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15 Greatest Animated Superhero Shows Ever Made, Ranked

The capes and the cowls are not just for the live action shows and movies. Sometimes they come in the animated series package. And boy do they look good.

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn

A government assassin is betrayed and killed on a mission. He is then brought back from the dead in a rotting body. Now as the superhero Spawn, he must use his powers to save the world from the warring factions of Heaven and Hell. The series had some top notch animation and is remembered as a cult classic.

Spider-Man (1994)

The 1994 Spider-Man series is a cult classic. It never did have much to offer but it did manage to pull its weight. Considering it was 1994 when animation technology was still in its infancy, the show did a very good job. This series brought in scores of villains and tons of other heroes into the mix.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise is incapable of dying. The idea of a quartet of mutant humanoid turtles training in the art of the ninja in the New York sewers under the tutelage of a talking rat is so whack that everyone gets onboard. While there is a 1980’s animated show of the same name, the 2012 show was clearly the better choice for the list.

Ultimate Spider-Man

The show had so much potential. It is still considered one of the greatest Spider-Man shows ever made. Full of witty humor and a great storyline, the series stormed into our lives back in 2012. But by the time the final season aired in 2016, Ultimate Spider-Man felt like it had bitten off more than it could chew. We truly wanted to place this show higher on the list. Sadly this show became it’s own worst enemy.

X-Men: Evolution

For many people born in the early 2000’s, it was this series that was their window to the world of Marvel. X-Men: Evolution still enjoys a loyal fan following. The characterizations for all heroes and villains was in-depth and the show took many risky gambles as for the plot, which eventually paid off. We wouldn’t have had it any differently.

Superman: The Animated Series

You hear the name of this series, the iconic musical score in the opening credits walks right into your head. That’s how legendary Superman: the Animated Series is. Tim Daly’s legendary voiceover of the Man of Steel is also unforgettable.

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

This show took a slight detour in terms of the story. Events do not happen the way they did for Tony Stark in the MCU. Instead, we are introduced to Stark who is a genius and prodigious teenager who must find his missing father. He is aided by his Iron man suit as well as his high school friends Rhodey and Pepper.

Static Shock

Virgil is a normal teenager who is exposed to a mutagen during an accident. He develops the ability to control electricity, becoming the superhero known as Static Shock. His friend Osgood becomes Gear, a superhero who uses his intellect to create wonderful gadgets.

X-Men: The Animated Series

Before there was the 1994 Spider-Man series, we had the next best thing – X-Men: The Animated Series. Nineties kids would surely remember how amazing it felt to watch this show. The animated series is still considered the best take on the mutant superhero team and is rumored to have inspired the X-Men movies from Fox Studios that came years later.

Invincible

Mark Grayson is the son of Nolan Grayson, an alien hailing from a super-powerful race called the Viltrumites. As he learns his powers and origin, Mark realizes there is more to his superhero life than what meets the eye.

Batman Beyond

In the future, Gotham has evolved into Neo-Gotham. Terry McGinnis is a simple lowlife who breaks into Wayne Manor. There he encounters an aged Bruce Wayne who decides to train him to become the new Batman. This cult classic show was cancelled abruptly, something the fans still can’t digest.

Justice League Unlimited

A continuation of the original justice League series, it features the superhero team going in a global recruitment drive for more superheroes. Like batman beyond, this classic show was also cancelled while at its literal peak of popularity and fame.

Teen Titans

If we were given a choice to watch one animated show for the rest of our lives, we would pick Teen titans without even a second thought. Back in 2003 when Teen Titans first aired, it was like a dream come true for superhero fans. They don’t make it like them anymore.

Justice League

Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Hawkgirl, Green Lantern, the Flash, and Martian manhunter join forces to form the Justice League, the world’s premier superhero team. It only had two seasons but is still seen as one of the greatest superhero shows ever made.

Batman: The Animated Series

This is actually a true story – the network did not have much faith in the series when it was first proposed. They thought it was going to be a bust. Batman: The Animated Series garnered international acclaim, even going on to win Emmys and other prestigious accolades. Superhero shows do not get any better than this.

Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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