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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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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Who was "The Chosen One": Luke or Anakin?

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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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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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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Why does Spider-Man shoot webs from his wrist in the movies?

From what I remember, in the original comics, Spider-Man shot webs from his wrist because Peter Parker used his science background to design mechanical web shooters. In the Sam Raimi movies, however, ...
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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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? and When Jedi lose parts of their body, does their midi-chlorian count and strength in the Force diminish?...
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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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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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What characters on Heroes have the ability to manipulate space and time?

In the show Heroes, there are a bunch of people who can do crazy things to space and time, including stopping it. With the large cast, it's hard to keep track of who can do what, but who has the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How many types of webbing does Spider-Man have?

I know this may not be an easy question to answer, but it occured to me... Over the years, Peter Parker has made a number of different types of webbing. Considering that the webbing is, more or less, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is Cyclops’ mutant power just an organic version of Iron Man's repulsor tech?

They occupy the same universe so we have to assume the same physics apply. Iron Man'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hillbilly-type family with supernatural powers [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...