History Main / SemanticSuperPower

20th Sep '16 11:07:21 AM BreadBull
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See also WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer, ImaginationBasedSuperpower, and SwissArmySuperpower. Compare/contrast the InverseLawOfComplexityToPower. Not to be confused with superpowers that actually consist of [[MakeMeWannaShout using speech]] or [[WordsCanBreakMyBones specific words]].

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See also WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer, ImaginationBasedSuperpower, and SwissArmySuperpower. Compare/contrast the InverseLawOfComplexityToPower. See also LiteralGenie. Not to be confused with superpowers that actually consist of [[MakeMeWannaShout using speech]] or [[WordsCanBreakMyBones specific words]].
4th Sep '16 6:04:25 PM DoctorFluffy
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A power that is defined solely by wording, and thus capable of a great deal of stretching what it is capable of. To use an example from ''Manga/OnePiece'', the hypothetical power of "pushing" could be used to "push" people at massive speed in order to fake teleportation, to push concepts or to push away attacks. Can be used to justify HeartIsAnAwesomePower. Done poorly, it comes across as an {{Asspull}} unless it's obviously being PlayedForLaughs.

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A power that is defined solely by wording, and thus capable of a great deal of stretching what it is capable of. To use an example from ''Manga/OnePiece'', the hypothetical power of "pushing" could be used to "push" people at massive speed in order to fake teleportation, to push away abstract concepts such as pain, or to push away attacks. Can be used to justify HeartIsAnAwesomePower. Done poorly, it comes across as an {{Asspull}} unless it's obviously being PlayedForLaughs.
14th Aug '16 11:58:26 PM M84
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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Beast Boy can take the form of any animal. Do alien life forms count? Mythic animals? [[ContinuitySnarl Depends on writer and/or retcon.]]

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* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Beast Boy can take the form of any animal. Do alien life forms count? Mythic animals? [[ContinuitySnarl Depends on writer and/or retcon.]]]] Various versions of him have also become ''groups'' of animals and a werebeast that combined traits from multiple animals.
* Nico from ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' has the Staff of One, a powerful MagicStaff that can do just about anything. The only limitation is that she can't use the same command twice and expect the same result. However, she can get away with using ''synonyms''. A cursory look at the English language alone (and there's no reason to assume she's limited to English) proves that the Staff's limitation isn't much of a limitation at all.
8th Aug '16 4:27:52 AM 1810072342
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* Some of the more creative uses of Pokemon abilities in the ''Fanfic/{{Pokeumans}}'' universe have incorporated this. For instance Pain Split, which is normally used to equal out physical damage, has also been used to displace emotional pain as well.
22nd Jul '16 9:59:16 AM Prime32
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** [[TheHero Reimu]] describes herself as having the ability to [[{{Flight}} float in the sky]], something which just about everyone can do already. But in a tight spot she will start [[TeleportSpam teleporting around]] and turning [[IntangibleMan intangible]], while seemingly unaware that she is doing so. In truth, [[BornLucky floats through]] ''life'', [[DontThinkFeel instinctively following the path of least resistance to any problem]] (which is also the origin of her signature {{Homing Projectile}}s). The only limit on this ability is that [[CentipedesDilemma her own thoughts cloud her instincts]] - she can become intangible simply by closing her eyes and clearing her mind of distractions.

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** [[TheHero Reimu]] describes herself as having the ability to [[{{Flight}} float in the sky]], something which just about everyone can do already. But in a tight spot she will start [[TeleportSpam teleporting around]] and turning [[IntangibleMan intangible]], while seemingly unaware that she is doing so. In truth, Reimu [[BornLucky floats through]] ''life'', [[DontThinkFeel instinctively following the path of least resistance to any problem]] (which is also the origin of her signature {{Homing Projectile}}s). The only limit on this ability is that [[CentipedesDilemma her own thoughts cloud her instincts]] - she can become intangible simply by closing her eyes and clearing her mind of distractions.
22nd Jul '16 9:56:19 AM Prime32
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** Yukari Yakumo has the power to [[BarrierMaiden manipulate boundaries]]. This mostly manifests in creating portals (i.e. the boundary between here and there), but stretching the definition of "boundary" means she can do [[RealityWarper whatever she wants]] (at least, [[UnreliableExpositor according to her]]). In the backstory she created a portal to the moon by looking at its reflection in a lake and manipulating the boundary between Truth and Lies, which gives you an idea of the level of power she has. She also has a spellcard titled "Boundary between Wave and Particle", anyone with knowledge in physics can confirm that changing this particular boundary to any degree at all would cause the universe to suffer CriticalExistenceFailure.
** Suika has the ability to manipulate density. This lets her change size, transform into mist, create mini-Suikas and black holes, and ''cause people to subconciously gather for a feast''. How did that last one work? She manipulated ''population density''.
** Reimu has the power to drift through the air, in a world where everybody can fly anyway. However, Reimu can apply this trope to her power to fly, such as "drifting ''[[IntangibleMan out of reality]]''", an ability which would make her literally undefeatable if she didn't give it a time limit to abide by the [[DuelsDecideEverything spell-card rules]].
** Seija Kijin can turn things upside down. This includes things like the social order, or [[InterfaceScrew the player's controls]].
** Reisen's listed power is manipulation of madness, but the basic application of her power is actually manipulation of wave. Any kind of wave. Her telepathy and anti-rat cat statues in ''Forbidden Scrollery '' works by manipulating radio signal, the three fairies' power doesn't work on her because they're using light as medium, and even her so called manipulation of 'madness' is because she's capable of seeing brainwaves and disturbing the frequency.
** Tsukumogami in general are a bunch of wildcards in term of power. As they are tool given life, their powers are depending on their users, or even those who ''might'' be their users through second hand myth. So Raiko is a drum with ability to ride rhythms. In Japanese myth, the most notable drummer is the thunder god Raijin who hit his drums to make his thunders, so Raiko accordingly can do the same. [[{{Karakasa}} Kogasa]] is an umbrella who can surprise anyone. She's a weak second stage boss who appears as the extra stage mid-boss along with the power boost ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall just so she can surprise the players]]''. In ''Wild and Horned Hermit'' she appears as a blacksmith capable of fixing even divine tools because of both this reason and the obscure myth about {{karakasa}}-obake having similar appearance as the blacksmith youkai Ippon-Datara, whom she shares the name of.

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** [[{{Chessmaster}} Yukari Yakumo has Yakumo]]'s signature ability is the power manipulation of boundaries. According to [[BarrierMaiden manipulate boundaries]]. This mostly manifests in creating portals (i.e. the boundary between here and there), but stretching the definition of "boundary" means she can Yukari herself, this is a SwissArmySuperpower which lets her do [[RealityWarper whatever just about anything she wants]] (at least, [[UnreliableExpositor according to her]]). wants]], but Yukari's nature as an UnreliableExpositor makes things less than clear. In the backstory {{Canon}} she is capable of creating "gaps" that act as portals, created a portal to the moon by looking at its reflection in a lake "Border of Fantasy and manipulating the boundary between Truth and Lies, Reality" around Gensokyo,[[note]]A spell which gives you an idea of made the level of valley feel "more fantastic" than the outside world, [[FantasticNatureReserve causing supernatural beings to be drawn to it as their power she has. She also has a spellcard titled "Boundary between Wave waned]][[/note]] and Particle", anyone with knowledge later assisted in physics can confirm that changing this particular boundary to any degree at all would cause constructing and [[BarrierMaiden maintaining]] the universe to suffer CriticalExistenceFailure.
Great Hakurei Barrier.[[note]]A field of warped space which prevents sentient beings from entering or exiting the valley[[/note]] In FanFic, "Yukari got bored again" might as well be the setting equivalent of AWizardDidIt.
** Suika has the ability to manipulate density. "density and sparseness". This lets her change size, transform into mist, and create mini-Suikas and black holes, and ''cause people to subconciously gather for a feast''. How did holes. In her debut appearance, she "gathered peoples' sentiments" at the Hakurei Shrine so that last one work? She manipulated ''population density''.
** Reimu has the power to drift through the air, in a world where everybody can fly anyway. However, Reimu can apply this trope to her power to fly, such as "drifting ''[[IntangibleMan out of reality]]''", an ability which
they would make congregate there for parties.
** Reisen describes
her literally undefeatable if she didn't give it a time limit to abide by the [[DuelsDecideEverything spell-card rules]].
** Seija Kijin can turn things upside down. This includes things like the social order, or [[InterfaceScrew the player's controls]].
** Reisen's listed power is
abilities as manipulation of madness, but their true nature is reading and altering waves in her surroundings. She typically uses this to scramble enemy brainwaves to mess up their focus, or bend light and sound to generate illusions, but she has displayed other applications for it as well: shooting EyeBeams, communicating with other {{Moon Rabbit}}s from long distances, judging peoples' personalities, seeing the basic application Three Fairies of her power is actually manipulation of wave. Any kind of wave. Her telepathy and anti-rat cat statues in ''Forbidden Scrollery '' works by manipulating radio signal, the three fairies' power doesn't work on her because Light while they're using light as medium, invisible, and even her so called manipulation of 'madness' is because she's capable of seeing brainwaves and disturbing creating ultrasonic pest repellents.
** [[TheHero Reimu]] describes herself as having
the frequency.
** Tsukumogami in general are a bunch of wildcards in term of power. As they are tool given life, their powers are depending on their users, or even those who ''might'' be their users through second hand myth. So Raiko is a drum with
ability to ride rhythms. In Japanese myth, [[{{Flight}} float in the most notable drummer is the thunder god Raijin who hit his drums to make his thunders, so Raiko accordingly sky]], something which just about everyone can do already. But in a tight spot she will start [[TeleportSpam teleporting around]] and turning [[IntangibleMan intangible]], while seemingly unaware that she is doing so. In truth, [[BornLucky floats through]] ''life'', [[DontThinkFeel instinctively following the same. [[{{Karakasa}} Kogasa]] path of least resistance to any problem]] (which is an umbrella who can surprise anyone. She's a weak second stage boss who appears as also the extra stage mid-boss along with the power boost ''[[BreakingTheFourthWall just so origin of her signature {{Homing Projectile}}s). The only limit on this ability is that [[CentipedesDilemma her own thoughts cloud her instincts]] - she can surprise become intangible simply by closing her eyes and clearing her mind of distractions.
** [[TheAce Toyosatomimi no Miko]] can "listen to ten voices at once", a feat attributed to her historical counterpart Prince Shoutoku for his great skill at multitasking. In her case, however, she can choose to listen to
the players]]''. In ''Wild [[TitleDrop "Ten Desires"]] within a person's heart, learning their personality as well as their hopes and Horned Hermit'' she appears as dreams. This ability also gives her a blacksmith capable great affinity with ambient spirits of fixing even divine tools because of both this reason desire, allowing her to attract and the obscure myth about {{karakasa}}-obake having similar appearance as the blacksmith youkai Ippon-Datara, whom she shares the name of.absorb them for power.
9th Jun '16 2:34:43 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Lightfoot of ''[[ASHUniverse ASH]]'' has the power to make anything he's touching go faster. Naturally, this lets him [[SuperSpeed make himself go faster]] but he was also able to make a giant statue that would normally have taken a century to sink into the earth do so in minutes. His power makes things ''happen'' faster, not ''move'' faster.

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* Lightfoot of ''[[ASHUniverse ASH]]'' ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'' has the power to make anything he's touching go faster. Naturally, this lets him [[SuperSpeed make himself go faster]] but he was also able to make a giant statue that would normally have taken a century to sink into the earth do so in minutes. His power makes things ''happen'' faster, not ''move'' faster.
21st May '16 2:53:30 PM bwburke94
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* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' this is basically how the [[LanguageOfMagic Ancient Language]] works, with skilled/imaginative magicians able to perform feats using words that have no obvious relation. For example, [[spoiler:Selena]] was able to use the word for "heal" to perform a form of PsychicAssistedSuicide by "healing" people of all of their negative emotions, which caused them to just stand there in a state of total bliss while [[spoiler:she]] just walked up to them and calmly murdered them all.

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* In ''Literature/InheritanceCycle,'' this is basically how the [[LanguageOfMagic Ancient Language]] works, with skilled/imaginative magicians able to perform feats using words that have no obvious relation. For example, [[spoiler:Selena]] was able to use the word for "heal" to perform a form of PsychicAssistedSuicide by "healing" people of all of their negative emotions, which caused them to just stand there in a state of total bliss while [[spoiler:she]] she just walked up to them and calmly murdered them all.
19th May '16 7:07:28 PM Az_Tech341
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] Banshee]], who is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.
19th May '16 6:05:32 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' does this a fair bit, the author showing a penchant for extrapolating the logical potential of a character's abilities. One prime example is [[ComicBook/XMen Sean Cassidy a.k.a. Banshee]] is canonically a fairly weak X-Man with the power of sound manipulation. This usually means he can fly and scream really loudly and that's about it. [[AdaptationalBadass Here,]] thanks to a little imagination, a little application of physics and a few uses of Cassidy's lesser known abilities, he's now capable of pulling a StealthHiBye that Batman would be proud of by dulling the sound around him (which works on claymore mines, to the misfortune of more than one HYDRA Agent), a sonar that Daredevil would be envious of and the ability to, by hitting the right frequency, resonate and shatter wood, concrete and ''[[BodyHorror bone]].'' Oh, and then there's his CompellingVoice. You ''really'' don't want to know what he can do with that.
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