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Basic Trope: Changing a few chemicals in DNA give fantastic abilities.

  • Straight: Sarah Miller has wings because scientists put bird genes in her.
  • Exaggerated: Sarah has wings and a beak because she was injected with bird blood.
  • Downplayed: Sarah has altered bone marrow DNA and blood cells. It gives her a host of benefits such as being very disease resistant due to the abundance of white blood cells, quicker recovery from blood loss, and fantastic endurance.
  • Justified:
    • Sarah is actually an alien who can easily take on other species' attributes through DNA injection.
    • The Genetic Engineering used on Sarah is highly advanced.
  • Inverted: In the future, a person's DNA has to be modified to make them 'normal'
  • Subverted: A winged person is involved with a genetic engineering plot, but they got their wings from magic.
  • Double Subverted: Said magic is just a magical way to alter DNA.
  • Parodied: Sarah dissected a radioactive bird and got wings!
  • Zig Zagged: Sarah and everyone else in the story engage in a Multiple-Choice Past explanation of her abilities.
  • Averted: Genetics are never brought up concerning a characters strange abilities.
  • Enforced:
    • Meddling Executives don't think the audience could understand proper genetics, and so demand that when genetic engineering occurs, it has to be simple and Lego-style.
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    • Or the writers don't understand proper genetics and legitimately believe they work like that.
  • Lampshaded: "Really? Instant wings, just add bird DNA? That's how genetics work now?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The resident Mad Scientist takes advantage of the ease with which genetic traits evidently can be transferred by genetically engineering Mix-and-Match Critters to do his bidding.
  • Defied: "No, no, no, you can't just magically acquire wings by squirting bird DNA around. Also, ew."
  • Discussed: "Where'd I get my wings? Well, from bird DNA of course!"
  • Conversed: "Are we really expected to believe there's suddenly exactly one 'wing gene' in birds that you can just stick in a person with no horribly deformed consequences?"
  • Deconstructed: Genetic splicing experiments rarely creates anything viable, and when it does, the results are horribly twisted abominations.
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  • Reconstructed: Sarah is one of the only subjects of DNA experimentation to form correctly, and the experimenters value her very highly.
  • Implied: Sarah has wings, and is referred to as a hybrid, but no one ever directly says the words "DNA" or "genetic engineering".

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