Magic (Power)

Also Called

  • Magic Manipulation
  • Magick
  • Mystokinesis
  • Occultism
  • The Arcane Arts
  • The Indistinguishable Science
  • The Mystic Arts
  • Sorcery
  • Witchcraft
  • Wizardry

Capabilities

Magic users essentially have unlimited possibilities for how they use their power, with only their skill, personal power-level, imagination/knowledge, and/or morality to define the borders.
Note that not all "magical" superpowers are actually supernatural, but are based on alternative or futuristic "science".

Applications

Some examples of the potential use of magic:

Offensive Magic

Defensive Magic

  • Force-Field Generation
  • Healing
  • Magic Absorption
  • Shapeshifting

Miscellaneous Abilities

  • Animate/Reanimation
  • Creation
  • Energy Constructs
  • Flight
  • Magical Energy Manipulation
  • Personal Domain
  • Precognition
  • Potion Creation - for various purposes (i.e. explosive, healing)
  • Reality Warping
  • Spell Creation
  • Summoning
  • Telekinesis
  • Teleportation

Alternative Classification

Magical Energy Manipulation: The key power that allows one to use Magic; the powers are based around certain concepts/categories.
  • Abjuration: The power to protect/heal.
    • Force-Field Generation
    • Healing
  • Conjuration: The power to transport living and non-living things.
    • Creation
    • Summoning
    • Teleportation
  • Divination: The power to gain information.
    • Extrasensory Perception
  • Enchantment: The power to influence the minds/emotions.
    • Emotion Manipulation
    • Mental Manipulation
  • Evocation: The power to control the forces of Nature for a variety of effects.
    • Animate/Reanimation
    • Elemental Manipulation
    • Energy Manipulation
    • Telekinesis
  • Illusion: The power to create illusions.
    • Psychosomatic Illusion
  • Subjective Reality: create illusions that become partially real.
  • Necromancy: The power to manipulate the forces of Death.
    • Immortality
  • Transmutation: The power to transform living or non-living things.
    • Elemental Transmutation
    • Shapeshifting
    • Transmogrification

Associations

  • Fiction Manipulation
  • Homo Magi Physiology
  • Magically Enhanced Physiology
  • Mana Manipulation
  • Omni-Magic
  • Phenomenon Manipulation
  • Powerful Objects
  • Superpower Manipulation

Universal Differences

  • Some universes have limits for what they can do or substances that they can't affect.
  • Who can use magic and what kind varies between universes.

Limitations

  • There is always a Price. Always.
    • Always check the price-tag.
    • It will be paid, one way or another.
    • The price can range from something as insignificant as the magical energy required to activate your magic, or something devastating, like your own life.
  • Magic Immunity will foil your plans.
  • Magic often drains a person's stamina or mana; naturally, stronger magic puts a much greater strain.
  • Magic is unpredictable, if one gets too creative or is interrupted in a crucial moment. Results range from amusing to annoying, but mendable, to destructive to lethal, to Catastrophic to Apocalyptic.
  • Without the knowledge or proper skill, the intended use of a spell can create unpredictable or potentially dangerous results.
  • Society with knowledge about magic is likely to have Rules/Laws about its use, and areas of magic that are forbidden.
  • Users are unable to use spells that are beyond their imagination.
  • Using magic takes concentration and focus.
  • In some societies, magic may be limited to a specific class or status.
  • May react disastrously with Science Manipulation.

Types of Magic

  • Alchemy
  • Astrology
  • Blood Magic
  • Chaos Magic
  • Creation Magic
  • Dark Arts
  • Demonic Magic
  • Destruction Magic
  • Divination
  • Divine Magic
  • Dowsing
  • Dragon Magic
  • Druidic Magic
  • Elemental Magic
  • Eye Magic
  • Enchanted Artistry
  • Healing
  • Illusion-Casting
  • Linguistic Magic
  • Life Magic
  • Mysticism
  • Necromancy
  • Purification
  • Shamanism
  • Spell Casting
  • Spirit Magic
  • Symbol Magic
  • Transmogrification
  • Technomancy
  • Wish Granting
  • Voodoo
  • Craft Magic
  • Art Magic
  • Bardic Magic
  • Sorcery
  • Occultism
  • Gnosticism
  • Ceremonialism
  • Ritualism
  • Witchcraft
  • Witchery
  • Wizardry
  • Cures
  • Charms
  • Chi Magic
  • Hexes
  • Jinxes
  • Tantra
  • Theurgy
  • Thaumaturgy

Known Kinds of Magic

  • Order Magic (DC Comics)
  • Chaos Magic (DC Comics)
  • Dark/Black Magic (Marvel)
  • White Magic (Marvel)
  • Shaman Magic (Marvel)
  • Eternian Magic (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
  • Snake Magic (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
  • Mystical Power of the Elders (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
  • Flesh Magic (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Chaos Magic (X-Men)

Definition for Marvel Comics

Magic is the practice of utilizing certain universal energies and extra-dimensional forces whose nature is beyond the scope of the technologically-oriented science of all known sentient races. It is often used to simulate other powers, such as reality warping, mind control and elemental attacks.

Sources of Magical Power

  • Personal Energies - The mental and spiritual powers that mystics and sorcerers develop for themselves (psionics, chi-manipulation, astral projection, thought-casting, etc.)
  • Ambient Magical Energy of the Universe - Magicians can tap this power for many effects, such as teleportation and energy bolts. By definition, this is derived from Eternity. These generally involves actual casting of spells and may be limited to the main dimension learned and may not work in others.
  • Extradimensional Magical Energy - powers gained through the tapping of extra-dimensional energy and by invoking entities or objects of power existing in mystical dimensions, with different physical and magical laws, tangential to our own. Unlike the first two, the entities invoked generally have a say in how or if the power is used.
  • Items - Magic may also come in the form of items imbued with power, such as the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak. These are often created by powerful sorcerors and exter-dimensional entities and vary in function and power.

Characters

  • Doctor Doom
  • Doctor Druid
  • Doctor Strange
  • Hand
  • Loki
  • Storm
  • Talisman
  • Wiccan
  • Zaladane
  • Agatha Harkness
  • Meggan
  • Morgan le Fay
  • Enchantress
  • Goblin Queen
  • Wanda Maximoff
  • Azazel
  • Sister Grimm

Definition for DC Comics

Subcategories

This category has the following 6 subcategories, out of 6 total.

D

  • Divination

E

  • Ectokinesis
  • Eldritch Blast

N

  • Necromancy

O

  • Occultism

P

  • Possession

Characters

A

  • Abigail Moorland (New Earth)
  • Abraham Dusk (Wildstorm Universe)
  • Adalgisa (New Earth)
  • Ahri'ahn (New Earth)
  • Ahriman (New Earth)
  • Ali-Ka Zoom (New Earth)
  • Amon Tomaz (New Earth)
  • Amparo Cardenas (New Earth)
  • Anita Fite (New Earth)
  • Anton Arcane (New Earth)
  • Aphrodite (New Earth)
  • Aquaman (Arthur Curry)
  • Arcaana (Dakotaverse)
  • Arch (New Earth)
  • Ares (New Earth)
  • Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt (New Earth)
  • Astaroth (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Atlan (New Earth)
  • Atrocitus (New Earth)

B

  • Bizarro Mxyzptlk (New Earth)
  • Blue Lama (Earth-Two)
  • Bobo T. Chimpanzee (New Earth)

C

  • Calculha (New Earth)
  • Cernunnos (New Earth)
  • Charlotte Gage-Radcliffe (New Earth)
  • Charon (New Earth)
  • Christopher Freeman (New Earth)
  • Circe (Earth-One)
  • Circe (New Earth)
  • Citizen Abra (New Earth)
  • Clement Tyme (New Earth)
  • Clytemnestra (Prime Earth)
  • Coeus (New Earth)
  • Cottus (New Earth)
  • Crius (New Earth)
  • Cronus (New Earth)

D

  • Darla Aquista (New Earth)
  • Defile (Earth-50)
  • Deimos, God of Terror (New Earth)
  • Demeter (New Earth)
  • Diane Dorst (New Earth)
  • Dionysus (New Earth)
  • Disdain (New Earth)
  • Diviner (New Earth)
  • Doctor Seven (Earth-One)
  • Dolmen (New Earth)
  • Dream (New Earth)
  • Dreamslayer (New Earth)

E

  • Ebeneezer Badde (New Earth)
  • Elpis (New Earth)
  • Eochaid Bres (New Earth)
  • Eos (New Earth)
  • Equinox (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Eric Strauss (New Earth)
  • Eris (New Earth)
  • Eros (New Earth)
  • Eryx (New Earth)
  • Etrigan (New Earth)
  • Etrigan (The Brave and the Bold)

F

  • Fatherbox
  • Fauna Faust (New Earth)
  • Feline Faust (Earth-C-Minus)
  • Flying Fox (New Earth)

G

  • Garn Daanuth (New Earth)
  • Garth (Justice)
  • Garth (New Earth)
  • Genro the Genie (Earth-One)
  • Glorith (Pre-Zero Hour)
  • Glorith II (Pre-Zero Hour)
  • Gray Man (New Earth)
  • Gregorio de la Vega (New Earth)
  • Grendel (New Earth)

H

  • Habib Bin Hassan (Earth-50)
  • Hades (New Earth)
  • Harmonia (New Earth)
  • Harrier (New Earth)
  • Hecate (New Earth)
  • Hephaestus (New Earth)
  • Hera (New Earth)
  • Hermes (New Earth)
  • Hestia (New Earth)
  • Hyperion (New Earth)

I

  • Iapetus (New Earth)

J

  • Jack Carter (Earth-50)
  • James Corrigan (New Earth)
  • Jared Stevens (New Earth)
  • Jason Blood (DCAU)
  • Jason Blood (New Earth)
  • Jason Blood (The Brave and the Bold)
  • Jebediah of Canaan (New Earth)
  • Jennifer Morgan (New Earth)
  • Jennifer-Lynn Hayden (New Earth)
  • Jeroen Thornedike (Earth-50)
  • Jinx (Earth-Teen Titans)
  • Jinx (New Earth)
  • John Constantine (New Earth)
  • John Zatara (New Earth)
  • Jonathan Warren (New Earth)
  • Joshua Morgan (New Earth)
  • Juju (New Earth)
  • June Moone (New Earth)

K

  • Kalista (New Earth)
  • Keldor (Earth-One)
  • Kent Nelson (DCAU)
  • Kent Nelson (Earth-16)
  • King Inferno (Earth-One)
  • King Ra-Man (New Earth)
  • Klarion Bleak (Earth-16)
  • Klarion Bleak (New Earth)
  • Kraklow (Earth-One)
  • Kulak (New Earth)

L

  • La Bruja (New Earth)
  • La'gaan (Earth-16)
  • Lady Emerald (New Earth)
  • Lady Flash (Earth-33)
  • Linda Strauss (New Earth)
  • Loretta York (New Earth)
  • Lori Zechlin (New Earth)
  • Lourdes Lucero (New Earth)
  • Lyta (New Earth)

M

  • Madame Xanadu (New Earth)
  • Magus Eximus (New Earth)
  • Manitou Raven (New Earth)
  • Mark Merlin (New Earth)
  • Merlin (New Earth)
  • Mirabai (New Earth)
  • Miss Gsptlsnz (New Earth)
  • Mister Mxyzptlk (New Earth)
  • Mister Mxyztplk (Earth-Two)
  • Misty Kilgore (New Earth)
  • Mnemosyne (New Earth)
  • Mongo Ironhand (New Earth)
  • Mordred (DCAU)
  • Mordru (Pre-Zero Hour)
  • Morgaine le Fey (New Earth)
  • Morgan LeFay (Camelot 3000)
  • Motalla (New Earth)
  • Myrwhydden (Green Lantern Animated Series)
  • Myrwhydden (New Earth)
  • Mysa (Post-Zero Hour)
  • Mysa Nal (Earth-Prime)
  • Mysa Nal (Pre-Zero Hour)

N

  • Nabu (Earth-16)
  • Nemesis (New Earth)
  • Neron (New Earth)
  • Nuada Silverhand (New Earth)

O

  • Oblivion (New Earth)
  • Oceanus (New Earth)
  • Orm Marius (New Earth)

P

  • Pallas Athena (New Earth)
  • Pan (New Earth)
  • Pandora (New Earth)
  • Papa Midnite (New Earth)
  • Persephone (New Earth)
  • Phantom Stranger (Justice)
  • Phobos (New Earth)
  • Phoebe (New Earth)
  • Phoebus Apollo (New Earth)
  • Poltergeist (New Earth)
  • Poseidon (New Earth)
  • Priscilla Kitaen (Wildstorm Universe)
  • Projectra Vauxhall (Earth-Prime)

Q

  • Questing Queen (Prime Earth)

R

  • Rampotatek (Superman vs. The Elite)
  • Raven (Earth-Teen Titans)
  • Rebecca Carstairs (New Earth)
  • Rhea (New Earth)
  • Richard Occult (New Earth)
  • Ronal (New Earth)
  • Rose Psychic (New Earth)

S

  • Sabina De La Croix (New Earth)
  • Satanus (Earth-One)
  • Satanus (New Earth)
  • Scour (New Earth)
  • Sebastian Faust (New Earth)
  • Serna Salem (Impact)
  • Shalako (New Earth)
  • Shazam (Earth-S)
  • Shazam (Return of Black Adam)
  • Shen Li-Men (Earth-50)
  • Sindella Zatara (New Earth)
  • Slaughter (New Earth)
  • Slizzath (New Earth)
  • Sorceress of Eternia (Earth-One)
  • Submissionary Judah (New Earth)

T

  • Tala (DCAU)
  • Tala (New Earth)
  • Tannarak (New Earth)
  • Tapestry (Earth-50)
  • Tawky Tawny (New Earth)
  • Tempter (New Earth)
  • Tethys (New Earth)
  • Theia (New Earth)
  • Themis (New Earth)
  • Three Faces of Evil (New Earth)
  • Timothy Hunter (New Earth)
  • Timothy Ravenwind (New Earth)
  • Titan II (New Earth)
  • Torquemada (New Earth)
  • Traci Thirteen (New Earth)
  • Trigon (New Earth)
  • Triton (New Earth)
  • Tzin-Tzin (New Earth)

W

  • Weaver (New Earth)
  • William Batson (DC Universe Online)
  • Wytch (Dakotaverse)

Y

  • Yz, the Thunderbolt (New Earth)

Z

  • Zachary Zatara (New Earth)
  • Zachary Zor (New Earth)
  • Zap-Panda (Earth-C-Minus)
  • Zatanna Zatara (Earth-16)
  • Zatanna Zatara (Justice)
  • Zatanna Zatara (New Earth)
  • Zeus (New Earth)
    

Definition for Vertigo Comics

Characters

  • John Constantine - HELLBLAZER
  • Papa Midnite - HELLBLAZER

Definition for Image Comics

Magic is the ability to use supernatural forces to varying degrees. Often used to simulate other powers, such as reality warping, mind control and elemental attacks.

Characters

  • Hunter Blackthorne
  • Malebolgia
  • Mammon
  • Spawn
  • Zealot
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