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.
- The Kais and lesser gods in Dragon Ball can create mundane objects, most often clothes, from nothing. It's stated to be a form of magic and is specifically called Magic Materialization/Busshitsu Shutsugen Majutsu. Angels have been shown to have the same power. The Kais' counterparts, the Gods of Destruction, have the opposite power: to destroy anything at will.
- Sakura Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura using The Create can... well... create.
- In Tengen Toppa 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.
- In Castle Town Dandelion, Kanade has this as her Royalty Superpower. Heaven's Gate, allows her to create anything she thinks of. Stops short of being a Story-Breaker Power by one thing: anything she makes immediately gets assigned a in-universe pricetag to it... which is then immediately deducted from her savings account. Ouch.
- Momo Yaoyorozu from My Hero Academia can create any non-living object she wants so long as she knows the exact molecular formula of said object.
- Kunikida Doppo from Bungou Stray Dogs can create any object by writing the name of it in his notebook, provided he's seen it and understands its form and function, and it's no bigger than the notebook itself.
- Sana, and most of the Dreams of Alice, from Alice & Zoroku have the power to create from nothing. Most are limited to single types of objects, but Sana can create anything, including living beings and extradimensional spaces.
- All of the Green Lanterns have the ability to create anything with their power rings, only limited by their will.
- 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.
- In the Pony POV Series, Alicorns possess this. While Draconequi can only manipulate matter to give the illusion of this, Alicorns can create entirely new material. In fact, Celestia causally mentions how she created her first species at one point. Their Mother, Fauna Luster, is also the creator of all souls.
- In The Powers Of Harmony, one of the abilities granted by the Element of Generosity to its bearers is the power to create anything from thin air just by thinking about it.
- Ages of Shadow: At some point during her long imprisonment, Jade learns how to create matter by compressing the shadow energy of the Shadow Realm and forcing her will on it. Not only does this work for solid matter (i.e. her palace and the Floating Continent it sits on), but she later learns how to turn it into liquid shadow as well, giving the illusion of water.
- This comes as a natural part of Bruce Almighty's omnipotence, with him creating things such as a spoon, a plague of locusts, and a Columbian man.
- The disciples of Aldur from the Belgariad. Technically, they can do anything but destroynote , but they create a lot. Creating something out of nothing, however, is far more tasking, since the energy comes entirely from the sorcerer rather than the environment, but it's also more spiritually satisfying.
- Daniel X: Daniel has the power to create real objects with his mind, including people. Some of his creations include his own dead parents.
- In the Dragons series, people on Co:pern:ica can "imagineer" objects.
- 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.
- Little Pete from the Gone series.
- The "Reality Breaker" ability from Rolitania is exactly this. The owner of this ability—Samuel, also shows traits of being a Reality Warper, but he is the only known Esper who is able to create matter from nothing.
- Ella from Shade's Children can either create or summon objects she envisions.
- In The Stormlight Archive, the power of Soulcasting to transmute substances verges on this: it can form objects literally out of thin air, providing an essential source of food on the inhospitable planet Roshar. The fabrials that allow it are considered holy artifacts, which causes some consternation when a strident atheist takes up Soulcasting. That person is secretly a Surgebinder and had learned to soulcast without a fabrial.
- 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.
- The Dresden Files
- Soulfire, which is normally used by angels but is also gifted to the title character partway through the series as a means of Heaven keeping things balanced with Lucifer's actions. While using it, he can rework simple spells into more complex constructs. For example, using it on a pushing spell crated a large silvery hand that could be controlled by thought, and using it on a fire spell turned it into a slicing heat ray. A fallen angel specifically calls it 'the fires of creation' at one point, indicating that it may have also played a role in the creation of the universe itself.
- While not specified exactly what he knows, Bob a spirit of intellect residing in a skull, has knowledge of magic meant for the creation of things and other magics. Bob considers these pieces of information superior and more important to what his evil counterpart may know, which is likely, as Bob says, "limited to much destructive, poisonous, dangerous stuff. Nothing important."
- In Malazan Book of the Fallen Azathanai make things. Amongst their hobbies are the creation of different races, magic systems or flying mountains.
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.
- In Supernatural, God having this power while Amara, his sister who embodies destruction and darkness, lacks it is why Lucifer claims Amara is weaker than God.
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 many 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.
- Alchemy has this as something of an ultimate end goal, along with immortality. While transmutation is a key thing, it's believed through some sources that with the Philosopher's Stone, one can channel the Azoth, the Ultimate Lifeforce (and possibly the power of God) to create from nothing (or rather from energy.)
- 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.
- GURPS: The Snatcher Advantage, by default, snatches objects from alternate universes. With the "Creation" Enhancement, it actually creates objects from thin air.
- The Create Advantage, from GURPS Powers, also creates matter (though only elements and simpler compounds than what Snatcher is capable of).
- In LittleBigPlanet, every Sackboy has this thanks to Create Mode. This is more like the case of World of The Power Of Creation.
- 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.
- The first Black & White game includes miracles to create food and lumber for the player's villages. The sequel removed these options but added the power to fabricate buildings from their raw materials in seconds.
- 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 et'Ada ("original spirits") of the early universe can be mostly divided into two groups based on their actions during the creation of Mundus, the mortal plane: the Aedra ("our ancestors" in Old Aldmeris) and the Daedra ("not our ancestors"). To note:
- The Aedra are the et'Ada who sacrificed much of their divine power in creating Mundus. The sacrifice has left them weak, having lost their Complete Immortality. As such, they prefer a lighter touch in dealing with mortal affairs, at most typically acting through mortal agents while reserving any acts of direct Divine Intervention for the most dire circumstances, such as averting The End of the World as We Know It. Despite their weakened state, the Aedra are known to have somewhat more direct power in Mundus, such as when they made a pact with St. Alessia to light the Dragonfires, which prevent the Daedra (see below) from manifesting in Mundus at full power.
- The Daedra are the remaining et'Ada who did not make any sacrifice during creation, and thus retain their full divine power. According to some sources, the Daedra in fact lack the ability to create and can only alter what already exists. However, as with most Elder Scrolls lore, there are contradictions abound. There are several notable examples of Daedric Princes having "children", which either take the form of lesser Daedra or Demiprinces. There are, however, other divine entities in the series who have "children" which consist of "fragments" of their own beings, so less procreation and more "splitting off parts of yourself". Additionally, this only applies to Mundus. Within their own planes of Oblivion, the Daedric Princes are essentially Omnipotent, able to create and change at will. Adding further ambiguity is the presence of Daedric artifacts within Mundus. These are items associated with the Daedric Princes and are often given to the mortal agents of the Princes as rewards and means of empowerment. Some sources paint these artifacts as fragments of the Princes themselves, given how they act as Empathic Items which can leave an unworthy holder and find a new one.
- This is how the "Wish" spell in Dominions works, with the mage imposing his will on the Principe of Beginning to have the process of creation answer his wish, with some limits.
- Tales of Innocence: The power of the Primordial Giant, creator of the world and its inhabitants, which manifests as a small glowing orb. The Fan Translation calls it "The Manifest". None of the characters possess it, so it's more of an artifact of stored power sought by the antagonists. The one who uses it can create the worlds of Devaloka and Naraka anew, impart blessings or curses on the world, or destroy everything.
- Nocturne: Rebirth has Ristill, who can create clones of herself and Maxwell familiars out of nothing, and the latter can function as an infinite source of mana while possessing dead and living beings. This interferes with Khaos's Combat Clairvoyance abilities, since her ability creates too much uncertainty for him to predict the future.
- 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: When They Cry 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 can use The Power of the Void to do this, in that she "steals the nothingness" from something to make it stop not existing. It's just as confusing to her.
- This is the lost Black Art in Kill Six Billion Demons: the power to create matter and life out of nothingness. There are no living practitioners, and it's something of an Awesome, but Impractical goal, since anyone capable of grasping it has developed their Enlightenment Superpowers to the point that they're beyond such petty concerns.
- The aptly named Lincoln in Door Monster's The Guards Themselves can create unlimited amounts of pennies from thin air. It would be more useful if he was willing to go to the bank and exchange them.
- 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.
- In Miraculous Ladybug, Ladybug has the power of creation while Chat Noir has the power of destruction (he uses it for good, though. Messy good.) Ladybug's power are less reality-warp-y than this power gets with the most godlike characters, though: her Finishing Move spawns some mundane item that seems random but she'll always figure out how to use it to defeat the Monster of the Week, and dismissing the item while announcing "Miraculous Ladybug!" undoes all the damage done by the battle.
- 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.
- In the 2015 series reboot, there is a different Mask of Creation, worn by the Mask Maker Ekimu. Along with his brothers Masks of Control and Ultimate Power, it was lost somewhere on the island of Okoto, driving the story once the Skulls Spiders invade and the new Toa arrive.