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15th Apr '17 9:01:11 AM rafi
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* ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes??

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15th Apr '17 6:24:42 AM rafi
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* Brainiac Five of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes has a force field belt that (before ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, at least) was explicitly noted to have the ability to automatically generate breathable air whenever creating a closed shield. Even before he invented the [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace transuits]], it was stated that he didn't need a conventional space suit for this reason.

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Brainiac Five of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes has a force field belt that (before ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths, at least) was explicitly noted to have the ability to automatically generate breathable air whenever creating a closed shield. Even before he invented the [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace transuits]], it was stated that he didn't need a conventional space suit for this reason.reason.
** Night Girl (super strength and durability, but only in the dark) and Shadow Lass (generate and control darkness) who both had the secondary ability to see in the dark.
** Fellow Legion member Ultra Boy was a twist on the standard FlyingBrick powerset- he had Kryptonian level abilities (including equivalents of heat and x-ray vision), but he could only use them one at a time. This meant he would often be seen using Superman-level strength, whilst still being as fragile as a normal human (Rimborian actually, but [[HumanAliens same diff]]), meaning that the slightest movement should have ripped him apart, not to mention that every time he tried to punch something or lift something heavy he should have been completely crushed.
*** This was explicitly acknowledged several times: for instance, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} he was technically fast enough to travel through time under his own power (like Superman could), but he would have been totally atomised by friction if he ever tried to move at that kind of speed.



* Legion of Super-Heroes had Night Girl (super strength and durability, but only in the dark) and Shadow Lass (generate and control darkness) who both had the secondary ability to see in the dark.
* Fellow Legion member Ultra Boy was a twist on the standard FlyingBrick powerset- he had Kryptonian level abilities (including equivalents of heat and x-ray vision), but he could only use them one at a time. This meant he would often be seen using Superman-level strength, whilst still being as fragile as a normal human (Rimborian actually, but [[HumanAliens same diff]]), meaning that the slightest movement should have ripped him apart, not to mention that every time he tried to punch something or lift something heavy he should have been completely crushed.
** This was explicitly acknowledged several times: for instance, in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} he was technically fast enough to travel through time under his own power (like Superman could), but he would have been totally atomised by friction if he ever tried to move at that kind of speed.
4th Mar '17 12:13:54 PM nombretomado
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* Implicitly [[{{Deconstruction}} acknowledged]] with the MarvelComics "Decimation" arc, where several mutants keep their primary powers but lose the secondaries. Mutants with fire abilities are no longer immune to their own flames and incinerate themselves, a dragon-like mutant falls out of the sky because his mass can't stay airborne under normal physics even with the wings, a fishlike mutant drowns because his gills can't extract enough oxygen from the water to support a human body, and so forth.

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* Implicitly [[{{Deconstruction}} acknowledged]] with the MarvelComics Creator/MarvelComics "Decimation" arc, where several mutants keep their primary powers but lose the secondaries. Mutants with fire abilities are no longer immune to their own flames and incinerate themselves, a dragon-like mutant falls out of the sky because his mass can't stay airborne under normal physics even with the wings, a fishlike mutant drowns because his gills can't extract enough oxygen from the water to support a human body, and so forth.
16th Jan '17 9:47:19 AM Mujaki
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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', Sue Storm {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the impossibility of her powers, pointing out that there's no conceivable reason why she should be able to see things while invisible. Luckily, she's a bio-geneticist and thinks the mystery is fascinating.

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* In ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour'', Sue Storm {{lampshade|Hanging}}d the impossibility of her powers, pointing out that there's no conceivable reason why she should be able to see things while invisible. Luckily, she's a bio-geneticist and thinks the mystery is fascinating. And during his time on the book, Creator/WarrenEllis spent pages and pages justifying the Team's powers.
** Reed isn't even strictly ''human'' anymore (to the point where he doesn't even need to eat), as his organs have been replaced with a hyper-efficient bacterial stack that bends and twists with his body.
** Johnny is a living nuclear reactor that achieves perfect fission using his body's fat cells (which gets him into trouble, as he initially doesn't eat enough to support his powers and ends up in a brief coma because of it).
** Ben is literally the UltimateLifeForm, with limitless strength and the ability to survive any environment... but the adaptation to do so means that his body obeys the SquareCubeLaw and is super-dense as well as incredibly large (nine feet tall and in the neighborhood of ''eight tons''), which is why his craggy "Classic Thing" appearence looks the way it does.
15th Jan '17 4:32:07 AM EricS1965
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* In Action comics 535 - 541 Lord Satanus and his sister Blaze are playing magical tug of war with Superman - and accidentally split him into two people, each with only some of Superman's powers. One has flight and super strength. The other has invulnerability. Their magic spell would flood him with enough magical energy to kill him, so they need the invulnerability to process it.They didn't need the other one so they leave him in the present and go back into the past. Now vulnerable, this superman can't fly supersonic, or lift anything as heavy as a car without extreme pain.
12th Jan '17 9:16:05 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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*** Technically, since Spider-Man's origin was retconned from "radioactive spider" to "spider with an experimental retrovirus" his powers aren't anything to do with the spider at all, they're side effects of enhancements that the lab was trying to make to a spider. Spiders don't have a 'spider sense', for instance, which is the required secondary power for all of the things he uses his strength and agility to do.
12th Jan '17 9:00:01 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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**** Alternately, the lack of hayflick limitations could be part of his primary power (the telomeres simply heal like everything else instead of degrading with divisions), which would make the required secondary power some sort of alternate storage mechanism for the information in his DNA, used to repair that DNA when damaged.
8th Jan '17 1:54:43 PM nombretomado
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* In [[UltimateMarvel The Ultimates]], mutant [[SuperSpeed Quicksilver]] had a RequiredSecondaryPowers battle against Hurricane, an enemy speedster who'd got her powers from advanced surgery, and who wore a reinforced suit designed to resist friction. He grabbed her and started accelerating. Her skin burst into flames around Mach 4 or so, and she completely disintegrated moments later. So much for the suit. Quicksilver, whose mutant power includes all required secondary abilities needed to move at an acceptable fraction of the speed of light, reminded her smoking body that he'd been easily hitting Mach 10 since he was a teenager. The moral of the story: if you fight someone with the same primary power set as you, make sure your RequiredSecondaryPowers are up to their standard.

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* In [[UltimateMarvel The Ultimates]], ComicBook/TheUltimates, mutant [[SuperSpeed Quicksilver]] had a RequiredSecondaryPowers battle against Hurricane, an enemy speedster who'd got her powers from advanced surgery, and who wore a reinforced suit designed to resist friction. He grabbed her and started accelerating. Her skin burst into flames around Mach 4 or so, and she completely disintegrated moments later. So much for the suit. Quicksilver, whose mutant power includes all required secondary abilities needed to move at an acceptable fraction of the speed of light, reminded her smoking body that he'd been easily hitting Mach 10 since he was a teenager. The moral of the story: if you fight someone with the same primary power set as you, make sure your RequiredSecondaryPowers are up to their standard.



* UltimateMarvel's version of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] has his body transformed into an undifferentiated "bacterial stack" with no internal organs or tissues, so he has no need to worry about, for example, his stretched arms going numb because his heart had to try to pump blood the length of a football field. How he [[NoConservationOfEnergy gets energy without eating]] is [[HandWave glossed over]].

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* UltimateMarvel's ComicBook/UltimateMarvel's version of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] has his body transformed into an undifferentiated "bacterial stack" with no internal organs or tissues, so he has no need to worry about, for example, his stretched arms going numb because his heart had to try to pump blood the length of a football field. How he [[NoConservationOfEnergy gets energy without eating]] is [[HandWave glossed over]].
7th Dec '16 7:25:55 AM LondonKdS
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* Gruesomely demonstrated in the superhero-genre DeconstructorFleet title ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'', in which one of the British supersoldiers-under-construction tries to show off his superstrength to impress a girl before his superdurability has caught up with it - when he exerts himself to his full strength his muscles rip completely away from his skeleton and he dies horribly.
23rd Oct '16 7:39:34 PM Seelcudoom
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***Considering not all super powers are innate in the Marvel universe, its possible the reason Taskmaster can do more then should be humanly possible is that at some point he copied a Mystic Martial Artist and is useing some sort of chi or other mystical force that normally requires years of training to achieve
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