For many years, it seemed that (with few exceptions) the comic book world was full of strong male superheroes and very few equally powerful females. When it comes to the X-Men, their early years were no different, with Jean Grey the only major female member and nowhere near as powerful as she would become in later years.
However, thanks to their ability to tell stories about discrimination and prejudice in many areas of life, they started to strengthen their female ranks and over time had just as many strong female leaders as they did males. The women of the X-Men have proven to be among the most powerful in Marvel Comics and here are 10 of the most powerful female X-Men of all time.
Laura Kinney is the female clone of Wolverine, created thanks to an imperfect DNA sample being combined with that of one of the scientists. She soon escaped the top-secret laboratory that created her and ended up becoming a major hero in her own right.
Wolverine is one of the strongest members of The X-Men so it is obvious that his clone would be as well. X-23 ended up actually taking Wolverine's place after his death and served as a strong member of multiple X-Men teams over the years. Her powers include the regenerative healing factor, acute senses, and an extended lifespan.
Armor is a very young member of the X-Men. Hisako Ichiki made her first appearance in Marvel Comics in 2004 and was trained originally by Kitty Pryde. While it took her a little while to master her powers, Armor has the mutant ability to create a psionic exoskeleton-armor that builds itself around her body.
When this armor is up, she gains superhuman strength, durability, and is virtually invulnerable. This armor is strong enough to withstand a fall through the atmosphere and she suffers no damage when hitting the ground from a high fall. SHe also has the ability to shoot concussive blasts, but that takes a high level of concentration that she has to take off her armor.
Monet St. Croix isn't as popular as other female X-Men members but the mutant known as M is one of the most powerful female heroes in the Marvel Universe. The thing that puts M on a list of the most powerful female mutants is that her powers make her perfect.
Her powers include telepathy and telekinesis and she has a genius-level intellect. She can fly with a speed of well over 500 miles an hour. Because she is perfect in every way, it is only a matter of time before she ends up as an Omega-level mutant.
Polaris is Magneto's daughter so that should tell you everything you need to know about her power levels. Polaris has similar powers to her father with the magnetic abilities that at times surpasses the powers of even her father's. She can also absorb energy from two different sources at the same time and use them to do just about anything.
Polaris, at one time, had a secondary mutation which allowed her to absorb emotional energy and transform it into different physical enhancements. Even without that power, Polaris is an Alpha-level mutant and grows stronger as she masters her powers.
Magik has been around for a very long time, the little sister of long-time X-Men member Colossus. However, her powers and demeanor are the polar opposite of her big brother, who is a kind giant in a metal armor body. Magik, on the other hand, has the mutant power to create teleportation discs but gained another power due to a tragedy.
Magik was taken to Limbo and ended up growing up there before returning to the real world as a young adult. While serving as the ruler in Limbo, she developed a mastery of sorcery. She also developed a knack of showing no mercy and being a ruthless fighter due to her use of dark magic.
Power is not only a trait based on superpowers but also on what is on the inside and no X-Men proved that more than Storm when she lost her powers. While it beat her down for a short time, she returned stronger than ever and not only became the leader of the Morlocks but also the X-men, while without superpowers.
However, when Storm is powered, she is one of the strongest mutants on the planet, a potential Omega-level mutant with complete control of the weather. This not only allows her to control the atmosphere but also to change it into whatever form she chooses. She also has the gift of godhead passed down and has the potential to utilize magic.
Rogue is easily one of the most powerful X-Men members of all-time due to her actual mutation. Rogue can touch anyone skin-to-skin and gain their powers. The longer she touches them, the stronger her powers become. This means, she can touch Wolverine and develop his healing factor, Colossus and gain his impenetrable skin, or even touch multiple people and gain all their powers.
However, this comes at a cost. She touched Carol Danvers for so long that she gained the permanent ability to fly but also soaked in so many of her thoughts and feelings that it almost drove both women insane. If she ever chose to, she could soak in enough powers to become an Omega-level mutant but at what cost?
3 EMMA FROST
Emma Frost has two latent mutant abilities, one much more powerful than the other. The secondary mutation is the ability to turn herself into an organic, flexible diamond form, which makes her almost invulnerable. While this is a nice power for defensive needs, it strips her of her most powerful abilities.
Emma Frost is a telepath on the level of Professor X. She can use this to control almost any situation and to manipulate anything to her whims. It was her telepathic abilities that led to the X-Men's war with the Inhumans and she is easily one of the strongest telepaths on Earth.
2 HOPE SUMMERS
Hope Summers might be the most powerful mutant on the planet. Hope was the first mutant born following M-Day, born the moment that Cerebra blew up. When Cable saved her as a baby, he took her into his care believing her to the mutant messiah. There was another timeline, though, where she murdered millions of humans and started the apocalyptic future where Bishop was born.
With both timelines out there, it was clear that Hope might be the most powerful mutant in the world by the time all is said and done. Cable took and raised her in the future, meaning that she was a deadly and skilled fighter when she returned. Hope is an Omega-level mutant who can mimic the powers of anyone near her in their most powerful form.
1 JEAN GREY
Anyone who read X-Men comics from the start watched Jean Grey go from a mutant with very limited gift -- a telekinetic -- to one of the most powerful mutants in existence as the Phoenix. It turns out she was always powerful, but Professor X knew how dangerous she could become and blocked her mind from accessing her telepathic powers, which helped create the Phoenix over time.
Using the powers of the Dark Phoenix, Jean actually wiped out an entire star, killing billions of people in the blink of an eye. Even without the Phoenix powers, Jean is still one of the world's most powerful telepaths, on the level of Professor X.