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** ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' portrays [[spoiler:either a pseudo-religious backlash against all transhuman technology, the peaceful integration of trans- and normal humans, or the complete (but involuntary) ascension of the species to a new plane, depending on player choices.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DeusExInvisibleWar'' portrays has several factions, some who area gainst transhumanism, like the Purists, and others who are all for it, like the Omar, who radically alter themselves to the point where they no longer look human and are in the early stages of a being a HiveMind. There are several possible endings, portraying [[spoiler:either a pseudo-religious backlash against all transhuman technology, the peaceful integration of trans- and normal humans, or the complete (but involuntary) ascension of the species to a new plane, depending on player choices.]]


Compare the {{Ubermensch}}[[note]]meaning "over-man" or "superman" in German[[/note]], whose transcendency is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality psychological and moral]] in nature rather than physical.

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Compare the {{Ubermensch}}[[note]]meaning {{Ubermensch}},[[note]]meaning "over-man" or "superman" in German[[/note]], German[[/note]] whose transcendency is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality psychological and moral]] in nature rather than physical.


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* The Dark Legion from the Archie ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' series are a group of echidnas who are so pro-technology that they willingly augment themselves with cybernetic implants. As time goes by they begin forcibly augmenting othe people against their will.


** The 4th edition features Epic Destinies, a kind of high-level PrestigeClass designed to provide an endgame for your character. Most of these result in your character gaining powers beyond those of mere mortals, invoking AGodAmI or AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.

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** The 4th edition features Epic Destinies, a kind of high-level PrestigeClass designed to provide an endgame for your character. Most of these result in your character gaining powers beyond those of mere mortals, invoking AGodAmI mortals before ultimately [[AGodAmI becoming a god]] or AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence passing to another plane of existence]].


* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents this theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. To the beings behind the magical girls' tranformation, bodies and souls are just more things to study [[spoiler: and souls can be preserved much more safely by removing them to a more durable container.]] The charcters do not take it well. The series' finale presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents this theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. To the beings behind the magical girls' tranformation, transformation, bodies and souls are just more things to study [[spoiler: and souls can be preserved much more safely by removing them to a more durable container.]] The charcters characters do not take it well. The series' finale presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler: the Titan Shifters, humans who have gained fleshy conservation-of-mass-violating abilities from contact with a mysterious 'co-ordinate.']] The how and why of their abilites drives the story, but the fact of the existance is enough to distort the world's military politics around themselves.

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler: the Titan Shifters, humans who have gained fleshy conservation-of-mass-violating abilities from contact with a mysterious 'co-ordinate.']] The how and why of their abilites abilities drives the story, but the fact of the existance their existence is enough to distort the world's military politics around themselves.



* The ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' were basically PunyEarthlings (who can at best be {{Badass Normal}}s with CharlesAtlasSuperpower, with the rare case of slight EnlightenmentSuperpower) that [[TitleDrop Exalted]], thus becoming enhanced to the point of surpassing the [[PhysicalGod gods]] in ability. However, going too far into transhuman paradigms generally leads to TheDarkSide in some form or another.

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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' were basically PunyEarthlings (who can at best be {{Badass Normal}}s with CharlesAtlasSuperpower, with the rare case of slight EnlightenmentSuperpower) that [[TitleDrop Exalted]], thus becoming enhanced to the point of surpassing the [[PhysicalGod gods]] in ability. However, going too far into transhuman paradigms generally leads to TheDarkSide in some form or another.



** Curiously, this trope is [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] by also balancing it against NoTranshumanismAllowed. Out of concerns that species might lose their biological uniqueness, genetic enhancements are regulated by interstellar accords. The general rule of thumb about this is that enhancing existing traits through genetic modification is okay, but adding new traits that the original would never naturally possess is forbidden. So for example, a human could be made smarter, stronger, and quicker, but could not be given a tail or the ability to digest cellulose. This seems to only apply to genetics though (as those are passed down to children.) Cybernetics (which are not) seem to be acceptable.

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** Curiously, this trope is [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] by also balancing it against NoTranshumanismAllowed. Out of concerns that species might lose their biological uniqueness, genetic enhancements are regulated by interstellar accords. The general rule of thumb about this is that enhancing existing traits through genetic modification is okay, but adding new traits that the original would never naturally possess is forbidden. So for example, a human could be made smarter, stronger, and quicker, but could not be given a tail or the ability to digest cellulose. This seems to only apply to genetics though (as those are passed down to children.) Cybernetics (which are not) seem to be acceptable.



* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. "Transhuman" is a [[TranshumanTreachery politically loaded]] word in the ''Half-Life'' [[VichyEarth universe]]. Any human who volunteers to join the Overwatch is brainwashed, gutted, dismembered, and rebuilt as a cyborg. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul The augmentations make them entirely dependent on the Combine.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. "Transhuman" is a [[TranshumanTreachery politically loaded]] word in the ''Half-Life'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' [[VichyEarth universe]]. Any human who volunteers to join the Overwatch is brainwashed, gutted, dismembered, and rebuilt as a cyborg. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul The augmentations make them entirely dependent on the Combine.]]



** Alice Margatroid used to be human, but transformed into a magician {{Youkai}}.

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** Alice Margatroid used to be human, but transformed into a magician {{Youkai}}.{{youkai}}. This seems to be the ultimate fate of magic-users -- lapping so far around they become supernatural creatures with some human traits rather than humans with some supernatural traits.


* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents this theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. Yes, the girls do become supremely powerful by having [[spoiler: their souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar. However, they actually ''shorten'' their lifespans severely by doing so, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie eventually become insane mass-murdering witches]]]]. The series' finale presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' presents this theme in a MagicalGirl setting, with a catch. Yes, To the girls do become supremely powerful by having beings behind the magical girls' tranformation, bodies and souls are just more things to study [[spoiler: their and souls get ripped out of their body and placed inside a SoulJar. However, they actually ''shorten'' their lifespans severely can be preserved much more safely by doing so, and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie eventually become insane mass-murdering witches]]]].removing them to a more durable container.]] The charcters do not take it well. The series' finale presents a more positive take on the trope, however, as [[spoiler:[[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Madoka finally makes her wish.]]]]



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler: the Titans, who were once human. Titan Shifters are merely those able to ''control'' their powers, gaining superhuman durability and a HealingFactor. Upon discovering his powers, Eren becomes a ProhumanTranshuman and resolves to continue fighting for humanity. The exact nature of how one gains Titan powers is unknown, with various methods hinted at through Eren's flashback (injection by father), Ymir stating she [[RobbingTheMobBank stole]] her powers, and the Beast Titan being a being capable of inducing mass transformations. The three agents from the Shifter village give no indication as to how they acquired their powers, leaving it a mystery how they became TykeBomb {{Super Soldier}}s]].

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has [[spoiler: the Titans, who were once human. Titan Shifters are merely those able to ''control'' Shifters, humans who have gained fleshy conservation-of-mass-violating abilities from contact with a mysterious 'co-ordinate.']] The how and why of their powers, gaining superhuman durability and a HealingFactor. Upon discovering his powers, Eren becomes a ProhumanTranshuman and resolves to continue fighting for humanity. The exact nature of how one gains Titan powers is unknown, with various methods hinted at through Eren's flashback (injection by father), Ymir stating she [[RobbingTheMobBank stole]] her powers, and abilites drives the Beast Titan being a being capable of inducing mass transformations. The three agents from story, but the Shifter village give no indication as fact of the existance is enough to how they acquired their powers, leaving it a mystery how they became TykeBomb {{Super Soldier}}s]].distort the world's military politics around themselves.



* Every superhero who was once a normal human is a straight example.
** It's notable that only a small percentage of them gained their powers deliberately; usually it was a [[FreakLabAccident Freak Accident.]] This is arguably a necessary component of a superhero universe; if super-powers were easily reproducible, then the heroes themselves would stop being special.
--->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Syndrome]]:''' "And when everyone's super, no one will be."
*** Marvel's ComicBook/EarthX series subverts this nicely. When Everybody on Earth gains superpowers, there are still heroes - people who are heroes not because they're super but because they're heroic, just like in the real world. On the other hand, they're heroes in a [[BadFuture hideous worldwide dystopia]] that came about ''because'' of everyone in the world gaining powers.

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* Every superhero who was once a normal human is a straight example.
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It's notable that only a small percentage of them superheroes gained their powers deliberately; usually it was a [[FreakLabAccident Freak Accident.]] This is arguably a necessary component of a superhero universe; if super-powers were easily reproducible, then the heroes themselves would stop being special.
--->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles -->'''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Syndrome]]:''' "And when everyone's super, no one will be."
*** ** Marvel's ComicBook/EarthX series subverts this nicely. When Everybody on Earth gains superpowers, there are still heroes - people who are heroes not because they're super but because they're heroic, just like in the real world. On the other hand, they're heroes in a [[BadFuture hideous worldwide dystopia]] that came about ''because'' of everyone in the world gaining powers.



** Or [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory he might have been a bit of casual eye candy the filmmakers didn't give any deeper thought to.]]



* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. "Transhuman" is a [[TranshumanTreachery politically loaded]] word in the ''Half-Life'' [[VichyEarth universe]].
** To clarify, any human who volunteers to join the Overwatch is brainwashed, gutted, dismembered, and rebuilt as a cyborg. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul The augmentations make them entirely dependent on the Combine.]]

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* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2''. "Transhuman" is a [[TranshumanTreachery politically loaded]] word in the ''Half-Life'' [[VichyEarth universe]].
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universe]]. Any human who volunteers to join the Overwatch is brainwashed, gutted, dismembered, and rebuilt as a cyborg. [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul The augmentations make them entirely dependent on the Combine.]]


* The Transhumanist movement would like to promote research into science and technology that would make it possible. The Grinder subculture of Biohackers, as an example, could be said to have "exceeded the normal mental and physical abilities" by adding a new sense. By implanting rare-earth magnets into finger tips they can sense electromagnetic fields. This lets users sense things like the electrical wiring in walls, or the 60hz hum of a microwave. Basic yes, but still transhuman.

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* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transhumanism Transhumanist movement movement]] would like to promote research into science and technology that would make it possible. The Grinder subculture of Biohackers, as an example, could be said to have "exceeded the normal mental and physical abilities" by adding a new sense. By implanting rare-earth magnets into finger tips they can sense electromagnetic fields. This lets users sense things like the electrical wiring in walls, or the 60hz hum of a microwave. Basic yes, but still transhuman.

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has the Super Soldier serum that empowered Steve, and the attempts to replicate it [[spoiler: (on more than one occasion, from the genetic material of his descendants)]] as frequent sources of this, with results including the Infinity Formula as created by both the Red Room and SHIELD (though only in very limited quantities), and the Hulk formula. Additionally, later in the first book, HYDRA successfully create the comic-book version of Extremis, which allows one to reprogram the body with superpowers... but like [[Film/IronMan3 the film version]] (here, the basic version that HYDRA refined), it has a nasty habit of exploding if the process isn't judged carefully/is made too complicated.
** In the second book, it is revealed that Grey Court (Dracula style) vampires were originally created as this - or rather, as super soldiers - by the Atlantean Empire.

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* ElectronicTelepathy: Thinking to communicate.


** AnthropomorphicTransformation: For when trans-animalism goes beyond just making them TalkingAnimal.



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* {{Ubermensch}}: GratuitousGerman, meaning "Over-man" or "superman". Transhumans are likely to be transcendent not just on physical, but also on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality psychological and moral perspectives]].


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Compare the {{Ubermensch}}[[note]]meaning "over-man" or "superman" in German[[/note]], whose transcendency is [[BlueAndOrangeMorality psychological and moral]] in nature rather than physical.

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* Certain humans in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', after Equestrian magic has been introduced to the human world by Sunset Shimmer in the first movie. The human equivalent to the Mane Six "pony up", that is gain magic abilities equatable to their pony counterparts, while nearly all the antagonists are humans (or in a couple of cases, plants) who have managed to become (at worst) {{Humanoid Abomination}}s. No really, Sunset, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero thanks for that]]. Spike's human world, who's a regular dog, also eventually becomes much smarter and even begins talking.
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* ''Literature/LilithsBrood'': The alien Oankali [[OurHumansAreDiffeent modify the human species]] to be LongLived and resistant to disease; a few, like Lilith, also get SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, and a limited ability to interface with Oankali OrganicTechnology. Terms and conditions apply.

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* ''Literature/LilithsBrood'': The alien Oankali [[OurHumansAreDiffeent [[OurHumansAreDifferent modify the human species]] to be LongLived and resistant to disease; a few, like Lilith, also get SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, and a limited ability to interface with Oankali OrganicTechnology. Terms and conditions apply.

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** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' revisits this with the human Pathfinder, Alec Ryder (and later, [[PlayerCharacter one of his children]]): he conceived the Simulated Adaptive Matrix, SAM, as a new type of artificial intelligence that could co-exist with a human host. Everything Ryder experiences, SAM also experiences, their relationship one of symbiosis that expands on the potential of both human and AI. This is because the implants that connect Ryder and SAM go further than those for just biotics, connecting to not only the host's nervous system, but their circulation, endocrine functions, and all five of their senses.


* ''Literature/LilithsBrood''

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* ''Literature/LilithsBrood''''Literature/LilithsBrood'': The alien Oankali [[OurHumansAreDiffeent modify the human species]] to be LongLived and resistant to disease; a few, like Lilith, also get SuperStrength, a HealingFactor, and a limited ability to interface with Oankali OrganicTechnology. Terms and conditions apply.


* TranshumansInSpace: As humanity expands beyond Earth, redesigning the body can provide a perk for surviving and adapting to alien environments.

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* TranshumansInSpace: As humanity expands beyond Earth, redesigning the body can provide a perk for surviving and adapting to alien environments.

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