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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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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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Is it possible to dodge bullets? [closed]

It seems that a human can't dodge a bullet once it is shot. That has been made rather clear by the articles I read. But is it possible (in a story context of course, I'm not trying this IRL :p) to ...
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How do you assassinate someone who is protected by precognitive people? [duplicate]

The US government is desperate to kill the superhuman rebel leader, but the man is surrounded by "precogs". They can see any attempt on his life before it happens. What plan will the government form ...
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What would be the ideal melee weapon for someone with superhuman strength?

Many video games and movies set in a medieval-like fantasy setting feature implausibly huge weapons, which would be completely impractical in real combat. Sometimes people defend the realism of ...
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Solid material made from human blood

Is it possible to create a room-temperature solid made from 100% human blood? One of my stories features a girl who has the passive ability to block the superpowers of anyone in a 100-meter radius. ...
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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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On a Speedster's perception of time and ability to function in civilian life

All right, I'm whipping up a speedster character. Figured if she's going to run real quick she'll have to think very quickly so that she doesn't end up as a smear against a wall. So, I did some ...
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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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How to safely knock someone out

I'm the new superhero on the block. I've got the classic powerset - super-strength and super-durability. I don't have to worry one bit about your average thug hurting me. On the contrary, I'm really ...
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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 ...
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What consequences would ancestral guidance have?

After realizing how aliens and irradiation are not really suited for my world, I came up with a different idea for how Belgium could become a global power, one which I like more. Basically, at birth, ...
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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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Limits of telekinesis [closed]

In my world, everyone has some sort of power ranging from enhanced physical abilities to the ability to manipulate fire and energy. I'm having balancing issues with telekinetics vs strength/speed ...
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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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I have a superpower that no-one can say "no" to me. How can I get informed consent?

I have a character who has a super power that gives them what can be best described as perfect pheromones, and when in their presence, anyone will volunteer for anything they want. (Eg in existing ...
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Why do governments not execute or otherwise permanently contain super villains?

The argument for superheroes to capture villains alive is that superheroes are already illegally operating as vigilantes and compensating for muggle law enforcement is all they are morally obligated. ...
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Everything Joe says is true. How can he most help humanity?

Please note: This is not a duplicate of my previous question, and in fact has a quite different premise. Joe is just an average guy, aside from one passive superpower that Joe has had since he was a ...
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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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Effects of a human moving faster than sound

Let us suppose that we have people who for all intents and purposes are human, except for one (not so) tiny modification: they are able to exert enough muscular force and react fast enough that they ...
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How Useful Is Super Strength (for punching)?

Comics are full of superheros with super strength. These heroes punch through walls, lift and throw tanks, and wrestle with buildings. But that's superhero physics. The fact is that without ...
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A Trillion Unruly Gods

Imagine that we live in a setting where there are a trillion humans (see linked question). A bit crowded, I know. Further imagine that at least the entire energy output of the Sun was available to ...
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What would powers based on the four fundamental forces look like? [closed]

The four fundamental forces, those being Gravity, Electromagnetics, Strong Nuclear Force and Weak Nuclear force are said to be the forces that hold the universe together and so on. Based on that ...
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Max humanoid physical strength

EDIT: There were some great answers here, and I realize this is a kinda broad question, but I'm accepting Monty Wild answer as it provided me with the info I needed to push this forward. Now I have a ...
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Celebrity Super Soldier - How Strong Could a "Realistic" Humanoid Be Designed to Be? [duplicate]

Background: Recently I have been working on a story that features a pop star who is actually an alien super soldier raised by human parents. That is to say, she was genetically engineered to be a ...
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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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How would humanoid creatures with powerful jaws, claws, and a tail efficiently use their anatomy in barehanded combat?

In the story I am writing, there are several fight scenes between clearly non-human combatants. These combatants have several natural weapons at their disposal that humans do not have, including jaws, ...
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100 mile high mega-tall building physically possible?

The superman protagonist in my story built that building (over night--at least the shell)- Base on lower Manhattan--the building is 0.6 mi (1 km) square up to ~5 mi up where it cantilevers out to 3 ...
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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 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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Will humans ever develop psionic powers? [closed]

Could we humans develop psionic powers in the future? Aside from what is common in science-fiction and fantasy literature, it doesn't seem reasonable that our bodies would develop powers like ...
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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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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 can a clairvoyant do good and at the same time protect himself?

One day, John obtains the gift of clairvoyance. Since he is a good guy, he'd like to use his gift to help humanity. And of course there are many good things he could do, like finding where missed or ...
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How to convince your past self that you are from the future with limited memories and resources?

Imagine you are a petite, high school girl named Brooklyn. You also happen to be a superhero, and your power is speed. You were on a mission to investigate a suspicious politician with your best ...
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living at mach 50

After an acident in the research of parallel dimensions, a portal was opened and one of the researchers fell inside. He was successfully rescued, however the rescued scientist wasn't like before. ...
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Realistic perspective on "shadow/void/darkness" powers?

We know there are ways to make certain archetypal 'magical power' tropes realistic as for how they function. Wind mages could simply be able to control gaseous matter only, lightning mages could have ...
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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 can a hive mind secretly monetize its special ability to make lots of money?

TLDR: How can a 100-strong hive mind utilise our superpower in order to generate \$1billion as fast possible? All 100 of us share a common mind and can think as one. Instant, undetectable, thought ...
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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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How to Kill the Thought-Crime Killer

Joe Schmoe was six years old when he killed his best friend; it wasn't his fault, it was just the way that he was made... Joe was born with an auto-telepathic telekinetic feedback ability - he has ...
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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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Would a 4-dimensional being be able to see inside other people?

I have a tribe that is completely isolated from the outside world and there is a shaman that can see in 4 dimensions. He can identify disease before it manifests and is hailed as a god. This 4th ...
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What kind of supernatural powers don't break the masquerade?

I'm designing a world a of supernatural beings loosely based on Christianity/Judaism as described in Naming the forces of the Purgatory? who visit Earth without humans being aware of them. They ...
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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 ...
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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 high can Ludicrous Leg man jump?

Ludicrous Leg Man has never skipped a leg day, as a result of which he has infinitely strong and fast legs and all attendant secondary superpowers. Don't ask why, just roll with it. While performing ...
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In a fantasy world where physical training has no hard limit, why isn't everyone a superhuman?

I have been building a 'magic' system in a fantasy setting and have a number of ways a human can gain power. Most of these are limited to who can access them by royal bloodline, being god's chosen, ...
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How can a mortal woman successfully carry a demigod to term?

Demigods are special humans that are born partly divine. These individuals have been extremely rare throughout history, and always have various significant effects for the world around them, leading ...
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How could a superhero maintain a secret identity these days, if at all?

It's 2016. A great evil threatens the world, and a great good--you--arises to stop it. Twitter and Instagram are set ablaze with stories of this heroic battle before the news media even has a chance ...
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