Created By: Schol-R-LEA on January 11, 2014


Some super powers have inobvious uses

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It isn't how much force you use, it's how it is applied. — unknown

Not all uses of a superpower are immediately clear to the empowered. One of the best ways to make a superhero (or villain) more effective is to have them get creative in how they use the powers they already have.

Contrast Mundane Utility.

  • For years, [[Fantastic Four Invisible Woman]'s powerset consisted of turning invisible and making walls of force. Over time (and with the writing of John Byrne), she learned to apply her force fields not only defensively, but offensively as well, as well as using them as a way of mimicking flight.
  • Whateley Universe: Jade is the past master of this, mainly because she keeps her real powerset a secret.
    • Phase is remarkably good at this as well. Not only did he figure out at least four ways to kill using Generator's powers in the first five minutes of knowing her, he has found a number of ways to use his powers more effectively; for example, stopping a raging Brick by dropping a handful of hot pepper in his mouth...
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  • January 11, 2014
    The "Power" Skill in Champions is meant to simulate this, by letting the player come up with one-shot powers based on the existing power set on the fly.
  • January 11, 2014
    • Used quite a bit in The Reckoners Trilogy, since many Epics or Epic-based devices have secondary uses. For instance, tensors disintegrate unliving matter and are normally used to destroy weapons (or dig), but at one point Prof creates a sword using a very precise tensor blast directed into steel wall.
  • January 11, 2014
    • Also from the FF: the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, and Mr. Fantastic have all tried to use their powers on The Hulk at various times to deprive him of oxygen and therefore knock him out, with varying results. You have to catch the Hulk by surprise, since he can hold his breath for hours.
    • Averted but discussed in one issue of The Incredible Hulk where his old friend Jim Wilson is dying of AIDS and wants the Hulk to give him a blood transfusion like he did with his cousin. He refused.
  • January 11, 2014
  • January 11, 2014
    ^ Yep, this is indeed Swiss Army Superpower. Motion To Discard.