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[[caption-width-right:232:Sometimes, one touch can change everything.]]

Literally touching one or more mundane objects (weapons, sticks, rocks, etc.) to transform them into awesome objects by infusing them with magic. Occasionally, this power is contained in [[TrickedOutGloves a glove.]] While this usually involves the touch of the hands, sometimes the touch with ''any part of the skin'' works similarly.

Depending on what specifically happens when you touch things, there may be potentials to this; "turning to gold" touch makes you rich, "turning to food" touch makes you never hungry, etc. However, if [[PowerIncontinence there are no way of limiting this]] (whether innate control of the power, or a PowerLimiter), it could become messy quickly.

It potentially can be used to strengthen your weapons. You can, for example, make your pointy stick [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibrate for extra killing potential]] or make your BladeOnAStick acidic. The important thing is that it is possible without a long amount of time or outside influence, such as TheBlacksmith or, in extreme cases, tools.

The TropeCodifier is the tale of King Midas, who gets a wish of being able to turn everything he touches into gold. However, after he touches food and his own daughter and turned them into gold, he realizes that it's more of a BlessedWithSuck.

See also: ElementalPunch, ItemAmplifier, and SpellBlade. TouchedByVorlons is when your touch [[SuperEmpowering gives people superpowers]]. When your touch kills instead, it's the TouchOfDeath.


* Skittles gives us [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fojrw_vU0k8 the Skittles touch,]] a poor old man whose touch turns everything to Skittles. It's surprisingly dark for a candy commercial.
* A [=McDonald's=] commercial has the Hamburglar imagine what life would be like if everything he touched would turn into [=McDonald's=] cheeseburgers. When Ronald won't let him touch Grimace, a frustrated Hamburglar accidentally touches himself, turning him into a cheeseburger.

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'': Cinque's Inherent Skill "Rumble Detonator" turns any metallic substance she touches into high-grade explosive. Combined with her other special ability to summon any number of steel throwing knives, it turns her into one of the most dangerous girls around.
** See Gambit, below.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' has [[http://inverse.org/e/bkg/magic/sp1.shtml#astralvine Astral Vine]] to enchant anything sharp [[spoiler:including corporeal spell effects]] to damage targets immune to normal weapons.
* ''Manga/OmamoriHimari'' has the Light Ferry ability of the Amakawa family, which allows them to enhance objects and people.
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', this ability is possessed by [[spoiler:Homura (along with a [[BagOfHolding Shield of Holding]])]], in contrast to most Puella Magi who summon magic weapons. Given the loose nature of magic in the setting, theoretically all Puella Magi could have this power.
** And they do - Mami was able to transform Sayaka's [[BatterUp metal bat]] in order to help her fight ([[{{Muggle}} not being a Puella Magi at that point]]), and Kyouko transformed a pair of binoculars to theoretically make them see further.
* Mina Hazuki from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' can turn anything she's holding into something indistinguishable from a lightsaber.
* Suzuka from ''Manga/OutlawStar'' has a wooden katana that acts as a conduit for her KiAttacks.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', minor villain Monster Carrot could turn any living being he touched into a carrot. He could change them back if forced to.
* ''Manga/OnePiece:'' Some Devil Fruit powers are activated with a touch.
** Vander Decken's Mark Mark Fruit lets him mark someone/thing with his hand, and then anything he "throws" with said hand will [[HomingProjectile home in towards that marked target]]. As he has only 2 hands, he can only mark 2 people at a time; his marking can also be washed away with water to his hand. In particular, he always keeps one hand for Princess Shirahoshi, who he has touched since a decade ago and he hasn't washed that hand ever since.
** Sugar's Hobby Hobby Fruit lets him turn people or animals into toys with the touch of her hands. It has the side effect of [[RetGone making everyone forget about the victim.]] When Robin got her pinned with her hand-multiplication powers, Sugar simply touches one of Robin's "growth hands" with her own hand and Robin gets turned into a toy. She gets better though.
** Gladius' Pop Pop Fruit makes everything he touches inflate and then pop, releasing deadly shrapnel all around.
** Aside from turning himself invisible, Absalom can also make everything he touches invisible with his Devil Fruit power.

* ComicBook/{{Gambit}} of the ''Comicbook/XMen'' has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive. Although he prefers to [[DeathDealer charge and flick playing cards]] at his opponent. The ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'' version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a ''bomb'') and their experiments stabilized him.
** OlderThanTheyThink: Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to ''get some of his brain excised'' to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be [[spoiler: a version of himself from an ParallelUniverse slash BadFuture who never got his powers dampened, grew to PhysicalGod status, and lost control]]. He's called "New Sun" because he ''vaporised the entire planet Earth'' with his powers.
* The Silver Samurai of Creator/MarvelComics, after his reveal as a {{mutant}} with AbsurdlySharpBlade as his power.
* Another MarvelUniverse character, Harpoon, could charge a metal spear with his own bio energy and use it as a devastating weapon.
* In the Don Rosa ''[[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Scrooge McDuck]]'' story "Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies", it is learned that Magica [=DeSpell=] has been attempting to steal Scrooge's "Number One Dime" for this purpose; she possesses a magic formula that would grant her the ability to turn whatever she touches into gold, but the key component of the spell is the first coin ever earned by the richest person in the world.

* Two characters in ''FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'' have this. One of them is Electra Pendragon, who enchants pretty much anything she touches into a magic item, with the catch that it falls apart when she lets go. In contrast, Ino has little control over her AntiMagic powers, disenchanting anything she touches aside from her Keyblade.
* In one part of ''[[FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II]]'', Rarity essentially gets the Midas Touch.
* ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'': Discord cursed Filthy Rich/Onyx Tiara so that any pony he touched transformed into a submissive duplicate of his wife (even [[GenderBender a colt]]). He suffered SanitySlippage and had an orgy with them, rejecting his real wife when she showed up. When Discord was defeated and all his enchantments ended, it was a very traumatizing experience.

* ''Film/GhostRider'': Johnny's motorcycle and a random shotgun.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'': The pumpkin [[strike:king]] coach and partially the nifty dress.
* In the stop-motion holiday special ''WesternAnimation/TheYearWithoutASantaClaus'', [[AnIcePerson Snow Miser]] demonstrates that he can turn objects into snow, and back to their original forms, by touching them. (Debatable whether this trope also applies to his brother Heat Miser, as melting things with a touch is changing what ''state'' of matter they're in, but not changing them into ''different'' matter.)

* In ''The Chocolate Touch'' a boy has the same gift as Midas but with [[EverythingsBetterWithChocolate chocolate]] instead of gold.
* [[spoiler:Michael]] in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' develops the ability to 'enhance' the properties of things, making water more effective while fighting fire, giving his horse SuperSpeed, and on one occasion making the air thicker to break his fall.
* Berserker, the resident HeroKiller of ''LightNovel/FateZero'', has a combination of this power, InstantExpert, ImplausibleFencingPowers and SuperStrength, with the result that he can rip a telephone pole out of the ground and use it to completely overwhelm a legendary swordsman with an InfinityPlusOneSword. Oh, and any magic weapon he holds responds to him as if he were its master. One of the biggest OhCrap moments in the story comes when [[spoiler:he manages to get his hands on a ''jet fighter'']].
* Soulcasting in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. One touch can turn [[BreadEggsMilkSquick rocks into food, wood into steel, or a brigand into smoke.]]
* ''Literature/ThePracticeEffect'' has a setting in which this is the ''normal'' effect of touching - more specifically, using - an object: natural law causes inorganic things to become more fit for a specific use with continuous use, and to rapidly fall apart from lack of use. The setting's "magic touch" is at base the power to ''prevent'' this: equally valuable, as a law of diminishing returns on "exercise" otherwise limit the complexity of tools and technology level which can exist.
* ''Literature/EverybodyLovesLargeChests'' has a particularly nasty variant. Performing the Ritual of Unholy Wealth produces an extravagant golden goblet called the Profanus Gloria, which is eternally filled with... some kind of liquid. Anyone who sees it will [[ArtifactOfAttraction feel an unnatural and insatiable urge to drink from it, and lash out at anyone else who might want it themselves.]] However, those who drink have their skeletons [[BodyHorror painfully turned into solid gold,]] with the rest of their bodies disintegrating soon after.

[[folder:Live-action TV]]
* A Troubled woman in ''Series/{{Haven}}'' turns any food she touches into cake. She's more than a little overweight.

* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Midas was a king who asked for the powers to turn everything he touches into gold from the god Dionysus after taking care of his foster father. [[BlessedWithSuck He later learned that having everything turning to gold was not a good idea]].

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet:''
** One animated sketch featured King Minus, who would make things disappear whenever he touched them. The sketch ends with him accidentally making the princess he was trying to rescue vanish.
** An episode features Cookie Monster being granted "The Cookie Touch", wherein whatever he touches turns into a cookie, so he never has to wait for them. He tries to share his newfound power with his friends by turning their favorite things into cookies, which doesn't bode well with them. He soon finds out he has another disadvantage when he wants to eat something other than cookies.

* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': Gauntlets of Ghost-Fighting for when you want to kill incorporeal things but don't want to enchant all of your stuff. Even older are Gauntlets of Weaponry Arcane that make any weapon held count for purpose of immunities as silver and +1 to what it normally is.
** Or for a less flavorful version you could learn the magic weapon/fang spell and hope the enchantment lasted long enough.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'':
** The Arcane Strike feat allows any arcane caster to briefly imbue their weapons with magic, increasing damage.
** A number MagicKnight classes like the magus and warpriest have the ability to grant enchantments to weapons or armor they're using. These can be simple numerical bonuses or other enhancement effects like [[FlamingSword flaming]] or [[AntiMagic spell resistance]].
* ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' has the rite of [[strike:pants]] dedication. Interestingly enough, most Klaives don't count since they require the outside influence of a spirit and a great deal of time/effort.
* In ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', a lot of Clauses seem to work by empowering a prop, this is most clear in the case of the Entitlements: College of Worms, The Scarecrow Ministry, Bodhisattvas of the Broken Cage, and Squires of the Broken Bough.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'', [[{{Tautology}} Mages]] can imbue objects with energy, thus for example allowing them to hit ghosts.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The first few stages of the [[BottomlessMagazines obliterator]] virus work like this, up until you can't remove your weapons or armor anymore.
* Played with a bit in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' -- when it comes to magic, "standard" spells work best on things the caster can, indeed, touch, and the chance of success then drops off fairly quickly with distance (effective skill is -1 per ''yard'' between caster and target, in a 3d6-roll-under-skill system). This is exactly the main benefit of a {{magic staff}} in the game, too: properly enchanted, touching something with ''it'' counts as touching it personally and it extends the user's reach accordingly as well.
** Played straight with Imbuements, which allow a character to infuse weapons (or limbs, armor, shields, etc.)that they use with magical enhancements.

* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', you learn the "Enchant Item" spell quite early on. While it can be used to power up weapons, it's also used to repair broken (by plot events only) items and at one point near the end [[spoiler: make a C4 bomb powerful enough to destroy some catacombs full of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'', poisons work this way. If you make a potion with only negative effects you can apply it to your weapon. While you're technically just using PoisonedWeapons, the poison is alchemical in nature, has most of the same effects as magic and allows the poisoned strikes to affect incorporeal creatures (magical weapon) regardless of type.
* In the ''Makin' Magic'' expansion pack of ''VideoGame/TheSims1'', any Sim with magical powers can use the Enchant spell to temporarily bring a garden gnome or lawn flamingo to life or even just make the fridge open and close by itself as it pleases, or make the checkers on the checkerboard dance around.
* In the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' series, Dante can shoot enchanted bullets, shotgun blasts and grenades when using his Devil Trigger. It's impicitly his touch that makes this possible.
** Similarly, in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'', Nero charges his shots by holding the [[HandCannon gun]] with his [[RedRightHand demonic arm]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', every PlayerCharacter uses their weapons as a kind of magic wand, overlapping with this and KiAttacks. Oh, and it's modern-day UrbanFantasy, and an [[MoreDakka Assault Rifle]] or [[GunFu pair of pistols]] conducts magic just as easily as a sword or traditional magic focus.

* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'': [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/01/31/animus-complex/ On this page,]] Wonderella gains the power to give life to anything she touches.

* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1015 SCP-1015 ("Poor Man's Midas")]] is a cursed penny that causes whoever possesses it to turn everything they touch into pennies. The original owner died after rubber bullets fired by [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Foundation]] agents turned into pennies and ruptured his abdominal cavity.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': Dauntless has this as his superpower, being able to infuse a set of equipment with special powers each day, and therefore getting more and more powerful as time goes on.
** Flechette has the ability to make anything she touches completely ignore most of the laws of physics for a short time, which allows any projectiles she uses to [[UnblockableAttack bypass any and all defenses]] until they are already inside their targets.
** By definition, Striker-class powers tend to work like this.
* In the ''WebVideo/SuperMarioLogan'' episode, "Bowser Junior's Curse!", Junior refuses to eat his corn dogs and tosses them out the window, and as a result, the Corn Dog God curses him with the corn dog curse, wherein everything he touches turns into a corn dog.

* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Apparently, [[PlayingWithFire Zuko]] can [[FlamingSword light up]] his [[DualWielding dao swords]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "Smurfette's Sweet Tooth", Smurfette gained the power of turning whatever she touched into smurfberry candy.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode "Viewer Mail #2" Peter's cursed with the power of turning everyone and everything he touches into a clone of Creator/RobinWilliams.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/ClassOfTheTitans,'' selfish Neil is cursed with the Midas touch by the goddess Nemesis to teach him a lesson.
* The ''WesternAnimation/SillySymphony'' short "WesternAnimation/TheGoldenTouch" retells the story of Midas.
* ''WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries'' also did its own take on Midas, as a Franchise/JamesBond spoof. Here, Midas is a Blofeld-type supervillain who wants to launch himself into space and be able to turn the whole world to gold.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Chat Noir's SpecialAttack works along these lines, causing anything he touches to ''disintegrate''. It's not clear what it would do to a ''person'', but one episode where Chat was turned against his partner with MindControl strongly implies that it would not be pretty.