- "Baby Intelligence felt Lindsay’s arm twist away from him and re-doubled his grip: the next thing he knew everything went black; he was pressed very hard from all directions; he could not breathe, there were iron bands tightening around his chest; his eyeballs were being forced back into his head; his ear-drums were being pushed deeper into his skull."
- ―Baby Intelligence’s first experience with Apparition[src]
Apparition is a method of transportation and is basically the mutated action of traveling by having the user focus on a desired location in their mind, then disappear from their current location and instantly reappear at the desired location; in short, it is a form of teleportation. It is by far the fastest way to get to one’s desired destination, but is tricky to pull off correctly and disastrous if botched up.
Apparition is a popular method of travel among mutants, though it is stated that plenty of adult mutants don’t bother with it. They prefer skyfighters, cars, or Mutant transports. Lindsay Kellerman once noted that most people vomit the first time they successfully Apparate, and according to Baby Intelligence Apparition feels like being “forced through a very tight rubber tube.”
- "Peter knew Apparating meant disappearing from one place and reappearing almost instantly in an another, but he had never known any student to do it, and understood that it was very difficult."
- ―Baby Intelligence’s knowledge of Apparition[src]
Apparition can cause an audible noise ranging from a small faint pop to a loud crack that may sound to Muggles like a car backfiring. Snakes may also Apparate but without some of the restrictions that mutants have. For example, they can Apparate inside of the MBH, where powerful enchantments prevent mutants from doing the same. Also, when they Apparate, the sound is mostly a loud crack.
The appearance of Apparition is also inconsistent between individuals and uses. It could also be explained that the style differs by distance. Short range and/or without needing to change locations immediately, the less intense, black smoke form of the NoHeads is used. Long range and/or needing to change locations immediately, the more intense twisting into and out of nothingness, the kind which was first used by Master Intelligence and Lindsay Kellerman in 2020, is then used.
Both NoHeads and Knights of Plague are shown physically collapsing into thick black plumes of smoke, shooting off into the sky, and being able to go wherever they wish, while doing this. Mr. Stupid NoHead, for example, can fly this way, and also really Apparating in the standard way. That shows that flying (black smoke) and Apparating are different things. They are also capable of partially turning to black gas, allowing them to emanate it perpetually. Dark mutants were able to grab, hold and otherwise physically interact with the world while in their gaseous form, especially while only partially transformed into smoke. In fact, they where shown to physically fight while in their cloud like form, being able to collide with each other hard enough to launch humans several yards or even break through wooden or stone walls. Also, while the NoHead Sign was in the sky, NoHeads are shown to be able to use it as a means of fast travel by Apparating inside of its center in smoke form and then shooting out of it. This allows them to appear wherever it appears and use it a portal.
Hell Burnbottom performed a combination of this method and unsupported flight in 2033, as he and Lindsay were falling off the roof of Bast Castle, resulting in Lindsay being inside the smoke pillar with Burnbottom. This caused the pillar to fly out of control and repeatedly crash through several skyscrapers, while inside, it was shown that Kellerman and Burnbottom were in a tiny tube being repeatedly twisted and swirled and even briefly merged, similar to how the inside of Side Along Apparition has been portrayed. Minutes later, Burnbottom showed that he could teleport in a large whirlwind, which caused the shards on the ground left by Red X’s shield to fly and circle around inside the whirlwind. He also seemed to feign doing so, seemingly becoming like wind. This is shown when he vanished in the whirlwind only to possess Lindsay. He also appeared to do so by turning to black smoke, which he could thin himself out on to become like wind and be invisible, while he was shown talking to Kellerman telepathically while in this disembodied state. He is also capable of floating and levitating while emanating black gas, as he did in the same year, while when he was seemingly still physical and tangible, as he could be trapped in electrical wiring, as he did during the Battle Over Bast Castle.
Disapparition is shown as the subject(s) being twisted and swirled into nothing within a swirling clear haze, accompanied with a loud rustling or rushing sound, while usually ending in a crack, as if the subject(s)t is being sucked into a vortex. Apparition is portrayed in the same manner but in the reverse order, with the subject(s) twisting out of nothing with the same sound and crack. Inside the tube effect, the subjects are shown to be twisted, swirled and otherwise distorted, which is also shown in one instance of Hell Burnbottom collapsing into smoke with Lindsay Kellerman through the skies of New York City. This version of Apparition not only is loud, but also sometimes manifests with a gust of wind and thunderous force around the spot the user was.
While Disapparating through the teleportation device, Makkalian the Tsurb Apparates in Lily Clark’s throne room. There is a loud popping noise (actually Makkalian snapping, which also causes sparks), and Makkalian seems to fade away like a rush of slow, glistening wind. However, when he arrived on Earth, he did so the same way as humans have done. However, they are able to do so with much less restrictions on distance, focus and are notably able to Apparate across the entire Solar System. This also may have been compliments of the teleportation device. Apparition is called Disapparition from the point of view of someone at the place being left, and Apparition from the point of view of someone at the destination, much like the words “disappear” and “appear”.
Apparition may have a certain range. In 2015, Charity Hirz was seen by Annie McRae as flying towards El Monstrou Horrible’s lair, thinking to herself that she would soon be near enough to Apparate. This could explain Hirz’s need for a speeder, as she may have been out of her range to Apparate. However it is more likely that there are anti-Apparition spells protecting those areas, such as Negagard, which would have these effects because it is a prison.
Apparition becomes increasingly difficult with the distance to be traveled. Inter-continental Apparition should only be attempted by the most highly skilled of mutants.
Some places that are blocked off from Apparition are Beta Prison, the MBH, and Negagard.
Side-Along Apparition Edit
- Baby Intelligence: "Have we not just Apparated?"
- Lindsay Kellerman: “Yes, Master, and quite successfully too, I might add. Most people vomit the first time.: "Lindsay Kellerman regarding Apparition"
- — The Super Babies: Book II: The Blabberish Singer
A variant of Apparition used to transport two or more individuals at once is called Side-Along Apparition. This method may be used by adults seeking to transport underage wizards, or in some cases a licensed individual may use this method to transport an injured party. To perform this version of Apparition, the more able party Apparates with the other party holding onto their arm. This method is recommended by the government for parents with underage children to escape from danger quickly. For the party who is unable to Apparate, they must hold onto the other as tightly as possible. Snakes are capable of performing Side-Along Apparition as well. Side-Along Apparition can also be forced, as when Dark knight Yaxa grabbed onto Katie’s arm when she escaped from Coruscant. He was transported with her when she Disapparated to Vjun and she was only able to escape by shaking his grip with a light blast and Disapparating again.
Animal Apparition Edit
Snakes can also Apparate, and are able to even in places in which wizards are prevented from doing so, such as the MBH and 12 Grimmauld Place. Nagatha apparated to and from the MBH to murder Baby Intelligence. She also helped the Gladiator Apparate away from the MBH in 2041.
Phoenixes are capable of a form of Apparition, disappearing and reappearing by a flash of flames. Like the variant demonstrated by snakes, phoenixes are not hampered by any restrictions that normally prevent mutants from doing so, and they can even carry other people with them.
License to Apparate Edit
- Red X: "You have to pass a test to Apparate?"
- Master Intelligence: "Oh, yes. The Department of Transportation had to fine a couple of people the other day for Apparating without a license."
- — Red X’s and Master Intelligence’s discussion regarding Apparition[src]
A License to Apparate is required to practice Apparition legally; this can be gained from the Department of Transportation. One must be at least eighteen years old to obtain such a license. Lessons in Apparition are available, for an additional charge, to students who are or will be of legal age when the next test is administered. This is similar to Muggle schools where road instruction for driving licenses is available, but at an additional charge.
While it is physically possible to Apparate without a license, it is not advisable, because injury could result. Cratching can occur when one has insufficient determination to reach one’s goal, causing certain body parts to fail to arrive at the destination with the wizard. For example, Cassie Fiennes’ leg when she accidentally Cratched herself during an Apparition lesson; although it was successfully reattached, she was left shaken by the incident. Centauri also failed his first Apparition test because his examiner saw he had lost half of his eyebrow at the last minute. In cases of unlicensed Apparition when injury results, the Accidental Mutantry Reversal Squad can level heavy fines. In cases where cratching occurs, if the victim has not been treated properly, the injury can be much more serious, such as when Lindsay Kellerman suffered severe blood loss after Cratching away part of her upper arm while escaping from Spicy Mead’s minions in 2021. However, Baby Intelligence successfully Apparated multiple times without a license between 2022 during the American Purge proceeding the Second NoHead War.
At Superhero School, students in their tenth year can sign up for Government Apparition lessons. Those who turn seventeen before the first Apparition Test date have the opportunity to take additional practice sessions in Washington D.C. Those who’s birthday is not before the original date have the option of taking the test at a latter period. In order to acquire the license, one must prove they are able to apparate flawlessly, and even the slightest mistake (whether cratching even the slightest or missing the target location) will result in failure for the test.
Blocking Apparition Edit
An Anti-Mutantry Jinx can be used by wizards and Kratons to prevent a mutant from Disapparating from a location. The MBH has an Anti-Disapparition Jinx cast upon it by Force Baby for most occasions, and when the Dark Flame Apparated to the entrance of the MBH, an Anti-Mutantry Jinx was placed on the building by the Dark Flame to keep the trio trapped there.
There is a method of teleportation used by snakes which is not influenced by the jinx. However, it may be the case that all known Anti-Disapparition Jinxes work only on humans, for it has been bypassed by creatures such as snakes and phoenixes. Mutant transports can also be used to access or depart from locations bound by an Anti-Mutantry Jinx.
Known Practitioners Edit
Apparition is derived from the word “Appareo” which is Latin for “appear” or “I become visible”.
Behind the scenes Edit
The way Apparition is portrayed in the graphic novels is most likely a stylistic choice made to better suit the visual medium of the panels.
One of the many reasons the U.S. Government requires that mutants hoping to Apparate have a license is so that they cannot Apparate into a bank and steal all the money therein. It is possible that Inter-country Apparition has also been outlawed due to extreme Cratching.
Superwoman took her Apparition test twice, having Apparated on top of an old lady doing her shopping five miles south of her intended destination the first time. Centauri also failed his first Apparition License Exam when he cratched half his eyebrow off. However, it had grown back by 2042.
In 2020, Lindsay Kellerman took Master Intelligence to Rocken Role’s hideout by means of Side-Along Apparition. Master Intelligence later returned the favor by Apparating to escape a seaside cave with an injured Lindsay on his arm.
The ability of Yaxa in Across the Portal being able to force Side-Along Apparition by merely holding Romilda’s arm, suggests that Apparition may use the same form of powers utilized it Mutant transports, as the only requirement for travel via a Mutant transport is to touch the transport itself. This may be incorrect however, as Mutant transports are not affected by Anti-Apparition Jinxes, though this could be because the Taboo is set to only work on the specific Appiration process, and is not attuned to the initial ritual.
In The X-Children: Where Are You Now?, Whammo Fireball and the Lunch Money Bandit were able to Apparate into the MBH. It is still unknown how they did this, since it is impossible to Apparate within such a high-security building.
Sheriff Bladepoint technically broke the law during Before The SMSB: Where is the Darkness? since he had not taken the test. However the nature of the situation means he likely would not have faced charges. At the same time, he was the most wanted individual in America after the government fell to Mr. Stupid NoHead, so if he had been caught Apparating, it wouldn’t have been the worst of his troubles.
While Apparition is mentioned by Baby Intelligence shortly before making its first appearance in the series, the concept of Side-Along Apparition is never mentioned before its introduction in the following book. It is possible that it is not normally allowed, as the government’s pamphlets describe it as an emergency measure that is in place in light of the dark events of the time.
Other affairs Edit
It may be possible there are different variations of Apparition, like flying or randomly appearing out of nowhere.
According to Master Intelligence, Apparating directly into somebody’s home is “as rude as kicking down the front door”, implying that there is a societal code of conduct regarding Apparition. It is, however, unknown whether this is Intelligence’s personal opinion or the collective view of the society. Furthermore, the point is generally moot as most mutant dwellings have protection against unwanted Apparitions.
Author’s comments Edit
- “Force Baby cannot Apparate because he is a Kraton, not a mutant. Generally, Kratons cannot Apparate.”
- The Super Babies: Book IV: An Ended Generation
- The Super Babies: Prequel I: Zero to Hero
- The Super Babies: Prequel II: The Second Hero
- The Super Babies: Prequel IV: The Last Battle
- The X-Adults: Endgame: The Latest Threat
- The X-Adults: Endgame - Part 2
- The X-Adults: Endgame - Part 3
- The Purge
- Before The SMSB: When is Prehistory?
- Before The SMSB: Why Has The Storm Ceased?
- Before The SMSB: Where is the Darkness?