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Ability Naming Conventions
The following sources are used for determining evolved human ability names, in order:
1. Canon Sources Episodes
Graphic Novels,
Heroes Evolutions
3. Secondary Sources Episode commentary,
Heroes: Survival
4. Common names for abilities Names from other works
5. Descriptions of abilities Descriptions
6. Possessor's name If no non-speculative
description is possible

Note: The highlighted row represents the level of the source used to determine levitation's name.
The introduction to History of a Secret says, "Abu Aswan has the power to levitate and move extremely heavy objects".

Difference between telekinesis

I'm thinking that this power only lets objects hover upwards, and works by lessening the effect of gravity upon things. So when gravity doesn't work so much on a 1-ton boulder, it's really not 1 ton anymore. The mass stays the same, but the weight is reduced a whole lot. Sort of how when Zane melts toasters, the temperature stays the same, but the state of matter is changed. But again, these are just ideas. --Piemanmoo 19:32, 5 February 2008 (EST)

  • I sort of agree with you there. I don't think it's really levitating the object, because Abu was lifting the boulder physically (at least, it sure looked like it). If it was levitation, he would have been able to lift it without touching it, but that's what TK does. So it would seem you're right, it's more like lessening the gravity of the object. --Yamawhata? 19:41, 5 February 2008 (EST)
    • And if Abu could counter the gravity enough, it would levitate without him touching it, and a strong enough counter could send the boulder into outer space... I went into more detail on how I think it works here if you're interested.--MiamiVolts (talk) 19:47, 5 February 2008 (EST)
      • Yeah, the idea that he disables gravity/reduces weight of objects makes a lot of sense. So he manipulates gravitons? --Referos 19:55, 5 February 2008 (EST)
        • Not necessarily gravitons as it could be magnetic for all we know. He essentially exerts a force that counters the net gravity on an object. The nature of that force is unknown, but it appears to always act in the direction opposite the net force of gravity.--MiamiVolts (talk) 20:33, 5 February 2008 (EST)

Is it really Levitation???

What I want to know is how do we know this IS actually levitation??? Gyrokinesis (control of Gravity) might work; he just reduces the gravity on an object. Terrakinesis (control of earth and rocks) would also work, and would explain why the only thing we seen 'Leviatated' is rocks -- Rikku4president 07:45, 1 March 2008 (EST)

his power looks more like super strength than levitation , levitation does aquire phyisical contact while his does, his ancestors had the power , but him i doubt it--Zoga78 19:21, 18 April 2008 (EDT)

  • The introduction said his ability is levitation so that's what we've gone with.--MiamiVolts (talk) 19:32, 18 April 2008 (EDT)
  • User:Shadowulf1 18:05, 19 September 2008 (EDT)Why isn't it considered Telekinesis? It fits the definition. Or does it just levitate things?
  • Doesn't levitation refer to lifting oneself into the air through their own force of will? (splitting hairs with Flight, especially since Flight has been refered to as Levitation a few times (by Mohinder in Season 1).) Plus, the quote the name came from says "Abu Aswan has the power to levitate and move extremely heavy objects". He/they do not only levitate/(lift from a distance), but also MOVE objects. Levitate AND Move heavy objects. He/they can do both, so simple "Levitation" does not work. Perhaps not quite telekinesis, like I theorize, but it's certainly not "Levitation". --ElleFanBoy 03:19, 27 May 2009 (EDT)
    • You are free to think what you want, but the introduction called it "levitation", so we call it that too on the wiki. Also, levitation normally refers to lifting objects in general, whereas flight implies self-levitation.--MiamiVolts (talk) 03:25, 27 May 2009 (EDT)
      • Actually, the introduction said that Aswan "has the power to levitate and move extremely heavy objects". He levitates and moves objects. That's like calling Hiro's original abiity teleportation, but teleportation is just one aspect of Space-Time Manipulation. The ability allowed Hiro to manipulate time, time-travel, and teleport. So, to call the ability simply "teleportation" would be inaccurate, especially when accounting for Rachel's and Manuel's ability.--ElleFanBoy 04:20, 27 May 2009 (EDT)
        • I guess once the heavy objects are levitated, they can be moved easily by hand--that's how I read it. In the story, Abu is always holding the boulder he levitates, and his ancestor's slaves pulled the levitated stone block with ropes. So it's not confirmed that the ability exerts anything other than an antigravitational force.--MiamiVolts (talk) 04:47, 27 May 2009 (EDT)