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! I’m sure some people are going to be pissed off with this one, so here goes:

sage#40. Sage: Tessa was totally detached from the events of Messiah Complex as she was traveling the Omniverse with her fellow Exiles in Chris Claremont’s underachieving New Exiles series. Since the title ended a few months ago she has been in comic book limbo, and if she had appeared in a mainstream X-Book her ranking would most likely be higher. After all, he did save the entire Omniverse by merging her entity with the New Exiles former base of operations, the Crystal Palace. That’s right, Sage is now fused with a crystal structure somewhere in the middle of wherever… oh Chris Claremont, the things you do that make no sense.

Powers: I suppose I shouldn’t be too hard on Claremont for writing Sage’s recent fusion considering her primary mutant powers. They are Cyberpathy, the ability to communicate with computers and computer mainframes, and Kinetic Memory, meaning she has a computer brain that works much faster than any manufactured CPU. Tessa is able to perform several mental functions at once without losing focus on any of them, allowing her to accurately recall specific information almost instantly. She has a photographic memory, can predict probability, and even has a pressure point on her body that permits her to reboot her mind like a computer. Genetic Sight allows Sage to sense nearby mutants and understand how their powers work – often better than they do themselves. Tessa is highly trained in martial arts, hand to hand combat, and is deadly with all types of firearms. The cybernetic glasses she wears function as a wireless broadband computer network complete with a visual input system for when her hands are otherwise occupied.  She is also immune to telepathic attacks. Yeah, Sage is bad ass.

First Appearance: X-Men #132, 1980.

ink#39. Ink/Leon Nunez: Unless you were like me and were one of the few people who rode out the short lived Young X-Men series from beginning to end, you probably have no idea who the hell Ink is. He began his X-Career working as an undercover agent for the mutant hating cyborg, Donald Pierce. For Pierce, he betrayed his new mutant teammates, but after Wolf Cub is killed as a result of his betrayal, Ink realizes that he does not want to continue going down an evil path so he reforms his ways. His first step towards doing this was when he utilized his Phoenix Force tattoo to revive a recently deceased Dust. Since the tat could only approximate the powers of the Phoenix, not actually grant him the true energies associated with the Phoenix Force, the strain of bringing Dust back to life put Ink into a comatose state where he currently remains.

Powers: This is where Ink’s character gets a little tricky… he isn’t actually a mutant, but a human with tattoo’s that grant him super powers. These tats were given to him by the mutant Leon Nunez whose ability is to grant others super powers by tattooing iconic symbols on their skin. Meaning if he drew flames, the tattooed person could shoot fire, etc, etc. However, with each tattoo he creates a little bit of Leon’s will is sapped, and the recent Phoenix tat he gave to Ink also resulted in his being placed into a coma. The power limit of both Eric Gitter (Ink) and Leon has yet to be revealed, but the fact that one could create something that mimics the Phoenix Force and the other currently wields that power is the reason why this pair rank in at number 39 on our list. In addition to the Phoenix power, Ink has the following tattoos: a Biohazard Symbol which causes his victims to become extremely ill, a Super Strength tattoo that resembles Colossus’ steel skin, two Lightning Bolt tats give him Telepathy, Wings on his back grant Flight, an Explosive Symbol allows him to blow things up and punch through solid matter, and the Caduceus Symbol gives him the ability to heal others. (Ink is the one pictured above)

First Appearance: Young X-Men #1, 2008.

strong guy#38. Strong Guy: Currently a key player in X-Force, Guido Carosella is the enforcer of the team. He’s big, strong, and always ready with a silly quip or sarcastic remark due to his time spent as an actor and a stand up comedian. To be honest, aside from punching a few people here and there he hasn’t really done much in terms of fighting lately, but because of his power potential he gets ranks in at number 38. It’s ironic because his mutant power also prevents him from ranking any higher on the list…

Powers: While Strong Guy may possess super human strength, stamina, and durability, he has a serious side effect to his power with the potential to kill him. Guido has a weak heart and as he absorbs kinetic energy to enhance his physical strength, he can only take so much or he will have a heart attack. For instance, during World War Hulk he faced off against the green menace but had to back down- not due to pain, but because his heart couldn’t keep up with the energy increase from the blows Hulk was landing. Strong Guy needs to emit the absorbed energy within 90 seconds or else it may permanently distort his body. He is in constant pain from the distortion process, and most of the energy is stored in his upper body, making his appearance top heavy and somewhat comical.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 1) #29, 1985.

gambit#37. Gambit: In the events leading up to Messiah Complex Gambit had turned into a total dick, betraying the X-Men to fight alongside Mr. Sinister’s Marauders. Post MC he had a change of heart upon learning that some goons from the Assassins Guild of New Orleans were commissioned to hunt down and kill Charles Xavier. Gambit goes looking for Charlie, but comes across the supposed killers first and takes them out. He then meets up with Xavier and the two decided to look for Rogue. Their search leads them to Australia where they find themselves amidst an environment composed entirely of Rogue’s memories. She was in intense pain which was difficult for Gambit to handle because he (of course) loves her. Chuck and Remy quickly learn that Danger, the physical manifestation of the Danger Room, is responsible for the holograms, and Professor X saves the day (covered in Rogue’s bio of our rankings) taming Danger while helping Rogue to learn how to finally control her absorption power. In order to test this, she kisses Gambit- and nothing happens! We are led to believe that Gambit will soon rejoin the X-Men, and has probably already given it to Rogue multiple times by now.

Powers: Remy LeBeau has the ability of Molecular Acceleration which enables him to take the potential energy stored in an object and convert it to kinetic energy. Basically when he ‘charges’ an object, he turns it into an explosive. Gambit prefers to charge smaller items because they are easier to throw and larger objects take longer to charge. In order to charge something he has to make skin contact, and he has yet to learn how to use his power on living tissue. The kinetic energy he absobs also provides him with a form of Static Interference that prevents his mind from intrusion and detection from most telepaths. Gambit can also charm people by charging the kinetic energy within a person’s brain, having them believe whatever he says. Remy also has enhanced agility, is a superb street fighter, and often uses a bo staff for a weapon. Ranking Gambit this low will probably piss some people off, but despite his popularity, those who are ranked in front of him could drop LeBeau if they had to.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #266, 1990.