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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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Why would a healing factor superhero still be afraid of things?

So, I have a superhero, and his name is Logan Wotowski, the indestructible man. He can survive and heal from gunshots to the head, knives to throat, getting hit by cars, fire, electrocutions, high ...
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What required secondary powers does my speedster need in order to be able to accelerate at 2,250 ft/s^2 without harmful effects?

This question was originally posted in the Sandbox. It's set in the same world as this question, but is not related to it. I have a speedster character whose top speed is Mach 2. She holds back a lot ...
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Why would an electrokinetic be unable to create weapons made from electricity?

In my setting, there are these super-powered individuals that can draw upon an invisible energy source in order to enhance their physical abilities and use physics-defying abilities such as ...
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Differentiating a Power from Dr. Manhattan [closed]

I want to create a character with matter manipulation powers, down to the atomic level. However, I've become aware that this is essentially exactly what Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen does- rearranging ...
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Learning new physics from a superhero

Last week, a young woman came by my physics lab. She demonstrated the telekinetic ability to rotate things from a distance. We did some quick tests, but we couldn't find any previously known ...
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What superpowers or tech would actually make sense to use for theft? [closed]

The recent question about Fort Knox brought back a long-time concern I've had regarding super-villainous behavior: most super abilities could earn as much money (or vastly more) through legitimate ...
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How dangerous would this pyromancer be? [closed]

A pyromancer has the ability to increase or decrease the temperature of both objects & air within 57,600 square feet. No matter what the object is the character can manipulate it as long as it's ...
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How to explain why a force fielder can’t ride their force fields? [closed]

In my superhero world, there is a hero. Her name is Monica Fairson. She is able to generate force fields. What might be a plausible reason why Monica wouldn’t use her force fields as transportation, ...
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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 dangerous is someone who can make volumes of air act like immovable solids, measured by how expensive an army they could defeat?

Given a woman who can make volumes of air into solid, impenetrable barriers, how expensive of a modern military force could such a person defeat if her power has these conditions: Her effect is ...
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How to make sure a healing factor character can be rescued? [closed]

So, I have this superhero, and his name is, Logan Wotowski. He has the ability to heal from any injury, like a gunshot wound, knife blow, or paper cut. But, he only has that one ability. He is ...
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Alternatives to X-ray vision?

So, I’m creating a superhero story. One of the characters, Jessica Hill, has some of the best superpowers ever seen. She has super strength, flight, and X-ray vision. But, as you all know, X-rays are ...
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How to explain why a mind reading superhero doesn’t hear everyone’s thoughts all the time?

So, in my story, their is a Superhero called “Mind Quad” aka John Paul “JP” Stevenson, a college dropout. Back when he was 23, a radioactive brain tumour nearly killed him, but thanks to an ...
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World of Supers [closed]

In this alternate world, Super Powers are real and have been since the dawn of man. These super powers vary massively, from improved strength through to fire manipulation or telekinesis. If it has ...
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How to make someone who is capable of telepathically altering matter not overpowered?

Someone has developed a device that is capable of altering matter up to 100 meters away, only using thoughts. This is very powerful since someone with this device would be capable to, for example, ...
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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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Which superpower is a huge advantage in medieval fights, but not so much in modern fights?

In my story, there is a special kind of humans, let's call them s-man. They look like humans, but they have some advantage. Around 1200, the s-man were feared as warriors in the Holy Roman Empire. ...
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Relative Super Powers

The origin of Superman is fairly well known. A baby is sent to a planet and gains super powers from being in the environment (technically the sun, but I believe you catch the gist). I'd like to make a ...
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Why would female superheroes wear tight, revealing costumes?

So, as you know, superheroes and heroines have been popular for many decades. All superheroes wear some form of colorful spandex, but it seems like female superhero costumes are a little more…...
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Would it be plausible for a government to create supervillians just for their military to defeat?

So, in my world, the government wants to show of their amazing military power to the citizens of the country. They have just added an extra 50 billion to their 600 billion dollar military budget, and ...
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How it make him able to fight metahumans while not making him a metahuman [closed]

So, the government makes an oops. They try to create a superpowered special forces, but instead they create a group of five insane terrorist with Super endurance Near invulnerability/only heavy ...
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Plausible reason why the government would want to make Metahumans? [closed]

So, a group of men and women from the military who where selected for their fighting skills and knowledge of weaponry were included in a secret government project, called OPERATION HERCULES. They ...
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What's a good reason for a telekinesis user not being able to use his/her powers on living beings? [closed]

In my world, I have a character with telekinetic powers. She's able to lift objects with her mind and apply quite a lot of force to them. To put things a bit into perspective, telekinesis in my world ...
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Can electricity powers be used to simulate super strength and superspeed?

As I said above, in the novel I'm working on one of my characters has the ability to manipulate and control forms of electricity (or possibly electromagnetism? I'm no good with physics so I'm not sure)...
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How Would A Speedster Communicate?

Related to On a Speedster's perception of time and ability to function in civilian life So I have a character that is always fast, a Speedster really, 1 second is 24 hours to her. As pointed out ...
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How can a superpowered being avoid religions being created around itself?

From dimension Omicron, came a being that could split planets (not that it will do it, but you get the idea). Open your favorite superhero power encyclopedia, it got All the cool superpowers, most of ...
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What would be an actual real life mechanisms of an accelerated healing factor?

I'm writing a rough sketch for a book about a world where people sorta violently and suddenly get barely working superpowers. That is every time each person uses their power they run the risk of ...
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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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What type of mechanics/required secondary powers would be needed to explain how a superhero might use pyrokinetic flight/propulsion?

A character in the novel that I'm working on is capable of pyrokinesis, and one of the applications in which he was experimenting on is using fire control to propel himself upwards in the air like a ...
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Why would Superheroes want to maintain a Secret Identity [closed]

I've never understood the purpose of it. It makes the heroes unable/unwilling to explain the situation to their loved ones. Thus they ultimately create rifts with their loved ones. Like, I understand ...
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Legally speaking, would shooting fire out of your hands, count as a Firearm? [closed]

So let's say there's someone who can shoot fire out of their hands. It's understandable that some people would be nervous. My main question is would this man's literal firepower count as a weapon, and ...
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How can a non-superpowered computer prodigy be a superhero? [closed]

This character is an adolescent (~17 years old) who is basically a genius but his expertise are in computers. He has no superpowers but has decent hand-to-hand combat skills from fighting off bullies. ...
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Citizen or alien? [closed]

The protagonist of my story was a normal human transformed into a non-biological entity (long story); however, his new form is an (outwardly) exact physical and mental replica of his old. He can pass ...
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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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Element Handling Justification: Water manipulation

I am roleplaying in a lore where elemental justification is really poor. However, loving a good and strong background, I would like to explain why my character is / would be able to manipulate ...
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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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Superhero Civil Engineering Techniques

It's 2018. Dr. Evil tried to [rob a bank/destroy the city/take over the world] using a [unstoppable robot army/death ray/zombie ninja T-Rex]. Just when hope is lost, Superdude comes flying in with a ...
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What would be a scientific explanation/theory for superpowers? [closed]

Amongst the towering, alaskan mountains coated with stark white snow sits an isolated ‘research facility’ trying to play god. They’ve created a human fetus and are trying to give it superpowers. I’m ...
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Ragnarök, and how to stop it, even when it's destined to happen [closed]

This is a really tought question, in the world I'm building there is a destined event. It's called Ragnarök, Darkest Night, the Apocalypse and Amargadon. This event is destined to happen. This event ...
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Survive a fall from a helicopter with superpowers [closed]

There is someone in a helicopter flying above a city. His name is Arthur. Arthur flies around 1,2 kilometers above the city. His Helicopter is about to get hit with a missile. Arthur jumps out of the ...
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How to stop someone who can create strong illusions. (without killing him) [duplicate]

Let's say Mace can make someone think they're in Hell. He can make your worst nightmare come to life. He can create any illusion he wants. When someone is being manipulated they can't move. He ...
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What would be easy or difficult to do with the power to directly control light?

Without going into too much detail, let's say someone has a superpower which gives them "control" over actual, physical light: Photons, electromagnetic radiation, what have you. This power requires ...
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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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Effectiveness of a sound manipulator in different environments?

So I’m a super villain, I’ve captured a hero with the ability to manipulate sound and I’m having a hard time keeping him from escaping. This super human can create and manipulate sounds at just ...
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Methods of cognitive and physical enhancement (NOT drugs) [closed]

What realistic methods exist for potentially dramatically increasing human intelligence and physical athleticism, apart from nootropic drugs or steroids? I guess this is getting into transhumanism - ...
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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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A human 10x faster at thinking or reacting than the quickest human; could they catch an arrow?

Let us say that someone is 10 times faster at thinking or reacting than the quickest human, assume that they can survive these feats and their muscles can perform them and their senses detect them.I ...
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Clothing requirements for people with enhanced speed

I'm trying to create a society in which everyone has some form of superpowers and would like to know what sort of clothing would be needed to keep up with the new physical requirements and not fall ...
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How would schools differ in a world with superhumans? [closed]

How would schools differ from schools of today if people had powers like telekinesis, elemental mimicry or manipulation, enhanced speed or strength, etc? In my story, superhumans have been around for ...
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Electron Bullets

I have a superhuman character with the ability to fire tightly packed "bullets" composed of electrons at very high velocity and over a distance, say a few meters at a minimum. I know that normally ...