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! And away we go:

archangel-197x300#16. Angel/Archangel: Warren Worthington III has turned into one bad ass mofo since joining X-Force. He brutally had his feather wings ripped from him (again) by a possessed Wolfsbane in order for the mutant hating group, The Purifiers, to extract his DNA and create their own army of winged warriors. At first it was believed that Angel had permanently lost his wings, but out of nowhere he transformed into the Angel of Death- a.k.a Archangel! Complete with the trademarked blue and purple skin and his techno-organic metal wings, Archangel was a crazed maniac hungry for blood. Eventually the team managed to calm him down, and Warren can now change between the Angel of Life and the Angel of Death. His character turned a corner in the Messiah War when he was called upon by Apocalypse. Apocalypse was in a weakened, starved state and commanded Archangel to finish him off. As a big ‘fuck you’ to his former master, Warren claimed that he no longer commanded him and that he’d make his own decisions, and he chooses to let Apocalypse live. Apocalypse then proposes that the two join forces to combat a common enemy- Stryfe, who currently has possession of the Messiah Child. Angel then carries the frail En Sabah Nur to a place where he can recharge his strength for the coming battle. Once Apocalypse is fully re-powered, Warren can’t help but wonder if he just made a big mistake…

Powers: Warren has the uncanny ability to change between the Angel of Life (Angel) and the Angel of Death (Archangel). As the Angel of Life he has feather wings for flight spanning the length of 16 feet from wingtip to wingtip and can reach speeds up to 180 mph while airborne. He can also heal others who come into contact with his blood, provided they have the same blood type. As Archangel, Warren has techno-organic wings which were given to him by Apocalypse. These wings give him the ability to fly at Mach 1, are razor sharp, and adequately shield his body from most attacks including bullets and energy blasts. He can fire razor sharp blades from these wings as deadly projectiles, and even remove them to hold in his hands as weapons. While Warren is getting better at it, he still cannot fully control his transformation into the Angel of Death as it is sometimes triggered during times of severe stress or intense conflict. Warren’s body is naturally adapted to flying; his bones are hollow like a bird’s, his body is virtually devoid of fat, his eyes are specially adapted to withstand high speed winds, and he can breathe naturally at high velocities and altitudes. Angel has enhanced stamina (he can fly at maximum speed for 12 hours), durability, and strength (he can lift up to 500 pounds). This isn’t the flake we all knew in the 60’s!

First Appearance: X-Men #1, 1963.

polaris-197x300#15. Polaris: Lorna Dane is a walking whack job with the potential to destroy entire cities with the wave of her hand. Unfortunately for herself and the X-Men, she missed out on Messiah Complex as she was captured by the Emperor of the Shi’ar, Vulcan Summers. Yes, that’s Cyclops and Havok’s brother. She was tortured, but was eventually rescued by Havok and the Starjammers. She is currently appearing in theWar of Kings event, and helped the Starjammers (whom she is now affiliated with) to pass through the Kree defensive shield due to her familial ties to Crystal, the Inhuman member. She has most recently taken part in besieging a Shi’ar ship, and along with the Starjammers, flew incognito amongst the Shi’ar fleet, rescuing the Guardians of the Galaxy! And yes, Magneto is her father and Havok’s tapping it (much to the chagrin of my boy, Iceman).

Powers: Lorna has the power of Magnetic Field Manipulation, which allows her to manipulate magnetism, including electrical and gravitational fields. While she may not be as strong as her father yet (due to his having years on her perfecting the ability), Polaris can liquefy, mend, reconstruct metallic objects, and has at least some control over the metals that reside in everything- including the iron in a person’s blood. She can create metallic force fields that have the ability to suspend people or objects in the air, can fly by riding Earth’s magnetic field, and has electromagnetic sight which allows her to perceive the world solely as fields of magnetic and electrical energy. By focusing her magnetic energy, Polaris can cut loose with powerful concussive blasts, and even short circuit electrical systems, giving her the power to bring down entire star ships. In order to temporarily boost her own strength, Lorna can absorb some forms of energy through her magnetic force fields; energy like Cyclops’ eye beams, Havok’s energy beams, or Storm’s lightning blasts, giving her the power to launch an entire island into space! As a secondary mutation, Polaris absorbs negative emotional energy which transforms her into a virtual power house, granting her increased size, strength, endurance, and some invulnerability. She can even release this negative energy into her surrounding environment, causing people to act more selfish, angry, and violent. Hmmm… no wonder she’s such a nut case.

First Appearance: X-Men #49, 1968.

stepfordcuckoos3-mayhew-234x300#14. The Stepford Cuckoos: The daughters of Emma Frost- Celeste, Mindee, and Phoebe Cuckoo played a very important role in Messiah Complex. While they may not have been on the front lines kicking ass, the twin sisters were the ones to discover the location of Cable who was in possession of the Messiah Child. Everyone knows the significance of this discovery. Then, at the request of Cyclops, they erased Elixir’s memories of his time spent aiding X-Force. Of course this didn’t really matter as he ended up joining the team anyway. The girls helped Emma Frost take down the Skrull mental blockade during Secret Invasion, keeping their mentor alive despite her psyche’s brief absence from her body. For the first time ever, the girls have truly begun to develop their own personalities, dressing as individuals (although not in this picture) and getting over the losses of their two sisters, Esme and Sophie.

Powers: Like their mother, the girls can turn into organic diamond, but the power they use most often is that of telepathy. They’re almost always in telepathic communication with each other and have the ability to combine their minds into one incredibly powerful super-mind. As telepaths they can read minds, project their thoughts onto others, create realistic illusions, have people think they are experiencing events that aren’t really happening, and form a mental link with practically any individual. The girls also have the power of mind control (but can only target one mind at a time- and they have to physically be in it’s presence), mind possession (where the girls can use a person’s mind and body as their own), mind alteration, and can induce mental or physical paralysis. If they wish to remain undetected they can mask their presence (and those around them) from detection or even alter their appearance by telepathically disguising themselves. Sentient beings have a difficult time hiding from the Cuckoos as they can detect or sense them, and even cause amnesia (like what they did to Elixir). As another offensive, the sisters can project psionic force bolts that affect a victim’s mind, causing pain or unconsciousness. When in their diamond form, the Cuckoos cannot give or receive telepathic attacks, nor do they need to eat or drink for some time. Unlike Emma, their diamond form is completely flawless meaning that they are totally impervious when using this power. Also unlike their mother, they can transform selective parts of their bodies into a perpetual diamond state. The Cuckoos have done this to their hearts, and as a result they can never feel emotions again. The girls are proven leaders and are trusted (and able) to use Cerebra. In Phoenix Warsong, a fragment of the Phoenix Force bonded with each of the sisters, but we have not seen this power utilized in some time.

First Appearance: New X-Men #118, 2001.

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