Feat: Nightwing, ‘Outsiders’ #3

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NIGHTWING (RICHARD GRAYSON)
NEW EARTH

In ‘Outsiders’ (2003) #3, titled “Role Call, Part Three: Joke’s On You”, Nightwing performs a super strength feat. The Outsiders are thwarting a Gorilla City attack on New York that serves as a diversion for Joker to kidnap and torture the president, Lex Luthor. During the battle, Nightwing draws blood on Gorilla Grodd twice with his Eskrima sticks.

How much super strength does it take for Nightwing to draw blood on Gorilla Grodd twice with his Eskrima sticks?

In 'Outsiders' (2003) #3, Nightwing draws blood on Gorilla Grodd twice with his wingdings.
In ‘Outsiders’ (2003) #3, Nightwing performs a super strength feat. During the battle, Nightwing draws blood on Gorilla Grodd twice with his wingdings. AP Photo/DC Comics. AP Photo/DC Comics.

NIGHTWING HIT GORILLA GRODD TWICE DRAWING BLOOD. GRODD’S SKIN CAN WITHSTAND 551996 PSI OR 3805879139 PASCALS OF STRAIN, 0.42287545988 TIMES AS DURABLE AS BONE.

NIGHTWING GENERATED 27488970 NEWTONS OF TOTAL FORCE, THE EQUIVALENT OF 3089.8831569002514 TONS. THIS IS NOT HUMANLY FEASIBLE AND LIKELY REQUIRED MARTIAL ARTS WITH PRESSURE POINTS.

SUPER STRENGTH FEAT:

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Nightwing and Outsiders are fighting Gorilla Grodd and the army of Gorilla City in New York. In order to interrogate Gorilla Grodd, Nightwing hits him twice on the face, drawing blood.

We will estimate Gorilla Grodd’s durability in order to rate Nightwing’s super strength.

GORILLA GRODD’S DURABILITY


In ‘Flash’ (1991) #47, Vixen, Flash (Wally West) and Pied Piper are held captive by Gorilla Grodd. Flash frees himself from Grodd’s collar used for mind control and hits him with a speed blitz of three thousand punches.

In 'Flash' (1991) #47, Flash hits Gorilla Grodd with a speedblitz of three thousand punches.In ‘Flash’ (1991) #47, Flash hits Gorilla Grodd with a speedblitz of three thousand punches. AP Photo/DC Comics.

We will use this feat to calculate Nightwing’s super strength feat.

NUMBER CRUNCHING



This is a stress and strain problem. Let’s punch values into the Stress Calculator, on the Omni-Calculator. We get the following results. Refer to the Calculations Toggle Arrow to view the calculations for Area (A) and Force (F).


Nightwing, ‘Outsiders’ #3

Let’s calculate Nightwing’s first hit. The first hit is with a variable force at an angle of 45 degrees. Let’s calculate the acceleration knowing that the Eskrima stick weighs 0.425243 kg.

a = F/m = (15000000 N)/(0.425243 kg) = 35273949.2478 m/s2.

Arc Length = θ × r = (45° × π/180 rad*15000000 N)/(1 rad) = 11780970 N.

Then we calculate the second hit.

Arc Length = θ × r = (60° × π/180 rad*15000000 N)/(1 rad) = 15708000 N.

Total Super Strength = 27488970 N = 3089.8831569002514 Tons.

SUPER STRENGTH



Nightwing generated 27488970 N of total force making Gorilla Grodd bleed. Nightwing had to generate a Building Level of Super Strength since he hit Gorilla Grodd with 3089.8831569002514 Tons. This is not humanly feasible and is likely a result of martial arts with pressure points.

Toggle the Toggle Arrow below to view the calculations.

Calculations for Nightwing, ‘Outsiders’ #8

Metahuman Strength = 1000 kg = m.

Area = (pi)(10 cm)(5 cm) = 157.07963 cm^2.
Force = ma = (1000 kg)(3000 punches)(5 m/s^2) = 15000000 N.
a = F/m = (15000000 N)/(0.425243 kg) = 35273949.2478 m/s2.
Arc Length First Hit = θ × r = (45° × π/180 rad*15000000 N)/(1 rad) = 11780970 N.
Arc Length Second Hit = θ × r = (60° × π/180 rad*15000000 N)/(1 rad) = 15708000 N.
Total Super Strength = (11780970 N + 15708000 N) = 27488970 N.
Super Strength In Tons = (27488970 N * 1 ton)/(9964.016384 N) = 3089.8831569002514 Tons.
Ratio Of Young’s Modulus = (3805879139 Pa)/(9000000000 Pa) = 0.42287545988. https://openstax.org/books/university-physics-volume-1/pages/12-3-stress-strain-and-elastic-modulus

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SOURCES

Outsiders Vol 3 3 in DC Database.
The Flash #47 in Comic Vine.

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