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How Star Wars 9 May Expand Last Jedi’s New Force Powers

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker may include a fascinating expansion of one of The Last Jedi’s new Force abilities. In Episode VIII, Rey and Kylo Ren spend a significant part of the film on opposite sides of the galaxy, so Rian Johnson had to get creative in order for the main characters to interact with each other. The solution, commonly referred to as “Force Skype,” saw the two youngsters become connected periodically throughout the movie and have conversations. This was later revealed to be part of Supreme Leader Snoke’s plan to manipulate them.

The Last Jedi showed that even though Star Wars has been around for 40 years, audiences still have much to learn about the Force. With Episode IX on the horizon, many are wondering if J.J. Abrams will showcase any new powers in the upcoming film. During the movie’s panel during Celebration Chicago, he seemed to dance around the topic, but the latest speculation is at the very least, The Rise of Skywalker includes an expansion of one of The Last Jedi’s concepts.

Related: Star Wars 9 Theory: Grey Jedi Exist, But They’re Called Skywalkers

According to Making Star Wars, Rey and Kylo Ren are going to partake in what’s being called “Force Flash Fights.” During their initial encounter in Episode IX, they’re reportedly linked again (similar to what Snoke did in Last Jedi), only they traverse across several different environments from the previous Star Wars movies. It’s unknown what locations would appear onscreen or even how, precisely, this concept will be executed. Screen Rant reached out to Disney for comment and will update this article accordingly.

This would work as an illustration of how powerful Rey and Kylo have grown since viewers last saw them in The Last Jedi. Since there’s reportedly a time jump between the two films, it only makes sense for their skills to evolve and on a superficial level, it has the potential to be an interesting visual unlike anything the films have shown before. A number of Last Jedi’s new Force powers proved to be divisive, but Abrams has repeatedly said he’s honoring what Johnson did in Episode IX. So it wouldn’t be surprising to see him play in the infinite sandbox of Force abilities and toy with how he can expand ideas Johnson introduced. It’d feel like an organic continuation.

Besides how this looks onscreen, the biggest question is what role “Force Flash Fights” ultimately play in the narrative. Force projections weren’t just a gimmick; they were foreshadowing for Luke’s noble self-sacrifice on Crait. Perhaps Kylo and Rey learn what they’re now capable of early on in The Rise of Skywalker, before there’s some kind of payoff at the end. With Emperor Palpatine back in the fold, Rey will likely have to stretch the limits of her capabilities in order to emerge victorious.

More: Star Wars Canon Already Explained How Palpatine Survived Return of the Jedi

Source: Making Star Wars


2019-04-22 08:04:44

Chris Agar

Marvel’s New Avenger Has Powers of Wolverine AND Venom

Warning: SPOILERS For West Coast Avengers #10.

A powerful new superhero has been born in Marvel’s West Coast Avengers, and she just might be the strongest Avenger yet. Ramone Watts, now known as ‘Alloy,’ has bonded with a vibranium ring which she can now control–just like Venom controlling his alien symbiote.

When her brother Johnny Watts (a.k.a. Fuse) and her girlfriend America Chavez are captured and put in danger, Ramone has no choice but to give in to her seemingly genetic, mutant powers. Her mother, a former member of Black Panther’s Dora Milaje guard left the siblings some vibranium jewelry when she passed away. Johnny discovered his mutant ability to fuse his body into any material he touches years ago. Ramone has only now discovered her own… and it may be one of the best power sets in Marvel’s universe.

RELATED: The West Coast Avengers Return To Marvel Comics

To clarify, Johnny’s power allows him to mimic, or alter his body to the composition of anything he touches–one of the major reasons he wears his mother’s vibranium earrings (you never know when being made of the strongest metal on Earth might be necessary). But when Ramone first touched her mother’s vibranium ring, it bonded with her in a way that was far less gentle. As she explains to Gwenpool, “There was real power coursing through me, but it was excruciating and I wasn’t in control.” But the time has come for her to wear the ring once again.

As she puts it on this time, she is more powerful, more experienced, and more in control. Ramone risks everything in order to save her lover and her brother… and will never be the same after doing so. The vibranium–the Wakandan metal that, when reverse-engineered, produces the adamantium that coats Wolverine’s indestructible bones and claws–encases Ramone’s entire body. The metal effectively IS her new superhero costume. But if fans think an impenetrable suit of vibranium is all Alloy has going for her… think again.

The West Coast Avengers are in a bad situatio, being attacked by a hoard of vampires who believe America Chavez is their ‘chosen one.’ Ramone arrives ready to fight, with a brand new (and very permanent) bodysuit made of vibranium, she helps them take on the hoard. In the heat of battle Ramone learns that she can control this suit almost as if it were a Venom-like alien symbiote, and even forms a blade to take down one of the undead. When things aren’t looking good for the rest of the West Coast Avengers, she unleashes her full power in a moment that would make Venom and Carnage proud.

Growing giant vibranium spikes out of her body to take down the rest of the hoard, Ramone answers the question of who is actually cooler: Venom or Wolverine? The answer is a hero with both of their strongest abilities, rolled into one. After saving the team, her brother tasks her with choosing a hero name, and she goes with Alloy.

This new Avenger is easily one of the most powerful we have ever seen. Just imagine if Wolverine could use his metal like a symobiote? But with West Coast Avengers ending, this might be the last we see of Alloy. That would certainly feel like a missed opportunity for Marvel though, wouldn’t it? So keep an eye out on future comics to see where these Avengers pop up, and we just might get another glimpse of Alloy – or better yet, a full series featuring her.

West Coast Avengers #10 is on sale now from Marvel online, and at your local comic shop.

RELATED: 15 Comic Book Objects You Didn’t Know Were Made Of Vibranium


2019-04-20 04:04:54

Tessa Smith

Theory: Stormbreaker Isn’t To Kill Thanos, It Gives Thor His Powers Back

Avengers: Infinity War depicted Thor (Chris Hemsworth) using Stormbreaker to (almost) best Thanos (Josh Brolin) in their rematch; but the powerful ax might have another purpose beyond defeating the Mad Titan.

The hammer Mjolnir has been a key part of Thor’s iconography ever since his beginnings in Norse mythology. But whilst Marvel’s comics – and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – have long reflected this attachment, the God of Thunder has not always wielded this famous hammer. In Marvel’s ever-growing canon, other characters like Beta Ray Bill have wielded Mjolnir, and Thor has used alternative armaments from time to time. In this way, Infinity War mimicked Thor’s swapping of weaponry in his comics through the debut of Stormbreaker.

RELATED Every MCU Character Who’s Lifted Thor’s Hammer

Having lost his beloved hammer in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor sought a new weapon to enact his vengeance against Thanos in Infinity War. Indeed, his efforts to acquire Stormbreaker were immediately justified by its subsequent performance. With the new ax in hand, Thor almost single-handedly decimated Thanos’ forces in the Battle of Wakanda and, in the movie’s most pivotal scenes, came closest to killing Thanos himself. Though Stormbreaker has already proved popular with fans, some critics felt that the presence of the blade undermined Thor’s wider character arc. Yet rather than hampering Thor’s story, Stormbreaker may be correcting it by returning abilities that he had lost.

  • This Page: Mjolnir & Stormbreaker’s Roles in the MCU
  • Page 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As is the case with many of Asgard’s famous weapons, Mjolnir and Stormbreaker were created by the dwarf king Eitri (Peter Dinklage) in the realm of Nidavellir. Though the MCU never specifies what Asgardian armaments are made of, they are likely made out the same fictional element as the comics: Uru, a massively resilient metal that both absorbs and manipulates magical energy.

Since its first appearance in the MCU, Mjolnir has exemplified these qualities. The hammer seemingly served as the source of Thor’s lightning powers (more on that later) and allowed him to fly at great speed. Certainly, it proved to be a formidable asset in all of Thor’s appearances, when its power waylaid huge swathes of Ice Giant, Chitauri, Dark Elf armies, and more. Mjolnir’s enchantment of worthiness also benefited Thor, since it meant that few other beings could wield or move it. Certainly, the fact that the Vision (Paul Bettany) was able to lift the hammer meant that Thor and his teammates could immediately recognize the purity of synthezoid’s heart in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But two years later, Thor confronted Hela (Cate Blanchett) the Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok where, in their first encounter, she promptly destroyed the hammer with her bare hands.

RELATED: Theory: Ragnarok Started Thor’s NEW Trilogy (& Avengers 4 Ends It)

Though Thor eventually bested Hela without his hammer, he was soundly beaten by Thanos within the first few minutes of Infinity War. After being rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor asserts that he needs a new weapon, and he travels with Rocket and Groot to procure one. They encounter Eitri – the last of his people to survive Thanos’ wrath – and together they forge the “King’s weapon” Stormbreaker. This new ax is supposedly the most powerful in Asgard’s history. It not only summons the Bifrost, it also negates the combined power of the Infinity Stones.

Prior to Stormbreaker’s debut, the loss of Mjolnir was a fitting development for Thor. As the MCU has expanded, Thor had become more knowledgeable about his realm’s dark past, and attempted to become a better, more responsible ruler. As such, the acquisition of Stormbreaker was viewed as being contrary to these plot points. Indeed, Thor’s journey to Nidavellir has been perceived as Marvel simply wanting the God of Thunder to have a weapon again, or else giving him something to do in Infinity War’s extended run-time. However, whilst Stormbreaker may be those things, a key detail in Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Thor’s ax fulfills an in-world necessity.

Page 2 of 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As mentioned earlier, Mjolnir initially appeared to be the source of Thor’s lightning powers in the MCU. This certainly seemed to be the case in his first solo movie since. When Thor was stripped of his abilities and banished to Earth, Mjolnir is a crucial component in facilitating their return. However, later installments proved that this was not the case.

After Mjolnir is destroyed early in Ragnarok, Thor confusedly realizes that he is still able to generate and manipulate electricity, which he notably unleashes against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) arena. In a later vision, Odin confirms that the lightning never originated from Mjolnir: the hammer merely helped Thor channel and focus the potential within him. Odin’s affirmation in Thor: Ragnarok ensures that Thor’s arc is completed, and he recognizes his strength not just as a good man, but as a powerful warrior in his own right. But viewers have overlooked another crucial piece of information that the movie unveils about Thor: that his abilities are tied to the existence of Asgard.

RELATED Ragnarok Revealed The Real Reason Odin Stripped Thor Of His Power

Certainly, before his escape from the Grandmaster’s palace, Thor attempts to persuade Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to join him in his quest. As she refuses, Valkyrie recounts her tragic past, and in doing so she notes that Hela and Thor’s powers originate from the realm of Asgard itself. Indeed, when Hela returned to her home earlier in the movie, the Goddess of Death immediately regenerates and is strengthened because of her proximity to Asgard’s energy.

After the Revengers begin their attack, they soon realize that Hela can only be stopped if Asgard is destroyed. Such an act would remove the source of her gifts, thus rendering her powerless. We never see what effect Ragnarok has on Hela – because she is apparently killed in combat with Surtur – but it stands to reason that if the fall of Asgard would have removed Hela’s powers, it would do the same for Thor as well. And that’s where Stormbreaker comes in.

While Avengers: Infinity War does not explicitly state that Thor lost his powers in Ragnarok, there is substantial evidence within both movies that he has. Firstly, between Asgard’s destruction in Thor: Ragnarok to Thor’s acquisition of Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War, the character uses none of his trademark lightning abilities. Of course, this is partly because Thor and Thanos’ first confrontation aboard the Asgardian refugee ship occurs before the movie starts. Even so, it is somewhat strange that Thanos was able to beat Thor so thoroughly, given how ruinous the God of Thunder has proven to be against his previous foes. Naturally, this suggests that Thor is unable to inflict the same kind of damage that he has done so in the past.

Furthermore, Avengers: Infinity War establishes that latent Asgardian power can be accessed through their surviving weaponry. During the movie’s opening scenes, Heimdall (Idris Elba) wields the broken sword Hofund and swiftly transports the Hulk to Earth – despite the fact that the Bifrost Bridge itself no longer exists. Moreover, Stormbreaker later demonstrates the same capabilities as Hofund, when it opens a portal for Thor and his friends to travel to Wakanda in one of Avengers: Infinity War’s most exultant moments.

RELATED: Thor’s Stormbreaker: Facts About The Hammer They Don’t Cover In Infinity War

As such, it stands to reason that Stormbreaker can access other forms of Asgard’s magic, especially since Eitri fashioned it for a ruler of the Realm Eternal. Indeed, Stormbreaker rapidly revives Thor after he took the full force of the neutron star’s power to forge the weapon. This bears a striking resemblance to the way that Hela healed herself in Ragnarok when she was subject to Asgard’s energies. In short, Thor’s unique mastery over lightning comes from within, yet he needs Stormbreaker to directly access Asgardian magic and thus unlock his full range of powers.

This not only explains why Thor needed the ax so badly in AvengersInfinity War, it also sets up intriguing possibilities for Avengers: Endgame. Thors destructive potential had visibly increased when he wielded Stormbreaker in the Battle of Wakanda. One can only wonder what other feats Stormbreaker allows the God of Thunder to perform, and what this dependence on his ax might mean for his future appearances – provided he survives another showdown with Thanos that is.

NEXT: Every Thor Movie, Ranked Worst To Best


2019-04-14 05:04:37

Max Farrow

10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos in Avengers: Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is almost upon us. We’ll finally see Captain Marvel answer Nick Fury’s call and join Earth’s mightiest heroes in doing “whatever it takes” to destroy Thanos and save everybody who was turned to dust at the end of Infinity War.

RELATED: Forget Thanos’ Butt: Captain Marvel’s Cat Should EAT Him

The post-credits tease with Fury’s pager, paired with another post-credits tease in Captain Marvel’s recent solo movie, seem to suggest that a lot of Endgame will revolve around Carol Danvers battling Thanos. According to the comics, there are plenty of ways Carol will be able to defeat the Mad Titan, so here are 10 Powers Captain Marvel Can Use To Defeat Thanos.

10 Photon blasts

When Thor launched his Stormbreaker axe at Thanos towards the end of Infinity War and badly wounded his shoulder, Thanos told him that if he’d aimed for his head, he would’ve killed him. This suggests that enough impact to the head will be enough to defeat him. As we saw from Captain Marvel’s climactic battle, as the title character opened a can of whoop-ass on Jude Law’s Yon-Rogg, her photon blasts are very powerful.

Maybe all she’ll have to do is hit Thanos in the head with a bunch of them and he’ll be eliminated. In fact, she might defeat Thanos in the first ten minutes of the movie with something simple like this, so the Russos can establish for the audience – and the other Avengers – just how powerful she is.

9 Flight

Remember in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when Vice Admiral Holdo flew a ship at lightspeed into the First Order’s fleet to destroy some of their ships? Well, Captain Marvel might be able to do more or less the same thing to defeat Thanos. Carol Danvers is not only able to fly; she’s able to fly at around six times the speed of sound.

If she flew at that speed directly into Thanos, she might be able to plow right through him. It would be a little gory for the MCU, but with some creative editing, the Russos could still get around the PG-13 restrictions.

8 The Cosmic Cube

The Cosmic Cube (a.k.a. the Tesseract) was a huge part of the plot of Captain Marvel, and that was probably for a reason. In the comics, Thanos described the Cosmic Cube as “the only object that can challenge my Infinity Gauntlet.” The great thing about these MacGuffins is that when the comics dictate that something is extremely powerful, there’s something else in the comics that’s just as powerful, if not more powerful.

The Captain Marvel character’s whole origin story was altered to involve the Cosmic Cube in her solo movie, conveniently released two months before Endgame. This suggests that the Cosmic Cube and its power the key to Captain Marvel defeating Thanos.

7 Time travel

The leading fan theory is that Avengers: Endgame’s plot will heavily involve time travel. Samuel L. Jackson confused fans recently when he said that Captain Marvel is “one of the few people in the Marvel universe that can time travel.” Captain Marvel has a lot of powers, but as far as the comics are concerned, time travel isn’t one of them – at least not in the traditional sense.

RELATED: Avengers 4 Is Definitely A Time Travel Film

However, her immunity to almost all conditions (including the depths of outer space) mean that she’ll probably be able to enter the Quantum Realm with Ant-Man (and the rest of the Avengers, with their neat new suits) and time-travel that way. Jackson has since retracted his comments, but that could be a ruse.

6 Military strategy

Okay, this isn’t necessarily a superpower, but it is one of Carol Danvers’ abilities. It’s highly likely that Captain Marvel won’t be powerful enough to defeat Thanos on her own. As a character, she’s stronger than him, but with the Infinity Gauntlet and a complete collection of Infinity Stones, Thanos has the ability to control the fabric of reality, the fate of humanity, and the space-time continuum with the snap of his fingers.

So, Captain Marvel alone might not be able to defeat him. It will involve teamwork by all the Avengers, led by impeccable military strategy. We could see our two captains – Marvel and America – team up on the plan, drawing on their shared military experience.

5 Taking the form of Binary

In the comics, Carol Danvers can take on a form known as Binary. This allows her to access white holes and siphon the incredible amounts of power from them. White holes are essentially the opposite of black holes. A white hole is the exit point where a singularity is able to dip out of this universe.

Every Infinity Stone (including the mysterious missing one, the Ego Stone, which a lot of fans have been speculating about) comes from a gravitational singularity. Carol’s access to white holes give her as much power as the Infinity Stones, yet also the polar opposite of that power, making it a strong candidate – at least in terms of story and drama – for her journey to defeat Thanos.

4 Seventh sense

If you caught Jordan Peele’s Us in the past couple of weeks, you’ll remember (SPOILER ALERT!) the climactic ballet sequence in which Adelaide tries to kill Red and Red deftly avoids every swing Adelaide takes at her, because they’re “tethered” to one another and she can see every move coming.

Captain Marvel will be able to do more or less the same thing with Thanos. She has a “seventh sense,” which allows her to see things coming before they happen. That will allow her to remain one step ahead of the Mad Titan in any potential hand-to-hand combat the two engage in.

3 The M’Kraan Crystal

Thanos managed to conquer the universe using a powerful MacGuffin, the Infinity Gauntlet. But maybe Captain Marvel can fight him with her own powerful MacGuffin, the M’Kraan Crystal. The M’Kraan Crystal holds a massive amount of energy (energy that Carol can absorb and project) and is also the key to unlocking alternate universes.

RELATED: Theory: There’s Multiple Infinity Gauntlets In Avengers: Endgame

This is what makes the M’Kraan Crystal more powerful than the Gauntlet – there’s a Gauntlet in every alternate universe, whereas there’s only one M’Kraan Crystal and it can be used to get to all those others. We haven’t yet seen the M’Kraan Crystal in the MCU, but then we also haven’t seen Captain Marvel for the past twenty or so years of story and she’s been in outer space the whole time, so she could’ve picked it up along the way.

2 Energy absorption

In Captain Marvel, we saw that one of Carol’s greatest powers is energy absorption. She has the ability to absorb energy from any source and use it against her enemies. In Infinity War, no Avenger was able to remove the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos’ hand, despite their best efforts, but maybe with Carol Danvers on their side, they won’t have to.

She might be able to absorb all the energy from the Infinity Stones without actually having to remove the Gauntlet and wear it, making her just as powerful – and with the same powers – as Thanos. The hero and villain of this movie would finally be on a level playing field.

1 Strength

One of Carol Danvers’ main powers is simply superhuman strength. But that’s vague. A ton of people have superhuman strength, and the degree of that strength varies. Captain America has superhuman strength and Thanos has superhuman strength and the former couldn’t beat the latter with his strength. Superhuman strength is a wide spectrum in the MCU.

Captain Marvel could only defeat Thanos with her strength if she was stronger than him. But thankfully, it seems like she is, at least in the MCU. This was confirmed when producer Kevin Feige said, “She is as powerful a character as we’ve ever put in a movie. Her powers are off the charts, and when she’s introduced, she will be by far the strongest character we’ve ever had.” We’ve “had” Thanos before, so Feige is saying, in not so many words, that Captain Marvel is stronger than Thanos.

NEXT: Captain Marvel’s ‘Avenger’ Twist: The MCU’s Lamest Moment?


2019-04-10 03:04:40

Ben Sherlock

Who Is Cheetah? Wonder Woman 1984 Villain Origin & Powers Explained

Who is The Cheetah – the long-time Wonder Woman enemy primed to be the chief villain of the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984? Despite being Wonder Woman’s most famous enemy from the comics in popular culture, the origins of this classic character are considerably less well-known than those of many Batman or Superman foes. This may be due to three women fighting Diana of Themyscira using the Cheetah name and her backstory and powers being changed several times over the years.

The first Cheetah was a wealthy socialite named Priscilla Rich, who had no superpowers and was urged by her evil split personality to commit crimes in a cheetah-skin suit. Her niece, Deborah Domaine, became the second Cheetah after she was brainwashed into assuming her aunt’s identity by the terrorist organization Kobra. Both of these versions of Cheetah (who were basically Catwoman in a different costume) were retired following Crisis on Infinite Earths in favor of a new Cheetah who could more evenly stand against the divinely-empowered Diana of Themyscira.

Related: Everything We Know About Wonder Woman 1984

With Wonder Woman 1984 set to be one of the biggest releases of the summer movie season of 2020 and comedian Kristin Wiig cast as Cheetah, it’s time to take a deeper look at Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva and how can she possibly be a match for Wonder Woman.

  • This Page: Cheetah’s Origin & Powers
  • Page 2: Kristen Wiig Cheetah In Wonder Woman 1984

Cheetah’s Origin In Wonder Woman Comics

The current incarnation of Cheetah in the Wonder Woman comics is a woman named Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva. Like Lara Croft from Tomb Raider, Dr. Minerva was a British archaeologist and heir to a vast fortune, with an affinity for seeking out artifacts that others said were purely legendary. Unlike the more famous Ms. Croft, Dr. Minerva did not have a good relationship with her father and she had no ethical limits as to what she would do to acquire the fortune and glory she longed for.

This greed drove Dr. Minerva to lead an expedition to Africa in search of a lost tribe, who was said to have a mystic female guardian who possessed the powers of the cheetah spirit. This guardian was later revealed to be the bride of Urzkartaga, an ancient plant god. While Dr. Minerva successfully found the tribe and confirmed the legends of the guardian’s existence, her expedition had been followed by bandits seeking plunder, who began killing both the tribe and Dr. Minerva’s crew.

Desperate to do anything that might save her life, Dr. Minerva agreed to undergo the ritual to become the new guardian after the tribe’s high priest told her that she would have immortality as Urzkartaga’s bride. Unfortunately, Urzkartaga was a jealous god and refused to accept any woman who had known the touch of another man as a bride. This left Dr. Minerva cursed, possessing a totemic bond to the power of the cheetah as well as an incurable blood-lust when she was in her bestial form and crippling physical pain when she appeared human. Her rivalry with Wonder Woman was born after she first encountered Diana of Themyscira and began to covet the magical Lasso of Truth that she possessed.

Related: Wonder Woman 2: How Chris Pine Can Return

This background was changed slightly in the 2016 Wonder Woman: Year One storyline by longtime Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka. Here, Dr. Minerva was presented as a more sympathetic figure – a talented archaeologist determined to prove the existence of the Amazons, who was hired by the American government to act as Diana’s translator and tutor when she first came to Man’s World. The two women became good friends, with Dr. Minerva teaching Diana about the modern world and modern languages while learning all she could from Diana about her people and their culture.

Unfortunately, their friendship would fall apart after Dr. Minerva began seeking out evidence of other demigods like Diana in the hopes of finding a cure for the ailment that required her to walk with a cane. Financed by the sinister CEO Veronica Cale, Dr. Minerva was set up to become the Cheetah as part of one of Cale’s own evil schemes. When Dr. Minerva discovered her intended fate, she tried to signal Diana for help using a special signaling device she had been given by Wonder Woman, which had been deactivated by Cale’s allies. This caused Dr. Minerva to hate Diana, whom she blamed for abandoning her and bringing about her transformation into the cannibalistic Cheetah.

Cheetah’s Powers In Wonder Woman Comics

Dr. Minerva’s bond to the cheetah spirit through Urzkartaga enhanced her body in several respects. As her name suggests, her chief asset in her beast-form is the proportionate speed, dexterity and agility of the fastest land animal on Earth. While Dr. Minerva’s top speed in the comics has varied wildly, she is easily one of the fastest people on Earth who does not possess a connection to The Flash’s Speed Force. She also possesses a certain degree of super-strength, super-endurance and invulnerability, making her capable of going toe-to-toe with Wonder Woman in a one-on-one fight.

The connection to the cheetah spirit also gives Dr. Minerva a number of passive powers. She possesses the enhanced senses of a large cat, including perfect night vision, sharp hearing and a sense of smell that lets her track her prey by scent as well as supernaturally sharp claws and fangs capable of cutting even Superman’s invulnerable skin. She also briefly had the ability to grant a measure of her power to those she bit, transforming them into half-cheetah hybrids under her control.

Page 2 of 2: Kristen Wiig Cheetah In Wonder Woman 1984

Kristen Wiig Plays Cheetah In Wonder Woman 1984

Many fans were skeptical when it was announced that Kristen Wiig had been cast in the role of Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, beating out rumored actresses with more experience in action roles like Sarah Paulson and Charlize Theron. Certainly, Wiig, best known for her work on Saturday Night Live and the movie Bridesmaids, is seen as more of a comedian than a serious actress. Yet she has also won critical acclaim and award nominations for her work in more dramatic works such as The Skeleton Twins and Welcome To Me.

Related: Wonder Woman 2: Why Kristen Wiig is Perfect For Cheetah

Keeping the modern interpretation of Dr. Minerva in mind explains precisely why Wiig is a perfect choice for the role. Before becoming the Cheetah, Minerva is far from a physical powerhouse and indeed requires a cane to walk. Given that bringing Cheetah to life accurately will require some degree of CGI trickery, the actor’s physicality doesn’t matter that much. What is important is that the film will probably explore the friendship between Diana and Dr. Minerva before her tragic transformation, and Wiig certainly has experience playing roles that delve into the strange friendships forged between radically different women.

Cheetah’s Role In Wonder Woman 1984

It is known that Cheetah’s background in Wonder Woman 1984 will borrow from the most recent retelling in Wonder Woman: Year One. However, it seems that something of the more sinister Dr. Minerva from the original post-Crisis comics will be in play as well. One report claims that the movie will start out with Diana and Barbara as friends and that while Dr. Minerva tries to emulate Wonder Woman, she eventually plots to usurp the power and position of her friend by acquiring the Cheetah’s powers.

The first photos of Dr. Minerva in Wonder Woman 1984 show her standing in an exhibit of African artifacts, lending credence to the theory that the origin from the Rebirth Wonder Woman series is being used. This also jibes with director Patty Jenkins’ early comments on how the movie would be a love story. It seems, however, that this love will be the sisterhood between Diana and her fallen friend rather than the romantic love she shared with Steve Trevor in the first movie.

Next: Wonder Woman 1984 Set Photo Could Hint at Cheetah’s Origin


2019-04-08 08:04:15

Matt Morrison

Shazam’s Origin Story, Powers & Movie Changes Explained

Shazam! introduces the DC Extended Universe’s newest superhero, but what are his powers and how does his origin story compare to the comics? Created by writer Bill Parker and artist C.C. Beck, the character now known as Shazam debuted in Fawcett Comics’ Whiz Comics #2 in February 1940. His creation was inspired by the success of DC Comics’ Superman but in his 1940s heyday, the red-clad superhero originally known as Captain Marvel was more popular and outsold the comics starring the Man of Steel.

Shazam is a pure wish fulfillment character. His hook is that a young boy named Billy Batson can simply say a magic word – “SHAZAM!” – and he is transformed by a magic bolt of lightning into the World’s Mightest Mortal, who possesses the combined powers of six mythical gods and heroes. Unlike characters like Superman and Batman, who were adults at the peak of their abilities, Shazam enabled the power fantasy of children to magically become heroes themselves. Shazam also fights evil alongside the Shazam Family (formerly known as the Marvel Family), where his Billy’s sister Mary and his friends like Freddy Freeman also could transform into heroes with similar powers and became his teammates, which broadened the character’s appeal.

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Shazam’s publishing history is complicated. A long legal dispute with DC led to the character’s cancellation and the bankruptcy of Fawcett Comics. As the rights to Shazam/Captain Marvel languished, rival publisher Marvel Comics assumed the copyright and created their own character in the 1960s named Captain Marvel – which eventually led to the Marvel Studios blockbuster feature film Captain Marvel. In the 1970s, DC began publishing comics about the original Captain Marvel under the title Shazam. For decades, both Marvel and DC claimed a hero named Captain Marvel until DC permanently renamed their hero Shazam in 2012.

But now that the World’s Mightest Mortal is starring in his own feature film directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), here’s what you need to know about how the movie changes his comic book origins, and what Shazam’s superpowers are:

  • This Page: Shazam’s Comic Book Origin And Movie Changes
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Billy Batson’s Origin Story As Shazam In The Comics

The basic details in Whiz Comics #2 of how Billy Batson gained superpowers and became a champion for good have remained intact for almost 80 years. Billy, a 12-year-old orphan, is lured into an abandoned subway station where a magical subway car transported him to the Rock of Eternity, the magical lair of an ancient wizard named Shazam. By speaking Shazam’s name, a bolt of magic lightning transformed Billy into Captain Marvel, a superpowered adult in a red suit, yellow boots, and a white and gold cape, with a lightning symbol on his chest. Captain Marvel was charged with a mission to fight as a champion for good by the wizard, who promptly died (but eventually returned). Whiz Comics #2 also introduced Captain Marvel’s evil arch-enemy Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who will also oppose Billy in the Shazam! feature film, where he will be played by Mark Strong.

One of the aspects of Captain Marvel that made him unique was that he was no lone caped crusader – he soon spawned an entire family of similarly attired and powered heroes, the Marvel Family, which included his sister Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel, Jr., Uncle Marvel, etc. Billy’s origin story would also receive a few tweaks a few decades later: the 1987 miniseries Shazam! The New Beginning turned Dr. Sivana into his uncle and the 1994 Power of Shazam! graphic novel introduced Billy’s dead archeologist parents. Both of these soft reboots tied Shazam’s need for Billy to become a superhero to the emergence of Black Adam, the wizard’s original champion who turned evil. Dwayne Johnson was cast as Black Adam in the DCEU years ago and he is still expected to headline his own film starring the “Anti-Hero” before someday meeting Shazam in a movie.

Related: Every Shazam! Comic Moment Adapted For The Movie

In 2012, Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank rebooted Shazam for DC Comics’ New 52 era: Billy is now a troubled 15-year-old full of attitude who comes to live in a group home in Philadelphia. When Dr. Sivana unleashes Black Adam, the ancient Wizard Shazam begins abducting people to find someone “pure of heart” who could be his champion. Shazam finds Billy by also bringing him via magical subway car to the Rock of Eternity, but the orphan convinces the wizard that perfectly good people don’t really exist. Desperate, Shazam decides the potential to be good is enough and gives Billy his powers, transforming him into the magical superhero now called Shazam, before the wizard died.

Billy quickly confides his new alter ego to Freddy Freeman, his roommate in the group home, and they exploit the benefits of Billy being in an adult superhero’s body before Black Adam attacks Shazam. The superhero not only had to battle Black Adam but also the Seven Deadly Sins, which Adam had unleashed on Philadelphia. Shazam did so by bestowing his powers on the other children in his group home – Freddy, Mary Bromfield, Pedro Peña, Eugene Choi, and Darla Dudley – turning them into the Shazam Family.

Shazam’s Origin Story In The Movie

The Shazam! movie closely follows the origin established by Johns and Frank’s New 52 comics: Billy Batson (Asher Angel) is a 15-year-old orphan in Philadelphia who comes to live in a group home run by Victor (Cooper Andrews) and Rosa Vazquez (Marta Milans). Also living in the home are foster kids Freddy Freeman (Jack Dylan Grazer), who becomes Billy’s roommate, Mary Bromfield (Grace Fulton), Pedro Peña (Jovan Armand), Eugene Choi (Ian Chen), and Darla Dudley (Faithe Herman).

Billy is rebellious and plots to run away from the home, but after he saves Freddy from school bullies, Billy runs into the subway where he’s magically transported to the Rock of Eternity – the source of all magic in the world. There, the ancient Wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou), who is the last of the seven members of the Council of Wizards and is seeking a champion to pass his powers to, has chosen Billy to be his champion and say his name. Despite Billy mocking the name “Shazam”, the boy is transformed into the adult superhero version of himself played by Zachary Levi. Shazam’s mission is to battle Thaddeus Sivana, who unleashes the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world (the statues that once contained the evil sins in the Rock of Eternity are seen smashed in the trailer when Shazam recruits Billy).

In the original Fawcett comics, Captain Marvel actually switches places with Billy Batson after transformation and is a different person. The British comics series Marvelman, a.k.a. Miracleman in the United States, written by Alan Moore and Neil Gaiman explored this body-switching concept in disturbing detail. However, in the 1980s, DC Comics Captain Marvel/Shazam was rebooted to be Billy Batson in his perfect adult body. The Shazam! movie also follows suit so that Zachary Levi’s superhero is the idealized adult version of Asher Angel’s Billy, with a nod to the classic Tom Hanks film Big.

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Shazam’s Powers Explained

Shazam’s awesome superpowers are magical in nature and he accesses them by saying the name “Shazam!”, which transforms Billy Batson into his adult alter ego via mystical lightning. Shazam’s powers are derived from six “immortal elders” who also lend the first initials of their names to the anagram “SHAZAM”. Although his abilities bear many similarities to Superman, as they are both super strong, super fast, and able to fly, Shazam has several powers the Man of Steel lacks:

  • Solomon grants Shazam his wisdom. In the comics, the wisdom of Solomon gives Billy access to scholarly knowledge as well as the ability to translate foreign languages and other benefits of mental acuity. Shazam can also use Solomon’s wisdom to hypnotize people. It remains to be seen how much of Solomon’s wisdom Billy will utilize in the film – but he certainly realizes that with his adult body, he’s able to buy beer.
  • Hercules grants Shazam his sheer physical strength. In the comics, Shazam is known as the World’s Mightiest Mortal and his strength is on a par with Superman’s. In the film, we know Shazam is strong enough to catch a falling bus but it’s very likely his might far exceeds even that impressive feat.
  • Atlas grants Shazam his stamina. Shazam is impervious to most forms of physical injury and possesses superhuman endurance. The Shazam! trailer clearly establishes that bullets bounce off of him the same way they do Superman.
  • Zeus grants Shazam his power, specifically the power of lightning. Shazam is a magical superhero and can summon the mystical lightning of the king of the Greek gods as an offensive weapon (or to charge people’s cell phones). He can use the lightning to transform back and forth from Billy Batson and in the comics, he can also transfer his power to others using Zeus’ lightning.
  • Achilles grants Shazam his courage in battle as well as his fighting skills. Shazam faces monsters and magical menaces without fear, although in the film, Shazam is also really a 15-year-old boy and he has to overcome his fears to access the courage of Achilles.
  • Mercury grants Shazam his speed and the ability to fly. Shazam can move at superhuman speeds both on foot and flying through the air. In the comics, Shazam can fly at the speed of light; it remains to be seen how fast the movie’s Shazam can fly (and whether Superman will need to race him someday like he did the Flash in Justice League).

However, Shazam is much more than a magical version of Superman and, in the comics, he has performed many other amazing feats. For instance, the wisdom of Solomon grants him clairvoyance of when danger is present and lets him see through illusions and even through evil schemes. Shazam had “Marvel Breath”, which could either be freeze breath or fire breath. Because he possesses the Wizard Shazam’s magic, he can also cast spells (he once conjured a ping pong table for Justice League headquarters). Shazam can also use the lightning to teleport, either to the Rock of Eternity or elsewhere, if he chooses not to fly. It remains to be seen whether Billy will wield any of these other powers in Shazam!

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2019-03-17 09:03:27

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MCU Infinity Stones: Complete Guide To Locations, Powers & Future

The Infinity Stones have played a major role in the MCU from the beginning, so let’s explore their origins, powers and potential future. Far from being mere plot McGuffins for villains to threaten Earth – or the universe – with, the Infinity Stones have only increased in importance as the MCU evolved. In Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Collector explains the origins of these all-powerful gems, revealing they’re remnants of six singularities that were compressed into stones following the Big Bang. In Avengers: Infinity War, Doctor Strange reveals to Tony Stark each stone controls an aspect of existence itself.

An Infinity Stone on its own is a powerful weapon but when combined they grant Infinite Power. Each phase of the MCU has revealed more about the Infinity Stones, leading to Thanos quest to unite them in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos’ goal was to wipe out half the universe to restore balance, and in the finale, he used the combined power of the stones in his Infinity Gauntlet to do just that. Avengers: Endgame deals with the aftermath of this with the surviving Avengers working together to undo Thanos’ shocking act.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Would’ve Been Different With Marvel’s 2014 Phase 3 Plan

With the MCU’s Infinity Stones still at the core of the Avengers story, here’s everything you need to know about where they’ve been, what their powers are, and how they could factor into Marvel Phase 4.

The Space Stone (The Tesseract)

Appearances: Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Teleportation, creates wormholes

The Space Stone is the first major Infinity Stone to appear in the MCU and caused a lot of trouble throughout Phase 1. In Captain America, Red Skull used it to build Hydra weapons and it later sucked him into a wormhole. In The Avengers, Loki stole the Tesseract and used its powers to bring the Chitauri into New York in a failed bid to conquer Earth.

Loki stole it again during Thor: Ragnarok’s finale before handing it to Thanos in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War, where the titan crushed the Tesseract and retrieved the Space Stone. According to Samuel L. Jackson, there’s a chance the Tesseract might appear in the 1990s-set Captain Marvel too.

Related: The Tesseract Has Appeared In More Marvel Movies Than Captain America

The Reality Stone (The Aether)

Appearances: Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Changes reality, sucks out life force, opens portals

The Reality Stone debuted in Thor: The Dark World, where Malekith and his Dark Elves attempted to wield its power to destroy the universe. Asgard later hands it over to The Collector for safe keeping, but Thanos acquires the Reality Stone in Infinity War and uses it to kidnap Gamora.

The Time Stone (Eye Of Agamotto)

Appearances: Doctor Strange, Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Time travel, the ability to see into the past and future, creates time loops

The Time Stone plays a major role in Doctor Strange. The stone is housed in the Eye Of Agamotto, which was created by Earth’s first sorcerer and Strange is later trained to use its abilities. He used the Eye in the finale to rewind time and to trap Dormammu in a time loop, forcing the demon to abandon his plans for Earth.

Strange used the Time Stone’s power in Avengers: Infinity War to view millions of possible outcomes to the Avengers battle with Thanos – finding only one reality where they succeed. Strange later surrendered the Time Stone to Thanos to save Tony Stark’s life. The Time Stone might play a role in defeating Thanos, with many believing Doctor Stange created a special time loop before his “death”. There’s also a good chance it will end up back in his possession for Doctor Strange 2.

Related: What Is Doctor Strange’s Plan in Avengers: Endgame?

The Mind Stone (Loki’s Scepter)

Appearances: The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Abilities: Telepathy, telekinesis, energy blasts

Thanos gifted Loki the Mind Stone – housed in a scepter – to help him conquer Earth on his behalf in The Avengers. This allowed Loki to control the minds of Hawkeye and Dr. Selvig and Marvel later revealed the Stone was even manipulating Loki.

In Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the stone is revealed to have an artificial intelligence inside it that is used to create Ultron. Ultron takes the scepter to create a body for himself, only for the Avengers to steal the body back and upload Stark’s A.I. J.A.R.V.I.S into it, creating Vision. Vision later finds himself a target of Thanos in Infinity War, who ultimately kills him when he retrieves the Mind Stone from Vision’s forehead.

The Power Stone (The Orb)

Appearances: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Increased strength, invulnerability, endurance

The Power Stone once resided inside an Orb that Ronan the Accuser sought for Thanos in Guardians Of The Galaxy, and is powerful enough to destroy civilizations. Ronan steals it for himself to destroy the planet Xander but is eventually defeated by the Guardians. The Stone is given to the Nova Corps, but Thanos acquires it in Avengers: Infinity War after decimating Xander off-screen.

Related: Avengers: Endgame Can Reboot Guardians of The Galaxy (By Destroying Them)

The Soul Stone

Appearances: Avengers: Infinity War

Abilities: Can steal, manipulate and alter souls

The Soul Stone was the most mysterious of the MCU Infinity Stones prior to its eventual reveal in Avengers: Infinity War. The movie reveals Thanos once sent Gamora to find the stone but she decided not to reveal she found it on the planet Vormir. After Thanos captures her, she takes him there and they find Red Skull has become the Stonekeeper, revealing to Thanos he must sacrifice something he loves to possess it. After he kills Gamora, the stone appears to him.

Fan theories suggest the Soul Stone will be the key to defeating Thanos, with either Captain America or Tony Stark sacrificing themselves to possess it. Those killed by Thanos’ snap are supposedly trapped inside the stone’s Soul World and could be rescued from inside it.

More: Every Upcoming Marvel Movie (2019 – 2021)



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2019-02-28 02:02:39

Harry Potter: Magical Abilities & Powers, Ranked

Harry Potter Talking To Snakes in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The magic of Harry Potter transformed the fantasy genre for a generation, both in the books and the movies. For millions of people, words like accio and lumos have become a part of a common vocabulary. JK Rowling built a world that’s so immersive that many of us are still secretly waiting for our invitations to Hogwarts. But of all the powers displayed in the Harry Potter universe, which ones are the best? And here we’re not talking about spells, we mean the extra special powers witches and wizards are born with or teach themselves. So prepare for a closer look at the magical abilities from the best of the magical crop!

Related: 10 Canonical Facts That Make Dumbledore A Not-So-Nice Person

10. Lycanthropy

Very simply, this power is the ability to turn into a werewolf – but it’s involuntary. As we learned from Lupin, this is a condition that comes from being bitten by another werewolf. This one is definitely at the bottom of the barrel. While it’s cool to turn into another creature, being a werewolf doesn’t sound like any fun. Instead of getting to explore the world through the eyes of an animal, you just turn into a feral, bloodthirsty beast. It’s no wonder that there’s a stigma against these poor people in the wizarding world.

9. Veela Charm

Veelas have a magical knack for enchanting those around them, particularly men – who go completely bonkers around them, willing to do anything to impress the Veela in front of them. It’s a skill that can be passed down even to mostly-human descendants as we saw in Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire with Fleur Delacour when she accidentally wooed Ron, and again in Deathly Hallows when her veela power made her more beautiful at her wedding. It’s definitely a power that would be useful from time to time.

8. Magical Resistance

HP Hagrid Magic

Certain witches and wizards have the ability to resist magic used against them, sometimes through genetics and sometimes through innate talent. For example, Hagrid, as a half-giant, has a giant’s ability to resist numerous stunning spells – something that definitely came in handy. On the other hand, Harry seemed to just naturally have the skill needed to resist the imperius curse in The Goblet of Fire. It was yet another time when being the chosen one paid off – although it was suggested that any wizard with enough willpower could do the same.

7. Parseltongue

This is definitely the most metal of the Harry Potter powers. Parseltongues are able to speak to snakes, an ability with limited uses that’s still cool as hell. This is also helpful when Slytherins may use Parseltongue words as passwords and magical commands, say, to open the Chamber of Secrets. It’s a skill that can be genetically inherited, learned, or (as a random example) fused into your being with a piece of the soul of the Dark Lord as he tries to kill you. Any of those will do.

6. Legilimency And Occlumency

Harry Potter Occlumency

Now we come to the really handy magic. Legilimency is the power to read minds, while occlumency is the corresponding ability to block mind-readers. Frankly, it’s surprising that these skills aren’t more widely studied in the wizarding world, as who wouldn’t want to read people’s minds occasionally? And then, if having your mind read was a possibility, you’d think occlumency would be very popular among the paranoid if no one else. Perhaps it’s because these are not easy skills to master that makes them relatively rare for witches and wizards to posses.

5. Seeing

Via: Pottermore

Throughout the Harry Potter series, Professor Trelawney is considered a bit of a joke, but the fact is that despite her oft-incorrect (and dire) predictions, she is a real seer. Seers can have visions of the future and it’s a very powerful ability when handled correctly. The idea of seeing into the future is so popular that there are even numerous people in the real world who make their living convincing themselves and others that they have the gift. Rowling tapped into some intense wish-fulfillment there.

4. Wandless Magic

Harry Potter

If you’re a witch or wizard already then it can be hard to see your way up from there. After all, you have magic! That alone should be a dream come true. But when spells by themselves start to lose their novelty you might start to get frustrated at needing your wand for everything. Not a problem for advanced magic users! Wands help channel magic and make spells more precise, but truly powerful witches and wizards don’t need all that. They can get by on will alone. This is truly an advanced skill, but an incredibly useful one.

3. Apparition

Harry and Dumbledore Apparate From Hogwarts Half Blood Prince

This is where Harry Potter magic starts to encroach on the territory of sci-fi. Who doesn’t want to just appear where they need to go? Star Trek figured that out years ago. Still, apparition is extremely cool. It’s just too bad it has so many restrictions on it. Otherwise, Harry could have saved himself a lot of trouble by disappearing every time he was being hunted by the forces of evil.

2. Animagus

McGonagall cat in Harry Potter

This power is another dream come true for people. If you’re an animagus you can transform into the animal of your choice. Throughout the books and movies, this was a very useful skill for a number of witches and wizards. James Potter became a stag to help Lupin through his werewolf transformations, Rita Skeeter became a beetle to spy on people, and Professor McGonagall became a cat to further prove that she’s a complete badass.

1. Metamorphmagi

While changing into an animal is awesome, being able to change your appearance at will is even better. In the series Tonks and her son Teddy are the only metamorphmagi that we see, suggesting that it is both a rare and genetic trait. Tonks mostly uses her abilities to illustrate her mood with her hair color and as a party trick. However, it’s a power that can be used to change one’s race, age, and attractiveness. If it were real, this is the power everyone would be clamoring to get!

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2019-01-15 01:01:36

Star Wars: 15 Hidden Powers Yoda Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 5 Weaknesses)

Yoda is one of the wisest and most powerful Jedi to ever exist in Star Wars. First introduced in The Empire Strikes Back back in 1980, Yoda remains one of the most popular and intriguing characters in a galaxy far, far away.

Some of Yoda’s abilities with the Force are well known, like the fact he learned how to become one with the Force so he could become a Force ghost after passing away. Another ability most know is that he can absorb and deflect Force lightning, a power he used when dueling both Count Dooku and Darth Sidious. These are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Yoda’s powers, though. He possesses many hidden powers that allow him to be one of the strongest and wisest Jedi in the galaxy. This includes powers he exhibited in both canon and Legends material.

Impressive as he may be, Yoda is not invincible. Like any living creature, Yoda has his weaknesses. These could be weaknesses related to his abilities in the Force, but they could also be related to personality traits and beliefs that led the Jedi Order astray and to a certain degree contributed to their fall.

It’s time to take a look as we explore the 15 Hidden Powers Yoda Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 5 Weaknesses).

20 Hidden Power: He Can Read The History Of A Person’s Soul

One of Yoda’s rare powers was the ability to read the history of a person’s soul. The Force allowed Yoda to do this merely by touching another individual. A significant instance in which Yoda used this power was in the canon novel Dark Disciple when the Jedi Council wanted to test the faith of Quinlas Vos.

Yoda touched Vos and read the history of his soul and saw through it that he had fallen to the dark side. Vos was powerful enough to shield the rest of the Jedi from this truth during his trial. Through his ability to read the history of another’s soul, though, Yoda was not duped and was able to see the truth by touching Vos.

19 Hidden Power: He Can Telepathically Communicate With Jedi Across The Galaxy

Fans were ecstatic when Yoda — voiced by Frank Oz — appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Even though Yoda was still in his self-imposed exile on Dagobah, Rebels made Yoda’s appearance work by having him telepathically communicate with Ezra Bridger in seasons 1 and 2. In both instances, Yoda telepathically communicated with Ezra while he was inside the Jedi Temple on Lothal.

It is suggested through this that Yoda could mentally converse and even appear before any Jedi across the galaxy as long as they were within a Jedi Temple, still active in the Force, and had not forsaken the ways of the Jedi. That second time, Ahsoka Tano also briefly saw Yoda. He waved at her and she smiled at him, offering the closure the two never received during the Clone Wars.

18 Hidden Power: He Can Create Jedi Holocrons

Holocrons are prized items designed to hold invaluable information and ancient lessons about the Jedi Order and the Sith. Only through the power of the Force can a holocron be activated and its information made accessible. By the time of the prequel trilogy, few Jedi still possessed the knowledge of how to create a Jedi holocron. Yoda was one of the few Jedi who still had this knowledge and he even created a Jedi holocron of his own. This was one of the last Jedi holocrons ever made, containing information about the Jedi Code.

In Legends, Jedi Knight Jax Pavan — a survivor of Order 66 — located the holocron made by Yoda. Pavan took the holocron before Darth Vader could find it in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant.

17 Weakness: His Use Of The Force Is Diminished By Darth Sidious

During his mission to uncover the truth behind the assassination attempts on Padmé Amidala’s life in Attack of the Clones, Obi-Wan Kenobi discovered that a clone army for the Republic had been created at the order of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas a decade earlier. He reported this information to Yoda and Mace Windu.

Both Jedi were stunned by this revelation. Despite their prowess in the Force, both Yoda and Mace Windu had remained oblivious until Obi-Wan’s report that a clone army for the Republic had been created, much less by a former Jedi Master. It was through the machinations of Darth Sidious and his strength in the dark side that even Jedi as powerful as Yoda and Mace Windu had their abilities in the Force diminished, unable to see the truth of the clone army and much else until it was far too late.

16 Hidden Power: Force Empathy

Force empathy was an ability used by Force-sensitives to uncover an individual’s emotional state, including their deeper motivations and secrets sealed off by hidden emotions. Yoda was considered to be the strongest user of Force empathy among the Jedi. It was this power in Attack of the Clones that caused Yoda to go after Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on Geonosis as they pursued Count Dooku.

Yoda sensed the severe tension between Obi-Wan and Anakin after Padmé Amidala fell from the LAAT Gunship. Anakin desperately wanted the clones to land the ship and make sure that Padmé was all right while Obi-Wan commanded the clone to continue their pursuit of Dooku. It was this tension and the dangerous consequences it would bring that persuaded Yoda to go after the Jedi as they confronted Dooku.

15 Hidden Power: Summoning Lightning

Through his duels with Darth Sidious and Count Dooku, it was well known that Yoda could absorb and deflect Force lightning with his palms. However, Yoda’s ability as a Force ghost to summon lightning and use it to strike the material world was an ability kept hidden until The Last Jedi. As Luke Skywalker struggled yet again to go through with burning the sacred tree housing the sacred Jedi texts, Yoda beat his former pupil to the punch by striking the tree with lightning.

Yoda’s ability to do this is a game-changer to what is known about Force ghosts. It raises questions of how much Force ghosts can do to affect the material world, not to mention whether the power shown resides within all Force ghosts or only within one as powerful as Yoda.

14 Hidden Power: He has Mastered All Forms Of Lightsaber Combat

Audiences didn’t see Yoda wield a lightsaber until his duel with Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, but Yoda was already more than proficient in lightsaber combat. In fact, Yoda was trained in all seven forms of lightsaber combat and had full mastery and knowledge of all of them. He was considered to be the best instructor at the Jedi Temple when it came to lightsaber combat, knowing which forms were most appropriate for each of his students.

Yoda’s preferred style of lightsaber combat was Form IV, an aggressive and fast-paced fighting style ideal when dueling a single opponent. Form IV is what Yoda used against Dooku in Attack of the Clones, which explains why Yoda was jumping all over the place and at such fast speeds.

13 Weakness: Emotional Detachment

One of the Jedi Order’s greatest failings was their obsession with emotional detachment, a belief held strongly by Yoda. Padmé Amidala asked Anakin Skywalker about this philosophy in Attack of the Clones. As Anakin essentially explained, Jedi were encouraged to love and protect all individuals equally in their duty as peacekeepers of the galaxy. They would be unable to perform this duty if they valued the lives of certain individuals above others.

While it makes sense in theory, the insistence of Yoda and the Jedi Order on this matter largely contributed to their downfall. When Anakin sought Yoda’s help about how to handle his feelings, Yoda told him to just let go of his feelings. Forbidding Anakin to have emotional attachments and forcing him to hide and swallow his emotions played a huge role in him falling to the dark side, becoming Darth Vader, and betraying the Jedi Order.

12 Hidden Power: Battle Meditation

Battle meditation was a unique Force ability that allowed one to strengthen the morale, stamina, and fighting prowess of allies while also weakening these same qualities in the enemy. Yoda used battle meditation to aid the Wookies and the Republic’s army of clone troopers in their fight against the Separatist droid army during the Battle of Kashyyyk.

Yoda is shown using this ability during the Battle of Kashyyyk not only in Revenge of the Sith, but also in an issue of the Legends comic Star Wars: Republic: Hidden Enemy. This was crucial to the Wookies and clones defeating the Separatist droid army. Battle meditation couldn’t solve all of the conflicts on Kashyyk, though, as Order 66 caused the clone troopers to turn on Yoda and the other Jedi masters there, along with any Wookies who tried to help the Jedi escape.

11 Hidden Power: He Can Stop Strikes From Giants Of Living Stone

The canon comic Star Wars 30: Yoda’s Secret War, Part V sees Luke Skywalker battling an enemy from Yoda’s past. These enemies are giants of living stone. Such creatures were giants made of blue stone containing the Living Force, which allowed the stone giants to come alive and be formidable adversaries. Yoda had the power to stop strikes or attacks from these giants.

Luke learned of the giants and of Yoda’s battles against them in the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi that Luke took from his old mentor’s hut on Tatooine. The young Skywalker’s journey takes place before The Empire Strikes Back, which meant that he began learning about Yoda and his impressive abilities before meeting him for the first time on Dagobah.

10 Hidden Power: Force Visions

Force visions allowed certain Force-sensitive individuals to see visions into the past and future. Yoda was an individual who had the ability to experience Force visions. While on a journey to discover the secrets to becoming one with the Force in Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars series, Yoda experienced a vision showing the fall of the Jedi Order. His vision was eerily similar to the events that would later unfold at the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in Revenge of the Sith.

The visions were not completely accurate, though, as they showed Ahsoka Tano perishing inside the Jedi Temple when in reality she would go on to survive Order 66. Yoda knew the visions were not exactly what would happen, as the future was never truly set in stone. Yoda tried to pass this wisdom along to Anakin when he grew scared of visions in which Padmé passed away in childbirth and declared he wouldn’t let the visions come true.

9 Weakness: Force-Bond With Count Dooku

When Dooku was a padawan with the Jedi Order, he was trained by Jedi Master Yoda. Through this relationship, Dooku and Yoda developed a powerful Force-bond that forever connected them. Years later, when Dooku was Darth Tyranus — loyal apprentice and right-hand to Darth Sidious — this Force-bond made Yoda vulnerable.

On his quest to learn how to become a Force ghost in season 6 of Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars, Yoda traveled to Moraband, the ancient home world of the Sith. When Darth Sidious realized Yoda was there, he ordered Dooku to come to his side at once, realizing that they could use the Force-bond between Dooku and Yoda to end the Jedi Master’s life once and for all. Yoda proved himself resourceful and survived their attack, but it wouldn’t have been able to happen in the first place without the Force-bond shared with his former apprentice Dooku.

8 Hidden Power: He Can Detect Force Illusions

When Yoda was on Moraband, Count Dooku and Darth Sidious used Dooku’s Force-bond with Yoda to make an attempt on the Jedi Master’s life. Part of their attack was tempting Yoda with an illusion of Jedi Master Sifo-Dyas tortured and in captivity. Ever since Yoda and the Jedi Order learned that Sifo-Dyas had commissioned the creation of a clone army for the Republic on the planet Kamino, Yoda and the other Jedi had been desperate to learn the truth of what really happened to Sifo-Dyas and all of the mysteries surrounding the clone army.

It initially seemed like the answer to all those questions was in Yoda’s grasp when he saw a captive Sifo-Dyas on Moraband. Fortunately, Yoda was wise and intuitive enough to detect that it wasn’t really Sifo-Dyas, but rather a Force illusion created by Sith Lords Darth Sidious and Darth Tyranus.

7 Hidden Power: Jedi Mind Tricks

It might seem obvious that Yoda could perform a Jedi mind trick as many Jedi — Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, Rey,  and several others — are shown to be able to do it. Yet, Yoda is never shown performing a Jedi mind trick during any of the movies.

In Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series, Yoda cast a mind trick on Padmé Amidala’s head of security Captain Typho. Yoda was traveling with Padmé and Captain Typho on a mission for the Republic, during which they received a distress signal from Jedi Luminara Unduli and Barriss Offee on the planet Ilum. Their ship was close to Ilum, but Typho didn’t want to go for fear of how the detour could endanger Padmé. Not wanting to let his fellow Jedi be harmed on Ilum, Yoda eventually used a Jedi mind trick to convince Typho into taking them to Ilum. Padmé saw what Yoda was doing but didn’t interfere, as she wanted to help the Jedi on Ilum as well.

6 Hidden Power: Telekinesis

Telekinesis — the ability to move objects through the Force — is a power Yoda showed when he was first introduced in The Empire Strikes Back, most famously when he lifted Luke Skywalker’s X-Wing out of the swamps of Dagobah, even though Luke claimed it was an impossible task. As impressive as it was, though, it took a great deal of energy and effort for Yoda.

In the first episode of Dave Filoni’s Clone Wars series, Yoda showed us telekinesis that was much more effortless. He swiftly disarmed Asajj Ventress of her red lightsabers merely by gesturing at her weapons. It was a hidden power to individuals like Ventress that Yoda could use telekinesis with such little effort, making him a difficult opponent to face.

5 Weakness: He Is Not Able To Defeat Darth Sidious

Despite mastering all forms of lightsaber combat, Yoda was unable to defeat Darth Sidious when they dueled in Revenge of the Sith. Neither of them managed to outright defeat the other. It ended in a draw of sorts, with both living to fight another day. Had Yoda succeeded in defeating Darth Sidious, the Galactic Empire likely would’ve been destroyed not long after its birth and the galaxy would’ve been saved from years of tyranny.

Without Sidious, the Empire wouldn’t have been able to survive, especially so soon after its formation. Darth Vader wouldn’t have been able to save the Empire and lead it, as he just lost most of his limbs and was about to perish on Mustafar. It was only through Sidious sensing his apprentice was in danger that he traveled to Mustafar and saved Vader’s life. Thus, if Yoda had been able to defeat Sidious in lightsaber combat, the galaxy likely would’ve been saved years of devastation and torment.

4 Hidden Power: Force Valor

Force valor explains why despite his old age Yoda was able to effortlessly move so nimbly when he dueled Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones. One moment Yoda was slowly walking with a cane. Not long after he was flipping through the air, twirling his lightsaber, and moving at unthinkable speeds. He was using lightsaber combat Form IV–an aggressive and fast-paced fighting style–but he was only able to do so because of Force valor.

Force valor can improve one’s speed, accuracy, and overall strength. The infirmities of old age did not slow down Yoda as he used Force valor to agilely duel Dooku. He also used Force valor when battling Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith.

3 Hidden Power: Force Push

As the name suggests, Force push allowed one to push back individuals and objects via the Force. Yoda unleashed Force push when he confronted Darth Sidious in Revenge of the Sith. The Jedi Master flung Sidious across the room via Force push, proving that despite his age and recent trauma, Yoda was still an impressive adversary.

In Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series, Yoda also used Force push alongside Mace Windu to blast away Super Battle Droids during the Battle of Coruscant. Yoda’s ability to utilize a Force push was connected to his strength in telekinesis. A Force push relies on manipulating telekinetic energy. The greater a user’s telekinetic abilities, the more potent their Force  pushes would be.

2 Hidden Power: Force Wave

A Force wave was essentially a more potent version of a Force push. It knocked back anything within a blast radius of a Force user, creating the effect of a widespread wave that could knock back multiple opponents at once. Like with a Force push, the stronger one’s ability with telekinesis was, the stronger one’s Force wave could be. A powerful enough Force wave was described by many as basically a telekinetic explosion.

Working together, Yoda and Mace Windu used a Force wave to knock back the swarms of Super Battle Droids from the invading Separatist army during the Battle of Coruscant in Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars series. Their Force wave was particularly strong, as it combined both of their impressive strengths in the Force.

1 Weakness: Arrogance

Yoda was one of the wisest Jedi to ever live with, but he also became arrogant, especially in the years leading up to the fall of the Jedi Order. After Darth Maul revealed himself to the Jedi in The Phantom Menace, Yoda became aware that the Sith were not extinct after all. He believed Maul perished at the hands of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but Maul’s master was still out there.

The Sith were rising again and were possibly more powerful than ever before. Yoda was also aware that his and other Jedi’s abilities in the Force were diminished because of the Sith’s rise, blinding Yoda to essential truths like the fact that a clone army for the Republic had begun to be created a decade ago. Despite all of these red flags, Yoda was arrogant enough to believe the Jedi couldn’t be destroyed and should still cling to antiquated beliefs like emotional detachment.

What other weaknesses and hidden powers did Yoda have in Star Wars? Sound off in the comments!



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Naruto: 20 Powers Sasuke Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 10 Weaknesses)

fThroughout the Naruto franchise, the title character only had one real rival in his peer group. Sasuke Uchiha had the skills and the talent to challenge an adolescent with the power of a tailed beast sealed inside of him. Over the course of the series, Sasuke’s talents and weaknesses became more and more apparent and his skillset became very diverse.

Sasuke was a man of few words. He frequently stayed aloof with his classmates and his teammates, preferring to focus on making himself into a more powerful shinobi than figuring out how to work with a team. That idea came back to bite him when he decided to put himself ahead of his village. He defected from Konohagakure as a teen in order to train under the auspicious eye of Orochimaru. That training provided Sasuke with even more skills, ones that no one else in his home village had. The same training also made it apparent to fans of the franchise that, despite all of that power, Sasuke also had some pretty glaring weaknesses. 

We’ve combed through the various manga and anime versions of the story to find a variety of both with 20 Powers Sasuke Has That Only True Fans Know About (And 10 Weaknesses).

30 Power: Summoning Hawks

While training under Orochimaru, fans expected Sasuke to learn to work with snakes. He did, just like Jiraiya taught Naruto about toads and Tsunade taught Sakura about slugs. Surprisingly, Sasuke learned to work with another animal, too.

Though we never see the training for it, Sasuke learned to summon large hawks to help him in a fight. He doesn’t seem to do much with them other than use them for their flight capabilities and we only see him summon a hawk once or twice in the anime. The anime did like to have hawks circling in the sky a lot before the reveal, so maybe fans were meant to infer that he’d been using them for surveillance.

29 Power: Master of Wire Strings

Because Sasuke does have access to so many powers, it’s easy to forget he’s also good with a variety of weapons. He can also use different tools, like wire strings, to augment his jutsu.

Sasuke can use Fire Release or Lightning Release to aid his wire strings, but he can also use them to bind enemies in a fight. Surprisingly, mastering wire strings seems to be a relatively rare skill in Sasuke’s generation (Naruto only used them once in a movie). In the series, Tenten, Shikamaru, Shino, Sai, and Temari are the only other regular users. Of those, Tenten and Shikamaru are the only ones to use them in the manga.

28 Weakness: Communication

Sasuke spent a lot of time in the franchise as the strong and silent type. A lot of that is because Sasuke spent his formative years thinking about getting revenge for his family. Spending years having poor communication skills with your peer group means new skills don’t magically appear as an adult, though.

In the Boruto series, fans learn that Sasuke is so bad at communication that he doesn’t even send his wife letters while traveling. He leaves shortly after his daughter, Sarada, learned to walk, deciding to travel and attempt to atone for youthful misdeeds. That leaves Sakura alone to raise their daughter for nearly a decade, with no idea where he is.

27 Power: Bansho Ten’in

At first, Bansho Ten’in doesn’t seem like a great skill. It makes the shinobi pull an opponent toward them, but the point should be to stay out of range of your opponent’s jutsu, right? It depends on the shinobi’s skills.

Sasuke has a wide range of skills he can use in close or mid-range combat. With the Bansho Ten-in, he can influence the attractive force between himself and an opponent to move them closer. In theory, he could move more than one opponent at a time, then let the power go, making them collide with one another. It’s useful if a shinobi is up against someone who doesn’t have close combat skills.

26 Power: Large Chakra Reserves

If there’s one character known for huge chakra levels in the Naruto franchise, it’s the title character himself. Large chakra reserves are a trait of the Uzumaki family. He’s not the only one with higher than normal levels of chakra.

Though it’s not a known trait of the Uchiha clan, Sasuke clearly has large amounts of chakra. When Kakashi Hatake teaches his student how to do the Chidori, a lightning-based skill, he expects Sasuke to only be able to use it once before his chakra is depleted. Instead, Sasuke is able to perform the Chidori twice in less than 24 hours and he’s able to continue fighting with lower chakra levels.

25 Weakness: Holding Grudges

Sasuke spent all of his formative years with a single goal in mind: avenging the elimination of the Uchiha Clan.

When Sasuke’s big brother, Itachi, wiped out the entire clan, Sasuke was the only family member he spared. Sasuke didn’t know it at the time, but Itachi’s decision was part of a longer game plan. Of course, nothing really worked out the way either of the Uchihas wanted in the end. Sasuke’s obsession with avenging his family led him down a dark path. He defected from Konohagakure and joined up with Orochimaru. Sasuke became more powerful under his training, but it cost him years with his friends, along with much of his compassion.

24 Power: Blaze Release Honoikazuchi

This particular power has a pretty fancy name. It’s actually just one subset of power produced by someone who wields a Mangekyou Sharingan. The Blaze Release Honoikazuchi involves the shinobi using Amaterasu and influencing it further. Amaterasu refers to the black flames created by the Mangekyou Sharingan that can actually follow an enemy once the shinobi can focus on them.

With this subset of the skill, the black flames can be turned into spikes, making them more powerful. Interestingly, Sasuke used this power when he hadn’t yet activated his Mangekyou Sharingan in the anime. Either he found a way to access it early, or it’s a continuity issue that gave him a new power.

23 Power: Combination Transformation

This particular ability is another one of Sasuke’s that only occurs in the anime. The powerful jutsu is called Combination Transformation because that’s literally what it involves. Two shinobi join forces to take on the appearance of another form. Usually, one member of the team provides the backbone of chakra while the other performs any necessary hand seals for their actions.

In Sasuke’s case, he and Naruto actually transformed into one giant shuriken to be hurled at an enemy, rather than another being. In the past, Naruto teamed up with the toad Gamabunta to take on the appearance of a giant nine-tailed beast.

22 Weakness: Relationships

Perhaps it’s a result of losing his entire family at such a young age, and witnessing the aftermath, but Sasuke isn’t great with interpersonal relationships.

In addition to leaving the one person who considered him a best friend, Naruto, he also never made his feelings for Sakura clear. In fact, their first meaningful interaction had him refer to her as “annoying.” The only way fans knew he had softened toward her was that he repeated the same phrase, but with a smile, when leaving her behind in Konoha. Likewise, he treated Karin coldly when joining up with Orochimaru, but always insisted on saving her first and keeping her out of danger in a fight.

21 Power: Creating Ice

Combining chakra natures to create elements is something powerful shinobi learn as they age. One exception to this is Wood Style, which allows a shinobi to combine Water and Earth chakra types; it’s a rare form that only a few shinobi mastered. Sasuke is able to combine a pair of other chakra types instead.

By the time he’s an adult, Sasuke is able to use Lightning, Fire, Water, Wind, and Earth chakra types. Usually, he uses them on their own, but there are instances of combining them. One combination fans see him perform is combining Water and Wind Release to create his own form of ice, giving him a whole new method of attack.

20 Power: Peregrine Falcon Drop

Less of a power and more of an attacking method, the Peregrine Falcon Drop resembles a wrestling move. With this move, the user actually gets their hands on a falling opponent, grabbing them around the ankles. Once they’ve done that, they wrap their legs around the opponent to immobilize them, and drive them into the ground. It’s a move that some fans equate with the real-life pile driver used in wrestling.

This is one of the earliest hand-to-hand combat moves we see Sasuke use effectively in the anime. Enemies know he’s a dangerous kid when he pulls this one out.

19 Weakness: Planning

Patience is not Sasuke’s strong suit. He’s forced to wait nearly a decade before he can get revenge on his big brother, and he’s forced to train for three years with Orochimaru before he can strike on his own. These two things don’t make him a patient strategist, though.

Instead, Sasuke has a clear preference for getting into a fight and reacting to his opponent on the fly. He attempts to strategize as he fights, but unfortunately, he’s not in the same league as someone like Shikamaru Nara. Instead, this is one area where he and Naruto are more similar than they’d probably like to admit. It’s lucky that their sheer power outweighs their impulsivity.

18 Power: Chakra Control

Of the members of Team 7, it’s Sakura who is best known for her precise chakra control. Naruto and Sasuke have larger chakra reserves than she does as teens, so they don’t necessarily need to be as precise with it. As Sasuke ages though, his chakra control becomes much more exact.

A lot of Sasuke’s flashier attacks don’t rely on precise chakra control, which is why fans might not notice how great his becomes. When he’s just throwing fireballs at someone, he needs power, not finesse. He is capable of intricate movements using his chakra though, like siphoning power from a tailed beast, which surprised even the nine-tails.

17 Power: Pachinko Technique

This particular technique isn’t one fans will find in the manga. It’s a move only used in the anime, and it required both Sasuke and Naruto to perform it. Sasuke and Naruto spent part of an episode with their hands bound together with chakra liquid. The experience forced them to learn to work together, and the Pachinko Technique was born from it.

Naruto and Sasuke used the chakra liquid that connected them to launch a statue at their enemy (they essentially became a human slingshot). The technique gets its name from a game similar to pinball that’s known in Japan.

16 Weakness: The Cursed Seal

When Orochimaru chose Sasuke as his next disciple, he marked him in the middle of a fight. The pain from the seal placed on Sasuke was so intense that his fighting weakened. That pain was the result of Orochimaru’s Cursed Seal of Heaven.

The Cursed Seal of Heaven, over time, became an advantage for Sasuke. He could use it to make his own abilities stronger, just like many of the shinobi who worked directly under Orochimaru. In its initial application and use, however, the seal was a definite detriment to a young genin still learning to use some basic jutsu.

15 Power: Speed

Speed in the world of Naruto isn’t like the speedsters of the comics, unless the shinobi is someone like Minato, who was able to teleport. Instead, when a shinobi has the power of speed, it means they’re moving even faster than other ninjas in their strength class.

For Sasuke, he doesn’t initially seem much faster than his peers. With the help of the Uchiha clan, Sharingan, though, he’s able to increase his speed and reaction time as he learns. The Sharingan allows him to see movements faster than the normal human eye. With that skill, he’s also able to react even faster than the average shinobi.

14 Power: Orochimaru’s Style of Body Replacement

Orochimaru developed his own method of living forever. As his body breaks down, he can inhabit a new body. That’s not the only way he can get a new body, though.

Because Orochimaru has many skills inspired by snakes, he can essentially shed his skin to reveal a new body underneath when he’s injured in a fight. It’s that particular skill that Sasuke also uses. It’s clearly something learned from Orochimaru as only those closest to him are able to do it. In addition to Orochimaru and Sasuke, the only other person to use this skill is Kabuto.

13 Weakness: Arrogance

The phrase “pride cometh before the fall” couldn’t be more accurate when it comes to the likes of Sasuke. Ranked at the top of his Ninja Academy class, Sasuke believed himself to be more skilled than his peers. While that might have been true, it didn’t always mean he was better in a fight.

The first time he doubted his own abilities occurred during the Chunin Exams. His teammates came face-to-face with a woman that Sasuke believed was the embodiment of Death, but in reality, she was Orochimaru in disguise. It wasn’t until others joined the fray that Sasuke was able to pull through and get over his fear.

12 Power: Accelerated Healing

Of the characters in the Naruto franchise, the one character who always seemed to get back on his feet faster than possible was Naruto. At one point in the franchise, Sasuke also accelerated healing.

Now, Naruto’s healing rate was a result of his already huge chakra levels from being an Uzumaki combined with the nine-tailed beast’s chakra inside of him. Sasuke didn’t have either of those things going for him. Instead, when Sasuke absorbed Orochimaru into his system, rather than allowing the latter to take over his body, he gained many of Orochimaru’s abilities. One of those was his ability to heal faster than normal.

11 Power: Immunity To Poisons

Members of the Hidden Leaf Village were lucky when Lady Tsunade accepted the invitation to become Hokage. Her knowledge of poisons and antidotes was invaluable and she taught what she knew to Sakura, who could actually use her chakra to physically extract poison from someone. Sasuke wasn’t in the village at the time and didn’t have access to any of that.

Luckily for Sasuke, he did have access to the teachings and experimentations of Orochimaru. While it’s not clear what Orochimaru did to Sasuke when the former trained him, Orochimaru had to do more than just teach him jutsu. After living with Orochimaru for three years, Sasuke became immune to most poisons.

10 Weakness: Mangekyou Sharingan

While the Mangekyou Sharingan comes with some extra power and abilities, it comes at a higher price. Despite the power, the price is the weakness here.

In order to activate the Mangekyou Sharingan to begin with, the shinobi in question has to experience great grief. For many, that means causing the person they care the most for to lose their life. In Sasuke’s case, he witnessed his big brother Itachi succumb to his fate. In addition to that grief, the Mangekyou Sharingan also causes the user to lose their vision over time. Either they go blind or they require new eyes.

9 Power: Chakra Sensing

A sensory shinobi is someone who can sense chakra in other beings. With that ability, they can tell where their targets are located even if they can’t physically see them. Some of the sensor types in the franchise include members of the Yamanaka and Hyuga clans.

A particularly powerful sensor is Karin, whom Sasuke becomes close to. Throughout his time with her, Sasuke doesn’t appear to be a sensor, but he can sense one big change in chakra. For some reason, Sasuke is able to sense when Naruto builds up his chakra from the nine-tailed beast in their final battle against one another. Perhaps it’s because of how often Sasuke had already been in Naruto’s head.

8 Power: Dimension Hopping

While we don’t know exactly how he does it, in Boruto, Sasuke revealed he can travel between dimensions with a limited number of people. What we do know is that he’s able to achieve this feat somehow using the Rinnegan, another special power in his eyes. He was able to open up a portal between the characters’ dimension and that of the Otsutsuki to help Boruto save Naruto.

The idea of moving between dimensions isn’t unprecedented in the Naruto franchise. There are other characters with eye-related powers, like Kakashi, who can open up portals as well. In the case of Kakashi, he usually sent weapons or enemies to other dimensions, not making the trip himself.

7 Weakness: Guilt

As a kid, Sasuke doesn’t waste time feeling guilty. He makes decisions and he moves on. The only hint we get of his propensity for guilt is how angry he is about the Uchiha clan elimination. He carries that with him like an actual weapon for most of his childhood.

As an adult though, it seems there isn’t much Sasuke doesn’t feel guilty about. He’s so stuck on the things he did in the past that he leaves Konohagakure (and his wife) altogether. Sasuke spends nearly a decade wandering the countryside, doing good deeds, but also spying for Konoha. His guilt causes him to leave everyone behind, leaving him vulnerable to attacks and rumors.

6 Power: Susanoo Great Fireball Technique

One of Sasuke’s greatest powers, and one the most powerful of the Uchiha clan have access to, is the Susanoo. The Susanoo is an avatar that surrounds the shinobi, protecting him from harm and launching attacks with his jutsu.

There are times in the anime that Sasuke’s Susanoo uses attacks not seen in the manga. One of those is the Great Fireball Technique, similar to the one an Uchiha can perform alone. With this technique, Sasuke’s Susanoo is able to, as the name suggests, launch a giant fireball at an enemy. These fireballs continue to burn instead of exploding on impact, making them pretty effective.

5 Power: Codebreaking

Pattern recognition is a useful skill, but one that typically requires a lot of studying to turn into codebreaking. Sasuke has a bit of a short cut.

One of the powers at Sasuke’s disposal is that of the Rinnegan. The Rinnegan gives a lot of his existing powers a boost. Not only does he get a stronger Susanoo because of it, but he gets that dimension hopping ability. It also increases his ability to recognize patterns. That means the Rinnegan actually allows him to recognize patterns in writing and quickly decipher codes. It’s an ability that gives him an edge while he’s spying for Konoha on his own.

4 Weakness: Sound-based Attacks

Sound-based attacks are rare in the franchise as we only see a handful of shinobi use them. The first time fans were introduced to them was way back during Naruto’s chunin exams when one of the members of the Sound Village had body modifications that allowed them to fight with sound waves.

You would think with all of Sasuke’s power-ups as an adult that he would have developed some sort of protection against that style of fighting. Unfortunately for Sasuke, he didn’t. Even his Susanoo, which can protect him from just about anything else, has no counter for sound-based attacks. It’s lucky, then, that sound as a weapon is so rare.

3 Power: One-handed Seals

To perform certain jutsu, a shinobi has to perform a sequence of hand motions, called seals. Most shinobi require two hands to perform them, but not Sasuke.

Following his final confrontation with Naruto, both young men experienced arm injuries. It was another sign that they were too evenly matched. While Naruto eventually got a prosthetic, Sasuke chose not to. That made learning how to perform one-handed seals a necessity. Only a handful of shinobi learn to do it. Of Konoha, only Sasuke, Naruto, Itachi Uchiha, and Minato Namikaze could do it. That’s some powerful, but also unfortunate, company.

2 Power: Suppress Tailed Beasts

The tailed beasts are some of the most powerful creatures in the franchise. With the nine-tails locked inside of Naruto, many villagers he knew kept their distance from him, even as a child. As Sasuke aged and mastered his Sharingan, he learned he could suppress the tailed beasts’ abilities.

Sasuke’s Sharingan allows him to force people into genjutsu-induced hallucinations. It also allows him to get inside people’s heads, kind of like the Yamanaka clan’s abilities. Because of that, he’s able to see Kurama, the nine-tailed fox, the way Naruto sees him: locked in a cage in his mind. He’s also able to push back against Kurama, though it takes a lot of effort on his part.

1 Weakness: Naruto

Naruto and Sasuke might consider themselves best friends, but they are most definitely each another’s greatest weakness. Naruto spends years trying to bring Sasuke home and it’s always Naruto that makes Sasuke pause in the middle of a fight.

Other than Sakura and Sarada, Naruto might be the person Sasuke cares for most in the world. How did he show that as their friendship developed? By constantly competing, making him think he was inferior and wanting to fight him. The need to always be better than Naruto is part of what drove Sasuke to seek power outside of Konoha. If they hadn’t been so fixated on one another, much of the messy battles during their early years could have been avoided.

Did you learn something knew about Sasuke’s power set and his weaknesses? Or did we get the Naruto character all wrong? If some of his weaknesses are actually strengths, let us know in the comments.



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