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1st Jul '17 3:03:57 PM ultimomant
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1st Jul '17 3:03:34 PM ultimomant
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* ''http://fanfics.me/read2.php?id=127043 A RWBY Zanpakuto]]'':
** Ulquiorra's body adapts to threats whenever he heals. For example, when his head gets damaged, his brain redistributes itself through his body so that he cannot suffer brain damage anymore. When his eyes get damaged, his body sprouts eyes all over. He still loses because healing and adapting drains his energy until he can't do it anymore; it just takes a lot of work to get that far.
** The Hogyoku grants Aizen "Intelligent Design", the ability to actively alter himself to counter his enemies.
29th Jun '17 11:53:42 PM ultimomant
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** Hit can improve his TimeStandsStill ability when facing opponents powerful enough to overcome its current limits.
1st Jun '17 10:51:22 AM ZombieAladdin
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* Humanity itself is also like this, compared to most other animals: Due to a human's ability to figure out what to use and construct whatever is necessary to survive, the ability to change an environment to make living easier, and the unique accumulation of knowledge and instructions between individuals and across generations, humans have been able to live in a greater variety of environments and subdue a greater number of other animal species than almost anything else on Earth, and anything with even more cosmopolitan distribution achieved it through human actions.
1st Jun '17 10:17:17 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/StealthSymphony'', this is protagonist Jig's main power, combined with CatchAndRelease: Any attack targeted at him done with intent to harm him will be automatically caught and nullified by a backpack-like device [[ClingyMacguffin stuck to his back]], which will then generate the same type of attack at double power back at the attacker. In spite of how overpowered this sounds, however, it has a number of loopholes, which Jig's enemies [[LoopholeAbuse quickly learn to exploit]].
13th May '17 5:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* This is pretty much the point of the Zerg in ''Franchise/StarCraft''. Notably, their upgrade building is called the "Evolution Chamber," in which the Overmind pits hundreds of zerg warriors against each other and only keeps the strong, and is also the fluff explanation for the origin of Banelings.

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* This is pretty much the point of the Zerg in ''Franchise/StarCraft''.''VideoGame/StarCraft''. Notably, their upgrade building is called the "Evolution Chamber," in which the Overmind pits hundreds of zerg warriors against each other and only keeps the strong, and is also the fluff explanation for the origin of Banelings.
24th Apr '17 4:10:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* Titan from ''Literature/SuperPowereds''. His power responded to frustration so that not only would he become tougher if he was ever actually hurt by a physical attack, but he would also become stronger if he ever failed to overcome a physical challenge like lifting a heavy object. He also reveals that [[spoiler:his son Hershel inherited a different version of the same power. When kids were bullying him in school, Hershel's power manifested as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo Roy, who is stronger, more muscular, taller, and more social than Hershel. Everyone thinks that Hershel is just a shifter, until Titan reveals that Roy is a manifestation of Hershel's ideal self. This comes up, when Roy hits his physical limit, unable to lift 800 lb weights no matter how many times he's able to lift 750 lb weights. Titan explains that Hershel needs to start pushing himself in training as well, allowing his adaptive ability to raise Roy's {{Cap}}]].

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* Titan from ''Literature/SuperPowereds''. His power responded to frustration so that not only would he become tougher if he was ever actually hurt by a physical attack, but he would also become stronger if he ever failed to overcome a physical challenge like lifting a heavy object. He also reveals that [[spoiler:his son Hershel inherited a different version of the same power. When kids were bullying him in school, Hershel's power manifested as his SuperpoweredAlterEgo Roy, who is stronger, more muscular, taller, and more social than Hershel. Everyone thinks that Hershel is just a shifter, until Titan reveals that Roy is a manifestation of Hershel's ideal self. This comes up, when Roy hits his physical limit, unable to lift 800 lb weights no matter how many times he's able to lift 750 lb weights. Titan explains that Hershel needs to start pushing himself in training as well, allowing his adaptive ability to raise Roy's {{Cap}}]]. For Titan, this also applies to superpowers. Certain abilities no longer affect him (as much) after the first exposure. For example, when Aether tries to phase him through a wall, it doesn't work, because Titan once fought a criminal super with a similar power, so his body adapted to counter it. He ''could'' temporarily disable it, but he has to constantly focus on it. HealingHands also don't work on him for the same reason, but he has a limited HealingFactor to compensate. He specifically told the government to keep a certain super on-hand with the power to cause fatal brain aneurysms in order to take Titan down, if he ever turned rogue. It would only work once, though, as a botched attempt would make him immune.
3rd Apr '17 5:48:47 PM merotoker
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the Geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Mechanically,
the Geth.geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]]. breakthrough]].
** Biologically, the vorcha. Roughly humanoid aliens with no abundance of intellect, their bodies contain numerous pockets of undifferentiated cells, allowing each individual vorcha to adapt to new environmental influences. For instance, vorcha that land on higher-gravity worlds will develop stronger bones and muscles to compensate. When the Reapers invade, vorcha prove difficult for them to subdue, as they can adapt to ignore poisoned water supplies, or even [[MoreThanMindControl Indoctrination]].
3rd Apr '17 5:00:20 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', Kars (the BigBad) uses the Red Stone of Aja to instantly become the ultimate creature, with all of Earth's evolution in hand and the ability to adapt to any attack. He is effectively immune to every possible attack because he could simply change into a form that resisted it before it even hit him. Even when thrown into a volcano, he surrounds his body with bags of air to insulate him from the immense heat. He's defeated by being shot into space by the volcano to float around forever until he eventually ceases thinking, effectively making him dead.

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* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureBattleTendency'', Kars (the BigBad) uses the Red Stone of Aja to instantly become the ultimate creature, with all of Earth's evolution in hand and the ability to adapt to any attack. He is effectively immune to every possible attack because he could simply change into a form that resisted it before it even hit him. Even when thrown into a volcano, he surrounds his body with bags of air to insulate him from the immense heat. He's defeated by being shot into space by the volcano to float around forever until he eventually ceases thinking, effectively making him dead.



* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU. Doomsday is a notable example because his AdaptiveAbility allows him to literally [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back from the dead]] immune to whatever killed him in the first place on top of his HealingFactor. It says something when Franchise/TheDCU heroes, after exhausting just about every option available to hurt/kill him, eventually had to send him to the [[AfterTheEnd the end of time]] just to stop his rampage. In some stories, Doomsday becomes able to adapt offensive abilities to counter his opponents. For example, when fighting ComicBook/MartianManhunter, he becomes able to hit intangible beings and breathe fire as fire is a Martian's weakness. When Superman tries fighting him at a distance, he becomes able to fire his spikes like harpoons.

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* [[Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman Doomsday]] and (in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|OfComicBooks}}) the Calculator and the Shaggy Man from Franchise/TheDCU. Doomsday is a notable example because his AdaptiveAbility Adaptive Ability allows him to literally [[ResurrectiveImmortality come back from the dead]] immune to whatever killed him in the first place on top of his HealingFactor. It says something when Franchise/TheDCU heroes, after exhausting just about every option available to hurt/kill him, eventually had to send him to the [[AfterTheEnd the end of time]] just to stop his rampage. In some stories, Doomsday becomes able to adapt offensive abilities to counter his opponents. For example, when fighting ComicBook/MartianManhunter, he becomes able to hit intangible beings and breathe fire as fire is a Martian's weakness. When Superman tries fighting him at a distance, he becomes able to fire his spikes like harpoons.



* The [[MeaningfulName appropriately-named]] Darwin of the 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 several states away]].

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* The [[MeaningfulName appropriately-named]] Darwin of the 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 [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk, Hulk]], he gained the ability to [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere teleport several states away]].



** An early X-Men comic during the Mimic's brief tenure as a hero pitted him against the Super Adaptoid, that had already perfected the abilities of the Avengers. After beating everyone else, including Professor Xavier, the Adaptoid fought the Mimic to a standstill until the Mimic threw the match and psychically convinced the Super Adaptoid to copy his powers. The Mimic's own power was to copy other people's powers, just like the Super-Adaptoid. The attempt to copy that power exceeded the Super-Adaptoid's capacity to duplicate. The feedback also temporarily shut down the Mimic's powers.

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** An early X-Men comic during the Mimic's brief tenure as a hero pitted him against the Super Adaptoid, that had already perfected the abilities of the Avengers.ComicBook/TheAvengers. After beating everyone else, including Professor Xavier, the Adaptoid fought the Mimic to a standstill until the Mimic threw the match and psychically convinced the Super Adaptoid to copy his powers. The Mimic's own power was to copy other people's powers, just like the Super-Adaptoid. The attempt to copy that power exceeded the Super-Adaptoid's capacity to duplicate. The feedback also temporarily shut down the Mimic's powers.



* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Enjin boasts that whatever kills him makes him stronger. After Kaiser Ghidorah breaks several of his bones including his neck and then throws him into a river, he crawls out and instantly heals with his body reinforced so it won't happen again. After Monster X hits him several times, his skin toughens up so that X hurts his own hands when he tries to punch him. The only way to beat him is to [[spoiler:knock him into the air so that he cannot draw strength from the ground and regenerate, then destroy his [[SoulJar core]].]]

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* In ''Fanfic/TheBridge'', Enjin boasts that whatever kills him makes him stronger. After Kaiser Ghidorah breaks several of his bones including his neck and then throws him into a river, he crawls out and instantly heals with his body reinforced so it won't happen again. After Monster X hits him several times, his skin toughens up so that X hurts his own hands when he tries to punch him. The only way to beat him is to [[spoiler:knock him into the air so that he cannot draw strength from the ground and regenerate, then destroy his [[SoulJar core]].]]core]]]].



* Syndrome's Omnidroid in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a much more mundane version of this, insomuch as anything involving a giant robot can be mundane. The Omnidroid's A.I. is programmed to analyze and understand anything used against it, and then adapt its tactics accordingly. The Omnidroid was tested against supers, and whenever a version was destroyed, [[XanatosGambit Syndrome just built a new version based on that data and tested it against the same super]] (invariably defeating them). Throw rocks at it? It'll throw boulders back. Toss it in lava? It's NighInvulnerable and then will bathe its claws in lava to turn them red-hot. Outspeed, outmaneuver, or outthink it? The next version is faster, more agile, and smarter. [[spoiler:Control it using a remote? It will realize what's going on and attack the remote, removing it from your access. [[GoneHorriblyRight Syndrome finds this out to his own detriment when he attempts to stage a fight with the final version]].]]

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* Syndrome's Omnidroid in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' is a much more mundane version of this, insomuch as anything involving a giant robot can be mundane. The Omnidroid's A.I. is programmed to analyze and understand anything used against it, and then adapt its tactics accordingly. The Omnidroid was tested against supers, and whenever a version was destroyed, [[XanatosGambit Syndrome just built a new version based on that data and tested it against the same super]] (invariably defeating them). Throw rocks at it? It'll throw boulders back. Toss it in lava? It's NighInvulnerable {{Nigh Invulnerab|ility}}le and then will bathe its claws in lava to turn them red-hot. Outspeed, outmaneuver, or outthink it? The next version is faster, more agile, and smarter. [[spoiler:Control it using a remote? It will realize what's going on and attack the remote, removing it from your access. [[GoneHorriblyRight Syndrome finds this out to his own detriment when he attempts to stage a fight with the final version]].]]]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DoctorStrangeTheSorcererSupreme'', Strange has the innate ability to absorb and adapt a defense for any magic thrown at him. Thus he goes from on-the-skids Muggle to Sorcerer Supreme in the course of one film and a grand total of one BossBattle.



** And to make matters worse, they're [[AbsoluteXenophobe obsessively xenophobic]], want to TakeOverTheWorld, aren't fussed about whether they do it by [[AssimilationPlot assimilating us]], [[KillEmAll slaughtering us]], or [[IAmAHumanitarian sticking us in wax to digest to death]], and are [[HiveMind controlled]] by a Queen who's the [[UncannyValley stuff of]] nightmares [[PsychopathicManChild all by]] [[AGodAmI herself.]]

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** And to make matters worse, they're [[AbsoluteXenophobe obsessively xenophobic]], want to TakeOverTheWorld, aren't fussed about whether they do it by [[AssimilationPlot assimilating us]], [[KillEmAll slaughtering us]], or [[IAmAHumanitarian [[ImAHumanitarian sticking us in wax to digest to death]], and are [[HiveMind controlled]] by a Queen who's the [[UncannyValley stuff of]] nightmares [[PsychopathicManChild all by]] [[AGodAmI herself.]]



* ''UltramanMax'' had an extreme version: IF is a monster that can counter anything with itself. Max blew it apart with the Max Shot, it regenerated instantly and fired it right back at him! He never defeated it..

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* ''UltramanMax'' ''Series/UltramanMax'' had an extreme version: IF is a monster that can counter anything with itself. Max blew it apart with the Max Shot, it regenerated instantly and fired it right back at him! He never defeated it..



* In ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'', Nexus Champions can do this with their aptly named Tattoo of Adaptation, requiring their would-be killers to bring more than one kind of weapon - or some friends.

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* In ''[[NexusWar ''[[VideoGame/NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'', Nexus Champions can do this with their aptly named Tattoo of Adaptation, requiring their would-be killers to bring more than one kind of weapon - or some friends.



* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Mechanically, the geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]].
** Biologically, the vorcha. Roughly humanoid aliens with no abundance of intellect, their bodies contain numerous pockets of undifferentiated cells, allowing each individual vorcha to adapt to new environmental influences. For instance, vorcha that land on higher-gravity worlds will develop stronger bones and muscles to compensate. When the Reapers invade, vorcha prove difficult for them to subdue, as they can adapt to ignore poisoned water supplies, or even [[MoreThanMindControl Indoctrination]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Mechanically,
''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the geth.Geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]].
** Biologically, the vorcha. Roughly humanoid aliens with no abundance of intellect, their bodies contain numerous pockets of undifferentiated cells, allowing each individual vorcha to adapt to new environmental influences. For instance, vorcha that land on higher-gravity worlds will develop stronger bones and muscles to compensate. When the Reapers invade, vorcha prove difficult for them to subdue, as they can adapt to ignore poisoned water supplies, or even [[MoreThanMindControl Indoctrination]].
breakthrough]].



* In the 2007 ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'' animated film, Strange has the innate ability to absorb and adapt a defense for any magic thrown at him. Thus he goes from on-the-skids Muggle to Sorcerer Supreme in the course of one film and a grand total of one BossBattle.
3rd Apr '17 4:53:57 PM DoctorDetective
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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has the Geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]].

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** Mechanically,
the Geth.geth. When a platform is destroyed, the runtimes operating it will return to the main collective if there is a comm buoy in range [[spoiler:(hence why Legion can get killed in the Suicide Mission; he tries that but there are no buoys in range)]]. Extrapolating, any info on new tactics and weapons will be returned too, so while they may not have instant immunity like the Borg, they will develop countermeasures much more quickly than any other race [[spoiler: which is the crux of the Quarian's problems come the attempt to retake Rannoch; the Geth adapt to their hacking attempts far too quickly to be effective until Admiral Xen makes a breakthrough]]. breakthrough]].
** Biologically, the vorcha. Roughly humanoid aliens with no abundance of intellect, their bodies contain numerous pockets of undifferentiated cells, allowing each individual vorcha to adapt to new environmental influences. For instance, vorcha that land on higher-gravity worlds will develop stronger bones and muscles to compensate. When the Reapers invade, vorcha prove difficult for them to subdue, as they can adapt to ignore poisoned water supplies, or even [[MoreThanMindControl Indoctrination]].
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