Disease Manipulation – The ability to control diseases. Disease Manipulation is also known as Bacteria Manipulation, Bacterial Manipulation, Germ Manipulation, Illness Manipulation, Nosokinesis, Sickness Manipulation and Virokinesis.
Literary Critique of Disease Manipulation
Infectious Lass (DC) has this power (Superboy V1 #201).
Host (Pathogen) thinks of the diseases that inhabit her body as her children in Mystique #8 (Marvel).
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.
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).
In Death Sentence by Titan Comics, a sexually transmitted disease gives the infected superpowers before killing them (Death Sentence #1).
Probably the most interesting comic disease is the Jigsaw Disease that appears in the Judge Dredd universe in 2000 AD #172.
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)
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
The Amazo Virus is a synthetic disease that grants superpowers before killing the host in Justice League-Injustice League V6.
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.
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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