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27th Mar '17 8:29:52 AM SebastianGray
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** The ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' version of the rules for the Blue Scribes (a pair of Daemons given a mission by the Chaos God of magic to acquire every spell in existence) gives the pair a 50% chance of copying any spell used by a nearby Wizard, friend or foe.

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** ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'':
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The ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' version of the rules for the Blue Scribes (a pair of Daemons given a mission by the Chaos God of magic to acquire every spell in existence) gives the pair a 50% chance of copying any spell used by a nearby Wizard, friend or foe.foe.
*** The ability of a Curseling's Tretchlet to uncover secrets extends to magecraft. This insidious power allows the homunculus to steal spells from the mind of any nearby Wizard so that their host can cast them back at the enemy.
19th Mar '17 10:57:07 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' utilizes the techniques of his masters to break Odin's guard. It's what the masters of the dojo are teaching to Kenichi. He is being taught Karate, Kung Fu, Jujutsu, Muay Thai, weapons usage... just remember that he's just the apprentice.
19th Mar '17 10:50:03 AM rafi
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* In ''Manga/AliceAcademy'', Mikan and [[spoiler:her mother]] Yuka [[InTheBlood both]] have the ability to turn other peoples abilities into gems and then absorb said gems into their body, gaining those powers.



* In ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'', there's the Donburiman Trio. Because their heads are rice bowls (with the donburi contents acting as their power source), they can be refilled with different ingredients when their original ones are drained, which can change their personalities and powers, though they only last for one episode. Some examples include Tendonman being filled with tempura soba (giving him the samurai abilities that Katsuobushiman has), Katsudonman being filled with natto (giving him Nattoman's never-give-up attitude and agility), and Kamameshidon having tuna sashimi in his head (giving him Tekkanomaki-chan's ninja-like skills).
* In ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', a Shou is allowed to use the powers of the Hayagami of other Shou who have submitted to them.



* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Rensa can use the powers of the Level 5 espers and any esper within a 200 meter radius, but one at a time. She cannot copy a power that she cannot understand, like Gunha Sogiita's. It is pointed out that she can't use a power as well as the original because esper powers require vast computational skills. She adds that if an esper dies, she can't copy their power anymore. [[spoiler: When she tries to copy Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]], her arm blows up.]]



* From ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', there's Mockingbird: true to his codename, he can mimic the Branch of Sin of any Deadman whose blood he tastes, [[spoiler: except for Ganta's special nuke shot]].
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Mercurymon's digivolved form, Sakkakumon, who can learn the attacks of other and shoot said attacks out of its [[EyesDoNotBelongThere many eyes]]. He can't adapt to combined attacks, though.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had any [[{{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 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)



* This is the power of the assassin Fukuro in ''Manga/FairyTail'', who ''eats his opponent whole'' and "digests" their powers. He swallows Natsu and uses his Dragon Slayer techniques, but Gray comments that they don't really compare to the real thing.



* In ''Manga/AliceAcademy'', Mikan and [[spoiler:her mother]] Yuka [[InTheBlood both]] have the ability to turn other peoples abilities into gems and then absorb said gems into their body, gaining those powers.

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* In ''Manga/AliceAcademy'', Mikan Hana from ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'' is described as "''Not''" and [[spoiler:her mother]] Yuka [[InTheBlood both]] have the ability therefore "Everything is taken in" meaning that zhe can adopt opponents' techniques as offense or defense as zhe likes. [[spoiler: This serves to turn other peoples abilities into gems and then absorb said gems into their body, gaining those powers.differentiate hir as much as associate hir to Chikahito who is "Not" as well]]



* Tachimukai from ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' is able to copy Endou's Hisatsu Techniques just by watching him, on TV!



* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''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:
--> It's similar to animal styled martial arts, They imagine themselves as the animals they're imitating, nya. In other words: ''The train is pulling into station four, please step behind the yellow line… KATAN KATAN, KATAN KATAN. Yes, this is the result of my special training. My goal is… a train!''
** Later, Miki will do the same, only she would imitate a ''bullet train''.



* Several enemies in the first ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' anime had this ability, including the Gemini Warriors (copying Sailor Mars and Mercury), Techniclon (copying Sailor Jupiter), and Malachite (copying Sailor Jupiter, Venus, and Mars).



* Claude in ''StarOcean EX'' has this ability, though notably absent in the games.

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* ''Anime/SonicX'' Sonic and the gang have difficulty defeating Emerl because he's able to copy their skills and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame. But Cream and Cheese manage to defeat him together since Emerl is only capable of copying one ability at a time.
* Claude in ''StarOcean ''Franchise/StarOcean EX'' has this ability, though notably absent in the games.



* First time titular character from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' fought with red nitro, he used his signature move on him. After getting back up, creature proceed to use this attack, [[AwesomeByAnalysis after only seeing it once]].
** Midora can copy any ability, that he observed long enough, regardless of what it is, making him one of the most overpowered characters in the manga.



* This is the [[spoiler:ability of Yamada]] in ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches''. As with all other magic in the manga, the powers are copied by kissing.



* Tachimukai from ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' is able to copy Endou's Hisatsu Techniques just by watching him, on TV!
* Hana from ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'' is described as "''Not''" and therefore "Everything is taken in" meaning that zhe can adopt opponents' techniques as offense or defense as zhe likes. [[spoiler: This serves to differentiate hir as much as associate hir to Chikahito who is "Not" as well]]
* Several enemies in the first ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' anime had this ability, including the Gemini Warriors (copying Sailor Mars and Mercury), Techniclon (copying Sailor Jupiter), and Malachite (copying Sailor Jupiter, Venus, and Mars).
* In ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', a Shou is allowed to use the powers of the Hayagami of other Shou who have submitted to them.
* From ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', there's Mockingbird: true to his codename, he can mimic the Branch of Sin of any Deadman whose blood he tastes, [[spoiler: except for Ganta's special nuke shot]].
* In ''{{Franchise/Anpanman}}'', there's the Donburiman Trio. Because their heads are rice bowls (with the donburi contents acting as their power source), they can be refilled with different ingredients when their original ones are drained, which can change their personalities and powers, though they only last for one episode. Some examples include Tendonman being filled with tempura soba (giving him the samurai abilities that Katsuobushiman has), Katsudonman being filled with natto (giving him Nattoman's never-give-up attitude and agility), and Kamameshidon having tuna sashimi in his head (giving him Tekkanomaki-chan's ninja-like skills).
* Being a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs, ''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:
--> It's similar to animal styled martial arts, They imagine themselves as the animals they're imitating, nya. In other words: ''The train is pulling into station four, please step behind the yellow line… KATAN KATAN, KATAN KATAN. Yes, this is the result of my special training. My goal is… a train!''
** Later, Miki will do the same, only she would imitate a ''bullet train''.
* This is the [[spoiler:ability of Yamada]] in ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches''. As with all other magic in the manga, the powers are copied by kissing.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Rensa can use the powers of the Level 5 espers and any esper within a 200 meter radius, but one at a time. She cannot copy a power that she cannot understand, like Gunha Sogiita's. It is pointed out that she can't use a power as well as the original because esper powers require vast computational skills. She adds that if an esper dies, she can't copy their power anymore. [[spoiler: When she tries to copy Touma's [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]], her arm blows up.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has Mercurymon's digivolved form, Sakkakumon, who can learn the attacks of other and shoot said attacks out of its [[EyesDoNotBelongThere many eyes]]. He can't adapt to combined attacks, though.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had any [[{{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 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)
* This is the power of the assassin Fukuro in ''Manga/FairyTail'', who ''eats his opponent whole'' and "digests" their powers. He swallows Natsu and uses his Dragon Slayer techniques, but Gray comments that they don't really compare to the real thing.
* First time titular character from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' fought with red nitro, he used his signature move on him. After getting back up, creature proceed to use this attack, [[AwesomeByAnalysis after only seeing it once]].
** Midora can copy any ability, that he observed long enough, regardless of what it is, making him one of the most overpowered characters in the manga.
* ''Anime/SonicX'' Sonic and the gang have difficulty defeating Emerl because he's able to copy their skills and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame. But Cream and Cheese manage to defeat him together since Emerl is only capable of copying one ability at a time.



* Dante Vale in ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' gains this ability with the [=CopyKind=] ability, which let him borrow the abilities of [[{{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 [[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. 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.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' again.
** 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 OncePerEpisode, usually with stock footage.
** As evidenced by Mega Man's most (in)famous utterage of the page quote, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dSJN5LgsE this didn't always work out for him]].
** Mega Man's powerful time-traveling ally, VideoGame/MegaManX, gets in on the act and takes this up to eleven during his only appearance in the cartoon. X shows that not only can he copy enemy weaponry from Mega Man's time (Snake Man's Search Snake, to be precise), but like in the Mega Man X video games, X can super-charge them. He powers-up the Search Snake and sends it to speedily devour Wily's gigantic super laser.



* Blackarachnia from ''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 ''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 teleportation technology...]]



* The already [[TheJuggernaut unstoppable]], [[ImplacableMan unyielding]] [[PlanetEater Beast Planet]] in ''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 teleportation technology...]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Comic Book Guy invents a superhero named Everyman, who is able to get the superpowers of any superhero just by touching a comic book. "His superpower is ''every'' superpower!"
* Blackarachnia from ''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.



* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' again.
** 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 OncePerEpisode, usually with stock footage.
** As evidenced by Mega Man's most (in)famous utterage of the page quote, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7dSJN5LgsE this didn't always work out for him]].
** Mega Man's powerful time-traveling ally, VideoGame/MegaManX, gets in on the act and takes this up to eleven during his only appearance in the cartoon. X shows that not only can he copy enemy weaponry from Mega Man's time (Snake Man's Search Snake, to be precise), but like in the Mega Man X video games, X can super-charge them. He powers-up the Search Snake and sends it to speedily devour Wily's gigantic super laser.
* Dante Vale in ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' gains this ability with the [=CopyKind=] ability, which let him borrow the abilities of [[{{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 [[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. 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.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Comic Book Guy invents a superhero named Everyman, who is able to get the superpowers of any superhero just by touching a comic book. "His superpower is ''every'' superpower!"
19th Mar '17 10:22:53 AM Moopsball
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* ''VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal'' has the Possessor class, which can steal the bodies of enemies that die while under their Possession debuff and add them to their library of forms. When the Possessor assumes the form of one of their stolen bodies they can use some of the body's skills. They also have access to the Steal Soul talent, which let the Possessor take one of a target's skills and renders the target unable to use it.
18th Mar '17 10:54:12 AM billybobfred
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** Also on 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage has the blue magic ability to learn attacks from others. Naturally, since he's the official ButtMonkey, he has the most inconvenient form of blue magic - he needs to get hit with an attack to learn it. One of the only three that he's learned actually ''keeps him as the target'' when he uses it.

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** Also on 8-Bit Theater, Black Mage has the blue magic ability to learn attacks from others. Naturally, since he's the official ButtMonkey, he has the most inconvenient form of blue magic - he needs to get hit with an attack to learn it. One of the only three that he's "Useful" spells he learned actually ''keeps him as the target'' when he uses it.this way include "make Black Mage vomit up his intestines" and "rewrite reality according to Sarda's will".



*** That happens twice, actually. Sarda's simple "rewrite reality according to my will" spell rewrites reality according to ''Sarda's'' will.
17th Mar '17 7:53:55 AM SebastianGray
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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' :
** The Tyranids 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).
** The Kroot also do something like this. They consume their slain enemies, and any useful traits are incorporated into the Kroot's DNA (which is mostly blank apart from their natural traits). Over a few generations, the traits gained from consumed enemies become a natural part of the Kroot's biology.
*** The Kroot Shapers are shamans within tribes that direct what they eat, to ensure only good traits are retained and not detrimental ones. This came after one section of kroot decided it would be good to assimilate canine DNA, and getting trapped in an evolutionary dead end. The current Kroot themselves are actually not the base race, they use to be a type of scavenging bird before consuming a humanoid race.
** The Space Marines themselves possess an oft-forgotten organ, the omophagea, that allows them to learn a bit from any creature by consuming some of their mass. Brain works best, but not always necessary.

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''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' :
** *** The Tyranids 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).
** *** The Kroot also do something like this. They consume their slain enemies, and any useful traits are incorporated into the Kroot's DNA (which is mostly blank apart from their natural traits). Over a few generations, the traits gained from consumed enemies become a natural part of the Kroot's biology.
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biology. The Kroot Shapers are shamans within tribes that direct what they eat, to ensure only good traits are retained and not detrimental ones. This came after one section of kroot decided it would be good to assimilate canine DNA, and getting trapped in an evolutionary dead end. The current Kroot themselves are actually not the base race, they use to be a type of scavenging bird before consuming a humanoid race.
** *** The Space Marines themselves possess an oft-forgotten organ, the omophagea, that allows them to learn a bit from any creature by consuming some of their mass. Brain works best, but not always necessary.necessary.
** The ''TabletopGame/WarhammerAgeOfSigmar'' version of the rules for the Blue Scribes (a pair of Daemons given a mission by the Chaos God of magic to acquire every spell in existence) gives the pair a 50% chance of copying any spell used by a nearby Wizard, friend or foe.
4th Mar '17 5:45:39 PM ZimFan89
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* The purpose of Weapon XI in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', creating the perfect mutant-killer.
* In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', the Sentinels become yet another [[InvincibleVillain perfect mutant-killer]] this way.

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* The ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' has several examples:
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The purpose of Weapon XI in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', creating the perfect mutant-killer.
* ** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', the Sentinels become yet another [[InvincibleVillain perfect mutant-killer]] this way.way.
** In ''Film/XMenApocalypse'', a side effect of the {{Body Surf}}ing Apocalypse uses to maintain his immortality is that when he does so with a mutant, he gains that mutant's abilities, adding them to his SuperpowerLottery.
1st Mar '17 11:56:56 AM NubianSatyress
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* VariantPowerCopying: The copier can't, or won't, use the EXACT original ability but learns some new form of it.
23rd Feb '17 7:34:57 AM EthanLac
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Seldom is this used to it's full potential however, as a character that can do anything, is really difficult to balance and can quickly turn into a StoryBreakerPower if no limitations exist.

So in the name of balance, the power is often given one or more of the following limitations:

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Seldom is However, this power is seldom used to it's its full potential however, potential, as a character that can do anything, anything is really difficult to balance and can quickly turn into a StoryBreakerPower if no limitations exist.

So So, in the name of balance, the power is often given one or more of the following limitations:
18th Feb '17 6:42:19 PM Redaka
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* They cannot replicate [[CombinationAttack abilities that require more than user.]]


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* ''Anime/SonicX'' Sonic and the gang have difficulty defeating Emerl because he's able to copy their skills and BeatThemAtTheirOwnGame. But Cream and Cheese manage to defeat him together since Emerl is only capable of copying one ability at a time.
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