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25th Aug '16 11:50:20 AM Temporary14
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* In ''The Literature/InheritanceCycle'', magic ''can'' heal, but it takes a lot of strength - unless it's life-threatening, it's better to just let it heal on its own.

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* In ''The Literature/InheritanceCycle'', magic ''can'' heal, but it takes a lot of strength [[CastFromHitPoints energy]] - unless it's life-threatening, it's better to just let it heal on its own.own. Healing anything more complicated than a surface wound also requires memorizing long and complex incantations in the [[LanguageOfMagic Ancient Language]], which means that many would-be healers are limited to cuts and bruises anyway.
22nd Aug '16 10:24:04 AM Wyldchyld
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[[{{Doylist}} Out-of-universe]], this is done to make the characters avoid injuries as hard as they would in RealLife. When you can [[GoodThingYouCanHeal easily recover from grievous bodily harm]] or [[RevolvingDoorAfterlife be brought back to life altogether]], things get a lot less dramatic and the threats, less credible. An alternative approach to increase the risks is to introduce dangers that are either [[WoundThatWillNotHeal exempt from magical healing]] or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse than death]].

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[[{{Doylist}} Out-of-universe]], this is done to make the characters avoid injuries as hard as they would in RealLife. When you can [[GoodThingYouCanHeal easily recover from grievous bodily harm]] or [[RevolvingDoorAfterlife [[DeathIsCheap be brought back to life altogether]], things get a lot less dramatic and the threats, less credible. An alternative approach to increase the risks is to introduce dangers that are either [[WoundThatWillNotHeal exempt from magical healing]] or [[FateWorseThanDeath worse than death]].
27th Jul '16 4:52:37 PM CCIB
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* Played horrifically straight in ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain''. Tessa is the most powerful member of Team Alchemical, and she completely burns out her magic trying to heal the one surviving member of her team. She flat-out says that healing is the most advanced form of magic while she's doing it.
27th Jul '16 3:23:01 PM Scabbard
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* While there are still ways of treating injuries with magic in ''Manga/FairyTail'' (for instance, one of Ichiya's perfumes acts as a painkiller and can cure some poison), actual ''healing'' magic is considered a lost art. The only shown to be capable of healing magic is [[ChildMage Wendy]], and hers has its use limited by being CastFromHitPoints.

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* While there are still ways of treating injuries with magic in ''Manga/FairyTail'' (for instance, one of Ichiya's perfumes acts as a painkiller and can cure some poison), actual ''healing'' magic is considered a lost art. The only one shown to be capable of healing magic is [[ChildMage Wendy]], and hers has its use limited by being CastFromHitPoints.
27th Jul '16 3:22:08 PM Scabbard
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** Orihime has the power to "reject" wounds and injuries on other people (I.E. they never happened), but she can only do it slowly. This power is so sought after that BigBad Aizen kidnapped her for it. (Sort of.) Even that isn't so much "healing" as applying RetGone to the injury [[spoiler: or death]]

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** Orihime has the power to "reject" wounds and injuries on other people (I.E. they never happened), but she can only do it slowly. This power is so sought after that BigBad Aizen kidnapped her for it. (Sort of.) Even that isn't so much "healing" as applying RetGone to the injury [[spoiler: or death]]death]].
16th Jul '16 4:11:17 PM digiman619
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* Played with in TabletopGame/SpheresOfPower; you can give temporary hit points for free, but actual healing is more expensive.
9th Apr '16 6:28:12 AM GreatWyrmGold
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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', justified by the fact that all superpowers are intended to be offensive only. The few parahumans with healing superpowers have it either as a side effect of their main power, or an unintended usage. For example, Panacea's real power is manipulation of biological tissue in general, but she just uses it for healing at first.

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', justified by the fact that nearly all superpowers are intended to be offensive only. The few parahumans with healing superpowers have it either as a side effect of their main power, or an unintended usage. For example, Panacea's real power is manipulation of biological tissue in general, but she just only uses it for healing at first. first.
27th Mar '16 11:58:07 PM M84
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* In the LightNovel (adapted into a manga) ''In Another World, I'm Called: the Black Healer'', the main character's initial attempts to avoid standing out when she is dragged into a fantasy world and granted magical abilities immediately fails when she mentions off-hand that she can use healing magic, thinking that healing magic is something standard like it is in the videogames she enjoys. Healing magic is apparently extremely difficult and is a fusion of multiple types of magic in that world.
2nd Mar '16 6:48:34 PM Anddrix
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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic comics]] imply that a talent in healing magic in the setting is very rare, as Radiant Hope is signaled-out to become a princess when she gets her cutie mark in healing (though granted, she is ''very good'' at healing, having been able to [[spoiler: resurrect ''King Sombra'' from nothing but his horn, though some of that might be due to him not being a normal pony]]).

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* The WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic's [[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic comics]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDWIssue34To37 "Siege of the Crystal Empire"]] arc of ''ComicBook/{{My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic|IDW}}'' imply that a talent in healing magic in the setting is very rare, as Radiant Hope is signaled-out to become a princess when she gets her cutie mark in healing (though granted, she is ''very good'' at healing, having been able to [[spoiler: resurrect [[spoiler:resurrect ''King Sombra'' from nothing but his horn, though some of that might be due to him not being a normal pony]]).
2nd Mar '16 10:22:32 AM Koveras
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** Orihime has the power to "reject" wounds and injuries on other people (I.E. they never happened), but she can only do it slowly. This power is so sought after that BigBad Aizen kidnapped her for it. (Sort of.)
*** Even that isn't so much "healing" as applying RetGone to the injury [[spoiler: or death]]

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** Orihime has the power to "reject" wounds and injuries on other people (I.E. they never happened), but she can only do it slowly. This power is so sought after that BigBad Aizen kidnapped her for it. (Sort of.)
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) Even that isn't so much "healing" as applying RetGone to the injury [[spoiler: or death]]



* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie canon, the Force can supposedly be used to heal, but the ability to do so is extremely specialized and none of the onscreen characters ever demonstrates the power. Darth Plagueis allegedly developed this kind of ability, but even his apprentice Palpatine did not know how it worked. Which kind of sucked for Anakin since he turned to the Dark Side specifically because Palpatine promised to teach him how to do it. The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] contains many examples of reliable Force healing, but like the rest of the EU, all of them have since been declared a separate canon.
** One of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novels included Darth Vader himself attempting to heal his injuries using the Dark Side of the Force, and making at least some progress. But he ultimately failed, as [[ThePowerOfHate the Dark Side is powered by hatred and anger]], and he was unable to sustain those emotions through the healing.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movie canon, the Force can supposedly be used to heal, but the ability to do so is extremely specialized and none of the onscreen characters ever demonstrates the power. Darth Plagueis allegedly developed this kind of ability, but even his apprentice Palpatine did not know how it worked. Which kind of sucked for Anakin since he turned to the Dark Side specifically because Palpatine promised to teach him how to do it. The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] contains many examples of reliable Force healing, but like the rest of the EU, all of them have since been declared a separate canon.
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canon. One of the [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] novels included Darth Vader himself attempting to heal his injuries using the Dark Side of the Force, and making at least some progress. But he ultimately failed, as [[ThePowerOfHate the Dark Side is powered by hatred and anger]], and he was unable to sustain those emotions through the healing.



* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', healing is the rarest talent among Aes Sedai, and requires more training than other disciplines to do safely. It's also hard on the recipient, since it essentially takes the body's current resources and fast-forwards the natural healing process -- their patients tend to wake up ''extremely'' hungry.
** There ''is'' a way to heal without draining the patient's resources, but it's even more complicated and one of '''many''' uses of the Power that were lost long ago. And the ElementalPowers used are so different from normal healing that the only character who can do it is assumed to be doing it wrong by all the other Aes Sedai.

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* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', healing is the rarest talent among Aes Sedai, and requires more training than other disciplines to do safely. It's also hard on the recipient, since it essentially takes the body's current resources and fast-forwards the natural healing process -- their patients tend to wake up ''extremely'' hungry. \n** There ''is'' a way to heal without draining the patient's resources, but it's even more complicated and one of '''many''' uses of the Power that were lost long ago. And the ElementalPowers used are so different from normal healing that the only character who can do it is assumed to be doing it wrong by all the other Aes Sedai.
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