In the Marvel Universe, there is a clearly defined scale accounting for the power level of the various superheroes, villains, robots, mutants and aliens that bum around, because of course there is. Us geeks need something tangible to hang our terrible arguments about “who would win in a fight” on, which is exactly what this scale does. At the lower end of the spectrum you have the everyday shmoes – the comic book equivalent of us civilians – and at the very top of the scale is where you’ll find the so-called “Omega level” superpeople.
A good example of an Omega Level character is the Hulk. Bruce Banner, when he gets a little cheesed off, has a near-unlimited capacity for strength, endurance, stamina, and making trousers purple. For a spell he could actually harness the gamma radiation in his body to make himself eve stronger, meaning he had unlimited potential to cause havoc. Which is why he got dumped out in space by the Illuminati. There are characters even stronger than the likes of the Hulk, though, and they are Omega Level Mutants. All mutant abilities are pretty impressive – well, almost all – but the Omega Levels are different.
They are characters who were born with the X-gene and have had an almost limitless amount of power at their fingertips as soon as they left the womb (or even before, in some cases). They’re the ones who wanna watch out for. And they’re the ones who dominate this list of the top ten most powerful X-Men of all time, so don’t expect to see any Wolverine or Cyclops in here. And definitely not Gambit, mon ami.
10. Emma Frost
How did the former White Queen get to be such a, ahem, ruthless and powerful member of the X-Men? “World class breeding” according to Emma Frost herself but, like her other Omega Level peers, her abilities were Earth-shattering from day one. Throw in the secondary mutation where she can turn her skin into an impenetrable diamond-like substance, and you have a serious contender for one of the most powerful mutants currently serving on the X-Men. Even if she is a homewrecking hussy.
One of the team’s many powerful telepaths (we guess Scott Summers has a think for ’em), there’s been times when Emma manages to trump even Professor Xavier with her mental abilities. Like most mutants, her powers manifested in her teens, and were mainly limited to reading thoughts. As she got older and more disciplined, however, she found herself able to control the minds of not just one but hundreds of people at a time, to switch her brain with others, and able to cause people great mental anguish with a single touch.
Actually, the diamond skin thing is all the more impressive when you consider that it’s not just like a layer of armour over Frost’s skin, but an actual shift of her atomic structure so she is entirely made of an impenetrable substance. She has also been known to induce or boost other mutants’ abilities by rewiring their neural pathways using her telepathic abilities. So, all around, pretty darn powerful.