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* Lampshaded in ''Series/H2OJustAddWater''. Cleo is able to summon extra water as well as control it, something that baffles both her and Emma when they first learn their powers.


* Averted in a certain instance in ''[[Manga/SoulHunter Houshin Engi]]''. One of the antagonists has a magical artifact that can summon as much, or as little water as she wants for combat (as well as manipulate its properties to a degree). Other characters watching the fight surmise (correctly) that her artifact actually consists of two parts: one floating on the seas, and one used by the wielder. In essence, the artifact functions as a mass transfer device between two points and since the "source" is on the seas, she has essentially near-limitless amount of water.

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* Averted in a certain instance in ''[[Manga/SoulHunter Houshin Engi]]''. One Koyuken of the antagonists has Four Saints of Kuryuu Island wields the Paopei Kongenju (an orb the size of a magical artifact that can basketball) which allows him to summon as much, or as little much water as she wants for combat (as well as manipulate its properties he wants, to the point that he's introduced flooding a degree). Other characters watching montainous desert area with a colossal tsunami. During the fight surmise (correctly) against Taikobo (who notices that her artifact actually consists of two parts: one it's salt water), he explains that Kongenju is connected to a twin orb floating on in the seas, ocean of Kingo Island and thus it doesn't create water but rather summon the water from one used by orb to the wielder. In essence, the artifact functions as a mass transfer device between two points and since the "source" is on the seas, she has essentially near-limitless amount of water.other.


*** And still fails to explain where the energy to move those molecules comes from, although violating thermodynamics is pretty much par for the course when it comes to super-powers.


* ComicBook/{{Storm}} from the ''ComicBook/XMen''. This was used to (sort of) explain that she can ''control'' weather, but not really ''create'' it. (For instance, when she makes it rain ''inside'' a room, it becomes much drier ''outside''.) Compare [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], who can make it rain ''anywhere'', because his powers are explicitly magical.

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* ComicBook/{{Storm}} from the ''ComicBook/XMen''. This was used to (sort of) explain that she can ''control'' weather, but not really ''create'' it. (For instance, when she makes it rain ''inside'' a room, it becomes much drier ''outside''.) Compare [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]], who can make it rain ''anywhere'', because his powers are explicitly magical. It was also originally stated that her ability to shoot lightning bolts out of her hands was because her body naturally generated a strong [[CriticalResearchFailure positive]] electrical charge. This was rather swiftly dropped.

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* Played straight and averted in ''Manga/FireForce''; second generation Pyrokinetics like Maki cannot start their own fires but can control existing fires and have to rely on flints and other starters when none is available. Third generations like Shinra or Arthur, however, are able to create their own fires from nothing, though usually in a specific focused way as opposed to full flames.

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** The Dai-Li (in all eras) wear a thin glove made out of hardened stone. As they are all master earthbenders, they can move their hands as if it was a silk glove. These function as concealed weapons; the Dai-Li can reform them into handcuffs, combat weapons, projectiles, and even use them to cling onto otherwise smooth surfaces to quickly scale walls. Republic City Police would later copy them by wearing spools of bendable metal on their persons (originally with back-mounted spools, but switching for smaller ones in modern day) so they always have something to bend. Suyin and Kuvira would also wear metal as part of their combat regalia (Kuvira having metal bands around her shoulders and wrist, Suyin wearing a full cuirass) so they always have some sort of metal to work with. Kuvira, in particular, catches people off guard as hers look less like weapons and more like [[BlingOfWar fancy decorations]].

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* ''Fanfic/DekiruTheFusionHero'' notably averts this. Izuku can merge with any material, but he needs enough of it to merge it with his entire body. Interestingly, this goes both ways; if the source is too substantial, Izuku can only absorb so much of it because there's only so much of his body he can merge it with.

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* During ''Series/CrisisOnEarthX'', Killer Frost is able to create almost limitless ice bridges/slides, enough to bring her and two others up to the Earth-X Waverider, even having enough to expel ice/frost behind her to powerslide them ''miles'' up to the ship. What happened to all the leftover ice? No mention of it.


* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games partially avert this. The weapons and tools are fueled by their own energy reserves, but where do the heroes get the materials for things like giant scissor blades, ''a damn meteor shower,'' barriers made of jewels, homing missiles, tornadoes, etc?

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* The ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''[[VideoGame/MegaManClassic Mega Man]]'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' games partially avert this. The weapons and tools are fueled by their own energy reserves, but where do the heroes get the materials for things like giant scissor blades, ''a damn meteor shower,'' barriers made of jewels, homing missiles, tornadoes, etc?

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* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' with Klara and her GreenThumb abilities. In theory, she can command any living plants nearby, but her roses are the only plants that speak back to her, so she still carries pots of them around.


* Sub-Zero of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' at first only had the ability to freeze enemies without any superfluous ice forming, but these days is capable of creating ice out thin air. It's weakly {{Hand Wave}}d by him freezing water vapor in the air, but that doesn't quite account for how can make something as large as a sword out of a thimbleful of surrounding moisture.

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* Sub-Zero of ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' at first only had the ability to freeze enemies without any superfluous ice forming, but these days is capable of creating ice out thin air. It's weakly {{Hand Wave}}d by him freezing water vapor in the air, but that doesn't quite account for how he can make something as large as a sword out of a thimbleful of surrounding moisture.


* Sub-Zero of ''MortalKombat'' at first only had the ability to freeze enemies without any superfluous ice forming, but these days is capable of creating ice out thin air. It's weakly {{Hand Wave}}d by him freezing water vapor in the air, but that doesn't quite account for how can make something as large as a sword out of a thimbleful of surrounding moisture.

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* Sub-Zero of ''MortalKombat'' ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' at first only had the ability to freeze enemies without any superfluous ice forming, but these days is capable of creating ice out thin air. It's weakly {{Hand Wave}}d by him freezing water vapor in the air, but that doesn't quite account for how can make something as large as a sword out of a thimbleful of surrounding moisture.


* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by Creator/JimButcher averts this at times. While it is entirely possible to create fire, solid objects (formed from ectoplasm, they collapse when magic is no longer sustaining them), and energy through the use of a wizard's personal will, they can also channel existing energy. Emotions can also be used to power spells. Harry has frozen water by drawing heat from it to create fire and channeled the energy of a storm, but has also just created fire and tossed it around, and [[spoiler: after becoming the Winter Knight, gains the ability to create cold.]]

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' by Creator/JimButcher averts this at times. While it is entirely possible to create fire, solid objects (formed from ectoplasm, they collapse when magic is no longer sustaining them), and energy through the use of a wizard's personal will, they can also channel existing energy. Emotions can also be used to power spells. Harry has frozen water by drawing heat from it to create fire and channeled the energy of a storm, but has also just created fire and tossed it around, and [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after becoming the Winter Knight, gains the ability to create cold.]]


* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' it is explicitly stated that you can't create matter out of thin air (explaining Mrs. Weasley's ability to conjure up food to cook). During the course of the books, Harry has used a spell to shoot a stream of water from his wand and conjure flame. However, it is never explained how exactly the fire is created. Of course, we're dealing with magic so you could just say AWizardDidIt.
** More specifically, food is one of Gamp's Five Untransmutables. Anything not on that list is fair game for being instantly generated.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'' it is explicitly stated that you can't create matter out of thin air (explaining Mrs. Weasley's ability to conjure up food to cook). During the course of the books, Harry has used a spell to shoot a stream of water from his wand and conjure flame. However, it is never explained how exactly the fire is created. Of course, we're dealing with magic so you could just say AWizardDidIt.
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More specifically, food is one of Gamp's Five Untransmutables. Anything not on that list is fair game for being instantly generated.


* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' had Frozone using water that's either in the air or in his body. One scene suggests that the air is too dry and he's short on body water, so he's screwed, but after a single drink from a cup from a water cooler, he creates enough ice to entirely cover a man and ''stop a bullet''. Mind you, he'd just moved from a burning building into a cool one.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' had Frozone using ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'': Zig-zagged with Frozone's ice powers. Normally, he uses water that's either in the air or in his body. One In one scene suggests where he and Mr. Incredible are rescuing people in a burning building, he points out that there's no humidity in the air is too dry and he's short on body water, so he's screwed, but screwed. However, after a single drink from a cup from a water cooler, cooler -- and moving into a cooler building, granted -- he creates enough ice to entirely cover a man and ''stop a bullet''. Mind you, he'd just moved from a burning building into a cool one.bullet''.

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