ByCarlos Rosario Gonzalez, writer at
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Carlos Rosario Gonzalez

Character diversity in the comic landscape has improved over the years to the point where many characters of different cultural backgrounds have adopted super-popular roles. In honor of heritage month, today we are listing the top 10 Hispanic characters in both DC and Marvel Comics.

In this list the ranking is based on the characters' significance to mainstream comic book arcs and other popular storylines in the DC and Marvel Universes, and their overall popularity.

10. Darwin, “The Evolving Boy” | Marvel Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: X-Men: First Class
  • Released By: 20th Century Fox

Armando Munoz, better known as Darwin, is a mutant with the ability to adapt to any situation, making him one of the most efficient mutants in Marvel Comics. He was portrayed by Edi Gathegi in X-Men: First Class.

9. Slingshot (Yo-Yo) | Marvel Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Released By: ABC

Yo-Yo Rodriguez is a Puerto Rican superhero with the ability to run at superhuman speed. On Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. it was described that she was able to move faster than a human heartbeat. On the show she is portrayed by Mexican actress Natalia Cordova-Buckley.

8. El Diablo | DC Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Suicide Squad
  • Released By: Warner Bros.

Chato Santana is El Diablo. A criminal, with the ability to create and manipulate fire bestowed by a demon, he was recently portrayed by actor Jay Hernandez in Suicide Squad.

7. Nova (Sam Alexander) | Marvel Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Released By: Disney XD

One of the many to take on the mantle of Nova, Sam Alexander was trained by Rocket Raccoon and Gamora to become a protector of the galaxy. The character was created by TV head Jeph Loeb and currently appears on Disney XD’s animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.

6. Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) | DC Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Young Justice
  • Released By: Cartoon Network

One of DC’s most beloved characters, Jaime Reyes is a Mexican superhero with powers acquired from an ancient alien scarab, allowing him to create weapons and shoot energy blasts. He is the third person to take on the identity of Blue Beetle after Dan Garrett and Ted Kord.

5. Hawkgirl (Kendra Saunders) | DC Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: DC's Legends of Tomorrow
  • Released By: The CW

Kendra Saunders, better known as Hawkgirl, is half-Latina. Her origin has seen several changes throughout DC continuity, but one origin that many fans accept is that she derived her powers from an alien source in ancient Egypt, as described on the show DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Essentially, she has reincarnated and has lived many lives throughout Earth’s history. She is currently portrayed on Legends of Tomorrow by Ciara Renee.

4. Jessica Cruz (Green Lantern) | DC Comics

Recent Film/TV Appearance: None

Jessica Cruz is one of DC’s current heroes that is literally flying off comic book shelves. She has become one of the most important members of the Green Lantern Corps and was recently in the spotlight of DC’s Green Lanterns: Rebirth comic. A character who truly inspires, it was after being motivated by Batman that she was able to overcome her fears and become the beloved hero fans have come to admire.

3. White Tiger (Ayala Siblings And Angela del Toro) | Marvel Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Released By: Disney XD

The White Tiger persona has been adopted by several characters in the Marvel Universe, but most known are the Ayala siblings and Angela del Toro. The first White Tiger was Hector Ayala, who is also known for being one of the first Puerto Rican superheroes in comics. A person becomes the White Tiger via the powers of a mystic amulet, which enhances the body to superhuman levels. The White Tiger(s) many fans have come to love, however, are Angela del Toro (who is rumored to be having a Netflix series) and Ava Ayala. The latter currently appears on the show Ultimate Spider-Man.

2. Bane | DC Comics

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: The Dark Knight Rises
  • Released By: Warner Bros.

The best-known luchador in all of DC Comics, and one of Batman’s most dangerous foes, Bane is a Mexican supervillain with genius-level intellect and incredible strength. He is able to enhance his physique via his version of Venom, a toxin of body-altering effects. He was portrayed by Tom Hardy in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

1. Spider-Man (Miles Morales)

  • Recent Film/TV Appearance: Ultimate Spider-Man
  • Released By: Disney XD

Arguably the most known variation of Spider-Man after Peter Parker, Miles Morales has become a powerful symbol of hope for many Marvel readers. Taking on the mantle of Spidey after Peter Parker died, the young Hispanic hero dedicated his life to the legacy of his lost friend. He currently appears on the show Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Donald Glover.

Honorable Mentions

This list of 10 was difficult to produce due to the great amount of Hispanic characters, so here are some that just barely didn't make the cut.

Robbie Reyes (Ghost Rider) | Marvel Comics

Gabriel Luna will portray Robbie Reyes in Season 4 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Miguel O’Hara (Spider-Man 2099) | Marvel Comics

Mexican-American Miguel O’Hara becomes Spider-Man in the 2099 Marvel Comics continuity.

Scream | Marvel Comics

Donna Diego became Scream after Venom gave birth to a multitude of symbiotes.

Echo | Marvel Comics

Maya Lopez aka Echo, is in essence a female version of Daredevil. While Daredevil is blind, Echo is deaf.

Power Man (Victor Alvarez) | Marvel Comics

The Dominican superhero became the new Power Man after a terrible explosion gave him the ability to absorb and manipulate chi energy.

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[Historical Source: Marvel Database, DC Database ]


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