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Retrometabolism - Regeneration technique used by the Mysterons, aliens from the planet Mars on the syndicated puppet series CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS/SYN/1967.

When the Earth sent an exploratory probe to Mars, its inhabitants, the Mysterons, thought the probe was a prelude to invasion. Fighting back they used a strange weapon/force called Retrometabolism in their bid to battle Earth.

The process reproduced the likeness of any object but first that object must be destroyed. From its ashes the Mysterons recreated an exact duplicate with a mind and will controlled only by them.

"The Mysterons, sworn enemies of Earth, possessing the ability to recreate an exact likeness of an object or person...but first they must destroy. [cat howls, gun fires] Leading the fight, one man fate has made indestructible. His name...CAPTAIN SCARLET" [A deep, foreboding voice announces] "This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know that you can hear us earthmen. We have observed the pathetic events of SPECTRUM to combat us and we have decided to render them powerless. We intend to immobilize the whole of SPECTRUM."

The Indestructible CAPTAIN SCARLET
The indestructible
...Captain Scarlet

This system was used to kill Captain Scarlet, a member of the peacekeeping group known as SPECTRUM. However, it backfired and the power of destruction was somehow reversed turning Captain Scarlet into an indestructible superhero. See also "Spectrum"

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