Here are our picks for the most powerful X-Men!
Bobby Drake, also known as Iceman, might not immediately seem like he is powerful enough to crack the list of most powerful X-men characters; however, the young hero, who joined the team just as a teenager, has honed his skills and expanded his powers quite a bit over the years.
While his initial powers included being able to turn any water into ice, recently, Bobby has gained the ability both to absorb water into his body and create autonomous ice clones.
In the comics, Iceman is now actually what’s considered an Omega Mutant, that is, the upper limit of his measurable powers cannot be surpassed by anyone else on earth. This earns him the #10 on the list.
With his superhuman speed and agility, ability to teleport and adhesive hands and feet, Nightcrawler has a particular set of powers that earns him a spot on this list.
Perfect for stealthy, infiltration missions and all-out fights alike, Nightcrawler—whose real name is Kurt Wagner—Nightcrawler has been a mainstay of the X-Men teams for a long time now. Kurt, like Iceman, has been on the team since he was a teenager, so he’s had lots of time to train himself and gain new abilities producing energy batons and teleporting himself as well as other objects over much greater distances than before.
Perhaps it’s surprising to see one of the most iconic X-Men of all time this far down, but don’t be fooled—Wolverine could likely go toe to toe with any of the mutants on this list. His adamantium skeleton and claws are dangerous enough, but when added to his regenerative body and healing factor, Wolverine is essentially unkillable.
This is enough on its own, but when you add in Logan’s animalistic impulses and anti-hero tendencies, he emerges as a real force. While he may not rank as high in terms of sheer power, Wolverine is probably the last person on this list you’d want on your bad side.
With the ability to control any weather, Ororo Munroe, also known as Storm, is without a doubt one of the most consistently powerful mutants in the X-Men.
Though her powers are limited only to phenomena that can occur naturally, Storm is able to control winds, fly, direct lightning, and, of course, make it rain. Storm also comes from a lineage filled with witchcraft, which makes her more impervious to psychic attacks and, in some areas of the world, causes her to be worshipped like a god.
With the ability to destroy entire cities in a matter of seconds, Storm definitely deserves a spot on this list of most powerful X-Men.
Professor Charles Xavier was the first leader of the X-Men, yes; however, on his own, he is one of the most powerful mutants around.
With telepathic abilities unmatched on the earth, Xavier is able to read minds, stop time, communicate through thoughts and locate mutants using Cerebro.
Though he is confined to a wheelchair, this doesn’t stop his scary powerful abilities — like erasing memories, wiping entire personalities, or causing tremendous pain — from being some of the most impressive known to mutants.
Not only does Psylocke, whose civilian name is Betsy Braddock, possess master-level ninja training, the young English girl can also psionic and telekinetic energy weapons with her mind.
Using these weapons alongside her martial arts training allows Braddock to bounce around any battlefield and be a major threat. However, this alone wouldn’t be enough to get Psylocke this high on the list.
No, that’s where her added abilities of being able to teleport, break nervous systems with her weapons, and create force fields and energy blasts comes into play. That catapults her to the top of her list, and ensures that she could hold her own with almost any mutant around.
Anna Marie LeBeau, also known as Rogue, is one of the most dangerous mutants around — especially to other mutants.
With the ability to absorb the powers, memories and even personality of anyone she comes into skin-to-skin contact with, Rogue is a major threat in any setting.
Her unique skill set also ensures that other mutants will constantly be on the lookout to either avoid or take advantage of her powers. This alone put her on the list.
Charles Xavier’s other half, Magneto, the sometimes-hero, sometimes-villain with the power to control and bend metal to his will, is without a doubt one of the most powerful mutants on earth.
An Omega mutant with no equal, Magneto, also known as Max Eisenhardt is capable of controlling all kinds of magnetism on the planet. This allows him to fly, kill and shoot energy beams with a wave of his hand.
Add onto that a genius-level intellect and moral compass not nearly as straight as the rest of the mutant team, and Magneto is certainly a force to be reckoned with and one of the most powerful X-Men of all time.
An estranged son of Charles Xavier himself, David Haller is an Omega mutant with off-the-charts power.
While a child, his home was attacked by assassins, and, in the scuffle, David used his untapped and untrained psionic powers to fry the assassins’ mind. However, this telepathic contact with multiple people at once splintered Haller’s own mind, and, after emerging from a catatonic state, David awoke with a whole host of personalities, each controlling a different one of his new powers.
These powers include super strength and speed, the ability to warp reality, healing, and even something as intense as time travel.
The thing that puts David so high on this list of Marvel’s most powerful X-Men characters of all time, as well the thing that keeps him from being #1 though, is that he is unable to control himself or his abilities. This makes it hard for him to use his many powers back to back, and also renders him both incredibly unpredictable and incredibly dangerous.
Phoenix – The Most Powerful X-Men
Though her original abilities were just that of a simple telepath, Jean Grey, also known as Phoenix, changed herself and all mutants after her interactions with the all-powerful Phoenix Force.
As the Phoenix, Grey has nearly unlimited power, including the ability to control others, fly, make force fields, change subatomic matter, and travel through the universe faster than light.
As the Dark Phoenix, these powers are even more enhanced, and all the more deadly. This, in addition to her nagging ability to not stay dead, unsurprisingly puts her at the top of this list as the most powerful X-Men.