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An individual with slightly different DNA (a mutation), either by natural occurrence or by an external process (esp. genetic engineering), which imparts a new characteristic to the individual.

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Why does Beast (X-Men) wear eyeglasses?

Dr. Hank McCoy, a.k.a Beast from the X-Men, wears eyeglasses, mainly for reading. However, according to the description of his superpowers (e.g. Marvel.com or Wikipedia), he has "animalistic"...
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The Aquanauts, series of books in a post-apocalyptic future

YA post-apocalyptic novel from 60's or 70's, quasi-military organization that patrols the oceans for threats both human and animal. A trio of friends embark on a voyage to discover the remains of the ...
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Why is Gambit a valuable member of the X-Men if his powers are very limited?

Gambit has the power of charging objects with kinetic energy, making them explode. He mostly uses that power to charge playing cards and throw them at opponents, upon which the cards explode with the ...
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Movie/TV show about people living in a fortress-like city, surrounded by a wasteland populated by violent, mutated humans

I am looking for what I'm pretty sure was a movie. I remember seeing it late at night in the '90s, because I had severe insomnia. People lived in this huge, fortress-like city, and outside it was a ...
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Chinese mutant who can absorb a tiny fraction of every Chinese person's lifeforce?

It was Marvel, 99% sure of that. And I'm also 99% certain that, given this, the character in question was a mutant. It was a one-off appearance, although the character might have been reused later, in ...
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Old SF short story where Solarians have evolved into a separate species who eat humans [duplicate]

I read this short story in a science fiction anthology sometime during the 1960s or 1970s, and the story should have been somewhat older than the anthology. In this space opera story humans from Earth ...
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Why are Mutants generally blue if they have a non-normal color?

In the X-Men film series, many mutants (if not all) that have abnormal color as part of their mutation are blue. For example Beast grows blue hair, Mystique has blue skin in her "natural" ...
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Title of 1980s novel involving alien messiah, nuclear war, cyborgs and mutations

So this novel I read - It concerned a messianic figure who was constructed here on earth from instructions received via radio from space. Among the details I remember are a police chief who over the ...
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Winged mutant caused by parents being exposed to fields from high voltage [duplicate]

I initially believed that this was the original backstory for Marvel's X-Man Angel before they settled on a more vague triggering of the X-gene, but I have found no references online indicating as ...
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Can Wolverine get exhausted by physical training?

Wolverines (Logan) healing properties are well known. In physical training, there is a condition known as Overtraining: Overtraining is a result of not properly recovering between workouts on a ...
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Mutant youth return to Earth

This was a novel from late 80s or early 90s. Type of story where space-faring humans return to explore damaged Earth. I don't remember if they were trying to revive the Earth, ran into hostile ...
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First appearance of the shtick of mutants who are shunned?

I just finished reading The Chrysalids, a 1955 book by John Wyndham about a world after a nuclear apocalypse in which people superstitiously kill or exile mutants. The idea of ionizing radiation ...
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Are there any specifics given as to how the Genosha mutant power suppression technology works?

In the X-Men franchise, there are numerous human made tech which somehow stop mutants from utilizing their abilities. It doesn't matter if the power is physical, psionic, or energy based; once applied,...
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With her enhanced durability and resistance, is Rogue capable of getting physically sick?

Rogue from the X-men is a utant with the ability to take bio-energy, and thus powers, from other mutants and super beings. At her base, though, while mutant, her genome is still essentially human. ...
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Is Scarlet Witch a Strange-level sorceress, or an Omega-level mutant? [closed]

Looking for a definitive answer here. Originally, Wanda Maximoff's powers were said to "Alter probability to cause various effects." Then, with some study, she was able to use them to tap into ...
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What are the earliest instances of a virus causing large-scale mutations?

The Resident Evil series of movies and video games regularly features grotesque monsters created from the exposure of humans and animals to the T-virus/G-virus/C-virus. Obviously the way this is ...
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60's or older story about two kinds of mutant telepaths

Now this is a very old story. It was old when I read it in the late 60’s or the early 70’s. There are mutants who are telepaths and have small “antennas” which make them rather conspicuous (they can ...
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Shouldn't the Ninja Turtles have a Radar Sense?

It's heavily implied in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles source material that the canister of mutagen that caused their mutation is the same exact chemical that gave DareDevil his powers. This can be ...
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Movie about an island of mutants

I remember watching a movie where some shipwreck survivors land on an island full of mutants. Two men get attacked in the water by a mutant and they both start to mutate. One mutates faster than the ...
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Story I read in an EC Vault of Horror/Tales From The Crypt style comic book

I remember reading an issue of a Vault of Horror/Tales From The Crypt type comic in the late 70s/the early 80s, and one story stuck with me and I am trying to track it down. The story centers around ...
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Sci-fi series about "mutant" sub-race with gold skin and eyes

This was a series of books pertaining to a sub-race of humanity called "mutants" with gold skin and eyes? It was popular around the same time frame as Octavia Butler. It wasn't X-Men.
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2000's comic book - policeman on day off takes down several mutants, including a giant, possibly in Chicago

So, there's this comic book I read a few months ago, which was quite entertaining, but I can't find its title anymore. I've tried Googling it with filters targeting the site I read it on, but no luck. ...
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What was that movie? (Creepy children edition)

I saw a movie on television as a kid and have wondered for years what it was. I haven't been able to find any clues online. What I remember about the plot is that it begins with two men in the last ...
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Why aren't the Fremen concerned about their long-term future due to taking melange?

I was wondering: why aren't the Fremen worried about getting "degenerated" by taking the melange drug so as to the point do they become like the guild of navigators? At least in the first book.
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How many mutants were there on Earth at one time, in Marvel comics?

When Genosha was attacked by Sentinels, it had become a large population centre for mutantkind, with sixteen million residents killed in the attack. I assume there were at least a few million who didn'...
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Short story or Novella circa 1940, 1950

Theme was man and woman (she was chosen specifically for his preferences) operating as guards or mentors as mankind was on the cusp of evolution, but did not recognize the marvels that awaited upon ...
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Who is the oldest mutant (in-universe) in marvel universe?

I have been researching on the subject and I have some doubts with who can be considered the oldest mutant. At first I thought it was Apocalypse (En Sabah Nur), but when I started looking for ...
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X-Men who died because of their powers

Within X-Men universe have there been cases where an individual unintentionally died because of technicalities of their powers? Example 1: Mutant X can fly, but X doesn't know he can only fly in ...
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Trying to remember title of a book about people on an asteroid/comet

I'm trying to remember the title of a book. The plot was a group of people are stranded on a comet or asteroid. They establish kind of a colony inside it, and rig up rockets on the surface to move ...
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Book Identification - Post Apocalyptic Novel - 70s/80s Main character Psychic w/Jet Black Skin

I remember this as a paperback novel. Main character had jet black skin and a psychic "danger" sense. It was a post nuclear world. 70s or 80s book (I think). Main character was adult human male. I ...
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Which mutants are owned by Marvel Studios?

The question I am asking is in regards to mutant rights ownership. Marvel Studios has already used a few comic book mutants in the MCU, such as Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Quake. What other mutant ...
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Do mutants who have mind powers have their power as a part of their atomic structure the same way mutants with physical powers, or not?

When a mutant in X-men gets powers does it affect their atomic structure whether their powers are physical or not, I am curious to know? A mutant with any form of power that isn't directly physical, ...
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Series about mutants and humans living and fighting around Richmond, VA [duplicate]

As a teenager, I read a set of Scifi novels about mutants and humans that rode horses in and around Richmond, VA. I remember that they fought using swords and such. I also seem to remember some ...
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Where do Lady Deathstrike's blades go when not extended?

Are Lady Deathstrike's blades segmented and retract into her finger tips as these photos seem to indicate? Or is there another way that they are sheathed when not in use?
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What is the difference between a human and a mutant?

What is the difference between humans and mutants in X-Men? Are mutants born to normal humans? Also, how do mutants get their powers? Are they born with them?
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Looking for a dark fantasy book that featured a world of mutants

In 1989, I read a book about a dark, post-apocalyptic world where mutants, whose descendants were engineered by scientists, now live alongside the surviving humans. I can't remember too much about it, ...
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Book involving banished mutants teenagers: strong male, green girlfriend and friend with four arms

Please help me find this book; it has been bothering me for years! A future after a virus has been cured. The cure causes mutation on the descendants. Feared these mutants are banished to another ...
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Book title about mutant humanoid slugs post apocalyptic vs air force?

I am trying to find a book series from the 80-90s whose main character talked about practicing "yuwinitsu" or you win when it suits you. It was post nuclear with a war between humans and mutant slug ...
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Are there any mutant inhumans in marvel comics?

Are there any mutant inhumans in marvel comics? (i.e. characters who are both mutants and inhumans) I think that the Beyonder once claimed to be one, but it was retconned out.
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Who is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe? [closed]

I don't see this answered definitively, there are opinions here and there but short of having every mutant in a death match can we answer, who is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel Universe? One ...
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Movie/TV show Identification: What is the name of this sci fi movie, mutants, spaceship, military?

My memory is a bit fuzzy in what was the movie all about, I have been searching for this movie/tv show for some time. I can only remember certain scenes, but I assume the setting was on Earth and the ...
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Has J. Jonah Jameson ever accused Spider-Man of being a mutant?

The Marvel universe has plenty of mutants (i.e. homo superior, like the X-Men) who are strongly hated by a sizable population. And Spider-Man on first glance isn't all that different from them. ...
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Why are only X-Men called mutants?

In X-Men, Wolverine, Magneto, Mystique, Beast, etc. are all mutants. Mutants are perhaps the people in the form of humans who have extraordinary powers. So, in that terms, why aren't Iron Man, Captain ...
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Mutant workers exterminated and last one burned at the stake

I apologize in advance that I don't have a lot of details about a story or novellla that I'm looking for. It's from a few decades ago, probably 1960s, and I read it in the late 70s or early 80s. The ...
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Why do mutants get their specific powers?

There are a few sort of groups of power origins in comics: Genetic from birth (e.g. mutants, aliens), granted/endowed by external means (e.g. Spider-Man, Fantastic Four), or learned/reliant on ...
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When did the "Mutant Problem" begin?

X-Men (and related stories) feature mutants of various kinds at pretty much every point in history, including some who pre-date history. That being said, my understanding is that public awareness of ...
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Is the mutant gene dominant or recessive?

Is there any evidence of whether the mutant gene is dominant, recessive, or something in between? I know there are examples of mutant parents having mutant children (i.e., Magneto and Scarlet Witch), ...
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Series of stories with titles like "The Agile Rigelian"

A series of short stories around 1950, about a guy with two brains and a perfect mind shield, and no it's not Gosseyn. The stories had Ellery Queen-like titles such as "The Agile Rigelian".
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Why does Ground Radiation cause mutation, but Solar Radiation does not?

In The 100, TV series: the Grounders have a serious problem with radiation caused mutants. We see that in the mutant child in the Deadlands, where it is stated that it is traditional to leave them ...
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Inhumans vs. Mutants in the Marvel Universe

What's the difference between those two? Aren't Inhumans supposed to be an evolution of the human race "forced" by the Kree? Which is almost the same as Mutants, the natural evolution of the human ...
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