Sometimes called "breaking the Fourth Wall", Cosmic Awareness is the power to perceive and understand the workings of the universe on a cosmic level. The nature of such a power varies with each individual. Characters such as the Phantom Stranger and the Guardians of the Universe possess this ability to such a degree, that they can even perceive knowledge of events that take place outside the static reality of their native dimension.

More limited versions of this power may enable individuals to break the Fourth Wall. Generally used as an industry term, breaking the Fourth Wall means that a particular individual is aware that he or she is actually a character in a comic book. Ambush Bug and Animal Man have both demonstrated this ability throughout their respective careers.

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