Height is usually not the first thing that comes to mind when discussing superheroes and supervillains. Still, among a large number of information people want to know about their favorite heroes and villains, height certainly pops up every now and then on different forums and websites. The editors of the portal Fiction Horizon have decided to make an article about the heights and average heights of your favorite superheroes and supervillains. The list included data on a total of 214 characters, 107 heroes and 107 villains, among which 52 were female and 55 were male (in both categories). This text is a short summary of their research so if you want to read more about the heights of superheroes and villains, follow the link.
DISCLAIMER: Their research included only those characters that have a defined height. Characters that don’t have a fixed physical body (e.g. Decreator, The-One-Above-All, The Presence) or those that constantly change their shape and size (e.g. Ego, Dr. Manhattan, Galactus) have not been included as the crew could not get any real numbers on them.
The data that Fiction Horizon has accumulated included mostly comic book characters, the majority of which are from Marvel and DC Comics, but they weren’t the only ones included on the list, as they tried to be as encompassing and diverse as possible.
As far as the average numbers are concerned, they have come to the following conclusions. Considering only male superheroes, the average height of a male superhero is 6 ft 1 in, or roughly 1.85 meters. Female superheroes are, as expected, a bit shorter. The average height of a female superhero is 5 ft 7 in, or roughly 1.71 meters. As for the total numbers, the average superhero height, including both male and female superheroes, and based on a total of 214 numbers, is 5 ft 10 in, or roughly 1.78 meters. These are the general average numbers.
As far as the maximal and minimal values are concerned, they have also found the shortest and the tallest superheroes and supervillains. Taking into consideration the minimal values from their choice of 107 superheroes, the shortest superhero on the list was determined to be Marvel’s Molly Hayes, standing at only 4’11” (1.50 m). Molly Hayes is also significantly shorter than the shortest male superhero, Damian Wayne, who stands at 5’2” (1.58 m), and is shorter than all the male superheroes. The shortest supervillain on the list was determined to be DC Comics’ Atomica (Rhonda Pineda), standing at only 5’2” (1.57 m). Rhonda Pineda is only slightly shorter than the shortest male supervillain, Oswald C. Cobblepot, aka the Penguin, who stands at 5’2” (1.58 m), and is shorter than all the male supervillains.
As far as the tallest characters are concerned, the tallest male superhero was Mortal Kombat’s chief hero, Raiden, who is exactly 7′ (2.13 m) tall. The tallest female superhero, Big Barda, is equally tall. As far as male supervillains are concerned, out of the 55 names on our list, the tallest one was Marvel’s mutant monstrosity, Onslaught, who stands at an incredible 10′ (3.05 m), which makes him not only the tallest supervillain, but also the tallest character among the 214 on the list. As far as female superheroines are concerned, the tallest one is Angelina Brancale, aka Stunner, a lesser-known Marvel supervillain from Spider-Man’s universe, who is 7’2” (2.18 m) tall, which is quite impressive for a female character, but not even close to Onslaught.
The editors have also done some calculations based on specific groups that they have devised ourselves. The characters were grouped, based on their characteristics and the sources of their powers, as metahumans, humans, aliens, robots or gods. Each character fits into one of the categories and they have also done some research based on that.
Based on the heights of 67 characters, the average human height is 5’10” (1.79 m). As far as the 118 metahumans are concerned, the average height is 5’10” (1.80 m). The average height of the two robots was 6’3” (1.91 m). As for the aliens, the average alien height is 6’4” (1.92 m), based on the numbers for 17 characters. The remaining 10 gods have an average height of 6’8” (2.04 m).
For an even deeper dive on this subject, head over to Fiction Horizon!