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8th Apr '18 11:15:18 PM Onlythrice
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* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1015 SCP-1015 ("Poor Man's Midas")]] is a cursed penny that causes whoever possesses it to turn everything they touch into pennies. The original owner died after rubber bullets fired by [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Foundation]] agents turned into pennies and ruptured his abdominal cavity.


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* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Viewer Mail #2" Peter's cursed with the power of turning everyone and everything he touches into a clone of Creator/RobinWilliams.
17th Mar '18 11:24:41 AM MyManHerc
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** By definition, Striker-class powers tend to work like this.
14th Feb '18 11:39:33 AM Jake
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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Chat Noir's SpecialAttack works along these lines, causing anything he touches to ''disintegrate''. It's not clear what it would do to a ''person'', but one episode where Chat was turned against his partner with MindControl strongly implies that it would not be pretty.
27th Dec '17 2:27:35 PM WillKeaton
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* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/01/31/animus-complex/ On this page]], Wonderella gains the power to give life to anything she touches.

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* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/01/31/animus-complex/ On this page]], page,]] Wonderella gains the power to give life to anything she touches.


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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans,'' selfish Neil is cursed with the Midas touch by the goddess Nemesis to teach him a lesson.
26th Aug '17 9:47:23 AM Loyal2NES
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* ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' has a particularly nasty variant. Performing the Ritual of Unholy Wealth produces an extravagant golden goblet called the Profanus Gloria, which is eternally filled with... some kind of liquid. Anyone who sees it will [[ArtifactOfAttraction feel an unnatural and insatiable urge to drink from it, and lash out at anyone else who might want it themselves.]] However, those who drink have their skeletons [[BodyHorror painfully turned into solid gold,]] with the rest of their bodies disintegrating soon after.
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.)
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