The Top 10 Greatest Superheroes With White Hair
What used to be a sign of advanced aging, has now become culturally sexy. Men and women all over the world are either purposely going white or allowing their hair to naturally lose its color.
As almost always the case, comic books were ahead of this trend. Their creators have been creating characters with white hair for decades. For nearly half a century, comic books have embraced what the world is only now figuring out…white hair rocks.
Now, of all the superheroes with white hair, there is only a handful of them who can be categorized as great…and I’d like to bring them to you.
Here are The Top 10 Greatest Superheroes With White Hair.
Although she’s been around since 1968, the most widely known version of the character made her debut in 1988.
Dove (Dawn Granger) is the fictional partner of Hawk (Hank Hall). The two have diametrically opposite beliefs but this is exactly while they work. While Dove is a pacifist who believes in peace and non-violence, Hawk believes in force and violence. It’s this sort of opposition that keeps them together and allows them to work so well.
Even though her superpower isn’t too exciting by superhero standards, Dawn does have one. Dove has what’s called the “danger sense”. With it, she is able to call out the word “dove” and transform herself into a costumed hero. Once transformed, she gains avian characteristics. This means that she can read people for their true intentions and behaviors. She also heals at an accelerated rate, can withstand a degree of physical punishment, and has heightened agility. Finally, she can focus her energies into a blinding beam of white light.
While Speed isn’t one of the fastest superheroes in existence, because of his age he has the potential to become one of the fastest.
Speed first appeared in Young Avengers #10 and has since become a mainstay on the comic book team. He’s the brother to Wiccan and the son to Scarlet Witch. Although he’s no match for his uncle Quicksilver, he has achieved speeds faster than the speed of sound. This means that he has traveled over 1200 miles per hour.
As mentioned, Speed, like his brother Wiccan is the offspring of Scarlet Witch…sort of. Instead of a natural means of bearing a child, Scarlet Witch used her reality-warping abilities to create both boys. Unbeknownst to her, when doing this, she created the boys from the scattered fragments of Mephisto’s soul. Mephisto, of course, is the devil of the Marvel Universe…and the “father” of one of my superheroes with white hair.
8. Killer Frost
There have been multiple characters to take on the persona of Killer Frost. One of them, Caitlin Snow, served as a member of the Justice League…at least for a short time.
From a powers standpoint, no matter which version of the character we look at, each has roughly the same power set…the ability to convert heat to waves of cold energy. This allows Killer Frost to become as cold as, well, ice. Once sub-zero both her durability and strength increase, she can project blasts of ice from her body, and she’s able to turn anything she touches to ice.
Killer Frost is a little bit of an anomaly on this list of most powerful Metahumans in DC. Unlike most who choose either a life of heroism or villainy, Killer Frost is neither. Instead, she is an anti-hero that chooses not to side with either.
7. Silver Sable
Born Silver Sablinova, Silver Sable, as she’s more commonly known, first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #265 back in June of 1985. She was created by Tim DeFalco and Ron Frenz.
While Silver Sable possesses no inherent powers or abilities, she is as deadly as they come. As one of the premiere mercenaries in the Marvel Universe, Silver Sable is proficient in hand-to-hand combat, is a trained martial artist, is more than capable with most firearms and weaponry, and is the leader of an organization (Silver Sable International). In addition, she wears a full-body suit line with bulletproof Kevlar.
Like a few others on this list of superheroes with white hair, Silver Sable isn’t a hero or villain. Instead, as mercenary, she offers her services to whoever pays the most. Due to this, she has come to blows with both of the most well-known heroes and villains. The most notable of these is Spider-Man.
Quicksilver…the man many believe to be Marvel’s answer to DC’s The Flash.
Quicksilver, as his name implies, is really fast. His speed has been estimated at well over 8500 miles per hours. To put that into perspective, even the fastest car in the world is only capable of achieving speeds of 301 miles per hour. Simple math says that Quicksilver is 28 times faster than the fastest car in the world.
Remembering back to when he first appeared in the Days of Future Past movie, it’s easy to see why they slowed down time around him. Can you imagine what it would look like if they hadn’t?
Instead of being the best scene in the movie, it would have looked like a blurry, blue poop streak on a child’s underwear…with white hair.
Magneto has a history as long as the X-Men. Not only did he first appear alongside many of them in issue 1, but he’s also as well, if not more well known than many of them.
While Professor X and his X-Men believe in harmony amongst mutants and humans, Magneto believes that one (mutants) should rule over the other. He believes that as a superior race, it is the duty and responsibility of mutants to rise up and force their will against humans. Although his thoughts are extreme, in a sense, why he wants it, isn’t wrong.
As a species with a much smaller population, mutants have been hated, discriminated against, and hunted by humans for being different. They are the focal point of racism, discrimination, and as a result, have gone through horrors that no being should have to go through. Magneto is tired of this and wants nothing more than for mutants to get the respect and kindness they deserve.
While his tactics, measures, and belief of superiority are extreme and unethical, his reasons for doing it aren’t. Magneto is right in his desire for equality.
And if you’re thinking that he’s a villain, remember, he has on multiple occasions led the X-Men. As such, he’s an easy inclusion on my list of superheroes with white hair.
Before you say it, remember, although her hair is brown, she also has a beautiful streak of white in it.
Even though Rogue first appeared in Avengers Annual #10 back in 1981, Rogue really didn’t rise to fame until the X-Men Animated Series. On the television show, she was a prominent member of a team that included heavy hitters like Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Charles Xavier, Gambit, Jubilee, Beast, and Storm. Rogue could’ve easily fallen into the shadows of any of these characters, but she didn’t. She easily became one of the best parts of the show.
Rogue is an extremely powerful mutant who is capable of just about anything. This is because her mutation allows her to temporarily and/or permanently steal the powers of any mutant or superpowered being she touches. Just look at Carol Danvers. After touching Carol, Rogue gained superhuman strength, stamina, and agility and could fly.
Rogue is one of the most influential X-Men of the last 30 years. Once the X-Men make their way to the MCU, her stock will rise higher than an orbiting satellite.
3. Black Cat
Most of the greatest Spider-Man enemies were created in the early 1960s.
- Green Goblin
- Dr. Octopus
- Kraven the Hunter
Well, maybe not that last one but I think you get the point. Although many were created during the 1970s, most didn’t have the lasting power that the villains of the previous decade did. For whatever reason, Marvel couldn’t replicate the formula that made Spider-Man‘s enemies so successful. That is, until 1979.
In 1979 they struck gold with the creation of the Black Cat. This villain, more than any of the decade she was created in struck a chord with readers. Readers sensed something different and they were right.
Over her history, she has been a love interest for Spider-Man, transformed into a hero and then an anti-hero, and continued to captivate audiences the way she did when she was created.
Black Cat is one of the most recognizable Spider-Man characters and it’s this in combination with her staying power that’s landed her on this list of superheroes with white hair.
Cable was created by Rob Liefeld and debuted in New Mutants #87 back in 1990. Most Liefeld characters from the early 1990s were adorned with big guns, big muscles, more pockets and pouches than any one person could ever need, and almost always had a history littered with technology and time travel. Cable perfectly personifies this.
Cable is arguably one of the most powerful mutants who hail from the future. Not only is he an incredible telepath but as a result of him carrying the techno-organic virus (a mutant form of cancer), his full power is never used.
Cable has to use a portion of his power to keep the virus from spreading. What this means is that Cable is arguably the most powerful mutant in existence. What this also means is that Cable is arguably the most powerful of all the superheroes with white hair.
If you didn’t already know, Storm is an Omega-Level mutant, who has, for a time led the X-Men, ruled a nation, was the first would-be member of the X-Men that Professor Xavier met, rocked an iconic haircut, and beat Wonder Woman in battle. She’s one of the most recognizable superheroes in existence and has done more for the genre than most comic book characters have ever dreamed of doing.
Storm is a quintessential leader. She’s fearless, tactile, compassionate, and willing to do what others won’t. Although it wasn’t easy, she paved the way for every eventual leader of the X-Men not named Cyclops.
Storm was the leader of the X-Men when very few female characters were anything more than sidekicks, caregivers of teams, and tropes for men. She led them at a time when their popularity was growing as fast as the turquoise killifish (it’s a thing, look it up). Like most things in her life, her ascension wasn’t easy. In fact, to be given the right to lead, she had to best the greatest leader the team had ever had in battle…the aforementioned Cyclops.
Marvel is making a big and deservedly so push for female leads in their movies. Of all the females on the X-Men, Storm is arguably the most important.
For all of the above reasons and more, she easily belongs as one of the greatest superheroes with white hair.
And that’s it. The Top 10 Greatest Superheroes With White Hair. Agree? Disagree? Who would make your superheroes with white hair list?