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A character has power over sand, allowing them to create or control the substance. It notably differs from Dishing Out Dirt in that it only allows one to affect sand, meaning they're not going to be throwing around boulders or causing avalanches and earthquakes. Not that this means the power is useless in comparison. On the contrary, it can be used to be just as powerful as standard earth powers and often even quicker.

Expect users or abilities such as this to be associated with deserts in some fashion. A Handful for an Eye may be one of their tactics. Also compare Blow You Away and Sentient Sands.



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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Cardcaptor Sakura, the Sand card appears as a constantly moving mass of sand that causes problems for Sakura and Syaoran. The card has a Bedlah Babe appearance.
  • In Fairy Tail, there are numerous mages who manipulate sand, including Fairy Tail's Max Alors, Phantom Lord's Sol, and the Celestial Spirit Scorpio. The most powerful sand mage is Ajeel Ramal, a man known as the "Desert King" for being able to manipulate enough sand to cover a town and is as strong as mages known for toppling nations.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders: Iggy's Stand, The Fool, can form itself and create objects out of the sand in the environment.
  • Snatch from My Hero Academia can turn his body into a cloud of sand which he can then use to immobilize or restrain opponents.
  • Naruto:
    • Gaara can control both environmental sand, and his personal supply of sand that's been seeped with his chakra, the latter being more powerful and moving automatically to protect him from attacks. When away from the desert, he can also sneak some of his sand underground to secretly grind up a larger supply of sand for himself underneath the battlefield. This comes from having Shukaku, one of the Tailed Beasts, sealed inside of him at birth, though he retains this ability after Shukaku is removed (with it later being revealed that the sand's automatic movements to protect him come from his dead mother's love). Because they both control physical matter (not Elemental Baggage) and have their own will, Gaara's sand techniques are immune to being negated, absorbed or controlled by others, which combined with the sand's incredible speed and durability has earned them the title of "The Absolute Defence".
    • Some minor desert-dwelling characters also have techniques that can create or control sand, though as they run on basic Earth chakra they're inferior to Gaara's. One or two even use techniques explicitly modelled after those of Shukaku's hosts, including a Filler character who uses "rock powder" and Gaara's father who uses Magnet Release to control gold dust (chosen because its greater weight allows it to overpower Shukaku's sand).
  • One Piece: Crocodile, the Big Bad of the Alabasta Arc, ate the Suna Suna no Mi (Sand-Sand Fruit), which allows him to create, control, and even turn into sand. He has such mastery over his powers that he can throw around sandstorms on par with tornadoes and No-Sell any physical attack by turning into sand at the exact moment of impact. He also has the ability to drain the water from whatever he touches until it crumbles to dust, with his powerful Ground Death attack letting him turn an enormous area of terrain — and every living creature in it at the time — into sand. His only weakness is that getting wet negates his ability to turn into sand, although he can counter that with his desiccation ability. Take all of that and add in the fact that he's fought in a desert kingdom, and it's not much of a surprise that it took Luffy three tries to beat him in a fight, with the victory coming incredibly close on the third effort.
  • Soul Hunter Chotenkun, one of Juttenkun can control a dimensional space called "Kosajin" (Red Sands Formation), which consist in an endless red desert in which he can freely control the sand to dry enemies until they crumble or animate colossal giants of sand.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Comics:
    • Sandman from Spider-Man can modify transform his body into sand and manipulate it. He can also incorporate nearby rock and sand into his arsenal.
    • Quicksand from The Mighty Thor can transform her body into sand and can then use it to shapeshift, protect herself, and attack other people.
    • Dust from X-Men can turn into sand.
  • The fittingly-named Sandpit from W.I.T.C.H. is a moving pile of sand.

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    Film — Animated 
  • Rise of the Guardians:
    • The Sandman, aka Sandy, has the power to create magical sand. He can use it to make people fall asleep, control their dreams, and (since he can't talk), to make shapes that he uses to communicate with.
    • While Pitch Black can't make sand of his own accord, he can corrupt the Sandman's sand, which he can then use to make people have nightmares.

  • In Journey to the West, the Monster of the Week Sai Taisui fights with a fine steel broadaxe, but also owns three magical bells: the first summons fire, the second smoke, the third a sandstorm. All together they're extremely effective against Sun Wukong's sensitive Magical Eye.
  • In Fengshen Yanyi, one of the late antagonists can use his magic and a set of flags to summon the "Crimson Sands Formation", which consist in a patch of desert with red sand, where each grain is actually a miniature but sharp sword: people trapped inside will inevitably sink in the desert and cut to pieces.
  • Eruhaben's special ability is "dust" in Trash of the Count's Family. He's capable of controlling dust and instantly disintegrating things into dust.

    • In the first series, sand is an elemental power, and one notable character with it is the Elemental Lord of Sand.
    • BIONICLE2015: Pohatu is able to manipulate sand through his elemental power of stone.

    Video Games 
  • The Sand Rod in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds allows Link to create pillars of sand. The rod reappears in Hyrule Warriors as a proper weapon.
  • In Pokémon, there are sand-themed Ground-type moves, such as "Sand Attack" (reduces the opponent's accuracy by throwing sand in their face), "Sand Tomb" (traps the opponent in quicksand or a mini sandstorm, depending on the game), "Sandstorm" (summons a sandstorm that affects the whole field, damaging Pokémon other than Rock, Ground, and Steel types every turn) and "Scorching Sands" (deals damage and may burn the opponent). Additionally Pokémon with the "Sand Stream" ability, such as Tyranitar and Hippowdon, automatically produce the effects of the Sandstorm move when they enter battle.
  • Warframe:
    • Inaros is a pharaoh-themed Warframe who can manipulate sand at will, sucking the moisture out of his enemies, burying them in the ground for him to devour, and conjuring massive sandstorms to toss his foes around.
    • Invoked with Baruuk's ultimate ability, Serene Storm, by giving him access to his Exalted Weapon, Desert Wind, knocking his foes aside with powerful bursts of sand-like energy particles.
  • The King of Fighters XIV has Kukri, a mysterious member of the Official Invitation Team who can control sands and use them to attack, whether by dropping a lot of sand on top of his foes, suffocating them with sands, or creating sand clones that confuse his opponents.
  • In Dynasty Warriors 7 XLPang De's Ex Attack has him using his twin pole axes to rise a whirlwind of sand before smashing the enemies in the ground, causing a splash of red sand. His first Musou attack has him pounding the ground in front of him, sending forth an explosive burst of crimson sands.
  • The boss ghost Serpci from Luigi's Mansion 3 uses this when battling Luigi, protectively encasing herself in a sandy replica of her head while creating giant sand snakes to attack him.
  • Mortal Kombat 11's Final Boss Kronika and her servant Geras can use sand for offensive purposes.
  • Killer Instinct has Kan-Ra who can fight by magically conjuring sand to attack his enemies.
  • Leona Kingscholar of Twisted Wonderland's unique magic, "King's Roar", is able to make everything he touches (or everything within his range, as showcased in his SSR version's personal story) dry up and turn into sand. It is potentially lethal to living beings as well.

  • Bronze Skin Inc: The Sand King in Chapter 6 is able to manipulate sand to make castles and even sand golems.

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His arrival to the hotel in the first movie saw him coming in via a mound of sand much to Dracula's annoyance. He attempts to summon a sandstorm in the sequel, but throws his back out halfway through.

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