With all the bats, cats, spiders and various fauna in superherodom, it’s hard to decide which animal powers would be the best in a hypothetical superhero career.  Would it be better to kick like a kangaroo?  Or fly like a condor?  Maybe glide like a flying squirrel?  Heck, you have a range from dinosaurs to chickens and back, and even insects are part of kingdom Animalia, leading to today’s totemic query..

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is torn between the versatility of the octopus and the power and versatilty of the lion, asking: Which animal powers do you think would be the best for fighting and/or enhancing crime?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    I learned from Alice Otterloop that the best animal is the Pangolin, which “when anxious or disturbed… emits a plaintive cry of warning — PANGO! PANGO! PANGO! Lin?” Also, “it looks like a pine cone, it eats ants, and it curls up in a ball.” I don’t think I have to explain to anyone the obvious advantages that these traits would bring to super-heroics.

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