Greetings nerdy list aficionados and welcome back to top 10 nerd today we are once more
looking at powers and a new mutant again new in the 80s been around for awhile now it’s
Sunspot. Roberto Da Costa debuted in The New Mutants (September 1982) and has actually
had quite an interesting journey when it came to the evolution of his powers which we will
of course chart here on Top 10 Nerd. I’m Sasha and these are the Top 10 Super Powers
You Didn’t Know Sun Spot had, let’s get started.
Number 10 - Creating Thermal Updrafts - Sunspot’s powers as one would hope are solar based he’s
not one of those heroes with an unrelated name. Sunspot can fly which again is not uncommon
but it’s how he can fly which is interesting and there’s actually more than one way for
him to do so. One is this way by creating thermal updrafts manipulating the heat and
currents in order to propel himself so it does require concentration and for his powers
to be charged. He has since combined/ switched to using another method of propulsion that
you’ll see later on this list.
Number 9 - Black Form - Sunspot has the ability to enter a state for maximum energy absorption
this turns his entire body black except for his eyes and this allows him to absorb far
more solar energy in this state he is entirely non reflective and just pretty cool to look
at. In this form he produces what is called a corona effect an aura that exists around
him. Which can be depicted a few ways such as black dots swirling around him you know
the ones you get when it’s too bright or when you looked at the sun even tho everyone
told you not to.
Number 8 - Self Sustenance - When Sunspot is in this state he does not require any human
sustenance so food or water because he is existing entirely off of the energy of the
sun he is full solar powered. As green as can be. This form also allows him to survive
in space so that is also a huge plus. Sunspot is interesting in that so much of what he
can do is explained some people you have the how do they do it no one knows.
Number 7 - Heat Immunity - Now this may seem obvious but it still bears mentioning and
that is the fact that sunspots body is immune to the heat he consumes and puts off so he’s
not going to burn up internally or externally no degrees of burning for him. His body can
convert the energy and his metabolism is designed for it so there’s no need to worry. No Venture
bros style shenanigans here.
Number 6 - Superhuman Strength - One of the powers that Sunspot can use his solar absorption
to augment his own strength he can only do this if he is fully charged like he has to
allocate where his powers go he used to be able to increase it to being able to lift
2 tons but it was later increased when his overall abilities were augmented to 50 tons
which is a significant increase. After his brush with m pox he was even more powerful
but using his powers in this state.
Number 5 - More Powerful In Asgard - Sunspot can absorb light energy from more than just
the sun he can from the other stars and spatial anomalies as well but he’s just too far
away most of the time to get a significant amount it is for this reason when he goes
to other realms such as asgard he gets significantly more powerful. In asgard he was even able
to lift Volstagg off the ground for a few seconds which may not sound impressive but
essentially bench pressing a God is something worth writing home about.
Number 4 - Thermokenesis - This is a fancy way of saying that he can project heat in
vast quantities he can raise the temperature from any part of his body. He can also absorb
heat to lower the temperature of an area which of course comes in handy. Scarily he can also
channel this heat or remove it from people’s bodies so messing with their internal thermostats
and all the chaos that reeks. That can be a very discreet attack as well pretty scary
Number 3 - Concussive blasts - On top of just gentle heat emissions Sunspot can generate
concussive blasts this was a direct result of a plot designed to enhance roberto’s
abilities. He was captured by a super villain named Gideon who blasted him with as much
solar power as possible to test just how much he could absorb. This overloaded Sunspot but
would eventually manifest as concussive blasts that he would also be able to use to propel
himself so fly. At first it caused him to have a trail behind himself but he eventually
got to the point where he was able to do it more seemlessly and also propel himself into
Number 2 - Askani - Thanks to encountering Cable and being telepathically linked to him
he was linked with the Askani so he knew their teachings and of their tech. He was really
into it for a bit but after awhile his interest waned. However a trained Askani could time
travel at will. Time travel is really important to them. They also are pretty merged with
tech a la cable.
Number 1 - Durability - Sunspot used to be uncommon in the fact that his strength was
not coupled with durability. In the original run on the new mutants his teammates would
frequently remind him that he wasn’t invulnerable this would remain the case for a decade until
the new run where his powers were expanded. On top of the concussive blasts he was suddenly
able to withstand the impact of a bus going full speed without so much as a scratch. He
can now even take a laser straight to the face so from zero to 100 basically. Some loved
this others felt it made him less interesting, what do you think? Let me know down below.
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