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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What was the first story to feature stopped time?

It's common in science fiction, and occasionally fantasy, to see a device that can stop time. Time travellers on Heroes, such as Peter Petrelli, Nathan "Tommy" Bennet, and Hiro Nakamura can make ...
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Who was the first telepath?

Telepathy is a mainstay of modern science fiction and fantasy. Our top six tags (not counting story identification and similar) each feature telepathic characters prominently. Harry Potter: Lord ...
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Do most vampires have powers?

In the Twilight universe, some vampires gain no powers when they turn (you know, except for diamond-hard skin, strength enough to lift a car, regeneration, and being able to run at 100 miles per ...
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Who was the first shapeshifter in fiction?

People or monsters with the ability to change their physical forms are widespread in science fiction and fantasy. This appears in many of the biggest science fiction and fantasy franchises. For ...
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Are Time Lords psychic?

The Doctor is famous for his use of psychic paper: However, at times, the Doctor seemingly demonstrated innate psychic powers. At the end of series 4, for example, he used them to Besides this ...
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Book series where the main characters have powers associated with smells

There is a book series where the main characters (one boy and one girl) have powers. If I remember correctly, the boys powers are associated with the smell of oranges, and the girls powers are ...
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What was the first example of a character who could steal someone else's powers?

Many stories feature powers or abilities that are inherent to an individual, whether fantastic, pseudo-scientific, or perhaps even actually scientific. But sometimes they are not so inherent. ...
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What is the first instance of a person gaining powers from radiation?

What is the first person to gain their superpowers through exposure to radiation? I am thinking of comic book heroes and ionizing radiation (such as gamma rays) rather than, for example, folklore ...
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How does Superman control the distance his heat vision beam travels?

How does Superman make sure his heat vision doesn't cause collateral damage beyond his intended target? To be more to the point, how far do errant beams travel and what happens once they strike an ...
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How does Deadpool break the 4th wall?

Continuation of Does Deadpool know he is breaking the 4th wall? So Deadpool knows he's fictional. But how does he know things like what issue he's in, or where the fourth wall is so he can talk to ...
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Superman “Kryptonian” traits vs powers

I was wondering. Most of Superman's powers are a result of his exposure to a yellow sun and get negated when he is exposed to Kryptonite. Are there any Kryptonian traits that are superhuman in any ...
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How did the Kents raise a super-baby?

I have seem plenty of questions and posts about how could Superman (with all his powers) deal with XYZ, more or less having his Superpowers in the way of everyday routine for a normal human. ...
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Can the Flash use his powers and super speed without the speed force (e.g. outside the DC universe)?

Can the Flash use his powers and super speed outside the DC universe? If the DC speedsters draw their powers from the speed force, and the speed force exists in the DC universe only, does it mean ...
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Does Rogue ever take advantage of the removable power suppression we see?

One of the main characteristics of Rogue is her lack of control of her mutant power - unless she wears a full-body suit and gloves, she can't touch anyone without hurting them. With even brief ...
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Trying to find a book about aliens taking over earth and making us fight with them

I'm trying to find this book that I never got to finish last year and for the life of me I can't remember the name! It's actually the second book in a series about a time when aliens take over the ...
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Are there any heroes/villians with only super weaknesses?

If you have ever seen Unbreakable, Is there anything like this in the X Men? Another example of what I am looking for would be Christopher Snow in Dean Koontz's Fear Nothing:
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Can Ma-Ti control humans as well?

Frequently on Captain Planet, Ma-Ti uses the power of heart to control various animals to accomplish certain tasks. Could he use this on humans as well? If so, presumably he could control all the ...
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Is the mutant gene dominant or recessive?

Is there any evidence of whether the mutant gene is dominant, recessive, or something in between? I know there are examples of mutant parents having mutant children (i.e., Magneto and Scarlet Witch), ...
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Which one of Superman's powers was the last Superpower to fully develop?

Assuming that all of DC comics Superman's powers have completely and totally matured, which one of them was the last power to fully develop? I haven't read each and every universe, but I'm pretty ...
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Mental powers move sun

The story was a thin paperback. Humans were dominated by some alien species but not limited to Earth when taken. Some sort of priesthood trained people for mental powers. Graduation was moving ...
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Can Ultimate Toad spit mucus?

I was reading a Wikipedia article the other day and noticed under Ultimate Toad's power list, one was stated as: the ability to spit a thick mucus-slime that hardens into a thick shell. Now, I could ...
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Was Harry a very powerful wizard when he casts the patronus charm at the dementors? [duplicate]

I was just watching Harry Potter "Prisoner of Azkaban". Just before the scene where Harry casts the patronus spell to get rid of the Dementors, Hermione says: Only a really powerful wizard could ...
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Sci-fi book about 4 or 5 teenage girls who have powers, published 2000-2008

They have been chosen because they are very intelligent and have powers (seeing the past or the future, being invisible, reading thoughts...) in order to find aliens that are hiding on earth. These ...
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Superman has the strength of how many men? [closed]

Like 100? 1000? And was it said anywhere in the comics? (The modern age)
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Where does Heimdall's sight come from?

A fairly straightforward question: where do Heimdall's abilities come from? It seems most Asgardians have a standard set of superhuman capabilities (strength, toughness, longevity, etc), and those ...
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TV/Movie Identification: Evil person demanding the power source, people have scales falling off their eyes to see clearly

I've been trying to find out the movie or TV show where one scene has a evil person wanting to obtain the power source (something of great power). It is like a kid's sci fi show so this evil person ...
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Complicated story identification from book cover

I really want to find this book again. I had it back in the seventies, the story was complex, surreal, competing realities type. The cover showed one figure (I think), anyway, their neck was a ...
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What is the earliest example of Superman-style flight?

Stories of flying people (or demi-gods or gods) go back all the way into pre-history. But in my experience, most or all of the early representations of super-human flight are either based on an item ...
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How does the Helmet of Fate work?

I have heard two basic theories on how the Helmet of Fate operates: Once Kent Nelson (or one of the other versions of Dr. Fate) puts on the helmet, he is granted the ability to wield magic along ...
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An old book series about stones, teenagers, and parallel worlds

There was this book series I used to read at Waldenbooks back when I was a kid. I have been looking for this series FOREVER and I am yet to find it. The only thing I remember about the book cover ...
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Can Superman see in the dark?

We hear all about how Superman has "super vision," which apparently includes microscopic vision, long-distance vision, X-ray vision, etc. But can Superman see in the dark? That is to say, could he ...
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Blindfolded child told they have deadly powers associated with their vision

There exists a book that I have not read in years. In said book, the main character discovers they have deadly powers associated with their vision, and that since they are hard to control they must ...
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Obscure show or movie from the 80's or 90's

Because I watched this when I was so young, I might have meld two shows into one. these people have white jewels in the center of their fore heads to activate their powers, they place their index ...
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The “superhuman speed” special effect in movies and television

What's the earliest example of a character exhibiting "superhuman" speed in either film or television (doesn't have to be Hollywood, if the earliest example is foreign, very interested in hearing of ...
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Why did Saruman lose his power after he was banished from Orthanc?

Saruman was strong enough to defeat Gandalf the Grey, but upon banishment from Orthanc and his taking over of the Shire he seemed like nothing more than a normal old man. He apparently retained his ...
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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 ...