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28th Jan '16 12:19:10 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The 11th Angel, Iruel, is a microscopic collective that evolves extremely rapidly to any external threats, making it nigh-impossible to combat. It's eventually defeated by having the MAGI simulate for it a situation in which the optimal evolution was to die, tricking the Angel into killing itself.
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The 11th Angel, Iruel, is a microscopic collective that evolves extremely rapidly in response to any external threats, stimulus as it spreads, making it nigh-impossible to combat. It's eventually defeated by having the MAGI simulate for it a situation in which the optimal evolution was to die, tricking the Angel into killing itself.
28th Jan '16 12:17:44 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The 11th Angel, Iruel, is a microscopic collective that evolves extremely rapidly to any external threats, making it nigh-impossible to combat. It's eventually defeated by having the MAGI simulate for it a situation in which the optimal evolution was to die, tricking the Angel into killing itself.
6th Jan '16 4:26:16 PM Wuz
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682-Toaster crosstest has been deleted, and 682 is incapable of Power Copying.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 SCP-682 ("Hard-to-Destroy Reptile")]] of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is a reptilian [[HealingFactor regenerating]] OmnicidalManiac who also possesses this power. They try to shoot out its eyes, it grows several new sets covered in armor plating. They try to poison it, it starts spraying out jets of high-pressure blood to get the poison out. Thankfully, the adaptations wear off after a short while. This is the main reason they refuse to use [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]] on it: if it survives, it'll be immune to pretty much ''anything.'' 682 actually makes an interesting addition to this trope: often when it adapts to whatever is used against it, it is then able to use the adaptation as a weapon. They refuse to use a portable black hole against it for fear of how it might be able to retaliate if it survived. It's more than just survival, too, as evidenced by their attempts to make 682 [[ItMakesSenseInContext believe that he's a toaster]]. They didn't count on him consuming all the bread offered and [[FunnyMoments proceeding to projectile-vomit it out, toasted to perfection]]. The Foundation once tried to kill it by using an [=SCP=] with the [[RealityWarper power to change the universal constants of physics]]. 682 not only adapted to survive as it always does, it found the experience ''fun''.
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** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-682 SCP-682 ("Hard-to-Destroy Reptile")]] of the ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'' is a reptilian [[HealingFactor regenerating]] OmnicidalManiac who also possesses this power. They try to shoot out its eyes, it grows several new sets covered in armor plating. They try to poison it, it starts spraying out jets of high-pressure blood to get the poison out. Thankfully, the adaptations wear off after a short while. This is the main reason they refuse to use [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]] on it: if it survives, it'll be immune to pretty much ''anything.'' 682 actually makes an interesting addition to this trope: often when it adapts to whatever is used against it, it is then able to use the adaptation as a weapon. They refuse to use a portable black hole against it for fear of how it might be able to retaliate if it survived. It's more than just survival, too, as evidenced by their attempts to make 682 [[ItMakesSenseInContext believe that he's a toaster]]. They didn't count on him consuming all the bread offered and [[FunnyMoments proceeding to projectile-vomit it out, toasted to perfection]]. The Foundation once tried to kill it by using an [=SCP=] with the [[RealityWarper power to change the universal constants of physics]].physics within its boundaries]]. 682 not only adapted to survive as it always does, it found the experience ''fun''.
31st Dec '15 2:44:37 AM Anddrix
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} has this, as a side-effect of his HealingFactor. As with most of his powers, how effective or what it works ''on'' varies wildly between stories and writers. One notable problem arose when a magic spell de-aged him, and also resulted in him become immune to that kind of magic. Unfortunately, the traditional ''cure'' for his condition was from the same type of magic... And Marvel's even-further-over-the-top Lobo parody [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix2/lunatikmerc.htm Lunatik]] has been adapting for six hundred million years, having started as a microbe and eventually eating all life on his homeworld.
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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} Lobo has this, as a side-effect of his HealingFactor. As with most of his powers, how effective or what it works ''on'' varies wildly between stories and writers. One notable problem arose when a magic spell de-aged him, and also resulted in him become immune to that kind of magic. Unfortunately, the traditional ''cure'' for his condition was from the same type of magic... And Marvel's even-further-over-the-top Lobo parody [[http://www.marvunapp.com/Appendix2/lunatikmerc.htm Lunatik]] has been adapting for six hundred million years, having started as a microbe and eventually eating all life on his homeworld.
29th Dec '15 9:34:23 PM Willbyr
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* One villain in one ''TenchiMuyo'' manga series had this power. Luckily for Tenchi, it turns out that Lighthawk Wings were much too powerful to copy.
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* One villain in one ''TenchiMuyo'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series had this power. Luckily for Tenchi, it turns out that Lighthawk Wings were much too powerful to copy.
26th Dec '15 7:09:09 PM nombretomado
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* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in {{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU.
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* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in {{the UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU.
24th Dec '15 6:17:43 AM Ramona122003
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** Goku's adapt ability allows him to become immune to almost any technique he has seen at least once. Like Shishioh, it's because he innately knows how to counter them. This is best seen with his fight against Cell, where all Cell's copy techniques fail to harm Goku.
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** Goku's adapt ability allows him to become immune to almost any technique he has seen at least once. Like Shishioh, [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Shishioh]], it's because he innately knows how to counter them. This is best seen with his fight against Cell, where all Cell's copy techniques fail to harm Goku.
15th Dec '15 8:55:57 PM Moopsball
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* Exploited in ''VideoGame/PathOfExile''. The ''Elemental Equilibrium'' passive skill causes enemies hit with elemental damage to gain moderate increased resistance to that element but have their resistances to the [[FireIceLightning other two elements]] reduced by twice as much.
13th Dec '15 7:21:43 PM nombretomado
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* The [[MeaningfulName appropriately-named]] Darwin of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} has this as his mutant power -- he will immediately mutate whatever he needs to survive. Immerse him in water and he'll grow gills, burn him and he becomes fireproof, poison him and his body chemistry shifts to neutralize it, etc. It's really too bad that it only happens as an unconscious survival mechanism; with control over that power he'd be damn near omnipotent. It should be noted that his powers don't always give him the ability needed to ''win'' a fight, only to survive. When faced with the Hulk, he gained the ability to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere teleport to the next state]].
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* The [[MeaningfulName appropriately-named]] Darwin of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Comicbook/XMen has this as his mutant power -- he will immediately mutate whatever he needs to survive. Immerse him in water and he'll grow gills, burn him and he becomes fireproof, poison him and his body chemistry shifts to neutralize it, etc. It's really too bad that it only happens as an unconscious survival mechanism; with control over that power he'd be damn near omnipotent. It should be noted that his powers don't always give him the ability needed to ''win'' a fight, only to survive. When faced with the Hulk, he gained the ability to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere teleport to the next state]].
8th Nov '15 6:35:36 PM nombretomado
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* The Inhibitors in Creator/AlastairReynolds' RevelationSpace Verse have this ability, there's some interesting character speculation about whether they are really adapting or whether they're downloading countermeasures from an extant database whenever they encounter a new weapon
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* The Inhibitors in Creator/AlastairReynolds' RevelationSpace Literature/RevelationSpace Verse have this ability, there's some interesting character speculation about whether they are really adapting or whether they're downloading countermeasures from an extant database whenever they encounter a new weapon
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