Hey /x/ I was wondering what people's opinions on what are the most useful superpowers in the real world.
I mean, flying and super-strength are cool and flashy and all, but in reality, it wouldn't truly be useful in getting much of anything done.
so what do you think? Got any real world applications for anything?
Kilgrave is very deadly and extremely useful. inspiring loyalty to the Nth degree making people want to do whatever you ask is amazingly versatile and powerful...
imagine, you could accomplish just about anything.
great one, thanks anon!
But here are some useful superpowers. Invisibility and shapeshifting have the weight of literature and mythology (LOTR and Norse mythology) as well as popular culture (X Men, fantastic four, Wonder Woman, the invisible man) behind them, thus attesting attesting their usefulness.
Yeah, but what good does it actually do? unless you are a spy or some shit?
this has possibilities, if you could form utility shapes to help accomplish tasks, I guess.
I think what both have in common and makes them so fascinating has to do with the possibilities of a more, ugh, sexual nature. Imagine impersonating Chad or following that super hot girl home invisibly... Yeah, I know it's perverse.
That's what I had in mind too. But also Zeus/Jupiter in the play Amphitryon shapeshifts into a woman's husband in order to impregnate her. That's how Hercules was conceived. It's in the collective unconscious!
Sorry. Spelt his name wrong. But he's the real deal.
What's wrong with being gay? Dare you to say that at Derren. He could turn you into a gay sex slave.
Hiro from lost. Master of time and space.
He can freeze, reverse, or go ahead in time, as well as teleport anywhere he wants to.
Basically he's a god.
I would go back in time and observe all of human history, find out how we came to be, what we were before the various ice ages. Then I would see how we end up in 100 years.
Plus the ability to freeze time and run through crack head neighborhoods kicking doors in and stealing all their drug money.
Teleportation would be cool if you were like an EMT, you could zip people to the hospital
for that matter, healing others would be way more useful, just waving a healing hand and *poof* no more ouchies... but you'd get mobbed.
i'd be secretive about it and charge a ton to rich people and on the sly visit homeless people ;)
Or maybe you traveling backwards is the sole reason for humanity to exist?
Hiro was from Heroes, no?
Speaking of Heroes(or maybe it was the 4400), there was an ability one woman had where she could learn and perfectly execute everything she saw.
Some dude gave her an ipod loaded with videos on everything that she could watch when needed and gain skills.
i remember she used it for parkour and shit
seems damn useful
That's photographic reflexes like Marvel's Taskmaster. He can instantly replicate any physical skill he sees performed. Want to be the best boxer? Watch a bunch of Ali fights. Want to be a great bow shot? Watch Hawkeye nailing some shit.
He also watched Bruce Lee at 2x to learn how to move faster, but he's just got a normal human body so he can't do it for more than a couple seconds or hell make himself have a heart attack.
Seriously? With invisibility you could to unaccounted for by everyone except those you wanted to see you. Never have to work again, bc you could take all that you wanted from any store. Never be accountable to the government again If you wanted to go all out.Just stow away on cruise ships to the Bahamas. Itd be luxury on demand all the time.
>Want to be the best boxer? Watch a bunch of Ali fights.
>idiots truly think this
Mimicking an action is a TERRIBLE way to learn how to use the action. This is like saying if I move the chess pieces just like Bobby Fischer, I can be a grandmaster at chess.
>like saying if I move the chess pieces just like Bobby Fischer, I can be a grandmaster at chess
no, it isn't, but i can see where you're coming from. one of those is literally 100% a mind game. muscle memory plays a bit of a larger role in the other.
pretending one had this "learn what you see" ability, you're right you're not going to be as good as Ali from watching his fights, but the muscle/movements memory you would gain from watching would be a huge benefit.
The most power full power of all would be to be able to change reality in an instant, means you need money, you get money out of thin air. Your dreams comes true in an instant. To be a Master of the universe! Could it be done in reality? Yes!
The perfect answer would be complete temporal control over your person.
Imagine a form of time travel where you can transfer your current consciousness, personality and memories backwards and forwards in time, taking control of your physical body of the time you choose to stop in. Like a fast forward and rewind control on your life.
Not only would you be able to correct any possible mistake you make, but through enough trial and error, you could do pretty much anything. Sleep with every girl you know, and then travel back before you did so to try for another. Travel wherever you want. Win every fight you may (or may not) find yourself in. You'd never run out of time. It's quite literally the strongest and most useful super-power, real world or not.
The only real weakness I can think of is that if you run the same situations over and over, even if you don't intervene, you run the risk of rapidly changing the future simply from the neurons in your head firing differently, due to quantum indeterminacy.
Theoretically, you may never be able to change the same event in the same way and have it result in the same future. Why you would do this is anyone's guess, and exactly what would happen is impossible to know, but that's all that's coming to me.
Telepathy could be useful if you needed to exchange a lot of information quickly without talking. Depending on whether you need to actually see the person you're 'pathing' to, you could spread information over hundreds of kilometres. This would be the case where I imagine it would be at its most useful. I'm assuming the anon meant telepathy as in sending messages back and forth, but not necessarily reading their minds. Now that I think about it, telepathy without mind-reading is significantly less useful in that you can send messages but can't receive them the same way. Like a one-way street.
Empathic perception would be a lot more useful in a realistic everyday environment. Being able to instantly pick up on and comprehend the smallest emotional changes would be heaven for a social person. You might not even need to listen to what they say half the time - how they say it would give you a lot more information.
Developed properly, it almost serves as a rudimentary mind-reading technique, which would work well in tandem with telepathy.
For the simple reason that it doesn't have any realistic limit. Its just a force that overcomes all other known forces in existence.
>well most psionics with jean grey (phoenix) as the exception have a limit
And to that I respond training. Professor X could stop time. Imagine what even more training and practice could accomplish. At some point it would become godlike.
Just because you have super powers doesn't mean you can rule the world, or even have a chance at wining a bar fight. Different powers have different levels of usefulness. Powers like matter manipulation would be far less useful than something like squirrel powers.