Many classifications have been established to classified the mutants regarding to their power-set and mastery.
Those classifications are called, among other names, "Biomutative Classification" (which include both a level of power and the type of power).
A notable one is the one using the Greek alphabet. Except for the Omega Level, those scales aren't clearly explained, neither is the system used to categorize them, and even the Omega is really vague.
Many explanation can be found on internet about the power level-scales, but aren't referenced and are likely fan-made classifications. As well, delta, epsilon-delta, epsilon (apart from Epsilon-beta), or zeta mutants aren't official until further references.
- As far, no known mutant has been classified as being as a Dreg.
- The Dregs are also known on Earth-616, as being a group of Morlocks who lost their powers but kept their freakish appearance.
Gammas and Betas
Very little is known about the mutants classified as Gammas or Betas, except that their powers are inferior to the Alphas, but however powerful, as Zora Risman stated about two mutants, one of them a fire-breather: "They weren't alphas, but you could tell they were formidable. Probably betas or gammas."
- The Gamma mutants are not to be confused with the Gamma Mutates, humans mutated by the Gamma Radiations.
The Alpha-Class, Alphas, Alpha Mutants or mutant with Alpha Class powers, are powerful mutants, most of them trained and with powerful powers. The Alphas were intended to be resurrected by Clan Akkaba in order to join Weapon Omega's forces.
The Alpha-class mutants were stated to be "the deadliest, most powerful" mutants,, and were the sole mutants allowed in the Heaven, Worthington's night-club. Regarding to the known information, the Alphas were mostly present among Apocalypse's forces and the rebels groups: The X-Men, the Brotherhood of Chaos and the Elite Mutant Force.
- Also see the list of confirmed Alpha Class and Alpha Level Mutants, including mutants classified outside of Apocalypse' system of classification.
- The Galadorians on Earth-616 also use a classification for their own and for others, the two known levels being Alpha Class and Alpha Plus Class.
Mainstream Universes (Earth-616 & Earth-101001) and their Futures (Earth-91172 & 2061 A.D.)
On Earth-616, the mutant classifications are not really used, except for the Omega Levels.
Juston Seyfert's Sentinel considered that lethal force was necessary to take down Brian Rinehart, a mutant whose Mutant Power Level Classification was Beta demonstrated powerful telekinetic powers.
- Also see the list of confirmed Beta Level Mutants.
Alpha Level and Alpha Class
When the MLF members Moonstar, Dragoness, Forearm, Locus, Tempo and Wildside provoked a hostage crisis, it was stated that that event involved Alpha Class Mutants. It is unknown if all or only part of them were included in the statement, or if it was even a true statement and not a pretext for Operation: Zero Tolerance to step in.
The results shown presented the following as Alpha-Level Mutants:
- Franklin Richards, Phoenix, Legion, Professor X, Storm, Namor, Sebastian Shaw and Havok, known as powerful mutants, including many Omegas.
- Sinister was also listed as an Alpha-Level mutant, although he wasn't classified a mutant at the time.
The record stopped to those nine names, but proposed to pursue search, which was denied by Pryde.
According to that list, it is obvious that the Alpha-Level consist in a powerful class of mutants, in interface with the Omega-Level.
- Also see the list of confirmed Alpha-Level and Alpha-Class Mutants, also including the Alpha Class mutants of the Age of Apocalypse.
- The Galadorians on Earth-616 also use a classification for their own and for others, the two known levels being Alpha Class and Alpha Plus Class.
Alpha Level Telepath and Alpha Psi
Some characters have been stated to be Alpha Psi or telepaths:
- Jean Grey was stated to be a "Mutant Alpha-Psi", and an Alpha Level Telepath.
- Birdy an "Alpha-Class Psi Talent",
- Professor X a "Telepath. Level Aaalpha/1" (it is unclear if that last classification concerns only the telepath level or the global level).
- On Earth-4935, the Parliament members of the Order of Witnesses were stated to be Alpha-Clas Psis.
- Also see the list of confirmed Mutants Alpha-Psi, Alpha-Level Telepaths, Alpha-Class Psi talents...
- To be precised that:
- The Alpha-Class and Alpha-Level telepaths aren't presumably necessary Alpha Psi.
Omega Level & Omega Class
Mutant power classifications have never been fully explained. However, Omega Level Mutant (with or without hyphen), mutants with Omega-Level Potential, Omega Level Power, Omega-Level abilities, Omega Mutants, or simply Omega Level or Omega (also called Omega-class mutants by Xavier Institute's and the O*N*E, "Omega Levels" and "Omega strength mutant" by the Stepford Cuckoos.) is a term that is commonly used to refer to a mutant possessing powers without foreseeable limits. Examples include Elixir's biokinesis and Legion's spontaneous mutations.
Other mutants have been deemed to be "only" Near Omega-Level, potential Omega Level, potential Omega-Class. A Shi'ar proposed that every Omega Potential with psychic powers should be terminated in order to prevent them from becoming host to the Phoenix.
The term, initially "Omega Level Mutant Abilities" was seemingly used at first by Fred Duncan, and quickly adopted by Charles Xavier to define some of his first students, and was described in those terms: "Yet what he called Omega (the last) he meant as regards to an "ultimate threat,' while I simply prefer to think of such mutant abilities as unlimited potential."
- Also see the list of confirmed Omega Level Mutants, and the one of the potential or near Omega Level Mutants.
- Also see the list of Omega Level Mutants stated to be such only in interviews.
- To be precised that:
- Omega Level Mutants are also used in games and video games:
Mutant Omega-Level Threats
Similarly to the Omega-Level Mutants classification, many beings, objects or events have been classified as Omega Class or Omega Level Threats.
- Non-mutants and even objects or locations are also sometimes classified as Omega Level:
Others were described in other words to be past Omegas:
- Vulcan was stated to be "beyond Omega Level", "past Omega" by Prof. X, and "way past Omega" by Rachel Summers, after being exposed to burst of mutant energy, and while merged with his teammates.
- Mr. M was stated to be "extremely powerful, even by the standards of omega-level mutants".
- Matthew Malloy was stated to be "more than an Omega Level Mutant" by Hank McCoy, being "the largest mutant power source Cerebro had ever registered" according to Charles Xavier, and Above Omega-Level Power. He was described as having "power over time and space and life-and-death".
- Also see the list of confirmed beyond Omega Level Mutants.
Omega Level Telekinetics
Hope Summers was also able to express Omega Level Telekinesis by leeching Cable's powers, demonstrated in a massive telekinetic movement described by Nemesis as a "Omega-Level temper tantrum", as Hope was angered during the powers expression.
After having stabbed Cable with the Psimitar, his Omega Level Telekinesis spilled out and was leeched by Hope, stored and used for weeks, allowing her to form force-fields,, telekinetic superhuman-strength and Omega-Level Mind Bullets, but that TK was quickly dried up.
- To be precised that the Omega Level Telekinetics aren't presumably necessary Omega Level Mutants.
- Also see the list of confirmed Omega Level Telekinetics.
Omega Level Healers
- To be precised that the Omega Level Healers aren't presumably necessary Omega Level Mutants.
- Also see the list of confirmed Omega Level Healers.
Omega Level & Omega Class Telepaths
The mightier telepaths are considered to be part of a special category: the Omega, Omega Level, or Omega Class Telepaths, or people with Omega-class telepathic abilities.
- To be precised that the Omega Level Telepaths aren't presumably necessary Omega Level Mutants.
- Also see the list of confirmed Omega Level Telepaths.
- Also see the list of Omega Level Telepaths stated to be such only in interviews.
Omega Level Mutates
As both the potential Omega Level Storm and the Omega Class Rachel Summers weren't included among the Omega Level Mutates, it could be assumed that this classification can't directly be related to the Omega Level Mutates (or in the other way, that Storm and Rachel aren't close from the "mainstream" Omega Level Mutants classification).
- To be precised that the Omega Level Mutates aren't necessary Omega Level Mutants.
- In the same way, Omega Level Threats who are mutates aren't necessary Omega Level Mutates.
- Also see the list of confirmed Omega Level Mutates.
- That panel gave a lot of trouble to the fans regarding the analysis to be made of it, but was finally solved by Tom Brevoort.
After the formation of Krakoa as a mutant nation, Omega-level mutants were defined as "a mutant whose dominant power is deemed to register -- or reach -- an undefinable upper limit of that power's specific classification". A comparison is made between Forge and Magneto. While both are said to be the most powerful mutants of their type, Magneto is Omega-level and Forge is not. This is because it is hypothetically possible to exceed the upper limits of Forge's power level—his upper limits have been surpassed by multiple humans. The upper limits of Magneto's power, however, cannot be surpassed in any observable way.
List of Omega-Level Mutants Identified in the Krakoa era
|Jamie Braddock||Monarch||Reality Manipulation/[Quantum]||Krakoa|
|Robert Drake||Iceman||Temperature Manipulation/[Negative]||Krakoa|
|Jean Grey||Marvel Girl||Telepathy||Krakoa|
|David Haller||Legion||Power Manifestation||Unknown|
|Kevin MacTaggert||Proteus||Reality Manipulation/[Psionic]||Krakoa|
|Absolon Mercator||Mister M||Matter Manipulation||Unknown|
|Ororo Munroe||Storm||Weather Manipulation||Krakoa|
|Bennet du Paris||Exodus||Reality Manipulation/[Quantum]||Krakoa |
|Quentin Quire||Kid Omega||Telepathy||Krakoa|
|Franklin Richards||Powerhouse||Reality Manipulation/[Universal]||Human|
|Gabriel Summers||Vulcan||Energy Manipulation||Krakoa|
|Hope Summers||Hope||Power Manipulation||Krakoa|
It wasn't revealed if Alistair was indeed a Class One Mutant.
It is unknown if the Class One is supposed to be a powerful one (the fact that X-Men were sent, the use of the term "possible") or a weak one (Class One being maybe opposed to the Class Five and Four, and also given the fact that Alistair's powers and abilities resumed to look like a gargoyle and stand still).
- Also see the list of possible Class One Mutants.
- Alistair being described as a possible Class One mutant can possibly be explained by the fact X-Men First Class Special #1 (July 2007) was released only a year after X-Men: The Last Stand (May 2006) who used the terms Class Three, Four and Five Mutants.
Level 10 Psi
First Level Mutants
After battling Ahab and his Sentinels, the Cyclops and Marvel Girl or Earth-616 (and possibly the X-Factorians Iceman, Beast and Archangel and the X-Men Forge and Banshee and the New Mutants Cable, Sunspot, Warlock, Boom-Boom and Cannonball) were stated to be "First Level Mutants" by the Franklin Richards.
It is unclear if that term was just a derogatory term of a real classification.
From Earth-811, a possible future of Earth-616, Nimrod classified a Phoenix-Rachel Summers as being a "Class Omega (contact)" and considering himself to be on par with Class Omega beings, and stated about her that "Upper limit of target-subjects abilities have yet to be determined".
- Also see the list of confirmed Class Omega beings.
- Also see the list of confirmed Level Four Mutants.
Mainstream Universes (Earth-10005 (Cinematic Universe) & Earth-22795)
On Earth-10005, the mutants are classified by Class, presumably from one to five, five being the upper level known for now.
Class Three and Four
Callisto was able to sense mutants powers and level, and during her first meeting with Magneto, she estimated that he and Pyro were the only ones, among 87 mutants in the reunion they attended, to be above Class Three, without her to clearly expressing their level, but as Jean Grey is the only Class Five mutant ever met by Charles Xavier, it is assumed that they are Class Four.
It is unknown if Callisto counted herself and the Omega Gang as class three or less, or among the class four.
- To be noted the Class 4-T of the future of Earth-2988, presented earlier. It is unknown if a link can be established and if that class can be considered as a subcategory of the Class Four.
- Also see the list of confirmed Class Four Mutants.
- Wanda Maximoff (Earth-22795) being described as a Class Five mutant can possibly be explained by the fact What If? Avengers Disassembled #1 (November 2006) was released only a few months after X-Men: The Last Stand (May 2006) who used first that term to describe Phoenix/Jean Grey.
- Also see the list of confirmed Class Five Mutants.
Future of a Mainstream Universe (Earth-2988)
On Earth-2988, Kraal presented himself as "Class 4-T" (the T seemingly standing for "Telekinetics"). He was able to perform powerful telekinetic bursts and stated his classification as a seemingly hight or decent power level. No other classifications was given as a comparative.
- To be noted the Class Four of Earth-10005, presented later. It is unknown if a link can be established and if the Class 4-T can be considered as a subcategory of the Class Four.
- Also see the list of confirmed Class 4-T Mutants.
This scale doesn't seems based only on the power-level of the mutants, but also on a large part on their criminal, military or activist activities, their self-reconnaissance as mutants, their psychology and morality.
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- ↑ What If? Vol 2 #23
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- ↑ Presumably Gamma and Beta-Class
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- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Age of Apocalypse #4
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- ↑ Marvel Riot #1
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