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14th Mar '18 4:47:19 PM rixion
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* In the ''[[VideoGame/SaGa Final Fantasy Legend]]'' trilogy, mutants ("espers" in Japanese) are one of the playable races. In the first and second games they randomly gain or lose traits after battles.

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* In the ''[[VideoGame/SaGa ''[[Franchise/SaGaRPG Final Fantasy Legend]]'' trilogy, mutants ("espers" in Japanese) are one of the playable races. In the first and second games they randomly gain or lose traits after battles.
10th Feb '18 3:37:20 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most of the strongest people get that way via training really, really, ''really'' hard, getting a Devil Fruit, or most likely both. Big Mom is neither, she's simply a freak of nature. She was ''born'' abnormally strong and despite being a giant grew so rapidly she might as well be, and by age 5 was strong enough to seriously injure or kill ''giants'' on accident. Deconstructed, as her unique nature no one knew ''how'' to properly care for her, which ultimately lead to her severe mental illness as an adult.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most of the strongest people get that way via training really, really, ''really'' hard, getting a Devil Fruit, or most likely both. Big Mom is neither, she's simply a freak of nature. She was ''born'' abnormally strong and despite not being a giant grew so rapidly she might as well be, and by age 5 was strong enough to seriously injure or kill ''giants'' on accident. Deconstructed, as her unique nature no one knew ''how'' to properly care for her, which ultimately lead to her severe mental illness as an adult.
3rd Feb '18 8:59:18 PM Godzillawolf
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', most of the strongest people get that way via training really, really, ''really'' hard, getting a Devil Fruit, or most likely both. Big Mom is neither, she's simply a freak of nature. She was ''born'' abnormally strong and despite being a giant grew so rapidly she might as well be, and by age 5 was strong enough to seriously injure or kill ''giants'' on accident. Deconstructed, as her unique nature no one knew ''how'' to properly care for her, which ultimately lead to her severe mental illness as an adult.
1st Feb '18 9:05:51 PM Codefreak5
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* Just like the stories of Michael Moorcock, in ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'', sorcery of the Chaos realm can induce a permanent mutation on a unit (one out of 3 possible mutations, including breathing fire), changing it from it from its original race type to becoming a creature of Chaos. The two spells that does this are Chaos Channels and Doom Mastery.



* Most of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/NuclearThrone'' are mutates. The exceptions are Rogue (unmutated human), Robot (robot), Horror (living radiation being), and Y.V. (Venuzian God). They also become mutates as the game goes on, since leveling up involves collecting enough radiation to trigger a mutation.



* Just like the stories of Michael Moorcock, in ''VideoGame/MasterOfMagic'', sorcery of the Chaos realm can induce a permanent mutation on a unit (one out of 3 possible mutations, including breathing fire), changing it from it from its original race type to becoming a creature of Chaos. The two spells that does this are Chaos Channels and Doom Mastery.
31st Dec '17 6:28:55 AM Medinoc
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* The Website/{{tgchan}} adventure ''Fen Quest'' has the land of Erja Nokol, which in addition to having a mutant population is also home to highly mutagenic tar pools that cause even more drastic changes (turning "mutants" into "abominations", as per local terminology) if one ends up submerged in them. Yet some of the unluckiest mutants will willingly take a dip in tar, playing a second round of SuperpowerRussianRoulette on the off chance that the new mutations may improve their lot in life. That's what happened to Tomato: He became a quadruped (without gaining additional arms, which means he doesn't have hands) with a hide covered in poisonous barbs and can't talk without great pain, and as Cheese explains, that was a step ''up'' from what he used to be.

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* The Website/{{tgchan}} adventure ''Fen Quest'' ''Roleplay/FenQuest'' has the land of Erja Nokol, which in addition to having a mutant population is also home to highly mutagenic tar pools that cause even more drastic changes (turning "mutants" into "abominations", as per local terminology) if one ends up submerged in them. Yet some of the unluckiest mutants will willingly take a dip in tar, playing a second round of SuperpowerRussianRoulette on the off chance that the new mutations may improve their lot in life. That's what happened to Tomato: He became a quadruped (without gaining additional arms, which means he doesn't have hands) with a hide covered in poisonous barbs and can't talk without great pain, and as Cheese explains, that was a step ''up'' from what he used to be.
1st Dec '17 7:41:56 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* An interview with Creator/AkiraToriyama years after the conclusion of ''Manga/DragonBall'' revealed that Freeza and King Cold are mutants among their own race, hence why they are exceptionally strong compared to the vast majority of them. In the comic proper, the Ginyu Force are also confirmed mutants.



* One ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'''s protagonists is a PrehistoricMonster and every last mutant he encounters is antagonistic towards him, though some of them do become his friends later. For whatever reason, many of these monsters have their mutant status revoked in later Franchise/{{Digimon}} works.
* An interview with Creator/AkiraToriyama years after the conclusion of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' revealed that Freeza and King Cold are mutants among their own race, hence why they are exceptionally strong compared to the vast majority of them. In the show proper, the Ginyu Force are also confirmed mutants.

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* One of ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'''s protagonists is a PrehistoricMonster and every last mutant he encounters is antagonistic towards him, though some of them do become his friends later. For whatever reason, many of these monsters have their mutant status revoked in later Franchise/{{Digimon}} works.
* An interview with Creator/AkiraToriyama years after the conclusion of ''Franchise/DragonBall'' revealed that Freeza and King Cold are mutants among their own race, hence why they are exceptionally strong compared to the vast majority of them. In the show proper, the Ginyu Force are also confirmed mutants.
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24th Nov '17 4:51:54 PM Godzillawolf
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** 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]]. After Apple Bloom's CosmicReton, the myth that Sweetheart had HealingHands is made reality, being the result of her being mutated by the blast.]]

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** 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]]. After Apple Bloom's CosmicReton, CosmicRetcon, the myth that Sweetheart had HealingHands is made reality, being the result of her being mutated by the blast.]]
24th Nov '17 4:50:37 PM Godzillawolf
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** 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]].]]

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** 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]]. After Apple Bloom's CosmicReton, the myth that Sweetheart had HealingHands is made reality, being the result of her being mutated by the blast.]]
11th Nov '17 11:27:03 AM kikiandlala
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* In VideoGame/{{Sacrifice}}, there's a tribe of humanoids that are afflicted with a genetically inherited cancerous disease. The goddess Persephone has taken pity on this mutant tribe and while they aren't cured of it, they have been given resistance to the pain it causes, in return the mutants act as Persephone's artillery by ripping out tumours from their bodies and throw them at enemies from long range.


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* With Chaos and Skaven in ''VideoGames/TotalWarWarhammer'', you have units like Chaos Spawn and Hellpit Abominations that come from creatures mutated by supernatural forces.
27th Oct '17 9:13:03 AM RedScharlach
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* Mutants are fairly rare in DC Comics, especially compared to their prevalence in Marvel, but one of the most prominent is actually a supervillain; Mano, one of the members of LegionOfSuperHeroes villains, the Fatal Five. Mano is one of the few metahumans explicitly mentioned as being a mutant, having been born with the ability to disintegrate anything he touched with his right hand. Notably however, Mano is not humans, but an ''alien'' mutant. As a response to the mistreatment he recieved because of his mutation, Mano became a monster and used his anti-matter touch to destroy his own homeworld, afterward plaguing the galaxy at large.

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* Mutants are fairly rare in DC Comics, especially compared to their prevalence in Marvel, but one of the most prominent is actually a supervillain; Mano, one of the members of LegionOfSuperHeroes villains, the Fatal Five. Mano is one of the few metahumans explicitly mentioned as being a mutant, having been born with the ability to disintegrate anything he touched with his right hand. Notably however, Mano is not humans, but an ''alien'' mutant. As a response to the mistreatment he recieved received because of his mutation, Mano became a monster and used his anti-matter touch to destroy his own homeworld, afterward plaguing the galaxy at large.



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



* ''Literature/TheChrysalids'' by Creator/JohnWyndham features a [[WorldWarIII post-apocalyptic society]] where mutants are a common occurrence. However, seeing as its a CrapsackWorld, they're immediately exiled or killed on discovery.

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* ''Literature/TheChrysalids'' by Creator/JohnWyndham features a [[WorldWarIII post-apocalyptic society]] where mutants are a common occurrence. However, seeing as its it's a CrapsackWorld, they're immediately exiled or killed on discovery.



* ''Literature/{{Mindscape}}'': The Vermittlers, the only people who can penetrate the barrier, are not trsuted because they are genetically engineered. In the novel, the Vermittlers have a parallel in the Sioux Indian Ghost Dancers; both groups are treated as outcasts and relate to the Barrier by singing to it.

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* ''Literature/{{Mindscape}}'': The Vermittlers, the only people who can penetrate the barrier, are not trsuted trusted because they are genetically engineered. In the novel, the Vermittlers have a parallel in the Sioux Indian Ghost Dancers; both groups are treated as outcasts and relate to the Barrier by singing to it.



* [[ShockAndAwe Gwen Raiden]] from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has extremely high voltage, and over the years has discovered interesting uses with her powers. For example, sticking her hand in a laser grid, and taking control of the lasers without setting off the alarm. She stands out as this trope because she lacks demonic heritage or magical training like most powered being in this universe, she just developed it naturally. (Though the source of her power is never really examined and could in fact be supernaturally based. All that's really known is she gets struck by lightning a lot.)

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* [[ShockAndAwe Gwen Raiden]] from ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has extremely high voltage, and over the years has discovered interesting uses with her powers. For example, sticking her hand in a laser grid, and taking control of the lasers without setting off the alarm. She stands out as this trope because she lacks demonic heritage or magical training like most powered being beings in this universe, universe; she just developed it the ability naturally. (Though the source of her power is never really examined and could in fact be supernaturally based. All that's really known is she gets struck by lightning a lot.)



* The preponderance of evidence suggests that Britain's ''Queen Victoria'' was a genuine mutant. Many of her descendants inherited the allele for hemophilia from her, yet neither of her parents' bloodlines carry this trait, indicating that a random genetic mutation made her a carrier for this disorder... that assumes that all of her official ancestors were her actual ancestors. Because she was an only child, it's also possible that her mother was the mutant, and she only inherited it, making them both carriers. (Because her mother had brothers, it's improbable that it went back any farther.)

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* The preponderance of evidence suggests that Britain's ''Queen Victoria'' was a genuine mutant. Many of her descendants inherited the allele for hemophilia from her, yet neither of her parents' bloodlines carry this trait, indicating that a random genetic mutation made her a carrier for this disorder... although that assumes that all of her official ancestors were her actual ancestors. Because she was an only child, it's also possible that her mother was the mutant, and she only inherited it, making them both carriers. (Because her mother had brothers, it's improbable that it went back any farther.)



* 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.

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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.



* The ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', despite their name, are actually mutates instead of mutants, having been born normal turtles before being turned into TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats by a mysterious substance known either as Ooze or Mutagen (in reality industrial waste created by the alien Utroms in the comics and most later incarnations, and Krang in the first cartoon). The same goes for virtually their entire supporting cast, most notably their adoptive father Splinter, and sometimes-foe Leatherhed.

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* The ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', despite their name, are actually mutates instead of mutants, having been born normal turtles before being turned into TeenageMutantSamuraiWombats by a mysterious substance known either as Ooze or Mutagen (in reality industrial waste created by the alien Utroms in the comics and most later incarnations, and Krang in the first cartoon). The same goes for virtually their entire supporting cast, most notably their adoptive father Splinter, and sometimes-foe Leatherhed.Leatherhead.



** One Superman Story, very likely as a TakeThat against Marvel, featured a group of 4 people who got exposed to space-radiation. They mutated and got super powers alright. All of them ended up becoming unbalanced and eventually comitted suicide (aside from their leader who became the villainous Cyborg Superman) because radiation is dangerous.

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** One Superman Story, story, very likely as a TakeThat against Marvel, featured a group of 4 people who got exposed to space-radiation. They mutated and got super powers alright. All of them ended up becoming unbalanced and eventually comitted committed suicide (aside from their leader who became the villainous Cyborg Superman) because radiation is dangerous.



* Despite Comicbook/SinCity being more realistic than most comic series, The Yellow Bastard could still very easily be considered a mutate. He underwent gene therapy in order to reattatch his lost body parts and repair his damaged brain, turning into a yellow freak in the process. Its heavily implied that his yellow color and trademark stench is due to organ damage the process caused him, leading to his body filling with bile as it basically rots while he's still alive.
* Zig-zagged in the DCU. While there are some straight-up mutates, [[MetaOrigin many super heroes (and villains) were later]] reconned to have something called a "Metagene", which grants super powers under a moment of [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening intense psychological stress]].

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* Despite Comicbook/SinCity being more realistic than most comic series, The Yellow Bastard could still very easily be considered a mutate. He underwent gene therapy in order to reattatch reattach his lost body parts and repair his damaged brain, turning into a yellow freak in the process. Its It's heavily implied that his yellow color and trademark stench is due to organ damage the process caused him, by the process, leading to his body filling with bile as it basically rots while he's still alive.
* Zig-zagged in the DCU. While there are some straight-up mutates, [[MetaOrigin many super heroes (and villains) were later]] reconned retconned to have something called a "Metagene", which grants super powers under a moment of [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening intense psychological stress]].



* The apocalyptic film ''Film/PropheciesOfNostradamus'' / ''The Last Days of Planet Earth'' featured several mutates (and a few Mutants as well) of varying stripes. One of the most frightening was a group of irradiated humans who became arboreal cannibals covered with cancerous sours.
* The film ''Film/TheAlligatorPeople'' has... well, a man whose genes got mixed with an alligator due to Radiation.

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* The apocalyptic film ''Film/PropheciesOfNostradamus'' / ''The Last Days of Planet Earth'' featured several mutates (and a few Mutants as well) of varying stripes. One of the most frightening was a group of irradiated humans who became arboreal cannibals covered with cancerous sours.sores.
* The film ''Film/TheAlligatorPeople'' has... well, a man whose genes got mixed with an alligator due to Radiation.radiation.



* Probably the UrExample is Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' is about a scientist turning animals into antropoid creatures using vivisection. The different [[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau film adaptations]] generally update the vivisection part with more plausible methods like hormones and genetic manipulation.

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* Probably the UrExample is Creator/HGWells' ''Literature/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau'' is about a scientist turning animals into antropoid anthropoid creatures using vivisection. The different [[Film/TheIslandOfDoctorMoreau film adaptations]] generally update the vivisection part with more plausible methods like hormones and genetic manipulation.



** Two major in-game races, the Ghouls and the Super Mutants, are the result of a combination of radiation fallout and the Forced Evolutionary Virus, a pre-war biological weapon that was designed to create disposable super soldiers. When the war happened, some containment vessels burst and were exposed to radiation, creating an air-borne version of the virus that turns anyone exposed to it alongside a massive dose of radiation into a Ghoul, a person who looks just like a zombie even though they're still alive. They also gain immunity from radiation which instead heals them, AND makes them biologically immortal, but has the drawback of running the risk of turning Feral, a state when their brains decay from radiation exposure, turning them into mindless cannibals, like a traditional zombie, and making them sterile as well. The Super Mutants on the other hand are the result of direct, untainted exposure to the FEV, which turns humans into hulking, ogre-like monsters with SuperStrength, biological immortality and superhuman toughness. Unfortunatly, it also tends to lower their intelligence, and renders the mutate completely sterile.

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** Two major in-game races, the Ghouls and the Super Mutants, are the result of a combination of radiation fallout and the Forced Evolutionary Virus, a pre-war biological weapon that was designed to create disposable super soldiers. When the war happened, some containment vessels burst and were exposed to radiation, creating an air-borne version of the virus that turns anyone exposed to it alongside a massive dose of radiation into a Ghoul, a person who looks just like a zombie even though they're still alive. They also gain immunity from radiation which instead heals them, AND makes them biologically immortal, but has the drawback of running the risk of turning Feral, a state when their brains decay from radiation exposure, turning them into mindless cannibals, like a traditional zombie, and making them sterile as well. The Super Mutants on the other hand are the result of direct, untainted exposure to the FEV, which turns humans into hulking, ogre-like monsters with SuperStrength, biological immortality and superhuman toughness. Unfortunatly, Unfortunately, it also tends to lower their intelligence, and renders the mutate completely sterile.
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