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16th Mar '17 8:42:39 PM Cryocene
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Asphyxiation is generally not an issue, potential breathing problems are typically ignored outright. If they're stuck in an intangible state for a while, starving to death usually isn't brought up either. Also, don't expect anyone to know that they shouldn't be able to see anything while intangible, if light passes straight through them, it can't form an image on their retinas. You can forget hearing too, air passing though you means nothing registers on the parts of the inner ear that detect sound waves. Run those same reasons in reverse, and it [[IncrediblyLamePun becomes clear]] that a truly Intangible Man would be incredibly ''boring'' as he could neither interact with the world nor even be detected by it. Fortunately, these pesky real life physics rules tend to be ignored in-story thanks to RuleOfCool.

Although the Intangible Man will pass right through walls, chairs, tables and such, he rarely has any problem properly interacting with floors, stairs or any other structures people are meant to walk upon. He may even be able to ride vehicles, with the odds of success rapidly increasing with the size of the vehicle. Anything big enough to walk around inside is quite likely, a ship or spaceship is more or less guaranteed.

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Asphyxiation is generally not an issue, potential breathing problems are typically ignored outright. If they're stuck in an intangible state for a while, starving to death usually isn't brought up either. Also, don't expect anyone to know that they shouldn't be able to see anything while intangible, if light passes straight through them, it can't form an image on their retinas. You can forget hearing too, air passing though you means nothing registers on the parts of the inner ear that detect sound waves. Run those same reasons in reverse, and it [[IncrediblyLamePun becomes clear]] that a truly Intangible Man intangible person would be incredibly ''boring'' as he could neither interact with the world nor even be detected by it. Fortunately, these pesky real life physics rules tend to be ignored in-story thanks to RuleOfCool.

Although the Intangible Man intangible characters will pass right through walls, chairs, tables and such, he rarely has any problem properly interacting with floors, stairs or any other structures people are meant to walk upon. He may even be able to ride vehicles, with the odds of success rapidly increasing with the size of the vehicle. Anything big enough to walk around inside is quite likely, a ship or spaceship is more or less guaranteed.
12th Mar '17 4:46:47 PM nombretomado
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* In TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}, the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/xenogog.htm Xenogog]] has this power, though it can solidify the tips of its needlelike arms to perform "''a surgically perfect lobotomy with a single touch''"


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* In ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'', the [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/xenogog.htm Xenogog]] has this power, though it can solidify the tips of its needlelike arms to perform "''a surgically perfect lobotomy with a single touch''".
10th Mar '17 9:56:05 PM jormis29
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* Chaosium's supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Dread is an intangible undead falcon that can fly through solid objects.

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* Chaosium's Creator/{{Chaosium}}'s supplement ''All the Worlds' Monsters'' Volume III. The Dread is an intangible undead falcon that can fly through solid objects.
10th Feb '17 7:57:56 AM ChronoLegion
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*** In fact, this gets used so much that SG-1 gets WrongGenreSavvy about it. In ''The Road Not Taken'', Carter is running experiments on the device that put her and Mitchell out of phase previously. She is transported to an alternate universe and it takes about two weeks for her to figure out how to get back. Meanwhile, her teammates assume the device malfunctioned and she's stuck out of phase so they take turns "keeping her company", ie, talking to an empty room.

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*** In fact, this gets used so much that SG-1 gets WrongGenreSavvy about it. In ''The Road Not Taken'', Carter is running experiments on the device that put her and Mitchell out of phase previously. She is transported to an alternate universe and it takes about two weeks for her to figure out how to get back. Meanwhile, her teammates assume the device malfunctioned and she's stuck out of phase so they take turns "keeping her company", ie, talking to an empty room. Meanwhile, in that universe, she uses a similar device, powered by the entirety of the US power grid, to ''phase the whole planet'', protecting it from orbital bombardment.



* ''Series/MutantX'' had Jesse. Unlike most examples of this trope, he could also reverse the process to the point where he was MadeOfDiamond. He later learns how to make other objects (or parts of them intangible. This becomes incredibly useful to getting his teammates into locked areas.

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* ''Series/MutantX'' had Jesse. Unlike most examples of this trope, he could also reverse the process to the point where he was MadeOfDiamond. He later learns how to make other objects (or parts of them them) intangible. This becomes incredibly useful to getting his teammates into locked areas.



* This also shows up in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. It's something Barry has to learn and only uses once on the show. The Reverse Flash, however, uses it ''a lot'', including using it to erase hard drives and kill people rather horrifically, then dispose of their bodies. Again, falling through the floor is never even brought up.

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* This also shows up in ''Series/TheFlash2014''. It's something Barry has to learn and only uses once on the show. doesn't use it much (at first). The Reverse Flash, Reverse-Flash, however, uses it ''a lot'', including using it to erase hard drives and kill people rather horrifically, then dispose of their bodies. Again, falling through the floor is never even brought up. Ditto Zoom, who ''really'' likes killing people by punching through their chests with a vibrating fist. He also saves Caitlin from [[spoiler:Killer Frost]] by running ''through'' her. Later on, Barry gets the hang of it and is able to even use it to surprise the Reverse-Flash. Kid Flash takes a while to learn this trick, but finally manages to pull it off in order to [[spoiler:neutralize the powers of a metahuman with the TouchOfDeath]]. The same episode also has Barry phase an ''entire train'' full of people through a barrier. And yes, the train stays on the rails.
9th Feb '17 9:22:25 AM Drope
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features Mirio Togata, a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to instantly eject back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). He has also managed to manipulate this ejecting to be able to essentially move around like if he were teleporting. The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features Mirio Togata, a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core.core (because he somehow keeps his mass). The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to instantly eject back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). He has also managed to manipulate this ejecting to be able to essentially move around like if he were teleporting. The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.
29th Jan '17 8:19:03 PM BKelly95
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{MASK}}'' agent Buddie Hawks gains this ability when he uses his Penetrator mask.
29th Jan '17 8:45:25 AM Drope
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features Mirio Togata, a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to instantly eject back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). He has also managed to manipulate this ejecting to be able to essentially teleport around. The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' features Mirio Togata, a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to instantly eject back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). He has also managed to manipulate this ejecting to be able to essentially teleport around.move around like if he were teleporting. The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.
29th Jan '17 8:43:36 AM Drope
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' actually features a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to shoot back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' actually features Mirio Togata, a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to shoot instantly eject back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag).TeleFrag). He has also managed to manipulate this ejecting to be able to essentially teleport around. The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.
29th Jan '17 8:33:57 AM Drope
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' actually features a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just turning it on and off in his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to shoot back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' actually features a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just turning it on and off in his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to shoot back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.
29th Jan '17 8:32:25 AM Drope
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' actually features a character with this power that more or less adresses all the FridgeLogic brought up in this page's entry. Whenever he activates his ability, he becomes unable to see, hear or breathe, being able to only sense his fall to the Earth's core. The only reasons this power is not considered outright BlessedWithSuck is because a) he can turn individual body parts intangible instead of just turning it on and off in his entire body and b) he has a specific {{Required Secondary Power|s}} that causes him to shoot back up to the surface when he deactivates his intangibility while phasing through a large mass of something (thus, averting TeleFrag). The only sketchy part is that he's still visible while using his ability (which shouldn't be possible due to light not hitting him), although it's unknown if that's only because of artistic choice from the author's part.
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