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Reality warping is a superpower in superhero fiction. It is the ability to reshape matter and energy, create or alter life forms, turn a person's thoughts or desires into reality, simulate any and all other powers and abilities, bend time and space, and possibly even rewrite the laws of physics.

All things are possible for a reality-warper, making them seem omnipotent with the only limit on reality warping is the users imagination. The Joker, wielding the power of Mr. Mxyzptlk as "Emperor Joker", was even able to rewrite logic itself, for example, making the whole world believe that 2 + 2 equals "fish".

Some of the most extreme reality warpers, like Mxyzptlk and James Jaspers, are not even limited by their own physical bodies and can alter their own stature and appearance at will to become whatever they want to be, no matter how bizarre it might be. In DC comics, the fifth-dimensional imps that sometimes visit the DC universe, of which Mxyzptlk is the most common and well-known, seem to be the most common and also the most powerful reality warpers[citation needed].

Rarely in fiction are reality warpers depicted as heroic or benign. Reality warpers in fiction are almost always antagonists, villains or otherwise depicted as dangerous. This generally is a necessity of the plot; a reality-warping protagonist would face few, if any, true challenges. Reality warpers exhibiting a childlike (such as Anthony Fremont) or insane personality (like Proteus or Mad Jim Jaspers) are also common. Often, in the few cases of protagonists having such power, they have difficulty using it: in Ben 10: Alien Force, the hero, Ben Tennyson, can transform into a powerful alien form dubbed "Alien X" (also stated as the most powerful force in the universe), who has reality-warping powers but also contains two other distinct and powerful personalities of which they must agree to an action before it can be done, which makes the form and its powers virtually impossible to control to such a level that Alien X can't even communicate to the outside world: to others, Alien X is little more than an immobile statue.

Another typical theme in fiction is for the protagonist to be granted this ability and then struggle to resist abusing the power for their own personal benefit. Reality warpers are also commonly affected by their subconscious minds, which cause reality to change against their will (like Magician of Ultimate X-Men or Doctor Doom with the Beyonder's power).

A common issue with characters with the ability to warp reality is that they may not be aware of their talent, and, having less conscious wishes, rarely manifest their powers (as in The Man with the Power). Often, excessive want and distress causes them to become threats to themselves and those around them so that the supporting characters must attempt to mollify the situation so that the reality warper doesn't cause any major damage or discover their power (like Haruhi Suzumiya).

In cartoons, the effects of reality warping are often shown to be temporary. For example, in Superman: The Animated Series, reality returns to normal after Mr. Mxyzptlk is tricked into going back to his dimension.

It is important not to confuse reality warping and matter manipulation. Characters like Vulcan, Mister M and the Silver Surfer can change and manipulate matter, but they cannot alter the fabric of reality itself.

Marvel's reality warpersEdit

The Marvel Universe is known to have a large amount of individuals that can manipulate reality. Characters with potential for reality warping encountered in Marvel comics include:

Also, anyone wielding certain artifacts gained reality warping powers:

Other comics reality warpersEdit

Apart from the MU reality warpers, many other different beings in DC and other comics also possess reality warping powers, or powers which might potentially be used for reality alteration. These include, amongst others:

Non-comics reality warpersEdit

Apart from comic characters, there has been a number of science fiction and fantasy characters who have exhibited reality-warping powers of various forms, at least within the boundaries of certain environments and/or restrictions. Such characters include:

Limited to probability or uncontrolled reality manipulationEdit

Character Media Publisher(s)/Series Source
Amos FortuneComic booksDC ComicsInherent
Black CatComic books, animationMarvel ComicsInduced
Calamity KingComic booksDC ComicsInherent
DominoComic booksMarvel ComicsMutant
JinxComic books, animationDC Comics, Warner Bros. Animation
Kunogi, Himawari (九軒ひまわり?)Manga, animexxxHolicInherent
LongshotComic booksMarvel ComicsInherent
Lord of Games (LOG)Video gamesBanjo-Kazooie: Nuts & BoltsInherent
Major DisasterComic booksDC ComicsInherent
Mat CauthonNovelsThe Wheel of TimeInherent
Kuramitsu, Mihoshi (九羅密 美星?)AnimeTenchi Muyo!Inherent
Kuramitsu, MitotoAnimeTenchi Muyo!Inherent
RouletteComic booksMarvel ComicsMutant
Sakuraba, Milfeulle (ミルフィーユ 桜葉?)Manga, anime, video gamesGalaxy AngelInherent
PrideAnime, MangaFullmetal Alchemist
Scarlet WitchComic books, animationMarvel ComicsMutant
ShamrockComic booksMarvel ComicsMutant
Suzumiya, HaruhiAnime, MangaHaruhi SuzumiyaAttained
Tetsuo ShimaAnime, MangaAkira
JanembaAnimemovieAttained

Artifacts with reality warping abilitiesEdit

In addition to individuals, objects in fiction have also been attributed with the ability to alter reality, typically in response to its owner's thoughts and/or desires.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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