Kal-El of Krypton has had a variety of powers since 1938.  His original suite of muscle-related abilities has given way to super-breath, heat-vision, X-ray vision, super-ventriloquism, and even the much-maligned S-shield polyethylene wrap (good for temporarily trapping villains AND keeping leftovers oven-fresh!)  Of course, even at his most ridiculous, Superman still pales in comparison to the myriad of abilities attributed to the Martian Manhunter, who gets intangibility, shape-shifting, telepathy and half a dozen more powers IN ADDITION to the generic power-template that Supes has, all attributed to his alien origin on the red planet.  (Indeed, given J’onn’s abilities, it’s a very good thing that he’s usually depicted as the only survivor of the Martian plagues, as even one villainous Martian could herald the end of humanity.)  There is also an entire planet of people who can split themselves in thirds (Cargg), a planet of guys whose bodies are giant telekinetic heads (Judans), and of course, planet Bismoll, where the poisonous flora gave the entire population the ability to eat and digest ANYTHING, leading to today’s extraterrestrial query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was rocketed from a dead planet, but Superman got here first, because we had to fly economy, asking: What’s the most ridiculous ability attributed to alien origin?


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  1. Daniel Langsdale on

    The ability to rapidly age from infant to early adulthood and then age normally, as seen in such high-quality shows like V: The Series. Tangentially related is the reverse-aging ability as seen in those from Ork.

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