So what was this thread originally about? Having read the comments I refuse to watch the video. Perhaps I can bring it around to "ahem" writing.
So in all of literature which literary character had the most unusual powers? Who was the most powerful character in all of fiction?
Here are my candidates, (just off the top of my head)
Everyone naturally thinks of Superman as probably the most powerful character ever created in fiction but is he? Here are some that surpass even his vast powers...
1. Dracula; In the book Dracula was able to effect the weather in London even while still in Transylvania. At night he was truly the embodiment of evil able to control or conjure all manner of night creatures such as rats. Able to change his form at will from bat or bats to wolves to mist, there is no limit to his dark powers at night.
2. Dr. Manhattan from "The Watchman". This character created by Alan Moore was supposed to be based on Charlton Comics character "Captain Atom", but in truth he was far closer to Dell Comics "Dr. Solar, Man of the Atom. While Captain Atom could emit any type of radiation, Dr. Solar, like Dr. Manhattan could literally control all atoms mentally, be they his own or any others. This enabled him to expand his size or reduce it if he wished, divide his molecules to create duplicate versions of himself, disintegrate all matter by thought, or transmute it to any other element. He may well be the most power character ever created in fiction.
3. Except of course for the many wizards scattered throughout all of fiction. I suppose Gandalf leaps to mind from the Lord of the Rings, Merlin of course from "Le Mort de Arthur" and both Dumbledore and Voldemort from the "Harry Potter" series. In the world of comics which seem to be coming to life on screen more and more these days we will soon see screen versions of Marvel's Dr. Strange and we saw a brief live action appearance of one of my all time favorite characters "Dr. Fate" seen on an episode of "Smallville".
So any others? I know the comics alone would fill a small encyclopedia set with omnipotent characters but I'm trying to recall any powerful literary characters prior to the age of superheroes.
The Wizard from the Wizard of Oz would not count as he was a phony, but the Wicked Witch of the West was not and neither was Glenda the Witch of the North. (We never did meet the Witch of the South now that I think of it did we?)
Oh of course, the ancient gods of all mythologies who were the precursors or today's superheroes mythologies. Hermes/Mercury (Flash) Hercules (Superman) Thor (well Thor of course) Zeus (Black Lightning, Electro, Lightning Lad etc) Of course Zeus could do a lot more than merely throw lightning bolts, he could change his shape and well do pretty much anything since he was the King of the Gods of Olympus.
Well here is a link to the 25 most powerful characters in comic book universes, just so we can get those out of the way.
Well I think if we get into political power the list will become endless, so let's limit it to people with extra ordinary powers.
Here's some more I thought of...
1. The Invisible Man; Set in the 1890's being invisible would be the ultimate power. It would be as though every one else was blind and you were the only one who could see.
2. The Time Machine; Even today being able to travel through time would make you the most powerful character in the history of the world.
3. The Horla; Now there is one I bet no one else every heard of. The Horla were a race of beings that were invisible to the eye and could possess people and make them do anything they wished.
4. Damien Thorn from the Omen of course for obvious reasons.
5. How about Dr. Victor Frankenstein? He had the knowledge of life and death and way back in 1888.
Oh we left out almost every novel by Steven King. Nearly all of his characters has some sort of unearthly powers. "Carrie", "The Dead Zone", "IT", "The Green Mile", "Needful Things" (The Devil), "Salem's Lot", (vampires) and "Silver Bullet" (werewolves), "The Shining"
With all the advances in Genetic Manipulation these days, Dr. Moreau is the one most likely to come true in the future. During WWII Nazis scientists experimented with creating a chimp/human hybrid to be used in war and as a slave race They failed, but who knows what the future holds once gene splicing becomes common knowledge?
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g40t90yes: Good Morning. Now I am no political activist, but with is going on in today's activist world, I have a question. Last Sunday Vice President Pence walked out of a Colts Football game because the Players took a knee. I would like to read your View about this
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g40t90yes: Continue. Now The NFL Owners (Jones-Cowboys, Ross-Dolphins) are going to demand their players stand for the Anthem. Again just thinking out loud. Couple of weeks ago Owners (Jones) knelt with players. Now you are pulling back. Why??
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