You get to choose one super power you see on fictional media, What do you choose ?

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southsamurai

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I should re-watch Logan

thejoker954

I can't wait for Deadpool and Wolverine, from the previews this Wolverine is in a similar headspace as Logan Wolverine.

damnthefilibuster

The ability to stop time and still interact with the world. Do you know how many books I have on my TBR?

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

Wouldn't you still age if you're operating outside of stopped time? People are going to think that you're suddenly aging rapidly.

XTL

I wouldn't care. I'd walk out into the world to go see stuff and maybe change some things. I wouldn't stay still or build a life with those powers.

Otherwise, you could look at Howard families by Heinlein for the solution. Which is also to move before people notice, but staying put for periods of time at a time.

damnthefilibuster

Please don’t poke holes into my fantasy.

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

Haha! Fair enough. It's your fantasy, so you determine the physics of it.

x4740N [OP]

Time stop can also be used for bad things like r**e and murder

papalonian

I mean, it can? Feel like most super powers can be used for bad things. That's where all of the good guys get bad guys to fight.

XTL

With great power must come great responsibility

JackGreenEarth

God's omnipotence, from the Bible.

And if that's not ok, then Avatar bending powers.

Dasus

You couldn't find a more contradictory mythos if you tried, lol.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnipotence_paradox

Lost_My_Mind

God is omnipotent? Well.....that explains why Mary was still a virgin.

Nemo Wuming

From Star Trek TNG, I would pick Q's power

FrostyTrichs

You are not prepared for such power

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

Congratulations, you're now a great trumpet player.

rovingnothing29

VelvetStorm

Fuck ya, best choice so far.

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shapeshifting

depending on how realistic you want to keep it the benefits go from "pretty nice" to "god amongst men" level:
- backpain? just fix your back - toothache? grow new teeth - don't feel like going to the hairdresser? shift into a different hairstyle - gender problems? forget HRT you can make hormones science doesn't even know about - aging is no more (if you want) - donate all the blood you want! hell you can donate your heart if you find a doctor that doesn't ask questions - mental fog getting you down? just fuckin change your brain. "is it still me after?" don't know don't care now go revolutionize physics Einstein - grow a tail

the possibilities are endless

x4740N [OP]

With gender dysmorphia wouldn't it be better just to morph your whole body to align with your gender identity instead of just the hormonesp p

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yea probably, i said that cos it funny :3

ShadowCatEXE

What if you shift into an inanimate object? Do you just no longer exist? Can you change back?

samus12345

The way it always works in media, no. They retain their consciousness and ability. I suppose they COULD do that if they chose, though it would basically just be killing themself.

VelvetStorm

Or just wish to be a Q.

afraid_of_zombies

Just a bunch of weird spinning snakes in a light with fog? No thanks

Altima NEO

Hammerspace.

Be able to pull out whatever I happen to need at the time from out of nowhere.

Lost_My_Mind

...........do you ever need an RKO?

edric

Teleporpation including the clothes I’m wearing, whatever I’m bringing, and whoever I’m holding. No more dealing with traffic and parking, can travel anywhere in the world in an instant, can get into concerts/shows without tickets, and lots of other useful conveniences.

eightpix , edited

So, Jumper.

Starb3an

Dr Manhattan's power, floppin dong and all

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

I'd take Wolverine's healing powers. I have a few chronic injuries that I wrestle with, and it would be amazing to be free of pain. I'd also be able to be reckless again like I was when I sustained said injuries. It would also be pretty cool to smoke cigars, inhaling them the whole time, eat 10 pounds of bacon each week, and other generally deadly behaviors that could be quite enjoyable.

7uWqKj

The older people are, the more they will appreciate that.

XTL

Probably, like Deadpool, your injuries would keep regenerating back to their current state.

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

If that happens to me, I'm coming for you, for cursing me!

CaptainEffort , edited

Either Mind Control, like Killgrave’s in Jessica Jones, or if I can cheat a little, Legion’s powers in Legion on FX. He sort of has multiple but they can all basically be chalked up to “mind powers” if we’re being loose with it.

For the record I’m not saying I want to be like Killgrave, he’s a disgusting small monster, but… his abilities are insane. Hard to resist something like that.

As for Legion’s, I mean I’d effectively be a god. Hard to pass that up, tho maybe not if it comes bundled with the schizophrenia.

TIN

I thought Killgrave was extra disturbing because you know that's exactly how someone with that power would become.

ApostleO

Imagine how hard it would be to resist wording things in the Imperative just... Accidentally.

You get frustrated, yell "Shut up!" at someone in passing, and that person is now mute unless you realize your mistake and undo it.

(⬤ᴥ⬤)

couldn't you just say "you are immune to my powers"?

XTL

And get minions to do the bulk of interactions without the hazard.

morphballganon

Mind Control, like Killgrave’s in Jessica Jones

That's #1 for me.

2 is the Infinity Gauntlet.

Passerby6497

Nightcrawler teleportation. Could solve so many problems in this world caused by those who see themselves as untouchable....

Kerb

id choose super speed,
the kind where you also change your perception of time and everything just seems to slow down compared to you.

as long as i can change that speed, and am not stuck percieving everything at a crawl.

Mister Neon

I want a Save and Load feature for myself in regards to reality.

samus12345

You should see the Vat of Acid Rick and Morty episode if you haven't already.

cynar

Quick save, from the web serial "The perfect run"

Sanctus

Just make the the founding member of the Q Continuum. I'll fuck off and leave humans alone.

PM_Your_Nudes_Please

Honestly this is a pretty good one. It’s basically the “any technology of sufficient complexity is indistinguishable from magic” answer. The Q Continuum were a weird mix of magic/super powers, and even demonstrated the ability to gift those abilities to others at will.

afraid_of_zombies , edited

It was just one line but I loved when someone told Q that he was a trickster god to a planet from how much he messed with them in the past.

The implications of that. Ok, without the Marvel movies I highly doubt even 10% of the human race knows what Loki is about. Q was the trickster god for an entire planet. Billions of people knew the legend of Q. He must have been doing stuff to them for thousands of years all across their society. Take the most well known people in history there is still a big possibility that most people hadn't heard of them a century or so ago.

Q was bigger to them than Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Moses, the Emperors of China, the Monarch of the UK, Plato, and Santa combined to this species.

slazer2au

The immortality of Dorian Gray. Got to have that opt out of life.

uservoid1

As an introvert a Bard loaded with charisma looks like a nice superpower to have, can't be more fictional than that.

Xantar , edited

Imagine dating: roll for seduction.

Nat 20, congrats you're now married.

Easy life.

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all fun and games until you accidentally cast viscous mockery while teasing your pals

uservoid1

"accidentally", right

samus12345

There are a lot of godlike beings who would be objectively the best choice.

eightpix

Lucy (2018) - some mild insanity, remorselessness

Genie from Aladdin (1992) ‐ everything is a joke

Bruce Almighty (2003) - can't actually control himself

I'm going to go off on a comic-book tangent here:

Wielder of Infinity Gauntlet (1991, 2018) - potential insanity, later radiation scarring

Phoenix Force (1976) ‐ heavy insanity, desire to consume planets (see: Dark Phoenix Saga (1980), (X-Men '92, S03E11), Avengers vs. X-men (2012))

Omega-Level mutants - tendency toward megalomania (see: Jean Grey, Magneto, Kid Omega, 4 horsemen of Apocalypse... even Ororo Munroe (goddess), though Iceman seems well-adjusted)

Beyond - remorselessness, destruction of universes (see: Secret Wars (1984), Time Runs Out Event (2014))

samus12345

You're getting their powers, not their personality. Of course, the old "absolute power corrupts absolutely" chestnut applies.

eightpix

My preferred quote on this line:

"Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted." ~ Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune

It takes the will of a saint to be incorruptible — to not become addicted to the exercise of power. Those who do not desire power, like saints, may have it thrust upon them.

Even when left to own devices, a person can only exercise power within a society that has desires, wants, and fears. The whole society would need to be incorruptible. This is improbable. In the unlikely case of such a pure society, it would also need to be incorruptible when in contact with "the other" — peoples, species, events, and ideas. This is exceedingly improbable. So, the whole of existence would need to be incorruptible.

Power corrupts.

QED (using the slippery slope, I know)

samus12345

Agreed. The original quote assumes that *all* humans are ultimately selfish assholes. While a good deal are, there are plenty of us who are not.

jordanlund

"The Force".

Pick things up with my mind? Super speed? Super jumps? Jedi mind tricks? Premonitions? Force Conference Calls? Lightning? Chokes? Healing? Die and come back as a ghost?

AwkwardLookMonkeyPuppet

Are you the only force ghost in existence though? That would get rather lonely, especially over the course of eternity.

jordanlund

Force Ghosts get to interact with people though!

Lost_My_Mind

I wonder if Han ever choked Leia....

Teknikal

I want the blink ability from the Dishonored video games. Basically a line of sight teleport but still it's awesome in the games.

deus

I was going to say teleportation as in Jumper but going instantly to a place outside your field of view seems like trouble waiting to happen. Blink is already good enough.

mediOchre

There was this one minor character from a book whose title I can't recall (it was about a kid with a dragon eye behind his normal eye and he was transported to a magic realm, i cant remember much else. i read it almost 15 years ago) that can make one wish a day. Every now and again I remember that guy and wonder why he only settled to be a pro soccer player considering his powers lol.

mustbe3to20signs

Simple, I choose EveryMan's superpower from The Simpsons

I Cast Fist

Do I get the power without possible strings attached? I'd totally be down to be a genie like in Aladdin, so long as I could choose my first "customer". Having to live inside a itty bitty lamp would definitely suck, tho.

RacerX

At least it's rent free.

xia , edited

Come on... would your first customer be YOURSELF? :)

I Cast Fist

I'd actually pick my dad, having studied law he'd have a hell of a fun time thinking about how to circumvent the equivalent of a wish's EULA.

Susaga

Does it need to be noted as a superpower within the story? If not, I'm saying plot armour. I get to be safe in the knowledge I can't die or be taken out of action unless all plot threads that need me are resolved ahead of time.

Jako301

The main character of the novel "Infinite Mana in the Apocalyps" literally has the traits "I'm the Main Character", "Plotarmor" and "Nexus Events", so you are good with that choice.

Jolteon

Plant armor is a device for turning death into trauma. Are you really sure you want it?

Susaga

It doesn't make death traumatic. It makes death impossible until a certain point in the narrative, and then death can happen however the author chooses. It means I won't be killed stupidly through a random accident while I still have unfinished business.

Jolteon

What I meant was that It takes situations which would normally result in death, and makes them result in trauma instead.

Susaga

Okay, but the trauma would happen normally anyway. It's like saying helmets increase the risk of head wounds.

And no matter how much it hurts, I'll still be healthy enough to keep going with the plot. I get hit by a car, roll over the bonnet in a comical style, then stand up and stumble my way forwards once more. That's actually LESS trauma than, you know, death.

Lost_My_Mind

I don't need you. I don't even know you. By your logic, you had super powers for 0.0 seconds.

Susaga

You are not the protagonist of my life.

Lost_My_Mind

Psssshhhhhh, hard disagree. I'm EVERYBODYS protagonist in their life!

*flexes so hard I poop a little*

x4740N [OP]

Id personally choose power mimicry (the version where you just have to see a person using a power once and can just mimic it at any time) then I'd just build my set of powers

nomad

So.... There are no other people to observe with super powers...

Altima NEO

He could mimic Elon Musk and become a supervillain.

TheFriendlyDickhead

He could steal his banger dance moves.

morphballganon

You mean an arrogant loser with terrible vehicle design skills?

Danterious

Does that mean other people in this hypothetical world have superpowers as well?

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theywilleatthestars

Feruchemy

Canopyflyer

Not Allomancy? Being a full Mistborn would be cool, but I'd take being a coin shot.

Hemalurgy is right out of course. Really don't want spikes sticking in me anywhere.

Xantar , edited

The power gauntlet from avengers. Altering the very fabric of reality ? Heck yeah, sign me in. Here we go for my big tiddy goth catgirls harem fantasy, enjoy the ride. (Pun very much intended)

Altima NEO

Perfectly balanced, as all things should be

SnokenKeekaGuard

I would appreciate an invite

Xantar

It will be here in a snap

XTL

But what will it cost you?

Xantar

Everything, and it will be worth it.

Susaga

Are you willing to be one of the big tiddie goth catgirls? I ask fully aware that a LOT of people would say yes.

SnokenKeekaGuard , edited

Its a sacrifice I'm willing to make

(I'm a 6'2 hairy brown man)

Rhynoplaz

If they want a little variety, I'm a 6'2 hairy white man.

SnokenKeekaGuard

This is getting promising now

Asudox , edited

Time control. I think it's the most powerful one.

Bitflip

The ability to see and manipulate emf.

Ever since I saw it in a TMNT comic book, I wanted the ability to bring to life anything I can draw. I could have literally any super power I want and more with this one weird trick.

Jolteon

Spatial/Dimensional magic from most things that have spatial magic in them. It gives you the ability to teleport, create portals, create/use your own inventory, and even teleport to other worlds.

InfiniteGlitch

Geass from Lelouch.

Pofski

Dr. Strange.

HC4L

Sir Patrick Stewart on Extras. Making women's clothes fall off..

Lost_My_Mind

It's too late. I've already seen EVERYTHING.

Mango

Gear 5

MojoMcJojo

I can't think of a fictional character that has this, but the ability to know, and convey the answer to ANY question.

Nibodhika

John Doe from the John Doe TV series.

Warning, it only lasted one season and was cancelled. But the premise is about a guy who wakes up naked and doesn't remember anything about him, but he knows everything about everything else.

Bearbie

Wow. I forgot ball about this show. I loved it and was bummed it got cancelled.

HelixDab2

One single superpower, or a suite of powers that exists within a single character?

Assuming that we're talking conventional media (e.g., not religion), and we're talking about powers that exist within a single character, I'd probably take the powers of a witcher, from Sapkowski's novels. They're not immortal, but they live multiple times longer than a normal human. They're not invulnerable, but they're able to take more physical abuse and heal than any normal person. They're able to use magic in a limited way. They move faster and are stronger than humans. So they're not so far outside of humanity that they can't still blend in with and appreciate humanity.

I feel like most other super powers would quickly lead to intense alienation, because you'd be *so far* outside of the normal human experience that you'd lose the ability to empathize.

afraid_of_zombies

Immortality.

Don't even try all the lame excuses about why it is a bad thing. You know who comes up lame excuses? People who are mortal.

  • I will never get bored
  • I will accept that everyone I know will eventually die
  • I am not worried about being trapped in a hole or something because fuck it I will just carry around a collapsible shovel
  • I am not worried about heat death because I will just solve entropy Asimov style.
  • If they sentence me to life imprisonment I will just wait them out. Also point out to the judge who sentences me that eventually I will get out since no civilization lasts forever
  • And if humanity goes extinct I will just remake humanity from my cache of stored fertilized eggs and artificial wombs that I had like a billion years to get working.
Toes♀

I got two things to say.

Are you ok with this potential future?

https://xkcd.com/505/

And take me with you.

afraid_of_zombies , edited

Yes I am okay with it. Sisyphus is happy.

Also I will take you with me.

terminally_offline

Probability manipulation can make anything happen. That's the strongest one. Although ofc big risk of tearing up the fabric of reality by messing with small forces probability and just destroying everything by accident.

Sabata

Can I get hit by a truck and go to a better reality? The bar is set pretty low.