A meta-human (meaning "beyond human") is a broad term describing an individual who acquired superhuman abilities after experiencing mutation of their bodies (in comparison to magic users, who learned how to harness mystical energies without being mutated themselves).
There have been many origins for humans to have superpowers in the various Superman-related comics/media over the decades, ranging from chemical or radiation exposure, exotic or alien technology, and magic. An individual can be empowered by accident, deliberate action or simply by birth. Overtime, the term "Metahuman" expanded in common usage to refer to even those super-powered beings whose abilities explicitly did not come from the meta-gene, such as aliens, magical beings and cyborgs. Occasionally all costumed adventurers are loosely referred to as "metahumans", even those with no powers, but only a high degree of skill and talent.
Powers and abilities Edit
There are a wide range of meta-human powers, including everything from super speed to elemental manipulation. The emotional state of a meta-human also has an influence on their powers; reacting and strengthening when the meta-human is in a state of emotional stress.