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Questions tagged [powers]

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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Book: boy with telekinesis, joins an organization, learns to control his powers while watching a football game

I've been searching for a while and I can't seem to find anything online about it. The boy gets telekinetic powers and joins some sort of small organisation with a girl in it who helps him. He goes ...
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Can Rogue absorb and utilize powers from multiple mutants simultaneously?

It is established that Rogue absorbs and is capable of utilizing powers from any mutant she makes skin to skin contact with, but what happens when Rogue makes contact with multiple mutants? Is she ...
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Fantasy book about a girl whose use of both men's and women's magic makes her an outcast

Men do one kind of magic, women do another. The magic for one is sky based, the other is earth based. The main character (a girl) ends up breaking down the barrier to show that blending the types of ...
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Looking for a book about two kids who find a Roman (I think) coin and gain superpowers

It's been years since I read it - a brother and sister find a an old coin and then develop powers, the centre of which is their ability to communicate with each other telepathically. When they are ...
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Can Mr. Immortal die permanently? (and others with self-resurrection)

Mr. Immortal (Craig Hollis) has the ability of self-resurrection and he can resurrect himself endlessly. It is called resurrective immortality or retroactive immortality also. Retroactive ...
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Looking for a short story from the '80s where inanimate objects talk because of a fluke

Looking for a short story a friend of a friend described. I Googled around but can't find it. Anyone know this one? "This is reminding me of a funny short-short SF story that I can't find from a ...
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Is there an objective answer to who “the strongest Avenger” is?

In Thor: Ragnarok we have a scene in which Thor is trying to access a computer in a Quinjet by saying his name in different ways. One of the ways is by calling himself "the strongest Avenger", which ...
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What is the highest force self-propulsion performed in all of Star Wars?

From other questions here it has already been established that force users are able to use it to jump great heights and even fly, and perform all kinds of other "magical" feats. This got me wondering ...
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Are White Walkers sentient beings with certain super-powers? If yes, what are their powers?

We don't know much about White Walkers besides they can attack and fight. As far as I know, White Walkers were created by the Children of the Forest and the Three Eyed Raven (god who live in trees) ...
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Does Wonder Woman ever get cold?

I'm sure it's common knowledge that Wonder Woman customarily wears a costume with bare arms/legs/shoulders. Since her backstory usually has her growing up on some sort of tropical island, it makes ...
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Looking for a book with the cover of a girl with bright blue eyes, purple/pink hair, and nose ring

When I was 12 (around 2010) I read this book about these kids who went to a regular school but went to a certain class once a day because they had special powers. I believe it was a series and all of ...
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Does Hazel's power mean she can manipulate locks?

Hazel's power is to control metal, so does that mean she can manipulate locks that are made out if metal? Also is it possible for her to move entire buildings made out of metal?
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Are there other mutants with secondary powers?

In the X-Men films (and assumingly comics), we see characters obtain secondary powers unrelated to their primary mutation. The most obvious example is Kitty Pryde later developing an ability to send ...
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What are the limitations of Ladybug's “Lucky Charm”?

In Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, Ladybug uses her "Lucky Charm" power as a sort of finishing move. Each time she uses it, the charm turns into a different object. In one episode*, it ...
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Wait, does Superman's heat vision generate “superheat”?

So this answer mentions a material called "Supermanium", which is apparently the substance used to craft Superman's Supermobile aircraft. a metal so strong that "only Superman's heat vision can ...
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What was that story about teen cousins who get mental powers from polluted water?

Anyone ever read a short story about these two cousins who, while visiting their grandma, fall into a polluted river and later find out they are getting mental abilities. Abilities to read others ...
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Anime with students who can draw power from their “past lives”

The story was something like this. The students attended an academy. They were like guardians that were able to tap into their past lives for power. The main character was kinda slow to gain power. ...
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Do mutants who have mind powers have their power as a part of their atomic structure the same way mutants with physical powers, or not?

When a mutant in X-men gets powers does it affect their atomic structure whether their powers are physical or not, I am curious to know? A mutant with any form of power that isn't directly physical, ...
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Why do this character’s powers appear reduced?

In previous episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Daisy Johnson (a.k.a. Skye or Quake) has demonstrated significant powers of sound manipulation. She was able to produce a radial shockwave that knocked ...
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How did Adam Monroe survive eclipses?

On the TV show Heroes, Adam Monroe (alias Takezo Kensei) possessed the power of rapid cellular regeneration. Like Claire Bennet, he was capable of healing nearly instantaneously, even recovering from ...
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Was Desmond special before he activated the fail-safe?

Warning, spoilers below! In LOST, the character of Desmond is repeatably described as "special" and is shown to have various abilities, most notably a very high resistance to electromagnetism. We ...
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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 hour)....
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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 and ...
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Book series where the main characters have powers associated with smells [duplicate]

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 us,...
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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 ...