History Series / MutantX

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* {{Technopath}}: Emma's friend in the episode "Interface" is a technopath. She further gets enhanced by GSA to become a WetwareCPU but is restored at the end of the episode. According to Emma, she is the only New Mutant who managed to counteract the effects of the [[PowerNullifier subdermal governor]] (presumably, she disabled it before they even activated the device). Many years before, both of them used to use their powers to cheat bartenders out of free drinks with Emma's [[TheEmpath empathy]] and, when the bartender eventually caught on, use her friend's power to shut off the lights and run away.


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* TerritorialSmurfette: As ferals are notoriously territorial, Shalimar did not take kindly to another feral joining the team. Per the trope, the new girl was a joy bringer everyone else liked. Worse, Shalimar was ordered to stay at Home Base due to an injury but was normally the ICanStillFight type without two layers of jealousy for extra motivation. [[spoiler: It turned out the new feral was even more territorial. She staged the accident that injured Shalimar then joined the team to finish her off.]]


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* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: The show has a guy who can shoot [[ShockAndAwe lightning from his hands]], a girl who is [[AnimalThemedSuperbeing crazy cat-like]], a dude who can either [[{{Intangibility}} ghost himself]] or make himself [[TakenForGranite as hard as a statue]] and a girl who... has weak [[TheEmpath telepath powers.]] The last is often kept back at base. In later seasons they all get upgrades, and the telepath gains a weird "mental missile" attack that does manage to take out whoever it hit (but having no effect on the surrounding area); she still gets left behind, though. Emma's powers eventually grows to the point where she can erase memories with a thought and ca keep an army from discovering a weird-looking jet in a jungle clearing. As she explains to Jesse, to do this she has to remove all safeguards from her mind, meaning she won't be blocking anybody's thoughts. While she's saying that, she's wearing an outfit with lots of cleavage, which Jesse just happens to look at. Her reaction to his thoughts shows that she's not pleased. Apparently, the writers thought this made her too powerful, requiring a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge to be dropped]].
29th May '16 3:20:07 AM Anddrix
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* PowerDegeneration: Gabriel Ashlocke is the first of the so-called "[[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual New Mutants]]". Unlike the others, he has ComboPlatterPowers from all four of the categories (elemental, feral, molecular, psionic) and is insane to boot. However, as revealed by Adam, his body is slowly breaking apart due to all these powers together. Ashlocke's final attempt to save himself involves awakening an ancient sorceress, but the interference of the titular team results in Ashlocke exploding and taking his base with him.
* PowerNullifier: Tags (called Subdermal Governors) bolted into the back of the neck were used to nullify mutant powers, though it seems more to torture them when they try to use them than to truly nullify the powers.



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%%* * ShockAndAwe: BrennanBrennan Mulwray can generate electricity by running one hand over the other. The longer he does this, the more powerful the charge. Depending on the charge, a hit can go from a stun and a mild burn to deadly. As expected, it's inadvisable for him to try to use his powers while he's wet, although grounding helps. Later, his powers evolve to him being able to [[NotQuiteFlight sort-of fly]] with his hands working like ion engines.



* SuperheroSpeciation: There were several broad categories of mutant power, and the team never consisted of more than one member in each category.
** Lexa and Brennan, both elementals, were briefly on the team at the same time, but most of the time, the trope held true. Their powers were also different enough to maintain the trope in spirit.
** One of the {{Big Bad}}s was a SuperPrototype with powers from all four categories (feral, elemental, molecular, [[PsychicPowers psionic]]).
* SuperPowerMeltdown: Gabriel Ashcroft (AKA Patiant Zero). The first person to be experimented on by Adam Kane and the first known [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual new mutant]]. Unlike all other new mutants, which are separated into categories (elementals, ferals, moleculars, and [[PsychicPowers psionics]]), Ashcroft has powers from all four categories (although not all possible powers). He's also a murderous psychopath. However, so many powers cause his cells to slowly destabilize. When his plan to summon an ancient goddess to cure him was thwarted by the titular team, his body exploded, taking out his entire base.
* SuperSenses: Ferals have animal-level senses, especially Shalimar, once she "evolves". Said "evolution" results in her hearing Jesse sneak up on her while listening to loud music on her MP3 player.



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%%* SwissCheeseSecurity* SwissCheeseSecurity: Seemingly every time Mutant X wanted into Genomex (the BigBad), they waltzed right in with basically nothing to stop them. Unless the plot called for one of them to get captured, of course. It's partially justified since one of their members does have the ability to phase through walls and the SixthRanger who joins in the third season has invisibility as her main power.
29th May '16 3:10:02 AM Anddrix
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* OpeningNarration: Later seasons had Adam explaining the basic premise of the show, replacing the first season's "random words superimposed over the credits" approach.



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* NotQuiteFlight: Brennan's [[ShockAndAwe electricity-throwing power]] turns into an ion engine coming out of his hands after the MidSeasonUpgrade.
29th May '16 2:57:24 AM Anddrix
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* MagicGenetics: All powers come from genetic experiments conducted by Genomex and [[spoiler:the Dominion]]. These powers include generating electricity, density manipulation, throwing energy balls, time travel, etc.
* MakeWayForTheNewVillains: In the final episode of season 1, new BigBad Gabriel Ashlocke imprisons original BigBad Mason Eckhart and takes over his mutant-hunting facility for his own ends.



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* {{Mutants}}: The series despite the name, is mostly about people modified ''after'' birth. There is one who was modified either before or immediately after his birth... he didn't grow up so well. Some mutants also have children, who naturally fit the first part.
* MysteriousPast: In practically every other episode, someone from one of the main characters' mysterious past would turn up. How many ex-lovers does the typical young mutant-on-the-go ''have'', anyway? Or never-before-mentioned siblings or parents?
29th May '16 2:48:36 AM Anddrix
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* LightEmUp: Lexa Pierce manipulates light to blind her foes, generate lasers, and even become invisible.
* LightningCanDoAnything: The character whose powers were lightning-based could do near anything he wanted with them. They disabled car alarms, started the car, unlocked purely mechanical locks, and anything else that needed to be done. All they needed to do was have him walk on water with the low-budget lightning effect going on around his feet, and he could have been Electrical Jesus. Those are all things you could do with complete control over electromagnetism (see [[ComicBook/XMen Magneto and Polaris]]); maybe the lightning was just his way of focusing his control.


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* LiteralSplitPersonality: Happens with Emma. She's split into her aggressive side and her passive side. They can't live without each other.


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* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Averted when Lexa replaced Emma at the start of the final season after [[spoiler:Emma's death in the previous finale]]. Rather than the new character being designed to fill [[SuperheroSpeciation the superpowered gap in the team]] the old one had left, telempathic Emma was replaced with light-manipulating Lexa, whose personality, loyalties, and storyline were radically different to Emma's.
29th May '16 2:36:46 AM Anddrix
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%%* * IntangibleMan: JesseJesse. Unlike most examples of this trope, he could also reverse the process to the point where he was MadeOfDiamond. He later learns how to make other objects (or parts of them intangible. This becomes incredibly useful to getting his teammates into locked areas.
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* HowDoIShotWeb:
** One episode has a young boy kidnapped for ransom. It turns out that the boy is an Elemental [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividuals New Mutant]] capable of throwing fireballs. However, his is young, so he's not sure how to control his ability. The first time it manifests is during the kidnapping, when he accidentally burns a hole in a kidnapper's hand. At the end of the episode, he finally learns to produce fireballs on demand by copying Brennan's PstandardPsychicPstance when he's charging his electric powers.
** There's also a bit of this when the team receives an upgrade. Brennan learns he can create a continuous blast akin to an ion engine with his hands, enabling brief flight. Shalimar becomes even stronger and can hear someone sneaking up on her while working out with loud music in her earbuds. Emma's PsychicPowers are boosted UpToEleven. Jesse learns to make other things intangible.
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%%* GirlsBehindBars: "The Taking of Crows"Crows".
* GroundhogDayLoop: In the episode "Possibilities", a mutant with the power to travel back a short period of time is trying to stop a bomb from being detonated. When Brennan is caught in the explosion with her, he is sent back as well.
29th May '16 2:20:55 AM Anddrix
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* FauxActionGirl: Emma DeLauro. Frequently described as one of the strongest New Mutants in the world and deemed a good enough allrounder to be included in the Mutant X team and yet she very rarely does anything useful, especially compared to Shalimar Fox, the resident Action Girl. Granted she was also there for her psionic powers but if Adam was wanting a psionic why did he not just use Vanessa, a minor psionic character who showed she, at least, could kick some GSA butt.

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* FauxActionGirl: Emma DeLauro.[=DeLauro=]. Frequently described as one of the strongest New Mutants in the world and deemed a good enough allrounder to be included in the Mutant X team and yet she very rarely does anything useful, especially compared to Shalimar Fox, the resident Action Girl. Granted she was also there for her psionic powers but if Adam was wanting a psionic why did he not just use Vanessa, a minor psionic character who showed she, at least, could kick some GSA butt.
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