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Sway, Tempo, and Velocidad


Chronal Power #6: Temporal Distortion

~Velocidad, from Generation Hope #6 (2011)

As we move further into the aspects of time-changing powers and abilities, it's now a perfect spot for those people who are special in how time works around them. Known as Temporal Distortion, these powerful individuals technically move through the chronal sphere at a different rate of speed.

The key to a Temporal Distorter is their aura; that's how it's mostly portrayed in the comic books. In almost all cases, these superheroes projects a field where time slows down or speeds up in some way. In fact, this could be considered time-traveling, but the drawback is that it lacks the magnitude of moving across years, centuries, or millennium.

Three known superheroes have appeared with the Temporal Distortion ability:

Sway, Suzanne Chen, originally appeared in X-Men: Deadly Genesid #3 (2006) and had the ability to slow time as well has replay past images. According to the storyline, she could influence chronitrons and nearly bring time to a halt with a specific target or within a limited area of effect. She is believed to be dead at this time.

Tempo, Heather Tucker, first appeared in New Mutants #86 (1990). She was originally more of a villain (but didn't really have the demeanor or heart for it) and later often worked on behalf of mutants. With a greater degree of power, she could slow down or speed up time around her with deadly results. She is also believed to have been killed.

Velocidad, also known as Gabriel Cohuelo, is one of the newest superheroes to appear, but will unlikely be one for long. Gifted with the ability of super speed, he recently learned that his mutation is actually speeding up his localized temporal field. In other words, he isn't actually running faster, but moving through time faster. As a consequence, he is also aging faster, and therefore the more he uses his power, the older he gets. His first appearance was Uncanny X-Men #527 (2012).

Chronologically correct and temporally precise, this is The Top 10 Temporal Super Powers, a Countdown of Time-Wielding Abilities and Characters provided by The Superheroes List provided every Wednesday for the 2013 New Year. (And no, Father Time is not a superhero.) Want to read more? It's about TIME! Read the List!

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