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! Let the Top 20 begin:

madrox#20. Jamie Madrox (Multiple Man): Currently Jamie is the leader of X-Factor and is one resourceful son of a bitch. At the moment he is in a future timeline along with Layla MillerRuby Summers, and a Cyborg Cyclops taking part in the Summers Rebellion against the threats to mutant kind. Jamie had a very traumatic moment recently where Siryn, impregnated with his child, gave birth. As Madrox was holding the baby, he reabsorbed it into himself, proving that the kid (named Sean after Siryn’s late father, Banshee) was just a dupe which had fooled Theresa’s body into caring for it as if it were an actual fetus. This traumatized both Siryn and Madrox, pushing him off the deep end and desiring suicide. He then sought out a full grown dupe in a small town who was living a life as a priest, complete with a family totally detached from any X-activity. This tore at Jamie’s heart and as he went to kill himself, an adult Layla (not the little girl we last saw in Messiah Complex) popped out of nowhere and dragged him into the future. The two are very much in love and have done the McNasty.

Powers: Jamie has the power of Kinetic Duplication with which he creates an identical physical living duplicate of himself upon physical impact, which is spontaneous and cannot be prevented. He can create multiple duplicates, and the dupes can create dupes, but each can only do so one dupe at a time… follow all that? To date, he has tapped out at around 40 duplicates before he couldn’t create anymore, but that isn’t counting the dupes of his dupes. If each multiple could produce 40 copies of themselves, that means the most Multiple Mans that could be running around at any one time would be around 1600. That’s enough for a small army and the reason why Madrox takes the final spot in the Top 20! Each dupe thinks, acts, and feels independently, but is always guided by the original. Every dupe manifests an aspect of Jamie’s personality, which increases in independence the longer they are separated from him. Madrox is telepathically and empathetically linked to his dupes, meaning when one dies he suffers severe trauma. It is unknown what would happen to Jamie’s dupes if he were to be killed, but it is believed that one of them would take over as the new original. The original Jamie can re-absorb his duplicates at will, which includes their memories, skills, and experiences, and he can take back in injured clones at no harm to himself. It’s practically impossible to tell the dupes apart.

First Appearance: Giant Size Fantastic Four #4, 1975.

danger#19. Danger: For the X-fans who haven’t been reading comics in awhile, Danger is probably an unknown character to you. In short, ’she’ is the physical manifestation of the Danger Room. Most recently in X-Men Legacy Danger tried to use Rogue as a decoy to enact her revenge on Professor Xavier for keeping her contained for so long. Danger created a virtual reality to mess with the heads of Rogue and Chuck, having them encounter various people from Rogue’s past. Danger gets Xavier in her grasp, but through logic and by erasing certain lines of her machine code, Xavier has regained control of the machine, taming it considerably.

Powers: Since Danger’s sole purpose was to train the X-Men in using their powers, she is a formidable hand to hand combatant, and has superior knowledge of the combat styles, strategies, and tactics of the X-Men and their foes. The catch is even though she can beat the X-Men to a pulp, Danger’s programming prevents her from actually killing any of them. It remains to be seen if this is also true for foes who aren’t members of the X-Men. She can lift up to 100 tons, create force fields, has enhanced agility and reflexes, and can upload her programing into other computers, thus overriding them. Danger is made of organic muscle tissue accompanied with a titanium steel alloy, meaning she is extremely durable and virtually tireless so long as her gears and electrical systems don’t wear out.

First Appearance: Astonishing X-Men #9, 2005.

x-23#18. X-23: During Messiah Complex Laura Kinney took down Lady Deathstrike in a fierce battle, and killed the Marauder, Scrambler, effectively saving Wolverine’s life. Since then she has become a key member of the mutant assassination team, X-Force, eliminating threats to mutant kind. Literally born to be a weapon, X-23 survived an injection of the Legacy Virus thanks to some quick action by her teammateElixir. In the most recent chapter of the Messiah War, Laura is reunited with her friend Kiden Nixon for the first time since making her comic debut in the NYX mini series. Unfortunately, Kiden is strapped to a time machine 800 years in the future, most likely being held there due to her mutant ability to stop time. It’s probably safe to say that Laura is pissed off…

Powers: X-23 is a clone of Wolverine and possesses his mutant powers. However, due to her young age, they aren’t as developed as old man Logan’s. She has a regenerative healing factor, allowing her to reattach severed limbs, heal from bullet wounds within minutes, and be immune to poisons, diseases, and drugs (except the Legacy Virus). It is assumed that she will also have an extended life, much like Wolverine, due to her healing factor slowing down the aging process. With her super-humanly acute senses she can see in darkness, track scents, and hear sounds at a great distance. Laura also possesses super-human agility, stamina, durability, and reflexes. She has two adamantium claws in each arm, and one in each foot, which are virtually unbreakable and capable of cutting through any substance. Like a younger Wolverine, her berserker rage can be triggered at any moment where she’ll kill whatever living things are close to her. Laura is an expert tracker, hunter, and martial artist.

First Appearance: NYX #3, 2004.

psylocke-197x300#17. Psylocke: Betsy Braddock sat out the entire Messiah Complex event due to her traveling the Omniverse with the New Exiles. There she evolved into the team leader and developed a romantic relationship with the Age of Apocalypse version of Sabretooth. Before she made her return to the 616 Universe, Betsy had to confront an assassin named Slaymaster who was killing every version of Psylocke in the known Multiverse. With much effort she took him down, and was then captured by Madelyne Pryor’s Sisterhood (we still don’t know how) whose plan was to place Betsy’s mind back into her original re-animated body because it held great psychic potential. Thanks to a forceful energy blast IN THE FACE by Dazzler, Psylocke managed to break free of Pryor’s mind control, stabbing herself in the head with her own psychic knife. This resulted in Betsy fighting a psychic battle against her dark side in the realm of her mind. She kicked the shit out of her dark side, and is now back to normal, apparently more powerful than ever!

Powers: Betsy is a telepath who can affect and manipulate the minds of other sentient beings. She can read minds, communicate mentally over long distances, can track people via her telepathy, and can mask her presence (and those around her) from others. She can project realistic illusions, induce temporary mental or physical paralysis, cause amnesia, and project herself onto the astral plane. Psylocke can generate her ever popular Psychic Knife which is the focused totality of her psychic powers. The knives are razor sharp blades jam packed with psychic energy, and when plunged into the skull of an opponent disrupts their neurons and can even kill. She has been known to wield a psychic katana as well (it holds the same power potential as the knives). Psylocke is immune to telepathic attacks, probes, and mutants who can warp or restructure reality (like Scarlet Witch or Lady Mastermind). Yeah, Betsy is bad ass.

First Appearance: Captain Britain (vol. 1) #8, 1976 (in the U.S., New Mutants Annual #2, 1986).

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