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Blink and you might miss them. Welcome to Watchmojo.com and today we’ll be counting down the top 10 characters with super speed from popular culture.
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#10: The Powerpuff Girls “The Powerpuff Girls” (1998-2004)
Kicking off our list is the trio of Super powered youngsters, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup. These kindergarten-aged kids were accidentally given a very wide assortment of powers by their scientist father, and as a result, can zip around the town of… uh… Townsville, to fight crime. Best of all, they do so while leaving rainbow colors in their wake!
#9: Neo “The Matrix” Trilogy (1999-2003)
This one is unique from the others on the list. Neo’s powers exist within the computer world created by the machines. Once he overcomes his fears and masters his skills, he’s not just able to manipulate the word around him, but become a digital superman. That means being able to move fast in combat, perform bullet time, and fly at supersonic speeds. Keanu’s right, whoa indeed!
#8: The Mask “The Mask” (1994)
In this superhero comedy flick, Jim Carrey inherits the powers of the trickster god Loki… no not that Loki! Not just making Carrey’s Stanley Ipkiss some much-needed courage, with the side effect of of insanity, it gives him god powers. This means that among the more inventive powers is his ability to move around at super speeds reminiscent of a cartoon, bouncing around and even forming mini tornadoes! (Smokin’!)
#7: Dash “The Incredibles” (2004)
Next up is the 10-year-old member of the young Pixar superfamily with a name that’s spot on. This speedster isn’t just quick on his feet, but incredibly impulsive and reckless. While he is supposed to hide his powers from the outside world, he can’t help but excel at what he does best, which includes running on water. Thankfully, he’s got a super suit that is able to resist wear and tear.
#6: Speedy Gonzales “Looney Tunes” (1953-)
This comedic caricature character is easily “the fastest mouse in all Mexico.” Exaggerated accent and Mexican stereotype aside, it was the 1950s after all, this tiny and overzealous rodent is like the animal world’s Flash. Able to become nothing but a blur he zips around anyone fooling enough to try to catch or eat him. Of course, while he’s remained speedy, his more offensive traits have been dialed back over the years.
#5: Quicksilver “X-Men” & “The Avengers” Series (1964-)
The son of Magneto slash ex-member of the brotherhood of mutants turned Avenger, he earned his name from his very first appearance in 1964’s Uncanny X-Men #4. Marvel’s answer to the Flash, Pietro Maximoff is capable of running at the speed of sound, before he was later given a boost thanks to exposure to Isotope E that made him capable of reaching Mach 5. That means being able to create cyclones!
#4: Superman “Superman” Series (1939-)
He’s not just invincible and able to leap buildings in a single bound, but can perform any feat at unbelievable speeds. In fact, he’s credited, with being able to travel at Mach 4, which is four times the speed of sound. We guess that must be enough to change the earth’s rotation and turn back time, this is, after all, much faster than a speeding bullet.
#3: Road Runner “Looney Tunes” (1949-)
Since the late 1940s, this bird, named after an actual species of bird, has been having a blast zipping up and down the highway. Incredibly good at both outrunning and outsmarting the Coyote, not even ACME brand gadgets can help his hungry foe catch up! I realize it’s a matter of principle at this point put the Coyote should stop ordering contraptions and call for pizza instead. Interestingly, in real life Roadrunners can run 20 miles per hour, but coyotes can do double that. And now you know.
#2: Sonic The Hedgehog, Various (1991-)
While the actual animal is anything but speedy, Sega’s blue sneaker wearing gaming mascot burns up underneath his feet. On his quest to save the animals of the forest from Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, he gains enough speed to roll as a ball, zip up walls, and perform loops. All about being lightning fast, he’s brought similar excitement to the small screen and he can travel anywhere from the speed of sound, to the speed of light when powered up in gold form.
#1: The Flash, Various (1940-)
Was there any doubt? Coming in first on our list is the scarlet speedster whose been ripping up the page and the screen for 70 years. Inhabited by several characters over several continuities, but most famously by Barry Allen, the Flash has been the fastest hero on earth since his debut in 1940s Flash Comics #1. The quickest member of the Justice League, he’s able to travel at the speed of light, outrunning anything from Hedgehogs to Kryptonians.
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