The (“Actual?”) Most Common Super Power(s)

Superhero fiction is defined by its characters having superpowers, or being exceptional in other ways.  TV Tropes jokingly has cataloged what it calls the Most Common Super Power: that Western superheroines almost always have large breasts.  But this got me thinking: what is actually the most common superpower?  A gut-check suggests superhuman strength (the better …

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Sol-757.5.SH-12: The Eternally New World of Superheroes

The old multiverse of superheroes was destroyed, and the amalgam kingdom of the false god that followed it has also been replaced. This new universe renews itself eternally, just as superhero comics themselves do: though the larger structure of the events of the world remain consistent each time, the details of history and characters are …

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Earth-625.5.MS-8: An Earth of Superheroes Whose Powers Come from Magic

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came from magic or spirit totems.  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by spirits and supernatural beings and filled with arcane lore and supernatural treasures.  While superhuman activity was world-wide and involved tens of thousands …

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Local Group-757.4.SC-10: A Universe Home to Alien Superheroes and Cosmic Beings

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came from alien physiology or "cosmic" forces (incomprehensibly advanced science and technology) from outer space.  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by large numbers of alien civilizations and filled with starships, and system-scale post-singularity A.I.  …

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Earth-525.4.PI-7: An Earth of Ordinary People with Psychic Abilities

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came from psychic ability: in particular telepathy, ESP, and telekinesis (usually focused on one type of material or another).  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by psychics and filled with quartz crystal deposits.  While superhuman …

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Sol-506.5.TT-2: An Earth of Highly-Trained and High-Tech Superheroes

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came from extensive training, advanced technology or super-soldier conditioning.  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by vigilantes, cyborgs and robots and filled with criminals, paramilitary organizations and nascent space colonization.  While superhuman activity was world-wide …

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Earth-755.5.KS-5: An Earth at the Center of a Multiverse Superhero Constellation

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came in the form of greatly enhanced physical abilities and energy projection blasts (among other exotic powers).  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by time- and dimension-travelers and filled with sentient animals, kaiju and other …

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Earth-505.3.CY-2: A Cyberpunk State of Advanced Robotics

The human body is a cheap thing to dispose of: many choose to cut off their natural parts and swap in cybernetic ones that work better.  Eyes that grant night vision, limbs that lack fatigue, and faces that never betray your emotions are all common commodities.  Common, but never cheap. Many robots are manufactured to …

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Sol-605.5.SC-3: A Solar System With Earth’s Colonists

Mars was the first planet colonized.  Mankind's best hope for survival on a climate-change ruined Earth (beyond repairing Earth itself), Mars' colonists live primarily underground.  The ceiling of the caverns simulates day/night-cycles with solar-powered light fixtures.  Life on Mars is hard. Spacecraft and vehicle technology allows people to shuttle between solar system bodies.  Whether in …

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