Most protagonists in literature are just a little bit smarter, better looking and luckier than others, which makes them more compelling and interesting characters. However, it can be tricky for authors to create these type of characters and still make them believable. In contrast, there are many others who do the opposite and simply provide their characters with extraordinary powers. This means that they don’t have to come up with all kinds of logical excuses for why their protagonists can pull off any incredible feats. Here are just a few of the characters who were imbued with some incredible unique powers by their authors.
Matrim Cauthon, or Mat as he is commonly known, is a lead character in the Wheel of Time series. What makes Mat such a powerful character is the fact that he has extraordinary luck. In fact, in any situation where chance is involved, things will always work out in his favor, no matter how unlikely the odds are. Throughout the books Mat pulls off some unbelievable feats based on luck and his ability is so good that he can even sense when something important is about to happen before it does.
Katy Swartz is just an ordinary girl who has her world turned upside down when her mother decides that the family should move to West Virginia. There she meets Daemon Black, her arrogant and annoying, but very handsome neighbor who has a penchant for wandering around without his shirt even in winter. It turns out that Daemon is actually an alien and when he ends up saving Katy’s life, he also inadvertently mutants her, which gives her certain powers.
Rigg is a character in the Pathfinder trilogy, which is set on the planet of “Garden.” This planet has been colonized by people from Earth, but some of the colonists who settle on Garden begin to develop unusual powers, such as the ability to manipulate time. Riggs has the very unique ability to see the paths that were traveled by any being, both living and dead, no matter how long ago it happened. Riggs also teams up with his childhood friend, Umbo, who is able to slow the perception of time.
Addison Coleman, the protagonist of the Pivitol Point series by Kasie West, isn’t just a clairvoyant with the ability to see the future. Instead, she can also see what the future outcome will be of any choice that she makes. Things become really complicated for Addie when her parents split and she has to choose who she wants to live with. It is a choice that can lead to one of two very different outcomes and plenty to lose in either future.
When Mara Dyer wakes up in hospital, she is told that she was in a coma caused by the collapse of an old building that kill her best friends as well as boyfriend. Mara has no memory of the incident, but attempts a new start by moving to a different city and new school. However, instead of her memories returning, Mara realizes that she has woken up with the power to see how other people are going to die just before it happens.
The protagonist of the Gold Seer trilogy is a fifteen year old tomboy named Leah Westfall. The books are set in America during the Gold Rush era, which might make you think that her special powers, which is the ability to sense gold, would come in exceptionally handy. Unfortunately, her gold-seeking skills attracts the attention of some nefarious people, which forces Leah to disguise herself as a boy and leave her home to venture out into the harsh world.