Playing With / Rubber Man

Basic Trope: A person, usually a superhero, can literally stretch their bodies as if they were putty.
  • Straight: Our hero, Bouncin' Bob, turns into all sorts of shapes and noodles to stop the Big Bad, making wisecracks all the while.
  • Exaggerated: Bob has no default form whatsoever, he's just a sapient, formless blob of elastic, malleable flesh with eyes and a mouth who can transform into absolutely any shape he can imagine as long as it conserves his original mass.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Bob is in reality a colony of nanites with a collective intelligence.
  • Inverted: Bob has the ability to make his entire body diamond-hard at will.
  • Subverted: Our hero has the power to create his own short-distance portals, and uses them to send attacks across the room, leaving an energy trail suggesting elastic limbs.
  • Double Subverted: After years of Bob only using his power to simulate elastic powers, a Retcon has Bob experiencing a Freak Portal Accident that leaves him unable to use his old power but with genuinely elastic limbs.
  • Parodied: "Superheroes" with as much physical elasticity as Jim Carrey are treated like they have actual stretching abilities.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: No-one is strechy.
  • Enforced: "I like Plastic man, why not make this guy have his powers? ...What, no one likes 'Plas?"
  • Lampshaded: "Why do you think they call me Rubberman? It isn't because I erase crime from the streets, that's for sure!"
  • Invoked: "Hey, if I get to choose my own power, can I be stretchy? Like, all over?"
  • Exploited:
    • Bob uses his rubber powers not just to fight crime, but to perform actions that would be impossible for a non-rubber humanoid, some less respectable than others.
    • Emperor Evulz grabs Bob by the head and ties him in a Human Knot so he can't fight back.
  • Defied: "Elastic powers? Me? Dude, no. Fire is a lot more awesome!"
  • Discussed: "So wait, you want a stretchy body to fight crime and have fun on the side, rather than do something rational with a different superpower?"
  • Conversed: "Did you see that guy there? He was moving so fluidly and he was elongating! Almost like he was a... a rubber man!" "Those creative writing classes aren't working for you, are they?"
  • Deconstructed: Every time our hero uses his powers, it causes him agonizing pain from the stretching organs, bones, and muscles, and also leaves him nearly useless because he can't apply proper leverage after stretching his muscles beyond a certain point. This leaves him a bitter, reluctant hero.
  • Reconstruction: Bob stretching his body does cause immense pain, but he trains to withstand it, eventually mastering his power.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is driven to super villainy due to the constant jokes about the many...obscene uses of his power.
  • Played For Drama: Bob is a glass cannon: If he stretches himself too thin, he'll tear himself apart or worse leave himself vulnerable to others tearing HIM apart, so much tension is gained from him applying his powers VERY carefully.

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