"It is only human to dream of rising above one's limitations. But what if we had the power to instantly acquire the qualities that we envy in others? Would it bring real fulfillment... or a hunger that can never be filled?"
― Second Thoughts opening words (The Outer Limits)

The ability to steal the skill/talent from others. Technique of Talent Manipulation.

Also Called

  • Skill/Specialty Theft
  • Talent/Skill/Specialty Absorption


The user can steal the physical and mental skills, talents and specialties of another person. In some cases, the user gains that skill or talents for themselves while in other cases they simply remove the talent from someone else.




  • May only be temporary.
  • May only be able to take a specific type of talent.
  • User may not have the physical, mental or emotional capabilities to put their stolen talents to use.

Known Users

  • Lord Shyamalan (Channel Awesome)
  • Nerdlucks/Monstars (Space Jam)
  • Rogue (Marvel Comics)
  • Bryan (Thunderstruck)
  • Talent Suckers (Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi)
  • Starlight Glimmer (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); via Staff of Sameness
  • Tinker Bell (World of Winx)
  • Talent Thief (World of Winx)
  • Meltlilith (Nasuverse)
  • Victor (Worm)
  • Baron Von Rocha (Sofia the First); only musical talents
  • Chrollo Lucilfer (Hunter x Hunter)