It's easy to see the good side of having powers or being a certain character. A couple of months ago I did an article on the gift and the curse of being Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Moon Knight. It was easy looking at those three and seeing the negative parts of their life. Moon Knight is crazy, Spider-Man can't have a good day without someone spoiling it, and Wolverine has a little of both. So let's look at some leaders and see the good and the bad of their lives.
Captain America/Steve Rogers:
What would it be like to be Steve Rogers? First off, the Super Soldier serum coursing through your body will put you past peak physical condition and leave your body looking like you were chiseled out of marble. You'll be running faster and jumping higher than any Olympic gold medal athlete and you'll be able to process things in your mind at almost genius levels. You won't be smarter, but you'll be able to put things together quicker. Also, Cap never gets tired. So having extra stamina helps in your personal life *wink wink*.
So with all of the positive things that come with being Captain America, what could possibly be bad? Well, you're who everyone looks up to and strives to be so you can't slip up and have a bad day. Captain America always has to be on his toes and be the inspiration to everyone. You can never give up and you can't flip flop. You're George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and JFK in the body of a profession wrestler so you will always have to be the epitome of all that is good. Then there's the whole being frozen in ice for decades thing. No matter how long Steve Rogers has been defrosted he is still very old fashion. When you're an adult, your ways are pretty much set and his ways are those of 1930's to the 1940's. They've been outdated for a while now.
Even now that Steve Rogers is no longer Captain America and because the Super Soldier Serum is no longer with him and he's now just an old man, people still look to him for help and to inspire. Even when Bucky was Captain America and Steve Rogers was just a soldier working with an undercover group he was still called Captain America. So he will always have the burden or honor of being looked at as one of, if not the greatest. Can you handle that kind of pressure?
The Master of Magnetism easily has one the coolest powers set in comics. At first glance having the power of magnetism doesn't seem that cool. It sounds like all you do is manipulate metal. Then you hear that Magneto is reversing the blood in your veins by controlling the iron in your body. And he can fly by riding the magnetic fields of the Earth and even if he decides not to do that, he can ride around on a metal disc he made from a dumpster behind a bar. If Magento wants to get really fancy, he can just create a wormhole. Don't ask me the science behind that, but he can do that too. My personal favorite was when he pulled a giant bullet from a part of the universe that Kitty Pryde was trapped. Magento had no idea where in the universe she was, but he meditated and searched the cosmos until he found her. It may have left him comatose for a while, but it was an amazing show of strength.
"Heavy is the head that wears the crown" or in this case, "Heavy is the head that wears the metal helmet that keeps telepaths out of his head". Like Steve Rogers, Magneto has a responsibility to the people who follow him. Unlike Rogers, Magneto is almost looked at like the king of his people. Because of that, he sometimes has to do things that people might call extreme. But to him, there is no too far when it comes to the protection and the future of his people. He has even threatened to reverse the magnetic poles ultimately causing all sorts of destruction on Earth in order to get what he wants. So where Cap is the Yin, Magneto is the yang. Besides the political side of Magneto, because Magneto's powers are environmental, he can feel when the magnetic poles are off and it will physically hurt him and make him weak.
He didn't have any fancy metal moving powers or a serum that made him stronger and faster than the normal person. Nick Fury is a normal guy that was lucky enough to have a formula that allowed him to age slow. This allowed him to continue fighting and protecting America from everything from terrorists to super people crime longer than anyone has or would probably want to. Nick Fury's main point in life has been to rid the world of Baron Strucker and after decades of battles, death, losing family and friends being obsessed with your war, Nick Fury shot him in face and ended a rivalry that spanned since before World War 2 ended. Shot him right in his guy at point blank range.
Some people don't like Steve Rogers apple pie all American wholesome look on life and think Magneto has it right and others may think Rogers has the right idea. Nick Fury is the best and the worst of the two. Nick Fury has been a soldier in the field and leader of an entire military force (if SH.I.E.L.D. counts). Nick Fury has more responsibility because while people expect Cap to be an inspiration and Magneto to lead, the world is made of people in the middle and Nick Fury is our representative. He does what he does to make sure we don't get caught in the crossfire while the government and the Avengers may forget about us at times. Nick Fury always has the pressure of always having to be the guy who pulls the trigger when no one else will. He's brainwashed people he trusts and is willing to sacrifice his happiness if it means the world keeps spinning. At the end of the day, Nick Fury has had a ton of sex (especially with his Savage Land honeys. Check the podcast for that joke), has visited other worlds, been to the moon, fought side by side with Captain America and Wolverine, and talked smack to them both. He's lived a great life, but would anyone want to have to make the decisions he makes?