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Variant Strain (discussion thread, continued) is a [PROTOTYPE]/Spider-Man Fusion Fic 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:

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: 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.
  • Achievements in Ignorance: Sort of. By 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.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: 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.
  • Adaptational Villainy: According to chapter 58, J. Jonah Jameson is a colonel in the Thunderbolts and apparently as unethical as canon Blackwatch's senior officers.
    • Confirmed in chapter 65: 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.
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  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Invoked by Hank Pym to get Peter to consume him.
  • Arc Words: "Stronger than tears."
  • Badass Bookworm: Peter, once he realizes what he's capable of, as his normal form is that of a skinny, undersized geeky looking fifteen year old.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: Peter vs Hank.
  • Body Horror: Lots. This is [PROTOTYPE], after all.
  • Broken Bird: Mary Jane
  • The Chessmaster: Hank Pym.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: This is pretty much Peter Parker.
  • Continuity Porn: The author knows his Spider-Man and Marvel characters and there are references to them everywhere.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: In chapter 58 Peter suggests that something of this sort happened between Jessica Drew and Ed Whelan, but specifics are artfully skipped over.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Jessica Drew
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  • Emergency Transformation: Done to Mary Jane in chapter 55.
  • Entertainingly Wrong: Bradley thinks Peter's his father.
  • Evil Knockoff: In chapter 62 we see Jessica has created copies of Peter.
  • Evil Mentor: Cletus Kasidy, the Carnage Killer, is both Peter's first kill with his powers and the most prominent voice in his head, doling out advice and commentary on Peter's situation and makes sure his head is on straight during battle.
  • Expy: Hank's giant "face" draws inspiration from the MCP of TRON.
  • Fights Like a Normal:
    • 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.
  • Foe Yay: Deliberately invoked with Jessica's More Than Mind Control abilities, which Peter can resist, but he still can't help but find her incredibly attractive. As the story progresses, Jessica begins to grow obsessed with Peter not only for his ability to No-Sell her powers, but as an equal and potential mate.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Discussed in chapter 67, where in order to defeat Jessica, Peter converts himself into a Hive similar to herself or Hank.
  • Homage: There are extended references to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, particularly in chapters 45 and 46.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: Dr. Connors.
  • I Was Never Here: Bradley to Peter in chapter 58.
  • Implacable Man: The Rhino/ Brian Watson
  • Lovecraftian Superpower: As a [PROTOTYPE] crossover, this pretty much goes without saying.
  • Meat Moss: The underlying structures of Hives are covered in this.
  • Mega Manning: How power upgrades are gained.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Anna Watson, and she knows it.
  • More Expendable Than You: Cain and Donna in chapter 46.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In chapter 65 Peter's hesitation to kill Jessica inadvertently buys her time to wake up.
  • The Power of Love: Lampshade hung in chapter 47.
    Peter scowled down at her. "You weren't counting on the power of love keeping you safe were you?"
  • Reality Ensues: 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.
  • Shout-Out: Used here and there, but several specifically Musical theater and movie-related ones in Chapter 46.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Subverted in chapter 47, where MJ tells 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.
    • And then played straight later in the chapter when MJ recognises the real Peter by his habit of cracking bad jokes under stress. (The imposter had access to Peter's memories, but wasn't a good enough actor to imitate Peter's conversational style.)
  • Stacy's Mom: Peter always had a thing for the older Miss Watson (Anna, not MJ).
  • Talking Is a Free Action: 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.
  • Tank Goodness: Some of the Thunderbolts keep grumbling that they should authorize tanks for everything.
  • Taught by Television: 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. You've read Art of War?"
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: In chapter 65 Peter starts hallucinating things under Jessica's influence. It makes him see the world around him like it's still the 1950s.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Sort of. Peter can alter himself to look like he's wearing any piece of clothing he's eaten.
  • Wall Crawl: It wouldn't be an extended shout-out to the Spider-Man mythos without it.
  • What Have I Become?: The question Peter keeps asking himself.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: 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: Mary Jane is shaping up to be one.
  • You Are Who You Eat: Comes with the [PROTOTYPE] territory.

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