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 want to hear your opinions! So check out who is ranked today:

hellion#52. Hellion: Julian Keller has the potential to be a bad ass character, but since Messiah Complex he’s done nothing but get his butt handed to him. In MC Lady Deathstrike nearly killed him, skewering him with her talons, then during X-Men Divided We Stand he tried to join Magneto but was denied by the Master of Magnetism, and most recently in X-Force he allowed himself to get captured by the Leper Queen and was nearly executed. He really should be ranked higher on this list, but has done virtually nothing but set himself back since Messiah Complex began, preventing him from making the top 50.

Powers: Hellion possesses the power of Telekinesis, making him able to move solid matter with his thoughts. With this power he can fly, move objects from a distance, create kinetic shields, and create blasts of telekinetic force. Emma Frost recently removed subconscious blocks on his power, and while it has stabilized at a higher level before her intervention, Julian is now having problems focusing his ability due to the increase.

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

nehzno#51. Gentle: After the events of Messiah Complex, Nezhno Abidemi decided to return to his homeland of Wakanda happy to be free of the insane life of being an X-Man. However, he was surprisingly ostracized by his people because he is half Russian, and has since realized that his friends at the Institute weren’t so bad after all. Nezhno most recently appeared in the X-Men: Worlds Apart mini series where he helped Storm defeat the Shadow King in Wakanda.

Powers: Gentle possesses Extreme Strength that increases the muscle mass of his body when in use. As a result, his powers cause serious strain on his body so he wears vibranium tattoos that help prevent his power from getting out of control. However, every time he uses his mutant ability he inherently gets stronger and eventually the tattoos will fail, and when/if that happens Nezhno would die due to his inability to control the expansion of his muscle mass. He has the potential to rank higher on this list, but the fact that his powers could kill him prevent Gentle from gaining more ground in the rankings.

First Appearance: New X-Men #23, 2006.

ruby#50. Ruby Summers: Ruby is from Earth 1191 (the same future as Bishop) and, along with Layla Miller, helped start the Summers Rebellion against the mutant oppressors of her time. Even though we don’t know much about her yet, the fact that she has lived, thrived, and survived in a horrible future where mutants are exterminated like roaches, she has earned the 50th slot in our rankings. Something is up with this crazy red chick, but we’re going to have to wait to find out what that may be in future issues of X-Factor.

Powers: Like her father, Ruby can emit force beams from her eyes, but her energy blasts are black (not red) and take 93 seconds to recharge. She can also transform her body into organic ruby, similar to her mother’s diamond form. The ruby form prevents her from aging and allows her to survive without sustenance. This sounds awesome, but she has been in this form for so long that if she were to revert back to flesh and blood she would most likely age years in a matter of seconds- so she chooses life instead.

First Appearance: X-Factor Special: Layla Miller #1, 2008.

forge#49. Forge: One of my favorite characters, after the events of Messiah Complex Forge was attacked by Bishop who stole one of his cybernetic arms. Bishop got the drop on him, easily taking him out. Forge hasn’t been the most sane person to date, and it was recently revealed in Astonishing X-Men that he’s looking for a solution to M-Day: creating his own brand of mutants who resemble lizard guys who ate too much of the week old meat at Taco Bell. He’s currently living in a giant floating ship around Wundagore Mountain, and his status as a friend or foe is up in the air…

Powers: Forge is an Intuitive Genius, meaning he can visually perceive mechanical energy (the kinetic energy and potential energy present in the components of mechanical systems) in action, allowing him to invent virtually anything given the time and parts to do so. He can understand the functional operations of any machine or technological device within his visual range. As a result, many of the logical steps required in developing a piece of machinery are worked out in his subconscious mind, so that at times even he may not be entirely aware of how he built something. Due to his Native American heritage, Forge has tampered with sorcery and has developed several magical spells, including a ‘spirit-sight’ which allows him to open portals to other dimensions, and the ability to steal others’ souls to enhance his sorcery. He is also an accomplished pilot, and his cybernetic leg was created to replace the limb lost during his time serving in the Vietnam War.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #184, 1984.