Holy cats- we’re at the Top 5! Wow. It seems like only yesterday we started counting down from number 75. I honestly feel that these 5 remaining mutants who close out the 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! So toss out your satellite dish because here comes:

cable5#4. Cable: I can imagine a lot of you out there are scratching your heads with this one. You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t Cable lose his powers? So how in the hell can he rank in at #4 of these power rankings?” That’s a great question, and here’s the answer: Cable was THE MAN assigned the job of protecting the Messiah Child, the last hope for mutant kind- the little girl fittingly named Hope. Not Wolverine, not Storm or even Cyclops- Cable. For that reason, he makes the Top 5 of our rankings. Sure, he may have a techno-organic virus that is slowly killing him, lost most of his TK powers, and can’t travel back in the time stream due to his equipment being busted, but apparently, right before the virus kills Cable, it makes him invincible. In current continuity he’s at that point right now, so perfect timing right?

Powers: In Cable #10, Nathan Summers (that’s Cable’s real name F.Y.I.) states that his powers have faded to nothing since brawling with the Silver Surfer when they were at an all time high. He used to have telepathy and telekinesis (including all of the abilities that accompanied those powers), although in the recent Messiah War, he was able to shield the minds of his teammates, and most importantly Hope, from the mental view of the villainous Stryfe. This was evidence that Nathan still possessed a flicker of his telepathic powers, and he has shown to have a fraction of his telekinetic abilities as well, but is forced to use them on keeping the techno-organic virus in his body at bay. However, given how this virus seems to be spreading, one can only assume that Cable is seriously losing his grip on his mutant abilities. This virus is made up of the bionics and cybernetics that mainly reside in his left side, as his skeletal structure is slowly being replaced by marrow-filled organic metalloid bone replacements, essentially turning him into a machine (and hence the reason why he is losing his powers and becoming more invulnerable). As a result of the techno-organics he has enhanced stamina, speed, agility, strength (with his cybernetic arm), and dexterity. His cybernetic eye allows him to see into the electromagnetic spectrum and visualize psionic energy. Cable can rapidly repair any damaged components within his body and even upgrade his cybernetic parts. He is also a genius, a master technician, and one helluva master combatant. Plus he has a shit ton of big ass guns. I wouldn’t F with him, and neither should you.

First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men #201, 1986 (as a baby) and New Mutants #87, 1990 (as an adult).