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JS


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You know how, in most depictions of Superman’s super-breath, he just expels a huge volume of air, but he’s never shown inhaling an equal volume of air beforehand? Sometimes he might be shown taking a quick breath right before, but it’s never anywhere near the same amount of air as he exhales. So like, where does all that air come from? Does he just magically create air inside himself? Does the mass of Earth’s atmosphere continually increase every time he does it?


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liheibao


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1) It's fiction! Just relax and enjoy it! ;\)

2) If we do hazard an estimation, it would be that Superman never stops inhaling even though exhaling. His Kryptonian physiology allows him to take in continuously more air through his nostrils, while expelling gale force winds from his mouth.

or

3) As Superman doesn't need to breathe, and only does so out of human mimicry, all of the air he take in resides in his lungs, being compressed over time, so we see as a simple draw of breath, is added to days, weeks, or months of air stored in his lungs

or

4) What we see being expelled isn't actual air, but force that closely resembles it. A short draw of breath, thanks his Kryptonian physiology is converted into a force that much resembles a hurricane's power, but isn't actually breath being expelled.

or

Come up with your own theory. All of Superman's powers defy our knowledge of physics, so there's really no right or wrong answer, just what appears to be more plausible.




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I think there was a post here long ago debating the freezing breath in particular, saying that the only way he could produce air colder than his own body heat was a form of hypokinesis, opposite of pyrokinesis, creating coldness with his mind. Sort of an extension of how John Byrne had him using telekinesis to fly. Maybe that also applies to the force of wind he can generate.

Or maybe he simply inhales and stores more air than we know. Enough to let out a continuous gust for several seconds or minutes when needed.



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liheibao


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Or when Superman inhales he's able to subconsciously convert the air into Nitrogen or Freon. There're are plenty of ways to "ground" his abilities in reality, if you will, though I don't believe it's really worth the time.




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JesusFan


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Could he be using his body/chest as a hugh and powerful air compressor?


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JesusFan


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Would really make sense if Superman was really one who has reality altering powers, and used solar energies to be able to activate them!


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JesusFan


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maybe its all mind over natter, powers as he needs them, as powerful,as he sees himself needing to be at any given time?


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liheibao


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That's always the best theory. . .though I still believe solar energy is the catylist.




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JesusFan


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John Bryne seemed to have hinted at that, as his superman was mujch weaker normally after COIE, but at times could be nearly PC temp basis!


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bh


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I thought in one of the Christopher Reeve movies it showed him taking a deep breath before using his super breath. But I also believe that he exerts a lot of force and gets more of a punch out of his exhalations than we would.


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JesusFan


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His lungs and chest acts as very powerful air compressor!


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Marvel Man


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    Quote:
    You know how, in most depictions of Superman’s super-breath, he just expels a huge volume of air, but he’s never shown inhaling an equal volume of air beforehand? Sometimes he might be shown taking a quick breath right before, but it’s never anywhere near the same amount of air as he exhales. So like, where does all that air come from? Does he just magically create air inside himself? Does the mass of Earth’s atmosphere continually increase every time he does it?


You can also exhale more air than you inhale. Just take a brief breath and then exhale all the air you can and you will notice that you're expeling a lot more air than you inhale. Everybody can do this. It's because of the "functional residual capacity", because a certain volume of air remains always in your lungs after the end of passive expiration.

And then, well, Superman is Kryptonian. Maybe his functional residual capacity is bigger than ours.

You can read more on this subject here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_residual_capacity




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