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Super Villain Powers
« on: June 06, 2005, 10:06:54 pm »

I was thinking that this might be a good topic for the current people of this forum.

If you were a super villain, what would your super powers be?
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2005, 10:33:07 pm »

I thought I already was a super villain?

Anyhow, I would not want super "powers", just the ability to focus my own physical stength with greater efficiency. That may sound boring at first, but not if you think about it.

Imagine if you could jump as high into the air as a pole vaulter, only without the pole. Imagine if you could direct focused mechanical energy across a distance, as an archer does, only without a bow and arrows. Imagine if you could move across the ground as fast as a cyclist, only without the bicycle.

These tools' only power source is YOU. Imagine if you didn't need them to do those things. You already have all the power you need to do so. That is all that stands in the way of becoming super evil.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2005, 12:08:16 am »

Gills. I would like gills. And hydrodynamic skin, like a dolphin's.

I don't know how this would allow me to super villainous, but I'm sure I would think of something. Maybe I could take up piracy.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot webbed feet. Grin
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2005, 02:08:20 am »

I am immediately reminded of this radio program when I see this topic.  Have a listen, especially to Act One, it asks a lot of really good questions, and raises a lot of really good points. For a discussion about superpowers, anyhow.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2005, 03:33:24 am »

For as long as I can remember I've had a burning desire to fly. I can think of much more usefull powers, but flying would be more fun Grin.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2005, 08:15:17 am »

Definitely control over time.
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2005, 08:36:33 am »

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Imagine if you could jump as high into the air as a pole vaulter, only without the pole. Imagine if you could direct focused mechanical energy across a distance, as an archer does, only without a bow and arrows. Imagine if you could move across the ground as fast as a cyclist, only without the bicycle.

The pole vaulter doesn't fit into this list. You first gather energy and only then use the collected energy towards your goal. If that's allowed you can do almost anything.
Also, you have an object to apply the force to, like with a ladder. If that's allowed, your superpower would give you the power of a ladder without a ladder...
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2005, 10:18:06 am »

Look, what's that twenty feet in the air? It's a bird. No, it's a plane. NO, it's Ladder Man!

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Ladder Man, he climbs to high places.
Ladder Man, he can hover in the air.
Ladder Man, he isn't the coolest.
Ladder Man, he's actually quite dull.

This week, our hero must face his arch nemesis, Evil Elevator.


You may have the power of a ladder, but who's going to hold it up for you? The pole vaulter doesn't really store energy, he uses his kinetic energy to launch himself into the air. If I'm going to make bounds like that, I can get a running start. And if you gear down the operation and allow for storage of energy, it's still going to take you a very long time to gather enough force to do something super amazing. But just to clarify, my super power only stores energy for 1-5 seconds. It's main strength is how it directs the energy.


Speaking of which, what would your power be, as a super villain?

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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2005, 10:38:43 am »

The "Earth:X" graphic novels shows that the most powerful superhuman in the Marvel Universe had the power of a Dnyarri; of course, he had a planet full of Mutants with powers under his control...   Roll Eyes

Hmm, as a supervillain, the only power I'd need is the ability to never be held responsible for my actions, even better would be the ability to never be thought of as evil no matter what I do.  Of course, this power could come in handy for super-heroes too.  

Cue Mr. Popular!  "I can't stop Dr. Doom, but I've got these four friends..."
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2005, 11:15:26 am »

David Letterman's Top 10 Least Exciting Superpowers - August 3, 1990
  • Super spelling
  • Lightning-fast mood swings
  • Really bendy thumb
  • Can breathe soup
  • Ability to calm jittery squirrels
  • Power to shake exactly two aspirin out of a bottle
  • Ability to get tickets to Goodwill Games
  • Power to score with other superheroes' wives
  • Ability to communicate with corn
  • Magnetic colon
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« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2005, 07:19:40 pm »

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  • Power to score with other superheroes' wives


That's part of the top 10 least exciting?  I could probably use that one in my plot to take over the world.
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2005, 08:25:30 pm »

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The pole vaulter doesn't really store energy, he uses his kinetic energy to launch himself into the air.

The energy is stored in the form of kinetic energy. He is collecting that energy in his run.

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If I'm going to make bounds like that, I can get a running start. And if you gear down the operation and allow for storage of energy, it's still going to take you a very long time to gather enough force to do something super amazing. But just to clarify, my super power only stores energy for 1-5 seconds. It's main strength is how it directs the energy.

Ok, good. Without such a limitation you could say that "A human can collect enough energy to do just about anything by generating electricity on a home trainer, so with my superpowers I could make ice cubes, make toast, and pull train carriages."

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Speaking of which, what would your power be, as a super villain?

Perhaps something like super intelligence. Being able to solve any problem in your lunch break. That's got to be more useful than brute force. If I'd need some super power, I'd just invent some device for that.
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« Reply #12 on: June 07, 2005, 10:57:55 pm »

"He is collecting that energy in his run."

Running is not an extra super-power. It's a somewhat common ability, actually.  Tongue


On second thought, forget the storage thing. My super power doesn't make me physically any more durable, and I can't produce any more energy than I could without it nor convert it to any form other than mechanical energy. Thus, I can't have the power of a cannon, because I can't store energy and I could never physically harness that much power (I'm still flesh and blood).


"so with my superpowers I could make ice cubes, make toast, and pull train carriages."

Superman gets to do all those things. What makes him so special? And yes, I know he's super.


"Perhaps something like super intelligence. Being able to solve any problem in your lunch break. That's got to be more useful than brute force. If I'd need some super power, I'd just invent some device for that."

Or use genius gene-therapy techniques to give yourself everyone else's super power.
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« Reply #13 on: June 08, 2005, 01:32:37 am »

If I were a Super Villain, I'd like the power to melt the icecaps. Before doing so, my henchmen would steal all boats in the world. and then everyone would bow to my will.
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« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2005, 03:12:03 am »

I'd like the power to make people not find the things they had in their sights just a moment ago. It will practically make me invicible.

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BOND: This ends now Ivanov!
ME: Oh! I am undone! You are far too clever for a poor Evil Villain like me and now I must submit to your superior, British intellect...
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BOND: Yes, but now we have you Ivanov. Give in.
ME: Very well mr. Bond. But first, tell me where did you put your gun?
BOND:  Shocked
ME: MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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