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Absorbascon

An Absorbascon is a Thanagarian device that enables its user to telepathically read the minds of other sentient life forms. An Absorbascon is only effective against non-Thanagarians. A Thanagarian can also use this device to interpret the vocal patterns of lower order animals such as birds. Used primarily as an educational tool, it can also be used as a weapon or a tool of espionage. Hawkman and Hawkwoman used the Absorbascon to learn about Earth's cultures and languages. This device is also the reason why the Hawks can communicate with birds.

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Absorption Cells

Created by the mad scientist Professor Anthony Ives, Absorption cells are devices that he implanted within the robot known as Amazo. These cells enable Amazo to replicate the superhuman abilities of any individual within scanning proximity.

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AK-47

The AK-47 is a 7.62 mm assault rifle developed in the Soviet Union by Mikhail Kalashnikov.Design work on the AK began in 1944. In 1946 the rifle was presented for official military trials, a year later the fixed stock version was introduced into service with select units of the Red Army. It was also used by U.S. marines such as Captain Phillip Hunter and his brother Nick Hunter during the Vietnam war.

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Alien

An alien is a being or animal who originates from another planet, or dimension. The term also applies to people living in a country that is not their place of birth. Lex Luthor uses the term in a derogatory manner when referring to Superman.
(See Also: Extraterrestrial, The Aliens Category)
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Altered Egos

Full title Altered Egos: The Mystery Men of World War II was a book written by Jonathan Law, published sometime in the 1970's.

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Alternate Earth

A world resembling Earth in physical characteristics, natural phenomena, life forms, and, to some extent, history, which exists in the equivalent space to Earth's in another dimension. An alternate Earth may either be a divergent Earth or a parallel Earth.
(See Also: Hypertime; Multiverse)
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Alternate Future

One of the possible future realities deriving from the present reality through a specific sequence of events. One cannot tell which alternate future will become one's present reality until the point of divergence has been passed. At that point, one's reality diverges into more than one, and versions of one's self will exist in each resulting alternate future. Hence, one's divergent self will experience one of the alternate futures as his present reality, while another of his divergent selves will experience a different alternate future as his.

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Amazonia

In the Pre-Crisis Golden Age period, Amazonia was the name of the original Greek Island home of the Amazons. After their subjugation by the God, Hercules, the Amazons relocated to Paradise Island.

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Amazonium

In the Pre-Crisis Golden Age period, Amazonium was the name of a mineral used for the construction of various wondrous artifacts on Paradise Island. The winged Sandals of Hermes worn by Wonder Woman were reputed to be made by this material.

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American Broadcasting Company

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. Created in 1943 from the former NBC Blue radio network, ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Company and is part of Disney-ABC Television Group. From 1966 to 1968, ABC aired the popular live-action Batman television series. During the 1970s, ABC also aired the Super Friends, a campy, yet popular animated series featuring a core roster of DC's more infamous super-heroes. Note: ABC is not to be confused with America's Best Comics, which has also been identified by the acronym, ABC.
(See Also: ABC)
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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Ankh

The Ankh is an Egyptian hieroglyphic symbolizing life. Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. Ironically, it is also the chosen sigil for the essence of Death. Sorcerer Doctor Fate often projects mystic blasts which take the form of flying ankhs.

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Anti-Hero

An anti-hero has widely come to mean a character who has some characteristics that are antithetical to those of the traditional hero. An anti-hero in today's comic books will perform acts generally deemed "heroic," but will do so with methods, manners, or intentions that may not be heroic.

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Anti-Kryptonite Belt

Lex Luthor once tricked Superman into wearing a specially designed belt that leaked Kryptonite.

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Antimatter

Antimatter is an alternate form of matter comprised of antiparticles. It functions in direct opposition to positive matter and contact between the two will ultimately destroy the particles of both. In terms of dimensional reality, an entire universe composed of Antimatter exists and is the birth place of the Anti-Monitor and the Thunderers of Qward.
(See Also: Antimatter Universe)
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Arctic Breath

Also known as Super-Breath, this is a super-power usually attributed to Superman. It involves not only being able to generate hurricane level winds through the act of blowing, but can also lower the temperature of said winds to below zero.

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Armstrong

In the continuity of New Earth (Atari Force), the Armstrong was a space shuttle that transported personnel from Space Station One to the Atari Institute.
(See Also: Atari Force)
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Astral Plane

An alternate universe in an equivalent space to our own where all matter is composed of ectoplasm. On the astral plane, the life energies and consciousnesses of other beings are discernible to adepts. Adepts can reach the astral plane by psionic or magical means. The astral plane is also sometimes called astral dimension, astral realm, or spirit world.

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Atomic Krypton Ray

In Earth-One continuity, Professor Egglehead once created an atomic Krypton ray, which briefly transformed a field mouse named Fuzzy into the super-powered Krypto Mouse. The device was only used once and was never seen again.
(See Also: Superboy (Earth-One))
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Adamantium

An artificially created alloy of iron that is the most impervious substance known on Earth, with the exception of the unknown Steel-Vibranium alloy of which Captain America's Shield is composed.
(See Also: Adamantium)
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Adrenaline

(aka Epinephrine) is a hormone and a neurotransmitter. It is secreted by the adrenal medulla. When released into the bloodstream it increases heart rate and stroke volume, dilates the pupils, and constricts arterioles in the skin and gut while dilating arterioles in leg muscles. Often listed as being the source of abnormal feats of strength or agility, or the trigger of super-human powers.

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Alien

(1.) A being who originates elsewhere than Earth. (2.) Of or having to do with a place other than Earth.


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Alter ego

An alter ego (from Latin, "other I") is another self, a second personality or persona within a person. The term is commonly used in comic books, for the secret identity of a superheros and supervillains.

An alter ego is usually used by superheroes to conceal their identities in order to protect their friends and family from harm at the hands of their enemies, whereas supervillians usually have an alter ego to make sure they don't get arrested.

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Alternate Earth

A world resembling Earth in physical characteristics, natural phenomena, life forms, and, to some extent, history, which exists in the equivalent space to Earth's in another dimension. An alternate Earth may either be a divergent Earth or a parallel Earth.

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Alternate Future

One of the possible future realities deriving from the present reality through a specific sequence of events. One cannot tell which alternate future will become one's present reality until the point of divergence has been passed. At that point, one's reality diverges into more than one, and versions of one's self will exist in each resulting alternate future. Hence, one's divergent self will experience one of the alternate futures as his present reality, while another of his divergent selves will experience a different alternate future as his.

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Alternate World

A world in another dimension which exists in the equivalent space to a world in this dimension. Some alternate worlds which are not alternate Earths may exist in the equivalent space to Earth's in other dimensions.

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American

A person who was born in America.

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Amphibious

Capable of breathing and existing in air or in water.

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Android

An artificial being designed to resemble a human being in as many ways as possible, and whose physiology and life functions replicate and mimic those of human beings as closely as possible. An android has all the same organs, tissue, bone, flesh, and blood as a human being, except they are synthetic. Compare with clone, cyborg, robot, and synthozoid.

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Animal

Animals are a major group of multicellular, eukaryotic organisms of the kingdom Animalia or Metazoa. Their body plan becomes fixed as they develop, usually early on in their development as embryos, although some undergo a process of metamorphosis later on in their life. Most animals are motile - they can move spontaneously and independently. Animals are heterotrophs - they are dependent on other organisms (e.g. plants) for sustenance.
(See Also: Animal)
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Anti-hero

An anti-hero has widely come to mean a character who has some characteristics that are antithetical to those of the traditional hero. An anti-hero in today's comic books will perform acts generally deemed "heroic," but will do so with methods, manners, or intentions that may not be heroic.
(See Also: Superhero, Supervillain)
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Anti-Graviton

A theoretical particle carrying a force that repels gravity.

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Anti-Matter

Matter composed of particles that are the counterparts of the particles composing positive matter (the matter of which this universe is composed), but have opposite charges; e.g., anti-protons instead of protons, and positrons instead of electrons. Should positive matter come in contact with an equal amount of antimatter, both will be annihilated and converted to energy.

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Anti-Matter Universe

A universe composed of anti-matter rather than matter (as in our universe) existing in another dimension. The only one known to date is the Negative Zone.

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Anti-Mutant

Any type of being who holds prejudice towards mutants.

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Artistic License

Simply put, artistic license means an artist is accorded leeway in his or her interpretation of something, and is not held strictly accountable for accuracy.

For example, the director of your local theater group might decide it's high time Shakespeare's Hamlet was staged with the entire cast walking on stilts. Obviously, this was not how they did things back at the old Globe, but the director has been seized with an artistic vision and must be indulged.

A poet is granted artistic license to rhyme something with the word "orange", even though "orange" has no rhyming word in English.

Music sampling is a relatively new discipline, in which bits and pieces of other works are taken and compiled into a new piece. The sampler has taken (sometimes wild) artistic license with other musicians' works. In many cases, the sampling community will rate new pieces, and one of the judging criteria is entitled "Artistic License".

Writers of fiction are allowed to take all sorts of liberties with facts, in the interest of crafting a good story. It should go without saying that "fiction" is the operative word here.

This means it either should be noted or not used at all since the 90% of the time the character does not exhibit that ability very often. For example the Hulk during the Secret Wars broke his leg, Spider-Man once defeated Firelord, the Black Panther put the Silver Surfer in a hammer lock. All of this was done with artistic license from the writer and are not considered typical of the characters.

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Astral Body

The sheath or form that contains a living being's life essence, consciousness, spirit or soul. The astral body is a manifestation of the life essence composed of ectoplasm, an invisible, intangible substance whose source and properties remain unknown. While all living beings have astral bodies, certain adepts using psychic, psionic, or magical means, can separate their astral bodies from their physical bodies without harm. The astral body is also sometimes called astral form, astral self, and spirit form.

The astral form is the non-corporeal manifestation of beings that have the ability of astral projection. The majority of people capable of creating an astral form are psychics, and they usually appear on the Astral Plane. The astral form enables beings to exist within the mind, without a body and transcend through space and time as pure mental energy.

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Astral Projection

Astral projection (or astral travel) is a paranormal interpretation of an out-of-body experience achieved either awake or via lucid dreaming or deep meditation. The concept of astral projection assumes the existence of another body, separate from the physical body and capable of traveling to non-physical planes of existence. Commonly such planes are called astral, etheric, or spiritual. Astral projection is often experienced as the spirit or astral body leaving the physical body to travel in the spirit world or astral plane. Often a form of telepathy or magic.

Examples

For a list of characters who use astral projection, see Category:Astral Projection

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Atmokinesis

Atmokinesis is the ability to control or mentally affect the weather.

Examples

For a list of characters who can control the weather, see Category:Atmokinesis.

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