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"You're alive. Congratulations. That means you've got the aptitude. If you didn't, you'd be dead. You've just obtained a talent. No... it's more accurate to say it was pulled from your mind. The worse the villain, the more they have... This talent that the man named DIO called a Stand."
― Keicho Nijimura to Angelo (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part IV Diamonds are Unbreakable)
"Over time, we became less human and more ... divine. Kain would enter the state of change and emerge with a new gift. Some years after the master, our evolution would follow. Until I had the honor of surpassing my lord."
― Raziel (Soul Reaver)

The ability to enhance oneself and others via accelerated evolution. Sub-power of Evolution Manipulation. Opposite to Devolution.

Also Called

  • Evolutionary Process
  • Metamorphosis
  • Self-Upgrade
  • Ultimatized

Capabilities

User can enhance themselves and others via accelerating the evolution process by triggering a bodily recovery system, restructuring their genome and upgrading to a better physical form. Upgrading can lead to new physical changes and enhancements or perhaps extra parts, natural armor or weapons. High-end wielders of this ability can control the very flow and essence of all progressive evolutions.

Applications

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • Interruption during the evolution process may result in Premature Evolution.
  • Every species has different and unique evolutionary processes.
  • Evolution can sometimes only change instead of enhancing the being.
  • May not be able to return to the previous form if wanted.
  • May require a specific skill or power to be learned.
  • May require extensive data about the desired evolution.
  • May only be able to evolve other individuals instead of themselves.
  • Weak against Stagnation.
  • Users may have a maximum number of evolution steps.
  • Users of Devolution can erase anything the user has gained.
  • May cause skills and parts to be lost, especially if the skills/parts could be used for something else more useful.

Known Users

See Also: Evolution, Evolution Power-Up, Evolutionary Levels, and Hollywood Evolution.

Cartoons/Comics

  • Chaos Knuckles (Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Ben Tennyson (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien); via the Ultimatrix
  • A.M.A.Z.O. (DC Animated Universe)
  • Maltusians (DC Comics); via Maltusian Evolution Tapestries
  • High Evolutionary (Marvel Comics)

Anime/Manga

  • Tyrant (Akame ga Kill)
  • Incursio (Akame ga Kill)
  • USBM (Bio-Meat: Nectar)
  • Sōsuke Aizen (Bleach); via The Hōgyoku
  • Pernida Parnkgjas (Bleach)
  • The Espada (Bleach: Brave Souls); via The Hōgyoku
  • Every Claymore (Claymore); via excessive stress or will
  • Yin (Darker than Black)
  • Calumon (Digimon Tamers)
  • Godzilla Earth (Godzilla)
  • Killed (Hungry Joker) via Darwinian Seed
  • "Requiem" Stands (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure); via Stand Arrows
  • Kars (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency)
  • Lordgenome (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
  • The Four Heavenly Kings (Toriko); via Gourmet Cells
  • Males of Cosmos's species/Metarexes (Sonic X)

Television/Movies

  • Destroyah (Godzilla)
  • Evolve Humans/Evo's (Heroes franchise)
  • Godzilla (Shin Godzilla)

Video Games

  • Most Bakugan (Bakugan series)
  • Pip (Chrono Cross)
  • Kain and his descendants (Legacy of Kain)
  • Pyron (Darkstalkers)
  • Eve (Elsword)
  • Swarm (Gears of War)
  • Most Invizimals (Invizimals)
  • Alex Mercer (Prototype)
  • James Heller (Prototype 2)
  • Zerg (StarCraft)
  • Primal Zerg (StarCraft)
  • Most Pokémon (Pokémon)

Others

  • Crawler (Worm)

Known Objects

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