Superpower Scrutiny

By Juliana L.

soopermanAdmit it, you’ve always wanted super powers. Over the years, you’ve probably dreamed of using powers for anything from annoying your friends to defeating your enemies in an epic sci-fi battle. Either way, you’ve got a decision to make: what superpower will you pick? Everyone’s got their favourite, but to help the undecided few, this article will outline the pros and cons of each.


Time Control: Allow me to refer you to a previous article also on this site: The Twists and Turns of Time Travel. Let’s say that, yes, you can control time. Perhaps if you stopped time once in awhile to have a better study session or a longer nap, you wouldn’t disrupt the timeline. This would be very helpful in everyday situations, where a few extra hours of your life allows more time to do the things you need and want to do. However, going backwards and sometimes even forwards in time creates paradoxes which mess up a lot more than they fix. The smallest action can have the biggest impact.

 

Teleportation: This particular power is a favourite for all those that love traveling. With the power of teleportation, you could teleport yourself instantaneously to another location or teleport other objects. This would be useful for sneak attacks, avoiding obstacles, teleporting objects into targets, and time management (you can cut transportation from your timeline). Unfortunately, unless you are able to teleport matter other than yourself flawlessly, you would soon find yourself with quite a bit of a, uh, wardrobe malfunction. It would also be difficult to control if you can’t see exactly where you’re going, since someone may have moved a heavy object right where you were teleporting, especially in cross-continental jumps.

 

Invisibility: Feeling embarrassed, hunted, or just naughty? Then invisibility is the power for you. With invisibility, it’s possible for you to do nearly anything around other people without them seeing you. Very useful against enemies that rely on sight, stealth work, and pulling the best pranks. Unfortunately, unless you’re able to control the visibility of things around you, you might end up with a set of floating clothes (the opposite problem of those with teleportation). An invisibility cloak or object might be able to mitigate that problem, just make sure it’s not a weird gold ring…

 

Telekinesis: AKA: the ultimate laziness power. With telekinesis, cleaning your room, brushing your teeth, and flipping light switches is effortless. Suddenly, you’ll have amazing aim (you’ll be the best at basketball). Telekinesis is perhaps one of the most useful every-day superpower to have, but every power has its drawbacks. It could be hard to control, especially when moving objects you can’t see at the time. Also, the weight of objects you could move might be limited by concentration or physical strength.

 

Flying: Ahh, flying. Unrealistic

Admit it, you’ve always wanted super powers. Over the years, you’ve probably dreamed of using powers for anything from annoying your friends to defeating your enemies in an epic sci-fi battle. Either way, you’ve got a decision to make: what superpower will you pick? Everyone’s got their favourite, but to help the undecided few, this article will outline the pros and cons of each.

 

Time Control: Allow me to refer you to a previous article also on this site: The Twist and Turns of time travel. Let’s say that, yes, you can control time. Perhaps if you stopped time once in awhile to have a better study session or a longer nap, you wouldn’t disrupt the timeline. This would be very helpful in everyday situations, where a few extra hours of your life allows more time to do the things you need and want to do. However, going backwards and sometimes even forwards in time creates paradoxes which mess up a lot more than they fix. The smallest action can h

 

Teleportation: This particular power is a favourite for all those that love traveling. With the power of teleportation, you could teleport yourself instantaneously to another location or teleport other objects. This would be useful for sneak attacks, avoiding obstacles, teleporting objects into targets, and time management (you can cut transportation from your timeline). Unfortunately, unless you are able to teleport matter other than yourself flawlessly, you would soon find yourself with quite a bit of a, uh, wardrobe malfunction. It would also be difficult to control if you can’t see exactly where you’re going, since someone may have moved a heavy object right where you were teleporting, especially in cross-continental jumps.

 

Invisibility: Feeling embarrassed, hunted, or just naughty? Then invisibility is the power for you. With invisibility, it’s possible for you to do nearly anything around other people without them seeing you. Very useful against enemies that rely on sight, stealth work, and pulling the best pranks. Unfortunately, unless you’re able to control the visibility of things around you, you might end up with a set of floating clothes (the opposite problem of those with teleportation). An invisibility cloak or object might be able to mitigate that problem, just make sure it’s not a weird gold ring…

 

Telekinesis: AKA: the ultimate laziness power. With telekinesis, cleaning your room, brushing your teeth, and flipping light switches is effortless. Suddenly, you’ll have amazing aim (you’ll be the best at basketball). Telekinesis is perhaps one of the most useful every-day superpower to have, but every power has its drawbacks. It could be hard to control, especially when moving objects you can’t see at the time. Also, the weight of objects you could move might be limited by concentration or physical strength.

 

Flying: Ahh, flying. Unrealistically? Amazingly cool. Who hasn’t wanted to be able to fly? It would make transportation not just better time-wise but downright fun to do. Also, it provides immediate escape from quite a few awkward situations. Realistically? If you use air propulsion, you’d need quite a bit of space around you before you took off so you don’t send everyone around you tumbling. Wings opens up a whole new set of problems, such as how you’d hide them during the day (if you could), tiring yourself out, sometimes even molting if you have feathered wings.

 

Shapeshifting: There are two types of shapeshifting. Shapeshifting into another creature, usually animals, and shapeshifting appearance for disguise purposes. This power is perfect for tricking enemies, using the natural strengths of animals, and framing people. You may, however, need to remain near your own mass, meaning you may only be able to shift into forms similar to your size. Alternatively, your shapeshifting could be too effective, causing you to forget yourself.

 

Have you picked your favourite superpower yet? If so, strike a conversation and find out what someone else’s choice is. Their response can actually say quite a bit about their character, as each alludes to different desires in everybody. If you haven’t picked yet, that’s ok. Try the link at the bottom of the article, which will give you an in-depth analysis of each superpower. A little fantasizing helps take you away from the real, stressful world sometimes, so give it a try and feel super for a few minutes. What’s your superpower?

More information: http://powerlisting.wikia.com/wiki/Superpower_Wiki

Photo rights: http://www.great-kids-birthday-parties.com/images/superman-logo.png ? Amazingly cool. Who hasn’t wanted to be able to fly? It would make transportation not just better time-wise but downright fun to do. Also, it provides immediate escape from quite a few awkward situations. Realistically? If you use air propulsion, you’d need quite a bit of space around you before you took off so you don’t send everyone around you tumbling. Wings opens up a whole new set of problems, such as how you’d hide them during the day (if you could), tiring yourself out, sometimes even molting if you have feathered wings.

 

Shapeshifting: There are two types of shapeshifting. Shapeshifting into another creature, usually animals, and shapeshifting appearance for disguise purposes. This power is perfect for tricking enemies, using the natural strengths of animals, and framing people. You may, however, need to remain near your own mass, meaning you may only be able to shift into forms similar to your size. Alternatively, your shapeshifting could be too effective, causing you to forget yourself.

 

Have you picked your favourite superpower yet? If so, strike a conversation and find out what someone else’s choice is. Their response can actually say quite a bit about their character, as each alludes to different desires in everybody. If you haven’t picked yet, that’s ok. Try the link at the bottom of the article, which will give you an in-depth analysis of each superpower. A little fantasizing helps take you away from the real, stressful world sometimes, so give it a try and feel super for a few minutes. What’s your superpower?

More information: http://powerlisting.wikia.com/wiki/Superpower_Wiki

Photo rights: http://www.great-kids-birthday-parties.com/images/superman-logo.png

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