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13th Jun '17 5:05:42 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Captain Atomic was a classic flying brick - superhuman strength, supersonic flight, and lightning-fast reflexes. Naturally, he passed it on to Joey when he got turned into a sock puppet.
11th Jun '17 5:26:13 PM Brainiac0982
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* Kate Spencer, Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}. [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Her supersuit gives her the strength and near-invulnerability, and her staff allows her to fly]]. She is also the granddaughter of Iron Monro (a {{Retcon}} CaptainErsatz of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, though he couldn't fly) which helps with the near invulnerability part.

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* Kate Spencer, Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}. [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Her supersuit gives her the strength and near-invulnerability, and her staff allows her to fly]]. She is also the granddaughter of Iron Monro Munro (a {{Retcon}} CaptainErsatz of the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] Superman, though he couldn't fly) which helps with the near invulnerability part.
4th Jun '17 12:11:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Magellan}} has several of these, including Epoch on the main superhero force, Captain Victoria of the Australian superhero force, and two of the cadets (Charisma and Bill). Justified in that it's mentioned that the eponymous academy tries to recruit as many of these as possible.

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* {{Magellan}} Webcomic/{{Magellan}} has several of these, including Epoch on the main superhero force, Captain Victoria of the Australian superhero force, and two of the cadets (Charisma and Bill). Justified in that it's mentioned that the eponymous academy tries to recruit as many of these as possible.
18th May '17 8:52:32 PM bobwolf
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* [[ComicBook/Captain Marvel|l}}: Twist: Um... see Captain Marvel, sort of. Except this one is super via aliens and super-science rather than gods and magic, being a Kree soldier and all.

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* [[ComicBook/Captain Marvel|l}}: {{Captain Marvel}}: Twist: Um... see Captain Marvel, sort of. Except this one is super via aliens and super-science rather than gods and magic, being a Kree soldier and all.
23rd Apr '17 9:38:01 AM Malady
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* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner, a Flying Brick about a year and a half before Superman could fly. Namor's [[FriendlyEnemies frenemy]] team the ComicBook/FantasticFour has an interesting inversion of this in The Thing. Ben Grimm was an ace pilot and even astronaut before he became a Brick.

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* Namor the ComicBook/SubMariner, a Flying Brick ComicBook/SubMariner: He was one, about a year and a half before Superman could fly. Superman. Namor's [[FriendlyEnemies frenemy]] {{fr|iendlyEnemies}}enemy team the ComicBook/FantasticFour has an interesting inversion of this in The Thing. Ben Grimm was an ace pilot and even astronaut before he became a Brick.



* [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]. Twist: Um... see Captain Marvel, sort of. Except this one is super via aliens and super-science rather than gods and magic, being a Kree soldier and all.

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* [[ComicBook/CaptainMarVell Captain Marvel]]. [[ComicBook/Captain Marvel|l}}: Twist: Um... see Captain Marvel, sort of. Except this one is super via aliens and super-science rather than gods and magic, being a Kree soldier and all.



** His son has the same powers, with the added caveat that he's a [[TeensAreMonsters teenager]]. Nothing, not even briefly being turned into a Brood (which he thought was awesome to the point that he didn't want to be turned back to normal), can shake up his confidence.

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** His son has the same powers, with the added caveat that he's a [[TeensAreMonsters teenager]].{{Teen|sAreMonsters}}ager. Nothing, not even briefly being turned into a Brood (which he thought was awesome to the point that he didn't want to be turned back to normal), can shake up his confidence.



** Later [[spoiler: a whole army of Alternate Invincibles, and Conquest]].

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** Later [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a whole army of Alternate Invincibles, and Conquest]].



** And Swift, who while not as strong or fast or tough as Apollo, can survive a small explosion to the face with nothing worse than a bloody nose, has razor-sharp talons, [[WingedHumanoid wings]], and is the world's greatest huntress.

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** And Swift, who while not as strong or fast or tough as Apollo, can survive a small explosion to the face with nothing worse than a bloody nose, has razor-sharp talons, [[WingedHumanoid wings]], {{wing|edHumanoid}}s, and is the world's greatest huntress.



* Marvelman[=/=]Comicbook/{{Miracleman}} and family. A CaptainErsatz of the DC [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], with the twist that he and his family and his enemies were {{retcon}}ned as [[spoiler: deliberately created this way after his creator was inspired by a discarded [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic]]. He's very much the Flying Brick with speed, flight, strength and invulnerability, but the series indicates that his powers are mentally based, and he could develop new powers. At the time he was revamped into his modern form, for him to be so far along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism was also an innovative twist.

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* Marvelman[=/=]Comicbook/{{Miracleman}} and family. A CaptainErsatz of the DC [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], with the twist that he and his family and his enemies were {{retcon}}ned as [[spoiler: deliberately [[spoiler:deliberately created this way after his creator was inspired by a discarded [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] comic]]. He's very much the Flying Brick with speed, flight, strength and invulnerability, but the series indicates that his powers are mentally based, and he could develop new powers. At the time he was revamped into his modern form, for him to be so far along the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism was also an innovative twist.



* The Plutonian from ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}''. Twist: he's a [[spoiler: full-fledged RealityWarper subconsciously rewriting reality around himself to make it appear he has flying brick powers, he just isn't aware of it for most of his life]].

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* The Plutonian from ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}}''. Twist: he's a [[spoiler: full-fledged [[spoiler:full-fledged RealityWarper subconsciously rewriting reality around himself to make it appear he has flying brick powers, he just isn't aware of it for most of his life]].



* [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn]], as long as they have proper metals to burn, have sort-of flight ability (Pushing and Pulling agains metal sources), are stronger and tougher than regular humans, have heightened senses and can also control others' emotions to an extent.

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* [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn]], ''Literature/{{Mistborn|TheOriginalTrilogy}}'': The titular people, as long as they have proper metals to burn, have sort-of flight ability (Pushing and Pulling agains metal sources), are stronger and tougher than regular humans, have heightened senses and can also control others' emotions to an extent.extent.
* ''Literature/FightingFantasy'': In ''Literature/AppointmentWithFEAR'': It's one of the four superpowers you can choose from, and the one that makes the game easier to beat. [[spoiler: However you are not at a Superman level of invulnerability - you can be shot dead by an ordinary handgun with a single shot or roasted by a vehicle mounted flamethrower or killed by a laser cannon]].



* ''Series/TrueBlood''. [[spoiler: Eric Northman]]

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* ''Series/TrueBlood''. [[spoiler: Eric [[spoiler:Eric Northman]]



* ''Series/MutantX'' has Gabriel Ashlock (AKA Patient Zero), one of the only two New Mutants (the other being the Child) who combines all four categories of mutants in this setting: Elemental (fires energy balls), Feral (catlike speed and enhanced strength), Molecular (regeneration), and Psionic (empath). This turns out to be a case of [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck]], as he eventually [[spoiler:explodes from the sheer energy of these combined powers]].

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* ''Series/MutantX'' has ''Series/MutantX'': Gabriel Ashlock (AKA Patient Zero), one of the only two New Mutants (the other being the Child) who combines all four categories of mutants in this setting: Elemental (fires energy balls), Feral (catlike speed and enhanced strength), Molecular (regeneration), and Psionic (empath). This turns out to be a case of [[spoiler:BlessedWithSuck]], as he eventually [[spoiler:explodes from the sheer energy of these combined powers]].



* Not an uncommon power set in the WhateleyUniverse. For example, Lancer of Team Kimba plays this completely straight, being a 'telekinetic brick' with super-strength, flight, and a forcefield that he's learned to extend a bit to cover weapons he uses, but no ranged powers other than picking things up and throwing them thus far. And Tennyo arguably has this as a ''subset'' of her powers, though it's easy to overlook underneath her flashy energy blasts/sword and reality-rending 'death blow'.

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* Not ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': It's not an uncommon power set in the WhateleyUniverse. For example, set:
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Lancer of Team Kimba plays this completely straight, being a 'telekinetic brick' with super-strength, flight, and a forcefield that he's learned to extend a bit to cover weapons he uses, but no ranged powers other than picking things up and throwing them thus far. And far.
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Tennyo arguably has this as a ''subset'' of her powers, though it's easy to overlook underneath her flashy energy blasts/sword and reality-rending 'death blow'.



** Just as important, because these powersets are fairly common combinations with equally well-known limitations, and given that your typical Flying Bricks have been living in the [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech proverbial]] "World Of Cardboard" since manifesting and thus rarely use their full strength, there are several known ways of taking most of them out - for all its power, it is one of the easiest powersets to overcome through superior training and planning. This is the favorite trick [[OldMaster Ito-soke]] uses in his introductory demo for Basic Martial Arts classes, with him getting the better of one such brick in four or five classes on the first day of school each year. To say that seeing an elderly baseline human doing this leaves a lasting impression (in the students minds, of not necessarily the dojo walls) is an understatement.

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** Just as important, because these powersets are fairly common combinations with equally well-known limitations, and given that your typical Flying Bricks have been living in the [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech proverbial]] "World proverbial "{{World Of Cardboard" Cardboard|Speech}}" since manifesting and thus rarely use their full strength, there are several known ways of taking most of them out - for all its power, it is one of the easiest powersets to overcome through superior training and planning. This is the favorite trick [[OldMaster Ito-soke]] uses in his introductory demo for Basic Martial Arts classes, with him getting the better of one such brick in four or five classes on the first day of school each year. To say that seeing an elderly baseline human doing this leaves a lasting impression (in the students minds, of not necessarily the dojo walls) is an understatement.
17th Apr '17 8:30:42 PM MiinU
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* Most HumongousMecha, especially in {{Super Robot|Genre}} anime, would fall in this trope, in fact:
** ''Anime/{{Raideen}}''
** ''Anime/CombattlerV''
** ''Anime/VoltesV''
** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''
** ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}''
** ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''... except she also turns into a talking pig.

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* %%* Most HumongousMecha, especially in {{Super Robot|Genre}} anime, would fall in this trope, in fact:
** %%** ''Anime/{{Raideen}}''
** %%** ''Anime/CombattlerV''
** %%** ''Anime/VoltesV''
** %%** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}''
** %%** ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}''
** %%** ''Anime/GaoGaiGar''
* %%* ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''... except she also turns into a talking pig.



* A lot of Shinigami in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', although they more walk on air than fly.
* Several ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', Like Wargreymon, Magnamon, and Omnimon qualify.

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* %%* A lot of Shinigami in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', although they more walk on air than fly.
* %%* Several ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', Like Wargreymon, Magnamon, and Omnimon qualify.



* From ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', there is Aiko, who has the full set, except super leap instead of flight. [[spoiler:Considering her parents are Superman and Wonder Woman, this should be no surprise.]]

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* From ''Anime/ProjectAKo'', there is Aiko, who *''[[Anime/ProjectAKo Project A-ko's]]'' titular character has the full basic power set, except super leap instead minus the power of flight. [[spoiler:Considering her parents are Superman flight, but makes up for it with excessive speed and Wonder Woman, this should be no surprise.]]leaping ability.


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*''Manga/UchiNoMusumeNiTeODasuNa'':
**Athena and her daughter, Clara, are parodies of Power Girl and Supergirl respectively and have most (if not all) their basic powers. {{Justified}}, since Athena is later revealed to be the actual Greek goddess of legend [[PhysicalGod in physical form]] (chapter 9); making Clara a demigoddess, since her father was a mortal.
**Chapter 9 also introduces Athena's younger sister, Artemis. She has the same powers as her sister and niece, with the added ability to create blades of pure energy from her golden wristbands.
17th Apr '17 3:34:24 PM Donquill
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** Capes with this power or some variation are referred to in-universe as having "The Alexandria Package", Alexandria being one of the most famous flying bricks in that universe. Alexandria has almost total invincibility except for needing to breathe, and she also has SuperIntelligence and a PhotographicMemory on top of her physical abilities. The real source of Alexandria's powers is [[spoiler: her body's cells are all locked in time at the moment she gained her powers, meaning it's functionally impossible to effect them in any way]].

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** Capes with this power or some variation are referred to in-universe as having "The Alexandria Package", Alexandria being one of the most famous flying bricks in that universe. Alexandria has almost total invincibility except for needing to breathe, and she also has SuperIntelligence and a PhotographicMemory on top of her physical abilities. The real source of Alexandria's powers is [[spoiler: her body's cells are all locked in time at the moment she gained her powers, meaning it's functionally impossible to effect them in any way]].way. [[NighInvulnerable The Siberian]] is the only being that's ever been able to bypass this]].
11th Apr '17 7:08:03 PM Schol-R-LEA
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** Note that there are several ways to get the same basic set of effects, including psychokinesis (as in the case of Lancer), density warping (e.g., Phase), gravity control (e.g., Superchick, G-Force), space/time warping combined with the Exemplar powerset and regeneration (e.g., Tennyo), and several others. This means that it is crucially important to know ''which'' kind of Flying Brick one is to use the powers well, and both information and ''dis''information about others' powers are no less factors than with other powers.
** Just as important, because these powersets are fairly common combinations with equally well-known limitations, and given that your typical Flying Bricks have been living in the [[WorldOfCardboardSpeech proverbial]] "World Of Cardboard" since manifesting and thus rarely use their full strength, there are several known ways of taking most of them out - for all its power, it is one of the easiest powersets to overcome through superior training and planning. This is the favorite trick [[OldMaster Ito-soke]] uses in his introductory demo for Basic Martial Arts classes, with him getting the better of one such brick in four or five classes on the first day of school each year. To say that seeing an elderly baseline human doing this leaves a lasting impression (in the students minds, of not necessarily the dojo walls) is an understatement.
6th Apr '17 8:58:28 PM GrandPoobahOfAllBacon
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** Later versions added a second twist: Captain Marvel's power is diluted among active Marvel Family members; the more members of the Marvel Family that use their powers at once, the weaker each of them become. Presumably, this was added when the producers realized multiple Captain Marvels running around would be too strong. In most stories it doesn't seem to apply to their arch-enemy ComicBook/BlackAdam, who has the same powers but draws them from a different pantheon on gods, so he's always slightly stronger than the Marvels when they're all powered up.

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** Later versions added a second twist: Captain Marvel's power is [[ConservationOfNinjutsu diluted among active Marvel Family members; members]]; the more members of the Marvel Family that use their powers at once, the weaker each of them become. Presumably, this was added when the producers realized multiple Captain Marvels running around would be too strong. In most stories it doesn't seem to apply to their arch-enemy ComicBook/BlackAdam, who has the same powers but draws them from a different pantheon on gods, so he's always slightly stronger than the Marvels when they're all powered up.
12th Mar '17 4:56:06 AM Alia_of
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* [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy Mistborn]], as long as they have proper metals to burn, have sort-of flight ability (Pushing and Pulling agains metal sources), are stronger and tougher than regular humans, have heightened senses and can also control others' emotions to an extent.
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