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"You'll move quick like a river, the merchant said, and no word was a lie. With this ring on your finger, you could catch a gnat without looking."
— Description for the Diamond Hydro Ring, Wynncraft

One of the Stock Superpowers; a person with Super Reflexes can react to situations faster than normal. This is typically used to allow him to dodge or cancel threats that would otherwise blindside a regular character.

Unlike Spider-Sense, there is normally no psychic component to this ability — rather, the character with Super Reflexes acquired the skill through training, Applied Phlebotinum, technological enhancement, or just dumb luck. An implied limitation is that a character with Super Reflexes must first notice the danger before he can (quickly) react to it, so some element of Super Senses is implied. Whether or not this is enforced depends on the quality of the work.

Super Reflexes is often a Required Secondary Power for Super Speed, but the two are not equivalent; just because a character can dodge a flurry of lightning-fast fists doesn't mean he can run halfway across a field in the blink of an eye. Expect this power to be revoked the moment it becomes inconvenient for the plot; witness The Flash being able to clean an entire house in a tenth of a second one page and slam into a villain's outstretched arm on the next.

In non-superhero settings, Super Reflexes may be called other names like "Combat Reflexes" or "Heightened Response".

Bullet Time is a visual effect often used to depict this trope.

Compare and contrast with Super Speed and Spider-Sense. May overlap with Dodge the Bullet.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Attack on Titan, in the time it took for the Female Titan to turn around and swipe at him, Levi had already dodged the attack and spun fast enough to become a human buzzsaw to slice up the exposed arm. It does not pay to piss off the World's Strongest Man.
  • In Berserk:
    • The story tends to focus on Guts' incredible strength and impressive speed for someone his size, but a few fights have made it clear that he has nearly superhuman reflexes. In one of his fights with Silat, Silat throws a pair of chakrams, a weapon Guts has never seen before, which converge on his head from opposite sides. Guts effortlessly catches them, and Silat demands to know how Guts could possibly have predicted their flight paths. Guts replies that he didn't: his reflexes are simply so quick that he could catch them even at the speeds they were moving. He likens it to swatting a fly. "Might've been in trouble if there were three or four more of 'em, though." His battle against Zondark where he blocked every one of the Apostle-spawn's inhumanly fast blows using his BFS was the clincher for Puck that he was a Master Swordsman, and not just some brute who swung his sword wildly.
    • The Unskilled, but Strong Apostle Wyald actually manages to match Master Swordsman Guts blow for blow using no technique at all, simply because his reflexes are even more freakish.
  • Taken to insane heights in Bleach, with one of Mayuri's inventions including a Super Serum that was made for this purpose but is far, far, far too strong: he mentions that if you dilute the sample he had (stored inside of Nemu, who is assumably immune) to one part per 250,000, one drop would be enough to be significantly increase your fighting ability. If you take the whole thing (which Szayel does by accident) it will make every second seem like a century, roughly 3 billion times normal speed, and thus make co-ordination of movement utterly impossible.
    • Kenpachi displayed impressive reflexes during his battle with Tousen. Deprived of every sense except touch, he was still able to dodge Tousen's attacks. He was able to do this by feeling the sword begin to cut his body and immediately dodging the blow, before following with an increasingly accurate counterattack. It's entirely possible he could have won the fight that way, but he found it too boring and decided to speed things up.
  • Code Geass:
    • Kallen, being a combat mech pilot, has incredible reflexes, which tend to act up even when she is playing an ill girl in school, e.g. in one episode, when Rivalz accidentally sends a champagne bottle cork right into her face, she notices it even before he does and deflects it with her hand.
    • Suzaku Kururugi is shown to be able to dodge bullets from machine guns.
  • This is one of the effects of the Psycho Serum, Bloody Eye in Cowboy Bebop, with both the minor villain, Asimov Solensan and the Big Bad, Vicious being notable users.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • This often goes hand-and-hand with Super Speed. Master Roshi once caught machine gun bullets with his bare-hands and Goku himself caught a bullet out of the air on reflex, without even realizing it. Having good reflexes also allows them to keep up with opponents who may have more raw speed. Although, like the Naruto example, if the speed difference of an opponent is high enough, none of the characters can move fast enough to avoid danger.
      • This trope is especially evident in the Non-Serial Movie villains who can react to the Z-Fighters's attacks with ease no matter how fast they're going, case in point Cooler. Or Broly.
    • Dragon Ball Super introduces a state that goes above and beyond the quick reflexes shown by the fighters, known as "Autonomous Ultra Instinct". Someone in this state has their entire body reacting purely on instinct, with no conscious thought on their part. The result is movements so quick and precise that observers have a hard time telling that the user has even moved at all, and incoming attacks are dodged or blocked automatically even when the user themselves didn't see them coming. Even among the gods of the Dragon Ball multiverse, this is something extremely difficult to do, and even Beerus, the many millions of years old God of Destruction, hasn't managed to attain it. In the Tournament of Power, Goku sporadically unlocks the state, but has difficulty controlling it due to the unconscious nature of his new movements, not to mention the stamina drain it apparently involves. He eventually manages to surpass his own limits and master it.
  • In the football setting of Eyeshield 21, Agon Kongo of the Shinryuji Nagas has this trope as his most defining attribute of his vastly powerful skillset. However, he does need to be aware of threats to react to them, a flaw which cause him to lose a particular exchange with the desperate Sena who pushed down upon his helmet from the back of his head.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Sloth is a notable subversion of the Super Speed / Super Reflexes combination — super-fast, super-strong, and as nimble as an 18-wheeler.
    • Played straight with Wrath/King Bradley, whose Magical Eye grants him the ability to accurately predict the movements of anything he can see, though even when he's not using it, it's still nearly impossible to hit him.
  • Common among sensha-do practitioners in Girls und Panzer, particularly with the tank commanders who regularly go Crew Exposed and have to actively dodge incoming tank shells. This comes handy for Miho in Das Finale when she dodges all of Murakami's attacks and then defeats her with some literal Politeness Judo. Marie from BC Freedom Academy, from the same OVA, gets between Andou and Oshida's charging tanks and then sticks her hat and fan on their gunbarrels while dodging both.
  • A common power for various enhanced humans in Humongous Mecha shows, seeing as how something as complex as a giant humanoid fighting machine would probably be nearly impossible to control without them in Real Life. Notable examples include Newtypes, Co-ordinators and Headdliners.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Nagato can react fast enough to block lasers. It's implied she had to teleport a short distance to do so, and couldn't react fast enough to deflect all the damage to herself.
  • In The Hating Girl, Asumi's archery training has given her amazingly fast reflexes. At one point, as an errant baseball is heading toward her and Ryouji, she jumps up and kicks the ball away from them. Later in the same chapter, she pushes Ryouji's arm hard enough for him to punch out a bully... while said bully was in the middle of throwing a punch at Ryouji.
  • Lupin III: Crisis in Tokyo: His quick reading of the screen allows Goemon to open the vault when Jigen can't operate the Password Slot Machine safecracking mechanism. And later nets him a small fortune at the slot machines.
  • Vivio in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid gains this when she's using Sacred Heart, letting her react, dodge, and deflect attacks that move too fast for her to see.
  • One of the "Plus" Abnormals in Medaka Box has Super Reflexes as his Abnormality, which he calls "Automatic". He discovered that his reflexes were an Abnormality in a truly disturbing way. When he was a child he and his entire family were caught in a car wreck so horrific that his entire family was crushed to death. He, on the other hand, was (physically) completely unharmed thanks to his Super Reflexes. Being covered by bits and pieces of his dead family for hours while waiting for rescue did a number on his psyche though. The guy tries to use this to fight Medaka herself. At first, it looks like it’s working, but Medaka soon proves that she’s just as good as he is at fighting.
  • In Mission: Yozakura Family, this is one of the Charles Atlas Superpowers the Yozakuras are trained to have. Kyoichiro forces Taiyo to dodge pieces of chalk thrown at the speed of sound in the middle of class.
  • One of the benefits of being a ninja in Naruto is a general boost in one's physical abilities, and they can be specifically conditioned to be even better. One of the powers the Sharingan grants is super reflexes due to move prediction. It can read any movement the enemy makes, even those at high speeds and the user can avoid an attack-although this isn't an exact science. Rock Lee rightfully said that even if you can see an attack, if you can't move fast enough to counter, it won't matter. As Sasuke learned the hard way.
    • The 4th Raikage can use lightning to boost his reflexes so much that even the Sharingan has difficulty keeping up with him, while the 4th Hokage apparently had comparable reaction time naturally.
      • This was also Minato's most famous ability along with his teleportation techniques. To put it in prospective even the fastest ninja in the world (The 4th Raikage) considers himself slower than Minato, even whiled juiced on lightning empowered reflexes and synapses. Ay even compares Naruto to his father in Bijuu Mode.
    • Tsunade and Sakura's style also revolves around having super reflexes and move prediction to make up for their lack of speed.
  • Everyone who matters in One Piece. The Straw Hats (specifically The Monster Trio) have been dodging bullets since like the third major arc. It just keeps getting more and more ridiculous, evidenced by Admiral Kizaru, a Logia user capable of harnessing light itself, who once dodged island busting bomb at point blank range in One Piece Film: Z. In the Time Skip Kenbunshoku Haki is properly introduced which epitomises this trope.
    • Out of the Straw Hats, Luffy and Sanji are particularity fond of this trope, Luffy started off catching knives with his teeth and then post time-skip is avoiding hundreds of projectiles with ease utilizing Haki which centers around this trope. Sanji had a good showing of this early dodging gunshots literally at point blank range. So it's not too much of a surprise that he can dodge Katakuri's jellybean projectile after two years of training; unsurprisingly Sanji specializes in Kenbunshoku Haki.
    • Hey now, while he’s usually not as quick as Luffy and Sanji are, Zoro still has reflexes in spades, even when he’s drowsy. Zoro has also dodged Kuma’s high speed air pressure bubbles and post timeskip he deflected Hordy’s water bullets with the hilt of his sword.
    • The CP9’s Rokushiki techniques have "Kami-e” which grants extraordinarily reflexes to point where Luffy’s Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs were rendered useless... twice though when Luffy boosted his speed with Second Gear, this technique was no longer a problem.
    • Experienced Logia users may initially appear unstoppable, often pulling No-Sells left and right by dispersing into their respective elements or substances when attacked, allowing most physical assaults to pass through their fluid bodies, and reforming entirely unscathed afterwards. However, what appears to be near-invincible Intangibility is actually a result of very refined reflexes; emphasis on "experienced", because in order to actually pull it off, they must react quickly enough to toggle their elemental forms before the attack connects, as they can still receive injuries when not transformed.
    • Lao G of the Donquixote Pirates is a martial artist, and has immense physical reflexes despite his old age. Once, he was attacked by an dwarf who is as small as a human hand and moves too fast to be seen by human eyes; when the dwarf was a couple of inches away from Lao's face, Lao was fast enough to notice something coming at him, put on his glasses (he has poor eyesight), closely examine what was attacking him, and then punch it away.
    • Carrot has some damn impressive reflexes, as she dodged the aforementioned Zoro’s sword strike with absolute ease in her first appearance. In her Sulong form Carrot also invokes Deadly Dodging against Daifuku’s genie, evading his strikes effortlessly and making him destroy his own fleet in the process.
    • Charlotte Katakuri, a Kenbunshoku Haki master, has this down packed as Luffy painfully discovered. Katakuri smartly combines his Devil Fruit with his Haki meaning Luffy has to boost his own reflexes as not to get absolutely wrecked when fighting Katakuri.
    • Also like the Naruto example, One Piece subverts this by noting that sensing attacks doesn’t guarantee you’ll be fast enough to dodge them, which is how Luffy defeated The Boa Sisters.
  • Saitama from One-Punch Man can effortlessly dodge any attack before it even happens, even from villains who have super-speed as their main power.
  • Record of Ragnarok: Adam is an exaggerated example who can dodge Zeus's extremely fast punches which go off 0.01 seconds at first and going further from there. His reflexes are so incredible that he can even react to and dodge Zeus's The Fist that Surpassed Time, a punch that is said to break the time barrier (i.e., 10^(-∞) seconds).
  • Skilled players in Sword Art Online eventually earn them through training, which makes sense as they're in virtual reality and grinding for exp. and staying alive makes it practically a prerequisite.
    • Kirito is the most well-known example. In fact, the SAO system considered Kirito to have the fastest natural reflexes of every player there; prompting Kirito earning the "Dual Swords" skill and making him the only SAO player capable of Dual Wielding. Even after the finally getting out of that game, his reflexes serve him well in Alfheim Online and Gun Gale Online. Using his incredible reflexes, Kirito can dual wield without an in-game skill in ALO and deflect bullets in GGO.
    • Yuuki Konno has even better reflexes due to spending even more time in VR than the SAO survivors. Kirito himself outright admits that she would have received the "Dual Swords" skill if she had ended up in SAO, and in the Alternate Continuity, she can.
  • Spell Crests in Taboo-Tattoo can grant super reflexes, among other abilities.
  • Vash The Stampede from Trigun can avoid gunfire and only loses a few strands of hair, to cover up his skill he immediately pretends to freak out or just says the person who shot at him has terrible aim. Vash being able to do this, isn’t too much of a surprise as he is Plant Person (not human) so his abilities are greater.
    • Ditto for Vash’s Evil Twin Knives, who can not only dodge pretty all projectiles but can also absorb them and fire them back.

    Comic Books 
  • As mentioned in the description, most superheroes with Super Speed will also have Super Reflexes as a Required Secondary Power. Character with Super Speed but without Super Reflexes are rare, and tend to acquire it as part of their training.
  • DC Comics:
    • Batman:
    • The Flash almost goes without saying — dodging bullets (or anything, for that matter) is second nature to Jay, Barry, Wally and Bart. Even avoiding nuclear explosions or Superman's heat vision doesn't put the Flash out of breath. It takes either other speedsters to rival him or some kind anti super speed weapon from the Big Bad.
    • Superman:
      • The Man of Steel can do this, he just tends to prefer taking attacks because it's safer for the attack to hit him rather than someone else most of the time. It's sometimes shown that even when he lets the bullets bounce off his chest to intimidate the crooks, he's quickly catching the ricochets to prevent casualties and collateral damage. However, this can come back to bite him whenever Kryptonite is used as it not only can it potentially kill him but it can make him sick enough to slow his reaction time. It also works against him whenever he comes up against a foe strong enough to actually hurt him, espcially one he's never faced before, as his instinct to attempt to No-Sell blows instead of dodging them can cause him to get hurt early in the fight and degrade his combat performance.
      • Supergirl has also inhumanly fast reflexes which she usually exploits to shove someone out of harm's way or shield them as when she grabbed a speeding bullet in Supergirl (Rebirth). She has been known to leap in the Darkseid's omega beams' way after he fired them at her cousin.
      • Invoked by the titular heroine in Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, when she decides she needs to work on improving her reaction time after colliding with the ground.
        Supergirl: Must work... on powers of... stopping!
      • Subverted in Action Comics issue #367-368. As seen on this cover, he was flying so fast than he couldn't stop in time.
    • Wonder Woman is renowned for using her Super Reflexes to deflect bullets with her bracers. Even by the standards of superspeed characters they're impressive.
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Black Panther dodging things such as: bullets, lasers and Captain America's shield is just Wednesday for him. T'challa has even matched the likes of Spider-Man and Daredevil when it comes to this trope.
    • Captain America doesn't dodge bullets, he blocks them with his mighty shield. Yet somehow, even when surrounded on all sides by gun-wielding Mooks, the shield always seems to be in the right place. This even applies when he is mind-controlled chemically; an early story set in World War II has him under the influence of such a chemical by the Red Skull, but when he is taken before Adolf Hitler and the Fuehrer takes a swing at him, Cap reflexively blocks it with his shield, a body function that the Red Skull can't suppress.
    • Possibly due to his exposure to the radioactive waste that caused his blindness, Daredevil's reflexes are enhanced to the degree that he is quick enough to catch a sai thrown by Bullseye and can easily dodge and deflect gunfire, even at point-blank range.
    • Deadpool: Deadpool has incredible reflexes, having dodged blows from Daredevil, Captain America, Spider-Man and even matched Taskmaster, thanks to Confusion Fu. Most famously, while driving a monster truck, Deadpool was able to avoid a RPG that Bullseye fired at him by spinning the truck around, winding the windows down and leaning back. Even a asshole like Bulleyse could admit that was fucking awesome.
    • Elektra can react fast enough to block machine gun fire with her sai.
    • One issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (Marvel) features the Star Viper, a Cobra pilot who can connect himself to a computer and gain augmented speed and reflexes.
    • The Incredible Hulk: Apparently, unmeasurable Super Strength isn't enough for the Hulk, since he has incredible speed and reflexes too. In modern comics, he's caught RPG rounds in mid air, and even in the early comics, Hulk could someone as fast as Quicksilver.
    • While Iron Man usually just lets bullets bounce off his armored body, when things get serious or magic is involved, Tony buffs up the senses in his suits to react quickly to superhuman blows.
    • The Mighty Thor: Thor can react fast enough to block bullets and energy attacks, even those fired from a few feet away. He has snatched arrows, artillery shells, and missiles right out of the sky and dodged attacks from speedsters like Mongoose and Quicksilver. Officially, all the gods have this to some degree.
      • In Journey into Mystery #100, Thor deflected two bullets fired simultaneously with one swing of Mjolnir.
    • Nth Man: The Ultimate Ninja : John Doe, thanks to a lifetime of Ninja training. In the first issue of his comic, he dodges a bullet fired at him from point-blank range; later, he dodges a sniper's bullets while running uphill towards the gunman.
    • Spider-Man's Super Reflexes are linked to his Spider-Sense, allowing him to instinctively take action upon sensing danger, even while barely conscious. This is why he can make quips and jokes while dodging bullets, as his Spider-Sense is doing all the work for him. His reflexes/Spider-Sense combo isn't infallible, however; if he is too focused on something else, he can miss the cues he needs to use his reflexes in time. Unfortunately, since he tends to not take his fights very seriously, this happens to him a lot. His senses also have trouble with relatively non-lethal threats such as a shot to the leg, or people who he does not consider a threat at all like his Aunt May. Though even with that said few Earth-based Marvel heroes can avoid attacks as effortlessly as Spidey can, e.g., in Secret Wars (1984) the X-Men couldn’t so much as touch Spider-Man. When Spider-Man gets the Enigma Force his senses are dialed up to the extent where he can hear insects crawling on the ground and dodge attacks from Magneto and even Thor.
    • Spider-Man 2099: Miguel O'Hara has enhanced perceptions that happen to tune in more quickly to what's pertinent, although "what's pertinent" could be anything from an immediate danger or a more general plot point. Unlike Spider-Sense, it's limited by what his attention is focused on, and he could still be caught flat-footed.
    • Squirrel Girl has Squirrel Agility — the proportionate speed and reflexes of a squirrel.
    • The Sub-Mariner has superhuman reflexes, though how that works while he's submerged is unclear.
    • This is Taskmaster's whole gimmick, along with insane Photographic Memory. Tasky has literally caught bullets out of the air and even deflected arrows fired by Hawkeye, knocked Cap's shield out of the air, and blocked Spidey's webs. Only a mere handful of Marvel characters have managed to catch Taskmaster off-guard.
    • In The Transformers (Marvel) comic books, Headmasters are Transformers who have mentally fused with a human (or Nebulan) partner. The combined minds work in tandem, usually giving Headmasters faster reflexes and/or better tactical assessment skills. They are usually depicted as a single entity, though sometimes the two personalities will discuss and argue with each other as the story requires.
    • X-Factor: Shatterstar is often shown to use his Super Reflexes to augment his sword fighting skills.
    • X-Men:
      • Both Wolverine and X-23 display enhanced reflexes as part of their Healing Factor. In the case of the latter, Laura has been depicted Parrying Bullets fired at her head at point-blank range.
      • The Beast, Nightcrawler, Rogue and Gambit all have Super Reflexes as well.
  • V for Vendetta's V obtains these along with enhanced strength, endurance and intelligence after the experiments in the concentration camps.
  • Wesley Gibson from Wanted once swatted a bullet out of the air with a knife. He himself couldn't believe that actually worked.

    Fan Works 
  • In Atonement, Emma's technopathy includes the ability to react extraordinarily fast in the bundle.
  • Fate of the Clans: This has been demonstrated by Kings. Servants have high-speed battles with each other, sometimes attacking too fast for the human eye to follow.
  • One of the powers of Internal psionics in Vigil. Shepard has these, coupled with Super Speed.
  • In Heroes of Thundera, it's part of Cheetara and Jagra's powerset.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl's superhuman speed is coupled with likewise fast reaction times.
    Supergirl had sent her super-vision ahead of her, for caution’s sake. The images she saw arrived in her brain only a fraction of a second before her body arrived on the scene of Darkseid’s den. But it was time enough to be effective.
  • Andianov from XSGCOM. It is considered inhuman by other characters in the story and superb even by X-COM's high standards.
  • The Future Flash: Bart Allen has this power as part of The Flash powerset.
  • In Last Child of Krypton, Shinji Ikari — and Asuka Langley Sohryu — have super reflexes thanks to their Kryptonian DNA.
  • In The Night Unfurls, all five empowered Hunters have heightened reflexes to dodge hits, giving them the mobility needed to survive in the battlefield without armour.
  • Asuka from Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton has superhuman speed and reaction times due to being half-Kryptonian.
  • In Transformers Alter Verse, the Transformers of both factions, especially the veterans, are the masters of this Trope. Demostrated beautifully by the Seraphims in battle.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Izuku's reflexes are sped up to the point that an oncoming truck seems to be moving in slow motion while his Spider-Sense is going off. However, they're far from infallible, as he frequently messes up his landings and fell flat on his face after he was yanked along by a shocked Peter's webbing.
  • Zero Context: Taking Out the Trash: Callista exhibits these during her fight with the story's antagonist. While she has a definitive top running speed, her reflexes outright allow her to break the rules of reality and accomplish such things as slicing through each individual atom of an incoming missile while flat on her back. This technique is not infalliable, since sufficient distractions will rob her of that ability temporarily.
  • Link from Total Drama Legacy has these. He attributes this to years of gaming.
  • Angel from What Is Written In Blood not only dodges bullets on a regular basis, but in one instance was able to catch one, fired at point blank no less.

    Films — Animation 
  • Pretty much all the powerful characters in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children must have these to have the kind of fight scenes they do — most obviously, Cloud has no problem parrying bullets aimed at him with a giant sword.
  • Dash in The Incredibles, to support his Super Speed. When he accidentally lands on one of Syndrome's velocipods, the mook pilot is completely unable to land anything on Dash until he was distracted by the incoming cliff.
  • Massively averted in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox when Reverse Flash is mocking Flash for screwing up the universe due to messing up time with his speed, Reverse Flash states his own speed will stop Flash from fixing time and then suddenly he gets his brains blown out from behind by Batman's dad Dr Thomas Wayne... guess all the speed didn't help in the end. In the comic it's was even more ridiculous as Dad-Bat literally sneaks up behind him and kills him with a sword instead of a gun. However it's less to do with Super Reflexes and more as Thomas Wayne pointed out Thawne was standing still gloating in the middle of a goddamn battlefield.
  • Maruti from The Return of Hanuman is able to avoid bullets very quickly. This was shown when he had to face some gangsters.
  • Appears in the Serbian animated movie Technotise Edit I Ja.
    Films — Live-Action 
  • D.A.R.Y.L. has this ability due to being a cyborg.
  • Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Flash in the DC Extended Universe.
  • In The Hunger Games, Katniss certainly appears to be this quick, to such a degree that she can practically use her bow at melee range, as against the wolf/warg ... thing near the end..
  • A common ability for the robots in I, Robot
    Sonny: By the time you have fired, I will have moved Dr. Calvin's head into the path of your bullet.
  • In Johnny Mnemonic, Jane's cybernetic implants, allegedly, grant her this ability, but nothing she ever does makes any use of the skill. On one occasion, Johnny even had to push her out of the way of a falling car that she didn't even notice.
  • Many characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even those in bulky Powered Armor can dodge a tank shell (likely going at 1,200 ft/s), but the standouts when it comes to Super Reflexes are Captain America, Bucky, Black Panther and especially Spider-Man.
    • Played for Laughs by Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) being Literal-Minded. Rocket says that metaphors "Go right over his head."
      Drax: Nothing goes over my head. My reflexes are too fast — I would catch it.
    • Thanos proves that size doesn't matter when it comes to this trope, as he is Strong and Skilled enough to intercept attacks when he isn't No Selling them. At the start of the movie, he perceives Loki's sneak attack before it even happens and stops him with the Space Stone. Later in the movie, Thanos literally grabs the aforementioned Spider-Man and Black Panther out of the air despite their incredible speed compared to his own.
    • This becomes a plot point in Spider-Man: Far From Home, where Peter's Spidey-Sense (which his aunt calls his "Peter Tingle") is just off and he doesn't trust it. Over the course of the movie, he learns to lean into it and rely on it to help him react, and by the end of the film, it even seems like his Spidey-Sense reacts for him, when it helps him avoid a gunshot to the head from Mysterio.
    • In Black Widow (2021), Taskmaster has formidable reflexes being react to Natasha and other heroes' attacks effortlessly, Yelena says "it's like fighting a mirror". Played with, however, as Taskmaster's reflexes actually come from her computerized Cool Helmet which analyses opponents' movements similar to what Iron Man did while fighting Captain America in Captain America: Civil War.
  • The Agents of The Matrix have superhuman reflexes that allow them to dodge bullets. Neo achieves the same thing during the famous Bullet Time scene on the rooftop, which Trinity describes as "moving like they do".
  • In The Paper Tigers, it's established that what made Danny the best of the Three Tigers was his ability to predict his opponent's moves with his intense focus, depicting it as seeing his opponent attacking him in slow motion.
  • Remo Williams learns to dodge bullets.
  • R.O.T.O.R.: This is averted with the titular character of the movie (an artificial human that looks like a police officer), as his reflexes are super slow. In the climax of the movie, he threatens Coldyron with his gun, Coldyron ducks away, about two or three seconds later (which is much longer than it sounds) R.O.T.O.R. unfazedly and spectacularly fires a shot into emptiness, completely missing Coldyron.
  • Star Wars:
    • Jedi appear to have super reflexes, what with deflecting blaster shots with their lightsabers all the time. However, to hear Qui-Gon explain it, their reflexes aren't really any faster than normal. What is different is that Jedi can use the Force to sense a few seconds into the future, meaning they're beginning to react before the danger is even present, which is how they appear to react so quickly. The answer to this is usually More Dakka, as even if a Jedi can sense incoming danger, their lightsaber can still only be in one place to defend at a time. Many Jedi are killed on Geonosis when dozens of droids start firing on them. Ditto for Order 66.
    • General Grievous can also do this despite lacking any Force ability; as a full-body Cyborg he had super reflexes programmed in as part of the cybernetic upgrades. Along with extra arms so that he can wield four lightsabers at once.
    • Kylo Ren has an impressive example of this The Force Awakens when he reacted to a Blaster bolt being fired at him from behind and unlike his grandpa Vader who deflected Han's blast with his hand, Kylo is quick enough to freeze the bolt in mid air before it even hits him.
  • Terminator Salvation shows that this is why the moto-terminators are so deadly; their cybernetic brains allow them to predict the movement of obstacles at high speedsnote , effectively giving themselves Super Reflexes. At one point, one terminator slides under a bouncing tanker truck, rights itself and keeps firing at the retreating heroes.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • Wade Wilson's primary natural mutant ability in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    • In X-Men: First Class, Erik's fairly confident he can stop a bullet shot point blank from his head. Later, he more or less holds true to his claim by stopping a horde of missiles fired by the US and Russian army within several feet from the air to him.

  • In Lone Wolf, the Magnakai discipline of Huntmastery, and furthermore the upgrade Grand Huntmastery, give a Kai lord increased celerity and agility, sometimes allowing to dodge fired arrows or even to slash them in mid-flight.
  • A form of Super Reflexes has been described in literature for years now — where a Main Character has gotten into a fix, and time seems to "slow down" for them. They don't actually get superhuman reflexes, they just get "extra time" to solve the situation. This may be Truth in Television, as there are studies showing this to be a real phenomenon.
  • In Ancillary Justice, ancillaries have this along with enhanced strength and speed, which together with their Deflector Shields and massive fleets allowed the Radchaai to easily conquer anyone they came across until they met the Presger.
  • Also, Zahn's Blackcollar novels features the titular special forces troops who have gained this ability through the use of a drug called "Backlash". Unfortunately, with the defeat of the Terran Democratic Empire by the Ryqril, the secret of the drug was destroyed to prevent it from falling into Ryqril hands, so there is no way to make more full-fledged Blackcollars. The protagonist does his best to train himself to have near-superhuman reflexes, though.
  • Book of the Ancestor: people with Hunska blood can react supernaturally fast. Nona - a fullblooded Hunska - at one point manages to catch a throwing star by tearing her clothes to catch the weapon in her ruined sleeve while the throwing star is already flying. Out of her point of view, times slowes down to just a crawl, making her that much faster in comparison.
  • In Timothy Zahn's The Cobra Trilogy, the Cobras are an elite unit of Super Soldiers with unbreakable bones, servo-powered joints, concealed lasers, and computer-enhanced reflexes, among other changes. Unfortunately, the computerized reflexes include responding "lethally to anything that even looks like an attack". And when the Cobras tried to go back to civilian life, none of those enhancements could be removed. Including the lasers.
  • This is one of the key abilities of windcrafters in Codex Alera. However, it's possible for someone to start damaging their body if they push the Super Speed aspects too far, since muscles and bones aren't designed to move that fast.
  • In Discworld, the History Monks have a technique called "slicing time" that allows them to do this. The problems with Super Speed are also deconstructed, as the monks have a number of requirements to avoid the "solid air" problem. At deeper levels, you see red/blue shift and have to keep moving so the air in your personal time pocket won't all get used up.
    • More specifically, Lobsang Ludd, an apprentice in Thief of Time, is demonstrated to have a loose grip on time. One of the effect of this is that he has a negative reaction time: he can actually react to something slightly before it starts appearing.
    • Lord Vetinari is mentioned to move like a snake.
  • Gentleman Johnny Marcone in The Dresden Files has this a Charles Atlas Superpower. The list of things he can't dodge/out react probably includes bullets and next to nothing else. In fairness, it has never been truly confirmed beyond all doubt that he's entirely human.
  • The protagonist Kiritsugu of the Fate/stay night prequel Fate/Zero has this as his primary magical capability. It works by "time manipulation", accelerating the processes of his body while leaving the world alone; basically, he moves really fast. Unfortunately, this causes conflicts when his body interacts with the rest of the world, and stuff like his blood moving faster than sound results in his body receiving internal damage each time he uses it.
    • In Fate/stay night itself, Archer can do the "freeze time to think about his options" method, though we only find out after Shirou (who has gained Archer's skills via arm transplant) does this during the fight between Saber Alter and Rider.
  • Thomas Cale from The Left Hand of God gained a specific variant as the result of a blow to the head: he can always read what his opponents are going to do and react to it (while his own moves are impossible to predict). He first demonstrates this by using Nonchalant Dodge on the attacks of an opponent assumed by everyone to be his superior.
  • The first Big Bad in Sergey Lukyanenko's A Lord from Planet Earth trilogy has this as a result of genetic engineering. He is an unbeatable swordsman (unless you know exactly what he's going to do) and catches the protagonist's Deadly Disc (with monoatomic edges) out of thin air.
  • In Mistborn, the metal atium effectively causes this when "burned" for power — technically it grants the wielder the ability to see a few seconds into the future, but in practice this results in almost literally unbeatable Super Reflexes — unless the other person has atium too, in which case the power is cancelled out.
  • David Weber's Path of the Fury has a combat drug cocktail (stored in the cybernetic implants of the elite Drop Commandos) which effectively provides this: the "Tick" speeds up the speed of perception by about three times — while a commando on the Tick can't move faster, she can deliberate every move and anticipate her opponent's moves effortlessly. Its very existence is top secret.
  • The Percy Jackson and the Olympians books explain that the demigods' enhanced "Battle Reflexes" are the reason so many of them end up diagnosed with ADHD. This and a similar explanation of dyslexia being the result of having a brain hardwired for ancient Greek were written in for the benefit of the author's son, who has both ADHD and dyslexia.
  • Loup Garron in Santa Olivia, being the daughter of a genetically-modified soldier, is capable of moving significantly faster than the average person.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, this is one of the powers granted by Lifebinding. Since Daylen can augment up to four traits at once, he often uses it in conjunction with his Super Speed.
  • Described in Shadows of the Empire when Luke fights a superfast droid assassin, opens himself to the Force, and time seems to slow way down.
    Luke felt as if he were moving at normal speed, though there was a crackling feeling to his motion, a sound like strong wind whistling about his ears.
  • Most of the titular Bond Creatures in the Spirit Animals series grant this.
  • Possibly the first example ever of Super Reflexes appeared in the 1956 Science Fiction Classic (and proto-proto cyberpunk novel), The Stars My Destination (aka Tiger! Tiger!). In it, the anti-hero protagonist has his nervous system and musculature rewired to allow a state of accelerated movement. It is notable in that it had a relatively realistic look at the effects and problems of the state: The color spectrum shifts down to red, energy expenditure means that you will starve to death if the state is held too long, and engaging in hand to hand combat with another accelerated fighter is essentially suicidal for both of you as the collision is nearly instantly fatal.
  • In Super Powereds, Chad has the power to control his body on a molecular level. One of the ways he uses it is by "overclocking" his brain to perceive everything much faster, allowing him to react with superhuman precision. At one point, he worries about overclocking it too much, as damaging his brain would be irreversible, since his Healing Factor is another side effect of his ability, but using it requires great focus, which would be lost along with his brain. There is also a speedster in the class, but her superior reflexes are only active when she speeds up and only in proportion with her speed.
  • In Vampire Academy, dhampirs have better reflexes than humans, making them superhuman. Moroi are briefly said to have even better reflexes than dhampirs, thought it is more an Informed Ability. Strigoi have even better reflexes than Moroi, to the point of reacting with Super Speed.
  • In The Vampire Files, when Jack fights normal human thugs, he moves so much faster that he can easily disarm or evade them.
  • In The Witchlands, part of Aeduen's skillset as a Bloodwitch gives him reflexes several times better than that of regular humans.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Arrow: Many people. Oliver himself, Malcolm Merlyn, Slade Wilson, Damien Darhk, Vandal Savage, etc..
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has enhanced reflexes as part of the slayer package (this includes catching arrows mid-fight and setting off bear traps without getting caught in it). Naturally, the vampires, some demons, and Angel have these reflexes as well.
  • Forever Knight vampires also have them.
  • A non-superhero example from JAG. In first season episode "High Ground", Gunnery Sergeant Crockett, a hardened master sniper, catches a fly by its wings. Harm does the same at the end of the episode.
  • In Jessica Jones (2015), Trish gains these as one of her powers along with Innate Night Vision, but they are ultimately not enough to match up with Jessica's Super Strength.
  • The Mandalorian has the titular character himself who can duck and dodge blaster shots with the best of them. Most impressively, he’s able to block dual lightsabers strikes from Ashoka a former Jedi Master, despite being not Force-Sensitive himself.
  • A lack of them is used in No Ordinary Family to keep a lid on Stephanie's Story-Breaker Power of superspeed. While she's not at a risk of crashing into things if she goes too fast, when she's not using her power she has normal reflexes, allowing people to take her out before she can react.
  • Dillon of Power Rangers RPM has enhanced reflexes as part of the entire half-machine package. First demonstrated when he instantly catches Colonel Truman's falling mug while being interrogated.
  • Red Dwarf: The Cat has better reflexes than the rest of the crew due to his species having evolved from a domestic cat. He can easily dodge bazookoid fire even when wearing an Impractically Fancy Outfit. He eventually becomes the default choice to pilot Starbug due to his quick reflexes and heightened hearing.
  • Star Trek: Picard: Elnor's ability to dodge multiple energy weapons fire is not only superhuman, but also super-Romulan. He also reacts fast enough to prevent someone else from being shot (such as his Diving Save on Hugh in "Nepenthe"). Moreover, he throws Narissa's own knife back at her before she can pull the trigger of her disruptor (although she's saved by a Teleportation Rescue). Being able to move that swiftly is practically a superpower in the Trek Verse because the only other beings who have previously displayed this skill are Soong-type androids and Augments, and Elnor is neither a synth nor genetically-engineered.
  • A not-quite psychic example in Time Trax. Darien, being a cop from the 22nd century, has undergone something called "beta wave training" (AKA "time stalling"), which allows him to temporarily boost his brain's processing speed, granting him nigh-superhuman reflexes for a few seconds. This ability is very taxing and can't be used too often. In one episode, he enters into a boxing match against a professional boxer from his own time, who uses this technique to defeat his opponents. Both of them end up using it.

  • Panther of The Protomen, who once caught a Megabuster being tossed directly at his head from stage right.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In superhero RPGs a character has this if they have a high enough Dexterity/Agility ability score, like Martial Artists in Champions.
  • Naturally Cyberpunk 2020, being a cyberpunk-based RPG, has this and in two flavors: the Kerenzikov (always ON) and the Sandevistan (only when it's required).
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • In 3rd edition, the monk has a class ability that more or less makes sure that they are never really surprised by an attack.
    • Edition 3.5 gives a few classes (rogues, barbarians) and prestige classes the Uncanny Dodge ability, which allows them to react to danger before they should be able to sense it. Combined with the Combat Reflexes feat, it means they almost never can be caught flat-footed.
  • Eclipse Phase: several augmentations give characters these. The Neurachem biomod speeds up the activity of character's neural systems, literally making them think and react faster when it is active. The Reflex Booster cyberware implant replaces a morph's spinal column with superconducting materials, enhancing their speed and reflexes. And the Mental Speed nanoware system accelerates the character's subjective perception of time, allowing them do things like perceive the individual frames of analog video, follow the path of bullets in flight, and generally get a lot of thinking and planning done in a fraction of a second.
  • In GURPS, the Advantage called Enhanced Time Sense is an "always on" version of Super Reflexes.
  • Found in Mutants & Masterminds as a combination of Quickness and Improved Initiative.
  • The Pathfinder RPG (based on D&D 3.5) goes one further with the Divination specialist Wizard. Even if they didn't notice an ambush, they can act in the Surprise Round along with the attackers. And with the bonuses they get to Initiative, there's a better-than-normal chance that they'll even be able to act before the ninjas hiding in the bushes. This plays out as a quick-duration Cassandra sometimes, because the game mechanics prevent your fellow party members from gaining any benefit. Shouting a warning won't do anything.
  • Some characters in Rifts have a special combat action called and auto dodge, which works like a regular dodge, except that it doesn't take up any actions. Some (like Juicers) can even auto dodge sneak attacks from behind, making the ability verge on Spider-Sense.
  • Shadowrun has a number of cyberware, bioware and adept powers that allow for this, ranging from always-on reflex boosters (which increases your reflex score, and therefore your dodge skill) to activated-only wired reflexes (which allow you to take multiple actions per round, including multiple dodges). Wired reflexes (or an equivalent) are a linchpin of playing a Street Samurai.
  • Vampire: The Requiem:
    • Vampires can train in the Discipline of Celerity, which grants scaling Super Speed and Super Reflexes that boost their Defense score in combat and can even help them dodge bullets.
    • Thanks to a Deal with the Devil, the shadowy Akhud Clan can train in the Discipline of Praestantia, which boosts their dexterity in multiple combat and non-combat skills and grants mild Combat Clairvoyance. Trainees can also learn to dodge multiple enemies as effectively as if they were fighting one-on-one.
  • Warhammer: Clan Eshin units all have a Dodge special rule representing their training at dodging attacks, thus granting them a nice Ward save in combat against enemy attacks.
  • Warhammer 40,000: Some Astartes of the Blood Angels Chapter have inherited a small measure of their Primarch's combat abilities, exhibiting speed and reflexes far faster than even the enhanced abilities of their fellow Astartes. The 8th Edition rules represent this with the 'Speed of the Primarch' Blood Angels Warlord Trait that allows the Warlord to always strike first in close combat.

  • The Kanohi Calix, Mask of Fate in BIONICLE. It pushes the wearer's physical capabilities to their limits.

    Video Games 
  • Taking ques from Devil May Cry, Bayonetta and it's sequel have this with this with the titular witch, at one point Bayo dodges her own bullets that appeared were teleportated behind her.
  • One of the Power Sets for Scrappers, Brutes, Tanks, and Stalkers in City of Heroes is explicitly called this. In early iterations of the game at least, it was very much a Fragile Speedster: great at avoiding attacks, but doing very little if/when the character did get hit.
  • The Superspeed movement set in DC Universe Online gets this as a skill.
  • Devil May Cry:
  • Final Fantasy VII:
  • The Pointman in First Encounter Assault Recon has this ability coupled with Super Speed, depicted as Bullet Time. Later on Michael Beckett, Foxtrot-813, the unnamed FEAR Sergeant, and the Nightcrawler Elites have this ability, and in the third game Paxton Fettel is able to take advantage of the Point Man's powers whenever he activates them due to their psychic connection.
  • The Biker from Hotline Miami appears to have these. He is capable of dodging any of Jacket's attacks (and quickly retorting with an instant-killing slice of his meat cleaver). The only time he is vulnerable to damage is after he throws his cleaver at Jacket; if it is dodged, it becomes stuck in the wall and the Biker becomes distracted trying to retrieve it, giving you a free opportunity to bash his helmet open with a golf club.
  • Virtually every character in Honkai Impact 3rd who's a combatant can easily dodge or deflect bullets. Stronger characters can even react to lightning.
  • Force users show this in Jedi Outcast and Jedi Academy. Deflecting shots with a lightsaber is a given, and if you get shot by an enemy sniper, you'll automatically dodge it like Neo, especially if you have Force Speed activated. Naturally, this is subject to The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard. You will auto-dodge some of the time depending on your force meter and how highly-leveled your abilities are. Enemy force-users are nigh impossible to hit with any sort of weapon, enforcing lightsaber combat. Especially the sniper rifle. Even the weakest Mook Reborn will have no problem dodging it, most of the time, no matter how rapidly you fire it even though its shots seem to travel instantaneously. Computer-controlled Force-using characters also show super-fast reaction times in deflecting shots with heavier weapons using Force Push — they'll always deflect concussion rifle blasts, something that's difficult for the player even under level 3 Force Speed, which functionally gives the player super reflexes by slowing the game down.
  • Any character with a high Moxie in Kingdom of Loathing. The higher it is, the less likely it is that the monster will hit you; there's a point where only a critical hit can touch you.
  • Mark of the Ninja: One of the first abilities you get in the game is a result of your power tattoos giving you reflexes so superhumanly fast you can literally freeze time in your head.
  • In Mass Effect 2, Commander Shepard's combat-related classes each have a variation of this, which is represented in-game by Bullet Time. The Soldier can use this effect on-demand with Adrenaline Rush (with an additional damage bonus), while the Vanguard gets it after a sufficiently-evolved Charge attack, and the Infiltrator gets it for a few seconds when zooming with a sniper rifle.
  • A tactical version is a major plot point in Mission Critical. Since space combat is normally too quick for humans to reliably react, everything is done by A.I.-controlled Attack Drones. However, this means that whoever has the most powerful drones and more of them usually wins. In order to counteract this, The Alliance has developed an experimental nano-serum called Hype that temporarily speeds up a person's perception of time by an incredible factor, allowing him or her to control the drones at speeds only normally manageable by an A.I. but significantly better. Unfortunately, the serum is still in the experimental phase, and the current version is ultimately fatal to the user.
  • Every character in Mortal Kombat has enhanced reflexes to some degree, but the winner is Johnny Cage for catching Scorpion’s iconic chain spear attack with one hand.
    Johnny: Damn, I'm good.
  • D.Va from Overwatch was chosen as a Mini-Mecha pilot thanks to these, as a person with slower reflexes wouldn't be able to fully use all of its capabilities. In-game, they appear in her Defense Matrix ability, where she turns on a pair of lasers mounted on her mecha and manually shoots down all incoming projectiles — depending on the composition of the team she's fighting against, this can mean hundreds of perfectly accurate shots per second. How did she gain this kind of reaction time? By playing StarCraft.
    • Some fans have done the math to see how good D.Va's reflexes are, and turns out her reflexes are insane. For a comparison on how crazy D.Va's reflexes compared to a normal human, the real-life highest APM recorded on a game of Starcraft is 818 by Park Sung-Joon. D.Va's full potential of her reflexes, which is reached when you use the Defense Matrix to block 10 Roadhog ults, 5 from the enemy and 5 from your team deflected by an enemy Genji, is 87,500 APM.
    • Fragile Speedster Tracer has Super Reflexes To adequate her "Blink" ability which has a duration of 0.1 seconds. Subverted in "Alive" Overwatch short film where Cold Sniper Widow Maker uses Tracer's reflexes against her, by shooting a sniper rifle at her point blank knowing she'll Blink to avoid it allowing for a clean shot at the robot Pope.
    • In his debut trailer Doomfist has Super Reflexes given he blocked all Genji's attacks and analysed Tracer's movement pattern to point where he could rip her out of the air mid-Blink.
  • Resident Evil:
    • Albert Wesker from Resident Evil 5 has this ability, being able to perceive incoming attacks much faster than normal and dodging accordingly.
    • Player characters such as Chris, Leon, Jill, and Claire have a degree of Super Reflexes considering QTEs and cutscenes.
  • Many characters in Super Smash Bros. and yet Ness of all people has the most traditional example of this in the Brawl story mode.
    Visual Novels 
  • Shin Kuroi from Morenatsu.
  • In Spirit Hunter: NG, Akira's experience and training as a street fighter have heightened his instincts and reaction time, allowing him to process dangerous situations and react to them much faster than the average person.
    Web Animation 
  • A common factor in DEATH BATTLE! nearly always overlapping with Super Speed in general. Even if one fighter moves slower than his opponent, if he/her’s Super Reflexes are great enough then the movement speed difference is made redundant.
    • In Mario VS Sonic 2018, the plumber might not have have been as fast as the Hedgehog but his reaction time feats from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team meant Sonic couldn’t blitz him and that along with Mario’s strength and durability advantage clinched his victory.
    • A winning factor in both Spider-Man VS Batman and Spider-Gwen VS Batgirl. The Spider-Sense along Peter and Gwen’s general reflexes meant Bruce and Barbra’s stealth advantage was completely thrown out of the window and none of their gadgets and skills could catch them unawares. That and strength advantage settled the matter on both accounts.
    • In Shedder VS Silver Samurai, Shedder being able to cut in a calculated 0.0045 seconds as seen in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) which was far greater than Silver Samurai's bullet slicing feat reaction feat which was 0.0107 seconds slower, ensuring Shedder's victory.
    • A strong factor in Dante VS Bayonetta as both had crazy reflexes feats. Dante won out however as while Bayo could react to bullets being teleported behind her, Dante in his fight with Vergil could cut raindrops out of the air making a clear dome around themselves, which was well beyond even Bayonetta's enhanced reaction time.
    • Also a deciding factor in Obi-Wan VS Kakashi. Kakashi was able to react to lightning which very is impressive, but Obi-Wan as supported by Star Wars Legends material could react in nanoseconds, saving him from Kakashi’s insta-kill moves such as Kamui and allowing him to gain the upper-hand and kill Kakashi in the end.
    • Wonder Woman's insane "block projectiles from every corner of universe" feat assured her victory over her second and third Death Battles VS Thor and VS She-Ra respectively.
    • In Sanji VS Rock Lee, thanks to 8th Gate Lee was able to gain the upper hand but still fell short since Sanji has been able to dodge lasers in his own series in addition to having Combat Clairvoyance so that Lee wasn’t fast enough to land a killing blow while Sanji could.
    • In Samurai Jack VS Afro Samurai, Jack dodging a ray of sunlight at point blank was at least 70% the speed of light whereas Afro’s laser deflecting from a distance was slower at 21% the speed of light, that combined with a strength and durability advantage is why Jack was able to triumph over Afro.
  • RWBY: While not infallible, Neo reacts extremely quickly and is a master of the Nonchalant Dodge. She took down Yang without receiving a single hit, even smirking as Yang missed her face by inches. Cinder currently holds the record for blows landed on Neo, having struck her twice. Thus far, the only person to have put her on the back foot with sheer skill (as opposed to Cinder using raw power) is Maria Calavera, who has a Semblance that enhances her reflexes to precognitive levels.

  • While not supernatural, an interesting use of High Dexterity in Leftover Soup is how people trying to catch Max tend to look at where she was in the previous panel, instead of her current whereabouts. It's the kind of comic-specific visual nuance that Scott McCloud might be pleased to see in action.
    Author's Note: Notice how Max's phone-dodge powers work on Ellen the same way they did with officer O'Reilly — Ellen reaches for and looks at where Max was. Jamie looks at where Max is. His Dexterity score is higher than hers. He was, however, instructed to sit there and look pretty — hence the Charisma check instead of the opposed Dex check. Regardless of which of your stats is higher, that is also usually the correct course of action.
  • In Tower of God, the power of the Thorn eventually gives Bam the ability to either dodge without having to consciously notice the attack, or, when he gets the hang of it more, seeing everything in the in-universe equivalent of Bullet Time. Not that he's the only one, since the place is full of superhumans who have Super Speed and Super Reflexes as a Required Secondary Power. Even a weak Ranker like Quant is able (in the Hide and Seek test) to not only dodge a spear thrown at him, but jump on top of it in mid-air (or something like that).
  • Berserkers and Hunters in The Zombie Hunters are faster and more agile than humans, despite being, y'know, zombies.
    Web Original 
  • In Interviewing Leather, the title supervillainess is noted as having Super Reflexes.
  • In the Whateley Universe, Exemplars like Stormwolf get the superstrength and toughness, but they also get enhanced reflexes. And then there's Chaka, who uses her ki for this: she can use her ki to sense your ki and dodge any punch you throw at her.
  • Cricket, white supremacist supercriminal from Worm, has super reflexes in addition to her martial arts skills and other powers.
    • Ward has the supervillain March, whose main power is an unbelievably powerful and precise sense of timing. She can dodge swords, bullets, and whatever else simply by unconsciously calculating the exact instant they would hit her and making sure she's someplace else. The only reason she would fail to dodge something is if she wasn't aware of the attack to begin with.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • When the Fight or Flight reflex is initiated, like temporary super strength, people react to things much faster than normal.
  • Some people can just seem to have naturally fast reflexes, and you can probably bet a lot of them had an older brother or sister (or even a younger one) with whom they got to practise their reflexes on.
  • Trained athletes and fighters can react faster than the average person to certain stimuli. The debatable issue is whether this represents a superhuman ability or an undiscovered range of natural ability.
  • As people age, the brain processes get slightly slower. This results in a corresponding change in the perception of time.
  • A common variety of Mysterious Animal Senses. Ever wonder why it's so hard to swat a fly?
    "As soon as the fly sees the swatter falling towards it, it doesn't just jump into the air. It actually rather coolly, over the next hundred-thousandths of a second, moves its legs and reorients its body in preparation for the jump. [...] Then, at the last possible second, it jumps in the opposite direction to the swatter."
  • Dromaeosaurid dinosaurs, the raptors of pop culture, seem to have focused more on this than in Super Speed.


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Dracula's enhanced speed and reflexes make him ideal when faced with traps.

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