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Poll: Live Action Superheroes Who Did Not Originate From Comicbooks

With all the live action comicbook movies being produced lately, it seems a character can only be considered a superhero if they came from a comicbook from one of the big Comicbook companies, or independent companies, or manga. Well, this list serves as a reminder that there are other sources from which a superhero can arise. Like: movies, TV shows, tv cartoon shows not based on comicbook characters, Comicstrips (remember those?), old radio shows, old movie matinee serials, pulp fiction, and novels. Well, which one of these who made it into a live action movie, should be considered a superhero?

To nominate another or to discuss the topic, click here. If you are nominating another, just remember to mention what the original source was. Sorry “Ben 10”, but nobody has done a live action movie of you yet. Live poll:

Make Your Choice

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    Mark Hamill in Star Wars (1977)

    Luke Skywalker - movies.
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    Lucy Lawless in Xena: Warrior Princess (1995)

    Xena - Television.
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger in Conan the Barbarian (1982)

    Conan the Barbarian - Pulp Fiction magazine stories by Robert E. Howard for Weird Tales magazine.
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    Billy Zane and Kristy Swanson in The Phantom (1996)

    The Phantom, Kit Walker - a newspaper comic strip, not comicbooks.
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    Peter Cullen in Transformers (2007)

    Optimus Prime - Transformers was a line of toys with a multi-media franchise marketing package deal in order to sell the toys.
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    Victor Jory in The Shadow (1940)

    Lamont Cranston, aka 'The Shadow - radio show (Sorry, Alex Baldwin that I didn’t use your picture from your version. I took the cooler picture.)
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    "Green Hornet, The" Van Williams 1966 ABC / 20th Century

    Britt Reid, The Green Hornet - radio show .
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    "Green Hornet, The" Bruce Lee, Van Williams 1966 ABC / 20th Century

    Kato - radio show.
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    Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger (2013)

    The Lone Ranger and his horse Silver - radio show.
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    Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger (2013)

    Tonto - radio show.
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    Dacre Montgomery in Power Rangers (2017)

    Jason (Red Ranger) - tv show.
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    Naomi Scott in Power Rangers (2017)

    Kimberly (Pink Ranger) - tv show.
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    RJ Cyler in Power Rangers (2017)

    Billy (Blue Ranger) - tv show
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    Ludi Lin in Power Rangers (2017)

    Zack (Black Ranger) - tv show.
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    Becky G in Power Rangers (2017)

    Trini (Yellow Ranger) - tv show.
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    Alec Guinness in Star Wars (1977)

    Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi - movies.
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    Kevin Sorbo in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995)

    Hercules - Greek mythology.
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    Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)

    Tarzan - a series of novels by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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    Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, and Catherine Zeta-Jones in The Mask of Zorro (1998)

    Zorro - the novella “The Curse of Capistrano” by Johnston McCulley.
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    Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Harry Potter - a series of novels by J. K. Rowling.
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    Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

    Gandalf - a series of novels by J. R. R. Tolkien.
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    Peter Cushing in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

    Doctor Who - BBC Television show.
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    Dolph Lundgren in Masters of the Universe (1987)

    He-Man - He-Man and the Masters of the Universe were a line of toys with a multi-media franchise marketing package deal in order to sell the toys.
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    Dwayne Johnson in The Scorpion King (2002)

    Mathayus Aka The Scorpion King — Egyptian Mythology.
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    Brighton Rose Favreau and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

    Mowgli — from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” and “The Second Jungle Book” short story collections.
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    Audrey Hepburn in Green Mansions (1959)

    Rima, The Jungle Girl — from the novel “Green Mansions: A Romance of the Tropical Forest” by W. H. Hudson and is based on an actual South American legend of a lost tribe of white people who lived in the mountains. (Sorry, but a similar character, Sheena, came from comicbooks decades after Rima.)
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    Marc Singer in The Beastmaster (1982)

    Dar, The Beast Master — Character, and ideas (but not the plot) loosely adapted from Andre Norton’s novel “The Beast Master”.
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    Liam Neeson in Darkman (1990)

    Peyton Westlake, Darkman — movie.
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    Peter Weller in RoboCop (1987)

    Officer Alex J. Murphy, RoboCop — movie.
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    Robert Townsend in The Meteor Man (1993)

    Jefferson Reed, Meteor Man — movie.
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    Margot Robbie in Suicide Squad (2016)

    Harley Quinn — Animated TV show.
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    Brigitte Nielsen in Red Sonja (1985)

    Red Sonja, also known as Red Sonya of Rogatino — from the short story “The Shadow of the Vulture” by Robert E. Howard
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    Bruce Willis in Unbreakable (2000)

    David Dunn - added June 6, 2018

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