Created By: FallenLegend on September 11, 2011 Last Edited By: FallenLegend on May 13, 2012
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Real Life Super Powers

Real life power in abundance (Just Launch It Already).

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Powers can take many forms in fiction. Often they are fantastical, such as Magic, Telekinesis, Super Strength or Flight.

Then there are powers considered "mundane." In theory, any human could possess them, but most don't except in small quantities. For this reason people that have them in abundance can be considered "superpowered." These "superpowers" give them more power to influence the world than the average person. The key difference is the source of power. If a character has the ability of Glamour, meaning her power is to be beautiful to any who perceive her, then she has a superpower. If, however she simply uses her beauty to get whatever she wants, she has this trope.

For another example, in Real Life, money gives power to everyone that has it, but in fiction, money can be used to do almost anything the possessor wishes.

Real Life Superpowers include:

Related tropes:

Limit examples to characters who really stand out for one of these traits. If all the characters are really excellent samurai, don't include it.

Examples

Anime and Manga Comics
  • Darker than Black's protagonist is so skilled he was known for being able to kill Contractors even without using his powers and even before he had them.
  • Batman has absolutely ALL of these. In a way, leadership is his weakest attribute. But regardless of this, he still practically runs his own private militia of bat-and-bird themed vigilantes in Gotham.
    • Likewise, Nightwing as well, except he has the leadership part covered. In fact, that's arguably his greatest attribute, although it's hard to tell since he's good at ALL of them.
  • Black Widow's beauty lets her gain the trust of people she wants to manipulate.
  • The Punisher has the kind of skills you'd only expect from people in fiction, namely the ability to kill numerous (evil) people in limited time...and his way of pulling off such feats includes (but is not limited to) skill with blades, knowing how to physically break people, the ability to murder a man with his bare hands, and LOTS of guns, bombs and bullets. And all of this comes from his extensive military training, the kind you could realistically get as a Navy SEAL or Marine. (The MAX series, which is far Darker and Edgier and is steeped in greater realism than the Marvel-616 universe, takes this and runs it Up to Eleven.)

Film

Western Animation
  • In Justice League Unlimited Lex Luthor (intially) doesn't posses any supernatural power like the Justice League does. However, he becomes more dangerous than the superpowered villains when he manages to discredit The League.

  • David Xanatos from Gargoyles is smart and charismatic enough to become the Gargoyles greatest foe through indirect manipulation.

Video Games
  • Master Chief from Halo is stated to be the "luckiest" of all the Spartans many times throughout the franchise. He is also the only known Spartan to survive (as the player-controlled hero).
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • September 11, 2011
    Ctrooper2011
    Now THAT is what I call a super-metaphor, second only to the ones in the Bible that Knight-templars are too stupid to notice so they take them literally.
  • September 11, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Other possible superpowers:
    • Strength: amung a cast of characters that aren't exceptionally fit, a character with realistic but unusual strength - for example, the ability to lift 200 kg (440 lb) under duress is not necessarily outside human norms.
    • Skill: a character who has a particular skill that allows them to solve Eigen Plots or is exceptionally useful in the setting, such as a world - class sniper in a war movie.

    Related tropes:
  • September 11, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^^thx^Nice work thanks for the helo will add!
  • September 11, 2011
    MorganWick
    This might work best as a supertrope for tropes like Worlds Most Beautiful Woman, Fiction Five Hundred, and others I'm probably forgetting.
  • September 12, 2011
    aurora369
    Definitely has Super Trope potential. Some thoughts- 2 The Smart Guy 3 Guile Hero (Political Hero is a redirect for a reason) 4 Screw The Rules I Have Money (not necessarily for evil) 6 Charles Atlas Superpower (Superpower in the political sense of word, as in USA, USSR, China).
  • September 12, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Will mention thanks . Cool I have asupertrope
  • September 12, 2011
    KingZeal
    I also suggest:
    • Luck: A character is well-known for being Born Lucky, an Action Survivor, or the Right Man In The Wrong Place. Almost nothing but good things happen to this character regardless of merit. And even when bad things happen, they are marginally contained and/or eventually lead to greater return.

    For example.

    • Master Chief from Halo is stated to be the "luckiest" of all the Spartans many times throughout the franchise. He is also the only known Spartan to survive and the player-controlled hero.
    • John Mc Clane from Die Hard is the Trope Codifier for film.
  • September 13, 2011
    aurora369
  • September 13, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^lol wut?^^ thx will add
  • September 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Aurora is punnily talking about this definition of superpower.
  • September 13, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Oh right lol
  • September 13, 2011
    KingZeal
    • The funny thing is, Batman has absolutely ALL of these. In a way, leadership is his weakest attribute, but hey...the guy still practically runs his own private militia of bat-and-bird themed vigilantes in Gotham.
      • Likewise, Nightwing as well, except he has the leadership part covered. In fact, that's arguably his greatest attribute, although it's hard to tell since he's good at ALL of them.
  • September 13, 2011
    FallenLegend
    yeah there is a reason he is considered so badass!
  • September 13, 2011
    KingZeal
    Wait, wait, superior arms should be Pot Hole'd to, like, More Dakka or something, because Charles Atlas Superpower isn't this trope--the whole point to C.A.S. is that it actually is a superpower.
  • September 14, 2011
    FallenLegend
    You are right I will fix it!
  • September 14, 2011
    TBTabby
  • September 15, 2011
    CharacterInWhite
    Worth noting that while money may give you power, notoriety may be its version of cryptonite. Obama, for instance, has the USA at his finger tips, but if he breaks an important American law (say, murder), his money and power could be taken away from him.
  • September 15, 2011
    dalek955
    The pothole for Skill would be Weak But Skilled. And check out Large And In Charge for Strength.

    Also, Obama has Political Power, not Money. Notoriety and disapproval can bring down Powerful people, but have little or no influence on Rich people.
  • January 13, 2012
    NoirGrimoir
    Umm, what? Is this like Weaponized Mundane Trait or something?
  • January 13, 2012
    FallenLegend
    I think the description is clear.
  • January 17, 2012
    aurora369
    Rich people's kryptonite is more likely to be crises/market crashes.
  • January 27, 2012
    ZombieAladdin
    I think the Chessmaster can be a subtrope of this: A character with this as his or her central trait will always be an ordinary person, just very intelligent and manipulative that he or she can play actual superpowered characters toh is or her advantage to get by.

    Also, compare with Badass Normal, whose defining characteristic is that these characters are supposed to represent a regular guy (or girl) in a superpowered cast.

    Anime And Manga
    • Spandam in One Piece is weaker than an ordinary footsoldier but has a high position in the World Government forces, thus allowing him to influence his underlings in ways to give our heroes just as much trouble as any other villain, if not more. He is also a fairly competent strategist, though a total jerk.

    Comic Books
    • Originally, Captain America was supposed to have peak human speed and strength, though whether or not intelligence is included depended on the author. He has since gone onto superhuman territory, but this original Cap was not meant to be capable of anything more than a human could realistically do.

    Western Animation
    • General Malaise in Ozzy And Drix has no physical prowess by himself, but instead attacks immune systems en masse with his private army of Red Shirts. The rest of this series's Rogues Gallery is either superpowered or supernatural.

    • Princess Morbucks in The Powerpuff Girls can spend as much money as she needs; her plots are Screw The Rules I Have Money in their purest essence, from buying top engineers to produce weaponry for her to buying the local government altogether.
  • February 4, 2012
    FallenLegend
    For the curious I am banned.But that's actually a good thing In fact I think it's for the best given that I was wasting a lot of my time here and a lot of real life stuff need my attention.

    Howver I would be grateful if somebody launched it given that this was I think one of my greatest YKTTW ideas. Thanks!
  • February 4, 2012
    KingZeal
    I'll adopt it from here on out, then.
  • February 4, 2012
    Bisected8
    ^^ Are you sure you're banned? Your forum posts don't have any "banned" marks on them....
  • February 5, 2012
    Arivne
    ^^^ Fallen Legend: If you want to ask why you were banned or ask to be unbanned you can post in the Edit banned/Suspended - would like to edit again thread.
  • February 5, 2012
    Dcoetzee
    I think this needs a retitling or something, because Real Life Superpowers suggests that they're, well, superpowers, rather than just individuals at the extremes of human abilities/traits, which is what this actually seems to be.
  • February 5, 2012
    FallenLegend
    ^^^and ^^ thanks for the kind words actually I am just edit banned. buT I and eddie agreed it was for the best :)

    Î have to disagree with that power has never being something supernatural. Just being able to influence others is power for instance a muslced young man with karate training is more powerful than a baby...

    super just means "beyond" hence the reason I think the name fits.
  • February 29, 2012
    FallenLegend
    bump
  • March 14, 2012
    ComConX
    Come on! there's reports that so called Fictional Stock Superpowers are real
  • March 14, 2012
    JonnyB
    This is the premise of Stan Lee's Superhumans.
  • April 30, 2012
    FallenLegend
    .Someone please launch it :)
  • April 30, 2012
    JusticeReaper
    Added The Punisher example above. Uh, have I committed a faux pas? I don't know.
  • April 30, 2012
    KingZeal
    Launching tonight if there are no objections. =)
  • May 2, 2012
    FallenLegend
    no objections from me :)
  • May 3, 2012
    Theokal3
    Seems like this is valid^^
  • May 9, 2012
    BrentLaabs
  • May 11, 2012
    FallenLegend
  • May 13, 2012
    WWRU
    Screw it, launched.
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