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Logan might have a supernatural healing factor, but not superhuman pain tolerance. Having suffered the horrible pain caused by injuries no other human ever survived could have been a traumatizing experience he really, really doesn't want to repeat. Most people assume that getting blown to pieces by a bomb is a quick and painless death. But Logan knows that ...


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They could brace themselves against the world behind them. Basically, they would subconsciously learn to simultaneously exert an equal and opposite force spread out over a much larger area behind them or anywhere else that isn't the car they're throwing. A sign of an amateur telekinetic could be being thrown back by their 'throws' because they haven't ...


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Consider why you personally cannot run a 10 minute mile, or lift 200 lbs 10 times, do a backflip and land on your feet. Or why you are not expert with the bow and arrow. Or expert at throwing darts. Why can't you play bass guitar? Why didn't you learn to speak Kazakh? None of that is magic. I do not know you, but I suspect any of those things are ...


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You poison him using small amounts of drugs that accumulate over time. Basically, slip food laced with [insert some toxin that accumulates over time and requires > 1 week to kill with here] - the precogs won't see anything special, as they'll just see him eating/drinking normally. By the time they see him die, it'll be too late to figure out where he came ...


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Supervillains are going to commit huge crimes somewhere. It's what they do. The trick is to predict them, and the easiest way to do that it to bait them. Ft. Knox is well-known and (in theory) highly valuable. It's one of a handful of prime targets in the country that are perfect for supervillainry. If you deprive them of those obvious targets, they'll pick ...


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The possibility of being buried alive is a very powerful fear. The Old Croghan Man was a mummified body found in a bog estimated to be about 2000 years old dug up in Ireland. Imagine that body was your super hero but alive for all of the 2000 years. What he fears is his enemy finding him during his defenseless regen phases and moving him somewhere encased ...


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The problem is already solved. Joe will die in solitary confinement from thirst or starvation, as his guards and the officials responsible for replacing them all drop dead. "I should bring Joe his meal, otherwise he will starve... hey, that woul..." "I need to assign someone new to bring Joe his meal, otherwise... " Some dutiful person may restore part of ...


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Can you as a three-dimensional being see inside a two-dimensional circle? That depends on your position relative to it. When you are looking right at its edge, you can't. But if you are above or below the circle, you can. So if a 4d being wants to look into a 3d object, it needs to move "upwards" or "downwards" in the 4th dimension in order to get a "...


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Quorum sensing would be a very effective mechanism. This is a real life biological mechanism which is used by many small creatures like bacteria. Basically, it's a way of detecting how many similar entities are out there, and changing behavior when there's enough. Yeast is one such exemplar. It usually reproduces asexually, which is very effective in ...


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The demigod baby shares the blood supply with the mother, during this time, she also shares the divinity, the strength, and the partial invulnerability. Think "Mirror syndrome" but in a positive way. Instead of a shared illness, it's a shared invulnerability.


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Tour Ft. Knox, the world's second-biggest distraction (just behind Area-51) You bet there's gold in Ft. Knox! Everybody knows that. Little Johnny down the street knows that! Tibetan monks in Mongolia know that. Your little sister knows that! Every intelligence agency worth a dime has proven it to themselves over and over and over. And it's the biggest ...


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There is exactly one important cell - the Core The Core is what coordinates the super-healing. Every other cell is unimportant and will simply die when cut off from a "normal" body. They can't really regenerate on the super-natural basis that you assume, it just looks to the observer as if they would. Basically when you see a torso regenerating into a ...


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Just tell the truth - and be specific. Joe's superpower appears to be a problem in one of two types of situations: He says something that isn't true ("I am a green stegosaurus!"). He says something that could be interpreted in different ways ("Good morning!"). Joe can control things in the first case by simply always telling the truth. I can't think of ...


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How do they keep normal people from jimmying the anklet with a screwdriver? By making it tamper-evident. Sure, it's possible to compromise the electronics, but you're going to have a lot of explaining to do when they take a look at it. So the basic idea is that if Ant-Man shrinks out of the bracelet, it either sets off an alarm or is indelibly marked (or ...


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He could train himself to turn every statement into a question: "Good morning, isn't it?"


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Add a two tier tax that targets heroes doing property damage. First, a small flat tax for all heroes to help cover any damages incurred by villains and subsequent hero suppression of said villains. Its easy to propose such tax, a heroes job doesn't end until the city is restored, or so you claim. The second tax is less talked about, gets easy approval, and ...


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Greg is clearly brain damaged, we know that selectively damaging certain areas of the brain causes drastic and "interesting" changes in behaviour. For example damage to area 24 of the anterior cingulate cortex can divorce people from their normal emotional responses to being in pain; they still feel pain normally but they don't get upset by it or feel the ...


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NO CAPES The capes conversation in Incredibles captures it best. Don't get me wrong, I've always been an apologist for Batman's cape. It's awesome and I convinced myself it's bulletproof or a glider, or useful for intimidation or whatever. But if you need bullet protection wear a bulletproof vest. If you need a glider, arrange for a glider where you need it....


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Plausible deniability for ransom Between abut 800 AD and 1066 AD, Viking raiders terrorized Europe. The raids reached such a pitch that local kings would pay ransom to Viking bands to leave them alone that year. In England, this was called the Danegeld. I can imagine a scenario where politicians, terrified of the supervillains' depredations, pay the ...


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Assuming the Required Secondary Powers, certainly. The superhero in question is capable of running at 100 times the speed of a bullet. For simplicity's sake, we assume that the bullet is a standard 5.56x45mmNATO round travelling at approx. 1000m/s. Since most depictions of heroes with superspeed show them doing everything like normal humans, except faster,...


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You misunderstand trust: I trust Bob completely. A lack of trust comes from unpredictability and betrayal. Bob hasn't betrayed me because I trust him completely: he will always speak falsely. Frankly, that makes him a great deal more honest than many people I know, people whose honesty is unpredictable and therefore untrustworthy. Me? I'm dishonest, ...


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Healing is partially or totally spiritual. Each hero has billions of cells, but just one soul. Only the body portion with the soul can regenerate. If the body is torn into multiple small pieces, the disembodied soul randomly picks a suitable part and kickstarts it into life. All other body parts, without connection to the soul, wither and die. If you don'...


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In classic comics, the cape provides the ability to add drama to the hero's pose, often physically filling the frame to emotionally make the hero the centre of attention and even convey a sense of movement when the character is standing still (the cape flowing in the wind). fill that frame! Capes are also part of the costume of nobles and aristocracy from ...


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Yes. Very easily, depending on what Joe wants to change. Edit: additional assumptions. 1) the universe takes the path of least resistance to validate his statements. Therefore, rewriting the past is only done when no other solution is present. Occam's Razor almost. 2) Joe has not explicitly stated that no one will notice this ability. Otherwise this ...


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Bloody Paint Why bother turning it into some kind of structural material? Just use it as the paint on literally every surface with this girl's blood. It'll be an awful color when it dries, but if dried blood still works, use it as paint. Walls, floor, ceiling, the bars on every cell. The stuff will be everywhere, radiating its effect from every direction, ...


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Space elevator. The cost of sending astronauts and basic materials like water, food and oxygen to the ISS are enormous. The risks associated with firing a tube of metal filled to the brim with volatile chemicals into space are enormous, too. Immagine how much NASA and other space agencies would pay a person that could transport people and material to the ...


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Magic can't penetrate the skin There are lots of things that won't penetrate a person's skin. High energy electrons won't make it through, nor will visible light (at least, not far enough to see anything you want to target). Why should magic be able to penetrate a person's skin? A reasonable explanation for the protection of internal organs is that magic ...


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Test her limits. Can she move more than one thing at once? If so, how many? How large of a thing can she move, both by weight and by volume? Is there a minimum size an object has to be, or could she move individual atoms if she wanted to. How fast can she make an object move? Are there any range limits on her telekinesis? Can she move an object she cannot ...


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Your power manifests itself in ways you don't control. You mentioned that your power manifests itself in a way that could be useful to you, but who is defining what's useful? If you're drowning it's pretty obvious that gills and fins might help. However assume your entire city is about to get nuked, your power may manifest itself by making you bombproof ...


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I may be put on a number of watch lists during my researching to answer this. :P My criteria for making the bullet undamaging is this: if the bullet has been boiled into a vapor, it is no longer capable of damaging your pyrokinetic. This is a bit strict, but easier to calculate. You may want to lower the temperature to compensate. A Beretta M9 has a ...


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