Here we are, set to kick off the Top 10! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that the following 10 mutants who close out these power rankings are the most powerful and bad ass that the X-Men have to offer. So brace yourself. Things are about to get intense!

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 best of the best commence:

bishop#10. Bishop: Except for maybe Cable, I can’t think of any other X-character since Messiah Complex who has taken more of a beating or dished out as much pain and death as Lucas Bishop. The guy has gone off the deep end, attempting to finish what he originally came to do in the 616 Universe- assassinate the biggest threat to mutant kind. Only now instead of hunting Gambit, he’s hunting a little girl who goes by the name of Hope and who, according to him, will be the downfall of an entire species. Since Messiah Complex ended, Bishop has been hunting Hope (who is under the protection of Cable) by jumping through the time stream, repeatedly heading to numerous points in the future to lay waste to the landscape and all that lived there via atomic weaponry. His reason for this mass destruction was to limit the life-supporting locations Cable could arrive at in the future, thus forcing him to eventually end up at one specific point where Bishop would be waiting. His plan eventually worked. With Stryfe as a most unusual ally, Bishop made his move to capture Cable and Hope, but failed at his mission when, unexpectedly, X-Force and Apocalypse show up to spoil his plans. After taking a beating and coming so close to killing Hope, Bishop teleported from the battle zone in order to regroup and re-think his attack on Hope for another day…

Powers: Originally from Earth 1191, Bishop’s primary mutant ability is energy absorption, meaning that when he takes a hit, he re-channels that energy and expels it back out with concussive force. This re-channeled energy can damage beings who are usually immune to their own powers, and he can store it so that it’s on hand to enhance his healing rate and grant him super strength. However, Bishop can be overloaded if he tries to absorb too much at any given time. Essentially, Bishop is immune to most forms of energy based attacks and he is learning to adapt his power to work with inertial energy so that when he is punched or slammed into something, he can also re-channel that energy to his advantage. Bishop had his right arm ripped off by the mutant devouring monster, Predator X during Messiah Complex. Afterwards, he broke into Forge’s laboratory and stole a cybernetic arm, attaching it to his body, replacing the severed limb. This arm is nuclear powered and is always battle ready, and to date we have seen that it has a time traveling device and electric tentacles. Lucas is also a highly trained fighter, a deadly marksman, and has an internal compass so he always knows where he is at all times.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #282, 1991.

745464-134_x_factor_44_super#9. Monet St. Croix: Monet is one of the most underrated mutants on the X-Men’s radar right now, but with my power rankings she gets the respect she deserves. Most recently in X-Factor she took a bunch of bullets to the face and body, and survived an explosion at it’s source, only to walk away without any clothes but otherwise completely unscathed. She’s sexy, intelligent beyond the level of a genius, and is highly skilled in hand to hand combat. However, in X-Factor #44 it was revealed that Monet is being possessed by the being known as Cortex and that she may not entirely be who we all thought she was…

Powers: Monet’s laundry list of powers are a major reason why she is ranked so high here. She’s like Rogue used to be, only replace the absorption powers with telepathy. She’s invulnerable, has super strength, enhanced agility, and superior reflexes. Her regenerative healing factor allows her to recover from practically every wound, she is resistant to most toxins and diseases, and her enhanced senses grant night vision, telescopic vision, and acute hearing. Monet can fly up to at least 500 mph, and telepathy allows her to read people’s minds, project her thoughts into the minds of others, wipe memories, and even cast illusions. She’s also sexy as hell!

First Appearance: Generation X #1, 1994.