Do We Have This One?
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
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
a ragtag band
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
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.
- Elric of Melniboné -- 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.