a carny’s lazy eye. Born into money, Queen’s disdain for authority and left-leaning politics lead to him fighting both crime and oppression in his home of Star City. He doesn’t have any powers, but his cash lets him develop special “trick” arrows to help take down tougher enemies.

Cleverly, Hawkeye has the opposite to Green Arrow’s upbringing, but otherwise they’re similar enough that, like Deadshot and Bullseye, they were fused together in the best-forgotten Amalgam universe which combined DC and Marvel characters. Fun fact, the both dated or married people that are named after birds.


First real villains on the list better known as the Avatar of Death. Thanos is a cosmic being who is so morbid he actually fell in love with the physical embodiment of Death, everything Thanos does he does it for Lady Death, including his constant chasing of the Infinity Gauntlet, a glove with impossible power with which the cosmic villain hopes to harness in which to wipe out the known universe and so prove his love.

The writer/artist claims that he was inspired to create Thanos during a college psychology lesson, but admitted later to basically stealing the character wholesale from Jack Kirby’s New Gods series for DC. Actually, his initial sketches were more ripping off the character Metron; it’s only on the advice of Marvel editor Roy Thomas that he decided to steal Darkseid’s whole look, deal and unusual skin colour instead.

Like Thanos, Darkseid is a obsessed with death and who is searching the galaxy for the none-more-powerful Anti-Life Equation, which he intends to use it to wipe out the entire universe. Plus he lives in space, sits on a big throne, is a beefy guy with glowing red eyes, and is constantly having his plans foiled during big crossover events where a bunch of superheroes come to bother him.


So this is the my top pick not only because they are so similar but because the Flash is one of my top comic book heroes.

Flash as a superhero that gained his capabilities through laboratory experiments, and was first published in 1940. On the other hand, Quicksilver is the son of Magneto and twin sister of the Scarlet Witch, who arrived on the scene along in the brotherhood of evil with nearly identical capabilities in 1964. Yes, the color of clothing are different, but both run incredibly fast to help humanity.


Captain America/Agent America....The Sentry/Superman.....The Avengers/The Justice League......The Wasp/Bumblebee.....

As I said I know I've probably missed your favorites or other biggers ones but It would be great to hear them in the comments below.


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