ByJancy Richardson, writer at Creators.co
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Jancy Richardson

We love the X-Men for their incredible powers and abilities, but their staggering feats are not only confined to page and screen.

Reports of people with real-life X-Men powers have long circulated the globe and while some remained scientifically unverified, they're certainly exciting to the avid Marvel fan...

The Telekinetic Woman

OK, so the Soviet Union in the 1960's was probably not the most reliable source of information, but many articles attest to the telekinetic powers of Nina Kulagina, who was filmed moving objects with her brain power.

Nina Kulagina: wonder or hoax?
Nina Kulagina: wonder or hoax?

Although egg levitation is not quite up to Jean Grey's level 5 mutation, Kulagina's feats were widely respected under the Soviet government, who opined that her powers could be used for medical research.

Jean Grey's performance is always very 'moving'
Jean Grey's performance is always very 'moving'

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The Man Who Ate Everything

Ever fancied chowing down on a bike, a tyre or an airplane? Michael Lotito does. He's been eating metal, plastic and other materials indigestible to non-mutants since he ate a TV set at 9 years old.

Metallic components make an iron-rich snack
Metallic components make an iron-rich snack

Lotito has an exceptionally thick stomach lining, giving him an eating capacity that The Blob would be proud of. However, unlike The Blob, Lotito has never eaten a human being (at least, we've never heard of it).

The Blob as he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The Blob as he appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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The Boy Who Can See In The Dark

A young boy from China made headlines when it was alleged that his brilliant blue eyes gave him the ability to see in the dark, reflecting light in a flash of green just like our feline friends.

Tests are carried out on Nong Youshi's eyes
Tests are carried out on Nong Youshi's eyes

Scientists have been skeptical of the claims, asserting that he merely has better vision than the average human...but isn't it more fun to believe that young Nong has manifested Beast's cat-like night vision?

Beast: a mutant of many talents
Beast: a mutant of many talents

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The Echolocator

Many blind people have developed the skill of echolocation: emitting a series of clicking noises to sense and define their surroundings using sound.

Ben Underwood echolates a selection of prothetics
Ben Underwood echolates a selection of prothetics

However, Ben Underwood - who sadly died in 2009 from the same cancer which stole his vision - took this skill to an almost Banshee-like level. He used echolocation to rollerblade, play football and skateboard!

Banshee uses awesome sonar skills for the X-Men
Banshee uses awesome sonar skills for the X-Men

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Das Muskelkind

Talk about enviable inherited traits! An unnamed German boy was born in 1999 with incredible muscle mass, giving him six times the strength of his peers, leaving Doctors fascinated by his DNA.

The muscle-baby at only 7 months old
The muscle-baby at only 7 months old

It seems that the beefcake baby has a genetic mutation that builds muscle, used commercially for ultra-muscular cattle. We'll have to wait and see if this super-kid grows into a full-blown powerhouse like Warpath...

Warpath: unparalleled physical prowess
Warpath: unparalleled physical prowess

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Which X-men powers would you like to have?


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