Top 15 Captain America Powers and Abilities

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"I don't like bullies. I don't care where they're from." -Steve Rogers

There he was, always looking up to talk to the other kids his age, regardless of gender. Skinny, short, and shy were the perfect words to describe who Steven Rogers was. I say it in past tense, because he wasn’t like that for the rest of his bountiful life. Steve was unique, and not only by his scrawny physique, but because of the drive and morals that dwell within. He would never give up against bullies, even though he knew what the embarrassing outcome would be. 

That’s when he met Bucky Barnes. His new best friend (helping in every amplified Steve situation) saw something in him that others didn’t even seem to care to notice.  Trying to enlist in the Army and rejected time after time due to his ongoing health issues, all Steve wanted to accomplish was to fight for his country and be rid of the evil people who leave their horrid footsteps upon the land. 

Steve got his chance in a way he would have never dreamed of. While trying to enlist once again, he met Dr. Abraham Erskine. This brilliant doctor knew he found the right candidate for “Project Rebirth” due to Steve wanting to stand up against bullies, the will to protect the innocent, and the fact that he has always been a small guy where he most likely wouldn’t take a bigger physique for granted. 

Enter the Super Soldier Serum into his frail body, and this natural born leader became the patriotic super-soldier ready to fight in World War ll. Although Steven Rogers has been known to be the least spectacular superhero, the human qualities he contains makes him a person to be respected and inspired by. We all could use a little more Steve’s in the world we live in.

15. Super Soldier Serum

"The price of freedom is high, it always has been. And it's a price I'm willing to pay. And if I'm the only one, then so be it." -Steve Rogers

The U.S. government was ready for the day to experiment on a human to create the perfect soldier, so was Steve. He finally had his chance in the military. Howard Stark, of Stark Industries, was there running the Vita-Ray Chamber machine to inject Vita Radiation within Steve’s impotent body. Once completed, with obtaining artificially enhanced physiology, Steve went from being 5’4” and 95 pounds to 6’2” and 240 pounds. Thus, Captain America was born.

Ability Details

  • Serious strength - it’s no big deal for him to bench press 1,100 lbs
  • Suspended Animation from the serum allowed him to survive being frozen in ice for 66 years after crashing in the Arctic
  • Olympic advanced speeds where he can run a mile in less than a minute at 60 mph if he wants
  • Durability is enhanced to survive intense battles
  • Reflexes to swiftly dodge objects and enemies
  • Stamina intensified by allowing his metabolic function to prevent fatigue in his muscles

14. Healing

"I'm not looking for forgiveness, and I'm way past asking for permission." -Steve Rogers

Captain America actually dies, but he is reborn later on. That’s a pretty big power to possess! This super serviceman, along with the super serum, has healing powers that go beyond a typical human that plops a bandaid on their wound. The injected liquid that runs throughout his muscular stature can also prevent health issues from forming. Skinny Steve once had asthma, scarlet fever, rheumatic fever, high blood pressure, and heart issues before he was dubbed Captain America. Now, I’m sure he would qualify with flying colors for the Army with no questions asked!

Ability Details

  • Resistant to hypnosis or any other foreign gas that enemies may try against him
  • Fast healing speed in emergencies
  • Immunity from diseases, infections, and toxins
  • High metabolism

13. Mental Processing

"For as long as I can remember, I just wanted to do what was right." -Steve Rogers

Captain America became more of a public figure after the death of the one who experimented on him, Dr. Abraham Erskine. When the public eye got a glance of him running and saving a child the day Erskine was assassinated, he was pushed away from the true intentions of his advanced abilities. Captain was made into a laughing show with performances on stage to prove his strength. 

Signing autographs, posing for pictures, and uniform on, he still continued to smile and loved witnessing innocent people having a good time. Afterall, his stage performances were helping to fund military campaigns. Steve was more than that though. He was supposed to be the ultimate soldier teaming up alongside his army family and taking down one bully at a time. With his mental processing he now contains, he could really plan strategic missions with a blink of an eye.

Ability Details

  • Process information at a quick pace
  • Learns at a fast speed
  • Masters weapons within a second or two
  • Photographic memory where he remembers every situation he has ever been in

12. Human Senses

"What makes you so special? Nothing, I'm just a kid from Brooklyn." -Steve Rogers

He is human. Thor once said that Steve is the only mortal that he will take orders from. It’s understandable Thor feels that way about Captain America. Steve holds empathy for others, will protect the innocent in any given situation, a natural leader, and is a truly humble guy. 

After being found frozen in ice by S.H.I.E.L.D., this shy man had a very hard time in the modern day since he was a man from a way earlier time period. Even after he became Captain America, he was still awkward and that quality showed sincerity in his soul. When this human told Dr. Erskine during the “Project Rebirth” experiment that he did not want to kill anyone, but he simply just disliked bullies, the doctor knew he found the perfect human to qualify for the experiment. 

Ability Details

  • Human senses are amplified
  • Hearing and feeling more than the average person
  • Incredible sight, claiming he can “see faster” to process what to do in any given situation
  • Communicate with humans around the globe being able to speak English, German, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, and more

11. Advanced Longevity

"Then finish it. Cause I'm with you till the end of the line." -Steve Rogers

Anti-aging body installed through the super serum, he has the ability to live out a long and peaceful life. Well, maybe not a peaceful one. He would be able to blast away many bullies in his lifetime, leaving people for generations to come respecting and honoring him more than ever. Freedom and justice has never sounded so good!

Ability Details

  • He still ages, but at a slow speed
  • Healthy cells continue to grow rapidly within his body
  • Stays at a top notch condition in human form
  • He can be defeated and rewind the time to fix what was messed up in that battle where he lost

10. Tactician and Strategist

"You know the last time I was in Germany and saw a man standing above everybody else, we ended up disagreeing..." -Steve Rogers

Super soldier at its finest, Steve easily became the leader of the Avengers. As said before, even Thor respected this guy, and that’s hard to come by. Being blessed with what would be considered a perfect memory, he is more than fit to be outstanding for military tactics. Maybe he isn’t the best at battling with very little weapons, but superheros come in all shapes, sizes, and unique qualities. This guy can plan better than any known power fueled being. 

Ability Details

  • U.S. military knowledge with combined combat strategy
  • Survival instincts heightened
  • Piloting and demolitions come easy
  • In literally seconds, he can organize a winning plan
  • Plays out the plan immediately after 

9. Martial Arts

"I can do this all day." -Steve Rogers

Skinny Steve, before his Captain America physique, was used to battles against bullies. He was not one to give up and became better at fighting when his buddy Bucky Barnes trained him with hand-to-hand combat. After experimentation day with Dr. Erskine, he was able to master fighting abilities in no time at all. 

Ability Details

  • Karate
  • Jujutsu
  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • Judo
  • Gymnastics
  • Aikido

8. Shield Fighter

"It's probably too late to go to the bathroom, right?" -Steve Rogers

Mixed with vibranium, steel alloy, and some weird unknown substance, this shield can do more than block a blast. During the time of World War ll, Franklin D. Roosevelt advised Dr. Myron MacLain to create a substance that was indestructible to use for the tanks in battle. The unknown third component of this shield was invented by accident and never recreated again!

Ability Details

  • This shield has taken on Hulk’s punches and Thor’s hammer
  • Takes in kinetic energy where the effects of blasts are minimal to the user
  • Boomerang effect as he throws it towards enemies
  • His aim with this shield is on point

7. Military Operator

"I know this neighborhood. I got beat up in that alley. And that parking lot. And behind that diner." -Steve Rogers

Wise beyond his years, literally, Captain America is the ultimate field commander. He is intelligent and the way he can reason with others can go a long way. Steve was born to be a commander and a leader, even if he didn’t realize that at his young and frail former life. After being laughed at in Italy while performing his stage shows for the U.S. Army, he learned that his buddy Barnes and the troop he was in were completely destroyed in the war. Looking further into the details, he soon realized that a search group was never enforced. Matters needed to be taken into his own hands. 

Ability Details

  • Escape missions
  • Assassinations
  • Survival instincts
  • Hunting
  • Reading and making maps
  • Decoding secret messages
  • Interrogations
  • Computer skills

6. Sketch Artist

"I think this is the longest conversation I've had with one. Women aren't exactly lining up to dance with a guy they might step on." -Steve Rogers

Yeah, this may be a strange ability for a superhero, but let's remember that he is human after all. Believe it or not, if Steve’s life played out differently, he would have traveled the road to attending art school. He was actually a writer for comic books and an artist. Being different from other superheros, he contained a talent long before the super serum was injected.

Ability Details

  • Created the Captain America comic book by using his own personal experiences
  • Majored in Fine Arts
  • Illustrated images for comic books

5. Marksman and Swordsman

"There are men laying down their lives. I got no right to do any less than them. That's what you don't understand. This isn't about me." -Steve Rogers

Captain America did not possess a ton of technological gadgets as part of his uniform. Being mainly human also did not stop him from learning specialized skills to use in combat. He has the drive to be successful and he has dreams of protecting his country. Although he admires the states he resides in, the feeling of protecting people continues to go beyond the borders. Remember, he can not stand bullies. 

Ability Details

  • Trained during war time with swords, among other weapons
  • Sharpshooter sniper was used with proficiency
  • His aim for the target always tends to be on the bullseye 

4. Weapons and Equipment

"You ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?" -Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers has some cool stuff. Even though the good man he is remains to be a quality perk, Captain America still needs to obtain weapons and equipment to carry out missions when needed. You always need a back up plan and planning was his specialty. 

Ability Details

  • Famous shield and aiming ability
  • Energy shield, where he can use any arm to block attacks and can also cut through metal
  • Patriotic uniform is fire resistant, withstands bullets, and lightweight
  • Communications device where he can use his Avengers Priority Card
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. created a custom motorcycle for him
  • Better yet, Wakanda Design Group built a battle van that can disguise itself in color to its surroundings. The motorcycle fits right inside,
  • Claw gloves built by Tony Stark
  • Utility belt 

3. Hacker

"You know for the longest time I dreamed about coming overseas and being on the front lines, serving my country. I finally get everything I wanted, and I'm wearing tights." -Steve Rogers

Intellect is a power in itself when it comes to technology. Captain America can perform tasks of diving into computer systems where he is not invited, but of course for good reasons. With his patience, super clear mind, and thinking quickly, he can hack into any database of his choosing.

Ability Details

  • Decoder
  • Works quickly
  • Goes unknown against security and firewall

2. Acrobat

"Dr. Erskine said that the serum wouldn't just affect my muscles, it would affect my cells. Create a protective system of regeneration and healing. Which means, um, I can't get drunk. Did you know that?" -Steve Rogers

He really could have his own circus show with the abilities of his acrobatic moves. It’s important to be swift in action and rise above the villians with graceful movements. The quick reflexes to dodge almost anything and look like a professional trapeze artist while doing so, is a talent to add to his force to be reckoned with.

Ability Details

  • Running laps in what seems to be an unhuman nature
  • Climbing up an anchor chain is simple 
  • Jumping from the tops of vehicle to vehicle and rooftops with grace
  • Somersault landings when falling towards the ground
  • Navigate through complex environments
  • Throwing his shield to use as a weapon

1. His Will Power

"Soldiers trust each other. That's what makes it an army. Not a bunch of guys running around shooting guns." -Steve Rogers

Will power can be so underestimated, even when you are deemed a superhero. The force behind that small word should be emphasized to its fullest. Steve was once a small and shy boy who saw the world so differently than normal humans. While the world is surrounded by greed, power, hatred, and uncivilized people, he is one who should be duplicated so that humans have a chance to live in harmony. From a young artist, being rejected from the military multiple times, and being beat up by bigger bullies, he still kept that will power well into his career of Captain America. Not all humans have the glorious opportunity of containing that power.

Ability Details

  • Never gives up
  • Dark background with his mother being a domestic violence victim and an abusive drunk father, he immediately couldn’t stand bullies
  • Kept trying and trying to enlist in the Army 
  • Can keep mind control limited from enemies until he quickly realizes the situation is not right
  • Heart of empathy
  • Willing to put himself in danger to protect the innocent

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