10. Aquaman

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Arthur Curry catches a lot of shit from smartass writers who write sarcastic lists, but the dude will never not be associated with the Superfrie-- I mean, Justice League. As that smarmy-but-undeniably-insightful scribe notes, Aquaman has domain over pretty much every body of water. Batman has Gotham, Superman has Metropolis but Aquaman's home turf is over 70% of the Earth's surface. Like it or not, whether you're swimming in a lake or dipping your toes in beach foam, the only thing between you and a reenactment of Jaws 1-4 is a dude who talks to fish.

 

 

9. The Flash (Barry Allen)

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Whether you like Barry Allen or Wally West as Flash tells a lot about you as a person. It's like Coke or Pepsi, Kirk or Picard, beer or another beer. Barry sacrificed himself to save all of existence back in the 80s, but Wally did a helluva job in the decades following. It really comes down to personal taste as to which redheaded white guy you thinks looks the raddest while running really fast. The only wrong answer here is "Superman is faster than The Flash."

 

8. Green Arrow

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Even though they're fundamentally similar, something about Green Arrow makes him way cooler than Hawkeye. Green is definitely better than purple, and Oliver Queen's Robin Hood costume and goatee is leagues above Clint Barton's weird goblin getup, but in the end, they're both dudes who shoot arrows. Though Hawkeye has gotten a boost lately thanks to a great comic, Green Arrow still holds the distinction of not getting mind-controlled like a punk 10 minutes into a movie. Advantage: Emerald Archer.

 

7. Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)

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Like Barry Allen and The Flash, Hal wasn't the first Green Lantern, but he's known as the most "classic." He's the perfect space cop -- sort of a dick in a scold-you-for-jaywalking kind of way, but still has the best intentions at heart. Yeah, there was that time he went nuts and murdered a bunch of fellow Lanterns, but that's because he was retconned into being secretly possessed by an evil cosmic monster thing. And who here can say that hasn't happened to them?

 

6. The Flash (Wally West)

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Though Barry has been Flash for longer, Dorkly voters were won over by Wally's tenure, which has taken up the majority of the last 30 years of the hero. Growing up as Kid Flash, readers grew up with Wally as he matured as a person, from a cocky speedster with a yellow costume to a cocky speedster with a red costume. In the rebooted DC Universe, Wally is now an African-American who uh, grew up on the streets tagging walls with graffiti and... has an absent father figure. Hey, it could be slightly worse -- he could have underwent surgery like The Punisher.