From Fanlore
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Synonyms: powered
See also: Superheroes, Supervillain
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

Superpowers are the abilities associated with Superheroes and Supervillains.

How superheroes acquire these abilities depends on the characters. DC Comics' Superman was born with his abilities but had to land on Earth and be exposed to the yellow sun, in contrast with the red sun of Krypton. DC Villain Mr. Freeze got his from a damaged cryogenic chamber. The Joker was the victim of a chemical accdident.

By contrast, several Marvel Comics characters gained their powers through encounters with radiation. These include Peter Parker becoming Spider-Man after getting bitten by a radioactive spider, Bruce Banner taking a lethal dose of gamma rays and becoming The Incredible Hulk, and Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, Ben Grimm, and Victor Von Doom becoming The Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom due to encountering cosmic radiation in space. Captain America acquires his powers via a combination of "serum" and "Vita Rays" (presumably radiation), while in contrast, Bucky Barnes is apparently transformed by a less effective form of the serum only. Pepper Potts gets powers from a fantasy nanotechnology called "Extremis".

Those who have superpowers are sometimes referred to as Powered

Non-Canon (AU) Superpowers

Fans frequently create AU superpower versions of human characters, such as Powered!Darcy.[1] Or they simply transport the characters—human, dwarf, hobbit, gem, alien, transformer—into a Superpower AU (AO3 tag Alternate Universe - Superheroes/Superpowers).


Aesthetic Edits

Mike Hanlon
Losers’ Club + Super Powers // Magician Mike Hanlon, Archived version by GazebosEddieFandom: ITDate: December 1st 2017Medium: Mood BoardStatus: Complete
“No, I won’t pull a rabbit from a hat! My powers are far greater than some party trick!”

Recs & Thematic Lists


  1. ^ See: Superhero Darcy Lewis tag on the Ao3