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Super-Weirdo Super Powers

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By Divya Chandran

I’ve hashed, rehashed, and bartered what my superpower would be with so much vigor that you’d believe that I was actually going to get it. Don’t pretend-you’ve done it too.  There are many superpowers to be coveted, but the perfect powers are boring. What about the stranger, unexpected powers out there?

Here’s a list of the 5 weirdest superpowers out there:

#5: Superman Proxy (Superman, Vol 1 #125, 1958): Superman develops various powers that fade or grow over the course of the comic. In this issue, he quickly realizes that he’s able to shoot out a mini doppleganger of himself from his wrists that acquires all of his powers. Not only is there a mini-Superman, but the little guy gets all of the media attention, while rendering Superman powerless. Finally, Superman Proxy dramatically sacrifices himself to the bad guys. Real Superman gets his powers back. Say what?!


#4: Maggott (Uncanny X-Men, #345, 1997): Considered one of the strangest X-Men, Maggott has a superpower that most doctors would consider a gastrointestinal wonder.  Maggott’s digestive track takes the form of two slugs that have the ability to eat through any material and receive nutrience. In addition, Maggott’s rich character background as a poor South African child paints a very compassionate, complex character.


#3: Clock King (DC Comic Universe, first debuted in 1947): The Clock King has entered numerous storyline in the DC Comic Universe, including Batman: The Animated Series. A dapper man suited up in a three-piece, bowler hat, and pocket watch, The Clock King has the sharp mind of a chess player in predicting his adversary’s moves. He bends time to create holes in the continuum. Consider my mind blown.


#2: Ten-Eyed Man (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, 1970): Following the Vietnam War, the Ten-Eyed Man comes to life due to an unfortunate incident blinding Soldier Philip Reardon. An evil doctor tricks the solider into thinking Batman ruined his vision while giving him power of sight on all ten finger tips. Here in lies one of Batman’s strangest foes.


#1: Superman Ventriloquism (Superman Pre-crisis era, 1960s-1970s):  Apparently, Superman could have had a side gig working as a puppeteer. He is depicted in a number of Pre-crisis era issues as having the power to throw his voice to a different part of the room, tricking the bad guys into thinking others were in the room. Jim Hensen may have been proud- it just reminds me of my weird uncle.



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