Questions tagged [super-powers]

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What would happen if the future happens in the present? [closed]

In my story, there is a character capable of a weird way of time manipulation, making the present & the future happen at the same time, without causing a time paradox. Now, this is very different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Thunder Clap Armageddon

In a superhero setting, a thunder clap is where someone claps with superhuman strength, causing damage such as broken windows and burst eardrums. What I want to know is, taken to the extreme of 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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How can communication with ancestors be explained without magic?

The world I'm currently writing is an alternative Earth with Space Age tech that advanced much faster than our Earth because of Ancestral Guidance: In the middle of every graveyard, there is a patch ...
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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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Energy manipulating superhero — how would it work

I want to make a superhero that can control all forms of energy. From what I've heard you can do a lot like, manipulate time and space, open blackholes, teleport, shape shift, and manipulate matter. ...
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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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Everyone believes everything Joe says. How can he get around it?

Joe is an average bloke, who has a passive superpower that he's lived with all his life. People believe everything he says. Implicitly, unquestioningly and absolutely. If he says that black is ...
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How would a city police department handle a super-hero joining as an officer?

Inspired by some of the comments on How to safely capture someone when you have super-strength I am wondering how police departments would handle a super-hero entering the police academy and joining ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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If a human body was self sustaining

If a human somehow managed to change their body in such a way that self sustaining was possible and they did not need any outside sources to maintain themselves, does that mean that they cannot grow ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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What can give a species superpowers without being magic, evolution or interference from ancient aliens?

This is partially a followup to my question on ancestral guidance. Suppose you have a species, or a subset of a species, that has a particularly interesting mechanic, like the above mentioned ...
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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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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 ...
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Supers as political refugees?

Scenario: two states, (A) and (B). Both nations contain a very small percentage of supers, or rather, citizens with extended abilities (though low-level in nature, more circus acts than comic-book ...
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Increasing muscle power without increasing volume

Some of you may know my mutant thread, and guess what? It's back. I'm wondering if there is any biological means to improve muscular power without greatly increasing the volume of said muscle. My ...