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Scarlet Witch vs Dark Schnider

Discussion in 'Outskirts Battledome Archive' started by Amatsu, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Amatsu

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    I was actually curious about this fight after reading the magicians tier thread.

    Here's the info on Scarlet Witch's powers for those who don't know them

    Initially, the Scarlet Witch had the ability to manipulate probability via her "hexes" (often manifesting physically as "hex spheres" or "hex bolts"). These hexes are relatively short range, and are limited to her line of sight. Casting a hex requires a gesture and concentration on her part, though the gestures are largely a focus for the concentration. Early in her career, her hexes were unconscious on her part, and would be automatically triggered whenever she made a particular gesture, regardless of her intent. These hexes would only manifest "bad luck" effects. She later gained enough control over her powers that her powers only work when she wants them to, and they are not limited to negative effects. Despite this enhanced precision, her hexes are not necessarily guaranteed to work, particularly if she has been straining herself or using her powers excessively. If overextended, her hexes can backfire, causing probability to work against her wishes or to undo previous hexes.

    Her hexes have a wide, almost limitless variety of recorded and possible effects, though they often boil down to a kind of Deus Ex Machina superpower. They have been known to alter the molecular composition and physical state of physical objects, negate or distort physical laws, and to cause various forms of energy to spontaneously appear or disappear. She has a natural affinity with natural elements and phenomena, stemming largely from her magical training under Agatha Harkness, and has trained often at using her hexes to deflect projectiles or to cause enemies to stumble or otherwise suffer the effects of "bad luck". Writers often confuse her hex powers with psychokinesis, and have occasionally depicted them as able to generate energy blasts and to grant Wanda the power of flight. Although her hexes can cause objects to suddenly move or change course, they do not have the ability to "hold on" to objects as a telekinetic might. Ultimately, the hexes are not under the Witch's direct control, although she can influence the nature of their effects with great concentration and effort. This makes her one of the few Avengers that Ultron fears; his adamantium shell cannot repel magic. She has displayed the ability to cancel Longshot and Domino's powers of probability and has also once turned Longshot into a cat.

    The first major reclassification of Wanda's fairly-indistinct hex powers came during Kurt Busiek's run on Avengers, where her mutant power was claimed by Agatha Harkness to be an ability to manipulate chaos magic, given to her by the demon Chthon (imprisoned within Wundagore Mountain) when she was born. Her hexes were, by extension, simple, indirect manifestations of this magic, destabilising probabilities by inducing chaos. Across Busiek's run, Wanda's powers grew continuously, as she gained the ability to manipulate organic matter and summon Wonder Man back to life. While in the DC Universe, she displayed the ability to access that universe's chaos magic, but had great difficulty in doing so at first, since it was more powerful there and she had no previous experience in wielding it.

    The second and most controversial redefinition of Wanda's powers came under the writing of Brian Michael Bendis, whose final Avengers story Avengers Disassembled declared all previous explanations about Wanda's powers to be lies or mistakes and recast her as an insane reality warping mutant who's powers work on an unconscious level. While it was implied that Wanda possessed the potential for such power by Immortus, when he turned Wanda into a "Nexus Battery", Immortus specifically claimed that Wanda could only manipulate the past to influence the present. Her powers were used by Morgan Le Fey to alter reality in Avengers (vol. 3) #1-3, although this was only accomplished through a much more complicated spell that involved a slew of artifacts that actually brought about the warping of reality with Wanda simply used as a power source.

    Under Bendis's definition, the Scarlet Witch's powers are not fully under her conscious control, and their effects persist even after Dr. Strange shut down her mind. There seem to be no limits to her powers during House of M, as she was easily able to alter the entire 616 reality at will, and is also altering reality on a multiversal scale without even realizing what she had done, though certain of her victims have claimed to be able to discern the difference between reality and her spells.

    Wanda's ability to channel and wield magickal energy was brought about by the demonic sorcerer Chthon. On the day that Wanda was born, the ghostly spectre of Chthon visited the newborn Wanda and "blessed" Wanda so that Wanda could channel the dangerous Chaos Magic that was the basis for Chthon's unholy might. Chthon's intentions were to create a vessel that he could possess one day, when Wanda was a full-grown adult, though his schemes to do so were foiled by the Avengers.

    As such, due to Chthon's "blessing", Wanda is also vulnerable to having all of her powers disabled if Chthon is ever disrupted. During the period in which pages from Chthon's sacred tome the Darkhold were scattered across the globe, Wanda's powers were periodically disabled with her being left powerless in several dangerous battles against various super-villains, until several of the missing pages were restored to the book.

    Wanda has also been trained in hand to hand combat by both Captain America and Hawkeye, and has, when sane, the experience and leadership skills that come from years of active duty as an Avenger.

    Plus I remember reading in the magician tier thread that she altered reality twice. So how would DS do against her?
  2. Keollyn Retired Staff

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    He'd do rather well. I've not heard anything about her speed, but altering reality (her best ability) is pretty much useless.