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  • Part of the charm of the Shinza Bansho Series is that even fodder characters are some sort of this. In Dies Irae alone, you got people who stop time, kill their opponents by touching them (specially if they're undead) and move faster than the speed of light simply by wishing so. And that is nowhere near close to the full extend of the power of a Hadou God.
  • Aquarion Logos nearly every mecha and M.J.K.B. distorts reality and can destroy entire concepts if the latter are left unchecked.
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  • Ayakashi Ayashi borrows a healthy dose of this trope for Yukiatsu. His Ayagami can weaponize the kanji in people's names, plain and simple. How freakin' badass is that?!
  • Berserk has the Godhand. Eldritch Abominations that exist within the Astral Plane of existence, they are pulling the strings of Causality to cause as much misery and suffering as possible upon the world. Also, being astral beings, they need to possess objects just to manifest in the Material Plane. However, once every 1,000 years, they can perform the Incarnation Ceremony to gain physical body and manifest freely on Earth. If they do this, they can use their reality-warping powers to their fullest extent, capable of manipulating dimensions and empower the entire world with magic at will. Femto is even able to merge the Material and Astral realms, with the help of two fellow reality warpers Skull Knight and Ganishka.
    • There's also Skull Knight, a soul inhabiting an armor who wields a sword made of Behelit, is also capable of dimensional travelling with his sword.
    • Emperor Ganishka's Shiva form, is effectively a being residing between the material and astral planes, capable of functioning as its "bridge".
    • Then there is the Idea of Evil, the ruler of Causality and creator of the Godhand. It can do whatever it wants out of reality, but it leaves the job to the Godhand.
  • In the 2012 Black★Rock Shooter anime, Black Gold Saw demonstrates these kinds of powers in Other World. Though, even with this utterly broken control over the entire world they exist in, Black Gold Saw is no match for the real threat.
  • Bleach:
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    • Reality-warping is the Soul King's specialty.
    • Orihime powers are based around the concept of rejecting reality, but are limited by both her emotional state and what she personally believes is possible or not. Hacchi advises her that where mastering her power is concerned, she needs to remember that she shouldn't think of how the world works but how she wants the world to work.
    • The Hougyoku is a reality warper device. It resonates with the deepest desires of the hearts it comes into contact with and then manipulates reality to make those desires become reality. When Aizen fuses with it, it sends his body into multiple transformations, increasing his power level each time until eventually his deepest desire is unmasked and the Hougyoku depowers him: apparently, his deepest desire was to be a normal shinigami rather than an exceptionally powerful one.
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    • Fullbring manipulates the souls of matter, allowing a fullbringer to do a variety of things from manipulating air molecules to be able to stand on air to transforming objects into entirely different objects. Each fullbringer has one item to which they're uniquely bonded and this informs the nature of their fullbring and how it can be weaponized. Ginjou transforms a cross into a sword, Jackie transforms her boots to make her a powerful kick-boxer, Yukio transforms his PlayStation to turn battles into lethal video games, etc. It's confirmed that Sado is also a fullbringer; the object he transforms and weaponizes is his skin.
    • Gremmy, one of the Sternritter, has the ability to make anything he imagines into reality. He can turn his opponents bones into cookies or his own skin into steel. Problem is that there is nothing Gremmy can imagine that Kenpachi can't cut and when faced with such a monstrous opponent he nearly kills himself by imagining his own death. And then he tries to imagine himself being stronger than Kenpachi, but since he also by this point is imagining Kenpachi's strength as impossible to surpass his own power rips his body apart trying to bring about two mutually contradictory scenarios at once. Whoops.
    • Then there is Yhwach. His ability the Almighty is basically this in spades: he can see into the future and nullify any outcomes he wishes, doing impossible feats such as developing ways to nullify enemy abilities even before they use it, prepare traps before even physically visiting a location, etc. Considering he is an aspect of Soul King though, it's not exactly surprising.
  • Emperor Charles in Code Geass attempts to become a reality warper with his Ragnarok Connection. He's foiled when Lelouch uses his Geass to convince God to warp reality right back, and destroys his parents in the process.
  • Sakura Yoshino of Da Capo is a witch, but didn't get trained on how to control her powers because her grandmother (also a witch) died when she was young. To protect her, her grandmother plants a wish granting cherry tree. In the original visual novel you learn however that Sakura is granting the wishes HERSELF and the tree is only a symbol of her power. Which is why she must excel at absolutely everything she does or people who might beat her at something will suffer accidents and possibly die. This is why she flees Japan for America and graduates from college at age 15 because to do otherwise would doom everyone around her.
    • In Da Capo 2 she's still alive and still a child presumably because her powers are still in effect from the first game despite the cherry tree having died further confirming the power is within herself.
  • Doraemon: With his gadgets, Doraemon can warp reality to its full extent. Check out the "what if" phone booth, for example - it's able to create a whole new world based on whatever the person wishes.
  • The Big Bad of the 12th Dragon Ball Z movie, Janemba, was a Reality Warper so powerful that it had virtually complete control of the afterlife, having resurrected everyone even, and especially the old Big Bads, their corresponding dragons, and an army of Mooks, and yes even Those Wacky Nazis were revived along with Hitler himself, and managed to trap Enma Daiou, the Lord and Judge of the Dead himself in a large jelly button-shaped prison, and managed to transform Hell into a play-land full of floating jelly beans. Much of which was in one go.
    • Majin Buu seems to be able to alter matter with his head tentacle. His famous "turn into candy!" is the most common use of this power, used for the first time against Dabura, but it's also how he builds his house. The guy can also tear down space and time by screaming, if he is sufficiently enraged.
  • In the Eureka Seven movie, Holland explains that Renton & Eureka could create the "Agony of Doha" event which could reshape the world as they envision, like for example, a world where time stops ticking. It is widely believed in the ending that the world has either been reshaped into the world that Renton & Eureka envisioned, or Renton's entire dream world being pulled into reality.
  • Rustyrose from Fairy Tail is only limited by his imagination.
    • The dragons. They are nigh-unstoppable force of nature that seem to have soul-based powers, capable of bypassing many laws of physics and magic including Zeref's curse.
    • Ankhseram. He is capable of placing reality-warping curses upon people who offend him, including Zeref and Mavis.
    • Irene Belserion of the Spriggan Twelve is quite possibly the most powerful reality-warping mage in the entire series, as she was capable of rewriting the reality of the entire country of Fiore.
  • GunBuster, has the Space Monsters. Their Adaptive Ability is so immense to the point that they can adapt and take over black holes from within. And that's nothing compared to the Great Attractor, who is essentially the sentient will of the universe, with the entire universe is actually a huge Eldritch Abomination existing in higher dimensions.
  • Haré+Guu: Guu can do anything.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya is an omnipotent being capable of bending reality the way she wants it to be, although she is not aware of this. The only people who are aware of this are her completely average and reluctant best friend Kyon, and a trio of supernatural creations of hers (and their respective employers). The four of them are forced to create random activities to keep her from finding out about her powers, because who knows what she would do if she did, and to keep her from getting too bored and causing The End of the World as We Know It by subconsciously wishing it were different.
  • Ai Enma from Hell Girl seems to be able to do this, as seen when she's sending people to hell and during the season one finale, when she's bullying Tsugumi to make her send her father to hell. Although maybe she was just mind raping her, it's not very clear.
  • Some of the more powerful/bizarre Nen abilities in Hunter × Hunter border on Reality Warping. The straightest example is Alluka Zoldyck, the second-youngest and most feared member of the family, who can grant wishes like a genie...but with a really nasty catch.
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War: The Warrior of the Rat is able to view 100 different outcomes, and select which one becomes reality. It takes a heavy toll on him, forcing him to take frequent naps to recover, and causing echoes that make him seem familiar to others in spite of having never met. Because You Can't Fight Fate, he couldn't avoid entering the titular battle and had to settle with finding a reality where he survived.
  • The Onmyou mysticism of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi works like this - and doesn't. It depends on your Power Level and wish to Screw Destiny.
  • In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Fate Averruncus seems to have a form of this ability. He's apparently able to rewrite the reality of the Magic World, mainly because it's actually an artificially created dimension, which can be modified on the fly, up to the point of erasing magic world natives from existence. The source of the power is a set of items that allows them to utilize the power of the mage that created the magic world in the first place. However, it has a rather glaring limit in that it doesn't appear to directly work on beings not originally from the magic world.
    • Also Nodoka, however briefly, when she steals one of the aforementioned items from one of the bad guys and uses it to teleport herself and Asakura. The bad guy recovers it soon after, but it's still an impressive feat.
    • Jack Rakan is also a notorious violator of the rules of reality. Not only he breaks the laws of magic, but also did temporarily summoned himself into existence after being erased. He did this by SHEER FORCE OF WILL.
      • That being said, it only *looks* like he breaks the laws of magic; the supplementary material in the Lexicon Negimarium explains the perfectly rational reasoning for how he did his "impossible" deeds, such as creating a gravitational singularity to break out of a localized infinite pocket dimension by distorting space until the artifact couldn't sustain it anymore).
    • Of course, none of the above compared to Lifemaker, who created the Magic World.
  • One episode of Mushishi featured a swordsmith infected with a mushi that let him foresee disasters and warn people beforehand. Ginko gave him a medicine that would suppress them, but after his daughter died during something he hadn't dreamed of, he stopped taking it. Turns out it was actually a mushi that brought his dreams to life - causing unnatural disasters. He wouldn't have foreseen what killed his daughter because it was a normal disaster. And, one night, he dreamed of his entire village dying gruesomely...
  • Miharu of Nabari no Ou can do this, thanks to the Shinrabanshou (which means 'everything in the world'). It actually is harmful, though; previous users including the last vessel, his mother, have been killed by it.
  • In Naruto, Izanagi, a forbidden cast-on-self Genjutsu (illusion/hypnosis) of the Uchiha clan allows them to turn any real injury inflicted on their body, up to and including death, into a genjutsu and leaving the user alive and intact. It doesn't come cheap: the controlling eye will be rendered blind after being used for a certain amount of time, though the exact limit differs depending on the user.
    • It is revealed later that Izanagi is an imitation of the Sage of the Six Path's power, which is what he used to separate the 10-tails into the nine tailed beasts.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, it seems the EVA's are actually designed to be reality warpers for whoever can efficiently control them and combine them with the right materials. Only EVA-01 ever succeeded so far...but yeah, it does have a tendency of causing reality to mess up just by its own existence at times. The Angels themselves too, since some of them can be classified as their own entire sub-universe.
    • At the penultimate episodes of the original series, related to the above, Shinji Ikari gets a bit of this. Maybe. And probably also Rei Ayanami. This "might" have been the goal of Gendo Ikari all along as the only means to resurrect Yui Ikari. At the very least, Rei may have been given/returned her status as Co-Creator of the Universe, and possibly created new alternate universes for other Shinji's to live in and be happy. The other Co-Creator, Kaworu Nagisa, essentially relinquished his powers too, so Rei essentially become God(dess). Probably. Maybe. Ok, it's still confusing...
  • Haruka in Noein is possessed of a power known as the "Dragon Torque", which gives her the ability to do stuff like visualize alternate universes, survive interdimensional travel with no problems, and be unaffected by time stops. Unfortunately, she doesn't have any real control over this power, and its use is mostly instinctive.
  • Pokémon:
    • In Pokémon 3: The Spell of the Unown, the Unown have this power,(which is ironic, because in the games Unown are useless Com Mons) and create Entei, who in turn grants a girl's wishes with the power. This quickly becomes supremely dangerous.
    • Several other Psychic and Ghost type Pokemon are said to have this ability too, most notably Gardevoir, who can actually create a wormhole out of thin air just by thinking about it. Though, to be fair, it's implied that doing so would cost the Gardevoir its life due to sheer strain, so it's a rather limited example.
    • The creation trio (Palkia, Dialga, and Girantina) are all absolute rulers of their domain (Space, Time, and the abyss between them). Also, Arceus the creator of everything in the Pokemon universe. Short version? God.
    • An example from early on in the show's run is the Gastly from "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak", who was easily stronger than any legendary Pokémon. To elaborate, he was able to create hallucinations tangible enough to attack the opponent, rendering himself Nigh Invulnerable.
  • Drosselmeyer and Fakir from Princess Tutu, of the Rewriting Reality variety. It seems to have limits, but what they are (other than being born with the talent, imagination and skill) are unknown.
  • The main character of Psycho Busters has a variant on this ability: If something life-threatening happens to him, he goes back in time and does it all over again. Repeatedly. Until, by pure random chance, something happens to negate the harm done to him—for example, a roof tile falling at exactly the right moment to deflect a bullet flying at his head, or a psychokinetic projectile just barely missing him...five times in a row. He's not consciously aware of this at first, so apart from occasional deja vu, he's under the impression that he's just ridiculously lucky.
  • All witches in Puella Magi Madoka Magica; they rewrite reality in their immediate vicinity into an Eldritch Location (often giving an insight into the mind of the magical girl who spawned it) in order to manifest. The most powerful witches, such as Walpurgisnacht and Kriemhild Gretchen, don't even need that to manifest, and they can warp physics around them just by their mere presence.
    • Kyuubey himself also has this power in a limited way, since he's able to give people reality-bending magic powers and can magically grant wishes.
    • Kyuubey claims that Madoka herself could have this power if she accepted the contract to become a Magical Girl. Come episode 12, it looks like he was right.
    • In Rebellion, Homura becomes one too. Strong enough to build an entire universe to imprison Madoka, in fact.
  • This is the true power set of the RahXephon. The whole point of the ancient conspiracies going on throughout the series is to influence the pilots so they will reshape reality in a certain way.
  • Poron from Sally the Witch. More exactly, when she throws a tantrum and starts crying (she is a little girl no older than five), her magical powers go haywire and start warping whatever's left in her surroundings.
  • Serial Experiments Lain slowly reveals that Lain herself is omnipotent.
  • In Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the entirety of Spiral race, i.e. us are capable of this through sheer willpower.
    • The Anti-Spirals as well. Without the Spiral Powers, they are capable of god-like feats such as building universes from scratch, creating Wave Motion Guns powered by BIG BANGS in an instant, and well, other fun stuffs. Although even this isn't match to the Simon after he unlocks his true Spiral potential.
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- reveals that Clow Reed (yes, the dude from Cardcaptor Sakura) was one of these. Just by wanting her to not die, he caused Yuuko to become undead for hundreds of years.
  • In The Vision of Escaflowne, amateur fortune teller Hitomi's predictions have always been very accurate, and only become more so after she travels to Gaia. It's later revealed that she doesn't merely see into the future, but sees into all possible futures and "pulls" the one most in line with her current emotional state into place.
  • Aki's Psychic Powers in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's can best be interpreted this way. By using Duel Monsters cards as a focus, she can give the monsters a pseudo-life, and make the Spell and Trap Cards generate actual energy. The end result is, the duel becomes very real, able to injure or potentially kill her opponent, sometimes destroying the room or even a whole city block in the process. (Many have compared this to a Shadow Duel, saying it's similar, only with psychic abilities rather than supernatural ones, but duelists who have experienced this type of power and Shadow Duels, including her Evil Mentor Divine, claim that Shadow Duels are even more potent.) Unfortunately for Aki, she initially had very little control over her ability, and even less when she was angry, and was full of self-loathing as a result; a lot of this can be blamed on Divine, who was purposely fueling her anger while claiming to help her control her powers.
    • Divine could do this too, to a lesser degree. While he couldn't cause as much widespread destruction as Aki could (at least, if he could, it was never witnessed), he could utilize cards as potent weapons even outside of a duel, like using a Hinoama card to shoot fireballs at an enemy, or creating a real sword from a Psychic Sword card.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL, the two sides at war, Astral World and Barian World, are trying to access an Akashic Records-like artifact which holds the entire universe's history, the Numeron Code; whoever gets a hold of it can rewrite anything they want, past, present or future events, according to their own desires. Each side plans to primarily use it to annihilate the other.
  • All the devils in "Dorohedoro" being essentially deities, with Chidaruma on top having omnipotent powers
  • Kusuo Saiki is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities, including telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation, and more. Despite having all these powers, Saiki faces all kinds of hardships and tries to avoid attention as much as possible. The story follows Saiki as he attempts to secretly use his powers to live a normal high school life while dealing with his less than ordinary classmates at P.K. Academy.
  • In Shichisei No Subaru, this is eventually revealed to be the true ability of Asahi's Prophet Art, rather than seeing into the future and acting accordingly, she instead chooses the reality that suits her the most.
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