BySuperhero Villian, writer at Creators.co
Superhero Villian

This article is dedicated to shedding the spotlight on an array of abilities ranging from physical to temporal distortions. My goal is to raise awareness on lesser known abilities as well as provide useful applications for the common super-powers we hear of.

7. Time Manipulation

So what you're not the fastest person in the world, time manipulation can take care of that. This is an ability can make you nigh-omniscience, the possibilities are endless.

The user can manipulate the time in general area or a specific target in various manners, the basics revolving around accelerating, slowing, stopping and even rewinding or looping. The range of area affected is proportional to the mastery of the user, with top levels can affect the entire space and time continuum.
Hunter Zolomon distorting time
Hunter Zolomon distorting time

Applications:

  • Accelerate, slow, or stop time in relation to others and move freely
  • Age manipulation
  • Reverse events
  • Enhanced reflexes (perceive things quickly)
  • SUPER-SPEED

List of Superheroes with Time Manipulation:

  • Hunter Zolomon
  • Hiro Nakamura
  • Kang the Conqueror
  • Silver Surfer
  • Flash

6. Shape-shifting

There are many aspects to this, such as Mystique vs. Beast Boy, but this shape-shifting I'm going to cover is in broad terms...

The power to transform and reshape the form of one's body

I find this ability underrated simply because people don't recognize the applications of such power. Shape-shifting comes down to the cellular, and if lucky, genetic level. From then on you can not only imitate the looks of a person, but also their DNA structure allowing you to transform into an animal and possess their characteristics (Beast Boy).

Applications:

  • Healing factor
  • Longetivity
  • Elasticity
  • Evolution
  • Mimic Powers and Voices

List of Characters who can Shape-shift:

  • Beast Boy
  • Mystique
  • Chameleon
  • Loki
  • Apocalypse
  • Metallo
  • Spawn
  • Changeling
  • Miss Martian
  • Amazo

5. Replication

The power to transform and reshape the form of one's body

You really can't go wrong with this. It is a practical ability that would deem fit for anyone in the real world. I find this underrated because this is a perfect weapon for spies and also highly efficient in terms of acquiring knowledge.

Applications:

  • Regenerative healing factor
  • Ability to acquire knowledge quickly...from other clones

List of Characters who can Replicate:

  • Multiple Man
  • Amazo
  • Naruto Uzumaki
  • Triplicate Girl
  • Goku
  • Groot
  • Dr. Manhattan

4. Elasticity

This might be a surprise to some of you, but there is no doubt Mr. Fantastic and Plastic Man are not getting the credit they deserve.

The ability to stretch, deform, expand, or contract one's body into any form imaginable.

One of the biggest misses for people about elasticity is the fact that elasticity means only stretching your body. Elasticity, like many abilities, can affect the cellular and sub-molecular level. In the big picture, this means Mr. Fantastic is able to stretch his neurons to be close together so he can react quickly because connections will occur faster, and all the necessary chemicals will be released allowing thoughts to channel actions.


Applications:

  • Enhanced Reflexes and Thoughts
  • Extreme Flexibility
  • Dermal armor (near invulnerability)
  • Enhanced breath/lung capacity
  • Inflation
  • Self-liquification

List of Character with Elasticity:

  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Plastic Man
  • Elastic Girl
  • Elongated Man
  • Magus
  • Offspring

3. Empathy

This is not a mainstream or should I say 'common' superpower but it is highly highly highly efficient, yet underrated.

Applications:

  • Predict opponent's movements
  • Manipulate a person's emotion
  • Communicate emotionally
  • Psychic navigation (sense presence of others)
  • Illusion Casting
  • Lie-detection
  • CALM DOWN THE HULK!!!

List of Characters with Empathy:

  • Beast Boy
  • Swamp/Man Thing
  • Booster Gold
  • Watcher
  • Naruto
  • Raven

2. Intelligence

You had to have seen this coming. I am not a Batman fanboy, nor do I believe the whole "Because Batman!" thing. I just think intelligence, although overused, does not get worthy credit.

The user has intelligence that is significantly above standard genius level intellect. One is gifted with higher mental faculties such as a more powerful memory, better calculation skills, greater reasoning skills, and a more superior learning capacity.

Applications:

  • Enhanced memory
  • Encyclopedic knowledge
  • Hypercognition
  • Parallel Processing

But intelligence is not only limited to characters like Batman and Lex Luthor because intelligence can also be applied to bodily-kinesthetics. In other words muscle memory. A good example of this would be the Taskmaster, who can duplicate the movements of his opponents, so he is able to pick up patterns quickly. That is really useful!

List of Characters with Enhanced Intelligence:

  • Beast
  • Professor X
  • Superman
  • Lex Luthor
  • Joker
  • Taskmaster
  • Ironman
  • Black Panther
  • Vision
  • Brainiac
  • Leader
  • Riddler

1. Telekinesis

Period.

The applications for this ability are endless, and if you take time to master such ability, you are night omnipotent.

User can influence/manipulate/move matter with their mind. Telekinesis is one of the basis of many superpowers that are based on "controlling/manipulating", and may evolve to the point that a Telekinetic can control anything at a subatomic level.

Aside from stopping bullets, moving trains, on coming collisions as well as choking someone, TK should be considered a broad category since its application can vary.

Basic Level TK:

  • Push or pull objects and also keep them stagnant
  • Grip or choke objects
  • Levitate objects
  • Augment or heighten strength

Advanced Level TK:

  • Telekinetic flight
  • Construct or deconstruct objects
  • Control object on a lesser level (tissue/cellular)
  • Emit energy out of TK
  • Spatial sense, being aware of surroundings

Master Level TK:

  • Weather manipulation
  • Organic manipulation (tamper with age)
  • Mental manipulation
  • Dimensional travel
  • Light manipulation
  • Atomic level manipulation

List of Superheroes with TK Powers:

  • Cable
  • Doctor Strange & Doctor Fate
  • Hellcat
  • Gambit
  • Black Adam
  • Brainiac
  • Darkseid
  • Raven
  • X-man
  • Apocalypse
  • Galactus
  • Miss Martian
  • Hope Summers
  • Psylocke
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