Superheroes in Chinese
Following on from the success of our excellent guest blog post on the most famous movie quotes in Chinese we’ve got more!
Superheroes, someone everyone dreams about being at some point in their life!
They are known for having a heroic attitude and supernatural powers they use to fight crime. They defeat the villains and to protect the public.
They are our favourite film stars, but do you know how to talk about superheroes in Chinese? No, we thought not so let’s get teaching like we do best here at LTL!
The word to indicate Superheroes in Chinese is 超级英雄 (超级 Chāo jí = Super 英雄 yīng xióng = hero)
Here is a rundown of some of our favourites. Who are yours?
Spiderman in Chinese – 蜘蛛侠 Zhīzhū xiá
Peter Parker 彼得•帕克 (Bǐdé • Pàkè) was only a teenager when he was bitten by a radioactive spider granting him spider-like powers.
After the death of his uncle, which he could have prevented, he learned how “with great power, comes great responsibility.”
From then on, he started to protect the innocent from harm. That’s how Peter Parker became the Amazing Spider-Man!
How to write Spiderman in Chinese Characters: 蜘蛛侠
How to Pronouce Spiderman in Chinese Pinyin: Zhīzhū Xiá
Literal Meaning: 蜘蛛 means spider, and 侠 is the word for a heroic person, so it’s a bit more like ‘Spider Hero’.
More of your favourite Spider Man characters and villains in Chinese:
Mary Jane: 玛丽•简 (Mǎlì•jiǎn)
Harry Osborn: 哈利•奥斯本 (Hā lì•ào sī běn)
Green Goblin: 绿魔 (Lǜ mó)
Doctor Octopus: 章鱼博士 (Zhāngyú bóshì)
SUPERPOWERS – 超能力 Chāo nénglì
Spiderman’s powers include spider’s leaping 跳跃能力 (tiào yuè néng lì), wall-crawling 墙上行走 (qiáng shàng xíng zǒu), spider sense 蜘蛛感觉 (zhī zhū gǎn jué), super strength 强壮慨肌肉 super flexibility灵活性(líng huó xìng), super balance 平衡感 (píng héng gǎn). He can also create and shoot strong spider web material 蜘蛛丝 (zhī zhū sī).
Superman in Chinese – 超人Chāorén
One of the most famous and popular superheroes there is! Kal-El was just a baby born on a planet called Krypton, when his parents placed him into a rocket bound for Earth.
Once landed he was found by Martha and Jonathan Kent who took him in and raised him as their own son with the name of Clark Kent克拉克•肯特 (Kèlākè • Kěntè).
A name synonymous with superheroes around the world and the film, which was released way back in 1978 cleared $300 million in the Box Office.
Superman remains to this day one of the most popular and talked about superheroes in the world of cinema!
How to write Superman in Chinese Characters: 超人
How to Pronouce Superman in Chinese Pinyin: Chāorén
Literal Meaning: 超 means ‘super’, and 人 means ‘man/person’.
More of your favourite Superman characters in Chinese:
Lois Lane 罗伊斯•莱恩 (Luō yī sī • lái’ēn)
Lex Luthor: 莱克斯•卢瑟 (Láikè sī • lú sè)
SUPERPOWERS – 超能力
Superman’s super powers include super strength 超级力气 (chāo jí lìqì), super senses, super speed 超级速度 (chāo jí sù dù), invulnerability 刀枪不入(dāo qiāng bùrù), heat ray 热射线(rè shè xiàn) and flight 飞行 (fēi xíng) etc.
Batman in Chinese – 蝙蝠侠 Biānfúxiá
Bruce Wayne布鲁斯•韦恩 (bùlǔsī • wéiēn) is a billionaire industrialist and notorious playboy, but in his secret identity, he is Batman. The superhero protector of Gotham City 哥谭市 (gētánshì).
As Batman he wears a bat costume, fights against evil and strikes terror into the hearts of criminals everywhere.
Although he has no superhuman powers, he is one of the world’s greatest fighters and smartest men.
With that his popularity is huge!
How to write Batman in Chinese Characters: 蝙蝠侠
How to Pronouce Batman in Chinese Pinyin: Biānfúxiá
Literal Meaning: 蝙蝠 means ‘bat’, and 侠 means ‘heroic person’.
More of your favourite Batman characters and villains in Chinese:
Robin: 罗宾 (luóbīn)
Joker: 小丑 (xiǎochǒu)
Bane: 贝恩 (bèiēn)
SUPERPOWERS – 超能力
The abilities that makes Batman a superhero are a genius-level of intellect 天才级的智力 (Tiān cái jí de zhì lì), and a peak human physical condition 惊人的体能 (jīng rén de tǐ néng). He’s a skilled martial artist 大师级的武术(dà shī jí de wǔ shù) and an expert detective 高超的侦探能力 (gāo chāo de zhēn tàn néng lì).
So we’ve picked our favourite three, but of course there are so may more characters to learn…
Wonder Woman in Chinese – 神奇女侠 Shénqí nǚxiá
Wonder woman is a founding member of the Justice League正义联盟 (zhèngyì liánméng), a team of superheroes ready to take on the world.
DID YOU KNOW – When off duty, ‘Wonder woman’ goes by the name ‘Diana Prince’.
How to write Wonder Woman in Chinese Characters: 神奇女侠
How to Pronouce Wonder Woman in Chinese Pinyin: Shénqí nǚxiá
Literal Meaning: 神奇 means ‘magical/miraculous’, and 女侠 means heroic female. So translating her name literally wonder woman is ‘ Magical Heroic Woman’. Not far off!
Green Lantern in Chinese – 绿灯侠 Lǜdēng xiá
Green Lantern has had several incarnations throughout the years.
Each one fights evil with the help of green rings that give them various superpowers.
How to write Green Lantern in Chinese Characters: 绿灯侠
How to Pronouce Green Lantern in Chinese Pinyin: lǜdēngxiá
Literal Meaning: 绿灯 means ‘green light/lantern’, and 侠 means ‘heroic person’.
Avengers in Chinese – 复仇者联盟 Fùchóu zhělián méng
We’ve couldn’t leave out some of our favourite Avengers characters, so here goes…
Avengers in Chinese: 复仇者联盟 (fùchóuzhěliánméng)
Iron Man in Chinese: 钢铁侠 (gāngtiěxiá)
Captain America in Chinese: 美国队长 (měiguó duìzhǎng)
Thor in Chinese: 雷神托尔 (léishéntuōěr)
But who are your favourite superheroes? Comment below with your favourite superheroes and films including them. Do you know their names in Chinese? If not I’m sure we can help 🙂
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