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17th Jul '17 2:00:07 PM Mr_Burroughs
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* In ''Comicbook/TheBoys'', Compound V is what gives people superpowers. Usually, samples just give temporary powers but the pure kind gives you powers permanently. Guess which sort [[spoiler:Billy Butcher injects Wee Hughie]] with...?
16th Jul '17 5:36:47 PM nombretomado
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* In the years before WW2, Finland was one of the world's largest users of medicinal heroin. When the war began, and the Soviet Union invaded Finland, beginning the Winter War, Finnish soldiers were issued with heroin pills. At least one Finnish historian has said that the Finnish army's exceptionally level-headed defence of Finnish territory was in part due to the fact that Finland's soldiers were, shall we say, feeling no pain.

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* In the years before WW2, [=WW2=], Finland was one of the world's largest users of medicinal heroin. When the war began, and the Soviet Union invaded Finland, beginning the Winter War, Finnish soldiers were issued with heroin pills. At least one Finnish historian has said that the Finnish army's exceptionally level-headed defence of Finnish territory was in part due to the fact that Finland's soldiers were, shall we say, feeling no pain.
9th Jul '17 9:07:07 AM nombretomado
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* A subplot in the second season of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' involves a drug called "Mirakuru", which was developed by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 in order to create an army of {{Super Soldier}}s. [[spoiler: It ends being what grants both [[Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} Slade Wilson]] and Solomon Grundy their powers]].

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* A subplot in the second season of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' involves a drug called "Mirakuru", which was developed by the Japanese during UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in order to create an army of {{Super Soldier}}s. [[spoiler: It ends being what grants both [[Comicbook/{{Deathstroke}} Slade Wilson]] and Solomon Grundy their powers]].



* The [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German military]] from 1938 throughout WorldWarTwo used liberally a compound of the dreaded methamphetamine (then known as [[http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,354606,00.html Pervitin]] and often laced into chocolate to mask its bitter taste), in the hopes it would give the soldiers and most importantly airmen superhuman performance. While it certainly did not grant ''super''human powers, it really did enable levels of wakefulness and concentration similar to that achieved by caffeine and increased levels of aggressiveness. Germany was particularly dependent upon Pervitin because the blockade meant she was unable to acquire coffee or caffeinated tea in the requisite quanties. The Wehrmacht actually cut back on the issuing of pervitin in 1941-2 due to the adverse side effects of hyperaggression and addiction, but ended up issuing more of it than ever before from 1943 onward as things went from bad to worse in Ukraine and then Belarus.

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* The [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons German military]] from 1938 throughout WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII used liberally a compound of the dreaded methamphetamine (then known as [[http://www.spiegel.de/international/0,1518,354606,00.html Pervitin]] and often laced into chocolate to mask its bitter taste), in the hopes it would give the soldiers and most importantly airmen superhuman performance. While it certainly did not grant ''super''human powers, it really did enable levels of wakefulness and concentration similar to that achieved by caffeine and increased levels of aggressiveness. Germany was particularly dependent upon Pervitin because the blockade meant she was unable to acquire coffee or caffeinated tea in the requisite quanties. The Wehrmacht actually cut back on the issuing of pervitin in 1941-2 due to the adverse side effects of hyperaggression and addiction, but ended up issuing more of it than ever before from 1943 onward as things went from bad to worse in Ukraine and then Belarus.
8th Jul '17 1:03:34 PM Kotomikun
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* Many games have stat-boosting powerup potions, but the sheer number of them in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' makes it a notable example; it's not uncommon to boost yourself to over 1000% of your normal strength. Not all potions are, strictly speaking, ''potions'' (many are oddball things like horoscopes or trivia cards), but most of the actual potions consist of questionable substances like "gremlin mutagen," were-seal blood, or dangerously high-pressure spheres of something concocted by evil mer-people.
8th Jul '17 12:22:53 PM Kotomikun
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* The French ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books concern a Gallic town which fends off Roman domination by use of a magic potion which grants superhuman strength. In one entry, Asterix entered the (original Greek) Olympic games, only to be penalised for use of the potion (rather like steroid use in the modern Olympics, which is sort of funny since the original Olympics ''encouraged'' the use of performance enhancing drugs since it made for more interesting competitions). [[spoiler:He finally won a race by tricking all opponents into using the potion previously mixed with a blue food colorant.]]

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* The French ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' books concern a Gallic town which fends off Roman domination by use of a magic potion which grants superhuman strength.
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In one entry, Asterix entered the (original Greek) Olympic games, only to be penalised for use of the potion (rather like steroid use in the modern Olympics, which is sort of funny since the original Olympics ''encouraged'' the use of performance enhancing drugs since it made for more interesting competitions). [[spoiler:He finally won a race by tricking all opponents into using the potion previously mixed with a blue food colorant.]]]]
** Obelix is the only character who doesn't need the potion to have superhuman fighting powers... because someone dropped him in a cauldron of the potion when he was a baby, giving him its effects permanently. For whatever reason, the Gauls have not intentionally dropped any other babies in cauldrons to get more super-soldiers like him.
26th Jun '17 5:52:19 PM harostar
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': [[spoiler: It seems Rod Reiss has an assortment of vials in his possession that contain a serum which causes people to transform into Titans. There also seems to be different serums for different types. He claims one is the mightiest Titan and tries to get Historia to drink it. A BodyguardBetrayal and ambush causes him to lick it up himself, transforming him into the largest Titan seen so far. Eren later drinks one labelled "Armor" which enables him to have the armor producing ability seen by the Female Titan.]]

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', a serum [[spoiler: It seems Rod Reiss made from Spinal Fluid]] is used in the process of giving a person Titan powers. This is first hinted when Eren has an assortment glimpses of vials in his possession that contain father with a needle, about to inject him with something. [[spoiler: The serum which causes people can be tailored to transform into Titans. There also seems to be produce different serums for different types. He claims one is results, modifying the mightiest size and function of the Titan and tries to get Historia to drink it. A BodyguardBetrayal and ambush causes him to lick it up himself, transforming him into as desired. While gaining the largest Titan seen so far. power of one of the Nine Titans requires ''eating'' one of the current owners, some of their abilities can be transferred via specialized serums. Eren later drinks one labelled "Armor" which enables him to have gains the armor producing ability seen by the Female Titan.]]to harden his Titan's skin after consuming a serum labeled "Armor"]].
26th Jun '17 6:52:47 AM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': The enzyme Wraith inject into their human victims during the feeding process actually makes the human much stronger. Lieutenant Ford begins taking the enzyme on a regular basis (and gathers his own group of human soldiers to take it, too) to help him fight the Wraith.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': The enzyme Wraith inject into their human victims during the feeding process actually makes the human much stronger.stronger, so the victim doesn't die as quickly and the Wraith can feed off of them longer. Lieutenant Ford begins taking the enzyme on a regular basis (and gathers his own group of human soldiers to take it, too) to help him fight the Wraith. Unfortunately, the enzyme turns out to be highly addictive.
3rd Jun '17 8:21:44 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Film/WonderWoman2017'', Dr. Poison gives General Ludendorff capsules with a gas that gives him temporary SuperStrength and toughness, enough to put up a fight against Diana.
21st May '17 8:51:32 PM darkemyst
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** Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Mark Desmond (Blockbuster) took an intelligence reducing but physically enhancing drug at the behest of his criminal mastermind brother. Later his brother Roland Desmond took the same drug and made a deal with the demon Neron to maintain his intelligence becoming the second Blockbuster and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'s [[BigBad nemesis]].

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** Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Mark Desmond (Blockbuster) took an intelligence reducing but physically enhancing drug at the behest of his criminal mastermind brother. Later his brother Roland Desmond took the same drug and made a deal with the demon Neron to maintain his intelligence becoming the second Blockbuster and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'s [[BigBad [[ArchEnemy nemesis]].
21st May '17 8:37:40 PM darkemyst
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** Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Mark Desmond (Blockbuster) took an intelligence reducing but physically enhancing drug at the behest of his criminal mastermind brother. Later his brother Roland Desmond took the same drug and made a deal with the demon Neron to maintain his intelligence becoming the second Blockbuster and ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'s [[BigBad nemesis]].



** Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke the Terminator, received increased strength, speed and endurance through an experiment conducted by the US Army. In the TV version (Arrow), he received these same enhancements through an experimental drug called Miracuru (The Miracle).

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** Slade Wilson, aka [[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Deathstroke the Terminator, Terminator]], received increased strength, speed and endurance through an experiment conducted by the US Army. In the TV version (Arrow), (Series/{{Arrow}}), he received these same enhancements through an experimental drug called Miracuru (The Miracle).
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