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Questions tagged [super-powers]

For questions about the development and usage of powers and abilities beyond what is "normal" for a specific species.

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Would low-grade levitation be of any use?

Malcolm dreams one night that he can levitate and wakes up to find that he is still able to. He teaches others to do it and it becomes a world-wide craze. Soon nearly everyone can do it and Malcolm ...
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Would a flying superhuman leave a contrail behind?

I'm writing a speculative fiction story that includes superhumans, and I'm trying to get some of the specifics nailed down. Several of my superhumans have the typical powers of flight, usually able to ...
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Could a Superhero with radio wave powers hear the radio?

Is it was technically possible for a superhero that senses radio waves (like low frequency EM) to “hear” the radio? This superhero senses radio waves a bit like we can see visible light, though not ...
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Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

Meet Greg. Greg was born with pretty average genetics. It seems like he was destined to have average intelligence, average strength, and be average at everything. There was one particularly though: he ...
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Astral Doubles (Avatar)

This might be entirely opinion based which is frowned upon in world building but I really do need help on this. I’m writing a story of an alternative version of Earth where almost 80% of its ...
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Why isn't my superhuman always hungry?

I'm writing a speculative fiction story that includes superhumans. The focus is on individual characters and their daily lives, and I'm trying to maintain some consistency by not throwing all the laws ...
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I want to be a hero: fire-proof [closed]

Something I love is creative use of simple superpowers, so I'd thought I ask a for help coming up with the foundations of a character I've been stuck on. Basically, their sole super power is an ...
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Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
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Would bio-kinetic metabolism allow the user to also absorb kinetic energy too?

I am trying to base a superpower around bio-kinetic metabolism where the user can not only generate a massive amount of kinetic energy but can also absorb a massive amount of kinetic energy. Is there ...
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Is it Possible for Humans to Fly? [closed]

I was reading a book on Human Super Training. I would like to know if a human body rising into the air is possible. Thank you experts!
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If beings with superhuman abilities lived today, could they and social justice cope? [closed]

There's a group of beings who look like humans but who are better by a factor of two in everything except lifespan - their average lifespan is half that of humans. Effectively they live and die twice ...
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What would be the physique of a damage immune teenager?

I have this protagonist who has has the ability to magically nullify newtons of force when they would harm him. Functionally speaking, this makes the character immune from most forms of damage, both ...
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White Magic consumes Vital Energy, what could be the limitation for Dark Magic? [closed]

In my story, there are two kind of magic powers: White Magic and Dark Magic. White magic are powers such as Telekinesis and its limitation is the consumption of vital energy: The more the user does ...
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How to determine power or limits of magic if it's bound by laws of physics? [closed]

I'm a fan of plausible superpowers and believable magic. I want to come up with several magic discpiplines and superpowers (or abilities), that are rather impossible in real world, but are still ...
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What prevents wielders of action-at-distance-type superpowers from destroying internal organs of their enemies?

Telekinesis, pyrokinesis, matter transmutation, bringing tiny chunks of stuff into existence, etc... If no special rules apply, it seems that wielders of such superpowers might easily defeat their ...
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How can changing environments make my super-villain super-powered while causing chronic (extreme) pain? [closed]

I have a super-villain who is from another environment( e.g. aquatic, extra-terrestrial, extra-dimensional ( Bonus points for the least extreme from populous land-locked earth )) They are not a ...
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How to prevent rupturing internal organs while web slinging?

According to the Film Theorist's video on Spider-Man Peter Parker would undergo extreme g-forces during his swinging around. This is not so much of a problem, as any g-force based loss of ...
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Could a really fast man catch a bullet?

Let's say that a character moves much faster (>100 x) than a bullet. If he is shot at, could he theoretically catch the bullet (and put it in his pocket) ? What happens when he touches the bullet, ...
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In a world without Magic or Gods, what is the source of people's supernatural abilities? [closed]

I want to build a world, probably modern, basing most of the built world on Earth, just with different countries, history, etc. What I would like is to find a way to give people their powers, but ...
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How to put costs and limitations on telekinesis?

I am planning a book about a vigilante with telekinetic powers; however, this power will be extremely watered down. The character can only Push, Pull, and Twist on things. If anyone has read Mistborn,...
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Anti-Psychic Countermeasures [closed]

Let's say you are the President/Prime Minister/What-have-you of a major world power. Your staff have just informed you of a troubling development: psychic abilities are not only theoretically possible ...
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What type of acid could burn through skin and any type of metal?

This is my first time using this site and i'm excited to get answers to roadblocks that have prevented me from finishing my writing in the past. However, you may have to excuse some mistakes I make ...
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Physical Force Generation- Applications, weaknesses, and the science behind it [closed]

I've been developing this anti-hero, "Vicious," for a few weeks now- but I need some help concerning the specifics. Vicious has an ability known as "physical force generation." From any point on her ...
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Building an Anti-Supervillain task force

I'll admit this question may be a bit vague, but a deliberate lack of knowledge is kind of one of the boundary conditions here. You, dear Worldbuilding Stack Exchange user, have recently been ...
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Taxing the superhero industry

I'm the mayor of a large city, and I'm up for re-election. My poll numbers have slipped after a recent scandal (don't ask), so to make up ground, I need to appeal to my most vocal constituents: ...
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Inhaling vastly more air than one's lung volume

For characters with Superman-style "super breath", the amount of air being forcefully exhaled is often vastly greater than is possible to hold in human-sized lungs. However, this poses two major ...
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How would super heroes operate, save lives and minimize damage to property without breaking the laws of physics? [closed]

I lack the knowledge of basic or advanced physics to say that I know what I am asking, but there is a story that I am working on where I want to try to make super powers follow the laws of physics as ...
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My superpower is every superpower- how is this not unfair? [closed]

I have recently discovered that I have a superpower: based on a situation, my superpower creates a superpower for me to use. If I'm drowning, maybe it will shapeshift me gills and fins, or allow me to ...
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Can telekinesis be used to stop someone from bleeding to death?

So let's say someone has telekinetic powers. He can move a bunch of things at once with his mind as long as the objects aren't too heavy. One day he's walking through a dark secluded alleyway and, oh ...
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Could the genetic makeup of two parents theoretically combine just right to make a superhuman, or at least semi-superhuman child?

Basically I want my character to have only gotten their powers through the luck of two parents with the right genes mixing. Technically, given enough time and enough generations of breeding, couldn't ...
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Fastest way for an invincible young immortal to make $1 million USD?

So, I gave a $100 bill to a homeless person a few months ago who gave me "God's blessings" in return. Apparently, that conveyed immortality and invincibility upon me as I no longer age (I think) and ...
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Defensive capabilities of a pyrokinesis using superhero?

I’m creating a superhero story, and one of the heroes is a character named Joseph Kroger, AKA The Phoenix. He can create fire with mind, and manipulate it. He also has a high tolerance for heat and ...
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New Sources of Superhuman Ability

I am working to build a parallel Earth that is home to individuals with superhuman abilities (in addition to ordinary humans). This Earth has all of today's knowledge and technology (and perhaps ...
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What could a person able to re-arrange their muscle strength accomplish?

Suppose there is a type of person who is otherwise a normal human, but can temporarily transfer muscle strength from one part of their body to another. Whether this occurs through mutant genes, ...
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Detecting Superpowered Individuals

In my story, a very small percentage of individuals develop superpowers (about 1 in every 10 million, if not less. There are about 200 billion people in this world). Everyone else in the world is ...
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How plausible is molecular disequilibrium from Ant-Man and the Wasp?

So if you haven't watched the film, basically there's this one character who suffers from a (fictional) condition referred to as “molecular disequilibrium.” As described by the character, it's a ...
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How could “power control” laws be enforced with the fewest violations of civil liberties? [closed]

The central premise of my story is that one day in the year 2017, an unknown entity starts imbuing humans with supernatural abilities. A quick rundown of the system: Every human over the age of 13 ...
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Hitting a Thermokinetic With a Bullet

I'm having several of my superpowered characters do a simulated scrimmage, with paintballs. These characters have various powers: telekinesis, electric manipulation, water manipulation, energy ...
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Would turning into dust freeze you?

I have an idea for a power/ability, but I want to know if it would work like I think it would. Basically, the person has the power to separate themselves into separate hive mind cells and join back ...
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Invincible Itch [closed]

I think my favorite idea for a superpower would be an ability that makes you super itchy whenever you tell a universal lie. While this would at first be an extreme inconvenience, imagine taking a ...
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What mechanism can prevent super-healing heroes from accidentally budding?

We’re all familiar with the heroes that can’t die. Honey-badger (with the claws and the angry voice), Dreadpeel, that girl with the weird cheerleading obsession... Basically they all have the same ...
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Why would a healing factor superhero still be afraid of things?

So, I have a superhero, and his name is Logan Wotowski, the indestructible man. He can survive and heal from gunshots to the head, knives to throat, getting hit by cars, fire, electrocutions, high ...
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What required secondary powers does my speedster need in order to be able to accelerate at 2,250 ft/s^2 without harmful effects?

This question was originally posted in the Sandbox. It's set in the same world as this question, but is not related to it. I have a speedster character whose top speed is Mach 2. She holds back a lot ...
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Why would an electrokinetic be unable to create weapons made from electricity?

In my setting, there are these super-powered individuals that can draw upon an invisible energy source in order to enhance their physical abilities and use physics-defying abilities such as ...
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Differentiating a Power from Dr. Manhattan [closed]

I want to create a character with matter manipulation powers, down to the atomic level. However, I've become aware that this is essentially exactly what Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen does- rearranging ...
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Learning new physics from a superhero

Last week, a young woman came by my physics lab. She demonstrated the telekinetic ability to rotate things from a distance. We did some quick tests, but we couldn't find any previously known ...
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What superpowers or tech would actually make sense to use for theft? [closed]

The recent question about Fort Knox brought back a long-time concern I've had regarding super-villainous behavior: most super abilities could earn as much money (or vastly more) through legitimate ...
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How dangerous would this pyromancer be? [closed]

A pyromancer has the ability to increase or decrease the temperature of both objects & air within 57,600 square feet. No matter what the object is the character can manipulate it as long as it's ...
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How to explain why a force fielder can’t ride their force fields? [closed]

In my superhero world, there is a hero. Her name is Monica Fairson. She is able to generate force fields. What might be a plausible reason why Monica wouldn’t use her force fields as transportation, ...
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Why might the government keep the gold at Fort Knox, even though super-villains steal it all the time?

So, I’m creating a world were superheroes, and villains, are real and exist in the real world. Everything else is the same, like the gold depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which brings me to my ...