Can You Name All of These Original TV Superheroes From a Photo?

By: Khadija Leon
Image: American Broadcasting Company / Cartoon Network

About This Quiz

Thanks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (the MCU, to true fans), superheroes have become billion-dollar franchises at the box office, but the history of costumed and caped characters either with powers or scads of cool toys on TV is a rich one, as well.  How much do you know about small screen super dudes and dudettes?  This quiz will have you ready for your own cape and tights!

Thanks to Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other content providers, you can't swing a mutant cat without hitting a superhero show on the small screen these days. Even C-list heroes like Iron Fist and Jessica Jones have their own series, and "Legion" has linked itself into the MCU by creating a hero who may or may not be the son of Charles Xavier, better known as Professor X.

It wasn't always this way, though. Back in the early days of television, you could actually find far more superheroes on the radio than on the small screen. The the chiseled features of George Reeves appeared wearing his Superman togs, and the world was never the same. The '60s brought us the campy, psychedelic "Batman," with villains far more interesting than the heroes. (Burgess Meredith as the Penguin? Genius!)

The '80s pretty much confined superheroes to animated shows, but the '90s gave us a couple of Superman-based shows, and then the floodgates opened.

So, ready to identify these TV superheroes? Get your secret decoder ring and start the quiz!

Jessica Jones is an American television series which was created by Netflix and is based on a Marvel comic book character with the same name. The first season was released in 2015 with 13 episodes.

Daredevil is an American web series created by Netflix and is based on a Marvel comic about a blind lawyer who uses his enhanced senses to fight crime in New York City at night. In 2016, it was announced that the series will be renewed for its 3rd season.

Luke Cage was another series created by Netflix based on a Marvel Comic. The series is about an ex-convict who has superhuman strength and unbreakable skin who now fights crime and corruption while attempting to rebuild his life.

Supergirl is an action television show which originally aired on CBS but later switched over to The CW. The series is centered around Kara Zor-EL, the older cousin of Clark Kent (Superman), who is learning to embrace and use her powers for good.

Based on the DC comic book character Green Arrow, the television series which first aired in October 2012, follows billionaire Oliver Queen who, after being shipwrecked on an island and finding his way back to civilization, becomes a vigilante.

The Flash, which has been on air since the 2014, follows Barry Allen (played by Grant Gustin) on his journey as he constantly tries to save Central City, and sometimes the world, with his superspeed and the help of his friends.

Legion is based on a Marvel Comics character (David Haller also known as Legion) who just happens to be the son of the ever-popular Professor Charles Xavier. After meeting a psychiatric patient, David is considering the possibility that there may be more to him than his mental issues.

For almost 15 years, Danny Rand was presumed dead after being in a plane crash which killed his parents. After learning martial arts at a Buddhist temple, he gains the power of the Iron Fist. The show originally aired on Netflix in March 2017.

Based on DC Comic book character John Constantine, the series follows John, a demon hunter as he embarks on a mission in order to redeem his soul and save it from eternal damnation.

White Canary, sometimes known as Sarah Lance, made her first appearance on the Arrow as a former member of the League of Assassins. While she sometimes appears on the show, she is mostly found on the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Smallville follows Clark Kent as he grew up in the fictional town of Smallville, Kansas. In its 10 years on air, we watched the superhero go from being a high school student to being the Superman who works at the Daily Planet.

The Atom, better known as Raymond Palmer, may not have any super powers but he does have an exosuit which allows him to go from life-sized to as small as an atom. He first appeared on the Green Arrow but is mostly seen on Legends of Tomorrow.

Even though the show (Birds of Prey) was only on air for 1 season, many of the characters were memorable, one of which was Oracle. She was the daughter of James Gordon and one of Batman’s apprentices who was forced to stop being Batgirl after being shot and paralyzed by The Joker.

Quake is an Inhuman hacker who works as a S.H.I.E.L.D. operative who later in the series was exposed to Terrigen Mist, granting her special abilities. She can be seen in Marvel’s Agents of Shield which airs on ABC and is currently on its 5th season.

Vixen (Amaya Jiwe and Mari McCabe) is a DC comic character played by a grandmother and granddaughter in alternate timelines. We meet the present vixen (Mari) in the Arrow, and the past (Amaya) in Legends of Tomorrow.

The Punisher is a Netflix web television series which follows Frank Castle, a former Force Recon officer and current vigilante who uses lethal methods to fight crime and avenge the deaths of his family members.

Kendra Saunders, who was given the nickname Hawkgirl by Cisco Ramon, is the reincarnation of an Egyptian princess who has enhanced strength, the power of flight and claws powerful enough to rip through flesh. She appeared on both The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.

Curtis Donovan is a character often seen on a television show called Misfits. After a freak storm, he gains the ability to manipulate time. Later on in the series, he gained the ability to resurrect people from the dead.

The Incredible Hulk was one of the first television series which featured a superhero. The series followed Dr. David Banner, who, when angered, transforms into a large green creature known as “the Hulk”.

Claire Bennet (sometimes known as ‘the Cheerleader”) was first introduced to the world on the show Heroes. She was an Evo who had the ability to rapidly heal herself through rapid cell regeneration within a matter of seconds.

Lynda Carter was the original Diana Prince and starred in the Wonder Woman television series that ran from 1975 to 1979 on ABC. Many watched her and Steve Trevor embark on their mission to take down the Nazis.

Jesse Kilmartin is a new mutant who possesses the ability to alter the density of his body. The kicker is that he can only maintain whichever state he chooses for as long as he can hold his breath.

Captain Planet aired on TBS for its entire run from 1990 -1996 and it was about of group of 5 teens who are given magic rings and are called the Planeteers. When the teens aren’t able to solve problems on their own, they call on Captain Planet, a superhero who possesses the powers of the elements.

Groot comes from the Marvel Comic Book family of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Groot is an alien treelike creature who has the ability to regenerate as well as spontaneously sprout branches.

Black Bolt is the leader of the Inhumans and lives on Attilan, which is located on the moon. His power lies in his voice and when he speaks, it triggers city-leveling shockwaves. Because of this, he rarely uses it.

The original Spiderman series ran from 1994-1998 and it followed the previous series, Spiderman and His Amazing Friends. We watched as Peter Parker gained his superpowers and beat villains like the Green Goblin, the Vulture, Mysterio and Rhino.

Chase Stein is a character on Hulu’s web television series Runaways. Based on the Marvel Comic Book series about a team of superheroes with the same name, the show is about a group of teenagers who unite to fight against their evil parents.

The Tick is an American web series based on a comic book character with the same name. Peter Serafinowicz is the Tick and dresses up in a blue tick costume to help fight crime in The City.

Superboy is a television series about Clark Kent through his teenage years before he became the man of steel. The show aired on CBS from 1988 to 1992 with John Haymes Newton as Superboy.

Reverend Jesse Custer is a Texan preacher who merged with a creature called Genesis, and in doing so gave him the ability to make people do anything that he says. The show first aired on AMC in 2016 and its third season is scheduled for 2018.

Tommy Oliver is arguably the most famous Power Ranger as he has been a green, black, red and white ranger. He got his start on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, then Zeo, Turbo, and in a movie, making over 200 appearances in total.

Firestorm is a superhero who we first met on the CW’s The Flash, then later on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. He is a merge of Professor Martin Stein and Jefferson Jackson who is able to fly and release power through nuclear pyrokinesis.

The world first met Hiro Nakamura in 2006 on NBC’s TV drama series, Heroes. He, along with his new-found powers and his co-worker Ando, embarked on a journey to save the world. Hiro possessed the ability to manipulate space and time.

There have been many Batman television series, but one of the more memorable ones was the 1960s live action version. It starred Adam West as Batman, and it followed the hero and his sidekick Robin as they defended Gotham City from a long list of villains.

Lauren Strucker is a mutant who has the ability to manipulate matter, allowing her to create barrier of compressed air which forms shields. We meet Lauren along with her mutant brother Andy, on FOX’s The Gifted.

The Superman character was created in 1938, and the Adventures of Superman series was made just 14 years later. As the story goes, the hero came from another planet and lives in the fictional city of Metropolis, where he fights crime.

Blink (Clarice Fong) is a mutant who possesses the ability to teleport by creating portals. In the series, she spends much of her life on the run as she is incapable of hiding her facial markings which clearly indicate that she is a mutant.

Based on the Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Comic, the animated series follows Gamora and the gang as they travel across the universe, defending it from threats of all kind as well as hunting down precious cargo.

Nico Minoru is a character based on Marvel Comic book character. The show first aired on Hulu where we watched Nico and her friends unite against their criminal parents.

After being scratched by a zombie at a boat party, Olivia woke up as a zombie. The once former medical student soon took a job at the King County Medical Examiner’s Office where she feeds on brains in order to help Seattle PD solve different murders.

On Night Man, we watched the Marvel hero Johnny Domino, a jazz musician. who was accidentally hit by lightning, gain telepathic powers. He also has a suit which gave him the ability to fly as well as having enhanced vision.

Starfire is an alien princess who comes from Tamaran, who along with her friends, are the five Teen Titans. The original Teen Titans show aired from 2003-2006, which was followed by Teen Titans Go!

Based on a Mattel toy line, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is an animated series which first aired in 1983. The show followed Prince Adam who after holding the Sword of Power transforms into He-Man, one of the most powerful men in the world.

Christian Walker, who is seen on the show Powers, is a former Power who was called Diamond. He had the ability to not only fly, but to also had superhuman strength, self-resurrection and decelerated aging.

Buffy Summers was chosen by fate to battle the forces of evil. She has many powers, some of which included accelerated healing, enhanced strength and agility as well as clairvoyance. The show aired from 1997-2003 and had a spin-off series based on one of the characters.

Matt Parkman was a Los Angeles police officer who starred on both Heroes and Heroes Reborn. Although in the second series he was more of a bag guy, in the original, he used his powers of telepathy to help people.

Jason Lee Scott was the original Red Power Ranger, and the leader of the very first group of rangers, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In Zeo Ranger, he returned as the second Gold Ranger.

Medusa is a Marvel character who appeared in her own series of comic books, but also appeared on ABC’s Inhumans. Medusa has long thick red hair which is able to carry extremely heavy weight and stretch to great lengths.

Blade the series is based on a Marvel comic book series and takes place after the events of Blade: Trinity. The series follows vampire Blade and newly turned Krista on their mission to take down Marcus and the House of Chthon.

Lorna Dane, sometimes known as Polaris, is a mutant who is the daughter of Magneto, and is capable of manipulating magnetism. She was first seen on The Gifted, a television series which airs on FOX.

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