Your Guide to Superhero Character Types

With The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy all set to hit theaters in 2014, not to mention unending buzz from upcoming titles like Batman vs. Superman and Avengers: Age of Ultron, superhero saturation in pop culture has reached an all-time high. Love 'em or hate 'em, comic book characters are going to be around for a while, so we might as well start using shorthand to refer to them.

Utilizing the character alignment system introduced by Dungeons & Dragons and expanded into the geek world at large, here are nine different superhero (and supervillain) character types, with examples from recent film incarnations. Which are your favorite? Which are you sick of? Read on and decide below.

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The bright shining stereotype of the "superhero." Honest, earnest, forthright and noble, they fight because of a higher calling, often for abstract ideals like truth and justice. They're less concerned about their own personal lives than they are about humanity at large and upholding the values that they view as absolute and unwavering Right.

Lawful Good heroes tend to be leaders and usually, but not always, work in tandem with law enforcement or the government (but will crusade against them if they are corrupt) and are indeed viewed by the world that they live in as heroes and beloved paragons. They are fawned over, get medals and keys to the city, and are considered legends in-universe. If they were to die, the whole world, if not the whole multiverse, would mourn publicly for years. They usually have the dumbest costumes.

PROS: People whose favorite characters are Lawful Good might describe them as idealistic, protective, selfless, inspirational and truly heroic.

CONS: Those who dislike these characters would call them boring, corny, self-righteous, preachy, or stupid.

Examples: Captain America, Superman, Thor, Wonder Woman

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Source: My learnings, my friend with a 12-sided die

Where do your faves fit, ONTD?