Every kid in the world has imagined what it would be like to have a superpower (heck, so have some adults). Everyone seems to think that it would all be hunky dory and that nothing could possibly go wrong.
However, in reality, it wouldn’t be that great – many superpowers would come with terrible burdens and disadvantages. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at some of the problems that would come with having particular powers at your disposal. Here are 10 reasons that having certain superpowers would actually be awful…
10. Ageing Quicker Than Other People (Time Stopping)
Stopping time seems like fun, right? And we’re sure it is – you can pause people in the middle of a funny face, enter places you would otherwise be unable to enter and move things around to confuse people – but there’s a massive downside to the ability.
If you stop time too much and for too long, your continued ageing whilst everyone else is frozen in time will render you comparatively much older than everybody who was born at the same time as you – and you could end up catching your own parents up in terms of your body’s age and appearance. Imagine the horror.
9. Subconsciously Messing Things Up (Reality Warping)
Having the ability to warp the very environment around you would be awesome. You could conjure things out of mid-air and make things you hate disappear. That guy who makes too much noise when he eats? Mute him. That unsightly hill blocking your view of the sea? Remove it. That girl who’s much hotter than you? Ladies… make her ugly.But what about if you went to sleep, had a dream about a zombie apocalypse and woke up having subconsciously turned the world in to zombie-infested wasteland? What if, in an argument with your family, you hastily tell them “I WISH I’D NEVER BEEN BORN” and accidentally delete yourself from existence (or, even worse, find yourself back inside your Mother’s womb!)?
8. Knowing Everything Bad That Will Happen To You (Omniscience/Precognition)
Precognition is the ability to see the future and omniscience is the ability to know everything that has happened, is happening and will happen – and that could be very useful.
Without the ability to change them – such as if a terminal disease was imminent – this could leave you permanently depressed before anything bad had actually happened, simply because you knew they were going to happen and there was nothing you could do about it.
7. Stabbing Yourself (Retractable Claws)
Wolverine’s retractable claws would be a complete pain in the backside. There’s nothing really positive that can be said about them. When you sleep, you do things involuntarily – you speak, you move, you kick out – so imagine extruding those claws in the night and finding you’ve got a face or a gut full of them. Painful.
6. Sticking To Things/Things Sticking To You (Wall-Crawling/Spider Powers)
Being able to cling to walls and ceilings could potentially be a lot of fun. It would enable you to venture to places you wouldn’t normally be able to venture and it could save your life in the event of a fall from a roof, for example.
However, wouldn’t it be annoying – even if you managed to control the stickiness somewhat – if, every now and again, you found yourself stuck to things/people and had everyday items sticking to you?
Holding your girlfriend’s hand and not being able to let go, trying to put a cup down and failing, leaning against a wall and not being able to pull yourself away. It would be highly inconvenient to say the least.
5. Constant Noise (Super Hearing)
This would be torture. Hearing is something that you can’t turn off. In fiction, when superheroes have super hearing, they use it to selectively hear the cries for help of the innocent victims of criminals and supervillains – but that simply wouldn’t be possible.
You can hear everything within your hearing’s range and if that range extends far and wide thanks to your super-senses, you’re going to be able to hear every single noise within that range… and that would become excruciating very quick.
4. Hearing Unsavoury Thoughts (Telepathy)
On a similar but darker note to the last entry about super hearing, having telepathic powers or the ability to hear people’s thoughts/read their minds could be very, very disturbing. Everyone thinks things that they would never say – it’s just part of being human – and the thought of people hearing those thoughts as you’re thinking them is horrifying.
It would be particularly horrifying for the person with the telepathic abilities when they were walking past an unsavoury character who may have inappropriate or even disgusting thoughts going through their mind. In a nutshell, it would scar you for life if you could hear what everyone around you was thinking.
3. People Trying To Hurt You (Super Durability)
Having super durability would start off great – you could get in to all kinds of scrapes and nasty situations that would normally injure or kill you and come away unscathed. However, it would probably become old very quickly.
Imagine if you were durable enough to withstand a bullet to the eye – a la Superman. All of your friends would find it highly amusing to poke you in the eye “to see what would happen” and, worse still, those who weren’t your friends might take pleasure in testing you even more so just for their own entertainment.
Basically, you’d probably have things hitting you left, right and centre, both from people who were doing it because they knew you’d walk away unscathed and from people wanting to test your limits. Your life would be severely hindered.
2. Compromised Stability/Health (Size Alteration)
Being able to alter your size – particularly to a bigger state – seems like quite a positive prospect. Potentially, you could intimidate people you didn’t like, increase your strength and see over things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see over (amongst other potential advantages), but it simply wouldn’t work out like that in reality. The human body simply isn’t designed to work at those increased scales and it would soon give up.
1. Accidentally Breaking Things (Super Strength)
Super strength is one of those powers that everyone has imagined having at some point. It’s the stereotypical, standard power for any hero or villain and is probably the most common in fiction. Kids imagine being able to lift cars, throw things in to space and fight criminals using this mighty power – but it would come with a terrible burden.
If you had the power to lift 100 tonnes, it would be extremely difficult to do anything delicately. Drink a glass of water? Smash the glass. Open your front door? Pull it off its hinges. Hug your grandmother? Squash your grandmother. It would be terrible and you would have to live your life as if you were walking on egg shells, always running the risk of doing some serious damage to the world and the people around you.