Ever found yourself in an awkward or sticky situation, cornered by a bully or embarrassed to the point where all you wanted to do was disappear? Well, one of the many wonders of fiction is that anything is possible. For this week’s Top Ten we are listing our favourite characters with superpowers – powers that may be used for good and for evil, but nevertheless powers that we all secretly wish we had.
Meg’s top choice is Matilda (in MATILDA by Roald Dahl), as ‘her amazing powers of Telekinesis save the day in the most satisfying way by frightening the bullying Miss Trunchbull away forever!’
Naomi’s choice is Buffy of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: ‘She is unbelievably badass both in physical strength and earth-shattering put-downs. I desperately, desperately wanted to be a super-powerful, clairvoyant Slayer as a teenager (obviously I managed to ignore all the fairly horrible stuff that happened in that series…).’
For Sara, ‘invisibility trumps all other superpowers, which is why Fiona in Natalie Whipple’s TRANSPARENT is such an awesome character. Born invisible, she’s never even seen the colour of her own hair. Of course, it just so happens that there is one rather irritating, gorgeous boy, whose superpower can help with that…’
Obviously, I (Emma B.) have to say, Harry Potter is a given choice. To be fair, he is not the only one with magical abilities in the series (the whole wizard world is full of them after all), but being The Boy Who Lived and basically saved the world from the Dark Lord deserves some extra merit. Also, he can speak snake lingo. That’s pretty cool.
Anna-Karin in the THE CIRCLE / THE ENGELSFORS TRILOGY (by Swedish authors Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg) can practice mind control and make other people do what she wants. Even though she doesn’t always use her power in the most benevolent manner, you have to admit that the idea is tempting!
While I’m surely biased because of my Swedish upbringing, I nonetheless don’t think it’s fair to leave out the greatest female protagonist there is, Pippi Longstocking (by Astrid Lindgren). Ok, she doesn’t really have supernatural powers in the magical sense, but the fact that a tiny little girl can lift a horse without breaking a sweat is supernatural enough for me!
Superman. He is the very definition of a superpowered character – plus, I for one have always wanted to be able to fly (and have laser vision)!
Now that we’re on the comic-book track: Wonder Woman! Although I would prefer to see her in a power suit rather than what basically amounts to a skimpy bathing suit, she is in possession of a wide range of talents. But I’m mostly impressed with her language skills – she can speak every language known to man, and beyond!
Rue in FEARSOME DREAMER (by Laure Eve) is a Dreamer: she can physically ‘jump’ to different places when she dreams. This ability is sort of really very scary, but also super cool and amazing!
Iceman of the X-Men has cryokinetic powers, which means he can freeze anything around him and turn himself into ice. Not to go all doomsday on you, but with global warming, melting ice and looming disaster, Iceman could really be useful in saving the planet.
What kind of superpowers would you love to have?