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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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Gravity simulation: Possible?

I want to create a character with the ability to simulate an increase or decrease of gravities effect on an object or area. Is this possible? Restrictions: Gravity will still work (I want to work ...
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What weapons should a pain transferring super hero use [closed]

I'm creating a sci-fi story and one of my main characters has the ability to transfer her sensations to a target. This makes her difficult to fight in hand to hand combat since you would feel the blow ...
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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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Would guns be a practical weapon for humans able to move at 200 mph (320 km/h)?

Would guns be a practical weapon in a battle between two or more humans with superspeed and enhanced reflexes? I'm not thinking Flash-style catching bullets, but people who can move at around 200 mph (...
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Real world effects of a modern day superhero? [closed]

Suddenly on the news, reports indicate a god-like superhero with immense powers (equivalent to Superman or Jesus) has just prevented a large natural disaster, defeated a terrorist organisation and ...
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Minimum required super powers to enable a group of people to quickly create 1910s technology?

I want to tell my kid an Atlantis-like story, where humans had the minimum required super powers to enable a group of people to create 1910s technology in a fairly quick and easy manner. I have a bit ...
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If we had always used wind and solar as energy sources, who would be the world superpowers? [closed]

Let's say oil had never been used as an energy source, and while it could still be a resource for other things, let's say it's not as important or valuable as it is today. And let's imagine somehow ...
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Manhattan-sized asteroid, sitting on the ground?

I'm writing an SF novel concerning a superman who learns about the value of Ni-Fe asteroids and gets greedy. So he locates a huge, 20 $\times$ 14 km, asteroid and flies it to earth orbit. Then he ...
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How to names for magic system powers? [closed]

This question's quite a complex one, so be prepared. How do I design a consistent naming system, that would have been created by a reigning ultimate authority, who supposedly created the magic in the ...
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Secret US government facility on East coast

I'm writing a story in the genre of Heroes, The 4400 etc in which a group of apparently random civilians, mostly US citizens, are subjected to some alien influence and gain strange powers, whereupon ...
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Can a master of electricity/lightning magic control the wills of people?

Okay so I just got off an episode of Gotham where this Then I remembered that the brain operates on a sort of electric charge. Anyways, going by that logic, electric manipulator mage guy <=> ...
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Present discrimination vs future discrimination [closed]

This is something I've been pondering seriously and trying to work into my writing, and I've definitely been inspired by the X men series, as well as the Deus Ex series. This is something I was ...
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How to defeat a villain who can predict the next day? [closed]

Let me clarify the exact powers and limits of said villain: He can, with extreme accuracy, predict everything that might happen in the next 24 hours. He does not know 100% for sure what will happen, ...
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How can you possibly stop a person who can reload life? [closed]

A random human, Bo, can reload life; whenever he dies, he simply loads back to before he was dead; whenever we catch him, he loads to before we catch him. Bo has been causing some problems and we need ...
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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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What universal factors could alter a human DNA? [closed]

Could a space-based phenomenon/radiation/light spectrum activate/alter a human genome/DNA and increase our natural abilities when returning to an Earth environment...e.g. strength, eyesight, mental ...
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Could nanites give us superhuman strength? [closed]

Year 2067 C.E. could nanotechnology and bio-engineering one day bestow upon us incredible strength, enable anyone to bench press[1] 1 tons without assistance at 1g Earth surface gravity? No exosuit[2] ...
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How could you scientifically explain a Mage's ability to absorb energy from the environment in order to aid in casting spells? [closed]

Remember these questions: Would "magic" still be called "magic" in a modern era? and What is the best way to introduce Superpowers into a world that previously never had them... ...
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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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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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Effects of inertia dampener technology [closed]

It's a staple in superhero stories with hypertech, for people to have some sort of serious inertia dampening technology. Either explicitly, or as a logical necessity. For instance having an iron man ...
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How would society react if only Black people could develop superpowers? [closed]

Note: When I say "Black" I am referring to the skin color they were born with (for example, anybody with a skin color matching these hexadecimal codes had the potential to develop superpower(s): #...
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How should Bob make a major world religion?

Bob is an average person in your country. One day, Bob wakes up and is omnipotent. He wants to form a cult that worships him and is the same size as one of the pre-Bob major religions. However Bob has ...
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Everyone has superpowers, depending on what country they are in. What is the effect? [closed]

So, there I was. Standing in a bustling street, and there's a blue flash, followed by a green flash, and everyone started rubbing their heads. All of a sudden, people start catching fire. But they ...
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In a hypothetical 'Snuff film' gameshow with roles, skills, a mastermind, etc., what would good win conditions be?

Basically, this is a hypothetical gameshow, which stemmed from a gameshow with participants being able to enter if given a death sentence, in order to alleviate their sentence, lessen it, etc. There ...
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How to incarcerate an elemental shape shifter?

Somehow you managed to knock out an elemental shape-shifter. Where do you put it? Elemental shape-shifter: A person who can change their body to the four classical elements: Earth (like the material)...
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Night vision and TV screens

Riddick, a khajiit, and a gamer who put the gamma settings too high are sitting in a room. Somebody turns on a TV [technology (CRT, Plasma,...) is up to you], showing a surveillance camera footage but ...
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A pill to enable super/psychic powers?

A pharmaceutical company begins drug trials of a pill that they believe can activate a previously understudied and widely unknown region of the brain. The trial begins and when the first participants ...
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How do you make a somatic mutation spread across all cells?

Toxic Spiders and Experiments Gone Wrong: Let's Talk About Comic Book Mutations Numerous superheroes get their powers after something mutates their cells. Perhaps it's a gamma ray, and results in ...
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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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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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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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How would a realistic mind/Identity change be experienced over one week?

I'm currently working on a computer game where malicious magical users transform others as a primary way of removing them and passifying threats. I thought I'd ask this a little more scientifically. ...
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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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Why would civilization remain recognizable despite super people regularly destroying and rebuilding it?

In superhero comics the world is identical to our own aside from horrific collateral damage being wreaked every week. Super villains regularly destroy cities and murder millions. The mundane crime ...
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What is embodiment of death associated with ? [closed]

I wanted to know what is embodiment of death power associated with ? like it associated with decay, rot.
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Is it possible for an ordinary human male to have sex with a super woman, who has super strength and super durability, without dying? [closed]

I recently read an article that said Superman's powers would kill women he had sex with because of his super strength and durability. Would this change if the sexes were reversed ? If not can, ...
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Keeping secret the power to create anything?

You have the power to create anything you know how it works or how it is physically is structured. So you can create a PS4 if you know exactly how it works or if you know exactly how it looks. Or a ...
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Turning dirt into white phosphorus?

If you had the power to transmute any element you touch into one of the two immediately adjacent to it on the periodic table by adding or removing one proton and you tried using it on the silicon in ...
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Is superhuman durability biologically possible?

I have read about protagonists who get smashed through buildings, going through earth's atmosphere from space onto earth's surface unharmed , get launched across the sky and smashed into concrete. ...
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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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Implications of sudden super-speed? [closed]

We're dealing with a present-day world identical to our own, where, for reasons unknown, humans spontaneously gain "super-speed". Some details: For simplicity, I will refer to any human using this ...
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The logical ramifications of super strength

So I was thinking the other day. We all know the muscles in our body twitch and make microscopic movements invisible to us every day, and quite frequently. Microsaccades in the eyes are just one ...
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Superpower for Mass Murderer [closed]

Victor dubs himself a "superhero," but most people don't see him as one. For one, he's likes to murder people. Specifically, he likes to murder large groups of ethnic and religious minorities. What ...
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What could trigger involuntary mass prosopagnosia?

My facial skin is allergic to any fabric so I never put on a mask. My alter ego is called Stack Man. One of my special ability inherited from my Kryptonian dad is the fringe; this is the most amazing ...
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Forcibly taking the throne of a strong military kingdom, with quasi-invincibility [closed]

A man almost invincible to physical damage (regeneration from any damage in few seconds), with the power to kill people in few seconds from mid to short distance and being an exceptional swordsman, ...
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Superheros and capes

So I've seen this question as to how a cape could work as a shield, but why else would 'classic' superheroes (Batman, Superman) wear a cape? Is there something about a cape that makes a person more ...
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Character's super power is super speed [closed]

My main character has super speed. I want the character to be strong but not over-powered. Is it possible that this ability has weaknesses? How would an opponent fight this character? Could this ...
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Which is the best way to earn more money with less effort without displaying that you have superpowers? [closed]

Obviously it depends on the superpower. But which is the best way with "common" powers like Teleportation, Super speed, Super strength or Mind reading? Conditions: It is very important that it is ...
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Conditions for an earth-like planet where tanks are the primary mode of fighting

In my setting, multiple large groups are at war with each other for resources and power. The primary mode of fighting is using tanks on all terrain and environment types, although infantry, aerial, ...