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27th Jul '16 8:14:00 PM WingedCat
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* A version of this is employed in many sports and games with a competitive scene (especially where there are regular tournaments with cash prizes): the winners' strategy is analyzed and copied. Those who wish to remain winners must continually create new strategies, or perform their strategies better than anyone else can.
** In theory this is one of the advantages of capitalism. One company finds a better way to serve its industry and gains a temporary advantage, then eventually others either copy what works or go out of business (their workers going to work for the surviving companies). In practice this works more often in the long run than the short term, and winning companies can try to prevent competitors from arising or surviving so they do not have to improve.
27th Jul '16 1:59:34 PM erforce
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** And of course we have Soma himself who has the ability to steal the soul and abilities of ANY ENEMY IN THE GAME (That's saying something in a Castlevania game). This allows you to gain an attack or special property for as many as there are different enemies in the game (with some extras).

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** And of course we have Soma himself who has the ability to steal the soul and abilities of ANY ENEMY IN THE GAME (That's saying something in a Castlevania ''Castlevania'' game). This allows you to gain an attack or special property for as many as there are different enemies in the game (with some extras).



* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty 3'': After the protagonists [[BagOfSpilling lose all the abilities they originally had]], they begin gaining new ones by copying powersets from other gaming heroes. Both get [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's and Luigi's]] jumping power, Jerry gets [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link's]] and (ironically enough) [[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man X's]] abilities, while Claire gets [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania}} Belmont's]] and [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus's]] powersets. [[spoiler:Originally, they thought the video game characters were just merging with them until the crisis had passed... but it turns out that those characters gave up their lives and souls to pass on those abilities, and are never coming back.]]

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* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty 3'': After the protagonists [[BagOfSpilling lose all the abilities they originally had]], they begin gaining new ones by copying powersets from other gaming heroes. Both get [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's and Luigi's]] jumping power, Jerry gets [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link's]] and (ironically enough) [[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man X's]] abilities, while Claire gets [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania}} [[VideoGame/CastlevaniaI Belmont's]] and [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus's]] powersets. [[spoiler:Originally, they thought the video game characters were just merging with them until the crisis had passed... but it turns out that those characters gave up their lives and souls to pass on those abilities, and are never coming back.]]
9th Jul '16 11:29:29 AM nombretomado
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* The [[MaskOfPower Mask of Kindred]] in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. It allows the wearer to copy the abilities of animals sharing the general environment with them (so land animals if the user is on land, sea animals if they're diving, etc).
** Also, the Mask of Emulation, which allows the wearer to use any power he can watch someone else using.

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The [[MaskOfPower Mask of Kindred]] in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. It allows the wearer to copy the abilities of animals sharing the general environment with them (so land animals if the user is on land, sea animals if they're diving, etc).
** Also, the The Mask of Emulation, which allows the wearer to use any power he can watch someone else using.
8th Jul '16 1:50:33 PM StFan
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* Alice in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' is an interesting example. ''She'' is the one who gains the powers of her friends even though ''Freddy'' is the one doing the killing.

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* Alice in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' is an interesting example. ''She'' is the one who gains the powers of her friends even though ''Freddy'' is the one doing the killing.
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* In the movie ''Film/{{Limitless}}'', the main character becomes a master martial artist by remembering and copying the martial arts movies he has seen.
* Zen in ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' is an autistic girl who learned martial arts, mostly Kung Fu, from watching TV. Late in the movie she's stymied by a fighter using a [[ConfusionFu drunken monkey technique]], and has to take a few licks before she adapts the form.
* The purpose of Weapon XI in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', creating the perfect mutant-killer.



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* Alice in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'' is an interesting example. ''She'' is the one who gains the powers of her friends even though ''Freddy'' is the one doing the killing.
* In the movie ''Film/{{Limitless}}'', the main character becomes a master martial artist by remembering and copying the martial arts movies he has seen.
* Zen in ''Film/{{Chocolate}}'' is an autistic girl who learned martial arts, mostly Kung Fu, from watching TV. Late in the movie she's stymied by a fighter using a [[ConfusionFu drunken monkey technique]], and has to take a few licks before she adapts the form.
* The purpose of Weapon XI in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', creating the perfect mutant-killer.
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* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' book Serpent Kingdoms, the Sarrukh has an ability called "Manipulate Form" which can permanently imbue any reptilian creature with its own physical features and powers. This forms the basis of the infamous GameBreaker character "Pun-Pun", which can copy ''everything in the universe at the same time'', [[UpToEleven with the power increased as much as he wants]]. By some interpretations of the rules he can even ''make up'' things to copy.
** Oh, and this can be done at 1st level (although only in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' universe). It is an important lesson in what happens when you take the rules literally.
** There is also the Spellthief PrestigeClass in edition 3.5, which has a temporary, [[VancianMagic disposable]] version of this trope
** The Illithid Savant is an illithid prestige class who can [[CannibalismSuperpower permanently gain the abilities of any creature]] [[BrainFood whose brain it consumes]]. As you can assume, it's considered one step below Pun-Pun in the pantheon of [[GameBreaker What The Hell Were The Designers Smoking]], mainly because its racial prerequisite requires LoopholeAbuse for most.
* The Tyranids of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' do something similar to Power Copying. When they turn their opponents into the raw materials to make more Tyranids, they also absorb their information and occasionally their traits; these are then used by the hive fleet to make it easier to counter those tactics and abilities. Some sources also hint that some varieties of Tyranid were "invented" using the DNA of certain foes, such as the psychic Zoanthropes (believed to have come from Eldar DNA) and the durable Tyrant Guard (supposedly created with Space Marine DNA).

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In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' book Serpent Kingdoms, ''Serpent Kingdoms'', the Sarrukh has an ability called "Manipulate Form" which can permanently imbue any reptilian creature with its own physical features and powers. This forms the basis of the infamous GameBreaker character "Pun-Pun", which can copy ''everything in the universe at the same time'', [[UpToEleven with the power increased as much as he wants]]. By some interpretations of the rules he can even ''make up'' things to copy.
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copy. Oh, and this can be done at 1st level (although only in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' universe). It is an important lesson in what happens when you take the rules literally.
** There is also the Spellthief PrestigeClass in edition 3.5, which has a temporary, [[VancianMagic disposable]] version of this trope
** The Illithid Savant is an illithid prestige class who can [[CannibalismSuperpower permanently gain the abilities of any creature]] [[BrainFood whose brain it consumes]]. As you can assume, it's considered one step below Pun-Pun in the pantheon of [[GameBreaker What The Hell Were The the Designers Smoking]], mainly because its racial prerequisite requires LoopholeAbuse for most.
** Less broken, the Spellthief class in edition 3.5 has a temporary, [[VancianMagic disposable]] version of Power Copying, by stealing spells directly from other spellcasters' minds.
** The Ardent Dilettante PrestigeClass, from the ''Planar Handbook'', has a high-level ability called "See It Again" that allows to duplicate once any spell the character has been targeted with in the previous round.
** Another PrestigeClass, the Ur-Priest, beyond stealing clerical spells from the gods without worshiping them, at maximum level can copy the spell-like abilities of another creature.
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The Tyranids of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' do something similar to Power Copying. When they turn their opponents into the raw materials to make more Tyranids, they also absorb their information and occasionally their traits; these are then used by the hive fleet to make it easier to counter those tactics and abilities. Some sources also hint that some varieties of Tyranid were "invented" using the DNA of certain foes, such as the psychic Zoanthropes (believed to have come from Eldar DNA) and the durable Tyrant Guard (supposedly created with Space Marine DNA).



* Excrucian Deceivers in ''{{TabletopGame/Nobilis}}'' are capable of completely copying all the abilities of people they know very well, through the Ritual of the Second Skin. This comes with a number of drawbacks: The ritual takes a full day to perform, it copies all of the target's limitations and weaknesses, and anyone who commands the Deceiver in the name of the person whose skin they're wearing can force them to follow a single order. Still, it's one of the most dangerous abilities in the game for the sheer versatility it grants them.

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* Excrucian Deceivers in ''{{TabletopGame/Nobilis}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' are capable of completely copying all the abilities of people they know very well, through the Ritual of the Second Skin. This comes with a number of drawbacks: The ritual takes a full day to perform, it copies all of the target's limitations and weaknesses, and anyone who commands the Deceiver in the name of the person whose skin they're wearing can force them to follow a single order. Still, it's one of the most dangerous abilities in the game for the sheer versatility it grants them.



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3rd Jul '16 6:07:11 PM tomandtish
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''Webcomic/{{GrrlPower}}'': The character For Whom the Death Tolls has an interesting variation. He doesn't copy a person's power, but when he is attacked he automatically gains the power/ability that will nullify the attackers power/ability. Only one at a time though....

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''Webcomic/{{GrrlPower}}'': *''Webcomic/{{GrrlPower}}'': The character For Whom the Death Tolls has an interesting variation. He doesn't copy a person's power, but when he is attacked he automatically gains the power/ability that will nullify the attackers power/ability. Only one at a time though....
3rd Jul '16 6:06:12 PM tomandtish
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''Webcomic/{{GrrlPower}}'': The character For Whom the Death Tolls has an interesting variation. He doesn't copy a person's power, but when he is attacked he automatically gains the power/ability that will nullify the attackers power/ability. Only one at a time though....
15th Jun '16 9:09:11 PM DarkHunter
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* ''VideoGame/DistortedTravesty 3'': After the protagonists [[BagOfSpilling lose all the abilities they originally had]], they begin gaining new ones by copying powersets from other gaming heroes. Both get [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario's and Luigi's]] jumping power, Jerry gets [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda Link's]] and (ironically enough) [[VideoGame/MegaManX Mega Man X's]] abilities, while Claire gets [[VideoGame/{{Castlevania}} Belmont's]] and [[VideoGame/{{Metroid}} Samus's]] powersets. [[spoiler:Originally, they thought the video game characters were just merging with them until the crisis had passed... but it turns out that those characters gave up their lives and souls to pass on those abilities, and are never coming back.]]
13th Jun '16 1:57:33 PM WoodyAlien3rd
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* ''VideoGame/KhimeraDestroyAllMonsterGirls'' is heavily based upon the ''Mega Man'' franchise, so it's no wonder that the protagonist, Chelshia the chimera, gains the defeated bosses' powers and abilities. Her [[MadScientist creator]] splices their DNA into hers to allow that.
4th May '16 9:40:30 AM Tman2bard
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*** Returns in ''VideoGame/BravelySecond'' with the Catmancer class, but with slight differences.
13th Apr '16 9:09:58 PM merotoker
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* In ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' the protagonist's AxeCrazy BloodKnight father encourages him to steal and copy his opponent's moves and techniques in part because "It ''really'' pisses them off".

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* In ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'' the protagonist's AxeCrazy AxCrazy BloodKnight father encourages him to steal and copy his opponent's moves and techniques in part because "It ''really'' pisses them off".



** Ku:Nel Sanders has a Pactio card [[spoiler:that allows him to become anyone he's met for a few minutes, complete with all their abilities. However, he can't maintain someone stronger than him for more than that.]]
** Prior to the tournament finals, [[spoiler:Negi receives a pactio artifact from Princess Theodora]] that allows him to [[spoiler:use all the artifacts of his ministra.]] However, for political reasons[[note]]Or if you prefer a Doylist approach, power balance issues[[/note]] [[spoiler:the contract is canceled after the fight.]]

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** Ku:Nel Sanders has a Pactio card [[spoiler:that allows him to become anyone he's met for a few minutes, complete with all their abilities. However, he can't maintain someone stronger than him for more than that.]]
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** Prior to the tournament finals, [[spoiler:Negi receives a pactio artifact from Princess Theodora]] that allows him to [[spoiler:use all the artifacts of his ministra.]] ministra]]. However, for political reasons[[note]]Or if you prefer a Doylist approach, power balance issues[[/note]] [[spoiler:the contract is canceled after the fight.]]fight]].



* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''MutekiKanbanMusume'' parodies this trope. Because Kankuro is the resident IdiotHero he uses InsaneTrollLogic to guess a way to defeat Miki by imitating a local train:

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* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''MutekiKanbanMusume'' ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'' parodies this trope. Because Kankuro is the resident IdiotHero he uses InsaneTrollLogic to guess a way to defeat Miki by imitating a local train:



** DigimonTamers had any [[{{Mons}} Digimon]] that died exploding into shards of data that their opponent could absorb to grow stronger, essentially giving all of them CannibalismSuperpower, though the main characters usually made a point of NOT absorbing defeated foes. Of course this ended up being used to copy [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Leomon's]] [[ShapingYourAttacks Fist Of the Beast King]].
*** And that's separate from the more common use of PowerCopying in the series, which involves copying the powers not from other living (or dead) digimon, but from cards depicting the ones from the game based on the first TV series (which is a ShowWithinAShow that is referenced but not actually shown)

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** DigimonTamers ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had any [[{{Mons}} [[{{Mon}} Digimon]] that died exploding into shards of data that their opponent could absorb to grow stronger, essentially giving all of them CannibalismSuperpower, though the main characters usually made a point of NOT absorbing defeated foes. Of course this ended up being used to copy [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Leomon's]] [[ShapingYourAttacks Fist Of the Beast King]].
*** And that's separate from the more common use of PowerCopying in the series, which involves copying the powers not from other living (or dead) digimon, but from cards depicting the ones from the game based on the first TV series (which is a ShowWithinAShow that is referenced but not actually shown)



** Hope Summers, mutant messiah, has this power along with the ability to influence the mutants around her.
* {{Taskmaster}}, of Creator/MarvelComics, possesses photographic reflexes. He can do anything after seeing it performed once, with exactly as much skill as the person he watched had in the task. Up to and including [[http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3841/751/1600/AgentX05-Taskmaster.jpg Chow Yun-Fat]]. However, he gains the ability to use it, not their powers. Meaning he can do the same flips as Spider-man, but he'll never be able to leap off a sheer wall. However, he can watch a scene in fast-forward and perform it at double-speed for a (very) limited time.
** Even more so, he uses his ability of reflecting an enemy's moves to predict what they would do next. Which got him absolutely nothing when Deadpool kicked his ass with [[ConfusionFu the power of dance and randomness.]]

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** Hope Summers, ComicBook/HopeSummers, mutant messiah, has this power along with the ability to influence the mutants around her.
* {{Taskmaster}}, ComicBook/{{Taskmaster}}, of Creator/MarvelComics, possesses photographic reflexes. He can do anything after seeing it performed once, with exactly as much skill as the person he watched had in the task. Up to and including [[http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/3841/751/1600/AgentX05-Taskmaster.jpg Chow Yun-Fat]]. However, he gains the ability to use it, not their powers. Meaning he can do the same flips as Spider-man, but he'll never be able to leap off a sheer wall. However, he can watch a scene in fast-forward and perform it at double-speed for a (very) limited time.
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time. Even more so, he uses his ability of reflecting an enemy's moves to predict what they would do next. Which got him absolutely nothing when Deadpool SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} kicked his ass with [[ConfusionFu the power of dance and randomness.]]



* In the ''{{Guardians of the Galaxy}}'' future of the Marvel Universe, The Protege has this ability for all inherent abilities, with no restrictions and can combine them. Needless to say, she quickly becomes the most powerful being in her universe. Eventually, she tries to use these to become the new One-Above-All before getting smacked down by the Living Tribunal.
* Over in the {{DCU}}, we have the android Amazo (created 6 years before the Super-Adaptoid), who has this ability. Just to make things tougher for the heroes, sometimes he comes with powers pre-programmed, and then copies some more. Amazo's power is taken to [[AGodAmI the ultimate level]] in the {{DCAU}}.

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* In the ''{{Guardians ''ComicBook/{{Guardians of the Galaxy}}'' future of the Marvel Universe, The Protege has this ability for all inherent abilities, with no restrictions and can combine them. Needless to say, she quickly becomes the most powerful being in her universe. Eventually, she tries to use these to become the new One-Above-All before getting smacked down by the Living Tribunal.
* Over in the {{DCU}}, Franchise/TheDCU, we have the android Amazo (created 6 years before the Super-Adaptoid), who has this ability. Just to make things tougher for the heroes, sometimes he comes with powers pre-programmed, and then copies some more. Amazo's power is taken to [[AGodAmI the ultimate level]] in the {{DCAU}}.Franchise/{{DCAU}}.



* The Midnight Sons [[BatFamilyCrossover crossover]] ''Midnight Massacre'' has Comicbook/{{Blade}} of the Nightstalkers, in his quest against all occult, reading a certain page from the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]] and turning into Switchblade the Demogorge, who obtains the powers of anyone he kills. [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard This power proves to be his undoing]] when kills Comicbook/GhostRider, and feels the power of his Penance Stare as he obtains it, buying enough time for Prof. Hastings of the Darkhold Redeemers to fix things up]].

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* The Midnight Sons [[BatFamilyCrossover crossover]] ''Midnight Massacre'' has Comicbook/{{Blade}} of the Nightstalkers, in his quest against all occult, reading a certain page from the [[TomeOfEldritchLore Darkhold]] and turning into Switchblade the Demogorge, who obtains the powers of anyone he kills. [[spoiler:[[HoistByHisOwnPetard This power proves to be his undoing]] when kills Comicbook/GhostRider, and feels the power of his Penance Stare as he obtains it, buying enough time for Prof. Hastings of the Darkhold Redeemers to fix things up]].up.]]



* In ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'', the Element of Magic [[AlternateUniverse there]], Trixie Lulamoon, is able to learn spells "by ear"; that is, she learns how to cast spells by watching other ponies do it. Unfortunately, she's not very good at learning spells via spellbooks.

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* In ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'', ''FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'', the Element of Magic [[AlternateUniverse there]], Trixie Lulamoon, is able to learn spells "by ear"; that is, she learns how to cast spells by watching other ponies do it. Unfortunately, she's not very good at learning spells via spellbooks.



* General Grievous' mastery of lightsaber combat is explained in the novelization of ''{{Star Wars}}: {{Revenge of the Sith}}''. The computer in his brain analyzes his opponent's fighting style and allows him to utilize it himself, even Mace Windu's unique Vaapad. This ends biting him in the ass when the GenreSavvy Mace Windu sicks Obi-Wan on him, as his foe is the master of an incredibly basic style focused on blocking everything and is at least knowledgeable in the other styles, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere resulting in Grievous' retreat]] after Obi-Wan [[NoSell negated his attacks]] until he grew bored and cut two of his wrists.

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* General Grievous' mastery of lightsaber combat is explained in the novelization of ''{{Star Wars}}: {{Revenge of the Sith}}''.''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. The computer in his brain analyzes his opponent's fighting style and allows him to utilize it himself, even Mace Windu's unique Vaapad. This ends biting him in the ass when the GenreSavvy Mace Windu sicks Obi-Wan on him, as his foe is the master of an incredibly basic style focused on blocking everything and is at least knowledgeable in the other styles, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere resulting in Grievous' retreat]] after Obi-Wan [[NoSell negated his attacks]] until he grew bored and cut two of his wrists.



* And then ''SuperSentai'' got in on the act. In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the heroes have a stash of Ranger Keys, which unlock the powers of previous Sentai teams. Exactly like Decade and his cards.

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* And then ''SuperSentai'' ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' got in on the act. In ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', the heroes have a stash of Ranger Keys, which unlock the powers of previous Sentai teams. Exactly like Decade and his cards.



** Oh, and this can be done at 1st level (although only in the ForgottenRealms universe). It is an important lesson in what happens when you take the rules literally.

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** Oh, and this can be done at 1st level (although only in the ForgottenRealms ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' universe). It is an important lesson in what happens when you take the rules literally.



* There's also the gruesome ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'' spell, Blood Transcription, which requires you to "consume" a pint of blood from a dead spellcaster, allowing you to learn one of their spells, provided your class can learn it. Needless to say, this spell comes with an 'evil' descriptor.
* In ''TableTopGames/MagicTheGathering'', there's a number of creatures that copy individual creatures, but for simple sharing of powers, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107385 Experiment Kraj]] and to a lesser extent, all Simic cards share their abilities through Cytoplasts.

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* There's also the gruesome ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'' ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' spell, Blood Transcription, which requires you to "consume" a pint of blood from a dead spellcaster, allowing you to learn one of their spells, provided your class can learn it. Needless to say, this spell comes with an 'evil' descriptor.
* In ''TableTopGames/MagicTheGathering'', ''TableTopGame/MagicTheGathering'', there's a number of creatures that copy individual creatures, but for simple sharing of powers, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=107385 Experiment Kraj]] and to a lesser extent, all Simic cards share their abilities through Cytoplasts.



** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', he takes [[spoiler:freeze grenades from Mr. Freeze's equipment after defeating him.]]

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** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'', he takes [[spoiler:freeze grenades from Mr. Freeze's equipment after defeating him.]]him]].



* Many variations on Blue Mage (incidentally the same color as the former TropeNamer) from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series of games work like this. The precise variant varies from game to game -- sometimes, they have to be hit by the ability, and in others they merely have to be in the party when the ability is used, and some have to do something special related to killing the enemy to do it (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has you use an Absorb-like spell, while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has you eating and cooking enemies). ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' specifies that the Blue Mage has to ''see'' the spell being cast, so he can't learn anything if he's [[StandardStatusEffects Blinded]]. In a variation on the theme, Summoners in the series often must defeat prospective summons in combat before being allowed to summon them.

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* Many variations on Blue Mage (incidentally the same color as the former TropeNamer) {{Trope Namer|s}}) from the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series of games work like this. The precise variant varies from game to game -- sometimes, they have to be hit by the ability, and in others they merely have to be in the party when the ability is used, and some have to do something special related to killing the enemy to do it (''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has you use an Absorb-like spell, while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has you eating and cooking enemies). ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' specifies that the Blue Mage has to ''see'' the spell being cast, so he can't learn anything if he's [[StandardStatusEffects Blinded]]. In a variation on the theme, Summoners in the series often must defeat prospective summons in combat before being allowed to summon them.



** Don't forget Dmitrii from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'', who can copy ''Soma's'' magic souls by being hurt by them... However, it makes him a pathetically easy boss if you know what soul to use on him - he ''will'' copy that attack, no matter what it is, so making him use a weak and easily avoidable attack makes the battle a cakewalk. Later on, [[spoiler:it turns out that by having his soul absorbed by Soma, Dmitri was able to copy Soma's power of domination, at which point he becomes the game's BiggerBad]].

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** Don't forget Dmitrii from ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'', who can copy ''Soma's'' magic souls by being hurt by them... However, it makes him a pathetically easy boss if you know what soul to use on him - he ''will'' copy that attack, no matter what it is, so making him use a weak and easily avoidable attack makes the battle a cakewalk. Later on, [[spoiler:it turns out that by having his soul absorbed by Soma, Dmitri was able to copy Soma's power of domination, at which point he becomes the game's BiggerBad]].GreaterScopeVillain]].






** ''SonicChronicles'' gives us the Gizoids, of which Emerl was the most powerful. Though unlike Emerl, who doesn't seem to have a limit in what he can copy, the Gizoid {{Mooks}} are only capable of copying one or two special attacks from the main characters.

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** ''SonicChronicles'' ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles'' gives us the Gizoids, of which Emerl was the most powerful. Though unlike Emerl, who doesn't seem to have a limit in what he can copy, the Gizoid {{Mooks}} are only capable of copying one or two special attacks from the main characters.



** Metal Sonic from the second ''SonicRivals'' game has no Signature Move of his own - instead, he copies it from the opponent he's currently facing. In case he's alone or [[MirrorMatch two Metal Sonics]] are fighting each other, it defaults to [[SuperSpeed Sonic Boom]].

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** Metal Sonic from the second ''SonicRivals'' ''VideoGame/SonicRivals'' game has no Signature Move of his own - instead, he copies it from the opponent he's currently facing. In case he's alone or [[MirrorMatch two Metal Sonics]] are fighting each other, it defaults to [[SuperSpeed Sonic Boom]].



* Revolver Ocelot from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series falls squarely into this trope. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the supplemental material]], after merely witnessing a tactic on the battlefield, he can them use said tactic thereafter. This certainly explains his ludicrous skills with revolvers, but he is noticeably clumsier as his younger self in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', where Snake [[LampshadeHanging calls him out]] on using a tactic he's only just seen in battle.
** At the end of the game [[spoiler:he fights Snake hand-to-hand, and uses CQC moves ''seconds'' after Snake uses them on him.]]
** All main ''Metal Gear'' games, starting from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', feature this trope to some extent. Stamina killing a boss in [=MGS3=] gives you a camo pattern that provides a certain bonus (for example, The Fear's pattern increases Snake's camo index at the cost of a stamina drain, while the Fury's halves all fire and explosive damage.) In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', beating a member of the Beauty and the Beast unit gives Snake a new weapon (in Laughing Octopus' case, FaceCamo) while in Peace Walker, beating an AI weapon several times unlocks a weapon to be placed on Metal Gear ZEKE (the Chrysalis' railgun is required, though.) Lastly, in ''Rising'', beating a member of the Winds of Destruction unlocks a copy of their weapon for purchase. Completing the game will also give access to Samuel Rodrigues' HF Blade.

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* Revolver Ocelot from the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series falls squarely into this trope. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the supplemental material]], after merely witnessing a tactic on the battlefield, he can them use said tactic thereafter. This certainly explains his ludicrous skills with revolvers, but he is noticeably clumsier as his younger self in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'', where Snake [[LampshadeHanging calls him out]] on using a tactic he's only just seen in battle.
** At the end of the game [[spoiler:he fights Snake hand-to-hand, and uses CQC moves ''seconds'' after Snake uses them on him.]]
him]].
** All main ''Metal Gear'' games, starting from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'', ''Metal Gear Solid 3'', feature this trope to some extent. Stamina killing a boss in [=MGS3=] gives you a camo pattern that provides a certain bonus (for example, The Fear's pattern increases Snake's camo index at the cost of a stamina drain, while the Fury's halves all fire and explosive damage.) In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', beating a member of the Beauty and the Beast unit gives Snake a new weapon (in Laughing Octopus' case, FaceCamo) while in Peace Walker, beating an AI weapon several times unlocks a weapon to be placed on Metal Gear ZEKE (the Chrysalis' railgun is required, though.) Lastly, in ''Rising'', beating a member of the Winds of Destruction unlocks a copy of their weapon for purchase. Completing the game will also give access to Samuel Rodrigues' HF Blade.



** The [[NoExportForYou Final Mix-exclusive]] Limit Form reflects how Sora fought in the [[KingdomHearts first game]], using some of the special moves that were usable in Kingdom Hearts 1, but not the original sequel.

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** The [[NoExportForYou Final Mix-exclusive]] Limit Form reflects how Sora fought in the [[KingdomHearts [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI first game]], using some of the special moves that were usable in Kingdom Hearts 1, ''Kingdom Hearts'', but not the original sequel.



* As a ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' homage, ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has Spiritia plays it straight, Grolla averts it, and Freudia uses an odd variation by retooling the attacks to fit her [[AnIcePerson Ice Person]] status.

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* As a ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''Franchise/MegaMan'' homage, ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' has Spiritia plays it straight, Grolla averts it, and Freudia uses an odd variation by retooling the attacks to fit her [[AnIcePerson Ice Person]] status.



*** That happens twice, actually. Sarda's simple "rewrite reality acording to my will" spell rewrites reality according to ''Sarda's'' will.

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*** That happens twice, actually. Sarda's simple "rewrite reality acording according to my will" spell rewrites reality according to ''Sarda's'' will.



* The BigBad of ''AkumaTH'' is The Undertaker, a demon with the ability to copy and absorb a person's soul, gaining that person's strength, techniques, and knowldge. [[spoiler: He can copy inanimate objects, too, as long as they have energy.]] Gemel from TonyTH learns any move that he personally sees. [[http://www.mgcomics.com/AkumaTh/Misc/GhostPast_27.gif When the two meet during a crossover]], [[DiscussedTrope The Undertaker briefly discusses the different methods that can be used to perform this trope]]. [[spoiler: 'Taker then proposes that they copy each others' ability to copy, allowing them both to copy a person's entire moveset just by looking at them.]]

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* The BigBad of ''AkumaTH'' is The Undertaker, a demon with the ability to copy and absorb a person's soul, gaining that person's strength, techniques, and knowldge.knowledge. [[spoiler: He can copy inanimate objects, too, as long as they have energy.]] Gemel from TonyTH learns any move that he personally sees. [[http://www.mgcomics.com/AkumaTh/Misc/GhostPast_27.gif When the two meet during a crossover]], [[DiscussedTrope The Undertaker briefly discusses the different methods that can be used to perform this trope]]. [[spoiler: 'Taker then proposes that they copy each others' ability to copy, allowing them both to copy a person's entire moveset just by looking at them.]]



* ''Proxy'' from the EGO story arc of [[HeroesUnite Heroes Unite]] has the ability to take on another character's powers and appearance. (Nebulon appears twice on the cover art for this reason).
** Similarly, the foe who originally prompted the formation of Heroes Unite was an alien warrior called ''Deuce'' who had the ability to copy powers (as well as SuperStrength and SuperToughness). In the end they only beat him because [[spoiler: he was limited to absorbing two sets of powers at once and they tricked him into using up both slots to copy Acrobat - a BadassNormal with no powers whatsoever]].

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* ''Proxy'' from the EGO story arc of [[HeroesUnite Heroes Unite]] ''WebComic/HeroesUnite'' has the ability to take on another character's powers and appearance. (Nebulon appears twice on the cover art for this reason).
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reason). Similarly, the foe who originally prompted the formation of Heroes Unite was an alien warrior called ''Deuce'' who had the ability to copy powers (as well as SuperStrength and SuperToughness). In the end they only beat him because [[spoiler: he was limited to absorbing two sets of powers at once and they tricked him into using up both slots to copy Acrobat - a BadassNormal with no powers whatsoever]].



* Chaka, at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse, has the ability to manipulate Ki and see it flow. When attacked by a ninja using a secret "paralyzing nerve strike", she watches him as he tries it on her. She blocks it, so he never finished the move. She promptly uses it on him before he can react, having learned it in less time than it takes to execute the complete move ''once''.

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* Chaka, at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy in the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, has the ability to manipulate Ki and see it flow. When attacked by a ninja using a secret "paralyzing nerve strike", she watches him as he tries it on her. She blocks it, so he never finished the move. She promptly uses it on him before he can react, having learned it in less time than it takes to execute the complete move ''once''.



* Jasmine, from ''TrintonChronicles'', has the ability to copy all the other superpowers she is with-in range of. This being said her power is kind of useless against others with the same or similar ability. Jasmine has copied so many powers at once she seems to have no limit, she also tends to use them like 'toys' in some cases including copying the power of a transmuter to transform junk into gemstones and the power of mentally interfacing with technologies in order to turn on her apartment's electronics and dial the phone without ever touching it.
** Taltos does this also only using his own power of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Nemesis]] against several of the heroes in [[HalloweenEpisode Hallow's Eve]]
* In the crossover of WebAnimation/SmashBrosLawl, TheIrateGamer has this as a signature move, but with the twist that the powers he copies are very underpowered versions of the originals.

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* Jasmine, from ''TrintonChronicles'', ''Literature/TrintonChronicles'', has the ability to copy all the other superpowers she is with-in range of. This being said her power is kind of useless against others with the same or similar ability. Jasmine has copied so many powers at once she seems to have no limit, she also tends to use them like 'toys' in some cases including copying the power of a transmuter to transform junk into gemstones and the power of mentally interfacing with technologies in order to turn on her apartment's electronics and dial the phone without ever touching it.
** Taltos does this also only using his own power of [[ElementalRockPaperScissors Nemesis]] against several of the heroes in [[HalloweenEpisode Hallow's Eve]]
Eve]].
* In the crossover of WebAnimation/SmashBrosLawl, TheIrateGamer WebVideo/TheIrateGamer has this as a signature move, but with the twist that the powers he copies are very underpowered versions of the originals.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' later gained the ability to turn into any alien the Omnitrix got a DNA sample from in the third season, allowing him to transform himself into slightly-altered versions of a small handful of that season's AliensAndMonsters. To date, each of these three forms has been used exactly ''once'', and the plot point seems to have been dropped, although it was picked up again in [[Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' later gained the ability to turn into any alien the Omnitrix got a DNA sample from in the third season, allowing him to transform himself into slightly-altered versions of a small handful of that season's AliensAndMonsters. To date, each of these three forms has been used exactly ''once'', and the plot point seems to have been dropped, although it was picked up again in [[Ben10UltimateAlien [[WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien Ultimate Alien]].



* Blackarachnia from ''TransformersAnimated'' can drain powers with a touch, similar to Rogue (except she can turn it off). [[spoiler:Back when she was Elita-1, she could copy without draining.]] Lockdown, similar to Alpha, steals body parts from other Transformers, and is essentially a Frankenstein's monster-like assembly of parts.
* The already [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable]], [[ImplacableMan unyielding]] [[PlanetEater Beast Planet]] in ''ShadowRaiders'' is implied to be able to do this when it [[spoiler: creates a duplicate of a planet it previously ate... and at the very end, when it may have copied the Prison Planet's [[NightmareFuel teleportation technology]]...]]

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* Blackarachnia from ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can drain powers with a touch, similar to Rogue (except she can turn it off). [[spoiler:Back when she was Elita-1, she could copy without draining.]] Lockdown, similar to Alpha, steals body parts from other Transformers, and is essentially a Frankenstein's monster-like assembly of parts.
* The already [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable]], [[ImplacableMan unyielding]] [[PlanetEater Beast Planet]] in ''ShadowRaiders'' ''WesternAnimation/ShadowRaiders'' is implied to be able to do this when it [[spoiler: creates a duplicate of a planet it previously ate... and at the very end, when it may have copied the Prison Planet's [[NightmareFuel teleportation technology]]...]]technology]]..]].



** Mega Man's methods in the show differed from the games: Defeating a Robot Master wasn't needed as Mega Man only need to grab the Robot Master to absorb the power. His armor's colors also stay the same familiar blue, and the Robot Master's weaknesses to the weapons are never brought up. He could seemingly only keep the power for a few minutes/shots, but he stole a Robot Master's power at least OnceAnEpisode, usually with stock footage.

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** Mega Man's methods in the show differed from the games: Defeating a Robot Master wasn't needed as Mega Man only need to grab the Robot Master to absorb the power. His armor's colors also stay the same familiar blue, and the Robot Master's weaknesses to the weapons are never brought up. He could seemingly only keep the power for a few minutes/shots, but he stole a Robot Master's power at least OnceAnEpisode, OncePerEpisode, usually with stock footage.



* Dante Vale in ''HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' gains this ability with the [=CopyKind=] ability, which let him borrow the abilities of [[{{Mons}} Titans]]. This comes in handy [[spoiler: to bring him BackFromTheDead at the end.]]
* The version of [=AMAZO=] from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is a master of this. By the end, he's got [[WingedHumanoid wings]] and a [[DropTheHammer mace]], reflecting bracers, a GreenLanternRing, SuperSpeed and EyeBeams. The only way to stop him was to ''give'' him another power: {{telepathy}}, so that he could learn that he was being manipulated by a bad guy. [[VictoryIsBoring He eventually got bored with his "opponents"]], and decided [[GoodVsEvil their conflicts]] were now beneath him (as the android doesn't just copy powers, ''[[AdaptiveAbility it evolves]]''), and headed off into space in search of meaning.
** When it returned, Amazo was basically a [[PhysicalGod God]]. [[spoiler: Lex Luthor later wanted to make himself an android body to gain Godhood using the same blueprints as Amazo.]]

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* Dante Vale in ''HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' gains this ability with the [=CopyKind=] ability, which let him borrow the abilities of [[{{Mons}} [[{{Mon}} Titans]]. This comes in handy [[spoiler: to bring him BackFromTheDead at the end.]]
* The version of [=AMAZO=] from ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is a master of this. By the end, he's got [[WingedHumanoid wings]] and a [[DropTheHammer mace]], reflecting bracers, a GreenLanternRing, SuperSpeed and EyeBeams. The only way to stop him was to ''give'' him another power: {{telepathy}}, so that he could learn that he was being manipulated by a bad guy. [[VictoryIsBoring He eventually got bored with his "opponents"]], and decided [[GoodVsEvil [[BlackAndWhiteMorality their conflicts]] were now beneath him (as the android doesn't just copy powers, ''[[AdaptiveAbility it evolves]]''), and headed off into space in search of meaning.
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meaning. When it returned, Amazo was basically a [[PhysicalGod God]]. [[spoiler: Lex Luthor later wanted to make himself an android body to gain Godhood using the same blueprints as Amazo.]]
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