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Everyone believes everything Joe says. 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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What mechanism can prevent super-healing heroes from accidentally budding?

We’re all familiar with the heroes that can’t die. Honey-badger (with the claws and the angry voice), Dreadpeel, that girl with the weird cheerleading obsession... Basically they all have the same ...
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How can powerful telekinesis avoid violating Newton's 3rd Law?

Characters with powerful telekinesis are portrayed as being able to exert a superhuman force using only their minds. For example, they can throw a car. Based on what I remember from high school ...
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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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Taxing the superhero industry

I'm the mayor of a large city, and I'm up for re-election. My poll numbers have slipped after a recent scandal (don't ask), so to make up ground, I need to appeal to my most vocal constituents: ...
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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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Identify Batman without getting caught [closed]

Welcome to C.A.L.V.E.S. Consultants And Lawyers for the Villainous Evil and Stupid Your assignment is to discover the real identity of the masked vigilante commonly known as Batman aka The Caped ...
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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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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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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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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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Putting Ant-Man on house arrest

In Ant Man and the Wasp, Ant Man starts the movie on house arrest. House arrest is enforced by a standard ankle tracking monitor. Of course, this security mechanism proves woefully inadequate since, ...
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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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Scientific/biological basis of someone with unlimited willpower?

Meet Greg. Greg was born with pretty average genetics. It seems like he was destined to have average intelligence, average strength, and be average at everything. There was one particularly though: he ...
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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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Could a really fast man catch a bullet?

Let's say that a character moves much faster (>100 x) than a bullet. If he is shot at, could he theoretically catch the bullet (and put it in his pocket) ? What happens when he touches the bullet, ...
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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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What prevents wielders of action-at-distance-type superpowers from destroying internal organs of their enemies?

Telekinesis, pyrokinesis, matter transmutation, bringing tiny chunks of stuff into existence, etc... If no special rules apply, it seems that wielders of such superpowers might easily defeat their ...
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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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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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What would be the fastest way to end hostilities with the USA (without surrendering) for a superpowered being?

A somewhat benevolent, previously unknown superpowered flying knight, appears out of thin air and upon arrival (somewhere between New York and Washington DC) the USA government took him for an hostile ...
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How to catch creatures that can predict the next few minutes?

These creatures have the ability to see all possible outcomes within their vicinity within the next 30 minutes or so. This is not the same as foreknowledge that they have no choice over. Even if ...
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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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Why isn't my superhuman always hungry?

I'm writing a speculative fiction story that includes superhumans. The focus is on individual characters and their daily lives, and I'm trying to maintain some consistency by not throwing all the laws ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Everything Bob says is false. How does he get people to trust him?

I was looking at the questions where Everything Joe says is true and I thought it would be interesting to explore the inverse superpower. Bob isn't just a pathological liar, but if he says a true ...
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How can a mortal woman successfully carry a demigod to term?

Demigods are special humans that are born partly divine. These individuals have been extremely rare throughout history, and always have various significant effects for the world around them, leading ...
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Personal Teleportation as a Weapon

I've always considered teleportation to be one of the most under-rated super powers in all ways, but at the moment I'm thinking through the ramifications of personal teleportation as a superpower in ...
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Would low-grade levitation be of any use?

Malcolm dreams one night that he can levitate and wakes up to find that he is still able to. He teaches others to do it and it becomes a world-wide craze. Soon nearly everyone can do it and Malcolm ...
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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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How does a super-power salesman not get shut down for legal reasons?

I am in trouble: my boss, a multi-millionaire, has just come up with a scheme, but it has problems and he wants me to solve them. The whole thing started when he saw this picture: This gave him an ...
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What problems would a superhuman have whose skin is constantly hot?

The basic premise is about a metahuman whose skin always emits large amounts of heat. It's usually around 300-500 F (150-260 C) degrees, but when he gets mad, in pain or in a serious fight, it can ...
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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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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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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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Increasing muscle power without increasing volume

Some of you may know my mutant thread, and guess what? It's back. I'm wondering if there is any biological means to improve muscular power without greatly increasing the volume of said muscle. My ...
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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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Insurance in a world with Superheroes

The less likely an event is, the easier it is to insure against it, as the risk is low. Meteor insurance, if it exists, is probably cheap, and still pretty profitable for the company, as the number of ...
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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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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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Personal Teleportation: From Rags to Riches

I'm looking to investigate one aspect of the "real world" implications of teleportation as a super power, much like I did with this question. In this case, I'm trying to figure out the best method(s) ...
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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 ...