Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / NewBodyOldAbilities

Go To



* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', whenever a demon possesses a human body, they retain all their strength and magical abilities. One episode played it for laughs by having a female demon possessing a male human; she still had all her powers, but she was irritated that she had to adjust her gait to account for the, er, ''male anatomy''.

to:

* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'', whenever a demon possesses a human body, they retain all their strength and magical abilities. One episode played it for laughs by having a female demon possessing a male human; she still had all her powers, but she was irritated that she had to adjust her gait to account for the, er, ''male anatomy''.


* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': While the Avatar is granted the ability to bend all four elements (bending is restricted to a single element for everyone else), they won't necessarily have the same skills their predecessor had. Korra had serious trouble with airbending at first and seems to be better at bending fire than the other elements, while Aang had difficulty mastering earthbending and at one point gave up on firebending due to accidentally injuring Katara. Avatar Roku was possibly a lavabender (an offshoot of earthbending, despite being a firebender), which neither Aang or Korra are able to do.

to:

* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged]] in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': While the Avatar is granted the ability to bend all four elements (bending is restricted to a single element for everyone else), they won't necessarily have the same skills their predecessor had. Korra had serious trouble with airbending at first and seems to be better at bending fire than the other elements, while Aang had difficulty mastering earthbending and at one point gave up on firebending due to accidentally injuring Katara. Avatar Roku was possibly a lavabender (an offshoot of earthbending, despite being a firebender), which neither Aang or Korra are able to do. The Avatar State is a DefenseMechanismSuperpower that brings back all the skill and power the previous avatars developed, granting unparalleled manipulation of the elements.


* Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' by Captain Ginyu, as both the audience and the characters were led to believe that he was just as powerful as [[TheHero Goku]] after performing a GrandTheftMe on him. Sadly for Ginyu, it turns out that Goku's strength mainly comes from the {{Ki}}-techniques Goku normally uses, and his body is fairly weak without them -- leaving Ginyu up a creek immediately afterwards as he didn't even know how to perform Goku's StandardPowerupPose correctly. Ginyu would in {{Filler}}, and later ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', showcase that while his physical prowess is fully dependent on the body he is currently inhabiting, he does retain the ability to perform GrandTheftMe's regardless of said body's power, raising questions as to whether the body he fought Goku with was even his original one.
* Speaking of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku Black still retains all of his old body's abilities after switching bodies with Son Goku, and of top of that, he also gains access to Goku's abilities.

to:

* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
**
Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' by Captain Ginyu, as both the audience and the characters were led to believe that he was just as powerful as [[TheHero Goku]] after performing a GrandTheftMe on him. Sadly for Ginyu, it turns out that Goku's strength mainly comes from the {{Ki}}-techniques Goku normally uses, and his body is fairly weak without them -- leaving Ginyu up a creek immediately afterwards as he didn't even know how to perform Goku's StandardPowerupPose correctly. Ginyu would in {{Filler}}, and later ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', showcase that while his physical prowess is fully dependent on the body he is currently inhabiting, he does retain the ability to perform GrandTheftMe's regardless of said body's power, raising questions as to whether the body he fought Goku with was even his original one.
* ** Speaking of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku Black still retains all of his old body's abilities after switching bodies with Son Goku, and of top of that, he also gains access to Goku's abilities.

Added DiffLines:

* Speaking of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Goku Black still retains all of his old body's abilities after switching bodies with Son Goku, and of top of that, he also gains access to Goku's abilities.


* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures:'': When Jade swapped {{chi}} with Uncle, [[PersonalitySwap she inherited Uncle's personality]] and all his {{chi}}-power, and should theoretically be able to do anything Uncle could... but she had none of his knowledge as it was explicitly only the ''chi'' that was swapped, not their ''brains'', and despite having the ''ability'' to do them, she had no idea of ''how'' to do them.

to:

* PlayedWith in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures:'': ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'': When Jade swapped {{chi}} with Uncle, [[PersonalitySwap she inherited Uncle's personality]] and all his {{chi}}-power, and should theoretically be able to do anything Uncle could... but she had none of his knowledge as it was explicitly only the ''chi'' that was swapped, not their ''brains'', and despite having the ''ability'' to do them, she had no idea of ''how'' to do them.


* A ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode saw Kim and Ron body-swapped. When Ron-in-Kim's body proved completely ineffectual for cheerleading, Kim-in-Ron's body stepped in to take his place, much to the surprise of everyone else, and in general, she had absolutely no trouble performing the same SheFu she normally did, despite the body change.
** This one is a bit justified. Depending on episode, both characters are shown to be about equal physically. They perform many of the same physical feats right next to each other. The main difference in competency seems to be mental. Other than a change in center of balance, there shouldn't be a reason one would have trouble in the other's body.

to:

* A ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode saw Kim and Ron body-swapped. When Ron-in-Kim's body proved completely ineffectual for cheerleading, Kim-in-Ron's body stepped in to take his place, much to the surprise of everyone else, and in general, she had absolutely no trouble performing the same SheFu she normally did, despite the body change.
**
change. This one may make sense, as Ron is a bit justified. Depending on episode, both characters are sometimes shown to be about equal physically. They perform many of the same physical feats right next to each other. The main difference in competency seems to be mental. Other than a change in center of balance, there shouldn't be a reason one would have trouble in the other's body.as being as physically fit as Kim, just not as coordinated.


* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'': In the second game, Death Knights were the horde's SquishyWizard, made by binding the souls of orc warlocks from the first war into the corpses of recently-killed human knights. In between WarcraftII and WarcraftIII, these death knights were broken down and reformed as liches, skeletal magi with new frost powers and, despite their reformation, keeping their signature Death and Decay spell (which will eventually kill ''anything'' that stays in the AoE)

to:

* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'': In the second game, Death Knights were the horde's SquishyWizard, made by binding the souls of orc warlocks from the first war into the corpses of recently-killed human knights. In between WarcraftII ''Warcraft II'' and WarcraftIII, ''Warcraft III'', these death knights were broken down and reformed as liches, skeletal magi with new frost powers and, despite their reformation, keeping their signature Death and Decay spell (which will eventually kill ''anything'' that stays in the AoE)[=AoE=])

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', when Ling [[spoiler:becomes the second Greed, Greed can still use his ultimate shield.]] JustifiedTrope in this case as the way he [[spoiler:becomes the second Greed is Father injecting him with Greed's philosopher stone and it only seems to work when Greed's in control of their body.]]


Often a given for any DemonicPossession - as in many cases the entire point of it is to give the demon a new body through which to use its powers. If said body belonged to someone else (i.e not [[PossessingADeadBody a dead body]] or a new artificial body), that overlaps with PowersViaPossession. They may or may not [[VoicesAreMental retain their original voices]] as well.

to:

Often a given for any DemonicPossession - -- as in many cases the entire point of it is to give the demon a new body through which to use its powers. If said body belonged to someone else (i.e not [[PossessingADeadBody a dead body]] or a new artificial body), that overlaps with PowersViaPossession. They may or may not [[VoicesAreMental retain their original voices]] as well. \n

----



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' by Captain Ginyu, as both the audience and the characters were led to believe that he was just as powerful as [[TheHero Goku]] after performing a GrandTheftMe on him. Sadly for Ginyu, it turned out that Goku's strength mainly comes from the {{Ki}}-techniques Goku normally uses, and his body is fairly weak without them - leaving Ginyu up a creek immediately afterwards as he didn't even know how to perform Goku's StandardPowerupPose correctly. Ginyu would in {{Filler}}, and later ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', showcase that while his physical prowess is fully dependent on the body he is currently inhabiting, he does retain the ability to perform GrandTheftMe's regardless of said body's power, raising questions as to whether the body he fought Goku with was even his original one.

to:

[[folder: Anime and
[[folder:Anime &
Manga]]
* Subverted in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' by Captain Ginyu, as both the audience and the characters were led to believe that he was just as powerful as [[TheHero Goku]] after performing a GrandTheftMe on him. Sadly for Ginyu, it turned turns out that Goku's strength mainly comes from the {{Ki}}-techniques Goku normally uses, and his body is fairly weak without them - -- leaving Ginyu up a creek immediately afterwards as he didn't even know how to perform Goku's StandardPowerupPose correctly. Ginyu would in {{Filler}}, and later ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', showcase that while his physical prowess is fully dependent on the body he is currently inhabiting, he does retain the ability to perform GrandTheftMe's regardless of said body's power, raising questions as to whether the body he fought Goku with was even his original one.



* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru {{Body Surf}}s every 3 years (give or take) in order to stay alive. Each time, he retains all of his abilities, although he usually would need some time to readjust the new body and be weakened in the meantime. This appears to involve modifying every body to be equally amorphous, which is also how he makes them look the same.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' the people with Jusenkyo curses, often transforming them into animals, are still capable of performing their old martial arts feats while transformed. Particularly egregious with Genma, who turns into a panda, in that he is not only able to do all his usual acrobatic techniques as a panda but also he can walk upright and sit seiza at a shogi board too.

to:

* ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'': Orochimaru {{Body Surf}}s every 3 three years (give or take) in order to stay alive. Each time, he retains all of his abilities, although he usually would need some time to readjust the new body and be weakened in the meantime. This appears to involve modifying every body to be equally amorphous, which is also how he makes them look the same.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' the people with Jusenkyo Jusenkyō curses, often transforming them into animals, are still capable of performing their old martial arts feats while transformed. Particularly egregious with Genma, who turns into a panda, in that he is not only able to do all his usual acrobatic techniques as a panda but also he can walk upright and sit seiza at a shogi board too.



[[folder: ComicBooks]]

to:

[[folder: ComicBooks]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]



[[folder: FanFiction]]

to:

[[folder: FanFiction]]
[[folder:Fan Works]]



[[folder: Film]]

to:

[[folder: Film]]
[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]










* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] villain Corpsetaker is shown to be able to rapidly adapt to new bodies, at one point even possessing a {{muggle}} and still having access to her magical abilities. However, this is not typical as one of her victims -[[spoiler: Anastasia Luccio]]- was said to have lost most of her power after her original body was stolen by Corpsetaker. It's implied that Corpsetaker, a centuries-old necromancer, has swapped bodies so many times she has learned how to circumvent the weakness.

to:

* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[BodySurf Body Surfing]] {{Body Surf}}ing villain Corpsetaker is shown to be able to rapidly adapt to new bodies, at one point even possessing a {{muggle}} and still having access to her magical abilities. However, this is not typical as one of her victims -[[spoiler: Anastasia Luccio]]- was said to have lost most of her power after her original body was stolen by Corpsetaker. It's implied that Corpsetaker, a centuries-old necromancer, has swapped bodies so many times she has learned how to circumvent the weakness.



[[folder: LiveActionTV]]

to:

[[folder: LiveActionTV]]
[[folder:Live-Action TV]]



* ''Series/DoctorWho'': A standard norm for Time Lords' regeneration is to keep their memories and knowledges into their new bodies. Usually seen on The Doctor in which after every death he changes his body into someone old, young or even a different {{gender|bender}}, this is also seen in other famous Time Lords as [[ArchEnemy The Master]] and even [[spoiler:half-Time Lord half-human persons like Melody Pond/River Song]] which retain their memories and skills after the regeneration (not without suffering secondary effects).
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'': Sam maintains his normal body's ability - he's stronger than the child he's swapped places with, he can swim even if he's a monkey. Justified in that he keeps his actual body, and everyone else just sees an image of the person he swapped with.

to:

* ''Series/DoctorWho'': A standard norm for Time Lords' regeneration is to keep their memories and knowledges knowledge into their new bodies. Usually seen on The Doctor in which after every death he changes his body into someone old, young or even a different {{gender|bender}}, this is also seen in other famous Time Lords as [[ArchEnemy The Master]] and even [[spoiler:half-Time Lord half-human persons like Melody Pond/River Song]] which retain their memories and skills after the regeneration (not without suffering secondary effects).
* In ''Series/QuantumLeap'': Sam maintains his normal body's ability - -- he's stronger than the child he's swapped places with, he can swim even if he's a monkey. Justified in that he keeps his actual body, and everyone else just sees an image of the person he swapped with.



[[folder: TabletopGames]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': A {{Justified|Trope}} example is shown in The Emperor, who was truly born around 8000 BC when Earth's shamans realized humanity would need a strong leader to deal with the upcoming threat of Chaos. They committed simultaneous ritual suicide to merge all their souls into a single human, whose psychic might would be that of their combined psychic strength - strong enough to be considered a god by other humans. When the emperor was born to normal human parents it did take him some time discover his abilities, but he eventually did become the PhysicalGod that the shamans hoped. [[AGodIAmNot Though he was adamant in his own non-divine heiritage]]. [[note]]In more recent canon this has been retconned into one possible origin among many.[[/note]]

to:

[[folder: TabletopGames]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': A {{Justified|Trope}} example is shown in The Emperor, who was truly born around 8000 BC when Earth's shamans realized humanity would need a strong leader to deal with the upcoming threat of Chaos. They committed simultaneous ritual suicide to merge all their souls into a single human, whose psychic might would be that of their combined psychic strength - -- strong enough to be considered a god by other humans. When the emperor was born to normal human parents it did take him some time to discover his abilities, but he eventually did become the PhysicalGod that the shamans hoped. [[AGodIAmNot Though he was adamant in his own non-divine heiritage]].heritage]]. [[note]]In more recent canon this has been retconned into one possible origin among many.[[/note]]



[[folder: VideoGames]]

to:

[[folder: VideoGames]]
[[folder:Video Games]]



[[folder: WebAnimation]]

to:

[[folder: WebAnimation]]
[[folder:Web Animation]]



[[folder: Web Comics]]

to:

[[folder: Web
[[folder:Web
Comics]]



[[folder: WesternAnimation]]

to:

[[folder: WesternAnimation]]
[[folder:WesternAnimation]]


* ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'': Frog's transformation into a, well, giant humanoid frog gave him all-new powers, mostly involving his extensible tongue and jumping ability while losing none of his skills with a sword (although his appearance and the grief of losing his best friend led him to live in exile for a while, no longer using his old name Glenn). He even thanks the mage responsible for it, as it allowed him to obtain a legendary sword, although his humanity is restored without explanation in one ending.

to:

* ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'': Frog's transformation into a, well, giant humanoid frog gave him all-new powers, mostly involving his extensible tongue and jumping ability while losing none of his skills with a sword (although his appearance and the grief of losing his best friend led him to live in exile for a while, no longer using his old name Glenn). He even thanks the mage responsible for it, as it allowed put him on the path to obtain a legendary sword, although obtaining the Masamune (though Frog mostly says this to needle Magus during their confrontation). He also ''does'' regain his humanity in endings [[spoiler:where Magus is restored without explanation in one ending. slain and the curse broken]].


* ''Series/DoctorWho'': A standard norm for Time Lords' regeneration is to keep their memories and knowledges into their new bodies. Usually seen on The Doctor in which after every death he changes his body into someone old, young or even a different {{gender|bender}}, this is also seen in other famous Time Lords as [[ArchEnemy The Master]] and even [[spoiler:half-Time Lord half-human persons like Melody Pond/River Song]] which retain their memories and skills after the regeneration (not without suffering secondary efects).

to:

* ''Series/DoctorWho'': A standard norm for Time Lords' regeneration is to keep their memories and knowledges into their new bodies. Usually seen on The Doctor in which after every death he changes his body into someone old, young or even a different {{gender|bender}}, this is also seen in other famous Time Lords as [[ArchEnemy The Master]] and even [[spoiler:half-Time Lord half-human persons like Melody Pond/River Song]] which retain their memories and skills after the regeneration (not without suffering secondary efects).effects).


Added DiffLines:

** This one is a bit justified. Depending on episode, both characters are shown to be about equal physically. They perform many of the same physical feats right next to each other. The main difference in competency seems to be mental. Other than a change in center of balance, there shouldn't be a reason one would have trouble in the other's body.



to:

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'', Void keeps his ability to summon spears out of thin air while under the effects of a FreakyFridayFlip with Geminiman due to the powers being bound to his mind and soul. It also ended up being the punchline to a three year long BrickJoke.
[[/folder]]


->'''Sam:''' A person is born with an abnormal brain, his psyche is later transferred to a normal one and yet his abnormal abilities are not destroyed in the transfer. Why does this thing happen?
->'''Yama:''' Because you really have only one body-image, which is electrical as well as chemical in nature. It begins immediately to modify its new physiological environment. The new body has much about it which it treats rather like a disease, attempting to cure it into being the old body. If the body which you now inhabit were to be made physically immortal, it would someday come to resemble your original body.

to:

->'''Sam:''' -->'''Sam:''' A person is born with an abnormal brain, his psyche is later transferred to a normal one and yet his abnormal abilities are not destroyed in the transfer. Why does this thing happen?
->'''Yama:'''
happen?\\
'''Yama:'''
Because you really have only one body-image, which is electrical as well as chemical in nature. It begins immediately to modify its new physiological environment. The new body has much about it which it treats rather like a disease, attempting to cure it into being the old body. If the body which you now inhabit were to be made physically immortal, it would someday come to resemble your original body.


* ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' has an example near the end, Anna in her Tess' body is still perfectly able to play her guitar when her band plays whilst Tess pretends to play.

to:

* ''Film/FreakyFriday2003'' has an example near the end, Anna in her Tess' Tess's body is still perfectly able to play her guitar when her band plays whilst Tess pretends to play.play.




* In ''Literature/LordOfLight'', when one of the "gods" is technologically transfered into a new body, his or her psychic powers will soon manifest in the new body. At one point Sam lampshades this, and Yama explains why:

to:

* In ''Literature/LordOfLight'', when one of the "gods" is technologically transfered transferred into a new body, his or her psychic powers will soon manifest in the new body. At one point Sam lampshades this, and Yama explains why:

Showing 15 edit(s) of 27

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report