You've just run out of your source of {{magic|AndPowers}}, whether it's [[{{Mana}} Magic Points]] or other {{Phlebotinum}}, and you desperately need to cast a spell to save the day. What do you do? Spend your own LifeEnergy on the spell in place of whatever would normally power it. The spell is then Cast From HitPoints.

The cost of the life energy thus expended will vary. In extreme cases, a spell cast from HP may cost the caster their life, resulting in a HeroicSacrifice; this is often done for the purpose of TakingYouWithMe. When done by multiple casters at once, this qualifies as a CombinedEnergyAttack. Lesser versions may result in [[CastFromLifespan a decreased lifespan]], which is typically given in round numbers such as years. Whether this is cut from physical longevity or some kind of cosmic clock depends on the series. At its mildest, casting from HP leads to immediate physical effects such as fatigue or a PsychicNosebleed. Casting from hitpoints in a way that causes irreversible/cumulative damage to the caster is PowerDegeneration, while fueling a SuperMode from hitpoints is a HeroicRROD.

The effects of this on the magic itself vary as well. A spell cast from HP may work normally, but more often than not [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality the plot demands]] that the use of life itself must amplify the effect dramatically. If done well, this may represent the caster's CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

Some fantasy settings have this as their standard system of magic. In those cases, the process will typically exact a price significantly less than the life of the caster. Particularly common in settings featuring magic which has limits and obeys [[MagicAIsMagicA scientific]] (or [[{{Handwave}} pseudo]]-[[AppliedPhlebotinum scientific]]) principles to some degree. A common form of the DangerousForbiddenTechnique if the [[PowerAtAPrice costs]] are [[TheDarkArts exceptionally steep.]]

Not every spell used for TakingYouWithMe involves casting from HP. A parting shot may hurt the caster, but unless it is the act of casting that does this, it doesn't qualify as casting from HP. Usually you can be healed after casting from HP -- when there is no way to recover at all from the loss, it's CastFromLifespan instead. When the sacrifice is of mental rather than physical health, see WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. A revival spell that harms the caster likely falls into SacrificialRevivalSpell.

Compare LivingBattery. Polar opposite of ManaShield.

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* The Caster's [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique three most powerful shells]] in ''OutlawStar'', [[FourIsDeath #4]], [[OneHundredAndEight #9]] and [[ThirteenIsUnlucky #13]], work at the cost of the user's life force. Firing two will leave the user winded, and a third will bring them near death. "Just like, you know..." [[spoiler:Gene fires four in a short period of time.]]
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'' and ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the line between ordinary attacks, Cast from Hit Points, and CastFromLifespan is blurry; characters use their ki to fire attacks, which is roughly analogous to their fighting power. Energy attacks can cause a huge exertion on the user's body, leaving them out of breath or weakened.
** Tenshinhan's Tri Beam (and Neo Tri Beam) draws on his life force to attack with, something that inherently adds to an attack's potency, as shown by its effect on Cell. In a straight fight, Tenshinhan's power was nothing compared to Cell's, but by using his Tri Beam, Tenshinhan was able to [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome hold off Cell]] long enough for 18 to escape, but then collapsed from the exertion.
** The [[SealedEvilInACan Mafuba/Evil Containment Wave]] was initially stated to be so taxing as to kill the user without fail, and indeed both Mutaito and Roshi die after they use it. If it actually ''always'' kills the user is somewhat unclear: in the anime Tien uses it against Drum (having aimed for Piccolo) and survives[[note]]Although it failed at the last second because Piccolo destroyed his jar, Roshi missing the jar didn't keep him from dying[[/note]]. Both the anime and manga have Kami using the wave on Piccolo Jr., which he survives even though Piccolo reversed it on him; he even stated beforehand that it provided a way to stop Piccolo without killing him, [[CantLiveWithoutYou which would also kill himself.]] Both of these suggest that a significantly strong body could survive without long-term consequence, there just wasn't anyone known to be strong enough before then.
** Goku's Kamehameha also seems to draw on his energy reserves a lot, as shown in his fight with Perfect Cell; after blowing Cell to pieces with the attack, Goku's power level dropped dramatically.
** Goku's transformation into a Super Saiyan 3 also serves to do this; the physical strain on his body of maintaining the state and using energy attacks whilst in it is enough to drain him of all his energy in a very short time.
** In the games, though, energy attacks are derived from an external Ki meter separate to health, with few exceptions.
*** In the ''Budokai'' games, the Tri Beams are one of those exceptions. The Neo Tri Beam in ''3'' has two different versions: if done correctly, it drains very little from Tien, but if done ''in''correctly, he replays the end of the Cell battle and collapses, most of his health gone.
** ''Dragon Ball Z: Hyper Dimension'' differs from other DBZ fighting games in that instead of having a Ki meter, special attacks drain the player's health. Conversely, charging up can heal you.
* Somewhat related: in the manga version of ''{{Pretear}}'', the Leafe Knights' ElementalPowers are connected to their own Leafe (LifeEnergy); overusing these powers drains their Leafe, regardless whether the attacks are performed by the Knights themselves or by Himeno when she [[FusionDance merges with them]]. [[spoiler:In the backstory, three of them died from overusing their powers in order to seal Takako, and were reborn; Shin, the youngest of them, dies for the ''second'' time after Himeno merges with him.]]
** In the anime, [[spoiler:to seal the Tree of Despair, Himeno overloads it with her own Leafe and dies in the process. Only Hayate's TrueLovesKiss can bring her back.]]
* In the game of Monster World (a made up tabletop RPG) in ''Manga/YuGiOh'', Bakura (a white magician) converted his hit points to magic points to keep up a magic barrier when Zorc was blasting them.
** This is also the main rule in the Ancient Egyptian precursor to the Magic & Wizards/Duel Monsters game; Monster Spirits are summoned by sacrificing Ba (life force) instead of the modern life points system. Damage is also taken by decreasing the life force of the duelist, implying that a defeated duelist dies. See the "Card Games" section below for use of this tactic during the card game duels.
** Dark Bakura's second tabletop RPG (Memory World, the Shadow RPG), which is based on the Ancient Egyptian Kingdom that played the above game (as well as the events), employs this for all the character cards. When a character uses his/her Ba to empower/summon a Monster Spirit or gets damaged, it decreases their HitPoints.
* Yusuke Urameshi of ''YuYuHakusho'' funnels his life energy into a last-ditch assault on at least one occasion. The strain leaves him unconscious and on the verge of (another) death.
** Kuwabara does the same.
** Kurama attempts a HeroicSacrifice during the dark tournament using this trope. When he (just barely) survives, he discovers the magic fruit he's been using to temporarily become Yoko Kurama has been wearing off faster because Yoko Kurama's power is bleeding into his own.
** While first using it caused severe burns on the arm he cast the attack with, Hiei's merging with the Dragon of the Darkness Flame causes him to pass out for several days.
* This is how the original Shuffle Alliance defeat Devil Gundam Form II in ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', at the cost of their own lives. The main characters later learn the same technique, but manage to pull it off without dying, possibly by virtue of being much younger and healthier than their aging predecessors.
* NatsumeYuujinchou -- Whenever Natsume frees a Youkai from his late grandmother's (and his own) servitude, it has a physically draining effect.
* Sakura in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' is physically drained by the effort of converting a Clow Card into a Sakura Card. When she learns that the cards will die unless they are converted, she attempts to convert six of them all at one time, half-killing herself in the process.
* Some spells in ''{{Slayers}}'' can be so powerful that they draw upon the user's life force when cast -- the best example is the Incomplete Giga Slave, which temporarily bleaches Lina Inverse's hair white after she casts it. [[AllThereInTheManual The novels]] explicitly state that one of the defining attributes of a spellcaster is a high amount of stamina, as casting spells physically drains a person. When the setting was adapted as a RolePlayingGame, firstly under the ''TabletopGame/BigEyesSmallMouth'' umbrella and then under the [[Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons D20]] umbrella, casting spells would cost health.
** In the RPG, it normally costs nonlethal hit points (fatigue), but taking lethal drain is also an option.
* In FushigiYuugi, Mitsukake can only use his HealingHands once a day because of this. [[spoiler:When he overdoes it towards the end, he dies]].
* ''ShakuganNoShana'' has this in Yuji. As a Torch, he's technically already dead, and, under ordinary circumstances, would inevitably be doomed to burn out and fade from existence. However, he's also a Mystes, and happens to have the artifact Reiji Maigo sealed within him, which replenishes his power of existence every midnight. As such, as long as he doesn't use up all of his existence in a day, he can lend his power to Shana, and, later, cast his own unrestricted spells, using his very existence.
* In ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', Usagi's [[DeusExMachina Silver Crystal]] worked this way for dramatic tension; it's explicitly commented on in two movies, specifically her (temporary) death after using it while already exhausted in the first movie. It is also heavily implied in the backstory Queen Serenity died from strain of using it. In the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], Usagi's ability to have the senshi safely boost her power may explain why its use decreases later in the series.
** While the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] version seems more powerful and less dangerous to use, late in the manga, Sailor Moon's (temporarily) ''entire body disintegrated completely'' from its use.
** Played with in ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', where the audience assumes this rule for why Usagi shouldn't use her crystal. We later find out [[spoiler:the object is dangerously neutral in regards to reacting to Usagi's emotions, and Beryl rightfully points out Sailor Moon could end up ''killing everyone else''.]]
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' gives one of these to Nanoha in the third season. It's called the Blaster System and it boosts Nanoha's power and gives her a set of {{Attack Drone}}s that can cast her spells independently of her, for a potential boost of better than ''4x'' her already monstrous power level. The cost of this is placing an immense strain on Nanoha's body and dealing physical damage to herself and to [[EmpathicWeapon Raising Heart]]; when she used Blaster 3 in the climax of the third season, she lost 8% of her total magical power and had to spend the next few years on enforced vacation to recover it.
* In ''{{Mahoromatic}}'', Mahoro's most powerful weapon (usually manifesting as a plasma-like flame on her fist) is directly powered by her life force. Since her energy is running low to begin with, using it shortens her remaining lifespan dramatically. Mercilessly made explicit by the "Days until Mahoro stops functioning" counter that is shown after every episode. There will always be a significant drop in numbers whenever she uses it.
* ''InfiniteStratos'' does a technological example of this. IS battles end when one side's energy shields are depleted in order to avoid injury to the pilot -- in fact, the unshielded IS instantly shuts down to prevent further fighting. The protagonist's most effective (and for a long while, only) attack is [[LaserBlade Reiryaku Byakuya]], which saps his own shields to pierce through the enemy's and score an instant kill. The first time he used it, he had no idea how it worked and therefore lost the match because his shield zeroed out less than a second before the attack connected. After learning about it, [[HoldingBackThePhlebotinum he's understandably reluctant to use it against a manned IS ever again]].
** In fact, it was his sister who invented the attack and used it to win the IS world tournament.
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', [[spoiler:Momoka Oginome]] claims to be able to do this. [[spoiler:She says that she can change the fate of living beings via her Destiny Diary, but adds that she'll have to pay a price: suffering bodily harm in exchange for what she wants to do/fix/etc.. To save a bunny from dying, she cast a "fate changing spell" in the Diary and got a cut on her hand in exchange; later, to rescue her friend Yuri from her [[AbusiveParents abusive father]], she cast another one and got severe burns that landed her in the hospital. In fact, when Yuri tried to touch the Destiny Diary, Momoka stopped her from doing so to avoid a possible backlash from hitting her.]]
* ''{{Toriko}}'''s Autophagy. If he runs out of energy and needs more, his Gourmet Cells "eat" his own body to gain more power. If the Autophagy goes unchecked, Toriko's body will eat itself to death.
* In ''PokemonSpecial'', though it's never explicitly stated, it's safe to assume Yellow's powers fall on the mild side of this trope as overusing her powers runs the risk of exhausting her and putting her into a deep sleep.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', jutsus require chakra and stamina to be used. In most cases, ninja get to the point where they're unable to use jutsu when they're low on chakra, but if they run out, they die.
** Rock Lee's Eight Gates are a more straight example of this. The more he opens, the more powerful he becomes, but the greater strain it puts on his body. It's stated that if anyone opens all eight gates (known as Hachimon Tonkō no Jin, or Eight Gates Released Formation (Eight Inner Gates Formation in the dub)) he or she will die, which is why the eighth and final gate is called Shimon - the Gate of Death. In Lee's case, his muscles actually ripped when he opened the fourth gate, appropriately named Shōmon - the Gate of Pain.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', using too much of your magoi is dangerous because of this. Magi, who can use the magoi and rukh outside of their bodies, aren't too bothered by this.
* While it's not strictly magic, ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the Impact Dial, which can absorb and fire any physical force. However, the recoil is exactly the same force as the actual impact, meaning that whoever uses it takes as much damage as they deal with it. The improved version, the Reject Dial, actually increases the power of the impact, but it's said that using it twice will cause the user to die. After being told this, [[{{Determinator}} Wiper then proceeded to use it three times and survived]].
** Luffy's Gear Second leaves him thoroughly exhausted after use, as it speeds up his blood flow to increase his power, which also speeds up how fast his body absorbs and processes nutrients. Lucci even pointed out that there was a danger of dramatically reducing his lifespan by using it. [[spoiler:The TimeSkip mainly fixes this problem.]]
** Trafalgar Law is unusual, if not unique, in the ''Manga/OnePiece'' world in that his Devil Fruit power, the Op-Op Fruit, actually drains his stamina where nearly every other Devil Fruit user is able to spam their powers with impunity.
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* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has plenty of cards and effects that have a cost in health.
** [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=3865 Necropotence]] is the card that truly emphasizes the usefulness of this trope; when it was released, its use dominated tournament play. Remember, tropers: the only truly important hit point you have is [[CriticalExistenceFailure the last one]].
** Similarly, [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=144 Channel]] is a direct-example of this trope, allowing you to trade life for mana. It was a vital part of the Channel/[[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=197 Fireball]] combo, one of the first known [[OneHitKill First Turn victory hands]].
** The ''New Phyrexia'' set introduces "Phyrexian mana" (the symbol for which looks a bit like phi ɸ), which can be paid with either one mana of the appropriate colour or 2 life.
** For an example not derived from the player's life, [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=135500 Devoted Druid]] weakens itself to provide more {{Mana}} for you to cast with. Without outside help, this OnlyWorksOnce before it would die from lack of toughness.
* For the most part, whenever a card effect in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' card game requires a cost to activate, it's generally one of two things: a discard from your hand or deck or a payment of life points. Considering that the loss of either resource in their entirety means game over for you, this is very much a Cast from Hit Points scenario.
** The third is typically the sacrifice of a monster, which also fits, even if it's not ''your'' hit points you're using.
** The Lightsworn-archetype Deck uses the first type, as several of the monsters and spell/trap cards discard two to three cards from the top of your deck after activation or at the end of every turn. The recently added Psychic-type monsters normally drain Life Points to use their effects, but there are also a few that give some back.
* In the under-advertised game ''MagiNation'', ALL spells and abilities were cast from hitpoints. There was no MP or Mana to speak of, so monsters and your own character would use the same life force to cast magic with that they'd use to absorb damage from the enemy. Additionally, summoning your {{Mons}} cost the protagonist life energy equal to the beastie's hitpoints - in the video game its remaining HP would be refunded to the hero at the end of the battle. All this combined made for an interesting level of strategy wherein you would have to decide whether the loss of life was worth being able to kill the enemy that much faster (and also made heal spells rather dubious in their usefulness - the amount healed is almost always lower than what it costs to cast in the first place).
* ''ShadowEra'' also has several cards that can damage the user. Some items (such as Rusty Sword) damage the user when destroyed, while others can constantly drain from your health for some benefit (like Enraged which allows the player to draw an extra card at the cost of one health a turn).
* In ''Lycee TCG'', since the orthodox way to lose the game is having no cards in your deck when you're supposed to draw one, your deck effectively acts as your HP. The more powerful Standard Abilities usually requires you to discard cards directly from your deck.
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* [[YinYangBomb Malphast]] pulls what may have been a subtle use of this in ''PS238'' (it's possible the loss was a side effect, rather than fuel), though it's not ''his'' hit points he uses to cure Tyler's sleepiness.
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* [[TheMightyThor Thor's]] most powerful attack, the God Blast, channels his life energy through Mjolnir, combining their power for an attack that can drive away a hungry Galactus.
* Tzu Kai uses this near the end of ''Xanadu: Across Diamond Seas'' after exhausting his more conventional magical abilities.
* The new ''Comicbook/{{Ms Marvel|2014}}'''s powers, or at least her HealingFactor, come straight from her life force, so overusing them (like healing a potentially lethal wound ''and'' going on a rescue mission not long afterwards) leaves her ravenously hungry and so tired as if she skipped sleeping for days. When she embiggened her fists in a fight ''while'' already been mortally wounded, the strain of both (which was already preventing her from transforming her appearance into that of someone else) "''pretty much uses up the very last little bit of my strength. I can't heal fast enough to get ahead of it. Whatever fuel my healing factor uses up is'' gone."
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* The True Patronus charm in HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality.
-->Part of Harry's life flowed back into him.
-->Part had been lost as radiation.
-->...the magic flowed obediently out of him and helped [[spoiler:Bellatrix]] to her feet. (For it wasn't his magic he had expended, it had never been his magic that fueled the Patronus Charm.)
** ''[[RecursiveFanfiction Innocence]]'' illustrates the deadly consequences of putting all of your life into the charm.
* Both Godzilla and Spacegodzilla in ''Fanfic/TheBridge'' seem to be able to unleash most of their special attacks from an energy pool. Once that is expended however, they can resort to this trope to keep fighting; abet at a cost. After dueling for hours they expended so much power that their last strike nearly killed both of them
* In ''FanFic/FalloutEquestriaProjectHorizons'', [[WaveMotionGun Trottenheimer's Folly]] is a [[HandCannon massive]] single shot pistol that fires special bullets of unknown origin [[ArmorPiercingAttack that can tear through]] ''everything'': armored battleships, unbreakable magic shields, etc. However, firing it causes the shooter to be flooded with a massive burst of radiation. Firing it twice within the span of a week was deadly enough to [[spoiler: [[OurHeroIsDead kill Blackjack.]]]]
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* In ''Film/TheCovenant'', the teenage characters find they can cast powerful magic, including flight (including the car they're in) and indestructibility, but each time they cast a spell, they age themselves. That last clause doesn't really take into effect until they turn 18 though. Technically, they can use all the magic they want to before then with no ill effects, but magic is addicting, and such behavior gives way to very bad habits. Meaning, if one abuses magic before they turn 18 and get full power, then they will most likely age themselves horribly very fast.
* In ''Film/{{Eragon}}'', it is implied that magic exists but it is very rarely used because it harms the caster. Indeed, the main character almost dies trying to use magic.
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* The ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series has this as a common technique. Everything has to draw energy from somewhere, even magic, and the wizard's own energy sometimes represents the most convenient source. With everyday magic, this simply leads to fatigue if overused, the magic equivalent of exercising strenuously. Magic that can save the day, however, is often CastFromLifespan instead. This arises several times in the series, [[spoiler: including as the primary plot of the second book, Deep Wizardry]]. One shield spell in ''High Wizardry'' costs a year of the casters life for each blast it absorbs ([[spoiler:granted, these are attacks from a distracted [[{{Satan}} Lone Power]]]]), and the characters discuss it during the fight: "What if you're scheduled to get hit by a car or something in less than a year?" "I'd better look both ways then."
** This isn't nearly as bad as it sounds, as dead wizards in all cases go to heaven, and living ones can visit whenever they like. Still, wizards live short lives; the girl casting that spell was fifteen, and has already survived a number of normally fatal situations, up to and including offering herself as a human sacrifice by accident - and then deciding it was worth it.
* In the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series, the use of healing magic in great quantities is fatal for at least one supporting medic character.
* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', magic is cast by expending the caster's physical energy. It takes as much energy to do something magically as it would to do something physically. In addition, once an incantation has been uttered, the caster must commit to the spell, even if it kills them. Knowing your limits is very important for a spellcaster in this universe.
** Of course, dragon riders have an advantage: a rider can borrow his ''dragon's'' hit points to cast spells. Dragons, needless to say, have lots. As of book 2, Eragon learns to cast spells by drawing energy from his environment, which kills the surrounding wildlife, but doesn't cause him any serious harm (it affects him emotionally, though). He also learns to invest his energy into gemstones, after which he can use it to power spells without exhausting himself. In book 3, yet another power source is introduced: [[spoiler:magical stones that come from dragons and also serve as their {{Soul Jar}}s]]. In Inheritance, it is mentioned that [[spoiler:one rider [[FantasticNuke essentially turned herself into a matter/energy explosion]] during the Fall, rendering Vroengard a radioactive wasteland and killing at least one of the Forsworn]] in an extreme example.
* Mages in Creator/MercedesLackey's ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series can do this; the eventual result is known as "drain shock", which is usually fatal. Alternatively, a mage can simply burn themselves out like a candle to perform a "final strike", the idea being that if you have to die, by god you're going to [[TakingYouWithMe take someone out with you]].
** Perhaps unsurprisingly, more than one protagonist mage uses the Final Strike to achieve a DyingMomentOfAwesome.
** If the Shin'a'in get absolutely desperate, one of their Shamans or Swordsworn may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice in order to invoke divine intervention.
** It's implied that the same rules also apply for those with particularly powerful versions of the Gifts that also operate in the series. The power Lavan Firestorm unleashed is uncannily similar to a mage's Final Strike and the results equally cataclysmic.
* The magic in Creator/KatherineKurtz's ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' series works this way; using Deryni powers requires concentration and is physically fatiguing. The more powerful the working, the more exhausting it is, and repeated and/or extensive use of the powers in a short timeframe can cause a Deryni to black out.
* In ''Literature/PocketInTheSea'', there is a rare non-magical example when Clase (Mother) uses her body as a buffer against the electronic feedback from a submarine mecha's poor-quality piloting interface. It almost kills her and is written in such a way to suggest doing so also shears years off of her life. In the same book, it's also hinted to the reader that using psionic abilities also works like this.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, a wizard can cast Wizard's Life Fire, a powerful explosion that kills the wizard but usually reduces whoever is nearby to ashy stains on the walls. The taste of said ashes yields a clue as to why the dying wizard chose to cast Wizard's Life Fire: if the ashes are bitter, the wizard cast the spell to save himself from torture; if they are sweet, the wizard [[HeroicSacrifice gave his life to save another]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', a wizard's "Death {{Curse}}" instantly kills the caster in order to inflict some horrible punishment on its recipient. Regular magic can hurt a wizard as well; when Harry conjures a rage-fueled firestorm in one book, he has a heart attack after sustaining it for too long.
** There's also the use of Soulfire, which allows a caster to infuse some of their own soul into their spells to boost the power and effect of the spell. Unlike Hellfire, however, Soulfire isn't destructive, but rather constructive. [[spoiler:Harry ends up using Soulfire to generate a powerful hand-like construct of force to beat the hell out of a Denarian spellcaster.]] The drawback behind using Soulfire, of course, is that it uses ''your soul'' as the fuel to empower your spells. Partially drained souls in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' universe do regenerate, and pretty quickly if you do soul-affirming things -- but as Bob explains it very succinctly, if you subtract five from five...
** Also, for ghosts, just about any form of attack besides GoodOldFisticuffs is one of these. This becomes a major plot point in ''Literature/GhostStory'' when an important character becomes one.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', channeling results in physical and mental fatigue, depending on the amount and duration of the channeling. In extreme examples, channelling have "pushed" themselves past usual levels, but it puts them at the risk of losing the ability to channel, or, in extreme cases, death.
* Some of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' books, especially the aptly named ''Literature/{{Sorcery}}'' four-parter, have EVERY spell being cast at a cost of health.
* In books by Creator/TamoraPierce, desperate bad-guy mages often kill themselves by using their own life energy for magic once they've run out of any other kind of magic. Usually, this is accompanied by one of the major characters shouting at them to stop or else they'll kill themselves, a warning they never heed.
** Although it's definitely not limited to the bad guys, as Ochobou burned out her magic and herself taking down five mages of her level in ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Trickster]]''. And in the Literature/CircleOfMagic book ''The Will of the Empress'', when the Discipline four (who at this point in the books are basically the strongest mages in the world when they stand together) use their magic to break the border of Namorn, they are left extremely hungry and tired for days. Briar says that if they hadn't drawn power from all across the empire, they would be dead.
* ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'' uses a system similar to this -- [[FunctionalMagic Sympathy]] is essentially a magical form of energy transfer. If you are good at it, and don't care about your own health, you can transfer the heat of your blood into something to set it on fire. [[CaptainObvious This is not good for you.]]
** One upside is that instead of running out of mana, sympathists run out of [[KillItWithFire fire]].
* All spells in ''Literature/WindOfTheForelands'' cost life energy, apparently of the nonreplaceable type. This, incidentally, is why the resident WitchSpecies is [[SquishyWizard so frail]].
** Mages from ''The Literature/MagisterTrilogy'' are the same way, though the titular Magisters are those who have learned how to cast from ''other people's'' HP.
* Creator/CharlesStross's ''[[Literature/TheLaundrySeries Laundry]]'' series features magic as multiverse trickery invoked by high-level mathematics, with a nicely [[HandWave handwaved]] reference to the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and good ol' Schrodinger's Cat to explain why the more powerful spells require human sacrifice. While [[FridgeLogic the reasoning breaks down a bit]] for smaller spells that just require some blood, it does provide an alternative motivation for the Holocaust: [[spoiler:[[{{Ghostapo}} the Nazis were attempting to destroy enough souls to create a portal to a parallel universe]] and summon a [[EldritchAbomination weakly godlike entity.]]]]
** Beyond this, you can "run" a spell in your head as long as you don't mind some minor EldritchAbomination taking a small bite out of your brain. Doing this too often, even accidentally, results in Kranzberg's syndrome and a permanent trip to [[BedlamHouse St. Hilda's]].
* How the [[PhysicalGod Returned]] work in ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''. Most people in that world have an energy called Breath that can be used to fuel magic, but if it's completely drained they just lose magical ability (and a certain degree of keenness of the senses) until they can acquire more from someone else. The Returned, however, are kept alive by one immensely powerful Breath -- this allows them to perform miracles beyond the capacity of ordinary magic, for the cost of their life. [[spoiler:The sword Nightblood, resident ArtifactOfDoom, also functions like this, drawing on the Breaths of its wielder to fuel its powers. If the wielder runs out of Breaths while still using the sword, the results... aren't pretty]].
* Sorta in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. For a Wizard to do something, it takes as much energy to do something magically as it does physically, unless you can harness an outside force. Having no outside force makes the Wizard rely on the leverage of his mind, meaning if they try to do something too difficult, their brain flicks out their ears. Example: Galder Weatherwax makes a protrusion of stone on the University fall, allowing him to zoom upwards.
* Psionics in ''Literature/TheSecondGate'' normally channel energy they've "metabolized" and stored, but in a pinch, they can draw power directly from their biological functions. The mind instinctively tries to cut off psionic connections to prevent permanent damage at the same time, which can result in anything from mild burnout to a coma -- which is usually too late to save the user anyway.
* While after the first book of the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series, magic functions by drawing power from the Moon Gods, before they are unsealed all magic is used with the caster's own energy, as shown whenever Raistlin uses too many consecutive spells and is left exhausted.
* All spells in ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'' reduce the caster's LifeEnergy [[spoiler:unless said caster is a [[TitleDrop Black Magician]], who may [[VampiricDraining use others' Hit Points instead]]]].
* Magic-users in ''The Soprano Sorceress'' and its sequels use their own body's reserves to cast; they have to eat like bargees just to keep their weight up.
* In ''Literature/{{Everworld}}'', magic-users are shown to weaken if they use too much power, leading [[FlatEarthAtheist Jalil]] to [[SarcasmMode wonder]] if magic burns calories. {{Merlin}}, for example, is so tired after his battle with [[GodOfEvil Loki]] that it's months before he is able to fully recover.
* In the ''[[Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy Bartimaeus Trilogy]]'', the most vital part to a {{Golem}}'s functioning is a magical scroll inserted into the construct's mouth. The writing of said scroll drains the vitality out of the writer to be transferred into the golem, and writing more than one manuscript (at least in a short time) is likely to kill you. (Though since [[AntiMagic golems completely neutralize all demon magic in their vicinity]] and all of magicians' power is based on demon magic, one is often enough.)
* In ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', mending [[spoiler:the Virtu]] leaves Felix unconscious for two days, and he [[BloodMagic slits one of his wrists]] in order to lay the ghost of [[spoiler:Magnus Cordelius]].
* The ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' novels see this a couple of times with mythals (see the setting's entry under Tabletop Games).
** In ''[[Literature/TheElminsterSeries Elminster in Myth Drannor]]'', Cormanthor's greatest elven high mage sacrifices his life to create the city's mythal, his life's work.
** At the end of ''Literature/ReturnOfTheArchwizards: The Sorcerer'', set several hundred years later, another high mage sings himself into the mythal over Evereska to help repair it after the damage done to it by the phaerimm siege.
* In Steven King's ''Literature/{{Firestarter}}'', Charlie's father gets progressively worse physical damage from using his mental powers, from headaches to a ruptured vessel in one eye to a full-on stroke.
* Feruchemy from ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' falls somewhat under this trope. A Feruchemist can draw off any of a variety of attributes from himself, then store them in pieces of metal to be withdrawn later. For example, if you become half as strong as you normally would be for an hour, you can then later become one and an half times as strong as you should be for an hour.
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* An unusual example in ''{{Smallville}}'': It is possible to grant [[HourOfPower temporary kryptonian powers]] to humans, but it has negative effects like putting [[spoiler:Jeremiah]] in a permanent coma and giving [[spoiler:Jonathan lethal heart problems]].
** In ''Bizarro'', [[spoiler:Chloe's healing tears revives LoisLane, but the effort renders her unconscious and later actually kills her. Luckily, [[CameBackStrong she is able to resurrect herself.]]]]
* The main character in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' has to draw life-force from his surroundings to use his healing abilities. It is implied that he may have inadvertently caused the Dust Bowl in this way.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E3MawdrynUndead Mawdryn Undead]]'', the titular character and his seven companions were caught by the Time Lords while attempting to discover the secrets to their regeneration ability, and are punished by being granted a never-ending cycle of [[BodyHorror imperfect regenerations]]. Mawdryn tells the Doctor that the only way for them to die and end their torment would be for him to give each of them a surge of temporal energy taken from his remaining regenerations — this being his fifth incarnation, he'd have none left for himself. Fortunately, the temporal discharge resulting from the Brigadier coming in contact with himself from a different era is enough to avert this.
** The Face of Boe makes a HeroicSacrifice in "Gridlock," giving up the last of his life energy to help save the thousands of people trapped in New New York's underground traffic system.
** TheMaster, after Lucy disrupts his revival during "The End Of Time." He wins the SuperpowerLottery as a result, but all his new abilities are fueled by his own life-force.
** In "Rise of the Cybermen," the Doctor uses ten years of his life to recharge a power source in the TARDIS. Subverted in that ten years to a Time Lord is a scant few moments, and the Doctor's regenerations never last for a full natural lifespan anyway.
* Witches' spells appear to take a severe toll on the body in ''{{Series/The Vampire Diaries}}'', to the point where it sometimes seems that Bonnie can't do anything useful (except mind-whammy Damon) without knocking herself out.
* In an episode of ''Series/GilligansIsland'', the crew found a crate of vegetable seeds. They were so excited at the thought of having fresh vegetables that they didn't question the fact that they grew incredibly quickly, and it wasn't until they had actually eaten them that they discovered via a news report that the seeds were radioactive, and that what they had eaten would likely kill them. As the Professor tried to find a cure, some of them started to gain super powers due to the fact that the nutrients in the vegetables had been enhanced greatly. Gilligan, who had eaten the spinach, gained SuperStrength from the iron in it. Mary Ann gained [[SuperSenses telescopic vision]] from the vitamin A in the carrots, and Mrs. Howell gained SuperSpeed from the enhanced sugar rush from sugar beets. The Professor commented that the vegetables "could make them the healthiest people in the world", to which the Skipper replied, "Yeah, if they don't kill us first!" [[spoiler:Eventually, the Professor found out that they could neutralize the radiation with the stuff they had been using for soap on the island, and they survived, but unfortunately, they lost the powers.]]
* Magic in ''Series/BuffytheVampireSlayer'' sometimes works this way, DependingOnTheWriter. Notable examples would be Willow teleporting Glory away in ''Blood Ties'' (which leaves her bleeding, with headaches for weeks afterwards) and the portal-opening spell in ''Get It Done'' (which she casts from the hit points of Kennedy and Anya, the two strongest beings in the room).
* A variation in ''Series/{{Reaper}}''. Sock meets an attractive demoness and makes out with her. Afterwards, his strength, endurance, and speed are temporarily boosted to superhuman levels. It also feels like a great rush. When he confronts her, she admits that she's a succubus. Kissing a human drains a year of his life in exchange for a temporary boost in physical abilities. Sock, not being the smartest tool in the shed, figures he'll just live less as an old man instead of aging faster, and offers to meet once a year to make out. He then screws it up by suggesting that she make out with a friend of his to give him a rush. Angry at assuming she'll make out with anyone, she leaves.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''
** Most spells have a chance of causing Drain, which usually deals the caster mental damage (i.e. fatigue). However, if one casts a spell with a power greater than his own Magic attribute, the Drain will cause physical damage instead. The rulebook describes this as causing nosebleeds, bruises, spontaneous wounding, and, in extreme cases, death by aneurysm, stroke, or the like.
** Also worth noting: characters with mechanical or cybernetic enhancements have [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul decreased Essence]], which makes them bad at magic.
** Some evil spellcasters can use blood magic, which allows the caster to power their spells by inflicting physical damage on either themselves or other people. It is specifically stated in the rules that {{PC}}s cannot use this ability.
* Mages in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' can burn some of their health for a quick boost in Mana. It also works the other way around, though this is easily the least efficient means of magical healing in the whole game.
** In the previous game, ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', a substance called Quintessence makes casting spells easier. A mage that runs out of Quintessence can rip some from their own body, damaging it in the process.
* Demons in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'' can enhance their powers by drawing energy from hitpoints... except that said hitpoints belong to their followers, not them.
* In ''WarhammerFantasy'', Ogre Butchers can cast a variety of Gut Magic. Along with the normal requirements of spells, they sometimes require the Butcher to inflict bodily harm on themselves. In particular, the Trollguts spell, which is the best out of the 6 available to the Ogres, but permanently takes off one health from the caster that cannot be regenerated in any way (whereas the other ones are usually avoidable unless you displease the RandomNumberGod, and can be regenerated with another spell).
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', as usual.
** The psionics in AD&D used a spell-point system even when the actual spellcasters use VancianMagic. Since an ability like Cast from Hit Points fits in so much better with a spell-point system, the 2nd edition had "Cannibalize", a power that allowed mid-level psionicists to get extra power points from damaging Constitution. The 'Death Field' power causes to everyone in the area of effect damage proportional to the sacrificed Hit Points 1:2 (or 1:1 for users of evil alignments).
** The imaginatively-named Level 1 Necromancy spell, ''Blade of Blood'', allows the caster to take 5 damage to make their attack deal extra 3d6 damage from exploding blood. It usually spells OneHitKill for creatures of comparable level.
** 3E supplement ''TabletopGame/EpicLevelHandbook'' has several extremely powerful spells, such as Hellball and Let Go of Me, work this way. The greatest example of this, however, is Vengeful Gaze of God, which deals 305d6 damage to an opponent while dealing 200d6 damage to the caster, who suffers from bleeding eyes and convulsing skin and, most of the time, dies. This spell will almost always kill anyone and anything it is used against, excluding the most powerful of monsters, who simply ''might'' be killed by it.
** 3E ''Fiendish Codex II'' offers the {{Hellfire}} Warlock, which upgrades the warlock's standard attack from "kinda okay" to "nuclear inferno" at the cost of 1 Constitution drain per shot. Since Constitution affects both current and maximum HP, it's generally a good idea to have someone on standby with a restoration spell or a cheap wand of lesser restoration with the spell provided by a Paladin (it is even suggested in the fluff).
*** To make it even better a Hellfire Warlock with one level of [[DemonicPossession Binder]] can gain an ability that automatically heals 1 point of ability damage a turn. Then there's classes like Legacy Champion which increase your effective level in another class, even beyond the {{Cap}}. Combine the two and you get [[GameBreaker a supercharged Hellfire Blast usable at will]].
** The Blood Magus class from 3E's ''Tome & Blood'' can sacrifice a little blood (hit points) to cast spells with slightly harder saving throws or replace material components.
*** 3.5 ''Complete Arcane'' replaced its hit points damage with Constitution.
*** And the 4e Blood Mage paragon path allows you to take damage to deal as much extra with encounter and daily spells. This was so abusable it needed to be nerfed with errata. Twice.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'':
*** The AD&D era had some of more the formidable spells involving sacrifice of the caster's hit points -- either normal damage, permanent, or the loss incurable as long as the spell is active. This includes several spells from ''Secrets of the Magister''. Which may be a legacy of old Elven BloodMagic, which includes 'Blood Dragon' -- near-unstoppable mass killing spell [[TakingYouWithMe requiring the caster's death]]. Also, the Drow sometimes have "body weapon" enchantments as a last-ditch defence, which usually involves loss of a body part or other physical injury. E.g. [[http://forgottenrealms.wikia.com/wiki/Jalynfein Jalynfein]], by [[FinGore breaking a finger]] and saying a word, could fire a burst of 24 magic missiles (cast normally, would be limited to 5). The Phaerimm dehydration spell 'lifedrain' (the one which made Anauroch a desert) also involves permanent sacrifice of a hit point, but holds for years -- and [[NoOntologicalInertia dies with the caster]].
*** The 3.5E sourcebook ''Lost Empires of Faerűn'' includes rules for creating mythals, persistent magical fields first developed by ancient elven high mages that block or buff specific spells and spell categories. Among the rules is the option to reduce the DC of the mythal creation by having the caster sacrifice his or her life to its completion. This is mentioned to often be welcomed by the elven high mages as the pinnacle of a many-centuries-long, very productive life.
** The ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' spell "Create Atmosphere" involves permanent hit point sacrifice from the caster. It makes a ''cubic mile''/level of the air self-renewing for more than a year, after all.
** The 4th Edition Bloodclaw Weapon would let you pay a small amount of HP with every attack, which then would be doubled or tripled if the attack hit. This ended up being so much more powerful than other weapon enchantments (especially for Fighters and Barbarians, which get more HP than other classes) that it was nerfed to a once-per-battle use and it STILL managed to be usable.
*** The Blackguard subclass of the Paladin from Heroes of Shadow uses a variant of this mechanic as well, which is powerful enough to be their entire Striker damage bonus.
** The 3E sourcebook ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' includes a category of spells called "sanctified magic" that can be cast by either divine or arcane spellcasters and require varying degrees of self-sacrifice to cast. This can be as simple as an "abstinence component"[[note]]e.g. you can't have sex or consume alcohol for a certain length of time prior to casting[[/note]], but it may also mean anything from ability drain on up to, in the case of Exalted Fury, death ([[DeathIsCheap you can be resurrected by the usual means, though]]).
** ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #229 article "Wu-jen: The Oriental Mage Revisited". This Asian-themed mage can cast any spell they know at any time, without the spell memorization standard wizards require. However, there is a cost: casting a spell costs the wu-jen 3 HitPoints of damage per level of the spell. Considering how few HitPoints wizards have, this is a serious penalty, restricting them even more than normal wizards unless they have a significant source of healing available. Even worse, they only get half the normal benefit from magical healing.
* The previous edition (using the Revised Core Rulebook) of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' RPG rules generally had Force powers cost vitality (the system's version of Hit Points) to activate. If you didn't have enough vitality, you could even use wound points (representing real and dangerous -- even potentially fatal -- damage) to make up the difference. The only thing stopping characters from 'casting to death' is the fact that no Force power had a vitality cost so high that the damage could push a character far enough into the negatives to result in death.
* In the cooperative play game ''Middle-Earth Quest'', your hero deck is also your 'life pool.' Any card you play in combat, or even to move around the map, costs you a hitpoint.
* In the German tabletop RPG TheDarkEye (aka ''Das Schwarze Auge'' in German), every magic user can do this, but not without consequences, usually additional damage and that damage might permanently reduce the maximum hitpoints of that character (only when he drops too low as a result of blood magic though). Excessive use of this in one of the novels leads to a mage permanently losing his ability to use magic. Later on, he uses a magic sword that also drinks from his LifeEnergy, losing fingers on his good hand as a result.
* Epideromancers in the tabletop RPG ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' power all their magic by hurting themselves.
* In the live-roleplay system ''Labyrinthe'', almost all supernatural abilities have an hp cost in addition to a mana cost. The amount of damage done is relative to the level of the ability relative to the level of the caster.
* In the Swedish Tabletop RPG Chronopia, Orcs have access to a very interesting magical discipline; ''Painmagic'', ripping off a finger can grant you skill bonuses, cutting yourself can give you visions of the future and hacking off an arm or a leg can make you temporarily invulnerable. Not surprisingly, they have also developed plenty of rusty prosthetics complete with hidden sawblades and other nasty surprises to replace those limbs lost.
* {{GURPS}} allows casters to do this, though it's more difficult than using other energy sources, presumably because the pain makes it hard to concentrate. Usually, spells are powered with Fatigue Points (i.e. wizards get tired when they cast spells) or with enchanted "energy batteries" called powerstones. Once you burn through all your available FP (or earlier, if you choose), if you keep casting spells without resting, you start burning HP. Ordinarily, you can only use up hit points until you lose consciousness, at which point the energy drain stops (you don't die).
** The supplemental advantage "Word of Power" drains so much fatigue that it's guaranteed to drain life from a normal person. It will keep speaking itself even if the caster dies in mid sentence.
* PokemonTabletopAdventures has the Psychic class, capable of using certain pokemon attacks, similar to the Martial Artist class. The martial artist's attacks can only be used a certain number of times per day, whereas the psychic's attacks can be used at will, but require this trope. (Thankfully, the nature of the psychic's key stats means they usually will have a large amount of HP to cast from.)
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: The Weird West'' has the [[BigScrewedUpFamily Whateley family's]] [[BloodyMurder Blood Magic]], which consumes both [[{{Mana}} "Strain"]] and "Wind" (which would be "Subdual Damage" in [[Tabletopgame/DungeonsAndDragons other games]]) as the caster's tainted blood is consumed by dark forces. All without even breaking the skin!
* As mentioned above, casting or controlling a spell in ''{{Slayers}} d20'' is based on stamina (a Fortitude saving throw modified by caster level), and deals subdual damage to the caster based on the spell's difficulty and your margin of success. You get a hefty bonus to your control checks by voluntarily taking lethal damage, or it might happen anyway if you botch horribly enough.
* TabletopGame/{{Champions}} characters who run out of Endurance can continue to use their powers by taking Stun damage, at a rate of 1d6 Stun per 2 Endurance required. This only works for powers that draw on the user's own Endurance pool, as opposed to the Endurance Reserve power. A character can literally knock himself out from overexertion.
* Ixtli, the Aztanli-specific Boons in ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', have a number of abilities that grant extra [[{{Mana}} Legend]] for physical sacrifices. The amount gained from bleeding another creature is half what you get for doing the same thing to yourself.
* Several powerful Charms and spells in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' require you to sacrifice health levels as part of their activation cost.
** In high-paranoia games, where every attack might kill and so every attack must be answered with a Perfect Defense, ''every'' attack is cast from hit points: they cost charm activations and Essence, the two resources that fuel perfect defenses.
** There are also two spells that can be cost for minimum Essence (mana, magic points) expenditure but automatically kill you and deal significant damage to everyone around you.
** In fact, Dragon-Blooded have quite a percentage of Charms with the "Martyr" keyword. That means that they can be cast with greater effect, but killing the Exalt for sure. That is why they can be used with no Essence left. And some of such Martyr usages can last for generations.
* ''TableTopGame/{{Fireborn}}'' had this as a potential side effect. It takes one(or a group) so much power to cast a spell to be built up. Depending on the situation, one can roll a lot of dice and hope to quickly cast it, or do so slowly and carefully. However, if you go over the needed number of successful rolls and charge up too much power, the excess physically damages you. Of course, one can eliminate this by learning ways to channel that overload into the spell, usually for enhanced range/duration/effect.
* The Sorcery power in the 1980's DC Heroes game had a function similar to this. Every time the power is used, the AP's (power rank) used is compared against his or her Spirit score (a combination of damage resistance and hit points versus mystical damage). Effectively, if he or she is using AP's lower than his or her Spirit, there's no problem. Otherwise, there's a chance of Spirit damage (affects the "hit points" versus mystic things, but not durability, that's always your maximum Spirit). If there's a significant difference between the two with the Sorcery being higher, the caster will likely be rendered unconscious by using a full powered spell.
* ''Many'' spells in ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'', and pretty much every spell costs [[SanitySlippage sanity]].
* [[CrapsackWorld Predictably]], this shows up in ''{{Mortasheen}}'', especially with healing spells.
* In ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'' the hero Nightmist has multiple spells that damage her as well as achieve whatever the intended effect was.
* ''[[TabletopGame/KingdomDeath Kingdom Death: Monster]]'' has monsters who's AI deck acts as their HP pool. If a monster is harmed, you discard AI cards. It also means that every time a monster acts, it is casting from HP.
* ''TabletopGame/StarsWithoutNumber'': psychics who use non-mastered powers after running out of points have a high risk of suffering Torching, which reduces either Wisdom or Constitution, determined randomly. Dropping Constitution too low will kill you; dropping Wisdom turns you into a deranged killing machine, and that you get to use powers for free is not much of a consolation prize.
* The central plot device in the ''TabletopGame/LamentationsOfTheFlamePrincess'' module ''Better than Any Man'' is a spell that is essentially Wish, as a ''first'' level spell. The main catch is that the caster dies when casting it. (The other catch is that casting it requires several assistants, and all of them must agree on what they're wishing for. If even one of them dissents, the spell fails and the caster died for nothing.)
* Magic in ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' has everything it needs to be this. The attempt to gather and channel the necessary power for the spell can itself backfire and hurt the caster, especially if they're in a hurry, evocations always involve a mandatory hit to one's mental stress track (making it easy for a wizard to potentially knock him- or herself out with a few quick spells even if they all work as planned), one of the easier ways of adding power to a thaumaturgic ritual is to accept consequences reflecting mental or physical harm... Most of this is recoverable with time as long as the caster doesn't go overboard (simple mental stress doesn't even last from one scene to the next, for example), but it still serves as a major check on the power of magic in a game that, as per the source material, tends to focus rather a bit ''on'' it.
* Alchemical items in ''TabletopGame/HollowEarthExpedition'' supplement ''Mysteries of the Hollow Earth''.
** The Life Channeling enchantment allows the user to power the item by inflicting either non-lethal damage on themselves or lethal wounds on other creatures.
** Blood Offering drawback. An item recharges its powers (so they can be cast again) by inflicting lethal wounds on other creatures.
** Exhausting drawback. Each time an item is used it inflicts a point of non-lethal damage on the user.
** Toxic drawback. Each time an item is used it inflicts a point of lethal damage on the user.
* Most spells in ''TabletopGame/CastleFalkenstein'' are cast from ambient thaumic energy, but it takes time to gather this, so mages in a desperate hurry may cast from hit points instead; this is called "unraveling" and can be fatal (though if it isn't, you get better eventually).
* ''TabletopGame/WorldOfSynnibarr''. Some spells can be enhanced by spending points of Constitution while casting them, thus increasing the effect of the spell (such as damage done).
* In ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase'' all Active psi-sleights (other than Downtime, that would be counter-intuitive) have at least a chance of inflicting damage to the user.
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* In ''VideoGame/DefenseOfTheAncients'' (a custom game based on ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII''), Sacred Warrior (Huskarr)'s Burning Spear ability is entirely Cast from Hit Points. Centaur Warrior's Double Edge attack also consumes hitpoints rather than mana, but lorewise is considered a physical attack rather than a magical ability. Lord of Avernus (Abbadon)'s Death Coil skill and Phoenix (Icarus)'s Sun Ray costs both mana and hitpoints. There's also the Soul Ring item which allows any hero to expend hitpoints to provide a temporary boost to mana, which can then be used to cast spells; good for those strength heroes with lots of hp and small mana pools.
* In ''VideoGame/HeroinesQuest'' the spell Channel converts your HP into mana; it does this automatically when you run out in combat, but casting it carelessly can very easily lead to you disintegrating yourself.
* In ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', one of the nodes requires you to decide whether or not [[spoiler: Aht will do this to help win a fight so that you can get info to find Eruca and the rest of your party]].
* ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline'':
** The Paladin's Martyr's Reckoning skill sacrifices HP for damage.
** The Scholar's Indulge skill exchanges HP for SP. In addition there's the Sorcerer's Spirit Cure, which uses your own HP/SP to recover your summoned spirit's HP/SP.
* ''VideoGame/AncientDomainsOfMystery'' allows this as a standard game mechanic for spellcasting: if you don't have enough [[{{Mana}} Magic Points]] to cast a spell, you can "exhaust yourself" casting it, expending HitPoints to pay the remaining cost. The cost may be fatal, which is to be expected in this game.
** Amusingly, however, a sufficiently skilled caster can pay for a healing spell from hit points and heal more damage than he just took. In addition, some older versions allowed casting spells from books and still have a greater healing rate than HP loss, without any other cost.
*** This also "abuses" the Mana stat, however, causing it to rise more slowly (or even drop) if done too often. It is one of many things in the game that grant an immediate benefit for a long-term cost.
**** In the most recent version of the game, that penalty now extends to Willpower and Toughness as well and has gotten ''nasty''. It's now something you really only want to do in emergencies.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' Minwu spent his life force to [[spoiler: break the seal on Ultima]].
** The Dark Knight in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'' does this regularly with its "Souleater" skill, which deals heavy damage to all enemies and some damage to the knight. Played for utility, not drama.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', [[spoiler: Tellah casts Meteo(r)]] to destroy Golbez, at the cost of his life. Unfortunately, it doesn't work. [[spoiler: Specifically, Tellah has 90MP max, while Meteor requires 99MP. Add to this the three heavy spells he casts just before (using a total of 110MP), and you have one dead mage.]]
** Dark Knight Cecil's Dark Wave ability from the original version and the GBA remake does damage to all enemies at a cost of some of Cecil's HP. The DS remake version increases melee damage, but costs HP every attack.
** Next, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV'' [[spoiler: Galuf]] uses an unprecedented amount of HeroicWillpower to continue fighting at zero HP throughout an entire boss fight. That may not seem like this trope, until the effects are shown afterwards. [[spoiler: Galuf]] drained himself to such a degree that healing items and ressurection spells have no effect on him.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the skill 'Pep Up' gives the caster's HP and MP to another character and then removes the caster from battle.
** Like ''III'', the Dark Fencer in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'' has its entire skillset revolve around this.
* In ''PaladinsQuest'', all spells draw from HP. Casting a healing spell kills the caster and heals the rest of the party.
-->NPC: MP? There is no such thing as MP on Lennus. We only have HP. You sound like an idiot! Where did you hear such superstitious nonsense? Your own HP are used to cast magic.
** The sequel game, LennusII, uses the same system.
* In much of the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, special physical attacks (which do not involve simply using the 'attack' command) take a small chunk of the caster's HP to use. Of course, when enemies use the same attacks on the party, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard they effectively get to do so without losing any HP]].
** Not true for ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', in which at least most phys enemies do damage themselves. Ditto with the ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' sub-series, where enemies' HP counts and meters are available at all times (save for certain bosses' HP counts) so you know the computer is ''not'' a cheating bastard in this sense.
** At the climax of ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', [[spoiler: the main character's EleventhHourSuperpower to seal away Death uses up 100% of his hit points. He hangs onto life for about a month after the final battle, apparently running on pure willpower, before slipping into a coma and dying]].
** There's also the Recarmdra spell, which fully heals/revives all other allies in exchange for the caster's life (or reducing their HPToOne in games where [[WeCannotGoOnWithoutYou that would be a really bad idea]]).
** Physical skills in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney'' and ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV'' use {{M|ana}}P instead. Since physical-based demons usually don't have a lot of MP, this translates to their physical skills getting very few uses, unless you invests in rare and expensive MP-healing items.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has a spin on this. Red Mages can't directly use HP for spells, but they ''can'' use the Job Ability "Convert" to swap their HP and MP, effectively restoring their magic with their life force. The ability can't kill you, however. If you use Convert with 0 MP, it just does nothing.
** More recently, the Sublimation ability was added to ''FFXI'', which allows a Scholar (or a very high-level mage with a Scholar subjob) to bleed HP into a status effect for later use as a sudden boost to their MP. Sort of a much slower version of Convert.
** There are two White Mage merit job abilities like this: Martyr, which lets you sacrifice some HP to heal an ally by a larger amount of HP (useless), and Devotion, which lets you sacrifice some HP to refill some of an ally's MP (useful).
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has a materia that works similarly, switching the values for your total HP with that of your total MP, so you would have a character that has only a few hundred HP, but thousands of MP.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' has Worker 8. Worker 8, while being an Atheist (0 faith, the stat used when determining the effects of magic), can still do abilities without MP. All it takes is some hit points...
*** Also the Squire ability "Wish" allows you to heal an adjacent ally by giving him some of your hit points (you actually give twice as much as you lose)
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', Backdraft does a portion of its damage to the user as fire damage, but the user can avoid this with something that enables them to resist, be immune to, or absorb it.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', units start with 0 MP and generate 10 MP each turn, meaning that double-casting or casting of high-cost spells can't be done immediately. As a result, Blood Price is available as an always-on S-Ability that lets the user pay for a skill in double its MP cost in HP. This ability can be abused quite easily by Red Mages, who can cast two spells in succession: one to attack, and one to heal themselves covering the cost of both. Also an option is to target yourself and the enemy while using spells of an element your equipment lets you absorb. Even without self-healing, the ability is quite overpowered as HP increases with level while spell costs and MP regeneration do not, making the cost of spells less and less significant. Interestingly, several enemy units that have Blood Price equipped can't possibly learn it through normal means.
*** Fighters also have Back Draft, a strong fire-based attack that slightly damages the user as well. However, they can equip fire-absorbing equipment, making it an attack that ''heals'' the user. Same applies for other similar moves but with different elements (the Lanista version is Dark).
** One of the abilities Steiner can learn in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is "Darkside", an attack that does darkness elemental damage, but drains his HP.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' & ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' all had the ability Darkness (or Souleater), a spell that reduces your HP but not MP. Cecil could use it [[spoiler:while he was still a Dark Knight]], Diablos has it as one of the commands it can have and the Dark Knight dressphere. However, in X-2, it used no HP if you had the auto-ability Spellspring, which sets MP cost to 0.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has Soul Eater, a spell that takes of 20% of your HitPoints ForMassiveDamage. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJUeoJ2dbXg Behold!]] Incoming potential GameBreaker!
** Various spells throughout the series (starting with ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI's'' "Pep Up") sacrifice the caster to greatly replenish others in the party. Cue some [=WTF=] moments when the user is the only person in the party (Strago or Sabin in the Coliseum).
* In the ''LostKingdoms'' games, you'll start using health for the cost of cards instead of [[GreenRocks magic stones]]. In the second game, you could cast yourself to death if you use too much health since the first game left you with some mercy health if you overcasted (and it fixed possible [[GameBreaker Game Breaking]] too).
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline: Eberron Unlimited'', one of the abilities gained by Paladin's, 'Divine Sacrifice', allows the paladin to sacrifice 5 HP to make an attack with a large damage boost. The HP are lost even if the attack misses, but in a setting where mid-level characters can have over a thousand HP, it's an insignificant price.
** There is also an item allowing you to sacrifice 25 HP to regain 50 spell points, three times when fully charged (5 if using the Epic version)
* Many classes in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have spells and abilities that convert health into that classes form of mana. There are also spells that force a target to do this, and spellcasters tend to have a lot less health than mana.
** Special mention should be made of the warlock class whose main (if not sole) method of gaining mana in combat is by sacrificing their own health with Life Tap. In the revamped talent system in ''Mists of Pandaria'', Warlocks even get a full tier of talents based around such spells.
** Paladins had the now-removed Seal of Blood/Martyr, which would reflect all the damage the paladin did back at them but made them do significantly more damage. The spell had to be removed because the damage they did was too much and too fast for the healers to keep up with; they'd literally burst themselves to death.
* The Blast Mask in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' provides Link with a limitless supply of bombs with the catch that each one causes damage. Raising your shield, however, will prevent the damage even though the source of the explosions is ''strapped to your face!''[[note]]The explosion is placed a short distance in front of the mask, just slightly farther out than Link holds his shield, allowing it to block the blast. Still strange, as the shield should reflect more of the explosion back towards Link.[[/note]]
* Sierra's ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' and ''VideoGame/BetrayalInAntara'' drained stamina and hitpoints to cast spells, making it tricky to judge how much power to put into it. Characters' skills start to degrade once you use up stamina (either through magic or damage from enemies), and resting outside only recovers stamina up to a certain percentage. Even the one healing spell, ''Gift of Sung'', only heals at a 1:1 caster to target ratio, so even when you have two spellcasters [[spoiler:when you get Pug/Milamber in chapter 8 (and restore a small, small percentage of his magical ability)]], you can't heal everyone above the amount of health you had at the beginning of the battle.
** Particularly problematic is the spell "Mad Gods' Rage": it calls down a series of lightning bolts at a cost of 3 stamina/health per bolt, until either the caster dies or all enemies are dead.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'', priests burned their own hit points to cast their heal spells. Fortunately, the priest's attack was a drain spell.
** Mages also drained their HP when they used magic. Fortunately, male mages automatically healed themselves to make up for magic being their only attack, and female mages could attack with swords to conserve their health.
** One of the Erk/Pent Support Conversations features Erk [storywise; the player need not do this] casting too many spells in a short period of time and passing out. Pent has to transfer some of his magic to Erk to save his life. The implication is that all magic-users "cast from hitpoints", all the time. Naturally, GameplayAndStorySegregation prevents this from affecting their actual HP.
** Micaiah's "Sacrifice" ability in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'' worked the same way, using up 1 HP for every 1 HP restored (and would use up as much as possible until the target was fully healed or she was at 1 HP.). Most players consider its only uses to be level grinding (it grants XP to Micaiah, who can then be healed to give XP to the healer as well), particularly after she class changes and can use a proper staff, and the fact that it heals status conditions for free.
* The Sak and Nasak techniques from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'' and ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIII'' work this way. They kill the user but fully restore any other living party member's HP. They require 1 TP to cast as well, though. The espers in ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' also have the ability to extend lives at the cost of their own lifespan. This is only plot-related, though, since the aforementioned techniques don't exist in-game.
* In the not-so-renowned video game adaptation of ''VideoGame/{{Eragon}}'', all characters have no MP whatsoever and use their HP to cast.Luckily, the "Magic" skill level of each can lower the amount of HP needed for magic.This renders healing spells slightly more useful (With low Magic skill they heal '''less''' than they cost) and is fundamental to avoid making the game {{Unwinnable}} once the player has to face, solo, a pair of bosses that are immune to pretty much everything except magic.
* In ''PhantasyStarOnline'', there are weapons that sacrifice TP (technique points) for a special attack, some that drain money, as well as those that draw from your HP for a special attack. There's also a weapon that makes it so using techniques drains you HP rather than TP.
* {{Questron}} 2, if you use the book to cast spells.
* ''VideoGame/CastleOfTheWinds'' forces the player to draw on their own constitution when they run out of magic, lowering their max HP in order to keep decreasing mana into the negatives until the player dies. Can turn into a bit of a nail-biter when you're forced to do so, as it has a nastily unpredictable habit of suddenly killing you. Also turns into a {{Good Bad Bug|s}}, though.
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has a variant of this. You have separate HP and MP meters, but you are incapacitated if your HP ''or MP'' runs out, and some enemies deal MP damage instead of HP damage. Also, many of your special abilities, especially those belonging to nonmagical characters, cost HP instead of MP. Of course, MP in this game means Mental Points and the origin of the special abilities' power would decide what kind of fatigue the user would endure with some characters having both types.
** You can't actually knock out any of the characters with this as the game simply doesn't let you do a move if you don't have enough HP or MP use it.
** Enemies follow this rule as well and some enemies had massively low MP stats for their HP making an MP kill on them much easier than an HP kill.
** Likewise, a few enemies (including Atma[=/=]Ultima Weapon) in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' were classified as "magical creatures" and would die at 0MP. They couldn't actually kill themselves with their own magical attacks, but a single MP-draining attack from the heroes could end them.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has at least two powers like this; Oppressive Gloom, which keeps nearby enemies stunned while its toggled on by draining a small amount of HP, and Energy Transfer, one of the most devastating single-target melee attacks in the game, until it got nerfed recently. It's still devastating, but it now takes much longer to use.
** There's also the healing power "Absorb Pain" and more recently "Share Pain." The first is a Hero only power that heals far more than any other healing power in the game. At the cost of a percent of the caster's health, and rendering them unable to recover HP in any way for several seconds. Share Pain is the Villain version of the power. It's almost identical to the Hero version in effect but rather than giving your health to the target, [[UnfortunateImplications you take on their pain and getting a rush from it in the form of a boost to the damage you deal.]]
* There are some examples in ''Franchise/StarWars'' games:
** ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' has an interesting variation on this. There is a series of three powers called Force Body. The first enables you to split the cost of any other Force power 50/50 between your health and ManaMeter. The second and third split the cost 40/40 and then 30/30, actually reducing the cost of the power in question. Given 1: Force points regenerate ''fast'' 2:you need to blow a turn to use it 3:After the first few levels nothing really dents your force point pool enough to warrant it.
** ''VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' gives the character a rechargeable "force gauge" to measure how much force powers they can freely use. If you run out, points are reduced from hit points instead. This same system is used when the characters crossover into ''SoulCalibur IV''.
** ''VideoGame/JediKnightJediAcademy'' has a power called Force Rage. It drains your HP, but while it's active you're literally unkillable and you hit a lot harder. Problem is, you're weaker for a while after ''in addition'' to having lower health. At its lowest level, it's basically a means of PressXToDie, as the health drain and post-rage weakness are at their highest and the benefits are at their lowest.
** Jedi Consulars and Sith Inquisitors can convert health into force in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', but doing so also lowers force regeneration for a short period.
* A few examples from the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' series:
** The spells Bone Spirit and Blood Star in the original ''Diablo'' drain both mana and hit points when cast. Their spell icons are red to signify this.
** There's a curse that forces this on characters from ''Diablo II''. Very nasty for [[SquishyWizard Squishy Wizards]], who often have less hit points than mana.
*** Specifically, the spell that does this causes one of two curses. If mana is greater than life, cast from HP curse shuts down the squishier players in short order. If life is greater than mana, however, it just causes a reduction to defense scores (the game's math is such that "defense" is rarely practical by the time this curse comes around, especially for the squishy ones). Since the effect is determined by the one creature it is cast on, rather than every creature in the effected area, teamwork tactics quickly reduce the threat this curse presents from "screwed" to "not good"
**** Those are two different curses. The first only works if you have more mana than life. Otherwise, you won't ever encounter it.
** The Paladin skill Sacrifice in ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} II'' does more damage than a regular attack at the cost of suffering 8% of the damage dealt.
* Using the Rune of Punishment in ''VideoGame/SuikodenIV'' costs the user a chunk of HP.
** Until you fix it, anyway... At which point it ''heals the hero'' while doing damage to his enemies. This makes him a GameBreaker in ''SuikodenTactics''.
** The Rune of Condemnation in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'', being the child rune of the Rune of Punishment, is just like that. It can heal too depending on which spell you use.
* Because his battery life is drained by doing ''ANYTHING'', be it shooting a laser, scrubbing a stain, or just standing still, but it is also his life meter for whenever he's attacked, the titular character from ''ChibiRobo'' falls under this trope.
* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' has several Lunar spells that do this. Heal Other and Heal Group allow the caster to pay their own life points to restore an equal amount to allies.
** Energy Transfer is an even better example, since it allows the caster to pay life points to give their own special attack energy to an ally (who is, presumably, better at fighting than the Lunar Mage, and could put that energy to better use). Heal [[NetHack Foo]] transfers life points on a one-to-one ratio; Energy Transfer actually consumes life points.
* The Stimpack upgrade for the Terran Marines on ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'' allows them a short-term boost of speed and reflexes. Side effects include insomnia, weight loss, mania/hypomania, seizures, paranoiac hallucinations, internal hemorrhaging, and cerebral deterioration, represented by a loss of hit points in-game. Of course, in the expansion they give you medics, letting you use multiple stimpacks while countering the side effects, making a squad of marines with a few medics a very formidable force.
** The Zerg Defiler in Starcraft and Undead Lich in ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'' both have abilities that allow them to consume allied units to restore mana - allowing them to cast from ''other people's'' hit points.
* Occurs more than a few times in the ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' series. In ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'', E-102 Gamma has the Power move Meltdown that causes horrific amounts of pain, but also takes a big bite out of his health bar. There is also the various [[SuperMode Super Forms]] that a handful of characters can take, which typically absorbs one ring per second from a minimum of fifty. If all the rings on hand are consumed by this form, then the character is left either as a OneHitpointWonder or, in [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure more]] [[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy recent]] [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed games]], dead from exposure to deadly environments such as [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace the vacuum of]] [[SubvertedTrope space]] or [[SuperDrowningSkills the flooded ruins of a city.]]
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 3: Corruption'' does this for the use of Hyper Mode. When Samus goes into it, she instantly loses one tank of energy. She can gain back some of the lost energy by exiting Hyper Mode early, making it a surprisingly effective defense if you only turn it on when getting hit by a high-damage attack. The used life points can also be stretched by using corruption effectively during heated battles; once corruption mode is entered, energy from the expended tank can no longer be reclaimed, but Samus will regenerate Phazon energy until the time limit is up.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'' had a Berserk status ailment that follows this trope. When Aya is beserked, using her weapons will sap her HP. Spells require HP to be used instead of MP, but the casting cost is doubled. While Berserk increases Aya's weapon power and levels up her parasite powers by 1, the HP cost that follows may not be worth it.
* Strangely warped in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory''. Nearly every action costs RP, but if you have none left, it will drain HP instead. The only thing you ''can't'' Cast from Hit Points is, well, actual magic.
* In ''VideoGame/{{F-Zero}} X'' and GX/AX, {{Nitro Boost}}s can be activated at any time after the first lap but drain your vehicle's life meter when used.
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall''. Your character has a chance of absorbing the magicka (mana) of the spell being slung at him and add it to his own reserves but, if you absorb much more magicka than you have capacity for, you die.
** Also the spell Equilibrium in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]].'' It converts your health into magicka. Of course, if you're not careful with its use, you're liable to kill yourself...
* The Dominus Glyphs in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia'' consume HP when used. [[spoiler:Equipping all three and casting them as a Union Glyph [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun will kill you outright. Usually]].]]
* The Sigil in ''{{Strife}}'' is the most powerful weapon in the entire game. Its ammo is your hitpoints of course, and it uses more when you upgrade it by finding the other pieces of it.
* ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'': If you manage to [[spoiler:[[PacifistRun avoid killing anything]] in the entire game]], an NPC will leave behind the Massacre to help you in the final boss fight. Each shot takes one Health to fire, but the damage dealt is only slightly less than what you'd deal with [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss reflected shots]].
* While not specifically magic per se, the [[BloodKnight Warrior class]] from ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' gains skills that, in exchange for Attacking Multiple Enemy's in a Single Attack, required payment from both HP and MP -- counterbalanced by the fact that these guys happen to have the highest HP stat in the game, hands down.
** And in an inversion, the [[SquishyWizard Mage class]] gains a defensive buff that allows them to redirect up to 80% of the damage they receive to their MP.
** The Melee-based Brawler path of the Pirate class also learns a skill that converts HP into MP. The higher level the skill, the less HP you have to use to gain MP.
** The Demon Avenger plays this trope straight, literally casting from his/her own hit points -- because s/he does not have an MP meter!
* In ''VideoGame/AidynChronicles: The First Mage'' on the Nintendo 64, magic is cast using stamina, which along with endurance and character level determine total Hit Points.
* After a Franchise/{{Pokemon}} has used all of their PP for all of their moves or is under a certain condition (Like if holding a Choice Scarf and being subject to Torment), they are forced to use use a ([[DesperationAttack otherwise unavailable]]) move called Struggle, doing a pittance of damage at the cost of a sizable chunk of HP.
** There's also the actual move Curse, where a ghost Pokémon can sacrifice half of their HP to put an extremely damaging curse status effect on the opponent that takes away a quarter of the opponent's health per turn. And has the illustration of a needle going into the ghost type. If any other type uses it, it just decreases speed, but increases attack and defense.
** Substitute, which takes 1/4 of your maximum HP and turns it into a, well, substitute that takes the damage of the next attack, as well as block status.
*** Depending on how much health your Pokémon has and the damage the enemy does, a Substitute can sometimes take two or three hits. This gives you lots of time to set up and/or wreak havoc.
** A hold item called Life Orb boosts attacking moves by 30% at the cost of HP equal to 10% of the maximum every time you attack. The abilities Magic Guard and Sheer Force (for moves that affect it) cancels this out though. While not a direct example, Abilities such as Quick Feet, Guts, and Toxic Boost tend to invite a similar strategy. While these Abilities are activated by the user being afflicted by StandardStatusEffects, players often speed up the process by equipping Pokémon that have said Abilities with a Toxic or Flame Orb, inflicting poison or a burn on them. This results in the Speed or Attack boost granted by the Ability, as well as a DisabilityImmunity against more hindering statuses like paralysis or sleep, at the cost of losing health each turn to the poison or burn.
** Some powerful moves such as Take Down, Wood Wammer, Flare Blitz, Brave Bird, Head Smash, Double-Edge, Volt Tackle, and Submission do recoil damage to the user. Some Pokemon, such as Aerodactyl and Geodude, have the ability Rock Head, which prevents recoil damage. Others have the ability Reckless, which raises the damage ''and'' the recoil.
** Belly Drum costs half of your HP to maximize attack. It can be Baton Passed, thus making it a deadly strategy, especially if a Pokémon like Smeargle uses it.
** Some moves cause the user to faint for an effect to happen: Final Gambit subtracts whatever amount of HP they just lost from the target. Healing Wish and Lunar Dance completely heal the health and status effects of the next Pokemon to come in. Memento sharply lowers the attack and special attack stats of the opponent.
*** Self-Destruct and Explosion (especially) are extremely powerful, but it instantly causes the user to faint. However, unlike the above, they do their damage ''before'' the user faints.
** In the field, Softboiled and Milk Drink can be used to restore someone else's HP, at the cost of that same amount of HP from the user.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXDGaleOfDarkness'' has two moves of its own. Shadow Half halves the HP of everyone on the field -- yourself included. Shadow End is basically a shadow version of Double-Edge; it does massive damage, but hits you with some nasty recoil.
* Blaster System of Nanoha ver. [=StS=] in ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena''. In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', it enhanced Nanoha's capabilities, but ate at the life of both her and her device with every spell she used. This was translated in the game as a move that will significantly increase her damage at the cost of her HP being drained while it's active.
* Dekans in ''VideoGame/RohanOnline'' have a number of powers that draw on their health. Forefoot Step is a melee attack that uses up 20% of the Dekan's health and deals out damage based on the amount of Hit Points sacrificed (and is best used with tank builds for both damage and survivability). Health To Mana sacrifices health in order to give you more mana for skills, and Health Funnel draws off some of your health in order to heal others or yourself if need be.
* ''VideoGame/MichaelJacksonsMoonwalker'' has a bunch of special moves that come with the cost of draining your life bar, including throwing your hat as a boomerang and causing all the bad guys on the screen to get their groove on, after which they all drop dead. They don't drain health in the ArcadeGame, only the console versions.
* In the ''VideoGame/EccoTheDolphin'' games, the OxygenMeter running out meant Ecco's health would start to go down. If ''that'' ran out, he would drown. Surfacing would restore the air meter, but he'd still have to find some fish to replenish any health lost from nearly drowning.
* There are several such spells in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' almost all of which belong to Necromancers. Several Blood Magic spells and some Death Magic have a minimal Energy cost, but require you to sacrifice a percentage of your HP to use them. See [[http://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Sacrifice this wiki page]] for a listing of such skills.
* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Ashley can learn special weapons-specific, and usually rather powerful or otherwise damn good, attacks called Break Arts. Using Break Arts doesn't cost MP, and doesn't increase Ashley's RISK. It does, however, take off a bit of HP. How much HP is taken varies based on the "strength" of the Break Art.
* Friendly ghost girl Pamela in ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' has a number of skills that drain her HP instead of her SP.
** Which are a bit more practical than most examples, given her high magic resistance, [[IntangibleMan Physical]] [[NoSell Immunity]], [[LifeDrain Bear Kiss]] skills and ability to auto-revive a few turns after death. In fact, combined with [[DesperationAttack No Bullying]] and a passive skill called [[CriticalStatusBuff The Grudge]], these can lead into GameBreaker territory.
* In the original ''[[VideoGame/LegacyofKain Blood Omen]]'', Kain had a spell that allowed him to literally ''shoot his own blood'' at enemies. If it hit, he'd gain back any lost health plus some extra, as the enemies' blood would be sucked out of their bodies and into his. If it missed, or if he fired it at something with poisoned or tainted blood, he'd be SOL.
* In the MMORPG ''VideoGame/DarkAges'' by Nexon, the Monk class had access to four different forms of martial arts: Draco (Dragon), Kelberoth (a large cat-like creature), Scorpion, and White Bat. One of the abilities that came with Kelberoth Form was Kelberoth Strike, which dealt a large amount of damage to an enemy at the cost of a large chunk of the Monk's HP. As a result, Kelberoth Form was generally derided as inferior, suicidal, and utterly pointless for leveling purposes unless you had a Priest attached to your hip at all times.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Angband}}'', if you cast a spell without enough mana, there's a chance of damaging your CON (health stat) temporarily or permanently.
** Also, the Genocide/Banishment spell will subtract 1d3 HP for each monster killed by the spell. Potions of *Healing* recommended when casting said spell in a monster pit.
* VideoGame/DarkAgeOfCamelot has a hand-to-hand class called the Savage that can buff themselves with faster and more damaging hits at the cost of losing a percentage of their current health once the effect ends.
* Legend Entertainment's Literature/{{Shannara}} (which is a videogame based on the books) has this for elfstones. "Mostly, the elfstones cannot be used twice without rest, or the user will be drained to the point of death." The elfstones themselves are also destroyed if used twice in succession. [[spoiler:Naturally, Davio has to die by using them twice in a battle near the end-game. (And earlier on, you can save Shella if you agree with Davio using the elfstones a second time, and Davio doesn't die, but does lose the elfstones, which instantly forfeits the game).]]
** In the books, some magic works like this too: in ''The Elfstones of Shannara'', Allanon's magic ages him substantially. Luckily he can recharge, which also handily explains why he's never around except when adventuring needs to be done.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms4'' and ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' both have a move simply titled "Sacrifice" which uses a little MP, which brings self down to 1 HP, but deals damage proportional to it. Since all HP returns to max after battle, this can become a GameBreaker for random encounters.
** Sacrifice returned in ''WildArmsXF'', attached to the main character's class. Her armor also came with the natural ability to put her to half HP instead of 1 HP.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsInTheNightmare'', ''any'' action your knights and the heroines take costs some of their health (which can only be regained through leveling up). Maria and Meria both have LimitBreak-style [[FinishingMove finishing moves]] that do [[ForMassiveDamage ridiculous amounts of damage to everything on the field]], but the VIT cost is so high that even three uses will kill them, meaning a game over. (Except in Easy Mode, where you can get more like seven or eight uses out of it.)
** Also, the "Time" and "Rounds" are essentially the life force of the Wisp:Time will always go down whenever one of your units is charging an attack.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', the Mystic Eyes of Death Perception cause brain damage, which is increasingly severe with every use. They're also quite taxing on the psyche. How drastic the damage is depends on what Shiki is trying to destroy, and merely severing alone lines does less still. The low ends of the scale is merely slicing or destroying a normally living creature. The farther end is potentially lethal and covers trying to kill objects, concepts, and properties, such as walls, the senses (theorized but never utilized), and the toxic factor in poison.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', the Blood Mage specialization takes this trope to the extreme. Instead of mana, a Blood Mage literally uses ''[[BloodyMurder his own blood]]'' (as represented by HP) to cast spells. While you have Blood Magic active, healing effects restore much less of your health than they otherwise would, which makes Blood Magic rather dangerous to use in combat if you don't know what you're doing.
** A Blood Mage can get around this by draining blood from his or her ''own allies'' to restore HP. Ranger summoned pets will also do in a pinch.
** Reavers are also warriors that have similar abilities.
** The Soldier's Peak DLC allows the player to unlock a few Grey Warden-specific abilities, which drain health in return for certain benefits. For example, the Dark Sustenance spell allows the Warden to sacrifice a small amount of health to gain a larger amount of mana. Warriors get an ability that weaponizes HighPressureBlood to [[BlownAcrossTheRoom blow enemies across the room]] in all directions.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Archon}}'', the Wizard and the Sorceress units have pools of magic that they can use to hinder their enemies. Actually using them, however, cuts into their maximum HP when they enter combat. This can be dangerous toward the end-game, when your spellcaster may be one of the few pieces left on the board and they'll need all of the health they can muster.
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' has the Fusion Cannon, a WaveMotionGun which drains your shield energy if you charge it too long (and it does less damage if you do so).
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', the [[LimitBreak Devastators]] draw from the Critical Mass of above-100% hp Alex has.
** Prototype is also the SpiritualSuccessor of ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'', a game where you play as the titular embodiment of UnstoppableRage, whose health bar also doubles as a Critical Mass meter.
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', Dr. Mundo, Mordekaiser, and Sion use health to fuel all their abilities. Olaf also has one ability that's fueled by health instead of mana. Then there's Vladimir the Crimson Reaper, who's an actual spell-caster rather than a fighter like the others.
** Now, there's Zac and Aatrox who use the same methods. Zac's a large blob, who's attacks involve stretching or breaking pieces off himself, while Aatrox can drain his life to empower his attacks.
* ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'' uses a similar system to ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'', albeit fleshed out more. That is to say, not only is Body as legitimate a stat to cast from as [[{{Mana}} Mind]] or Soul, all three function as HP of a sort, and dropping any of them to 0 counts as a defeat, so anything except a melee attack is CastFromHP.
* The Life Leech from ''VideoGame/{{Blood}}'' normally uses trapped souls as ammunition; if you run out of those, it uses your HP as ammo instead. It's really a non-issue, considering it drains health from any enemy it hits and adds it to your own.
* Colette's Sacrifice spell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. Still costs an incredible amount of MP on top of it, though.
* In ''VideoGame/TacticsOgreTheKnightOfLodis'', Euphare's Energy Transfer skill lets her give up 1/4 of her HP to restore another character's MP. Since all characters start each battle with 0 MP and recover a bit per turn, Euphare's skill borders on a GameBreaker, letting you use powerful summons and other spells immediately on turn 1.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spinoff game ''Destiny of the Doctors'', the Graak starts with 9999 hit points, but any exertion reduces that. Fortunately, there are enough restorative crystals for it to gain enough hit points to finish restoring the Doctor's incarnations.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', drinking a [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Jumbo_Dr._Lucifer Jumbo Dr. Lucifer]] [[HPToOne reduces the user to 1 HP]], converting the rest of their HP into MP with a multiplier. Since DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist, though, that may not be as bad as it seems.
** Additionally, if the item combined with a Pastamancer spell known as "Cannelloni Cocoon," which heals the user's full hit points for 20 MP, it wouldn't really matter how hard hitting death was. Full hit points for a fraction of the magic you just regained.
* In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 4'' and ''5'', the use of a Dark Chip will allow Mega Man to perform a very powerful attack, at the cost of losing 1 hitpoint permanently for each Dark Chip he uses.
* Not specifically magic, but in numerous {{Beat Em Up}}s, such as the ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' trilogy and ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 2 and 3'', characters have special attacks that knock nearby enemies down, but have a health penalty if they connect.
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura,'' magic is kind of funny. There's no mana meter, per se, instead there's a blue "fatigue" meter which gets used up if you overdo physical actions, take blunt weapon hits, ''and'' is used up when you cast magic. An unwise spellcaster can cast themselves into unconsciousness rather quickly. So magic, in this game, doesn't kill you by casting it, but it does take a physical toll on you and if you overdo it you will wind up getting killed anyway by all the enemies piling onto your unconscious body.
* Top-down MMO space shooter ''Subspace'' is all about this. Firing bullets, launching bombs, leaving mines, and using your afterburner all drain your shield energy, which [[GoodThingYouCanHeal regenerates slowly]].
* Although ''VideoGame/NetHack'' characters themselves can't cast from hit points, wands can -- a wand with nominally zero charges still has a little magic left, and with repeated zaps, it will convert its mass into enough power for one more shot, after which it disintegrates.
** The spinoff Slash'EM does allow casting from hit points if power points are low, and the character is at least skilled in the school of the spell in question.
* Iari's Golemn spells in ''VideoGame/{{Summoner 2}}'' use HP, and explosion knocks her out. If you've got the right gems equipped, it's virtually the only way to kill her late in the game, so make sure you have it if you take her into Survival in the Arena, or you'll be there forever.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', [[spoiler:Axel]] puts his whole being into an attack and [[strike:dies]] [[HesJustHiding takes a nap.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]]'', one of Terra's unique attacks is "Sacrifice", which consumes HP -- although never enough for you to KO yourself using it.
** The ability [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Risky Play]] in ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'' causes you to take damage every time your attack misses. Quite mercifully, however, [[ColdSniper Xigbar]] is unaffected by this ability, as the accuracy of his attacks is... [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy a bit lacking]] in this game.
* Some BlackMagic spells in the first ''{{Spellforce}}'' can literally be cast from HitPoints (and a little mana). Their effect is the same as another BlackMagic spell, which does a huge amount of damage, but costs a lot of mana and has a long cooldown.
* In ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier2'', once your characters run out of [[ManaPoints Weapon Points or Spell Points]], they'll lose their Life Points (which are different from regular HitPoints.) Using skills or techniques can permanently kill the character once Life Points run out.
* In the original ''VideoGame/SaGaFrontier'', there's a couple spells that certain characters can get that cost Life Points to buy. Seeing as most characters only get seven or eight of these chances -- and once you're out, that character is completely dead until you get to an inn that resurrects (and not all do) -- you really have to weigh the pros and cons to get the spells.
* Early on in ''{{Bloodrayne 2}}'', Rayne comes across a pair of supposedly legendary anti-vampire handguns called the Carpathian Dragons. Since they process blood for ammo, you reload them by draining mooks (which you also have to do to heal yourself, so you now have to balance keeping your health and ammo topped up). The Dragons can still be fired if their reservoirs run empty, but they'll drain blood directly from Rayne - which means that each shot saps a little of your health.
* [[TierInducedScrappy Infamously]], Pichu from ''SuperSmashBros Melee''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Atelier Rorona|The Alchemist of Arland}}'', all special abilities and spells are this.
* Playing the Vampire race/class in ''DesktopDungeons'' causes spells to be cast from your health instead of mana.
* ''VideoGame/{{Amea}}'' applies this by aversion of RequiredSecondaryPowers -- for instance, fire spells burn your hands. You can reduce the cost of spells by finding gloves.
* In ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Servants are made of mana. Using their special techniques/Noble Phantasms uses up mana. If they use them too much, or use them when weakened or otherwise injured, then there is a risk of burning themselves out. Luckily, most Masters constantly supply their Servants with mana, and only a truly incompetent Master (*cough*Shirou*cough*) would have to rely on DeusSexMachina to start the mana-transfer.
* In the BYOND game ''VideoGame/NEStalgia'', which is an online game inspired by early 8-bit RPGS, there is a warlock class which uses HP for spells. One spell, Shift, consumes health from the warlock and restores the health of another party member.
* In the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series, you have Health, Stamina, and Magic points. If magic is drained, you can't cast spells, no matter what. However, this trope applies to Stamina, which allows you to do anything more strenuous than day-to-day activities (like fighting, running, and so on): if Stamina runs out, you get the message that "You are so exhausted that everything you do hurts." Any subsequent use of Stamina will drain your health, and you can, in effect, exercise to death. If this happens in battle, however, you die (due to lacking sufficient energy to defend yourself).
* In the ''Saga of {{Ryzom}}'', you can customize your attack skills and spells to do this. It's considered an economical choice.
* The Dragon's Heart attack in ''VideoGame/AdventureQuest'' uses up some of your HP but heals your mana.
* Skarlet from ''Videogame/MortalKombat9'' can throw an unblockable Blood Ball at the opponent, but each one thrown eats up some of her health. Justified because she is literally ''made'' of blood.
* In ''Flink'', Flink's magic and health meters are one and the same.
* The [[BloodKnight Berserker]] class in ''DungeonFighterOnline'' literally uses his own blood as a weapon, to the point of dual wielding swords made from his own blood. All of his blood skills (understandably) use hit points instead of mana, and he gets buffs that allow him to drain health from enemies.
* In ''TalesOfMajEyal'', Reavers and Corrupters can use the skill "Bloodcasting" to cast using HP if they can't afford the Vim cost of their skills, and "Life Tap" to boost their damage for a time at the cost of HP. The only thing that prevents all of their spells from being cast from HP all the time is that they steal the LifeEnergy of other things, and so can only regain Vim by attacking creatures.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', a ship's crew functions as its hitpoints. The Orz can send crew members into space to board the enemy ship, while the Druge can sacrifice crew members in order to fire their giant cannon more. The Ur-Quan could launch fighters crewed from their own crew complement- - more nimble than Orz marines, and against the right targets, more reliable - but they only had a hitpoint each, and since they needed to stay in space to do their work (unlike the Orz), they were rendered utterly useless by enemy point defense. Launching fighters against a Chmrr Avatar was about as useful as flushing your crew down the drain, unless its orbiting zap-sats had all been destroyed.
* ''VideoGame/{{Amagon}}'': The most powerful attack in the game is a laser that Megagon can shoot from his body, at the cost of two hit points.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Athena}}'', Athena loses one hit point each time she swings the powerful Flame Sword. This can't kill her, because the sword powers down when she gets low on health.
* In ''EYEDivineCybermancy'', you can install the "Power Converter" implant, which bolts onto the heart. When activated, it converts blood into energy for your other implants or psychic abilities.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', a few characters' arts fall into this category. Both Shulk and Dunban have arts that fill a percentage their talent gauge (think on a {{downplayed}} LimitBreak) at the cost of half of their current HP; and Melia has Healing Gift, which sacrifices some of her HP to heal another party member (and considering she draws the least aggro out of all characters depending on how you play her, this isn't too bad).
* The MMORPG game {{Lucent Heart}} has wizards that have a spell which converts their HP into MP. One wizard class can transfer the MP gained onto allies, making them valuable.
* ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' has Baroque mode, which to execute you must be willing to give up red health (meaning health that can be healed on the sidelines). However, the more punishment you take means the more health you can exchange to power up, and that means the stronger you'll be under its influence.
** In a similar vein, in UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3, ComicBook/{{Nova}}'s Gravemetric Pulse and Gravemetric Blaster attacks become much more powerful by sacrificing red health.
* In ''MechWarrior Living Legends'', when your mech is at the [[OverHeating heat red-line]] and you're out of coolant, lasers effectively become this. Every time you fire them at the red-line, you essentially trade your armor for firepower. Continuing to fire them [[HeroicRROD will result in your arms melting off, and your fusion reactor being breached]]. In aircraft that spam laser weapons, such as the Sulla "A" variant, it's commonly said that its "ammo" is its armor.
* Every time [[spoiler:Rico/Oltara]] or Imnity cast a spell in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny'', they burn away a 'page' of their life. When they run out, they'll die. Otherwise, they're not really killable through normal means.
* After passing the Three Tests of the Swivel Chair, ''VideoGame/HarryTheHandsomeExecutive'' can use TheForce of the Swivel to channel his life energy into weaponized blasts.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII: The Tyranny of King Washington'' DLC, Ratonhaketon gains several powerful animal abilities, but they drain his health quickly while active.
* The [[WhatCouldHaveBeen planned but later cancelled]] playable djinni race in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl'' had this as their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]]. Unlike other races which have HP and MP as separate stats, they'd have had one single stat called Essence which works as both.
* This is the entire modus operandi of ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey [[VideoGameRemake Untold]]'''s protagonist, the Highlander. The majority of his moveset consists of skills that consume his (and in a few cases the entire party's) HP, with effects ranging from powerful multi-target attacks to strong {{Status Buff}}s.
* The mobile OS game ''Smash Hit''. You have a limited number of steel balls to smash glass obstacles with. Some give you more balls, but crashing into an obstacle makes you lose 10. Lose all your balls and it's game over.
* ''VideoGame/PixelJunkEden'' has a recovery technique that returns you to the last solid ground you grabbed, at the cost of a chunk of the synchronization meter (the game's equivalent of a life bar).
* ''VideoGame/GriefSyndrome'' simultaneously plays this straight and subverts it with it's [[TimeLimit Soul Limit]] system. Each character has a special technique that burns HP, but the HP used to fuel the attack is marked in blue on their life meter instead of the normal red. When the character's RegeneratingHealth kicks in, they're able to heal the section marked in blue without draining their Soul Limit (which would happen for the red.) If they get hit before the blue section is fully healed, though, it turns red and becomes normal damage that does require draining the Soul Limit meter to replenish.
* ''Corruption of Champions'' has two sets of magic armor -- the Inquisitor's Robes and its DistaffCounterpart the Inquisitor's Corset -- that, when worn, change the spellcasting mechanics by using HP instead of Fatigue points to cast spells and activate mental and supernatural specials. These armors can only be found in the swamp and take a ridiculous amount of searching to find, and you can't obtain both sets with the same character, but for a mage or MagicKnight, they're considered the best light armor sets in the game. It would definitely be worth your time to search the swamp until you find them if using magic figures heavily into your core skill set, especially if you have a high Toughness score and all of the Tank and Regeneration perks.[[/folder]]

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* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', [[spoiler:Mewtwo]] hits [=MechaMew2=] with enough of Ash's memories to make him faint, and when he wakes up, he can't remember the fight or what happened afterwards.
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Nanase claims she can [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-03-13 Cast From Calories]].
** She gets a more traditional one later.
* ''Webcomic/KidRadd'' demonstrates the drawbacks of such techniques. When Radd and the others visit a fighting game, Sheena, being an NPC sprite, is unable to inflict or receive any damage from her opponent. Her opponent grows increasingly desperate to damage her, and finally uses an attack that sacrifices some of her life to attack Sheena. The attack fails and because Sheena's opponent has less health than Sheena when the time runs out (i.e., less than full), Sheena wins.
* In ''Webcomic/HazardsWake'', Path is an {{Expy}} of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Tellah]], so he does this.
* In ''Webcomic/NotAVillain'', the Game allows {{Special|Attack}}s which [[PointBuildSystem move points between attributes]], allowing characters to cast from any attribute.
* Extremely powerful magics can take a toll on the caster's life force in ''{{Webcomic/Roommates}}'' too. Like, summoning a sea from nowhere in a magical land will drain the caster so much he is lucky to not pass out. The same in the ''real world'' is probably close to lethal or impossible.
* In ''Sorcery101,'' sorcery can take a serious toll on the human body, leading many practitioners to die of a heart attack at a relatively young age. For that reason, many who learn it are already immortal, like vampires or "blood bonds" (which includes the series' protagonist).
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* In ''Literature/TalesOfWyre'', [[{{Druid}} Nwm]] often does this, since he can heal himself afterward.
-->'''Shomei''': Effectively, the Green absorbs the backlash.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', the Magus taps the magic of Avalon in the episode of the same name, which severely weakens him. While initially it only exhausts him, [[spoiler:he ends up casting so many spells this way that he dies as a result]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' [[spoiler:[[MixAndMatchCritters B'wana Beast]]]] pulls a HeroicSacrifice this way, straining his powers to death to tear apart a revived super-[[EldritchAbomination Starro]] (after the Hunter had already drained him to revive it in the first place).
* In ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'', there is a spell called "Soul Burn" which trades life force for enhanced powers, for a short time. Used in episode 26 by [[spoiler:Sophie Casterwill]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', those who use their magic without being connected to the Heart of Candracar end up using up their own life energy doing so. Halinor is shown to be exhausted after using some of her magic to protect the Citadel and it's implied that Nerissa's withered state is because of her constantly using Quintessence.
* Elita One, in WesternAnimation/TheTransformers episode ''The Search For Alpha Trion'', had the power to stop time at a localized level, but doing so drained her HitPoints.
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