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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]].
27th Oct '16 6:44:13 PM dasuberkaiser
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* The Borg Expy in an early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/971003 strip]] run into this problem after assimilating Riff and Torg. "Since you have come among us, all we have done is drink fermented hops beverages and ogle scantily clad females. This has seriously jeopardized our goal of the all-collective. We've never had to do this before... We are kicking you out."
** Done again with Dr. Crabtree, the Nanite Queen, who can assimilate people's knowledge by eating their brains...but gets infected with Sam Sein's stupidity when she tries it on him, and when she eats Christmas Elves' brains she starts unconsciously frolicking everywhere while singing "lolly la!"
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'''s "The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor", an EldritchAbomination that [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130220 eats hope]] makes the (fatal) mistake of consuming the ghost of [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130225 Todd Baxter, the most miserable rock star in history]]. (As a bonus, [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130226 Baxter finally gets to feel happiness, and cross over]].)
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* The Borg Expy in an early ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/971003 strip]] run into this problem after assimilating Riff and Torg. "Since you have come among us, all we have done is drink fermented hops beverages and ogle scantily clad females. This has seriously jeopardized our goal of the all-collective. We've never had to do this before... We are kicking you out."
** Done again with Dr. Crabtree, the Nanite Queen, who can assimilate people's knowledge by eating their brains...but gets infected with Sam Sein's stupidity when she tries it on him, and when she eats Christmas Elves' brains she starts unconsciously frolicking everywhere while singing "lolly la!"
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'''s "The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor", an EldritchAbomination that [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130220 eats hope]] makes the (fatal) mistake of consuming the ghost of [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130225 Todd Baxter, the most miserable rock star in history]]. (As a bonus, [[http://scarygoround.com/?date=20130226 Baxter finally gets to feel happiness, and cross over]].)
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18th Oct '16 12:05:14 PM zarpaulus
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** It's Naraku's Origin Story, he was human but was gravely injured and when a horde of demons came to consume him he used dark magic to merge with them.
18th Oct '16 12:00:36 PM zarpaulus
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** At one point Envy is reduced to a small slug-like creature, later he runs into some of Father's zombie-like creatures and one of them swallows him. A second later it suddenly turns on one of the others and bites it then starts to merge with it and attacks and absorbs all the other zombies in the room, before the whole mess transforms into Envy's ShapeshifterDefaultForm.
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