Magnetism Manipulation
The StockSuperpower of Electromagnetism or plain Magnetism
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"Magnetic force, Jack! Nature's force!"

Electromagnetism is a strange beast. It's one of the four fundamental forces of nature, the others being gravity, nuclear force, and the force that binds atoms together. In real life it's not at all as powerful as superpowers portray them in fiction.

In fictionland the power of magnetism is treated as if it's like Telekinesis, but specifically with power over metals and alloys. How powerful this is varies. These characters if too powerful can just fold their arms and let their Powers Do The Fighting and will never even have to touch you themselves. They'll be floating in the air, levitating steel girders around, and lobbing them at you, and while those normally weigh tons they do this with just a flick of their hand. Plus being able create extra appendages with spare junk lying around. On the other hand when this is downplayed this can take the form of the character being literally magnetic with metal just sticking to them wherever they go, but not having very good control over it. This is often played for comedy, because what kind of lame power is that anyway?

Sometimes characters with these powers will be fully electromagnetic and can also manipulate electricity as well. This is far broader than just simple magnetism because now their arsenal of abilities includes control of plasma and radiation. Depending how much they know about the science of magnetism they may have won the Superpower Lottery as this could give them the power to bend light (possibly giving them cloaking powers), or being able disassemble the very atoms that make up an object.

There is also Esoteric Magnetism, which is more like "magical magnetism". Someone is capable of manipulating objects via the concept of "attracting" or "repelling". regardless of whether the object is magnetic or not, sometimes, it even applies to non-objects like emotions.

Artistic License - Physics definitely applies to works that use magnetism powers. Shock and Awe and Extra Ore Dinary are Sister Tropes. Compare Selective Magnetism, and Hollywood Magnetism. Magnetic Weapons is when technology uses the force of magnetism for guns.


Anime and Manga
  • In A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun, Misaka Mikoto's Electricity manipulation has this as a subpower. which allows her to stick to metals and create an Improvised Weapon chainsaw out of iron filings, and her signature Railgun, which as we all know, normally requires electromagnets.
  • Solva of NEEDLESS has Magnetism as her power. which works likes the Half-Life Gravity gun except it allows her attract/repel anything since it's specifically the power to create a "unique magnetic field".
  • Mx0. Ise uses a form of magic based on magnetism, he can make anything magnetic and attracted to something else, allowing him to stick people to walls and so on.

Comic Books
  • This is the X-Men villain Magneto's main power. His application for it is normally for manipulating metals like molding them and moving them about or punting them as projectiles, but he can do other things with it like Flight (via repulsing Earth's magnetic pull), make Force Fields, Bloody Murder (blood has iron), Telepathy resistance (brain waves are electromagnetic... ?), Invisibility (light waves are electromagnetic). Really, just head to Marvel Wiki.
  • Spiderman villain Electro once had this as his main power. Where he was able to negate his weakness to water by making them evaporate with electromagnetism before it touches him. he was also able to paralyze people by overcharging their synapses with it. Otherwise, his normal Shock and Awe powers had basic electromagnetic capabilities which he used for things like Wall Crawl and fast travel on metal objects.
  • The Marvel Comics character Polaris has magnetic powers similar to Magneto's, who was later revealed to be her biological father. She can sense and control magnetism, create magnetic energy pulses and magnetic force fields, and manipulate the Earth's magnetic field in order to fly.

Film - Live Action
  • In the live action Transformers movie, Jazz seems to have have magnetic powers, pulling the firearms of soldiers away from them. Blackout also has an EMP weapon.

  • The servant Karkash from The Zombie Knight has power over electromagnetic fields, giving him both magnetism and lightning powers. He's kind of oddly matched with Hector, who's an iron materializer; Hector can neutralize Karkash's lightning by creating lightning rods, but Karkash's magnetism can use Hector's iron constructs against him if Hector can't uncreate them in time. Karkash can also fly by wearing chunks of iron under his clothes and moving those.
  • Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain. Claire has electricity gloves which can magnetically stick to walls (letting her climb walls) or make people magnetic (letting her stick other people to walls).

Live-Action TV
  • In Sanctuary Nikola Tesla becomes magnetized after losing his vampirism and Shock and Awe powers. He can pull metal towards his hands from long distance. And retains that power after becoming a vampire again.

Tabletop Games
  • Villains And Vigilantes. The "Magnetic Powers" power allows the user to move metallic objects, including using the object as a weapon.
  • Champions
    • The power Telekinesis can be given the special effect "Magnetic" and the Disadvantage "only affects metallic objects", which would reduce its cost. The disadvantage could be made even greater by limiting it to only affecting iron or iron alloys (such as steel).
    • In the supplement Enemies III, the super villainess Gaussian had magnetic powers which depend on the planet's magnetic field. She can fire a Magnetic Blast that affect targets wearing metal armor or clothing, create a magnetic force field and fly.
  • DC Heroes 3rd Edition. The Mental power Magnetic Control allowed the Character to create and manipulate magnetic fields. This allowed hurling metal objects at an opponent to cause Physical damage, defending against attacks by metallic objects (swords, bullets, robots etc.), and simply moving metal objects around.
  • In Myriad Song Towsers can take the "Towser Magnetics" Gift. It allows them to walk on magnetic surfaces and intercept radio signals, as well as allowing their brawling attacks to ignore armor.

  • In The Transformers, several Transformers had magnetic abilities that they used for various purposes.
    • Ravage used it to cling to objects in his tiny alt-mode, making him an excellent spy.
    • Windcharger actually has a relatively realistic portrayal, he can make each of his arms the pole of an electromagnet and use it to manipulate metal. The closer the metal is, the more powerful his pull.
    • Tailgate (incidentally, his toy is a remold of Windchargers) has a powerful magnet in his front bumper, which he uses to follow other vehicles while saving fuel.

Video Games
  • In Megaman 3, Magnetman's gimmick is magnetism; he can either fire homing Magnet Missiles or pulling Mega Man towards him with magnetic force. The blurb also mentions more of it: He's been known for sleeping on ceilings by attaching himself on them and likes giving magnetic therapy, but he has to avoid floppy disks and other sensitive electronics because his magnetic field can affect them.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Monsoon's gimmick is Electromagnetism. Since his body is just segments put together by magnets, he does Detachment Combat by shooting his segments at you. Throughout his Boss Battle, he also uses magnetism to throw tanks and choppers at Raiden. Finally, his Boss Banter consists of referencing Genius Bonus terms like Lorentz Force and Left Hand Rule (which can be confused as the other Left-hand-Rule, or rather, Path.)
  • Mega Man Zero 4: Mino Magnus, one of the bosses, wields the power of electromagnetism thanks to lots of electric conductors inside his body. He can do feats such as polarizing Zero's body with magnetic force and makes chunks of iron attach to him to impede his movement, repel and attract Zero with magnetic current, using magnetic force to gather chunks of iron scrap to be used as projectile, or even Detachment Combat.
  • Dark Elf in Final Fantasy IV has magnetic powers that cause your characters to become paralyzed if they enter his lair while equipped with metal gear.

Web Comics

Web Animation
  • In RWBY, Pyrrha has the power to control magnetic polarity. She uses this to throw her shield and make it come back, and in the episode "Forever Fall", she secretly uses this power to guide Jaune's shield in order to help him block a potentially One-Hit Kill blow from a Beowulf, which helped Jaune turn the tide of the battle and defeat the creature.

Western Animation

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