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Future Sylar (Heroes) pulling Future Peter through a door.

Power/Ability to:

Pass through physical matter.

The ability to pass through physical matter.

Also Called

  • Insubstantiality
  • Ghosting
  • Phasing
  • Quantum Phasing
  • Quantum Tunneling


User is able to move through objects and ignore most physical effects in their way, exact means how this is done vary between slipping partially into other dimensions, being able to make their own particles move between other particles, being non-physical being of energy, vibrating their molecules into a new quantum frequency, etc. Regardless the user is able to ignore most attacks, physical dangers and gravity.






  • May need to hold their breath while inside solid objects.
  • Some materials/effects may be un-passable.
  • Density of object may affect ability's effectiveness.
  • May be affected by energy or mystical effects.
  • Users may activate this power accidentally.
  • Some users may be limited in terms of effect (some may only be able to allow physical attacks to phase through their bodies, for example).
  • Intangibility Cancellation makes this power useless.
  • Electricity can bridge the molecules in quantum phasing.
  • May only be able to phase certain parts of the body.

Known Users



  • Leah (5ive Girls)
  • Adam Stone (Bomb Squad)
  • Ghosts (The Frighteners)
  • Ghosts (The Haunted Mansion)
  • Jack-Jack Parr (The Incredibles)
  • The Twins (The Matrix Reloaded)
  • Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)
  • Reverend Henry Kane (Poltergeist series)
  • Seth (Race To Witch Mountain)


  • Edgar Badlock (Charlie Bone series)
  • Ghosts (Mostly Ghostly series)
  • Ghosts (Shadow Falls)
  • Witches (Twitches)
    • Alex
    • Aron
    • Camryn
    • Ileana
    • Karsh
    • Miranda
    • Thantos
  • Wraith (Wild Cards series)

Live Action TV

  • Annie (Being Human)
  • The First Evil (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
  • Willow (Buffy the Vampire Slayer); as a ghost
  • Masselin (Charmed)
  • Tuatha (Charmed)
  • Drazi (Charmed)
  • Julieta Bladimof (Chica Vampiro)
  • Eighth Doctor (Doctor Who); one off
  • Ghosts (The Haunted Hathaways)
    • Glenda
    • Louie
    • Miles
    • Ray
  • Felipe Acerra (Heroes)
  • D.L. Hawkins (Heroes)
  • Samir Mellouk (Heroes)
  • Peter Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Future Sylar (Heroes)
  • Jose Gutierrez (Heroes Reborn)
  • Victor/Ángel (Los Protegidos)
  • Ruben Hagi (Los Unicos)
  • Agent Blaylock (Mighty Med)
  • Skylar Storm (Mighty Med)
  • Dr. Wrath (Mighty Med)
  • Jack Landors/S.P.D. Red Ranger (Power Rangers S.P.D.)
  • Arnold Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
  • Whitney Fordman (Smallville); temporary, due to a kryptonite tattoo.
  • Poli Truper (Supertorpe)


  • Hirose Yuichi (Alive: The Final Evolution)
  • The Through (Cardcaptor Sakura)
  • Tyki Mikk (D.Gray-Man)
  • Shinigami (Death Note)
  • Bob (Fairy Tail)
  • Keith (Fairy Tail)
  • Kenshiro (Fist of the North Star); via Muso Tensei
  • Raoh (Fist of the North Star); via Muso Tensei
  • Alucard (Hellsing)
  • Otome Yunomae (Medaka Box)
  • Orochimaru (Naruto)
  • Obito Uchiha (Naruto); via Kamui
  • Jibril (No Game No Life)
  • Brook (One Piece); in spectral form
  • Perona (One Piece); via astral projection
  • Shuzen Akua (Rosario + Vampire II)
  • White Rabbit (Soul Eater)
  • Rinka Urushiba (Tokyo ESP)
  • Santa Sasaki (UQ Holder)

Video Games

  • Lilith (Borderlands 1+2)
  • Delsin Rowe (InFamous: Second Son)
  • Hank Daughtry (inFamous:Second Son)
  • Xemnas (Kingdom Hearts)
  • Fi (The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword)
  • The Wink (Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects)
  • Hunter Ing (Metroid Prime 2: Echoes)
  • Girania (NiGHTS Journey into Dreams)
  • Black Doom (Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Boos (Super Mario Bros.)
  • Boo Mario (Super Mario Galaxy series)
  • Boo Luigi (Super Mario Galaxy series)
  • Reimu Hakurei (Touhou)
  • Ghost (Valkyrie Crusade)
  • Phantom (Valkyrie Crusade)

Western/Web Animation

  • Ancient Sleeping Magi of Life Giving (Adventure Time)
  • Ectonurites (Ben 10 series)
  • Necrofriggians (Ben 10 series)
  • AmpFibian (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Ra'ad (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • Toa Tuyet (Bionicle); via Mask of Intangibility
  • Tangeans (Buzz Lightyear of Star Command)
  • Spectres and people possessed by XANA (Code Lyoko)
  • Ninjas (Code Lyoko Evolution)
  • All Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
  • Half Ghosts (Danny Phantom)
    • Danny Fenton/Phantom
    • Danni Phantom
    • Vlad Masters/Plasimus
  • Moanatella Ghostier (Monster High)
  • Spectra Vondergeist (Monster High)
  • Summertime Song (Regular Show)
  • Antauri (Super Robot Monkey Team HyperForce Go!)
  • Ghost (TF2 Freak)
  • Serpent's Tail (Xiaolin Showdown)


  • SCP-106 (SCP Containment Breach)





Live Action TV


Video Games

Western Animation


The Flash Runs Through A Wall - S01E1701:46

The Flash Runs Through A Wall - S01E17

Flash running through a truck.

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