We read about people with remarkable abilities in comics all the time, and these days they are also commonly gracing the big screen. Thor, Superman, The X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man… all remarkable heroes with special powers that allow them to fly, shoot lasers, or teleport. However unbeknownst to many of us, the media isn’t the only place you can find examples of powers like these. Here we will look at the top 10 real life superpowers. Genuine examples of people who for whatever reason, found themselves able to do things that most of us would count as ‘superhuman’.
10 The Bionic Man
Oscar Pistorius is an athlete who had hoped to compete in the Olympics, but was told he wasn’t allowed to due to his bionic enhancements – two ‘blade’ like attachments that gave him more speed and energy efficiency on the running track. He may not be allowed to compete, but he is an example of the top 10 real life superpowers.
9 Rain Man
Daniel Tammet is often referred to as the ‘man with the incredible brain’. An extreme case of autistic savantism, he has the Guinness world record for reciting Pi (22,514 digits) and learned Icelandic in just one week.
8 The Cyborg
Kevin Warwick is an advocate of transhumanism, and has gone so far as to create himself an array of 100 electrodes to interact with his nervous system giving himself one of the top 10 real life superpowers.
7 Mr Fantastic
Daniel Browning Smith has one of the top 10 real life superpowers being the most flexible man alive.
6 The Iron Fist
Masutatsu Oyama was a Korean martial artist whose blows were so powerful he could kill a bull with a single punch. One of the top 10 real life superpowers but not terribly popular with animal rights activists most likely.
5 The German Super Child
Germany is home to one of the top ten real life superpowers and a genuine example of a useful mutant ability. Born in 2004 the German ‘super child’ was born with a genetic mutation that blocked his production of myostatin. Subsequently his musculature grew naturally to incredible levels.
Liew Thow Lin is ‘the magnetic man’. This example of one of the top ten real life superpowers does exactly what it says on the (magnetic) tin allowing him to attach metal objects anywhere on his body. No one knows how, but three of his children have the same ability suggesting a genetic cause.
3 Black Bolt
Mast Sasaki has the ‘killer kiai’ – a shout so loud that it can stagger opponents and even allegedly kill small birds.
There are many inventors who have created suits to improve their abilities, but it is Rollerman or ‘Jean-Yves Blondeau’ who has one of the top ten real life superpower – with rollerskates attached all over his body he roll at speeds of over 30 miles an hour.
Ben Underwood was a blind child who used ‘echolocation’ in the same way as a bat or dolphin to ‘see’ his environment. This allowed him to play football, skateboard and take part in many other events.