Power Mimicry – The ability to copy the powers of another being. Power Mimicry is also known as Ability Copying, Ability Duplication, Ability Imitation, Ability Mimicry, Ability Replication, Power Copying, Power Duplication, Power Imitation, Power Mimicry and Power Replication.
Literary Critique of Power Mimicry
Amazo (DC) is an android that copies the powers of the Justice League (DC Who’s Who V1 #1).
The Composite Superman (DC) is probably the first example of a power mimic but absorbs his powers from statues not superheroes directly (World’s Finest Comics V1 #142).
Duplicate Boy (DC) has this power but overloads when he tries to copy the power of Validus and this is a common flaw of power mimics (Superboy starring the Legion of Super-Heroes #219).
Nador (DC) is a one-shot power mimic in Superman V1 #214.
H.A.R.D. Corps (Valiant Universe) can upload one Harbinger power at a time but can switch powers pretty quickly (Valiant Universe Handbook FCBD, 2014).
The Mimic (Marvel) copies the powers of the X-Men but cannot copy the powers of the fellow power mimic the Super-Adaptoid (Marvel) and vice-versa (Uncanny X-Men V1 #29).
The Super-Adaptoid (Marvel) generally mimics the powers of the Avengers. The Super-Adaptoid like most power mimics can become overloaded (Avengers V1 #45). Amazo and the Super-Adaptoid are both androids. The Justice League and the Avengers are the premier superhero teams of their respective universes. Coincidence?
Mirror Man duplicates the powers of the Impossibles (Hanna-Barbera) in Frankenstein Jr. #1 (Gold Key).
Thrust (DC) – Who’s Who in the DC Universe Update 1993 #2
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