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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the highest selling non US comic book superhero?

There must be foreign comic book superheroes, protagonist characters with superhuman or magical abilities. Which superhero is the highest selling, therefore the most popular, superhero published ...
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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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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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Book where a boy moves to a town where only young kids are superheroes

I read this about 3 years ago, around 2017, I think as an EBook. The protagonist is an adolescent, not quite a teenager, who has moved to a small town. I think the town itself is in a valley. I do ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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?
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Which character is this (red suit, white hood and cape, villainy-looking)?

I came across this guy while watching one of these nonsensical videos on YouTube with my nephew. I tried to find some clues and browsed through Marvel and DC lists, but cannot seem to find him. Any ...
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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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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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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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Cartoon: 4 kids transform into video game characters to save the world from a hacker and an evil program

There are 4 friends: 2 girls and 2 boys who play video games. A virus program escapes and, with the help of a programmer boy, transforms the world into a video game. But a good program in a white robe ...
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What was the first retconned superhero origin story?

Inspired by this question. The “Superboy” in that question not only isn’t the “original”, his origin story even as the “new” Superboy has apparently changed multiple times. There was a time when ...
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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 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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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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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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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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When or how precisely did Venom (Eddie Brock) turn from villain to hero?

Originally, Eddie Brock Venom was a Spider-Man villain, specifically a semi-nemesis to Peter who had powers similar to his, if slightly amplified, from the black symbiotic suit. For roughly 3 years ...
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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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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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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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What are the More Common Superhero Origin Tropes? [closed]

This is a re-thinking of a question about superheros that has been closed because it would be considered a list question. After going over what I wanted to find out and the subject matter with a ...
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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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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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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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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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Was there ever a cartoon about Super Powered Snails?

No, not the CGI movie Turbo, but an early 90s cartoon similar to the Ninja Turtles; a team of humanoid snails who fought an army of evil bugs from space. They drew power from their shells, I believe, ...
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Online story about a girl with bug superpowers

I regret to have to ask this, but my google-fu is clearly weak; I have tried various different methods, with no result. The story (written on an online writing platform, and a fairly reputable if not-...
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Superhero book where a teenager accidentally manifests his powers when defending himself against a bully, only to learn that his father is a superhero

I believe I read this around 2015 as a Kindle book (I'm looking through my library now, although it's kind of clogged with titles around that time), I think as a $0 promotional item. The protagonist ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Kindle superhero series including an army guy in powered armor, a self-aware robot, and a teleporting thief

I first read this around 2015, I think. There were at least three books in the series maybe four. I remember I started getting free copies of the book from the author in exchange for reviews until I ...
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Do the active X-Men have jobs and careers outside of teaching at the school?

Sine the 1980s, it’s been commonly seen that most of the adult "active" X-Men lived/live at Xavier's mansion/school in Westchester, and often act as teachers at Xavier's Institute for Gifted ...
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Book where a kid playing baseball gains super speed and knocks over the seating stand

When I was younger I read this book about superheroes. Its protagonist gained super speed during a childhood baseball game and knocked over the seating stand. It was kind of in a similar vein to the ...
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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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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 ...