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This ability has been explicitly and expertly named by Elle's Assignment Tracker profile.

Highly Confused

I know some people are going to sigh at this but as the title says I'm very confused for several reasons:

1) You've listed Elle's power as Electric Manipulation. Shouldn't this be Electrokinesis (which means creating and conrtollling electricity (see for an example) just like with Cryo, psycho, tele and pyrokinesis (amongst others).

  • "Electrokinesis", as far as I understand, is a made up term, and is not a real term like "telekinesis" or "pyrokinesis". However, I'm not a language expert, so I can't be positive. Although, I what I am positive about is that Elle's Assignment Tracker 2.0 explicitly lists her ability as "electric manipulation", so that's what we use. Our job here is to archive the information that's given to us, not to figure out something that sounds better or fits better. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 20:01, 31 May 2009 (EDT)

2) In relation to point 1, some people supported the idea of calling it lightning and cite quotes from the show as proof. I've read some of those quotes. Lightning is a noun, it refers to the product of Electric Manipulation/Electrokinesis. That would be like calling pyrokinesis "Fire".

3) Surely, if Electric Manipulation is to be the name for this power then Electrokinesis shoudl redirect here rather than to the Electric (disambig)

4) Shouldn't electrical absortion come under Electric manipulation since you're basically manipulating electricity?

5) Lastly, why are interviews with writers considered less canonical than what's in the episodes, I'd think it would be the other way around. -- Wiccid 19:15, 31 May 2009 (EDT)

  • Our goal here is not to archive what writers say, but to record what is said in the world of Heroes. In fact, interviews with writers are not canonical at all. They are good secondary and supplementary information, but episodes will always trump what a writer says in an interview, article, commentary, or elsewhere. -- RyanGibsonStewart (talk) 20:01, 31 May 2009 (EDT)

Sylar's immunity to tazers

I think this ability or regeneration is why Sylar is immune to tazers. He wasn't immune before, but it wasn't really shown if he became immune after getting regeneration or this because his only real on-screen tazerings were in Fugitives. I think having this ability makes him immune to electricty, like tazers.--WarGrowlmon18 14:24, 29 September 2009 (EDT)

  • Immediately after gaining claires ability, he is walking down the street and gets tazed without effect. RCR is the source of his immunity.


Is it possible to use this ability, or any of the heat abilities, or freezing, if someone had gloves on?--Catalyst · Talk · HL 16:38, 25 October 2009 (EDT)

  • Gloves were used to subdue Tracy, so I think that if they were of special materials, they could be used to restrain the use of such abilities, as long as the evolved human tries to use it via their hands. Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 16:56, 25 October 2009 (EDT)
    • But remember that tracy was still able to shatter out of the gloves eventually. And I'd say, based on a lot of demonstrations, that electric manipulation isn't reliant on the hands.Gamerelite1 14:07, 12 November 2009 (EST)
      • Only eventually, and she also had to build it up. Intuitive Empath - Talk - Contributions 14:42, 12 November 2009 (EST)
        • So, with gloves you would by at a clothing store, would someone still be able to fire lightning with them on, without burning their gloves?--Catalyst · Talk · HL 17:07, 12 November 2009 (EST)

Why is this not "Electricity Manipulation?

From what I understand, "Electric manipulation" is manipulation using electricity, which is not what the power is. Electricity Manipulation is more politically-correct. The ability allows its user to manipulate(and also generate) electricity. I guess this has been discussed in the archives but I didn't read it (too long, many posts are pointless). Can anyone explain the reason for naming is as such?--Realistic 08:31, 18 April 2010 (EDT)

  • If you ever want to know where ability names come from, just read the blue box in the top right hand corner of the talk page. It is noted explicitly in the assignment tracker as electric manipulation, so that's what we use. --mc_hammark 08:35, 18 April 2010 (EDT)
  • Oh... okay, thanks. I totally forgot about the AT--Realistic 08:39, 18 April 2010 (EDT)