Created By: Ookamikun on April 13, 2012 Last Edited By: Ookamikun on December 11, 2013

Invisibility Means Intangibility

I'm invisible therefore attacks are intangible.

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The tendency where using the Invisibility superpower somehow makes a person intangible - even though intangibility and invisibility are two different powers. The usual example is when a person is about to get hit, he goes invisible, causing the attack to fly through. Later on we realize that invisibility doesn't in fact, make him intangible. It's sort of like becoming a ghost, except they do not become a ghost.

Comic Books
  • The Fantastic Four character Invisible Woman can throw up forcefields that make it impossible to tell where she really is, which could look like intangibility for people not paying attention or unfamiliar.

Video Games
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Invisibility is a status effect that causes all physical attacks to not connect. A monster called "Intangir" is invisible by default, furthering the confusion between invisibility and intangibility.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • April 14, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • On Soap when Burt goes a little crazy and thinks he can turn invisible, he tries to walk through a closed door.
  • April 14, 2012
    Arivne
    Western Animation
  • April 14, 2012
    Ookamikun
    Bump, needs a few more examples.
  • April 15, 2012
    aurora369
    In Final Fantasy VI, invisibility is a status effect that causes all physical attacks to not connect. A monster called "Intangir" is invisible by default, furthering the confusion between invisibility and intangibility.
  • April 15, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Justified in cases like Danny Phantom, who can be both.
    • The Fantastic Four character Invisible Woman can throw up forcefields that make it impossible to tell where she really is, which could look like intangibility for people not paying attention or unfamiliar.
  • April 16, 2012
    Ookamikun
    @aurora369 I recall FFIX to have the same status effect too. And FFVIII has invincible status effect which makes them transparent too.

    @Paradisca Corbasi Wouldn't her forcefields only make her more slightly visible? Then again they always do it to force fields in general.

    We need more examples!
  • April 16, 2012
    aurora369
    "Invincible" in FFVIII is another animal entirely, it gives utter invulnerability and only makes you translucent, not invisible.
  • April 17, 2012
    Ookamikun
    @aurora369: Ahh true.

    Bump!
  • April 19, 2012
    Ookamikun
    Bump, need more before I launch.
  • April 21, 2012
    Ookamikun
    I'm gonna launch this if nothing is added after this.
  • April 25, 2012
    Ookamikun
    Cleaned up bump
  • April 25, 2012
    Telcontar
    I wouldn't recommend launching this yet. It has only four examples, no related tropes, and the description needs some work -- the sentence about ghosts isn't clear to me at all. This page will have almost no wicks if you launch it at the moment, so it's best for it to stay here for a while to get more examples and help. There isn't any hurry in launching a new trope.
  • May 5, 2012
    Ookamikun
    True. Bumping this again for more help.
  • December 11, 2013
    kenyastarflight
    One more example — The Life And Adventures Of Santa Claus would qualify. The primary antagonists, the Awgwas, can turn invisible, which somehow gives them the ability to pass through walls.
  • December 11, 2013
    zarpaulus
    • In Sword Of The Stars Intangibility is the apex of the Cloaking Tech Tree, but it's either/or, a ship can be equipped with either an invisibility module or an intangibility module. A cloaked ship can be damaged by area-effect weapons while an intangible ship is fully visible.
  • December 11, 2013
    DAN004
    • In Mega Man Battle Network, the chip "Invis" will turn you half-invisible. The point of this chip isn't invisibility itself, but rather intangibility as attacks phase right through you when this chip is activated.
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