Created By: MGmirkin on January 7, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on January 8, 2012
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Ki Donation

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So, our hero has done it. He has reached the Final Battle with the Omnicidal Maniac or the original, supreme evil of all universes and he has it by the short hairs. At long last, the threat will end and peace will reign supreme.

But wait, after mustering all his strength and then some (nevermind that despite the fact he can barely stand; he can still kick ass) our hero finds he is one point of Life Energy short of unleashing a sufficiently deadly Ki Superweapon to finish Big Bad off down to his last cell! "No-oo-ooo!!"

What's the Ultimate Warrior to do? Pack up and go home? Not an option! The world as we know it depends on the final defeat of the ultimate threat to all of existence!

Luckily, our Magnetic Hero has amassed a ragtag band of frenemies willing to lay down their lives to achieve the ultimate goal. Or, other people or creatures on the planet forget they're actually apathetic and decide they don't want to lay down and die just yet.

As a last ditch effort to avert the Apocalypse, our hero's friends (or the inhabitants of the world) donate their own Life Energy to the cause, thus enabling the final attack to succeed (bonus points if one of the hero's Five-Man Band makes the ultimate sacrifice). In a few instances, the hero is set to fail until The Cavalry arrives Just in Time for a last second Ki Donation.

However, the trope need not be so melodramatic. In some cases, Ki may be donated under less dire circumstances. The fate of the universe may not hang in the balance. The hero may just need a helping hand or a little push to pull off some trick. We all need a little help from our friends, now and again.

Though, another dire circumstance under which a Ki Donation might be made is to save a dying character by Throwing The Ki Lifesaver. That is to say, a major character is near death (usually due to a Heroic Sacrifice that used up nearly all of his Life Energy) and requires a donation from one or more others in order to survive. Often this will be done through a specific intermediary such as a mystical Combat Medic or Kung-Fu Wizard.

In nearly all cases the Ki must be given voluntarily, either by the hero calling for it or by others donating it. In general, the Life Energy is treated as a liquid asset.

This trope is related to Cast from Hit Points and is often either a substitute for or in addition to it, if it ends up being insufficient to deal with Big Bad. It may precipitate, accompany or stand in for a Heroic Second Wind.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Bleach -- Rengi donates part of his spirit energy to save a child whose soul was partially drained.
  • Dragon Ball Z -- The Spirit Bomb is a prime example of Ki Donation. Goku calls for nature and inhabitants of Earth to donate Ki for a final attack on Big Bad. In some cases, Goku or other major characters are brought back from near-death experiences with this technique.
  • Naruto -- Gaara was revived this way by Chiyo.
  • YuYu Hakusho -- Usuke was brought back from near-death by Kuwabara after nearly being killed by Suzaku.

Literature
  • Elric Of Melnibone -- In the Stormbringer novel, Elric lacks strength to blow the Horn of Fate the 3rd and final time. Moonglum volunteers to have Stormbringer kill him, which will give Elric enough Life Energy to get the job done.
Community Feedback Replies: 31
  • January 7, 2011
    Bisected8
    • 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 their's to him.
    • In the first filler arc of Bleach there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it subplot where Rengi saves a small child who had part of his soul drained by having some of his spirit energy transfused.
  • January 7, 2011
    MGmirkin
    Thanks! Haven't seen either yet, but they sound like good trope fodder... :)
  • January 8, 2011
    MGmirkin
    See also the proposed sub-trope:

    (Throwing The Ki Lifesaver) http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=swixlpz9eqdzrjfuj2zdvypk
  • January 8, 2011
    Bisected8
    Well Golden Sun's a game, not a show.
  • January 9, 2011
    MorganWick
    The title makes me think it's a pun on the word "kid". Dunno if that's prohibitive...

    Possibly related to All Your Powers Combined?
  • January 9, 2011
    Arivne
    Literature
    • Michael Moorcock's Elric Of Melnibone novel Stormbringer. Elric lacks the strength to blow the Horn of Fate the 3rd and final time. Moonglum volunteers to have Stormbringer kill him, which will give Elric enough Life Energy to do the job.
  • January 9, 2011
    MGmirkin
    @MorganWick: Or even All Your Colors Combined. Not precisely the same{?}, but certainly kissing cousins...
  • January 10, 2011
    TBeholder
    Liquid Assets / Empathic Healer currently include this, sort of, along with visible wounds and other stuff. I see how lifeforce can count as both mana and hit points, but unsure what splitting would be best.
  • January 16, 2011
    MGmirkin
    Added Empathic Healer as a comparison reference to Throwing The Ki Lifesaver (working title, though it may get shortened).

    Liquid Assets does seem related in many ways. Certainly Life Energy is one of those things that gets treated as a substance that can be drained or transferred... Added a mention of the fact that Life Energy is generally treated as a Liquid Asset.
  • April 23, 2011
    Octagon8
    bump
  • December 18, 2011
    Octagon8
    megabump
  • December 18, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    During one Magneto stories, X-men pool their energies into Bishop to give him a fighting chance.
  • December 18, 2011
    Stratadrake
    What's the definition? I can't see it beneath the Example As A Thesis.
  • December 18, 2011
    TechUnadept
    the "Bequeath" ability in the little-known browser RPG Ankhet sends a player of one's choice a small ammount of "anima", the metaphysical energy that fuels one's actions in the game world.
  • December 19, 2011
    Ryuuma
    I've the odd feeling that we already have this one...
  • December 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    I suggest you change the third paragraph so as not to use the term "ultimate warrior," even though it's potholed to Super Mode, since we have an article on the Ultimate Warrior and he has nothing to do with this.
  • December 19, 2011
    IMpish
    Dungeons And Dragons: If there are multiple monks in a party(or any other ki using classes) then they can donate some for the other player to use.

    Problem Sleuth: This goes on so often during the final boss, it sometimes seems like the author decided that boons are the only attacks our hard-broiled detectives have.

    Homestuck: When Jade finally reaches gets her server, it is revealed that the kids can give each other building materials, albeit at a very slow rate. This allows Dave to actually start building at a time when he had no source of grist and they were finally unlocking higher tiered tools.
  • December 21, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Dungeons And Dragons
      • 1st Edition psionics. Two or more characters with psionic abilities could link their minds together. While so linked they could donate psionic strength points to the strongest member of the group, who could then use them in psionic combat.
  • December 21, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • World Of Warcraft - The warlock class can funnel health to their pets at the expense of their own health. This allows them to keep a tank pet alive while they safely stay behind. It goes both ways. They can sacrifice one of their pets to gain a health boost in case they aggro and they want to get away.
  • December 21, 2011
    Loquacia
    Happens in Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door. The evil shadow queen is pretty much invincible, so the citizens of the world that Mario has visited send him their best through the crystal stars, and he gets renewed power to defeat the ultimate enemy.
  • December 21, 2011
    Loquacia
    • Subverted by Full Metal Alchemist. The whole nation of Xerxes is absorbed to create The Philosopher's Stone. The same is being planned for another country.
  • December 21, 2011
    Sligh
    Various Saint Seiya arch ending battles included this. The other bronze saints would give their cosmos to Pegasus Seiya, of course.
  • December 22, 2011
    moocow1452
    Wait, how is this not the Spirit Bomb applied to combat?
  • December 22, 2011
    Sligh
    ^^^^^ It's related, but it's by no means the same. It does not have to explode and it does not have to even be usefull in combat (although it generally will be).
  • December 22, 2011
    Chabal2
    • Warcraft 3: The Blood Mage's Mana Drain does just that if targeting an enemy. If targeting an allied unit, it pumps the unit full of the Blood Mage's mana.
    • Reaper Man: Miss Flitworth gives her own time (shortening her lifespan) so the now-mortal Death can keep fighting the new Death.
  • December 22, 2011
    Dawnwing
    Maybe change the name? I have no idea what "Ki" is, and even after reading it I'm not sure if "Ki" means life energy, or what.
  • December 23, 2011
    Arivne
  • December 23, 2011
    hevendor717
    In the Tales Of Symphonia games, Regal can use spells like "Chi Healer" and "Grand Healer" to restore party members' HP.
  • January 8, 2012
    surgoshan
  • January 8, 2012
    sxizzor
    Another World of Warcraft example: the Emerald Drake's Health Funnel in the Oculus dungeon.

    In the eight Pokemon movie, Ash adds his aura to Lucario's to help Lucario heal the World Tree.
  • January 8, 2012
    ChaoticNovelist
    It sounds like Combined Energy Attack, but like the name implies, its an attack. This sounds like it could be a supertrope for that and other events where characters pool energy.
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