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29th Apr '16 12:12:15 AM jormis29
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* In Website/TheOnion article "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/new-osha-regulations-cut-down-workplace-mutations-52828 New OSHA Regulations To Cut Down On Workplace Mutations]]", laws are proposed specifically to prevent people from spontaneously mutating due to workplace accidents in [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering facilities]], pharmaceutical development, hazardous waste processing plants, [[NuclearNasty nuclear power plants]], or particle accelerators causing them to develop antennae, compound eyes, mouths on their hands, the heads of venus flytraps, or similar drastic mutations..

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* In Website/TheOnion article "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/new-osha-regulations-cut-down-workplace-mutations-52828 New OSHA Regulations To Cut Down On Workplace Mutations]]", laws are proposed specifically to prevent people from spontaneously mutating due to workplace accidents in [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering facilities]], pharmaceutical development, hazardous waste processing plants, [[NuclearNasty nuclear power plants]], or [[MagicalParticleAccelerator particle accelerators accelerators]] causing them to develop antennae, compound eyes, mouths on their hands, the heads of venus flytraps, or similar drastic mutations..
28th Apr '16 9:22:06 AM Theriocephalus
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* In Website/TheOnion article "[[http://www.theonion.com/article/new-osha-regulations-cut-down-workplace-mutations-52828 New OSHA Regulations To Cut Down On Workplace Mutations]]", laws are proposed specifically to prevent people from spontaneously mutating due to workplace accidents in [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering facilities]], pharmaceutical development, hazardous waste processing plants, [[NuclearNasty nuclear power plants]], or particle accelerators causing them to develop antennae, compound eyes, mouths on their hands, the heads of venus flytraps, or similar drastic mutations..
19th Apr '16 1:02:06 PM Ambaryerno
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* Creator/OzzyOsbourne was born with a genetic mutation that [[ImmuneToDrugs enables his body to better metabolize narcotics than an average human]]. [[http://www.indyposted.com/123988/scientists-say-ozzy-osbourne-is-a-genetic-mutant-are-you-surprised/ Geneticists at Cambridge University]] discovered this when they mapped his genome to determine how how he managed to survive so long.
19th Mar '16 4:00:44 AM Arivne
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** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-065 SCP-065 ("Destroyed Organic Catalyst")]]. Any animals within 12 meters of the center of SCP-065 suffer rapid harmful mutations. The larger the animal is, the faster the mutations occur.
16th Mar '16 7:18:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mutants exist in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' universe and, until recent years, were banned from MegaCity One.
* In ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'', mutants were the result of a nuclear war. Nelson Bunker Kreelman tries to have them exterminated and they rebel, winning their right to exist. However, they are banned from all employment, barring bounty hunting.
5th Feb '16 9:21:48 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/237978/how-trixie-somehow-saved-hearths-warming How Trixie (Somehow) Saved Hearth's Warming]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the BigBad Leidr is a mutant Windigo. The rest of his kind are nonsapient beasts who act purely on instinct, but he's completely sapient and was born that way. This fact [[SympathyForTheDevil the heroes reaching out to him]] after his defeat upon realizing how lonely and painful it was to have the rest of your kind be completely incapable of understanding you.]]

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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/237978/how-trixie-somehow-saved-hearths-warming How Trixie (Somehow) Saved Hearth's Warming]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the BigBad Leidr is a mutant Windigo. The rest of his kind are nonsapient beasts who act purely on instinct, but he's completely sapient and was born that way. This fact is the cause of [[SympathyForTheDevil the heroes reaching out to him]] after his defeat upon realizing how lonely and painful it was to have the rest of your kind be completely incapable of understanding you.]]


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* The giant octopus from ''Octopus'' is similar to the above example. A biological weapon spill resulted in it's ancestors being mutated, and several generations later the gigantic beast of the film results.


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* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', there are several examples.
** The apocalypse (the magical equivalent of a nuclear holocaust) that ended the Golden Age mutated several beings into monsters, some of which became complete species. [[spoiler:The Griffins and sapient livestock are positive examples, as they were mutated in such a way as [[UpliftedAnimal to become sapient]].]]
** It turns out this is [[spoiler:the origin of the Sirens.]] They were originally [[spoiler:a trio of Sea Ponies who had a magic spell that allowed them to transform into Flutterponies. Then the aforementioned apocalypse happened, mutating them into their SeaMonster forms and making them extremely powerful and dangerous. One of their siblings wasn't so lucky and didn't survive the mutation.]]
** Lord Tirek was originally a normal centaur before [[spoiler:absorbing an unholy amount of magic from Pandora's Box]] mutated him into his current form.

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19th Jan '16 11:42:26 AM nombretomado
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* Creator/MilestoneComics' ComicBook/{{Static}}, probably better known in his [[StaticShock animated form.]]

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* Creator/MilestoneComics' ComicBook/{{Static}}, probably better known in his [[StaticShock [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock animated form.]]
3rd Jan '16 11:00:16 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/237978/how-trixie-somehow-saved-hearths-warming How Trixie (Somehow) Saved Hearth's Warming]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:the BigBad Leidr is a mutant Windigo. The rest of his kind are nonsapient beasts who act purely on instinct, but he's completely sapient and was born that way. This fact [[SympathyForTheDevil the heroes reaching out to him]] after his defeat upon realizing how lonely and painful it was to have the rest of your kind be completely incapable of understanding you.]]
1st Jan '16 1:05:40 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' is, while the Marvel aspects are primarily based on the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse, considerable elements of mainstream comics canon, mutants among them, including most of the classic X-Men (in sometimes slightly altered forms), Wanda Maximoff, Peter Wisdom [[spoiler: a.k.a. Regulus Black, making him a wizard too]] and there are persistent references to {{Magneto}} as TheDreaded. [[spoiler: Harry himself is one, via his mother, whose own mother was the sister of Jean Grey's grandmother, underlining his status as a HeinzHybrid. That said, it is implied that his mutation and Asgardian abilities will clash in the form of a brain haemorrhage.]]
** This is also given as the origin for the ability to use magic, a genetic mutation called 'the M-Gene', which can have considerable variation in how it manifests - i.e. wanded wizards or wandless, stronger or weaker practitioners who, in the latter case, do different things.
** The Morlocks are also referenced.
13th Dec '15 6:03:58 PM nombretomado
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Mutants in fiction follow this same basic idea (though normally portrayed in [[MagicGenetics biologically implausible or impossible]] ways), but have a much wider variety of phenotype effects than RealLife mutations because of HollywoodEvolution. Fictional mutants are often {{Super Hero}}es, because "mutation" is a [[MetaOrigin very easy way]] to get multiple [[StockSuperpowers power sets]] from a single SuperHeroOrigin (this is why ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', the first major comic to have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters introduced all at once, starred a group of mutants). Just as often, humans or other animals are mutated somehow into [[PowerUpgradingDeformation hideous]] AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters for the heroes to fight, or [[TheGrotesque pitiful misunderstood freaks]]. Because even low levels of radiation can be deadly with prolonged exposure, it's common for stories to have RadiationImmuneMutants who can survive, thrive on, or ''require'' radiation to live.

There are two different ways to use the word Mutant: it can refer to characters who were born with a mutation, such as most members of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. Creator/MarvelComics, the storytellers that have to be the most specific about this kind of thing, refers to these as '''Mutants'''. The other definition is things that have had their genetic code changed after birth, whether by [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation damage]], [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke gene therapy]], or a [[ThePlague pandemic disease]]. Marvel calls these '''Mutates'''. Usually in fiction, these after-market mutations also alter germ cells and [[LamarckWasRight get passed on to the mutate's kids]]. For clarity's sake (and in accordance with the [[SuperRegistrationAct Mutant Registration Act]]), we keep the examples of these two different kinds of mutation separate.

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Mutants in fiction follow this same basic idea (though normally portrayed in [[MagicGenetics biologically implausible or impossible]] ways), but have a much wider variety of phenotype effects than RealLife mutations because of HollywoodEvolution. Fictional mutants are often {{Super Hero}}es, because "mutation" is a [[MetaOrigin very easy way]] to get multiple [[StockSuperpowers power sets]] from a single SuperHeroOrigin (this is why ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', the first major comic to have LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters introduced all at once, starred a group of mutants). Just as often, humans or other animals are mutated somehow into [[PowerUpgradingDeformation hideous]] AlwaysChaoticEvil monsters for the heroes to fight, or [[TheGrotesque pitiful misunderstood freaks]]. Because even low levels of radiation can be deadly with prolonged exposure, it's common for stories to have RadiationImmuneMutants who can survive, thrive on, or ''require'' radiation to live.

There are two different ways to use the word Mutant: it can refer to characters who were born with a mutation, such as most members of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.ComicBook/XMen. Creator/MarvelComics, the storytellers that have to be the most specific about this kind of thing, refers to these as '''Mutants'''. The other definition is things that have had their genetic code changed after birth, whether by [[ILoveNuclearPower radiation damage]], [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke gene therapy]], or a [[ThePlague pandemic disease]]. Marvel calls these '''Mutates'''. Usually in fiction, these after-market mutations also alter germ cells and [[LamarckWasRight get passed on to the mutate's kids]]. For clarity's sake (and in accordance with the [[SuperRegistrationAct Mutant Registration Act]]), we keep the examples of these two different kinds of mutation separate.



* This is the premise of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' franchise, where mutations form the team's MetaOrigin for StockSuperPowers ranging from the semi plausible to the blatantly absurd. [[FantasticRacism Discrimination]] against Mutants and by Mutants (some of whom believe that they, collectively, are [[EvolutionaryLevels a step above humanity]]) is one of the work's constant major themes.

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* This is the premise of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Franchise/XMen'' franchise, where mutations form the team's MetaOrigin for StockSuperPowers ranging from the semi plausible to the blatantly absurd. [[FantasticRacism Discrimination]] against Mutants and by Mutants (some of whom believe that they, collectively, are [[EvolutionaryLevels a step above humanity]]) is one of the work's constant major themes.



* The escapism inherent in this trope was subverted as early as 1954, in Creator/AlfredBester's short story "5,271,009." Here, the main character is put in a ''LotusEaterMachine'' and experiences multiple juvenile fantasies, each of which is explained by "a mysterious mutant strain in his makeup that makes him different." On the other hand, the Espers (telepaths) of ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' fit the Franchise/{{X-Men}} version very closely, including the idea of classifying them according to different levels of super power.

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* The escapism inherent in this trope was subverted as early as 1954, in Creator/AlfredBester's short story "5,271,009." Here, the main character is put in a ''LotusEaterMachine'' and experiences multiple juvenile fantasies, each of which is explained by "a mysterious mutant strain in his makeup that makes him different." On the other hand, the Espers (telepaths) of ''Literature/TheDemolishedMan'' fit the Franchise/{{X-Men}} Franchise/XMen version very closely, including the idea of classifying them according to different levels of super power.



* Mutants in the ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' style are the basis of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Some tiny fraction of the people who have the 'meta-gene complex' manifest as mutants, typically around age 14. Most of them - good, bad, or indifferent - go to Whateley Academy to learn how to use their powers and not get murdered by lynch mobs of baselines.

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* Mutants in the ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'' ''Franchise/XMen'' style are the basis of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. Some tiny fraction of the people who have the 'meta-gene complex' manifest as mutants, typically around age 14. Most of them - good, bad, or indifferent - go to Whateley Academy to learn how to use their powers and not get murdered by lynch mobs of baselines.
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