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i would say superpowers or more things like super strength and such while magic is throwing fireballs and telekinesis etc.so basically one involves more physical things like being able to lift a dump truck with just your own physical strength while someone with magic would use their magic to lift it.

personally i would prefer magic over superpower since with superpowers you normally only get a specific set of abilities while magic is usually less restricted and i personally think more powerful.
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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.



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


Magical powers do not always require training. Magical girls are a great example of this. There are several shows and they are simply granted their magical abilities. No training at all, but in most shows they do grow, but so do characters with superpowers.

The Force is not really a superpower or magic to be frank, it's more like a supernatural power, but that isn't right either. I'd say the force is an Extraordinary power, because isn't mystical or unique.

What everyone is saying about magic being mystical energies probably describes it best. While superpowers being unique, that sorta describes them well. In the end though it's what the creator of said powers wanted them to be, and has nothing to do with anyone else's opinion. Magic and superpowers do not sum up all the different powers out there, but superpower kinda does depending on how you perceive them.

Superpower defined:
power greater in scope or magnitude than that which is considered natural or has previously existed. in other words all magic is a super power.
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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.


This is a good explanation. I would also add that magic is systematic. It is almost like a science, with particular, generalized 'rules' of operation that do not vary from individual to individual.
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magic tends to associate with witch craft and demonic/satanic stuff
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science fiction vs fantasy

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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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Magic is the ability to control supernatural forces through spells, symbols, rituals, etc. (wikipedia)

Superpowers are countries that hold sway over the world, and so--
Wait, no, wrong superpower XD

Superpowers are exaggerations of regular abilities (paraphrasing wikipedia again :P)





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.



In numerous Star Wars novels, The Force is described as a magical power, or just as magic.
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From my understanding magic is the control of exterior forces, while superpowers are a type of empowered trait(s). You can train to increase proficiency levels of either.
In order to get them; magic is able to be taught if the right amplitude is met. While superpowers are there at birth, or through events that physically change how the user's body works.
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Thanks guys for the comments.
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I agree with the opinion that magical powers require training. I have what I consider a superpower (To predict the future in a tv show, movie, or book. It's 99% accurate too. It's more like I get my wishes granted.).
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I was going to answer, myself, but the talking oatmeal got it right on the mark.
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qualeshia3 wrote:

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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You pretty much never learn a superpower
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nanikore2 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:

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.


Enjoy!!!


You pretty much never learn a superpower


Oh okay.
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Well, I am pretty sure everyone has answered in a proper way so I should restrain myself from exposing a long response to the proposed question. lol If you choose from a story perspective there isn't much of a difference between the two. Aleister Crowley would say that Magic is something you do with the mystical energies to serve a purpose from it's caster. And, yes, by the complete definition technology should be classified as magic. Just play a Final Fantasy and this concept will pop out as one of the many explanations.

There are some materials on the anthropology side that define Magic as ritualistic and some sort of symbolism in which you evoke mystical and unknown powers. Often, on fiction Superpowers have explanations that restrain them as mutations, alterations, conditions, etc. Magic, on the other hand, has occult meaning and dealing with it requires knowledge or faith. Note that it may not be quite as it on many fictional universes, but the classical definition of a magic circle, alchemy and occult arts go around this corner.

Hope I have helped. There were other details like the Sabbath or the pilgrims that confronted witches, but it is more of an historical definition than fictional description. Magic is something that usually defies logic by a very restrict sense, but many will say otherwise and it is as correct as what I have proposed. Edit: X-Men require training to tame their powers, so the line considering only the effects and means of it is really weak and confusing. It doesn't stand a good definition by any means.
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Superpowers are a biological ability. Magic consists of altering your current abilities.

Using magic to make fireballs. While your body can't actually produce any.... Stuff like that.
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All magic is superpowers but not all superpowers are magic

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