History Literature / WildCards

16th Aug '16 7:05:37 AM CharlesPhipps
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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 ''[[Literature/WildCardsTheHardCall The Hard Call]]'' by Daniel Abraham.

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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 ''[[Literature/WildCardsTheHardCall ''[[ComicBook/WildCards The Hard Call]]'' by Daniel Abraham.
23rd Jul '16 9:24:36 AM Lxndr
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**Since Latham [[spoiler: became Prime after exposure to Typhoid Croyd, whose infection even allowed current wild cards to turn, it's certainly possible that he was an "ace" attorney beforehand.]]
30th Jun '16 2:50:46 AM Tanrage
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* AppliedPhlebotinum: anything made by one of the GadgeteerGenius aces, such as Travnicek or Jetman. Modular Man, as an invention of Travnicek's is walking AppliedPhlebotinum.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: anything made by one of the GadgeteerGenius aces, such as Travnicek or Jetman. Modular Man, as an invention of Travnicek's is walking AppliedPhlebotinum.aces.
10th May '16 4:31:32 PM Theriocephalus
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* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: SCARE

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* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction: SCARESCARE.



* HumanAliens: The Takisians. [[spoiler: They interbreed with humans to fertile offspring, as Earth is possibly a genetic colony from Takis.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal -- 99% of the jokers. Even the ones with powers also come with significant deformities. Tachyon on occasion roll-calls an entire squad of joker-aces to deal with a rogue ace. In the course of the series, there are several ways to un-draw the Wild Card:

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* HumanAliens: The Takisians. [[spoiler: They can interbreed with humans to produce fertile offspring, as Earth is possibly a genetic colony from Takis.Takisian LostColony.]]
* IJustWantToBeNormal -- IJustWantToBeNormal: 99% of the jokers. Even the ones with powers also come with significant deformities. Tachyon on occasion roll-calls an entire squad of joker-aces to deal with a rogue ace. In the course of the series, there are several ways to un-draw the Wild Card:



** Tachyon's TrumpCard, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Trump has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:

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** Tachyon's TrumpCard, Trump Card, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Trump has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:



*** subverted with Demise. The Trump card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.

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*** subverted Subverted with Demise. The Trump card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.


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* PlayingCardMotifs: Used to refer to the Wild Card virus and its effects. Besides the virus' 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.
10th May '16 4:20:28 PM Theriocephalus
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* FantasticGhetto: Jokertown, based on the real-life New York neighborhood of the Bowery, is a fairly realistic depiction of an unpopular minority's "ethnic" neighborhood. There's no ''laws'' saying Jokers have to live there, but no one wants them as neighbors, and in any case Jokertown is the only place where they can afford to get housing. Considering that the Bowery was already a somewhat shady neighborhood in real life before the events of the series, it's no surprise that Jokertown's economy quickly becomes dominated by nightclubs and strip joints.
6th May '16 2:18:17 AM PaulA
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*** The only known exception is Mistral, who "inherited" Cyclone's air powers because he subconsciously manipulated her genes in the womb with psychokinesis. It's assumed it was Cyclone because no one knows anything about ''Mrs.'' Cyclone except that there was one. For this scenario to work at all, she had to be a latent, a carrier-- or, possibly, a deuce with the ability to modify DNA (as in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's short story, "A Womanly Talent").

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*** The only known exception is Mistral, who "inherited" Cyclone's air powers because he subconsciously manipulated her genes in the womb with psychokinesis. It's assumed it was Cyclone because no one knows anything about ''Mrs.'' Cyclone except that there was one. For this scenario to work at all, she had to be a latent, a carrier-- or, possibly, a deuce with the ability to modify DNA (as in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's short story, "A "[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive A Womanly Talent").Talent]]").
3rd Apr '16 11:08:22 AM Landis
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*** El Reciclador, a joker-ace from the ''favelas'' of Brazil, can incorporate any solid objects made from organic material (i.e. not glass, stone, or metal) into a second skin, often propelling them across the room to do so. His first use of his powers was pickpocketing. The second? MiniMecha, made of trash.

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*** El Reciclador, a joker-ace from the ''favelas'' of Brazil, can incorporate any solid objects made from organic material (i.e. not glass, stone, or metal) into a second skin, often propelling them across the room to do so. His first use of his powers was pickpocketing. The second? MiniMecha, HumongousMecha, made of trash.
3rd Apr '16 10:25:53 AM Landis
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*** El Reciclador, a joker-ace from the ''favelas'' of Brazil, can incorporate any solid objects made from organic material (i.e. not glass, stone, or metal) into a second skin, often propelling them across the room to do so. His first use of his powers was pickpocketing. The second? MiniMecha, made of trash.
9th Mar '16 7:29:22 PM sslemmons
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# ''Black Drumpf''

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# ''Black Drumpf''Trump''



** Demise, courtesy of the Drumpf Card cure, but he got better.

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** Demise, courtesy of the Drumpf Trump Card cure, but he got better.



** Demise, who originally turned the Black Queen. The application of the Drumpf Card cure saved him at a price.

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** Demise, who originally turned the Black Queen. The application of the Drumpf Trump Card cure saved him at a price.



* BrokenAesop: There's a question about it with the Jokers. Are those who take the Drumpf and hate their lives really wrong given their gross deformities?

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* BrokenAesop: There's a question about it with the Jokers. Are those who take the Drumpf Trump and hate their lives really wrong given their gross deformities?



* CameBackWrong: Demise by Drumpf Card application, Crypt Kicker by turning his Ace.

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* CameBackWrong: Demise by Drumpf Trump Card application, Crypt Kicker by turning his Ace.



* GoodGuyBar: The Ace of Drumpfs.

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* GoodGuyBar: The Ace of Drumpfs.Trumps.



** Tachyon's Drumpf Card, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Drumpf has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:

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** Tachyon's Drumpf Card, TrumpCard, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Drumpf Trump has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:



*** subverted with Demise. The Drumpf card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.

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*** subverted with Demise. The Drumpf Trump card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Tachyon himself is not a doctor literally, but the nickname does pay respect to the knowledge he has about the Xenovirus Takis-A (aka the Wild Card virus) and his general intelligence. The development of the Drumpf Card cure would earn him a few ''honoris causa'' doctorates anyway. Tachyon's knowledge of genetics, biology, and medicine is such that it would be easy for him to get several Earth doctorates, he just sees no reason to.

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Tachyon himself is not a doctor literally, but the nickname does pay respect to the knowledge he has about the Xenovirus Takis-A (aka the Wild Card virus) and his general intelligence. The development of the Drumpf Trump Card cure would earn him a few ''honoris causa'' doctorates anyway. Tachyon's knowledge of genetics, biology, and medicine is such that it would be easy for him to get several Earth doctorates, he just sees no reason to.
8th Mar '16 10:24:41 PM GreyWriter
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# ''Black Trump''

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# ''Black Trump''Drumpf''



* AlienSpaceBats: The Wild Card hits in the middle of World War II.

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* AlienSpaceBats: The Wild Card hits in shortly after the middle end of World War II.



** Demise, courtesy of the Trump Card cure, but he got better.

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** Demise, courtesy of the Trump Drumpf Card cure, but he got better.



** Demise, who originally turned the Black Queen. The application of the Trump Card cure saved him at a price.

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** Demise, who originally turned the Black Queen. The application of the Trump Drumpf Card cure saved him at a price.



* BrokenAesop: There's a question about it with the Jokers. Are those who take the Trump and hate their lives really wrong given their gross deformities?

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* BrokenAesop: There's a question about it with the Jokers. Are those who take the Trump Drumpf and hate their lives really wrong given their gross deformities?



* CameBackWrong: Demise by Trump Card application, Crypt Kicker by turning his Ace.

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* CameBackWrong: Demise by Trump Drumpf Card application, Crypt Kicker by turning his Ace.



* GoodGuyBar: The Ace of Trumps.

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* GoodGuyBar: The Ace of Trumps.Drumpfs.



** Tachyon's Trump Card, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Trump has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:

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** Tachyon's Trump Drumpf Card, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder back to nat. The Trump Drumpf has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:



*** subverted with Demise. The Trump card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.

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*** subverted with Demise. The Trump Drumpf card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Tachyon himself is not a doctor literally, but the nickname does pay respect to the knowledge he has about the Xenovirus Takis-A (aka the Wild Card virus) and his general intelligence. The development of the Trump Card cure would earn him a few ''honoris causa'' doctorates anyway. Tachyon's knowledge of genetics, biology, and medicine is such that it would be easy for him to get several Earth doctorates, he just sees no reason to.

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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Tachyon himself is not a doctor literally, but the nickname does pay respect to the knowledge he has about the Xenovirus Takis-A (aka the Wild Card virus) and his general intelligence. The development of the Trump Drumpf Card cure would earn him a few ''honoris causa'' doctorates anyway. Tachyon's knowledge of genetics, biology, and medicine is such that it would be easy for him to get several Earth doctorates, he just sees no reason to.
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