Gold is a color traditionally associated with justice, wisdom, heroism, and royalty – all characteristics associated with superheroes. There’s something particularly striking about gold superheroes. Whether it’s their shimmering costumes or their metallic powers, gold superheroes have a special allure that sets them apart from the rest. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the world of gold superheroes, examining their history, their unique qualities, and what makes them such an essential part of the superhero pantheon.
1. Goldbug (Earth-616, Marvel)
As his name suggests, Goldbug wears a suit of golden armor that enhances his strength and durability. He also has a variety of gadgets and weapons at his disposal, including energy blasters and a retractable grappling hook.
The bug-themed superhero‘s real name is Matthew Gilden gold-obsessed, a technologically-powered thief who stole a suit of powered armor from his employer, Cross Technological Enterprises, and used it to become the costumed criminal known as Goldbug. He has also been a member of the villainous team, the Masters of Evil.
Goldbug was actually created as a deliberate homage to the second version of the superhero Blue Beetle, Both characters also use technology-based gadgets and weaponry to fight crime, although Blue Beetle is generally considered a hero while Goldbug is often portrayed as a villain or antihero.
2. Golden Glider (DC Comics)
A former Olympic figure skater and Captain Cold’s clever sister, Golden Glider (Lisa Snart) can skate anywhere, including through the air, thanks to her super ice skates. After the death of her lover, the Top, she became a supervillain with her brother.
As a minor villain (before Flashpoint), Golden Glider became the leader of the Rogues (New 52). She became more violent than her brother and was motivated by revenge against Flash during the Silver Age. Unlike her brother and The Top, Lisa was able to combine elements of both of their gimmicks with her own ‘trick gems’ that could do just about anything she wanted them to. Cold is feared by many criminals, but Lisa is feared by many.
She used to fly with a pair of specially designed skates before the reboot, but now she has a Superpower Lottery.
Her costumes feature a white and gold motif, clearly marking her as one of the villains. Golden Glider is incredibly powerful – able to use astral projection, fly, and teleport, as well as utilize prehensile ribbon-like tendrils that can be used for a variety of purposes, including binding objects and projecting intangibility onto others.
3. Golden Girl (Marvel)
Betsy Ross was a World War II-era superhero who was created by the U.S. government as part of a secret program to develop superhuman soldiers. Ross was a member of the U.S. Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps, and had previously worked as a waitress and later as an FBI agent. Jeffrey Mace supplied her with a costume and a superhero identity: Golden Girl! But she never had any superpowers.
As the Golden Girl, Betsy Ross fought alongside Captain America and other members of the Invaders, a team of superheroes who battled Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II. She was known for her patriotic spirit, her fighting skills, and her distinctive golden costume.
4. Goldstar (DC Comics)
Goldstar is actually the superhero identity of a character named Michelle Carter, who is the twin sister of Booster Gold’s best friend, Ted Kord, a brilliant inventor and superhero. He often overshadowed her as she grew up in a wealthy family in Gotham City. Michelle was inspired to become a superhero after her brother was killed by Maxwell Lord. Taking on the identity of Goldstar, she used a suit of powered armor to fight crime and protect innocent lives. Goldstar became a close friend of Booster Gold, (Booster Gold” #1 in 1986), a fellow time traveler and superhero.
Michelle Carter initially adopted the superhero identity of Goldstar to help Booster Gold fight crime and save lives, but she was tragically killed in action while saving the President of the United States from an alien attack.
Her time as a superhero was brief, but Goldstar remains a symbol of heroism and sacrifice in the DC Universe.
5. Gold (DC Comics)
A bit of a narcissist who appointed himself the leader of the Metal Men because gold is obviously the best metal. Gold is the cleverest field leader, providing calm leadership and taking advantage of the group’s talents.
His team consists of Copper, Lead, Iron, and Platinum – all created by Doc Magnus. As their gold superhero, Gold usually finds himself tasked with keeping the peace between the excitable Platinum and short-tempered Mercury. He had their metals switched. Their personalities thought processes, and overall attitudes switch, too.
At 1063 degrees centigrade Gold can shapeshift and stretch his form into a 50-mile-long golden wire. Gold is also an expert in the field of chemistry as it relates to the element of Gold.
6. Goldballs (Marvel)
As a young mutant, Fabio Medina had the ability to create gold-colored spheres from his body. When he first manifested his powers, he was afraid and didn’t know how to control them, but he eventually became a member of the X-Men.
As Goldballs, Fabio has used his powers to create large gold spheres that he can use for offensive and defensive purposes. Aside from using his powers to create solid objects by merging his spheres together, he has also been able to create smaller spheres for transportation or distraction.
He also formed friendships with other young mutants, such as Tempus, Triage, and Benjamin Deeds, who were also members of the X-Men.
Despite his seemingly the worst superhero trope, Goldballs has proven himself to be a valuable member of the X-Men, and his powers have proved useful in a variety of situations. Fans of the X-Men comics have also shown that he is a positive person with a sense of humor.
7. Booster Gold (DC Comics)
As a security guard at a museum in the 25th century, Booster Gold’s real name is Michael Jon Carter. In hopes of becoming a famous superhero and making a fortune through endorsements and merchandise sales, he stole advanced technology and a power suit from the museum’s exhibits and traveled back in time to the 20th century.
In his role as Booster Gold, Michael Carter quickly became famous for fighting crime and performing heroic deeds using his powers and advanced technology. In the beginning, he was more concerned with his own fame and wealth than helping others, but over time he developed a more selfless and heroic outlook.
It is not surprising that Booster Gold has been a member of the Justice League and Justice Society of America. As well as having many adventures across time and space, he has also been involved in some of the most significant events in the universe, including “Infinite Crisis” and “Flashpoint.”
It was Booster Gold’s golden power suit and advanced technology that allowed him to travel through time and interact with many historical figures and events in the DC Universe.
8. Black Adam (DC Comics)
Originally a mortal man, Teth-Adam was chosen by the wizard Shazam to become the Egyptian gods’ champion, and he is known as Black Adam. When Teth-Adam became corrupted by his power, he turned to evil, leading to a confrontation with the wizard and ultimately losing his powers.
A few years ago, Black Adam regained his powers and became one of DC Universe’s most powerful beings. As well as being able to fly and possess superhuman strength, speed, agility, endurance, and stamina, he can summon lightning and control it to strike enemies. The elements of earth, air, fire, and water can also be manipulated by him through magic.
It is Black Adam’s golden armor that gives him additional strength, durability, and protection. The armor is made of a special alloy that enhances his magical abilities and helps him to channel and control the lightning he can summon.
As the comics have evolved, the armor has also acquired various mystical properties, including the ability to manipulate reality and create protective force fields. The exact extent of the armor’s powers can vary depending on the writer and the storyline, but it is always a formidable and iconic part of Black Adam’s persona.
9. The Guardian (DC Comics)
During his time as Guardian, he wore a dark blue jumpsuit with a golden helmet and golden shoulder and wrist pads. Also known as Jim Harper, he was a police officer in Metropolis who became frustrated with the limitations of the law in stopping crime. He created a costumed alter ego, the Guardian, and used his skills and equipment to fight crime on his own terms.
He was a skilled fighter and athlete with exceptional strength and agility as the Guardian, but he did not possess superhuman powers. His primary weapon was a shield made of a special metal called “Guardedium,” which was nearly indestructible and capable of deflecting bullets and other projectiles.
In addition to the Newsboy Legion, a team of young newspaper vendors who helped him fight crime, the Guardian has also been a member of the All-Star Squadron and the Freedom Fighters.
The Guardian’s backstory and powers have been expanded in later iterations. In some versions, he has been given superhuman strength and durability, as well as the ability to recover quickly from injuries. He has also been shown to have advanced technology and weapons at his disposal, including a jetpack and energy blasts.
10. Gold Wonder Woman (Dc Comics)
In various canonized storylines, DC writers and artists incorporated the golden armor into Diana’s arsenal when she found herself in the midst of a grand battle.
In place of her traditional red, white, and blue battle gear, Diana chooses something more dazzling: golden armor, a helmet emblazoned with the eagle on her belt, and gigantic metallic wings that can pierce the sky. This armor is known as the Golden Eagle Armor in DC comic book lore.
As part of a storyline in which Wonder Woman changed her costume, she adopted a new, more powerful one and discarded her old one. Wonder Woman’s Gold costume was designed to represent this new strength and power. It signifies someone who seeks out battle. It also includes gold tiaras, gold bracelets, golden wings, and golden eagle helmets. The eagle emblem on her chest has been replaced with a stylized “W” symbol.
11. Nubia (DC Comics)
Nubia is an Amazon warrior who is often depicted wearing a red and gold costume that is similar to Wonder Woman’s costume. Her costume typically includes gold-colored accents such as a belt, headband, and bracelets. Nubia is also known for her golden lasso, which she uses in a similar way to Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth.
According to some stories, Nubia was made by the Amazon queen Hippolyta from the same clay as Diana, the future Wonder Woman. However, Nubia was stolen as a baby by the god of war, Ares, who raised her to be a fierce warrior and trained her in the art of combat. After the meeting, Nubia and Diana fight but eventually become friends and allies.
Nubia has also been portrayed as the product of a magical experiment that went wrong and split her soul from Diana during her creation, according to other versions of her origin story. Circe trained Nubia in dark magic and imbued her with superhuman abilities, and raised her as a sorceress.
12. Gold Lantern Corps (DC Comics)
Gold Lantern Corps is part of the 32nd Century Legion of Super-Heroes (LOSH). They first appear in The Green Lantern #10 but introduce themselves as Gold Lantern Corps in #11.
It looks like they were made by a Yellow Lantern with a strong sense of justice through fear. In the Legion of Superheroes era, they made their debut in the era of unfathomable happiness and joy, and can only be wielded by those who have experienced and expressed nothing but happiness and joy throughout their lives.
With the power of the Elders of Oa, the Gold Lantern can construct anything he can imagine with the ring, as well as fly unaided in space at speeds faster than light. The Gold Lantern appears to have near-limitless power and benefits from having a wielder who practices self-control.
13. Wasp (Marvel)
Janet Van Dyne was a wealthy socialite who was recruited by Hank Pym (the original Ant-Man) to become his partner in crime fighting. Pym gave her a suit that allowed her to shrink to the size of an insect and gave her the ability to fly. She also has the ability to fire bio-electric energy blasts from her hands.
As a member of the Avengers for many years, Wasp has worked closely with other superheroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor. She has also been a member of several incarnations of the Avengers, including the West Coast Avengers and the Secret Avengers.
As well as being a superhero, Wasp is also a successful businesswoman who has served as chairperson of the Avengers and CEO of her own company.
Wasp is known for her intelligence, sharp wit, and fashion sense. She wears a predominantly black and gold color scheme. The costume typically includes a black bodysuit with gold accents, as well as gold wings and wristbands.
14. Thunder (Black Lightning!)
Anissa is one of the few openly LGBTQ characters in the DC Comics universe. Her costume includes a black bodysuit with gold stripes down the sides, a dark blue leather jacket with gold trim, and a gold necklace with her superhero emblem. The gold accents on her costume are a nod to her superhero name and add a touch of regality to her look.
Her real name is Anissa Pierce and she is the daughter of the superhero Black Lightning. Anissa has the power to manipulate her body’s density, allowing her to become invulnerable and super strong. With the help of her father, she learns to control her powers and becomes a vigilante, taking on the superhero identity of Thunder.
15. Adam Warloc (Earth-616, Marvel)
The Enclave, a group of scientists, created Adam as an artificial being in order to create the perfect human race. Adam rebels against his creators, becoming a powerful superhero in his own right.
Among Adam Warlock’s many abilities are superhuman strength, speed, agility, energy projection, and the ability to manipulate matter and reality. Also known for his intellect and strategic mind, he has been frequently involved in cosmic conflicts.
In addition to his superhero career, the gold superhero has also had a complex and tumultuous personal life, including conflicts with his creators, battles with other powerful beings like Thanos and the Magus, and involvement with various superhero teams. As a member of the Avengers, the Infinity Watch, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, he has worked with many superheroes.