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15th Jun '16 10:26:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Vince's ability. Until recently, it's been a BlessedWithSuck kind of power due to his inability to control it. The whole point of the secret program is to help the Powered (those who have superpowers but not the ability to control them) to be come Supers (superpowered people who can control their abilities). Vince is first introduced after he accidentally drained an entire county of power, when trying to fix a toaster and receiving an electric shock. His doctor put him in an isolated dark ward to wait for the accumulated power to slowly bleed out of him. When demonstrating the power to Nick, Vince has him light a match and then absorb its energy (including heat), turning the match to ash. When Nick asks why the match turns to ash, Vince explains that he also absorbs the match's ''potential'' energy due to his inexperience.

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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Vince's ability. Until recently, it's been a BlessedWithSuck kind of power due to his inability to control it. The whole point of the secret program is to help the Powered (those who have superpowers but not the ability to control them) to be come Supers (superpowered people who can control their abilities). Vince is first introduced after he accidentally drained an entire county of power, when trying to fix a toaster and receiving an electric shock. His doctor put him in an isolated dark ward to wait for the accumulated power to slowly bleed out of him. When demonstrating the power to Nick, Vince has him light a match and then absorb its energy (including heat), turning the match to ash. When Nick asks why the match turns to ash, Vince explains that he also absorbs the match's ''potential'' energy due to his inexperience. Unfortunately, his arch-nemesis in college is AnIcePerson, meaning Vince can't absorb his energy because cold is the ''absence'' of energy. The best he can do is charge himself up with fire beforehand and use it to counter the ice, coupling it with his superior tactical and hand-to-hand combat skills. He is later chastised by his gym teacher for only charging up the bare minimum in order not to feel exhausted for fear of losing control. The teacher gives him a year to get over it and learn to use his power to the fullest or risk getting cut from the Hero Certification Program.
10th Jun '16 5:37:01 AM ChronoLegion
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* The (almost-)MacGuffin in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' turns out to be a world-creating ship capable of absorbing the EnergyBeings who had destroyed the Earth.

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* The (almost-)MacGuffin in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' turns out to be a world-creating ship capable of absorbing the EnergyBeings who had destroyed the Earth. It's implied that this is the reason why they destroyed Earth in the first place.
10th Jun '16 5:36:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* A weaker version in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''. The alien lifeforms turns out to use fire to kick their HollywoodEvolution UpToEleven. Originally, it was triggered by the meteorite superheating in the atmosphere. Near the end, the US Military decides to use napalm to burn the alien lifeforms before they spread to the world. This results in a giant amoeba-like creature that begins to split in two.

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* A weaker version in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''. The alien lifeforms turns out to use fire to kick their HollywoodEvolution UpToEleven. Originally, it was triggered by the meteorite superheating in the atmosphere. Near the end, the US Military decides to use napalm to burn the alien lifeforms before they spread to the world. This results in a giant amoeba-like creature that begins to split in two. Earlier, someone entertained the thought of nuking the aliens.
10th Jun '16 5:08:45 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Vince's ability. Until recently, it's been a BlessedWithSuck kind of power due to his inability to control it. The whole point of the secret program is to help the Powered (those who have superpowers but not the ability to control them) to be come Supers (superpowered people who can control their abilities). Vince is first introduced after he accidentally drained an entire county of power, when trying to fix a toaster and receiving an electric shock. His doctor put him in an isolated dark ward to wait for the accumulated power to slowly bleed out of him. When demonstrating the power to Nick, Vince has him light a match and then absorb its energy (including heat), turning the match to ash. When Nick asks why the match turns to ash, Vince explains that he also absorbs the match's ''potential'' energy due to his inexperience.
6th Jun '16 5:49:15 AM DoctorTItanX
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** Nel can absorb ceros by swallowing them and fire them back, enhanced by her own power.

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** Nel can absorb ceros Ceros by swallowing them and fire them back, enhanced by her own power.
11th Apr '16 3:06:24 PM Dvandemon
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* [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Static Shock]] had a variation with a villain who gained his powers through [[ProfessorGuineaPig self-experimentation]] in bypassing metabolic processes for gaining energy. This gave him matter absorption, by which energy absorption was a side-benefit, but made him increasingly more dense the more he absorbed with a hunger to absorb more. Eventually he rendered too heavy to move and needed to be carted to custody with a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawler-transporter crawler-transporter]].
27th Feb '16 3:18:41 PM Prfnoff
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* ''BusouRenkin'''s Shusui Hayasaka has a sword with this ability, apparently because [[Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki the author]] was tired of seeing swords [[SwordBeam firing energy attacks]].
* [[spoiler:Saten]] from ''{{NEEDLESS}}'' uses his power of {{Energy Absorption}} and Release to simulate other abilities, such as freezing people and places by draining the heat from them, agitating molecules in the air to create enough energy to deflect other energy attacks, and unleashing [[KamehameHadoken giant energy beams]] of his own.

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* ''BusouRenkin'''s ''Manga/BusouRenkin'''s Shusui Hayasaka has a sword with this ability, apparently because [[Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki the author]] was tired of seeing swords [[SwordBeam firing energy attacks]].
* [[spoiler:Saten]] from ''{{NEEDLESS}}'' ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' uses his power of {{Energy Absorption}} and Release to simulate other abilities, such as freezing people and places by draining the heat from them, agitating molecules in the air to create enough energy to deflect other energy attacks, and unleashing [[KamehameHadoken giant energy beams]] of his own.
25th Feb '16 9:59:55 AM Willbyr
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* One of Pain's bodies can do this in ''{{Naruto}}''. Naruto counters by [[spoiler:[[PhlebotinumOverload overloading it with nature chakra]], [[BalefulPolymorph turning the body into a frog statue]]]]. Kisame's [[EmpathicWeapon sword Samehada]] has similar capabilities, and is capable of [[spoiler:giving the chakra to its user to keep their stamina up and heal wounds]]. Yoroi (who absorbs through his hands), Jirobo (who absorbs through the sphere of earth he trapped his opponents in), Shino's insects, and Zetsu (through his spores) can also use this, but can only absorb [[{{Mana}} chakra]] from the opponent directly, and not their techniques (Zetsu can also restore it to someone else).
* Evangeline and [[spoiler:Negi]] can do this as well in ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
* The titular ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[spoiler:absorbs the energy of a big bang after it is converted into Spiral Power.]]

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* One of Pain's bodies can do this in ''{{Naruto}}''.''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Naruto counters by [[spoiler:[[PhlebotinumOverload overloading it with nature chakra]], [[BalefulPolymorph turning the body into a frog statue]]]]. Kisame's [[EmpathicWeapon sword Samehada]] has similar capabilities, and is capable of [[spoiler:giving the chakra to its user to keep their stamina up and heal wounds]]. Yoroi (who absorbs through his hands), Jirobo (who absorbs through the sphere of earth he trapped his opponents in), Shino's insects, and Zetsu (through his spores) can also use this, but can only absorb [[{{Mana}} chakra]] from the opponent directly, and not their techniques (Zetsu can also restore it to someone else).
* Evangeline and [[spoiler:Negi]] can do this as well in ''MahouSenseiNegima''.
''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* The titular ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[spoiler:absorbs the energy of a big bang after it is converted into Spiral Power.]]
3rd Feb '16 6:01:42 AM Golden
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The traditional AchillesHeel of EnergyAbsorption users is PhlebotinumOverload. Particularly astute protagonists will think to ReversePolarity and use the power as a substitute for EnergyWeapons before it overloads....

EnergyAbsorption is usually, but not always, an example of FeedItWithFire. Compare and contrast with AdaptiveAbility, which has a similar effect, but without the risk of PhlebotinumOverload. See also ElementalAbsorption when this is done with ElementalPowers. Rare RadiationImmuneMutants may go beyond mere resistance and actually feed on or absorb radiation.

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The traditional AchillesHeel of EnergyAbsorption Energy Absorption users is PhlebotinumOverload. Particularly astute protagonists will think to ReversePolarity and use the power as a substitute for EnergyWeapons before it overloads....

EnergyAbsorption Energy Absorption is usually, but not always, an example of FeedItWithFire. Compare and contrast with AdaptiveAbility, which has a similar effect, but without the risk of PhlebotinumOverload. See also ElementalAbsorption when this is done with ElementalPowers. Rare RadiationImmuneMutants may go beyond mere resistance and actually feed on or absorb radiation.
24th Jan '16 1:52:53 PM Gamermaster
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* Nanoha's [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' works by absorbing the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield and firing it in a massive beam. This makes it both deadly and cost-efficient since it doesn't completely rely on a mage's own power, [[spoiler:which is the main reason why Nanoha decided to teach it to Teana after ''[=StrikerS=]'']].

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* Nanoha's [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' works by absorbing the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield and firing it in a massive beam. This makes it both deadly and cost-efficient since it doesn't completely rely on a mage's own power, [[spoiler:which is the main reason why Nanoha decided to teach it to Teana after ''[=StrikerS=]'']].
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