A broad term covering the abilities of superheroes (such as Superman or Spider-Man), mutants (X-Men or telepaths), and magical users (witches and wizards). Can be arrived at in a number of ways - natural talent or learning (magic), being an alien (Superman), radiation (Fantastic 4), or other.

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Why didn't Spider-Man gain natural spinnerets with his initial powers?

I know he had them for a time pre-Civil War, but why wasn't organic web spinning one of the powers Peter Parker got when he was initially bitten by the radioactive spider? His strength, agility and ...
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Is Mystique just a better Colossus?

Basically, what is the extent of Mystique's powers? Could she mirror Colossus as he turns to steel? Or at least look like she was made of steel? What materials can she turn into? And if she can’t ...
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Does Colossus' metal “disappear” when in normal form?

Colossus has two main states: Normal (human) form Armored form When in his normal form, is his metal completely gone, or is it somehow still in his molecular structure and just in a weaker state? ...
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Story about a boy who could control the weather and droughts

I read a fantasy book a very long time ago about a boy who could control the weather. I believe he was poor and/or an outcast. The enemy of the book was I believe a traveling salesman. At the end I ...
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How does Spider-Man climb walls?

How does Spider-Man's "sticky" powers work? If his ability to climb walls works in the same way as spiders and most other insects (e.g. due to Van der Waal's force of attraction) then his hand should ...
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Can Wolverine clone himself? [duplicate]

From what I've been reading, all that Wolverine needs in order to regenerate is a single cell. No matter how badly he's been damaged, blown-up or incinerated, he's survived because, supposedly, a ...
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Does Gambit have a forgotten power of creating illusions?

A long long time ago I read a comic book, in which Gambit was training against Wolverine in the Danger Room and Jubilee was in the control chamber. After a little fight Gambit's eyes start blinking, ...
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In X-Men: First Class, in the beginning scene, why doesn't the child Erik attempt to kill Shaw?

Near the beginning of the movie, in the Shaw's office scene, after Shaw shot Erik's mother, Erik got really mad and he killed the two soldiers and messed the room up. Why didn't he attempt to kill ...
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Do children inherit their parents' powers in the X-Men universe? [duplicate]

In the X-men universe, when two mutants have a child, does the child inherit their parents' powers? If this is the case, does the child inherit only one parent's power or both, or do they develop ...
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Hillbilly-type family with supernatural powers

I am trying to find titles and author of 1950s era short stories about a family of hillbillies with supernatural powers. One family member was called Cousin Lemuel. This is categorically NOT Ray ...
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What are the different ways that Spider-Man makes webs in the comics?

I've never really followed the comics too religiously, but I've read a few issues here and there, and a few of the spin-offs. I recall one explanation of Spider-Man's webs as being an invention of ...
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Force-sensitive battle of the precogs?

I hope I get the terminology right, I don't know if I am referring to Force-sensitivity or some other term (precog?) where Jedi appear to have faster reflexes to others, while they are in effect ...
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Is Superman the only immortal Kryptonian?

According to the latest incarnation of Superman (I may be wrong here), he gets his powers from his Kryptonian heritage, and we've seen that he lives up to the 853rd century (if not more), so, are we ...
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Sci-Fi book, 1980s, Twins psychic powers

I think it was from the 1980s. Main characters were twins, man and woman, where the woman had psychic powers and embraced the community of others with talents. Whereas the man was the opposite and ...
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When did Harry's Power Levels begin being acknowledged?

I've just re-read Summer Knight, and in it, there's a lot of mentions of how outmatched Harry always is. Now I'm listening to Dead Beat, which is the seventh book in the series, and it's talking about ...
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Was Gandalf ignorant of the effects of Frodo having the ring for 17 years?

In an answer of mine for the question 'Who are all the characters to have touched The One Ring?', someone astutely asked 'how come?' Was Gandalf aware of the Rings' effects on a holder before ...
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Is Cyclop's mutant power just an organic version of Ironman's repulsor tech?

They occupy the same universe so we have to assume the same physics apply. Ironman's repulsor tech is described as an inertia-less one way kinetic blast. At higher energy levels, it can can even ...
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How fast can Mr. Fantastic stretch?

I've been wondering about the stretching speed of heroes with elongation powers. How fast and far can someone like Mr. Fantastic stretch in a second? I am looking for an answer based on canon.
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What powers does Galadriel have?

In The Hobbit:An Unexpected Journey movie Galadriel is able to speak telepathically with Gandalf and also does this with Frodo in The Fellowship of The Ring. Also she shows Frodo what she calls ...
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How does ascension work in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erickson?

In the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, it is implied people 'ascend' to become gods (or god-like)? What decides who ascends and how does it work?
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Can the doctor really control the wind?

In the episode "The Snowmen" the doctor claims "No one can control the clouds that would be silly; the wind, a little bit." I was wondering if there is any evidence supporting this earlier in the ...
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What is the maximum distance Lila Cheney can teleport to?

We often hear about how Lila Cheney "can teleport across intergalactic distances, but can't easily do short distances". However, what is her maximum teleport distance? Has it ever been mentioned? Has ...
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A book about a boy with special powers in a school with others like him

I think it was about a boy that wound up in a school with other kids that had powers. I think the story was told from his point of view. Each child was different. One could read minds, a girl could ...
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In Alphas how does Kat's memory forgetting thing work?

The downside of Kat's power is that she can't remember anything beyond 3 months (roughly). But how does her memory loss work, does she lose an hour, day or week at a time or do her memories just sort ...
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What does Ando's power in Heroes Season3 do?

When Ando first gets his power, he touches Matt and Daphne who then have their power boosted many times in strength. It first seems his power is to "boost" others with powers. However later on in the ...
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Book about kids with mental powers and aliens

I am looking to find the name of a book I read a few years ago, but cannot remember. I have some information about the book from memory but after an hour searching google I am none the wiser. A few ...
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Why are the Istari only allowed to inspire?

It its known that the Istari were sent to Middle Earth to aid in the battle against Sauron, being only allowed to inspire and no direct actions could be taken. But, why is this? Could this rule be ...
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Is Earth the only planet with mutants?

In the Marvel Universe there are lots of powerful beings. Without taking in account lab accidents, as far as I know, all powerful Earthlings are granted with superpowers by a mutation. One they were ...
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Is there a set limit on mutant abilities, where they're deemed too unrealistic?

In the X-Men universe, as a sampling, we have: Energy projection (Cyclops) Physical modification (Beast, Nightcrawler, Angel, Toad) Plus shape-shifting (Mystique) Teleportation (Nightcrawler) ...
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Who is The Fulcrum?

The Fulcrum is considered The One-Above-All. The Dreaming Celestial stated that: "Every component in the physical Universe is a model/example/function of balance... Every ...
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What is Nightcrawler's Limitation?

This has more regard to Nightcrawler's teleportation ability. Every instance I've seen him teleport it has been with a room or given space. In the old Sega Genisis games (not sure how closely they ...
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How to kill Wolverine?

Wolverine is a tough man, his regeneration power makes him almost indestructible. In the second X-men movie, Wolverine himself killed Deathstrike, a mutant that had the same regeneration power as ...
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How fine a control can Big Bertha exert over her weight?

Big bertha is a member of the Great Lakes Avengers (GLA) who by day is Ashley Crawford, supermodel. By night (and sometimes day) she is Big Bertha. Her powers allow her to gain weight, granting her ...
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Can Magneto control Colossus?

I know Magneto can control magnetic fields, to an insane extent, even to the point of manipulating Adamantium. I know he never does it in the movies, but is it ever explored in the comics or cartoons ...
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Are Storm's mutant powers plausible?

Most level 4+ mutants in the X-Men universe have powers that have at least partially scientific (or at worst, pseudo-scientific) explanations: Professor X - Brain cells can interact with a 'psionic ...
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Was mind manipulation a factor in Darth Vader's seduction of Amidala?

Darth Sidious was always a magnificent bastard and seemed to not leave anything to chance. Did he, under the guise of Palpatine, "inspire" Darth Vader to believe that he loved Amidala? And did Darth ...
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How strict is the Decree for the Reasonable Restriction of Underage Sorcery?

In the first book Hermione mentions that she has tried a few spells, before ever arriving at Hogwarts, Sorcerer's Stone, Ch 6: I've tried a few spells just for practice and it's all worked for me. ...
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Was E.T. a Jedi? [closed]

I came to this thought that E.T. was in fact a Jedi (or at least Force-sensitive) and the more I think about it, the more it seems possible. This would explain many things. First, we already know ...
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What does a high Midi-chlorian count actually mean?

This question is related to a few others here like Who is the most powerful user of The Force in Star Wars canon? and When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in ...
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How do the Incredible Hulk's pants stay on but not his shirt?

I guess I can live with the fact that the Incredible Hulk changes size drastically when he transforms, but why does his shirt rip off and not his pants? I think that we need a little better answer ...
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How does Superman fly?

If I remember correctly, Superman's powers come from the fact that Earth's sun is yellow and Krypton's sun was red. So he is supercharged by our sun's solar energy or something like that. While this ...
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Mutants with healing factors in the X-Men movies

Some mutants, notably, Wolverine have a healing ability, so they basically don't age (or don't age much) and they recover perfectly from wounds and injuries, and they can't be poisoned. In X-Men ...
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How does Ms. Marvel fly?

Using her original Kree-given powers, how did Ms. Marvel fly? Was this an ability that all Kree had, or was she manipulating gravity, or what? Or was it never explained past "she can fly"? She still ...
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Was Luke or Anakin “The Chosen One”?

Most would say that Luke is because he is the focus of the first movies (4-6), but Qui-gon said Anakin was "The Chosen One". Who was the real "Chosen One"?
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What is the source of Gaara's abilty to control sand?

In Naruto, there is a character named Gaara, who possess the ability to manipulate sand to block attacks, elevate him on a platform of sand, and use in damaging attacks (such as 'Sand Tomb', which ...
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Why did the Jedi want to bring balance to the Force?

During the Prequel trilogy, the Jedi wanted to bring balance to the Force, in accordance with a prophecy. There seemed to be a general agreement that this was a 'good thing', but a disagreement with ...
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When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish?

From what I understand, midi-chlorian count is a strong indicator of ability in the Force (though there are other factors as well). So it seems like when Anakin loses his arm or Luke loses his hand, ...
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What's the difference between the Light side and the Dark side of the Force?

We know that Dark side is linked to emotion like fear and anger, but the interesting point here is the between line the two side of the force. As an example, what make Mind tricks a "acceptable" ...
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What power(s) did Hiro's father have?

I've been re-watching season one of Heroes. It seems like almost everyone initially introduced is the offspring of two people with powers. Hiro's mom was a healer, what powers did his dad have?
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Bitten by a vampire, werewolf, and zombie… what happens to him? [closed]

I'm toying with the idea of having a character bitten by more than one bite-infecting monster and wondered about just what would happen. What are the generally-accepted time windows from bite to ...