It used to be the Legion’s cardinal rule: Every member must have at least one unique super-power.  In the case of Wildfire, he was denied membership on his first attempt even though he was a powerhouse with a dozen powers, as they all duplicated those of existing members.  Many a nerd confab has hinged upon which hero’s abilities we would like to have, leading us to today’s one super-power query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has always said I want super-speed, even though running sucks, asking: What one super-power (no cheating!) would you choose?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. There’s this girl on a chilean comic that had the power of ‘hiding in oblivion’. Basically she dissapeared and everyone forgot she existed. I find that terrifying but fascinating

  2. This is a tough one.

    Something akin to the ability to create hard-light (or similar energy) constructs is my go to answer (similar to DC Comics character Jade rather than the full abilities of a Green Lantern ring).

    But just in case that is considered cheating, I would also be happy with the ability to heal others. As a cancer survivor who hates seeing kids go through the same thing I did, I’d love to have the power to take the source of all that pain and suffering away.

  3. I’d have to say the power to control time. If that had to have a limit I’d say just the power to stop time. That way I could hit the pause button, take a nap, then resume what I needed to do.

  4. If I can’t go with the powers of the Beyonder or Molecule Man…….it’s got to be Flash-level super-speed. In real life (I realize that is a bit oxymoronic) being that fast would make you unbeatable. Time-travel, vibrate through solid matter, run so fast you essentially teleport. Flying or strength or shape-shifting would be fun, but in my actual life the super-speed would be the most useful.

  5. As appealing as Arm Fall Off Boy would be,I’d have to go with Element Lad’s power:create any material he wants in the form he likes.I’d never go broke,be able to construct real items instead of temporary ones like a Lantern.

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