What are Zatanna's limits?

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I don't read any particular comic books featuring Zatanna, but I do watch Young Justice, and I can't help but wonder, what are her limits? Can she accomplish anything just be saying it backwards? It makes me wonder how the team has any actual problems when she can just say "etaerc dlrow ecaep." I've been working on a fanfiction that starts with the team working together to get all of the passengers off of a plane before it crashes, but I'm not getting anywhere with it, because I'm constantly wondering why Zatanna can't just say "riaper eht enigne," but that defeats the possibility of there being any real struggle.

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If I remember correctly, she can't bring people back from the dead. That's pretty much it.

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The spells have to be recited perfectly pretty much. She says at some point in the show that she has to practice her backwards speech all the time or else the spell doesn't work. Which is why in seaso one most of her spells were pretty simple.

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#4  Edited By SirNeko

@marvelcinematicfanatic said:

I don't read any particular comic books featuring Zatanna, but I do watch Young Justice, and I can't help but wonder, what are her limits? Can she accomplish anything just be saying it backwards? It makes me wonder how the team has any actual problems when she can just say "etaerc dlrow ecaep." I've been working on a fanfiction that starts with the team working together to get all of the passengers off of a plane before it crashes, but I'm not getting anywhere with it, because I'm constantly wondering why Zatanna can't just say "riaper eht enigne," but that defeats the possibility of there being any real struggle.

If she has never ever said riaper eht enigne before, she is not gonna nail it the first time. She needs to perfectly speak backwards that is why he has goto spells she has perfected.

Peace is an abstract concept, like time. Peace doesn't really exist so a spell couldn't bring world peace. Peace is a calm state of mind. There have been criminals who have stated that they can't stay calm without killing. So even if she created world peace, they would still be killing. Characters like The Flash could create World Peace in an instant for some time if he ran around killed everyone with a criminal record. Peace doesn't really exist, it's how anyone takes peace.

That is why I never got the powers to stop time. All you are doing is thinking really fast, you can't stop something that doesn't exist. Time is also an abstract concept, it's made up.

I don't remember YJ much, but in the comics Zatanna has done a lot better things than repairing an engine.

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I believe the backwards magic she uses has certain limitations. Of course these limitations were created by the writers to make her relevant in that she cannot just be able to stop Amazo, Darkseid, or Doomsday by opening her mouth. These limitations are also probably not consistent between different writers putting her in different situations. However, it does make sense, in my honest opinion, that just because someone is a powerful magician, doesn't mean they could just accomplish anything. I believe the backwards spells she uses are in fact spells and she can't just say anything backwards for it to happen, without it being an actual spell. Also while she may be powerful enough a mage to be quite an asset to the Justice League, her power still has limits, she is not omnipotent. There are things that are outside of her power to accomplish. I remember once when they were looking for the Calculator, she couldn't just say something like "ekat em ot eth s'rotaluclaC noitacol" without an "anchor" present at said location. Once Oracle tracked the Calculator and the Atom came out at the Calculator's location through the phone line, Zatanna was able to teleport Batman and herself there because the Atom was there acting as an anchor. I highly doubt anyone has a definitive handbook to what Zatanna can and cannot do with her backwards magic, but I know she does have limitations.

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