Created By: Prime32 on December 6, 2012 Last Edited By: updownbanana on July 25, 2016

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. Giving a muggle such energy may either have no effect, or make them able to perform some magic feats temporarily.

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 "With Our Swords" Scene, 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.

Examples

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    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 Super Saiyan allies (and Pan) restoring him to full strength by standing around him for a few minutes and letting him absorb the energy released by their Battle Auras. A near-identical process was used in Dragonball Super (and its predecessor Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods), to grant Goku access to the Super Saiyan God transformation.
  • 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.
  • Digimon
    • In one of the movies the hope and strength of the children around the world (conveyed via instant message boxes, long story) allow the severly wounded Wargreymon and Metalgarurumon to merge into Omnimon.

    Comic Books 
  • Galactus gives his Heralds a minuscule portion of his life energy in order for them to be able to traverse space to find planets for him to eat. Silver Surfer is the first of the heralds.
  • Marvel Comics' Secret Wars has Doctor Doom wrest the godlike powers away from the Beyonder, then gives Earth's heroes an ultimatum: leave Doom alone, and Doom will leave the heroes alone. Interfere with Doom, and Doom will eradicate the heroes in one fell swoop. Deciding that Doom cannot be trusted, the heroes launch an assault on the Tower of Doom. Doom, not wanting to loose tremendous power that he so recently acquired, donates some to The Dragon Klaw. Klaw is sent to thwart the heroes while Doom attempts to steady his thoughts and keep his awesome power bottled.
  • Marvel Comics: Superheroes Cloak & Dagger did this all the time. Cloak had darkness powers that he had to feed with energy in order to survive. Dagger produced daggers of light and had to periodically emit them to keep from losing control. They had a symbiotic relationship with Dagger feeding Cloak her excess energy.

    Fanfic 
  • In the Star Wars fic Important Information, Han Solo is captured and brutally tortured. By the time Luke, Leia and Chewbacca arrive to rescue him, he's near death, and Luke lends Han his energy through the Force to try and keep him alive until they can get him to safety and medical help. It helps, though he still briefly dies in Leia's arms in the process.
  • Another Star Wars fic The Princess And The Pirate has Leia giving Han a Force energy jolt to give him strength to keep moving as they try to get to safety after he's been badly beaten.

    Literature 
  • 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.
  • In Log Horizon, protagonist Shiroe is an Enchanter, a class focused exclusively on support, and his playstyle makes heavy use of abilities which reallocate Mana between party members as needed.
  • In The Salvation War, angelic choirs work by synchronizing their minds with music in order to donate energy to one leader, who uses it to work magic. Not that they know that's how it works...
  • This is done frequently in the Inheritance Cycle, as the link between a person and a dragon allows for free transfer of energy between the two. This is often used to cast spells more powerful than the person could handle, or to give someone more energy when they become exhausted.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe elaborates that one Force user can lend energy to another Force user to increase the recipient's strength and stamina in battle or help keep them alive longer when badly injured.

    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.
  • In the Doctor Who episode Let's Kill Hitler, River Song transmits her regeneration energy into the Doctor to stop him from dying.
    • In "The Angels Take Manhattan" the Doctor uses some of his regeneration energy to heal River Song's broken wrist. She complains at his waste of energy.

    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.
  • Shadowrun supplement The Grimoire. Metahumans receive Good Karma (a form of Experience Points) and can donate it to free spirits. The spirits turn the Good Karma into Spirit Energy and use it to increase their Force, so they accept it as a form of payment.
  • In Nomine. Celestial beings use Essence as a power source, to accomplish everything from fueling Songs to temporarily increasing their skills. They can freely give Essence to each other, and often use it as a form of currency.

    Toys 
  • BIONICLE: The Toa Metru encounter an injured Graalok Ash Bear on their way back to Metru Nui. They donate a portion of their energy to heal the Rahi before continuing on.

    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.
  • Elsword: Tactical Trooper (one of Chung's classes)' skill Tactical Field is a Field Power Effect skill that gives MP to himself and allies over its radius, as well as giving them increased defense.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Fate/stay night, transferring power from one person to another becomes important in all three routes. Usually this takes the form of magical energy or "mana", but can also involve things like the transfer of command seals or a mage's family crest. In the original eroge version of the visual novel, this is most effectively accomplished through a ritual involving sexual intercourse, but the Bleached Underpants adaptations replace actual sex with various sexual metaphors.
    • In the Fate route, Saber's improper summoning means that she does not automatically draw on her masters' mana like a servant is supposed to. Since servants consume magical energy to fight and even just to exist, Rin has to devise a way for Shirou to give his magical energy to Saber before she fades away.
    • In Unlimited Blade Works, Shirou unlocks a powerful combat ability but has neither the magic circuits nor mana reserves to keep it up against Gilgamesh. Therefore, Rin has to transfer some of her capacity to him before the big showdown.
    • In Heaven's Feel, Sakura has a parasite called a crest worm in her body that drains her energy, seriously threatening her health and causing her to intensely hunger for a source of mana. Shirou voluntarily lets her feed off his energy, appreciating the chance to get closer to her, although he feels increasingly drained after each session. The Epilogue of the Good End reverses this dynamic, since Sakura has begun producing a surplus of energy and has to transfer it to Shirou in order to keep in balance.
  • In Fire Emblem Elibe, Nils and Ninian could transfer their energy to each other. This is when you gain control of them, they would share the same stats that they had early and it is build up from there. Note that when in the endgame and you get Ninian back (which cannot be seen except for the multiplayer), she would have the base stats (stats that the unit may start with).

    Web Comic 
  • In the first arc of The Dragon Doctors Goro's strength was drained (and their gender changed) making her much weaker than he had been. Eventually she became so weak as to require a strength donation.
  • In Middleways Joshua has the power of manipulating Amrit, the Life Energy that everyone in Middleways needs. Energy donation is one of the applications of that power—he once saved the life of a patrolmate by donating some to him after the guy got hit with an amrit-draining empty zergball.

    Western Animation 
  • An episode of Jackie Chan Adventures features the cast fighting a Chinese Vampire who drains the chi from one character after another, which leaves them comatose and will eventually turn them into his undead minions. As a stopgap measure Uncle transfuses the victim with chi from another person, which has the side effect of giving the recipient some of their personality traits.
  • In X-Men, after Jean Grey is purged of the Dark Phoenix, the team is told that one of them must give up their own life in order for her to live. Instead they Take a Third Option by having everyone donate a portion of the Life Energy required.
  • Filmation's The New Adventures of Superman has the episode "The Pernicious Parasite" in which an industrial burglar develops the ability to absorb the life force of anyone he contacts. His victims wither and age rapidly. At first, Superman is stymied how to defeat this villain without increasing his power. Ultimately, Superman gets his adversary in a clench, transferring oodles of his super strength into his foe. It's more than a human body can safely store, and the villain slowly dissolves into a waning sunburst.


Community Feedback Replies: 47
  • December 6, 2012
    StarSword
    [[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.
  • December 6, 2012
    chicagomel
    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.
  • December 6, 2012
    WaxingName
    Video Games
    • The ability Sacrifice/Transfusion/Pep Up in the Final Fantasy series allows the user to sacrifice all of their health and MP to give to another party member.
  • December 6, 2012
    MorganWick
    In Hero Clix, at least originally, the X-Men and Teen Titans team abilities allowed a team member to heal at least one click, if an adjacent team member was damaged one click.
  • December 6, 2012
    Koveras
    IIRC the spell in Lyrical Nanoha to transfer mana between two mages is called Divide Energy.
  • December 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • 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.
  • December 7, 2012
    Arivne
    This trope has been on YKTTW previously as "Ki Donation". You can mine it for examples and text.
  • December 7, 2012
    Chabal2
    • 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.
    • 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).
  • December 8, 2012
    m8e
    Please discard "Ki Donation" when you have mined it.
  • December 11, 2012
    Antigone3
    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.
  • December 15, 2012
    Mauri
    Mmm interesting idea here...

    Video Game example:
    • Breath of Fire : During 3 and 4 there is a skill that is called Transfer that does exactly this. Only it is based on the MP donation instead of HP donation... however if used with the items that reduce the cost on the user itself... free mp refill (which is useful in 3).
  • December 15, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    I added Exalted and fixed the formatting. The indentation was wrong and the examples should always be in folders.
  • December 15, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime

    • Street Fighter II: V: Ryu does this for Ken, during their showdown with Bison, by using a portion of his ki to heal Ken, which enabled him to stand long enough to launch one last attack before collapsing; leaving Ryu to handle the remainder of the fight on his own.
  • December 15, 2012
    KZN02
    BIONICLE: The Toa Metru encounter an injured Graalok Ash Bear on their way back to Metru Nui. They donate a portion of their energy to heal the Rahi before continuing on.
  • December 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of Supernatural Bobby gets caught up in a poker game with a demon where years of life are the stakes. After Bobby loses big time Dean steps in to win Bobby's life back, going double-or-nothing against the demon. After getting the chips in exchange for 20 years of life the first thing Dean does is cash out half of his chips, essentially giving 10 years of his life to Bobby.
  • February 9, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Television example: In the Doctor Who episode Let's Kill Hitler, River Song transmits her regeneration energy into the Doctor to stop him dying.

    (Submitted by 1810072342, edited by Random Surfer to fix the spoiler tag.)
  • February 9, 2013
    1810072342
    That Doctor Who one should have had a spoiler tag for the bit in square brackets. Oops.
  • February 3, 2016
    DAN004
    Grabbing this.
  • February 3, 2016
    DAN004
    How come that this draft goes up without anyone (before me) bumping this?
  • February 3, 2016
    haygahr
    Is this related to Touched by Vorlons? Because there's no specification if the Energy Donation is a temporary or permanent power up.
  • February 3, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ it may lead to Touched By Vorlons, but for more than half the time, it's temporary. TBV's focus is on how one acquires superpowers while this describes how you can give your energy to someone.
  • February 4, 2016
    updownbanana
    • This is done frequently in the Inheritance Cycle, as the link between a person and a dragon allows for free transfer of energy between the two. This is often used to cast spells more powerful than the person could handle, or to give someone more energy when they become exhausted.
  • February 4, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Comic Books
    • Marvel Comics' Secret Wars has Doctor Doom wrest the godlike powers away from the Beyonder, then gives Earth's heroes an ultimatum: leave Doom alone, and Doom will leave the heroes alone. Interfere with Doom, and Doom will eradicate the heroes in one fell swoop. Deciding that Doom cannot be trusted, the heroes launch an assault on the Tower of Doom. Doom, not wanting to loose tremendous power that he so recently acquired, donates some to The Dragon Klaw. Klaw is sent to thwart the heroes while Doom attempts to steady his thoughts and keep his awesome power bottled.
  • February 4, 2016
    Prime32
    Related to With Our Swords Scene, come to think of it.
  • February 4, 2016
    randomsurfer
    Comic Books: Galactus gives his Heralds a minuscule portion of his life energy in order for them to be able to traverse space to find planets for him to eat. Silver Surfer is the first of the heralds.
  • February 4, 2016
    dalek955
  • February 4, 2016
    zarpaulus
    • In the first arc of The Dragon Doctors Goro's strength was drained (and their gender changed) making her much weaker than he had been. Eventually she became so weak as to require a strength donation.
  • February 4, 2016
    DAN004
    I'd like video game examples about support spells that gives mp to allies.

    Well I have one:
    • El Sword: Tactical Trooper (one of Chung's classes)' skill Tactical Field is a Field Power Effect skill that gives MP to himself and allies over its radius, as well as giving them increased defense.
  • February 4, 2016
    TheBigBopper
    Visual Novels:

    In Fate Stay Night, transferring power from one person to another becomes important in all three routes. Usually this takes the form of magical energy or "mana", but can also involve things like the transfer of command seals or a mage's family crest. In the original eroge version of the visual novel, this is most effectively accomplished through a ritual involving sexual intercourse, but the Bleached Underpants adaptations replace actual sex with various sexual metaphors.
    • In the Fate route, Saber's improper summoning means that she does not automatically draw on her masters' mana like a servant is supposed to. Since servants consume magical energy to fight and even just to exist, Rin has to devise a way for Shirou to give his magical energy to Saber before she fades away.
    • In Unlimited Blade Works, Shirou unlocks a powerful combat ability but has neither the magic circuits nor mana reserves to keep it up against Gilgamesh. Therefore, Rin has to transfer some of her capacity to him before the big showdown.
    • In Heaven's Feel, Sakura has a parasite called a crest worm in her body that drains her energy, seriously threatening her health and causing her to intensely hunger for a source of mana. Shirou voluntarily lets her feed off his energy, appreciating the chance to get closer to her, although he feels increasingly drained after each session. The Epilogue of the Good End reverses this dynamic, since Sakura has begun producing a surplus of energy and has to transfer it to Shirou in order to keep in balance.
  • February 5, 2016
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Shadowrun supplement The Grimoire. Metahumans receive Good Karma (a form of Experience Points) and can donate it to free spirits. The spirits turn the Good Karma into Spirit Energy and use it to increase their Force, so they accept it as a form of payment.
    • In Nomine. Celestial beings use Essence as a power source, to accomplish everything from fueling Songs to temporarily increasing their skills. They can freely give Essence to each other, and often use it as a form of currency.
  • February 5, 2016
    DAN004
    Uh, Prime, you there?
  • February 5, 2016
    TheBigBopper
    I wonder why the spoiler part of my Fate/Stay night entry ended up in bold. I didn't think that I put quotes in there.
  • February 5, 2016
    Prime32
    ^^ I'm here. Feel free to launch it if you think it's ready.
  • February 5, 2016
    dalek955
    • In Middleways Joshua has the power of manipulating Amrit, the Life Energy that everyone in Middleways needs. Energy donation is one of the applications of that power—he once saved the life of a patrolmate by donating some to him after the guy got hit with an amrit-draining empty zergball.
  • February 5, 2016
    oneuglybunny
    Western Animation
    • Filmation's The New Adventures Of Superman has the episode "The Pernicious Parasite" in which an industrial burglar develops the ability to absorb the life force of anyone he contacts. His victims wither and age rapidly. At first, Superman is stymied how to defeat this villain without increasing his power. Ultimately, Superman gets his adversary in a clench, transferring oodles of his super strength into his foe. It's more than a human body can safely store, and the villain slowly dissolves into a waning sunburst.
  • February 5, 2016
    JoeG
    • Marvel Comics: Superheroes Cloak & Dagger did this all the time. Cloak had darkness powers that he had to feed with energy in order to survive. Dagger produced daggers of light and had to periodically emit them to keep from losing control. They had a symbiotic relationship with Dagger feeding Cloak her excess energy.
  • February 5, 2016
    DAN004
    I wonder what the indices would be.
  • February 5, 2016
    chicagomel
    Fan Works: In the Star Wars fic Important Information, Han Solo is captured and brutally tortured. By the time Luke, Leia and Chewbacca arrive to rescue him, he's near death, and Luke lends Han his energy through the Force to try and keep him alive until they can get him to safety and medical help. It helps, though he still briefly dies in Leia's arms in the process.
    • The fic The Princess And The Pirate has Leia giving Han a Force energy jolt to give him strength to keep moving as they try to get to safety after he's been badly beaten.

    The Star Wars Expanded Universe has this sort of thing, if I recall correctly...one Force user can lend energy to another Force user to increase the recipient's strength and stamina in battle or help keep them alive longer when badly injured.
  • February 5, 2016
    Prime32
  • February 5, 2016
    mariovsonic999
    Hope this could be understandable.

    In Fire Emblem Elibe, Nils and Ninian could transfer their energy to each other. This is when you gain control of them, they would share the same stats that they had early and it is build up from there. Note that when in the endgame and you get Ninian back (which cannot be seen except for the multiplayer), she would have the base stats (stats that the unit may start with).
  • February 6, 2016
    NateTheGreat
    A few Digimon examples:
    • In one of the movies the wounded Omnimon gives his energy to Imperialdramon Fighter Mode, enabling him to upgrade (a "mode change") to Paladin Mode.
    • In Digimon Tamers the artificial Digimon (long story) Grani is dying, so he gives his energy to Gallantmon to enable him to upgrade to Crimson Mode.
    • In another of the movies the hope and strength of the children around the world (conveyed via instant message boxes, long story) allow the severly wounded Wargreymon and Metalgarurumon to merge into Omnimon.
    • In Digimon Frontier the Unified Spirit Evolution allows a few of the Digidestined to transfer the energy of the Spirits that they've collected to another, allowing them to Unified Spirit Evolution into Emperorgreymon and Magnagarurumon.
  • February 6, 2016
    randomsurfer
    Another Doctor Who
    • In "The Angels Take Manhattan" the Doctor uses some of his regeneration energy to heal River Song's broken wrist. She complains at his waste of energy.
  • February 6, 2016
    Prime32
    ^^ Grani is a case of Bequeathed Power. Possibly Paladin Mode too; I forget the circumstances there.
  • February 7, 2016
    DAN004
    ^^^ And the Digimon Frontier one is Fusion Dance. The Omnimon one is also Fusion Dance but it's powered from an external source, which counts here.
  • March 21, 2016
    updownbanana
    Fixed the Literature folder by adding an end to the Fanfic folder.
  • July 25, 2016
    DAN004
    Bump
  • July 25, 2016
    Chabal2
    Dawn Of War: Soulstorm: One Sisters of Battle upgrade lets their units generate Faith (a global resource used by several units) when they die.

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