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12th Jun '17 6:30:27 AM Prime32
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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.

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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. Also contrast EnergyDonation, for when this goes in the opposite direction. See also ElementalAbsorption when this is done with ElementalPowers. Rare RadiationImmuneMutants may go beyond mere resistance and actually feed on or absorb radiation.
5th Jun '17 6:15:31 PM XMenMutant22
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* Some pegasi in the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'' can pull this off with the kinetic energy of wind, but whatever's been absorbed has to be used up or redirected in a hurry. It's described as an emergency technique to be utilized when there's no time to set up an equal-and-opposite gust or unwind a tornado, and that idiots who rely on it don't last long. By contrast, lightning ''can't'' be absorbed, but a very few pegasi are capable of redirecting it. Rainbow Dash knows the first technique, but not the second.

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* Some pegasi in the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'' can pull this off with the kinetic energy of wind, but whatever's been absorbed has to be used up or redirected in a hurry. It's described as an emergency technique to be utilized when there's no time to set up an equal-and-opposite gust or unwind a tornado, and that idiots who rely on it don't last long. By contrast, lightning ''can't'' be absorbed, but a very few pegasi are capable of redirecting it. Rainbow Dash knows the first technique, but not the second.



* 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.

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* A weaker version in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''. The alien lifeforms turns turn 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.



* 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. It's eventually revealed that Vince lets go of his inhibitions when his friends are in danger, such as when he [[spoiler:absorbs a forest fire in California and continues to use that fire for the following year]]. In Year 2, he learns that he can [[spoiler:absorb and emit kinetic energy, meaning he can now MegatonPunch with the best of them and be able to take a crippling blow without a problem (the other fist simply stops, losing all momentum)]]. The one ability he has no one though was possible is to [[spoiler:absorb the energy created by another Super]].

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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 become 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. It's eventually revealed that Vince lets go of his inhibitions when his friends are in danger, such as when he [[spoiler:absorbs a forest fire in California and continues to use that fire for the following year]]. In Year 2, he learns that he can [[spoiler:absorb and emit kinetic energy, meaning he can now MegatonPunch with the best of them and be able to take a crippling blow without a problem (the other fist simply stops, losing all momentum)]]. The one ability he has no one though thought was possible is to [[spoiler:absorb the energy created by another Super]].



* The space amoeba from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.

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* The space amoeba ameba from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.



** The ''Expanded Psionics Handbook'' introduces the power Energy Adaptation that coverts 10 energy damage into light, Radiant armor that does the same, and the power Energy Conversion that allows you to store and release the energy damage that it prevents.

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** The ''Expanded Psionics Handbook'' introduces the power Energy Adaptation that coverts converts 10 energy damage into light, Radiant armor that does the same, and the power Energy Conversion that allows you to store and release the energy damage that it prevents.



** The eponymous creatures feed by absorbing energy from living things through an unknown process. According to the lore of the recent games their victims lose no blood or other bodymass but appear unable to survive without the energy the Metroids drain.

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** The eponymous creatures feed by absorbing energy from living things through an unknown process. According to the lore of the recent games games, their victims lose no blood or other bodymass body mass but appear unable to survive without the energy the Metroids drain.



** Several classes have limited absorption abilities, often of their primary elements. Mages can gain various sidebenefits with talents, such as absorbing mana or spellpower from the negated spells. Deathknights can use an AntiMagic shield that gives them additional runic power when absorbing damage. Mages can also steal enemy buffs, although only for a maxium of two minutes.

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** Several classes have limited absorption abilities, often of their primary elements. Mages can gain various sidebenefits side benefits with talents, such as absorbing mana or spellpower from the negated spells. Deathknights can use an AntiMagic shield that gives them additional runic power when absorbing damage. Mages can also steal enemy buffs, although only for a maxium maximum of two minutes.



* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', one of the "shield" sections availale is the absorber. It cuts energy weapon damage by 75% and uses that energy to recharge the energy-based weapons of the ship it's on. Ships with this section and an all-energy weapon layout are going to be duking it out for some time.

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* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', one of the "shield" sections availale available is the absorber. It cuts energy weapon damage by 75% and uses that energy to recharge the energy-based weapons of the ship it's on. Ships with this section and an all-energy weapon layout are going to be duking it out for some time.



* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', there are several abilities that nullify damage taken from certain types, instead raising one of the target's stats.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', there are several abilities that nullify damage taken from certain types, instead of raising one of the target's stats.



** [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Hecarim]] has a aura that absorbs enemy & ally damage into self-healing.

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** [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Hecarim]] has a an aura that absorbs enemy & ally damage into self-healing.



* Anvil from ''WebComic/GrrlPower'' is superstrong by default but she can dramatically boost it by absorbing kinetic energy. Other brick-type superhumans find this a nasty surprise when she gets stronger the more times they punch her.

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* Anvil from ''WebComic/GrrlPower'' is superstrong super strong by default but she can dramatically boost it by absorbing kinetic energy. Other brick-type superhumans find this a nasty surprise when she gets stronger the more times they punch her.



** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all. Doing so increases her already prodigious strength.

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** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all. Doing so increases all, increasing her already prodigious strength.



** And Lancer, a PK brick, can absorb energy attacks and fire tham back at his opponents.

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** And Lancer, a PK brick, can absorb energy attacks and fire tham them back at his opponents.



* ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'': Arc in a peculiar variant, converts kinetic energy into superstrength and superspeed. This includes her own kinetic energy so she charges up her powers by running back and forth.

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* ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'': Arc in a peculiar variant, variant converts kinetic energy into superstrength and superspeed. This includes her own kinetic energy so she charges up her powers by running back and forth.



** The newest villain in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' also has these powers. Coincidentally, he's of the same alien race as Kevin. What's more, he's after alien powers too. However, his plan seems to be going over better than Kevin's did. Until Kevin absorbed ''his'' powers.

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** The newest villain Aggregor in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' also has these powers. Coincidentally, he's of the same alien race as Kevin. What's more, he's Kevin and after alien powers too.(much like young Kevin in the original series). However, his plan seems to be going over better than Kevin's did. Until Kevin absorbed ''his'' powers.



* [[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]].

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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 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]].
9th May '17 9:43:52 PM Geoduck
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* The 1957 film ''Kronos'' features an alien device/war machine that is sent to Earth to absorb energy to take back to its alien creators; it grows ever-larger the more it absorbs.
5th May '17 12:39:45 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Film/StarWars'': Yoda displays this ability in Episodes II and III, using it as a counter to the Siths' famous Force Lightning. It seems, however, that he can only absorb so much of it before it all explodes outward.
17th Apr '17 12:00:13 PM BeerBaron
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** The [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Spell_Absorption spell absorption]], which at 100% makes you immune to magic (and thanks to a bug, unable to use telekinetic and summon spells).

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** The Throughout the series, there are examples in the spells/effects Absorb Health, Absorb Magicka, and Absorb Fatigue/Stamina. They do ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. There are also a number of (typically legendary artifact) items that grant these spell effects as long as you are using/wearing the item.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', there is
[[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Spell_Absorption spell absorption]], which at 100% makes you immune to magic (and thanks to a bug, unable to use telekinetic and summon spells).



** There are also absorb magic, health and fatigue attacks.
6th Mar '17 2:07:39 AM ZombieAladdin
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* In ''Manga/BlackClover'', Ladros has the ability to absorb other people's magic and re-emit it in the form of [[KiManipulation ki lasers]] or [[HealThyself healing]]. He also learned how to forcibly disperse incoming magic into the air around him so he can absorb it at a pace he can handle, rendering him immune to the usual PhlebotinumOverload associated with this trope.
5th Mar '17 9:12:29 PM Prometheus117
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** This is Vorahk's ability.

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** This is Vorahk's ability.ability, though it's specifically stated that it needs to be in physical contact with the target to trigger the power and keep that contact during the absorption.


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** The quote above originates from Vezon, the FinalBoss of the 2006 storyline. One of the powers the [[MacGuffin Mask of Life]] gave him after making him its guardian was the ability to absorb kinetic energy, so any attack that struck him or his mount Fenrakk would only make them physically stronger. They could also get stronger by attacking things ''themselves'', so that even in the event an enemy could hurt them indirectly (creating a vacuum, dehydrating the air, increasing or decreasing the temperature to extreme levels), all they'd have to do to restore their energy was to literally ''stomp on the ground continuously and very hard''. [[spoiler:Things only got slightly easier later on when Fenrakk transformed and lost the ability to share Vezon's ability, but gained [[BreathWeapon extremely powerful energy blasts]] in exchange]]. Due to its [[StoryBreakerPower game-changing abilities]], Vezon lost this power when he lost the mask.
5th Jan '17 6:44:32 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Paul learns to consciously draw energy from his surroundings. He takes down a man encased in an “energy mecha” this way. He also tastes energy, generally as fruit.
17th Dec '16 8:03:14 AM Malady
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** Yakon, Androids 19 and 20 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and Super Android 17 from ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.

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** Yakon, Androids 19 and 20 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT,'' Goku tries to take down [[BigBad
Super Android 17 from ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.17]] with a variety of ki-based attacks, only to discover that he can increase his strength level by absorbing them.
30th Nov '16 4:48:45 AM jormis29
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* Mjolnir can be used to absorb and redirect virtually unlimited amounts of energy. [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] has used Mjolnir to absorb Hyperion's atomic vision, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer's Power Cosmic attacks, and Heimdall's blue cosmic flames. Absorbed energy can be amplified 10 to 100 fold before being redirected at Thor's attacker. One of Mjolnir's greatest feats occurred in ''Thor #407'', where the hammer managed to contain the galaxy-destroying power of a Null Bomb before using the power to reignite a dying sun.

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* Mjolnir {{Mjolnir}} can be used to absorb and redirect virtually unlimited amounts of energy. [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] has used Mjolnir to absorb Hyperion's atomic vision, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer's Power Cosmic attacks, and Heimdall's blue cosmic flames. Absorbed energy can be amplified 10 to 100 fold before being redirected at Thor's attacker. One of Mjolnir's greatest feats occurred in ''Thor #407'', where the hammer managed to contain the galaxy-destroying power of a Null Bomb before using the power to reignite a dying sun.
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