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Ability is the latest Korean Webtoon by Son Jae Ho, better known for his wildly popular work in Noblesse.

There is a world that we do not see, of strange monsters called Anothers and powerful Ability-users. It is a dog-eat-dog world in which weak Anothers and Ability users often find themselves hunted down by those more powerful than them so that their powers can be absorbed. Some organizations attempt to maintain peace between Anothers and Humans and provide protection to weaker Anothers, while others believe that the survival of the fittest is the most righteous way of life.


Enter Han Yu Hwa. He finds himself thrust into the strange world of Anothers when he manages to save a little girl from getting hit by a truck and later murdered by an Another. It turns out that Han has a powerful healing ability, and that this paints a huge target on his back for those who would want it for themselves.

The manga is officially abandoned now, with the authors health failing and their other work, Noblesse taking priority.


Ability Includes examples of:

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: The little girl, Su-Jin Ji, turns out to be the leader of Hon, the organization in charge of keeping peace between humans and Anothers.
  • Action Girl: Yerin, agent of Hon.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: There was apparently an incident in Han's childhood when he revealed a small portion of his abilities to his classmates. According to him, his friends began to see him as a monster and he became unable to live with normal people. Chapter 30 reveals that some children weren't above assaulting him.
  • Badass Longcoat: Sa-Ryun, the mystery man introduced in chapter 8.
  • Beam Spam: Sa-Ryun's main combat trick.
  • Beauty = Goodness: Ugly Anothers = Evil.
  • Becoming the Mask: Sa Ryun originally mentored Han because it would mean more power for him to absorb when he finally killed him, but Han eventually grows on him and he starts to genuinely protect him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Sa-Ryun helps Han when he's been been knocked out in chapter 8... but jokingly says to Han's assailant the he'll eat Han too, which is not his intention (yet).
    • Ye-Rin and Un also pull this a few times.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Exhibit A: Sa-Ryun.
  • Bishounen: As you'd expect for this author, almost all major male characters introduced so far are incredibly gorgeous... Sometimes to the point of looking like women.
  • Bishounen Line: Ugly Anothers generally are no match for experienced fighters like Un and Yerin, but human-like Anothers are an entirely different story.
  • Brick Joke: When Su-Jin Ji offers Han a reward for saving her life, he jokingly asks if she could introduce him to a pretty girl. His immediate response after seeing her again is to ask about the blind date he was promised.
    • That doesn't stop there. After the incident with the Healing Stone is resolved, Han actually gets a girl for a blind date for real. Except that the girl is Yerin, and Han is the only person not informed about the arrangement. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: We've only gotten two named female characters so far.
  • Conspicuous CG: A rare example for this medium can be found in this panel. The background is filled with pieces of furniture that look like they were rendered on Autodesk Revit.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: To save Sa-Ryun from Lecter, Han shoots himself with Sa-Ryun's marble, awakening his healing punches to heal Sa-Ryun.
  • Doom Magnet: Han.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Sa-Ryun, who fits the trope even moreso than most characters that fall under the same trope in Noblesse. Think there's some Viewer Gender Confusion going on? Look at his chest closely. That is in fact a man.
    Sa-Ryun: I am a man, you bastard.
    • As of chapter 18, the manhwa is already undergoing a degree of Art Evolution, and Han's honestly starting to look like a young teenage girl minus the boobs.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Su-Jin's bodyguard, Mase.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: The little girl, Su-Jin Ji.
  • Expy: Su-Jin's bodyguard, Mase is an older version of Rai.
    • And he has a pair of subordinates, Un and Yerin, who reminds people of Regis and Seira. The guy even has white hair, and the girl is also stated to be the stronger of the two.
  • Friend to All Children: Han politely gives Su-Jin his phone when she asks to borrow it, and risks his life to protect her.
    • He also invites a kid who is caught in the rain into his cafe for shelter, and is willing to protect the kid from Hon even though that kid is accused of stealing something from Hon.
  • Freudian Excuse: See the Friend to All Children entry above? Chapter 30 reveals that a lot of it has to do with the bullying Han went through as a child.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: According to Yerin, several Hon agents, including she and Un, are half-human, half-Another.
  • Healing Factor: Han's had one since he was six.
  • Healing Shiv: Initially. when he awakens under life-or-death situation, Han's punches, while fast, instead heal his target. He is slowly able to control his power, giving him a limited decision of when to activate his healing punches and when to use his raw power.
  • I Need You Stronger: Sa-Ryun wants Han to become stronger so he can absorb Han's power and become stronger.
  • Invisible to Normals: The true forms of the monsters known as Anothers. Muggles will simply see them as normal humans. However, it is later shown that Anothers actually can reveal their true form to muggles at will anyway.
  • Jerkass: Mase makes this assumption about Han and was almost certain that Han would ask the girl for some sort of reward for saving her. Naturally, this gets him Jerkass status in Han's eyes.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: A humorous example: When Su-Jin arranges for Yerin to become Han's blind date, everyone is informed... but she forgets to inform Han due to busy schedule. Oops.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Han and Sa-Ryun.
  • MacGuffin: The Pandora's Box, said to contain a power to remake the world. Su-Jin Ji is the 'key' to open the box.
  • The Masquerade: Anothers are supernatural beings hide amongst humankind. Some want to live peacefully, others feel that the Anothers should be in control. Hon is an organization dedicated to maintaining peace and balance between humans and Anothers.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: Again, Han has had this since an incident when he was six-years old.
  • Playing with Fire: Mase's power.
  • Power Crystal: A flashback reveals that Han found one when he went missing in the mountains as a child. Supposedly, its the source of his power.
    • Called Orb/Marble, power crystals are essentially the essence of an Another which they leave behind when they die, and is food for other Anothers. It still doesn't fully explain Han's powers since only Anothers or people with Another blood can gain power from these crystals.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sa-Ryun, otherwise known as the white-haired man (who looks like a girl.)
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Han comments that Yerin looks pretty in a dress.
  • Shout-Out: Han's "UDADADA" brings Dio Brando's "MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA" to mind.
  • Social Darwinist: ATRAN.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: HON is the good for preserving peace between humans and Anothers, Salamanders is the bad for being Social Darwinist led by a Reasonable Authority Figure, and ATRAN is the evil for being omnicidal Social Darwinist.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Sa-Ryun gives Han a fingerless glove that supposedly can hide Han from Anothers, as well as augment his powers.
    • Pay attention and you'll see that the Hon agents have similar ones.
  • Weak, but Skilled: This is Han's strongest point; barring his occasional burst of strength when near death, he is the weakest fighter in the story, but he uses tactics that allow him to beat opponents who are supposedly stronger than him.

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