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Trump Card is a Worm fanfiction by the author of Security! where Taylor becomes a Power Copying Trump and, after learning Sophia is Shadow Stalker, ends up joining forces with Uber and Leet to become Pwnage under the name Hax.

Taylor gains powers in the locker; this much is familiar. But the power she gets , and what she does with it, begins to change things around considerably. Faced with the pressure of the power she has, and official apathy, she must make her own decisions, and take a different route to achieve her goals. There will be trouble.

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  • All There in the Manual: Part of Taylor's powers means that she gets a stream of information from the shard of the cape her "lightspot" focuses on, allowing her to almost immediately understand the power's workings even better than the cape it belongs to does. For Cauldron capes it's different, with Taylor actually comparing it in-universe to a manual.
    • This is referenced again when she meets Eidolon and reveals that his power actually has the equivalent of a manual, which he's never found and used.
  • Ambiguous Gender Identity: This gets played up regarding Hax by Pwnage in-universe to confuse her real identity.
  • Anti-Magic: Oni Lee gets himself killed when his teleportation power is blocked.
  • As Lethal as It Needs to Be: Invoked, Taylor's stun rifle works by scanning the target and calculating the needed force to harmlessly stop them. It could even briefly stun an Endbringer before shorting out with additional power.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Taylor's stun rifle can stun an Endbringer, except that a) it would only be for about a second or two, b) the amount of power it'd use would mean that it would need to be hooked directly up to a nuclear reactor, and c) It will then explode. The gun, not the Endbringer.
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  • Batman Gambit: They get their double of the PRT agent into the Vault by sending an email about a rumor that the Endbringer flesh is vanishing and having her check it out.
  • Body Double: Taylor creates one she calls Alibi that she can covertly control remotely, allowing her to operate despite the PRT knowing what she can do. Coil and Lung both kidnap Alibi thinking it's her, allowing her to rescue "herself".
    • They later temporarily repurpose her to look like a PRT agent and take subconscious cues from her so they can gain access to the Vault where they keep Endbringer flesh.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Taylor's stun rifle proves fundamental when the Simurgh comes to kill Taylor, as it gives Pwnage just enough time to pummel the Endbringer with the anti-Endbringer rifle.
  • Cutting the Knot: Taylor won't associate with the PRT so long as they are sheltering Shadow Stalker, but PRT regs don't allow the PRT to involuntarily dismiss a Ward, and Sophia refuses to resign because she'd be sent straight to prison the moment she does. Alexandria solves the problem by telling Sophia that if she doesn't resign, the Triumvirate will summarily execute her and make it look like an accident.
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  • Damsel in Distress: Taylor gets "kidnapped" three times over the course of the story. Sort of. Two of the times were to her robot Body Double, while the third got the real one. It's not a good sign, though, when Uber and L33t's first reaction on hearing that Taylor got kidnapped, is to cry out "AGAIN?"
  • Deflector Shields: The Manton field generator has a second setting that creates one specifically designed to counteract containment foam.
  • Didn't See That Coming: When Taylor begins to manhandle Eidolon after discovering the truth behind the Endbringers, Alexandria tries to stop her - only to find herself face to the ground.
  • From Bad to Worse: The Empire kidnaps Taylor (not Alibi for once) in an effort to draw Hax out... then the Simurgh gets spooked by Taylor's anti-Endbringer weapon and descends towards the Bay.
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: Alexandria holds Shadow Stalker off the roof of the PRT building and tells her that since Taylor will not trust the PRT so long as Sophia's affiliated with them, and her powers are infinitely more useful than Shadow Stalker's, Sophia has the choice of making a complete confession of her crimes and resigning from the Wards to go to prison, or "accidentally" falling off the roof while "trying to escape".
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Taylor's Power Copying allows her to do this to every cape she encounters.
    • Alexandria ends up quite interested when facing off someone that can actually equal her in her own strengths.
    • When Aegis and Vista interrupt Pwnage's first robbery, Taylor ends up using Vista's power to surprise her and knock her out, while Aegis gets struck down thanks to her knowing how to do so through studying his power.
    • One of Coil's favorite things to do is to use his "double timeline" power to torture or troll other people without suffering the consequences of his actions. When Taylor comes to rescue her Body Double, she copies Coil's power and makes a split timeline only to explain to him who she is, what she can do - and inform him she was only doing it to see his face before she dropped the timeline.
    • When Kaiser kidnaps Taylor while attempting to bring in Hax, she manages to copy Victor's power and immediately begins to steal the powers of all the Empire capes in the room, pretty much turning them inoffensive while she gets rescued.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Taylor completely avoids this with her powers. In fact, she has the inversion of this- she can figure out how people's powers work better than they can. One omake had Miss Militia's power gushing over how Taylor figured out how to do dual-wielding with different weapons (a taser and a pistol).
  • Instant Expert: With the way her Power Copying ability senses powers, Taylor can quickly understand how a power works and what its limits are, to the point that she can do better with a power than the cape whose power it actually is.
  • Loophole Abuse: Taylor's Power Copying allows her to make duplicates of Leet's tech, and while she cannot make copies of things she makes with it, ceasing to copy the power then copying it again allows her to make a new version of something that she built that no longer exists. She later figures out that she can allow Leet to rebuild defunct devices by disassembling them herself.
    • She can also swap powers to avoid dealing with Thinker headaches (or a Tinker fugue), and use something similar to keep skills she's gained by way of Uber.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Sophia is told this will happen to her if she doesn't come clean about her crimes. By Alexandria. And she isn't bluffing.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Alexandria asks Contessa if watching Pwnage capture Coil was for the sake of saving the world or for the sake of having fun. Contessa says "Yes".
  • Meaningful Name: Taylor chooses "Hax" as a codename because that's basically her power.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Taylor uses Uber's power to become a Supreme Chef and an expert videogame player.
    • Contessa uses Doormaker's powers to access the microwave she is making popcorn with without having to move from her chair.
  • No Kill Like Overkill; Hax's planned anti-Endbringer device.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: When the Simurgh realizes that Taylor has a means of legitimately hurting her, the Simurgh immediately descends on the Bay and tries to kill her, pulling out all the stops and hunting her down with a singular focus. So much focus, in fact, that she's out-maneuvered as a result.
  • Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: In Kaiser's mind, the Unwritten/Unspoken Rules only matter to those who can't get away with attacking someone via their secret identity. Luckily for Pwnage, his PRT mole can't access Hax's info, and there's a watch on Uber and Leet's, so he'll leave a trail if he tries to get it.
  • No-Sell: The Manton field generator means that Taylor can basically do this to any Manton limited power.
    • Vicky can do this to Taylor's stun rifle, because of how her force field works... Initially, anyway (it could pop the field, but it couldn't fire again fast enough to take advantage of that and put her down). Taylor later modifies it so that this weakness is covered.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The process for dismissing a Ward who doesn't wish to resign, even when there is hard evidence of gross criminal misconduct on behalf of the Ward, is so complicated that it might as well be impossible. Taylor interprets the fact that Piggot can't do anything about Shadow Stalker because of the complex regulations as a sign that she won't, and refuses to have anything to do with the Wards.
  • Organic Technology: After the first fight against Lung, Taylor's Power Armor and all the other tech devices in her body become more organic-like, making it a lot harder to replace its contents.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Contessa does this while watching Coil interrogate Alibi, then get taken down by Pwnage posing as Armsmaster and two PRT officers.
    • The Wards do this while watching the video of Hax vs. Lung.
  • Pity the Kidnapper: So far, Coil, Lung and the ABB, and now the Empire have kidnapped Taylor (though it was Alibi the first two times), either because they think she's Hax, or because they're trying to lure her out. The first two ended up regretting it, and the third, even before the Endbringer sirens started to signal the Simurgh descending, was at a loss simply from Taylor going to town with Victor's powers and stealing skills.
  • Pocket Dimension: Pwnage's new base is set up in one they bought from Toybox.
  • Polyamory: In the Epilogue, Taylor is implied to be in a relationship with both Uber and L33t.
  • Poor Communication Kills:
    • Thanks to Taylor's cynicism at the PRT, when Piggot tries to pass the buck by saying that she can't get Shadow Stalker fired (she actually can't, unless she wants to get the Youth Guard involved in her business, which even Chief Director Costa-Brown says is understandable), Taylor sees it as another example of authority being used against her and is turned to a life of crime as an end result.
    • When Taylor called New Wave to get a second opinion on heroic power usage, Mark (who was off his meds at the time) answered the phone. He botched the conversation badly and couldn't even remember it later, leaving Taylor pointed straight into Uber and L33t's waiting arms.
    • As it turns out, Eidolon's shard has a manual of sorts that Eidolon's never even noticed or read. After Taylor turns her ability to him, she realizes in seconds that he set the Endbringers loose (and stops them), how to control what powers she uses, and even how he can recharge.
  • Power Armor: Taylor creates some via Tinkering, loading it with a cloak to allow it to achieve various looks for Pwnage's video game themed crimes, a teleporter, and a device she invents called a "Manton Field Generator", which can either make her resistant to containment foam or make powers she copies treat the suit as part of her and allow her to basically ignore any Manton-limited power. This means that it grows and heals with her when she's copying Lung's powers and fighting him.
  • Power Copying: Taylor can copy the abilities of any cape within her range, but she can only use one at a time.
  • The Power of Hate: Taylor uses her anger from the Trio's bullying campaign to fuel Lung's powers when fighting him.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: Taylor is furious at Eidolon for not doing this, as the man had never realized that his power even had a manual.
  • Reality Ensues: Taylor initially got a sort-of blank check to do crime as long as she's not caught because of how useful her power is... but Alexandria puts her foot down because "Stealing money from armored cars," is less okay than "Breaking into a secure vault and stealing Endbringer material."
  • Revealing Cover-Up: Alexandria realizes that the timing of the Simurgh descent (almost immediately after the Endbringer material theft) on the Bay is no coincidence, and that Taylor's got her worried.
  • Ridiculously Human Robots: When Taylor creates Alibi, she presents her to Uber and L33t. Alibi is so human-like that the duo actually thought she was the real Taylor.
  • Self-Destruct Mechanism: Taylor builds this into all her Tinker-Tech so she can take advantage of how her Power Copying allows her to rebuild things if the original doesn't exist anymore.
  • Stun Guns: Taylor builds a souped-up Tinker ray gun variation of one. With the right configuration, it can even stun an Endbringer.
  • Superpower Lottery: Taylor got a very powerful Trump ability, which means the Protectorate is very interested in her, to the point that Alexandria has the PRT back off, saying that unless they have concrete proof she wants them to stay away so she'll help in the next Endbringer fight, citing what they could do with another of her, Legend, or Eidolon.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Taylor's anti-Endbringer weapon requires material from the Endbringer in question to work.
  • Troll: After Lung is captured, Pwnage keeps sending him notes to rile him enough to get him to foam himself.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Taylor figures out that Lung is used to going with his power's flow with his upgrades, automatically getting them in stages of size and power. But when Taylor starts selectively choosing the upgrades she needs once she gets enough "points", so to speak, like a thagomizer...
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Lampshaded by Taylor regarding Cauldron's plan against Scion.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Kaiser/Max sends Hookwolf, who is angry about Pwnage in the wake of the ABB's destruction and Lung's capture, as well as some anti-Nazi comments they made, out on the streets to look for info that way. If he finds something, great, but if he doesn't, then at least he's not doing something stupid.

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