Questions tagged [super-powers]

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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