Superheros are stronger, faster, and larger than life – and so are their rides. Some caped crusaders get around using their abilities like super speed, or flight, most have a backup mode of transportation that blends in a little better. From agile and armored motorcycles to modified superspy planes to massive flying bases, these marvelous mayhem creators drive it all, and soup it up to the max. If there's a super cool mod out there, it's on a superhero's vehicle. Some disappear while others have hidden weapons or massive communications tech. Ultimately, these vehicles are there to help heroes with anything they can't do alone. In some cases, the vehicles are the heroes, making them a serious threat to villains everywhere.
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Badass vampire slayer, Blade is known for his skill with projectile weapons and swords. But, it's his modified Dodge Charger that gets him to the fight on time. Plus, this beauty is loaded for vampire attacks with UV headlamps and a custom holster for a shotgun armed with garlic and silver. The original lines of the car are clear, creating a classic American muscle silhouette, while the subtle mods dramatically increase Blade's battle prowess, all in a car that is actually street legal.
The Captain started his superhero career in the US military, and that shows in his choice of ride – an all American Harley Davidson WLA. Produced during WWII, this was a beast of a bike, and Captain America's modified version was his ride of choice when going up against HYDRA. Built for the military, this bike came with an ammunition box and leather gun scabbard, so the Captain was never unarmed. His particular bike also easily accommodated the iconic shield that turned him into a freedom fighter around the globe.
Tank Girl is tongue in cheek, post-apocalyptic romp full of fun and mayhem. Tank Girl is always ready to rough up her opponents, and she does it seated firmly and confidently in her tank. While most superheroes have special powers, Tank Girl is powerful because of her tank, and her wits. The tracks tackle the harsh terrain of the Australian bush, while the guns are loaded for prey bigger than bears. If you've never considered a tank a weapon for close combat, Tank Girl might make you reconsider.
The Fantasticar is a one-of-a-kind vehicle designed and built by Mr. Fantastic himself. While this speedy transport won't fit on the roads in one piece, it's designed to break into four separate vehicles, giving the team plenty of flexibility while in battle. Add in a max speed of 550 mph, and a cruising height of 30,000' and you've got a vehicle that gets heroes to the scene of the crime, on time. Oh, and it's bulletproof which is a nice feature since not all members of the Fantastic Four are built to repel bullets.
If you can fly at super-speed, why do you need a jet? Maybe for Wonder Woman, the Invisible Jet is a great place to take a nap, or perhaps she likes to sneak up on her enemies. Who knows. While the Invisible Jet is a lot slower than this Amazonian hero, the fact that it is completely invisible is still pretty cool. Depending on the origin story, it was once able to transform, which would make it even more awesome.
Superman has an awesome array of powers from speed that makes Wonder Woman look like she's moving in slow motion to enhanced senses that can hear a pin drop on the other side of the globe. And of course, he can fly. He can even fly in outer space. But, even with all of his amazing skills and natural gifts, he has his weaknesses. On those occasions when the Man of Steel isn't feeling so hot, he has the Supermobile, an armed flying vehicle with its own set of fists, ready to punch out the bad guys.
A sentient robot from another world, Optimus Prime is both the hero and the ride. He often gets around disguised as a big rig, transforming at the last moment to handle attacks from the Destructicons. Over the years, Optimus Prime has used the disguise of a Freightliner cab-over, Peterbilt 379 and a Western Star 5700 Phantom. All are big vehicles to help disguise the mass of the largest of the Transformers protecting the Earth and its inhabitants.
With his own movie taking the world by storm, Bumblebee has long been a fan favorite. This yellow-colored Transformer first rode into battle disguised as a Volkswagen Beetle. The fun bug poured out some amazing tunes and hit hard and fast. In more recent films, this small and agile robot has donned the shell of a fast and sleek Camaro, but he returns to his VW roots in his eponymous movie, kicking evil robot engines and taking names in either form.
For the lone wolf hero archetypes, motorcycles are some of the most popular modes of transportation. After all, they don't have a team to worry about, so why bother with extra seats? Ghostrider undoubtedly fits the role of loner, and his Hellcycle is an amazing ride that is a character all its own. Flaming wheels and tons of personality turn this vehicle into a loyal sidekick that does plenty of its own fighting evil and taking down the bad guys.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not spend too much time topside, but when they head into battle, it's safely encased in the Battle Shell. This Donatello mod takes a trash truck and turns it into one of the coolest hero vehicles on the streets. The original VW bus used in the older comics had plenty of charm, but the Battle Shell adds an element of tough. Not only is it portable armor, but this truck also shoots manhole covers, katanas and uses nunchucks.
When your ride is a fully functioning courtroom, you can be judge, jury, and executioner, just like Judge Dredd aboard his Lawmaster. This bulky motorcycle provides everything Dredd needs to handle major criminals and petty thieves. It's connected to an artificial intelligence network that has the world's criminal justice system at its fingertips. Judge Dredd tackles bad guys from the saddle and dismounts so the bike can handle some of the leg work when he's got more than one villain to take down.
The Green Hornet, a crime-fighting superhero, gets around in style in the passenger seat of the Black Beauty. This superhero ride is modeled after a Chrysler Imperial and features plenty of battle-ready mods. The missile array, machine guns, and flamethrower are just a few of the weapons available, and all can be triggered by the Green Hornet or his ninja-esque chauffeur. Knockout gas and surveillance equipment helped this duo stay on top of the bad guys and ready for action.
While a few of the X-Men can take to the air without the need for a machine, most rely on a vehicle to get around. The Blackbird is the travel method of choice for the team, with its vertical takeoff and landing capability. Lead heroes like Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Wolverine storm off the plane that is a close visual copy of the Lockheed SR-71. Of course, the hero version of the plane has all kinds of upgrades, like the hypersonic engines and holographic camouflage.
S.H.I.E.L.D. has some of the best defense technology in the Avengers universe, and all of it comes together in the floating base known as the Helicarrier. This massive floating structure acts as a takeoff and landing point for fighter jets and other military craft. Of course, it has its own array of weaponry, though the Helicarrier is mostly armed for long-range combat. A little help from Stark Enterprises keeps the Helicarrier in the air without the help of turbines, and this super-secret vehicle is hidden from radar and nearly invisible to the naked eye.
The Batmobile is an iconic example of a superhero vehicle that does a lot more than just deliver the dark knight on time. This vehicle has known countless iterations and acts as a mobile command center for all of Bruce Wayne's technology. Some versions can drive up vertical walls, and all carry plenty of armament. Add in remote control features and auto-pilot, and you have a ride that can practically take the villains out for you.