History RequiredSecondaryPowers / ComicBooks

14th May '16 3:52:09 AM Doug86
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* Creator/ChrisClaremont usually averted this, giving the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} their RequiredSecondaryPowers explicitly and having some of them learn to use them on their own. However, he wrote one of the [[ComicBook/NewMutants junior team]], Sunspot, as super-strong but not invulnerable, which led to a letters-page discussion about why the character didn't break bones while lifting things.

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* Creator/ChrisClaremont usually averted this, giving the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Comicbook/XMen their RequiredSecondaryPowers explicitly and having some of them learn to use them on their own. However, he wrote one of the [[ComicBook/NewMutants junior team]], Sunspot, as super-strong but not invulnerable, which led to a letters-page discussion about why the character didn't break bones while lifting things.
8th Mar '16 9:08:28 PM KeithM
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** Sandman can control his own sand, making it fly and move around, including turning himself into a cloud and controlling his own direction of flight (so he's not using the wind), so Sandman clearly can fly.

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** Sandman can control his own sand, making it fly and move around, including turning himself into a cloud and controlling his own direction of flight (so he's not using the wind), so Sandman clearly can fly.fly.
* The comic reboot of ''TheSixMillionDollarMan'', ''TheBionicMan'' eliminates the RequiredSecondaryPowers that his television predecessor (and other similar characters) had to have to explain why, when lifting a car with their single bionic arm it didn't do bad things to their otherwise entirely human torsos: in the new setting, the bionics go through their entire bodies, allowing them to use SuperStrength without breaking their spines.
28th Feb '16 7:30:05 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/TheEternals are powered by cosmic energy flowing through every cell in their bodies. This makes them able to do things like fire EyeBeams and use SuperStrength, as well as powering their PsychicPowers, but dispersing all the resulting waste heat is quite a problem-- they tend to stick to cold places like mountaintops and the middle of Siberia for just that reason. Gilgamesh even went into a coma once fighting a lava monster-- and before that, he had to go into a motionless trance just to survive in a hot cavern while guys like CaptainAmerica and Black Panther just stood around and sweated. The laws of thermodynamics are a harsh mistress.

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* ComicBook/TheEternals are powered by cosmic energy flowing through every cell in their bodies. This makes them able to do things like fire EyeBeams and use SuperStrength, as well as powering their PsychicPowers, but dispersing all the resulting waste heat is quite a problem-- they tend to stick to cold places like mountaintops and the middle of Siberia for just that reason. Gilgamesh even went into a coma once fighting a lava monster-- and before that, he had to go into a motionless trance just to survive in a hot cavern while guys like CaptainAmerica ComicBook/CaptainAmerica and Black Panther just stood around and sweated. The laws of thermodynamics are a harsh mistress.
23rd Jan '16 12:34:52 PM nombretomado
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** {{Storm}}'s lightning bolts don't come from her body's own internal energy supply, since she'd have to constantly be scarfing down food just to make up for the calories she'd lose every time she used her powers. This means she's either drawing electricity from the air around her, or is simply ''generating it from out of nowhere'', both of which are extremely impressive.

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** {{Storm}}'s ComicBook/{{Storm}}'s lightning bolts don't come from her body's own internal energy supply, since she'd have to constantly be scarfing down food just to make up for the calories she'd lose every time she used her powers. This means she's either drawing electricity from the air around her, or is simply ''generating it from out of nowhere'', both of which are extremely impressive.
17th Jan '16 1:45:16 AM Doug86
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* WonderWoman, WonderGirl, and Donna Troy (and Artemis back when [[ReplacementScrappy she was Wonder Woman]]), share the powers of SuperStrength and flight, but a finicky take on NighInvulnerability. Sometimes but not always ImmuneToBullets, and not all that hard to cut, they are usually depicted as being [[MadeOfIron quite a bit tougher]] than the average human being. Tough enough to withstand direct punches from Superman without having every bone in their body shattered, for example. Any other issues with their powers can be [[HandWave Handwaved]] by their divine origin - [[AWizardDidIt Greek gods or their artifacts did it]].

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* WonderWoman, WonderGirl, Franchise/WonderWoman, ComicBook/WonderGirl, and Donna Troy (and Artemis back when [[ReplacementScrappy she was Wonder Woman]]), share the powers of SuperStrength and flight, but a finicky take on NighInvulnerability. Sometimes but not always ImmuneToBullets, and not all that hard to cut, they are usually depicted as being [[MadeOfIron quite a bit tougher]] than the average human being. Tough enough to withstand direct punches from Superman without having every bone in their body shattered, for example. Any other issues with their powers can be [[HandWave Handwaved]] by their divine origin - [[AWizardDidIt Greek gods or their artifacts did it]].
16th Jan '16 4:26:30 PM nombretomado
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** When [[StanLee Stan the Man]] created her, he might have remembered that Marvel had already done [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/konakkarlostta.htm this]] story in ''Tales To Astonish'' earlier the same year, [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] this problem with invisibility. Maybe if he had we wouldn't have all these {{Flame War}}s today regarding Sue's eyesight.

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** When [[StanLee [[Creator/StanLee Stan the Man]] created her, he might have remembered that Marvel had already done [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix3/konakkarlostta.htm this]] story in ''Tales To Astonish'' earlier the same year, [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] this problem with invisibility. Maybe if he had we wouldn't have all these {{Flame War}}s today regarding Sue's eyesight.
27th Nov '15 6:07:48 PM nombretomado
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** This was explicitly acknowledged several times: for instance, in the SilverAge 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.
* When JohnByrne took over writing and drawing ''West Coast Avengers'', he came up with the theory that the probability-altering powers of the ScarletWitch must actually require the power to rewrite all the history that goes into creating probabilities, thereby turning her into a RealityWarper.
* In one story set in CaptainAmerica's early days, it's revealed that when he decided to take up shield slinging as a method of attack, he had the strength to pull it off, but not the math skills to make it fly true. It took him awhile to do it.

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** This was explicitly acknowledged several times: for instance, in the SilverAge 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.
* When JohnByrne Creator/JohnByrne took over writing and drawing ''West Coast Avengers'', ''ComicBook/WestCoastAvengers'', he came up with the theory that the probability-altering powers of the ScarletWitch ComicBook/ScarletWitch must actually require the power to rewrite all the history that goes into creating probabilities, thereby turning her into a RealityWarper.
* In one story set in CaptainAmerica's ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's early days, it's revealed that when he decided to take up shield slinging as a method of attack, he had the strength to pull it off, but not the math skills to make it fly true. It took him awhile to do it.
27th Nov '15 5:28:30 PM nombretomado
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* TheSavageDragon averts the typical HealingFactor trope of bones automatically resetting themselves as they heal. A foe once beat Dragon until nearly every bone in his body was broken, then stuffed him down an industrial chimney, forcing Dragon's healing factor to repair all those bones (and, presumably, whatever muscle and other tissues damaged along with them) in the wrong positions. Despite this, Dragon managed to climb out of the chimney and even (briefly) get into another fight before being discovered by allies and receiving medical treatment. The worst part? One of Dragon's super-strong friends had to ''re-break'' all the misaligned bones so that doctors could re-set them properly.

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* TheSavageDragon ComicBook/TheSavageDragon averts the typical HealingFactor trope of bones automatically resetting themselves as they heal. A foe once beat Dragon until nearly every bone in his body was broken, then stuffed him down an industrial chimney, forcing Dragon's healing factor to repair all those bones (and, presumably, whatever muscle and other tissues damaged along with them) in the wrong positions. Despite this, Dragon managed to climb out of the chimney and even (briefly) get into another fight before being discovered by allies and receiving medical treatment. The worst part? One of Dragon's super-strong friends had to ''re-break'' all the misaligned bones so that doctors could re-set them properly.
19th Nov '15 1:02:31 PM Terreliv
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*** Assuming the healing factor doesn't just change the blood.
4th Nov '15 5:17:36 PM nombretomado
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* Though this is largely ignored in the comics,ComicBook/ TheFalcon wears protective lenses in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. The reason of course being that given how high and fast he usually flies, his eyes would either become damaged or blinded due to the wind speeds at those altitudes.

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* Though this is largely ignored in the comics,ComicBook/ TheFalcon comics, ComicBook/TheFalcon wears protective lenses in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' and ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. The reason of course being that given how high and fast he usually flies, his eyes would either become damaged or blinded due to the wind speeds at those altitudes.
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