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How does All for One's "stealing quirk" work? Does he have to touch the victim, or can he do it from distance? Is this ever explained in the manga, official book, movie or something?

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According to the Boku no Hero Academia Wiki, it is done through touch.

The process of giving and taking away Quirks is done through touch. People who have their Quirks stolen become Quirkless, losing any sort of abnormal features if they happen to be Mutant types. When quirks are stolen, the victim becomes disoriented and immobile for a short time. Meanwhile, Quirkless people who receive a Quirk through All For One become capable of manifesting all of its attributes.

Source: All For One > Description (2nd Paragraph)

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While it's not All For One himself the villain Nine is seen using a weaker copy of the stealing quirk in the second movie Heroes Rising which requires direct physical contact with the victim.

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From a distance. You remember when all for one used that awesome ability that stabbed All Might with the black and red shapeable sword thingy. Those are actually to borrow or take a quirk. But OFA is immune to AFO so it didn't affect All Might except the stab part. He can borrow and take quirks with that. But he has to get close to give someone a quirk.

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