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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 control the sand in his environment. It is exceptionally useful in the desert.
  • 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 sand with such ease that he doesn't have to even move to guide it and it will even automatically protect him from attacks. He can even grind hard rocks down into more sand. This is a result of having the Ichibi (One-Tailed Beast) sealed inside of him at birth. Curiously it's revealed much later on that this ability uses the Magnet Release chakra nature.
  • 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. His only weakness is that getting wet negates his ability to turn into sand which leaves him vulnerable but he's honed his powers to the point that can drain water from any source, including straight from people's bodies. 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.

    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 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.
  • In Pokémon, there are sand-themed Ground-type moves, such as "Sand Attack" (which reduces the opponent's accuracy by throwing sand in their face), "Sand Tomb" (which traps the opponent in quicksand or a mini sandstorm, depending on the game), and "Sandstorm" (which summons a sandstorm that affects the whole field).
  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Sandbenders are a tribe of Earthbenders living in the Si Wong Desert, whose style of Earthbending incorporates unusually loose, fluid motions better suited to controlling sand. This gives them an advantage against the protagonists, who are more accustomed to Earthbending solid boulders.
    • Toph is shown to have difficulty with sand at first. Because she "sees" via ground vibrations, sand makes everything fuzzy and was a major factor in her letting Appa get captured (which Aang chewed her out for, never mind that she was trying to prevent the library from sinking into the sand at the time). Later in the series, she's seen sandbending a perfect replica of Ba Sing Se out of sand to show off her progress.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, a minor character has the ability to turn her body into sand and move around freely. Her clothes indicate that she's from Saudi Arabia or a neighboring country.



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