Who Is YouTube’s Most Popular Superhero?

Posted Friday, August 9th, 2013 03:00 pm GMT -4 by


With YouTube declaring this week Geek Week, we’ve gotten a good amount of videos featuring some of our favorite heroes from Marvel and DC, including some featurettes from ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ and a brand new trailer for ‘Thor: The Dark World’. But now, it appears that the video streaming site/ultimate procrastinating tool has discovered who the number one superhero is according to their numbers.

YouTube Trends made a list of the top ten most searched heroes on the site and it unsurprisingly includes fan favorites such as Deadpool, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Out of the 10 spots, DC is only represented by 3 heroes, but they did manage to clench the coveted position. So who is it that reigns supreme in the ongoing battle of Marvel vs. DC according to YouTube views? Here’s the whole list:

YouTube Heroes

Honestly, how could Batman not have won the top spot? With all the cartoons, movies, and TV shows that the Dark Knight has appeared in, it’s hard for anyone to trump him in this department. The biggest surprise here is that Thor beat out the likes of the Avengers and the Justice League. I would have thought that Earth’s Mightiest Heroes would have trumped the God of Thunder. Also, though I may hate him, Superman is immensely popular among the comic book community, so I would have thought that he would be sitting at the #2 position. Oh well! Tough luck, Clark.

The data also indicates that while Batman is the overall most popular hero, Thor, Iron Man, and The Avengers have overtaken him since 2008. Poor Captain America. He doesn’t get enough love from YouTube. Sorry, Bats. You’re all washed up. But I’m totally rooting for you against the Man of Steel in that upcoming ‘World’s Finest’ movie.

Did your favorite hero make the cut? What were some of the biggest surprises when you looked at the list? Who are some heroes that you think should be in the top ten? Sound off in the usual spot.

  • What surprises me most about this list is Thor ranking above Superman. Hmm.

    • MJ

      Me too, Roderick. Perhaps this has to do with timing…Thor:The Dark World is coming out very soon. Also, Batman ended a very successful film franchise and they are on the hunt for a new one so it is all in the news lately. (Affleck, apparently won the coveted role.) Also, Wolverine just did a movie and Captain America was not really showcased in The Avengers movie as he is in the comic books so I don’t think he is in the forefront of anyone’s mind. I think Superman: Man of Steel has so many mixed reactions with his killing of Zod that many are angry about that movie and not really reflective of his overall popularity. I just wonder if they viewed YouTube results a couple of months from now if it would be indicative of what is coming to screen or playing out in media hype.

      • Good point MJ, I for one, LOVED Man of Steel, but all of the negative press surrounding the film, plus the forthcoming Thor sequel probably had an effect.

  • Ronald Wares

    Actually if you think about it, Superman is more viewed than Thor or Batman because he has a very small number of hours on video, but yet more than half the viewers for Batman or Thor (considering they have more than triple the amount of video hours on youtube).

  • Ronald Wares

    Also, I’m saddened that you hate one of the coolest superheroes Ben Silverio.