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28th Oct '16 3:07:25 PM DarkPhoenix94
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* ComicBook/CaptainUniverse is all about this trope in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. He is actually a semi-sentient cosmic force called The Unipower, whose main purpose was to maintain the barrier between Earth and another universe in place. It would grant powers to single individuals temporarily so they could fulfill specific missions. Though the Unipower doesn't really force the host to do anything, only tells him what he has to do. Presumably if you disobey, it'll just leave you.

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* ComicBook/XMen has possibly the most famous example of this in the form of the Phoenix Force, which takes mortal hosts (usually a psychic SignificantGreenEyedRedhead) to do a specific job in either rejuvenating a dying world, protecting it or if it's stagnant, destroying it. Then She leaves. However, this all gets a bit muddy with the precise details of the relationship between Jean Grey and the Phoenix, and she tends to stick around with favoured hosts like Jean and her daughter Rachel. In any case, hosts are granted vast telepathic and telekinetic powers, which often manifest in the form of the Phoenix raptor, making each host a borderline RealityWarper. They're also effectively impossible to kill, since even if they can be killed, they'll just immediately come back.
* ComicBook/CaptainUniverse is all about this trope in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. He She is actually a semi-sentient cosmic force called The Unipower, whose main purpose was to maintain the barrier between Earth and another universe in place. And[=/=]or is the 'mother' of the Builders. It would grant powers to single individuals temporarily so they could fulfill fulfil specific missions. Though the Unipower doesn't really force the host to do anything, only tells him them what he has they have to do. Presumably if you disobey, it'll just leave you.
19th Oct '16 2:26:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* Kalinda in ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' has the ability to talk to and channel ghosts. In ''Treason'', her dead brother Si Cwan possesses her, aiding in the ''Excalibur'''s search for his and Robin's newborn son. While possessed, she gains all of his fighting prowess and intellect, while {{Squick}}ing Robin out (and Kalinda's other lover, Xyon). About the only person Cwan!Kally doesn't squick out is Tania Tobias, who's a little touched herself...and strikes up a relationship with Kalinda that lasts after the possession ends, to Xyon's utter dismay.

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* Kalinda in ''StarTrekNewFrontier'' ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' has the ability to talk to and channel ghosts. In ''Treason'', her dead brother Si Cwan possesses her, aiding in the ''Excalibur'''s search for his and Robin's newborn son. While possessed, she gains all of his fighting prowess and intellect, while {{Squick}}ing Robin out (and Kalinda's other lover, Xyon). About the only person Cwan!Kally doesn't squick out is Tania Tobias, who's a little touched herself...and strikes up a relationship with Kalinda that lasts after the possession ends, to Xyon's utter dismay.



* After being briefly possessed by F'ryan (A swordmaster) to fight off a Weapon, Karigan retains some of his skills. Later volumes in the ''GreenRider'' series have her build on that base with more conventional training.

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* After being briefly possessed by F'ryan (A swordmaster) to fight off a Weapon, Karigan retains some of his skills. Later volumes in the ''GreenRider'' ''Literature/GreenRider'' series have her build on that base with more conventional training.
2nd Oct '16 10:19:36 AM Materioptikon
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* In ''ComicBook/TheGoldenAge'', Captain Triumph was the result of Lance Gallant merging with the ghost of his brother Michael. However, he came to ''hate'' this, as Michael became an adrenaline junkie (the merge gave him the ability to feel again). Lance died fighting Robotman, ignoring the ghost's pleas to merge.
25th Sep '16 4:32:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* Fomori, from the OldWorldOfDarkness, get powers from the fact that there is a spirit attached to their soul. Of course, that spirit is evil and tries to get you to behave accordingly, tends to warp its host physically, and, oh yeah, ''doesn't usually possess people with consent''.

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* Fomori, from the OldWorldOfDarkness, ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', get powers from the fact that there is a spirit attached to their soul. Of course, that spirit is evil and tries to get you to behave accordingly, tends to warp its host physically, and, oh yeah, ''doesn't usually possess people with consent''.



* ''MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' is a great example. [[PlayerCharacter Talion]] is CursedWithAwesome and has his soul bound to Earth, giving him [[ResurrectiveImmortality the ability to return from death.]] However, his soul is also bound to an [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Elven Wraith, Celebrimbor]], who has several amazing powers he can use- but only through Talion, who is given Celebrimbor's powers to use in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.

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* ''MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'' is a great example. [[PlayerCharacter Talion]] is CursedWithAwesome and has his soul bound to Earth, giving him [[ResurrectiveImmortality the ability to return from death.]] However, his soul is also bound to an [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Elven Wraith, Celebrimbor]], who has several amazing powers he can use- but only through Talion, who is given Celebrimbor's powers to use in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.



* Riku in ''KingdomHearts''. First time you fight him (which is optional), he's BadassNormal and is mostly hard because he keeps jumping around and when you knock him down, flings back at you and it ''hurts''. The second time you fight him (which is ''not'' optional), he is [[spoiler:using the powers of darkness and puts up a fight before going down but isn't a hard opponent...partly because it's 3v1 in your favour]]. The ''third'' time you fight him, however, he becomes ThatOneBoss because he is possessed by [[spoiler:Xehanort's heartless]]. And it's not just because it's a DuelBoss...

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* Riku in ''KingdomHearts''.''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''. First time you fight him (which is optional), he's BadassNormal and is mostly hard because he keeps jumping around and when you knock him down, flings back at you and it ''hurts''. The second time you fight him (which is ''not'' optional), he is [[spoiler:using the powers of darkness and puts up a fight before going down but isn't a hard opponent...partly because it's 3v1 in your favour]]. The ''third'' time you fight him, however, he becomes ThatOneBoss because he is possessed by [[spoiler:Xehanort's heartless]]. And it's not just because it's a DuelBoss...
16th Aug '16 12:23:19 PM rafi
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* The core premise of ''Manga/ShamanKing''--although the protagonists are only possessed by their spirit partners at the beginning. Once the tournament actually starts, it becomes clear that every shaman worth fighting merges their spirit with one of their weapons.
* At one point in ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is force fed the shadows of 100 fallen pirates--giving him all of their skills and strengths for ten minutes. Other than now being skilled with a sword, mostly this just causes Luffy to be much bigger and stronger than usual.
** This is also the theory held to how Devil Fruits work: they are believed to contain demons that transfer from the fruit to the eater's body giving them their power. However, if the same person eats another fruit, the two demons will fight each other and cause the eater's body to explode.

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* In a sense, the titular parasite of ''Manga/{{Baoh}}'' grants this as it transforms it's host into an armored bio-weapon with varying abilities when it's in danger.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** This is how the Visored's MaskOfPower functions.
The core premise of ''Manga/ShamanKing''--although Visored have all been Hollowified (meaning that they have had a Hollow's soul inserted into their own, or an Inner Hollow has formed within them). By donning the protagonists Hollow's mask, they gain access to that Hollow's powers.
** It turns out that [[spoiler:this is how the ''entire Quincy race'' works. They
are only possessed by pieces of the original Quincy's soul, which his can distribute at will and then reabsorb at will (or after their spirit partners at the beginning. Once the tournament actually starts, it becomes clear that every shaman worth fighting merges their spirit with one of their weapons.
* At one point in ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is force fed the shadows of 100 fallen pirates--giving him
deaths) to gain all of their skills and strengths for ten minutes. Other than now being skilled skills, memories, etc.]]
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' kicks off
with a sword, mostly this just causes Luffy to be much bigger the main character Akira becoming possessed by Amon, the most powerful and evil demon in Hell. Amon's power allows Akira to become Devilman. As long as Akira can hold onto his ability to think rationally, Amon cannot take control of him, though Akira does become stronger than usual.
** This
and more aggressive after his possession. [[spoiler: When Akira loses his reason after his girlfriend is also violently killed by an angry mob, Amon takes control of him and this becomes straight up DemonicPossession.]]
* Occurs twice in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', both times to
the theory held [[AlwaysSecondBest always-getting-outmatched]] Vegeta. In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he allowed himself to be possessed by the wizard Babidi, allowing him to transform prematurely into a Super Saiyan 2. In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', he gets possessed by the machine mutant Baby, taking him to a far higher, twisted level of power... [[GrandTheftMe unwillingly this time]].
* An odd example from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': [[spoiler: Sonohara Anri]] is the current host of Saika, a demonic sword capable of possessing anyone it cuts, which can somehow exist "within" its current wielder. Saika grants its host a number of abilities, such as making them a HiveQueen to everyone who has been cut/possessed, as well as an InstantExpert in swordsmanship (specifically iaido, though this part is arguable; as Saika can communicate mentally with its host and said host specifically says the sword "taught" her
how Devil Fruits work: they are believed to contain demons fight, it's very possible it actually trained her itself). Given that transfer there doesn't seem to be any reason the host couldn't just toss the sword into the ocean, she's keeping it of her own free will.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[SiblingTeam Mirajane, Elfman, and Lisanna]] specialize in the use Take Over magic, which works this way but with monster souls. Elfman uses Beast Soul, Lisanna uses Animal Soul, and Mirajane [[spoiler: uses [[DemonicPossession Satan (demon) Soul]]]].
* Shalnark, a member of the Phantom Troupe, in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' can control people if he sticks them with a cell phone antenna. If he uses this on ''himself'', he becomes faster, stronger, and more resistant to pain, because his self-possession disconnects his mind
from the fruit to the eater's sensations his body giving them their power. However, if the same person eats another fruit, the two demons feels, allowing him to surpass his body's physical limits. He doesn't like using it, though, because he will fight each other and cause feel all the eater's pain his body to explode.went through once the possession ends.



* A member of the Phantom Troupe in ''HunterXHunter'' can control people if he sticks them with a cell phone antenna. If he uses this on ''himself'', he becomes faster, stronger, and more resistant to pain, because his self-possession disconnects his mind from the sensations his body feels, allowing him to surpass his body's physical limits. He doesn't like using it, though, because he will feel all the pain his body went through once the possession ends.
* Several characters on ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' have "phantoms" living inside them, granting them powers such has enhanced strength and speed, [[HealingFactor Healing factors]], and in some cases, SwordBeam attacks.
* ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' kicks off with the main character Akira becoming possessed by Amon, the most powerful and evil demon in Hell. Amon's power allows Akira to become Devilman. As long as Akira can hold onto his ability to think rationally, Amon cannot take control of him, though Akira does become stronger and more aggressive after his possession. [[spoiler: When Akira loses his reason after his girlfriend is violently killed by an angry mob, Amon takes control of him and this becomes straight up DemonicPossession.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[SiblingTeam Mirajane, Elfman, and Lisanna]] specialize in the use Take Over magic, which works this way but with monster souls. Elfman uses Beast Soul, Lisanna uses Animal Soul, and Mirajane [[spoiler: uses [[DemonicPossession Satan (demon) Soul]]]].
* An odd example from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': [[spoiler: Sonohara Anri]] is the current host of Saika, a demonic sword capable of possessing anyone it cuts, which can somehow exist "within" its current wielder. Saika grants its host a number of abilities, such as making them a HiveQueen to everyone who has been cut/possessed, as well as an InstantExpert in swordsmanship (specifically iaido, though this part is arguable; as Saika can communicate mentally with its host and said host specifically says the sword "taught" her how to fight, it's very possible it actually trained her itself). Given that there doesn't seem to be any reason the host couldn't just toss the sword into the ocean, she's keeping it of her own free will.



* This is how the Visored's MaskOfPower functions in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. The Visored have all been Hollowified (meaning that they have had a Hollow's soul inserted into their own, or an Inner Hollow has formed within them). By donning the Hollow's mask, they gain access to that Hollow's powers.
* Occurs twice in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', both times to the [[AlwaysSecondBest always-getting-outmatched]] Vegeta. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Z]]'', he allowed himself to be possessed by the wizard Babidi, allowing him to transform prematurely into a Super Saiyan 2. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]'', he gets possessed by the machine mutant Baby, taking him to a far higher, twisted level of power... [[GrandTheftMe unwillingly this time]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': It turns out that [[spoiler:this is how the ''entire Quincy race'' works. They are possessed by pieces of the original Quincy's soul, which his can distribute at will and then reabsorb at will (or after their deaths) to gain all of their skills, memories, etc.]]

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* This At one point in ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is how force fed the Visored's MaskOfPower functions in ''{{Manga/Bleach}}''. The Visored have all been Hollowified (meaning that they have had a Hollow's soul inserted into their own, or an Inner Hollow has formed within them). By donning the Hollow's mask, they gain access to that Hollow's powers.
* Occurs twice in ''Franchise/DragonBall'', both times to the [[AlwaysSecondBest always-getting-outmatched]] Vegeta. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Z]]'', he allowed himself to be possessed by the wizard Babidi, allowing
shadows of 100 fallen pirates--giving him to transform prematurely into a Super Saiyan 2. In ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]'', he gets possessed by the machine mutant Baby, taking him to a far higher, twisted level of power... [[GrandTheftMe unwillingly this time]].
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': It turns out that [[spoiler:this is how the ''entire Quincy race'' works. They are possessed by pieces of the original Quincy's soul, which his can distribute at will and then reabsorb at will (or after their deaths) to gain
all of their skills, memories, etc.]]skills and strengths for ten minutes. Other than now being skilled with a sword, mostly this just causes Luffy to be much bigger and stronger than usual.



* In a sense, the titular parasite of ''{{Baoh}}'' grants this as it transforms it's host into an armored bio-weapon with varying abilities when it's in danger.

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* In a sense, The core premise of ''Manga/ShamanKing''--although the titular parasite of ''{{Baoh}}'' grants this as protagonists are only possessed by their spirit partners at the beginning. Once the tournament actually starts, it transforms it's host into an armored bio-weapon becomes clear that every shaman worth fighting merges their spirit with varying abilities when it's one of their weapons.
* Several characters on ''Manga/{{Tokko}}'' have "phantoms" living inside them, granting them powers such has enhanced strength and speed, [[HealingFactor Healing factors]], and
in danger.some cases, SwordBeam attacks.



* This is Deadman's stock in trade in Franchise/TheDCU. Except he does the possessing.

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* This is Deadman's stock The villain Eclipso in trade in Franchise/TheDCU. Except he does the possessing.DCU. He was the first God's Spirit of Wrath until was trapped within the "Heart of Darkness", a black diamond that allow various power to his possessed like {{Flight}}, SuperStrength, {{Sizeshifter}}, magic powers and energy manipulation.



* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Sam is healed by having an angel possess him.
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Little Problems", Xena's soul becomes trapped in a little girl's body, meaning they are both in control of it. When Xena takes over, she somehow retains her strength, speed, and agility, allowing the child to effortlessly kick the crap out of full-grown thugs while leaping 20 feet through the air.


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* In the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode [[Recap/SupernaturalS09E01IThinkImGonnaLikeItHere "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" (S09, Ep01)]], Sam is healed by having an angel possess him.
* In the ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' episode "Little Problems", Xena's soul becomes trapped in a little girl's body, meaning they are both in control of it. When Xena takes over, she somehow retains her strength, speed, and agility, allowing the child to effortlessly kick the crap out of full-grown thugs while leaping 20 feet through the air.
16th Aug '16 10:20:15 AM Gitman
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* This is the premise of how the young girls become witches in ''Film/TheCraft''. They already have some magical ability, but then try to amp things up by invoking some guy called "Manon" to possess them. The god in Wicca is not called Manon and this was made up for the film. In fact almost the whole film was made up, to the great annoyance of Wiccans in the real world.

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* This is the premise of how the young girls become witches in ''Film/TheCraft''. They already have some magical ability, but then try to amp things up by invoking some guy called "Manon" "Mannon" to possess them. The god in Wicca is not called Manon Mannon and this was made up for the film. In fact almost the whole film was made up, to the great annoyance of Wiccans in the real world.
16th Aug '16 10:15:10 AM rafi
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* MarvelComics' ComicBook/CaptainUniverse is all about this trope.

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* MarvelComics' ComicBook/CaptainUniverse is all about this trope.trope in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. He is actually a semi-sentient cosmic force called The Unipower, whose main purpose was to maintain the barrier between Earth and another universe in place. It would grant powers to single individuals temporarily so they could fulfill specific missions. Though the Unipower doesn't really force the host to do anything, only tells him what he has to do. Presumably if you disobey, it'll just leave you.
16th Aug '16 10:11:19 AM Gitman
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** Rich Burlew is now better known as the author of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' but he started out as a game developer and some of his creations are still found on the OOTS forum. He made a 3.5 Edition base class called The Champion, whose main class feature is the ability to summon a divine avatar to take over their body and grant them additional powers. You can find it [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=9623431&postcount=9 here]].

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** Rich Burlew is now better known as the author of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' but he started out as a game developer and some of his creations are still found on the OOTS forum. He made a 3.5 Edition base class called The Champion, whose main class feature is the ability to summon a divine avatar to take over their body and grant them additional powers. You can find it [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=9623431&postcount=9 com/forums/showthread.php?p=9623431&post9623431 here]].
16th Aug '16 9:45:54 AM Gitman
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* The ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' supplement ''Tome of Magic'' introduced Binders, practitioners of "Pact Magic". These characters, though not spellcasters themselves, would conjure up entities called Vestiges and let a fragment of the things' consciousness "tag along" in exchange for supernatural abilities. Binders usually manifest tell-tale mutations or certain behavioral compulsions afterwards, which vary depending on which Vestige is involved.

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* The ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Dungeons & Dragons]]'' Dragons]]:''
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supplement ''Tome of Magic'' introduced Binders, practitioners of "Pact Magic". These characters, though not spellcasters themselves, would conjure up entities called Vestiges and let a fragment of the things' consciousness "tag along" in exchange for supernatural abilities. Binders usually manifest tell-tale mutations or certain behavioral compulsions afterwards, which vary depending on which Vestige is involved.
16th Aug '16 9:43:19 AM Gitman
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** Rich Burlew is now better known as the author of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' but he started out as a game developer and some of his creations are still found on the OOTS forum. He made a 3.5 Edition base class called The Champion, whose main class feature is the ability to summon a divine avatar to take over their body and grant them additional powers. You can find it [[http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showsinglepost.php?p=9623431&postcount=9 here]].
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