Created By: SirPellucidar on March 24, 2017 Last Edited By: DeemDeem52 on March 15, 2018

Muggle Sports, Super Athletes

Characters use superpowers to play sports.

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In this trope, characters with superhuman powers and abilities show them off by playing Real Life sports and achieving things that would be impossible in reality, like hitting a baseball into space or running a marathon in under a second.

This trope is often used in Video Games as a way to introduce novelty into them, often in the form of charged, superpowered shots (a la Mario Strikers or Head Sports).

This is often a Defied Trope, as many settings with powers bar said powers from sporting events.

Sub-Trope of Mundane Utility, and closely related to Improbable Sports Skills.


Examples

  • Aberrant: A background note is that the Olympics got reorganized to have a "nova" division... but when that wasn't enough to attract people, then the XWF (eXtreme Wrestling Federation—all of the Kayfabe of the WWF and a lot of extra collateral damage and bloodshed (courtesy of the Novas being able to survive that kind of stuff)) was born.
  • Dragon Ball Z: Yamcha starts using his Supernatural Martial Arts in becoming a major league baseball player.
  • Flubber: Brainard uses his "flying rubber" to give his school's basketball team a much-needed boost (in order to prevent his rival from winning a bet), letting them bounce across the court. As he puts it, it's not cheating, it's equalizing:
  • Head Sports: This is a main feature of the game. Players have "Power Shots", which are superpowered shots that are much harder to block than regular Kicks.
  • Inazuma Eleven: The whole point of the franchise is that soccer can create Enlightenment Superpowers in teenagers, which they use to play the occasional Absurdly High-Stakes Game.
  • The Incredibles: Dash wants to participate in sports, but his parents won't let him because he might publicly reveal his super speed. He eventually gets to go into track racing by the end of the movie, but must get 2nd place on purpose to hide his powers.
  • Mario Strikers Charged: Team Captains have what is called a Megastrike, a new move that fires off 3-6 balls at the opponent's goalie which, depending on how many balls are saved, can score anything between zero and six goals.
  • Smallville: Clark Kent wants to join football, but his parents fear his powers might cause problems. He does eventually join.
  • Spiderman: Peter Parker originally used his superpowers to moonlight as a wrestler for extra money.
  • Whateley Universe: Defied. Metahumans are banned from taking part in most physical competitions. But, by 2016, metahumans have invented their own sports.
  • X-Men: Evolution: One episode has the young mutants play a normal game of baseball. Then one person uses their powers, followed by everyone else following suit, and the game descends into anarchy.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • March 24, 2017
    Chabal2
    • Legend Of Korra: The presence of earthbenders, water benders and firebenders in the same city leads to the invention of probending, a complicated game involving all three types of bending to knock the opponent back on the court.
    • X Men Evolution: One episode has the young mutants play a normal game of baseball. Then one person uses their powers, followed by everyone else following suit, and the game descends into anarchy.
  • March 24, 2017
    Arial
    The Incredibles; Dash wants to participate in sports, but his parents won't let him because he might publicly reveal his super speed. He eventually gets to go into track racing by the end of the movie, but must get 2nd place on purpose to hide his powers.

    Smallville; Clark Kent wants to join football, but his parents fear his powers might cause problems. He does eventualy join.
  • March 24, 2017
    zarpaulus
    In one X-Men comic Wolverine and Rogue were playing basketball against Gambit and Jubilee. Gambit started playing suspiciously well and Rogue suspected he was using his secondary powers of enhanced reflexes and started flying, Jubilee blinded her while Gambit took a shot but Wolverine cut the hoop's post and made it lean. At that point all agreements to not use powers were declared null and void and Gambit energized the ball.
  • March 24, 2017
    Malady
    Web Original:

    Whateley Universe: Defied. Metahumans are banned from taking part in most physical competitions. But, by 2016, metahumans have invented their own sports.
  • March 24, 2017
    Getta
  • March 24, 2017
    marcoasalazarm
    White Wolf's Aberrant: an important background note is that the Olympics got reorganized to have a "nova" division... but when that wasn't enough to attract people, then the XWF (eXtreme Wrestling Federation—all of the Kayfabe of the WWF and a lot of extra collateral damage and bloodshed (courtesy of the Novas being able to survive that kind of stuff)) was born.
  • March 26, 2017
    Arivne
    • Capitalized the title.
    • Corrected punctuation (periods at the ends of sentences).
    • Blue Linked Wiki Words.
    • Created Examples section.
  • March 25, 2017
    partner555
    • In My Hero Academia, there was a whole arc devoted to this. Aspiring heroes compete at a school event to show off their powers. The first part was a race where students had to deal with obstacles and each other. The second part was a war-horse event where they split into teams and try to steal headbands worth different points. The final part was a standard one-versus-one elimination bout as students directly fought. And for all three events, students were given free reign to use their powers.
  • March 12, 2018
    DeemDeem52
    In Head Sports, this is a main feature of the game. Players have "Power Shots", which are superpowered shots that are much harder to block than regular Kicks.
  • March 12, 2018
    bitemytail
    • In Spiderman, Peter Parker originally used his superpowers to moonlight as a wrestler for extra money.
  • March 12, 2018
    Malady
    So, is this sports for superhumans, or any instance of superhumans in sports?

    'Cause if it's the former, then WesternAnimation.The Incredibles doesn't count?
  • March 12, 2018
    marcoasalazarm
    Anime/Manga and Videogame example: The whole point of the Inazuma Eleven franchise is that soccer can create Enlightenment Superpowers in teenagers, which they use to play the occasional Absurdly High Stakes Game. The franchise eventually introduces a bunch of villains from the future that have come back Terminator-style to Make Wrong What Once Went Right (although they believe it's actually Make Right What Once Went Wrong) because the empowered teens and their descendants made an awful lot of ruckus with said powers as time went by.
  • March 12, 2018
    DeemDeem52
    This is about superpowers being used in sports.
  • March 12, 2018
    Malady
    Rename into Sporty Superhumans, then? 'Cause the current name would better fit Sports for Superhumans.
  • March 12, 2018
    Synchronicity
    I feel like the description needs a bit more buffing to distinguish it as a viable subtrope and not just Mundane Utility but for sports. Why sports in particular — does it look cool, is the physicality of the sport reminiscent of fight scenes, etc.., is it used in Breather Episodes?

  • March 12, 2018
    Malady
    Laconic needs "or other mundane physical activities." removed, as that's getting into Mundane Utility full stop?
  • March 13, 2018
    Koveras
    Sporty Superhumans is also confusing, because it seems to suggest simply physically fit superpowered characters. If this proposal is limited to superpowered characters playing muggle sports, I would suggest Muggle Sports Super Athletes to highlight the contrast. If this is about sports that require superpowers to participate in, it could be called just Super Sports.
  • March 13, 2018
    Chabal2
    • Flubber: Brainard uses his "flying rubber" to give his school's basketball team a much-needed boost (in order to prevent his rival from winning a bet), letting them bounce across the court. As he puts it, it's not cheating, it's equalizing:
      You've seen the team, they should have their own Telethon.
    It's actually the first application he can think of, despite having also used it to make a Flying Car.
  • March 14, 2018
    MiinU
    Closely related to Improbable Sports Skills.

    In fact, you may wanna grab some examples from that page.
  • March 14, 2018
    DeemDeem52
    Should this be launched?
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