I was watching a show called In the Army now, and at 20:03, the journalist refers to himself as иван поддубный, which was translated as superman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js955f5zdXU. So my question is, what are some other well-known (assuming that иван поддубный is well-known) references that alludes to one's super-normal strength. For example, in English, I could make a comparison to either Schwarzeneggar or Hercules, both of whom are very well known

  • This is a broad question, especially if you need all of the names. Both Schwarzenegger and Hercules are well-known in Russia. Maybe restrict it to the names from Russian culture only?
    – Alexander
    Sep 12, 2018 at 22:53
  • I am not looking for "all the names", just those that are most commonly used. At least in America, I can count them on my fingers. And I didn't want to restrict the list to "names of Russian culture only" as I have only a vague idea of what is well-known to Russians. Sure, it would be pretty safe to assume that Schwarzeneggar and Hercules are known by most people, but what about He-man...perhaps the He-man cartoon is super popular in Russia...perhaps not...but I'm not adverse to this cultural limitation if the list ended up being prohibitively large
    – JMP
    Sep 12, 2018 at 23:58
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    If you look for the most frequent (and more or less generic) association - I'd suggest checking the usage of the name d'Artagnan. But if you are thinking of all the variations of some particular context for comparison with a real or fictional persona the list indeed gonna be huge.
    – DK.
    Sep 13, 2018 at 6:03
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    @DK. I think, d'Artagnan is more about moral authority (with the sarcasm) rather than strength. At least in recent years.
    – Dmitriy
    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:08
  • @Dmitry yes, you are right, I've missed question's focus on the physical strength there.
    – DK.
    Sep 13, 2018 at 12:27


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