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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby guyy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 1:56 pm UTC

LTK wrote:Blah blah blah, too little imagination. The only superpower you will ever need is the power to control spacetime. I will leave you to extrapolate from there.


Might as well go straight to the logical end point and choose "the power to do anything." Including, if you like, redo, undo, predo, postdo, cyclicaldo, and doo-doo.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Vieto » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:22 pm UTC

or, your imagination could be the superpower. Or at least the ability to influence real life with your imagination.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:23 pm UTC

Vieto wrote:or, your imagination could be the superpower. Or at least the ability to influence real life with your imagination.

Like a green lantern power ring?
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Vieto » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:49 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:
Vieto wrote:or, your imagination could be the superpower. Or at least the ability to influence real life with your imagination.

Like a green lantern power ring?

well, kind-of, I guess.

I was imagining something that wasn't weak against a colour.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Zohar » Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:54 pm UTC

Vieto wrote:I was imagining something that wasn't weak against a colour.

We shouldn't derail the thread but that's not true anymore. :)
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Vieto » Sun Nov 15, 2009 5:19 pm UTC

Zohar wrote:
Vieto wrote:I was imagining something that wasn't weak against a colour.

We shouldn't derail the thread but that's not true anymore. :)

It worked! :D

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby FrankManic » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:25 pm UTC

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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!


That sounds like Red-Mage using pick-pocketing as the ultimate thief skill.


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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Chicostick » Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:51 pm UTC

I think a a good method to finding the most practical would be to rule some out as impractical.

I'd have to say The Hulk's power is the most impractical. I mean think about it, sitting at your computer, trying to print something and the printer is out of ink, fix the ink, it gets jammed...you start getting frustrated... you get it all set up and ready, then the power goes out. And then BAM you're huge and angry and unstoppable and you just wrecked all your clothes and a good portion of your house most likely.

Hmm on that thought, the power to be content in any situation. Lost your job? No problem! Broke up with your girlfriend/boyfriend, no problem! You're happy all the time anyway!

Although this can also be done with drugs... and it usually turns out not so great...

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby crowey » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:01 am UTC

If you were content in any situation, what would be your motivation to do anything? Being happy with *any* situation would lead to some kind of Serenity style people on Miranda just stop doing anything and die.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Chicostick » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:16 am UTC

crowey wrote:If you were content in any situation, what would be your motivation to do anything? Being happy with *any* situation would lead to some kind of Serenity style people on Miranda just stop doing anything and die.


Oh dear god you're right. Well at least this wouldn't create Reavers...

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:18 am UTC

Perhaps a better way to phrase that superpower would be "mental resilience".
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Upsilon » Mon Nov 16, 2009 12:49 am UTC

The ability to turn excess greenhouse gases into crude oil.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Chicostick » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:29 am UTC

Upsilon wrote:The ability to turn excess greenhouse gases into crude oil.


This might be kind of impractical if you had to concentrate on it. Cause as you make more crude oil more greenhouse gasses would be pumped out and you'd be stuck in an endless loop. If you could sort of go to a place and say "This is where the crude oil formed from the green house gasses within so and so miles will condense" and leave it, then you'd pretty much be a super-hero to the planet and make lots of money with little effort.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Vieto » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:58 am UTC

Chicostick wrote:
Upsilon wrote:The ability to turn excess greenhouse gases into crude oil.


This might be kind of impractical if you had to concentrate on it. Cause as you make more crude oil more greenhouse gasses would be pumped out and you'd be stuck in an endless loop. If you could sort of go to a place and say "This is where the crude oil formed from the green house gasses within so and so miles will condense" and leave it, then you'd pretty much be a super-hero to the planet and make lots of money with little effort.


The Flora would hate your guts though...

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Zohar » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:34 am UTC

Obviously, Sagan-man has the most practical super power.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby screech » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:02 am UTC

I think a very useful superpower would be the ability to make things more awesome.

Boring studying for your Japanese test? A big martial arts battle suddenly occurs and you learn from the witty repartee.
Boring airplane ride? It's actually a fleet of pterodactyls.
Boring music on the radio? WAH-WAH GUITAR SOLO!

It's applicable everywhere, and would make quite an interesting superhero.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Timorous » Mon Nov 16, 2009 11:27 am UTC

For me the most practical superpower would be the ability to instantly know anything I wanted. You would just consciously think, 'I want to know everything about subject x' and then you do know everything about subject X.

This would be cool because you could use it in small ways such as, 'I want to know how to cook the perfect curry' or you could use it in big ways like 'I want to know how to manipulate time', of course you would also know how to apply any knowledge you gained so it would not go to waste. On top of this you could also use it to best negotiate a business deal for yourself or to come up with the best respond to a question or to find the perfect gift for your partner and many other applications.

I would first learn how to stay in my 20's forever and how to go stay awake without the negative effects of sleep loss. I could then learn how to play the stock market and use the money gained to set up a manufacturing facility to build all the awesome devices that I would come up with. As you need to consciously think about anything you do want to know it still means you can enjoy all of lifes surprises.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Brooklynxman » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:45 pm UTC

Oh screw it. I'll just throw the entire thread together into:

Omnipotence. Any superpower you want any time.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby lulzfish » Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:05 pm UTC

Timorous wrote:For me the most practical superpower would be the ability to instantly know anything I wanted. You would just consciously think, 'I want to know everything about subject x' and then you do know everything about subject X.

This would be cool because you could use it in small ways such as, 'I want to know how to cook the perfect curry' or you could use it in big ways like 'I want to know how to manipulate time', of course you would also know how to apply any knowledge you gained so it would not go to waste. On top of this you could also use it to best negotiate a business deal for yourself or to come up with the best respond to a question or to find the perfect gift for your partner and many other applications.

I would first learn how to stay in my 20's forever and how to go stay awake without the negative effects of sleep loss. I could then learn how to play the stock market and use the money gained to set up a manufacturing facility to build all the awesome devices that I would come up with. As you need to consciously think about anything you do want to know it still means you can enjoy all of lifes surprises.

But wouldn't it suck to know all that stuff, and not be able to do it?

"How do I make the perfect curry?" "Oh, I can get that at the store"
"How do I manipulate time?" ".. Wormhole? Xen? What?"

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Skythe » Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:29 pm UTC

Chicostick wrote:
crowey wrote:If you were content in any situation, what would be your motivation to do anything? Being happy with *any* situation would lead to some kind of Serenity style people on Miranda just stop doing anything and die.


Oh dear god you're right. Well at least this wouldn't create Reavers...

Then just don't try an experiment to convert a mass population into passive beings and have it go horribly, horribly, wrong.

I know evveryone has been saying this, but teleportation.
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby Ralith The Third » Tue Nov 17, 2009 9:25 pm UTC

Undo button. Especially good for people who have strong dom tendencies. Like, to the point of it being illegal.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby thicknavyrain » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:14 pm UTC

Remember the option in Fable 2,
To see what people thought about you?
Check if they love, are afraid or hate?
To know one's opinion of you is great!
You could do an action and see the change,
In their emotional and opinion range,
See what everyone loves and such,
And stop when their hate level becomes a bit much,
You could influence people all the time,
To do your bidding, even commit crime!
'Cause once you know what people think,
There's no way you could socially sink.[1]
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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby qbg » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:25 pm UTC

Full, unrestricted reflection on reality.

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby lulzfish » Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:54 am UTC

thicknavyrain wrote:Be able to know what people think of you

If you had this, you would totally see my hate level go up a notch. It would be all like, "ding".

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Re: Most practical superhero power

Postby apricity » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:00 am UTC

This topic is close enough to this one to not need its own thread. Go ahead and post about practical superpowers in there too though.
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