Mafia Database

Universal Backup

Role Description:

The Universal Backup may on any night, starting Night 1, target a dead player and choose to inherit their role.


The Universal Backup, if town, can usually only choose from town-aligned powers and is only able to use the role on future nights as the original player would have been able to use it. For example, if the targeted dead player is a 1-shot Vigilante who already used their shot, the Backup will not inherit any shots. The Backup will also not inherit any information that the targeted dead player may have had. Sometimes, the Backup is only allowed to target players that died during the previous night phase. Also, sometimes the Universal Backup is not able to choose at all, but instead will inherit the role of the first power role to die (for this variant, the host may decide that the Universal Backup is not even self-aware until they passively inherit a role). Another variant of the Universal Backup is one that must target a living player every night, and if that player dies before the next night, the Universal Backup inherits their role. A third party version of this role is the Amnesiac.

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Support, Role-changing, Power-gaining

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Games containing this role:

Start Date Game Type Game Title Winning Faction Main Host Post Count
2015-09-28 Closed Heretic Mafia (Link) Town Eviscerator 7248
2015-09-06 Closed Miyazaki Mashup (Link) Mafia ljtrigirl 2941
2016-08-08 Closed Rick & Morty Mash! (Link) Other Beck 11917
2015-08-02 Closed The LEGO Movie (Link) Other Thingyman 6681
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