For all those who bash Superman because of his wide range of powers...
Was he not the original? What other traits from superheroes could he be based on? Because he was the original his abilities had open range, the creators made him the ultimate superhero, one all other superheroes would be compared against. The original hero.
I think it got out of control before COIE when every writer seemed to add to the long list of powers and abilities Supes possessed. But he IS Superman and supposed to possess powers and abilities far beyond mortal men.
No, I agree, Superman DOES have too many powers. That's kind of the package though. He is very beatable, as we've seen many times. He's just picked up a bunch of abilities along the way.
He's got flight, MASSIVE invulnerability, MASSIVE super speed, MASSIVE super strength, super breath, freeze breath, heat vision, microscopic vision, x-ray vision, RIDICULOUSLY UNREALISTIC telescopic vision, the ability to combine any and all of his visions or powers in general, super stamina, RIDICULOUSLY UNREALISTIC super hearing, the ability to survive off of NOTHING but solar radiation(and by nothing, I mean NOTHING, including food, water, OXYGEN, sleep, etc.), the ability to supercharge all of his abilities depending on amount of solar radiation he has access to, super THOUGHT PROCESS(meaning he can process and retain information on a superhuman level, to the point where he is fluent in thousands of alien languages, and can remember things in old age that happened millions of years ago), super longevity(meaning he can die from old age, but he was literally able to live for a billion years in one comic), super reaction, and even the ability to CREATE new superpowers. He literally shape-shifted into an ogre once, by mashing his face together, and changing it's shape/size/color and appearance.
Of course, this all depends on the version of Superman, but one of the most prevalent versions, the one before COIE's, has ALL of them. Mr. Myx phucked with him once, and made him sniff magic sneezing powder, so he flew to a distant galaxy in less than the second it took him to sneeze, and was destroying a small, sunless solar system in his sneezing fit.
That's why he's usually not allowed in versus threads... He's too strong. Unless his opponent is from DBZ.
"Why is everybody so ****ing stupid?"- Kim Jong Il, Team America.
You proved my point there, by MASSIVE over use of the word massive, and citing passive powers.
Not to mention breaking out every off hand power you could think of. That can be done with heroes.
Hulk has super reflexes, can absorb radiation, see ghosts and astral forms, has a healing factor, has super breath...
Iron Man's armor realistically has a bazillion abilities if you wanted to list them all.
Nah, Supes has 5-6 main powers; passive (but for one) vision powers. He's just got them in spades.
IMO, Superman has an excellent powerset: not too much (like, eg, Surfer or Thor), not too little (like a pure brick), and easy to grasp if you consider what I posted in another thread...
Based on the above: saying Superman has too many powers is almost like saying an ordinary person has too many abilities.
Shinier than a speeding bullet.