Super-Speed (Power)

Also Called

  • Superhuman Speed
  • Sonic Speed
  • Enhanced Speed
  • Hyper Speed
  • Celerity
  • Advanced Human Speed

Capabilities

User can move far faster than the average member of the user's species, some at or above supersonic speed or even faster, this power is not without any ill effects however, as it can strain the body.

Applications

  • Accelerated Vision
  • Accelerated Metabolism
  • Enhanced Durability
  • Enhanced Reflexes
  • Flash Step
  • G-Force compensation
  • Intangibility
  • Time Travel

Techniques

  • Aim Dodging
  • Cyclone Spinning
  • Infinite Mass Strike
  • Rapid Physical Combat

Associations

  • Flight
  • Molecular Acceleration
  • Speed Force
  • Speed Swimming
  • Supersonic Flying

Limitations

  • Some users can be very vulnerable due to their high speed movements, gaining extreme momentum. Even rain drops could severely injure the user.
  • May need to stop every now and then to refocus their senses.
  • Users physical state effects how well they can use this power.
  • Some users' high speed powers may have a unstable defect which can accelerate their aging.

Definition for DC Comics

Super-Speed is the ability to move at a rate of acceleration and maximum speed in excess to that of normal optimal human capacity. Many who possess super-speed interact with an interdimensional field of energy commonly referred to as the Speed Force. If an individual moves their body at speeds in excess to the speed of light, they physically interface with the Speed Force, oftentimes exiting their home reality and traveling throughout the time stream. Some individuals who possess this ability may be limited by certain atmospheric or geological conditions. Kryptonians for example, can obtain a version of super-speed so long as they are within the sphere of influence of a Yellow sun star system. Their ability to use this power is in direct proportion to the levels of ultraviolet radiation that their body cells absorb. Although Kryptonians can move at extreme rates of speed, they do not physically interact with the Speed Force. Others acquire super-speed through alternative means. A drug known as Velocity 9 has been known to grant normal human beings super-speed for limited periods of time.

Applications

Depending upon an individual's profciency with this power, they may also possess a number of other related abilities.

Invulnerability

If an individual with super-speed moves at a rate of speed which is otherwise detrimental to the human form, they generate an invisible aura of energy that protects their body from friction and impact from smaller objects. In some cases, this field of energy can be extended to accomodate any material that the super-speedster may be carrying, including other people.

Enhanced Reflexes

A lesser application of super-speed, this ability enables a person to move individual parts of their body at their maximum rate of speed, independent from that of the rest of their body. Some individuals, such as Deathstroke possess enhanced reflexes, but do not possess a true super-speed ability.

Vibration

Some speedsters such as the Flash, can move their body at super-speed on the molecular level causing their entire body to vibrate in place. This ability enables them to slip their molecules between the molecules of external matter allowing them to phase through solid objects.

Time Travel

This is almost always accomplished through interaction with the Speed Force, and is not always a reliable power. Unless the individual in question takes certain precautions, there is no way to navigate or gauge travel through the time stream using super-speed.

Characters

  • Albert Pratt (New Earth)
  • Albrecht Krieger (New Earth)
  • Anatole (New Earth)
  • Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
  • Aquaman (DC One Million)
  • Ariella Kent (New Earth)
  • Arthur Joseph Curry (New Earth)
  • Bartholomew Allen (DCAU)
  • Bartholomew Allen (Flash TV Series)
  • Bartholomew Allen (Holy Terror)
  • Bartholomew Allen (Justice League Pilot)
  • Bartholomew Allen (LSHAU)
  • Bartholomew Allen (Smallville)
  • Bartholomew Allen (Titans Tomorrow)
  • Bartholomew West (Earth-22)
  • Bebeck (New Earth)
  • Bizarro (DCAU)
  • Bizarro (Smallville)
  • Bizarro Supergirl (Earth-One)
  • Black Flash (New Earth)
  • Boleslaw Uminski (New Earth)
  • Bolshoi (New Earth)
  • Brain InterActive Construct (Smallville)
  • Brin Londo (Earth-Prime)
  • Cassandra Sandsmark (New Earth)
  • Cassiopeia (New Earth)
  • Crash (Earth-C-Minus)
  • Cub (Post-Zero Hour)
  • Dervish (New Earth)
  • Devastation (New Earth)
  • Donald Hall (DCAU)
  • Doomsday (Superman: Doomsday)
  • El Bagual (New Earth)
  • El Yaguarette (New Earth)
  • Eliza Harmon (New Earth)
  • Eobard Thawne (DCAU)
  • Eobard Thawne (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Fast Forward (Earth-One)
  • Galatea (DCAU)
  • Grant Emerson (New Earth)
  • Gregor Gregorovich (New Earth)
  • Harold Cosgrove (Earth-50)
  • Helena Kosmatos (New Earth)
  • Henry Bendix (Earth-50)
  • Henry Hall (DCAU)
  • Hermes (Earth-S)
  • Hippolyta Trevor-Hall (New Earth)
  • Hunter Zolomon (New Earth)
  • Impulse (DC One Million)
  • Iris West (DCAU)
  • Ivana Christina Borodin Molotova (New Earth)
  • J'onn J'onzz (New Earth)
  • J'onn J'onzz (Smallville)
  • J'onn J'onzz (The Batman)
  • Jenni Ognats (DCAU)
  • Jesse Chambers (Created Equal)
  • Jo Nah (DCAU)
  • Jo Nah (Earth-Prime)
  • Jo Nah (LSHAU)
  • Jo Nah (Post-Zero Hour)
  • Jo Nah (Pre-Zero Hour)
  • Johnny Quick (Crisis on Two Earths)
  • Jonathan Banks (New Earth)
  • Jonathan Chambers (JSA: The Golden Age)
  • Joshua Hawkins (Impact)
  • Kal-El (Cosmic Adventures)
  • Kal-El (DCAU)
  • Kal-El (Earth-One)
  • Kal-El (Smallville)
  • Kal-L (Earth-Two)
  • Kara Zor-El (Smallville)
  • Kara Zor-L (Superman/Batman)
  • Kell-El (LSHAU)
  • Kent V. Nelson (New Earth)
  • Kevin Sack (Earth-50)
  • Kid Flash (Earth-Teen Titans)
  • Krypto (New Earth)
  • Lady Flash (Earth-33)
  • Lana Lang (Smallville)
  • Langford Terrill (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Lar Gand (Earth-Prime)
  • Lindsey Harrison (Smallville)
  • Luca Loletti (Earth-50)
  • LX-15 (Smallville)
  • Mainline (New Earth)
  • Massacre (New Earth)
  • Master Man I (Earth-S)
  • Mayfly (New Earth)
  • PDQ (New Earth)
  • Peter Hayes (New Earth)
  • Poprocket (New Earth)
  • Richard Kent Shakespeare (Pre-Zero Hour)
  • Rosabelle Mendez (New Earth)
  • Runaround Sue (New Earth)
  • S'kidds'kakoth (New Earth)
  • Sabina De La Croix (New Earth)
  • Savitar (New Earth)
  • Shaqira Johnson (Earth-50)
  • Slipstream (Antimatter Universe)
  • Speed Metal
  • Stormy Foster (Earth-X)
  • Streak (DCAU)
  • Superboy (Earth-One)
  • Superman (Clark Kent)
  • Thaddeus Thawne (Tiny Titans)
  • Thanatos (New Earth)
  • Valerie Kameya (Dakotaverse)
  • Wallace West (DCAU)
  • Wallace West (No Rules to Follow)
  • Wallace West (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Wallace West (Tiny Titans)
  • Whiz (Amalgam Universe)
  • Wonder Woman (Diana Prince)
  • Zod (Smallville)
  • Zyklon (New Earth)

Definition for Marvel Comics

Superhuman Speed

Ability to move at speeds faster than a normal human.

Characters that have superhuman speed

  • Aminedi Aurora, a member of Alpha Flight (comics) and Weapon X (comics).
  • Blur I, from Marvel's New Universe comics DP7.
  • Blur II, an updated version of the Whizzer in Supreme Power, J. Michael Straczynski's re-imagined version of Squadron Supreme.
  • Hermod, one of the Asgardian gods, based on the Norse god of the same name.
  • Hurricane (villain), a foe of the Western hero, The Two-Gun Kid.
  • Hurricane, a member of the Liberators in Ultimate Marvel.
  • Makkari, a member of the Eternals.
  • Meanstreak, a member of X-Men 2099.
  • Mercury, the Roman counterpart of the DC universe's Hermes.
  • Northstar, a member of Alpha Flight and the X-Men.
  • Quicksilver, a member of the Avengers.
  • Runner, a member of the Elders of the Universe.
  • Speed, a member of the Young Avengers.
  • Speed Demon (villain) / Speed Demon (Amalgam), a Marvel Comics supervillain.
  • Amalgam comics (Marvel/DC) superhero of the same name.
  • Surge
  • Whizzer, the name of two characters from Marvel Comics:
    • Robert Frank, a hero from the Golden Age
    • A member of the Squadron Supreme

Definition for Wildstorm Comics (Heroes Continuity)

Advanced Human Speed is the ability to move faster than a regular human is capable of.

Characters

  • Daphne Millbrook possessed this ability before her death.
  • Edgar currently has this ability.
  • Peter Petrelli absorbed this ability from Daphne but his father stole it. He then replicated it from Edgar but lost it after he absorbed Emma Coolidge's ability.
  • Lauren Gilmore mentioned a person in Miami named "Carlos" with this ability.
  • An unknown Agent possessed this ability in an alternate future.

Limitations

Future Agent

An unknown agent in an alternate future possessed this ability. She was able to run at super speeds and while running she could run on walls. It is presumed that she could also fight through the effects of time-stopping.

Daphne Millbrook

Daphne Millbrook also possessed this ability. She uses this ability to help her steal things and to travel around the world in seconds. Daphne's speed isn't only in her feet but also in her hands which was proven when it was said that she stole things at super speeds. She is also immune to the negative side-effects of moving at such high speeds such as internal damage and injuries from air friction.
Along with this ability, she is immune to the effects of time-stopping if she is using her ability while it was frozen. However, even though she doesn't stop with time, she cannot move at super speeds while time is still frozen. Time must start going again before she can run fast. If she is moving at normal speeds and time is frozen then she is not immune and she freezes with everything else.

This ability makes her very impatient. She can sense small gaps in people tones and she states that seconds feel like hours to her. She also had cerebral palsy before her ability manifested. After she gained her ability, the side-effects went away and she could walk, then run, then run at super speeds.

Daphne is also able to extend her ability to others that she is touching.

When Daphne's ability was amplified by Ando, she was able to travel through time because she moved faster than the speed of light, allowing her to time travel.

Daphne once stated that she can run on anything except air and she cannot run in space.

Edgar

Similarly to Daphne, Edgar's speed is not limited to his legs. He was able to move his arms at super speed to repeatedly slash Danko with his knives in a matter of seconds. Edgar is also immune to the effects of time-stopping while he is moving in super speed. But if he were to be moving at a normal speed, he would freeze with time.
It is stated by Noah that Edgar run at about 600 or 700 miles per hour.

Definition for Image Comics

Superhuman Speed is the ability to move faster than a normal human.

Characters

  • Caitlin Fairchild
  • Spawn
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