Many forms of fiction feature characters attributed with superhuman, supernatural, or paranormal abilities, often referred to as "superpowers" (also spelled "super powers" and "super-powers") or "powers". This tradition is especially rich in the fictional universes of various comic book stories. This is a list of many of those powers that have been known to be used. Some of these categories overlap.

Type Examples See also Description
Inhuman nature Homo mermanus; Kryptonians The character belongs to a class of wholly or partially non-human beings for whom superhuman capabilities are typical and/or natural. This includes, but is not limited to, characters who are aliens, demons, gods, vampires, werewolves, or hybrids.
Object-based powers Iron Man's armor; Green Lantern's power ring; Sauron's One Ring List of objects in the DC Universe Powers derived from objects (also known as artifacts), such as armor, jewelry, weapons, and wands
Mutation X-men; Captain Comet; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant (fictional) These powers are a direct result of some form of either induced evolution or natural selection, usually manifested during adolescent puberty when other mental and bodily adaptations take place.


Type Examples See also Description
Energy sourcing Carol Danvers; Ray; Apollo; Nexus 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.
Chi Iron Fist; Krillin 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.
Magical powers Supernatural: Doctor Strange; Doctor Fate; Ganon; Willow Rosenberg;

Pseudo-supernatural: Impossible Man; Mister Mxyzptlk

Magic in fiction This is the ability to use magical forces to varying degrees. Often used to simulate other powers, such as mind control and elemental attacks. Not all "magical" superpowers are actually supernatural, but are based on alternative or futuristic "science".[17] For instance, Moon Knight's strength, endurance and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon.[18] Uncle Sam has his powers in proportion to the people's belief in the ideals of America.[19]

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