10 Awesome Superhero Weapons

The majority of superheroes have powers that function as their weapons. But some others get their powers from their weapons, or wield gadgets that augment their powers. Here are ten of the coolest superhero weapons there are.

We could argue for years about what constitutes a “superhero weapon” and what doesn’t. For the purpose of this article, I’m defining it as an object or device that exists separate from the wielder. Wolverine’s claws — despite being one the coolest superhero weapons of all — don’t qualify, because they’re part of his anatomy.

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Batman’s Batarangs

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Batarang

Batman uses so many different tools, gadgets, and weapons, but there’s no more emblematic or remembered weapon than the Batarang. It’s part boomerang, part throwing star. Part tool, part weapon. And all awesome. [Image source.]

Captain America’s Shield

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Shield

Steve Rogers is as much of a symbol as he is a hero, so nothing less than a powerfully symbolic weapon will do. Over the years, Cap‘s shield has gone through many incarnations, but the most popular and memorable one is the round model made of the fictional substance Vibranium. In Cap’s hands, it’s a potent weapon for both offense and defense. [Image source.]

Ghost Rider’s Hellfire Enchanted Chain

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Hellfire Enchanted Chain

Ghost Rider’s signature weapon is this enchanted chain that literally bends to his will. And it perfectly matches his metal/biker aesthetic. Sometimes it’s depicted with a glow, while other times it appears to be merely a typical black chain. [Image source.]

Green Arrow’s Bow & Arrows

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Bow & Arrows

I’d like to say I was torn between Green Arrow and Hawkeye, but I’d be lying. Green Arrow is the character that’s better known by the general public. The feisty archer is obviously modeled after Robin Hood, and his skill with his bow is unmatched. It doesn’t hurt that he’s a billionaire and can afford to create a nearly infinite array of specialty arrows. [Image source.]

Green Lantern’s Power Ring

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Power Ring

The powers of Green Lantern are among the most creative on DC’s roster. What could be cooler than the ability to conjure up anything you can imagine? The mythos behind the Green Lantern rings has grown and expanded hugely over the years, and now there are a full spectrum of ring colors and corps to go with them, each one drawing power from a different primal emotion. But green remains the greatest, built on a foundation of fearlessness. [Image source.]

Iron Man’s Suit

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Iron Man

For Tony Stark, his costume is his weapon. It was built out of necessity — its power source keeps dangerous shrapnel from penetrating Tony’s heart, and the first incarnation of the suit helped him escape captivity — but he’s refined and remodeled it numerous times over the years into the sleek, powerful machine it is today. [Image source.]

Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters

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Web-Shooters

Peter Parker fashioned his signature wrist gadgets himself, which allow him to shoot a special web fluid that acts like strands of a spider’s web. They’re useful for all sorts of things, including Tarzaning his way through Manhattan, tying up enemies, and grabbing falling objects. Thankfully, Spidey‘s grown more adept at that last one — a lesson he learned the hard way (poor Gwen). [Image source.]

Thor’s “Mjolnir” Hammer

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Mjolnir

Bestowed upon him by his father Odin, Thor‘s enchanted hammer is more than a weapon. It’s the totem that transforms human Donald Blake into the Norse god he’s bonded with: Thor, God of Thunder. Thor can throw it at enemies and will it to return to him, he can conjure thunder and lightning with it, or he can just use it to whack the snot out of just about anything. [Image source.]

Witchblade

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Witchblade

In the Top Cow Comics universe, the mythology states that there are 13 mystical artifacts/weapons that together hold the universe balanced between dark and light. Of the 13, the best known is the object called the Witchblade, as bonded to Sara Pezzini. The artifact is worn as a bracelet when inert, but can grow and transform into a gauntlet, a bladed weapon, or even a full suit of body armor. It also possesses some mystical powers. [Image source.]

Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth

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Lasso of Truth

Diana uses her magic, glowing lasso to bind her enemies and force the truth from them. (It literally forces them to tell the truth.) Personally, I’ve always thought the Lasso is just about the lamest “weapon” there is; her male counterparts get gadgets and power rings and arrows and maces, and she gets a rope? But it’s an inseparable part of Wonder Woman‘s image. Hey, geek war: which would win in a fight — the Lasso of Truth or Ghost Rider’s Hellfire Chain? Go! [Image source.]

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Comments

  1. Noemi Twigg says:

    Because the truth will set you free. Wonder Woman’s lasso rocks!

  2. shannon white says:

    wonder womans lasso is cool but it doesnt really have real power behind it G.R. chain is a weapon with serious power behind it being wrapped in chains that burn with the fires of hell not fun being tied up by a woman in a skimpy outfit who wants me to tell the truth ill survive

  3. infrafan says:

    Daredevil’s billy clubs.

  4. Kopakamidak says:

    My favorite superhero weapon Ben 10′s Omnitrix:

    The Omnitrix is a wristwatch-like alien device that gives the wearer the ability to rewrite their genetic code with the DNA of various alien lifeforms, several of which have some pretty bizarre superpowers.
    The wearer can transform himself into a perfect replica of any sentient species in the Milky Way Galaxy, gaining all their natural abilities and traits.
    There’s an alien that controls fire, one that controls lighting, one with super speed, one that controls plants, one that can merge with technology and control it, one that can stretch and shapeshift, one that can unleash sonic blasts, one that has laser eyes, one that controls ice, one that’s really strong, one that can curl up into a giant ball, one that’s nearly indestructible, one that’s basically a hairy Daredevil and so on and on.

    Ben 10 is not a comic book superhero, the Ben 10 franchise is a series of TV shows, so far there’s been three, all of which has recieved generally positive criticism, there’s a fourth scheduled to launch september 2012.

  5. Amalgam says:

    I can’t see SilverSurfer board???? all the above weapon power can be absorbed without pain. I think this is the coolest weapon.

    IronMan vs Magnetto .. who will win?
    Hulk vs Doomsday … their power raise and raise.. who will win?

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