Starfire: YOUR FACE
I MUST SMOOCH IT
I imagine this: Starfire learns language by kissing, a weird genetic thing. So what else can she learn this way? I mean, can she learn about earth technology by kissing Cyborg?
Can she learn about Veganism by kissing beast Boy?
SO, Star wants to learn about the occult and mystasism, this happens.. a few seconds later, Raven, a bit breathless says, “Um… Star.. that was just the first book..”
Star: “Oh joy!.. ” she starts on the second book…
Later, in bed, Starfire is Ravens equal an their planning their new home together.
Yeah, that always irked me. Her ability to assimilate/learn other languages through physical contact, and that she preferred to do so via a kiss when “learning” from males, always came across to me as an excuse to show her kissing guys (and only guys). But if she can learn languages via physical contact, I don’t see why she shouldn’t be able to learn other skills in that manner, like Marvel’s Echo or Taskmaster (or, keeping it to DC, the second and third Prometheus). (Yes, I know those four don’t requite physical contact.) Even if it’s only limited to “mental” skills (the touch-based assimilation only applies to certain parts of the brain, not muscle memory), she should be able to learn most any occult or scientific skill, about history, cultures, religions, accountancy, cooking, et cetera. (In D&D/Pathfinder terms, any CHA-, INT-, or WIS-based skill.)
And I believe this is an ability all Tamaranians have (along with super-strength, toughness, flight, and the ability to live off sunlight without need for food, water, or air; Starfire’s starbolts are the result of experiments performed on her by the Psions), which makes me wonder how it evolved. And if there are Tamaranians who have weaker or stronger “assimilation” abilities — though mutation or accident or experimentation or practice/training — who could learn a wider arrangement of skills. Or who takes the “learns languages instantly” thing to extreme lengths, like Marvel’s done with Cypher (who went from being able to translate languages and decipher codes and computer languages to being able to read “body language” to anticipate & counter a combatant’s moves, “read” architectural structures to know where its weak points are, and give verbal commands in machine code to deactivate electronics).