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How would the world view superhumans that are more human or weaker? [closed]

When I say being more human. I'm not talking about a character being more relatable to an audience. Like Superman working in a 9 to 5 job. I'm more so talking about a superhuman character being more ...
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How would a race of people that destroyed everything they touched wear clothes? [closed]

I have created a race of naturally mutated humans called the Homo Tenibris that destroy everything they touch(with any part of their body). The speed at which the object is destroyed is dependent on ...
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Accuracy limits of Victorian-era rifles

I have a fictional character in 1870 who is a marksman of superhuman ability; basically, he doesn't need a sniper rifle with a telescopic sight, he is a sniper with a telescopic sight, and can get the ...
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What job could someone do better with super-strength, but without actually revealing that they have it?

Being a superhero without being state-sponsored or independently wealthy is kind of a massive pain. You're essentially working two jobs, one of which is highly dangerous and doesn't even pay. So ...
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Can a superhuman swim in air?

Assume the superhuman has no powers besides super strength, speed, durability and coordination. What would be the optimal way for them to fly without any assistance?(no gadgets, suits and additional ...
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Is this price of magic severe enough to deter most women from becoming witches in my fantasy world?

I am writing a fantasy series about witches. It's set in a high fantasy world. To get magic powers in this fantasy world, a girl has to voluntarily transform into a magical being. The magic in this ...
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How would the world governments define a super person?

DC, Marvel, X-men...etc style people, or things, exist. Great. Now the existence of those people would definitely change laws and many legal practices. And of course the governments of the world would ...
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Could cybernetic spinal cord implants grant superhuman strength?

In the 2018 movie Upgrade, the quadriplegic protagonist gets a cybernetic neck implant that reconnects his spine and returns his control of his limbs. However, this implant also appears to give him ...
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Are 4 magic systems too much when it comes to a modern type of world with a lot of moving parts? [closed]

I have four power systems. Superpowers Supertechnology, Magic, and the Charles Atlas Powers. All 4 systems are not original. The systems are pretty generic. The only difference is, im just putting my ...
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What would happen if a person's entire body mass was capable of working as a brain? [closed]

One of my characters in a super hero setting can have their body turn into slime. By quirk of their power, they are able to process thoughts with their entire body, effectively turning their entire ...
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How can i make my worldbuilding magical, fun and a little dark, but still maintain realism? [closed]

I'm trying to make a character, and I'm first creating their world, but I'm can't figure out whether I want it to be all magical or more realistic. Helluva Boss did this great. It took place in hell, ...
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Can demigod city be spared from divine judgement by staying neutral?

Lately more and more worshippers are becoming materialistic and are abandoning their faith emass, this has been brought up to the attention of the Olympian god who suspect it was the doing of the ...
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How can demigods living among us in the 21st century prevent losing powers?

Generations of demigod and semi-demigod have been hiding and living among us to this present day, they made a pact with the god to never reveal the existence of God or themselves in public unless they ...
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Superhero lines of income [closed]

I came up with an idea for some fanfic in the DC/Superman universe. I'm not going to use the name of any DC characters, just allude to them to try to stave off any legal issues, and I don't plan on ...
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How to defeat a pyrokinesis user using tech and science

The user can manipulate fire in many ways, and to a certain extent, he can also manipulate electricity. The fire he uses is special and can reach temperatures above sun, but the average temperature ...
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Social effects of super senses

Vampires are often depicted as having enhanced senses all around: they can hear their preys heartbeats, smell blood and approaching people from miles away, see in complete darkness, pretty much tell ...
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What's in it for the most detested and lonely god to perform his duty diligently?

In my story there is a god of misfortune that always brings bad luck to every living thing, including other gods, that get in the way. The bad luck worsens the longer or closer the individual is ...
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What could someone who is able to add to their muscle mass accomplish?

In my world I have a type of magic user who grows stronger the more they kill animals and people. Currently I conceptualise this as a sort of pocket dimension muscle, whenever they kill a creature, ...
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Could you freeze a nuclear explosion [closed]

The character who I'm talking about is faced with certain death and has to freeze a nuclear exposition that's coming right at him, would this work, and how would it. This character has ice-based ...
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How could a human produce slime from his/her skin? Such as slime of a hagfish or slug?

Would this slime be merely just mucus secreted out of pores? Also, should this be a passive ability (for instance always covered in slime) or should it be more of an activated one?
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What would make people care about a superhero's secret identity?

A superhero appears and saves people in a city. Some people will love the superhero. Some will not. But would people actually care about a superhero's secret identity or alter ego? If so, who would ...
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Would a person adapted for super-speed be super-strong too as a side effect?

Or am I just overthinking it? Maybe I should note that the character is like 76% magical entity, so maybe it can simply be handwaved, but I wanna check if I can blend in some science in there, too. To ...
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What would be the full range of someone if they could control the entire electromagnetic spectrum? [closed]

I am currently writing a character who discover his electro power was far more than what he used to think for most of his life and with the sudden realisation he discovers that he could fully control ...
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How to make Abilities make sense mechanically (and pseudoscientifically)?

I'm writing a fan spin-off of Uru-chan's unOrdinary, but there is unfortunately not much in the wiki about abilities and aura. Below is the unOrdinary definition of Ability and Aura mechanics with my ...
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How would Superspeed be Explained?

In the comics, superspeed,- being the ability to move (in particular, run) at speeds typically at least as fast as something like a racecar), whenever it is shown, seems to tend to have the ...
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How do I change this guy's ability so he isn't so powerful?

Currently writing a fanfiction called Challenger, a spinoff of Uru-chan's unOrdinary. A sort of a fan parallel dimension, if you will. Grey (inspired off of John Doe) is a 17-year-old highschool ...
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How heavy would a human need to be to walk through a brick wall?

I have a person with a superpower to interact with the world as though they were extremely heavy. The power is smart and selective, which allows him to walk normally without crushing the ground, or ...
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What is the extent of inertia manipulation powers?

To my understanding, inertia is an object's resistance to change in motion, i.e. something with high inertia is more difficult to start/stop, and something with low inertia finds it easier to start/...
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Specific Seashells for Self-defense

Mermaids in my setting have the power to manipulate shells. In more specific terms, they can alter a shell's shape as if they are made of putty, as well as fuse them seamlessly. This enables them to ...
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What are the effects of bullets on a superhuman who keeps getting stronger?

In a story I’m writing, there’s a superhero who uses a magic spell to increase the strength of her body. This means that her body becomes more durable as well. As she increases her capacity to output ...
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How can my character transform without losing their powers?

I'm writing a story about a character who can manipulate the cells of any living organism - himself, others, plants, soil, etc. His power is psionic-based and stems from his brain. In my story, I've ...
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How durable would a kaiju-sized human be?

I am writing a story that centres around a person who slowly grows larger and larger overtime, to the point of kaiju-size and beyond. They grow due to magic, so other than their vastly increased size ...
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How could I make a normal human character who has no powers, weapons, or tech defeat someone who is superhuman? [closed]

I am writing a story about an average 200 pound guy who is being attacked by someone who has super strength (can lift 6000 tons), "instinct cancellation" (which is just the nullification of ...
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Are there any specific supernatural/scientific creatures which might fuse and grant abilities to a person?

A character of mine gains certain abilities after a creature fuses with em as he dies. However, I don’t know of any supernatural creature that would do this or something similar which might explain ...
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Destructive Impact of a Skyscraper Sized Flying Titan?

The ancient Titans of myth were real, and their imprisonment in the cells of Tartarus ironically saved them from the global flood that wiped out the Olympians who defeated them. Now in the modern day,...
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Would a superhero that weighs 750kg have to be overly careful running around on wooden apartment flooring?

The superhero has magically increased strength but also magically increased weight so that he can utilize his strength effectively and stay planted. The drawback is he has to make sure things can hold ...
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How would a small society of wizard geneticists spread magic powers through a magicless earth best?

A society of wizards has a magical gene they want to spread on an otherwise magicless earth. The magic gene is limited in total potency to any effects that you could produce with a million dollars. ...
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The Potential Application of Gravity Manipulation As a Power [closed]

Given that a person is granted the power of manipulating gravity, or namely alter the gravity of any object they touch (including themselves), what would be some potential applications of said power? ...
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Superpower: Making objects indestructible. Downsides, benefits, etc. Need advice [closed]

I'm currently writing a story where superpowers exist. Each and every superpowered individual basically is a low-level reality warper, specifically tailored to their superpower. One character I have ...
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What law enforcement roles could super-powered humans play in a grounded/realistic setting? [closed]

Imagine an alternate version of 2021 where there are humans with special abilities. There exist those with super-strength, flight, pyrokinesis, your standard comic book powers, but semi-grounded in ...
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How to make a shadowy 'aura' around a person

This guy can create a shadowy effect around himself and his surroundings, and telekinetically shape the shadowyness to make illusions of big scary creatures and be spooky in general. Basically he can ...
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How can supernatural social beings avoid total extermination/enslavement when the human world has the Big Brother system?

The human world has the world government (and thus the single Big Brother system, which monitors people living even in the most obscure places). For sake of being short I will call "supernatural ...
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Corporate Security in a world with superpowers

There have been questions about how to protect against specific superpowers in the context of high-value/high-risk target with answers that require a very controlled environment, this question is more ...
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Which combat sport makes more sense to be a super sport in a world, Peak Human MMA or Metahuman MMA? [closed]

In my world I'm trying to make a combat sport that is so super that normal humans can't join. But I'm going back and forth with Peak Humans and Metahumans. To give you guys a clear definition of the ...
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super power = strength, density and mass shifting

A person with the ability to bend and contort and twist a 5"/5"/8' steel beam. This person is strictly super. I understand the person has to have similar or greater density. In this mock-up, ...
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Do my Mutants having Chi/Spiritual/Magical/Supernatural powers undermined Religion and real-world beliefs? [closed]

I'm writing a story about superpowers similar to the X Men, The Boys, and My Hero Academia. The powers are explained with science. That alone already undermine the supernatural. But that's not the ...
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What temperature should a beam of light be at to burn through a person in a couple of seconds? [closed]

A magical technician who creates weapons with lenses, LEDs, and mirrors. What temperature should a beam of light be at to burn through a person in a couple of seconds? Cut a bone in a couple of ...
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How can a plane of existence contain a pocket realm larger than itself without being destroyed?

A reality warper has the power to manipulate reality. Users can create, shape and manipulate reality just by thinking about it, and may alter something as tangible as physics and the universe to ...
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Least impossible explanation for superhero flight

How does Superman fly? (or rather, a Superman like character in a different world. This is not a question about the existing fictional character but a similar being.) He does not simply use high ...
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Galactic civilization vs super human infiltrators

A inter galactic civilization is at war with a less advanced civilization, but one with a highly unusual number of super individual. Not only was the invasion of their system unsuccessful, but soon ...
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