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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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Can medieval weapons (swords, spears, polehammers, etc) be more viable than guns in this SciFi setting?

Context In this world, laws of physics are roughly the same as ours. No placeholder magic involved. Wars are fought by cyborgs/mutants/synthetic mutants (super soldiers) who can manipulate certain ...
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How can powerful telekinesis avoid violating Newton's 3rd Law?

Characters with powerful telekinesis are portrayed as being able to exert a superhuman force using only their minds. For example, they can throw a car. Based on what I remember from high school ...
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New Sources of Superhuman Ability [closed]

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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How would one go about getting away with illegal human experimentation? [closed]

My protagonist is subjected to involuntary experimentation because she has superpowers. I want it to be painful and traumatizing. Every time she is injured, she heals more resilient to harm, and she ...
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Salem witch trials safe haven [closed]

With the story I'm writing I really want to find an accurate place to set up a school (preferably in New York) that was originally a safe place to go to during the Salem Witch Trials. I'm hoping to ...
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Newton's 3rd law & Quantum entanglement

Once a long long time ago a guy called Newton came up with a law he called his 3rd law. "The laws of motion" Everyone knows about "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction" My question here ...
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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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Would it be possible for someone with ice powers to stop or “freeze” a wound to their heart?

I have characters with ice powers. I was planning that they could freeze an injury and prevent it from progressing. An arrow is shot at their heart, but I could possibly change the location to make ...
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What would determine the most powerful superpower? [closed]

I should probably start with this to get a few answers I know are coming my way right out of the equation altogether: No, this isn't the age-old question of "If you could have superpowers...?" but ...
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Personal Teleportation as a Weapon

I've always considered teleportation to be one of the most under-rated super powers in all ways, but at the moment I'm thinking through the ramifications of personal teleportation as a superpower in ...
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Practical body armor for a female who can create objects from her body

In the anime My Hero Academia, most people have a random ability like a physical enhancement, a bodily mutation, control of an element, etc. Momo Yaoyorozu is a student who has the ability to ...
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How would a person be able to attain superspeed if they could subvert Newton's 2nd Law of Motion?

I'm struggling with the physics here a bit since I'm a complete novice at this. I'm making a character whose main ability is to subvert/play around with the 2nd Law of motion. Somehow I understand ...
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What does air vanishing on contact sound like?

I'm about to break rule seven of superpowers: don't think too hard about what it does to the air. A superhero has the ability to disappear any atoms that come within 2 cm of their skin (atoms that ...
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How broken would a ~5ms reaction time be? [closed]

Suppose we've got one character, who for whatever reason (handwave.gif), has around a ~5ms reaction time (20-40x regular people's). That's enough to be many, many times faster than the rest of the ...
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Putting Ant-Man on house arrest

In Ant Man and the Wasp, Ant Man starts the movie on house arrest. House arrest is enforced by a standard ankle tracking monitor. Of course, this security mechanism proves woefully inadequate since, ...
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Uses for members of society with cool powers [closed]

In my world, one in every 1000 is born with a power/gift/talent/whatever you want to call it. If you are born with a gift it is in one of three categories: teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy. ...
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How strong can zombies really be?

Assume that average Joe dies in a zombie outbreak and is revived as a zombie pretty much immediately. How strong could that zombie be, assuming that: Zombification is done by "taking over" the brain, ...
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Velocity Difference From Teleportation

In Steven Gould's Jumper series, the main character has the ability to teleport, and he eventually realizes he automatically does frame matching when doing so - no matter where on earth his origin and ...
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Effects on objects due to a brief relocation of massive amounts of mass

I want you to meet Gary. Gary looks like a human, walks like a human, and talks like a human. But he's not. He's a superhero, or a magician, or... something. He's not really sure. He just knows that ...
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How would someone who could break the laws of motion apply it? [closed]

I'm working on a "Science Fantasy" story and in my story I'm trying to approach magic from a different angle. I understand this is a fictional work but I'd like to get my facts right nonetheless. The ...
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How would the world control an invulnerable immortal mass murderer? [closed]

This question came to me after re-watching Jason movies and some Hulk movies. SCP-096 was a huge inspiration as well. Forgive me if this question is silly but I'm curious on how humanity would react ...
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How to deal with speedster characters?

In many fictional franchises we see people like the Flash who can move at speeds defying physics. In my story I want to include a speedster, however I feel that they would be too overpowered for the ...
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Ideas for 3rd eye abilities [closed]

I am creating a super villain that developed special abilities from a mutated pineal gland. For now i'm referring to it as the Enhanced 3rd eye or the 3rd Eye ability. From the research I've done, ...
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How to test a mutant to know all of his/her abilities?

I've read a lot of question about testing, so this may be a duplicate, but so far, I've been unable to find this question. Settings Following WW3, and its scenarium-radiating super-weapons, mutants ...
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Hierarchy: Protect, absorb and reflect vs destructive parasitic or vampiric spells such as leech or draw [closed]

Suppose there are two wizards, one using light magic to protect himself and others, via wards, barriers, shield spells and with some focus on drawing and absorbing energy whilst also attempting to ...
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Everything Bob says is false. How does he get people to trust him?

I was looking at the questions where Everything Joe says is true and I thought it would be interesting to explore the inverse superpower. Bob isn't just a pathological liar, but if he says a true ...
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Personal Teleportation: From Rags to Riches

I'm looking to investigate one aspect of the "real world" implications of teleportation as a super power, much like I did with this question. In this case, I'm trying to figure out the best method(s) ...
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How much force would your fist need to strike with to punch through a human body?

Okay so, this is kind of a disgusting question... sorry about that in advance, guys. Say you are super strong, super fast, and super durable. There is a not so strong, fast, or durable normal human ...
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Looking for heroic deeds that don't involve stopping criminal activity [closed]

I'm looking for types of heroic deeds that a stereotype superhero or main character in a fiction story does, but with the restriction that it cannot involve (stopping) criminal activity or be too "...
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What justifications would people use to justify discrimination of people with special powers?

The whole 'prejudice against mutants with powers' thing has been done to death, most notably with X-men. However, I always felt that it was too over the top, the blind hate being excessive and no ...
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How to make a superhero with electrical powers fly?

I'm writing a novel in which one of the characters has the ability to control, manipulate, and produce electricity. I'm having issues working about scenes which require him to fly around without ...
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How fast would a person need to be to cross a gap and prevent a gunman from shooting someone?

I was reading one of the recent questions involving a fast-moving superhero, and it reminded me of something I've been wondering about for a while, so I decide to create a spinoff scenario question. ...
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How fast would a person need to move to trick the eye?

Say superheroes in a certain world have somewhat less overpowered abilities. A strong super might be able to lift a few tons, but not stop speeding trains or pick up an entire semi. Unlike the Flash, ...
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Everything Joe says will become true. Can anybody notice?

Joe has a slightly embarrassing issue. Simply put: Everything he says is true from that moment on until Joe himself contradicts it. For example: If Joe were to say that hundreds of people turned up ...
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How do I defend a person against an attacking teleporter?

Inspired by Personal Teleportation as a Weapon Using the teleportation rules from that question: The Teleporter can teleport themselves and/or any object (including people) they are touching, ...
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If everyone has telekinesis, how would people fight? (1v1, wars, etc)

Main Goal: A general idea of fighting, or a specific example of a fight that fits (like general strategies all use, or a single fight where "fast users" beat "strong users". Traps laid in advance, or ...
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Exploiting an ability to see into the past

A group of people from a particular family are born with an ability to see into the past. They would like to exploit this for money but there is no obvious way to do so. Details By closing their ...
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Explaining pyrokinesis powers

I write sci-fi, and I don't love fudging important things. I have a character that was a victim of genetic experiments (I know how original). I want to find a semi-reasonable way to explain this.(not ...
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Would pyrokinesis be an effective defense?

I've read comics in which someone with pyrokinetic powers was able to block bullets with a sheet of fire. I have three questions How hot would the fire have to be to melt a bullet passing through it? ...
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What society/government would be stable if people get superpowers randomly? [closed]

To refine the question: Goal: a society/government capable of lasting centuries. This takes place somewhere within a technological time period (1000BCE to 1000CE). No gunpowder or explosives. I'm ...
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What problems would a superhuman have whose skin is constantly hot?

The basic premise is about a metahuman whose skin always emits large amounts of heat. It's usually around 300-500 F (150-260 C) degrees, but when he gets mad, in pain or in a serious fight, it can ...
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Culture and law if humans evolved with the ability to manipulate the four classical elements (to an extent)? [closed]

Note: I have never watched Avatar or Legend of Korra. I don't know how similar this idea is to that universe. Suppose that we can manipulate air, water, earth, and fire. To an extent. Most (but ...
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How could my hard telekinesis work?

So, in my setting, telekinesis is divided into two sub-fields: Soft telekinesis allows for precise manipulation of objects but doesn't pack a punch. Newton's third law is negligible for this type. ...
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What's the elemental form used in conjuring a super power/ability? [closed]

Example: kinetic energy used for psychic abilities and chakra for ninjas and so on. What more forms are there? If a knight(mage/magical knight) were to use his 'superpowers', what form of energy ...
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Performance enhancing drugs (mostly realistic)

I have a character in my story who is immortal and heals very quickly (think Wolverine). Ignoring physical side effects (but keeping in mind psychological ones) what sorts of drugs could he take to ...
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Guns against regular people [closed]

In my story a group of people (around 18-20 years old) get superpowers but only slight ones and invulnerability is not one (e.g. perceiving time slower and breathing underwater) and only a couple so ...
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How can someone be immortal and still age?

I need an explanation for how one could be immortal and still age. If one was truly immortal one would remain an infant forever. How could this be explained? I'm working on a character who is ...
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What is a good way to explain how a character can produce flames from their body?

So in a webtoon that I am drawing/writing everyone is born with 1 or 2 psychic abilities that can range anywhere from teleportation, sensory manipulation, thermal conductivity, elemental kinesis ...
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Splitting the atom with a hammer

In a world of superheroes the job of blacksmith is given to the very strongest of them. Question Is splitting an atom in a human-scale piece of work by using a human-scale tool even theoretically ...
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Voice Activated Reality Warping [closed]

Okay, so before I start this probably 95% completely opinionated but I would really like some feed back and overall help with this. I’m writing a story where everyone has a specific power or a gift ...