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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.
5th Oct '16 4:16:44 AM Astaroth
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* In the ''Franchise/GodEater'' series, the Aragami are organisms made up of a colony of voracious, all-consuming cells that take on the traits and properties of anything they consume, organic or inorganic. This went horribly wrong for the Golden Gboro-Gboro species, which was implied to have feasted on pure metals - they've become so fragile they easily die in under five hits to the weakest of weapons. It's good news for the player though, since they drop lots of different metals you can use for crafting.[[/folder]]

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* In the ''Franchise/GodEater'' series, the Aragami are organisms made up of a colony of voracious, all-consuming cells that take on the traits and properties of anything they consume, organic or inorganic. This went horribly wrong for the Golden Gboro-Gboro species, which was implied to have feasted on pure metals - they've become so fragile they easily die in under five hits to the weakest of weapons. It's good news for the player though, since they drop lots of different metals you can use for crafting.crafting.
* Two of the possible {{Final Boss}}es you can face in ''Videogame/{{Undertale}}'' absorb the souls of other creatures into themselves, only for it to backfire on them: [[spoiler:Flowey, Boss of the Neutral Ending, is defeated because the stolen human souls inside him try to rebel against him and help you instead, and Asriel Dreemurr, boss of the Pacifist Ending, regrows his conscience after absorbing the souls of the monsters, gradually making him more and more unwilling to attack you.]]
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28th Sep '16 6:29:13 PM TheRoguePenguin
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** Icheb was also intended to be one of these, but it ended up only disabling the ship that assimilated him. The rest of the collective was spared.

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** Icheb was also intended to be one of these, but it ended up only disabling the ship that assimilated him. The rest of the collective was spared.immediately severed the ship from the hive mind and declared it not worth assisting.



--> '''Borg Queen:''' "Destroying my own people to further my own ends? I have no idea where this thought came from."
--> '''Janeway:''' "Your mistake was assimilating me!"

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--> '''Borg Queen:''' "Destroying Destroying my own people to further my own ends? I have no idea where this thought came from."
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'''Janeway:''' "Your Your mistake was assimilating me!"me!



* Happened to a brain-eating alien on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when it was dumb enough to consume Mandy's brain.
** Happens again in the Crossover with ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' when Mandy allows herself to become one with the Delightful Reaper and becomes the dominate face as a result.

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* Happened to a brain-eating alien on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', when it was dumb enough to consume Mandy's brain.
brain. She hijacked its consciousness.
** Happens again in the Crossover with ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' when Mandy allows herself to become one with the Delightful Reaper and becomes the dominate face dominant personality as a result.
12th Aug '16 11:48:36 AM Drakkenmensch
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Alternately, if YouAreWhoYouEat lets the PowerParasite [[CannibalismSuperpower steal another's powers]] (or even just regular PowerCopying or cloning), then their theft may [[GoneHorriblyRight go horribly right]] when their WeaksauceWeakness is also stolen and allows enemies [[MundaneSolution an easy way]] [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere to defeat it]]. To make matters worse, the Assimilator probably has no idea it inherited the weakness ''or'' [[KryptoniteProofSuit how to minimize it]] or stop it [[FlawExploitation being exploited]].

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Alternately, if YouAreWhoYouEat lets the PowerParasite [[CannibalismSuperpower steal another's powers]] (or even just regular PowerCopying or cloning), then their theft may [[GoneHorriblyRight go horribly right]] when their WeaksauceWeakness is also stolen and allows enemies [[MundaneSolution an easy way]] [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere to defeat it]]. To make matters worse, the Assimilator probably has no idea it inherited the weakness ''or'' [[KryptoniteProofSuit how to minimize it]] or stop it [[FlawExploitation being exploited]].
exploited]]. Additionally, just having the power of another character [[HowDoIShotWeb does not grant the knowledge or skill to use it.]]
31st Jul '16 2:23:15 PM Dravencour
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* This is how the Auditor, the BigBad of the ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' series, meets his end. While absorbing everyone in order to gain more power during his battle against Hank, he makes the mistake of absorbing [[MonsterClown Tricky]].
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