Superman voted greatest Sci-Fi hero of all time

Stratego Sci-Fi surveyed 2,000 Brits to reveal the nation’s top 100 stars of the sci-fi

Stratego Sci-Fi surveyed more than 2,000 Brits to discover the top 100 SF characters of all time, and Superman came out on top.

Harrison Ford’s gruff but lovable rogue Han Solo came second, with Frank Oz’s Jedi master Yoda coming third, both representing Star Wars in the top three and rounding it out firmly in George Lucas’ favour.

Steven Spielberg’s ET may be one of the most lovable characters of all time, but he only made it to fourth in the list, followed by Will Smith’s Agent J from Men In Black at number five.

Surprise omissions from the top ten include Doc Brown of Back To The Future fame, who only managed 15th, and Spock, who warped in at 11th place – however his captain, James T Kirk, did the Enterprise proud, becoming the highest ranked Star Trek character at number seven.

Elsewhere in the top 100, a whopping eight Doctor Who characters made it into the list, with the Daleks proving the strongest of the bunch. The extra-terrestrial villains claimed 13th in the poll, exterminating the Time Lord himself, who took 20th place. Torchwood‘s enigmatic Captain Jack Harkness came just 46th.

Ellen Ripley, Sigourney Weaver’s hard-as-nails heroine from the Alien series, was the highest-ranked woman at number 21, defeating the likes of Star Wars‘ Princess Leia – who came in at 25 – The Terminator‘s Sarah Connor (29) and alien super-sleuth Dana Scully from The X Files (32).

Buffy Summers – Sarah Michelle Gellar’s iconic vampire-slayer – was the seventh strongest place woman at 50th, holding a 17-place lead ahead of her on/off love interest Angel, who came in at 67th place.

Katherine Pierce, Marketing Manager for Stratego Sci-Fi, said: “As sci-fi fans ourselves we knew the results from the poll would be tight, but we’re thrilled that the nation has voted Superman top.  He is the archetypal hero – and clearly as popular now as he was when he first appeared in comic-books over 70 years ago.”

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1. Superman (Christopher Reeve), Superman
2. Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Star Wars
3. Yoda (Frank Oz), Star Wars
4. ET,  E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
5. Jay (Will Smith), Men In Black series
6. Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars Episodes I-VI
7. Captain James T Kirk, Star Trek
8. Martin McFly (Michael J Fox), Back To The Future
9. C-3PO, Star Wars
10. Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Star Trek 
11. Mr Spock, Star Trek
12. Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith), Independence Day
13. The Daleks, Doctor Who
14. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Star Wars Episodes IV – VI
15. Doctor Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd), Back To The Future
16. The Tardis, Doctor Who
17. R2-D2, Star Wars Episodes I-VI
18. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star Wars
19. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ghostbusters
20. Doctor (David Tenant), Doctor Who
21. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien
22. Kay (Tommy Lee Jones), Men In Black series
23. Gizmo, Gremlins
24. Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew), Star Wars Episodes III-VI
25. Princess Leia (Carrie Fischer), Star Wars Episodes IV – VI
26. Fox Mulder (David Duchovny), The X-Files
27. Trinity (Carie-Anne Moss), The Matrix
28. Thomas Anderson/Neo (Keanu Reeves), The Matrix
29. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), The Terminator, Terminator 2
30. Dr Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Jurassic Park
31. The Doctor (Matt Smith), Doctor Who
32. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson), The X-Files
33. Dave Lister (Craig Charles), Red Dwarf
34. Alien, Aliens
35. Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), The Matrix
36. Wall-E, Wall-E
37. Robert Neville (Will Smith) , I Am Legend
38. Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), The Matrix
39. Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Jurassic Park
40. Scotty (Simon Pegg), Star Trek
41. Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), Blade Runner
42. T-1000 (Robert Patrick), Terminator 2
43. Major Alan ‘Dutch’ Schaefer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Predator
44. Arnold Judas Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Red Dwarf
45. “Mad” Max Rockatansky (Mel Gibson), Mad Max
46. Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), Torchwood
47. Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), Doctor Who
48. Jabba The Hutt, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
49. Predator, Predator
50. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Buffy The Vampire Slayer
51. Optimus Prime, Transformers
52. Dominic Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), Inception
53. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
54. Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Doctor Who
55. Padme Amidala (Natalie Portman), Star Wars
56. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Avatar
57. RoboCop (Peter Weller), RoboCop
58. George Taylor (Charlton Heston), Planet Of The Apes
59. Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds
60. Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer), Blade Runner
61. Lady Penelope, Thunderbirds
62. Bender (John DiMaggio), Futurama 
63. James Cole (Bruce Willis), Twelve Monkeys
64. Private William Hudson (Bill Paxton), Aliens
65. John Anderton (Tom Cruise), Minority Report
66. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), War Of The Worlds
67. Angel (David Boreanaz), Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel
68. Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman), Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
69. Dr Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Jurassic Park
70. Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan), Star Trek: Voyager
71. Darth Maul, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
72. Buck Rogers (Gil Gerard), Buck Rogers
73. The Borg, Star Trek
74. General Jonathan ‘Jack’ O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson), Stargate
75. Paul (Seth Rogen), Paul
76. Marvin (Alan Rickman, Warwick Davis), Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
77. Bumblebee, Transformers
78. Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones), Flash Gordon
79. Riddick (Vin Diesel), Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick
80. Ash (Ian Holm), Alien
81. HAL-9000 (Douglas Rain), 2001: A Space Odyssey
82. Rory (Arthur Darvill), Doctor Who
83. Judge Joseph Dredd (Sylvester Stallone), Judge Dredd
84. Alice (Milla Jovovich), Resident Evil
85. Ming the Merciless (Max von Sydow), Flash Gordon
86. Klaatu (Michael Rennie), The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
87. Snake Plissken (Kurt Russell), Escape From New York
88. Megatron (Hugo Weaving), Transformers
89. Alexander Dane  (Alan Rickman), Galaxy Quest 
90. Abe Sapien (Doug Jones), Hellboy
91. Samantha Carter (Amanda Tapping), Stargate
92. Ood Sigma (Paul Kasey), Doctor Who
93. David (Haley Joel Osment), A.I.
94. Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), The Fifth Element
95. Jim (Cillian Murphy), 28 Days Later
96. John Sheppard (Joe Flanigan), Stargate Atlantis
97. Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere), Heroes
98. Godzilla, Godzilla
99. Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum), The Fly
100. Dr David Bowman (Keir Dullea), 2001: A Space Odyssey