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23rd May '16 4:00:14 AM PRH
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents a very disturbing take on this theme. Yes the girls do become supremely powerful, but in doing so [[spoiler: their souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar]].
** The series manages to do this a second time in the finale when [[spoiler: [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents a very disturbing take on this theme. Yes theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. Yes, the girls do become supremely powerful, but in doing so powerful by having [[spoiler: their souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar]].
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SoulJar. However, they actually ''shorten'' their lifespans severely by doing so, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie eventually become insane mass-murdering witches]]]]. The series manages to do this a second time in the series' finale when [[spoiler: [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]
9th May '16 9:34:04 PM erforce
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has mechanicum {{Cyborg}}s, [[BioAugmentation augmented]] SuperSoldier SpaceMarines, as well as their [[PsychicPowers psychic]], [[TheCorruption Chaotically]] powered, and {{Cyborg}} versions, [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]] SuperSoldier [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] who also come with crude cyborknetic and psychic versions, and [[TheUndead undead]] full-body {{Cyborg}} conversions that come in [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] and {{Terminator}} rip-off versions. There are undoubtedly countless more examples, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou all of them trying to kill you]].

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has mechanicum {{Cyborg}}s, [[BioAugmentation augmented]] SuperSoldier SpaceMarines, as well as their [[PsychicPowers psychic]], [[TheCorruption Chaotically]] powered, and {{Cyborg}} versions, [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke genetically engineered]] SuperSoldier [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]] who also come with crude cyborknetic and psychic versions, and [[TheUndead undead]] full-body {{Cyborg}} conversions that come in [[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] and {{Terminator}} Franchise/{{Terminator}} rip-off versions. There are undoubtedly countless more examples, [[EverythingTryingToKillYou all of them trying to kill you]].
1st May '16 10:42:19 AM Veanne
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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and Gnosis are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there if a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.

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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and Gnosis are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there if is a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.
1st May '16 10:40:57 AM Veanne
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** Errm... Sorry, DanBrown, but Christianity and Gnosis are two very different things. In Christianity, evil is privative - it's the absence of good. [[Creator/JRRTolkien Nothing is born evil]]. Neither is flesh - as long as you don't consciously decide to use it for debauchery and such. Proper use of anything is good - ''abuse'' is sinful. MoralGuardians, note, are [[Literature/GoodOmens fundamentally people]], and people are fundamentally prone to [[UpToEleven overdoing]] their ideas. Gnosis, on the other hand, has a positive concept of evil - evil is a thing in itself, there if a GodOfEvil and ''he'' made matter, including flesh. Which is why it's inherently evil, and the sons of light shall crush it in an epic {{Gotterdammerung}} and stuff. So, nope. Bad example.
26th Apr '16 10:28:27 PM delta1
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* The physiology and mental capability of an human have not changed drastically in 100,000 years, while technology keeps advancing at an exponential pace. Improvements to human condition are mandatory in order for humanity to avoid becoming the weakest link in the system it has created, otherwise it would be [[JobStealingRobot deemed irrelevant at best]] or simply [[TheSingularity unable to comprehend the state of the world around it]].

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* The physiology and mental capability of an a human have not changed drastically in 100,000 years, while technology keeps advancing at an exponential pace. Improvements to human condition are mandatory in order for humanity to avoid becoming the weakest link in the system it has created, otherwise it would be [[JobStealingRobot deemed irrelevant at best]] or simply [[TheSingularity unable to comprehend the state of the world around it]].



*** InUniverse, Tony has repeatedly tried to farm out parts of his armoyr tech to the government, and it invariably winds up getting used for evil and stupid purposes that make him regret the decision. As for Reed, he probably could find ways to empower someone if he wanted (and did during ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' as a sort of vaccination against the Spider-Virus. The power, however, was the ability to know which way is north and the uselessness of this is lampshaded, to which he responded that it was the easiest and quickest one to reproduce), but his own powers came from a standard-issue "freak accident."

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*** InUniverse, Tony has repeatedly tried to farm out parts of his armoyr armor tech to the government, and it invariably winds up getting used for evil and stupid purposes that make him regret the decision. As for Reed, he probably could find ways to empower someone if he wanted (and did during ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' as a sort of vaccination against the Spider-Virus. The power, however, was the ability to know which way is north and the uselessness of this is lampshaded, to which he responded that it was the easiest and quickest one to reproduce), but his own powers came from a standard-issue "freak accident."



* The short-lived Creator/DCComics series ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' (unrelated to the later ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' spinoff) involved a GambitRoulette by the [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Guardians of the Universe]] to turn humanity into a race of transhumans. Unfortunately, the series' execution was lacking, and it's been forgotten. The method for spreading super-genes through the population was to[[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex have sex with as many people as possible;]] by picking people up in singles bars; despite one member of TheTeam being an apparently sterile cyborg and another being gay.

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* The short-lived Creator/DCComics series ''ComicBook/TheNewGuardians'' (unrelated to the later ''Comicbook/GreenLantern'' spinoff) involved a GambitRoulette by the [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Guardians of the Universe]] to turn humanity into a race of transhumans. Unfortunately, the series' execution was lacking, and it's been forgotten. The method for spreading super-genes through the population was to[[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex to [[EverybodyHasLotsOfSex have sex with as many people as possible;]] by picking people up in singles bars; despite one member of TheTeam being an apparently sterile cyborg and another being gay.
19th Apr '16 8:59:21 PM Willbyr
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18th Apr '16 10:47:18 AM SomeoneImSure
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* The [[VideoGame Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic]] fic Knight Of The Republic has the Spracian Union, a race of seemingly normal humans that live in an arm of the Galaxy that is slowly separating into its own body. They're normal enough for [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy being what they are]], if [[TheHero Knight]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Bishop]] are any indication Spracians are generally taller, stockier, and have better than average reflexes compared to humans. Then we learn about their [[SuperSoldier Sentinel program]] the human government in their original galaxy that took their naturally occurring abilities and gave them superior stamina and strength, better low-light vision and an average IQ rating that's higher than some physicists. And don't even get started on their [[Determinator tenacity]].

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* The [[VideoGame Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic]] fic Knight Of The Republic has the Spracian Union, a race of seemingly normal humans that live in an arm of the Galaxy that is slowly separating into its own body. They're normal enough for [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy being what they are]], if [[TheHero Knight]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Bishop]] are any indication Spracians are generally taller, stockier, and have better than average reflexes compared to humans. Then we learn about their [[SuperSoldier Sentinel program]] the human government in their original galaxy that took their naturally occurring abilities and gave them superior stamina and strength, better low-light vision and an average IQ rating that's higher than some physicists. And don't even get started on their [[Determinator [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]].
11th Apr '16 11:42:34 PM HuntingHighandLow
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* Swedish trance/metal band Music/{{Amaranthe}} has a good few songs about transhumanism, most notably Invincible, Digital World, and, well, Transhuman.
5th Apr '16 8:49:39 AM EryliaStarheart
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Transhumans are people who have greater-than-normal mental and/or physical abilities. The "how" that happened can be anything from [[FunctionalMagic magic]] to [[AppliedPhlebotinum science]], the only thing that's common among all of them is that they are better than was possible before. Despite the name, species-wide artificial improvement is not actually limited to humans. [[UpliftedAnimal Other species or entities that are enhanced]] count as well.

A positive portrayal of transhumanism generally places a work on the Enlightenment side of the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment spectrum while a negative portrayal or [[NoTranshumanismAllowed conspicuous absence]] of it does the opposite.

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Transhumans are people who have greater-than-normal been artificially enhanced with mental and/or physical abilities. The "how" that happened can be anything abilities beyond what is considered normal for the species from [[FunctionalMagic magic]] to [[AppliedPhlebotinum science]], the only thing that's common among all of them is that they are better than was possible before. an evolutionary standpoint. Despite the name, species-wide artificial improvement is not actually limited to humans. humans - [[UpliftedAnimal Other other species or entities that are enhanced]] count as well.

well. The means used for this augmentation can be anything from [[FunctionalMagic magic]] to [[AppliedPhlebotinum science]].

Transhumanism as a movement and a philosophy implies that people can, and should, become transhuman en masse rather than be restricted to a select few who came across such abilities through extraordinary circumstances. By implying that scientific progress may grant superhuman powers to anyone with appropriate knowledge and resources, and without any regard for [[TheChosenOne predestination]], [[SuperpowerLottery luck]] or [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower hard work]], transhumanism is notoriously opposed to narrative exceptionalism.
A positive portrayal of transhumanism generally places a work on the Enlightenment side of the RomanticismVersusEnlightenment spectrum while a negative portrayal or [[NoTranshumanismAllowed conspicuous absence]] of it does the opposite.
31st Mar '16 1:06:08 PM MarkLungo
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* In the entirety of ''Manga/{{Blame}}!'', we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'','' Blame!'s'' prequel.

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* In the entirety of ''Manga/{{Blame}}!'', ''Manga/{{Blame}}'', we do not see a single purely biological human. Everyone is heavily modified, be they cyborgs, human-descended androids, or gene-modded superhumans. The closest to "pure" human we get is Seu, and he's an eight-foot giant with enough enhancements to fight in hand-to-hand combat with advanced Silicon Life warriors, who has been reconstructed and had his personality restored from backup countless times. Most "normal" humans were exterminated by either the Silicon Creatures or the Safeguard, given the events of ''[=NOiSE=]'','' Blame!'s'' prequel.
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