Created By: somerandomdude on February 16, 2012 Last Edited By: somerandomdude on February 16, 2012

Faith Healing

Healing magic being religious in nature.

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Do We Have This One?? I've seen a lot of tropes that play off the concept but never a trope about this concept in general. Also might need a better title to avoid confusion with actual real life faith healing.

As we all know, Religion Is Magic. In many cases, it's a particular type of a magic: healing magic.

Whether or not religion can provide offensive powers as well, healing magic is almost always religious in nature. Whether it's God, a specific god in a pantheon, the ancestors, or nature itself, if you want to patch this guy up, someone had better be connected with The Powers That Be. This is often extended to priests being the only or primary users of healing magic.

Please note that, for something to qualify, it must meet these two criteria:
  • This has to be healing magic, not just men of the clergy being medics as well.
  • Religion must be the only or primary way to use healing magic. If it's one of many sources, it doesn't count.

Seen It a Million Times


  • All classes in World of Warcraft capable of healing (Priest, Paladin, Shaman, Druid, and soon-to-be Monk) are religious in nature. In addition, the Draenei's racial ability, Gift of the Naaru, is granted because of the species' deep religious faith.
Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • February 16, 2012
    • Possible Trope Codifier: Dungeons And Dragons, as of third edition the only basic class capable of healing magic that isn't a Divine spellcaster is Bard. Good-aligned Clerics practically specialize in it given their ability to swap a prepared spell for any Cure spell of the same level.
  • February 16, 2012
    Someone is already working on a similar trope idea here. I think these efforts seem to be partially duplicating each other.
  • February 16, 2012
    No, it doesn't. That is about healing magic being hard. This is about healing magic coming from religious sources.
  • February 16, 2012
    ^ There is a considerable overlap indeed. In my YKTTW, the reasoning goes that healing magic is hard, so it is limited to gods and their servants. This could be a separate trope if limitation of healing magic to gods and priests stems from other reason than difficulty, e.g. that life is a special power that only gods can imbue.