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8th May '16 11:34:09 AM TSBasilisk
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* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has second triggers, instances where parahumans undergo enough stress for their powers to transform. For example, [[spoiler:Grue]]'s ability suddenly allowed him to copy the powers of any parahuman it was touching.
14th Apr '16 11:41:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} a while back lost the powers she had derived from Ms. Marvel for so long in favor of Sunfire's flame-based powers, although that set has since also taken a back seat as her primary writers have just gotten around it by writing her with much better control of her PowerCopying ability.



* ComicBook/EmmaFrost of the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', a traditional telepath, developed the ability to transform into "living diamond". While she's in her diamond form, she is naturally incredibly hard to kill (at one point, she was shattered, but came back to life when Phoenix found every piece of her and telekinetically fused her back together), and loses her telepathic powers until she switches back.
** Many Marvel Mutant characters have gotten what was called in-universe a "''Secondary Mutation''", and pretty much all of them qualify.
*** Though this actually started out as making deliberate use of RequiredSecondaryPowers (this is what makes many former WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway cases considerably more BadAss than they used to be) but eventually bled over into being purely this trope, as powers having nothing to do with the character's original power would just... show up.
* For a time, Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} was upgraded in ''The Other'' storyline with Wolverine-like stingers on his wrists. Yes, stingers. Lampshaded, as Peter notes ''Spiders don't have stingers!'' Another character tries to HandWave this by saying one day spiders ''might evolve stingers''!
** Granted, they were supposed to be stand ins for the venomous fangs spiders DO have. Why were they on his wrists? Well, if you address THAT, then you have to ask why he has spinnerets on his arms, instead of the location spiders NORMALLY reserve for those organs...
*** Technically, spider chelicerae are transformed limbs, and some spider species have been confirmed to have silk producing apparatus on their feet, but even so it is indeed stretching it.
*** [[HowDoIShotWeb How do I shit web?]]
* In a What If storyline, Spider-Man's spider-sense has expanded into full blown clairvoyance, detecting threats before the cause of the threat can even think about it. This coupled with his new found non reluctance to kill makes him ''very'' dangerous. It is even stated that his powers are still growing, "sometimes, now, he just ''knows'' things".

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* ComicBook/EmmaFrost of ''Comicbook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} a while back lost
the ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'', powers she had derived from Ms. Marvel for so long in favor of Sunfire's flame-based powers, although that set has since also taken a back seat as her primary writers have just gotten around it by writing her with much better control of her PowerCopying ability.
** ComicBook/EmmaFrost,
a traditional telepath, developed the ability to transform into "living diamond". While she's in her diamond form, she is naturally incredibly hard to kill (at one point, she was shattered, but came back to life when Phoenix found every piece of her and telekinetically fused her back together), and loses her telepathic powers until she switches back.
** Many Marvel Mutant characters have gotten what was called in-universe a "''Secondary Mutation''", and pretty much all of them qualify.
***
qualify. Though this actually started out as making deliberate use of RequiredSecondaryPowers (this is what makes many former WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway cases considerably more BadAss than they used to be) but eventually bled over into being purely this trope, as powers having nothing to do with the character's original power would just... show up.
* For a time, Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} Comicbook/SpiderMan was upgraded in ''The Other'' storyline with Wolverine-like stingers on his wrists. Yes, stingers. Lampshaded, as Peter notes ''Spiders don't have stingers!'' Another character tries to HandWave this by saying one day spiders ''might evolve stingers''!
** Granted, they were supposed to be stand ins for the venomous fangs spiders DO have. Why were they on his wrists? Well, if you address THAT, then you have to ask why he has spinnerets on his arms, instead of the location spiders NORMALLY reserve for those organs...
*** Technically, spider chelicerae are transformed limbs, and some spider species have been confirmed to have silk producing apparatus on their feet, but even so it is indeed stretching it.
*** [[HowDoIShotWeb How do I shit web?]]
* In a What If ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' storyline, Spider-Man's spider-sense has expanded into full blown clairvoyance, detecting threats before the cause of the threat can even think about it. This coupled with his new found non reluctance to kill makes him ''very'' dangerous. It is even stated that his powers are still growing, "sometimes, now, he just ''knows'' things".



** Needs clarification. The "narrator" is a character who lives in the setting, he's just hanging out on the ethereal plane with the Spectre watching the story when the Flash (who at this point is [[PowerIncontinence locked into]] SuperSpeed and thus is constantly on the threshold between dimensions) is able to see him and pull him back to the material plane.



** Just a reminder, all three Beetles used the same "magical-alien-scarab" thing. Dan could somewhat use it. Ted couldn't get it to do anything (hence the gadgets). Jaime somehow 'unlocked' its full potential: [[spoiler:the scarab is an alien intelligence that basically wants to kill everything.]]



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** Peter went from the uber powerful empathic mimicry (able to use the powers of anyone he'd met freely) to ability replication (gains abilities by touching somebody and can only have one at once); Mohinder went from undefined insect powers to simple super strength.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
** Phoebe was initially shown, in a vision, to have future powers of levitation and throwing electricity (sometimes called "electrokinesis"). She developed the levitation power but gained the power of Empathy instead of the electricity power. In the later seasons this is most likely due to budget concerns but Leo just stated "the future changes" as an explanation for any changes made throughout the show.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
**
''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Peter went from the uber powerful empathic mimicry (able to use the powers of anyone he'd met freely) to ability replication (gains abilities by touching somebody and can only have one at once); Mohinder went from undefined insect powers to simple super strength.
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'':
**
''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Phoebe was initially shown, in a vision, to have future powers of levitation and throwing electricity (sometimes called "electrokinesis"). She developed the levitation power but gained the power of Empathy instead of the electricity power. In the later seasons this is most likely due to budget concerns but Leo just stated "the future changes" as an explanation for any changes made throughout the show.



** However, these limits still mean you can suddenly gain (for example) Super-Speed after having been a Teleporter all along.
** Some players do go the whole way though by making a second character with an almost identical name but a completely different set of powers.
9th Dec '15 11:29:09 PM Sharlee
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[[folder: Literature]]
* The title character of A. Lee Martinez's ''Monster'' narrowly survived a basilisk's poison some time ago, and a side effect of the antidote causes him to gain a different unusual ability and [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience turn a corresponding color]] each time he wakes up from a night's sleep. The exact powers vary from the useless (purple and no sense of smell) to the formidable (blue and invulnerable to violent harm). He's turned so many colors by now that he needs a notebook to keep track of what color goes with which power.
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14th Oct '15 4:23:01 PM StFan
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* DC's ResurrectionMan has this as his power, combined with DeathIsCheap. Whenever he dies he resurrects immediately, and each time, he gets one other superpower for that life. By the time of the ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' miniseries, he has invented a device to kill him instantly and painlessly, so he can switch between powers whenever he wants.

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* DC's ResurrectionMan ComicBook/ResurrectionMan has this as his power, combined with DeathIsCheap. Whenever he dies he resurrects immediately, and each time, he gets one other superpower for that life. By the time of the ''ComicBook/DCOneMillion'' miniseries, he has invented a device to kill him instantly and painlessly, so he can switch between powers whenever he wants.
10th Oct '15 12:27:28 PM nombretomado
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* All of the former mutants who [[PlotTumor lost their powers on M-Day]] and joined the latest iteration of the NewWarriors got one of these. ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}, who originally had the power to produce explosive balls of light, gained super strength through advanced technology. Chamber, whose psionic powers kept him alive, ended up gaining sonic manipulation. And so on and so forth.

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* All of the former mutants who [[PlotTumor lost their powers on M-Day]] and joined the latest iteration of the NewWarriors ComicBook/NewWarriors got one of these. ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}, who originally had the power to produce explosive balls of light, gained super strength through advanced technology. Chamber, whose psionic powers kept him alive, ended up gaining sonic manipulation. And so on and so forth.



* Marvel's ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', a team of four children and then teenage heroes with four different superpowers, have [[PowersAsPrograms swapped them all around]], at least twice. The eldest, Alex, even used to swipe his siblings' powers for jaunts with the NewWarriors. Check out TheOtherWiki for who's had what.

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* Marvel's ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', a team of four children and then teenage heroes with four different superpowers, have [[PowersAsPrograms swapped them all around]], at least twice. The eldest, Alex, even used to swipe his siblings' powers for jaunts with the NewWarriors.ComicBook/NewWarriors. Check out TheOtherWiki for who's had what.
7th Oct '15 6:59:09 PM Piando
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* The obviously human Guy Gardner, an artifact-user SuperHero in the GreenLantern Corps, suffered from this, when he was revealed to have an alien heritage with VoluntaryShapeshifting powers, mainly to give him the ability to use {{BFG}}s.

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* The obviously human Guy Gardner, an artifact-user SuperHero in the GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern Corps, suffered from this, when he was revealed to have an alien heritage with VoluntaryShapeshifting powers, mainly to give him the ability to use {{BFG}}s.



* Comicbook/{{Superman}} was temporarily reimagined in the 1990s as an [[EnergyBeings energy being]] made of living lightning.

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* Comicbook/{{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} was temporarily reimagined in the 1990s as an [[EnergyBeings energy being]] made of living lightning.



** Alan Moore gave us Sodam Yat, a Daxamite Green Lantern, back in 1986, who possessed all of {{Superman}}'s powers, and all of GreenLantern's as well. Granted he only appeared in a single panel, but he was a major figure in Moore's proposed ''Twilight Of The Superheroes'' mini-series.
* Marvel's ''PowerPack'', a team of four children and then teenage heroes with four different superpowers, have [[PowersAsPrograms swapped them all around]], at least twice. The eldest, Alex, even used to swipe his siblings' powers for jaunts with the NewWarriors. Check out TheOtherWiki for who's had what.

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** Alan Moore gave us Sodam Yat, a Daxamite Green Lantern, back in 1986, who possessed all of {{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s powers, and all of GreenLantern's Franchise/GreenLantern's as well. Granted he only appeared in a single panel, but he was a major figure in Moore's proposed ''Twilight Of The Superheroes'' mini-series.
* Marvel's ''PowerPack'', ''ComicBook/PowerPack'', a team of four children and then teenage heroes with four different superpowers, have [[PowersAsPrograms swapped them all around]], at least twice. The eldest, Alex, even used to swipe his siblings' powers for jaunts with the NewWarriors. Check out TheOtherWiki for who's had what.



* MsMarvel may be the queen of this trope. She lost her original powers to Rogue of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, then gained energy-based powers for a while and now has a completely new set of powers which are mostly the same as her original set.

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* MsMarvel ComicBook/MsMarvel may be the queen of this trope. She lost her original powers to Rogue of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}, then gained energy-based powers for a while and now has a completely new set of powers which are mostly the same as her original set.
7th Sep '15 12:37:59 PM nombretomado
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* Mutator of TheNewUniverse gets new powers every twelve hours.

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* Mutator of TheNewUniverse ComicBook/TheNewUniverse gets new powers every twelve hours.
2nd Sep '15 12:33:50 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Ultimate Mystery'' Ben Grimm's rocky form was revealed to be a cocoon, and he eventually "hatched" into a new form, with his normal human appearance, Thing-level strength, and a nifty purple glow ({{Fanon}} is that he's now the Ultimate ComicBook/WonderMan).
24th Aug '15 11:07:59 AM Austin
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* All of the former mutants who [[PlotTumor lost their powers on M-Day]] and joined the latest iteration of the NewWarriors got one of these. Jubilee, who originally had the power to produce explosive balls of light, gained super strength through advanced technology. Chamber, whose psionic powers kept him alive, ended up gaining sonic manipulation. And so on and so forth.

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* All of the former mutants who [[PlotTumor lost their powers on M-Day]] and joined the latest iteration of the NewWarriors got one of these. Jubilee, ComicBook/{{Jubilee}}, who originally had the power to produce explosive balls of light, gained super strength through advanced technology. Chamber, whose psionic powers kept him alive, ended up gaining sonic manipulation. And so on and so forth.
24th Aug '15 11:07:29 AM Austin
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* Rogue of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} a while back lost the powers she had derived from Ms. Marvel for so long in favor of Sunfire's flame-based powers, although that set has since also taken a back seat as her primary writers have just gotten around it by writing her with much better control of her PowerCopying ability.

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* Rogue ComicBook/{{Rogue}} of the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} a while back lost the powers she had derived from Ms. Marvel for so long in favor of Sunfire's flame-based powers, although that set has since also taken a back seat as her primary writers have just gotten around it by writing her with much better control of her PowerCopying ability.
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