icon_uk: (Katie Cook Doug)
icon_uk ([personal profile] icon_uk) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2012-01-16 08:41 pm

Marvel clarifies their Mutant Classification system...

For years Marvel Mutants have been bandying classifications around, but it's a little confusing as to which end was the upper limit, was it Alpha, or Omega....

Newsarama has a handy field guide up...


An Alpha level mutant is someone who looks no different from any other human being, and whose powers are pretty effective in combat. Likewise, they have no limitation placed on them as a result of their X-gene.

Examples - Colossus, Dazzler, Kitty Pryde


Beta level mutants are just like Alphas, but with a catch. While at first glance they can pass for a human being, careful scrutiny reveals they have some strange trait that sets them apart, like an eye color that doesn't generally appear in humans. A Beta mutant can also be someone who passes for human but has some limitation imposed on them because of their power, such as not being able to make skin-to-skin contact (which describes Rogue's condition for many years).

Examples - Cyclops (eyes), Gambit (eyes), Wolverine (via his bone claws), Northstar/Aurora (pointy ears), pre-furry Beast (disproportionately large hands and feet) perhaps, Annalee of the Morlocks (looked human, but couldn't switch her broadcast empathic powers off)


Like Alphas and Betas, Gamma level mutants are pretty handy in combat situations. But as a result of their X-gene, they cannot pass for human without the use of a disguise of some sort.

Examples - Nightcrawler, Blink, post-furry Beast.


Delta Level mutants are those who, like Alphas and Betas, can pass for human at first glance. But unlike Alphas or Betas, their power is not something that is obvious and automatically combative. Their abilities are more subtle, enough so that an outside observer can't actually see the power in use. Delta mutants may go for years not realizing that they are, in fact, mutants, due to the nature of their abilities.

Examples - Domino, Forge, Cypher


Epsilon level mutants either have a non-combative power or no real powers at all, but are like Gamma level mutants in that they cannot hide what they are. Many examples of such mutants can be found among the Morlocks, a community that chose to live in the sewers rather than among humanity.

Examples - Artie Maddicks, Tar Baby


These are the people who truly make normal human beings and government agencies afraid. These are mutants whose power levels are such that they are considered the most serious threats, capable of wide-scale destruction and proving very difficult to take down, contain or kill.

Examples - Magneto, Iceman (now)

So your thoughts? Where does your own favourite fit in? Would YOU put them there?

Reminds me a bit of the informal classifications used in the Wild Card books; The mutagenic, alien-originated Wild Card virus has differing effects on those wo caught it, and the names used were appropriate to the card motif.. 990/1000 died horribly (Drawing the Black Queen),  9/1000 survived by only gained deformities (Drawing the Joker) and 1/1000 ganied superpowers of some sort (Drawing the Ace... though many powers weren't actually that useful, and such people rather bitterly referred to themselves as having "drawn the Deuce")

For legality, Doug proves that just because you're a Delta level mutant, it doesn't mean you can't cause some SERIOUS damage in the right circumstances... As the future Sentinel MCP is about to find out.

leikomgwtfbbq: (OH SHI-)

[personal profile] leikomgwtfbbq 2012-01-17 12:04 am (UTC)(link)
Urf, I hadn't thought of that. i r teh dum.

I'm sure there's some other stickiness-related pun that wouldn't be racist either way. @_@

[identity profile] violetclm.livejournal.com 2012-01-17 03:51 am (UTC)(link)
I'm not sure what you're talking about, but I'm pretty sure he was just named after the Brer Rabbit doll that everything stuck to.
leikomgwtfbbq: (Hmm....)

[personal profile] leikomgwtfbbq 2012-01-17 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, I know he was, but "tar baby" was a fairly common racist term at one point (I've heard older members of my dad's family use it as a derogatory remark. Yeah, I don't like my dad's family). Which is why him being black and being called that is troubling, in my mind.

*googles* I guess this is one of those things where different countries have different uses for different phrases! Wikipedia says that in non-US countries, it's just a phrase for a problem you can't get out of. I live in the US, and I've only ever heard the derogatory use.