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Top 10 Teenage Superheroes

VO: Dan Paradis
Script written by Craig Butler. Being a teenager is both tough and awesome – like these superheroes. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down the Top 10 Teenage Superheroes. These superheroes were able to balance the difficulties of being a superhero with the everyday problems that a teenager faces every day. They live an ordinary teenage life by day, but by night they are fighting the world's toughest crimes. Special thanks to our users Lionel Gilmore, Brennan Young, rouge1428@gmail.com, TheNarwhal and Jeremy Villanueva for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Craig Butler.

Top 10 Teenage Superheroes


Being a teenager is both tough and awesome – just like these superheroes. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we're counting down the Top 10 Teenage Superheroes.

#10: Cyclops

Scott Summers was the first mutant drafted to join the X-Men, where his optic blasts earned him the code name "Cyclops." A natural born leader, Cyclops possesses keen strategic thinking skills and a strong moral compass; he is a classic superhero, if occasionally a bit quick to anger. Cyclops' relationship with fellow mutant Jean Grey revealed his emotional depths and has helped to flesh out a character who can sometimes come off as a bit aloof. On top of that, his eye blast power is, let's face it, pretty damn cool.

#9: Kitty Pryde

All teen-agers go through phases; the mutant known as Kitty Pryde took this to a new level. Kitty's power – known as "phasing" – enables her to become intangible and pass through solid objects, as well as walk on air and water. Joining the X-Men at age 13, Kitty quickly became a key player in one of their most famous adventures, when her adult self fused with her teen-age self to avert a catastrophic series of events, a storyline which served as the basis for the extremely successful film “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

#8: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

After an evil sorceress is freed from her prison on the moon, the inter-dimensional wizard Zordon knows exactly what type of superheroes he needs: Teenagers with attitude. The five heroes Jason, Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zach, and later 6th ranger Tommy, each coming from different archetypes for a wide variety of kids to relate to, come together with super powered suits, weapons and giant robots known as Zords to take down Rita. Many other teens have since taken up the multicolored spandex in future seasons, but it was these 6 that started it all.

#7: Kick-Ass

What 16-year-old doesn't think being a superhero would be cool? Dave Lizewski decided to try it out; despite having no discernible crime fighting skills, and he changed a wet suit into a superhero costume and struck out on the streets. At first kind of hopeless at it, the newly-named Kick-Ass gets better – but he never becomes the unstoppable force that most comic book heroes become. Kick-Ass is a great character because at heart he's just a normal guy who fails as often as he succeeds.

#6: The Human Torch

People really shouldn't play with fire – unless they're made of it, of course. Johnny Storm was just an average teen-ager – okay, maybe a little above average – when he went on an unapproved space flight with his sister and her brainiac boyfriend. Cosmic rays he absorbed during the flight turned him into the Human Torch, a being that can turn into fire, fly and shoot scorching blasts of flame. Johnny's exuberant and impulsive personality sometimes makes him a bit hotheaded, but his high spirits and fighting skills make up or that.

#5: Supergirl

The character of Supergirl has been re-booted several times – but her most famous incarnation is Kara Zor-El, cousin of Superman. Having Superman as a relative made things a little difficult for Supergirl, and it took her a little time to really find herself. However, with her awesome Kryptonian powers, it was inevitable that she would distinguish herself as a major force for good. Supergirl's death during the Crisis on Infinite Earths was a defining moment in the DC Universe – and her subsequent rebirth was a huge relief.

#4: Bucky Barnes

What happens when you stumble upon a superhero's secret identity? If you're Bucky Barnes, you get to become his sidekick. Teenage Bucky joins Captain America in his wartime exploits, receiving expert training and his own costume along the way. More cynical than Captain America, Bucky was nevertheless every bit as patriotic – and seemingly gave his young life at the hands of Baron Zemo. Fortunately, Bucky survived; unfortunately he was brainwashed and molded into the fearsome assassin known as the Winter Soldier.

#3: The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Dude, what's more awesome than downing a few pizzas with your buds after knocking some shell? Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello and Michelangelo, along with their ninja master, a rat named Splinter, grew to human size thanks to the effects of the strange substance known as ooze. The foursome dedicated themselves to battling evil and stopping a wide variety of menaces, all the while engaging in playful banter. The turtles are an unlikely bunch of heroes, but their tongue-in-cheek approach to heroics make them irresistible.

#2: Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin a.k.a. Nightwing

Several people have taken on the mantel of Robin, Batman's sidekick, but none can ever quite equal the original, Dick Grayson. Trained as a circus acrobat, Dick's incredible agility enables him to perform terrific physical feats. He also clearly benefitted from Batman's tutelage, as his analytic abilities are superb; but unlike his mentor, Dick can be serious but is never relentlessly grim. Dick is also an impressive strategist, a skill which has served him well in his leadership position with the Teen Titans.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Cyborg
- Wonder Girl
- Jubilee
- Iceman

#1: Spider-Man

When Spider-Man goes swinging across the Manhattan skyline, it's a perfect teenage moment, full of freedom, joy and physical infallibility. Peter Parker embodies the gamut of emotions that come with high school, from the anguish of being a loner to the giddiness of talking with your crush. As Spider-Man, he lives out all of his heroic fantasies – but even then, he's still not quite free of adult interference. Being a teen is as frustrating as it is exhilarating – and Spidey really gets that across.

Agree with our choices? What other amazing teenage superheroes deserve to be on this list? For more enthralling top 10s published daily, be sure to subscribe to WatchMojo.com.
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