Created By: Earnest on August 2, 2009
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One With The Machine

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Do We Have This?

Usually, characters are forcibly inducted into a collective Hive Mind against their will. Other times, the characters willingly create it in order to do amazing things. Maybe a bunch of telepaths need to take on an Eldritch Abomination in the Dream World, and only an equally powerful mind can stop it. Or perhaps a Technopath "plugs in" directly to pilot a starship. Or magicians use Super Empowering in a group to empower one of them to beat an otherwordly threat. Lastly, they might physically merge with another person (or other robots!) to create a powerful combined entity or even a Humongous Mecha.
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  • August 2, 2009
    Koveras
  • August 2, 2009
    random surfer
    • Seamus Harper in Andromeda
    • That blind/albino/whatever chick in the new Doctor Who episode "Bad Wolf"
  • August 3, 2009
    Arivne
    Literature
    • The Sailor on the Seas of Fate, an Elric Of Melnibone novel by Michael Moorcock. Erekose, Elric, Corum and Hawkmoon mentally join together to form the "Four Who Are One" to fight Agak and Gagak.
    • Spider Robinson story "The Mick of Time". The regulars at Callahan's Bar join together telepathically to defeat a deadly alien threat.
  • August 3, 2009
    WilliamWideWeb
    Is this Instrumentality?
  • August 3, 2009
    Lee M
    There's a scene in Elf Quest where the Wolfriders' telepathy allows them to think and act as one in order to defeat the monster Madcoil. Curiously that's the only time that particular ability is discussed, although it's probably used in other battle scenes.
  • August 3, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • August 3, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Transcendence victory in Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri involves humanity voluntarily forming a planetwide collective consciousness. And the planetary consciousness then plans a second transcendence: some people volunteer to be reinstated in individual bodies and head off to colonize other worlds, with the hope that between them the planets will devise a way to escape entropy's cruel grip and thus allow life to flourish indefinitely.
  • August 3, 2009
    Durazno
    Dairine does something sort of like this in the third Young Wizards book.
  • August 3, 2009
    Taeraresh
    Several characters from Serial Experiments Lain do this. It's also used by starship pilots in the Vorkosigan Saga.
  • August 4, 2009
    Wulf
    Nope. Disregard.

  • August 4, 2009
    Vekter
    No one's said this yet?

    In Star Trek The Next Generation, Captain Picard gets assimilated in the best episodes the series has to offer into Locutus, a loyal servant of the Borg queen.
  • August 4, 2009
    Arivne
    @William Wide Web: Instrumentality is the "characters are forcibly inducted into a collective Hive Mind against their will" version mentioned in the OP. This is the voluntary version.

    Literature
    • In E.E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman series, the Arisian Mentor was actually 4 Arisian minds joined together.

    Tabletop RPG
    • In the 1st Edition of Dungeons And Dragons, psionic characters could join their minds together to boost their total power.
    • Shadowrun. Ritual spell casting allows magicians to mentally join together to cast powerful magic over long distances.
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