Technopathy

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Technopathy
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Micah exercises his power to use a broken telephone with a single touch.
Held by: Micah Sanders
Ability to: Manipulate electronics
Examples of technopathy

Technopathy is the ability to control and manipulate electronics with the mind.

Characters

Limits

Micah's power of technopathy seems to work with or without contact with electronics. He has been able to access the technology of broken items as well as working items. He describes his power as talking to machines. He can identify even the slightest signals in technology and uses electronics around him for tracking purposes.

Micah manipulated traffic signals without touching them in Powerless, but he was also using Niki's cell phone to track Monica's at the time. In One of Us, One of Them, he also controlled a computer without actually touching it. However, his hand was only a few inches away from it. He seems to have developed enough control over his ability to control systems at short range, but he needs a communication device to affect more distant systems.

In Cold Snap, Micah demonstrated that he can order various systems to do things through his cell phone. This is similar to what he did with the traffic signal, but these are more complex systems. He was able to trigger an alarm for poisonous gas at Union Station, and he ordered the fire-suppression system to set off the sprinklers, using his phone to relay the commands.

Micah has used this ability to hack into various systems from an unknown distance and perform various functions. His ability also allows him to bypass even the strongest government firewalls with ease, as seen when he hacks into Operations twice within 3 days. (Cold Snap) He however has to get "into" the system beforehand.

In Rebellion, Part 5, Micah was able to reach out to and program a crane to hit Eric Thompson, Jr. shortly after waking up from being tranquilized. The crane wasn't in Micah's immediate vicinity, but it was within his line of sight. Within seconds, he also contacted the rest of Rebel and added Thompson to every "ten most wanted" lists across the country.

Selected Examples

Memorable Quotes

"What you do here today with your incredible ability is going to save many lives."

"What do you want me to do?"

"What comes naturally -- talking to machines."

- Linderman, Micah (Landslide)


"How did you do that?"

"I told the lights I needed them to be off for a while."

"You told 'em?"

"Yeah."

- Monica, Micah (Truth & Consequences)


"Can you tell the sprinklers what to do?"

"I can tell the fire alarm to do what I want it to do."

- Tracy, Micah (Cold Snap)

Notes

  • Micah solders a circuit-board. He appears to have an innate understanding of the physical wiring and mechanics of electronics. (Genesis)
  • Micah receives a $2,000 laptop from his grandfather. Within minutes, Micah dissembles the laptop, appearing to know exactly how the machine works. (Six Months Ago)
  • In an interview, Bryan Fuller said that Micah's powers allow him to communicate with electronics "like R2D2".
  • Peter has been in close proximity to Micah (How to Stop an Exploding Man), but has not displayed this ability.
  • Heroes Interactive says that Micah's "power gives him control over almost anything electronic or electrical."

See Also

Fan Theories

Please refer to Theory:Technopathy for fan-created theories and other speculation.

Evolved Human Abilities edit
Abilities

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Evolutions Abilities

Accelerated probabilityAcidic bloodAge transferalAnimal controlBelief inductionCarbon isolation and formationConstrictionDanger sensingDavid's abilityDimension hoppingDimensional storageEmpathic manipulationEnhanced teleportingExtraskeletal manipulationHealth optimizingInflammationLight absorptionNerve manipulationNon-biological duplicationPhoenix mimicryPrimal rageShiftingSize alterationTeleportationTemporal rewindWater generationWater mimicry

Graphic Novel Abilities

Ability augmentationAcid secretionAge shiftingAppearance alterationAura absorptionBliss and horrorBone spike protrusionChlorine gas exudationCrumplingDehydrationDisintegration touchElasticityElectrical absorptionEnergy absorption, transference, and redirectionForcefieldsFuture 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 penetrationExamples of simultaneous ability useEye alterationList of abilitiesList of abilities with multiple usersParadoxProphecyRiftExamples of technopathy