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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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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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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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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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Applications of Limited Kinetic Energy Manipulation [Superpower]

I see that similar questions have been asked before, but I have yet to find a sufficient answer. I'll try to keep it short. I'm currently working on a story involving a soldier who discovered he's ...
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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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How can an invisible person make their clothing invisible too? [closed]

[This question is based purely on curiosity. Unexplained versions of this kind of thing happen in films/books/etc., and I’d like to know if it’s at all plausible, or whether handwaving is the only ...
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How to calculate food consumption if all current human suddenly becomes immortal? [closed]

What if all human currently become immortal? Those who lived at particular fraction of time gain immortality and newborn don't have it . So the ages of people on earth currently will become constant ...
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Powers that change the world [closed]

In the world of 2144 where everyone has a gift or “power”, the powers can be as subtle as floating or healing and as dangerous as controlling time or manifesting fire. What gift or power would be ...
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Strength- Based Invulnerability [closed]

I'm trying to figure out how useful weapons would be in a world where everyone has superpowers. Specifically for this question, I'm trying to figure out the effects of increasing body strength. How ...
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Is it possible to mother nature to create an organism that it is equal or superior to something that we can make ourselves? [closed]

P.S.S. - I am not very good at writing English, so please be patient with me. Humans have decided to simulate a diversity of sapiens species in a very harsh world. Like humans in the period of ...
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Different species of sapiens, each one with their own superpower? [closed]

In a simulated world created by humans, a diversity of sapiens species have "powers", capacities that humans were not capable of creating before in reality. Question: I want to know if it was ...
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How to delay the technological development of my sapients, that have transhumans capabilities in a harsh world?

General Backstory: Humans have advanced enough that they are capable of simulating, entire solar systems that have sapiens life. Earth was destroyed not long after the singularity, because of some ...
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How can I leave most characters with strong psychokinesis unable to fly? [closed]

In most relevant fiction, if a character has strong telekinesis, they can fly. If they can lift anything, they can lift themselves. If they can only lift some materials, they can make a suit out of ...
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Kinetic Energy based superpowers? [closed]

I'm designing a species with a rather large amount of superpowers, and I'm making the basis being able to control or manipulate Kinetic energy (the type of energy that moves molecules to cause heat, ...
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Superpowers/Magic and public safety [closed]

So a common theme in superhero or fantasy stories is one where society decides people with powerful abilities are a threat and need to be regulated or "controlled" in some way. This is generally ...
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What should be the special power of my fifth equestrian race? [closed]

In my equestrian world, the 5 equestrian races lived happily, These are: earth-horses, pegasus with wings, unicorns with magic, zebras of potions (and black magic), and in the end the donkeys of the ...
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How do I grant superheroes gravitational manipulation, justified scientifically?

Superheroes! Everybody loves them! (Though maybe not as much as magic.) The point is, I have a world with super heroes in it. I have a pretty good system of power granting, and have basically divided ...
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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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Is my method of changing the genetics of humankind realistic? [closed]

Years after humans have discovered an ancient aliens ruins on a planet they realize that the animals were capable of amazing feats. Said ruins have activated and killed the vast majority of humankind. ...
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Would human body adaption to sub-zero temperatures be actually beneficial in arctic climates?

The setting is in tribal times. I was thinking about a being (or a tribe of beings), living in arctic climates where the temperature is mostly or even exclusively below 0 °C, that is identical to an ...
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Of gods and men, distinctions en route to divinity [closed]

In Dune Messiah Frank Herbert states that "there exists no separation between gods and men: one blends softly and casually into the other" yet in Science Fiction and in Fantasy there exist a number of ...
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I am the One, The promised prince - Do I have to live with my real identity hidden? [closed]

Let be known that I am the one, that Super-Man-like hero, who recently came to know that I got some special abilities. I am something more than the normal human race and I can achieve tough things ...
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Can you “glitch” physics?

I recently came up with an interesting idea for a power: glitch power! I originally thought the idea was great until my brother brought up a valid point: what is there to glitch? Normally glitches ...
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Power Breaking: Photosynthesis [duplicate]

What would the advantages be of someone who can photosynthesize? If that were someone's power, how could they maximize it's use? (It's plausible that they would also have minor abilities that stem ...
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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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Can my special material with these properties resolve the right bottlenecks in human technological progress?

In the world I'm building, there is a special material called Pactite. This material has spawned on a handful of planets, including Earth. This pactite has the following properties: When added to ...
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How to make the best use of limited teleportation? [closed]

People in a modern setting have started gaining mysterious powers (you know how this goes), but they're pretty rare and they all have significant limitations. Our protagonist has the particularly ...
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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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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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A very strong person

I remember reading Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The protagonist is a an extremely strong man, capable of hand to paw combat with lions. The origin of his strength is attributed to living among ...
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How a hero can detect or test his own immortality? [closed]

The hero is born into universe populated by similarly looking to him people. But he suspects he could be immortal and possess some (maybe, passive) special powers. The facts known to him: He ages ...
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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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Laser Eyes: Practical?

I was wondering about the practicality of some superpowers. If someone had the ability to fire lasers out of his/her eyes, would the advantages of this ability be sufficient to overrides the risks? ...
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Is there a system to create a tarot deck? [closed]

I'll explain the importance of this: My main characters are mages, but they use 'conceptual magic', pure magic that allows them to create powerful and unique secret arts but with a limitation: they ...
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How can world governments regulate the use of super powered creatures?

In this setting, humanity has evolved on a very different earth. Creatures roam the planet, with each species being capable of unique abilities. Powers range from breathing fire, shooting electricity, ...
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How would a superhero who needs to fall asleep to use his powers fall asleep during battle?

The Dreamer (a.k.a. The Sleepy Psychic by his teammates and enemies alike) has telepathic powers. The problem is that, while extremely useful, he can only use them whilst sleeping. My question is, how ...
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What type of weaponry with the minimal amount of force would be appropriate to kill and subdue a superhuman? [closed]

I know this question might seem a bit vague so I hope to clarify here. Say, an individual, or group of individuals, is tasked to kill several superheroes/villains with superhuman physical ...
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Disposable/reabsorbed organic body armor in altered humans

In this world, there are a small percentage of humans with "special" abilities. The source of these abilities is alien genetic meddling for their own cryptic reasons (though the characters don't know ...
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A humane way to hold a group of elemental manipulators prisoner [closed]

Using only current technology we have already created a way to hold prisoner a group of individuals who can manipulate the elements (fire/heat, earth, water/liquid, metal, lightning/plasma) with a ...
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What material for a super-speed suit?

I've got in my universe some super-humans that are able to run/fly on super speed. They actually have virtually no strict speed limit. I put the reflex/maneuverability related questions aside for now. ...
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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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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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When traveling to an alternate Earth, how many generations would you have to breed with the natives to prevent inbreeding?

A group of 35 superhumans from the future get trapped on the alternative Earth still in the Dark Ages. Banding together they take control of a small country and establish themselves up as kings and ...
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Would it be possible to punch someone into space?

If two incredibly strong incredibly indestructible characters were fighting on earth could one punch the other one into space? By space I am assuming that we at sea level and are trying to escape the ...
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How would a minority of psychic humans survive in our modern society?

A minority of humans awakened their psionic potential. I'm going to choose people with Asperger's for this question, because I like to write about my people. We know that humans fear the unknown and ...
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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 damage would a thunder punch do?

The character I'm working om has the ability to compress/decompress air in a 2 foot radius around his body. His signature move is the "Thunder Punch" in which he compresses the air in front of his ...
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Keeping talisman makers from being overpowered?

A quick glossary to show how the magic works: Spell - The usage of materials to magically produce an event. Not widely used because it takes time and physical resources. Talisman - An item that can ...
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If hereditary superheroes were appearing, would muggles try to exterminate or profit off of them? [closed]

This question is based on the premise of the X-Men franchise, where superheroes that pass the potential for powers through heredity are used as a metaphor for persecuted minorities. I find this ...
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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 ...