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22nd Nov '16 2:03:44 PM N1KF
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* This is probably what happens to VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, [[CannibalismSuperpower every time he inhales an enemy and absorbs his powers.]] His body often undergoes a complete and instant physical change, ranging from change of body color to obtaining [[NiceHat oddly shaped hats]]. But we're [[RuleOfCool completely okay with it]], since we don't know anything about the biology of Kirby's species anyway.

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* This is probably what happens to VideoGame/{{Kirby}}, every time [[CannibalismSuperpower every time he inhales an enemy enemy]] and [[PowerCopying absorbs his powers.]] its powers]]. His body often undergoes a complete and instant physical change, ranging from change of body color to obtaining [[NiceHat oddly shaped hats]]. But we're [[RuleOfCool completely okay with it]], since we don't know anything about [[BizarreAlienBiology the biology of Kirby's species species]] anyway.
17th Oct '16 6:00:38 PM SuperFeatherYoshi
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** The Exalt troops have also been genetically modified but all have been disfigured to look like snake men for their efforts, with only the elite troops showing any serious changes. It is speculated that this is because they lack proper access to Meld and are too heavy handed with the efforts, whereas your soldiers all look perfectly normal.

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** The Exalt EXALT troops have also been genetically modified but all have been disfigured to look like snake men for using Meld, The Elite Heavy is the most obvious example: their efforts, with only the elite troops showing any serious changes. It is speculated that this is because skin glow orange. Most of their modifications are unavailable to your soldiers, since they lack proper access to Meld are apparently too dangerous and are too heavy handed with the efforts, whereas your soldiers all look perfectly normal.unstable.
10th Oct '16 10:15:24 PM whalewithwings
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With LEGO Genetics, you can fiddle with DNA wherever you like, intentionally or accidentally, and all the cells will change overnight (if that). Just wake up and presto! Wings! Fur! Gills! Hulking muscles! Giant brain! Stem cells! You don't even have to eat the equivalent of your entire body mass to [[ShapeshifterBaggage create all those new body parts]]; the old cells just rearrange themselves like Franchise/{{LEGO}} bricks. That part is usually HandWaved if not {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.

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With LEGO Genetics, you can fiddle with DNA wherever you like, intentionally or accidentally, and all the cells will change overnight (if that). Just wake up and presto! Wings! Fur! Gills! Hulking muscles! Giant brain! Stem cells! You don't even have to eat the equivalent of your entire body mass to [[ShapeshifterBaggage create all those new body parts]]; the old cells and the new ones are just rearrange themselves cobbled together like Franchise/{{LEGO}} Franchise/{{Lego}} bricks. That part is usually HandWaved if not {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.
7th Oct '16 6:57:20 PM Vir
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* The Season 25 episode ''The Man Who Grew Too Much'' of ''TheSimpsons'' had Sideshow Bob playing around with this trope. At first he's just shown making [=GMOs=] (using a blender to mix a potato and tomato into a liquid that can move under its own power). But then he reveals he's been giving himself genetic modifications including: an ant's strength, grasshopper-thighs, sonar of a killer whale, and "oh right, I gave myself gills".

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* The Season ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' season 25 episode ''The "The Man Who Grew Too Much'' of ''TheSimpsons'' Much" had Sideshow Bob playing around with this trope. At first he's just shown making [=GMOs=] (using a blender to mix a potato and tomato into a liquid that can move under its own power). But then he reveals he's been giving himself genetic modifications including: an ant's strength, grasshopper-thighs, sonar of a killer whale, and "oh right, I gave myself gills".
30th Sep '16 4:38:51 PM Malady
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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]], since Ivy and Mint aren't obviously "half-and-half" except inasmuch as would be entirely realistic; phenotypically, both [[UnSorcerer lack]] [[WingedHumanoid wings]], but Ivy has [[BlueEyes blue eyes]], which is a Lydian trait.
28th Sep '16 11:17:23 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the gremlins find a genetics lab in the corporate office building and drink the genetic material, including, female DNA, spider DNA, bat DNA, and, uh, [[TheyJustDidntCare lightning DNA]] and gain the associated traits. Then again, what with the already questionable biology of the Gremlins, viewers could care less at this point.

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* In ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the gremlins find a genetics lab in the corporate office building and drink the genetic material, including, female DNA, spider DNA, bat DNA, and, uh, [[TheyJustDidntCare lightning DNA]] DNA and gain the associated traits. Then again, what with the already questionable biology of the Gremlins, viewers could care less at this point.
6th Sep '16 6:55:41 PM Sharlee
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* The recent sequencing of the tardigrade genome suggest that these incredibly-tough, minute moss-dwellers tend to incorporate DNA from other organisms into their own at a remarkable rate. The mechanism has yet to be identified, but it's known that these tiny animals' chromosomes often break into fragments when they go dormant due to dryness, suggesting that the re-assembly process when they are rehydrated may not be too particular about whether the DNA fragments that are re-attached during their recovery are tardigrade or not.
2nd Sep '16 6:47:26 PM KingClark
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It should be noted, however, that gene therapy, which involves the alteration, addition or removal of existing genes in an adult organism, [[TruthInTelevision really does exist]], but it's currently not permanent in most cases. [[ScienceMarchesOn They're working on that, though]]. The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox_gene Hox genes]] are also an interesting reflection of this trope in real life, as these primitive "blueprint" genes do in fact seem to serve as the legos the genome uses to assemble a body, whether that be a spider, a bird, or a llama. See the Analysis page for more on those.

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It should be noted, however, that gene therapy, which involves the alteration, addition or removal of existing genes in an adult organism, [[TruthInTelevision really does exist]], but it's currently not permanent in most cases. [[ScienceMarchesOn They're working on that, though]]. though.]] The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hox_gene Hox genes]] are also an interesting reflection of this trope in real life, as these primitive "blueprint" genes do in fact seem to serve as the legos the genome uses to assemble a body, whether that be a spider, a bird, or a llama. See the Analysis page for more on those.
30th Jul '16 11:00:08 AM nombretomado
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* The "Moreaus" (animal-human hybrids) in ''{{d20 Modern}}''. Also, the entire premise of the "Genetech" campaign setting (which extensively features the aforementioned hybrids in a battle against prejudice rather reminiscent of the X-Men films).

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* The "Moreaus" (animal-human hybrids) in ''{{d20 Modern}}''.''TabletopGame/D20Modern''. Also, the entire premise of the "Genetech" campaign setting (which extensively features the aforementioned hybrids in a battle against prejudice rather reminiscent of the X-Men films).
24th Jul '16 6:13:22 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Creatures}}'' is a rare aversion (at least partially). At least several "genes" go into the functioning of each organ, and let's not even get started on the ''brain''... The visible parts (head, limbs, etc.) can change in appearance with just one gene, but not be removed entirely or visibly duplicated (though the gene can be). (The "double tail" seen on certain C2 Norns, and the lack of tail on Ettins and some Norn breeds is a sprite thing.)

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* ''{{Creatures}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Creatures}}'' is a rare aversion (at least partially). At least several "genes" go into the functioning of each organ, and let's not even get started on the ''brain''... The visible parts (head, limbs, etc.) can change in appearance with just one gene, but not be removed entirely or visibly duplicated (though the gene can be). (The "double tail" seen on certain C2 Norns, and the lack of tail on Ettins and some Norn breeds is a sprite thing.)
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