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Sentinels are mainly based on Mystique's Gene, therefore they can transform and adapt to any target. Then why Mystique herself can't do these? (she just changes her appearance and voice)

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    Because that's not her power. Her power is to change her appearance and voice. Trask studied Mystique and learn about adaptation and manipulation of materials. – phantom42 Aug 21 '15 at 13:47
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    I do not have the source, so just as a comment: The sentinels also have the powers of "Rogue", which got captured, too (in the comics). She can absorb the powers of mutants. This important part is, as fas as I know, not shown in the movies and leads to this confusion. – print x div 0 Aug 21 '15 at 13:48
  • ... because BAD writing. – Omegacron Aug 21 '15 at 15:21
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    dup? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/66804/… – Geoff Aug 21 '15 at 16:26
  • @Geoff: Yes, it is. – Lightness Races in Orbit Aug 21 '15 at 18:46
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The Sentinels are not clones of Mystique. They are not one-to-one copies of her and her powers.

Trask started with Mystiques DNA and built on that.

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