132) Disease Manipulation

Disease Manipulation – The ability to control diseases.

Infectious Lass (DC) has this power (Superboy V1 #201).

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Host (Pathogen) thinks of the diseases that inhabit her body as her children in Mystique #8 (Marvel).

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Disease manipulation is not a common superpower but disease is used as a weapon by super villains, most notably Ra’s al Ghul (DC) uses Ebola Gulf-A, nicknamed “The Clench” to almost wipe out all humans in Gotham City before Batman finds a cure. The Clench first appears in Batman-Shadow of the Bat V1 #48.

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Stryfe (Marvel) creates a virus called the Legacy Virus that only effects mutants.

The alien Technarchy uses the transmode virus to transform organic matter into techno-organic matter that they can absorb as energy. If a member of the Technarchy doesn’t absorb the infected being then they instead turn into a techno-organic being slave (Uncanny X-Men V1 #300).

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Sometimes diseases give you superpowers before killing you!  Sakutia allows children to turn into various green animals like Beast Boy (Teen Titans V3 #14).

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In Death Sentence by Titan Comics, a sexually transmitted disease gives the infected superpowers before killing them (Death Sentence #1).

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Probably the most interesting comic disease is the Jigsaw Disease that appears in the Judge Dredd universe in 2000 AD #172.

Disease Manipulation–Jigsaw Virus - AD #172 (2000)

Aliens – Astonishing V1 #49 (1956)


Plague Spewer – D&D 3.5 – Monster Manual III


Plague Wretch – Creature Collection I


Simak – Meta-Baron T3 Orne #8 (Humanoids)

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Slarecian Language Virus – Creature Collection I


Spirit of the Plague – Creature Collection I


Touch Corrupter – Creature Collection II. Dark Menagerie


Viltrumites (Image) – Invincible #66


Wamp – Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands

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The Amazo Virus is a synthetic disease that grants superpowers before killing the host in Justice League-Injustice League V6.

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In All-Star Batman V2 #6, Mr. Freeze (DC) explains how the ice core has a disease that will end life on Earth and of course he plans to use this disease for one of his mad plans.

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Bloodmorel – DC Comics Presents-Superman Swamp Thing #85

Doomsday Virus – Superman V3 #31

Finn – 2000 AD #770

Marrashi – TSR 2145 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 1

Virus X – Action Comics #364

Rat of 12 Plagues (Marvel) in Iron Fist #77 (2018).

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