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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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What happens when a speedster gets hit full-on by G-forces?

I'm currently working on a superhero story where a speedster (someone with the superpower of running really fast) loses his speed while moving at max speed: Mach 2. This loss happens without him being ...
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Beings who control all elements too powerful? [closed]

I've got a human like being in one of my stories I'm developing who can control all the elements. Not like one of them controls fire, one controls water, etc. but actually controlling all the elements....
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Reality Check: Batman

One of the most popular types of superheroes breaks down to the "highly skilled, highly intelligent, (sometimes well funded) martial artist," with the most well known example of this superhero trope ...
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How to battle enemies who have superhuman speed

Let's say your kingdom is plagued by a particularly nasty breed of demons. These hellspawn are similar to particularly ugly thick-skinned humans, except for one thing: they are roughly twice as fast ...
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Golden/Silver Age Superhero Societal Acceptance Reality Check

Following the general trope with Silver/Golden Age Superheroes' relationship with society, law enforcement, and government we can get the following: Superheroes may or may not work directly with law ...
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How could opening a portal logistially be used to colonize the moon? [closed]

Worldbuilding, meet Bob. Bob meet Worldbuilding. Bob has the ability to pinch time and space and tear a hole at the pinch point. The result is a temporary opening, or portal, from Bob's location to ...
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One side can make reality warping super-soldiers by sacrificing a few special types of individuals, will the other side be forced to follow suit? [closed]

In this world, there are two opposing allegiances in a state of political and military tension with one another. One side discovers a way to create a device that allows soldiers to have meta-human ...
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What would a Hyperintelligent person look like out of the Information Age?

Imagine a Hyperintelligent guy in the early years of WWII. He is far beyond human capabilities. Things he is capable of: Absolute perfect recall. Every moment he has ever experienced is available for ...
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How would the world be different if Superman existed and had an agent?

Somewhat inspired by this question, I was wondering what kind of jobs Superman would pursue if he had an agent. He would obviously become the orbital delivery vehicle of choice for basically everyone, ...
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If he can control Vibrations how powerful can he get? [closed]

I have an alien character who gets stronger over time but for the most part can control Vibrations. At first he can only emit Vibrations from his hands but later on in the story he can control shape ...
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Character has the ability to change the value of mass what can he do? [closed]

EDIT: Due to request I will turn this question into a series of questions. I'm wanting to make a character with the power to change the value of mass for objects. Before anyone answers let me make ...
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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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Utilize virus & bacteria to perform fast kills

Assume a supernatural character, who has control over billions of billions of virus and bacteria. It's not always an interesting concept, ss infections typically spread slow, and moreover, the nature ...
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Trying to make a dreamscape/dreamworld with real-world inspirations…? [closed]

I am trying to craft a story around the idea that, when we dream, we actually access another indeterminable plane of existence, a kind of repository into which the dreams and thoughts of all living ...
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What do I call this type of Telepathy? [closed]

I am writing a book with my friends that has telepathy as a main element. What would you call someone who only has the ability to read the thoughts that others are thinking at that time? Thus, ...
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How can communication with ancestors be explained without magic?

The world I'm currently writing is an alternative Earth with Space Age tech that advanced much faster than our Earth because of Ancestral Guidance: In the middle of every graveyard, there is a patch ...
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How much electric charge are dermis cells able to contain?

I'd like to justify a lightning man in my world, and I have a theory that by some sort of magic, his cells in the dermis (middle layer of the skin - okay, for simplicity, don't count hair) are able to ...
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Best country for humans with superpowers to hide?

In the story I'm thinking to write there's a group of 50 000 humans with superpowers. These powers cause them to have great weaknesses so they decide to hide. Which countries or regions of large ...
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What would international politics look like in a world where the supernatural is just apart of life? [closed]

This question assumes the world where religious miracles are common place and spirits visit the Earth. For more detail, see How to explain atheism in a world where religious miracles are commonplace ...
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is Cryomancy scientifically possible?

Like in video games where characters are able to control the temperature around them by simply removing the heat. Is it possible for a machine or biological creature to have the power of absorbing ...
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Logical coherence of my magic system [closed]

I am an archeology student. And as with everything I am fascinated by the ancient Greeks. So I am working on this system based on some of their actual beliefs mixed with some original ideas. One ...
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Richest strongest country fails [closed]

So say you have a country that is immensely wealthy. With a well educated population. Wealthier and smarter in a sense that money wasn't an issue and the country was the dominating super power of the ...
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How would superpowers change the world's economics? [closed]

In my story something happened about sixty years ago, that gave (and continues to give) every adult a superpower. I have a list of fifty categories of powers that have been registered all over the ...
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How strong would a human being be if they could turn into living metal? [closed]

Let's say that a person, either through superpowers or outright magic, managed to imbue their body with the strength of steel, like Colossus from X-Men who becomes "living steel". If this actually ...
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Realistically calculating the movements of someone with super strength

Let's start by assuming a superhuman that isn't limited by biology for obvious reasons. Then let's assume they also receive super toughness to make this work. Their super toughness scales with ...
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How could an evil king start by himself his kingdom from ground-up using his recently conquered kingdom?

This evil king has a supernatural/magical power, which gives him a big advantage over his enemies and allows him to win battles by himself. Although he has never been a king, he now wants to be one, ...
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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 to trap a super speedster [closed]

How would you stop a super speedster? Things to note Note: no future technology like forcefield. Note: you have no superpowers. Note:any currently available technology is fair game. Note:you ...
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How does the UK government react to a worldwide supernatural event?

Backstory In 2014 a meteorite lands in the British Countryside, and it's quickly discovered that the rock contains energised metals that are unique to Earth and whilst studying this rock it's also ...
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How efficient would a rubber superhero fight?

When there is a hero with some elastic abilities, he often makes moves that makes absolutely no sense in regard of the laws of physics. But a man named Joe is not able to avoid them. Having his body ...
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Alien Invasion, Military Strategy and Genetic Enhancements [closed]

(Revised original concept based on feedback) So, a race of humanoid aliens have invaded and are planning to wipe us out for some reason or another (apparently we offended them somehow), and after a ...
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Culture and law if humans evolved with the ability to manipulate the four classical elements (to an extent)?

Note: I have never watched Avatar or Legend of Korra. I don't know how similar this idea is to that universe. Suppose that we can manipulate air, water, earth, and fire. To an extent. Most (but ...
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What good are psychics who control the strong or weak forces? [closed]

So I have a modern setting with psions. Their powers fall into groups that control different well defined things, with many controlling fundamental forces. The psions' powers automatically attempt to ...
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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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How to make superheroes more realistic [closed]

In what circumstances would a large group of super power people chose to dedicate themselves to preventing other super power people from breaking the law, instead of getting some job in which their ...
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You're superstrong but you still weigh the same. What happens when you hit things?

In movies and especially Japanese anime, you can see characters punching through walls, breaking columns by kicking etc. Similar effect is seen in computer games, which is something I'm interested in ...
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Humans can now spit acid. How does culture change? [closed]

Lets pretend for a moment that this isn't completely stupid. How do or don't the collective governing bodies of the world respond? Humans are completely normal except for this ability Limited by the ...
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Spider Man is not real. How to fake it? [closed]

This question got me thinking of a variation. How can Spider Man be Hoaxed? This is the real world, so no cartoon physics or nonsensical pseudo-science. Petty criminals are caught. Videos are ...
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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 ...
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Humans can now fly. What happens to the transportation industry?

Let's pretend for a moment that right now, everybody on earth was given the ability of flight. What impact would this have on the modern-day transportation industry? Physical restrictions on the ...
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Humans can now fly. What new laws are created?

Let's pretend for a moment that, right now, everybody on Earth was given the ability of flight. What new legislation would have to be passed to regulate this ability? Physical restrictions on the ...
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Newton's 3rd law & Quantum entanglement

Once a long long time ago a guy called Newton came up with a law he called his 3rd law. "The laws of motion" Everyone knows about "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction" My question here ...
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Organisations secretly employing super-powered humans - how can they afford to give everyday freedom to their members?

In the early 21st century of a world closely resembling our own on the surface, rare individuals awaken Telekinesis- and Telepathy-based powers during adolescence. Their existence is unknown to the ...
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European Dragon VS Asian Dragon, who wins? [closed]

My recent interest in the anatomy of dragons, took a turn into imagining an epic fight between two legendary creatures : the European Dragon and the Asian Dragon. Two relatives from the same family ...
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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 the most overpowered abilities be, using a temperature controlling superpower? [closed]

Let's say I have a superpower, Marvel/DC style, where I have the ability to change the temperature of anything at will, from almost Planck temperature down to almost absolute zero. The catch is that I ...
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Would a person with high voltage outfit (or skin) be able to fly?

Assume there's a human being who can keep a strong electric potential near to (or on) his skin. Is it possible to use the air-ionizing property, or similar ones solely or mostly solely based on this ...
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Is there comprehensive problems to this storyline? [closed]

Well im in the process of making a storyline that has too meet these qualifications. -The story will take place in a variety of locations on Earth. -A variety of ethnicity speaking their native ...
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Would it be possible for someone to develop a tolerance for electric shock? [closed]

I understand that it is possible to gradually develop a tolerance to a substance by consuming small amounts of it to the point of being unharmed by an amount of the substance that is deadly to most ...
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Effects of a warp field based super-speed power

While something like a warp drive is a staple of ftl technology in sci-fi, I wonder how this sort of spatial warping would operate on a smaller scale on earth. The idea has occurred to me to have a ...