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The concept of a mutant is a common trope in comic books and science fiction. The new phenotypes that appear in fictional mutations generally go far beyond what is typically seen in biological mutants, and often result in the mutated life form exhibiting superhuman abilities or qualities.


Marvel Comics

In Marvel Comics, genetic mutation has been used as an explanation for super-powers since the 1950s[1][2][3]. Mutants have played a major role in Marvel comics, particularly the X-Men and related series. In the Marvel Comics universe, they are a heavily-persecuted minority. The Marvel Universe redefines the term to beings who are in a higher stage of evolution known as Homo sapiens superior and are not yet accepted by the human race.

DC Comics: metahuman

Mutants play a smaller, but still substantial role, in the DC Comics universe, where they form part of the population known as metahumans. DC Comics does not make a semantic or an abstract distinction between humans (or superheroes/villains) born with mutations making them different and humans mutated by outside sources. All humans with powers are simply referred to, and treated as, one group collectively known as metahumans. The term mutant does still exists for humans born with actual powers instead of attaining them. For instance, a select group of minor characters in groups such as the Team Titans, Justice Society and Infinity Inc. are seldom referred to as mutants, not metahumans.

Those who gain powers after their birth may be called as metahumans, but in the Justice League cartoon, the Royal Flush Gang were called mutants by the Joker because they were born with superpowers. Likewise, the mid-50's DC superhero Captain Comet was born with his powers and was described as a mutant. Batman's enemy Killer Croc has also been called a mutant.

Usually writers tend to use the term for parodying purposes. Doom Force, a mutant group which mimics the Marvel Universe at the time, toils with the fact that X-Force is a revamped Doom Patrol. Another group of Mutants are the Outcasts. Much like the X-men, Outcasts are a group of mutants in a dystopian future struggling to survive.

Also characters who were transformed through radiation or a mutagenic gas are sometimes identified as mutants instead of Marvel's term, 'mutates'. In the Static Shock animated series Virgil Hawkins was first described as one before introducing the term metahuman.

Mutants in the DC Universe use the traditional terminology of there being a genetic deformity.

Judge Dredd

In the Judge Dredd comic stories Mutants are caused by the effects of radiation after the Atomic Wars. All Mutants are banned from Mega-City One and are deported into the Cursed Earth Wasteland. This policy has left the mutants resentful and they often attack the city. Dredd himself has voiced doubts about the policy and when on duty in the Cursed Earth treats mutants the same as any other beings. He will however carry out the law when they enter the city.

In at least one version of this world's future, (see Strontium Dog and Durham Red) this will lead to the normals attempting genocide against mutants in the mid 2160's, and a long war called the Bloodshed in the 24th century.

Mutants in other media


Comic books

  • Cyberforce is a group of mutant cyborgs in Image Comics.
  • Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • In Larry Hama's comic Nth Man: the Ultimate Ninja, the American Midwest is struck by a DNA-altering bio-weapon which turns ordinary humans into pale, fanged, boil-covered psychotic creatures called "moots", who crave human flesh.
  • Several super-powered characters in the Justice Machine comic are said to be mutants.
  • Mutant, Texas: Tales of Sheriff Ida Red tells of a town populated by bizarre mutant creatures.
  • Ex-Mutants tells of a group of post-nuclear mutants surgically altered to look like "normal" humans.

Print media

  • A December, 1953 article in Mechanix Illustrated Magazine called "How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race", warned that in the event of an "Atom War", a mutant species of supermen might arise to assist --or to dominate-- humanity. The article was writted by "O. O. Binder", and opened with a two-page illustration drawn by comic book artist Kurt Schaffenberger, which shows bald, large-craniumed mutants either helping humanity with their superior intellects (in a small section of the picture) or dominating mankind as slavemasters (in the much bigger splash image).[4]

Video games

  • The Fallout series features mutants throughout as a result of both radiation and an engineered virus.
  • Mutants in System Shock are created when humans are exposed to a mutagen virus.
  • Mutants in Resident Evil are created when humans or animals are infected by the T-Virus, G-Virus virus, progenitor virus, uroboros virus, and las plagus parasite.


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