If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it fifty-three times: There are a LOT of super-types out there with a lot of different abilities.  Superman is invulnerable, Rogue is a power-siphon, Joe Public has…  Actually, I’m not sure anybody knows what Joe Public’s powers actually were.  In any case, there are many folks with superhuman strength, hundreds with a healing factor, THOUSANDS who can fly, but which of those powers is actually the most useful superpower?  Would you rather have a perfect 3-D radar sense or the ability to leap hundreds of miles in a rage?  Would it be better to dive through the canyons of the city using your amazing spider-agility or have Batman’s steely resolve and bottomless spending accounts?  Does anybody really WANT to be able to consume matter in all it’s forms?  The answers are likely very personal and subjective, which makes it perfect fodder for today’s exploratory query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would like to keep it to existing powers, such as Steve Martin’s ability to turn dog feces into gold, rather than make up our own, asking: What would be most useful superpower of all and WHY?


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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. Cloning. The ability to peel off a clone for each new task would bring my procrastination down to manageable levels.

  2. Well, if I am to believe what I see on The Flash, Super Speed seems to have a solution to just about every problem.

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