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! Some obscure names get ranked in today’s list:

korvus#36. Korvus: Korvus Rook’shir is another guy who most people probably don’t know much about and are questioning why he is ranked ahead of many fan favorites. Well, the reason is because he wields a sword with the power of the freakin’ Phoenix Force! Not to mention that when Korvus was first introduced, he whooped the shit out of an entire team of X-Men (including Havok, Polaris, Professor X, Darwin, Nightcrawler, and Warpath) with ease. That’s nothing to scoff at, and the only reason why those characters are ranked ahead of Korvus is because the Phoenix Force has temporarily left his sword. That hasn’t prevented the Shi’ar warrior from kicking ass though, as he has recently taken up with Havok’s team of X-Men and the Starjammers, assisting them in their battle against the evil Summers brother, Vulcan. While he may look like he belongs in the video game Soul Calibur, the guy is hardcore. Plus, he’s nailing Rachel, so, you know… score.

Powers: Korvus doesn’t possess any super powers, but gains his abilities through wielding the Blade of the Phoenix. The weapon can only be handled by someone from his bloodline and as a result Korvus’ mind is opened to the lives and histories of it’s former owners.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #478, 2006.

karma#35. Karma: I have to admit, I’m not entirely happy with Xi’an being ranked this high, especially considering her current capture by Legion in New Mutants which has literally put her out of her mind. Despite this she was somehow in the most recent issue of Uncanny X-Men (#511), taking part in a brawl against the Red Queen’s Sisterhood. Karma wasn’t shown doing much of anything though, aside from just physically being present during the skirmish. Plus, she is having control issues with her powers lately. However, I couldn’t rank her any lower because Xi’an could pretty much screw with whomever she wanted to given her mutant power. So based on power potential alone, Karma ranks in at number 35.

Powers: Xi’an Coy Manh has the powerful ability of Mind Possession that allows her to take control of another person and manipulate their bodies, thought processes, and speech as if they were her own. Karma experiences what her subject’s senses perceive, and after the possession is over, the victim has no memory of events that occurred while under Xi’an’s control. While Karma can possess multiple minds simultaneously her control over them becomes fragmented as she shifts focus from one target to another. The draw back to her power is that if Xi’an maintains control of another person for too long, she would begin to think and act like her host, becoming subordinate like them. She also has a Psionic Deflector Shield that prevents her from psychic attacks.

First Appearance: Marvel Team Up #100, 1980.

meggan#34. Meggan: After a long hiatus Meggan re-appeared in comics during the soon-to-be canceled Captain Britain and MI-13. She was featured in the series Annual, residing in Hell while leading an army against the evil forces there. She does something unheard of in hell: granting her soldiers happiness. They grant her the name Gloriana, and Meggan gives them a chance to find hope in Hell by creating Elysium- a sanctuary for souls to escape from the torment of the under-word. The Annual ends as Meggan comes across what she believes is moonlight being projected into Hell, taken as a sign of victory. However, once she follows the light to it’s origin, she is welcomed by the notorious Doctor Doom!

Powers: Meggan is an Empath, a Metamorph, and an Elemental. As an Empath she can sense the emotions and feelings of all living creatures and can project her own feelings to influence the emotions of others. With Natural Perception she can see and hear the biological patterns of the world around her, and even talk with ghosts. Being a Metamorph, Meggan can assume the form of any living creature, including humans and those that exist only in legend, like a dragon. Due to her Empathy Megan’s body will change in response to the emotions around her; becoming beautiful when she feels loved or hideous when she is angry. Her body also adapts to her environment, growing fur when it’s cold or sprouting gills when underwater. If she takes on the appearance of another mutant, she also gains their powers. However, just because Meggan gains their abilities does not mean she can necessarily control them. As an Elemental she can absorb or release the energies of earth, fire, water, and air. She has this ability because of her psionic link with the natural forces of Earth as a result of her Empathy. She can command her surrounding environment, and her emotional state affects the nearby ecosystems. With a mere thought or wave of her hand Meggan can extinguish forest fires, part the waters of a lake, summon tornadoes, or even create earthquakes. By focusing the elemental energies around her she can release devastating energy blasts. Meggan becomes more powerful when in magical realms, can manipulate magical energy, and fly via her own willpower. Meggan’s major weakness is that she is very impulsive, often acting without any concern for the past or future.

First Appearance: Mighty World of Marvel #7, 1972.

beast#33. Beast: Hank McCoy is one tough dude, falling nicely into his role as lead scientist/medic/researcher for the X-Men. He has recently put together a team of high profile scientists, dubbed The X-Club, who are looking for a solution to the effects of M-Day. Things have come to a head with Hank, however, as in Uncanny X-Men #511, he told Cyclops that he knows something is up with him and Emma, announcing that he is leaving the X-Men. He claims that the two are keeping destructive secrets from the rest of the team (and they are: Cyclops with the mutant assassin team X-Force, and Emma with Norman Osborn’s Dark Illuminati), and until the two leaders come clean he wants no part of the team. Beast earns this spot in the rankings because he is a key asset to the X-Men; working behind the scenes and keeping the team balanced. With him now gone, the X-Men are seriously lacking in their R & D department, and desperately need a resident medic.

Powers: Since evolving into his more feline form Beast has increased super strength that allows him to lift up to 10 tons, supuer human stamina, durability, dexterity, and agility, and he can run up to 40 mph. He also has an advanced healing factor that heals broken bones in a few days (so nothing like Wolverine or X-23’s healing factor), night vision, acute senses, and can release pheromones to attract members of the opposite sex to his furry blue wing wang. Beast also has razor sharp claws and fangs, and possesses a Genius-Level Intellect that has led him to become a world renowned bio-chemist with great insight into mutant genetics and evolutionary biology. His expertise extends to chemistry, physics, differential equations, electronics, nano-effusive devices, anatomy, philosophy, ancient cultures, art history, musicology, and literature. Hank is also a polyglot (someone who with a high level of fluency uses many languages). Without a doubt Beast was a very valuable member of the X-Men and the team is now lacking without him.

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.