More often than not, we see superheroes as these aesthetically perfect people who, on a daily basis, go out to fight with righteous intent for those who can't fend for themselves. It is a part of their archetype to be extraordinary, from their abilities to the way they look. They have to be charismatic in a wide variety of ways to appeal to the audience that watches them. Every superhero on this list has had to face an apocalypse, either metaphorical or literal in nature.
Heroes like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones have had to battle with their own demons, as well as those that plague the neighborhoods they inhabit. There are also heroes like Supergirl and the Flash who must fight their gallery of rogues to give the citizens of their cities the peace of mind they rightly deserve. While most villains are supposed to look evil, the costume and makeup department have a hard time trying to make some of their attractive cast look like they're up to something diabolical. It is a feat that requires a lot of attention to detail, but it doesn't stop the whole cast from looking absolutely stunning... no matter how hard they try.
One of the best superhero shows on television also had one of the most attractive casts to grace the small screen. Dan Stevens gave David Haller, a supposed "schizophrenic," a wiry, yet grounded personality that made the audience truly empathize and question whether or not he was actually crazy. It was eventually revealed he wasn't, but the world he got involved in after falling love with Rachel Keller's Syd Barrett gave us more lovable and broken characters.
Barrett's character is a mutant who is withdrawn from others because if she physically touches someone then she switches her consciousness with them. Her performance did for the audience what it did for David in the show: she charmed us with her sense of responsibility to those around her. Aubrey Plaza also shined in her pajamas with a frenetic, humorous personality when she eventually became the psychic powerhouse known as the Shadow King.
14 AGENT CARTER
One of the most dynamic characters that ever came out of the MCU was Peggy Carter from Captain America: The First Avenger. This made the idea of a television series that followed the young agent navigating her work life and her personal one so exciting. Hayley Atwell's performance as the strong and persevering heroine was of the most enchanting of the entire MCU. She had a penchant for getting into scrapes, but always kept a cool head in her missions.
She wasn't alone, though, as James D'Arcy played Tony Stark's eventual butler Edwin Jarvis. His portrayal added a comedic aspect to the series. He was sheepish, but in a way that made him adorable. The show also featured the handsome Dominic Cooper as the confident and smug Howard Stark. Cooper really pulled off that old Hollywood charisma and attractiveness. In fact, they really pulled that off.
The celebrated comic book series Preacher finally got its small screen debut on AMC after it was developed by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg. The show stars a trio of gorgeous people all in their own right. Dominic Cooper wouldn't be the initial choice that comes to mind when one thinks of Jesse Custer, but Cooper embodies the rich ego that Custer has without ever feeling like it's too much, despite his rugged good looks.
Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare gives us an action-packed version of her comic counterpart that fleshes-out the nuances of character. She can throw down with the best of them while stealing your heart whenever she comes onto the screen. Negga's performance is charismatic without ever feeling like it's a con, which wins our love. Even Joseph Gilgun's Cassidy is a lovable vampire who tries not to kill people for his bloodthirst.
The brothers whose "family business" it is to fight vampires, ghouls, demons, and so many other monsters look like a couple of supermodels in the making. While the two of them try to deal with the melodrama of their family dynamics and the tragedy bestowed on them at such a young age, Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki do a great job of creating sympathy for their credit card stealing, monster hunting characters.
Ackles and Padalecki aren't the only ones who can flash a smile and get whatever information they need when they're on a hunt. Misha Collins plays Castiel, an angel who helps the boys throughout the series, who is also fittingly cast for the dry humor and emotional beats of his character. This, along with performers like Katie Cassidy, Sterling K. Brown, and so many more, made this show more than just a heartbreaking story about family.
11 WYNONNA EARP
Wynonna Earp is about a family plagued by a tragedy tied to the demonic forces in their hometown coyly titled Purgatory. While the two sisters are featured as the focal point of the story, they have their own flair for the archetypes they fill. Melanie Scrofano's anti-hero Wynonna is perfect and charming as her character fends off the demons of Purgatory. Dominique Provost Chalkley as Waverly is the opposite of her sister, with a rich intelligence and sweet personality that give us a character who is hard not to fall for.
Tim Rozon as Doc Holliday is another awesome addition to the cast, embodying the swashbuckling cowboy from the past who is oddly attractive despite his extraordinary age. Shamier Anderson contrasts Holliday's character by being the stoic and formidable Deputy Marshall Dolls. These two care deeply for the two sisters and vice versa, which makes us all feel even more love.
Powerless didn't get a chance to truly prove its potential before it was canceled. However, it had one of the best casts on television, featuring the star power of Vanessa Hudgens, who played an intelligent and adorable Emily Locke, and had exceptional comedic timing within a similarly stellar cast. Community's Danny Pudi, along with Ron Funches, writer for shows like The Eric Andre Show and Kroll Show, both amplified the humanity of their silly characters, and made us swoon in the nerdiest, most adorkable ways.
Alan Tudyk was also a prominent character in the show as he was Bruce Wayne's cousin, "Van" Wayne, who has a charm that was indicative of a character that is the antithesis of his cousin. Still, Tudyk wins the hearts of each viewer as he plays the less intimidating, but endearing version of his cape-crusading family member.
9 LEGENDS OF TOMORROW
DC Comics competes with Marvel on TV, with Legends of Tomorrow being its answer to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The team and procedural premise are the only similarities they share, but otherwise, they are two different styles of shows. Legends is a time-traveling crew of superheroes that initially needed to track down Vandal Savage from making Earth into a dystopia, but it has since become so much more.
Each member of the crew, ranging from White Canary to the Atom, all have their idiosyncrasies, which every performer uses to make into extremely likeable characters. Caity Lotz's Sarah Lance, aka White Canary, steals the spotlight as she dares to go into a fight with precision and flair. Dominic Purcell's fiery Heat Wave character is a rugged and ridiculous character who charges in without warning. The crew is so big you're bound to find someone to fall for on this show, ince they are, each in their own ways, impossibly attractive.
When the pilot episode of Arrow aired, it was clear that the show would differ in tone to the previous DC Comics hit Smallville. Oliver Queen's mysterious return to Starling City brought the superhero genre into a new era of CW comic book shows. Green Arrow, played by the chiseled Stephen Amell, is seen doing insane pull-up exercises in the first few shots of the character, a vision of physical prowess that would become a hallmark of the series.
It also features David Ramsay as John Diggle and Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, both of whom really turn out star-studded performances for their characters. Diggle tries to play by the rules, but eventually turns into a vigilante himself, aiding the Green Arrow in his pursuits for justice. The cast overall invites its audience into the life of Oliver Queen and keeps it captivated and attracted at every twist and turn.
7 THE PUNISHER
When the Punisher made his debut on Netflix's Daredevil, he was one of the most popular and nuanced aspects of the second season. This made Marvel want to pursue a solo series featuring the bloodthirsty vigilante. The Punisher cast is led by Jon Bernthal, who plays Punisher not as a man, but as a brutal force of nature; a perfect adaptation of the vengeful character from the comics.
As brutal as he is, though, Bernthal's charisma is sly, yet brilliant, making the audience develop empathy for the character. The cast is rounded out by actors like Amber Rose Devah, who played Homeland Security agent Dinah Madani, and Deborah Ann Woll, who plays the returning Karen, both of whom add a softer yet no less nuanced take on this harsh and bloody world. Physically, all of these actors are beguiling, but perhaps not as much as the nature of the characters they play.
6 THE FLASH
When Grant Gustin was introduced in Arrow, he really sold a geeky and blundering aesthetic in his portrayal as Barry Allen. He gave us a simple man who wanted to figure out the mystery of who really killed his mom. As Allen received his powers from the incident that created so many metahumans in Central City, his wonder and excitement at his new abilities ended up giving anyone who watched a small crush.
He wasn't the only cast member of the show who won over fans, as Candice Patton, who plays Iris West, also helped with her performance as the blogger turned journalist. Tom Cavanaugh was also a welcome addition to the cast, as the many variations of Harrison Wells. Moreover, Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker's roles as the intelligent and quirky engineer and scientist both made us swoon; an impressive feat in a cast jam-packed with beauty.
This is a cast so rich with pretty faces and lovable characters, it's really hard to just talk about one of them. Melissa Benoist, cast as Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, was one of the best decisions made in the Arrowverse. Her heroism is as organic and authentic as it is larger-than-life, but at the same time, she battles the responsibilities of her very human secret identity. This is best exemplified in her relationship with her adoptive sister Alex Danvers, played by Chyler Leigh.
Mechad Brooks as James Olsen is another scene-stealer as he is less the photographer from the '70s Superman films and more a character with agency. He ends up donning the vigilante alias Guardian and starts fighting crime in National City. He teams up with Jeremy Jordan who plays Winslow "Winn" Schott Jr., the geeky sidekick to Guardian who shares a similar jaw-dropping smile.
4 JESSICA JONES
Marvel's Jessica Jones won a Peabody Award for its effective use of serious topics within the scope of a superhero show. Krysten Ritter, in her role as Jessica Jones, depicted the alcoholic private investigator whose past was reaching into the future to torment her. Her performance as a heroine with PTSD really brought in a lot of empathy for her character, who doesn't like taking help from anyone.
Of course, the blossoming relationship between Ritter's Jones and Mike Colter's Luke Cage in Season 1 was really what made the audience sweat, but that wasn't the only appeal. Rachael Taylor's portrayal as Patsy "Trish" Walker exuded the characteristics of a capable and confident person whose fire was completely irresistible. Of course, we can't forget Eka Darville's Malcolm Ducasse whose tragic history and care for jones won us over every time he flashed his puppy-dog eyes.
3 LUKE CAGE
After Luke Cage made his debut in Jessica Jones, it made fans super excited about Luke Cage. The unbreakable man played by Mike Colter never had a problem with the opposite sex and this show further proved his prowess. Colter played a savior to the streets of Harlem, and as such -- thanks, too, to his natural looks -- immediately won over the hearts and minds of its most attractive citizens!
With performers like Simone Missick as Misty Knight and Rosario Dawson reprising her role as Claire Temple, the show's two most engaging and intelligent characters teamed up not just to fight back against the criminal element, but to help the man they both fell for. On the other side was Mahershala Ali's Cornell "Cottonmouth," a character whose hunger for power was matched only by his physical and emtive allure.
2 MARVEL'S THE DEFENDERS
After the critical failure of Iron Fist, the new Defenders show wasn't the darling that fans were hoping for. It was a disappointing story despite a cast that showed up to do the best it could with the richness of the world they helped create. We had Luke Cage, Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones, and Danny Rand all coming together -- that alone should have sold the series! How could Marvel or Netflix mess something like that up?
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, and Finn Jones were easy on the eyes as they fought off the Hand in their Avengers equivalent event. Each character got to have their moment, and even when the larger mythology didn't have much bite, they really elevated their performances to keep audience members engaged. They made us fall even further for Jones and Cage, fanning the flames of that relationship into what will undoubtedly become a raging fire!
Before the Arrowverse or Marvel's Universe debuted, NBC's Heroes dominated the superhero sphere on the small screen. It featured performers like Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tawny Cypress, Hayden Panettiere, and Milo Ventimiglia. Each character had a story that influenced the larger mystery, which began with a time-traveler famously telling them, "Save the cheerleader, save the world."
Its critical acclaim wavered past the first season, but its cast always did their best with the material they had. It helped that all of them were so attractive that they held the audience's attentionin a vice-like grip. Before Ventimiglia won the hearts of America in This Is Us, he won over superhero fans here. It also had Zachary Quinto in an early role that made you root for the villain. It was one of the biggest, most attractive casts on TV, and still stands today as a television game-changer.