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 thoughts! Magma kicked off the top 25 and here are the next three:

colossus#23. Colossus: You’re most likely wondering how Piotr Rasputin could be ranked so high given that he’s playing more of a supporting role as of late, but come on; the dude survived from injecting the Legacy Virus into himself! And that my friends, is bad ass. Since returning from the ‘dead’ inAstonishing X-Men #4, Colossus has developed a much more brooding personality than before. Post Messiah Complex he was a forgettable member of The Last Defenders, appearing in the mini series for a couple issues. Recently though, Piotr was seen in the mini, X-Infernus as part of the team that Pixie teleported to Limbo in search of his sister, Illyana. There he is seen savagely beating the shit out of any demon that gets in his way. Colossus was so brutal in the battle that even his own teammates were shocked at how relentlessly he pummeled the demons. It should come as no surprise as to why he was so ruthless; Piotr had recently lost his love, Kitty Pryde, who is in a gigantic bullet floating somewhere in space, so he sure as shit wasn’t about to lose his little sister (again)! Due to that fight, Colossus makes the top 25.

Powers: Piotr has the ability to change his body into Organic Steel. The transformation into the armored state is practically instantaneous, and he can stay that way until he consciously decides to change or gets knocked out. He cannot use this ability to partially or selectively transform his bod to steel – it’s an all or nothing type of thing. Obviously while in his steel form Colossus has enhanced strength which lets him lift at least 100 tons, and has enhanced stamina and durability. While steel, he still conducts electricity (but does not feel the effects of it), can go without food, water, or air for many days (although eventually his body would require these things), and can survive between -390 degrees and 9000 degrees fahrenheit. Plus he’s one hell of an artist!

First Appearance: Giant Size X-Men #1, 1975.

elixir#22. Elixir: Without a doubt Josh Foley has been forced to mature faster than the majority of his teammates, and he has risen to the challenge. Considering his power and that he’s a current member of X-Force (the team whose sole mission is to assassinate threats to mutant kind) he earns this spot in the rankings. In Messiah Complex, Elixir chose to stay behind from Surge’s poorly planned ambush against The Purifiers because he was afraid he would kill every Purifier there, and he didn’t want that on his conscience. During the first X-Force story arc he heals Wolfsbane from a heroin overdose, and later removes the Legacy Virus from teammate X-23, while most recently giving a brain tumor to Vanisher which only he can remove… yeah, the dude is not to be fucked with.

Powers: Elixir has the power of Biokinesis, which gives him control over the biological sructure of his and other people’s bodies. He produces biomolecular energy, allowing him to heal physical damage, reactivate suppressed mutant abilities, repair cerebral functions, and to a limited extent change the composition of his own molecules. Josh even saved his teammate Prodigy once by growing him a brand new heart out of thin air. Not too long ago the Stepford Cuckoos took information from Beast’s head and inserted it into Elixir’s. This significantly increased his power level because the information instantly made him a genius on human anatomy, physiology, and biology. He can even transform his abilities from their gold/healing state to a black/disease state, hence how he was able to give Vanisher a tumor.

First Appearance: New Mutants (vol. 2) #5, 2003.

rachel#21. Marvel Girl: If these rankings were done before the mini series X-Men: King Breaker ended, Rachel Summers from Earth 811 would easily be in the top 10. However, at the end of that story the Phoenix Force left her for some unexplained reason (like it did Korvus’ sword). Now Rachel only has her TK powers and is the most vulnerable she has been in recent history. Sure these powers are still formidable, but having relied on a legendary force for so long has knocked her back a bit here. Tough luck for the child of Jean Grey and Scott Summers.

Powers: Currently traveling with the remnants of the Star Jammers’ crew plus Havok, Polaris, and Korvus, Rachel possesses only her natural mutant powers of Telepathy and Telekinesis. With telepathy Rachel can read minds, project her thoughts onto others, cloak her presence (and those around her) from detection, control the minds of others and alter their personalities, create a psychic shield, and create realistic illusions. Her telepathy also allows her to paralyze, release psionic force blasts that result in an opponent going brain-dead, cause amnesia, project an astral version of herself, transfer her mind from one body to another (even in the event of death), and feel the presence of other mutants. Wowza! With telekinesis Rachel can manipulate matter with her thoughts, create force fields, and fire psionic blasts. She can also fly. Marvel Girl has the power to levitate entire cities and even create black holes, and as if this weren’t enough, she can time travel and go back and forth between the astral plane. Despite all of these powers though, Rachel is shockingly weak against magic.

First Appearance: X-Men #141, 1981.