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How much would this super mutant have to mess up before the military discovers him?

So this alien super mutant is hiding out on Earth in human form. These are the things that make him different: Shapeshifting takes too much effort for him to want to change to something different ...
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How could superhuman speed and speedsters be made scientifically sound? [closed]

The usual problem I hear about superspeed, is that the human body would be torn apart while running at the speed of sound, regardless of anything else. Also, there really isn’t anything that exists ...
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How would superpowers change bank security? (specific superpowers) [closed]

In a similar fashion than X-Men people have begun manifesting superpowers ranging from super strength to telepathy and society needs to adapt its security measures. Most powers are very mundane and ...
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How to speed up the perception of a person? ( more than 25 frames per second )

The response time of the human visual channel in a relatively quiet state is approximately 40 milliseconds, which provides a" frame rate " of 25 frames per second. At the same time, it is not just ...
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The creation of Superman? (Bone fracture)

This question asks for hard science. All answers to this question should be backed up by equations, empirical evidence, scientific papers, other citations, etc. Answers that do not satisfy this ...
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I need rough estimate of IRS taxes on $ multi-trillion asset

In my superhero tale, the protagonist acquires (long story) ~14 trillion dollars worth of nickel-iron chunks (: . Over a time period of 10 days he lands 14 trillion tonnes of the metal onto a sand sea ...
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How can a nation today become a super power without any nuclear programme?

I suspect being economically strong and independent aren't enough to become a super power in today world, I realised that US is slowly losing it's grip as a super power after it starts shifting focus ...
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Superheroes position about drugs [closed]

We often see superheroes confronting drug dealers and their henchmen, after all, drug use and commercialization in most countries is considered illegal. However, there is a growing current of thought ...
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Can force sensitivity be induced in non-force sensitive humans? [closed]

In the Star Wars Universe, Midi-chlorians are life forms that live symbiotically inside all living cells. Because of their properties, Midi-chlorians, when present in high enough quantities in an ...
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What would powers based of the strong force look like?

Or, what physical law can X manipulate in order to have control over the strong force. The strong nuclear force is responsible for binding the all matter together and opposes the force exerted by the ...
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How can a being that can create electric attacks use targeted lightning storm strikes?

I found one question that deals with how to make lightning from clouds strike a target person, Can we make lightning strike a certain person? but I am looking for something that doesn't involve ...
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What would powers based on the weak force look like

In other words, What physical law can X manipulate in order to control the weak force? And as for the abilities, I...don't have the greatest grasp of what someone can do with the weak force as their ...
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What is better for a runner with superpowers, running in long bounding strides or continuous short strides?

A runner has superpowered legs, allowing him to run extremely fast (as in, each of his legs can "push" the ground very fast.) However, he has two different options for how he should run. Should he run ...
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What would powers based on electromagnetism look like?

Or more specifically, What physical law can X manipulate in order to affect the electromagnetic force? For something to base our assumptions off of, lets assume that we can; Fly Cast lightning ...
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How would someone with electric superpowers make a railgun?

So, in my story, there's a guy that can produce electricity, and functions as pretty much an endless power supply of electrical energy. With that, I was wondering, what would be required to make it so ...
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How would one defend against a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will? [closed]

There are a number of stories that contain a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will, meaning it won't interact with most objects: The twins from the second Matrix movie; The demon ...
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How do I create a “magic particle” to make magic work with physics?

I'm trying to make a fantasy-esque magic system in which everything works pretty much the same as real life, except there's a sort of "magic particle" that makes magic possible, but with physics. In ...
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Money-making super-power? [closed]

I'm trying to come up with the super-power that would be best for making money. I define "best" as: Simple: as easy to describe as possible Legal: should be possible to explain it legally. Example: ...
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What would powers based of Gravity look like? [closed]

In the post What would powers based on the four fundamental forces look like? @rschpdr gave permission to ask the question that is stated, but looking at each force one at a time. And so, this is the ...
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Is there a way to trap a super-being like Dr Manhattan?

This linked video explains who and what Dr Manhattan is and what are his super-powers Dr. Manhattan’s Superpowers EXPLAINED. Dr Manhattan character is from Watchmen Here some quotes from Wikipedia ...
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Whats a good way to make the antagonists goal morally wrong, in the context of my story? [closed]

So this one might be a bit difficult, but still, here goes. In this world, in ancient times, humans used to hunt this very specific type of creature. These creatures where the only source of a ...
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Drawbacks for Fate-altering magic

In my setting, a magic cast is able to alter the fate of a given person. In this context, fate is not "set in stone" from the moment you are born, but rather given by the endless chain of causes and ...
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Speed of repeat teleportation

Teleportation is a mightily fun superpower. What I have problems with is how many times this is abused for no reason at all. As an example, the Nightstalker (I think) in X-men can teleport short ...
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Trying to use Newton's Third Law as a superpower

I'm trying to make a superhero that becomes as strong as he needs to be for whatever situation he's in; he supplies a reaction equal to whatever's acting on him. So if a car was coming at him with the ...
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How will forced memory loss work?

So I'm writing a gag comic about a superhero blessed with a plethora of abilities collectively called "Omnipotence" but with it comes two catches. Everything that is directly or indirectly affected ...
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Can Superspeed Cause Illusions?

My story involves people with supernatural abilities. I want to create a character that has classic superspeed like the comic book superhero The Flash, but I want my character to only have realistic ...
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Would a being with electrical powers be able to stick to things using electricity in some way?

I have a character that can produce electricity. Would he be able to stick to things and move around on walls and ceilings using his electricity power in some way? It would need to be able to support ...
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what liquid or substance for rainbow colours oil patterned alien skin?

I was thinking of an alien humanoid charcter for my super powered beings story that would be completely black and faceless with similarities to venom and its strings of symbiotic goo but this ...
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If I believe something, it becomes true- how do I convince myself I'm stealthy? [closed]

This is my first question on Worldbuilding, so hopefully I can get the format and so on correct. In my world, some characters can "will" what they believe to be true into being. If they believe ...
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Superhuman muscles that can stop bullets; would they look vastly different?

I've plans for somewhat 'realistic' (and that's already quite a stretch of the word) superhuman characters whose muscles have the strength, density, and tensile strength that can stop most low-powered ...
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How to catch creatures that can predict the next few minutes?

These creatures have the ability to see all possible outcomes within their vicinity within the next 30 minutes or so. This is not the same as foreknowledge that they have no choice over. Even if ...
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How fast can a speedster run without creating damaging air pressures and wind?

It's no secret that super-speed comes with a slew of nigh-mystical secondary powers to protect both the speedster and their surroundings. There are common exceptions when writers want the speedster to ...
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How much damage can be done just by heating matter?

By some eldritch means I am able to heat matter (raising the kinetic energy of the matter's particles). I want to weaponize this ability, and need some guidance for its implications. The obvious use-...
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What use would controling a pack of cobras be in a world with powerful super beings?

I had an idea to have a character that could control cobras, mainly for the visual idea of a character wearing cobras, with them slithering around parts of the body, hidden under clothes or showing. ...
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What limitations, drawbacks, and gear can I give my hero who has absorption and reflection abilities?

I have a character who exists in a world where superpowers are a thing and common. Her ability is to absorb and reflect back energy and force she receives and even amplify that force (kinda like Black ...
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Armor for a pyrokinetic

What could a group of pyrokinetics wear. They can't wear armor made from flammable material (obviously). They can't wear iron/steel armor because it would get hot too quickly and it wouldn't be so ...
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What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man with radioactive skin that acts like a nuclear reactor?

A bit outlandish, but here me out: I'm trying to make a villain for my story who's essentially like DC's Fallout in powers. Attribution: January 2015, dc.fandom.com/wiki/Fallout That being said, he ...
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How would you control supersoldiers in a late iron-age society?

My search did not turn up anything on this site, which kind of surprised me. So here we go: Late Iron Age (think roman) backdrop There are augmented humans, really good fighters. They would be able ...
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How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers?

How can you make someone forget that he has superpowers and lock his powers? My question is inspired by the Sanskrit epic of ancient India, Ramayana. In the story of Ramayana, Hanuman is a well-...
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What could “time manipulation”'s weaknesses be? [closed]

I've been writing a short anime-like story, in which a villain has time-controlling powers. His abilities enable him to: Freeze someone physically, even though they're able to think and perceive ...
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Dodging bullets [duplicate]

We all know dodging bullets is impossible but how bout a person with super vision or just decent vision, seeing exactly when the person pulling the trigger predicts where the bullets gonna go and ...
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If a character can bend a steel bar into a pretzel with little to no trouble what kinda strength level are we talking

If I had to specify the steel bar it would be 2 inch diameter. 3 feet long. Just your average piece of steel. Round. I guess what I'm asking is if a character can just bend this piece of steel like ...
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How could someone mutate other animals?

There is currently a character I am working on that has the ability to mutate other animals (i.e. make them bigger, tougher, stronger, armoured skin) over a long span of time (Say, 4-5 years). The ...
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Actual scientific requirements for human flight

I want to make a human able to fly, much as Superman or any other superhero can (meaning without wings or any other non-human physical characteristics), but respecting the physical laws otherwise. ...
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How do figure out how powerful I am, when my abilities far exceed my knowledge?

I've just been transported into a world where I have god-like powers, they are near absolute as far as I can tell, at least I've yet to find their limits. The guiding principle of my powers seems to ...
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What would a human need to have a better chance at surviving a very long fall?

I am currently writing a book about people with powers. One of these characters have a power to make portals, and I am wondering what would make it realistic for said character to survive hitting the ...
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A character has super-speed but has to deal with normal resulting consequences: how fast can she run safely?

I was thinking that the character would be a moderately active teenage girl that's 5"8 and 160 lbs. The speed itself is a super-power and she is otherwise a normal human. I'm defining safe as a speed ...
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What's the scope of an Element Transmuter?

Scenario: When one thinks of elemental transmuters from mythology or comic books, one thinks of single touch by the transmuter to a large, multi-elemental structure (like a human body) that causes ...
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How would the world be able to contain and/or destroy the Hulk? (MCU) [closed]

In this scenario, the Hulk (MCU, not comic 616 Hulk) has been driven insane by unknown means and will rampage and kill until nothing is left. Banner's mind is gone leaving only an angry rampaging ...
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How might a society that was once subjugated by superhumans react to their return? [closed]

The premise is quite simple. Sixty years ago, superhumans were wiped out. The source from which they drew their powers was destroyed and the world moved on. Democracy, the rule of law, human rights ...