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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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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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 does Spider-Man shoot webs from his wrist in the movies?

From what I remember, in the original comics, Spider-Man shot webs from his wrist because Peter Parker used his science background to design mechanical web shooters. In the Sam Raimi movies, however, ...
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Are there criteria for being a super hero and does Batman meet them?

There is no doubt that Batman is a hero, he saves Gotham (and the world) on a pretty regular basis. He's uncommonly strong and very very smart but to the best of my knowledge he has no "super" powers ...
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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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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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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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Who is the first minority superhero in mainstream US superhero comics?

This came up after talking with a friend recently. I commented that, with my relative lack of knowledge of comics, I didn't think I had seen any minority superheroes in comics until I saw the Justice ...
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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 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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Which individual Superhero role has been portrayed by the highest number of individuals?

In a single fantasy universe, which Superhero character has had the most individuals portray themselves as being(secretly temporally substituting for) the Superhero, or have actually taken over the ...
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Who was the first African/Black superhero?

While reading an article on Marvel's Luke Cage, it mentioned a few other black superheroes, but I didn't see a couple that probably opened the doors to such a thing. I then looked up who I thought was ...
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Are there any major superheroes with *living* parents? [closed]

Iron Man's parents are dead. Batman's parents are dead. Spider-Man's parents are dead, and the uncle that raised him is dead (his aunt, however, lives). Superman's entire race was destroyed and in the ...
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Are Colossus' Eyes Vulnerable?

The mutant Colossus in X-men is a tank: he's big, strong, and tough. He can take it and dish it out. He's big, and gets bigger when he activates his mutant ability: he grows at least a foot in ...
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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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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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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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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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Have any Marvel/DC superheroes died of natural causes?

Reviewing an answer on another question, someone posited that Professor X is a mutant, and thus not subject to normal rules of mortality. This isn't really true, but it brought up an interesting idea, ...
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Can Beast Boy turn into other humans?

This question could apply to any superhero who can turn into animals, although the only ones who come to mind are Beast Boy and the woman from the Wonder Twins. To avoid making the question too broad, ...
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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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What is the name of a comic character with a yellow suit that looks like a moth or mosquito?

Below is a picture. It doesn't look like Mosquito Man, Yellowjacket, or the Moth. My son received it in a pile of giveaway toys (including both DC and Marvel characters) so no packaging was available.
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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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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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What is the origin of the idea that superpowers are produced by “advanced scientific phenomena”?

A friend and I were talking about superheros, and we noticed that many superheros with superhuman powers acquired those powers through some interaction with, for lack of a better term, "advanced ...
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Are there any geniuses in the Marvel Universe who are not superheroes?

It seems that every genius in the Marvel Universe undergoes some sort of horrible accident and becomes a superhero, or, is born a mutant/creates his own superpowers. Mr. Fantastic, Beast, Tony Stark, ...
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Who’s this big Marvel superhero in a blue suit?

Please help me identify this Marvel comics character (the large blue guy in the background). The picture is from the cover of a "Little Look and Find" kids book. We've been googling this for a while ...
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Looking for the name of a show about a saxophone player super hero

I remember a long time ago a tv series about a group of people that got super-powers from a meteorite that fell onto the earth and broke into fragments. The main character got the ability to see a ...
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Why are heroes without supernatural powers considered “super” heroes?

If I were to name a few Superheroes or Villains, I could end up with a really interesting mixture: Superman, Batman, The Flash, The Joker, Bane, Cpt. Cold, Vibe, Wonder Woman, Spider Man, Green Arrow, ...
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Who are left-most & right-most DC comics superheroes in this image?

This is the header image used in newsletter of DC comics digital store of Comixology: Can you please identify the left-most & right-most superheroes in it?
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What are the different ways that Spider-Man makes webs in the comics?

I've never really followed the comics too religiously, but I've read a few issues here and there, and a few of the spin-offs. I recall one explanation of Spider-Man's webs as being an invention of ...
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Who was the first “Super Hero” without any super powers to be published in the comics or newspapers?

Despite this description there are quite a few "Super Heroes" without "super" powers. There are definately more than the 22 included in the ComicVine link (21 if you remove Captain America), as ...
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Movie or TV show with super heroes, dinosaurs and portals

I have seen a preview to a movie or TV series on Netflix. The preview showed some super heroes (I believe) and they were walking around a city with large buildings. There were dinosaurs in the ...
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Live action Australian/New Zealand superhero kids show from mid-2000s

I was just wondering if anyone could help me figure out the name/synopsis of this kids show. What I remember of it: The show was live action, and about 2 kids (a boy and a girl) who discover the base ...
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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 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 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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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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How did Robin fasten his strapless mask to his face, and how did he remove it?

Superheroes are able to fight and do any number of highly physical activities while keeping their strapless masks on and their identities secret. This would lead me to believe they use an adhesive of ...
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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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How do superheroes stay cool in their costumes?

It's been hot lately where I live, and I had the misfortune of needing to wear a 100% polyester shirt for some of the time. It was awful, but it made me start thinking of super hero costumes. ...
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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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What are the shiny circles on Thor's costume?

Anyone have any idea what they are or what they're for? I'll take a Marvel Universe explanation or even a Norse mythology answer. Thank you!
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Who was the first comic book hero to have a bullet proof uniform?

Who was the first comic book hero to have a bullet proof uniform?
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Who was the first married superhero couple to fight crime as a team?

The Incredibles were not the first pair of married superheroes to fight crime together. Who was the first married superhero couple to fight crime as a team?
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Do superheroes/villains like Quicksilver or Flash with super speed get tired due to running?

I mean a average human can run at his full speed for 15 to 20 mins before getting tired. Trained athletes can go on running for much more time without tiring out. Do Superheroes like Quicksilver or ...
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Were the -man/-woman/-boy/-girl suffixes of superheroes once considered…erm…goofy?

This is a question which bugged me in my childhood. Being German, I recognized that most of the superheroes names were not translated at all (Superman, Batman) or were translated incompletely. Well, ...
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British or Australian live action kids show in the mid 90's [duplicate]

I remember catching this show maybe 2-3 times randomly while channel surfing as a kid. That being said, I only have fragments of what I remember. I remember that there was a group of kids. Maybe from ...
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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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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 ...