A trick those with ElementalPowers can do is absorbing their own element(s). For example, one may think someone with [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]] wouldn't be helpful in stopping a forest fire, but that person could simply absorb the flames and either store it or release it in a safer way. Alternately, someone with [[BlowYouAway wind powers]] can [[WeaponsThatSuck suck the air out of an area]].

See also FeedItWithFire (when this is done to restore health) and EnergyAbsorption.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Natsu from ''Manga/FairyTail'', who uses Dragon Slayer Magic, can ''eat'' (and manipulate) fire. Ditto Gajeel with iron and Wendy with air.
** It should be noted that, at least for Natsu, different fire sources and colours have different tastes. This has been used as both gags and plot points several times throughout the series.
** Ditto with the God Slayers and apparently with the [[spoiler:Devil Slayers]].
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* Scorch did it to prevent the Martian Manhunter from spawning (MakesSenseInContext), but could only hold it for a few minutes- long enough for the JLA to defeat him, though.
* Killer Frost absorbed heat in order to power her [[AnIcePerson ice powers]]. Since you'd expect AnIcePerson to be ''weak'' against fire, this tends to be a dangerous surprise for heroes facing her.
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] can do this, although if it's heat (rather than fire) it's a strain and dumping the energy absorbed is a problem. In such cases he usually has to gain high altitude and then release the energy in a serious flare. After which he is usually only semi-conscious and needs someone to catch him.
* [[TheMightyThor Thor]] can absorb electricity.

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[[folder: Film ]]
* In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Rogue absorbs Pyro's powers and uses them to put out the fires he had created, though she doesn't directly absorb the fire.
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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Done from time to time in ''Literature/CodexAlera''.
* Dragons in ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'' can swallow a flame, putting it out. This goes for candles, fireplaces, and forest fires (if the dragon is big enough). Most of the dragons in the series, however, are only big enough to swallow candle flames.
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' does this on occasion. How do you escape a boat? Freeze part of a lake. How do you do that? Absorb the heat and release it as a fireball. [[spoiler: Takes it UpToEleven in Changes when he becomes the Winter Knight, doing this to ChainLightning dozens of mooks. Even Lea is impressed.]]
* Anna in ''Literature/FindingGaia''. She can use her own energy to grow plants, but can also reverse the process and drain surrounding flora to compensate for lack of sleep or heal injury. Jason's power works in a similar way, but with life force.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', this is actually impossible without Subtractive Magic, and there's only one person [[spoiler: Richard, naturally]] who has been born with this power in three thousand years. [[spoiler: It was the Temple of the Winds leveling the playing field, because Jagang wasn't supposed to exist, either.]] There are a few people who managed to pick up Subtractive Magic, and thus this ability, by studying. There are also noted Banelings, including Darken Rahl and the Sisters of the Dark.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', a quirk of the MarsAndVenusGenderContrast in the One Power lets male channelers absorb and redirect the heat from a fire; female channelers can absorb the heat, but things go toastily wrong from there.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* In ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', the heroes learn that Fourze's Fire States can absorb nearby fires in order to power up its flamethrower weapon; conveniently, that week the [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster]] [[PlayingWithFire liked to burn things]].
** This may have been inspired by a scene in ''Film/KamenRiderTheNext'', where [[Series/KamenRiderV3 V3]] sucks the flames from a burning building into his Double Typhoon belt and uses the energy to kick villain butt.
* On ''Series/SpaceCases,'' Rosie and Bova have the power to expel massive amounts of heat and electricity, respectively. On one occasion each, they were shown to absorb them when the ship's engine overheated or overloaded.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* Many elemental creatures in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' tend to do this.
** In 3 ed. even a PC race, [[HalfHumanHybrid genasi]] can learn to heal from one's element.
** The [[DifficultButAwesome Totemist]] class can invoke this using a [[GuideDangIt soulmeld]].

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* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': By default, most Toa are able to do this with their element. The only exceptions are [[GravityMaster Gravity]] and [[PsychicPowers Psionics]].
** Vakama managed to defeat a Fire Entity simply by absorbing all the heat in the area.
** Matau managed to defeat a Sonic Entity by sucking the air out of the improvised container the Toa Metru made to trap it.
** A type of Rahi, called the Tunneler, has a similar ability, which allows it to take the physical properties of a material used to strike it, like rock, crystal, or fire. In the novels, Vakama and Onewa defeat it by [[spoiler:causing to absorb crystal, which forces it to remain still, since it was around twice the size its species is normally, [[AssimilationBackfire so it would crack if it moved]]]].

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''Videogame/{{MARDEK}}'', if a character's [[ElementalRockPaperScissors elemental resistances]] exceed 100%, incoming attacks with that element will heal them. Which means that if they have 100%+ resistance to all 8, they'll be pretty much invincible. [[note]]Not only that, if any teammates have attacks in that element, they can [[FeedItWithFire direct them at the resistance guy]] [[EnergyAbsorption to heal him]].[[/note]]
** Which is why characters never have [[PureEnergy Thauma]] resistance of any sort, and bosses get the Inversion: X attack which hits you with Thauma proportional to your resistance to X
* In ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games, monsters affiliated with an element are either immune to it or are healed by attacks of that element (be they spells or attacks with an elemental weapon). Some bosses [[BarrierChangeBoss can even change their elemental type during the fight,]] so you must figure out which one it is before attacking again. Fortunately, the player characters get access to the ability to absorb specific elements themselves in many games, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII whether by using high-level Elemental Materia]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII junctioning enough elemental spells to your Elem-Def stat]], or (in most cases) by merely donning equipment that comes with such an effect.
* Certain Heartless from ''KingdomHearts'' (mainly the ones that look like flying lanterns) can do this. Physical attacks and forms of magic other than the one they use and especially one that's opposite their own (i.e. blizzard->fire or fire->blizzard, etc.) will cause it damage. Getting hit by a magic attack that's of the same element as their own restores energy. Blue Rhapsody uses and absorbs Blizzard attacks. Red Nocturne uses and absorbs Fire attacks. Yellow Opera uses and absorbs Thunder attacks. Green Requiem absorbs all magic attacks and heals itself and other Heartless. Aquatank, a fish-like Heartless who uses thunder magic in Atlantica will regain health if hit by thunder magic. (''Re: Chain of Memories'')
** The Organization XIII members seem to absorb their own elements as well. Of course, since the ''Kingdom Hearts'' games only have a very short list of elements you can actually use (even more so after they removed Gravity, Stop, and Aero for ''2''), the only ones who might ever actually get hit by an attack of their own element are Axel, Vexen, and Larxene in ''Chain of Memories.''
** In ''358/2 Days'', all thirteen elements are present as attacks in some way shape or form, and each member has a natural resistance to their element ("Nil" for Xemnas, Moon for Saix, Light for Roxas, etc.) that starts at 10% at level 1 and rises another 10% every ten levels. Mickey, Sora, Donald and Goofy also have a natural resistance to Light. The only character who doesn't have a natural resistance to an element is Riku, perhaps because Darkness isn't present as an element in the game.
* This is a constant concern in the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series, especially more recent entries, where demons can resist, repel or even ''drain'' attacks of certain elements - [[HealingShiv including ''physical'' attacks]] in some cases. Fortunately, the protagonist and his allies can gain these same ElementalAbsorption abilities.
* Some ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' abilities passively allow the user to absorb damage from an element and restore HP (Dry Skin, Volt Absorb, Water Absorb) or completely neutralize damage of a specific element (Flash Fire, Motor Drive, Levitate) and possibly raise stats.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', you are able to do this in the Fade portion of the Circle Tower quest line. You have to be the fire man to do it, but you can still do it. And it's REALLY handy.
* This is essential to the gameplay of ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}''. Certain obstacles can be absorbed by sending out the correct type of minion (Reds for fire, Greens for poison mist, etc.).
* Conduits in ''{{VideoGame/Infamous}}'' recharge their powers and [[FeedItWithFire heal themselves]] by absorbing their element. If they absorb enough energy in one go (or Ray energy), they can unlock more powers or augment their current ones.
** As stated in the main page, [[Videogame/InfamousSecondSon Delsin Rowe]] may be considered a Conduit whose element is ''[[PowerCopying Conduits]]''.

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* Fred, a fire elemental in ''Webcomic/WhatsShakin'' absorbs fire magic, which is why he hunts fire mages to consume their powers.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', an arson-obsessed [[FaceHeelRevolvingDoor villain/hero]] [[StalkerWithACrush with a crush on]] a fiery superheroine makes a DealWithTheDevil to absorb heat. Unfortunately it creates cold, absorbing even her powers, and she flat out rejects him.
* [[http://www.thebeastlegion.com/characters/defenders-of-the-light/fyre Fyre]] from ''Webcomic/TheBeastLegion'' uses a form of elemental absorption by concentrating any form of heat & transforming it to flame.

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* Most users of ElementalPowers in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' can do this with their appropriate element, as long as they are capable of generating that element in the first place. If all they can do is manipulate the element, then absorption is usually beyond the scope of their power.
* Nacht of the ''WhateleyUniverse'' has magical darkness powers, and can absorb light-based attacks and make herself more powerful. Blot just absorbs all energy radiating on him all the time, which is why he looks like a human-shaped black spot all the time.
* ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' has more than one person who can do this, but Trayen uses it to pull of his greatest attacks.


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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'': Heatblast absorbs the fire in a burning building while saving the people trapped inside. Even in the first episode, after Ben using this form accidentally starts a forest fire and has no idea on how to stop it (it was a HowDoIShootWeb moment for the inexperienced Ben after all), his GenreSavvy grandfather Max points to him to use that alien's powers to absorb the flames.
* Some [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Firebenders]] can use their abilities to stop fires, most notably Fire Lord Sozin who was able to absorb heat from magma in order to stop it from flowing.
** Done even better when benders redirect lightning by having it pass through their body
* Bloom in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' can absorb and put out fire.

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