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Superhuman Strength
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Source: Human-Animal Physiology
Developed: 2003
Trigger: Activated through an act of willpower or rage.
Effect: Exert a level of physical strength much greater than that of a normal person.
Accompany: Superhuman Durability
Class:
  • Physical Ability
  • This ability is classified as 'superhuman'.

Superhuman Strength is the ability for a person to be stronger and more physically powerful than humanly possible. (Note: People with this ability are tougher and can perform strenuous tasks longer than normal humans.)[1]

Origin

This ability came into being through genetic engineering. The subjects were injected with genetically-engineered animal DNA that caused their bodies to evolve and take on the creature's super strength capabilities.

Capabilities

This ability has been used to crush, lift, throw, catch, bend and break objects and people of substantial weight and size. It has also been used to physically overpower normal people, though it is mostly used to rip people apart using only bare hands.[2]

The impact of a punch or kick can literally send people hurling through the air, several yards away. Futhermore, people with this ability can jump vertically several metres in the air, and several metres horizontally. They can also land safely when jumping down from even extreme heights.[3]

Examples

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A super soldier. ("Trapped")

Super Soldiers

All the soldiers who unknowingly took part in the Muirfield gene-splicing medical experiment developed superhuman strength after they were injected with a serum containing DNA from many different animals.[4] However, only Vincent and Lafferty, as super soldiers, were ever seen using this ability before one was killed and the other one went rogue.

Lafferty
Lafferty ("Trapped")
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You mean without soldiers who could put their fist through a table.
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Vincent speaking to Vanessa about Lafferty.

In early 2003, Lafferty, while serving in Afghanistan, used it to destroy a table with her fist without sustaining injury.[5]

Vincent Keller

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All I know is that they made us stronger....faster!
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Vincent Keller in the Pilot.
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Vincent Keller

Vincent has used this ability multiple times to catch or throw stuff, even using it to propel himself by using his superhuman strength to leap far distances. Arguably the most notable instance of Vincent using his super strength came about in the fall of 2003, on the night of Vanessa Chandler's assassination. Vincent arrived too late to save Vanessa, but arrived just in time to save her daughter. He ripped the killers apart with his bare hands.[6]

The second most notable instance of Vincent using his super strength came about in 2012, when he overpowered and killed two FBI agents who were trying to kill Catherine, thus saving her life again. The following day, he displayed tremendous strength again, when he tossed a trash can against a car, destroying the vehicle.[7]

A few days later, after helping her with a murder case, Catherine sees him use the strength in his feet to jump off of a high-rise building and land safely on his feet.[8] A day or so later, he reveals that his entire body is in fact super strong when he throws himself against a concrete wall in a fit of rage, seriously cracking it.[9] Since then, Vincent has been seen using the strength in his feet to get from places to places as fast as possible. Also, he was seen using the super-strong muscles in his legs to preform a Superhuman Leap during a flashback in afghanistan in 2003; he leapt up and attacked Vanessa's would be killer before he could shoot her.

On the night of Joe's party, Vincent, using only a fraction of his strength, accidentally snaps Darius Bishop's neck in two.[10] One week later, Vincent has a dream of himself lifting up and tossing Catherine like she weighs nothing.[11]

Human Form vs Savage Form

When untransformed, his strength easily exceeds ordinary human strength, however, he is even stronger in his savage form. Vincent revealed this when he ripped apart a steel cage with his bare hands and again when he rescued Catherine from a car wreck by pulling the door off. At first, the door didn't budge, but after he partially transformed he was able to tear the door off and toss it away with ease.[12]

Gallery

References

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