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16th Mar '17 9:41:31 AM nombretomado
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* The ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting Paragons deals with superpowered individuals appearing in a world LikeRealityUnlessNoted. The point when the paragons first started appearing is called "The Breakout." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the Game Master]], the Breakout can be overt or subtle and a backstory event or the focus of the first session.

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* The ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' setting Paragons deals with superpowered individuals appearing in a world LikeRealityUnlessNoted. The point when the paragons first started appearing is called "The Breakout." [[DependingOnTheWriter Depending on the Game Master]], the Breakout can be overt or subtle and a backstory event or the focus of the first session.
14th Mar '17 9:32:53 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ForgingHephaestus'', there are occasional events called Confluences that result when a combination of unrelated factors result in the appearance of lots of new[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]]. While metas can still appear outside of Confluences, those occasions are far less frequent. The first known Confluence involved a FreakLabAccident, resulting in the laws of physics becoming far more malleable than before, thus allowing superpowers to be possible. Both the Alliance of Heroic Champions and the Villains' Guild anticipate Confluences and scramble to snatch up new recruits and prevent collateral damage from people suddenly having powers. The book's protagonist, a WreathedInFlames scientist named Tori Rivas is "[[AnOfferYouCantRefuse recruited]]" into the Villains' Guild and becomes an apprentice to a retired villain. While she herself gained her powers outside of a Confluence, one happens not long after she joins the Guild.

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* In ''Literature/ForgingHephaestus'', there are occasional events called Confluences that result when a combination of unrelated factors result in the appearance of lots of new[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]]. While metas can still appear outside of Confluences, those occasions are far less frequent. The first known Confluence involved a FreakLabAccident, resulting in the laws of physics becoming far more malleable than before, thus allowing superpowers to be possible. Both the Alliance of Heroic Champions and the Villains' Guild of Villainous Reformation anticipate Confluences and scramble to snatch up new recruits and prevent collateral damage from people suddenly having powers. The book's protagonist, a WreathedInFlames scientist named Tori Rivas is "[[AnOfferYouCantRefuse recruited]]" into the Villains' Guild and becomes an apprentice to a retired villain. While she herself gained her powers outside of a Confluence, one happens not long after she joins the Guild.
13th Mar '17 6:40:50 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''[[Literature/NightWatch Twilight Watch]]'', the book's villain wants to use a magical artifact to turn all humans in the world into [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]], not realizing that it'll be total chaos with people settling scores and grudges with magic rather than the usual way. In ''Sixth Watch'', a prophecy predicts the death of all Others in the world. It's explained that this will result in humans becoming Others to compensate with the same result as in ''Twilight Watch''. Both events are averted, fortunately.
13th Mar '17 6:21:02 AM ChronoLegion
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** Of course, this doesn't include powers granted through magic, and an episode of ''Series/{{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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** Of course, this doesn't include powers granted through magic, and an episode of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' season 3 also revealed that metahumans exist who were nowhere near Central City at the time of the accelerator explosion. The most recent season also gives Team Arrow its own meta, who happened to be in Central City during the event.
13th Mar '17 6:19:43 AM ChronoLegion
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** Then along comes ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', revealing that metahumans have been around since at least TheFourties (e.g. some members of the Justice Society of America). Then there are people affected by [=Nth=] metal (an alien substance from planet Thanagar), such as Vandal Savage, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. Some are never expalined, such as the Pilgrim's ability to freeze and reverse time locally.

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** Then along comes ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', revealing that metahumans have been around since at least TheFourties TheForties (e.g. some members of the Justice Society of America). Then there are people affected by [=Nth=] metal (an alien substance from planet Thanagar), such as Vandal Savage, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. Some are never expalined, such as the Pilgrim's ability to freeze and reverse time locally.
13th Mar '17 6:19:13 AM ChronoLegion
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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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** Of course, this doesn't include powers granted through magic, and an episode of ''Arrow'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' season 3 also revealed that metahumans exist who were nowhere near Central City at the time of the accelerator explosion.explosion.
** Then along comes ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', revealing that metahumans have been around since at least TheFourties (e.g. some members of the Justice Society of America). Then there are people affected by [=Nth=] metal (an alien substance from planet Thanagar), such as Vandal Savage, Hawkman, and Hawkgirl. Some are never expalined, such as the Pilgrim's ability to freeze and reverse time locally.
13th Mar '17 6:14:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/ForgingHephaestus'', there are occasional events called Confluences that result when a combination of unrelated factors result in the appearance of lots of new[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual metahumans]]. While metas can still appear outside of Confluences, those occasions are far less frequent. The first known Confluence involved a FreakLabAccident, resulting in the laws of physics becoming far more malleable than before, thus allowing superpowers to be possible. Both the Alliance of Heroic Champions and the Villains' Guild anticipate Confluences and scramble to snatch up new recruits and prevent collateral damage from people suddenly having powers. The book's protagonist, a WreathedInFlames scientist named Tori Rivas is "[[AnOfferYouCantRefuse recruited]]" into the Villains' Guild and becomes an apprentice to a retired villain. While she herself gained her powers outside of a Confluence, one happens not long after she joins the Guild.
11th Mar '17 4:15:28 PM nombretomado
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* The Big Bang from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' (and from the original MilestoneComics line that inspired it): the experimental "radioactive tracer gas" that police used during an apocalyptically large gang war left many of those exposed to it (participants and bystanders) with superpowers. Of course, some of these powers were not beneficial, and some characters likely died as a result. It is notable that the number of empowered characters is much lower than the number of people implied to be at the Big Bang.

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* The Big Bang from ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' (and from the original MilestoneComics Creator/MilestoneComics line that inspired it): the experimental "radioactive tracer gas" that police used during an apocalyptically large gang war left many of those exposed to it (participants and bystanders) with superpowers. Of course, some of these powers were not beneficial, and some characters likely died as a result. It is notable that the number of empowered characters is much lower than the number of people implied to be at the Big Bang.
27th Jan '17 6:31:22 AM MarqFJA
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A subtrope of MetaOrigin. Compare BizarreBabyBoom. Contrast RandomlyGifted.

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A subtrope of MetaOrigin.sister trope to MetaOrigin, in which multiple seemingly unrelated super-empowerings are {{retcon}}ed into having a common origin. Compare BizarreBabyBoom. Contrast RandomlyGifted.
27th Jan '17 6:28:30 AM MarqFJA
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In SuperHero stories, there are [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers many, many ways to give the lead super powers]]. However, sometimes it becomes cost efficient in terms of descriptive effort or setting construction to give every character the same super hero/villain origin story in a Mass SuperEmpowering Event.

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 [[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]]".

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In SuperHero stories, there are [[HowToGiveACharacterSuperPowers many, many ways ways]] to [[SuperEmpowering give the lead super powers]]. However, sometimes it becomes cost efficient in terms of descriptive effort or setting construction to give every character the same super hero/villain origin story in a Mass SuperEmpowering Super-Empowering Event.

The Mass Empowering Super-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 [[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]]".
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