0) Introduction

Introduction

This list includes 500 superpowers!   All super powers listed have appeared in fiction and/or are defined in Wikipedia’s super power list. In addition, there has to be at least one character in a comic book, TV show, video game and/or movie that demonstrates this power.  This list started as an extension of the Wikipedia list in which I deal with some of the “mistakes” in that list. Many powers have an inherent dichotomy that labels should reflect.  The dichotomy is application of the power to one’s self versus an object.  Colossus (Marvel) can turn his body into a metal.  King Midas can turn objects into a metal (gold). These are two very different types of superpowers.  If the character can apply the power to objects then this is generally termed manipulation. If the character can apply the power to themselves then this is generally referred to as mimicry. There has been an attempt to separate these two types of powers systematically in this list. Superpowers are not real of course but literary tropes and the focus of this list is literary rather than deductive.  This site does explore comic book plot lines that have superpowers at their center! Popular superpowers cannot be dealt with in an encyclopedic manner. However, more obscure superpowers have been explored in more detail than elsewhere.  In the future, each superpower will be analyzed from two perspectives. The superpower will be analyzed from an in-universe POV as is done on lists similar to mine. However, the superpower will also be analyzed as a plot device i.e. the strength or weakness of the power as a fictional construct that strengthens or weakens a fictional narrative. In this way, this list can uniquely be used by writers of fiction to use superpowers in their stories more effectively!

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