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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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Decompression sickness vs man who has teleportation ability

Suppose my opponent is able to teleport everywhere (an example). Also he has strong combat skills. I can't beat him in face to face combat but i able to keep fighting for some time. Also i can force ...
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How much energy is required to hold a helicopter? [closed]

In his upcoming movie, Captain America stops a helicopter from taking of, by grabbing the helicopters skid and a piece of railing. Is this feasible, and how much strength would be required to ground ...
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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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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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Politically correct term for *Mutant*

The more I think of it, I don't think mutants would want to be identified as mutants but not all of them will be super heroes or super villains. In a modern western culture, what would the politically ...
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How might an intelligent and scientifically-minded RPG protagonist optimize their world? [closed]

A highly intelligent man or woman with whatever modern or genre knowledge you like wakes up one day in an RPG world, and they are the protagonist. They possess mystical elemental powers that are ...
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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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Super human physics: Iceman blocking bullets

In many movies we see super heroes creating walls of ice to block explosions and bullets. How realistic is this? In the Incredibles Frozone shoots ice at a police officer just before he shoots a gun ...
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Looking for superpowers, preferably physics-based [closed]

I'm writing a novel, The Change Storms: Induction (I'm ~60,000 words in, and you can read it for free on my Patreon). The idea is to answer the question "what would the world look like if superpowers ...
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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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Everyday effects of telekinesis in a population

I'm working on a setting in which all humans have been genetically modified to have access to telekinesis ages ago, and it is now considered a normal thing. It works somewhat like a muscle in that the ...
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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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If pigs could fly

It's an old joke but how would it actually affect the food chain and our everyday lives? Note There are other threads about flying animals and characters but I haven't found one that deals with the ...
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What can give a species superpowers without being magic, evolution or interference from ancient aliens?

This is partially a followup to my question on ancestral guidance. Suppose you have a species, or a subset of a species, that has a particularly interesting mechanic, like the above mentioned ...
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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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Questionable super powers that reflect disorders or recreational substances?

Some real world human traits are super in their own way, but have benefits that are subjective and come with caveats and disadvantages. These remind me in a way, that requires treading carefully to ...
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Subtle harmless use of power to sense or manipulate someone's subconcious thoughts

I have a story set in a world similar to x-men where some people develop powers like x-men. However, it's not a superhero story, it takes place on a college campus and mainly focused on everyday life,...
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Effects of one person needing less sleep?

I have a character in a fictional world where people develop special powers, very similar to x-men. I had the character doing so much while in college that it started to get questionable how he had ...
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What justifications would people use to justify discrimination of people with special powers?

The whole 'prejudice against mutants with powers' thing has been done to death, most notably with X-men. However, I always felt that it was too over the top, the blind hate being excessive and no ...
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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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Is it possible for a half alien and half human (Hybrid) eyes to change color accordingly to moods?

This main character was genetically created by an alien species. This particular alien specie are highly intelligent and have numerous abilities such as telepathy, defensive powers similar to magic ...
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What would never being unlucky do to a person? [closed]

Imagine the luckiest person on the planet. Everything that they do goes exactly their way without them asking it to happen. Wanting to check out at the supermarket? There's a cashier free. Approaching ...
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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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The science of energy manipulation powers [duplicate]

Trying to create a hero with energy manipulating powers but I know nothing about energy and Captain Atom and Doctor Solar seem pretty accurate with showing versatility with using this sort of power. ...
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The science of energy manipulation powers [duplicate]

Trying to create a hero with energy manipulating powers but I know nothing about energy and Captain Atom and Doctor Solar seem pretty accurate with showing versatility with using this sort of power. ...
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Can I build a space elevator from superman's hair?

In Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (imdb) a single strand of Superman's hair is seen suspending a 1000lbs weight. Is is possible to build a space elevator from strands of a super strong human-hair-...
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How to convince your past self that you are from the future with limited memories and resources?

Imagine you are a petite, high school girl named Brooklyn. You also happen to be a superhero, and your power is speed. You were on a mission to investigate a suspicious politician with your best ...
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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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What would cause one individual to become full of a destructive power? [closed]

Question: I need a power that fits the description below, and I also need to know how the individual described below could come by this power. The Wielder: An individual (human, around 18 or so) has ...
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Clark Kent's Profession

You are an 18-year-old Clark Kent, and you have made the decision that to spend four years in college would be too big of a waste of time; you are ready to start saving the world now. Developing your ...
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How might a superhero gain heat control powers?

Our hero is a normal teenaged boy, living in north central California. Somehow he gains the ability to manipulate heat. My original plan for his origin was a "freak snowboarding accident involving a ...
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How to make a superhero with electrical powers fly?

I'm writing a novel in which one of the characters has the ability to control, manipulate, and produce electricity. I'm having issues working about scenes which require him to fly around without ...
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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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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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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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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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Classifying possible sources of supernatural abilities in a simulated universe

Let's assume that the world is a (rather crude, video-game-like) simulation and that each sentient being is just a program running in the system. The universe resembles our own on the macroscopic ...
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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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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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Would a war between superhoeroes last longer than a war between humans? [closed]

My planet's features, such as mountains, plains, and rivers were formed because the Tolks, people with superhero-like qualities, used it as a battlefield. They have offensive and defensive abilities ...