15 Most Religious Superheroes

15 Most Religious Superheroes (RANKED)

In the world of comic books, religion doesn’t usually play a large role, which is somewhat natural as there are different kinds of creatures and characters that directly contradict traditional religious view. Just imagine a heated debate between a devout Christian and, for example, Wonder Woman, a character whose mere existence disproves Christian beliefs; or, imagine, once again, a Christian debating the mysteries of the world with, let us say, Mister Mxyzptlk. These are just some examples where traditional religion wouldn’t make sense, at least when in-universe situations are concerned.

Still, despite that, there are a lot of characters that are obviously and devoutly religions in the world of comic books. Some of them are villains, some antiheroes, and some superheroes. In today’s article, we have decided to bring you a list of the 15 most religious superheroes (and antiheroes) in the world of comic books. Enjoy!

15 most religious superheroes

15. Connor Hawke (Green Arrow)

Name: Green Arrow
Alias: Connor Hawke
Created By: Kelley Puckett, Jim Aparo
Debut: Green Arrow #0 (1994)

Religion: Buddhism

Connor Hawke met Oliver Queen following Ollie’s arrival at the ashram where Connor had been studying for years. Ollie had already gone there about twenty years ago, seeking peace after accidentally killing a criminal (in The Flash #217). Ollie’s return to the ashram occurred under similar circumstances, being the superhero haunted by the thought of his best friend Hal Jordan killing, who at the time was believed to have gone mad and thus become the supervillain Parallax.

Thanks to Connor, who was a huge Green Arrow fan, Ollie was able to regain some inner peace and ventured back into the world, especially after suffering numerous attempts on his life. Connor decided to travel with Ollie, and created a costume similar to his. Connor became Ollie’s “shoulder”, also meeting Eddie Fyers, the federal agent who acted as an adviser of sorts to Ollie.

It was during this time that Olli discovered the truth about his connection to Connor (told to him by Hal Jordan’s ghost): Connor was Ollie’s son, conceived during Ollie’s stay at the ashram twenty years earlier, a truth that Eddie Fyers had already deduced. Ollie didn’t take it well and left, agreeing to go undercover for the government in a group of eco-terrorists called the Eden Corps.

The mission proved fatal for Ollie, whose arm was connected to a bomb in a plane bound for Metropolis. Rather than harming Metropolis, Ollie sacrificed himself to let the bomb explode away from the city. With his father dead, Connor decided to take the Green Arrow cloak as his own and continue his father’s work.

Now, we started our list with Oliver Queen’s son, Connor Hawke, who, at one point, replaced his father as the Green Arrow. Connor Hawke was raised in an American-based Buddhist monastery and he even became a monk at one point. Although he did pick a civilian life for himself eventually, he remained a devout Buddhist and he constantly embodied Buddhist teachings in his actions.

14. Captain Canuck

Name: Captain Canuck
Alias: Tom Evans
Created By: Richard Comely, Ron Leishman
Debut: Captain Canuck #1 (1975)

Religion: Mormonism

The first edition appeared in 1975; the comic book was published by Comely Comix in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The story was focused on Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent who acquired superhuman powers through a meeting with aliens. This first series of stories contained a total of 14 issues and ended in 1981. The stories were drawn mainly by George Freeman, who was replaced by Richard Comley. There were two follow-up editions after the original was published.

Richard Comley released a second version under the Semple Comics brand in 1993. Reborn as Darren Oak, Captain Canuck fights a worldwide conspiracy. This title was published in four editions and was drawn by Richard Comely, Leonard Kirk, and Sandy Carruthers. This edition continued as a daily newspaper version for a while.

A subsequent version, published by Comely but written and drawn by brothers Riel and Drue Langlois, appeared in 2004 entitled Captain Canuck: Unholy War. Another character takes center stage: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable David Semple. In these issues, the focus was on Captain Canuck’s encounter with a motorcycle gang called Unholy Avengers. Unholy War had only three issues, with the third and last being released in January 2005.

Another Captain Canuck series was released in the fall of 2005 under the name Captain Canuck Legacy. This story consisted of two different stories. One described in detail the efforts that Captain Canuck is making to keep illegal weapons out of Canada, while the second presented the experiences of the third Captain Canuck in chronological order.

Canada’s own version of Captain America, called Captain Canuck, was created to be a devout Mormon, as far as we understand, although the comics were never completely clear on that issue. This creator was a devout Mormon and Captain Canuck does utter Mormon-like prayers and it does seem like the denomination’s values are present in the stories, but the main issue with him is that it was never explicitly confirmed. Still, it’s enough for our list.

13. Black Panther

Name: Black Panther
Alias: T’Challa
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Debut: Fantastic Four #52 (1966)

Religion: Panther Cult

Black Panther is actually the alter ego of T’Challa, the king and protector of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Black Panther is actually a hereditary title that is passed on to Wakandan rulers, but they have to prove themselves beforehand. Interestingly enough, although the character debuted under the name Black Panther before the Black Panther Party was actually founded (October 1966), Marvel’s editors tried to change his name to Black Leopard during the ’70s in order to avoid a connection with the BPP, but the new name was never accepted so they quickly “revived” Black Panther.

As a child, T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was killed by villain Ulysses Klaw, leaving the underage prince as the successor of the throne. His uncle was regent until he became of age. T’Challa was obsessed with avenging his father and killing Klaw, which has driven a lot of his initial plots. But he was also a very successful ruler, uniting the majority of Wakandan tribes under his rule. A lot of his initial stories focused on him wanting to kill Klaw.

As part of his training, he even summoned the Fantastic Four in Wakanda and fought them one by one to prepare for Klaw; he would later explain his motives and befriended the group. This all happened in his debut appearance. Later on, Black Panther became part of the Avengers and the authors further developed his story.

As the ruler of Wakanda, T’Challa is at the same time the head of Wakanda’s mysterious, never-defined religion. We don’t know much about it, but seeing how this reminds us of the role of the Emperor in Ancient Rome, who was also the High Priest (pontifex maximus), we are certain that Black Panther had to land a spot on our list.

12. Kitty Pryde

Name: Several
Alias: Kitty Pryde
Created By: Chris Claremont, John Byrne
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980)

Religion: Judaism

Katherine Pryde was born in Deerfield, Illinois. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Prydeman, a European Jew, was deported to a concentration camp during World War II; his married sister, Chava Rosanoff, died during the Shoah. Samuel Prydeman was saved from death at the end of the war by the US Army, and later emigrated to the United States. Katherine Pryde made her first comic book appearance at the age of 13, as a young Jewish girl with high intellectual capacities that enabled her to attend high school classes despite her young age.

At the time, she fell in love with one of her classmates, but when revealing her feelings to him, she heard him utter anti-Semitic remarks to an elderly person; Kitty comes out very affected. She then leads a normal life until she begins to suffer from migraines which, intensifying over the days, betray the emergence of her mutant power.

The youngest person to join the X-Men, she was first portrayed as a “younger sister” to many older members of the X-Men, filling the role of literary contrast figure for the more established characters. During this time, she occasionally uses the codenames Sprite and Ariel, undergoing many costume changes for each codename until she settles for her signature black and gold outfit.

During the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, she changes her name to Shadowcat, the alias she would most associate with, and goes through transitions to a more mature portrayal in later appearances of her. She was one of the main members depicted in the original Excalibur title. After joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, she assumes the superhero identity of her fiancé as Star-Lord.

Kitty Pride is Jewish, as was confirmed in the comics. Unlike some other characters, whose religious views were revealed decades after their debuts, Kitty Pryde’s Jewish heritage was quite obvious from the start. She wears religious symbols with her and some stories were focused on her heritage and the fact that she is a descendant of Holocaust survivors, just like Magneto. That’s good enough for us.

11. Dust

Name: Dust
Alias: Sooraya Qadir
Created By: Grant Morrison, Ethan Van Sciver
Debut: New X-Men #133 (2002)

Religion: Islam

Dust is one of the X-Men, a female superheroine that appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. She is a relatively “young” superhero – she debuted in 2002 – and was created by Grant Morrison and Ethan Van Sciver. Sooraya is a mutant with the ability to transform her body into a pliable cloud of dust. The X-Men travel to Afghanistan to rescue Sooraya, whose abilities have made her the target of slavers.

Born in Kandahar, Sooraya is attacked by a slave trader attempting to remove her traditional niqāb; almost instinctively, she lashes out with her powers and flays him alive with her sand-like dust. The X-Men, hearing of the situation, travel to Afghanistan and rescue her, where she is brought to the USA and becomes a student of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. After the actions of the Scarlet Witch (in which millions of mutants lost their powers), Sooraya remains one of the few mutants to keep their powers. She is currently a member of the Champions team.

Dust is a great example of a Muslim superhero. Her robes reveal her religious beliefs and although she is – mostly – a supporting character, which means that we don’t actually see a lot of her, so we don’t know how much she practices her religion, but she certainly does deserve a spot on our list.

10. Black Lightning

Name: Black Lightning
Alias: Jefferson Pierce
Created By: Tony Isabella, Trevor Von Eeden
Debut: Black Lightning #1 (1977)

Religion: Baptist

Jefferson Pierce, an idealistic former Olympic decathlete, returns to the Suicide Slum, a vile district in the dazzling east coast city Metropolis. Pierce had once been living in the slums, so it was an emotional return for him. As a high school teacher, Pierce tries to help young people develop a better life. Since was able to escape the slum through his athletic talent, he wants to give something back to the community.

While trying to protect some of his wards from contact with the criminal milieu, Pierce comes into conflict with a criminal syndicate. In order to be able to do something against this powerful mob, asks he asked his friend, the tailor Peter Gambi, to provide him with equipment. Gambi is also a brilliant inventor and engineer. The equipment should enable him to beat the “100”; Gambi finally comes up with a special belt that gives Pierce electromagnetic “superpowers” (from now on he can surround his body with an electromagnetic field as a protective cover and “fire” electromagnetic shocks from his hands).

To hide his identity, Pierce is also given a dynamic blue, black and yellow suit, a mask, and an Afro wig. As a self-proclaimed protector of the poor and the weak, Pierce begins a “career” as a superhero. First, he smashes the “100” in the first issues of his series. Later he becomes a member of the superhero teams the Outsiders and the Justice League; at one point, he discovers that the forces of his special belt have “passed” into his body and he no longer needs the belt to be able to control the electromagnetic energy his outdated Afro wig off. He later becomes Minister of Education in the government of US President Lex Luthor and also raises his daughter Anissa.

Black Lightning is a really great Baptist. He was created as a devout Baptist, a member of one of the most important historically black religious bodies in America, the American Baptist Churches USA (the so-called “Northern Baptist Convention”). His religious views were depicted less regularly as time passed, but he can still be considered too important to not be on our list.

9. Captain America

Name: Captain America
Alias: Steve Rogers
Created By: Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Debut: Captain America Comics #1 (1941)

Religion: Christianity (possibly Protestantism)

He was born in New York to poor Irish immigrants. Before World War II, Rogers was a skinny fine arts student who wanted to become a comic book artist. When the war broke out, he wanted to join the Army, but couldn’t due to his fragile physique.

Still, he was selected for a top-secret military program, through which he was injected with the Super-Soldier serum. The serum is a success and transforms Steve Rogers into a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina, and intelligence.

Steve Rogers thus became Captain America, the First Avenger. Soon after his transformation, he took his friend, James “Bucky” Barnes, as a sidekick and the two of them fought together until they were hurled into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Both are presumed dead, though it is later revealed that neither had died.

Years later, the Avengers found his frozen body and revived him, discovering that he had been frozen since 1945. He then becomes a member of the superhero organization and soon becomes its leader.

Steve Rogers is the embodiment of traditional American values and he is, thus, a devout Christian. Although the comics never really stressed that thing out, we know that he is religious and that his Christian faith plays a large role in his life. He might not be a fully practicing Christian, but he certainly deserves a spot here.

8. Moon Knight

Name: Moon Knight
Alias: Marc Spector
Created By: Doug Moench, Don Perlin
Debut: Werewolf by Night #32 (1975)

Religion: Judaism

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is the son of a wealthy rabbi. As an adult, he became a professional heavyweight boxer before entering the Navy Seals. He left the army after only a few years of service and quickly became a renowned elite mercenary, having as a friend the French helicopter pilot Jean-Paul Duchamp, whom he nicknamed “Frenchie”. During a mission to eradicate a pocket of resistance near a border with Egypt, the leader of the mercenary squad, Bushman, asks his men and Spector to slaughter villagers.

Exasperated by the murderous madness of his leader, Spector rebels against him. At the end of a violent fistfight, he is defeated by Bushman and abandoned in the desert, left for dead. His body is recovered by survivors of the looting (Spector having saved them by allowing them to flee). They take refuge in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti.

Before the astonished eyes of Marlene Alraune (daughter of Doctor Peter Alraune, the head of an archaeological expedition to the tomb of Seti), Marc Spector comes to himself and claims to have dreamed of Khonsou, the god of the Moon and the executor of revenge from Egyptian mythology. Devoured by hatred, he decides to take revenge on Bushman by adopting the identity of a vigilante, whom he himself will baptize Moon Knight. He takes the cloak that adorned the statue of the Egyptian god and leaves for the United States.

This troubled superhero from Marvel’s universe has a very interesting story. Despite the fact that his Jewish faith was revealed sometime after his debut, he has still become important enough to land a spot on our list. The irony of his character is that he, as a Jew, was chosen by an Egyptian god to become Moon Knight, which is one of those beautiful ironies present in comic books, and a reason why we love them so much.

7. The Thing

Name: The Thing
Alias: Ben Grimm
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Debut: The Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Religion: Judaism

Ben Grimm was born in New York into a poor family. His older brother was killed in a fight between different street gangs when Ben was eight years old. After the death of his parents, he was raised by his uncle and aunt. Ben received a scholarship to Empire State University in high school, where he met his eventual lifelong friend Reed Richards. When Reed showed him his plans for a special spaceship, Ben joked that he wanted to be the pilot.

After graduating, Ben joined the Air Force as a test pilot. A few years later, Reed Richards contacted Ben again. Richards had built his spaceship and reminded Ben of his promise to fly as a pilot. The government forbade Richards to test his ship himself. In the end, Ben and Reeds decided to test the ship together with Reed’s girlfriend Susan Storm and her younger brother Johnny Storm.

During the voyage, they were exposed to high concentrations of cosmic rays. This accident gave all four occupants of the ship special powers. Ben did undergo the biggest change. His skin hardened into a thick orange stony shell. Richards proposed to form the Fantastic Four. Ben, shocked by what he had become, gave himself the name The Thing. Caught in his monstrous form, Grimm was an unhappy but loyal member of the team. He trusted that one day Reed Richards would find something to change him back.

After he got to know the blind sculptor Alicia Masters, however, he unconsciously started to resist returning to normal, for fear that Alicia would prefer to “see” him that way. That’s probably why none of Reed Richard’s attempts to turn Ben back to his normal self were successful. Ben left the team temporarily when he discovered that on another planet he could control his mutation, switching back and forth between his monster and human form. He also temporarily took over the role of leader of the Fantastic Four.

Despite being present since the early days of modern superhero comic books, The Thing was revealed to be Jewish long after his debut. A series of flashbacks revealed his Jewish upbringing and in later stories, he could often be seen reading the Torah in a synagogue. He also had a Bar Mitzvah! Surely this is enough for him to land a spot on our list.

6. Wonder Woman

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Name: Wonder Woman
Alias: Diana Prince
Created By: William Moulton Marston, H.G. Peter
Debut:Sensation Comics #1 (1942)

Religion: Ancient Greek polytheism

Wonder Woman was born in the fictional island nation of Themyscira as Princess Diana of Themyscira. Dina is an Amazon warrior and has been trained in the way of the Amazons ever since she was a child. Initially, her origin story included a clay statue made by the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which was later granted life and several superpowers by the Greek gods (the so-called Old Gods). Newer origin stories retconned this and made Diana the daughter of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta.

Wonder Woman is known as one of DC Comics’ most powerful superheroes ever. She was trained by the Amazons and she also possesses some divine powers, along with specific magical artefacts like the Lasso of Truth. Wonder Woman was granted passage out of Themyscira and into “Man’s World” when she had to accompany U.S. pilot Steve Trevor back to his home. Steve Trevor would later become a crucial part of Wonder Woman’s story.

Deciding to stay in “Man’s World”, Wonder Woman took on the civilian name Diana Prince, while secretly working as a superheroine and a member of the Justice League. During the years, she has managed to “accumulate” a fairly large and colourful gallery of rogues, which includes names such as Ares, Cheetah, Doctor Poison, Circe, Doctor Psycho, and Giganta, along with more recent adversaries such as Veronica Cale and the First Born.

Now, Wonder Woman basically is the embodiment of her own religion. Sure, she doesn’t really sacrifice goats to Zeus, but she is his daughter (or was given life by him, depending on the story) and is thus a living proof of her own religion. She might not practice it on a daily basis, but since she is her own religion, we placed her so high on the list.

5. Ghost Rider

Name: Ghost Rider
Alias: Johnny Blaze
Created By: Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploong
Debut: Marvel Spotlight #5 (1972)

Religion: Christianity (probably?)

Acrobatic cyclist Johnny Blaze spent his early years at the Quentin Carnival, where his parents appeared on a stunt show with Craig “Crash” Simpson. Johnny’s mother left the family and the loss of his mother caused Johnny to suppress many of his memories of her and hsi siblings. When his father died in a stunt, Crash and Mona Simpson adopted Johnny.

The Simpsons helped Johnny by making up his past in hopes that it would be less painful than the truth. Johnny now believed that his real mother was the late Clara Blaze and became an avid member of the Simpson clan who grew closer to their daughter Roxanne. The two quickly became inseparable, and as they got older their love for each other exceeded family. Blaze will eventually join the Simpsons in their own walking stunt show, the Crash Simpson Stunt Cycle Extravaganza.

Crash had become a father figure to Blaze, and when Blaze learned of Crash’s potentially fatal cancer, he turned to the occult. His studies led him to a spell that Satan himself could have invoked. Johnny had no idea that he had actually called Mephisto. Desperate to save Crash, Blaze sold his soul to Mephisto in exchange for curing Crash’s cancer. Crash Simpson’s cancer was cured, but he was later killed in a stunt attempting to jump over 22 cars.

Mephisto, who faced Blaze about Crash’s death, said he had kept his end of the bargain. Johnny’s exact words on the deal had been that Crash should survive the cancer that had plagued him, not that he would keep on living. Blaze was saved by Roxanne when she proclaimed her love for Blaze and haunted Mephisto with the purity of her emotions.

Unaware that Mephisto had linked him to the demon Zarathos in revenge, Blaze transformed into the Ghost Rider, a leather-clad skeleton with a burning head. While Johnny still had his soul, he was forced to punish bad guys and bad guys at Mephisto’s demands whenever necessary. Whenever he was in the presence of evil, he would turn into Ghost Rider to take revenge on the devil and send evil back to Hell. Blaze was not completely lost in the transformation, however, and would also help the innocent if they were in danger.

As far as Ghost Rider is concerned, he probably has the best story to tell of the whole lot. Johnny Blaze became, thanks to Mephisto, Satan’s pet and somewhat of an “ambassador” of Hell. Still, he is not a Satanist and he doesn’t really worship his master. He constantly asks God for forgiveness and even his most dangerous weapon faces his opponents with their sins, which is in accordance with Christian principles.

4. Huntress

Name: Huntress
Alias: Helena Rosa Bertinelli
Created By: Joey Cavalieri, Joe Staton
Debut: The Huntress #1 (1989)

Religion: Catholicism

Helena was born in Gotham in a wealthy Italian-American mafia family of the Bertinellis; she has always been proud of her origins and she learned the language of the country of her father when she was just a child. At the age of six, little Helena was kidnapped by an agent of a rival family and since then she had to go around protected by a bodyguard.

However, tragedy came back to strike her very soon, as she, at eight years old, witnessed her whole family killed by a rival gang, led by, as she later discovered, her biological father, Santo Casamento, who for this reason only spared her and sent her into forced exile. Helena, therefore, spent her adolescence in Sicily with her uncles Tomaso and Graziella Panessa, and there she also continued her studies to become a high school teacher. There, she also met her first love, Salvator, who affectionately called her “Huntress”.

At the age of twelve, she was taught to defend herself and shoot by what had been her bodyguard, but it was at the age of nineteen that Helena developed the desire to return to Gotham City to face her family’s killers and put an end to the monster that had deprived her of a normal life together with her loved ones. Thus, similarly to Bruce Wayne, Helena used her family’s fortunes to obtain the best training possible.

At twenty-one, realizing that she had nothing else to learn, she returned to live in Gotham and designed a menacingly-looking costume, but which was marked by the recurring and omnipresent motif of the cross (Helena is a practicing Catholic). She hunted down her biological father and, after making him crippled in a fight, she became a proper vigilante and renamed herself with the name given to her by Salvatore – Huntress.

Now, Huntress could be better classified as an antiheroine, but based on the context – it’s enough. She is a Catholic, which has sense considering her heritage. She usually carries a cross with her and even her costume has a cross-shaped pattern/thingy on it. Honestly? That’s enough for us to list her here.

3. Nightcrawler

Name: Nightcrawler
Alias: Kurt Wagner
Created By: Len Wein, Dave Cockrum
Debut: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Religion: Catholicism

The German Kurt Wagner, better known by his alias Nightcrawler, is a mutant appearing in stories related to the X-Men, published by Marvel Comics. He debuted back in 1975 and has since become one of the best-known X-Men in the whole franchise; he was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum.

Nightcrawler is a member of a fictional subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include indigo-colored velvety fur which allows him to become nearly invisible in shadows, two-toed feet, and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears and a prehensile tail. In Nightcrawler’s earlier comic book appearances, he is depicted as being a happy-go-lucky practical joker and teaser, and a fan of swashbuckling fiction. Nightcrawler is a Catholic, and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith.

Unlike other mutants, Nightcrawler is devoutly Catholic. The German Kurt Wagner was a highly religious man and even after realizing his true nature, he never really lost faith. He acts according to Catholic principles and practicing religion is a very important part of his personality, which is why we put him on our list.

2. Azrael

Name: Azrael
Alias: Jean-Paul Valley
Created By: Denny O’Neil, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan
Debut: Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 (1992)

Religion: Sacred Order of Saint Dumas

The character was introduced as Jean-Paul Valley in the first issue of Batman: Sword of Azrael. He is a student from Gotham City University, but he does not know that he is the last of the assassins of the “Sacred Order of Saint Dumas”, an ancient secret society.

Without him knowing it, he has been trained since before he was born, when, at the time of gestation, several animal essences were added and, after several years of conditioning and hypnotic suggestion, together with a process derived from alchemy, a true expert assassin in different forms of combat was created.

He was a test tube baby; from his conception, Jean-Paul’s genetic makeup was altered by scientists with animal DNA and engineering so that he is capable of feats beyond those of a normal human. He grew up oblivious to his larger purpose, and became a programming student at Gotham University.

He learned of his family’s heritage when his father, the former Azrael, crawled bleeding into his apartment one night in the locker room, after being mortally wounded by LeHah. Before requesting that his body be dumped somewhere where the family’s secrets would not be discovered, his father supplied him with money and the means to travel to Switzerland to meet with the Order of Saint Dumas to train him. At one point, Valley even replaces Bruce as Batman, while he was recovering from being beaten by Bane in Knightfall.

Now, this guy can get pretty weird, based on which iteration you encounter. He actually comes in forms spanning from supervillain to superhero, so good luck with finding the right one. What is characteristic of Azrael, though, is his blind devotion to the religious cult called the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas, which caused a lot of trouble for Batman from time to time. But, as long as his beliefs remain firm, that’s enough for us.

1. Daredevil

Name: Daredevil
Alias: Matt Murdoch
Created By: Stan Lee, Bill Everett
Debut: Daredevil #1 (1964)

Religion: Catholicism

Daredevil has many tags to his name. Some call him the “Man Without Fear”, and some call him “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”. No matter what name you call him by, the actual character behind Daredevil is Matt Murdock. Matt is a citizen of the neighborhood “Hell’s Kitchen” in Ney Work city. Most of the people living in that neighborhood are of Irish-American descent, and from working-class backgrounds. Matt is a compassionate young man, who has a kind heart. 

One day while walking down the streets of Hell’s Kitchen Matt sees a truck rushing by, unaware of the fact that a blind man is crossing the street right in front of it. Matt quickly runs towards the blind man and pushes him away from the road. The truck driver takes a quick turn to avoid running over Matt. The truck loses control and slides down the path. The truck was carrying the radioactive substance, which fell on Matt. In the aftermath, Matt loses his vision. But Matt soon realizes that despite losing his vision, he has gained superhuman senses and ability. He now possesses Radar senses. Matt lost his mother when he was a kid. He lived with his father Jack Murdock, who was a boxer by profession. 

From an early age, Matt went through a rough upbringing, but his father always loved his son unconditionally. Soon after the accident, Jack is killed by street thugs, who were pushing him to start a fight. Soon after this incident, Matt makes acquaintance with the Stick. He is mysterious, and also blind. Stick trains Matt to harness his physical abilities, and make the most of his natural radar vision. With time Matt becomes a skilled martial artist. 

Daredevil is probably the most religious superhero on the list. His mother is a nun, he often confesses to a priest and he constantly prays for forgiveness around a cross. Daredevil is a superhero with strong principles, and his devout religion is certainly one of these principles, which he often demonstrates, and that is the reason why he landed to high up on our list.

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15 Most Religious Superheroes

15 Most Religious Superheroes (RANKED)

In the world of comic books, religion doesn’t usually play a large role, which is somewhat natural as there are different kinds of creatures and characters that directly contradict traditional religious view. Just imagine a heated debate between a devout Christian and, for example, Wonder Woman, a character whose mere existence disproves Christian beliefs; or, imagine, once again, a Christian debating the mysteries of the world with, let us say, Mister Mxyzptlk. These are just some examples where traditional religion wouldn’t make sense, at least when in-universe situations are concerned.

Still, despite that, there are a lot of characters that are obviously and devoutly religions in the world of comic books. Some of them are villains, some antiheroes, and some superheroes. In today’s article, we have decided to bring you a list of the 15 most religious superheroes (and antiheroes) in the world of comic books. Enjoy!

15 most religious superheroes

15. Connor Hawke (Green Arrow)

Name: Green Arrow
Alias: Connor Hawke
Created By: Kelley Puckett, Jim Aparo
Debut: Green Arrow #0 (1994)

Religion: Buddhism

Connor Hawke met Oliver Queen following Ollie’s arrival at the ashram where Connor had been studying for years. Ollie had already gone there about twenty years ago, seeking peace after accidentally killing a criminal (in The Flash #217). Ollie’s return to the ashram occurred under similar circumstances, being the superhero haunted by the thought of his best friend Hal Jordan killing, who at the time was believed to have gone mad and thus become the supervillain Parallax.

Thanks to Connor, who was a huge Green Arrow fan, Ollie was able to regain some inner peace and ventured back into the world, especially after suffering numerous attempts on his life. Connor decided to travel with Ollie, and created a costume similar to his. Connor became Ollie’s “shoulder”, also meeting Eddie Fyers, the federal agent who acted as an adviser of sorts to Ollie.

It was during this time that Olli discovered the truth about his connection to Connor (told to him by Hal Jordan’s ghost): Connor was Ollie’s son, conceived during Ollie’s stay at the ashram twenty years earlier, a truth that Eddie Fyers had already deduced. Ollie didn’t take it well and left, agreeing to go undercover for the government in a group of eco-terrorists called the Eden Corps.

The mission proved fatal for Ollie, whose arm was connected to a bomb in a plane bound for Metropolis. Rather than harming Metropolis, Ollie sacrificed himself to let the bomb explode away from the city. With his father dead, Connor decided to take the Green Arrow cloak as his own and continue his father’s work.

Now, we started our list with Oliver Queen’s son, Connor Hawke, who, at one point, replaced his father as the Green Arrow. Connor Hawke was raised in an American-based Buddhist monastery and he even became a monk at one point. Although he did pick a civilian life for himself eventually, he remained a devout Buddhist and he constantly embodied Buddhist teachings in his actions.

14. Captain Canuck

Name: Captain Canuck
Alias: Tom Evans
Created By: Richard Comely, Ron Leishman
Debut: Captain Canuck #1 (1975)

Religion: Mormonism

The first edition appeared in 1975; the comic book was published by Comely Comix in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The story was focused on Tom Evans, a Canadian secret agent who acquired superhuman powers through a meeting with aliens. This first series of stories contained a total of 14 issues and ended in 1981. The stories were drawn mainly by George Freeman, who was replaced by Richard Comley. There were two follow-up editions after the original was published.

Richard Comley released a second version under the Semple Comics brand in 1993. Reborn as Darren Oak, Captain Canuck fights a worldwide conspiracy. This title was published in four editions and was drawn by Richard Comely, Leonard Kirk, and Sandy Carruthers. This edition continued as a daily newspaper version for a while.

A subsequent version, published by Comely but written and drawn by brothers Riel and Drue Langlois, appeared in 2004 entitled Captain Canuck: Unholy War. Another character takes center stage: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable David Semple. In these issues, the focus was on Captain Canuck’s encounter with a motorcycle gang called Unholy Avengers. Unholy War had only three issues, with the third and last being released in January 2005.

Another Captain Canuck series was released in the fall of 2005 under the name Captain Canuck Legacy. This story consisted of two different stories. One described in detail the efforts that Captain Canuck is making to keep illegal weapons out of Canada, while the second presented the experiences of the third Captain Canuck in chronological order.

Canada’s own version of Captain America, called Captain Canuck, was created to be a devout Mormon, as far as we understand, although the comics were never completely clear on that issue. This creator was a devout Mormon and Captain Canuck does utter Mormon-like prayers and it does seem like the denomination’s values are present in the stories, but the main issue with him is that it was never explicitly confirmed. Still, it’s enough for our list.

13. Black Panther

Name: Black Panther
Alias: T’Challa
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Debut: Fantastic Four #52 (1966)

Religion: Panther Cult

Black Panther is actually the alter ego of T’Challa, the king and protector of the fictional African country of Wakanda. Black Panther is actually a hereditary title that is passed on to Wakandan rulers, but they have to prove themselves beforehand. Interestingly enough, although the character debuted under the name Black Panther before the Black Panther Party was actually founded (October 1966), Marvel’s editors tried to change his name to Black Leopard during the ’70s in order to avoid a connection with the BPP, but the new name was never accepted so they quickly “revived” Black Panther.

As a child, T’Challa’s father, T’Chaka, was killed by villain Ulysses Klaw, leaving the underage prince as the successor of the throne. His uncle was regent until he became of age. T’Challa was obsessed with avenging his father and killing Klaw, which has driven a lot of his initial plots. But he was also a very successful ruler, uniting the majority of Wakandan tribes under his rule. A lot of his initial stories focused on him wanting to kill Klaw.

As part of his training, he even summoned the Fantastic Four in Wakanda and fought them one by one to prepare for Klaw; he would later explain his motives and befriended the group. This all happened in his debut appearance. Later on, Black Panther became part of the Avengers and the authors further developed his story.

As the ruler of Wakanda, T’Challa is at the same time the head of Wakanda’s mysterious, never-defined religion. We don’t know much about it, but seeing how this reminds us of the role of the Emperor in Ancient Rome, who was also the High Priest (pontifex maximus), we are certain that Black Panther had to land a spot on our list.

12. Kitty Pryde

Name: Several
Alias: Kitty Pryde
Created By: Chris Claremont, John Byrne
Debut: Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980)

Religion: Judaism

Katherine Pryde was born in Deerfield, Illinois. His paternal grandfather, Samuel Prydeman, a European Jew, was deported to a concentration camp during World War II; his married sister, Chava Rosanoff, died during the Shoah. Samuel Prydeman was saved from death at the end of the war by the US Army, and later emigrated to the United States. Katherine Pryde made her first comic book appearance at the age of 13, as a young Jewish girl with high intellectual capacities that enabled her to attend high school classes despite her young age.

At the time, she fell in love with one of her classmates, but when revealing her feelings to him, she heard him utter anti-Semitic remarks to an elderly person; Kitty comes out very affected. She then leads a normal life until she begins to suffer from migraines which, intensifying over the days, betray the emergence of her mutant power.

The youngest person to join the X-Men, she was first portrayed as a “younger sister” to many older members of the X-Men, filling the role of literary contrast figure for the more established characters. During this time, she occasionally uses the codenames Sprite and Ariel, undergoing many costume changes for each codename until she settles for her signature black and gold outfit.

During the Kitty Pryde and Wolverine miniseries, she changes her name to Shadowcat, the alias she would most associate with, and goes through transitions to a more mature portrayal in later appearances of her. She was one of the main members depicted in the original Excalibur title. After joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, she assumes the superhero identity of her fiancé as Star-Lord.

Kitty Pride is Jewish, as was confirmed in the comics. Unlike some other characters, whose religious views were revealed decades after their debuts, Kitty Pryde’s Jewish heritage was quite obvious from the start. She wears religious symbols with her and some stories were focused on her heritage and the fact that she is a descendant of Holocaust survivors, just like Magneto. That’s good enough for us.

11. Dust

Name: Dust
Alias: Sooraya Qadir
Created By: Grant Morrison, Ethan Van Sciver
Debut: New X-Men #133 (2002)

Religion: Islam

Dust is one of the X-Men, a female superheroine that appears in stories published by Marvel Comics. She is a relatively “young” superhero – she debuted in 2002 – and was created by Grant Morrison and Ethan Van Sciver. Sooraya is a mutant with the ability to transform her body into a pliable cloud of dust. The X-Men travel to Afghanistan to rescue Sooraya, whose abilities have made her the target of slavers.

Born in Kandahar, Sooraya is attacked by a slave trader attempting to remove her traditional niqāb; almost instinctively, she lashes out with her powers and flays him alive with her sand-like dust. The X-Men, hearing of the situation, travel to Afghanistan and rescue her, where she is brought to the USA and becomes a student of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning. After the actions of the Scarlet Witch (in which millions of mutants lost their powers), Sooraya remains one of the few mutants to keep their powers. She is currently a member of the Champions team.

Dust is a great example of a Muslim superhero. Her robes reveal her religious beliefs and although she is – mostly – a supporting character, which means that we don’t actually see a lot of her, so we don’t know how much she practices her religion, but she certainly does deserve a spot on our list.

10. Black Lightning

Name: Black Lightning
Alias: Jefferson Pierce
Created By: Tony Isabella, Trevor Von Eeden
Debut: Black Lightning #1 (1977)

Religion: Baptist

Jefferson Pierce, an idealistic former Olympic decathlete, returns to the Suicide Slum, a vile district in the dazzling east coast city Metropolis. Pierce had once been living in the slums, so it was an emotional return for him. As a high school teacher, Pierce tries to help young people develop a better life. Since was able to escape the slum through his athletic talent, he wants to give something back to the community.

While trying to protect some of his wards from contact with the criminal milieu, Pierce comes into conflict with a criminal syndicate. In order to be able to do something against this powerful mob, asks he asked his friend, the tailor Peter Gambi, to provide him with equipment. Gambi is also a brilliant inventor and engineer. The equipment should enable him to beat the “100”; Gambi finally comes up with a special belt that gives Pierce electromagnetic “superpowers” (from now on he can surround his body with an electromagnetic field as a protective cover and “fire” electromagnetic shocks from his hands).

To hide his identity, Pierce is also given a dynamic blue, black and yellow suit, a mask, and an Afro wig. As a self-proclaimed protector of the poor and the weak, Pierce begins a “career” as a superhero. First, he smashes the “100” in the first issues of his series. Later he becomes a member of the superhero teams the Outsiders and the Justice League; at one point, he discovers that the forces of his special belt have “passed” into his body and he no longer needs the belt to be able to control the electromagnetic energy his outdated Afro wig off. He later becomes Minister of Education in the government of US President Lex Luthor and also raises his daughter Anissa.

Black Lightning is a really great Baptist. He was created as a devout Baptist, a member of one of the most important historically black religious bodies in America, the American Baptist Churches USA (the so-called “Northern Baptist Convention”). His religious views were depicted less regularly as time passed, but he can still be considered too important to not be on our list.

9. Captain America

Name: Captain America
Alias: Steve Rogers
Created By: Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Debut: Captain America Comics #1 (1941)

Religion: Christianity (possibly Protestantism)

He was born in New York to poor Irish immigrants. Before World War II, Rogers was a skinny fine arts student who wanted to become a comic book artist. When the war broke out, he wanted to join the Army, but couldn’t due to his fragile physique.

Still, he was selected for a top-secret military program, through which he was injected with the Super-Soldier serum. The serum is a success and transforms Steve Rogers into a nearly perfect human being with peak strength, agility, stamina, and intelligence.

Steve Rogers thus became Captain America, the First Avenger. Soon after his transformation, he took his friend, James “Bucky” Barnes, as a sidekick and the two of them fought together until they were hurled into the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. Both are presumed dead, though it is later revealed that neither had died.

Years later, the Avengers found his frozen body and revived him, discovering that he had been frozen since 1945. He then becomes a member of the superhero organization and soon becomes its leader.

Steve Rogers is the embodiment of traditional American values and he is, thus, a devout Christian. Although the comics never really stressed that thing out, we know that he is religious and that his Christian faith plays a large role in his life. He might not be a fully practicing Christian, but he certainly deserves a spot here.

8. Moon Knight

Name: Moon Knight
Alias: Marc Spector
Created By: Doug Moench, Don Perlin
Debut: Werewolf by Night #32 (1975)

Religion: Judaism

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Marc Spector is the son of a wealthy rabbi. As an adult, he became a professional heavyweight boxer before entering the Navy Seals. He left the army after only a few years of service and quickly became a renowned elite mercenary, having as a friend the French helicopter pilot Jean-Paul Duchamp, whom he nicknamed “Frenchie”. During a mission to eradicate a pocket of resistance near a border with Egypt, the leader of the mercenary squad, Bushman, asks his men and Spector to slaughter villagers.

Exasperated by the murderous madness of his leader, Spector rebels against him. At the end of a violent fistfight, he is defeated by Bushman and abandoned in the desert, left for dead. His body is recovered by survivors of the looting (Spector having saved them by allowing them to flee). They take refuge in the tomb of Pharaoh Seti.

Before the astonished eyes of Marlene Alraune (daughter of Doctor Peter Alraune, the head of an archaeological expedition to the tomb of Seti), Marc Spector comes to himself and claims to have dreamed of Khonsou, the god of the Moon and the executor of revenge from Egyptian mythology. Devoured by hatred, he decides to take revenge on Bushman by adopting the identity of a vigilante, whom he himself will baptize Moon Knight. He takes the cloak that adorned the statue of the Egyptian god and leaves for the United States.

This troubled superhero from Marvel’s universe has a very interesting story. Despite the fact that his Jewish faith was revealed sometime after his debut, he has still become important enough to land a spot on our list. The irony of his character is that he, as a Jew, was chosen by an Egyptian god to become Moon Knight, which is one of those beautiful ironies present in comic books, and a reason why we love them so much.

7. The Thing

Name: The Thing
Alias: Ben Grimm
Created By: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Debut: The Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Religion: Judaism

Ben Grimm was born in New York into a poor family. His older brother was killed in a fight between different street gangs when Ben was eight years old. After the death of his parents, he was raised by his uncle and aunt. Ben received a scholarship to Empire State University in high school, where he met his eventual lifelong friend Reed Richards. When Reed showed him his plans for a special spaceship, Ben joked that he wanted to be the pilot.

After graduating, Ben joined the Air Force as a test pilot. A few years later, Reed Richards contacted Ben again. Richards had built his spaceship and reminded Ben of his promise to fly as a pilot. The government forbade Richards to test his ship himself. In the end, Ben and Reeds decided to test the ship together with Reed’s girlfriend Susan Storm and her younger brother Johnny Storm.

During the voyage, they were exposed to high concentrations of cosmic rays. This accident gave all four occupants of the ship special powers. Ben did undergo the biggest change. His skin hardened into a thick orange stony shell. Richards proposed to form the Fantastic Four. Ben, shocked by what he had become, gave himself the name The Thing. Caught in his monstrous form, Grimm was an unhappy but loyal member of the team. He trusted that one day Reed Richards would find something to change him back.

After he got to know the blind sculptor Alicia Masters, however, he unconsciously started to resist returning to normal, for fear that Alicia would prefer to “see” him that way. That’s probably why none of Reed Richard’s attempts to turn Ben back to his normal self were successful. Ben left the team temporarily when he discovered that on another planet he could control his mutation, switching back and forth between his monster and human form. He also temporarily took over the role of leader of the Fantastic Four.

Despite being present since the early days of modern superhero comic books, The Thing was revealed to be Jewish long after his debut. A series of flashbacks revealed his Jewish upbringing and in later stories, he could often be seen reading the Torah in a synagogue. He also had a Bar Mitzvah! Surely this is enough for him to land a spot on our list.

6. Wonder Woman

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Name: Wonder Woman
Alias: Diana Prince
Created By: William Moulton Marston, H.G. Peter
Debut:Sensation Comics #1 (1942)

Religion: Ancient Greek polytheism

Wonder Woman was born in the fictional island nation of Themyscira as Princess Diana of Themyscira. Dina is an Amazon warrior and has been trained in the way of the Amazons ever since she was a child. Initially, her origin story included a clay statue made by the Amazon queen, Hippolyta, which was later granted life and several superpowers by the Greek gods (the so-called Old Gods). Newer origin stories retconned this and made Diana the daughter of Zeus and Queen Hippolyta.

Wonder Woman is known as one of DC Comics’ most powerful superheroes ever. She was trained by the Amazons and she also possesses some divine powers, along with specific magical artefacts like the Lasso of Truth. Wonder Woman was granted passage out of Themyscira and into “Man’s World” when she had to accompany U.S. pilot Steve Trevor back to his home. Steve Trevor would later become a crucial part of Wonder Woman’s story.

Deciding to stay in “Man’s World”, Wonder Woman took on the civilian name Diana Prince, while secretly working as a superheroine and a member of the Justice League. During the years, she has managed to “accumulate” a fairly large and colourful gallery of rogues, which includes names such as Ares, Cheetah, Doctor Poison, Circe, Doctor Psycho, and Giganta, along with more recent adversaries such as Veronica Cale and the First Born.

Now, Wonder Woman basically is the embodiment of her own religion. Sure, she doesn’t really sacrifice goats to Zeus, but she is his daughter (or was given life by him, depending on the story) and is thus a living proof of her own religion. She might not practice it on a daily basis, but since she is her own religion, we placed her so high on the list.

5. Ghost Rider

Name: Ghost Rider
Alias: Johnny Blaze
Created By: Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich, Mike Ploong
Debut: Marvel Spotlight #5 (1972)

Religion: Christianity (probably?)

Acrobatic cyclist Johnny Blaze spent his early years at the Quentin Carnival, where his parents appeared on a stunt show with Craig “Crash” Simpson. Johnny’s mother left the family and the loss of his mother caused Johnny to suppress many of his memories of her and hsi siblings. When his father died in a stunt, Crash and Mona Simpson adopted Johnny.

The Simpsons helped Johnny by making up his past in hopes that it would be less painful than the truth. Johnny now believed that his real mother was the late Clara Blaze and became an avid member of the Simpson clan who grew closer to their daughter Roxanne. The two quickly became inseparable, and as they got older their love for each other exceeded family. Blaze will eventually join the Simpsons in their own walking stunt show, the Crash Simpson Stunt Cycle Extravaganza.

Crash had become a father figure to Blaze, and when Blaze learned of Crash’s potentially fatal cancer, he turned to the occult. His studies led him to a spell that Satan himself could have invoked. Johnny had no idea that he had actually called Mephisto. Desperate to save Crash, Blaze sold his soul to Mephisto in exchange for curing Crash’s cancer. Crash Simpson’s cancer was cured, but he was later killed in a stunt attempting to jump over 22 cars.

Mephisto, who faced Blaze about Crash’s death, said he had kept his end of the bargain. Johnny’s exact words on the deal had been that Crash should survive the cancer that had plagued him, not that he would keep on living. Blaze was saved by Roxanne when she proclaimed her love for Blaze and haunted Mephisto with the purity of her emotions.

Unaware that Mephisto had linked him to the demon Zarathos in revenge, Blaze transformed into the Ghost Rider, a leather-clad skeleton with a burning head. While Johnny still had his soul, he was forced to punish bad guys and bad guys at Mephisto’s demands whenever necessary. Whenever he was in the presence of evil, he would turn into Ghost Rider to take revenge on the devil and send evil back to Hell. Blaze was not completely lost in the transformation, however, and would also help the innocent if they were in danger.

As far as Ghost Rider is concerned, he probably has the best story to tell of the whole lot. Johnny Blaze became, thanks to Mephisto, Satan’s pet and somewhat of an “ambassador” of Hell. Still, he is not a Satanist and he doesn’t really worship his master. He constantly asks God for forgiveness and even his most dangerous weapon faces his opponents with their sins, which is in accordance with Christian principles.

4. Huntress

Name: Huntress
Alias: Helena Rosa Bertinelli
Created By: Joey Cavalieri, Joe Staton
Debut: The Huntress #1 (1989)

Religion: Catholicism

Helena was born in Gotham in a wealthy Italian-American mafia family of the Bertinellis; she has always been proud of her origins and she learned the language of the country of her father when she was just a child. At the age of six, little Helena was kidnapped by an agent of a rival family and since then she had to go around protected by a bodyguard.

However, tragedy came back to strike her very soon, as she, at eight years old, witnessed her whole family killed by a rival gang, led by, as she later discovered, her biological father, Santo Casamento, who for this reason only spared her and sent her into forced exile. Helena, therefore, spent her adolescence in Sicily with her uncles Tomaso and Graziella Panessa, and there she also continued her studies to become a high school teacher. There, she also met her first love, Salvator, who affectionately called her “Huntress”.

At the age of twelve, she was taught to defend herself and shoot by what had been her bodyguard, but it was at the age of nineteen that Helena developed the desire to return to Gotham City to face her family’s killers and put an end to the monster that had deprived her of a normal life together with her loved ones. Thus, similarly to Bruce Wayne, Helena used her family’s fortunes to obtain the best training possible.

At twenty-one, realizing that she had nothing else to learn, she returned to live in Gotham and designed a menacingly-looking costume, but which was marked by the recurring and omnipresent motif of the cross (Helena is a practicing Catholic). She hunted down her biological father and, after making him crippled in a fight, she became a proper vigilante and renamed herself with the name given to her by Salvatore – Huntress.

Now, Huntress could be better classified as an antiheroine, but based on the context – it’s enough. She is a Catholic, which has sense considering her heritage. She usually carries a cross with her and even her costume has a cross-shaped pattern/thingy on it. Honestly? That’s enough for us to list her here.

3. Nightcrawler

Name: Nightcrawler
Alias: Kurt Wagner
Created By: Len Wein, Dave Cockrum
Debut: Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975)

Religion: Catholicism

The German Kurt Wagner, better known by his alias Nightcrawler, is a mutant appearing in stories related to the X-Men, published by Marvel Comics. He debuted back in 1975 and has since become one of the best-known X-Men in the whole franchise; he was created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum.

Nightcrawler is a member of a fictional subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Nightcrawler possesses superhuman agility, the ability to teleport, and adhesive hands and feet. His physical mutations include indigo-colored velvety fur which allows him to become nearly invisible in shadows, two-toed feet, and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears and a prehensile tail. In Nightcrawler’s earlier comic book appearances, he is depicted as being a happy-go-lucky practical joker and teaser, and a fan of swashbuckling fiction. Nightcrawler is a Catholic, and while this is not emphasized as much in his earlier comic book appearances, in later depictions Nightcrawler is more vocal about his faith.

Unlike other mutants, Nightcrawler is devoutly Catholic. The German Kurt Wagner was a highly religious man and even after realizing his true nature, he never really lost faith. He acts according to Catholic principles and practicing religion is a very important part of his personality, which is why we put him on our list.

2. Azrael

Name: Azrael
Alias: Jean-Paul Valley
Created By: Denny O’Neil, Joe Quesada, Peter Milligan
Debut: Batman: Sword of Azrael #1 (1992)

Religion: Sacred Order of Saint Dumas

The character was introduced as Jean-Paul Valley in the first issue of Batman: Sword of Azrael. He is a student from Gotham City University, but he does not know that he is the last of the assassins of the “Sacred Order of Saint Dumas”, an ancient secret society.

Without him knowing it, he has been trained since before he was born, when, at the time of gestation, several animal essences were added and, after several years of conditioning and hypnotic suggestion, together with a process derived from alchemy, a true expert assassin in different forms of combat was created.

He was a test tube baby; from his conception, Jean-Paul’s genetic makeup was altered by scientists with animal DNA and engineering so that he is capable of feats beyond those of a normal human. He grew up oblivious to his larger purpose, and became a programming student at Gotham University.

He learned of his family’s heritage when his father, the former Azrael, crawled bleeding into his apartment one night in the locker room, after being mortally wounded by LeHah. Before requesting that his body be dumped somewhere where the family’s secrets would not be discovered, his father supplied him with money and the means to travel to Switzerland to meet with the Order of Saint Dumas to train him. At one point, Valley even replaces Bruce as Batman, while he was recovering from being beaten by Bane in Knightfall.

Now, this guy can get pretty weird, based on which iteration you encounter. He actually comes in forms spanning from supervillain to superhero, so good luck with finding the right one. What is characteristic of Azrael, though, is his blind devotion to the religious cult called the Sacred Order of Saint Dumas, which caused a lot of trouble for Batman from time to time. But, as long as his beliefs remain firm, that’s enough for us.

1. Daredevil

Name: Daredevil
Alias: Matt Murdoch
Created By: Stan Lee, Bill Everett
Debut: Daredevil #1 (1964)

Religion: Catholicism

Daredevil has many tags to his name. Some call him the “Man Without Fear”, and some call him “Devil of Hell’s Kitchen”. No matter what name you call him by, the actual character behind Daredevil is Matt Murdock. Matt is a citizen of the neighborhood “Hell’s Kitchen” in Ney Work city. Most of the people living in that neighborhood are of Irish-American descent, and from working-class backgrounds. Matt is a compassionate young man, who has a kind heart. 

One day while walking down the streets of Hell’s Kitchen Matt sees a truck rushing by, unaware of the fact that a blind man is crossing the street right in front of it. Matt quickly runs towards the blind man and pushes him away from the road. The truck driver takes a quick turn to avoid running over Matt. The truck loses control and slides down the path. The truck was carrying the radioactive substance, which fell on Matt. In the aftermath, Matt loses his vision. But Matt soon realizes that despite losing his vision, he has gained superhuman senses and ability. He now possesses Radar senses. Matt lost his mother when he was a kid. He lived with his father Jack Murdock, who was a boxer by profession. 

From an early age, Matt went through a rough upbringing, but his father always loved his son unconditionally. Soon after the accident, Jack is killed by street thugs, who were pushing him to start a fight. Soon after this incident, Matt makes acquaintance with the Stick. He is mysterious, and also blind. Stick trains Matt to harness his physical abilities, and make the most of his natural radar vision. With time Matt becomes a skilled martial artist. 

Daredevil is probably the most religious superhero on the list. His mother is a nun, he often confesses to a priest and he constantly prays for forgiveness around a cross. Daredevil is a superhero with strong principles, and his devout religion is certainly one of these principles, which he often demonstrates, and that is the reason why he landed to high up on our list.

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