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The power to create
. That marvelous ability to make something under your own power.
It can go one of two ways in fiction. The first and more frequent type is simply having the power to take something (a basic material like atoms, dirt, rock, Mana
, etc.) and create something else with it (a more complex object). The other version has the character make something out of thin air
, or, more accurately, nothing. The created object in question may be permanent or temporary, depending on the character's ability and/or intention. Likewise, the scale, complexity, and other traits of what was created varies as well.
More advanced users may also be able to create life
, which might or might not make the character a Mook Maker
Contrast The Power of the Void
. Compare and contrast the Reality Warper
, whose power is "merely" altering realty, rather than adding to it. Though there is some overlap if the Reality Warper
can shape reality into more complex structures, or make it whole cloth for those who are exceptionally powerful. Often the mark of a god
. The Maker
almost always exhibits this as well.
Please note: This is only for people who have this as a power
. Someone who creates something in a mundane fashion may be a Weekend Inventor
or another trope listed on that page.
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Anime and Manga
- The most powerful Rewriting Reality character in Princess Tutu is able to make characters spring out of existence through his stories.
- The thing that distinguishes Haruhi Suzumiya from Yuki and other Data Entities is that she can create data (which translates to physical matter and energy) from nothing, while they can only alter existing data. So she's a Reality Warper with The Power of Creation.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! has the Lifemaker, former leader of Cosmo Entelecheia. Also known as "The Mage of the Beginning", his known accomplishments include creating Fate Averruncus, fathering the Ostian royal family millenia ago, and... creating the whole of the Magical World and almost all of the people who live in it. Said people are intelligent, alive, and even possessed of souls. He also appears to be immortal. Some characters even go so far as to call him the god of the Magical World.
- Rustyrose from Fairy Tail uses the Arc of Embodiment which allows him to materialize anything from his imagination to use as he wants.
- Several characters from Dragon Ball can do this, it's stated to be a form of magic and is specifically called Magic Materialization/Busshitsu Shutsugen Majutsu.
- Sakura Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura using The Create can ... well ... create.
- In Gurren Lagann, Spiral Power can be this, provided that the user is Hot-Blooded enough.
- In Claymore, Dae claims that Priscilla's powers go far beyond a mere Healing Factor. She is actually creating her body anew.
- In Hunter × Hunter, Conjuration type Nen users can create objects using their Nen. Notable examples include Shizuku of the Genei Ryodan (conjures a demonic vacuum cleaner that can suck up and store anything she considers non-living) and Gon's inspiration Kite (conjures a snarky clown slot machine that turns into a random weapon).
- Sancho in Lets Bible appears to have this power at first, until everyone figures out that his power instead is to teleport anything in the world to his general location. When Vulcan is empowered and supposed to be given the same power as him, he instead gets the actual power of creation by being able to teleport things in that don't exist.
- All of the Green Lanterns have the ability to create anything with their power rings, only limited by their imaginations.
- Kyle Rayner took this Up to Eleven when he became Ion the first time. It was implied that he had pretty much became a Reality Warper.
- Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan can create things out of thin air, or the sands of Mars. At the end he leaves Earth for a less complicated realm, and to try to create new life.
- The Beyonder from Marvel Comics can create anything he imagines.
- Captain Atom has the ability to create and manipulate energy and matter. In one story arc, "Quantum Quest," he took these abilities to their logical conclusion and created his own universe. He does a terrible job governing that universe, unfortunately.
- Michael Demiurgos from Vertigo's Lucifer has the power of creation out of nothingness. He can't give it form though, only his brother, Lucifer can. As such, together, they can create an entire universe.
- Billy Kaplan of the Young Avengers discovers some utopian paradises that he creates in the future. Spoilers abound while hopping through dimensional gateways.
- Little Pete from the Gone series.
- The disciples of Aldur from the Belgariad. Technically, they can do anything but destroynote , but they create a lot.
- The Dangerous Days of Daniel X: Daniel has the power to create real objects with his mind, including people. Some of his creations include his own dead parents.
- Poncho the dog from the Young Wizards series. He can create whole universes.
- Wizards can give some active spells "virtual mass" to grant them a tangible form.
- Eric: The Creator, who creates the Disc itself, and also created Rincewind a sandwich ("Let there be egg and cress, sort of thing").
- The Last Continent: The Man Who Carries The Universe In A Sack, who added FourEcks to the Disc later, including kangaroos as a sort of trademark.
- Sourcery: Sourcerers also have The Power of Creation, being able to conjure things with just a thought which would take wizards ("mere" Reality Warpers) exactly as much effort and time as it would take to get them normally.
- Ella from Shade's Children can either create or summon objects she envisions.
- In the Dragons series, people on Co:pern:ica can "imagineer" objects.
Live Action TV
- In the Twilight Zone episode "A World of His Own", anything the protagonist, Gregory West, says into his dictation machine becomes real, including living beings. If he destroys the tape onto which they are dictated, they vanish. The end has a funny Breaking the Fourth Wall scene with Rod Serling.
Mythology and Religion
- Every. Single. Creation Myth. It's kind of necessary.
- In monotheistic religions, God (and only God) typically has this exact power. It even has a cool name: causa prima.
- In Islam, it's kun fayakun.
- In Hinduism, it's Brahma ('the Godhead') who has this power. In some schools, it's believed that he created the whole cosmos 'for fun'.
- In polytheistic religions, it's The Old Gods who have/had it, and the current pantheon 'merely' rule over what the old gods created.
- In Shintoism, it's the Power of Procreation. Lands, living beings, all of them came to be because Izanami birthed them. Izanami eventually died due to miscarriage, and the world became plagued by death. Fun fact: the Western scholars who translated Kojiki had some difficulties translating the book to their puritan audience.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Prestidigitation allows the user to create small rude objects that last a hour. In 3rd edition, the Creation sub-school of Conjuration is all about this trope, and the Transmutation spell Fabricate is one of the game's economy breakers, allowing the user to instantaneously transform multiple cubic feet of base materials into products commensurate with their skill as a craftsman.
- Exalted: The Primordials (this settings' Titans) created Creation by hot goddess-on-goddess action. Amongst the Exalted, only the Green Sun Princes —pawns of the shattered Primordials— have this power: they are nascent Primordials and they can create worlds inside their own being.
- Amaterasu in Ōkami has this ability, though since she's been Brought Down to Badass at the start of the game, we don't see the full extent of her power. One of the first things she does, though, is recreate a river where one has disappeared.
- Geneforge. A Shaper is an army.
- Most god games let you have this power, like Black & White.
- Arceus from Pokémon. Although you cannot actually use the ability in the games, it did create the entire Pokemon universe.
- And that one event in HeartGold/SoulSilver allows you to use it, in a limited sense, in-game, and gives you a Level 1 Palkia, Dialga, or Giratina, holding its respective Orb no less, as a bonus.
- In The Elder Scrolls, the main difference between Aedea and Daedra, at least according to the book Aedra and Daedra, is that only the Aedra can create (but are killable) but the Daedrea can only alter the existing (but can be banished at best). This may not actually be true, as at least one Daedra has a "daughter", and another book suggests the existence of Daedra/human crossbreeds, and if the Big Bad of Oblivion is to be believed the Aedra and Daedra are the same class of beings, and Nirn is just another plane of Oblivion (TES lore is purposefully of ambiguous reliability like real books).
- There are two kinds of such beings in Nasuverse (Fate/stay night, Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai), the lesser such as Shirou Emiya poses the ability to temporarily create almost perfect replica of an existing object out of nothingness, but Reality will correct this by destroying such object as it defies it laws. The second kind is a Sorcerer capable of First Sorcery - The Denial of Nothingness - which allows the user to bring into existence any object without using anything in return and without giving a damn about the laws of Reality.
- In Umineko no Naku Koro ni this is the ability of the Creator witches who can create things out of nothing (it is described as "creating ones out of a sea of zeroes"). Maria the witch of Origins is one of these due to still being pure, childlike which allows her to keep the imagination needed.
- In the Girl Genius verse, only people born with the Spark (simply called Sparks, or Madboys/Madgirls) are capable of constructing functionally miraculous technological devices. Agatha, the heroine, has the unique gift to create constructs, which can create constructs (i.e. also have the Spark), which can create constructs etc. Each generation is a bit worse than the previous though.
- minus: minus herself is a literal creator, and could probably do anything. Unfortunately, many of her doings caused problems.
- El Goonish Shive: Susan has a natural talent for this. In fact, confirmed two spells, one borrowed power and one synergy effect she had so far were all about spawning magical constructs out of thin air.
- The protagonist of A Beginner's Guide to the End of the Universe has the power to do that, in addition to modifying existing objects to suit his whim, though he needs to spend CREATIVITY points every time.
- Roxy of Homestuck has this in an odd combination with The Power of the Void, in that she "steals the nothingness" from something.
- SCP-1793, an old rabbit who has this power. He mostly just uses it to furnish his containment cell to keep himself entertained.
- Everybody with an imagination in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, but mainly the kids. Once an imaginary friend is created, their existence is permanent, and it's implied that at least one of them has outlived his/her creator. A particularly extreme case can be found in Goo, who has a hyperactive imagination and created friends constantly. She later learned to control herself, but she still creates some imaginary friends by accident.
- Aelita, in Code Lyoko. Her power is even called "Creativity."
- Twilight Sparkle from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic can create solid (though presumably temporary) objects with her magic.
- In Winx Club, a standard power for magic users is to turn objects into something else, such as turning a rock into a goblet, or just creating objects from nothing. Living creatures can also be created, but that takes either a group effort or someone with a lot of power.
- The Mask of Creation worn by Artakha in BIONICLE, which works under the first type. Creation is one of the three fundamental forces of the Bionicle universe, along with Time and Life, and all three are considered extremely powerful - and dangerous, if the wielder isn't strong enough to control them.