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29th Apr '17 2:39:35 PM TonyG
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphony'' short "WesternAnimation/TheGoldenTouch" retells the story of Midas.
* ''WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries'' also did its own take on Midas, as a Franchise/JamesBond spoof. Here, Midas is a Blofeld-type supervillain who wants to launch himself into space and be able to turn the whole world to gold.
26th Apr '17 12:38:52 AM Getta
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Literally touching one or more mundane objects (weapons, sticks, rocks, etc.) to transform them into awesome objects by infusing them with magic.

To repeat, it's just as easy as touch and go. You can, for example, make your pointy stick [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibrate for extra killing potential]] or make your BladeOnAStick acidic. The important thing is that it is possible without a long amount of time or outside influence, such as TheBlacksmith or, in extreme cases, tools.

You may also ask how is this different from MagicPoweredPseudoscience? For the most part, the characters pulling this stunt know what they are doing and are under no illusion of "Pseudo"-science.

See also: ElementalPunch, ItemAmplifier, and SpellBlade. When your touch kills instead, it's the TouchOfDeath.

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Literally touching one or more mundane objects (weapons, sticks, rocks, etc.) to transform them into awesome objects by infusing them with magic.

To repeat, it's just as easy as
magic. Occasionally, this power is contained in [[TrickedOutGloves a glove.]] While this usually involves the touch and go.of the hands, sometimes the touch with ''any part of the skin'' works similarly.

Depending on what specifically happens when you touch things, there may be potentials to this; "turning to gold" touch makes you rich, "turning to food" touch makes you never hungry, etc. However, if [[PowerIncontinence there are no way of limiting this]] (whether innate control of the power, or a PowerLimiter), it could become messy quickly.

It potentially can be used to strengthen your weapons.
You can, for example, make your pointy stick [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibrate for extra killing potential]] or make your BladeOnAStick acidic. The important thing is that it is possible without a long amount of time or outside influence, such as TheBlacksmith or, in extreme cases, tools.

You may also ask how The TropeCodifier is this different from MagicPoweredPseudoscience? For the most part, the characters pulling this stunt know what they are doing tale of King Midas, who gets a wish of being able to turn everything he touches into gold. However, after he touches food and are under no illusion his own daughter and turned them into gold, he realizes that it's more of "Pseudo"-science.

a BlessedWithSuck.

See also: ElementalPunch, ItemAmplifier, and SpellBlade. TouchedByVorlons is when your touch [[SuperEmpowering gives people superpowers]]. When your touch kills instead, it's the TouchOfDeath.


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* ''Manga/OnePiece:'' Some Devil Fruit powers are activated with a touch.
** Vander Decken's Mark Mark Fruit lets him mark someone/thing with his hand, and then anything he "throws" with said hand will [[HomingProjectile home in towards that marked target]]. As he has only 2 hands, he can only mark 2 people at a time; his marking can also be washed away with water to his hand. In particular, he always keeps one hand for Princess Shirahoshi, who he has touched since a decade ago and he hasn't washed that hand ever since.
** Sugar's Hobby Hobby Fruit lets him turn people or animals into toys with the touch of her hands. It has the side effect of [[RetGone making everyone forget about the victim.]] When Robin got her pinned with her hand-multiplication powers, Sugar simply touches one of Robin's "growth hands" with her own hand and Robin gets turned into a toy. She gets better though.
** Gladius' Pop Pop Fruit makes everything he touches inflate and then pop, releasing deadly shrapnel all around.
** Aside from turning himself invisible, Absalom can also make everything he touches invisible with his Devil Fruit power.
7th Mar '17 11:04:33 AM FF32
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* In TheSecretWorld, every PlayerCharacter uses their weapons as a kind of magic wand, overlapping with this and KiAttacks. Oh, and it's modern-day UrbanFantasy, and an [[MoreDakka Assault Rifle]] or [[GunFu pair of pistols]] conducts magic just as easily as a sword or traditional magic focus.

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* In TheSecretWorld, ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', every PlayerCharacter uses their weapons as a kind of magic wand, overlapping with this and KiAttacks. Oh, and it's modern-day UrbanFantasy, and an [[MoreDakka Assault Rifle]] or [[GunFu pair of pistols]] conducts magic just as easily as a sword or traditional magic focus.
5th Mar '17 11:47:54 AM nombretomado
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* The Silver Samurai of MarvelComics, after his reveal as a {{mutant}} with AbsurdlySharpBlade as his power.

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* The Silver Samurai of MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, after his reveal as a {{mutant}} with AbsurdlySharpBlade as his power.
4th Feb '17 11:48:49 AM Sharlee
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* In the stop-motion holiday special ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', [[AnIcePerson Snow Miser]] demonstrates that he can turn objects into snow by touching them. (Debatable whether this trope also applies to his brother Heat Miser, as melting things with a touch is changing what ''state of matter'' they're in, but not changing them into ''different'' matter.)

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* In the stop-motion holiday special ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', [[AnIcePerson Snow Miser]] demonstrates that he can turn objects into snow snow, and back to their original forms, by touching them. (Debatable whether this trope also applies to his brother Heat Miser, as melting things with a touch is changing what ''state ''state'' of matter'' matter they're in, but not changing them into ''different'' matter.)
4th Feb '17 11:45:35 AM Sharlee
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* In the stop-motion holiday special ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', [[AnIcePerson Snow Miser]] demonstrates that he can turn objects into snow by touching them. (Debatable whether this trope also applies to his brother Heat Miser, as melting things with a touch is changing what ''state of matter'' they're in, but not changing them into ''different'' matter.)
27th Jan '17 5:21:01 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Bowser Junior's Curse!", Junior refuses to eat his corn dogs and tosses them out the window, and as a result, the Corn Dog God curses him with the corn dog curse, wherein everything he touches turns into a corn dog.
24th Jan '17 1:12:39 PM DanaO
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* ''Literature/ThePracticeEffect'' has a setting in which this is the ''normal'' effect of touching - more specifically, using - an object: natural law causes inorganic things to become more fit for a specific use with continuous use, and to rapidly fall apart from lack of use. The setting's "magic touch" is at base the power to ''prevent'' this: equally valuable, as a law of diminishing returns on "exercise" otherwise limit the complexity of tools and technology level which can exist.
8th Jan '17 9:04:12 AM nombretomado
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* In ''EternalDarkness'', you learn the "Enchant Item" spell quite early on. While it can be used to power up weapons, it's also used to repair broken (by plot events only) items and at one point near the end [[spoiler: make a C4 bomb powerful enough to destroy some catacombs full of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.]]

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* In ''EternalDarkness'', ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', you learn the "Enchant Item" spell quite early on. While it can be used to power up weapons, it's also used to repair broken (by plot events only) items and at one point near the end [[spoiler: make a C4 bomb powerful enough to destroy some catacombs full of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.]]
20th Nov '16 7:57:53 PM Getta
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See also: ElementalPunch, ItemAmplifier, and SpellBlade.

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See also: ElementalPunch, ItemAmplifier, and SpellBlade. When your touch kills instead, it's the TouchOfDeath.
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