Marvel and DC Street-Level Characters

Following my previous list of Marvel and DC bricks, I am now doing a list on "Street-Level" characters. The term typically pertains to heroes who stick to the streets due to being a bit out of their weight class when dealing with anything more dangerous or powerful. These characters almost never use anything other than martial arts, hand-to-hand fighting skills, and various weapons and gadgets (including guns) to get the job done. Once again, this list is in no particular order.

List items

  • The quintessential Street-Level hero, and also more or less the first one.

  • I could actually make an argument that Spidey's just a bit above street-level, but he still fits to a degree.

  • Like Spider-Man there's an argument to be made for Cap being higher than Street-Level, but I already have Spider-Man here, so...

  • Marvel's top Street-Level hero not counting Spider-Man.

  • Daredevil's lover-turned enemy. A very good hand-to-hand fighter, ESPECIALLY post-resurrection.

  • Another questionable example, seeing as how people on Comicvine talk about Iron Fist like he's more or less G-d.

  • Marvel's Bruce Lee. Usually played up as one of their absolute best hand-to-hand fighters. He's also trained Spider-Man.

  • A tough-as-nails killer vigilante who has tangled with the likes of Daredevil, Moon Knight, and even Spider-Man.

  • Probably a bit above Street-Level, but not by a lot. I think he fits.

  • Considering who he's similar to, this isn't surprising.

  • Just like his mentor.

  • The Fallen Son and Black Sheep of the Batman Family. Also more or less the Frank Castle of the DCU.

  • Well, pre-New 52 Tim anyway. Can't say anything about the DCnU Tim.

  • The (illegitimate) son of the Bat and current Robin. It shouldn't be too hard to guess why he's here.

  • As Batgirl.

  • Daughter of Lady Shiva and David Cain. With that kind of gene pool her being a hand-to-hand monster shouldn't be surprising. Many even put her above Batman himself!

  • Mostly as Batgirl. She was more of a "shoot and scoot" type as Spoiler and as Robin, well...let's not go there.

  • Well, she HAS had military training after all.

  • Though she has a sonic scream known as the Canary Cry, she never uses it except against superhuman opponents due to its killing power. Thus, Canary typically relies almost solely on her amazing hand-to-hand skills.

  • Post-Crisis Pre-Flashpoint Huntress. Member of both the Batman Family and Birds of Prey.

  • The Pre-Crisis and current Huntress

  • Possibly. I confess to not being sure about this one.

  • While not quite A-List, she's still got some skills, including training in boxing courtesy of...

  • Taught boxing to, among others Black Canary, Batman, and Catwoman.

  • The original Question

  • The second Question

  • Has hanged out with Daredevil, among others.

  • The evil Black Widow.

  • Less so as Captain America but definitely fits as Winter Soldier.

  • The B-Captain America, though I confess I've always had a soft spot for him.

  • And now we have our first of many street level villains. A regular Captain America villain, the Red Skull fanboy known as Crossbones is a pretty nasty piece of work.

  • I'm kind of kicking myself for having forgotten to include him when I first did this list of mine. But here is now, so it all worked out. This is someone who as far as DC Martial artists go is second only to Cassandra Cain in my opinion.

  • Without question one of THE BEST hand-to-hand fighters in both Marvel and DC.

  • Another one of the greats as far as H2H fighters go, barring that one time CATMAN was able to stalemate him.

  • Not as good as his daughter and Shiva, but still top-tier.

  • Like Batman and Spider-Man, he's pushing the line. Definitely way better than the average Street-Level character.

  • Another "street-level" character whose power levels make her one of the most lethal in this category. Pyrokinesis and all that.

  • Daredevil's most hated enemy. Considering that he murdered two of his greatest loves, its not hard to see why this is.

  • Considering that he's thrown Daredevil around a couple of times, that's a yes.

  • The man who broke the Bat, only to be broken himself by...

  • Actually better than people give him credit for. I also always had a soft spot for him.

  • The newer Azrael, who I personally don't like as much as the original, though the lightsab--er, I mean, swords are cool.

  • The lovely miss Hardy and Catwoman's Marvel counterpart.

  • While better with a sword, her hand-to-hand skills were such that Ras al Ghul himself was impressed.

  • Has apparently tangled with Captain America, which I find hard to believe. But whatever. He still fits.

  • What is it with Spider-Man and sexy morally ambiguous femme fatales with white hair and skin-tight suits?

  • An old flame of Shang Chi. Kind of reminds me of Wei Lin from James Bond.

  • The Bizarro to Iron Fist's Superman...or something like that. Personally I think he looks kind of cool when wearing his second costume.

  • Definitely fits, even though he's more of an archer than a hand-to-hand fighter.

  • Another one of DC's top dogs where hand-to-hand fighting is concerned.

  • Green Arrow's original protege, who fights similarly in most respects.

  • The second Speedy.

  • Especially as Ronin.

  • Again, especially as Ronin.

  • Can't say anything about the original White Tiger, but the newer one seems to fit.

  • They should use him more often.

  • Especially now that he's the current Scarlet Spider.

  • The original Scarlet Spider and second Spider-Man.

  • Something of an anti-Batman. Relies on that fancy helmet of his a little too much, but he's cool regardless.

  • The Crime Syndicate's Batman.

  • A heroic Owlman who resides on New Earth (or at least he used to anyway).

  • At least when part of the Secret Six anyway. Before that, well...he kind of sucked.

  • The sadistic and evil assassin for hire and living proof that Roy's taste in women is terrible.

  • Now I'm cheating. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are not Marvel or DC, but I love them too much to leave them off a list of street-level martial artists.

  • The sai-wielding hot-head with a red headband. He and Elektra should get together some time.

  • The deceptively deadly slacker and party-turtle.

  • The brains of the Turtles.

  • The Turtle's Sensei.

  • The Turtle's arch-enemy. The 4Kids version in particular is a beast in hand-to-hand fighting.

  • The Shredder's "daughter" and a worthy opponent to the Turtles, especially in the 4Kids show.