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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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? [closed]

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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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,...
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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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Webcomic with a superhero with an open relationship and an evil Walt Disney

I'm pretty sure I read this webcomic in the 21st century. It involved a super-strong guy. He looked different, maybe made out of rock? He had a longterm girlfriend, as well as another girl who hung ...
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What term do people in the Marvel universe use to describe people with superpowers?

In the cinematic universe, people often throw around the phrase "gifted." For people born with powers, the word mutant is often used. What I'm asking is, is there a general word or phrase used to ...
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Is there a superhero who has notably super-strong teeth?

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic season 5 episode 18 “Crusaders of the Lost Mark” has a colt with “super teeth”, who can lift a heavy see-saw by grabbing one end with his teeth. (This pony ...
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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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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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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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Are there any heroes/villians with only super weaknesses?

If you have ever seen Unbreakable, Is there anything like this in the X Men? Another example of what I am looking for would be Christopher Snow in Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing:
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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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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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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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In the Ex-Heroes universe, has the source of powers been explained?

In Peter Clines's Ex-Heroes series, super-heroes seem, as best I can tell, super-powers just sort of showed up. One day, there were no super-powered individuals and then suddenly, they were coming out ...
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If Thor's hammer is so heavy, why does it not crush the table it is on? [duplicate]

After watching the latest Avenger's tv spot , I couldn't help but wonder, if Thor's hammer is so heavy that the Avengers can't lift it, why does it not crush the coffee table it's placed on?
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Comic book about a city of superheroes

Here's all I remember from the comic: The comic was about a city filled with people with superpowers, the plot focused a lot on a group of teenage superheroes, who where mainly goth, the whole city ...
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TV series involving a man with some electricity superpower but who suffers from severe headaches

I'm looking for the name of a TV series, probably from the 80s or early 90s, involving people with superpowers. In particular, I remember a man who can shoot lightning from his hands (similar to the ...
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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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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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Which superhero has been portrayed in movies or TV series by the highest number of different real life actors?

The most likely candidates are Superman and Batman but there may have been a couple of other timeless heros who were portrayed by numerous actors over the years. The definition of 'superhero' in this ...
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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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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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Who was the first publicly recognized Super Hero before the advent of comic books?

The 20th century brought us dozens, if not hundreds of fictional Super Heroes. Prior to the introduction of comic books, who is the first fictional Super Hero recognized by the public as being ...
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Movie with “hero” jumping from a bridge in a condor-like suit

I remember watching a film ~20 years ago (this film may have been older that that) where there was a hero who used a suit resembling a hawk or a condor. I can only remember two scenes: The first when ...
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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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How does Iceman dissipate heat?

Is there some explanation for how can Iceman ( or any superhero/villain with similar abilities) can dissipate heat after freezing (I asume by absorving their heat) objects? I have thought of two ...
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How fast does a human have to go to stay airborne? [closed]

Assuming a superhero was flying by air pushing against his feet, how fast would he have to go to stay airborne? He is flying prone, superman style. Air is pushing his feet, and in turn the rest of ...
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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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Superheroes: names or titles?

I've noticed that some superheros' names are used like proper names, while others are used like a title or description, with "the" in front of it. For both forms there are cases where it seems to be ...
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Are superheroes supposed to age?

When writers create superheroes, do those superheroes age? As in, they grow older, get wrinkles, eventually die, lose some of their powers, etc? For example, some superheroes, like Superman, Doctor ...
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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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Does Hulk have joint problems? [duplicate]

I just saw Hulk punch a tunnel through a mountain, and jump over others; and I've seen him throw cars so started thinking: he has this strength and muscles but don't his joints wear and tear? Has he ...
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What caused the death of Superman?

I have spotted a picture in the Superman Wikipedia article. And it was noted: Superman dies in Lois Lane's arms: Superman No. 75 (vol. 2, January 1993); Art by Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding ...
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Story Identification: 5 people with special abilities, one who is immortal, and a plan to revive all the Jews killed during the holocaust

I can't recall the name of this book, but I can remember some details about it: I believe it was released around 2003, ±1 year. (I remember the year because in that year another book came out, In His ...
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Are female super heroes often referred to by their common names?

I know from my childhood I heard of Jean Grey before I heard of her as Marvel Girl. Emma Frost is rarely referred to as The White Queen. Is this confirmation bias on my part, or is this a real trend?
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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 DC/Marvel costumed crime fighter credited as being a former Olympic athlete?

Some of the DC/Marvel costumed crime fighters biographies show them to be former Olympic athletes. Who was first of them with that credential?