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Which superheroes are the most eco-friendly?

Our favourite superheroes are always saving the world, but which superhero pulls out all the stops when it comes to protecting the planet?

In a bid to reveal the most and least eco-friendly superheroes of today, energy saving site Save On Energy created a points-based study that ranks the superheroes to discover which famous superheroes are the most and least eco-friendly of all.

How does the scoring system work?

To create our Eco-Friendly Superhero Index, we ranked and scored each superhero’s contribution to the environment from 1 to 30 (30 being a positive contribution and one being a negative contribution) based on the following criteria:

  • Ethos and background = What kind of homeland does the superhero hail from, and what are their attitudes towards planets and their ecosystems?

  • Personal composition = Does the superhero possess a natural ability or power and how did they acquire it?

  • Raw damage potential = How much could the superhero’s natural ability harm the planet?

  • Choice of weapons = What kind of weapon(s) does the superhero wield and how does it impact the environment?

  • Choice of transportation = does the superhero waste energy and fuel driving to their destination, or do they teleport or make greener travel choices?

Who are the 10 most eco-friendly superheroes?

1. Spider-Man 

Our study ranks Spider-Man as the most eco-friendly superhero, with an impressive total of 127 Eco-Points overall. The Marvel character was awarded 28 points for his eco-centric ethos and background, 27 points for his personal composition, 30 points for his raw damage potential, 17 points for his choice of weapons, 30 for his choice of transportation, and a further 15 points for his personal help to the environment.

Spider-Man only had 20 points deducted for damage made to the environment, leaving him with the highest eco-friendly score of all. 

2. Aquaman 

Aquaman ranked as the second most eco-friendly superhero, with a grand total of 126 Eco-Points overall. Aquaman received an impressive 30 points for his ethos and background – the highest of all 30 superheroes studied. The superhero was also awarded 26 points for his personal composition, 20 points for his raw damage potential, and 26 points each for both his choice of weapons and transportation methods. 

Aquaman also received 24 points for personal help to the environment. However, 26 points were deducted for his personal damage to the environment, but this doesn’t stop him from scoring the second spot.

3. Storm 

With a strong total of 123 eco-friendly points, Storm ranks as the third most eco-friendly superhero. Storm received 2 points for personal help to the environment, 26 points for ethos and background, 29 points for personal composition, 16 points for raw damage potential and 28 points for weapon choice, but just 14 for choice of transportation. 

Fortunately, Storm only had 8 points deducted on the basis of personal damage to the environment, meaning the hero ranked within the 3 most eco-friendly superheroes studied. 

4. Black Widow

Black Widow placed as the fourth most eco-friendly superhero according to the study, receiving a score of 116 points in total. 12 of these points were awarded for ethos and background, 22 were awarded for personal composition, 11 for raw damage potential, 25 for choice of weapons and 24 for choice of transportation. 

Black Widow was also awarded a strong 27 points for personal help to the environment and had only 5 points deducted for personal damage to the environment. 

5. Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman scored the spot of the fifth most eco-friendly superhero, boasting a score of 113 Eco-Points. These included: 21 points for ethos and background, 28 points for personal composition, 22 points for raw damage potential, 27 points for choice of weapons, 4 points for choice of transportation and 23 points for her contribution to the environment. 

However, 12 points were deducted from her score for the personal damage she caused to the environment, thus ranking this superhero as the fifth most eco-friendly. 

6. Valkyrie

Valkyrie ranked as the sixth most eco-friendly superhero studied, having been awarded 112 points. Despite receiving only 7 points for personal contribution to the environment and having 9 deducted for their personal damage to the environment, Valkyrie scored fairly well otherwise. Her scores included 16 points for ethos and background, 25 points for personal composition, 21 points for raw damage potential, 23 points for choice of weapons and 29 for choice of transportation.

7. Drax the Destroyer

Boasting 107 Eco-Points, Drax the Destroyer placed as the seventh most eco-friendly superhero. Drax was awarded 17 points for ethos and background, 20 points for personal composition, 18 points for raw damage potential, 24 points for weapon choice, 9 points for transportation choices and 21 points for personal help to the environment. It also helped that Drax only lost two points for his personal damage to the environment. 

8. The Wasp

The Wasp placed as the eighth most eco-friendly superhero, with 100 Eco-Points. Of these points, The Wasp received 22 for personal help to the environment, 22 for choice of transportation, 4 for choice of weapons, 24 for raw damage potential, 13 for personal composition and 18 for ethos and background. The Wasp only lost points when it came to personal damage to the environment, whereby they lost three points in total.

9. AntMan 

According to our Eco-Friendly Superhero Index, AntMan is the ninth most eco-friendly superhero, with 99 points in total. 29 of these points were awarded for his personal help to the environment, 23 for his ethos and background, 14 for his personal composition, 29 for his raw damage potential, 5 for his weapons and 27 for his choice of transportation. AntMan did, however, lose 28 points for his personal damage to the environment. 

10. The Flash

The Flash placed as the tenth most eco-friendly superhero, scoring 98 Eco-Points in total. Of these points, 14 were awarded for ethos and background, 6 for personal composition, 17 for raw damage potential, 21 for choice of weapons, 20 for choice of transport, and 30 for personal help to the environment. Although, it is worth noting that 10 points were also deducted for personal damage to the environment. 

Who are the 10 least eco-friendly superheroes?

1. Iron Man

Unfortunately, it was Iron Man who ranked as the least eco-friendly superhero in our index, receiving just 24 points in total – 103 points less than Spider-Man in first place. Not only did he receive just one point for his ethos and background, two for his choice of weapon, nine points for his help to the environment, 10 for his choice of transport, and 12 for his personal composition, he also had a 27 point deduction for his personal damage to the environment. However, he was awarded 17 points for his raw damage potential. 

2. The Hulk

Ranking as the second worst superhero when it comes to the environment was The Hulk, who received just 25 Eco-Points. The Hulk only gained one point for his choice of transport, two points for his ethos and background, three points for his personal composition, four points for his raw damage potential, 19 points for his choice of weapons, and 20 points for his personal help to the environment. To make matters worse for the superhero, 24 points were deducted from The Hulk’s score for his personal damage to the environment. 

3. Batman

Another familiar face placed as the third least eco-friendly superhero: Batman received just 30 Eco-Points overall. Even though one point was awarded for Batman’s choice of weapons, two for his choice of transport, three for his ethos and background, four for his personal composition, and 25 points each for his personal help to the environment and raw damage potential, a whopping 29 points were then deducted for personal damage to the environment – halving his score! 

4. Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel ranked as the fourth least eco-friendly superhero, with a score of just 35. He received just one point for raw damage potential, two for personal composition, eight points for personal help to the environment, nine for choice of weapons, 11 for choice of transport and 25 points for ethos and background. However, Captain Marvel lost 21 points for personal damage caused to the environment, making him one of the least eco-friendly superheroes in our index.

5. Captain America

Captain America placed as the fifth least eco-friendly superhero studied. He was awarded one point for personal composition, five points for raw damage potential, eight points for choice of weapon, 11 points for ethos and background, 13 points for choice of transport and 18 points for his personal help to the environment. However, Captain America then lost 18 points from his score for his personal damage to the environment thus bringing his Eco-Score to just 38 points.

6. Scarlett Witch 

Scarlett Witch was the sixth least eco-friendly superhero, scoring just 51 points. The following points were awarded: two points were awarded for raw damage potential, 13 points each for personal help to the environment, weapon of choice and ethos and background, 16 for personal composition, and 19 for transportation. However, Scarlett Witch lost a staggering 25 points for damage caused to the environment personally! 

7. Deadpool 

Deadpool placed as the seventh least eco-friendly in our Eco-Friendly Superhero Index, with 52 points. He was awarded five points for ethos and background, 11 points for personal help to the environment, 12 points each for raw damage potential and choice of weapons, 15 points for personal composition, and 16 points for transport choice. However, 19 points were deducted for Deadpool’s personal damage caused to the environment.  

8. Star-Lord

Star-Lord ranked as the eighth least eco-friendly superhero, with a score of 59. Of these, five were for transportation, six for choice of weapons, eight for ethos and background, 10 for personal help to the environment, 19 were for personal composition, and 28 for raw damage potential. The Star-Lord also lost 17 of these points on account of personal damage caused to the environment, thus ranking him among the bottom 10. 

9. Wolverine and Superman

Finally, Wolverine and Superman both ranked as the ninth least eco-friendly superheroes studied, each with 62 Eco-Points.

Wolverine’s point score was made up of the following: 6 were awarded for his ethos and background, 5 were awarded for his personal composition, 15 were awarded for his raw damage potential, 20 for his choice of weapons, 18 for his choice of transport and 4 for his personal help to the environment. Although 6 points were deducted from his score due to his personal damage to the environment. 

Superman’s point score was made up of the following: 24 points were awarded for his ethos and background, 23 points were awarded for his personal composition, 3 points were awarded for his raw damage potential, 16 points were awarded for his choice of weapons, 12 points were awarded for his choice of transport and 14 points were awarded for his personal help to the environment. However, a hefty 30 points were deducted for his personal damage to the environment. 

10. Rocket Raccoon

Rocket Racoon ranked as the tenth least eco-friendly superhero in our index, with a score of just 35. He received just three for his choice of weapons, seven for ethos and background, eight for choice of transportation, 17 for personal help to the environment, 18 for personal composition, and a further 26 raw damage potential. However, Rocket Raccoon lost 15 points for personal damage to the environment, thus ranking this superhero among the least eco-friendly.

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Methodology:

1. SaveOnEnergy firstly decided on the 30 most iconic superheroes to investigate in this study, taking into account fame, influence, recently released movies and general public interest/discussion.

2. To create the Eco-Friendly Superhero Index, we ranked and scored each superhero’s contribution to the environment from 1-30, with 30 being a positive contribution and 1 a negative contribution based on the following criteria:

  • Ethos and background = What kind of homeland does the superhero hail from, and what are their attitudes towards planets and their ecosystems?

  • Personal composition = Does the superhero possess a natural ability or power and how did they acquire it?

  • Raw damage potential = how much could the superhero’s natural ability harm the planet?

  • Choice of weapons = what kind of weapon(s) does the superhero wield and how does it impact the environment?

  • Choice of transportation = does the superhero waste energy and fuel driving to their destination or do they teleport or make greener travel choices?

3. Furthermore, considering the most recent box office film for each superhero, we tallied the number of times each superhero caused damage to the environment and prevented damage to the environment, ranking and scoring them the same way. Where there wasn’t a movie dedicated solely to a superhero, the next best movie they were involved in was used (e.g. Guardians of the Galaxy was considered for Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax).

4. Totalling the scores for all criteria, the final eco-friendly scores were calculated.