Questions tagged [super-powers]

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Creating A Power Scaling System

Okay, I want to create a power scaling system that can look at the characters of my story, and compare them to each other, as well as that of a regular human. I want it to be complex, but simple ...
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Defensive capabilities of a pyrokinesis using superhero?

I’m creating a superhero story, and one of the heroes is a character named Joseph Kroger, AKA The Phoenix. He can create fire with mind, and manipulate it. He also has a high tolerance for heat and ...
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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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Character can rotate a ring or circle off of any point, how deadly is this power?

I made a character that can rotate rings or circles off any point they can see, and now I'm wondering how deadly this is, and if it's practical in gunfights and such. Here's the details on it- The ...
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How could the sword be a viable weapon against modern technology, with the advantage of science-based superpowers?

The atmosphere in the Judging Hall was stretched so thin that it seemed like it would snap at the slightest blink of an eye. On one side of the hall sat the Master Judge and his guards, his hand ...
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Swallowing Multiple Grenades

Okay, there's a character who is force-fed multiple grenades. The resulting explosion does severe damage to their body, but doesn't completely destroy them, and their healing factor fixes all of the ...
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What do I need to consider for a justice system for powered people by powered people?

In one of my stories, there are people with powers. Inherited from parent to child or through accident and experimentation. There's the main government like ours, and a para-military agency ...
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How can I expand the definition and some specifics of pyrokinesis?

I'm writing a sci-fi world where, if you put it in simple words, a small percentage of population can manipulate the matter. I'm not going to dive into specifics, because I'm still working on WHY and ...
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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 needs to be changed in the structure of the human body to be able to drink salt water and at the same time conserve water like camels?

The saltiest sea on the planet is the Dead Sea. It is 10 times saltier than the ocean average (34 g in the ocean to 340 g per liter of water in the Dead Sea). This high salinity is because it has ...
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How to Limit the Power of Resetting Time

The protagonist has the ability to reset themselves back to a place in time a limited amount of times. With that said, what other limitations can I place on the protagonist, so they are not ...
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Making deadly conflicts not deadly for the sake of entertainment? [closed]

I am writing a book about people getting superpowers, yada yada yada, I'll spare you the plot. Anyway, I have teams of superheroes using their powers in combat against other teams in "Leagues&...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York? [closed]

There are a large number of superheroes who get around via some kind of super-parkour. These range from superheroes who swing webbing like Spider-Man and his many imitators (e.g., Spinnerette), to ...
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How fast would I have to flap my arms in order to fly?

Suppose I am a super-being. From the outside I look and act exactly like an ordinary human. My flexibility of limbs is the same as that of a human so I can't shape-change or bend my arms unnaturally. ...
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How to achieve an average life expectancy of several centuries in the Stone Age?

Min (c. 1499-2006) (the name of the animal was given in honor of the oldest Chinese dynasty, which ruled exactly at the time when the baby clam was born), given to a specimen of the mollusk species ...
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Reason for non-powered superheroes to not have guns

In my world superheroes are a branch of UNE (United Nations of Earth); think the EU for most of Earth. Many of them have super powers, but many do not. They have access to more advanced technology ...
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Super Island Lab [closed]

I have this story, Super Dee, and I am wondering if I should improve the background, which is Super Island. An island in the modern world and futuristic technology, ahead from the rest of the world. ...
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How would breathing pores that lead to muscle change a supersoldier's endurance and strength?

These supersoldiers are basically just humans, but with a lot of bio-engineering. Basically, any change that is somewhat possible is within our limits. Now, the question is, what would be the effects ...
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How can my shapeshifting superhero best prepare to fight crime? [closed]

Dave lives in a world where superpowers are extremely common, lending to the creation of superpowered crime fighters to combat the superpowered crime doers. What makes Dave special is that he has a ...
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Superpowers In A Medieval Setting [closed]

I'm working on a setting for a piece that has the set up of having a primitive/feudal style human civilization in the far future where the magic is based on the forgotten/mysterious relics of 'the ...
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Causing Nuclear Reactions With A Sword

Okay, so the ultimate villain of my story is a million-year-plus-old malevolent extraterrestrial believed (and for good reason) to be the most powerful being in the universe. He has incredible ...
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Causing A Snowstorm

Okay, so I have a humanoid alien villain who can cause massive windstorms. She is capable of moving at Mach speeds, and can rotate her arms and legs really fast, and stands at about 2.06 m tall, and ...
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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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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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Explanation of phasing abilities

There are many aliens in fiction that can phase through solid matter. Ghost Freak, Martian Manhunter, you get the idea. Is there any scenario that could allow phasing, or the ability for solid matter ...
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Is fire immunity possible? [closed]

So I have a character who is pyrokinetic. I already kinda have an answer to how his power actually works thanks to this question. Specifically the top answer you could have the user have the ability ...
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Realistic Take on a Person With Invisibility Powers?

Someone has the power to turn themselves invisible, as well as other objects in a short radius, by bending the light around them and the invisibility can last as the person wants through conscious ...
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Plausible source of superpowers [closed]

So in a book that I'm writing. I have a world with superheroes in it, and my main character needs a way to gain telekinetics, at the same time that there are two other kids with him who don't gain the ...
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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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Super suit is getting an upgrade, but what do I not already have? [closed]

I have a super hero from another world who can create electricity in his body and output it with general control. This character decided to make a suit to increase his powers, and succeeded. Shortly ...
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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 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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People born from the year 2020 onwards have superpowers, how does society cope? [closed]

Let us say that anyone born on or after January 1st 2020, will develop some type of superpower by the time they reach puberty. These powers can vary in their scope from physical mutations a la ...
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How can a hive mind secretly monetize its special ability to make lots of money?

TLDR: How can a 100-strong hive mind utilise our superpower in order to generate \$1billion as fast possible? All 100 of us share a common mind and can think as one. Instant, undetectable, thought ...
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How should the eyes be arranged adapted for astronomical observations?

Since ancient times, the phenomenon of "telescopic vision" has been known, when in clear calm weather, astronomers can distinguish details in the starry sky that are not visible to most ...
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How should the eyes be arranged that can see microscopic objects?

The phenomenon of "microscopic vision" (mainly according to NS Leskov's story "Lefty") is an amazing visual acuity, for example, some grinders are able to see gaps up to 0.0005 mm, ...
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How would power leveled nobility influence recourse for tyranny?

In real life, governments are mostly beholden to the rich, but if they crush the middle and lower classes too much, there will be an uprising eventually. But what if the very upper classes (<1%) ...
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How can I have gadget-using superheroes?

A reason why I dislike comic books: Superheroes/meta-humans/etc.. You see, superhero and supervillain powers need to be impossible (or extremely hard) to reproduce, in order for them to work as ...
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Do any of these magic powers have unintended consequences? [closed]

Earlier today I was mulling over the connection between magic and science. Specifically, the fact that many common magic powers or superpowers in TV and books often have interesting or unintended ...
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Can a precognitive dodge modern firearms?

If you have a physically fit individual who can see up to 5 seconds in the future, is it possible for them to not get hit by bullets by moving away? (Precognition being defined here as the ability to ...
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Four superpowered soldiers as global threat [closed]

I’m writing a story in which the beginning of superheroes arises when four people with vendettas commit extreme acts of violence using elemental abilities against a few countries. Powers are as ...
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Likelihood of super man being a truly nasty person? [closed]

Given that superman is, essentially, imbued with god-like power, in a world where (let's be honest) he could easily dispatch anyone with kryptonite, what is the likelihood that - eventually - he would ...
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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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Applications of reactionless flight as a superpower?

Let’s say you have true Superman-style flight, able to move through the air without any discernible means of propulsion. In fact, I’ll take it a step farther and offer up the explanation that perhaps ...
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How would a sole superhero on Earth seek therapy?

Imagine you've suddenly awakened to immense powers. But this isn't the Marvel universe, so you're the only human with these abilities. For the purpose of the question let's say these abilities are ...
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How could immunity to a lie detection ability work?

One of my characters has the superhuman ability to detect lies. Essentially, it makes them hypersensitive to changes in the brain, and certain parts of the brain light up when you lie. How can I give ...
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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 much force would your fist need to strike with to punch through a human body?

Okay so, this is kind of a disgusting question... sorry about that in advance, guys. Say you are super strong, super fast, and super durable. There is a not so strong, fast, or durable normal human ...
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What's the most effective way to use my skill-copying superpower?

I've developed superhuman abilities, specifically, I am able to "copy" and permanently keep "skills" and technical knowledge from other people. For example, if I spend time near a ...
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How would someone with electric superpowers make a railgun?

So, in my story, there's a guy that can produce electricity, and functions as pretty much an endless power supply of electrical energy. With that, I was wondering, what would be required to make it so ...

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