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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. 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.

[[folder: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.


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