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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.

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[personal profile] weber_dubois22 2012-01-17 12:37 am (UTC)(link)
I'm also curious about characters like Peter Parker, the Fantastic Four and Miles Morales. People who end up with abilities via accidental means. Are they classified as mutants (or something else entirely) and if so, where would they fall on this list? PSS: Does DC Comics have a ranking system for Metahumans or are they IDGAF on that matter entirely?

[personal profile] hyperactivator 2012-01-17 12:40 am (UTC)(link)
They are called Mutates.
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[personal profile] weber_dubois22 2012-01-17 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, okay.
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[personal profile] kamino_neko 2012-01-17 07:48 am (UTC)(link)
I don't think it's ever actually come up, but given the number of organizations - both governmental and NGO - that are specifically tasked with dealing with metahumans (either positively or negatively) there's likely at least one classification system - if not multiple ones (ie, NOWHERE uses a different system than the DEO, which uses a different one than STAR Labs)...which, actually given the differing focuses of those various organizations, would make sense - for instance NOWHERE would have a classification based on their usefulness, the DEO based on their potential danger to others, STAR on how it effects the meta themselves...

Interestingly, the books I'd have expected to see it recently - Captain Atom, Frankenstein, Superboy, and Teen Titans - don't seem to have done anything at all on that front.
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[personal profile] rdfox 2012-01-18 02:30 pm (UTC)(link)
If memory serves, before DCnu, the DEO did rank metahumans by their potential threat levels, from "alpha-level" threats like Superman and Green Lantern, who could wipe out humanity on a whim, to "nuisance-level" threats who make up the vast bulk (something like 95%) of metahumans, with powers like being able to change skintones and patterns like a chameleon, and (I specifically remember this one) "that little old lady in Arizona who keeps winning Powerball jackpots"; i.e., the ones who pose no real threat at all, except maybe to casino owners.