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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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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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Mutated animals in X-men (/Ultimate X-men)

In Ultimate X-Men #18 when Xavier talks about how he and MacTaggert started their work, he mentions "Boys made of steam, dogs made of ice cream." Even if this is a humorous remark, it still ...
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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 are X-Men more realistic than Fantastic Four? [closed]

So, this is a question one of my biology teachers asked me back in High School, but I can't find the reasoning I'd need. I think it would be something like this: X-Men : they were born with a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Novel where “sub-standard” humans are sent to perform space exploration

When I was in my early teens, I read a science fiction novel I have since lost track of, and can remember neither the title nor the author. I can remember only a few details about the novel, but ...
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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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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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Is there a set limit on mutant abilities, where they're deemed too unrealistic?

In the X-Men universe, as a sampling, we have: Energy projection (Cyclops) Physical modification (Beast, Nightcrawler, Angel, Toad) Plus shape-shifting (Mystique) Teleportation (Nightcrawler) ...
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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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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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Was Grigory Rasputin a mutant?

We know that a couple of Marvel mutants descended from Grigory Rasputin (e.g. Colossus [Pyotr] and his brother Michael and IIRC their cousins). Yet, none of the Wiki/Wikia pages actually mention of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Short story: post nuclear holocaust, the human race has mutated into an ape-like being and old style humans are viewed as an abomination

I'm trying to identify a short story I read (probably in the 80s) where the protagonist, a young woman, is captivated by the beauty of a servant, a bronzed, muscular youth working in the garden. The ...
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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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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 identify sawmill pond monster novel [duplicate]

What I can remember is there was some sort of grotesque man killing monster that evolved(mutated) in the toxic sludge of a sawmill pond or the polluted area adjacent to the pond. The mill was closed ...
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Epic novel chronicaling the collapse of Planet Earth through pollution and other environmental catastrophies

A novel written in the 1970's or early 80's. I read it in the late 80's. It starts out in 1990 where the main character(s) were stationed in Antarctica. Some Woody Allen movie is mentioned in that ...
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Is humanity also a mutation? [closed]

We can refer to mutants but aren't humanity also technically nothing but a mutation according darwinism or evolution? We usually make a distinction between mutants and mankind but according to the ...
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Is Mystique just a better Colossus? [duplicate]

Basically, what is the extent of Mystique's powers? Could she mirror Colossus as he turns to steel? Or at least look like she was made of steel? What materials can she turn into? And if she can’t ...
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Why wasn't Sabretooth the original Weapon X subject?

Why wasn't Sabretooth the original Weapon X subject? Wasn't he trustable, or were his healing powers inferior?
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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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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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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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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, ...