Created By: Giant Space Chinchilla on September 26, 2010 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on November 14, 2010
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a little help? Looking for alternative titles: Timeshare Hero? Heroic Host? Superpowered Adherent? Heroic Minion? Spirit Ridden? Pleasantly Pathogenic Powers? Empowering Excrescence? Embodied Empowering? Germ Guise? Savior Symbiote? Collaborative Heroics? Reverse Possession? Heroic Condo?

Launching In 15 minutes unless there are objections


The Symbiote meets Super Empowering

Heroes they come in all varieties farm-boys, action girls, anti-heros. they do the heroics and save the day and everything's golden. except, sometimes. Just who is the hero can come to question Where Do They Get All Those Wonderful Abilities? The answer is an alien (or demon or robot) latched on and the host gets some nifty superpowers albeit with a tenant that may or may not be looking for a upgrade.

Different types seen include: Vermiform invertebrates causing vampirism, Adaptive Armor, Artificial Limbs, and Clingy Costumes

This is when a Viral Transformation works smarter and You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum can actually be true, for the more drastic transformation see Fusion Dance.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Comic Books
  • In Creature Tech, an alien parasite rips Dr. Ong's heart out, then attaches itself to his chest and serves as a replacement heart. It also provides him with several extra limbs, skills in hand-to-hand combat (the thing can learn kung-fu by watching movies), and when Ong gets really upset, teleportation powers.
  • In Iron Man, War Machine had at one point Eidolon Warwear.
  • The artifacts from the Top Cow universe The Witchblade, The Darkness, and The Angelus.
  • Spawn, K7-Leetha
  • Marvel Comics' Sleepwalker.
  • Marvel Comics' Captain Universe. Different in that that entity bonds with a different person each time, until recently.
  • Marvel Comics' DarkHawk is a young man who literally stumbled onto alien tech.
  • DC Comics' Jonni Thunder: timeshare with an alien energy-being.
  • Marvel Comics' Sasquatch originally thought he was that way due to gamma rays (a la Hulk) but it turned out he opened a doorway into another dimension, through which a Great Beast was able to come through and bond with him.

Film
  • Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The T-Virus gives Alice super abilities, which she uses to fight zombies.
  • Severed Ties: (1992) a desperate scientists injects himself with a reptile based regeneration serum, which worked out fairly well as long as you fed it and didn't mind the teeth, or mouth, or eyes.

Literature
  • Parasite Eve. For the most part, the Neo-Mitochondria (Mitochondria who have developed a Hive Mind sentience) are simply The Virus, but in a few people with just the right DNA (read: Aya Brea) it instead becomes a powerful, symbiotic force, granting Super Strength, Hyperactive Metabolism, Pyrokinesis, and the ability to kill people on the cellular level with your MIND. And probably pick out winning lottery-tickets, too.

Real Life
  • One theory of the origin of Mitochondria.

Video Games
  • Alex Mercer from [PROTOTYPE] might count, having survived the Blacklight Virus and gotten powers from it. Subverted though, it turns out it's not that he survived but that the virus is him.

Western Animation
  • In the Futurama episode "Parasites Lost", Fry gets infected with worms. These worms make Fry stronger, smarter, and healthier. The Planet Express crew travel into Fry's body to get rid of the parasites, then Leela stops them because she likes the new Fry better. And then Fry removes the parasites anyway because he wants to know that Leela likes him and not what the parasites made him into.
  • In MIB: the series when a Symbiote attaches to you the upside is nigh immortality via healing/rejuvenation, rubberman like expansion tied to an epic shape shifter baggage, varying amounts shapeshifting for yourself, on and off again ablity to breath fire, and a "lay on hands"-ish ability to heal others. the downsides however are that you could get attached to an annoying Symbiote and you have 20 hours before you merge permanently.

Is This tropable -- Maybe, but I have to work on it.
Community Feedback Replies: 18
  • October 29, 2009
    BlackDragon
    Parasite Eve. For the most part, the Neo-Mitochondria (Mitochondria who have developed a Hive Mind sentience) are simply The Virus, but in a few people with just the right DNA (read: Aya Brea) it instead becomes a powerful, symbiotic force, granting Super Strength, Hyperactive Metabolism, Pyrokinesis, and the ability to kill people on the cellular level with your MIND. And probably pick out winning lottery-tickets, too.
  • November 5, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    YKTTW Bump ... so not tropable?
  • November 6, 2009
    Deboss
    Please Elaborate a bit more.
  • November 6, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • Resident Evil: Apocalypse. The T-Virus gives Alice super abilities, which she uses to fight zombies.
  • November 20, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    @Deboss: how is this?

    Heroes they come in all varieties farm-boys, action girls, anti-heros. they do the heroics they save the day. and times are good. except, sometimes. just who is the hero can come to question Where Do They Get All Those Wonderful Abilities?

    This is when a Viral Transformation works smarter and Youre Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum can actually be true
  • November 21, 2009
    MetaFour
    • In the Futurama episode "Parasites Lost", Fry gets infected with worms. These worms make Fry stronger, smarter, and healthier. The Planet Express crew travel into Fry's body to get rid of the parasites, then Leela stops them because she likes the new Fry better. And then Fry removes the parasites anyway because he wants to know that Leela likes him and not what the parasites made him into.
    • In Creature Tech, an alien parasite rips Dr. Ong's heart out, then attaches itself to his chest and serves as a replacement heart. It also provides him with several extra limbs, skills in hand-to-hand combat (the thing can learn kung-fu by watching movies), and when Ong gets really upset, teleportation powers.
  • July 24, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
  • July 24, 2010
    SonicLover
  • July 24, 2010
    Earnest
    Ah, now I get it! The difference between this and The Symbiote is that the Parasitism entry in The Symbiote has the host harmed, with this trope the host gets powers. Going by the examples, I'm guessing this is a bit of a fluke though, right? It's not that the parasite means to give powers, the host somehow develops them and neutralizes the negative side effects of the parasite; or if it does mean to give powers, the host somehow turns the tables and gets the upper hand.

    In any case, Alex Mercer from Prototype might count, having survived the Blacklight Virus and gotten powers from it. Subverted though, it turns out it's not that he survived but that the virus is him.
  • October 19, 2010
    BlackWolfe
    • In Real Life, and as partial inspiration (and inspiration in name) for Parasite Eve, actual mitochondria were once a parasitic single-celled organism, until the organism mutated into The Symbiote. "Mitochondria Eve" thus gained a more efficient means of converting food into ATP, increasing her stamina and overall efficiency.
  • October 31, 2010
    randomsurfer
  • November 1, 2010
    AP
    Marvel Comics' Dark Hawk is a young man who literally stumbled onto alien tech.
  • November 4, 2010
    arromdee
    Baoh is a parasite that empowers people (by making them into monsters).
  • November 4, 2010
    SomeGuy
    This is tropable, but it needs a better title. I initially thought it meant literal timeshares, as in only one Green Lantern is allowed to be in X part of space for an extended period of time. Description could use work too, but this could easily be a valid trope.
  • November 4, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Superpowered Adherent? Heroic Minion? Spirit Ridden? Pleasantly Pathogenic Powers? Empowering Excrescence? Embodied Empowering? Germ Guise? Savior Symbiote? Collaborative Heroics? Reverse Possession? Heroic Condo?
  • November 12, 2010
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    Launching this weakend, if there are no objections. Also, need some help with the trope name.
  • November 12, 2010
    randomsurfer
    • DC Comics' Jonni Thunder: timeshare with an alien energy-being.
    • Marvel Comics' Sasquatch originally thought he was that way due to gamma rays (a la Hulk) but it turned out he opened a doorway into another dimension, through which a Great Beast was able to come through and bond with him.
  • November 14, 2010
    TBeholder

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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