Note: While the io9 article I mention below was sponsored by The CW, this post has not been paid for in any way.
Earlier this week, I read an article on io9 that ranked six different superpowers – telepathy, telekinesis, super-speed, flight, invisibility, and teleportation – on a scale of which ones were awesome, and which ones weren’t quite worth it. The author, Bennett Madison, thought that three of them were pretty solid choices, one was decidedly not worth it, one depended on your feelings about the integrity of the universe, and another was for villains only. (I’ll let you read the article to see his choices and rationale!)
While the list was by no means exhaustive – it doesn’t even include super-strength! – it did get me thinking about what superpowers I would want to wield, if given the choice. After some consultations with the Mysterious Mr. C, and a bigger list on IGN, here are my top five picks.
1) Healing Factor
To me, this seems like a no brainer. I mean, if you’re going to be out there fighting bad guys and evil geniuses with their own crazy superpowers, the first thing you are going to need is a way to heal yourself. Plus, this would make all of those nasty paper cuts a thing of the past!
Being the ridiculously curious person that I am, invisibility is another superpower I would love to have. Admittedly, I would probably use it to listen in on people’s conversations because I am nebby like that (the exact reason why Madison doesn’t like it), but I’m also intrigued by the idea of disappearing whenever I like, particularly during work hours.
I am notoriously impatient – just ask C! – so I knew super-speed had to be included on my list. While I would like to think that I would eventually use this power for good, right now, I’m having more fun imagining all of the different places I could visit.
Speaking of getting around, flight is another one of those superpowers that seems like it would be at the top of everyone’s list. I absolutely love flying now – minus the smushed seats and crying babies – and would give just about anything to experience the wind whipping through my hair while the rest of the world falls away.
While telekinesis seems to be most often associated with Stephen King’s “Carrie” – not really a feel-good kind of movie – I agree with Madison that there are some definite perks to this power. Not only would it be a lot easier to take care of mundane tasks around the house, but you could also use it to protect people from cars that have jumped the curb, falling debris during a storm, and any other bad thing that might be in the way.
Alright, so that’s my list. What would be on yours? I’d love to know, so please feel free to share in the comments section below!