''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8642442/1/Variant-Strain Variant Strain]]'' ([[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/variant-strain-spiderman-marvel-prototype.236144/ discussion thread]], [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/variant-strain-spiderman-marvel-prototype-2nd-thread.278778/ continued]]) is a ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}[=/=]Franchise/SpiderMan'' FusionFic by scriviner.

Peter Parker was an ordinary teenager until his uncle's house was broken into and the overenthusiastic burglar-chasers, two in military-style uniforms and one in hood, killed Uncle Ben. His immediate vengeance is swift and bloody as he... eats the hooded man? Now he has an inexplicable malleability of body and the mystery of his parents' work to investigate, a mystery that will plunge him into a murky world he may regret ever entering.

!This fanfic contains examples of:
* AbsurdlySharpClaws: Comes in several varieties, he can reshape his fingers to have compact finger and toe tip claws to assist in clinging to surfaces and more subtle cutting, then there's the much more impressive foot long blades at the end of each fingers and talons on his feet for causing real damage.
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Sort of. [[spoiler: By [[EmergencyTransformation activating MJ's dormant HYDRA infection in order to save her]], Peter has managed to succesfully recreate the original Romanov strain, which the Thunderbolts have been trying for the past several decades to do.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Anna Watson, who in the {{Spider-Man}} comics is an older middle-aged pudgy woman, is depicted here as a highly attractive woman in her mid-thirties.
* AdaptationalVillainy: According to chapter 58, [[spoiler:J. Jonah Jameson is a colonel in the Thunderbolts and apparently as unethical as canon Blackwatch's senior officers.]]
** Confirmed in chapter 65: [[spoiler: Jameson intends to completely cut Manhattan Island off from the mainland, in order to turn it, and everyone in it, into a breeding ground for HYDRA.]]
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Invoked by [[spoiler:Hank Pym]] to get Peter to consume him.
* ArcWords: "Stronger than tears."
* BadassBookworm: Peter, once he realizes what he's capable of, as his normal form is that of a skinny, undersized geeky looking fifteen year old.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Peter vs [[spoiler: Hank]].
* BodyHorror: Lots. This is ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', after all.
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Mary Jane]]
* TheChessmaster: Hank Pym.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: This is pretty much Peter Parker.
* ContinuityPorn: The author knows his Spider-Man and Marvel characters and there are references to them everywhere.
* DeadpanSnarker
* DeceasedParentsAreTheBest
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: In chapter Peter suggests that something of this sort happened between [[spoiler:Jessica Drew and Ed Whelan]], but specifics are artfully skipped over.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: [[spoiler: Jessica Drew]]
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Done to Mary Jane in chapter 55.]]
* EntertaininglyWrong: [[spoiler:Bradley thinks Peter's his father.]]
* EvilKnockoff: In chapter 62 we see [[spoiler: Jessica has created copies of Peter.]]
* {{Expy}}: [[spoiler:Hank's]] giant "face" [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/variant-strain-spiderman-marvel-prototype.236144/page-73#post-10217657 draws inspiration from]] the MCP of ''Film/{{Tron}}''.
* FightsLikeANormal:
** Invoked in Peter's fight against the Rhino where his use of tools such as a gun rather than relying on his Hydra powers let him win.
** Also invoked in chapter 55 where he has to refrain from using Hydra so as to not break his cover in front of some Thunderbolts.
* {{Homage}}: There are extended references to ''TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'', particularly in chapters 45 and 46.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: [[spoiler: Dr. Connors.]]
* IWasNeverHere: Bradley to Peter in chapter 58.
* ImplacableMan: The Rhino/[[spoiler: Brian Watson]]
* LovecraftianSuperpower: As a ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' crossover, this pretty much goes without saying.
* MeatMoss: The underlying structures of Hives are covered in this.
* MegaManning: How power upgrades are gained.
* MsFanservice: Anna Watson, and she knows it.
* MoreExpendableThanYou: [[spoiler: Cain and Donna in chapter 46.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In chapter 65 [[spoiler:Peter's hesitation to kill Jessica inadvertently buys her time to wake up.]]
* ThePowerOfLove: Lampshade hung in chapter 47.
--> Peter scowled down at her. "You weren't counting on the power of love keeping you safe were you?"
* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Hey, remember all those kisses Peter and MJ keep having? Turns out he infected her with Hydra. Which he uses to save her life when she's fatally wounded by a Tracker.]]
* ShoutOut: Used here and there, but several specifically Musical theater and movie-related ones in Chapter 46.
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: Subverted in chapter 47, where MJ tells [[spoiler: Hank in Peter's body]] that telling her something only the two of them would know isn't enough because she knows about the memory-sharing thing.
* StacysMom: Peter always had a thing for the older Miss Watson (Anna, not MJ).
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: No. No it isn't. Unlike in canon Prototype, Peter absorbing the memories of consumed victims actually takes up attention and time, which can make things problematic in a fight.
* TankGoodness: Some of the Thunderbolts keep grumbling that they should authorize tanks for everything.
* TaughtByTelevision: Peter knows several useful bits of trivia and knowledge, such as quotes from Sun Tzu and the density of pine, all of which he picked up from educational TV.
-->'''Peter''': "Sun Tzu."
-->'''Hank''': ''(pleasantly surprised)'' "Yes. [[CulturedBadass You've read Art of War?]]"
-->'''Peter''': "[[PopCulturedBadass History Channel]], [[CrowningMomentOfFunny actually,]]"
* ThroughTheEyesOfMadness: In chapter 65 [[spoiler:Peter starts hallucinating things under Jessica's influence. It makes him see the world around him like it's still the 1950s.]]
* UnlimitedWardrobe: Sort of. Peter can alter himself to look like he's wearing any piece of clothing he's eaten.
* WallCrawl
* WhatHaveIBecome: The question Peter keeps asking himself.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Peter's physical upgrades come with voices in his head, murderous impulses and cannibalistic tendencies. Fun. Other infected aren't shown to have much better luck.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Mary Jane]] is shaping up to be one.
* YouAreWhoYouEat: Comes with the ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' territory.