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Is Zack Morris's 'time stop' ability in "Saved By the Bell" a supernatural ability?

As noted, Zack's time-stopping can affect the world of the show in real ways. We cannot read it as merely a narrative device. We have to accept that, in the world of the show, Zack really can stop ...
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Is Zack Morris's 'time stop' ability in "Saved By the Bell" a supernatural ability?

In a word, no. It was a "fourth wall break" that the makers modeled on the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. "People think, oh, that was such a novel idea that you came up with," ...
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What is the first instance of a person gaining powers from radiation?

The Invisible Man - H. G. Wells, 1897 In discussing the process used to turn the protagonist invisible, Wells writes: ...the essential phase was to place the transparent object whose refractive ...
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What is the first instance of a person gaining powers from radiation?

1915: The Mystery of Lucien Delorme, a novel by Guy de Téramond (pseudonym of François-Edmond Gautier de Téramond), translated into English by Mary J. Safford from the 1914 French L'Homme qui voit à ...
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Has Black Widow ever been imbued with Spider-Powers?

Black Widow, along with half of Manhattan, receives viral spider powers in the animated series Marvel's Spider Man - Spider Island Part 2. We don't see her use spidey-sense, but she slings web, ...
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Who was the first super hero with super-speed powers in comics?

Hugo Hercules was featured in a comic that ran for five months between 1902 and 1903. While specifically described as having super strength, in one comic he was able to pull a line of train cars at ...
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A witch, a vampire and a pixie meet in a bar and talk about tomatoes eradicating humanity

The Hollows Series by Kim Harrison The Tomato-part checks out on this, as well as the titles. Relevant part from the above wiki: The alternate history is built upon two premises: the recent open ...
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Why is Thanos so tough at the beginning of "Avengers: Endgame"?

[In Infinity War] We are led to believe that the only reason they are unable to beat Thanos is because Quill loses his cool and because Thanos is wielding all but one of the Infinity Stones No, we're ...
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Short story: Man gains X-ray vision, cheats at cards, sees a clot in his blood

This is probably The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, a short story by Roald Dahl. I had not remembered the clot bit but a little online searching found it: He looks at the place in his chest where ...
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Looking for a short story from the '80s where inanimate objects talk because of a fluke

This is "The Random Man" by Marc Laidlaw. “No particular reason, it’s yust happening. Given a random universe, it’s perfectly plausible, though the florts are against it.” “The whats?” “I ...
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Why did Saruman lose his power after he was banished from Orthanc?

I don't think the books ever went into much detail, but from this... Book III, ch.10: ‘Be­hold, I am not Gan­dalf the Grey, whom you be­trayed. I am Gan­dalf the White, who has re­turned from ...
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Where does Heimdall's sight come from?

Though the legends are unclear, it is rumored historically that Heimdall is a member of the Vanir, a race of fertility gods gifted with powerful magic and the gift of foresight. They were enemies of ...
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Who was the first super hero with super-speed powers in comics?

I'll put forward Prof. Gibberne of H.G. Wells's 1901 The New Accelerator until I'm certain how "heroic" you're wanting submissions. The story addresses an elixir, invented by a Prof. ...
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Has Black Widow ever been imbued with Spider-Powers?

Kind of. In the Ultimate Marvel universe/line of comics, the original (Natasha Romanova) Black Widow dies, and a couple of other characters take up the name while working for SHIELD. One of the ...
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What story has an alien symbiote bond with a human in a cave?

I wonder if you are remembering the novelette Pard by F Paul Wilson. The reason I say this is that your description sounds almost exactly like the opening chapter of Healer as suggested in Fuzzyboots' ...
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Has Black Widow ever been imbued with Spider-Powers?

As far as I'm aware Black Widow has never had physical Spider-Man-like powers. However, in Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 1 Issue 86 Black Widow upgrades her costume and equipment. As part of that process ...
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What was the earliest fiction to use cloning as a magical ability/superpower?

The Chinese story The Journey to the West was written in the 16th century, and features Sun Wukong, one of the most well-known figures of Chinese fiction. Quoting from the 2011 translation by Anthony ...
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Does Colossus have powers beyond his body becoming metal?

Colossus, with his standard power set, does not possess any energy projection abilities, and his only known power is his mutation that allows him to transform his body into an organic metal substance. ...
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Does Wonder Woman ever get cold?

Well, there was a scene in an issue of Justice League of America, (vol. 1, from the late 1970s) written by Steve Englehart where Flash, Wonder Woman, and (I think) Batman were in a snowy area in some ...
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What is the first instance of a person gaining powers from radiation?

I submit that it was Atomic-Man, at least in comic books Atomic-Man was created in 1945. Yes, the same year as the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and indeed the first year that any comic ...
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Are White Walkers sentient beings with certain super-powers? If yes, what are their powers?

Unsurprisingly, most of the White Walker (The Others) abilities revolve around ice and cold. I am going to draw on some back story from the A Song of Ice and Fire novels, but only where it is relevant ...
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Can Superman focus his heat vision to a microscopic level?

Apparently he can. During the Superman vs. the Elite storyline, the powerful mentalist Manchester Black, actually put Superman on the ropes. In a move rarely seen by Superman, after taking much abuse ...
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Why is Thanos so tough at the beginning of "Avengers: Endgame"?

When the Avengers hunt down Thanos at the beginning of Endgame, they weren't going for the kill, at least at first. When they go in, they don't know what Thanos has done with the stones, so they need ...
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How many types of webbing does Spider-Man have?

Your question doesn't state a specific canon or universe so specifically in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999) Spider-Man originally only has one type of webs, his normal ones. He creates ...
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Book about people with psi abilities that end up travelling on a space craft

There are probably many books that would match, but one possibility that occurs to me is The Galaxy Primes by (the legendary!) E. E. Doc Smith. The protagonists are called Primes, they have ...
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Who was the first super hero with super-speed powers in comics?

For an earlier literary hero who admittedly toes the border of mythology, Hiawatha from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's famous Song of Hiawatha published in 1855: Swift of foot was Hiawatha He could ...
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1990s(?) story. Someone is killing people who have special abilities (super powers)

Rising Stars, a comic book series written by J. Michael Straczynski. The first issue was released in 1999. This was after he became well-known as the creator, producer, and main writer for the science ...
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Can Superman see through his eyelids?

Probably yes How Superman X-ray vision works varies from comic to comic, but there is a feat that could prove that indeed it is possible for Superman to see through his eyelids: a Kryptonian seeing ...
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Does Wonder Woman ever get cold?

In the DCAU - Justice League Unlimited: The Balance Diana and Shayera (Hawk Girl) have this exchange: Shayera Hol: Aren't you cold in that outfit? Wonder Woman: Not really. Shayera Hol: Of ...
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