Created By: zarpaulus on September 10, 2013 Last Edited By: zarpaulus on September 27, 2013
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Healing Vat

A big tank of fluid that heals people.

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In many science-fiction works people can recover from practically any injury after being immersed in a tank full of some kind of liquid Applied Phlebotinum that makes them heal with shocking speed.

Subtrope of both Auto Doc and People Jars. Related to Panacea and Healing Potion. May involve Nano Machines.

Anime and Manga
  • These are used in Dragon Ball by Frieza's minions.
  • These kind of devices appear on the Birdy the Mighty franchise (and considering that the titular protagonist is prone to get into fights as befits her Superhero status, she ends up using them rather often).

Comic Books
  • In the Batman mythos, Ras al'Ghul has a place called the Lazarus Pit that regenerates and rejuvenates him. (It also causes temporary insanity...)
  • The obscure Marvel Comics vigilante/ Spider-Man villain, Solo heals himself after getting wounded in battle by bathing in a weird tank of green fluid.

Film
  • Star Wars has bacta tanks, using the universal regenerative fluid containing some sort of microbe. Most famously used with Luke in The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Such tanks are used in Starship Troopers to heal wounded soldiers, such as when Rico gets his thigh bitten through by a bug.
  • In Wanted they use vats filled with paraffin wax. It's said to "stimulate white bloodcells and speeds up the process". Wounds that normaly takes days to heal do so in hours.

Literature
  • In the Paradox series the Chatcaava use a sort of gel to recover from wounds sustained in duels. Alliance ambassador Lisinthir spends a few days in a tank full of it after one fight with the emperor (who had to have his digestive tract re-inserted and was back on his feet that evening.)
  • These show up in the Tour of the Merrimack novels
  • Used in Orson Scott Card's novel Hot Sleep (it's an inversion of the cold sleep trope, not a sexual reference) when the protagonist is being healed/reconstructed after "proving he's a survivor".

Tabletop Games
  • Eclipse Phase has healing vats, one of the first uses of nanotechnology. Given a few days they can regenerate limbs, and given a few weeks can grant a severed head a new body.

Video Games

Webcomics
  • Played with in Sluggy Freelance, a strip after Torg gets hit with a load of "sleep chaff" shows him in what looks like a bacta tank, then Riff states that it's actually a "bactine" tank and the only reason they can't hear him screaming is the breath mask.
  • When Spinnerette's powers are going critical she wakes up in one of these in Dr. Universe's lab, and smashes it open in a panic. Causing Universe to wonder about the practicality of such things.
  • Most cloning rigs in Schlock Mercenary are giant tanks of water with Nano Machines that rebuild the patient's missing parts, which tend to be everything but the head.
  • In the alien-related continuities of the Walkyverse, Martian resurrection technology consists of a tank in which a corpse is kept, which when plugged into the device causes it to regenerate fully and then return to life.
  • Ballerina Mafia shows Joel making frequent use of a Nanobot healing tube.
Community Feedback Replies: 41
  • September 10, 2013
    KTera
  • September 10, 2013
    arbiter099
    What's in these tanks? Why some sort of healing jelly of course.
  • September 10, 2013
    eowynjedi
    Technically the ones in Knights of the Old Republic are kolto, not bacta (although they are functionally the same thing). There's also a subplot in KOTOR I: the player has to stay very within the law on Manaan (as in, you can barely even talk back to the Sith who are trying to provoke you) or the government will stop trading kolto with the Republic.
  • September 10, 2013
    Generality
    These are used in Dragonball by Frieza's minions.
  • September 10, 2013
    Koveras
    I Thought It Meant a Stone Wall who doubles as the Combat Medic. :D

    • Such tanks are used in Starship Troopers to heal wounded soldiers, such as when Rico gets his thigh bitten through by a bug.
  • September 10, 2013
    dvorak
    I suggest Medical Vat.

    Literature
  • September 11, 2013
    Arivne
    @zarpaulus: You might want to check the examples in Auto Doc and People Jars: some of them are this Sub Trope. Once it's launched you can move them over and add a Pot Hole to this trope to those tropes.
  • September 11, 2013
    m8e
    • In Wanted they use vats filled with paraffin wax. It's said to "stimulate white bloodcells and speeds up the process". Wounds that normaly takes days to heal do so in hours.
  • September 11, 2013
    Snicka
    ^^^^ That. I immediately thought of Paladins from World Of Warcraft, who wear heavy armor, use shields and have tons of hit points (thus are "tanks") and have healing powers.
  • September 11, 2013
    DAN004
    Even without the "tank" video game jargon, Healing Tank can refer to a regular tank full of either fluid or gas that is sprayed out as a means of healing.

    Suggesting Immersion Healing.
  • September 11, 2013
    DAN004
    Out of topic: Would a "healing damage-tanker" tropable? :P
  • September 11, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ It would I think, but it may be Too Rare To Trope. I cannot, off the bat, recall many games where the tank role would be combined with the healer, except via some form of dual-classing (which makes it more of a player trick than a trope). It would probably be unbalanced for a character whose function is to lose hit points to also have abilities to restore them.
  • September 11, 2013
    Melkior
    I remember seeing this trope in two sci-fi stories but I can only remember the name and author of one, offhand.

    Literature
    • Used in Orson Scott Card's novel Hot Sleep (it's an inversion of the cold sleep trope, not a sexual reference) when the protagonist is being healed/reconstructed after "proving he's a survivor".

    Maybe someone else remembers the title and author of the other story from a description: The Earth has discovered something called "Anomalous Physics" or AP for short. AP allows teleportation, but any portal larger than a specific size (slightly under 2 centimetres in diameter) tends to cause stars to go nova at random. Earth have detected another planet using AP and need to send emissaries to warn about the dangers. The emissaries have to be killed, their remains "squirted" through the portal and then reconstructed in tanks at the other end.
  • September 11, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • Shadow The Hedgehog has a few levels with tanks that can heal wounded soldiers. One level even has a mission that revolves around this.
  • September 11, 2013
    Generality
    ^^^ Guild Wars has healing tanks, through, yes, multiclassing. It's the only example I can think of, though.

    • In the alien-related continuities of the Walkyverse, Martian resurrection technology consists of a tank in which a corpse is kept, which when plugged into the device causes it to regenerate fully and then return to life.
  • September 12, 2013
    arbiter099
    ^ League Of Legends has at least 1 though Morrello hates the idea.
  • September 12, 2013
    JonnyB
    In the Batman mythos, Ras al'Ghul has a place called the Lazarus Pit that regenerates and rejuvenates him. (It also causes temporary insanity...)
  • September 13, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    These kind of devices appear on the Birdy The Mighty franchise (and considering that the titular protagonist is prone to get into fights as befits her Superhero status, she ends up using them rather often).
  • September 13, 2013
    m8e
    Related to Immortality Inducer.
  • September 13, 2013
    AP
    • The obscure Marvl Comics vigilante/ Spider Man villain, Solo heals himself after getting wounded in battle by bathing in a weird tank of green fluid.
  • September 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
  • September 13, 2013
    Generality
    ^^ I don't think it is related to Immortality Inducer, since these rarely last forever. Could be related to Panacea or Healing Potion, though.
  • September 13, 2013
    Earnest
    ^And potentially Nanomachines, depending on what exactly is doing the healing.
  • September 13, 2013
    Earnest
    Potential page pic. Source code:

    [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kylebacta_dfjk_2055.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:350:some caption text]]

    From the Star Wars comic Dark Forces: Rebel Agent.


  • September 14, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ as Chris Tucker would put it, "IT'S TOO DAMN BIG". something wide like in People Jars would be better.
  • September 15, 2013
    Snicka
    I still think the title is confusing (see discussion above). Maybe Healing Jar would be more expressive (as in People Jars)?
  • September 15, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Like.
  • September 15, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^^ How about Healing Vat, as used by a couple of examples.
  • September 15, 2013
    Generality
    Seconding Healing Vat.
  • September 19, 2013
    Little_BIG_Head
    Don't forget the Applied Phlebtonium in the trope description. EDIT: No idea why that isn't linking to the actual page.
  • September 19, 2013
    Generality
    ^ Because you misspelled it.
  • September 19, 2013
    Sandbylur
    ^^ It's spelled Applied Phlebotinum
  • September 20, 2013
    DAN004
    Add that picture plz.
  • September 20, 2013
    Chabal2
    Warhammer 40 K: Space Marines too horrifically wounded to continue fighting can be entombed in such a vat, which will then be inserted into a Dreadnought combat walker.
  • September 21, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^^ I think that pic is too big.

    ^ Dreadnoughts don't really heal so much as they keep one just barely alive enough to operate a walker through a Brain Computer Interface.
  • September 21, 2013
    xanderiskander
    maybe this image from dragonball would work? There's a few other images like that on the dragonball wikia that might be good as well.
  • September 22, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ That seems to be even bigger.
  • September 24, 2013
    Snicka
    The first suggested picture is good if you shrink it down, I think.
  • September 25, 2013
    zarpaulus
    ^ I don't really know how to handle pictures.
  • September 25, 2013
    Earnest
    Source code: [[quoteright:280:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kylebacta_7340.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:280:some caption text]]


  • September 27, 2013
    Tallens
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