Real Life Super Powers
Real life power in abundance (Just Launch It Already).
Ready for launch?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:
- Beauty: Their good looks alone change the way others react to them.
- Intelligence: Intelligence tends to be used as a justification for just about anything in fiction.
- Skill: Essentially, a Badass.
- Political Influence/Leadership/Charisma: A person who can inspire, trick, or motivate almost anyone to do anything.
- Fame: Not the same as charisma; this is when a person's reputation carries weight alone.
- Money: Especially in cases of Fiction 500 or Crime Fighting With Cash.
- Physical Prowess: Usually used to threaten rather than attack.
- Superior Arms (See Above
- Luck: Sometimes known as the Right Man in the Wrong Place. less frequent as it's often a case of supernatural forces)
- Demythtification thrives on this
- Often overlaps with Bad Ass Normal.
- Compare with Charles Atlas Superpower
ExamplesAnime 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 11.)
- 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.
- 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).
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