What superheroes could survive a thermonuclear explosion? Bonus points if they can only barely survive.
IDK. Superman didn't look like he necessarily would have made it had he not sucked the life out of those flowers. Granted whatever hit Superman wasn't necessarily a thermonuclear bomb, it was some magical shit that literally produced ash out of thin air.
Carol can even use it for a power up.
>Ms. Marvel's current powers include flight, enhanced strength, durability and the ability to shoot concussive energy bursts from her hands.
So, uh, why can she absorb nuclear explosions with her face?
Energy absorption is kind of her signature power; don't know why it was left off of that summary.
I don't know if thing or colossus could survive a nuke thing was once hurt by human torches flame. As for kitty her intangibility doesn't protect her from heat and radiation.
Flash could outrun one and probably vibrate the radiation away.
Depending on the circumstances, Batman and whatever Bat-family members who he had close to hand could simply hide in the Batcave and be unscathed.
Firestorm, depending on whose in the matrix and whose in the driver's seat
This guy would just get a powerbump from the radiation
I bet Ray Palmer would just science his way out.
The Thing killed a giant monster by getting swallowed and detonating an atomic bomb.
The question is about who can no-sell it, not get out of it. Like, Swampy could send his consciousness far underground but that wouldn't count.
My best bet would be: Superman, Captain Marvel, Captain Britain high on ego, a super-confident Gladiator, Captain Atom, Jason Rusch's Firestorm, Sentry, any Hulk, The Thing (if it were a tiny, shitty old nuke), Thor, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, Toyo Harada, Peter Stanchek, X-O Manowar, Divinity, Element Lad, Spectre, Alan Scott, Wolverine (sadly), Marvelman, Supreme, and lastly, Plastic Man.
wolverine (if hes in the blast i would just assume he was vaporized so he survives outside it)
antman (it would be a very unfun rid being that small in a radiation storm but hey he can do it)
hellboy? i literally have no clue
And here's modern thing getting hurt by regular fire, nowadays Thing can't survive a nuclear blast.
Nevermind the fact that his own people would nuke superman, the fact that he was reduced to a zombie skeleton, or the absolute destruction the whole ordeal wrought.
The thing I found the most disturbing about the whole thing is that superman has the ability to suck the life out of something until its dry.
what the fuck.
The thing is, I say sadly because he's done it. It sucks, but he does it.
I think that modern thermonuclear devices are generally going to be strong enough to knock most people down for the count. Shazam family would definitely stand, but outside of that I can't think of too many more for my list. I have a hard time buying a regular Green Lantern being able to withstand one going off right on them. Maybe a power-boosted one like Ion Rayner, Red/Green Guy, Parallax Hal, etc, but not too many else. I didn't list all the rest of the superman expies in the world but yeah.
J'onn? Would his weakness to fire play a major role?
Oh, and Wildfire.
Does nuclear war scare the living shit out of anyone else?
I'm pretty sure most people here were born after the Berlin wall came down, so nuclear war is perceived like an asteroid impact. It's certainly possible, and will kill us all dead, but isn't likely enough to worry about.
But, I mean, holy shit. Can you imagine humanity having it's shit busted up by a nuclear war? I'd take a comet impact or a super volcano any day. With either of those it's just humanity weathering the shitty hand the universe dealt, but a nuclear war... That's humans stating to the universe "we are worthless shits that commit suicide even when we are given everything on a platter because we and everything we care about is worthless". I can't even express how awful the concept of nuclear war is.
the big scary guy on the horizon isn't Russia anymore, it's China
and China fucking loves the West, or at least loves its money
anyone that mentions North Korea in any sort of seriousness deserves to be laughed at until they kill themselves in despair
I care less about the threat of it to me personally than as utterly devaluing everything that I am, everything that anyone ever was, and everything that anyone has ever cared about. Resisting against an asteroid impact is noble. Wiping one's own species out is proof positive that everything about you and your species is absolute shit. I really, really, REALLY don't like the idea of that.
Yeah, but...who'll be around to care? It's the slow death of super diseases, global famine, another ice age that I'm worried about. Something where there are enough people left to struggle on until the end, in complete futility.
I'd take the quick cleansing flames of the nuke over that any day.
>80 MEGATONS FALL ON UK
global thermonuclear war is honestly a remote possibility, enough of one that it's not worth worrying about. Nuclear power limits your warmongering ability, because all of a sudden everyone on the planet is looking at you, and if you move funny the entire human race is going to rape you out of existence.
A nuclear strike happening in the future is not impossible. A nuclear war wiping out humanity is much less likely.
It's more worrisome to think of nuclear weaponry falling into terrorist hands, honestly.
>A nuclear strike happening in the future is not impossible. A nuclear war wiping out humanity is much less likely.
You don't get it. The nuclear war wouldn't have to wipe out every single person in the initial exchange. It would annihilate global civilization, ruin the climate, lead to endless brushfire wars to fill the power vacuums left and to fight over the little remaining food and resources, and send humanity into a gradual decline that would inevitably lead to extinction. Without cheaply accessible fossil fuels and a significantly less habitable environment humanity won't be able to bounce back. Our chance of making it into space in a big way before something finishes us off will be gone.
It's funny, because those things are the likely result of a major nuclear war.
The living would envy the dead.
We have made movies, games, stories of its power. Hell, you could honestly say that superheroes are a kind of personification of them.
But the horror of their use is much much worse. It is our race's collective means of suicide.
You need to learn to stop worrying and love the bomb.
Yeah, I used to play that game a lot back in the day.
>that woman crying in the background of your fortified bunker when the nukes start hitting and the statistics begin rolling across the screen
And this is way before he gets even more powerful One Year Later
I wouldn't say he was weak. Everything after the nuke doesn't count because he was weakened by it. As for his weakness to the nuke itself, he probably just absorbed too much of the wrong radiation. Stars are fusion explosions after all and Kryptonians are very sensitive to what kind of fusion explosion radiation they are absorbing.
You realize you're being a clown who reads too much comic books, yes? Being inclined to chemically absorb certain types of radioactive isotopes under certain conditions doesn't mean that they 'literally soak up radiation'.
Yeah but it seems to either be people playing democracy mode or just random new players fucking around in 1 v 1s with the AI. I remember enjoying watching the good players in free for alls.
I know who I would have wanted before the bombs fly.
>Who would you want on your team of survivors in a fallout type of situation /co/ ?
And they also soak up radiation. Quite literally.
>I wouldn't say he was weak
There are versions of Supes that tank supernovas to the chin and can hold black holes in their hands....
>Being inclined to chemically absorb certain types of radioactive isotopes under certain conditions doesn't mean that they 'literally soak up radiation'.
Yes, it means exactly that, you uneducated troglodyte.
> super heroes
> anything but retarded
Anon, do you know what a super hero is? Literally impossible to exist. The very concept of super powers ia retarded. That's like conplaining about Hercules' feats or Dante's trek through Hell. You're fucking stupid, anon. One fictional being is more powerful that the other and this upsets you.
> a world where a man runs faster than light
> a world where Atlantis is real and its king is a super hero
> a world where gods exist and are dealt with every day by normal vigilantes
> Superman can't be impossibly strong
The impossibilities are based in a world that can't actually exist. Where impossibilities are avery day occurances. Reason and logic hold no weight, throw them out the window.
Wait, are you arguing that capeshit is or isn't retarded?
There would be people, dude, humans are a survivable bunch
Thing is, like >>77838499 said: the living would envy the dead
If the blast didn't kill you, the fallout would fuck your life up, and your sons, and your grandsons
Nuclear bombs are one of the most terrifying things on earth because they're made to not only kill people on the spot, but fuck generations of people
Don't forget the nuclear winter.
It's hard to comprehend the terror of finality on a scale multiple orders of magnitude beyond the individual person's life.
Mad Max is the absolute best case scenario for a thermonuclear exchange on any scale beyond the tactical; if, at the height of the cold war, we actually used any significant portion of our arsenal and they responded in kind, we would potentially be waiting millions of years for land-based life more complex than moss to re-evolve.
For those interested in supplemental reading/aftermath theory, read Norman Schell's Fate of the Earth.
all female heroes because you can't kill women
batman because plot armor
superman because he's made of sun energy or something
and children because they are invulnerable to everything in all mediums except reality
>Don't turn green, don't turn green... (sigh)
>Kid, I don't suppose you know what kind of alien has a craving for sugar and leaves a green spectral trail? ("Aw, that was the question on Final Jeopardy last night!")
>Zed, we've got a Kryptonian.
that's retarded cause he done it before
he would be literally the best hero.
turn into a martian and use mind control powers when needed, turn into a kryptonian if he needed to use raw strength and speed
>I have a hard time buying a regular Green Lantern being able to withstand one going off right on them
Captain atom would definitely withstand it, even if he didnt absorb it.
Firestorm might be able to pull it off too, considering nuclear stuff are his area.
Alan scott and powered up lanterns can too.
Captain marvel, superman and black adam would still stand.
Swamp Thing since he's probably still alive and can manipulate plant matter and either Metamorpho for utility, or Supes for comfort. Clearly I'm the last human and so they feel obligated to help me for not stopping the war
Please guys. The answer is simple.
They have to have. That is literally the only reason they are reactors.
But they don't have the kind of densities that would lead to a nuclear explosion. A runaway chain reaction in a nuclear reactor basically turns it into radioactive lava that starts burning its way through the floor. There's even a word for the stuff, it's called corium.
>I don't want to set the world on fire
You are mistaken. Weapons grade Uranium-235 is difficult to create because it is difficult to remove enough of the unwanted isotopes. Reactor uranium gets away with having more of those isotopes because reactors are meant to release their energy in a fizzle, not an instantaneous explosion. It is utterly impossible for a nuclear reactor to cause a nuclear explosion. The worst that could happen is that the reactor gets so hot that the fuel rods melt and burn through the reactor floor.
Pym could go subatomic, or just grow larger than reality itself.
Though you are technically correct, when one is talking about the EMP from a nuclear detonation one very typically referring to the pulse produced by ionizing radiation interacting with the ionosphere. Superman wouldn't be affected by that. He would be affected by the radiation directly from the blast.
Though technically correct, you should
There was a time when a nuke was right on the threshold of supe's survivability level.
Didn't take long post-Byrne for the rampant power scaling to get him right back to near-Silver Age levels of goofiness