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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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Everything Joe says is true. 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Is it possible to make a logically consistent set of laws that produces physics similar to that in superhero comics?

I'm not talking about stuff like radiation and mutations. I'm talking about mechanics (for now). Necessary effects: With superstrength, you can... lift objects weighing many tons without your feet ...
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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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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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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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Celebrity Super Soldier - How Strong Could a “Realistic” Humanoid Be Designed to Be?

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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How would humans and society react to a superhero existing and saving the earth?

This is going to be a test run of hard-science, social science edition. This is in accordance with http://meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/q/2348/8914. Okay, so a meteor is about to hit the earth,...
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Phasing Superhero

Currently I am working on how to explain a character that can "phase" through objects in a similar manner to Martian ManHunter. His abilities are negated by certain (rare) metals. His ability could ...
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How would castles be built in a medieval setting where some humans can fly?

In my world a lot of people can fly. It isn't everyone and it isn't all to the same skill level. Some people can only float around a bit, while a master can break the sound barrier. There are enough ...
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How to keep a peasant army relevant in a setting where individuals can train to be superhuman?

Following on from this question, a fantasy setting exists where physical training has no limits and those dedicated enough can become super-fast, super strong and perform incredible feats. ...
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Why do governments not permanently restrain 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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Double-checking my world's rules for making magic extend to clothes

One of the trickiest things I had to do when coming up with my urban fantasy story full of superpowers was finding a consistent set of rules to justify why people can use powers like invisibility, ...
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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 is the best way to introduce Superpowers into a world that previously never had them… WITHOUT destabilizing society [closed]

Let me pitch you a setting: The year is 2017, and thanks to an extradimensional portal Humans have begun to develop superpowers. The Power Scale for these supers is low-to-mid Street Level (meaning ...
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How to Use Gravitons for Telekinesis?

I'd like to use the theoretical graviton particle to give some characters telekinetic abilities. My research so far is this: • Gravitons are a theoretical particle in string theory that causes the ...
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If someone was stabbed in the heart how fast would their regeneration abilities have to be for it not to kill them? [closed]

This question goes back to my Ender's Story, so eventually somewhere in the plot a woman is going to be stabbed directly in the heart, but she has regenerative abilities, I would like her to die, but ...
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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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How to safely capture someone when you have super-strength

In the question How to safely knock someone out, it was explained to me that there isn't such a way. In which case, for a prospective superhero with super-strength and super-durability, what would be ...
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What should be the limitations of a gift-generating power?

I'm working on a set of supernatural creatures, their powers and their culture/social structure. One of these races have the power to make gifts appear out of thin air. They can be anything from ...
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Would Gravero! experience a massive heat blast after crushing an enemy into a diamond?

My new superhuman, Gravero!, has just entered combat. He's a new superhero with a lot going for him! He's resplendant in his dashing tights, his cape flows in exactly the right direction when he ...
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What sort of claws would be best utilized for melee combat and quickly scaling the walls of a modern day building?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge, my protagonist, Joseph Norton is an "Ascended", a human that is able to draw upon an energy source called the Nexus (à la the Force) to enhance his ...
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How would one design infrastructure in a world where people can disable technology with their eyes?

So, the central conceit of my story is that one day in the modern times, everyone on Earth over the age of 13 starts getting superpowers. While some of them are possible to remove (but only if ...
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Turns out spider man is real. How long until people accept it? [closed]

So Spider Man shows up a solves a petty crime. He starts doing this once a week. Although he avoids law enforcement (since he is technically a vigilante, which is illegal), he otherwise doesn't try to ...