History Literature / WildCards

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*** Emissario Negro, the "Messenger in Black" -- a south american enthomology professor who turned an Ace to summon and control empowered butterflies. Those not only relay information, but can carry and spread various dusts on their wings, including diseases up to the Wild Card itself!

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*** Emissario Negro, the "Messenger in Black" -- a south american South American enthomology professor who turned an Ace to summon and control empowered butterflies. Those not only relay information, but can carry and spread various dusts on their wings, including diseases up to the Wild Card itself!



*** Blowjob [see above]

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*** Blowjob [see above]above].



*** Lazy Dragon brings soap carvings and/or origami (any representation he makes himself) to life as what they represent; he projects his own consciousness into that which he animates.

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*** Lazy Dragon brings soap carvings and/or origami (any representation he makes himself) to life as what they represent; he He projects his own consciousness into that which he animates.



*** Cameo
*** Deadhead, in a very unhygienic fashion

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*** Cameo
Cameo.
*** Deadhead, in a very unhygienic fashionfashion.



*** Golden Boy
*** Black Eagle
*** Starshine [Capt. Trips]

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*** Golden Boy
Boy.
*** Black Eagle
Eagle.
*** Starshine [Capt. Trips]Trips].



*** Legion, but it takes a long time to grow a new body
*** Matryoshka -- unfortunately, duplicating his body does not generate him additional mass, and his intelligence divides amongst the duplicates. One split leaves him two 5'10"s with about the same intelligence he has as one person, but splitting again leaves him at four five footers, who are less intelligent. Then eight four footers who are not very intelligent, and so on.

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*** Legion, but it takes a long time to grow a new body
body.
*** Matryoshka -- unfortunately, Unfortunately, duplicating his body does not generate him additional mass, and his intelligence divides amongst the duplicates. One split leaves him two 5'10"s with about the same intelligence he has as one person, but splitting again leaves him at four five footers, who are less intelligent. Then eight four footers who are not very intelligent, and so on.



*** Cyclone (air, wind)
*** Cyclone's daughter Mistral [[spoiler: Cyclone's ace is actually telekinetic, and his Ace subconsiously changed his unborn daughter from carrier or latent to an Ace with the same abilites.]]
*** Earth Witch
*** Simoon (sandstorms)
*** Water Lily
*** Jumpin' Jack Flash (Fire)
*** Guy Fawkes (british pyromancer ace)
*** Gary Bushorn (Fire). But he's a deuce, so he does not have immunity to his own powers, and ends up burned.

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*** Cyclone (air, wind)
wind).
*** Cyclone's daughter Mistral [[spoiler: Cyclone's ace Ace is actually telekinetic, and his Ace subconsiously changed his unborn daughter from carrier or latent to an Ace with the same abilites.]]
*** Earth Witch
Witch.
*** Simoon (sandstorms)
(sandstorms).
*** Water Lily
Lily.
*** Jumpin' Jack Flash (Fire)
(Fire).
*** Guy Fawkes (british (British pyromancer ace)
Ace).
*** Gary Bushorn (Fire). But he's a deuce, Deuce, so he does not have immunity to his own powers, and ends up burned.



*** Puppetman
*** Succubus
*** Takisian psy-lords

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*** Puppetman
Puppetman.
*** Succubus
Succubus.
*** Takisian psy-lordsPsi Lords.



*** The Amazing Bubbles
*** Starshine [Capt. Trips]
*** Will-o-Wisp [Electricity]

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*** The Amazing Bubbles
Bubbles.
*** Starshine [Capt. Trips]
Trips].
*** Will-o-Wisp [Electricity][Electricity].



*** Black Eagle

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*** Black EagleEagle.



*** Cosmic Traveler and Starshine [Capt. Trips]
*** Elephant Girl [see Rahda O'Reilly in Animophism entry, above]

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*** Cosmic Traveler and Starshine [Capt. Trips]
Trips].
*** Elephant Girl [see Rahda O'Reilly in Animophism entry, above]above].



*** Modular Man
*** Peregrine
*** Brave Hawk
*** The Turtle, Fortunato and The Astronomer via telekinesis

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*** Modular Man
Man.
*** Peregrine
Peregrine.
*** Brave Hawk
Hawk.
*** The Turtle, Fortunato and The Astronomer via telekinesistelekinesis.



*** Hiram Worchester FKA Fatman
*** Cash Mitchell
*** Peregrine

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*** Hiram Worchester FKA Fatman
Fatman.
*** Cash Mitchell
Mitchell.
*** PeregrinePeregrine.



*** Carnifex -- fast, but inaccurate. Leaves him unsymmetrical
*** Demise -- same as Carnifex, e.g. a broken and twisted leg, if held, will set in this fashion, requiring Demise to break and set it again later. Demise has regrown limbs and would potentially survive decapitation -- without pain resistance.
*** Stuntman
*** The Mechanic

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*** Carnifex -- fast, Fast, but inaccurate. Leaves him unsymmetrical
unsymmetrical.
*** Demise -- same Same as Carnifex, e.g. a broken and twisted leg, if held, will set in this fashion, requiring Demise to break and set it again later. Demise has regrown limbs and would potentially survive decapitation -- without pain resistance.
*** Stuntman
Stuntman.
*** The MechanicMechanic.



*** The Lizard King
*** Fortunato
*** The Astronomer

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*** The Lizard King
King.
*** Fortunato
Fortunato.
*** The AstronomerAstronomer.



*** Golden Boy, who has [[TheAgeless remained the age he was]] when his wild card turned since the 1940s.
*** John Nighthawk's ace allows him to extend his own life by [[LifeDrinker stealing the life force of others]].

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*** Golden Boy, who has [[TheAgeless remained the age he was]] when his wild card Wild Card turned since the 1940s.
*** John Nighthawk's ace Ace allows him to extend his own life by [[LifeDrinker stealing the life force of others]].



*** Captain Flint, british joker-ace. He is for all ends and purposes an ageless living statue.

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*** Captain Flint, british joker-ace.British Joker-Ace. He is for all ends and purposes an ageless living statue.



*** Chrysalis, though as she's a joker, it's just her epidermis and skin.
*** Fadeout

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*** Chrysalis, though as she's a joker, Joker, it's just her epidermis and skin.
*** FadeoutFadeout.



*** Wraith
*** Quasiman, though as a joker, it's not voluntary
*** The Astronomer

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*** Wraith
Wraith.
*** Quasiman, though as a joker, Joker, it's not voluntary
voluntary.
*** The AstronomerAstronomer.



*** Golden Boy [see {{Immortality}} and DeflectorShields above]
*** Xbalanque [see also Super Strength and Super Speed]
*** Lohengrin and Midnight Angel -- both manifest a suit of armor
*** Tiffany -- an odd partial case, could be knocked unconscious, but her diamond skin protected her from serious injury.

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*** Golden Boy [see {{Immortality}} and DeflectorShields above]
above].
*** Xbalanque [see also Super Strength and Super Speed]
Speed].
*** Lohengrin and Midnight Angel -- both Both manifest a suit of armor
armor.
*** Tiffany -- an An odd partial case, could be knocked unconscious, but her diamond skin protected her from serious injury.



*** Curveball
*** Reflector [formerly known as Snotman, don't ask]
*** The Amazing Bubbles -- impacts on her body would be stored as fat, to be used as an energy attack later. Once absorbed most of the force of Little Fat Boy's 10-megaton "nuclear" blast power. Officially one of the most powerful aces in the world.

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*** Curveball
Curveball.
*** Reflector [formerly known as Snotman, don't ask]
ask].
*** The Amazing Bubbles -- impacts on her body would be stored as fat, to be used as an energy attack later. Once absorbed most of the force of Little Fat Boy's 10-megaton "nuclear" blast power. Officially one of the most powerful aces Aces in the world.



*** Travnicek, creator of Modular Man
*** To some extent, Dr. Tachyon himself, and a number of his Takisian cousins, though their intellect is natural and not a Wild Card mutation

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*** Travnicek, creator of Modular Man
Man.
*** To some extent, Dr. Tachyon himself, and a number of his Takisian cousins, though their intellect is natural and not a Wild Card mutationmutation.



*** The Radical [Capt. Trips] manifests a solid metal peace symbol on a chain

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*** The Radical [Capt. Trips] manifests a solid metal peace symbol on a chainchain.



*** The Huntsman's horn, which summons TheWildHunt
*** Bloat manifests whatever he wants
*** Midnight Angel manifests a flaming sword
*** Hardhat manifests "solid light" objects, usually tools and construction site props

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*** The Huntsman's horn, Horn, which summons TheWildHunt
TheWildHunt.
*** Bloat manifests whatever he wants
wants.
*** Midnight Angel manifests a flaming sword
sword.
*** Hardhat manifests "solid light" objects, usually tools and construction site propsprops.



*** The Nur-Al-Allah's is through his mutated larynx, which [[MoreThanMindControl makes his voice the mind control tool]].
*** Takisian psy-lords

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*** The Nur-Al-Allah's Nur Al-Allah's is through his mutated larynx, which [[MoreThanMindControl makes his voice the mind control tool]].
*** Takisian psy-lordsPsi Lords.



*** Ti Malice is a hideous parasitic joker who can inject an instantly addictive secretion from his body
*** Quinn the Eskimo can produce substances in his blood and inject them via finger bones turned into syringes. He is a biochemist and works for the drug-trafficking mafia by reverse-engineering his creations into designer drugs
*** The Envoy (releases pheromones)
*** Succubus (together with sex-based empathy)

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*** Ti Malice is a hideous parasitic joker Joker who can inject an instantly addictive secretion from his body
body.
*** Quinn the Eskimo can produce substances in his blood and inject them via finger bones turned into syringes. He is a biochemist and works for the drug-trafficking mafia by reverse-engineering his creations into designer drugs
drugs.
*** The Envoy (releases pheromones)
pheromones).
*** Succubus (together with sex-based empathy) empathy).



*** Gardener

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*** GardenerGardener.



*** Kahina
*** G. C. Jayewardene
*** Taroque

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*** Kahina
Kahina.
*** G. C. Jayewardene
Jayewardene.
*** TaroqueTaroque.



*** Captain Trips -- a Hippie biochemist who has several blends of drugs he can take that turn him into a handful of different aces [or jokers] [[ThemeNaming all named after sixties songs]]. If his name appears beside someone else's name, they're one of Mark's "friends".

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*** Captain Trips -- a Hippie biochemist who has several blends of drugs he can take that turn him into a handful of different aces Aces [or jokers] Jokers] [[ThemeNaming all named after sixties songs]]. If his name appears beside someone else's name, they're one of Mark's "friends".



*** Croyd Crenson -- in a rare example, involunatrily shapeshifts every time he goes to sleep and wakes up as a different ace, deuce, joker-ace or joker, by drawing a Wild Card again.
*** Kid Dinosaur -- turns into a dinosaur with the same mass the child has as a human
*** John Fortune -- turns into a [[GenderBender lioness]]
*** Jonathan Hive -- turns into a swarm of bright green wasps, capable of stinging. This also grants him [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling faux-clairvoyance and faux-clairaudience]]
*** Jerry Strauss, AKA Mr. Nobody, a movie buff ace, can shapeshift into anything and anybody he's seen in a movie he knows well. He had [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] for a while, and was [[ShapeshifterModeLock temporarily stuck]] as King Kong, periodically escaping from Central Park Zoo to grab a blonde and climb the Empire State Building. Once his memory is restored, he goes to work for Popinjay.
*** Rosa Loteria turns into anything depicted on her Loteria cards when she draws them. The powers are useful even with cards are like La Agave [the Cactus] and Platano [plantain or banana].
*** Sewer Jack Robicheaux -- turns into an alligator. (This also has the added effect of arresting the forward progress of the AIDS virus in his body.)
*** Toad Man -- turns into a giant toad, approximately the size of a minivan.
*** Koala -- australian deuce cop and really embarassed by being addicted to eucalyptus stuff.
*** Succubus is an EmpathicShapeshifter; she changes only in response to others' sexual desires

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*** Croyd Crenson -- in In a rare example, involunatrily involuntarily shapeshifts every time he goes to sleep and wakes up as a different ace, deuce, joker-ace Ace, Deuce, Joker-Ace or joker, Joker, by drawing a Wild Card again.
*** Kid Dinosaur -- turns Turns into a dinosaur with the same mass the child has as a human
human.
*** John Fortune -- turns Turns into a [[GenderBender lioness]]
lioness]].
*** Jonathan Hive -- turns Turns into a swarm of bright green wasps, capable of stinging. This also grants him [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling faux-clairvoyance and faux-clairaudience]]
faux-clairaudience]].
*** Jerry Strauss, AKA Mr. Nobody, a movie buff ace, Ace, can shapeshift into anything and anybody he's seen in a movie he knows well. He had [[EasyAmnesia amnesia]] for a while, and was [[ShapeshifterModeLock temporarily stuck]] as King Kong, periodically escaping from Central Park Zoo to grab a blonde and climb the Empire State Building. Once his memory is restored, he goes to work for Popinjay.
*** Rosa Loteria turns into anything depicted on her Loteria cards when she draws them. The powers are useful even with cards are like La Agave [the Cactus] and Platano [plantain or banana].
*** Sewer Jack Robicheaux -- turns Turns into an alligator. (This also has the added effect of arresting the forward progress of the AIDS virus in his body.)
*** Toad Man -- turns Turns into a giant toad, approximately the size of a minivan.
*** Koala -- australian deuce Australian Deuce cop and really embarassed by being addicted to eucalyptus stuff.
*** Succubus is an EmpathicShapeshifter; she She changes only in response to others' sexual desiresdesires.



*** All Jokers
*** C. C. Ryder -- turned into a murderous subway car after being raped. Yes, really. She returns to human after years of therapy.

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*** All Jokers
Jokers.
*** C. C. Ryder -- turned Turned into a murderous subway car after being raped. Yes, really. She returns to human after years of therapy.



*** Drummer Boy
*** The Howler

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*** Drummer Boy
Boy.
*** The HowlerHowler.



*** The Racist, a [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-Nazi]] with superspeed (Race-ist, Get it?)

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*** The Racist, a [[ThoseWackyNazis neo-Nazi]] with superspeed (Race-ist, Get it?)it?).



*** A common denominator of many of the ace forms and several joker-ace forms of The Sleeper.
*** Black Shadow
*** Bludgeon -- Joker-ace with a hand deformed into a superstrong bone club
*** Several Captain Trips incarnations: Aquarius, Moonchild, Monster, The Radical (who has the powers of all of Mark Meadows' other Ace alter-egoes), Starshine
*** The often-forgotten early nemesis of the Radical, Hardhat.
*** Captain Flint
*** Crypt Kicker
*** Detroit Steel
*** Dough Boy -- a superstrong joker with the Marshmallow Man appearance and mental state of a child
*** Drummer Boy. He's a Joker-ace, whose strength comes from having six arms and a body designed for drumming, with the appropriate musculature and body cavities for drumming on.

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*** A common denominator of many of the ace Ace forms and several joker-ace Joker-Ace forms of The Sleeper.
*** Black Shadow
Shadow.
*** Bludgeon -- Joker-ace Joker-Ace with a hand deformed into a superstrong bone club
club.
*** Several Captain Trips incarnations: Aquarius, Moonchild, Monster, The Radical (who has the powers of all of Mark Meadows' other Ace alter-egoes), Starshine
Starshine.
*** The often-forgotten early nemesis of the The Radical, Hardhat.
*** Captain Flint
Flint.
*** Crypt Kicker
Kicker.
*** Detroit Steel
Steel.
*** Dough Boy -- a A superstrong joker Joker with the Marshmallow Man appearance and mental state of a child
child.
*** Drummer Boy. He's a Joker-ace, Joker-Ace, whose strength comes from having six arms and a body designed for drumming, with the appropriate musculature and body cavities for drumming on.



*** Gimli -- a joker looking like your fantasy dwarf.

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*** Gimli -- a joker Joker looking like your fantasy dwarf.



*** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace with a "devil's leg" he uses to kick safes in and cars around.

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*** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace Joker-Ace with a "devil's leg" he uses to kick safes in and cars around.



*** The Oddity is a joker whose strength comes from the fact that it is three bodies imperfectly combined into a single constantly shifting and rearranging one.

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*** The Oddity is a joker Joker whose strength comes from the fact that it is three bodies imperfectly combined into a single constantly shifting and rearranging one.



*** Troll -- Joker-ace.

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*** Troll -- Joker-ace.Joker-Ace.



*** 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? HumongousMecha, made of trash.

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*** El Reciclador, a joker-ace 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? HumongousMecha, made of trash.



*** Dr. Tachyon, Zabb, Blaise, and other Takisian psy-lords.
*** Bloat. The possibly most powerful joker-ace telepath on the planet.

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*** Dr. Tachyon, Zabb, Blaise, and other Takisian psy-lords.
Psi Lords.
*** Bloat. The possibly most powerful joker-ace Joker-Ace telepath on the planet.



*** Bloodhound -- associate of the Astronomer, canine joker-ace with the ability to pursue others and lead "hunting parties" through some sort of HammerSpace.
*** Chalk Talk -- a mute joker-ace girl. Her crayon drawings serve as portals and gates and can lead into parallel dimensions.

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*** Bloodhound -- associate Associate of the Astronomer, canine joker-ace Joker-Ace with the ability to pursue others and lead "hunting parties" through some sort of HammerSpace.
*** Chalk Talk -- a A mute joker-ace Joker-Ace girl. Her crayon drawings serve as portals and gates and can lead into parallel dimensions.



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



*** Yellowman -- British joker-ace.
*** 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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*** Yellowman -- British joker-ace.
Joker-Ace.
*** Noel Matthews (Double Helix) is a born intersexual. The wild card 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.



** The Takisians. They were sufficiently advanced enough to envision and research a mass empowerment virus. Assuming Tachyon is right about the psychosomal nature of the Wild Card, a group of Takisian geningeneered soldiers exposed to the virus under control and supervision of a psy-lord are most likely to draw Aces or joker-aces of the Flying Brick category without the 90% Black Queens.

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** The Takisians. They were sufficiently advanced enough to envision and research a mass empowerment virus. Assuming Tachyon is right about the psychosomal nature of the Wild Card, a group of Takisian geningeneered soldiers exposed to the virus under control and supervision of a psy-lord Psi Lord are most likely to draw Aces or joker-aces Joker-Aces of the Flying Brick category without the 90% Black Queens.



* SuperHumanTrafficking: Possible fate of Aces (and deuces with potentially useful powers) if they lack combat power to defend themselves.

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* SuperHumanTrafficking: Possible fate of Aces (and deuces Deuces with potentially useful powers) if they lack combat power to defend themselves.



** All children of 2 wildcarders are latents, although most turn their card at birth (as birth trauma is often stressful enough to trigger the virus). Illustrated with Roulette's child drawing the Black Queen at birth and Tachyon's effort to prevent this for John Fortune.
** All children of a wildcarder and a nat are carriers; all children of 2 nats are nats.
** With a wildcarder and a carrier the chances stand 50/50 for latent and carrier; with 2 carriers it's 1:2:1 for latent:carrier:nat.
*** 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, "[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive A Womanly Talent]]").

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** All children of 2 wildcarders Wild Carders are latents, although most turn their card at birth (as birth trauma is often stressful enough to trigger the virus). Illustrated with Roulette's child drawing the Black Queen at birth and Tachyon's effort to prevent this for John Fortune.
** All children of a wildcarder Wild Carder and a nat Nat are carriers; all All children of 2 nats Nats are nats.
Nats.
** With a wildcarder Wild Carder and a carrier the chances stand 50/50 for latent and carrier; with 2 carriers it's 1:2:1 for latent:carrier:nat.
latent:carrier:Nat.
*** 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 Deuce with the ability to modify DNA (as in Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's short story, "[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive A Womanly Talent]]").
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** Aces -- TheBeautifulElite who won the SuperpowerLottery. Takisian Psi Lords and warriors are technically Aces by breeding. There are telepaths among nats, so the Takisians have most probably developed from that potential, as [[spoiler: humans and Takisians are biologically the same species -- they can mate and produce fertile offspring with partial Psi Lord powers.]] \\

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** Aces -- TheBeautifulElite who won the SuperpowerLottery. Takisian Psi Lords and warriors are technically Aces by breeding. There are telepaths among nats, Nats, so the Takisians have most probably developed from that potential, as [[spoiler: humans and Takisians are biologically the same species -- they can mate and produce fertile offspring with partial Psi Lord powers.]] \\



* LaserGuidedKarma: Senator Joseph R. [=McCarthy=] spent his entire career leading the anti-wild card hysteria that swept across the nation in the early 50s. Many victims saw their lives blighted and destroyed: they lost jobs and careers to the blacklist, lost friends and spouses, inevitably lost custody of their children in the all-too-frequent divorces, suicide. [=McCarthy's=] most lasting achievement was the Wild Card Acts which required any person exhibiting wild card powers to register immediately with the federal government. His campaign worked so well that once he got everything he wanted, his continued persecution of wild card victims was seen as overly excessive, and [=McCarthy=] was seen as an unfettered fanatic. Joe [=McCarthy=] died a broken man who talked incessantly about those who he felt had betrayed him.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Senator Joseph R. [=McCarthy=] spent his entire career leading the anti-wild card anti-Wild Card hysteria that swept across the nation in the early 50s. Many victims saw their lives blighted and destroyed: they lost jobs and careers to the blacklist, lost friends and spouses, inevitably lost custody of their children in the all-too-frequent divorces, suicide. [=McCarthy's=] most lasting achievement was the Wild Card Acts which required any person exhibiting wild card Wild Card powers to register immediately with the federal government. His campaign worked so well that once he got everything he wanted, his continued persecution of wild card Wild Card victims was seen as overly excessive, and [=McCarthy=] was seen as an unfettered fanatic. Joe [=McCarthy=] died a broken man who talked incessantly about those who he felt had betrayed him.



* LongLived: Takisians. Commoners live for three to four centuries, possibly due to their race's advanced biotechnology and medicine. The [[SuperBreedingProgram eugenically-bred]] [[SupernaturalElite Psi Lords]] can live for thousands of years. However, among the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt aristocracy]] assassination is the number one cause of death, with old age trailing a distant second. Those Psi Lords who do survive to old age command great respect. On Earth, some Ace's appear to be [[TheAgeless unaging]], but not enough time has passed to really know for sure.

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* LongLived: Takisians. Commoners live for three to four centuries, possibly due to their race's advanced biotechnology and medicine. The [[SuperBreedingProgram eugenically-bred]] [[SupernaturalElite Psi Lords]] can live for thousands of years. However, among the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt aristocracy]] assassination is the number one cause of death, with old age trailing a distant second. Those Psi Lords who do survive to old age command great respect. On Earth, some Ace's Aces appear to be [[TheAgeless unaging]], but not enough time has passed to really know for sure.



* MagicPoweredPseudoscience -- In an epilogue to the first book, it's made clear that the inventions of most gadgeteer Aces are just props for their innate powers. This is partially true for Mod Man, who otherwise would have broken down after Travnicek lost his Ace. Mod Man's tech cannot be fixed, changed or studied AT ALL. He has some leftover power that allows him to still exist, but from now on, he can not be repaired by anyone.

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* MagicPoweredPseudoscience -- In an epilogue to the first book, it's made clear that the inventions of most gadgeteer Aces are just props for their innate powers. This is partially true for Mod Man, who otherwise would have broken down after Travnicek lost his Ace. Mod Man's tech cannot be fixed, changed or studied AT ALL. He has some leftover power that allows him to still exist, but from now on, he can not cannot be repaired by anyone.



* MalfunctionMalady: Peregrine is shocked to discover that loses her ability to fly while she is pregnant.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Wildcard Virus.
* MauveShirt: several characters are explicitly mentioned by Martin as created from the start exactly to provide drama by dying horribly, specifically [[spoiler: Howler and Kid Dinosaur]], though he uses the term RedShirt.

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* MalfunctionMalady: Peregrine is shocked to discover that she loses her ability to fly while she is pregnant.
* MassSuperEmpoweringEvent: The Wildcard Virus.
Wild Card virus.
* MauveShirt: several Several characters are explicitly mentioned by Martin as created from the start exactly to provide drama by dying horribly, specifically [[spoiler: Howler and Kid Dinosaur]], though he uses the term RedShirt.



* MixAndMatchCritters: a lot of the Wild Card virus' victims have variations on this as they turn part-animal.
** Dr. Finn -- Centaur
** Wild Fox -- Kitsune ears and tail
** Sharky -- Great White Shark
** Lamia -- [[SnakePeople human female / giant snake]]

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* MixAndMatchCritters: a A lot of the Wild Card virus' virus's victims have variations on this as they turn part-animal.
** Dr. Finn -- Centaur
Centaur.
** Wild Fox -- Kitsune ears and tail
tail.
** Sharky -- Great White Shark
Shark.
** Lamia -- [[SnakePeople human female / giant snake]]snake]].



** Peregrine -- Bird wings added to a human body
** Dr. Travnicek after Typhoid Croyd -- a bipedal mess of insectoid sensory organs
** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace with a goat-like right leg

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** Peregrine -- Bird wings added to a human body
body.
** Dr. Travnicek after Typhoid Croyd -- a A bipedal mess of insectoid sensory organs
organs.
** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace Joker-Ace with a goat-like right legleg.



** Several incarnations of Croyd AKA The Sleeper were technically Joker-aces -- a super-strong winged flying gargoyle, a nightmarish wolf-like mutant (although the only witness here was Captain Trips on LSD), a bat-like flyer again. The partial ratio of joker to Ace changes every time, from pure Ace to pure joker.

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** Several incarnations of Croyd AKA The Sleeper were technically Joker-aces Joker-Aces -- a super-strong winged flying gargoyle, a nightmarish wolf-like mutant (although the only witness here was Captain Trips on LSD), a bat-like flyer again. The partial ratio of joker Joker to Ace changes every time, from pure Ace to pure joker.Joker.



** DisappearedDad: John Fortune's; [[spoiler: his father, Fortunato,]] went off to find himself.
** MissingMom: Sprout, daughter of Mark Meadows AKA Capt. Trips; justified in that her parents got a messy divorce. The mom later shows up and tries to get custody - with "[[AmoralAttorney Loophole]]" Latham as her lawyer. Mark finally kidnapped his own daughter to keep her.
** The Amazing Bubbles parents also abandoned her when she sued them for spending her modelling money behind her back.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: "Sewer Jack" Jack Robicheaux, the alligator-shifter ace, who could be counted on to act exactly like a real alligator when in that form. Ironically, this 1. doesn't apply to his last meal, 2. renders him controllable by Bagabond and 3. extends his lifespan [[spoiler: since alligators are immune to AIDS]].

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** DisappearedDad: John Fortune's; [[spoiler: his His father, Fortunato,]] went off to find himself.
** MissingMom: Sprout, daughter of Mark Meadows AKA Capt. Trips; justified Justified in that her parents got a messy divorce. The mom later shows up and tries to get custody - with "[[AmoralAttorney Loophole]]" Latham as her lawyer. Mark finally kidnapped his own daughter to keep her.
** The Amazing Bubbles Bubbles's parents also abandoned her when she sued them for spending her modelling money behind her back.
* NeverSmileAtACrocodile: "Sewer Jack" Jack Robicheaux, the alligator-shifter ace, Ace, who could be counted on to act exactly like a real alligator when in that form. Ironically, this 1. doesn't apply to his last meal, 2. renders him controllable by Bagabond and 3. extends his lifespan [[spoiler: since alligators are immune to AIDS]].



* NoConservationOfEnergy: averted. Aces and joker-aces have to come up with energy in some way. Notable examples include:

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* NoConservationOfEnergy: averted. Averted. Aces and joker-aces Joker-Aces have to come up with energy in some way. Notable examples include:



* OnePersonOnePower: zig-zagged in the setting. Many Aces (and joker-aces) play this straight, but there are notable exceptions like Fortunato (a powerset), The Radical (a case of AllYourPowersCombined) and Cameo (channeling powers of others) to name a few.
* OrganicTechnology: The Takisian's are all about this. [[MetalPoorPlanet As Takis is very metal-poor]], they have developed organic technology to a greater extent than any other known race.

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* OnePersonOnePower: zig-zagged Zig-zagged in the setting. Many Aces (and joker-aces) Joker-Aces) play this straight, but there are notable exceptions like Fortunato (a powerset), The Radical (a case of AllYourPowersCombined) and Cameo (channeling powers of others) to name a few.
* OrganicTechnology: The Takisian's Takisians are all about this. [[MetalPoorPlanet As Takis is very metal-poor]], they have developed organic technology to a greater extent than any other known race.



* ParentalObliviousness: The parents of underage aces don't seem to be able to keep their powered children out of the action...or sometimes even aware the child is involved.

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* ParentalObliviousness: The parents of underage aces Aces don't seem to be able to keep their powered children out of the action...or sometimes even aware the child is involved.



* 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.
* PoisonousPerson: various degrees of danger and control:
** Crypt Kicker: voluntarily secretes a corrosive poison from his palms. Crypt Kicker weaponized this ability.
** 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.
** Lamia: a joker-ace with snake-like features, including fangs and poison glands.
** Roulette: used her ability to secrete a poison during her career as an assassin.
** Cocomama: can transmute organic substances into cocaine. Runs a "drug"-smuggling operation by making cocaine from common flour on the spot. Poisonous by being able to perform the transmutation on living humans, thus administering cocaine directly into the bloodstream by transmutation.
** Kurari, as numerous other jokers and joker-aces, permanently secretes his namesake poison from the skin.

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* PlayingCardMotifs: Used to refer to the Wild Card virus and its effects. Besides the virus' 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.
* PoisonousPerson: various Various degrees of danger and control:
** Crypt Kicker: voluntarily Voluntarily secretes a corrosive poison from his palms. Crypt Kicker weaponized this ability.
** Quinn the Eskimo: voluntarily 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.
** Lamia: a joker-ace A Joker-Ace with snake-like features, including fangs and poison glands.
** Roulette: used Used her ability to secrete a poison during her career as an assassin.
** Cocomama: can Can transmute organic substances into cocaine. Runs a "drug"-smuggling operation by making cocaine from common flour on the spot. Poisonous by being able to perform the transmutation on living humans, thus administering cocaine directly into the bloodstream by transmutation.
** Kurari, as numerous other jokers Jokers and joker-aces, Joker-Aces, permanently secretes his namesake poison from the skin.



** Played straight with Ti Malice. Ti Malice is a joker-ace who feeds on human blood and controls his "puppets" by releasing a powerful pleasure drug into their bloodstream.

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** Played straight with Ti Malice. Ti Malice is a joker-ace Joker-Ace who feeds on human blood and controls his "puppets" by releasing a powerful pleasure drug into their bloodstream.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Blaise jumps his grandfather into the body of a teenage girl and then rapes him/her. All the more horrific for Tachyon because rape really is extremely taboo to Takisian's. Also ironic, because they believe that rapists are hopelessly depraved, which Blaise kind of proves.

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Blaise jumps his grandfather into the body of a teenage girl and then rapes him/her. All the more horrific for Tachyon because rape really is extremely taboo to Takisian's.Takisians. Also ironic, because they believe that rapists are hopelessly depraved, which Blaise kind of proves.



* ReedRichardsIsUseless -- averted. Even under the assumption that his virologist background would allow Tachyon to work on curing AIDS, curing the Wild Card beats any other virus in urgency. The Wild Card spreads like the common influenza, has a 90% lethality rate, and can be used as a bio-weapon in its native state, as used by disease-powered Aces [[spoiler: and the Card Sharks]].
** Tachyon's specialty is a mutagenic mass-empowering virus, released on the planet for beta testing, and failing spectacularly - <1% empowered Aces, <1% useless Deuces, 9% disfigured jokers (give or take the joker-aces), 90% dead Black Queens. This makes neither a good empowerment method, since the Aces are more than likely to want revenge for the Black Queens; nor a good weapon, since the very same Aces among the survivors will be out for revenge if the Wild Card was used solely for its lethality. Tachyon is neither a world-saving superhero by nature, nor does he have a high opinion of the human race -- especially after all the grief he received despite all his efforts to fix what his family did.
* RevealingCoverUp: one of these kicks off the action in ''Fort Freak''.

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* ReedRichardsIsUseless -- averted.ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted. Even under the assumption that his virologist background would allow Tachyon to work on curing AIDS, curing the Wild Card beats any other virus in urgency. The Wild Card spreads like the common influenza, has a 90% lethality rate, and can be used as a bio-weapon in its native state, as used by disease-powered Aces [[spoiler: and the Card Sharks]].
** Tachyon's specialty is a mutagenic mass-empowering virus, released on the planet for beta testing, and failing spectacularly - <1% empowered Aces, <1% useless Deuces, 9% disfigured jokers Jokers (give or take the joker-aces), Joker-Aces), 90% dead Black Queens. This makes neither a good empowerment method, since the Aces are more than likely to want revenge for the Black Queens; nor a good weapon, since the very same Aces among the survivors will be out for revenge if the Wild Card was used solely for its lethality. Tachyon is neither a world-saving superhero by nature, nor does he have a high opinion of the human race -- especially after all the grief he received despite all his efforts to fix what his family did.
* RevealingCoverUp: one One of these kicks off the action in ''Fort Freak''.



* SapientShip: the Takisians use and breed sapient (or semi-sapient) ships. Dr. Tachyon's ship -- which he named "Baby" -- regenerates its "ghost drive gland" over a period of years or decades, after he burned it out trying to go real fast.

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* SapientShip: the The Takisians use and breed sapient (or semi-sapient) ships. Dr. Tachyon's ship -- which he named "Baby" -- regenerates its "ghost drive gland" over a period of years or decades, after he burned it out trying to go real fast.



* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Jack Braun gains superstrength, Mackie Messer is a german human buzzsaw ace.

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* StevenUlyssesPerhero: Jack Braun gains superstrength, Mackie Messer is a german German human buzzsaw ace.Ace.



* StockDinosaurs: [[strike:Dinosaur Kid]] ''Kid Dinosaur'' is able to shapeshift into any dinosaur he knows. He knows a lot of them and is bugged by people who know only T-Rex and pteranodon.
* StockSuperpowers: this is a very, very long list. And not all the powers here have a trope because the WildCards 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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* StockDinosaurs: [[strike:Dinosaur Kid]] ''Kid Dinosaur'' is able to shapeshift into any dinosaur he knows. He knows a lot of them and is bugged by people who know only T-Rex and pteranodon.
Pteranodon.
* StockSuperpowers: this This is a very, very long list. And not all the powers here have a trope because the WildCards 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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** The Great And Powerful Turtle -- His Card turned impressed by a superhero comic character with telekinetic powers.

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** The Great And and Powerful Turtle -- His Card turned impressed by a superhero comic character with telekinetic powers.



* BrainCriticalMass: The default powerset of Takisian psy-lords seems to be the result of successful epochal eugenics. The psy-lords inherit their powers [[spoiler: and can partially grant them to human-Takisian children]].

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* BrainCriticalMass: The default powerset of Takisian psy-lords Psi Lords seems to be the result of successful epochal eugenics. The psy-lords Psi Lords inherit their powers [[spoiler: and can partially grant them to human-Takisian children]].



* DeathIsCheap: Averted. This is one of the things that distinguishes ''Wild Cards'' most strongly from 'traditional' superhero-genre works: unless a character's ace ''involves'' somehow surviving death (Demise springs to mind), death is quite absolute. Even a HealingFactor doesn't help much here: it just leads to the character's enemies using [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill more extreme measures]] to make the death stick.

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* DeathIsCheap: Averted. This is one of the things that distinguishes ''Wild Cards'' most strongly from 'traditional' superhero-genre works: unless a character's ace Ace ''involves'' somehow surviving death (Demise springs to mind), death is quite absolute. Even a HealingFactor doesn't help much here: it just leads to the character's enemies using [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill more extreme measures]] to make the death stick.



** Genetrix, whom after having any sort of sex gives birth to a clutch of eggs that hatch into super powered (sometimes) children--who die after a few days.
* DieOrFly: the Wild Card is prone to "turning", i.e. activating in a latent, at times of great stress. Harlem Hammer (super strength, damage resistance, unique metabolism), Will-o-Wisp (lightning) and Crypt Kicker (toxic undead) turned their Aces at life-or-death situations.

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** Genetrix, whom after having any sort of sex gives birth to a clutch of eggs that hatch into super powered (sometimes) children--who children -- who die after a few days.
* DieOrFly: the The Wild Card is prone to "turning", i.e. activating in a latent, at times of great stress. Harlem Hammer (super strength, damage resistance, unique metabolism), Will-o-Wisp (lightning) and Crypt Kicker (toxic undead) turned their Aces at life-or-death situations.



** Aces -- TheBeautifulElite who won the SuperpowerLottery. Takisian psy-lords and warriors are technically Aces by breeding. There are telepaths among nats, so the Takisians have most probably developed from that potential, as [[spoiler: humans and Takisians are biologically the same species -- they can mate and produce fertile offspring with partial psy-lord powers.]] \\

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** Aces -- TheBeautifulElite who won the SuperpowerLottery. Takisian psy-lords Psi Lords and warriors are technically Aces by breeding. There are telepaths among nats, so the Takisians have most probably developed from that potential, as [[spoiler: humans and Takisians are biologically the same species -- they can mate and produce fertile offspring with partial psy-lord Psi Lord powers.]] \\



The distinction between Ace and the following Deuce depends on circumstances and conditions to use the power, e.g. the ability to become a human puddle is a deuce -- unless kidnapped or shot; the ability to change carpet ornaments is a deuce -- unless you are a carpet seller.
** Deuces -- those with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway less useful abilities]]. Originally all those who kept their human shape were called Aces. As a weak ace with the only ability to change his skin color is thus referred, he responds "If I'm an ace, I'd hate to see a deuce", coining the term. A classical example is the cook from "Aces High" -- he can turn into a dolphin. [[BlessedWithSuck Only on a new moon and only for two hours]].
** Jokers -- those who [[GrotesqueGallery just get random mutations]]. There are so-called Joker-aces -- those unlucky enough to be physically deformed, but who also got powers out of the deal. Those with useless powers are Joker-deuces instead, but that term gets used very rarely. Notable examples are a Jokertown Clinic guard [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Troll]] -- big, strong, armored, green and ugly, the Oddity -- superstrength by BodyHorror, TV host Peregrine -- she has [[FreakinessShame wings]], hollow bones of a bird and can fly by subconscious levitation, and she is extremely beautiful by human standards.
*** ''Medical science'' considers Peregrine to be a joker-ace due to having body parts not present on "normal" human beings. She considers herself a joker, although the public and Wild Card community consider her an Ace.

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The distinction between Ace and the following Deuce depends on circumstances and conditions to use the power, e.g. the ability to become a human puddle is a deuce Deuce -- unless kidnapped or shot; the The ability to change carpet ornaments is a deuce Deuce -- unless you are a carpet seller.
** Deuces -- those with [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway less useful abilities]]. Originally all those who kept their human shape were called Aces. As a weak ace Ace with the only ability to change his skin color is thus referred, he responds "If I'm an ace, Ace, I'd hate to see a deuce", Deuce", coining the term. A classical example is the cook from "Aces High" -- he can turn into a dolphin. [[BlessedWithSuck Only on a new moon and only for two hours]].
** Jokers -- those who [[GrotesqueGallery just get random mutations]]. There are so-called Joker-aces Joker-Aces -- those unlucky enough to be physically deformed, but who also got powers out of the deal. Those with useless powers are Joker-deuces Joker-Deuces instead, but that term gets used very rarely. Notable examples are a Jokertown Clinic guard [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Troll]] -- big, strong, armored, green and ugly, the Oddity -- superstrength by BodyHorror, TV host Peregrine -- she has [[FreakinessShame wings]], hollow bones of a bird and can fly by subconscious levitation, and she is extremely beautiful by human standards.
*** ''Medical science'' considers Peregrine to be a joker-ace Joker-Ace due to having body parts not present on "normal" human beings. She considers herself a joker, Joker, although the public and Wild Card community consider her an Ace.



*** Or the more sinister connotation that people without the wildcards are similar to "gnats".
** In GURPS Aces Abroad (not to be confused with the anthology), Telephoto says "That depends. In 'Stralia, I'm a joker. In South Africa, I prefer to be an ace."

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*** Or the more sinister connotation that people without the wildcards Wild Card are similar to "gnats".
** In GURPS Aces Abroad (not to be confused with the anthology), Telephoto says "That depends. In 'Stralia, I'm a joker. Joker. In South Africa, I prefer to be an ace.Ace."



* EnfanteTerrible: Blaise Andrieux

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* EnfanteTerrible: Blaise AndrieuxAndrieux.



** The Great and Powerful Turtle, who fights crime from a flying car, decorated his "shell" with peace signs during the summer of love.

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** The Great and Powerful Turtle, who fights crime from a flying car, decorated his "shell" with peace signs during the summer Summer of love.Love.



* FantasticRacism: Most humans are prejudiced against Aces and Jokers as well as the usual real-world racial/sociopolitical/religious targets. Many Jokers return the favor by despising [[{{Muggles}} Nats]]. The south-african Apartheid policy handles jokers as blacks, but black aces as colored.

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* FantasticRacism: Most humans are prejudiced against Aces and Jokers as well as the usual real-world racial/sociopolitical/religious targets. Many Jokers return the favor by despising [[{{Muggles}} Nats]]. The south-african South-African Apartheid policy handles jokers Jokers as blacks, but black aces Aces as colored.



* ForWantOfANail: Liberally applied everywhere, as the Wild Card Virus is a ''huge'' change sending out veritable tsunamis of ripple effects. As a result, the 1980s global political landscape is almost unrecognizable, and social issues are radically different: the Arab-Israeli Wars were initially averted by a peace agreement signed under influence of an Ace; Mahatma Gandhi was saved from assassination in 1948, only to see his efforts to unite India fail because there is no common reaction to his death; Joseph [=McCarthy=] went after Aces [[strike:instead of]] as well as Communists; Fidel Castro remained a baseball player, while Guevara's attempted revolution in Cuba was quashed, leaving Batista in power into the 1980s; Buddy Holly lived to become a has-been and then a shaman ace; Marilyn Monroe lived past the early 1960s; Elizabeth Taylor died instead of James Dean in that car crash; Joker civil rights became a major political issue, both in the US and worldwide, coupled with racial segregation issues.

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* ForWantOfANail: Liberally applied everywhere, as the Wild Card Virus virus is a ''huge'' change sending out veritable tsunamis of ripple effects. As a result, the 1980s global political landscape is almost unrecognizable, and social issues are radically different: the Arab-Israeli Wars were initially averted by a peace agreement signed under influence of an Ace; Mahatma Gandhi was saved from assassination in 1948, only to see his efforts to unite India fail because there is no common reaction to his death; Joseph [=McCarthy=] went after Aces [[strike:instead of]] as well as Communists; Fidel Castro remained a baseball player, while Guevara's attempted revolution in Cuba was quashed, leaving Batista in power into the 1980s; Buddy Holly lived to become a has-been and then a shaman ace; Ace; Marilyn Monroe lived past the early 1960s; Elizabeth Taylor died instead of James Dean in that car crash; Joker civil rights became a major political issue, both in the US and worldwide, coupled with racial segregation issues.



* GambitRoulette: Kien Phuc, Latham, Puppetman, the Card Sharks, Blaise

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* GambitRoulette: Kien Phuc, Latham, Puppetman, the Card Sharks, BlaiseBlaise.



** Moonchild [Capt. Trips]
** Noell the Magician [who also has ShapeShifter and [[PsychicPowers Teleportation]]]
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Takisian biotechnology
* GodGuise: Since a number of Wild Carders forms and/or powers resemble figures or symbols from various religions, not surprisingly a number of them have been given (or have deliberately cultivated) religious roles. Nur Al'Allah was the most blatant example.

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** Moonchild [Capt. Trips]
Trips].
** Noell the Magician [who also has ShapeShifter and [[PsychicPowers Teleportation]]]
Teleportation]]].
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: Takisian biotechnology
biotechnology.
* GodGuise: Since a number of Wild Carders forms and/or powers resemble figures or symbols from various religions, not surprisingly a number of them have been given (or have deliberately cultivated) religious roles. Nur Al'Allah Al-Allah was the most blatant example.



** Yeoman. A traumatized war veteran engaged in an outright personal war with organized Ace crime. The criminal organization he's going up against houses fugitive war criminals, too. Yeoman has little scruples to pay them in kind of their deeds.

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** Yeoman. A traumatized war veteran engaged in an outright personal war with organized Ace crime. The criminal organization he's going up against houses fugitive war criminals, too. Yeoman has little few scruples to pay in paying them back in kind of for their deeds.



* 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:
** Mai Minh, Ace daughter of Vietnamese refugees, could cure jokers by copying their Joker and then remolding herself and the joker back.
** Water Lily lost her water-control powers, but now can heal jokers by having sex with them.
** 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:
*** Lizard King (ace to nat, [[spoiler: died shortly thereafter because only his ace was protecting him from the consequences of his drug use]]).
*** Bentley, Croyd's mentor in crime, fox-like joker turned back to nat.
*** Subverted with Demise. The Trump card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.
** The Jumpers offer wealthy jokers a FreakyFriday solution by jumping them into nat bodies. Before the jumping, the joker declares the [[UnwittingPawn unsuspecting nat]] his full heir, after the jumping the joker body is disposed of.
* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: This makes the joker-ace Bloat one of the most powerful Wild-Carders.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: 99% of the jokers.Jokers. Even the ones with powers also come with significant deformities. Tachyon on occasion roll-calls an entire squad of joker-aces Joker-Aces to deal with a rogue ace.Ace. In the course of the series, there are several ways to un-draw the Wild Card:
** Mai Minh, Ace daughter of Vietnamese refugees, could cure jokers Jokers by copying their Joker and then remolding herself and the joker Joker back.
** Water Lily lost her water-control powers, but now can heal jokers Jokers by having sex with them.
** Tachyon's Trump Card, the Xenovirus Takis-B, is in theory designed to turn any wildcarder Wild Carder back to nat.Nat. The Trump has to be developed on individual basis, but Tachyon has achieved some successes, although very few are named:
*** Lizard King (ace (Ace to nat, Nat, [[spoiler: died shortly thereafter because only his ace Ace was protecting him from the consequences of his drug use]]).
*** Bentley, Croyd's mentor in crime, fox-like joker Joker turned back to nat.
Nat.
*** Subverted with Demise. The Trump card Card overwrote his Black Queen -- into an Ace.
** The Jumpers offer wealthy jokers Jokers a FreakyFriday solution by jumping them into nat Nat bodies. Before the jumping, the joker Joker declares the [[UnwittingPawn unsuspecting nat]] Nat]] his full heir, after the jumping the joker Joker body is disposed of.
* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: This makes the joker-ace Joker-Ace Bloat one of the most powerful Wild-Carders.Wild Carders.



** Actually, WordOfGod states [[spoiler: that Kid Dinosaur, a BrattyHalfPint with saurian powers, was created just to show the whole inhumanity of the ''Egyptian Masons'' plot by having a new, innocent character with no influence in other story-arcs graphically slaughtered]].

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** Actually, WordOfGod states [[spoiler: that Kid Dinosaur, a BrattyHalfPint with saurian powers, was created just to show the whole inhumanity of the ''Egyptian Masons'' plot by having a new, innocent character with no influence in other story-arcs story arcs graphically slaughtered]].



** A [[{{Muggles}} nat]] ends up involved with Dr. Finn, whose joker makes him a centaur, even though he's technically human.
* IntimateHealing: Water Lily, who can cure Jokerism upon having sex with her victim. As this seems to have both overwritten her original water-control Ace (Typhoid Croyd again) AND made her prime target of any joker-serving prostitution racket, clearly BlessedWithSuck.

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** A [[{{Muggles}} nat]] Nat]] ends up involved with Dr. Finn, whose joker Joker makes him a centaur, even though he's technically human.
* IntimateHealing: Water Lily, who can cure Jokerism upon having sex with her victim. As this seems to have both overwritten her original water-control Ace (Typhoid Croyd again) AND made her prime target of any joker-serving Joker-serving prostitution racket, clearly BlessedWithSuck.



* KnowledgeBroker: Chrysalis

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* KnowledgeBroker: ChrysalisChrysalis.



* PerformanceAnxiety: The Great And Powerful Turtle can't use his telekinetic powers unless he feels like he's safe in his shell -- so he builds a large shell out of surplus battleship armor and a Volkswagen Beetle.

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* PerformanceAnxiety: The Great And and Powerful Turtle can't use his telekinetic powers unless he feels like he's safe in his shell -- so he builds a large shell out of surplus battleship armor and a Volkswagen Beetle.



*** The Great And Powerful Turtle, who [[MagicFeather used his shell as a crutch so long he is almost powerless outside it]]. But then, you're not likely to meet him outside his shell, are you?

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*** The Great And and Powerful Turtle, who [[MagicFeather used his shell as a crutch so long he is almost powerless outside it]]. But then, you're not likely to meet him outside his shell, are you?
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''Wild Cards'' is a "shared universe" {{Superhero}} book series, originally conceived by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin (''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'') as a spin-off from an [[RoleplayingGame RPG]] organized by several Albuquerque-area authors. The world of ''Wild Cards'' is pretty much like ours, [[AlternateHistory until 1946]]. That year, the government of a world of aliens physically quite similar to humans decides to use Earth as the testing ground for a bioweapon in the form of a virus, later called Xenovirus Takis-A, or the "wild card" virus. The test sample is stolen by a pulp-style Nazi villain calling himself "Dr. Tod"[[note]]German for "Dr. Death"[[/note]], who releases the virus over UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.

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''Wild Cards'' is a "shared universe" {{Superhero}} book series, originally conceived by Creator/GeorgeRRMartin (''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'') as a spin-off from an [[RoleplayingGame RPG]] organized by several Albuquerque-area authors. The world of ''Wild Cards'' is pretty much like ours, [[AlternateHistory until 1946]]. That year, the government of a world of aliens physically quite similar to humans decides to use Earth as the testing ground for a bioweapon in the form of a virus, later called Xenovirus Takis-A, or the "wild card" "Wild Card" virus. The test sample is stolen by a pulp-style Nazi villain calling himself "Dr. Tod"[[note]]German for "Dr. Death"[[/note]], who releases the virus over UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity.



* AmoralAttorney: Edward St. John "Loophole" Latham. He seems to think the court is basically a big game. How amoral is he? When the mother of Sprout - Mark Meadows' mentally-disabled daughter - hires Latham for the custody dispute, [[spoiler:Latham sets Mark's apartment building on fire while Sprout is inside, forcing Mark to dose up in front of witnesses to activate his Captain Trips powers to rescue her. With Mark's drug use exposed,]] the state takes Sprout away from Mark - only to find that the mother has committed suicide. Sprout is thus sent to an asylum, but Mark breaks her out and goes on the run. Latham collects his pay without a second thought. Many believe he owes his lack of a conscience -- and resultant skills as a lawyer -- to the wild card. [[spoiler: Latham doesn't, he is naturally that bad. His card finally turns several novels in, and he gains the ability to grant [[BodySurf Jumping]] powers through penetrative sex. And he has a taste for teenaged boys and girls.]]
** 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.]]

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* AmoralAttorney: Edward St. John "Loophole" Latham. He seems to think the court is basically a big game. How amoral is he? When the mother of Sprout - Mark Meadows' mentally-disabled daughter - hires Latham for the custody dispute, [[spoiler:Latham sets Mark's apartment building on fire while Sprout is inside, forcing Mark to dose up in front of witnesses to activate his Captain Trips powers to rescue her. With Mark's drug use exposed,]] the state takes Sprout away from Mark - only to find that the mother has committed suicide. Sprout is thus sent to an asylum, but Mark breaks her out and goes on the run. Latham collects his pay without a second thought. Many believe he owes his lack of a conscience -- and resultant skills as a lawyer -- to the wild card.Wild Card. [[spoiler: Latham doesn't, he is naturally that bad. His card Card finally turns several novels in, and he gains the ability to grant [[BodySurf Jumping]] powers through penetrative sex. And he has a taste for teenaged boys and girls.]]
** Since Latham [[spoiler: became Prime after exposure to Typhoid Croyd, whose infection even allowed current wild cards Wild Cards to turn, it's certainly possible that he was an "Ace" attorney beforehand.]]



** John Fortune [see ShapeShifter below]

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** John Fortune [see ShapeShifter below]below].



** The ace Nobody lived for some time as King Kong.
** Aquarius (and therefore, The Radical) can turn into a dolphin.
** Kid Dinosaur, turns into his namesakes, limited by the requirement to know enough about the species and by conservation of mass.

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** The ace Ace Nobody lived for some time as King Kong.
** Aquarius (and (and, therefore, The Radical) can turn into a dolphin.
** Kid Dinosaur, Dinosaur turns into his namesakes, limited by the requirement to know enough about the species and by conservation of mass.



* AnyoneCanDie: the timeline of Wild Cards stretches from 1946 to the late 2000's -- several notable characters have died from old age, and maybe even more have met their ends courtesy of others, e.g. [[spoiler:Brain Trust, Chrysalis, Kid Dinosaur, The Astronomer, Cameo, Gardener, and The Radical.]]
* AlternateHistory: see the ForWantOfANail entry -- aces have changed history on multiple occasions.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: anything made by one of the GadgeteerGenius aces.
** The Wild Card Virus itself.

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* AnyoneCanDie: the The timeline of Wild Cards stretches from 1946 to the late 2000's -- several notable characters have died from old age, and maybe even more have met their ends courtesy of others, e.g. [[spoiler:Brain Trust, Chrysalis, Kid Dinosaur, The Astronomer, Cameo, Gardener, and The Radical.]]
* AlternateHistory: see See the ForWantOfANail entry -- aces Aces have changed history on multiple occasions.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: anything Anything made by one of the GadgeteerGenius aces.
Aces.
** The Wild Card Virus virus itself.



** The Great And Powerful Turtle -- his Card turned impressed by a superhero comic character with telekinetic powers.
** Jonathan Hive
** Wild Fox
** Kid Dinosaur -- an avid fan of dinosaurs, his Card turned granting him limited animorphism.

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** The Great And Powerful Turtle -- his His Card turned impressed by a superhero comic character with telekinetic powers.
** Jonathan Hive
Hive.
** Wild Fox
Fox.
** Kid Dinosaur -- an An avid fan of dinosaurs, his Card turned granting him limited animorphism.



** Blaise Andrieux -- human-takisian bastard with issues caused by, among other things, unchecked powers.

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** Blaise Andrieux -- human-takisian Human-Takisian bastard with issues caused by, among other things, unchecked powers.



** Sharky
** Mackie Messer -- a KnifeNut who turned an Ace related to his fixation with "cutting" and "go through like a hot knife through butter". His encounter with the psychic Ace Puppetman didn't help matters.

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** Sharky
Sharky.
** Mackie Messer -- a A KnifeNut who turned an Ace related to his fixation with "cutting" and "go through like a hot knife through butter". His encounter with the psychic Ace Puppetman didn't help matters.



** Cordelia Chaisson's ace allows her to revive someone dead or dying if they aren't too far gone.
** Buddy Holly, who turned his Ace (courtesy of Typhoid Croyd) in a death&rebirth scene (live on stage!)

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** Cordelia Chaisson's ace Ace allows her to revive someone dead or dying if they aren't too far gone.
** Buddy Holly, who turned his Ace (courtesy of Typhoid Croyd) in a death&rebirth scene (live on stage!)stage!).



* 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.
* BigBad: changes for every group of book
** The Astronomer
** Puppetman
** Ti Malice

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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 Ace-degree by Tachyon and Fortunato.
* BigBad: changes Changes for every group of book
books.
** The Astronomer
Astronomer.
** Puppetman
Puppetman.
** Ti MaliceMalice.



** The Radical from Busted Flush and Suicide Kings (Although he's technically TheDragon for Dr. Nshombo)

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** The Radical from Busted Flush and Suicide Kings (Although (although he's technically TheDragon for Dr. Nshombo)Nshombo).



* BizarreAlienSenses: The MadScientist Travnicek, after his infection due to Typhoid Croyd, turns the Card again, drawing a joker (or possibly a joker-ace) and develops a ring of unnatural, horn-like sensory organs around his neck.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: "Nur Al-Allah" is ungrammatical in Arabic, it should simply be Nur-Allah; and "Sayyid" does, technically translate as "master" but it's also the common form of polite address, roughly equivalent to "mister" in English, which doesn't make for an imposing Ace Name.
* BrainCriticalMass: the default powerset of takisian psy-lords seems to be the result of successful epochal eugenics. The psy-lords inherit their powers [[spoiler: and can partially grant them to human-takisian children]].

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* BizarreAlienSenses: The MadScientist Travnicek, after his infection due to Typhoid Croyd, turns the Card again, drawing a joker Joker (or possibly a joker-ace) Joker-Ace) and develops a ring of unnatural, horn-like sensory organs around his neck.
* BlindIdiotTranslation: "Nur Al-Allah" is ungrammatical in Arabic, it should simply be Nur-Allah; and "Sayyid" does, technically technically, translate as "master" but it's also the common form of polite address, roughly equivalent to "mister" in English, which doesn't make for an imposing Ace Name.
name.
* BrainCriticalMass: the The default powerset of takisian Takisian psy-lords seems to be the result of successful epochal eugenics. The psy-lords inherit their powers [[spoiler: and can partially grant them to human-takisian human-Takisian children]].



** Mark Meadows -- he's far too innocent for the setting. Results in the manifestation of a new personality.

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** Mark Meadows -- he's He's far too innocent for the setting. Results in the manifestation of a new personality.



** Golden Boy for the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{Superman}}
** Wall Walker for {{Spider-Man}}, sort of
** Yeoman for ComicBook/GreenArrow and/or ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}
** The Lizard King for Jim Morrison

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** Golden Boy for the [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] {{Superman}}
{{Superman}}.
** Wall Walker for {{Spider-Man}}, sort of
of.
** Yeoman for ComicBook/GreenArrow and/or ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}
ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}}.
** The Lizard King for Jim MorrisonMorrison.



* CaptainGeographic: ''Aces Abroad'' introduces a few, perhaps inevitably. Most recurring are the Living Gods, Egyptian jokers who resemble the ancient gods. (They eventually get jobs in Vegas to escape persecution).
* ChildSoldiers: created by Dr. Nshombo in Suicide Kings by injecting kidnapped children with the Wild Card Virus.
* ClusterFBomb: employed liberally by Hoodoo Mama.
* CompellingVoice: The Nur, literally. Astronomer, Fortunato, and of course Sleeper sometimes, use a telepathy-based version.

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* CaptainGeographic: ''Aces Abroad'' introduces a few, perhaps inevitably. Most recurring are the Living Gods, Egyptian jokers Jokers who resemble the ancient gods. (They eventually get jobs in Vegas to escape persecution).
* ChildSoldiers: created Created by Dr. Nshombo in Suicide Kings by injecting kidnapped children with the Wild Card Virus.
virus.
* ClusterFBomb: employed Employed liberally by Hoodoo Mama.
* CompellingVoice: The Nur, literally. Astronomer, Fortunato, and and, of course course, The Sleeper sometimes, use a telepathy-based version.



** Midas: ability to [[TakenForGranite transmute anything]] [[PhilosophersStone to gold]] on touch, understandably lethal to humans. While not exactly a classic supervillain power, could have wrought chaos on the economy. Became a sculptor instead, his works are treasured by museums worldwide.

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** Midas: ability Ability to [[TakenForGranite transmute anything]] [[PhilosophersStone to gold]] on touch, understandably lethal to humans. While not exactly a classic supervillain power, could have wrought chaos on the economy. Became a sculptor instead, his works are treasured by museums worldwide.
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* AllMythsAreTrue: Subverted. We've seen aces with powers and identities based on Haitian voodoo, Australian aboriginal mythology, Egyptian mythology, Guatemalan mythology, and even Tantric sex -- but they're not literal gods, it's just the Wild Card virus manifesting in a way they understand (or something).

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* AllMythsAreTrue: Subverted. We've seen aces Aces with powers and identities based on Haitian voodoo, Australian aboriginal mythology, Egyptian mythology, Guatemalan mythology, and even Tantric sex -- but they're not literal gods, it's just the Wild Card virus manifesting in a way they understand (or something).



** 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.]]

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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" "Ace" attorney beforehand.]]



*** Durg at'Morakh -- takisian geningeneered warrior-bodyguard-gladiator etc.

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*** Durg at'Morakh -- takisian Takisian geningeneered warrior-bodyguard-gladiator etc.



*** Father Squid (who, being a Joker, comes by it at a price)
*** Harlem Hammer
*** Hera (also, a CaptainEthnic example -- several countries have their "national Aces")
*** Herne the Huntsman
*** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace with a "devil's leg" he uses to kick safes in and cars around
*** The Lizard King
*** Modular Man

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*** Father Squid (who, being a Joker, comes by it at a price)
price).
*** Harlem Hammer
Hammer.
*** Hera (also, a CaptainEthnic example -- several countries have their "national Aces")
Aces").
*** Herne the Huntsman
Huntsman.
*** John "Devil" Darlingfoot -- Joker-ace with a "devil's leg" he uses to kick safes in and cars around
around.
*** The Lizard King
King.
*** Modular ManMan.



*** The Reflector (a.k.a. Snotman), by slowly releasing stored kinetic energy
*** Quasiman
*** Troll -- Joker-ace

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*** The Reflector (a.k.a. Snotman), by slowly releasing stored kinetic energy
energy.
*** Quasiman
Quasiman.
*** Troll -- Joker-aceJoker-ace.



*** Minor telekinesis is one of the most common Deuce powers-- levitating a penny is the most commonly used example

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*** Minor telekinesis is one of the most common Deuce powers-- levitating a penny is the most commonly used exampleexample.



*** Fortunato and The Astronomer

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*** Fortunato and The AstronomerAstronomer.



*** Chalk Talk -- a mute joker-ace girl. Her crayon drawing serve as portals and gates and can lead into parallel dimensions.
*** Hunapu

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*** Chalk Talk -- a mute joker-ace girl. Her crayon drawing drawings serve as portals and gates and can lead into parallel dimensions.
*** HunapuHunapu.



*** Pop Tart aka Cleopatra

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*** Pop Tart aka CleopatraCleopatra.



*** Yellowman -- british joker-ace

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*** Yellowman -- british joker-aceBritish joker-ace.



*** Wall Walker AKA [[spoiler: Black Shadow]]

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*** Wall Walker AKA [[spoiler: Black Shadow]]Shadow]].



*** Diver
*** Charon

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*** Diver
Diver.
*** CharonCharon.



* TheStraightAndArrowPath: Yeoman

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* TheStraightAndArrowPath: YeomanYeoman.



** The Network to some extent. As a trading entity, the Network spans races from incredibly advanced to barely spacefaring, where the most advanced are advanced far beyond humanity.
* SuperHumanTrafficking: possible fate of Aces (and deuces with potentially useful powers) if they lack combat power to defend themselves.

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** The Network Network, to some extent. As a trading entity, the Network spans races from incredibly advanced to barely spacefaring, where the most advanced are advanced far beyond humanity.
* SuperHumanTrafficking: possible Possible fate of Aces (and deuces with potentially useful powers) if they lack combat power to defend themselves.



* SuperPowerfulGenetics: works strictly by Mendelian laws.

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* SuperPowerfulGenetics: works Works strictly by Mendelian laws.
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* AddictionPowered: averted with Captain Trips. His powers manifest after consuming several varieties of drugs, but he's not addicted to them.

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* AddictionPowered: averted Averted with Captain Trips. His powers manifest after consuming several varieties of drugs, but he's not addicted to them.



** The telepathic Dr. Tachyon

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** The telepathic Dr. TachyonTachyon.



* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: there was and remains some animosity toward Wild Cards by those left unaffected by it...out of fear and/or jealousy, or just plain old prejudice, especially towards the squickier looking Jokers. There are Jokers Rights movements ranging from benign to terroristic.

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* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: there There was and remains some animosity toward Wild Cards by those left unaffected by it...out of fear and/or jealousy, or just plain old prejudice, especially towards the squickier looking Jokers. There are Jokers Rights movements ranging from benign to terroristic.



* AlienInvasion: the Swarm.

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* AlienInvasion: the The Swarm.



* AmbitionIsEvil: Tom Weathers goal in life is to use his [[SuperpowerLottery immense power]] to make the world a better place. Using his ''personal'' definition of "better", of course: a purely Communist state run along traditional lines... including thought police and the elimination of dissidents. As he puts it, "You can't make an omellette without breaking some eggs", and if the "eggs" in question just happen to be a village full of innocent men, women, and children, all of whom must be killed by their own government so that they can blame another country and start a war, then so be it.

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* AmbitionIsEvil: Tom Weathers Weathers' goal in life is to use his [[SuperpowerLottery immense power]] to make the world a better place. Using his ''personal'' definition of "better", of course: a purely Communist state run along traditional lines... including thought police and the elimination of dissidents. As he puts it, "You can't make an omellette without breaking some eggs", and if the "eggs" in question just happen to be a village full of innocent men, women, and children, all of whom must be killed by their own government so that they can blame another country and start a war, then so be it.
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* CanonImmigrant: Cameo and Herne were both originally created for the {{GURPS}} supplement ''Wild Cards: Aces Abroad'', and incorporated into the novels while it was still being written.

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* CanonImmigrant: Cameo and Herne were both originally created for the {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} supplement ''Wild Cards: Aces Abroad'', and incorporated into the novels while it was still being written.



** One book mentions a Jack Stevenson Games company. The first roleplaying game version of Wild Cards was a {{GURPS}} adaptation by Steve Jackson Games.

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** One book mentions a Jack Stevenson Games company. The first roleplaying game version of Wild Cards was a {{GURPS}} TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} adaptation by Steve Jackson Games.
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* {{Badass}}: The Great and Powerful Turtle generally considered to be ''the'' baddest {{Badass}} in the series. One of the books describes an issue of ''Aces'' magazine that features a debate as to who the strongest Ace in the world is. One of the other characters finds the whole thing silly, especially since the Great and Powerful Turtle once lifted the battleship USS ''New Jersey'' out of the water telekinetically, a feat that no Ace who was merely "super-strong" could ever hope to duplicate. And then there was the time that the Turtle sank Ellis Island by dropping the Hudson River on it (yes, the whole freaking river).
** Of all the aces, only The Astronomer and Fortunato rival the Turtle in raw power. The Astronomer [[spoiler: was killed by an attempt to phase through solid matter under the combined assault of Demise and Cordelia Chaisson]] and Fortunato lives the life of a hermit and doesn't like to interact with the outside world anymore. Furthermore, both Fortunato and the Astronomer must "charge" their powers (the former through tantric sex, the latter through sadomasochistic sex and human sacrifice) in order to use them at full capacity; the Turtle's only limit is his psychological dependance on hiding within his armored shells.



** It should be noted, though, that while he's ''in'' his armor, he's a complete {{Badass}} and generally considered one of the most powerful Aces on the planet, along with Fortunato. And since this is purely a MagicFeather issue, other psychic Aces can opt to help him.

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** It should be noted, though, that while he's ''in'' his armor, he's a complete {{Badass}} badass and generally considered one of the most powerful Aces on the planet, along with Fortunato. And since this is purely a MagicFeather issue, other psychic Aces can opt to help him.
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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.
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