In the X-Men films (and assumingly comics), we see characters obtain secondary powers unrelated to their primary mutation. The most obvious example is Kitty Pryde later developing an ability to send others' consciousness back in time after only having the power to phase through objects.

What other mutants have had secondary powers distinct from their primary powers develop later in life?

  • Are you asking about the comics or the movies or both? Kitty does not have the secondary mutation in the comics.
    – phantom42
    Mar 24, 2017 at 17:42

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Phenomenon is known as Secondary mutation. This is a phenomenon which among mutants that seems inexplicable, with many previously established mutant characters suddenly developing new or vastly expanded powers

Some of the known mutants having secondary mutation are:

Gambit (Remy Lebeau): Gambit is able to psionically suggest things to people using his hypnotic charm. It allows him to exert a subtle influence over sentient beings, leading them to believe what he says and agree with his suggestions.

Polaris (Lorna Dane): after having her mutant powers leeched by her supposed-sister, Zaladane, Lorna developed the first recorded case. Her body mass had increased, along with her strength and resistance to injury.

Emma Frost: Emma's secondary mutation activated in the midst of the bombing of Genosha by Cassandra Nova's wild Mega-Sentinels. She transformed into an indestructible organic diamond form that saved her life, but negates her telepathy so she cannot use both powers at once

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