I’m power ranking all of the X-Men (and former X-Men) who are currently appearing in a comic book or have appeared in a comic since Messiah Complex ended. There are 75 total characters to rank (nearly all are mutants) beginning with the weakest and ending with the strongest.

So what are power rankings? Mostly used to rank sports teams on how well they are playing now, my power rankings are a list of X-Men based on what their power set is in current continuity (or most recent appearance). Other factors that determined a character’s ranking are: what their power potential is, what they’ve already proven they can do (so long as it is still relevant in current continuity), and their over all level of badassness. If you disagree with me that’s totally cool- please leave a civilized comment explaining why. I don’t expect everyone to agree with me, and while I believe this list to be very solid in it’s numbering, I’m interested to hear what you have to say! So let’s check out today’s rankings:

Dani_Moonstar_color_by_hemisferio#70. Dani Moonstar: Moonstar was amongst the many mutants to lose her powers on M-Day, and since then she’s been a teacher at the Xavier Institute while sporadically popping up throughout various X-titles. During the Divided We Stand mini series she helped council Surge who was having difficulty dealing with the post Messiah Complex fallout. Dani also played a part in Young X-Men and is currently a leading cast member of the New Mutants. She’s ranked low on the list because despite her wisdom and evolved role as a mentor/teacher to the younger mutant generation she has no powers, which has resulted in her ass repeatedly getting kicked.

Powers: Currently she has none, but Dani used to have a number of different powers such as Empathic Illusion Casting, the ability to create three-dimensional images of visual concepts from the thoughts and emotional impressions within the minds of herself and others. The images that Dani caused to appear are similar to holograms (but created by psionic energy instead of lasers) that could be seen by anyone within their vicinity. However, only the people whose minds Dani pulled the images from would perceive them as ‘real,’ whereas everyone else could recognize them as illusions. In order to use this power, Moonstar had to be able to see her proposed target and actually be in the vicinity of that person (meaning she couldn’t target a person on the T.V., but could target someone she sees through binoculars miles away). She could also create Neural Arrows which would stun an opponent and then force them to relive a tragic memory. Animal Empathy was another ability Moonstar possessed and with it she could have a quasi-telepathic rapport with primates (but not humans), felines, members of the dog family, and birds. This power really came in handy when she had her winged horse, Brightwind. Other former powers included a Death Sense that allowed her to perceive the coming of Death, Resist Death which gave Dani the ability to challenge Death itself using a Cheyenne Ghost-Shaft made from her image powers, and Quantum Energy Manipulation where she could affect energy and matter on a subatomic level and fire powerful energy blasts. Yep, I’ll bet she hates the Scarlet Witch right about now.

First Appearance: Marvel Graphic Novel #4, 1982.

ripcord#69. Ripcord (formerly Stacy X): After falling victim to M-Day, a powerless Miranda Leevald left the X-Men and once again took to the streets to work as a prostitute. The loss of her abilities severely affected her, and she eventually hooked up with the New Warriors wanting to abandon her slutty ways and make a positive change in her life. She took on the name Ripcord but ended up losing her life during an accident with the crime fighting team.

Powers: As Ripcord, Miranda had special armor that contained super-strong metal tentacles, web shooters, and other gadgets. Before M-Day she had the ability of Pheromone Control which upon skin-to-skin contact allowed her to stimulate bodily functions in others. This included orgasms, vomiting, nausea, rectal ‘malfunctions’, etc. The power could also be used in a positive way for her teammates as she could speed up their healing process and give them enhanced stamina. Miranda also had scaly, snake-like skin that provided her some durability, but it went away along with her other powers on M-Day.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #399, 2001.

238332-110608-blackwing_large#68. Blackwing (formerly Beak): Remember that ugly, awkward, and annoying mutant at the Xavier Institute named Beak? Well, this is that same guy only amped up with an advanced body suit now calling himself Blackwing. After losing his ‘powers’ on M-Day, Barnell Bohusk accepted an invitation to join the New Warriors. Once a member, he was the one responsible for convincing Sofia Mantega (a.k.a Wind Dancer) to join the group and is still lame as ever.

Powers: As Blackwing, Barnell wears an advanced body suit that gives him advanced protection, the ability to fly, super strength, and energy blasts. Before M-Day he had advanced sight, talons, and light, hollow bones which allowed him to fly short distances with great effort. He was also a doofus and is the least cool thing to come out of the Netherlands.

First Appearance:  New X-Men #117, 2001.

rictor#67. Rictor: This one was tough because Rictor has remained a very interesting character despite his lack of powers, but because he’s currently just a man with a gun I couldn’t bump him up any higher than this spot. During Messiah Complex he went undercover to infiltrate the terrorist-mutant-hating-religious-fanatic group, the Purifiers, and in the current volume of  X-Factor he was serving as a personal body guard to the then pregnant Siryn. While deadly with a firearm, anyone with offensive powers would be able to drop him without a problem. Sorry Rictor fans, your boy isn’t what he used to be.

Powers: Before M-Day Rictor possessed the ability of Seismic Energy Manipulation which allowed him to generate and release powerful waves of vibrations in any object he came into physical contact with. The vibrations started within his body and then emanated outwards, causing objects to shatter and crumble while creating earthquakes and shockwaves. He was also immune to the harmful effects his vibrations would create.

First Appearance: X-Factor #17, 1987.

anole#66. Anole: Like many members of the former New X-Men, Victor Borkowski was one pissed off mutant after the events of Messiah Complex. He was angry with the X-Men for giving he and his young mutant companions a ‘poor education’ by constantly putting them in danger that more often than not resulted in the death of a teammate. During Divided We Stand, Victor refused to return to the team, insisting that when Cyclops disbanded the X-Men, he had walked out on the younger generation of mutantkind. Eventually though, Dani Moonstar convinced him otherwise, informing Anole that the team had moved to San Francisco. She told him that in the Bay Area people are more accepting of mutants and tolerant about homosexuality- something that hasn’t been an easy subject for him to deal with amongst his fellow Young X-Men. Anole is a character who has the potential to evolve into a serious leader and formidable X-Man. For now though, he’s still just a kid and due to the lack of ‘oomfh’ with his powers (especially when compared to those of his teammates) he gets this spot in the rankings.

Powers: Victor has reptilian regenerative properties, enhanced agility, camouflage, a spiked carapace on his head, and armor-like scales. He can also climb walls and has a long sticky tongue (similar to Toad’s) that he uses in combat. As a side note, Victor digs frisbee and is a talented actor (like yours truly!).

First Appearance: New Mutants vol. 2 #2, 2003.

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