Many universes 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 universes of various comic book stories, movies, and video games. Below is a list of many of those powers that have been used. Some of these categories overlap.

Types of Powers

Despite their vast diversity, most powers fall into a handful of categories defining their core identity:

Powers and Abilities

Superpower Interaction

This section refers to the ability to manipulate or otherwise interact with superpowers themselves, not "power" such as electrical power or gravitational power.

Personal Physical Powers

Powers which affect an individual's body.




Enhanced Physical Skills

Supernatural Physical Skills

Vision Faculty

Mentality-based Powers

Powers which affect an individual's mind.



The abilities of extra-sensory perception (ESP) and communication.

Physical or Mental Domination

Powers that can control the will of others.

Physics or Reality Manipulation

These powers may be manifested by various methods, including: With some method of molecular control; By access to, or partially or fully shifting to another dimension; manipulating the geometric dimensions of time or space; or using some other unnamed method.


Fundamental Forces


Classical Elements

Ability to control or manipulate the elements.

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.

Transportation or Travel

Powers that involve changing location of oneself or others.


Ability to lift off the ground, to ride air currents or to fly self-propelled through the air.


Ability to use powers that will only affect the user.


Ability to alter or deceive the perceptions of another. Can be sensory, a light or sound-based effect, or an alteration of mental perceptions.



Ability to change appearance or body structure.

Elemental Mimicry

Organic Mimicry

Other Mimicry


Powers that are deemed extremely all-powerful.

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