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Basic Trope: The superpower of being abnormally/super-humanly strong.

  • Straight: Bob can throw cars around with ease.
  • Exaggerated:
    • When Bob does push-ups, the world is pushed downwards.
    • Every time Bob takes a step, instead of him moving forward, the Earth rotates backward.
    • Bob is so strong that he can shatter a diamond with a single punch.
    • Bob's strength is infinite and powerful, being able to be left unaffected by possible abilities that otherwise affect his strength, tear through space-time anomalies, and the list goes on.
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  • Downplayed: Bob is slightly stronger than the world’s strongest normal human.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • It looks like Bob has Super Strength, but then it turns out he was telekinetic all along.
    • While Bob's strength is not immensely high, he is still strong enough to lift and shatter boulders, lift and overturn small to medium-sized vehicles, and most others that his level of strength is compatible with.
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  • Double Subverted: It turns out that telekinetics can only lift as much as they could their own arms, which still puts Bob in the super-humanly strong category.
  • Parodied: Bob Does Not Know His Own Strength, and regularly breaks anything he touches.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's strength depends on which planet he is on at the moment.
  • Averted:
    • No-one has this superpower within the work.
    • Bob only has Peak Human Strength, therefore making him a champion-class weightlifter.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded:
    • “Sometimes I forget that things have weight.”
    • “You’re stronger than you look… and you look really strong.”
  • Invoked: Bob gets cybernetic implants to become stronger.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: “He’s got the archetypal powerset, right? ‘More powerful than a locomotive’ and all that, amirite?"
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  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: Bob is Ambiguously Human, but we never see him do anything that’s technically superhuman: only things requiring great strength.
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed: The procedure first used on Bob has an improved version used on later superhumans that allows them to live mostly normal lives, at the loss of some strength. Bob is given "healthcare" benefits to deal with the downsides of his immense strength as an apology to him being the Flawed Prototype.
  • Played For Laughs: Super-Strong Child and/or Stout Strength.
  • Played For Drama: Bob accidentally kills a loved one due to his strength.

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