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3rd Oct '17 2:58:26 PM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': When Orochimaru tried to steal Sasuke's body, Sasuke reversed the process and absorbed him instead.
** Also, there's always the threat that the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Tailed Beasts]] can take control of their hosts and go on a rampage. But a strong enough host can instead summon their power at will, and an even better host can make friends with their beast.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': When Orochimaru tried to steal Sasuke's body, Sasuke reversed the process and absorbed him instead.
** Also, there's always the threat that the [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Tailed Beasts]] can take control of their hosts and go on a rampage. But a strong enough host can instead summon their power at will, and an even better host can make friends with their beast.



* In the Marvel universe, being able to assimilate the properties of whatever he touches is both the strength and a weakness of Absorbing Man. For example, he can absorb steel to become nigh invulnerable. On the other hand, he has to be careful. For example in one issue of The Hulk he was falling to his death when a building collapsed while fighting the eponymous character. To save himself he grabbed the first thing that he could... which happened to be a piece of glass.

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* In the Marvel universe, being able to assimilate the properties of whatever he touches is both the strength and a weakness of Absorbing Man. For example, he can absorb steel to become nigh invulnerable. On the other hand, he has to be careful. For example in one issue of The Hulk he was falling to his death when a building collapsed while fighting the eponymous character. To save himself he grabbed the first thing that he could... which happened to be a piece of glass. Whoops!
15th Aug '17 3:00:40 AM Azaram
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--> '''Granny Weatherwax''': "I ain't been vampired, YOU been Weatherwaxed!"
6th Aug '17 10:09:39 PM ApeAccount
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** Way back in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen "The Tomb of the Cybermen"]] Toberman was able to maintain enough self control in spite of the conversion process to turn on the cyber controller, giving him a chance to pull off a HeroicSacrifice and save the day.
28th Jul '17 5:03:15 PM ClintEastwood
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* Of a sort in ''Film/TerminatorIIJudgmentDay''. The T-1000 takes the form of a policeman to search for John Connor and this disguise works ''remarkably'' well right up until he actually finds him. One of the kids it asks for information is John's friend, a fellow {{Delinquent|s}} who immediately runs back to warn him that a cop is looking for him. John bails immediately and its this which prevents the cyborg assassin from immediately killing him off.

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* Of a sort in ''Film/TerminatorIIJudgmentDay''.''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay''. The T-1000 takes the form of a policeman to search for John Connor and this disguise works ''remarkably'' well right up until he actually finds him. One of the kids it asks for information is John's friend, a fellow {{Delinquent|s}} who immediately runs back to warn him that a cop is looking for him. John bails immediately and its this which prevents the cyborg assassin from immediately killing him off.
2nd Jul '17 10:47:30 PM euan112358
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* ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'': TheAssimilator in question is Alpha, an ex-[=MiB=] agent who grafts stolen alien limbs to his human body, but when they start falling apart, he seeks out an alien symbiote with a HealingFactor to restore them. When he manages to assimilate not one but ''two'' symbiotes, the regeneration [[GoneHorriblyRight works so well]] that his stolen alien parts start regrowing ''their own bodies'' and end up [[BodyHorror tearing right out of him]].
21st Jun '17 9:02:50 PM Anomalocaris20
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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has one episode where Negaduck absorbs all of the other main villains powers. While Megavolt, Liquidator, and Bushroot all give him considerable elemental powers, absorbing Quackerjack just causes him to laugh at random. While this isn't directly harmful, it really annoys Negaduck.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has one episode where Negaduck absorbs all of the other main villains villains' powers. While Megavolt, Liquidator, [[ShockAndAwe Megavolt]], [[MakingASplash Liquidator]], and Bushroot [[GreenThumb Bushroot]] all give him considerable elemental powers, absorbing Quackerjack Quackerjack's "powers" just causes him to laugh uncontrollably at random. While this isn't directly harmful, it really annoys Negaduck. However, this is also played straight with the other three's powers, in that he inherited their weaknesses as well, which Darkwing and the de-powered villains exploit to defeat him; Megavolt's vulnerability to short-circuiting, Liquidator's weakness to being thickened with water-soluble materials (such as quick-drying cement), and Bushroot's extreme emotional sensitivity.
14th Jun '17 11:05:07 PM thatmadork
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* Of a sort in ''Film/TerminatorIIJudgmentDay''. The T-1000 takes the form of a policeman to search for John Connor and this disguise works ''remarkably'' well right up until he actually finds him. One of the kids it asks for information is John's friend, a fellow {{Delinquent|s}} who immediately runs back to warn him that a cop is looking for him. John bails immediately and its this which prevents the cyborg assassin from immediately killing him off.
19th Mar '17 4:16:18 PM DaibhidC
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* The Cybes, a Borg parody in the Space Arc of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', who explicitly state they acquire the characteristics of those they assimilate (taking the Borg's "add your uniqueness to our own" literally):

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* The Cybes, a Borg parody in the Space Arc of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', who explicitly state they acquire the characteristics of those they assimilate (taking the Borg's "add your uniqueness distinctiveness to our own" literally):
19th Mar '17 4:14:43 PM DaibhidC
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* The Cybes, a Borg parody in the Space Arc of ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', who explicitly state they acquire the characteristics of those they assimilate (taking the Borg's "add your uniqueness to our own" literally):
** Iki Piki volunteers to be assimilated first, suggesting that his selfless sacrifice will mean the Cybe will duplicate his wish to save his comrades.
--->'''Cybe''': Yeah, someone tried that years ago. But your comrades aren't ''my'' comrades.
** Eventually, they assimilate Serron. Immediately, they're all squabbling and trying to push each other out of the airlocks.
29th Dec '16 7:09:43 PM TheNerfGuy
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* In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-1000 assumes the form of a police officer to aid in finding John Connor. This works remarkably well early on as it ensures the full co-operation of many people in tracking him down. This backfires when he confronts one of John's street-punk friends, and rather predictably the friend denies any knowledge of him and then ''immediately'' warns John that a cop is looking for him. John flees and it's these precious seconds that allow the rest of the film to happen. If John and his friend weren't {{Delinquents}}, the disguise would have worked perfectly and John would've been killed.
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