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It is very confusing but I don't know the difference between the two. So, tell me, what is the difference between superpowers and magic? List examples of both.


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Magic requires mana while superpowers don't
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Superpowers: Unique abilities which can be external (for example Magneto's control of metal) or internal (for example Spiderman's super strength).
Magic: Ability to control external forces.

Often superpowers include magic abilities (for example, Scarlet Witch), but in magic worlds such as the Harry Potter universe, I wouldn't consider Harry Potter's abilities to be superpowers because they are not unique.
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the girls in Mahou Tsukai Precure uses their magic as their superpower
(this reminds me, i'm really behind in precure series. really need to catch up sometime)
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Superpowers are genetically inherent. The powers are awakened through puberty, a catastrophic event, or some sort of stimuli that forced the individual to realize they had these powers.

Magic is trained. Magical abilities are trained through many years of education, practice and discipline. Individuals need to have a talent for it. Some suck at magic, while others are quite proficient with it.

The Force is a combination of the two. It is naturally inherent in a few, but just because the individual has it, does not mean that they can do whatever they want with it. The individual must be trained to harness the power that resides within, and then taught to control the power that is all around them.
Posted 9/17/16
I associate superpower with comic book characters, like superstrength or superspeed. Magic is more associated with fantasy and folklore, witches and wizard, and you need to chant some nonsense to use its power.
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Magic is a superpower in a sense.

So if it is not magic than it is just a superpower. Magic doesn't usually belong in the Sci-fi genre, so if it is Sci-fi even though it seems like it should be magic it becomes a superpower.

Examples:
Tenchi Muyo for Superpowers

Tenchi has superpowers.
Most of his powers seem like they should be magic though, such as creating a sword out of thin air.
Washu can make a computer appear in front of her, become big when she wants to etc.
-load of examples in the Tenchi Muyo shows of superpowers or Technology that is more like magic

Bleach has magical powers
All sorts of examples, but several them can, the slayers, makes weapons appear, just like Tenchi. Similar powers but one is a superpower and the other is a magical power.

It all depends on the Genre and the ideas of the creator of the work whether an ability is magic or a superpower.
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Ok, this is my take on it.

Superpowers as we see them in films, comic's etc. ARE magic.

They may not work in the same way as spellcasting, but the only way to describe them is magic.

Batman is a guy with training and some advanced tech. Ironman is a guy with high-tech power armour. Neither would be "superheros" as they have no "powers", no magic.

Superman or Magneto have magic. They are "superheros".

Both types are Heroes, they do heroic stuff.
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The Force is a combination of the two. It is naturally inherent in a few, but just because the individual has it, does not mean that they can do whatever they want with it. The individual must be trained to harness the power that resides within, and then taught to control the power that is all around them.
The Force is just a superpower that works just like magic does.

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Magic is magical.
Superpowers are super.
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Magic is a pervasive, ubiquitous energy force that sentient beings channel and use.
There are different categories of magic such as astral, dark, elemental, shaman.
Superpowers are more random and dependent on the individual, but can be acquired externally also.
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Would it make sense to look at it this way.


Superpowers = Marvel and DC

Magic= Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings


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qualeshia3 wrote:

Would it make sense to look at it this way.


Superpowers = Marvel and DC

Magic= Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings




Dr. Strange, means No, and that is just one example.
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Heldawn wrote:


DeadlyOats wrote:
The Force is a combination of the two. It is naturally inherent in a few, but just because the individual has it, does not mean that they can do whatever they want with it. The individual must be trained to harness the power that resides within, and then taught to control the power that is all around them.
The Force is just a superpower that works just like magic does.



You're midichlorian count has to be high enough to be able to use The Force. If you don't have enough midichlorians, then you cannot use The Force. magic is trained in schools of magic, or through apprenticeships with mages and wizards.

http://www.starwars.com/news/so-what-the-heck-are-midi-chlorians
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DeadlyOats wrote:

Superpowers are genetically inherent. The powers are awakened through puberty, a catastrophic event, or some sort of stimuli that forced the individual to realize they had these powers.

Magic is trained. Magical abilities are trained through many years of education, practice and discipline. Individuals need to have a talent for it. Some suck at magic, while others are quite proficient with it.

The Force is a combination of the two. It is naturally inherent in a few, but just because the individual has it, does not mean that they can do whatever they want with it. The individual must be trained to harness the power that resides within, and then taught to control the power that is all around them.


This. I'll go with this.
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