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** The more orks in a warband, the bigger, stronger, tougher, and smarter they all get. During the War in Heaven and the War of the Beast, the orks got SO smart they made goodies that would make [[PreCursors aeldari Wraithsingers and necrontyr Crypteks]] go green with envy. This type of "superorkishly" big, strong, tough, and smart ork is known as a "krork."


* A certain ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode had the characters asking the computer what a hadrosaur would look like had they "continued to evolve"; it matches up perfectly with a {{Scary Dogmatic Alien|s}} species, "proving" it is really from Earth. The conflict of the episode is that is their vaguely religious dogma called "Doctrine" denies this "Distant Origin Theory" and systematically persecutes the scientist who espouses it.... "Genus Hadrosaur" was described as being the "most highly evolved cold-blooded descendant of ''Eryops''". They manage to get at least five things wrong in that scene.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Transfigurations" had a surprisingly good (for Trek) version of this: an alien developing HealingHands and other [[StockSuperpowers superpowers]] because he and other members of his species were on the verge of an "evolutionary leap", preceded by a period of PowerIncontinence. TheGovernment of his species has figured out what's happening and decided on a simple solution - kill all the freaks before they get the hang of their new powers.

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* A certain The ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Distant Origin" had the characters asking the computer what a hadrosaur would look like had they "continued to evolve"; it matches up perfectly with a {{Scary Dogmatic Alien|s}} species, "proving" it is really from Earth. The conflict of the episode is that is their vaguely religious dogma called "Doctrine" denies this "Distant Origin Theory" and systematically persecutes the scientist who espouses it.... "Genus Hadrosaur" was described as being the "most highly evolved cold-blooded descendant of ''Eryops''". They manage to get at least five things wrong in that scene.
* In ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Transfigurations" had a surprisingly good (for Trek) version of this: "Transfigurations", an alien developing HealingHands and other [[StockSuperpowers superpowers]] because he and other members of his species were on the verge of an "evolutionary leap", preceded by a period of PowerIncontinence. TheGovernment of his species has figured out what's happening and decided on a simple solution - kill all the freaks before they get the hang of their new powers.


* More than a few episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' involved persons getting hit with odd radiations and "evolving". The chief example from ''Outer Limits'' would have to be "The Sixth Finger", featuring David [=McCallum=] as a scruffy laborer / guinea pig in a scientist's evolution experiments, who is turned into a [[MyBrainIsBig "typical human"]] from various points in the distant future with a lever (helpfully marked "Forward" and "Backward"). Among other effects, the evolver ray alters his accent and ability to play piano.

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* More than a few episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' and ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' involved persons getting hit with odd radiations and "evolving". The chief example from ''Outer Limits'' would have to be "The Sixth Finger", featuring David [=McCallum=] as a scruffy laborer / guinea pig in a scientist's evolution experiments, who is turned into a [[MyBrainIsBig "typical human"]] from various points in the distant future with a lever (helpfully marked "Forward" and "Backward"). Among other effects, the evolver ray alters his accent and ability to play piano.

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* Goblins in ''LightNovel/GoblinSlayer'', despite being small, individually weak and prone to ambush and swarm tactics, are capable of this if left alive for long enough and allowed to gain experience and knowledge. Across the series, Goblin Slayer has had to deal with not only regular goblins, but Hobgoblins, Goblin Shamans, at least one Goblin Champion, a Goblin Lord, and [[spoiler:even a Goblin Paladin]].


* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' used this. In one episode, a mad scientist named Dr. Zygote develops a ray that devolves anything to their prehistoric state. A bunch of human tourists become apes, Max's pet lizard becomes a dinosaur, and Virgil (a lemurian who is supposed to be the next step in human evolution) gets turned into a pterodactyl (?!) Later it's used by Dr. Zygote to turn a bunch of devolved mutated monsters into primordial ooze. He surmises that the ray "reversed their evolutionary path to the final quagmire, an evolutionary dead-end"-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXUwhich really makes no sense at all.]]
** Then in another episode, Dr. Zygote uses the ray again to further evolve himself into a more advanced form, from a big brained alien, to a lemurian, to a floating giant brain, and finally into a flash of light. at the end, he [[AboveGoodAndEvil "evolved beyond good and evil"]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and left]]. There was a subversion along the way, as he became a [[strike:chicken]] fowl-like humanoid similar to Max's mentor Virgil, who mentioned humanity will find the form enjoyable, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk much to Max's surprise.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' used this. In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXUIn one episode, episode,]] a mad scientist named Dr. Zygote develops a ray that devolves anything to their prehistoric state. A bunch of human tourists become apes, Max's pet lizard becomes a dinosaur, and Virgil (a lemurian who is supposed to be the next step in human evolution) gets turned into a pterodactyl (?!) Later it's used by Dr. Zygote to turn a bunch of devolved mutated monsters into primordial ooze. He surmises that the ray "reversed their evolutionary path to the final quagmire, an evolutionary dead-end"-- which really makes no sense at all.
** Then in
[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXUwhich really makes no sense at all.]]
** Then in
com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk another episode, episode,]] Dr. Zygote uses the ray again to further evolve himself into a more advanced form, from a big brained alien, to a lemurian, to a floating giant brain, and finally into a flash of light. at the end, he [[AboveGoodAndEvil "evolved beyond good and evil"]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and left]]. There was a subversion along the way, as he became a [[strike:chicken]] fowl-like humanoid similar to Max's mentor Virgil, who mentioned humanity will find the form enjoyable, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk much to Max's surprise.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' used this. In one episode, a mad scientist named Dr. Zygote develops a ray that devolves anything to their prehistoric state. A bunch of human tourists become apes, Max's pet lizard becomes a dinosaur, and Virgil (a lemurian who is supposed to be the next step in human evolution) gets turned into a pterodactyl (?!) Later it's used by Dr. Zygote to turn a bunch of devolved mutated monsters into primordial ooze. He surmises that the ray "reversed their evolutionary path to the final quagmire, an evolutionary dead-end"--which really makes no sense at all. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXU]]
** Then in another episode, Dr. Zygote uses the ray again to further evolve himself into a more advanced form, from a big brained alien, to a lemurian, to a floating giant brain, and finally into a flash of light. at the end, he [[AboveGoodAndEvil "evolved beyond good and evil"]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and left]]. There was a subversion along the way, as he became a [[strike:chicken]] fowl-like humanoid similar to Max's mentor Virgil, who mentioned humanity will find the form enjoyable, much to Max's surprise. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' used this. In one episode, a mad scientist named Dr. Zygote develops a ray that devolves anything to their prehistoric state. A bunch of human tourists become apes, Max's pet lizard becomes a dinosaur, and Virgil (a lemurian who is supposed to be the next step in human evolution) gets turned into a pterodactyl (?!) Later it's used by Dr. Zygote to turn a bunch of devolved mutated monsters into primordial ooze. He surmises that the ray "reversed their evolutionary path to the final quagmire, an evolutionary dead-end"--which really makes no sense at all. dead-end"-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXU]]
com/watch?v=owZqBj0vLXUwhich really makes no sense at all.]]
** Then in another episode, Dr. Zygote uses the ray again to further evolve himself into a more advanced form, from a big brained alien, to a lemurian, to a floating giant brain, and finally into a flash of light. at the end, he [[AboveGoodAndEvil "evolved beyond good and evil"]] [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and left]]. There was a subversion along the way, as he became a [[strike:chicken]] fowl-like humanoid similar to Max's mentor Virgil, who mentioned humanity will find the form enjoyable, much to Max's surprise. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk]]com/watch?v=JmB5NDeziMk much to Max's surprise.]]


** The part about "evolution is always the same" is averted with a couple of Pokémon. Eevee has had new evolutions constantly discovered due to its "unstable genetics". So while it can evolve into Jolteon thanks to a Thunder Stone, if it levels up in a a certain places containing a [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ice_Rock rock that's covered in snow]], it becomes the Ice-type Glaceon. Likewise, Nosepass and Magneton evolve into Probopass and Magnezone respectively when they level up in [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Category:Locations_with_special_magnetic_fields certain areas]]. This makes sense in a way, people couldn't get these certain evolutions before simply because nobody had discovered the effects certain areas had on certain Pokémon. They adapted to their new environment. Yes, it happened in the matter of five minutes but it's still a slightly more realistic take on the usual fixed evolutionary lines. But while there ''are'' those sensible ones, there are also some nonsensical ones. Piloswine evolves into Mamoswine by leveling up and knowing Ancient Power, while Lickitung does the same but with Rollout... in spite of the fact that they could learn these moves since Generation II, back when moves were introduced. And, regarding Eevee, there was no day versus night last year? Ridiculous, yet even in the remakes, oh so true.

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** The part about "evolution is always the same" is averted with a couple of Pokémon. Eevee has had new evolutions constantly discovered due to its "unstable genetics". So while it can evolve into Jolteon thanks to a Thunder Stone, if it levels up in a a certain places containing a [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ice_Rock rock that's covered in snow]], it becomes the Ice-type Glaceon. Likewise, Nosepass and Magneton evolve into Probopass and Magnezone respectively when they level up in [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Category:Locations_with_special_magnetic_fields certain areas]]. areas.]] This makes sense in a way, people couldn't get these certain evolutions before simply because nobody had discovered the effects certain areas had on certain Pokémon. They adapted to their new environment. Yes, it happened in the matter of five minutes but it's still a slightly more realistic take on the usual fixed evolutionary lines. But while there ''are'' those sensible ones, there are also some nonsensical ones. Piloswine evolves into Mamoswine by leveling up and knowing Ancient Power, while Lickitung does the same but with Rollout... in spite of the fact that they could learn these moves since Generation II, back when moves were introduced. And, regarding Eevee, there was no day versus night last year? Ridiculous, yet even in the remakes, oh so true.



** Six years later we get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution:_The_Game_of_Intelligent_Life Evolution]].

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** Six years later we get [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution:_The_Game_of_Intelligent_Life Evolution]].Evolution.]]



* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'''s "[[https://xkcd.com/1147/ Evolving]]", which uses a ''Pokémon''-style cut scene to show a disease-causing bacterium evolving into a drug-resistant variant.

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* Parodied in ''Webcomic/{{Xkcd}}'''s "[[https://xkcd.[[https://xkcd.com/1147/ Evolving]]", which "Evolving,"]]"which uses a ''Pokémon''-style cut scene to show a disease-causing bacterium evolving into a drug-resistant variant.


* ''[[ForgottenRealms Pages from the Mages]]'' {{played with}} this. The spell "Evolve" changes a normal animal into an intelligent and more or less human-like form. [[DontExplainTheJoke The punchline]] is that glorified name aside, the spell just permanently transforms the target halfway to its caster (presumed to be a human smart enough to use a 8-level spell), using his own blood sample(!) as a component.

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* ''[[ForgottenRealms ''[[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Pages from the Mages]]'' {{played with}} this. The spell "Evolve" changes a normal animal into an intelligent and more or less human-like form. [[DontExplainTheJoke The punchline]] is that glorified name aside, the spell just permanently transforms the target halfway to its caster (presumed to be a human smart enough to use a 8-level spell), using his own blood sample(!) as a component.


** And then there are cases where it's explained that, in-universe, some Pokémon aren't really transforming when they evolve. Pokémon such as Weezing and Magneton come into being when multiple Koffing and Magnemite fuse together. And then there's Slowbro and Slowking, which is just a symbiotic relationship between a Slowpoke and a Shellder. While the Shellder doesn't evolve, it does change shape and gives Slowpoke new skills and abilities, but Slowpoke itself physically stays pretty much the same. In fact, it's stated that if its Shellder is ever removed, Slowbro and Slowking will revert back to being a Slowpoke.

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** And then there are cases where it's explained that, in-universe, some Pokémon aren't really transforming when they evolve. Pokémon such as Weezing and Magneton come into being when multiple Koffing and Magnemite fuse together. And then there's There's Slowbro and Slowking, which is just a symbiotic relationship between a Slowpoke and a Shellder. While the Shellder doesn't evolve, it does change shape and gives Slowpoke new skills and abilities, but Slowpoke itself physically stays pretty much the same. In fact, it's stated that if its Shellder is ever removed, Slowbro and Slowking will revert back to being a Slowpoke. The most extreme example of small changes being labeled evolution is Type: Null, a LivingWeapon who evolves into Silvally by simply removing it's PowerLimiter helmet.


* This was Bob the Goldfish's schtick in the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon. He tried various schemes to evolve himself into a higher form of life, in one instance using a contraption that stole "Evolutionary Energy" from other creatures, turning people into apes & Princess Whatshername into a ladybug & such. Interestingly, Jim's creator DougTenNapel is apparently a creationist, or at least a believer in some sort of divine intervention in the origins of life, humanity in particular. Fortunately, since it's all PlayedForLaughs, it's easy for people on both sides of the issue to enjoy.

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* This was Bob the Goldfish's schtick in the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' cartoon. He tried various schemes to evolve himself into a higher form of life, in one instance using a contraption that stole "Evolutionary Energy" from other creatures, turning people into apes & Princess Whatshername into a ladybug & such. Interestingly, Jim's creator DougTenNapel Creator/DougTenNapel is apparently a creationist, or at least a believer in some sort of divine intervention in the origins of life, humanity in particular. Fortunately, since it's all PlayedForLaughs, it's easy for people on both sides of the issue to enjoy.


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** At one point he fought Hulk, [[ItMakesSenseInContext trying to die in battle]], and changed the "evolutionary levels" of the ''Earth'', converting the ground beneath Hulk into tar (like tarpits, you know, because tarpits are like stone age), then lava, then ''interplanetary gas''.

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** At one point he fought Hulk, [[ItMakesSenseInContext trying to die in battle]], and changed the "evolutionary levels" of the ''Earth'', converting the ground beneath Hulk into tar (like tarpits, you know, because tarpits are like stone age), they're associated with the geological past of Earth), then lava, then ''interplanetary gas''.


* And no discussion of this would be complete without the MarvelUniverse's High Evolutionary, a man who has made a career of accelerating the evolution of various species which, naturally, all happen to be anthropomorphic afterwards.
** At one point, a ragtag group of Avengers goes in to bust up the High Evolutionary to stop him from being... evil or something. The climax involves the villain and an Avenger both hyper-evolving into major godhood and right out of this realm. The kicker was the Avenger was Hercules, who already ''was'' a PhysicalGod.
** Easily the most absurd thing the HE ever managed was in his first appearance, where he hyper-evolved a wolf. This evolution came complete with knowledge of martial arts from the future.
** This is trumped by him fighting Hulk [[ItMakesSenseInContext so Hulk would kill him]], when he changed the "evolutionary levels" of the ''Earth'', converting the ground beneath Hulk into tar (like tarpits, you know, because tarpits are like stone age, man?), then lava, then ''gas''.

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* And no No discussion of this trope would be complete without the MarvelUniverse's High Evolutionary, a man who has made a career of accelerating the evolution of various species which, naturally, all happen to be anthropomorphic afterwards.
** In his first appearance, the High Evolutionary managed to hyper-evolve a wolf. This evolution came complete with knowledge of martial arts from the future.
**
At one point, a point he fought Hulk, [[ItMakesSenseInContext trying to die in battle]], and changed the "evolutionary levels" of the ''Earth'', converting the ground beneath Hulk into tar (like tarpits, you know, because tarpits are like stone age), then lava, then ''interplanetary gas''.
** A
ragtag group of Avengers tries to end the Evolutionary War, and goes in to bust up fight the High Evolutionary to stop him from being... evil or something.in his own ship. The climax involves the villain and an Avenger both hyper-evolving into major godhood and right out of this realm. The kicker was that the Avenger was Hercules, who already ''was'' a PhysicalGod.
** Easily the most absurd thing the HE ever managed
was in his first appearance, where he hyper-evolved ''already'' a wolf. This evolution came complete with knowledge of martial arts from the future.
** This is trumped by him fighting Hulk [[ItMakesSenseInContext so Hulk would kill him]], when he changed the "evolutionary levels" of the ''Earth'', converting the ground beneath Hulk into tar (like tarpits, you know, because tarpits are like stone age, man?), then lava, then ''gas''.
PhysicalGod.



** At one point a possible origin for Wolverine was going to be that he was in fact a HE highly evolved Wolverine.
* The X-Men are essentially considered empowered because they are the next step in humanity's evolution...homo superior.

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** At one point a possible origin for Wolverine was going to be that he was in fact a HE highly evolved Wolverine.
* The X-Men Franchise/XMen and other mutants, born with superpowers that activate at puberty, are essentially considered empowered because they are the next step in humanity's evolution...homo superior.evolution. They're even classified as ''Homo superior''.
* [[WhatCouldHaveBeen An abandoned origin]] for Franchise/{{Wolverine}} was that he was in fact an actual, highly evolved wolverine.


* In ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' people and monsters Rank Up once they reach level 100 in their job or class, allowing them to become a new, more powerful species. e.g. Elf > High Elf.

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* In ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' people and monsters Rank Up once they reach level 100 in their job or class, allowing them to become a new, more powerful species. e.g. Elf > => High Elf.

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* In ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' people and monsters Rank Up once they reach level 100 in their job or class, allowing them to become a new, more powerful species. e.g. Elf > High Elf.

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