History Literature / WildCards

7th May '18 9:22:14 PM MadAnthony94
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* NotWearingTights: Most aces just wear civilian clothes, since their identities usually aren't secret. Oddly, an interlude in the first book talks about upcoming ace fashions that sound like standard superhero dress. Apparently they didn't catch on. A few special cases:
** Yeoman and Black Shadow, who are vigilantes, both wear costumes to disguise themselves.
** Wraith can't take very much with her when she phases, so she tends to do her burglaries wearing just underwear.
** The Turtle and his buddy only wear cheap paper masks while fighting crime. Since they do it from the comfort of a flying car, why bother with elaborate costumes?
** Masks are considered a fashion statement among Jokers (and those who visit Jokertown), because they prefer not to publicize their deformities.
19th Apr '18 7:30:09 AM Malady
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* BadassNormal: Yeoman, the setting's equivalent of the ComicBook/GreenArrow (with a little {{Punisher}} thrown in). He regularly goes up against a gang with its share of Aces, and often ''wins''. His mental discipline is deemed Ace-degree by Tachyon and Fortunato.

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* BadassNormal: Yeoman, the setting's equivalent of the ComicBook/GreenArrow (with a little {{Punisher}} ComicBook/{{Punisher}} thrown in). He regularly goes up against a gang with its share of Aces, and often ''wins''. His mental discipline is deemed Ace-degree by Tachyon and Fortunato.
2nd Apr '18 5:16:47 PM jlt314
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* PlayingCardMotifs: Used to refer to the Wild Card virus and its effects. Besides the virus's name, the nature of the mutations it brings are compared to drawing cards from a deck: drawing the Black Queen for a fatal mutation, the Joker for a disfiguring but life-compatible mutation, the Ace for a superpower without overt physical mutations (ugly ones, anyway), and the Deuce for a useless superpower. Dr. Tachyon's individually-tailored cure is called the Trump Card.

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* PlayingCardMotifs: Used to refer to the Wild Card virus xenovirus Takis-A and its effects. Besides The virus itself is the virus's name, eponymous Wild Card; the nature of the activation in a carrier is referred to as "drawing / turning your card". The mutations it brings are thus compared to blindly drawing cards from a deck: drawing "drawing the Black Queen Queen" for a fatal mutation, the Joker "Joker" for a disfiguring but life-compatible mutation, the Ace "Ace" for a useful superpower without overt physical mutations (ugly ones, anyway), and the Deuce "Deuce" for a useless superpower.superpower. Infected children, due to the chance of drawing the Black Queen when the virus triggers (e.g. on puberty onset, or during an emotional crisis), are occasionally called "Suicide Kings". Ace powers without visible signs of use (e.g. the Puppetman's empathy or Digger Downs' Wild Card detection) are referred to as an "Ace in the hole". Dr. Tachyon's individually-tailored cure cure, xenovirus Takis-B, is most often called the Trump Card."Trump Card". Later, a racist group aiming to kill all the infected are known as the "Card Sharks", and the modified virus of their making has been named the "Black Trump". In a form of public recognition, New York is also home to the "Aces High" restaurant.



** Quinn the Eskimo: Voluntarily secretes a whole list of organic substances in his blood and injects them via needle-like claws. Substances are analyzed and marketed as designer drugs. Quinn also weaponized this ability for close combat.

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** Quinn the Eskimo: Voluntarily secretes a whole list of organic substances in his blood and injects them via needle-like claws. Substances are analyzed Quinn is also a criminal chemist; he analyses the substances and marketed markets them as designer drugs. Quinn also weaponized this his ability for close combat.



* SnakePeople: Lamia and Blacktongue are joker-aces with serpentine traits.



* StockSuperpowers: This is a very, very long list. And not all the powers here have a trope because the Wild Cards authors were pretty inventive. Croyd Crenson, AKA The Sleeper, is speculated to be a unique malaria-like case of permanent re-infection. Croyd would be BlessedWithSuck, as he falls asleep, then wakes up having turned a different Wild Card every time, including Jokers, spending weeks to months in a coccoon-like metamorphosis. Said metamorphosis isn't painless and sometimes Croyd wakes up before completion. This is inverted into CursedWithAwesome, as Croyd

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* StockSuperpowers: This is a very, very long list. And not all the powers here have a trope because the Wild Cards authors were pretty inventive. Croyd Crenson, AKA The Sleeper, is speculated to be a unique malaria-like case of permanent re-infection.re-infection, assumed to run like malaria. Croyd would be BlessedWithSuck, as he falls asleep, then wakes up having turned a different Wild Card every time, including Jokers, spending weeks to months in a coccoon-like metamorphosis. Said metamorphosis isn't painless and sometimes Croyd wakes up before completion. This is inverted into CursedWithAwesome, as Croyd



## regains his memory and can learn things during sleep (which has led him to the habit of tuning into a news-monitoring radio station right before falling asleep)
## has experienced and learned almost every Ace power (in criminal applications)

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## regains retains his memory and can learn things during sleep (which has led him to the habit of tuning into a news-monitoring radio station right before falling asleep)
## has experienced and learned almost every Ace power (in (mostly in criminal applications) applications, though)



*** Cameo.

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*** Cameo.Cameo - while normally able to channel a dead person from a personal effect, this includes powers of dead Aces (up to the Astronomer).



*** The Mechanic.

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*** The Mechanic.Mechanic -- as a required secondary power to his control of machines.



*** The Amazing Bubbles -- through automatic energy absorption.
*** Reflector -- also through automatic energy absorption.



*** Jetman, whose cobbled gadgets work for no one but him.

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*** Jetman, whose cobbled gadgets work for no one but him. [[spoiler: assumed to be a limited telekinetic, his gadgets shouldn't work at all.]]



*** Jonathan Hive -- Turns into a swarm of bright green wasps, capable of stinging. This also grants him [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling faux-clairvoyance and faux-clairaudience]].

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*** Jonathan Hive -- Turns into a swarm of bright green wasps, capable of stinging. This also grants him [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling faux-clairvoyance and faux-clairaudience]].faux-clairaudience]] by always leaving a few wasps around and receiving full sensory data off them..



*** The Mechanic, limited to [[{{Technopath}} mechakinesis]], controlling machines. However, in order to use this ability he had to merge with the machine by cutting off a piece of himself and applying the bloody wound to it (for example, a finger to control a radio, a hand to control a car, etc.). Luckily, he had a Wolverine-like healing factor (see above) so this was only a minor inconvenience and allowed him to use his power with no lasting consequences.

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*** The Mechanic, limited to [[{{Technopath}} mechakinesis]], controlling machines. However, in order to use this ability he had to merge with the machine by cutting off a piece of himself and applying the bloody wound to it (for example, a finger to control a radio, a hand to control a car, etc.). Luckily, he had a Wolverine-like reasonably fast healing factor (see above) so this was only a minor inconvenience and allowed him to use his power with no lasting consequences.



*** Highwayman -- british Ace with the power to teleport, but only while driving a vehicle and achieving an arbitrary speed treshold. [[spoiler: later revealed to take shortcuts through another dimension related to Popinjay's teleports]]



*** Popinjay -- Projecting teleport only, he can "pop" others but not himself, and only to somewhere he can picture in his mind.

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*** Popinjay -- Projecting teleport only, he can "pop" others but not himself, and only to somewhere he can picture in his mind. [[spoiler: which isn't limited to Earth and even not to reality. Popinjay has "popped" people to Takis and to a dimension of his own nightmares.]]



*** Cocomama, limited to transmuting organic matter into cocaine.

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*** Cocomama, limited to transmuting organic matter into cocaine. Including inside somebody's bloodstream.
12th Mar '18 6:24:00 PM foxley
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* HatOfPower: Minor character Topper is an FBI agent with the Ace power to pull anything out of her top hat that can fit through it. As with many Ace powers, it is implied that need for the hat is a psychological limit she has imposed on herself (her power first manifested while doing a magic act in a high school talent show), but is so deeply ingrained that the power will not work without the hat.
2nd Mar '18 6:11:47 AM sslemmons
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Fortunado for the classic GaryStu-style machismo hero. Wealth, looks, a harem of geishas, and SexMagic-based powers bordering on RealityWarper levels don't do anything to stem the toll that his [[ILetGwenStacyDie mistakes and Pyrrhic Victories]] take on him over the years. He gradually becomes completely disillusioned with the entire situation and leaves to WalkTheEarth in search of spiritual fulfillment.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Fortunado Fortunato for the classic GaryStu-style machismo hero. Wealth, looks, a harem of geishas, and SexMagic-based powers bordering on RealityWarper levels don't do anything to stem the toll that his [[ILetGwenStacyDie mistakes and Pyrrhic Victories]] take on him over the years. He gradually becomes completely disillusioned with the entire situation and leaves to WalkTheEarth in search of spiritual fulfillment.
26th Feb '18 10:29:41 PM Scorpion451
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Fortunado for the classic GaryStu-style machismo hero. Wealth, looks, a harem of geishas, and SexMagic-based powers bordering on RealityWarper levels don't do anything to stem the toll that his [[ILetGwenStacyDie mistakes and Pyrrhic Victories]] take on him over the years. He gradually becomes completely disillusioned with the entire situation and leaves to WalkTheEarth in search of spiritual fulfillment.
15th Jan '18 9:46:18 AM GoblinCipher
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*** Noel Matthews (Double Helix) is a born intersexual. The Wild Card allows him.. her... ''Noel'' to turn fully into either sex. When male, he can only teleport during the day. When female, she can teleport during the night.

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*** Noel Matthews (Double Helix) is a born intersexual. The Wild Card allows him.. her... ''Noel'' Noel to turn fully into either sex. When male, he can only teleport during the day. When female, she can teleport during the night.
7th Jan '18 11:39:23 AM SeptimusHeap
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** Wall Walker for {{Spider-Man}}, sort of.

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** Wall Walker for {{Spider-Man}}, Franchise/SpiderMan, sort of.
12th Oct '17 7:11:58 PM renenarciso2
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Twenty volumes and counting, the series has had a somewhat rocky publication history. After publishing twelve volumes with ''Bantam'', the series switched first to ''Baen'' and then to ''iBooks'', before getting picked up again by ''Tor'' after a hiatus of seven years. ''Tor'' is also reprinting the older books in the series. The series has also been adapted for [=RPGs=] (''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' first, ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' much later) as well as several series of comics, most recently ''[[ComicBook/WildCards The Hard Call]]'' by Daniel Abraham.

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Twenty Twenty-three volumes and counting, the series has had a somewhat rocky publication history. After publishing twelve volumes with ''Bantam'', the series switched first to ''Baen'' and then to ''iBooks'', before getting picked up again by ''Tor'' after a hiatus of seven years. ''Tor'' is also reprinting the older books in the series. The series has also been adapted for [=RPGs=] (''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' first, ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' much later) as well as several series of comics, most recently ''[[ComicBook/WildCards The Hard Call]]'' by Daniel Abraham.
12th Oct '17 7:10:40 PM renenarciso2
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''Wild Cards'' examines, [[{{Deconstruction}} somewhat realistically]], the effects of a world where a small portion of the citizens have suddenly gained superpowers. But because the series is in part an {{Homage}} to superhero genre, there are some tropes involved that one does not normally find [[KilledOffForReal co-existing]] in the [[BackFromTheDead same story]]. There aren't many masked vigilantes, as they eventually end up revealing their secret identities or have them discovered. The mutated victims, the "Jokers", are regularly treated like scum, strung along by the government, and end up developing their own subculture. The superpowered "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Aces]]" don't always go into crimefighting or villainy, either; [[CutLexLuthorACheck some of them parlay their talents into fame or private industry]].

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''Wild Cards'' examines, [[{{Deconstruction}} somewhat realistically]], the effects of a world where a small portion of the citizens have suddenly gained superpowers. But because the series is in part an {{Homage}} to superhero genre, there are some tropes involved that one does not normally find [[KilledOffForReal co-existing]] in the [[BackFromTheDead same story]]. There aren't many masked vigilantes, as they eventually end up revealing their secret identities or have them discovered. The mutated victims, the "Jokers", are [[FantasticRacism regularly treated like scum, scum]], strung along by the government, and end up developing their own subculture. The superpowered "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Aces]]" don't always go into crimefighting or villainy, either; [[CutLexLuthorACheck some of them parlay their talents into fame or private industry]].
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