Hybrid Mimicry – The character has the form and/or characteristics of a hybrid of two humanoid species. Hybrid Anatomy is also known as Cross-Breeding, Cross-Species Physiology, Cross-Species Genetics, Fusion-Species Physiology, Half-Blood, Half-Breed Physiology, Hanyō (Japanese term), Hybrid Physiology and Hybridism.
Literary Critique of Hybrid Mimicry
This condition is different from human/animal hybrid i.e. 016) Animal Anatomy (hybrid). Comic book characters often display Heterosis i.e. hybrid vigor i.e. outbreeding enhancement and have powers the parents did not have.
Hybrid corn is an example of heterosis.
Namor (Marvel) has winged feet that allow him to fly, unlike either of his parents, is amphibious and has strength greater than a normal Atlantean or human (Annual Fantastic Four #1).
Aquaman (DC) also has a human father and Atlantean mother.
Spock has extreme logic of Vulcans but also seems to have more insight than Vulcans in general and this may be due to his human heritage (Who’s Who in Star Trek #2).
Voodoo (Wildstorm) has many powers due to her hybrid physiology (WildCATs Adventures Sourcebook).
Heterosis is not a major plot device in the Dungeons and Dragons universe. The following are examples of hybrids in the D&D universe including Cambions (D&D 4th Edition – Monster Manual 3), Half Elves (D&D 4th Edition – Monster Manual 2), and Half-Orcs (D&D 4th Edition – Monster Manual 2).
Half-Dragon – TSR 2158 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 2
Neo-Orog – TSR 2166 Monstrous Compendium Annual Volume 3
Half-Ogre Barbarian #18 – Underdark D&D
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