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15th Nov '17 11:46:22 AM lillolillo
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* The ''{{Spider-Man}}'' villain The Vulture can do this in addition to draining his victims' youth DependingOnTheWriter.

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* The ''{{Spider-Man}}'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain The Vulture can do this in addition to draining his victims' youth DependingOnTheWriter.



* ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' foe [[MeaningfulName the Parasite]] has this as his shtick. It comes with a time limit, so he has to continuously drain a person's power to have it. In keeping with the "doesn't necessarily make them winners" aspect of this trope, he's not that dangerous (being defeatable by simply staying away from him does that) unless paired with other villains to back him up, and he'll betray them [[IWantThemAlive if they suggest killing Superman]].
* The latest threat that {{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} faces in the Season 9 comics is a HumanoidAbomination called "The Siphon" who can absorb the power of any supernatural being -- including the Slayers.

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* ''{{Comicbook/Superman}}'' foe [[MeaningfulName the Parasite]] ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** Parasite
has this as his shtick. It comes with a time limit, so he has to continuously drain a person's power to have it. In keeping with the "doesn't necessarily make them winners" aspect of this trope, he's not that dangerous (being defeatable by simply staying away from him does that) unless paired with other villains to back him up, and he'll betray them [[IWantThemAlive if they suggest killing Superman]].
** In a two-part ''Franchise/{{Superman}}''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' crossover story (told in ''ComicBook/ActionComics'' issue #555 and ''ComicBook/Supergirl1982'' issue #20), the original Parasite and a clone attack both cousins simultaneously; the clone draining Kara's powers first and transmitting them to the true Parasite who was fighting Kal.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The latest threat that {{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}} Buffy faces in the Season 9 comics is a HumanoidAbomination called "The Siphon" who can absorb the power of any supernatural being -- including the Slayers.
11th Nov '17 6:46:11 PM FRizer
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Meet the unholy spawn of PowerCopying and PowerNullifier - ''Power Stealing.''



Whatever the case, these villains are smart enough to know that, if they can't beat 'em, ''be'' them. In direct defiance of the SuperpowerLottery, and through manipulating the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, these villains completely absorb, implant or outright steal someone else's abilities as their own, giving them a better chance at fighting their enemies. Said new abilities may or may not have an affect on the overall health or mental condition to the villain in question. In terms of PlayingWithATrope, when your whole ability is to steal other abilities think of it as a Power Sponge, especially if it ends up like a black hole, but such examples are rare.

Sometimes, gaining these new powers [[PowerAtAPrice will have the disadvantage]] of [[AssimilationBackfire gaining new weaknesses]], giving the heroes a way to defeat the villains.

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Whatever the case, these villains are smart enough to know that, if they can't beat 'em, ''be'' them. In direct defiance of the SuperpowerLottery, and through manipulating the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil, these villains completely absorb, implant or outright steal someone else's abilities as their own, giving them a better chance at fighting their enemies. Said new abilities may or may not have an affect on the overall health or mental condition to the villain in question. In terms of PlayingWithATrope, when your whole ability is to steal other abilities think of it as a Power Sponge, especially if it ends up like a black hole, but such examples are rare.

rare. Sometimes, gaining these new powers [[PowerAtAPrice will have the disadvantage]] of [[AssimilationBackfire gaining new weaknesses]], giving the heroes a way to defeat the villains.
villains.

Why do we start with "villains"? Because actually stealing powers is often [[BadPowersBadPeople a villainous power]]. Stealing by itself is bad, stealing ''powers'' would logically be worse - and dramatic. It's rare for a hero to have this; they usually have PowerCopying instead.
2nd Nov '17 2:33:04 AM jormis29
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* Anyone in ''Series/FinalFantasy'' that can cast the spell Osmose can be this. It leeches some MP from an enemy and gives it to the caster:

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* Anyone in ''Series/FinalFantasy'' ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' that can cast the spell Osmose can be this. It leeches some MP from an enemy and gives it to the caster:
3rd Aug '17 1:08:02 PM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Chrollo Lucilfer is a Power Sponge - his only ability is to steal the complete set of powers from another person; the victim is effectively BroughtDownToNormal for the rest of his or her life (and cannot even sense other people with powers, a trait even some non-supers can do in this series). Chrollo has a tougher time than most to obtain these powers, as he needs to meet the person whose powers he's going to steal, Chrollo needs to hear the name of the power from said person and see it performed, needs to summon his book which stores the powers to hold it in, and needs to perform the above within 24 hours or that person becomes immune to his powers. In addition, he needs to hold the book out in order to use these powers. And to top it all off, the power only works for him so long as the person he stole it from is still alive, so he can't just kill the person after stealing their power. [[spoiler:However, since Nen can last even beyond death and it can get stronger through death, it is possible for Chrollo to keep the ability if he's lucky enough.]] Chrollo is smart enough to have collected a number of powers from fighters stronger than him.

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* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', ''Manga/HunterXHunter'':
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Chrollo Lucilfer is a Power Sponge - his only ability is to steal the complete set of powers from another person; the victim is effectively BroughtDownToNormal for the rest of his or her life (and cannot even sense other people with powers, a trait even some non-supers can do in this series). Chrollo has a tougher time than most to obtain these powers, as he needs to meet the person whose powers he's going to steal, Chrollo needs to hear the name of the power from said person and see it performed, needs to summon his book which stores the powers to hold it in, and needs to perform the above within 24 hours or that person becomes immune to his powers. In addition, he needs to hold the book out in order to use these powers. And to top it all off, the power only works for him so long as the person he stole it from is still alive, so he can't just kill the person after stealing their power. [[spoiler:However, since Nen can last even beyond death and it can get stronger through death, it is possible for Chrollo to keep the ability if he's lucky enough.]] Chrollo is smart enough to have collected a number of powers from fighters stronger than him.him.
** Leol has a less extreme power with a simpler set of rules: In order to steal someone's power, he has to perform a favor for the victim and then tell them that they owe him (and the victim has to hear and understand that statement). Over the next 24 hours, the power is then transferred to his [=iPod=]-like device, upon which he can then select the power [[PowersAsPrograms from a playlist]] and use it until the 24 hours are up, after which the power returns to its original owner.
** Kurapika has developed a new ability in which he can summon a syringe, which steals the power of whomever it penetrates, after which Kurapika can either use the power or give it to someone else (even non-supers). If he does the latter, then Kurapika is free to steal another ability. The downsides to this are that Kurapika must be in Emperor Time mode, which is CastFromLifespan at 1 hour for each second of Emperor Time; and the power can only be used once and then returned.
1st Aug '17 11:05:41 PM MagnusForce
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* Absorbo Lad from ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'' is able to steal superpowers with a single touch, [[AllYourPowersCombined being able to use several at once]] and gaining the victims' physical traits as well. Interestingly, he can also absorb other types of "power", which he uses to absorb electricity from wires to gain ShockAndAwe powers at one point.
15th Jun '17 10:28:16 AM Prometheus117
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* Takeover Magic in ''Manga/FairyTail'' allows its caster to absorb certain creatures or beings and assume their powers and forms. It's not exclusively a villainous technique, though, as its most notable practitioners are the heroic Strauss siblings: Mirajane's "Satan Soul" works on demons and devils; Elfman's "Beast Soul" for monsters; and Lisanna's "Animal Soul" for ordinary animals. [[spoiler:The villainous Dimaria takes the cake, though, with her "God Soul" ability allowing her to absorb gods, though there are hints with the only god she's shown using, [[TimeMaster Chronos]], that it's at least partially [[WillingChanneler willing]]]].

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* Takeover Magic in ''Manga/FairyTail'' allows its caster to absorb certain creatures or beings and assume their powers and forms. It's not exclusively a villainous technique, though, as its most notable practitioners are the heroic Strauss siblings: Mirajane's "Satan Soul" works on demons and devils; Elfman's "Beast Soul" for monsters; and Lisanna's "Animal Soul" for ordinary animals. [[spoiler:The villainous Dimaria takes the cake, though, with her "God Soul" ability allowing her to absorb gods, though there are hints with the only god she's shown using, [[TimeMaster Chronos]], that it's at least partially there's some [[WillingChanneler willing]]]].mutual allowance]] on the part of the deity]].
3rd Jun '17 1:36:04 AM Morgenthaler
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2nd Jun '17 6:11:20 PM kegisak
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* In ''Literature/Birghtright2017'', practitioners of magic are able to link their individual magic powers. The villain, a dragon, uses this, and her superior magic strength, to steal the protagonists ability to use 'human' magic--effectively a one-sided game of magical tug-of-war.

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* In ''Literature/Birghtright2017'', ''Literature/Birthright2017'', practitioners of magic are able to link their individual magic powers. The villain, a dragon, uses this, and her superior magic strength, to steal the protagonists ability to use 'human' magic--effectively a one-sided game of magical tug-of-war.
10th May '17 12:53:56 AM kegisak
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* In ''Literature/Birghtright2017'', practitioners of magic are able to link their individual magic powers. The villain, a dragon, uses this, and her superior magic strength, to steal the protagonists ability to use 'human' magic--effectively a one-sided game of magical tug-of-war.
3rd Mar '17 9:26:32 AM DSRClone
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* VideoGame/Disgaea5AllianceOfVengeance: This is a ''significant'' plot point. [[spoiler: The game's BigBad, Void Dark, has this trope as his [[LimitBreak Overload Skill]], Brigante Eclipse. Both before and throughout the story, Void has been using his Overload to steal other people's Overload skills, ranging from Killia's initial [[TimeStandsStill Alma Ice Sculpture]] to [[ManaDrain Devouring Kris]] and even [[BloodMagic Broken Faith Magia]]. In fact, during the battle against him (and later his disembodied malice taking his form), he will [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration outright use these Overloads against you]], in something of an AllYourPowersCombined FinalExam BossBattle.]]
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