- Reality warping
Reality warping in
superherofiction is a superpower. It is the ability to reshape matterand energy, create or alter life and matter, turn a person's thoughts or desires into reality, simulate any and all other powers and abilities, bend time and space or possibly even rewrite the laws of physics.
All things are possible for a reality-warper, making them seem
omnipotent. The Joker, wielding the power of Mr. Mxyzptlk as "Emperor Joker", was even able to rewrite logicitself, for example, making the whole world believe that 2 + 2 equals "fish".
Some of the most extreme reality warpers, like
Mxyzptlkand James Jaspers, are not even limited by their own physical bodies and can alter their own stature and appearance at will to become whatever they want to be, no matter how bizarre it might beFact|date=June 2007. In DC comics, the fifth-dimensional imps that sometimes visit the DC universe, of which Mxyzptlk is the most common and well-known, seem to be the most common and also the most powerful reality warpersFact|date=June 2007.
Rarely in fiction are reality warpers depicted as heroic or benign. Reality warpers in fiction are almost always antagonists, villains or otherwise depicted as dangerous. This generally is a necessity of the plot; a reality warping protagonist would face few, if any, true challenges. Reality warpers exhibiting a childlike (such as Anthony Fremont) or insane personality (like Proteus or Mad Jim Jaspers) are also common.
Another typical theme in fiction is for the protagonist to be granted this ability and must resist abusing the power. Reality warpers are also commonly affected by their subconscious minds, which cause reality to change against their will (like Magician of Ultimate X-Men or
Doctor Doomwith the Beyonder's power).
In cartoons, the effects of reality warping are often shown to be temporary. For example, in "", reality returns to normal after Mr. Mxyzptlk is tricked into going back to his dimension. It's important not to mix reality warping and matter manipulation. Characters like Vulcan, Mister M and the Silver Surfer can change and manipulate matter, but they can not alter the fabric of reality itself.
Also other common issue with reality warpers may be that they may not be aware of their power and as they have almost no wishes so their powers are rarely manifested (like "The Man With The Power"). Many times, excessive wishing and discomfort turns them into threats so the surrounding characters must make sure the warper is happy with the actual situation so that they don't cause any major damage or discover their power (like Haruhi Suzumiya).
Marvel's reality warpers
The Marvel Universe is known to have a large amount of individuals that can manipulate reality. Characters with potential for reality warping encountered in Marvel comics include:
*Dream Weaver [ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/dreamwea.htm Dream Weaver (Dr. Strange foe) ] ]
Kelly[ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/kellycms.htm Kelly (Captain Marvel (Genis) character) ] ]
Mad Jim Jaspers
Tyler Trevor Chase[ [http://www.comixfan.com/xfan/forums/showthread.php?t=2161 Comixfan Forums - Chase, Trevor ] ]
Willie Evans, Jr.[ [http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix/evanswil.htm Willie Evans Jr. and Grunt (Fantastic Four/Iron Man/X-Factor character(s) ) ] ]
*The Impossible Man
The Man With the Power
Shaper of Worlds
Other comics reality warpers
Apart from the MU reality warpers, many other different beings in DC and other comics also possess reality warping powers, or powers which might potentially be used for reality alteration. These include, amongst others:
*The Doctor (WS)
*Mammoth Mogul (
*The Spectre (DCU)
*The Thunderbolt (DCU)
Trigon the Terrible(DCU)
Elyon Brown( W.I.T.C.H)
* [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_(comics) Ace] ( [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_(TV_series) Justice league animated tv series] )
Non-comics reality warpers
Apart from comic characters, there has been a number of
science fictionand fantasycharacters who have exhibited reality warping powers of various forms, at least within the boundaries of certain environments and/or restrictions. Such characters include:
Gary Mitchell (Star Trek),
* Metatron (Dogma)
Willow Rosenberg("Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
Cole Turnerand Leo Wyatt(" Charmed")
*Prime Intellect (
The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect)
*Cyvus Vail ("Angel")
*Sutter Cane ("
In the Mouth of Madness")
Celestial Toymakerand, briefly, Rose Tyler(" Doctor Who")
*Cosmo, Wanda and numerous other magical beings ("
The Fairly OddParents")
*Alien X ("")
Teen Titans (TV series)")
*Possibly Elders ("
Figment( Epcot's Journey Into Imaginationattraction, most noticeably in the current version)
Genie (Disney)( Movie)
Genies ( Mythology)
Grim Reaper(" The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy")
Alessa Gillespie( Silent Hill)
*Palmer Eldritch ("
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" by Philip K. Dick)
*Anthony Fremont from
It's a Good Lifeby Jerome Bixby, which was made into a Twilight Zoneepisode with the same name.
Wyatt Halliwell(" Charmed")
Gemini Saga(" Saint Seiya")
Gemini Kanon(" Saint Seiya")
Lain Iwakura(" Serial Experiments Lain")
*Barbas, the Demon of Fear ("
Billie Jenkins(" Charmed")
Freddy Krueger( A Nightmare on Elm Street)
*Divis Mal (Aberrant role-playing game)
The Mask(comics & movie)
*John Murdock ("Dark City")
*George Orr ("
The Lathe of Heaven" by Ursula K. Le Guin)
*Amanda Rogers ("")
*Sarda the Sage of
*Jobe Smith ("The Lawnmower Man")
*The Strangers ("Dark City")
Haruhi Suzumiya( Suzumiya Haruhi series)
Suzumiya Haruhi series)
Robert Hayden( The Law of Ueki)
Dark Schneider( Bastard!!)
Yubel( Yu-Gi-Oh! GX)
Yūko Ichihara( xxxHolic)
*Tess Harding ("Roswell")
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D)
Limited to probability or uncontrolled reality manipulation
Artifacts with reality warping abilities
In addition to individuals, objects in fiction have also been attributed with the ability to alter reality, typically in response to its owner's thoughts and/or desires.
* The "Sphere" from Michael Crichton's novel by the same tile.
Reality Gauntletfrom Danny Phantom
List of comic book superhero powers
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