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8th Feb '17 7:13:31 PM TrickyTroper
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* In ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', Strong Bad has imagined invisibility and shapeshifting. The latter is a parody, as he notes that shapeshifting always comes with rules.
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6th Feb '17 12:24:09 PM Discar
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** Ed has the power to paint solid objects anywhere--including thing air--through his spirit Muse. His constructs are permanent until dispelled, but they are invisible and intangible to the normal world.

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** Ed has the power to paint solid objects anywhere--including thing thin air--through his spirit Muse. His constructs are permanent until dispelled, but they are invisible and intangible to the normal world.
6th Feb '17 12:02:22 PM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}'':
** Spectrals can learn to shape their spectral energy into solid constructs with a thought. It takes a ''lot'' of training, though, and even once you've mastered the art, spectral energy can't affect the normal world at all. They are also temporary, so if you lose your concentration the construct will dissipate.
** Isabel has the power to control paper through her spirit Eightfold. The things she makes this way are both permanent until she chooses to dispel them and can affect both the normal and spirit worlds. Isabel has been seen using them to make weapons, bandages, and a horse.
** Ed has the power to paint solid objects anywhere--including thing air--through his spirit Muse. His constructs are permanent until dispelled, but they are invisible and intangible to the normal world.
18th Jan '17 2:40:43 PM Rhodes7
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* Libriomacy in ''Literature/MagicExLibris'' works ''mostly'' like this. It's a sort of collective imagination power that lets people tap shared belief to pull magic or technological items from books, with a few limits like no time-travel, necromancy or wishes. Still, it's incredibly powerful and versatile.
15th Jan '17 10:07:29 AM Peridonyx
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** Q [[note]]''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''.[[/note]] {{Expy}} Discord is an {{Omnipotent}} who works largely like this, often creating and/or warping things just for sheer [[TheHedonist Hedonism]].
26th Dec '16 6:48:48 PM ReaderAt2046
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** Though imaging does have some limits, mostly related to energy and matter conservation.
17th Dec '16 8:01:05 AM StFan
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** The ''Comicbook/LightsOut'' storyline reveals that there these powers do have a serious limitation: [[spoiler:the source of their powers, the Emotion Spectrum, is ''finite''.]]

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** The ''Comicbook/LightsOut'' ''ComicBook/LightsOut'' storyline reveals that there these powers do have a serious limitation: [[spoiler:the source of their powers, the Emotion Spectrum, is ''finite''.]]



* BlackPanther's ArchNemesis Klaw has the ability to create virtually anything he can imagine out of [[MakeMeWannaShout sound energy]].

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* BlackPanther's ComicBook/BlackPanther's ArchNemesis Klaw has the ability to create virtually anything he can imagine out of [[MakeMeWannaShout sound energy]].



** The Answer, a villain from the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' series, has pretty much the same "power", allowing him to do whatever is required to "answer" a situation. For some reason this doesn't make him omnipotent, and he does get trounced by Spidey fairly often. Though in hindsight, it makes sense. An answer isn't always correct. Or there could be more than one correct answers.

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** * The Answer, a villain from the ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' series, has pretty much the same "power", allowing him to do whatever is required to "answer" a situation. For some reason this doesn't make him omnipotent, and he does get trounced by Spidey fairly often. Though in hindsight, it makes sense. An answer isn't always correct. Or there could be more than one correct answers.



* Very much unsubverted in at least one {{Elseworld}} story, where ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' gets a power ring. Because giving the [[MemeticMutation goddamned Batman]] a weapon based on intelligence, creativity, and willpower seemed like ''such'' a good idea at the time...
** {{Franchise/Batman}} actually tried on Hal Jordan's ring, at Jordan's urging, in canon a few years ago. With the way Green Lantern rings specifically work [[{{Retcon}} these days]], he had to [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind face his inner psyche]], with [[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode ring-made bats and a specter of his parents]] facing him down. He came out of it with a lot more respect for Jordan than before.
--->'''Batman:''' You go through that ''every time''?
--->'''Green Lantern:''' Yes.

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* Very much unsubverted in at least one {{Elseworld}} story, where ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' gets a power ring. Because giving the [[MemeticMutation goddamned Batman]] a weapon based on intelligence, creativity, and willpower seemed like ''such'' a good idea at the time...
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time... {{Franchise/Batman}} actually tried on Hal Jordan's ring, at Jordan's urging, in canon a few years ago. With the way Green Lantern rings specifically work [[{{Retcon}} these days]], he had has to [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind face his inner psyche]], with [[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode ring-made bats and a specter of his parents]] facing him down. He came comes out of it with a lot more respect for Jordan than before.
--->'''Batman:''' -->'''Batman:''' You go through that ''every time''?
--->'''Green
time''?\\
'''Green
Lantern:''' Yes.



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* The title character of ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' gets God's powers, and aside from the two rules God gives him (No telling people he's God or affecting free will), he can do anything he wants, using the power of thought alone.

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* The title character of ''Film/BruceAlmighty'' gets God's powers, and aside from the two rules God gives him (No (no telling people he's God or affecting free will), he can do anything he wants, using the power of thought alone.



* In {{Literature/Citadel}} Kerry Dragon has a limited version of this power that effectively lets her turn into any one of a number of dragons.



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--> '''Valerie''': ''(Upon witnessing Sabrina's magic)'' So you basically think of something, you point with your finger and that something happens?
--> '''Sabrina''': That would be the technical definition.

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--> '''Valerie''': ''(Upon '''Valerie:''' ''[upon witnessing Sabrina's magic)'' magic]'' So you basically think of something, you point with your finger and that something happens?
--> '''Sabrina''':
happens?\\
'''Sabrina:'''
That would be the technical definition.



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* In {{Literature/Citadel}} Kerry Dragon has a limited version of this power that effectively lets her turn into any one of a number of dragons.

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* In {{Literature/Citadel}} ''Literature/{{Citadel}}'', Kerry Dragon has a limited version of this power that effectively lets her turn into any one of a number of dragons.



* In an ironic subversion, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'''s Former Marine John Stewart was once criticized by his former Green Lantern Corps mentor about the militaristic, uncreative use of his ring, mainly as a [[BarrierWarrior blaster weapon and forcefield]]. This itself was actually an echo of the early disputes among the fandom in regards to both his character and limited abilities. Following this episode, Stewart began to increasingly be more creative with his ring, culminating in "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS1E3KidStuff Kid Stuff]]" where he was reverted to a child and his ring's power increased exponentially due to his active (if not overactive) imagination.
-->'''Kid Green Lantern''': I'll make a laser cannon! No, a missile launcher! Oh -- oh, I know!\\
'''Kid Batman''': Just pick something!

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* In an ironic subversion, ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'''s Former Marine John Stewart was once criticized by his former Green Lantern Corps mentor about the militaristic, uncreative use of his ring, mainly as a [[BarrierWarrior blaster weapon and forcefield]]. This itself was is actually an echo of the early disputes among the fandom in regards to both his character and limited abilities. Following this episode, Stewart began begins to increasingly be more creative with his ring, culminating in "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueUnlimitedS1E3KidStuff Kid Stuff]]" where he was is reverted to a child and his ring's power increased increases exponentially due to his active (if not overactive) imagination.
-->'''Kid Green Lantern''': Lantern:''' I'll make a laser cannon! No, a missile launcher! Oh -- oh, I know!\\
'''Kid Batman''': Batman:''' Just pick something!



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the Green Lantern {{Expy}} Radiance from the [[ShowWithinAShow comic book]] Power Ponies, who can create purple energy constructs using the gems covering her costume.
** Rarity gets this for real in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]''. Unfortunately, in an obvious allegory of drug addition, it also comes with a side of BrainwashedAndCrazy: she stops eating and sleeping, and grows increasingly manic until she gets free of it.
* The Orb Of Quite Remarkable Power in ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' basically functions as a spherical Green Lantern Ring. Parodied when Psycrowe used it to fight Jim, and at one point accidentally tried to drop a giant hamburger on him because he was thinking about lunch.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The
Green Lantern {{Expy}} Radiance from the [[ShowWithinAShow comic book]] Power Ponies, ''Power Ponies'', who can create purple energy constructs using the gems covering her costume.
costume. When Rarity gets granted this role in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E6PowerPonies Power Ponies]]", unlike her friends who are struggling with controlling their powers, after the first try she starts using it to the full extent of its versatility.
** Rarity gets this for real in ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]''.Manifestation]]". Unfortunately, in an obvious allegory of drug addition, it also comes with a side of BrainwashedAndCrazy: she stops eating and sleeping, and grows increasingly manic until she gets free of it.
* The Orb Of of Quite Remarkable Power in ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' basically functions as a spherical Green Lantern Ring. Parodied when Psycrowe used it to fight Jim, and at one point accidentally tried to drop a giant hamburger on him because he was thinking about lunch.



27th Jun '16 9:26:46 PM M84
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** While it usually doesn't come up, the ''Rebirth'' storyarc reveals another limitation to the Green Lanterns' rings: focusing your will to create an object through them takes a ''huge'' amount of concentration and willpower. Green Arrow feels like he just ran a marathon after making a simple arrow with a ring. Kyle confirms that this happens every time he uses the ring. It's likely one of the reasons the rings are programmed to seek out badass determinators: they're the only ones who have the mental fortitude to even use the rings in the first place.
19th May '16 4:17:10 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, as a PostHumousCharacter and former SHIELD Agent. His primary job? Act as a counter-measure to freaking ''ComicBook/{{Magneto}}.'' And by all accounts, including Magneto's own, he was very good at it. By the time of the story, the [[RingOfPower ring]] has vanished. [[spoiler: It later reappears in the possession of Doctor Strange, who gives it to a teenage Carol Danvers in chapter 75 and conveniently fails to mention that it's a lot more than just an enchanted ring. He takes it back in chapter 78, remarking that it was only ever a loaner, in large part because Carol is a teenager and the ring doesn't usually take teenage wielders for very good reason. However, he notes that in both his opinion and that of the ring, she was an excellent wielder and a strong future candidate.]]
3rd Mar '16 9:36:15 PM Pastykake
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So you played the SuperpowerLottery? Well, kid, you just scored the silver medal! This power, based around their imagination, allows the user to create anything if they think of it. It can be anything mundane from table flatware to weapons like rocket launchers and machine guns.

Because of the nature of this trope, there will often be some kind of limitation to the power to prevent it from becoming a StoryBreakerPower. For example, the power has a limited power supply, or the power has the inability to affect certain objects. For example, the rings wielded by the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] have a limit to how many constructs their rings can make, and they used to have the infamous inability to affect yellow-colored objects (or, in even earlier versions, anything made of wood).

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So you played the SuperpowerLottery? Well, kid, you just scored the silver medal! This power, based around their the user's imagination, allows the user to create anything if they (s)he can think of it. It can be anything mundane from table flatware to weapons like rocket launchers and machine guns.

Because of the nature of this trope, there will often be some kind of limitation to the power to prevent it from becoming a StoryBreakerPower. For example, the power has a limited power supply, or the power has the inability to affect certain objects. For example, the rings wielded by the [[Franchise/GreenLantern Green Lantern Corps]] have a limit to how many constructs their rings can make, and they used to have the infamous inability to affect yellow-colored objects (or, in even earlier versions, anything made of wood).
wood). People with the Imagination-Based Superpower are vulnerable to doubt; i.e., [[HoistByHisOwnPetard imagining themselves losing]].
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