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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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Short Story: Group of people with powers living together - a sentient radio, a woman with coercive powers, and someone who can fix anything [duplicate]

In Asimov's magazine, in the late 1980s or early 1990s, I recall a story about a group of people with odd powers or conditions who live together in an apartment. The leader is a woman who has "...
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Fiction book about a boy who finds out he has some kind of powers from another boy while at school and joins some government-like group with him

I read this book in middle school around 2013 maybe, about a 12-14 year old boy, (Boy A) who meets (Boy B) after somehow making a table flip with his mind in the cafeteria; (Boy B) tells him that he ...
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I thought it was called Dragon's Keep, but I can't find it [duplicate]

I've been trying to figure out the name of this book I once read. This is what I remember about it a village is attacked the main character and her brother escape they travel for sometime until they ...
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Superman given a stroke -- how could this happen? [closed]

Looking at Manchester Black's Wikipedia page, I see that via telekinesis he gave Superman a stroke. I assert that, while bathed by a yellow Sun, Superman could not suffer ill effects even from ...
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Book about a scientist who gives teens powers

The book had three characters, with the main character being male. The cover art had the three (maybe two) of them at like a deserted carnival. There’s a kid with lighting powers and one with fire. In ...
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Has Wolverine's apparent middle-agedness been explained?

Given his recuperative ability, why would he show any signs of age but rather have reached, say, 25 and then looked this way forever? And given that he aged to apparent middle age, is there any ...
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Which was the first story to feature a 'Fighting spirit'?

A 'fighting spirit' fights instead of the one summoning and controlling it, and may be visible or invisible but have.some connection to the user. In X-Men Apocalypse (2016), before Jean Grey attacks ...
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What was the earliest fiction to use cloning as a magical ability/superpower?

I've seen media where a character is able to clone/replicate themselves in an instant. These clones help fight off enemies either directly, or serve as a distraction. So I've wanted to know, what the ...
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How did Harry know how Voldemort had lost his powers?

At the end of The Chamber of Secrets Harry says: “No one knows why you lost your powers when you attacked me,” said Harry abruptly. “I don’t know myself. But I know why you couldn’t kill me. Because ...
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Superpowers story focused on a mechanic who acquires a powersuit, and gets hired by local crime lord to produce more

I think I read this online, possibly on Royal Road, and it felt about novel length. The main character is a mechanic at a shop in a world where people have superpowers, which range from extreme ...
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If a Green Lantern thinks of a shield of Supermanium, will his construct be as strong as his will, or will it be as strong as the original metal?

According to the DC Wiki page for Supermanium: Supermanium is apparently the hardest metal in the known universe; it is practically as indestructible as the Superman himself. And according to the DC ...
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YA Series - Main character accidentally collapsed building on friend, who is thought dead

What I know- Protagonists name is possibly Jude or something starting with a J. Main character ( Maya maybe?) has powers and accidentally causes a building to collapse on her best friend while being ...
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What is the earliest instance of magic smelling like ozone?

Aside from being set in pretty cynical universes, both Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher saga and Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain stories don't have a lot in common, aside from one thing that's nearly ...
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What is the name of this fantasy book? [closed]

I'm looking around the internet to find out the title of an old book (maybe 10-12 years ago) I read as a kid. I roughly remember the main story and I think the title contains the word "Super"...
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Why does Sally have a premonition?

The Nightmare Before Christmas characters pretty consistently follow a pattern where their traits are related to the kind of monster they are. For example: Jack can pull his ribs out to play fetch ...
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What story has an alien symbiote bond with a human in a cave?

I'm looking for a story (novelette, short, etc) I've read in an anthology, about a human running from pursuit who lands in a planet and enters in a cave where something falls on his shoulders and he ...
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Book about a boy who discovered he had superhuman abilities, and ran away from an organization that wanted to use him as a weapon

I’m looking for a book I think I read maybe in 2018. I don’t remember much, but I remember reading it in middle school, so I believe it would be in the more advanced part of a children's section of ...
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Book series where women gain superpowers based on menopause symptoms due to Chinese medicine

Tip of my tongue, but about 5-6 years ago, I read a series of books following women (I think at least three) who'd gained superpowers based on menopause symptoms after their "Alternative Medicine&...
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Why are Invisibility and Force Fields coupled together in certain super heroes?

From reddit: Violet from the Incredibles and Sue Storm from The Fantastic Four are both heroins whose power is both to become invisible and to create force fields. Now, maybe Violet is an homage to ...
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Book series about superpowered teenaged clones with tattoos on their heels

I remember a lot of the plot except for characters’ names or the series/books names. Basically a teenage girl learns that her grandfather/caretaker was a scientist who participated in cloning humans ...
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Levitating boy grounded [duplicate]

This would be a short story (turned out to be a novella), probably late 70' or early 80's. It involved three boys from three different alien (to each other) races. One of the boys belonged to aliens ...
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Comic where Teenage Male gains powers from a dying Alien, takes the form of a tattoo that can be moved around body

I have been searching this for a while with no luck — so forgive the spotty recollection. I am looking for a Western (American?) comic book I read in the '90s as a child. A teenage boy finds a crash ...
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1990s(?) story. Someone is killing people who have special abilities (super powers)

I am trying to ID a story (or comic book series) from the 1990s I believe. It would have been in English. Someone is killing people who have special abilities. (Sort of like Skyler was doing in Heroes ...
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Old Sci-Fi book with skin crystalizing disease and characters with psi powers

I remember reading a Sci-Fi book as a kid. The protagonist caught a supposedly fatal alien skin disease that caused the body to "crystalize". A secret organization treated him with devices ...
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Isekai manga about a boy and other people being teleported to a wired world

Its about a boy in his teens that lives up on a mountain in Japan. His dad is a scientist and can't go anywhere near the city unless it's necessary. He has a strange ability where if he goes near ...
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novel with psi slavery

Name the novel, 197x. Setting is a world of human(oid)s most of whom have the psi ability to enslave weaker others. (Maybe the word slave and its derivatives are not used.) Masters and slaves form ...
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Novel involving a girl and her sister with powers (at least one over death), invited to join people with other powers

I read this somewhere in the last five years, albeit only the first few chapters. The protagonist (high school age, I think) lived with her younger sister, no parents for reasons I can't quite place. ...
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Looking for movie with telekinetic lockpicking

I remember watching a movie. Where protagonist gets hit by a lightning and gains minor telekinesis. Then he joins group of other super powered individuals. Then he opens a lock with telekinesis. One ...
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sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead

This was a sci-fi book where everyone older than 18 was dead. The eldest was some boy who's 17, I think, and I believe that they all had superpowers, if not all then some of them. The book started ...
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comic miniseries: Teenagers show superpowers, conscripted into military

About 25 years ago I found issue 1 of this miniseries in a comic shop. It was secondhand then, so probably a few years older. Several teenagers in USA begin to exhibit random super powers. I remember ...
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Which superhero first used the power of body shrinkage?

There are many superheroes who have the power to expand or contract their body size. In Marvel, we have Ant-Man and the Wasp, and in DC we have Atom. Who was the first superhero to use the power of ...
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Has anyone ever escaped Darkseid's omega sanction of their own power, and if so, how?

Darkseid has several incredible and terrible powers, but one of his most underrated is the Omega sanction. Essentially, this is a "life trap" where a the targeted being is forced into a self ...
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Information/Device For Gaining Superpowers In Gotham City Public Library

From reading comics, I know that Gotham City has a public library in many continuities. Batman also fights villains there a decent number of times since the library first appeared in Detective Comics #...
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Publicly Available Ways To Learn Magic In The DC Universe

I have read in a DC comic about John Constantine where the superhero says that ultimate secret of magic is that anybody can do it. However, I don't believe I have ever read a DC comic that reveals any ...
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Story identification: person gets super powers from chocolate

I must have seen this in passing about a decade ago. All I remember was the hero got their powers (possibly accidentally) from ingesting chocolate (I think it was just ordinary chocolate, not a ...
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What are the canon superhuman abilities of a Slayer in the Buffyverse? [closed]

Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire slayer started off as a bit of a parody of the Vampire and damsel in distress narratives all the way back with the original movie in 1992. There, the titular heroine's ...
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How exactly are Molecular Manipulation and Reality Manipulation different? [closed]

On the surface, Molecular control and Reality manipulation do essentially the same thing: alter physical elements and environments on a fundamental level, essentially doing with them whatsoever the ...
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Are there any specifics given as to how the Genosha mutant power suppression technology works?

In the X-Men franchise, there are numerous human made tech which somehow stop mutants from utilizing their abilities. It doesn't matter if the power is physical, psionic, or energy based; once applied,...
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Is there any known ranking of the most powerful telepaths/psionics/ psychics in the DC universe?

I recently came across a comic panel noting Jonn Jonezz, the Martial Manhunter, as "one of the most powerful telepathic minds on the planet", which falls in line with most data; Jonn has ...
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Is Moon Knight TRULY mystically enhanced, or is it just the "power of crazy?"

The Marvel comics character Marc Spector, aka Moon Knight, is a B list, but still bad ass vigilante. A well trained boxer, mercenary and former intelligence operative who uses expensive moon-themed ...
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Book a child/teenager discovering his power and struggling to learn to control it [duplicate]

I am looking for a book series where each member of the family has a special ability. Each book follows a different character but they are all part of the same (larger) family. As I remember, one of ...
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Book series about teens who gain enhanced senses after adopting a wolf [duplicate]

I'm looking for a book series about a group of teens who developed increased senses after adopting a baby wolf that was experimented on. The main character is a girl that becomes friends with a group ...
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Aside from obvious magnitude of power output, what's the difference between Kaio ken and Super Sayain transformations?

In the DBZ/DB Super worlds, there are multiple ways to "power up" or hit a new level, but two of the most iconic are the Kaio-ken [King Kai Fist] and going various levels of Super Saiyan. Now ...
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With her enhanced durability and resistance, is Rogue capable of getting physically sick?

Rogue from the X-men is a utant with the ability to take bio-energy, and thus powers, from other mutants and super beings. At her base, though, while mutant, her genome is still essentially human. ...
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If the "New Adventures of He-Man" is the SAME He-man from Masters of the Universe, WHY is he so much WEAKER?

That's...basically it. You can watch the Filmation He-Man and At least once per episode, he will do something that is unarguably super human in his strength; shattering a mountain [or picking it up], ...
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How does a "Super Kiss" work?

I just watched Superman II with my little nephew. At the end of film Clark basically removes over a week's worth of knowledge from Lois's mind (including his identity as Superman) by kissing her. My ...
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What enhancements has Xander received over the course of Buffy?

I have recently fallen into the habit of reading Buffy fanfiction and a surprising amount of it makes reference to Xander being slightly more than human (by more than simple experience). This ...
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Has Black Widow ever been imbued with Spider-Powers?

I'm aware that there are many Spider-People of various flavors (see Into the Spider-Verse) and all kinds of storylines where others have been temporily imbued with Spider-Powers. Lo and behold, Black ...
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Story, show or movie where having sex causes the main character to lose their powers for a limited time

Honestly....this is ALL I can remember about it. The Main hero was incredibly strong and had various abilities, but he would lose his powers for a day or so after having sex. [and yes, it was a "he"]. ...
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Short story: Man gains X-ray vision, cheats at cards, sees a clot in his blood

I remember reading it close to 10 years ago: a man acquired the ability to see through objects. He used it to cheat at cards, and later, saw through his own flesh and divined a blood clot approaching ...
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