Superhuman strength


Superhuman strength

Superhuman strength, also called super strength, super-strength or enhanced strength, is an ability commonly utilized in fiction. It is the ability for any creature to be stronger than normally possible given their proportions. Characters with super strength have been found in many ancient mythologies and religions. Superhuman strength is a common feature across a wide range of media, such as novels, comic books, television, films, and video games.

Superhuman strength is used by several characters in fantasy and sci-fi, with a variety of proposed mechanisms such as cyborg body parts or genetic modification and even telekinetic fields in science fiction, or divine or magical/supernatural sources in fantasy. A plethora of comic book superheroes and supervillains usually have a degree of super strength. The level of strength portrayed can vary greatly, from just outside the "normal" human range of the strongest weightlifters of a given size or muscle mass, to nearly unlimited. In most portrayals, superhuman strength is usually accompanied by superhuman stamina and durability as well.Fact|date=September 2007

ee also

*Superhuman
*Hysterical strength


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Strength — is the amount of force that a muscle or group of muscles can exert.Strength may refer to:Physical ability: *Physical strength, as in people or animals *Superhuman strength, as in fictional characters *a character attribute (role playing… …   Wikipedia

  • Superhuman — Su per*hu man, a. Above or beyond what is human; sometimes, divine; as, superhuman strength; superhuman wisdom. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Superhuman — A superhuman is an entity with intelligence or abilities exceeding normal human standards. Superhuman can mean an improved human, for example, by genetic modification, cybernetic implants, or as what humans might evolve into, in the distant… …   Wikipedia

  • superhuman — adjective Date: 1633 1. being above the human ; divine < superhuman beings > 2. exceeding normal human power, size, or capability ; Herculean < a superhuman effort > < superhuman strength >; also having such power, size, or cap …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • superhuman — su|per|hu|man [ ,supər hjumən ] adjective superhuman qualities are much greater and more impressive than those of an ordinary person: superhuman strength With a superhuman effort, Will managed to control his temper …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • superhuman — [[t]su͟ːpə(r)hju͟ːmən[/t]] ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe a quality that someone has as superhuman, you mean that it seems to be much greater than that of ordinary people. Officers were terrified of his superhuman strength... They saw their bills …   English dictionary

  • superhuman — UK [ˌsuːpə(r)ˈhjuːmən] / US [ˌsupərˈhjumən] adjective superhuman qualities are much greater and more impressive than those of an ordinary person superhuman strength With a superhuman effort, Will managed to control his temper …   English dictionary

  • strength — noun 1 how strong sb/sth is ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, enormous, great, immense, incredible, tremendous ▪ high ▪ The material has exceptionally high …   Collocations dictionary

  • superhuman — su|per|hu|man [ˌsu:pəˈhju:mən US pərˈhju: , ˈju: ] adj much greater than ordinary human powers or abilities superhuman power/strength/effort etc ▪ It will require a superhuman effort to get the job done on time …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • superhuman — adjective much greater than ordinary human powers or abilities: superhuman effort/strength: It will require a superhuman effort to get the job done on time …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.