Mutants in fiction

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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[edit]

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 where most people fear and hate them. The Marvel Universe redefines the term to beings who are in a higher stage of evolution known as "Homo superior" and are not yet accepted by the human race.

In other media[edit]


  • In The Hunger Games, the mutants bred by the Capitol are called "muttations". They include jabberjays, birds that can copy speech, tracker jackers, a vicious wasp specimen, orange monkeys with claws like switchblades, and wolf mutts, creatures with humanoid faces to mock the previous who died in the 74th Hunger Games. Also, there are mockingjays, hybrids of jabberjays and mockingbirds that can copy songs.
  • In The Chrysalids by science fiction author John Wyndham, a post-apocalyptic, fundamentalist society views genetic mutation as a blasphemy and the work of the Devil; not realizing it is the result of radiation from a world-wide nuclear war that occurred over a thousand years before. In order to prevent another tribulation, they follow a strict eugenics policy. Individuals considered deviations are either killed or sterilized and banished. The protagonist, a boy named David, can communicate telepathically with a small group of children. However, David and his friends must keep their abnormal abilities secret or risk death or banishment.
  • In the espionage novel Performance Anomalies,[4][5] by Victor Robert Lee,[6] the protagonist Cono 7Q is investigated by geneticists at Stanford University who determine that his accelerated nervous system is due to mutations on the long (q) arm of his seventh chromosome. They cite mutations in the brain-related genes timeless, FoxP2, and STX1A, and perhaps others as underlying Cono 7Q's ability to perceive high-speed events and react to them with a rapidity not seen in normal humans.[7]


  • In the remake series of The Hills Have Eyes, the Mutants or Hill People are humans who have been given misshapen physicalities due to radiation exposure from nuclear weapons testing.
  • In Chernobyl Diaries, the Mutants were the results of humans who were exposed to the radiation leaked during the Chernobyl disaster. The Ukrainian government has been keeping quiet about the incident and would often dispose of any surviving witnesses by locking them up in a room containing one of the mutants as seen at the end of the movie.
  • The Mutants are among the creatures that appear in The Cabin in the Woods. When it came to the five college students finding the assortment of different items in the basement, one of them contains a gas mask and tonics that if tampered with can summon the Mutants. The Demolitions Department of the Facility bets on them.
  • In Bollywood film Krrish 3, many mutants were appeared. There mutants was called Maanvars, created by an evil scientist Kaal.
  • In Sign Gene, the mutants happen to be deaf and have superhuman powers through the use of sign language. The leading character Tom Clerc is the fourth great grandson of the legendary Laurent Clerc, the father of American Sign Language.[8][9][10][11]

Print media[edit]

  • 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 written 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).[12]
  • The Mutant Chronicle novels are based on a pen and paper role-playing game originally published in 1993. It was made into a film (which has very little to do with the novels or the RPG) entitled Mutant Chronicles in 2009.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Weird Woman" (1950s, Amazing Detective Case)".
  2. ^ "Ted Lestron (pre-FF mutant)".
  3. ^ "Vincent Farnsworth (Pre-FF mutant, Tales of Suspense)".
  4. ^ Lee, Victor Robert; Pittu, David; Press, Perimeter Six. Performance Anomalies. Perimeter Six Press.
  5. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Performance Anomalies: A Novel". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  6. ^ Diplomat, James Pach, The. "Interview: Victor Robert Lee". The Diplomat. Retrieved 2017-05-17.
  7. ^ Lee, Victor Robert (2012-08-29). Performance Anomalies. Mercury Frontline LLC. ISBN 9781938409219.
  8. ^ "A Settembre nelle sale "Sign Gene" un film diretto e ideato da Emilio Insolera" (in Italian). 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ TJ (24 October 2015). "Father of Sign Gene". Tokyo Journal. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  10. ^ "制作進むろう者の国際共同制作映画 「Sign Gene」|ろうを生きる難聴を生きる".
  11. ^ The Games Machine (27 March 2017). "Sign Gene è il nuovo film di supereroi sordi" (in Italian). The Games Machine. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  12. ^ "How Nuclear Radiation Can Change Our Race (Dec, 1953)". 2006-08-15. Archived from the original on 2006-08-20.