Examples of methods used by which one generates an effect of ones abilities and powers.

Telekinesis – Ability to manipulate and control objects with the mind, often in ways not visible to the naked eye.

Natural gifts – Powers formed and given at birth from a higher source.

Power sourcing  – Gaining or learning powers from other sources such as people and human souls.

Energy sourcing – 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 – 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 – 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”. For instance, Moon Knight’s strength, endurance and reflexes are enhanced depending upon the phases of the moon.


Examples of ways in which one has gained the ability to generate an effect.

Inhuman natureOne belongs to a class of wholly or partially a blood line of beings for whom superhuman capabilities are typical and/or natural

Object-based powers – Powers derived from objects (also known as artifacts), such as armor, jewelry, weapons, and wands

Mutation – 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.

Accidental – These powers are the result of an accident or bizarre event which altered the physiology of the individual giving him or her superhuman abilities.

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