"Woah. What a rush. How do you do it kid? Even Superman never recharged this fast."
― Rudolph "Rudy" Jones/Parasite after absorbing Superboy's powers. (Young Justice)

The power to absorb powers from others. Sub-power of Superpower Manipulation. Not to be confused with Power Replication.

Also Called

  • Ability Absorption/Assimilation/Draining/Siphoning/Stealing/Theft
  • Bending Severing (Avatar: the Legend of Korra)
  • Power Assimilation/Draining/Siphoning/Stealing/Theft

Capabilities

The user can absorb powers from others, usually temporarily and the victims naturally regain their lost power, but some users may be able to absorb powers permanently.

Applications

Variations

Associations

Limitations

  • May not be able to absorb technology-based abilities, only to steal the power to manipulate it, unless they have Technological Assimilation or Property Absorption.
  • Cannot absorb Omnipotence, Omnipresence, Omniscience or other Omnipotent Powers.
  • Despite the powers being absorbed from other opponents, the powers will still have every single limitation that the abilities would possibly possess, for example, Fire Manipulation is useless against Fire Immunity.
  • User cannot absorb powers that are linked to basic anatomy.
  • Cannot absorb any power from those with Power Absorption Immunity, Power Anchoring or Singularity.
  • Unlike what Power Replication is capable of during supportive combat, the user's power cannot work as a supportive ability in of itself when forced to rob their own friends' abilities, unless they also have the power to transfer them back to them.
  • Does not work against Absorption Immunity.
  • Two results following user's death:
    • The stolen powers return to their original owners.
    • The powers vanish out of existence.
  • May be permanent on the target and/or User.
  • May be unable to use the absorbed powers.
  • May be unable to either discard or transfer the powers.
  • May be constantly active.
  • May be limited to how much one can absorb.
  • May have limited range, including touch only.
  • May be need see the activation of the power.
  • May need to fulfill certain requirements in order to absorb a power.
  • Power may no longer be usable if the original user of the absorbed power dies.
  • May not be able to choose which power they can absorb.
  • May be unable to control absorbed abilities.
  • May be limited to beings that are relatively similar to the user.
  • Users of Indomitable Will may be resistant.
  • May gain only weakened variations of others' powers.
  • Absorbing too much power may be fatal if the users body normally is not as strong as the target.
  • Physical powers, like Multiple Arms and Multiple Eyes, may be painful to absorb.
  • May be unable to evolve/improve the power as the original user can, unless they also have Enhanced Power Absorption.

Known Users

Anime/Manga

  • Yo-kai Watch (Yo-Kai Watch franchise)
  • Seiji Noumi/Dusk Taker (Accel World); in his Brain Burst form
  • Yuu Otosaka (Charlotte)
  • Shinichi Tamaki (Yamada-kun to Nana Nin no Majo)
  • Peggi (Tokyo ESP)
  • Yhwach (Bleach)
  • Wandenreich (Bleach); via Medallion
  • Monkey guy (Denma); via Energy Adjustment and Transmission Quanx ability
  • Yellow hair (Denma); via Energy Transferal Quanx ability
  • Franmalth (Fairy Tail)
  • Yuka (Gakuen Alice)
  • Syrma (Mugen Souls Z)
  • Sakura Mikan (Gakuen Alice); also Power Negation
  • Chrollo Lucilfer (Hunter X Hunter)
  • Blackbeard Pirates (One Piece); somehow developed a method to take Devil Fruit powers from dead users
  • Enrico Pucci (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part VI: Stone Ocean); via Whitesnake
  • Ken Oyanagi (Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part IV: Diamond is Unbreakable); via Boy II Man
  • Meltlilith (Nasuverse)
  • Red Thryssa (Tower of God)
  • Hell Joe (Tower of God); via Red Thryssa
  • Momoka Sagara (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid)
  • Sirin/Herrscher of the Void (Honkai Impact 3rd)
  • Fūka (Naruto)
  • Hiruko (Naruto); via Chimera Technique
  • Momoshiki Ōtsutsuki (Naruto)
  • Urashiki Ōtsutsuki (Naruto/ Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
  • Boruto Uzumaki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations); via Karma/Kāma
  • Kawaki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations); via Karma/Kāma
  • Isshiki Ōtsutsuki (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations); via Karma
  • Delta (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations)
  • Superhuman Water (Dragon Ball Super)
  • Mirei Kudō (Inō Battle wa Nichijō-kei no Naka de)
  • Enigma (Musaigen no Phanton World)
  • All For One (My Hero Academia); via his quirk All For One
  • Wiseman (Zatch Bell!)
  • Genshirou Saji (Highschool DxD)
  • Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)
  • Oudo Miyakonojou (Medaka Box); via Unreasonable Taxation

Literature

Video Games

  • Makuta (BIONICLE)
  • Rahkshi (BIONICLE)
  • Kraata (BIONICLE)
  • Vampires (Legacy of Kain)
  • Dark Pit (Kid Icarus: Uprising)
  • Kirby (Kirby franchise)
  • Delsin Rowe (InFamous: Second Son)
  • Makuta Teridax (Bionicle)
  • Archangel (person) (Paradox Saga)
  • Thanos (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite)
  • Shinnok (Mortal Kombat)
  • Calliope (Skylanders)
  • Prototypes/Evolved (Prototype series)
  • James Heller (Prototype 2)
  • Alex Mercer (Prototype)

Cartoons/Comics

  • Titan Tails (Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog)
  • Avatar Aang (Avatar: The Last Airbender); via to energybending
  • Danny Fenton/Danny Phantom (Danny Phantom); through his Ghost Shield
  • Drake Sypher (Loonatics Unleashed)
  • Black Alice (DC Comics)
  • Parasite (DC Comics)
  • Absorbency Boy/Earth-Man (DC Comics)
  • Alexander Luthor Jr (DC Comics); New 52 Earth 3
  • Lois Lane (DC New 52); via gaining Superman (New 52)'s powers
  • Lana Lang (DC New 52); via gaining Superman (New 52)'s ability to absorb Yellow Solar Radiation
  • Rogue (Marvel Comics)
  • Emplate (Marvel Comics)
  • Ahura Boltagon (Marvel Comics)
  • Sebastian Shaw (Marvel Comics)
  • Amatsu-Mikaboshi (Marvel Comics)
  • Legion/David Haller (Marvel Comics); his personas
  • Miraculer (Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir)
  • Turbo K.O. (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Laserblast/Professor Venomous (OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes)
  • Master of Games (Teen Titans/DC Comics)
  • Severin (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine)
  • Osmosians (Ben 10 series)
    • Kevin Levin/Ultimate Kevin
    • Aggregor/Ultimate Aggregor
  • Michael Morningstar (Ben 10)
  • Kelpie (American Dragon: Jake Long)
  • Master Chen (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu); via Staff of Elements
  • Skylor (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Aviarius (Kim Possible); via Power staff
  • The Gnome (The Powerpuff Girls)
  • Cinder Fall (RWBY)
  • Leech (Static Shock)
  • The Seance (Umbrella Academy)
  • Meat Sweats (Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Zayla (Marvel Rising); via amulet
  • Cassey Krinsky (DC Super Hero Girls 2019)

Television/Movies

  • Siphoners (The Vampire Diaries)
    • Josie Saltzman
    • Lizzie Saltzman
  • Vampire-Witches (The Vampire Diaries)
    • Malachai Parker
    • Valerie Tulle
    • Beau
    • Mary Louise
    • Nora
    • Malcolm
    • Oscar
  • Athena Browning/Penelope Gardiner (Witches of East End)
  • Jordan Collier (The 4400)
  • Werewolves (Teen Wolf)
  • Werecoyotes (Teen Wolf)
  • Belasko (Teen Wolf)
  • Malia Tate (Teen Wolf); via Belasko's claws
  • Theo Raeken (Teen Wolf)
  • Super-Z (Krystala TV Series)
  • Witches (Charmed); via Spell Casting
  • Warlocks (Charmed); via Post-Mortem Power Absorption
  • Zankou (Charmed)
  • The Dogan (Charmed)
  • Sisters of the Dark (Legend of the Seeker/Sword of Truth)
  • The Quillion (Sword of Truth)
  • The Dacra (Legend of the Seeker)
  • Arthur Petrelli (Heroes)
  • Tommy Clark (Heroes Reborn)
  • Magnetox (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy)
  • Camille (Power Rangers Jungle Fury)
  • Darth Nihilus (Star Wars)
  • MegaMan (MegaMan series)
  • Apocalypse (X-Men Apocalypse)
  • Hapax the Elder (Mighty Med)
  • Neil Gunzenhauser/The Annihilator (Mighty Med)
  • Sara Kane (You Cast a Spell On Me); via a kiss with Matt Andover
  • Zip (Ace Lightning)
  • Snip (Ace Lightning)
  • Ian Haskell (Haven)
  • Ace Killer (Ultraman series)
  • Clifford DeVoe/The Thinker (Arrowverse/The Flash 2014); via to his Hoverchair
  • Music Meister (The Flash)
  • Swartz (Kamen Rider Zi-O)
  • Tsukuyomi/Alpina (Kamen Rider Zi-O)
  • Ochobot (Boboiboy Movie 2)
  • Hang Kasa (Boboiboy Movie 2)
  • Retak'ka (Boboiboy Movie 2)

Other

  • Parasitic Grimm (RWBY)

Known Objects

  • Yo-kai Watchers (Yo-kai Watch franchises); only Yo-kai energy
  • Ascalon (Ben 10: Ultimate Alien)
  • The Hollow (Charmed)
  • Power-Sucking Athame (Charmed)
  • Time Blades/Chronosteel (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Blue Crystal (Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)
  • Soul Gem (Marvel Comics)
  • Sorcerer's Hat (Once Upon a Time)
  • The Transistor (Transistor)
  • Third Prana (Sidekicks)
  • The Trident Stone (Mako Mermaids)
  • Balcoin Medallion (The Secret Circle)
  • Morphogenesis Exoskeleton (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987)
  • Sun Chi Lantern (Xiaolin Showdown)
  • The Arsene Amulet (Epithet Erased)
  • Zayla's Necklace (Marvel Rising)
  • Master of Games' Knecklace (Teen Titans)

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Video Games

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