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Most practical superhero power

Postby Nande_Ebisu? » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:40 am UTC

I'm not talking about what you'd find the most awesome, like laser vision or something, but what would you use most everyday. (ie using flame breath to cook breakfast or something)

Personally, I gotta say teleportation, you can only get stuck out in the rain watching your bus leave from the other side of busy traffic so many times before Nightcrawler's power starts looking pretty tempting.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Ruckus » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:43 am UTC

Telekinesis could be very practical. For work and everyday use. I mean hell, someone with a power like that would have great multi tasking skills too.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Feer » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:51 am UTC

Assuming we can safely use cartoon logic on this superpower: time control. Without all the nasty paradoxes and such, it would be quite neat power to have.
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Postby Levi » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:57 am UTC

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Postby Dromtry » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:21 am UTC

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:26 am UTC

Healing. Bam, instant medical practice. Although it didn't work well for Jesus, admittedly.
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Postby gametaku » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:52 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Healing. Bam, instant medical practice. Although it didn't work well for Jesus, admittedly.


Good choice but runs the risk of getting arrested for practicing medicine with out a license or something similar.



I would take the powers of creation or failing that transmutation. Without time limits please.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby kriel » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:29 am UTC

I saw a pdf somewheres showing that all of superman's power were derivative from a single power, like the ability to instantly apply momentum or... somesuch. =/

It went over my head, but the idea that a single 'power' could have multiple 'powers' come from it's effect was pretty cool.

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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:33 am UTC

kriel wrote:I saw a pdf somewheres showing that all of superman's power were derivative from a single power, like the ability to instantly apply momentum or... somesuch. =/

It went over my head, but the idea that a single 'power' could have multiple 'powers' come from it's effect was pretty cool.

Well, all you have to do is say "telekinesis" and give him sufficient arbitrariness over it. Laser vision? He's just telekinesis'ing photons. Flying is just self-telekinesis. Et cetera.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby clockworkmonk » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:35 am UTC

I always like Cipher's. He could instantly understand any language, and any encryption. that could be pretty useful.
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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:38 am UTC

Wouldn't "instantly solve any encryption" open up some powerful comp-sci magic, like Turing completeness and such?
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Chicostick » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:48 am UTC

Yeah I'd have to say understanding any language would be enough for me. Being able to talk to people in their native tongue wherever you go would certainly make things easier.

Technomancy would also be kind of sweet, I'm sure you could get a cushy job at Google or something and be set for life.

One power I'd like to have that isn't really to practically applicable is super strength/healing. Just the idea of never having to worry about something being to heavy, and never being afraid of getting hurt, would make life pretty sweet. Hell, I'll take just the healing like Wolverine has, an extensive life span, resistance to disease? Count me in.

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Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:03 am UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:Wouldn't "instantly solve any encryption" open up some powerful comp-sci magic, like Turing completeness and such?
It'd certainly bring about all sorts of criminal opportunities. Hack into backs effortlessly, for example.

I think never having to eat or sleep would be nice, but teleportation or being able to fly at insane speeds would also be very useful for me. Mind reading might also be helpful at times. Time control could prove very helpful, especially if I didn't age when time is stopped. (That basically gives you teleportation, and you can fake mind reading by brute-force guessing and rewinding.)

A friend of mine suggested control over matter or atoms. That'd pretty well let you do anything.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:10 am UTC

Nigh-Invulnerability. Basic building block of any superpower set.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Chicostick » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:24 am UTC

I've always thought the power to control water molecules would be neat. Probably not practical though...

Got a cold drink? Heat that up! Ice cream melting? Chill the air around it by condensing the vapor near it then slowing the molecules down to from a ring of ice. Road all snowy? Well you're a human plow!

Plus you could like, form spears of ice and hurl them at things... form giant vortexes of water... but that's delving into the more superhero side of things. (boil the water inside a person...)

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:27 am UTC

Hell, water vapor in the air alone would let you attack to a limited ability.

Just not in the desert.
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Postby Sir_Elderberry » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:44 am UTC

SecondTalon wrote:Hell, water vapor in the air alone would let you attack to a limited ability.

Just not in the desert.

Depends. If you're getting attacked by people in tanks and can't affect them in there, no. But if a person walks up to you, you're talking about many kilograms of water sitting in front of you.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby natraj » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:42 am UTC

Telekinesis. Or technopathy. Probably the two I encounter the most situations in everyday life where I want to use them.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Poochy » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:55 am UTC

Not sure if this counts as a superhero power, but I'd love Yukari Yakumo's power to manipulate boundaries from the Touhou series. Note that this includes abstract boundaries.

Let that sink in for a moment.

In case you have to ask, yes, this does include boundaries between life and death, dreams and reality, etc. But as far as everyday life goes, it'd also include the function of the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device - walls are boundaries too. And manipulating the boundary between light and darkness would also be useful in a power outage, or when you just can't find the light switch.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Magilla » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:58 am UTC

This is beginning to look a whole lot like another thread we had recently...

Edit: I a word there...
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby kingofdreams » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:03 am UTC

there was a guy called prodigy in some comic or other who was as good at anything as the most skilled or trained or intelligent person in his vicinity, not too glamorous, but very practical, any job no training necessary, if you're in exceedingly great shape any individual competition sport you'd own at as well, also get the apex of all the different intellectual fields and just solve shit, all thats lost in translation in marrying different fields together would just be gone..
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:18 am UTC

Earthbending would be pretty useful, I think.

Atom Eve's power from Invincible is also incredibly useful. It's almost cheating... She can control matter on sub-atomic scale (can remake her out outfit, make food, fly by creating a "barrier" below her etc.).
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Olam » Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:05 pm UTC

Mass-mind control. Let the world come to you, begging and crying for you to release them.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Vieto » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:03 pm UTC

probability manipulation.

Think about it; you control your own luck. This means you can win every time at a casino (or lose a few times to make yourself appear normal), you are 'lucky' enough to get missed by bullets, The Lottery, you can even create your own day-to-day luck. You could live a carefree life where the bus never leaves before you get on it, you never burn the pizza...

not sure how it would work, but it might violate causuality.

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Postby Pez Dispens3r » Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:09 pm UTC

How about the power to make bouncers realise they're dicks?
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Postby SecondTalon » Tue Nov 10, 2009 2:45 pm UTC

Pez Dispens3r wrote:How about the power to make bouncers realise they're dicks?
That's.. kinda their job.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby FrankManic » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:19 pm UTC

I'm going to throw in for luck. Benevolent, 'good' luck, rather than Ironic genie luck. Of course, depending on how the luck runs out, it's not so much your superpower as everyone's superpower.

Alternately, the ability to remember where I put my keys would be pretty handy.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Shpow » Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:32 pm UTC

Ability to increase your motor movement speed and perception of speed to incredible amounts. For example, 1 second in another person's perception is 3 days for you.

Any journey that would take 72 hours to feasibly accomplish will take a mere second. You can use it when it's raining in order swat raindrops out of your way, dodge bullets, save people, and other things.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Nande_Ebisu? » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:02 pm UTC

Magilla wrote:This is beginning to look a whole lot like another thread we had recently...

Edit: I a word there...



Well this is more about what powers you would use everyday. Some powers would be really interesting to have, like the Hulk, but once the novelty wore off you'd be practically forced to take up Zen Buddhism if you didn't wanna turn into a green giant whenever you got stuck in traffic.

Also, not so much superhero, but still a neat power, Doraemon's uber pocket where he can store as much as he wants in it, that'd be really useful, considering the amount of times i've forgotten stuff at home!
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby keozen » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:19 pm UTC

Time stop!

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Situation 3:
"I always wished I could play the piano."
*pause time, teach yourself using books borrowed from music stores, eating from supermarkets, etc*
"Ohh, I can"

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"Uurghh, I'm SO tired but it's time for work"
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Zohar » Tue Nov 10, 2009 4:32 pm UTC

The ability to do "saving" to life while retaining memory of time passed. I can do a save each year, each month for the past year, each day for the past month, and then some more throughout the day (before driving, before tests). It's basically like immortality, but you're stuck in the same 100 years or so, but you can do no wrong.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Darkscull » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:30 pm UTC

Perfect recall.

It would be so useful to me at the moment at university, but also for any of the things I'd want to do afterwards.
Of course it would also be immensely useful in general..
Never forgetting to do anything, knowing bus/train timetables and the opening times of shops.. Well, I shouldn't need to explain how awesome it is.

This would translate into an ability to learn languages very quickly, as well as just learning in general, which is a superpower I've seen wished for before.


It's especially important to me as well, since over the last few years I seem to have almost completely lost my short term memory.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby lulzfish » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:37 pm UTC

Motivation.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Izawwlgood » Tue Nov 10, 2009 5:59 pm UTC

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Izawwlgood » Tue Nov 10, 2009 6:19 pm UTC

And the goyim riot!

Someone did a really neat spread of MM, where his splits become facets of his personality, and he's sending them all over the world to garner life experience. So in conversation about some issue, one of his splits comes back wearing robes, with his head shaved, and Madrox goes "Ah, there you are. I trust Tibet was enlightening, you've been there for ages" and the two merge, and Madrox is all wiser and shit.

Having extra people to tackle everything I need done over the course of a day would be awesome. I'd have one Zach in Cabo surfing and camping on the beach, one Zach playing Eve all day (actually, probably 3-4 Zachs doing that...), one Zach running experiments, another Zach running errands, a few Zachs sitting in a library, one Zach just working out and jogging back and forth across the US a la Forest Gump, one Zach having sex with everything in site (presumably STD's don't even transfer back!)... And so on!
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Shpow » Tue Nov 10, 2009 7:20 pm UTC

keozen wrote:Time stop!

Example reasons:

Situation 1:
"Keo, do you have that report that was due last week?"
*Oh crap i haven't started it, pause time, do it, un-pause time*
"Here you are!"

Situation 2:
"Ohh, that was fantastic darling, I don't suppose you're ready to go again?"
*pause time, play some xbox, come back*
"Of course sweety, rwaaar!"

Situation 3:
"I always wished I could play the piano."
*pause time, teach yourself using books borrowed from music stores, eating from supermarkets, etc*
"Ohh, I can"

Situation 4:
"Uurghh, I'm SO tired but it's time for work"
*pause time, sleep in, un-pause time*


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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Cynical Idealist » Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:05 pm UTC

Sir_Elderberry wrote:
kriel wrote:I saw a pdf somewheres showing that all of superman's power were derivative from a single power, like the ability to instantly apply momentum or... somesuch. =/

It went over my head, but the idea that a single 'power' could have multiple 'powers' come from it's effect was pretty cool.

Well, all you have to do is say "telekinesis" and give him sufficient arbitrariness over it. Laser vision? He's just telekinesis'ing photons. Flying is just self-telekinesis. Et cetera.

Exactly. Telekinesis, with sufficient strength and sufficiently fine control, can take the place of just about everything.
Invulnerable? Stop the bullets/blades right before they reach his skin. For poisons, pull a bene gesserit trick and rearrange the molecular structure of the poison to make it harmless.
Flying? Self-telekinesis, or, if that's not allowed, stand on a board or something and move that around.
Super speed? Same trick.
Invisibility? Use telekinesis to bend photons around you.
Mind control? Use telekinesis to adjust the physical structure of the person's mind on a micro-scale.
Teleportation? Well...that could be just going fast enough (see also: super speed and flying)
Super strength? Move everything in contact with your fist.
Need to heat something up? Use telekinesis to give the molecules more energy! Cool something down? Sure, just the same in reverse.

So telekinesis is pretty damn practical by itself, and with sufficient strength and fine control, its godlike.

Although stopping time would also be pretty damn useful, as Keo pointed out. I would love that. I'd get plenty of sleep every single night, and also 24 hours of being awake each day! Feel like a nap during the day? Time stop! Need some time to just get away from everything and read? Time stop!
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