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Energy Donation
One character gives some of their energy to another
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The opposite of Energy Absorption. One character willingly gives some of their Ki, Life Energy, Mana, etc. to another. The donor may be doing this to recharge them when they're exhausted or dying, or to increase their power beyond its limits for some great challenge. Frequently receiving extra energy has the side effect of healing the recipient's wounds, or at least making them easier to ignore, but a Muggle usually isn't able to hold enough energy at once to benefit.

When the donor gives the recipient a different kind of energy to what they normally use, things get interesting. They could unlock greater powers from the mixed energies, be transformed into a being similar to the donor, or just die/go mad from the spiritual conflict. Infusing an evil character with good energy increases their odds of turning good, though the reverse is more likely to create a Superpowered Evil Side instead.

When it exists, this ability is usually something anyone with a particular kind of power can do, though it may require training to do properly.

Super Trope to Bequeathed Power and Combined Energy Attack. Compare Cast from Hit Points, Healing Hands, Liquid Assets and Super Empowering, which may overlap. Contrast with Empathic Healer, which is exclusively physical and functions in the opposite manner. A Mana Potion is an item which has this effect.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Occurs a few times in Dragon Ball Z. Goku's Combined Energy Attack, the Spirit Bomb, is the most notable example; at one point Goku even transfers the entire attack's energy to Krillin when he's too injured to throw it himself.
    • Dragonball GT features Goku's allies restoring him to full strength by standing around him for a few minutes and letting him absorb the energy released by their Battle Auras.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, mages can transfer Mana between each other and their Devices with the Divide Energy spell.
  • In the anime version of Bleach, Renji gives up some of his spiritual energy to heal a child who's been drained of his own. Shinigami in general can transfer some of their energy to another person to give them shinigami powers or restore lost ones.
  • Street Fighter II V: In their showdown with Bison, Ryu gives Ken a portion of his ki, allowing him to stand long enough to launch one last attack before collapsing.

  • At one point in Mercedes Lackey's Elizabethan series, Rhoslyn has returned Underhill (translation: to the elven realms) because she's drained herself working in the mortal world. Her mother transfers energy from herself into Rhoslyn to restore her.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
  • A healing device featured in a first-season episode of Babylon 5 worked this way. Its original purpose was as an execution device, transferring the life-force of the condemned to heal injuries and illnesses.
  • Tracker: Cole essentially does this to Mel in the pilot, reviving her with a burst of energy after she's zapped by Zin. There's a reversal much later in the series, after it's discovered that Mel is a hybrid. She powered up Cole to restore his powers after one of Zin's Mooks hit him with a Frickin' Laser Beam and rendered him unable to use his alien powers.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
  • In Dungeons & Dragons 3.5, the psionic power Bestow Power transfers PP from one character to another, though some are lost in the process. Empathic Transfer does the same thing for Hit Points.
  • Metamorphosis Alpha, Dragon magazine #6 article "An Alternate Beginning Sequence For Metamorphosis: Alpha". One of the new mutations was Resurrection Talent, which allowed the mutant to bring a dead character back to life by giving them some of the mutant's Hit Points. The mutant could heal back the lost hit points normally.
  • In Exalted, the Solar Exalted (and their twisted demonic offshoots the Green Sun Princes) have charms that allow essence donation. The Twilight and Defiler Castes specialize in these charms.

[[folder:Video Games]]
  • The eponymous Super Metroid displays the ability to transfer energy it has absorbed to Samus in order to heal her.
  • Final Fantasy series:
    • The Sacrifice/Transfusion/Pep Up ability allows the user to sacrifice all of their health and MP to give to another party member.
    • In Final Fantasy X a character can transfer their Overdrive bar to another (Yuna's Overdrive is to summon an Aeon with a full Overdrive bar).
  • Warcraft III: The Siphon Mana ability drains mana from enemies, but can be used to give it to an ally. The Spirit Touch is a much slower multi-unit spell.
  • In Breath of Fire 3 and 4, the Transfer skill transfers MP from one character to another. Oddly, it's possible to reduce the MP cost of this skill to zero, effectively turning it into mana from nowhere.
  • Near the beggining of Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Tyrell is rendered unconcious by a Psyenergy Vortex draining all his energy, and has to be revived by the other characters transfering some of theirs to him.
  • The "Bequeath" ability in the little-known browser RPG Ankhet sends a player of one's choice a small amount of "anima", the metaphysical energy that fuels one's actions in the game world.

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