Automatic writing – Writing produced without conscious thought.
Bilocation – Being in two places at the same time.
Clairvoyance – Perception outside the known human senses.
• Death-warning – A vision of a living person prior to their death.
• Dowsing – Ability to locate objects.
Faith healing – Diagnosing and curing disease.
Mediumship – Communicating with the spirit of a person who has died.
Out-of-body experience and astral projection – Experiences of being disembodied.
• Precognition, premonition, precognitive dreams, and second sight – Perception of future events before they happen.
• Psychokinesis or telekinesis – Manipulation of matter, space, time or energy.
• Psychometry – Obtaining information about a person or object.
• Remote viewing – Gathering of information at a distance.
• Retrocognition – Perception of past events.
Scrying – Use of an item to view events at a distance or in the future
• Telepathy, extrasensory perception, and sixth sense – Transfer of thoughts or emotions, especially knowing another person’s thoughts.
Transvection – Bodily levitation or flying
List of superhuman features and abilities in fiction
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Note: This is a list of features/abilities, not a list of characters by their feature/ability.
Fiction traditionally features characters with superhuman, supernatural, or paranormal abilities, often referred to as “superpowers” (also spelled “super powers” and “super-powers”) or “powers”. Below is a list of many of those that have been known to be used. Some of these categories overlap.
Examples of ways in which a character has the ability to generate an effect.
- Peak human potential– Also known as peak human physical condition (and other variations of the name), this is the ability to reach a level of physical fitness beyond that of a superb Olympian or fighter. Though not necessarily a superpower, this primarily involves the vastness of human feats such as athleticism or combat (marksmanship included).• Examples: Daredevil or Dick Grayson or Moonwing or Loca Sanchez
- Inhuman nature – These powers are native to the non-human or partially human nature of the character. This includes, but is not limited to, characters who are aliens, demons, and/or gods.• Examples: Homo mermanus or Kryptonians or Shinigami
Powers derived from objects (also known as artifacts), such as armor, jewelry, weapons, and wands.
• Examples: Juggernaut’s Crimson Gem of Cyttorak or Green Lantern’s power ring Mutation
- Main article: Mutant (fictional) -These powers are a direct result of some form of either induced evolution or natural selection in human beings, usually manifested during adolescent puberty when other mental and bodily adaptations take place.• Examples: X-Men or Captain Comet or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Dark Claw
Examples of methods by which a character generates an effect.
- Energy sourcing – Ability to draw power from large or small but abundant sources of energy, such as turning kinetic energy into physical blasts or converting solar energy into other forms. Sometimes based on proximity to source, sometimes stored for future use.• Examples: Nexus or Ray
- Chi -Main article: Qi. Many characters who train in martial arts gain superhuman capabilities by learning to harness chi or some form of life energy. This type of method generally provides extraordinary strength, speed, durability and reflexes. Also often used for superhuman awareness, energy blasts, elemental powers and sometimes invulnerability.• Examples: Iron Fist or Krillin
- Magical powers – Main articles: Magic (paranormal) and Magic (fantasy) : Ability to use magical forces to varying degrees. Often used to simulate other powers, such as mind control and elemental attacks.
- Supernatural. Examples: Doctor Strange or Doctor Fate or Ganon or Wizardmon
Not all “magical” superpowers are actually supernatural, but are based on alternate or futuristic “science” which is unexplainable. For instance, Moon Knight’s strength, endurance and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon. Uncle Sam has his powers in proportion to the people’s belief in the ideals of America.
- Pseudo-supernatural Examples: Mister Mxyzptlk or Impossible Man
- Technopathy -Ability to manipulate technology. Manifested as a special form of electrical/telekinetic manipulation, a special form of “morphing” which allows physical interaction with machines, or even a special form of ESP that allows for mental interface with computer data.• Examples: Black Box or Cyborg Superman or Drummer or Micah Sanders
- Telekinesis -Main article: Psychokinesis : Ability to manipulate and control objects with the mind, often in ways not visible to the naked eye.• Examples: Jean Grey or Maxima or Alice or Sylar
This section refers to the ability to manipulate superpowers themselves, not “power” such as electrical power or gravitational power.
- Power bestowal -Ability to bestow powers or jump-start latent powers.• Examples: Sage or Synergy
- Power mimicry or absorption -Ability to copy or absorb another’s powers or skills.• Examples: Rogue or Black Alice or Kakashi Hatake or Peter Petrelli
- Power negation -Ability to cancel the superpowers of others.• Examples: Leech or Scrambler
- Power sensing – Ability to sense or recognize superhuman powers.• Example: Caliban or Nemesis Kid
5.Personal physical powers
Powers which affect an individual’s body.
- Accelerated healing -Main article: Healing factor : Ability to heal rapidly from any injury; the rate of recovery varies from character to character. Can sometimes result in the slowing of aging.• Examples: Wolverine or Lobo or Alucard or Claire Bennet
- Acid generation -Ability to generate acid, can be manifested through touch or as a spray.• Examples: Anarchist or Man-Thing or Reptile
- Animal mimicry – Ability to take on the abilities of certain animals.• Examples: Animal Man or Vixen
- Biological manipulation – Ability to control all aspects of a living creature’s biological make-up. This includes, but is not limited to, genetic alterations, physical distortion/augmentations, healing, disease, and biological functions.• Examples: Elixir
- Body part substitution –Ability to replace one’s limbs or other body parts with those of another.• Examples: Deadpool
- Bone manipulation – Ability to manipulate the bones in one’s own body. This includes, but is not limited to, the generation of new bone mass, projecting bones out from the skin or rearranging one’s own bones.• Examples: Marrow or Spike
- Duplication –Main article: Self-replication Ability to create physical duplicates of oneself.• Examples: Jamie Madrox or Multiplex or Naruto Uzumaki
- Temporal duplication – Ability to bring past and future versions of oneself back to the present.• Examples: Flashback or Damian Tryp
- Echolocation – Ability to determine location of items in the environment by use of reflected sound waves, whether generated by the character or ambient sound. Also known as sonar or radar sense.• Examples: Mentallo or Man-Bat or Dare the Terminator
- Invisibility – Ability to render the user unseen to the naked eye.• Examples: Invisible Woman or Invisible Kid or Mew
- Invulnerability -Ability to be immune to one or more forms of physical damage.• Examples: Emery Schaub or Supergirl] or Brit or Doc Strange
- Kinetic absorption – Ability to absorb forms of kinetic energy into oneself and convert it into physical strength.• Examples: Strong Guy or Sebastian Shaw
- Matter ingestion – Ability to consume any sort of matter without any ill effects on the user.• Examples: Matter-Eater Lad
- Merge – Ability to temporarily merge two beings into a single being, which results in a completely new and stronger being.• Examples: Kleinstocksor B’Wana Beast or Trunks
- Pheromone manipulation – Ability to generate and control pheromones which may have various effects.• Examples: Wallflower or Crimson Fox or Beastling
- Poison generation – Ability to assault others with one or more varieties of toxins, with widely disparate effects.• Examples: Cobra or Poison Ivy
- Prehensile/animated hair – Ability to animate and lengthen one’s hair.• Examples: Medusa or Spider Girl
- Reactive adaptation/evolution – Ability to develop a resistance or immunity to whatever they were injured by or exposed to. This effect can be permanent or temporary.• Examples: Lifeguard or Meggan
- Self-detonation or explosion – Ability to explode one’s body mass and reform.• Examples: Nitro or Damage
- Sonic scream – Ability to generate vocal sounds of a higher amplitude than a normal human.• Examples: Siryn or Black Canary
- Superhuman breath – Ability to inhale/exhale with superhumanly powerful lungs. This can range from exhaling on par with a giant fan’s wind current to inhalation on par with the power of a gravitational vortex.• Examples: Toad or Superman or Kirby
- Superhuman durability – Ability to have a higher resistance to one or more forms of damage before being injured.• Examples: Luke Cage or Solomon Grundy or Tick or Yasutora Sado
- Superhuman reflexes -Ability to react faster than a normal human.• Examples: Blade or Midnighter or Son Gohan
- Superhuman senses – Ability to see, smell, taste, feel and/or hear more than a normal human.• Examples: Beast or Icon or Tarzan
- Superhuman strength – Ability to have a level of physical strength much higher than normally possible given their proportions.• Examples: Hulk or Blok or Mister Majestic or Sakura Haruno
- Superhuman vision – Ability to see better than normally possible.
- Night vision – Ability to see clearly in darkness.• Examples: Owl or Doctor Mid-Nite
- X-ray vision -Ability to see through solid matter.• Examples: Peepers or Ariella Kent
- Telescopic or microscopic vision – Ability to magnify vision to various levels.• Examples: Hyperion or Lar Gand
- Wallcrawling -Ability to crawl on vertical and horizontal surfaces.• Examples: Spider-Man or Nightcrawler or Knuckles the Echidna
- Waterbreathing -Ability to respirate through water in lieu of a gaseous medium. Not to be confused with an ability to go without breathing or to be able to breathe an alternate air supply.• Examples: Namor or Aquaman
6. Mental faculty and knowledge-based abilities
- Innate capability –Ability to naturally have skills and/or knowledge typically earned through learning.• Examples: Forge or Razorback
- Omni-linguism – Ability to understand any form of language, a natural polyglot. This can be accomplished in various ways.• Examples: Cypher or Wonder Woman or Shatterstarfire
- Omniscience – Ability to know anything and everything.• Examples: Infinity or Mageddon
- Ecological empathy – The ability to sense the overall well-being and conditions of one’s immediate environment and natural setting stemming from a psychic sensitivity to nature.• Examples: Storm or Swamp Thing
- Superhuman intelligence – Intelligence far above that of a genius level.• Examples: Leader or Brainiac
- Superhuman tracking – Ability to track an individual or object through supernatural means; sometimes referred to as “pathfinding.”• Examples: Dawnstar or Molly Walker
7.ESP Extrasensory perception
The abilities of extra-sensory perception (ESP) and communication. Astral projection
Also known as astral travel – this is the ability to separate and control one’s astral body.
• Examples: Rachel Summers or Rose Wilson
- Mental projection -Ability to project one’s consciousness/emotions into the astral plane, into another, or to make them real.• Examples: Morpheus
- Cross-dimensional awareness – Ability to detect actions and events in other dimensions. This is occasionally used in comics as an awareness of the fourth wall between the characters and the artist or audience.• Examples: She-Hulk or Ambush Bug
- Empathy – Ability to read or sense the emotions and/or control the emotions or feelings of others.• Examples: Empath or Raven or Belldandy or Will Vandom
- Mediumship – Ability to see and communicate with the dead (i.e., ghosts).• Examples: Wicked
- Precognition -Ability to perceive the future. It may be expressed in vague dreams while asleep, other times it can be clear and can occur at will. It may also be used as a form of “danger sense” to show the user that they are being threatened and from what direction it is coming from.• Examples: Destiny or Nura Nal or Seras Victoria or Phoebe Halliwell
- Psychometry – Ability to relate details about the past or future condition of an object or location, usually by being in close contact with it.• Examples: Adrienne Frost or Tuxedo Mask
- Telepathy –Ability to read the thoughts of, or to mentally communicate with others.• Examples: Exodus or Saturn Girl or Piccolo or Mewtwo
8. Domination and mind control
The ability to alter the perceptions of others, and general ability to control the actions of others with the mind.
• Examples: Karma or Universo or Lelouch Lamperouge or Matt Parkman
- Astral trapping – Ability to cause an astral projection to stay on the astral plane, usually in one specific place.• Examples: Shadow King
- Memory manipulation – Ability to erase or enhance the memories of another.• Examples: Professor X or Zatanna or Haitian
- Possession – Ability to take control of another individual’s body via astral travel, mind uploading or corporeal transference.• Examples: Nocturne or Jericho or Orochimaru
- Psionic blast – Ability to overload another’s mind causing pain, memory loss, lack of consciousness, vegetative state or death after having created a psionic link into that individual’s mind.• Examples: Psylocke or Psimon
- Psychic weapons -Ability to create a weapon of psychic energy that can harm mentally and not physically.• Examples: Danielle Moonstar or Wild Thing
9.Manipulate fundamental forces or reality
These powers may be manifested by various methods, including: by some method of molecular control; by access to, or partially or fully shifting to another dimension; by manipulating the geometric dimensions of time or space; or by some other unnamed method.
• Examples: Gateway or Access
- Animation – Ability to bring inanimate objects to life or to free an individual from petrification.• Examples: Selene or Ozymandias
- Darkness or shadow manipulation – Ability to create or manipulate darkness, often by mentally accessing a dimension of dark energy (the Darkforce dimension in Marvel Comics, and the Shadowlands in DC Comics) and manipulating it.• Examples: Black Death or Shade or Wraith or Shikamaru Nara
- Density control – Ability to increase or decrease the natural density of an object and/or one’s self.• Examples: Vision or Martian Manhunter
- Disintegration – Ability to disintegrate matter through touch or through beams.• Examples: Wither or Plasmus
- Elemental transmutation – The ability to alter chemical elements, changing them from one substance to another by rearranging the atomic structure. May be limited to self-transmutation.• Examples: Alchemy or Metamorpho or Edward Elric
- Gravity manipulation – Ability to manipulate or generate gravitons, or other types of gravitational interactions.• Examples: Alex Power or Geo-Force or Spider-Boy
- Immortality – Ability to live forever. This may be complete immortality encompassing invulnerability, partial invulnerability to all but specific events (i.e., decapitation or exposure to a specific chemical such as kryptonite), or simply an inability to age normally.• Examples: Mephisto or Vandal Savage or Adam Monroe or Raiden
- Resurrection – Ability to come back to life after being killed.• Examples: Mr. Immortal or Resurrection Man or Doctor Doomsday
- Intangibility or phasing – Ability to phase through solid matter without harm.• Examples: Kitty Pryde or Phantom Girl or D. L. Hawkins
- Light manipulation -Ability to control, generate or absorb light particles.• Examples: Northstar or Doctor Light or Angelus
- Magnetism manipulation – Ability to control and/or generate magnetic fields.• Examples: Magneto or Doctor Polaris
- Mass manipulation – Ability to increase or decrease mass in an object.• Examples: Harry Leland or Thom Kallor
- Molecular manipulation – Ability to mentally manipulate the molecules of objects and/or one’s self on a molecular level.• Examples: Apocalypse or Firestorm or Solar
- Probability manipulation – Ability to alter probability, causing unlikely things to happen or likely things to not happen.• Examples: Domino or Calamity King
- Radiation manipulation – Ability to generate, manipulate or have immunity to toxic radiation.• Examples: X-Ray or Captain Atom
- Reality warping – Ability to change or manipulate reality itself.• Examples: Franklin Richards or Mister Mxyzptlk
- Sound manipulation – Ability to manipulate sound.• Examples: Klaw or Fiddler
- Time manipulation – Ability to affect the flow of time by slowing, accelerating, reversing, or stopping it.• Examples: Tempo or Zoom or Hiro Nakamura
- Classical elements – Ability to control or manipulate the elements.• Examples: Crystal or Aang
- Air and wind manipulation – Ability to control, generate, or absorb air or wind.• Examples: Wind Dancer or Red Tornado
- Cold and ice manipulation – Ability to reduce the kinetic energy of atoms and thus reduce temperature, can be used to control, generate, or absorb ice.• Examples: Iceman or Killer Frost or Iceberg or Tōshirō Hitsugaya
- Earth manipulation – Ability to control earth; sand, stone, rock, lava, dirt, or other minerals.• Examples: Petra or Terra or Gaara or Terra-X
- Plant manipulation -Ability to control, manipulate or animate all forms of plant life.• Examples: Klara Prast or Floronic Man
- Electric manipulation – Ability to control, generate or absorb electric fields.• Examples: Surge or Black Lightning or Sailor Jupiter or Elle Bishop
- Fire and heat manipulation – Main article: Pyrokinesis Ability to control the kinetic energy of atoms to generate, control or absorb fire.• Examples: Pyro or Fire or Sailor Mars or Liu Kang
- Water and moisture manipulation – Ability to control, generate or absorb water.• Examples: Garth or Sailor Mercury or Katara
- Weather manipulation – Ability to control or mentally affect the weather. This includes the ability to generate various natural phenomena (rain, tornadoes, lightning, ocean currents, etc.) or control the intensity of the weather.• Examples: Monsoon or Typhoon or Sarah Rainmaker or Trisana Chandler
- Energy manipulation – These powers deal with energy generation, conversion and manipulation. In addition to generic energy, versions of these powers exist that deal with such things as light, sound, electricity, nuclear energy, and the Darkforce dimension.• Examples: Nukla
- Concussion beams – Ability to generate or transform various forms of energy into a “solid” or concussive beam of energy.• Examples: Cyclops or Gunfire
- Energy blasts – Ability to expel various forms of energy from the body.• Examples: Havok or Starfire or Sparrow or Yamcha
- Energy constructs – Ability to create complex shapes (such as giant boxing gloves or cages) or even functional machinery (such as fire extinguishers or laser rifles) out of solid energy.• Examples: Cerise or Jade or Uryū Ishida
- Energy conversion – Ability to absorb one form of energy and convert it into another form of energy.• Examples: Dazzler or Wildfire
- Force field generation – Ability to project powerful fields of manipulated energy.• Examples: Captain Britain or Argent or Orihime Inoue
- Transportation or travel – Dimensional transportation – Ability to create wormholes, portation “discs” or other spatial portals for transport between two non-adjacent locations• Examples: Blink or Gates
- Electrical transportation – Ability to travel through electrical conduits (such as power lines or telephone lines). Can enter through devices such as televisions, electrical poles or computers.• Examples: Electro or Atom or Livewire
- Omnipresence – Ability to be present anywhere and everywhere always.• Examples: Eternity
- Summoning – Ability to summon objects for assistance. This may range from invoking simple implements to mighty familiar spirits.• Examples: Magik or Kid Eternity
- Superhuman speed – Ability to move at speeds much faster than a normal human.• Examples: Quicksilver or Flash or Seta Sōjirō or Sonic the Hedgehog
- Teleportation – Ability to move from one place to another without occupying the space in between.• Examples: Julie Power or Misfit or Son Goku] or Zero
- Time travel – Ability to travel back or forth through time.• Examples: Kang the Conqueror or Time Trapper
The following powers could be manifested in any number of ways.
- Flight – Ability to lift off the ground, to ride air currents or to fly self-propelled through the air.• Examples: List of fictional characters who can fly
Different forms of flight include:
- Energy propulsion methods – Cosmic energy control• Examples: Ikaris
- Energy aura projection • Examples: Sunfire or Looker
- Gravitational manipulation• Examples: Gravity
- Magnetic levitation• Examples: Polaris or Static
- Molecular manipulation• Examples: Dead Girl
- Sonic repulsion field• Examples: Banshee or Tyroc
- Telekinetic power• Examples: Vance Astrovik or Sapphire
- Thermo-chemical energy• Examples: Cannonball or Jetstream
Physical propulsion methods
- • Insectoid form Examples: Wasp or Insect Queen
- • Wind current control Examples: Cyclone
- • Wings Examples: Warren Worthington III or Northwind or Rouge the Bat
- Illusion – Ability to alter or deceive the perceptions of another. Can be sensory, a light or sound-based effect, or an alteration of mental perceptions.• Examples: Mastermind or Manchester Black or Runaway or Sasuke Uchiha
- Shapeshifting – Ability to change appearance or body structure.• Examples: Mystique or Reep Daggle or Frieza or Count Dracula
Types of shapeshifting include:
- • Animal morphing: Ability to take on animal forms. May be able to take on the abilities of the altered form. Examples: Wolfsbane or Beast Boy
- • Elasticity: Ability to stretch, deform, expand or contract one’s body into any form they can imagine. Examples: Mister Fantastic or Plastic Man or Monkey D. Luffy
- • Inorganic: Ability to transform completely into an inorganic substance while retaining organic properties. Examples: Colossus or Ferro Lad
- • Liquification: Ability to turn partially or completely into a liquid.o Examples: Hydro-Man or T-1000
- • Size shifting: Ability to increase or decrease one’s size.o Examples: Henry Pym or Giganta or Garganta or Maya Natsume
- • Sublimation: Ability to transform into a gaseous, mist, or fog-like form.o Examples: Amelia Voght or Mist or Johann Kraus
- • Transformation: Ability to transform into substance touched.o Examples: Absorbing Man or Amazing-Man