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Bliss and horror
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Guillame produces euphoric feelings, renewing his people's faith in him
Held by: Guillame (deceased)
Ability to: Bring about feelings of bliss and horror in others

"Bliss and horror" is the Haitian's description of his father's ability to induce either overwhelmingly positive (joy, happiness, pleasure, arousal, kindness, etc.) or overwhelmingly negative (fear, hunger, pain, despair, etc.) sensations in other people.



Guillame was able to make people feel extreme pleasure or discomfort. He has induced "bliss" in his followers and "horror" in his enemies. Used as a weapon, this power could effectively incapacitate victims with weakness and nausea.

So far, there is no indication that he could cause both pleasure and pain at the same time. All subjects experienced whatever single feeling he projected.

This power appears to require active concentration to use.


Memorable Quotes

"It was common for the Tonton Macoutes to come for popular leaders like my father... But never my village. My father never let them get close enough. Bliss and horror. My father's tools. My father's gift."

- The Haitian (It Takes a Village, Part 1)

"I am bliss and I am horror and you, my friend... have made a terrible mistake."

- Guillame (It Takes a Village, Part 1)

"I could drive men to ecstasy or horror. I could lead, move nations...Instead, I get them high and I sleep with their women."

- Guillame (It Takes a Village, Part 3)


  • In the It Takes a Village series, Guillame has variously caused his subjects to feel bliss, horror, love, fear, shame, ecstasy, subjugation, euphoria, and desire. It is unknown whether or not Guillame had the ability to directly cause these feelings or if they were byproducts of an umbrella sensation.
  • In an interview, Joe Kelly called Guillame "a 'walking drug'. So essentially, he could send you on a 'good trip' (as he does during the ceremonies) or a 'bad trip' (as he does to the Tonton Macoutes)." "To me, he messes with the endorphins of people around him--so when he wants people to be happy, their brains release more endorphins. When he wants them terrified, it's either an overload or some other brain chemical and they freak out. I also liked that it was related to the Haitian's power."
  • Writers Joe Pokaski and Aron Coleite said Guillame "liked to use his ability to sleep around."

See Also

Evolved Human Abilities edit

Ability absorptionAbility replicationActivation and deactivationAdoptive muscle memoryAlchemyAlejandro's abilityAquatic breathingClairsentienceClairvoyanceCloakingCloningCyberpathyDisintegrationDream manipulationElectric manipulationElemental controlEmpathic mimicryEmpathyEnhanced hearingEnhanced memoryEnhanced strengthEnhanced strength and sensesEnhanced synesthesiaFire breathingFlightFreezingGravitational manipulationHachiro's abilityHealingHealing touchHeat generationIllusionImage projectionImpenetrable skinInduced radioactivityIntuitive aptitudeInvisibilityLie detectionLuke's abilityMagnetismMeltingMemory manipulationMemory storageMental manipulationMetal mimicryMicrowave emissionMiko's abilityMist mimicryPersuasionPhasingPlant growthPoison emissionPossessionPrecognitionPrecognitive dreamingPuppet masterPyrokinesisRapid cell regenerationSedationSeismic burstShape shiftingShatteringSound manipulationSpace-time manipulationSpontaneous combustionSuper speedSuperchargingTechnopathyTelekinesisTelepathyTerrakinesisUmbrakinesisWeather control

Evolutions Abilities

Accelerated probabilityAcidic bloodAge transferalAnimal controlBelief inductionCarbon isolation and formationConstrictionDanger sensingDavid's abilityDimension hoppingDimensional storageEmpathic manipulationEnhanced breathEnhanced teleportingExtraskeletal manipulationFireworks creationHealth optimizingInflammationLight absorptionLight manipulationNerve manipulationNon-biological duplicationPhoenix mimicryPlasmakinesisPrimal rageProbability computationRock formationShiftingTeleportationTemporal rewindWater generationWater mimicry

Graphic Novel Abilities

Ability augmentationAcid secretionAge shiftingAppearance alterationAura absorptionBliss and horrorBone spike protrusionChlorine gas exudationCrumplingDehydrationDisintegration touchElasticityElectrical absorptionEnergy absorption, transference, and redirectionFire castingForcefieldsFuture terrorist's abilityGold mimicryGranulationGreen energy blastImprintingLaser emissionLevitationLuminescenceLung adaptationMass manipulationMediumshipNerve gas emissionNeurocognitive deficitOil secretionOmnilingualismPlant manipulationSound absorptionSpider mimicryTelescopic visionWall crawling

See Also: Ability developmentAbility extensionAbility heredityAbility immunityAbility lossAbility theftBrain examinationBrain penetrationUnnamed abilitiesExamples of simultaneous ability useEye alterationList of abilitiesList of abilities with multiple usersParadoxProphecyRiftPower