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A character has super-speed but has to deal with normal resulting consequences: how fast can she run safely?

I was thinking that the character would be a moderately active teenage girl that's 5"8 and 160 lbs. The speed itself is a super-power and she is otherwise a normal human. I'm defining safe as a speed ...
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What's the scope of an Element Transmuter?

Scenario: When one thinks of elemental transmuters from mythology or comic books, one thinks of single touch by the transmuter to a large, multi-elemental structure (like a human body) that causes ...
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How would the world be able to contain and/or destroy the Hulk? (MCU) [closed]

In this scenario, the Hulk (MCU, not comic 616 Hulk) has been driven insane by unknown means and will rampage and kill until nothing is left. Banner's mind is gone leaving only an angry rampaging ...
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How might a society that was once subjugated by superhumans react to their return? [closed]

The premise is quite simple. Sixty years ago, superhumans were wiped out. The source from which they drew their powers was destroyed and the world moved on. Democracy, the rule of law, human rights ...
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Supers as political refugees?

Scenario: two states, (A) and (B). Both nations contain a very small percentage of supers, or rather, citizens with extended abilities (though low-level in nature, more circus acts than comic-book ...
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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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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" for ...
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Aerosol CRISPR Agent?

I will keep this short: I am writing a story about a Society with lots of Superheroes, and I want them to discover that they have powers after inhaling some sort of chemical. I want this to be pretty ...
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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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Superstrength and hypertrophy [closed]

So it's fairly well established that to build bigger muscles you cause damage to muscles commonly by (lifting weights) and your body repairs these and grows bigger muscles. So how do superheroes with ...
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Possibility of non-magical superpowers [closed]

I am not writing a story, this just came to me as an idea. How can one introduce superpowers in his world without an appeal to magic or heavy machinery (in fact, without an appeal to machinery which ...
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Electrokinesis, direct, and based on technology

Superhumans in my setting work based on advanced technology (but not clarketech; no violations of physical laws, no FTL). My question is, how can a superhuman direct electricity? From my ...
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Power of flight vs weight of object in free fall

In my story there are people with super powers, but they only get to have one. So, if someone’s power is to start a fire, then they can’t also control it once it starts. My problem currently is with ...
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Energy Transfer in Telekinesis [closed]

This specific type of telekinesis is constrained in that the telekinetic can only lift what they would physically be able to lift. Somehow, they are transferring energy from their body across space, ...
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Is there a scientific explanation for mental manipulation? [closed]

I have a character who can suggest things to people, and what she says, they believe to be true. Is there a way to scientifically explain this, even vaguely? I was wondering if perhaps a form of ...
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Can medieval weapons (swords, spears, polehammers, etc) be more viable than guns in this SciFi setting?

Context In this world, laws of physics are roughly the same as ours. No placeholder magic involved. Wars are fought by cyborgs/mutants/synthetic mutants (super soldiers) who can manipulate certain ...
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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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How would one go about getting away with illegal human experimentation? [closed]

My protagonist is subjected to involuntary experimentation because she has superpowers. I want it to be painful and traumatizing. Every time she is injured, she heals more resilient to harm, and she ...
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Salem witch trials safe haven [closed]

With the story I'm writing I really want to find an accurate place to set up a school (preferably in New York) that was originally a safe place to go to during the Salem Witch Trials. I'm hoping to ...
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If a human body was self sustaining

If a human somehow managed to change their body in such a way that self sustaining was possible and they did not need any outside sources to maintain themselves, does that mean that they cannot grow ...
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Would it be possible for someone with ice powers to stop or “freeze” a wound to their heart?

I have characters with ice powers. I was planning that they could freeze an injury and prevent it from progressing. An arrow is shot at their heart, but I could possibly change the location to make ...
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What would determine the most powerful superpower? [closed]

I should probably start with this to get a few answers I know are coming my way right out of the equation altogether: No, this isn't the age-old question of "If you could have superpowers...?" but ...
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Practical body armor for a female who can create objects from her body

In the anime My Hero Academia, most people have a random ability like a physical enhancement, a bodily mutation, control of an element, etc. Momo Yaoyorozu is a student who has the ability to ...
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How would a person be able to attain superspeed if they could subvert Newton's 2nd Law of Motion?

I'm struggling with the physics here a bit since I'm a complete novice at this. I'm making a character whose main ability is to subvert/play around with the 2nd Law of motion. Somehow I understand ...
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What does air vanishing on contact sound like?

I'm about to break rule seven of superpowers: don't think too hard about what it does to the air. A superhero has the ability to disappear any atoms that come within 2 cm of their skin (atoms that ...
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Uses for members of society with cool powers [closed]

In my world, one in every 1000 is born with a power/gift/talent/whatever you want to call it. If you are born with a gift it is in one of three categories: teleportation, telekinesis, telepathy. ...
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How broken would a ~5ms reaction time be? [closed]

Suppose we've got one character, who for whatever reason (handwave.gif), has around a ~5ms reaction time (20-40x regular people's). That's enough to be many, many times faster than the rest of the ...
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How strong can zombies really be?

Assume that average Joe dies in a zombie outbreak and is revived as a zombie pretty much immediately. How strong could that zombie be, assuming that: Zombification is done by "taking over" the brain, ...
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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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Effects on objects due to a brief relocation of massive amounts of mass

I want you to meet Gary. Gary looks like a human, walks like a human, and talks like a human. But he's not. He's a superhero, or a magician, or... something. He's not really sure. He just knows that ...
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How would someone who could break the laws of motion apply it? [closed]

I'm working on a "Science Fantasy" story and in my story I'm trying to approach magic from a different angle. I understand this is a fictional work but I'd like to get my facts right nonetheless. The ...
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Velocity Difference From Teleportation

In Steven Gould's Jumper series, the main character has the ability to teleport, and he eventually realizes he automatically does frame matching when doing so - no matter where on earth his origin and ...
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How would the world control an invulnerable immortal mass murderer? [closed]

This question came to me after re-watching Jason movies and some Hulk movies. SCP-096 was a huge inspiration as well. Forgive me if this question is silly but I'm curious on how humanity would react ...
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How to deal with speedster characters?

In many fictional franchises we see people like the Flash who can move at speeds defying physics. In my story I want to include a speedster, however I feel that they would be too overpowered for the ...
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Ideas for 3rd eye abilities [closed]

I am creating a super villain that developed special abilities from a mutated pineal gland. For now i'm referring to it as the Enhanced 3rd eye or the 3rd Eye ability. From the research I've done, ...
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Hierarchy: Protect, absorb and reflect vs destructive parasitic or vampiric spells such as leech or draw [closed]

Suppose there are two wizards, one using light magic to protect himself and others, via wards, barriers, shield spells and with some focus on drawing and absorbing energy whilst also attempting to ...
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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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Looking for heroic deeds that don't involve stopping criminal activity [closed]

I'm looking for types of heroic deeds that a stereotype superhero or main character in a fiction story does, but with the restriction that it cannot involve (stopping) criminal activity or be too "...
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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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How fast would a person need to be to cross a gap and prevent a gunman from shooting someone?

I was reading one of the recent questions involving a fast-moving superhero, and it reminded me of something I've been wondering about for a while, so I decide to create a spinoff scenario question. ...
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How fast would a person need to move to trick the eye?

Say superheroes in a certain world have somewhat less overpowered abilities. A strong super might be able to lift a few tons, but not stop speeding trains or pick up an entire semi. Unlike the Flash, ...
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How do I defend a person against an attacking teleporter?

Inspired by Personal Teleportation as a Weapon Using the teleportation rules from that question: The Teleporter can teleport themselves and/or any object (including people) they are touching, ...
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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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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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Exploiting an ability to see into the past

A group of people from a particular family are born with an ability to see into the past. They would like to exploit this for money but there is no obvious way to do so. Details By closing their ...
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Explaining pyrokinesis powers

I write sci-fi, and I don't love fudging important things. I have a character that was a victim of genetic experiments (I know how original). I want to find a semi-reasonable way to explain this.(not ...
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If everyone has telekinesis, how would people fight? (1v1, wars, etc)

Main Goal: A general idea of fighting, or a specific example of a fight that fits (like general strategies all use, or a single fight where "fast users" beat "strong users". Traps laid in advance, or ...
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What society/government would be stable if people get superpowers randomly? [closed]

To refine the question: Goal: a society/government capable of lasting centuries. This takes place somewhere within a technological time period (1000BCE to 1000CE). No gunpowder or explosives. I'm ...
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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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How could my hard telekinesis work?

So, in my setting, telekinesis is divided into two sub-fields: Soft telekinesis allows for precise manipulation of objects but doesn't pack a punch. Newton's third law is negligible for this type. ...

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