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31st May '16 7:43:11 PM TitoMosquito
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* In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', Magneto's plan is to turn all the world leaders into mutants.

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* In ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'', Magneto's plan is to turn all the world leaders into mutants. Not only would it kill the leaders, [[spoiler:but it also broke the mental barrier that sealed the Dark Phoenix within Jean Grey's psyche.]]



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** The series has arguably had three [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent mass super empowering events]], the first being the infusion of the initial 4400 returnees with promicin. Many non-returnees later get powers when [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned extremists]] make promicin shots available to the public. The series ends with thousands of people in Seattle, [[spoiler: including almost all of the remaining protagonists]], getting powers as a result of the PowerIncontinence of a character with the ability to release promicin into the atmosphere.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' '''ends''' with a mass super empowering event, with Willow using the power of the Slayer Scythe to make all the Potential Slayers around the world into full Slayers.

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** The series has arguably had three [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent mass super empowering super-empowering events]], the first being the infusion of the initial 4400 returnees with promicin. Many non-returnees later get powers when [[WellIntentionedExtremist well intentioned well-intentioned extremists]] make promicin shots available to the public. The series ends with thousands of people in Seattle, [[spoiler: including almost all of the remaining protagonists]], getting powers as a result of the PowerIncontinence of a character with the ability to release promicin into the atmosphere.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' '''ends''' with a mass super empowering super-empowering event, with Willow using the power of the Slayer Scythe to make all the Potential Slayers around the world into full Slayers.
15th Apr '16 10:40:41 AM Godzillawolf
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* This is the OriginStory of the title entities of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. They originated as beings similar to humans, but their sun began to die. So they built the Plasma Spark to act as their artificial sun to survive. This had the side effect of mutating the entire species into gigantic EnergyBeings of immense power.
22nd Mar '16 4:30:52 PM LondonKdS
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* Lavie Tidhar's novel ''The Violent Century'' is a deconstruction of World War II AlternateHistory stories involving the existence of superpowered people (the superpowered people are too few in number and historical forces too gargantuan for history to be changed much if at all) in which all the great powers have superpeople by 1939 due to the effects of a quantum physics experiment in the mid-1930s by a MadScientist named Dr. Vomacht.
4th Mar '16 10:21:50 AM Scorntex
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** Similarly, the White Event from the short-lived reboot ''Newuniversal'', which explores the idea more. Here, rather than being random happenstance, it's a deliberate act by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, designed to help mankind through a "paradigm shift" as the planet enters a "strangematter web". Problem is, the choosing is at random. So the man given the Starbrand is drunk off his ass, and the man give the Justice glyph is a brain-dead cop (who subsequently thinks he's in Hell). The setting also mentions a previous failed event, The Fireworks, which occurred back in the 60s, and only produced three superbeings, who were all killed within a decade. And there was ''another'' event several thousand years before, which did work... only one of the people empowered was an utter bastard who started killing and mind-raping the others for his own gain (and by the modern day, that event is completely lost to history).
27th Feb '16 3:05:40 PM Prfnoff
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* The anime ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' fits this rather neatly, having a mysterious event which opened two mystical singularities known as "Heaven's Gate" and "Hell's Gate" -- in South America and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], respectively -- resulting in people from around the world being transformed into either Contractors (those with special powers who are stripped of their emotions/morality [[spoiler: [[TinMan although, that turns out to be much more complicated]]]]) or Dolls (people left almost completely non-sapient who are used as living tracking devices), and the atmosphere around the earth being replaced by an AlienSky that cut off Earth from the rest of the universe.
* ''{{NEEDLESS}}'' has a WWIII level event causing a 'black spot'. Many of the people within this area have superhuman powers. [[spoiler: Late in the anime, it's revealed that originally a CrystalDragonJesus Figure existed within the area and his death caused the powers to spread throughout the black spot.]]

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* The anime ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' fits this rather neatly, having a mysterious event which opened two mystical singularities known as "Heaven's Gate" and "Hell's Gate" -- in South America and [[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse Tokyo]], respectively -- resulting in people from around the world being transformed into either Contractors (those with special powers who are stripped of their emotions/morality [[spoiler: [[TinMan although, that turns out to be much more complicated]]]]) or Dolls (people left almost completely non-sapient who are used as living tracking devices), and the atmosphere around the earth being replaced by an AlienSky that cut off Earth from the rest of the universe.
* ''{{NEEDLESS}}'' ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' has a WWIII WorldWarIII level event causing a 'black spot'. Many of the people within this area have superhuman powers. [[spoiler: Late in the anime, it's revealed that originally a CrystalDragonJesus Figure existed within the area and his death caused the powers to spread throughout the black spot.]]
1st Feb '16 5:11:43 AM Goukenimaru
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* In ''Literature/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'', a Japanese company named Alayashiki was attacked by terrorists, releasing a brain-altering virus. This caused people to start seeing mythical creatures, like {{Youkai}}. A small percentage of children also developed special abilities.

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* In ''Literature/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'', ''LightNovel/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'', a Japanese company named Alayashiki was attacked by terrorists, releasing a brain-altering virus. This caused people to start seeing mythical creatures, like {{Youkai}}. A small percentage of children also developed special abilities.
23rd Jan '16 9:13:45 PM nombretomado
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* Downplayed in ''StrontiumDog'': Most characters in the series who have some form of superpowers got them due to Strontium-90 fallout from the Great War, but vanishingly few of those exposed to Strontium-90 came out physically or mentally superior to baseline humans.

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* Downplayed in ''StrontiumDog'': ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'': Most characters in the series who have some form of superpowers got them due to Strontium-90 fallout from the Great War, but vanishingly few of those exposed to Strontium-90 came out physically or mentally superior to baseline humans.
22nd Jan '16 7:39:32 PM FF32
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The Mass Empowering Event serves to kick start the series (The Event usually happens in act 1 or 2 of the pilot) and provide a handy reason for the entire cast to get [[StockSuperPowers super powers]]. The Event[[note]](For some reason, it's usually called "The Event" or some capitalized version thereof and the superheroes [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual will never be called superheroes]])[[/note]] can be technological, mystical, [[FreakLabAccident accidental]], [[SuperSoldier deliberate]] or [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging unexplained]], but it always serves as [[YouAllShareMyStory a tangible link]] between the heroes and villains. Often, it also kills a great number of people in the process, both to [[DisposableSuperheroMaker discourage repeated usage]] and/or give the resulting superheroes an aura of pathos - "[[SurvivorGuilt I got all these cool powers while all those others died]]".

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The Mass Empowering Event serves to kick start the series (The Event usually happens in act 1 or 2 of the pilot) and provide a handy reason for the entire cast to get [[StockSuperPowers super powers]]. The Event[[note]](For some reason, it's usually called "The Event" or some capitalized version thereof and the superheroes [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual will never be called superheroes]])[[/note]] can be technological, mystical, [[FreakLabAccident accidental]], [[SuperSoldier deliberate]] or [[LeaveThePlotThreadsHanging [[RiddleForTheAges unexplained]], but it always serves as [[YouAllShareMyStory a tangible link]] between the heroes and villains. Often, it also kills a great number of people in the process, both to [[DisposableSuperheroMaker discourage repeated usage]] and/or give the resulting superheroes an aura of pathos - "[[SurvivorGuilt I got all these cool powers while all those others died]]".
21st Jan '16 12:54:01 PM SwirlySquirrely
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* In ''Literature/MyriadColorsPhantomWorld'', a Japanese company named Alayashiki was attacked by terrorists, releasing a brain-altering virus. This caused people to start seeing mythical creatures, like {{Youkai}}. A small percentage of children also developed special abilities.
19th Jan '16 6:14:59 PM Reign
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** Of course, this doesn't include powers granted through magic, and an episode of ''Arrow'' season 3 also revealed that metahumans exist who were nowhere near Central City at the time of the accelerator explosion.
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