2. The Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine falcons are equipped with three superpowers: flight, super-speed, and super-awesomeness. Cheetahs may be the most legendary land sprinters, but the Peregrin falcon is by far the fastest animal in the world. When executing their bone-chilling slaughter dives, these falcons can reach speeds of 240 miles/hour, over three times as fast as cheetahs. Their prey literally never knows what hit them. Also, check out the swagger on that bird — you can see it even in this still picture. That's a bird that commands respect wherever it shows up, which might be why it has become the world's most widespread raptor, with colonies scattered from the Arctic to the tropics.