Feral Feline Shalimar Fox, played by Victoria Pratt

In the television show Mutant X, Genomex created four classes of New Mutants: Feral, Molecular, Elemental, and Psionic. Feral New Mutants have had their DNA spliced with animal DNA resulting in either physical or mental characteristics of the animal. They are extremely athletic. Unlike Moleculars, Elementals and Psionics, there are no other Feral subclasses in the category. It is unsure if there are Mutants who are portrayed with Feral abilities across various media with varying abilities.[[1]]


(listed in order from the most common)

Feline: Typically possessing the DNA of the cat, lion, tiger, panther, leopard, cheetah, jaguar, or other Feline species, these Ferals often display inhuman speed and agility, reflexes, greatly augmented physical strength (although not as strong as an Ursine Feral), metabolism and leaping ability. Their senses are heightened, allowing them to hear and smell things in a greater capacity and see outside the visible spectrum (like infra-red and ultraviolet). They can also alter the appearance of their eyes from human to yellow cat-like. Feline Ferals often display great sociability and are extremely territorial. This is the most common type of Feral. NOTE: All Feline Ferals have a heightened fear of fire and are prone to the form of hypnosis.

  • Examples: Shalimar Fox, Dr. Richard Saunders, Donna Morse, Sgt. Angel Dorn, Cpl. Clark Randall, Nikki Rodgers, Amanda Terry, Gia Duchamps, Valerie, Dazz, Lt. Beau Longstreet

Ursines: Typically possessing the DNA of bear species such as grizzly, black, brown, and polar, Ursine Ferals are superior to all other Ferals with regard to physical strength. These Ferals are also the strongest of all the Ferals. They have above human hearing, smell, eyesight, reflexes, agility, leaping ability, metabolism and superior speed as well. They can also alter the appearance of their eyes from human to red bear-like. Ursine Ferals are often quite solitary, which often disagrees with their human side, which craves human interaction. They are also often extremely tall. Like Felines and Canines, they are extremely territorial as well.

  • Example: Michael Ward

Canines: Typically possessing the DNA of a specific family of dog such as the wolf (Lupine), fox (Vulpine), coyote, jackal, dingo, or other canine species, these Ferals have the keenest sense of smell of all Ferals, acute hearing and eyesight. Like Feline Ferals, they have extreme physical strength, speed, reflexes, leaping ability, metabolism and agility. They also have amazing, enhanced, stamina. They are the most social of all Ferals and but are easily provoked and quick to anger. They may also possess enhanced moonglow. Due to their sense of smell, Canine Ferals are expert hunters and trackers. Like Felines and Ursines, they are extremely territorial as well. They can also alter the appearance of their eyes from human to yellow dog-like.

  • Examples: Aldous Berkley, Nathaniel Block, Mike Robson, Kara Whitely, Terra

Reptus: Typically possessing the DNA of Reptilian species such as snake and lizard (including alligator, turtle and crocodile), these Ferals display both enhanced physical skills and exotic physical features. These features can include additional membranes (e.g., eyes, wall climbing), and concealed venom sacs (fangs, pheromone gas), while enhanced skills include reptilian reaction, agility, speed (if the applicable DNA is a lizard) and reflexes as well as augmented strength (if the applicable DNA is alligator, crocodile or a larger lizard such as the komodo dragon). In addition, most Reptilian Ferals crave external heat as they display the features of cold-blooded organisms. NOTE: Like Feline Ferals, Reptillian Ferals are also immune to most forms of hypnosis and mind-control.

  • Example: Lena Blake

Porcine & Bovine: Typically possessing the DNA of pig, hog, and boar, like Porcine Ferals, Bovines Ferals, typically possess the DNA of domestic cattle, buffalo, bison, and yak. Due to the similarity of the two classes of animal, some of these Ferals may possess DNA of both. Above human strength and hearing are essentially the only advantageous traits among these breeds, however their strength coupled with charging speed can create a devastating attack. Like Canine Ferals, they also tend to be quick to anger.

  • Examples: None Known

Cervine: Typically possessing the DNA of deer species, which also includes similar species such as moose, antelope, or gazelle, Cervine Ferals display speed, agility, leaping ability and grace unparallel, even in Feline Ferals. They can run as fast as Feline Ferals and often jump higher than Feline Ferals but they are unable to jump as high as Amphibious Ferals. Their sense of hearing is heightened to inhuman extremes, yet their other senses are only slightly enhanced beyond those of normal humans. Cervine Ferals have an inner sense that warns them of impending danger and have the remarkable ability to remain completely motionless. Some Cervine Ferals may even display physical mutations such as antlers and elongated limbs. They are very easy to recognize except on Halloween.

  • Examples: None Known

Amphibians: Typically possessing the DNA of amphibious animals such as frog, toad, newt or salamander, Amphibious Ferals, like Reptilian Ferals, display both enhanced physical skills and the exotic physical features. These Ferals, depending on the nature of the associated DNA, have incredibly strong legs and are able to jump incredible heights and possess additional membranes for underwater activity. Most if not all Amphibious Ferals are adaptable in water and their agility increases while in water. They are able to hold their breath underwater for considerably longer than a normal human being. Some Amphibious Ferals may also possess a long, prehensile, tongue.

  • Example: Tina Benedict

Pisces: Typically possessing the DNA of any of the non-mammalian aquatic vertebrate breeds, including the lamprey, shark, barracuda, or other fish breeds, these Ferals possess many common characteristics of the aquatic breeds such as functional organs (e.g., eyes, gills, fins, swim bladders, webbing, spinates, additional membranes, endoskeletal structures) and enhanced skills including superior strength, agility, underwater speed, and perhaps most important of all the ability to breathe underwater. They can also hold their breath for considerably longer than a normal human being. They feel an intense urge to be in water although they are functional on land. Some Pisces Ferals may also possess extendable spines with poisonous or paralyzing effects, which are very painful and can cause total strong pain.

  • Examples: None Known

Insectum: Typically possessing the DNA of any of various insect or arachnid breeds, including scorpion, beetle, or spider, these extremely rare Ferals may possess functional organs such as eyes, extendable stingers, pincers, spinnerets, antennae, venom sacs, pheromone ducts, and exoskeletal structures. These Ferals may also possess greatly enhanced physical skills, particularly strength and agility. They can be prone to acts of violence as their mammalian and insect physiology constantly rejects the other.

  • Examples: Lorna Templeton, The Guardian

Aves: Typically possessing the DNA of any of various species of bird, including eagle, hawk, falcon, or owl, this rare Feral breed possesses many common characteristics of birds including functional organs such as enhanced respiratory and skeletal systems as well as an enhanced ocular system and organs. However, functional wings are rare if at all possible for enhanced flight. In addition, other varieties of DNA may be infused for additional desirable characteristics such as penguin DNA for cold resistance.

  • Examples: None Known

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