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31st Jan '16 8:11:33 AM nombretomado
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* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' introduced the concept of the metagene into animation, with the explanation that a small percentage of the human race possessed the genetic potential to develop superpowers in times of duress. Comicbook/{{Static}}, Neutron, and [[CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzes]] of the four CanonForeigner SuperFriends all got their powers from metagenes, as opposed to the comics, where they all had separate and wildly different origins.
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* Season 2 of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' introduced the concept of the metagene into animation, with the explanation that a small percentage of the human race possessed the genetic potential to develop superpowers in times of duress. Comicbook/{{Static}}, Neutron, and [[CaptainErsatz Captain Ersatzes]] of the four CanonForeigner SuperFriends {{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}} all got their powers from metagenes, as opposed to the comics, where they all had separate and wildly different origins.
8th Jan '16 4:37:04 PM nombretomado
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* The 1990s ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' has the science of "Neogenics", which is basically the science of applying LegoGenetics to an existing life-form (why take years to grow your super-mutant to adulthood when you can zap someone who is already an adult?) in a process that involves a kind of radiation. The spider that bit Peter hadn't been zapped by generic [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation]], but with a "neogenic recombinator". Neogenics goes on to be responsible for the transformation Lizard, Scorpion, Vulture, and Morbius, mostly preserving their comic-book origins but pulling them together in a way that makes it a bit more plausible than a bunch of MillionToOneChance accidents.
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* The 1990s ''SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' has the science of "Neogenics", which is basically the science of applying LegoGenetics to an existing life-form (why take years to grow your super-mutant to adulthood when you can zap someone who is already an adult?) in a process that involves a kind of radiation. The spider that bit Peter hadn't been zapped by generic [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation]], but with a "neogenic recombinator". Neogenics goes on to be responsible for the transformation Lizard, Scorpion, Vulture, and Morbius, mostly preserving their comic-book origins but pulling them together in a way that makes it a bit more plausible than a bunch of MillionToOneChance accidents.
7th Jan '16 8:01:53 PM nombretomado
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* With the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]]'' series, ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' began handling this trope surprisingly well, especially when there are so many series in each {{Continuity}} which requires balancing to prevent StoryBreakerPower. Most involve HumanAliens, AncientAstronauts and so on, but a few games will mix the different varieties of AppliedPhlebotinum as manifestations of some greater, overarching power in the universe. For example, ''Alpha'' establishes that [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Rays]], [[Anime/GaoGaiGar The Power]], [[Anime/GoShogun Beamler]], [[PsychicPower Psychodrivers]], the [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} STMC]], [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Anima Spiritia]] and the [[SpaceRunawayIdeon Ide]] are all aspects of the AkashicRecords, better known as fate.
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* With the ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha Alpha]]'' series, ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' began handling this trope surprisingly well, especially when there are so many series in each {{Continuity}} which requires balancing to prevent StoryBreakerPower. Most involve HumanAliens, AncientAstronauts and so on, but a few games will mix the different varieties of AppliedPhlebotinum as manifestations of some greater, overarching power in the universe. For example, ''Alpha'' establishes that [[Manga/GetterRobo Getter Rays]], [[Anime/GaoGaiGar The Power]], [[Anime/GoShogun Beamler]], [[PsychicPower Psychodrivers]], the [[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} STMC]], [[Anime/{{Macross 7}} Anima Spiritia]] and the [[SpaceRunawayIdeon [[Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon Ide]] are all aspects of the AkashicRecords, better known as fate.
1st Jan '16 7:49:18 PM jormis29
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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' involves the original SuperHero and his RivalTurnedEvil opening Pandora's Box, unleashing the last four millennia of humanity's stored creativity. This was in the early 1930s, again paralleling UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. In the novel ''Web of Arachnos'', it's claimed that the last time the box was opened, it led to the gods of Greek myth. But it's also said specifically that not ''all'' beings of legend were born of its power...
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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' involves the original SuperHero and his RivalTurnedEvil opening Pandora's Box, PandorasBox, unleashing the last four millennia of humanity's stored creativity. This was in the early 1930s, again paralleling UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks. In the novel ''Web of Arachnos'', it's claimed that the last time the box was opened, it led to the gods of Greek myth. But it's also said specifically that not ''all'' beings of legend were born of its power...
30th Dec '15 12:14:18 AM Anddrix
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** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Action Comics]]'', John Henry Irons (ComicBook/{{Steel}}) and John Corben (Metallo) both got their PoweredArmor from the US Military's "Steel Soldier" project, which was designed by SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and headed by ComicBook/LoisLane's father, General Sam Lane. Further on, it's also revealed that their suits were reverse-engineered from ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}'s technology, and that Brainiac's psychic influence was the initial cause of Metallo's insanity.
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** In the ComicBook/{{New 52}} version of ''[[ComicBook/GrantMorrisonsActionComics Action Comics]]'', John Henry Irons (ComicBook/{{Steel}}) and John Corben (Metallo) both got their PoweredArmor from the US Military's "Steel Soldier" project, which was designed by SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor ComicBook/LexLuthor and headed by ComicBook/LoisLane's father, General Sam Lane. Further on, it's also revealed that their suits were reverse-engineered from ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}'s technology, and that Brainiac's psychic influence was the initial cause of Metallo's insanity.
28th Dec '15 1:17:12 PM Anddrix
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** It also establishes DoctorDoom's PoweredArmor as something engineered from [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Makluan technology]], much like the Mandarin's [[RingOfPower rings]]. Likewise, the Grey Gargoyle is reimagined as one of the Makluan's guardians, rather than a human scientist who gave himself superpowers.
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** It also establishes DoctorDoom's Doctor Doom's PoweredArmor as something engineered from [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum Makluan technology]], much like the Mandarin's [[RingOfPower rings]]. Likewise, the Grey Gargoyle is reimagined as one of the Makluan's guardians, rather than a human scientist who gave himself superpowers.
17th Nov '15 9:54:28 PM KeithM
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** ''AgentsOfSHIELD'' [[spoiler: establishes that HYDRA was originally an ancient cult worshiping a powerful Inhuman who had been exiled from Earth.]] HYDRA was the proximate cause of much of the preceding: their actions led to the creation of the Strategic Scientific Reserve (later SHIELD) in response, which led to the creation of the Super Soldier Project, HYDRA were the ones who uncovered the Tesseract and began using it, uncovering the Tesseract led to Loki's invasion that created the Avengers, and HYDRA was also responsible for the creation of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (which accidentally led to Tony Stark creating Ultron). All of this can therefore be directly connected [[spoiler: to the Kree having attempted to create supersoldiers out of humans (creating the first Inhumans) in the ancient past]].
4th Nov '15 5:24:11 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', TheFalcon's wings and costume are actually a suit of PoweredArmor he made with help from his teammate [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'', TheFalcon's ComicBook/TheFalcon's wings and costume are actually a suit of PoweredArmor he made with help from his teammate [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]].
2nd Nov '15 12:30:26 PM StFan
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** MattFraction's final arc on ''TheDefenders'' revealed that ''all'' superhumans are the result of manipulation from a race of beings called The Omega, who needed a fighting force of extraordinary creatures to battle a god-like entity called the Death Celestial. The Omega used a machine that helped miracles occur in order to create said superhumans, thus explaining why so many people have gained powers from {{Freak Lab Accident}}s and {{Million To One Chance}}s, rather than simply ending up dead as they would in real ife. * TheDCU copied the Marvel concept when they introduced the "metagene" in the 1988 CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!''. When someone with this gene underwent a moment of extraordinary physical stress, the gene would activate, giving them some ability that would allow them to handle it. Any character who doesn't have powers from some other, explicit source is assumed to be a "metahuman". Interestingly, the reason for the extreme variance and unusual circumstances of activation is explained; the gene was originally adapted to give everyone all available powers freely, but was sabotaged by some AncientAstronauts tens of thousands of years ago because humanity frightened them.
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** MattFraction's Creator/MattFraction's final arc on ''TheDefenders'' ''ComicBook/TheDefenders'' revealed that ''all'' superhumans are the result of manipulation from a race of beings called The Omega, who needed a fighting force of extraordinary creatures to battle a god-like entity called the Death Celestial. The Omega used a machine that helped miracles occur in order to create said superhumans, thus explaining why so many people have gained powers from {{Freak Lab Accident}}s and {{Million To One Chance}}s, rather than simply ending up dead as they would in real ife. * TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU copied the Marvel concept when they introduced the "metagene" in the 1988 CrisisCrossover ''ComicBook/{{Invasion}}!''. When someone with this gene underwent a moment of extraordinary physical stress, the gene would activate, giving them some ability that would allow them to handle it. Any character who doesn't have powers from some other, explicit source is assumed to be a "metahuman". Interestingly, the reason for the extreme variance and unusual circumstances of activation is explained; the gene was originally adapted to give everyone all available powers freely, but was sabotaged by some AncientAstronauts tens of thousands of years ago because humanity frightened them.
31st Oct '15 4:19:58 PM nombretomado
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** Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' established that all characters with plant powers ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} Poison Ivy]], [[TheAtom Floronic Man]], etc.) were connected to "the Green". Creator/NeilGaiman later added ComicBook/BlackOrchid, and revealed most of them were at university together. ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' parallels it by establishing that Animal Man and all animal-based characters ([[Comicbook/TeenTitans Beast Boy]], [[Comicbook/DemonKnights Horsewoman]], ComicBook/{{Vixen}} etc.) are connected to "the Red". The Comicbook/{{New 52}} keeps this.
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** Creator/AlanMoore's run on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' established that all characters with plant powers ([[Franchise/{{Batman}} Poison Ivy]], [[TheAtom [[ComicBook/TheAtom Floronic Man]], etc.) were connected to "the Green". Creator/NeilGaiman later added ComicBook/BlackOrchid, and revealed most of them were at university together. ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'' parallels it by establishing that Animal Man and all animal-based characters ([[Comicbook/TeenTitans Beast Boy]], [[Comicbook/DemonKnights Horsewoman]], ComicBook/{{Vixen}} etc.) are connected to "the Red". The Comicbook/{{New 52}} keeps this.

** Another, minor example was Bumblebee. In the show, she was the sidekick of TheAtom and got her {{Sizeshifter}} powers from the same white dwarf star matter that her mentor used.
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** Another, minor example was Bumblebee. In the show, she was the sidekick of TheAtom ComicBook/TheAtom and got her {{Sizeshifter}} powers from the same white dwarf star matter that her mentor used.
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