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How Does LeBron James Stack Up Against The Greatest Masked Men Ever?

With the black facemask he donned recently to protect his broken nose, King James edged ever closer to superhero status. Let's see where he falls on the list of famous face-hiders.

 

1. Batman

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The Dark Knight gets the top slot not because his mask is the most badass – his nemesis Bane’s mask is cooler – but because it’s arguably the most famous mask in history (sorry Rocky Dennis!). For the record, we left Robin off this list because there doesn’t seem to be all that much difference between him and the Biebs.

2. LeBron James

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A number of athletes have been forced to wear masks, from Kobe and Rip Hamilton to, well, every football player, catcher, and hockey goalie out there. But nobody’s rocked it harder than the King. In fact the only reason Batman edges him out is all the rest of the cool shit he has. Yes, they’re both insanely rich physical freaks, but only one has a Batmobile and utility belt. Actually, Lebron probably has those too...

3. Spider-Man

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Unlike some of the others on this list, Spidey’s mask actually – legitimately – conceals his identity and not just his baby blues. The mask is instantly recognizable, and besides, who doesn’t love Spider-Man?

4. Jason Voorhees

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Goalie masks have always been badass, but it’s Jason’s old-school variety from Friday the 13th that had generations of fans pissing their drawers. To be fair, Michael Myers could just as easily qualify, but the Halloween baddy’s mask is actually just a Captain Kirk mask painted white, and as much as we dig William Shatner, dude’s just not that scary.

5. The Dread-Pirate Roberts

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The hero of the Princess Bride is just the coolest, okay? First off, he’s a pirate. He’s also a better swordsman than Inigo Montoya, he beat Andre the Fucking Giant at wrestling, and he outwitted Vizzini. Inconceivable!

6. V

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As the revolutionary sporting a Guy Fawkes mask, the V for Vendetta hero leads a major uprising, and looks damn dashing doing it. And that’s all well and good, but the fact that Anonymous adopted the mask as their symbol is what puts V over the top, even if most of the folks rocking these bad boys are really just computer nerds (just kidding...please don't hack us).

7 (Tie). Captain America and the Green Lantern

Both of these superheroes are undeniably awesome, which warrants their inclusion here. The reason they’re not higher, though, is we can’t really figure out what the fuck the point of their masks are. These guys don’t exactly have secret identities to protect, do they? Sorry fellas, points deducted.

9. MF Doom

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The British-born MC and producer is one of the most recognizable rappers in the hip-hop game, even though most fans have no idea what he actually looks like (see: Daft Punk). His mask is also just rad, and probably the closest to the one BronBron’s been rocking.

10. Zorro

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Kind of like a Spanish Dread Pirate Roberts, except not a pirate. And probably incapable of out-wrestling Andre the Giant, or knowing the properties of iocane powder and the folly in engaging in a land war in Asia. Good with a sword, though!

11. The Lone Ranger

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Kind of like a cowboy Dread Pirate Roberts, except not a pirate, swordsman, wrestler, or possessor of great intellect. Although, armed with his trusty revolver and silver bullets, he could probably take good ol’ DPR out with one shot, Indiana Jones style. Unfortunately for him, we just can’t forgive last summer’s movie.

12. The Phantom of the Opera

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Putting aside for the moment that the Phantom’s renown these days is due mostly to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway spectacular, the dude’s actually pretty gnarly: Underneath that mask is the face of a rotting corpse, and he lives in a secret, subterranean lair. Batcave, anyone? And anyway, “Music of the Night” is the jam, and in the movie he was played by Leonidas. So there's that.

13. Justin Bieber

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Ugh. What a jackass. He doesn't deserve to be on any "greatest list." Apologies all around.



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