CosmicFerret on Oct 13th 2017 at 9:16:22 AM
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benriley42 on Feb 10th 2019 at 10:55:13 PM
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Superheroes have a big job, taking care of problems that rank above the pay grade of the local police force. However, how far above this pay grade generally depends on the experience and level of ability of each superhero.
Tier 1These are typically the "ground level" heroes. Due to lack of abilities or budget, or even a particular affection for a given area, these superheroes typically stick to a smaller region, like a given neighborhood.
- Daredevil focuses on his home turf of Hell's Kitchen due to a desire to clean up his neighborhood via a route not otherwise covered by his day job as a lawyer. Also, Disability Superpower aside, he is still legally blind, meaning he can't get a driver's license to travel to distant parts of New York City.
- Spider-Man also focuses mainly on the areas around his home and school, as he must balance his superhero life with things like school, jobs, helping his Aunt May, and shoring up whatever semblance of a social life he has in the current continuity. His transportation is mainly the bus and his webbing (the latter of which obviously works better in areas with tall buildings and other such structures).
Tier 2These heroes have the resources (finances, transportation, abilities), to cover a major metropolitan area and handle larger problems than Tier 1, but there isn't usually much demand for them outside their given city.
- The Avengers when they aren’t together are generally this such as:
- Iron Man: Being a genius inventor and billionaire who runs a company that makes some of the most advanced technology on the planet Iron Man is generally in this category as unless heâ€™s with the Avengers he normally doesnâ€™t travel outside New York City as much
- Batman: In a similar position to Iron Man as with being the sole heir to the richest company in his city and arguably the whole DC Universe. Batman when not with the Justice League doesnâ€™t really venture outside of Gotham much.
Tier 3These heroes are powerful enough to handle countrywide crises, and sometimes international threats, but not generally threats to the entire planet.
- Captain America when not with the Avengers generally fights crime in the entire United States and often has to stop international threats. He once set up a countrywide hotline backed by a team of computer-savvy teens to locate trouble in any state faster. When he isn't using an Avengers quinjet or some SHIELD transportation, he tends to favor motorbikes. His peak human physiology, excellent fighting skills and indestructible shield make him suited to any foe who isn't a Person Of Mass Destruction.
Tier 4These heroes are powerful enough to defend planet Earth (or whatever planet serves as the story's setting) from an extraplanetary threat.
- The Avengers automatically fall into this category regardless of the individual level of each member. There's a reason they're called Earth mightiest's heroes. The combination of their varied powers and hours of training make the team suited for almost any threat. They saved the Earth countless times from aliens and extradimensional invasions, and are the go-to team when a powerful supervillain emerges. Tony Stark and other Science Heroes provide them with advanced technology and they generally have access to government files. They also share mission records with the Fantastic Four. Depending on the situation, they can ascend to Tier 5.
- The Fantastic Four are led by the world's smartest man, who is also an Omnidisciplinary Scientist. Literally every advanced device that wasn't made by Stark, Hank Pym, Bruce Banner or another genius comes from Reed Richards. The FF often fill the role of explorers of the unknown, and thus discover and stop many strange threats. They have more experience with cosmic threats such as Galactus than most Earth heroes and live in a building-turned-laboratory.
- The X Men got a wide range of powers and excellent team coordination. They fought threats all over the world and they're associated with the Phoenix Force. Their headquarters have a training room even better than the Avengers' and the Blackbird is their signature plane. Mutants with teleportation or telekinesis abilities are also used to travel. They stopped several alien invasions and even defeated an Eldritch Abomination or two.
- Justice League: very similar to their Alternate company counterparts
- Guardians of The Galaxy
Tier 5This is the top tier of superheroes. Is there something that threatens the existence of a solar system, galaxy, or even the fabric of reality itself? These are the guys you call.
- The Avengers
- Justice League
- Doctor Strange
- The Spectre
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