Metahumans is a term used to describe any human being with what are commonly described as "super powers." The prefix "meta-" simply means "beyond," therefore describing persons and abilities beyond human limits. Most of these metahumans gain their powers when a metagene is exacerbated through trauma or stress, often in a life-or-death situation.
There are an estimated 912 million metahumans on Earth, 99.5% of which are considered "nuisance-level" (such as kids who can bend spoons with their mind, athletes with a minor advantageous adaptation to their skeletal structure, or a neighbor with an unusual eye color). Many of these sorts never even known that they are metahumans or live most of their lives without ever activating their dormant metagene. The other 0.5% (4.5 million) are what ARGUS and the DEO deem as "potentials," or persons with considerable possible power activation.
There are also metahumans created through experimentation or strange accidents.
Trivia and Notes
- The rise of metahumans caused panic in the early 2000's.
- They are classified as a subspecies of Terrans.
- Mutahumans are a category of metahumans who, after scientific experiments with mutagens, have completely lost their human form, gaining an animalistic appearance.
- There is a specific subset of metahuman known as "Cerebrum Aeternam" or undying brain, in which the brain regenerates itself. There are two types. Type A feeds on adrenaline. Type B feeds on cortisol.