Three of the Most Surprisingly Useful Weird Super-Powers

Throughout decades upon decades of superhero comics, it’s only normal that we encounter a few weird super-powers here and there. After all, there’s no limit to the human imagination. There are, however, limits to the usefulness of the powers we come up with, like Big Bertha’s ability to instantaneously gain a massive amount of weight. In some cases, though, these far-out powers end up becoming a lot more useful than we thought. Here are a few examples:

1. Communicating with Squirrels

The legend of Doreen Green, AKA Squirrel Girl, is a well-known yet ultimately bewildering one. The young mutant first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #8 (1992), auditioning herself as a sidekick to Iron Man. With a power set that included a prehensile tail, powerful buck teeth, and the ability to communicate with squirrels, the Armored Avenger naturally declined Squirrel Girl’s request.

Soon after, the villainous Doctor Doom swooped in aboard a massive ship and captured Iron Man, ignoring the little girl dressed like a squirrel. He would soon count this mistake as the cause of his greatest shame.

As soon as Doom’s ship passed over a forest, Squirrel Girl summoned hundreds of squirrels, guiding them onto the vessel. The furry little critters made a general mess of things, nibbling through wires and ruining a large amount of Doom’s machinery. They then assaulted Doom on Squirrel Girl’s command, overwhelming him with their superior numbers.

Since then, villains like Doom, MODOK, and even Thanos have learned that you should never underestimate someone who has an entire army backing her up – even if it’s an army of squirrels.

2. The Ability to Create Escape-Proof Spirit Jars

This ridiculously specific power could only come from the equally ridiculous volume of Doom Patrol written by Grant Morrison. It was a subset of powers that belonged to The Quiz, a villain who possessed “every power you hadn’t thought of”. Battles with her involved the hero trying to think of as many super-powers as he could in order to render her useless in a fight.

When Negative Man engaged her in Doom Patrol #28 (1989), he released his negative energy spirit to attack her while he thought of powers like super-strength, flight, and invulnerability. Unfortunately, he never considered the ability to create escape-proof spirit jars out of nothing, and The Quiz used this power to seal away the negative spirit. Separated from his source of energy, Negative Man eventually succumbed to defeat.

3. Changing Objects’ Colors

Color Kid was first known as a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, a group of super-powered beings who didn’t quite make the cut for the Legion of Super-Heroes. He had the seemingly pointless ability to change an item’s colors, which he usually demonstrated by altering the color of skin or of fruit.

Eventually, however, it would be shown that with a little imagination, Color Kid’s power was actually quite useful. He could render things invisible by changing their colors to match the surrounding environment. By changing the particles floating in the air to black, he could fire black beams that blinded opponents.

Arguably the most impressive use of his power was at the end of Adventure Comics #351 (1966). With the Earth surrounded by a cloud of green Kryptonite, Superboy and Supergirl were unable to join the Legion of Superheroes on their adventures. Color Kid transformed the cloud from green to blue Kryptonite, which was harmless to Kryptonians.

There are a lot more examples of surprisingly useful weird super-powers out there, so feel free to name your favorites in the comments! Need inspiration? Check out our list of the weirdest X-Men ever!

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