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20th Mar '17 4:21:19 AM Grudgeal
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** Sex is essentially an adaptive ability; it is believed to have evolved as a trait because it enhances variation and makes species much more robust. While asexual organisms, like bacteria, avoid the inconvenience of having to mate, sexual species evolve much faster. Asexual species can only evolve by mutating during a single generation or by errors during replication, while sexual species have the mutations/replication errors of all the parents, plus the randomized factor of which gametes are brought into the new generation. The fact that asexuality pretty much doesn't exist beyond a certain level of complexity (mammals and birds are incapable of it, it is very rare in fish and amphibians/reptiles, and even most plants and protists prefer sexual reproduction if they can get it) supports the benefits of this approach.

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** Sex is essentially an adaptive ability; it is believed to have evolved as a trait because it enhances variation and makes species much more robust. While wholly asexual organisms, like bacteria, avoid the inconvenience of having to mate, sexual species organisms that can both reproduce asexually and sexually will always evolve much faster.faster through sex. Asexual species can only evolve by mutating during a single generation or by errors during replication, while sexual species have the mutations/replication errors of all the parents, plus the randomized factor of which gametes are brought into the new generation. The fact that asexuality pretty much doesn't exist beyond a certain level of complexity (mammals and birds are incapable of it, it is very rare in fish and amphibians/reptiles, amphibians/reptiles and only as an emergency backup plan to stabilize a population, and even most plants and protists prefer sexual reproduction if they can get it) supports the benefits of this approach.
20th Mar '17 4:19:31 AM Grudgeal
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** An inversion to that is asexual species. While they avoid the inconvenience of having to mate, the main reason why they are so rare is because a sexual species can evolve much faster than an asexual one.

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** An inversion Sex is essentially an adaptive ability; it is believed to that is have evolved as a trait because it enhances variation and makes species much more robust. While asexual species. While they organisms, like bacteria, avoid the inconvenience of having to mate, the main reason why they are so rare is because a sexual species can evolve much faster than an asexual one.faster. Asexual species can only evolve by mutating during a single generation or by errors during replication, while sexual species have the mutations/replication errors of all the parents, plus the randomized factor of which gametes are brought into the new generation. The fact that asexuality pretty much doesn't exist beyond a certain level of complexity (mammals and birds are incapable of it, it is very rare in fish and amphibians/reptiles, and even most plants and protists prefer sexual reproduction if they can get it) supports the benefits of this approach.
20th Mar '17 4:12:09 AM Grudgeal
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** Viruses, to the degree that they qualify as 'organisms', evolve even faster than bacteria. The seasonal flu is essentially an endless game of cat-and-mouse between flu outbreaks and the adaptive immune system (with pharmacy and flu vaccines having recently joined the fight on our side), with the flu evolving new strains in order to re-infect those who have grown immune to last year's strain.
1st Mar '17 1:57:51 PM ultimomant
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* Reidak from the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' series. Specifically, any power used to defeat him will be ineffective for the next go around (i.e. he gets knocked down by a giant fist of earth and won't feel a thing if it happens again, even if the fist of earth is twice as big). However, the power seems to have a "reset" function after a battle, and unlike [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Doomsday]] he won't be coming back from something that actually ''kills'' him.

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* Reidak from the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' series. Specifically, any power used to defeat him will be ineffective for the next go around (i.e. he gets knocked down by a giant fist of earth and won't feel a thing if it happens again, even if the fist of earth is twice as big). However, the power seems to have a "reset" function after a battle, and unlike [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Doomsday]] [[Creator/DCComics Doomsday]], he won't be coming back from something that actually ''kills'' him.
22nd Feb '17 10:10:18 PM Prometheus117
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* Reidak from the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' series.

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* Reidak from the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' series. Specifically, any power used to defeat him will be ineffective for the next go around (i.e. he gets knocked down by a giant fist of earth and won't feel a thing if it happens again, even if the fist of earth is twice as big). However, the power seems to have a "reset" function after a battle, and unlike [[Franchise/MarvelUniverse Doomsday]] he won't be coming back from something that actually ''kills'' him.
8th Jan '17 1:43:37 PM nombretomado
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* The UltimateMarvel version of Comicbook/IncredibleHulk has this to a degree-- he has adapted to environments as extreme as the (simulated) surface of [[DeathWorld Venus]]. This is also the reason why his condition can't be cured -- his body adapts to whatever agent is used to prevent the change. Mainstream Hulk has this too, but to a lesser degree and with less consistency since it's one of his lesser known/used/liked powers. He's been shown adapting the ability to breathe under water and survive the vacuum of space for extended periods.
** The UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is implied to be the same; in addition to regenerating damaged tissue, his HealingFactor can modify his physiology to compensate for life-threatening injuries. [[spoiler: For example, decapitating him resulted in him developing the ability to directly oxygenate the blood for his brain through his skin. When his severed head was put in a total vacuum, he went into stasis until brought out.]] Ultimate Nick Fury theorizes that Wolverine's mutant power is less "HealingFactor" and more "survive anything".

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* The UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of Comicbook/IncredibleHulk has this to a degree-- he has adapted to environments as extreme as the (simulated) surface of [[DeathWorld Venus]]. This is also the reason why his condition can't be cured -- his body adapts to whatever agent is used to prevent the change. Mainstream Hulk has this too, but to a lesser degree and with less consistency since it's one of his lesser known/used/liked powers. He's been shown adapting the ability to breathe under water and survive the vacuum of space for extended periods.
** The UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel version of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} is implied to be the same; in addition to regenerating damaged tissue, his HealingFactor can modify his physiology to compensate for life-threatening injuries. [[spoiler: For example, decapitating him resulted in him developing the ability to directly oxygenate the blood for his brain through his skin. When his severed head was put in a total vacuum, he went into stasis until brought out.]] Ultimate Nick Fury theorizes that Wolverine's mutant power is less "HealingFactor" and more "survive anything".
7th Jan '17 10:13:15 PM ultimomant
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* The character Fraulein Kreutune from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has a brain that rapidly absorbs information from her surrounding environment, then her body slowly evolves.

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* The character In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Fraulein Kreutune from ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' has a brain that rapidly absorbs information from her surrounding environment, then her body slowly evolves.



* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU. Doomsday is a notable example because his AdaptiveAbility allows him to literally [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back from the dead]] immune to whatever killed him in the first place on top of his HealingFactor. It says something when Franchise/TheDCU heroes, after exhausting just about every option available to hurt/kill him, eventually had to send him to the [[AfterTheEnd the end of time]] just to stop his rampage.

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* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU. Doomsday is a notable example because his AdaptiveAbility allows him to literally [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back from the dead]] immune to whatever killed him in the first place on top of his HealingFactor. It says something when Franchise/TheDCU heroes, after exhausting just about every option available to hurt/kill him, eventually had to send him to the [[AfterTheEnd the end of time]] just to stop his rampage. In some stories, Doomsday becomes able to adapt offensive abilities to counter his opponents. For example, when fighting ComicBook/MartianManhunter, he becomes able to hit intangible beings and breathe fire as fire is a Martian's weakness. When Superman tries fighting him at a distance, he becomes able to fire his spikes like harpoons.
26th Dec '16 3:32:53 AM Ramona122003
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** Black Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possess an enhanced version of the Saiyan's power-up ability in that ''any'' damage caused to him will instantly cause him to become stronger. With this in mind, his powers have gone from being as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku to being able to NoSell Blue Vegeta in his base form before unlocking a new Super Saiyan Rose transformation that handily curb stomps him. And this is only the start of a series of power-ups that he obtains.

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** Goku Black Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possess an enhanced version of the Saiyan's power-up ability in that ''any'' damage caused to him will instantly cause him to become stronger. With this in mind, his His powers have gone from being as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku to being able to NoSell Blue Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta in his base form before unlocking a new his [[spoiler: Super Saiyan Rose transformation transformation]] that handily curb stomps him. And this is only the start of a series of power-ups that he obtains.
6th Dec '16 9:17:12 PM TrollMan
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* In ''Film/ShinGodzilla'', Godzilla quickly mutates to counteract new challenges, acclimating to consume radioactive waste, "evolving" stronger legs to walk on land, and [[spoiler: gaining a BeamSpam attack to defend itself]].
1st Dec '16 8:25:06 AM Eddy1215
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** Black Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possess and enhanced version of the Saiyan's power-up ability in that ''any'' damage caused to him will instantly cause him to become stronger. With this in mind, his powers have gone from being as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku to being able to NoSell Blue Vegeta in his base form before unlocking a new Super Saiyan Rose transformation that handily curb stomps him. And this is only the start of a series of power-ups that he obtains.

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** Black Goku from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' possess and an enhanced version of the Saiyan's power-up ability in that ''any'' damage caused to him will instantly cause him to become stronger. With this in mind, his powers have gone from being as strong as Super Saiyan 3 Goku to being able to NoSell Blue Vegeta in his base form before unlocking a new Super Saiyan Rose transformation that handily curb stomps him. And this is only the start of a series of power-ups that he obtains.
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