The circumstance of gaining power, skills, and enhancements from past experience.

Also Called

  • Experiential Induced Powers
  • Experiential/Experientially Micromutation


Circumstance grants the user extraordinary abilities by either scientific or supernatural experimentation, accidents, medical treatment, etc. The effects of the event may grant superpowers to the user if they survive, or sometimes even if they don’t. Powers granted to the user by the event may be scientifically inclined if anthropogenic or supernatural if otherwise. Depending on the event in question, powers might be a gift, a curse, or both.





  • User may develop Aversion.
  • User has limited to absolutely no control over the outcome of their catalyst event.
  • User may often obtain an undesired power.
  • Disfigurement is common.
  • Regulation or even Dependency may be an issue if a catalyst event destabilizes the user in some way.
  • May cause the user mental/physical problems.
  • User may require certain objects to utilize their powers.

Known Users


  • The Flash (DC Comics); lightning and chemicals
  • Ethan Avery/Damage (DC Comics); experimentation
  • Poison Ivy (DC Comics); experimentation
  • Solomon Grundy (DC Comics); supernatural reanimation
  • Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Marvel Comics): shoot the Energy core
  • Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics); bitten by a radioactive spider
  • Miles Morales/Spider-Man (Marvel Comics); bitten by a radioactive spider
  • Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman (Marvel Comics); bitten by a radioactive spider
  • Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099 (Marvel Comics); experimentation
  • The Lizard (Marvel Comics); experimentation
  • Hulk (Marvel Comics); exposure to gamma radiation
  • She-Hulk (Marvel Comics); blood transfusion
  • Captain America (Marvel Comics); super soldier serum
  • Isaiah Bradley (Marvel Comics); super soldier serum
  • Elijah Bradley/Patriot (Marvel Comics); blood transfusion
  • Melati Kusuma/Komodo (Marvel Comics); Lizard serum
  • Fantastic Four (Marvel Comics); bombardment by cosmic rays
  • Matthew "Matt" Murdock/Daredevil (Marvel Comics); blinded by radioactive waste
  • Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Marvel Comics); experimentation
  • Jennika (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW Comics); blood transfusion
  • V (V for Vendetta); experimentation and torture as part of a bioweapons program


  • Kid Rot/Chester (Grossology) experimentation
  • Vlad Masters/Vlad Plasmius (Danny Phantom); exposed to Ghost portal accident
  • Danny Phantom/Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom); exposed to Ghost portal accident
  • Clayface (Batman: The Animated Series); assassination attempt.
  • Virgil Hawkins/Static (Static Shock); exposed to chemicals.
  • Bang Babies (Static Shock); exposed to chemicals.


  • Kara/Super Sparkle (Barbie in Princess Power); kiss by butterfly
  • Corinne/dark Sparkle (Barbie in Princess Power); kiss by butterfly
  • Pelle Norman/Antboy (Antboy); bitten by a radioactive ant
  • Rapunzel (Tangled); via when her mother got sick and pregnant and healed
  • Jack Frost (Rise of the Guardians); via falls down on water and Man in the Moon choose Jack
  • Adaline Bowman (The Age of Adaline); car crash into a river coupled with a strike of lightning.

Known Objects

  • Chemical X (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Power Rings of Inspiron (Super Buddies)
  • Mutagen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Sundrop Flower (Tangled)
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