Acid Generation – The ability to generate acid. The acid can be manifested through touch or as a spray. Acid Generation is also known as Acid Creation, and Acid Secretion.
Literary Critique of Acid Generation
Acid generation is a disgusting superpower and is often used to generate horror in the readers. Acid generation is a power that makes sense for a supervillain since they will have less compunction about using such a horrible power or used ironically by a superhero such as Zeitgeist (Marvel). The irony is exaggerated because Zeitgeist vomits acid which is just about the most disgusting delivery system that isn’t x rated (X-Force #116)! Zeitgeist belongs to X-Statix which is a satire predictably.
The Man-Thing (Marvel) has an acid touch with a twist. The acid secretion is activated by fear so if you are fearless then no secretion (Giant Size Man-Thing #4). The catch phrase is “Whoever knows fear burns at the touch of the Man-Thing. The Man-Thing is more or less mindless and more or less amoral although there is a suggestion that the Man-Thing does not appear randomly but is drawn to important mystical events. Kind of like the Uatu the Watcher (Marvel) except the Watcher is drawn to events of cosmic appearance and this is not suggested but illustrated in the Marvel universe many times. This allows for a quick characterization of the person in that we immediately know if the character is a coward or brave and this is a very important characteristic in comic book. I don’t care if my accountant is brave or cowardly but I want my superheroes to be brave.
Corrosion (Marvel) burns Mystique in Mystique & Sabretooth #2 (Marvel). Corrosion has no problem using this power which is why this is a power more suited to supervillains.
Carrion Grubs are disgusting creatures that use acid coated mandibles to eat carrion (World of Warcraft Monster Guide).
Spitter (Ben 10) spits slime that can be made acidic.
Acid generation is a horrific power that fits the horror theme of the Dungeons and Dragons universe better than the superhero centered DC and Marvel universes. The Acid Shambler has acidic blood that seeps through wounds on its body thus making a gross superpower even grosser (Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie).
The Delver exudes acidic slime (D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual I).
The Digester spews acid (D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual I).
Hortas – Who’s Who in Star Trek #1 (DC)
Caress (DC) – Who’s Who Update ’87 #1
Chiller (DC) – Who’s Who Update ’87 #2
Acid Hands Mcgillicutty
Acid Reflux the Fleshboiler
Acid Resistant Claws
Acid Trap Hole
Tattoo Remover (Acid)