Powers Category

Powers Category

Superpower is a popular culture term for a fictional superhuman ability. When a character possesses multiple such abilities, the terms super powers or simply powers are used. It is most frequently used in pulp magazines, comic books, science fiction, television shows and film as the key attribute of a superhero.
The concept originated in pulp magazines and comic books of the 1930s and 40s, and has gradually worked its way into other genres and media.

Definition

There is no rigid definition of a "superpower". In popular culture, it may be used to describe anything from minimal exaggeration of normal human traits, magic, to near-godlike abilities including flight, superstrength, projection of destructive energy beams and force fields, invulnerability, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, super-speed or control of the weather.
Generally speaking, exceptional-but-not-superhuman fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes, Doc Savage, Batman, and Green Arrow may be classified as superheroes although they do not have any actual superpowers.
Similarly, characters who derive their abilities from artificial, external sources—the Six Million Dollar Man and his bionic limbs, Green Lantern and his power ring and Iron Man's armor, and Captain Olimar's Pikmin may be fairly described as having superpowers, but are not necessarily superhuman.

Explanations in Fiction

In fiction, seemingly impossible superpowers of superheroes are sometimes given scientific, quasi-scientific, pseudo-scientific or outright supernatural explanations by writers. Most, however, are impossible with current technology and physical laws.
Superpowers based on possible current or future technology, such as machine suits, rockets, bionics and genetic manipulation for example, have their roots in science and science fiction. Superpowers based on Psychic and paranormal powers, for example have their roots in pseudo-science. Other superpowers may be explained using mythology.

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Anatomical Liberation (Power)Automaton Creation (Power)

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Destruction (Power)

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Severing (Power) (Marvel Comics)Sharpness Manipulation (Power)

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Body Dismemberment (Power) (Heroes Universe) (Wildstorm Comics)

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Enhanced Crafting (Power)

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Head Liberation (Power)

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Nail Manipulation (Power)Natural Weaponry (Power) (Marvel Comics)

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Weapon Manipulation (Power)

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Constructs Creation (Power)Creation (Power)

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Immortality (Power)Invulnerability (Power)

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