Here we are, chipping away at 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! After seeing these next two, I’m expecting some angry comments:

darwin#8. Darwin: This one is probably going to shock a lot of people, and understandably so because unless you’re reading X-Factor or have read X-Men: Deadly Genesis by Ed Brubaker (who created him) you have no clue who the hell Armando Munoz is. All I’ll say is this: Read his power set below and tell me how you could rank him any lower than #8. I’m all ears.

Powers: Darwin is an Omega-Level Mutant whose ability is defined as Instantaneous Adaptation. This means that he has the power to adapt to any harmful situation by continually evolving, letting his powers subconsciously (and involuntarily) protect him. His power is reactive, adjusting his capabilities to his environment. So if he were to be trapped underwater, he would grow gills; if he were to be in total darkness, he’d develop night vision; if he were gassed, his lungs would adapt to the poisoned air, etc. The only thing preventing Darwin from ranking even higher on this list is that when it comes to combat, he isn’t the best fighter. As time goes on, I’m sure that this will change.

First Appearance: X-Men: Deadly Genesis #2, 2006.

wolverine36b#7. Wolverine: Wolverine is spotlighted in a bunch of stuff right now in the Marvel Universe; he’s leading X-Force, hunting Romulus (the guy who has apparently been controlling him his entire life), is a member of the New Avengers, and can be found spending time with the Astonishing and Uncanny X-Men. How he does all of this at one time is beyond me, but despite statements that he’s getting old from his leader Cyclops (Astonishing X-Men), his clone X-23 (X-Force), and his son Daken (Wolverine), without a doubt Wolvie is one tough bad ass. I’m sure lots of people will be up in arms that he isn’t ranked higher, but to be blunt, all of the mutants that follow him on our list could take him. Just wait and see.

Powers: Let the laundry list begin: Wolverine has a regenerative healing factor which allows him to replace lost tissue, muscle, and limbs within a matter of minutes. This power also works in healing psychological wounds from violent acts, often resulting in amnesia. Logan’s healing factor also grants him superhuman stamina, a slow aging process (he’s well over 100 years old), and considerable immunity to elemental extremes. He’s immune to diseases and toxins (hence the reason why he can drink so much beer), and has incredibly acute senses allowing him to track virtually anyone (or anything) with just one whiff of their scent. He can see at great distances with clarity, has night vision, and can lift up to around 2 tons. Wolvie can run up to 30 mph and has enhanced agility and reflexes. His trademark is probably the three bone claws located underneath the skin and muscle of both forearms. These claws are laced with adamantium (as is his skeleton) making them (and his body) virtually indestructible. The claws can hack through anything, and whenever he pops them they cut open the skin in his hands which is quickly healed via his healing factor. Considering multiple telepaths have tried to access his mind and failed, it’s obvious that he is very resistant to telepathic attacks. Wolverine is also a master tactician, highly trained in hand-to-hand combat and a variety of weapons, a covert ops expert, a skilled mechanic, and one helluva ladies man. Like he says, “I’m the best at what I do.” No argument here Logan. No argument here.

First Appearance: Incredible Hulk #180, 1974.