#10 Alain Robert, the Human Spider

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French rock and urban climber Alain Robert scales the City Tower on November 12, 2008 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Getty Images)more pics »
Alain Robert in Shanghai (Reuters)
Born: August 7, 1962
Location: Worldwide (Based in Paris)
Special Ability: To climb up the sides of skyscrapers
Nemisis: Police
Means of Transport: Climbing shoes

Everyone on this list has made a difference in some way, but not everyone on this list actually possesses some superhuman power over the physical world.

While Alain Robert's ability is no mutant power, it doesn't even seem possible that a human should be able to climb like he climbs. Robert has climbed many of the world's tallest structures. He climbed the Sears Tower (recently renamed Willis Tower) in 1999, completing the climb even after heavy fog made the surface dangerously slick. In all, Robert has climbed more than 85 skyscrapers.

And how has he made a difference? By furthering his political goals of course. Robert is an outspoken activist who has taken up the banner of environmentalism in the fight against global warming. In February, 2009, when Robert climbed the Cheung Kong Centre in Hong Kong, he first unfurled a banner directing people to the global warming Web site onehundredmonths.org. Then in April of 2009, he climbedthe Lloyd's building in London and unfurled a similar banner.

But the grandaddy was his June, 2008 climbing of the New York Times building. Upon reaching the top of the building, Robert let fly a banner declaring, "Global warming kills more people than 9/11 every week." That's a ballsy way to get a message across in New York. At least the man stays on point.

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