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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.
16th Dec '16 4:47:08 PM FordPrefect
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* In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Agent Smith assimilates The Oracle, which appears to backfire in some way (since she knew he was coming). It backfires because, as she explained to Neo, "We can't see past the choices we don't understand." Smith could see that Neo would die, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood but not the reason he sacrificed himself.]] At the end, Neo's assimilation gives Smith a direct link back to the machines, allowing them to purge the rogue AI.

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* In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', Agent Smith assimilates The Oracle, which appears to backfire in some way (since she knew he was coming). It backfires because, as she explained to Neo, "We can't see past the choices we don't understand." Smith could see that Neo would die, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood but not the reason he sacrificed himself.]] At the end, Neo's assimilation gives saddles Smith with a direct link back to the machines, allowing them to purge the rogue AI.
15th Nov '16 4:01:00 AM DannWoolf
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** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', both [[spoiler:the Commeson and Merged Zamasu]] suffer from this. [[spoiler:When the Commeson assimilates Vegeta to create Copy-Vegeta, Copy-Vegeta inherits the original's strong will and goes rogue. And because Merged Zamasu is the permanent fusion of the immortal Future Zamasu and the mortal Goku Black, his immortality is flawed and his body becomes unstable, leading to his downfall.]]
13th Nov '16 7:03:45 AM Nintendoman01
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** Contemplated in the fight against Buu, where Goku wondered if he should [[FusionDance fuse]] with [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. He decides it would probably make him weaker.

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** Contemplated in the fight against Buu, where Goku wondered if he should [[FusionDance fuse]] with [[FakeUltimateHero Mr. Satan]]. He decides it would probably make him weaker.weaker, but [[GodzillaThreshold desperate enough to try it]] before Vegeta shows up.
28th Oct '16 1:58:45 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': As revealed in the first episode of Volume 4, Cinder's [[PowerParasite theft]] of the Fall Maiden's powers have given her a [[AchillesHeel crippling weakness]] to Ruby's [[MagicalEye silver eyes]]; when Ruby, in the wake of Pyrrha's death, [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening used said power on her]], Cinder ends up so badly injured that she [[EyeScream loses her left eye]] and [[MuteButNotSilent can barely talk]].
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