We just recorded a future episode of The Legion Clubhouse (Get in on this one, folks, it’s a fun podcast!), wherein the day is saved by Legion of Substitute Heroes mainstay, Color Kid!  It’s a great moment for young Ulu Vakk (future names are fun) and one that reminds us of the rule that EVERYONE has something unique to contribute and anyone can be the most important person in the room, if they’re in the right room.  It’s become commonplace in our post-modern society to mock Aquaman, but he’s superhumanly strong, agile, able to breath water and control marine life, as well as being conventionally handsome and a king, which are pretty useful abilities to have up one’s sleeve.  (Even ‘Family Guy’ has stopped mocking Aquaman, instead turning their disdain to Namor the Sub-Mariner, proving that this joke is officially over.)  Heck, even go-to cynical internet useless super-power example Arm-Fall Off Boy has one up on us, as he always has a bludgeon handy in case he needs to bust down a door, hammer a nail or fend off wild badgers, leading to today’s metagenetic query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to point out that even the worst super-power you can think of is one more super-powers than you or I have, asking: What reputedly useless super-power do you think is still really pretty cool?


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  1. I know this isn’t technically the question, but the only thing that came to mind is the inverse, a power that’s really useful but I think is incredibly silly.

    Stretchiness. Ralph Dibney was my favorite thing about this most recent season of The Flash (Well, that and not having a speedster for the villain again), but there’s almost no way to implement stretchy powers that isn’t cartoonish and ridiculous.

    Can’t argue it isn’t a super useful power though.

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