Questions tagged [super-hero]

Superheroes are stock characters with superhuman abilities(called "superpowers"), dedicated to protecting the public. They are popular tropes in comics and other works derived from them.

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Who are these characters/superheroes in the posters from Chris's room in Family Guy?

In Chris's room in Family Guy we see some posters of superheroes. I could identify one of them as Triton from Marvel comics But I'm not able to recognize the three other characters (marked in red ...
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Sci-fi movie featuring a fat man running sideways on a wall

This is clearly a fairly recent sci-fi movie featuring superpowers, but I don't recall seeing it advertised. There's an obese man with his belly hanging out, running on the side of a skyscraper ...
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Weird blue and purple humanoid superhero keychain with “Z” chest emblem, X-eyes, and trident head

I have this weird rubber keychain. It’s from America. I obtained it around 2008. It’s kind of bendy, but bounces back to normal when you stop. Who made it, and what is this character called?
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Comic-book: Kids find a dead female superhero in the woods

It was an early 2000s comic book, most surely from the USA. I think it was the first number in a series. Four high school boys and girls find the body of a female superhero in the woods. Most of the ...
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EBook (maybe first in a series) where people gain superpowers after an alien falls to Earth, protagonist is a single mother

Several years back (probably about early 2010), I got a bunch of superhero books in a promotion where the first book in the series was being offered for free on Amazon. One of them was Scott Bachmann'...
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Has there been a Superhero Musical Movie released in cinema theaters?

So I just watched the teaser trailer to Frozen 2 and while I was getting superhero training vibes from Elsa's interaction with the sea, I realized that this is a musical which got me thinking, has ...
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Are there any significant original novel series concerning major comicbook superheroes? [closed]

I ask this question because if we think about, for example, the case of Star Trek and Star Wars, there are very significant extended universes including original novels. However, as far as I'm aware,...
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Who are these very unusual superheroes on this 2nd hand T-shirt?

I saw this T-shirt in a small shop of 2nd hand stuff in Taipei. There are all kinds of T-shirts cycling around Asia with creative/weird pictures and misspelled words, but this one looks really ...
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African superheroes created by African writers?

Are there any African superheroes created by writers native to Africa? It just stands to reason that there has to be at least 1 superhero that’s native to the African continent. I just want to be sure ...
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Earliest historical example of “[super]heroes NEVER kill” and when did the prohibition become pervasive and accepted?

Today, it's often taken for granted or as a truism that heroes don't kill (despite plenty of evidence historically and in fiction to the contrary). In fact, it is often taken to the extreme that the ...
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Which hero has this costume (yellow lightning with blue and purple circle)?

I need to know which hero has a costume like this: yellow top with a logo of a lightning above a blue and purple circle on the chest; red pants (or underwear, I don't know exactly, I saw it from a ...
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Who was the first superhero to wear a cape in comics?

Plain simple question: Who (and when) was the first superhero to wear a cape in comics? By cape I mean: Superman man type Mandrake type By cape I DON'T mean: Pelts, e.g., Hercules lion pelt By ...
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Who was the first comic book superhero to fly without technological means?

We know Superman only started to fly in 1940/1941. So who was the first comic book super hero to fly without: The use of technological means Any gadget or the like (magic carpets, Mjolnir). By fly, ...
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Who was the first female “Captain” or “Doctor” in comics?

During a recent conversation about female superhero code names, it occurred to me that, for the first half-century of comic books, the titles "Captain" and "Doctor" were exclusively reserved for male ...
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Who is the strongest human in the DC Universe? [closed]

I'm curious to know who the strongest Human is in the DC universe, I'm not interested in including any aliens or other species.
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Looking for a scifi male/male romance book about superpowered soldiers

I read a book about ten years ago that was about superpowered soldiers and their relationship. I believe they were powered naturally but then the government took them and enhanced them. This was a ...
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Who is this superhero/villain in the picture?

I found this miniature of a superhero or villain. It's costume looks like a mix of Red Robin, The Owl and Moon Knight, but I can't figure out who he is. Does anyone know?
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Where does Kaliman come from?

I remember reading the comic but I don't remember his country of origin. The comic itself is obviously Mexican, but I'm fairly certain that he's not Mexican. I've seen other data that suggests that ...
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What was the first arc to explore a major superhero death? [duplicate]

What was the first story arc to explore a major superhero death? To avoid broad interpretations: By superheroes I also mean the ones with or without superpowers just like Young Allies, Batman, Bucky ...
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What was the first superhero team in comics?

What was the first superhero team in comics? To avoid broad interpretations, by superheroes I also mean the ones with or without superpowers just like Young Allies, Batman, Bucky Barnes, Rocketeer / ...
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Who's the largest Marvel super-hero?

Some super-heroes can grow to be quite large, such as Giant-Man and Goliath, but which hero (size-changing included), is the biggest ever seen? No villains, please, I don't care about Galactus.
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Are there any superheroes with the power of giving others super powers? [closed]

I know of many examples of super powers that can nullify other powers or even steal them, but I can't think of any that give powers to others. Are there any superheroes whose main power is giving ...
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Trying to find the superhero with this origin story — if he ever existed

To illustrate a particular point about the evolution/stagnation of the superhero genre, I've been trying to find a particular origin story that I thought I read on Kent Orlando's "Unca Cheeks the Toy ...
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Who are the first Superhero and Supervillain with costume and dual identities?

Related: Who was the first publicly recognized Super Hero before the advent of comic books? (but, it doesn't deal with costumes and dual identities) Batman is grey area. This question hasn't been ...
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Has any superhero attempted suicide because they've “had enough”? [closed]

In the various superhero universes, has there been any superhero who has deliberately committed suicide because they have had enough? I will accept any answers where any superhero has committed ...
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Are there any other Indian superheroes in the Marvel universe?

I know Dinesh Deol aka Grid who is an inhuman. Are there any other Indian superheroes on ONGOING series?
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What was the secret of Club Jotunheim in Special School?

Special School is a web comic that hasn't updated in over four years. In the world of this comic, there are superheroes; the "special school" teaches young people (college-aged?) who have powers how ...
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What is Mr Incredible's real name?

The 2004 Pixar movie The Incredibles follows the lives of the forcibly retired superhero Mr Incredible and his family. Shortly after we are introduced to Robert (Bob) Parr we discover that he and his ...
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Are there any superheroes who are not aware that they are indeed a superhero?

We know that there are schizophrenic villains who do not know what they are doing. I immediately think of two villains from spiderman: Norman Osborne or Doctor Octopus who just get overwhelmed by ...
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Book about a supervillain who can pulls guns out of hammerspace - Cover shows him with two huge guns

I remember pulling this up on Amazon as a Kindle book a few years back (probably about 2013-2014) where it was being shown as a recommendation due to the books I was reading (possibly Soon I Will Be ...
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Who is this super heroine?

This T-shirt design shows five "Super BFFs". Who is the one on the far left? I can identify (from the second left) Gamora, Power Girl, Black Canary and She Hulk, but who is the one on the left ...
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Story with joke telling time traveller

I can't remember where I read this prose story, but in it there are super heroes. One of the super heroes can travel backward in time, but experiences all of the time that they travel through (so ...
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Movie from the 90s where the superhero gets the strength from the galaxy

I have been looking for a movie that I watched around 25 years ago. The protagonist was a normal person who happened to pick up a watch/ring from an alien/god. Each time he touched it and said ...
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Serial online fiction about teenagers training to be superheroes, required single combat

I only remember a few details. Superpowers were a known thing in the setting, reasonably common. The kids are living together a suite or small building. There was a boy with super-strength who was ...
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Is the Concept of the Multiverse Unique to Superhero Comic Books? [closed]

I'm doing some research into the concept of the multiverse, and I was wondering: Is the concept of the multiverse unique to the genre of superhero literature? Obviously the occasional book or tv show ...
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If telepaths can influence minds, why don't they fix the world and bring peace?

Telepath mutants such as Charles Xavier, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, etc... are powerful telepaths who can exhibit awesome telepathic feats and abilities. If they can influence the minds of others to the ...
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Which super hero costume is this red and black t-shirt based on?

I came across this shirt on a webstore, it's supposed to be a superhero but I don't know who it belongs to. Thanks!
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Is there a superhero who is an actor when not on superhero duty?

Does anybody know if there is a superhero who is a professional actor when he or she is not on superhero duty? For instance, Clark Kent (Superman) is a newspaper reporter when he is not saving the ...
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Which DC Heroine has the Greatest Physical Strength

I realize that Wonder Woman is easily the most represented of DC's super ladies. And yes, she is, according to many sources, one of the best hand-to-hand combatants out there and more than physically ...
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What do superheroes with laser vision/sight see when using their ability? [duplicate]

Heroes such as Superman and Cyclops can produce lasers from their eyes (typically red). But I'm wondering what exactly do they see when their abilities are active. My guesses are: A black void/...
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1980s superhero show; “stolen” bridge

In the early 80s I watched a live-action superhero TV show about which I can only remember fragments. I think there was a team of heroes, but one member was just a normal human (no special skills at ...
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How do speedsters work in comic books? Why aren't the flaws of the science examined? [closed]

Here's some of the most basic flaws in speedsters powers in comics: If you look at the science behind speed, if you're going faster than Mach 1, you will create a shockwave. At ground level in the ...
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What is the reason behind the superhero righteousness of beating people silly?

Most of the superheros from comics (and now their movies) believe very strongly that they mustn't kill. They all believe in it so strongly that they go to any extent to prove that to the antagonist (...
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Who are these 'Incredibles' superheroes?

The one in the foreground is obviously Mr. Incredible, but who are the ones in the background?
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What was the first example of a character who could steal someone else's powers?

Many stories feature powers or abilities that are inherent to an individual, whether fantastic, pseudo-scientific, or perhaps even actually scientific. But sometimes they are not so inherent. ...
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What is the first instance of a person gaining powers from radiation?

What is the first person to gain their superpowers through exposure to radiation? I am thinking of comic book heroes and ionizing radiation (such as gamma rays) rather than, for example, folklore ...
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Why are so many superheroes based in New York?

In the Marvel 616 Universe, a very large amount of superheroes are generally based in the state of New York, including but not limited to Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Fantastic ...
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Can someone be on multiple superhero teams?

In the Marvel Universe, can someone be on multiple superhero teams? For example, be part of two different Avenger teams, or be part of The Future Foundation and still be on another team?
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Who is this size-shifter that gets smarter as he shrinks

I remember this character from a superhero comic book. It was almost certainly a book by a US publisher, and I'm pretty sure it was not older than late 90s. I'm also pretty sure that the character in ...
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Which superheroes are *really* the most popular? [closed]

It's pretty common to hear people to claim that Batman, Superman and Spiderman are the most popular superheroes. However, with the probable exception of Batman, lately, due to movies and other factors,...