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-> "''Every blow you strike is fueled by its motion, Toa...and the power of motion is mine to absorb. Hit [[BigBad me]] or [[AttackAnimal my pet]] and you only make us stronger!''"
-->-- '''Vezon''', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''

Some devices, characters, HumongousMecha and/or supernatural beings have the power to absorb KiAttacks, LifeEnergy, EnergyWeapons, and sometimes even LiquidAssets. The absorbed power may be part of a ChargedAttack, it may be available to power the user's TimTaylorTechnology, it may be the result of an artificial NegativeSpaceWedgie, or the power may just be a specialized form of DeflectorShields.

The traditional AchillesHeel of Energy Absorption users is PhlebotinumOverload. Particularly astute protagonists will think to ReversePolarity and use the power as a substitute for EnergyWeapons before it overloads....

Energy Absorption is usually, but not always, an example of FeedItWithFire. Compare and contrast with AdaptiveAbility, which has a similar effect, but without the risk of PhlebotinumOverload. Also contrast EnergyDonation, for when this goes in the opposite direction. See also ElementalAbsorption when this is done with ElementalPowers. Rare RadiationImmuneMutants may go beyond mere resistance and actually feed on or absorb radiation.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Yakon, Androids 19 and 20 from ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallGT,'' Goku tries to take down [[BigBad Super 17]] with a variety of ki-based attacks, only to discover that he can increase his strength level by absorbing them.
** In the ''Return of Cooler'' movie, Cooler hooked Goku and Vegeta up to the Big Gete Star that brought him back from the dead to drain their energy, and suffered the PhlebotinumOverload version of this trope. Yakon was taken down in a similar way.
** As of ''Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods'', Goku can absorb KiAttacks once he transforms into the [[EleventhHourSuperpower Super Saiyan God]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha'''s sword later in the series.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Nel can absorb Ceros by swallowing them and fire them back, enhanced by her own power.
** Yumichika's [[CoverblowingSuperpower true power]] is the ability to absorb the life force from his opponent, killing them. He can also use that absorbed energy to heal any injuries he might have in a form of VampiricDraining.
** Ukitake's shikai absorbs the attack of his opponents and fires it back with a little twist to make it hard for the opponent to predict the retaliatory strike.
** Quincies use this to absorb ambient {{Mana}} and even steal it from their enemies in order to power their attacks.
** The antagonist of the first {{OVA}} could absorb spiritual energy.
** In the anime-only Invasion arc, this is Nozomi's true ability.
* The [[TokenMiniMoe prepubescent looking]] Hinako Ninomiya of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' can absorb both KiAttacks and LifeEnergy (causing her to [[DualAgeModes transform]] into a [[HelloNurse curvaceous adult]]), and then return the energy in a [[KiAttacks ki attack]] of her own (causing her to revert to her child form).
* Kurau in ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory'' can absorb Rynax energy and let [[EnergyBeings sentient Rynax]] return to their world through her.
* Constantly in ''Anime/SailorMoon'', especially in the first season where the evil plan of the week was always something related to draining LifeEnergy from a bunch of kids.
* The [[DemonicInvaders Guze no Tomogara]] in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' maintain their continued, unnatural existence in this world by feeding on humans' power of existence. The first villain's evil plan is to go even further by casting a "''City Devouring''", a spell greatly feared for its ability to consume and convert ''everything'' into a huge supply of usable energy.
* Alv and Dvergr from ''Anime/KiddyGrade'' can use this power to absorb any matter at all.
* One of Pain's bodies can do this in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. Naruto counters by [[spoiler:[[PhlebotinumOverload overloading it with nature chakra]], [[BalefulPolymorph turning the body into a frog statue]]]]. Kisame's [[EmpathicWeapon sword Samehada]] has similar capabilities, and is capable of [[spoiler:giving the chakra to its user to keep their stamina up and heal wounds]]. Yoroi (who absorbs through his hands), Jirobo (who absorbs through the sphere of earth he trapped his opponents in), Shino's insects, and Zetsu (through his spores) can also use this, but can only absorb [[{{Mana}} chakra]] from the opponent directly, and not their techniques (Zetsu can also restore it to someone else).
* Evangeline and [[spoiler:Negi]] can do this as well in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* The titular ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' [[spoiler:absorbs the energy of a big bang after it is converted into Spiral Power.]]
* Nanoha's [[WaveMotionGun Starlight Breaker]] in ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' works by absorbing the residual energy left by magical attacks in a battlefield and firing it in a massive beam. This makes it both deadly and cost-efficient since it doesn't completely rely on a mage's own power, [[spoiler:which is the main reason why Nanoha decided to teach it to [[WeakButSkilled Teana]] after ''[=StrikerS=]'']].
** Also, the [[ArtifactOfDoom Book of Darkness]] in ''A's'' was powered by the energy absorbed from the Linker Cores of various mages and other magical beings.
** Miura Rinaldi from ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' is another mage who is specialized in ''Breaker'' magic. This is not surprising considering that she's Nanoha's {{Expy}}.[[note]]Despite being Hayate's ''[=ViVid=]'' representative.[[/note]]
* Jegan from ''Manga/RaveMaster'' uses a Dark Bring, '''Yggdrasil''', which absorbs energy and converts it into plant-life.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'''s Shusui Hayasaka has a sword with this ability, apparently because [[Creator/NobuhiroWatsuki the author]] was tired of seeing swords [[SwordBeam firing energy attacks]].
* [[spoiler:Saten]] from ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}'' uses his power of {{Energy Absorption}} and Release to simulate other abilities, such as freezing people and places by draining the heat from them, agitating molecules in the air to create enough energy to deflect other energy attacks, and unleashing [[KamehameHadoken giant energy beams]] of his own.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Tsuna's Zero Point Breakthrough Custom/Revised absorbs others' Dying Will Flames and converts it to his own power.
* Part of Shin Manga/GetterRobo's ability to [[CombiningMecha combine]] with anything includes this. The Getter's ultimate goal would presumably involve reconstituting the energy and mass of the universe back into itself.
* In ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'', dragons get bigger and stronger the more magic is used on them. [[spoiler:A rather small one is freed in a dungeon about halfway through, and becomes the main conflict of the story very soon after.]]
* ''Manga/MobileSuitGundamSEEDAstray'' has the Gold Frame Amatsu, whose Maga-no-Ikutachi ([[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Living Sword of Evil"]]) backpack can grab an enemy [[HumongousMecha mobile suit]] and drain their power. Since ''SEED'' mobile suits operate on finite power batteries instead of the nuclear fusion reactors seen in other ''{{Franchise/Gundam}}'' universes, this obviously can cause quite a problem for Gold Frame's enemies.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' has the Star Build Strike's "Absorb Shield", which can absorb enemy beam attacks and later release that energy to supercharge the MS's performance. Doesn't work so well on beam sabers, though, and of course, cannot absorb physical ammunition.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' has Saito's sword, Derflinger. Derflinger has the ability to consume any magic his blade encounters and can later use it for his own spells, such as controlling the body of his wielder should they lose consciousness. He does have a limit on how much and how fast he can consume magic.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:part of Jellal's BatmanGambit, the Tower of Heaven is really made out of magic-absorbing [[AppliedPhlebotinum Phlebotinum]], so firing the KillSat at the tower actually harvests the energy necessary for the ritual.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackClover'', Ladros has the ability to absorb other people's magic and re-emit it in the form of [[KiManipulation ki lasers]] or [[HealThyself healing]]. He also learned how to forcibly disperse incoming magic into the air around him so he can absorb it at a pace he can handle, rendering him immune to the usual PhlebotinumOverload associated with this trope.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* As Red She-Hulk, ComicBook/BettyRoss is able to absorb energy, such as radiation and power cosmic, to increase her power level, and can discharge energy by touch.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** ComicBook/{{Rogue}} and Bishop, in different fashions; Bishop's is the more traditional version.
** Also, Sebastian Shaw for yet a third variety; he absorbs energy (almost always kinetic though in ''Avengers Academy'' he displayed the ability to absorb electricity and magic, to varying extents) to fuel his super-strength.
** Same with Strong Guy from ''ComicBook/XFactor'', but he has to release the energy he absorbs within 90 seconds, or suffer (even more) permanent distortion to his body. Oh, and [[BlessedWithSuck he's in constant pain due to the existing distortion]]. If all that wasn't bad enough exerting his power too much puts strain on his heart (he had a near-fatal heart attack after absorbing the explosion of an alien bomb, and recently ''one'' punch from the most powerful incarnation of the Hulk threatened to put him back on the critical list).
** Wolverine's old buddy Maverick could absorb kinetic energy such as being punched by super-strong opponents or falling from great heights (although there was supposedly a limit as to how much damage he could absorb), and later learned how to channel said energy into energy blasts emanating from his hands or to fuel the power of his blows. However, he lost his powers after [[ComicBook/HouseOfM M-Day.]]
* The villain Lamprey, from the ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme''.
* ComicBook/CaptainAtom is able to absorb any form of energy, sending it back into the 'quantum field'. However, if he absorbs too much in one go, it catapults him through time.
* Multiple Man's duplication power, DependingOnTheWriter, is based on a near-instant absorption and redirection of energy to restructure surrounding matter into a duplicate. Although, given the fact that the energy of a simple snap of the fingers was enough to forcibly break down and reassemble approximately 100kg of mass, the opening number to ''Theatre/WestSideStory'' could probably end interstellar wars.
* {{Mjolnir}} can be used to absorb and redirect virtually unlimited amounts of energy. [[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]] has used Mjolnir to absorb Hyperion's atomic vision, the ComicBook/SilverSurfer's Power Cosmic attacks, and Heimdall's blue cosmic flames. Absorbed energy can be amplified 10 to 100 fold before being redirected at Thor's attacker. One of Mjolnir's greatest feats occurred in ''Thor #407'', where the hammer managed to contain the galaxy-destroying power of a Null Bomb before using the power to reignite a dying sun.
* [[ComicBook/MsMarvel Carol Danvers]] can absorb immense amounts of energy, to the point where it was the keystone of her cosmic powers as Binary, linking herself to the power of a white hole.
* Winter of ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}} could absorb all forms of energy including kinetic and use it for everything from energy blasts and super-strength to flight. He discovered he had upper limits to this ability when he fought [[FlyingBrick The]] [[TheCape High]].
* The character ''ComicBook/{{Dazzler}}'' can absorb an infinite amount of energy in the form of sound and convert it into light-based attacks. She's absorbed the full-powered cry of Black Bolt (capable of destroying mountains) with little difficulty, consumed the solidified sound energy super-villain Klaw, and once at Galactus's behest the sound of exploding GALAXIES in order to use her to recover an awol herald.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Paul in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. He doesn't know much about this ability, but after he was drained of a lot of his energy, he realized he was internalizing the heat from a fire and other things.
** Brox, recognizing that this is his true power, renames him “Paul Power-Holder.”
* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', Paul learns to consciously draw energy from his surroundings. He takes down a man encased in an “energy mecha” this way. He also tastes energy, generally as fruit.
* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fic ''Make a Wish'', Harry acquired a sword that was always sharp and could turn into a scythe if desired. It got the power for this by draining "ambient energy" from living things in its vicinity, making plants wither and animals and people feel uneasy.
* In the first story of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Vlad Plasmius]] modified gloves invented by Jack to steal the strength of Dark Danny [[spoiler:, Future Danny, and Future Sam]]. However, it backfired and made Dark Danny stronger than ever.
* In ''Fanfic/MegaManReawakened'', Spark Man draws electricity from the power plant to attack.
* In ''Fanfic/TheMoonstoneCup'', Twilight first draws on the power of her semi-final opponent, the dragon Zlatan, to turn his dimension-manipulating magic against him. In the finals, she takes in the powers of the other Elements of Harmony to help her against Amarok, but as the match wears on the excess energy begins to threaten her life due to how she's handling it. It takes a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind with mental representations of her friends to help properly use the energy and fight Amarok. Later, she's shown doing this to inanimate objects. Useful when facing the pissed-off queen of dragonkind ...
* Some pegasi in the ''Fanfic/TriptychContinuum'' can pull this off with the kinetic energy of wind, but whatever's been absorbed has to be used up or redirected in a hurry. It's described as an emergency technique to be utilized when there's no time to set up an equal-and-opposite gust or unwind a tornado, and that idiots who rely on it don't last long. By contrast, lightning ''can't'' be absorbed, but very few pegasi are capable of redirecting it. Rainbow Dash knows the first technique, but not the second.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''MassEffect''[=/=]''StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, ''Normandy SR-2.5'' is fitted with molecular shielding which absorbs any incoming energy fire and stores it in a multipurpose capacitor. Said energy may be used to power shields, engines, weapons, or a combination of all three. Thankfully, Garrus prevents any [[PhlebotinumOverload overloads]] through [[MemeticMutation superior calibrations]].
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Sentry's energy blasts end up being something like 'solar energy concentrate' which Alex Harris can absorb to power up.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The (almost-)MacGuffin in ''WesternAnimation/TitanAE'' turns out to be a world-creating ship capable of absorbing the EnergyBeings who had destroyed the Earth. It's implied that this is the reason why they destroyed Earth in the first place.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Film/IronMan's suit absorbs Film/{{Thor}}'s lightning bolt in ''Film/TheAvengers2012''.
-->'''Jarvis:''' Power to four-hundred percent capacity.\\
'''Tony Stark:''' How about that? [[spoiler:(''fires a supercharged repulsion blast back at Thor'')]]
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', any energy, even the kinetic force propelling bullets, is something Sebastian Shaw can fully absorb into his body, and it is stated that this is how he was able to retain a youthful body. However, retaining his youth is literally the least he can do with it, as he is capable of sending the energy right at someone or something. His absorption skills are potent enough to also absorb the entire explosive output equivalent to that of a nuclear bomb.
** In ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', Bishop's mutant ability allows him to absorb any form of energy and redirect it, which he uses to charge his gun.
* In ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'', the alien germ is being investigated in a sealed lab which will detonate with a nuclear explosion if the lab's seals are breached. The scientists find out the germ will do this with the nuclear explosion, and multiply exponentially.
* Of the nuclear kind in ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'', with the [=MUTO=]s seeing nukes as more of a pastry than a weapon of mass destruction. [[spoiler:This becomes a problem later when the [=MUTO=]s snag a live and ticking nuke under everyone's noses to feed their young.]]
* A weaker version in ''Film/{{Evolution}}''. The alien lifeforms turn out to use fire to kick their HollywoodEvolution UpToEleven. Originally, it was triggered by the meteorite superheating in the atmosphere. Near the end, the US Military decides to use napalm to burn the alien lifeforms before they spread to the world. This results in a giant amoeba-like creature that begins to split in two. Earlier, someone entertained the thought of nuking the aliens.
* ''Film/StarWars'': Yoda displays this ability in Episodes II and III, using it as a counter to the Siths' famous Force Lightning. It seems, however, that he can only absorb so much of it before it all explodes outward.
* The 1957 film ''Kronos'' features an alien device/war machine that is sent to Earth to absorb energy to take back to its alien creators; it grows ever-larger the more it absorbs.

* ''Literature/LoneWolf'': The blade of the Sommerswerd can harmlessly absorb most offensive spells directed at its wielder. Sometimes, the energy is even used to heal Lone Wolf. However, the protection can rarely be foiled if the attack comes from an artifact at least as powerful as the Sword of the Sun, like with Kimah's [[ArtifactOfDoom Orb of Death]] or Vonotar's RingOfPower.

* The Langston Field from ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' absorbs any sort of energy - pass through one and it will slow you down and drain your body heat. The authors are very thorough about exploring the implications of this technology, and the rules of space combat in the setting are mostly controlled by the way Langston Fields absorb, store, radiate, and get overloaded by energy applied to them.
* The power of the black gelstei crystals in the ''Literature/EaCycle''.
* Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse:
** [[DeflectorShields "Molecular" shields]] absorb at least part of the energy of incoming laser blasts to power the weapons of the vehicle they protect.
** Sufficiently advanced Force-Users have the ability to absorb lightning attacks without injury. Then again, their weapon can do the same thing. Someone should have told Luke, "Now, when you meet up with the Emperor, don't throw your lightsaber away. It can block Force-Lightning!"
** Energy absorption is one of the two theories about how Vader caught that blaster bolt in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' (The other is that [[Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader he had an indestructible glove]]). A few Jedi in the Expanded Universe, most notably [[ComicBook/XWingSeries Corran]] [[Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy Horn]], can also absorb heat energy and the power of a lightsaber's blade.
** In ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', a stormtrooper hits a captured Luke Skywalker, who then says "Please don't hit me". When he's hit again, he breaks the blaster. Another tries to shoot him.
--->''"Please don't shoot me, either." He turned the palm upward in a friendly shrug and let the astonished troopers stare at the only effect of the Force-blunted blasterfire: a faint curl of steam that trailed upward from his unmarked palm. "Let's try to end the day [[BewareTheNiceOnes with nobody else dying]], shall we?"''
* When petite brown-haired Suzuho in ''LightNovel/MagiciansAcademy'' removes the hair ribbon from her ponytail, she transforms into her blue-haired alter ego Suzuka, who is foul-talking and violent. She also absorbs all magical power in her region (which is a real problem at the Magician's Academy).
* Later models of [[MilitaryMashupMachine Bolos]], in Creator/KeithLaumer's ''Literature/{{Bolo}}'' books, have {{Deflector Shield}}s which can shunt power from energy weapon hits to the Bolo's power cells. One short story features a Bolo which loses both its reactors to battle damage but is able to continue fighting since it's still getting shot enough to keep it powered.
* ''Literature/WildCards'' has the Amazing Bubbles, who can absorb kinetic energy and later release it in the form of detonating "bubbles." Thing is, the energy stores on her in the form of fat, and she's ''always'' absorbing kinetic energy, even by walking. Still, the fat storage is helpful, as [[spoiler: she uses it to cover up the fact that she's a famous model]].
* Gray magic in ''Literature/TheChildrenOfMan'' works primarily by reflecting and transforming the more normal color magics.
* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'', this is Vince's ability. Until recently, it's been a BlessedWithSuck kind of power due to his inability to control it. The whole point of the secret program is to help the Powered (those who have superpowers but not the ability to control them) to become Supers (superpowered people who can control their abilities). Vince is first introduced after he accidentally drained an entire county of power, when trying to fix a toaster and receiving an electric shock. His doctor put him in an isolated dark ward to wait for the accumulated power to slowly bleed out of him. When demonstrating the power to Nick, Vince has him light a match and then absorb its energy (including heat), turning the match to ash. When Nick asks why the match turns to ash, Vince explains that he also absorbs the match's ''potential'' energy due to his inexperience. Unfortunately, his arch-nemesis in college is AnIcePerson, meaning Vince can't absorb his energy because cold is the ''absence'' of energy. The best he can do is charge himself up with fire beforehand and use it to counter the ice, coupling it with his superior tactical and hand-to-hand combat skills. He is later chastised by his gym teacher for only charging up the bare minimum in order not to feel exhausted for fear of losing control. The teacher gives him a year to get over it and learn to use his power to the fullest or risk getting cut from the Hero Certification Program. It's eventually revealed that Vince lets go of his inhibitions when his friends are in danger, such as when he [[spoiler:absorbs a forest fire in California and continues to use that fire for the following year]]. In Year 2, he learns that he can [[spoiler:absorb and emit kinetic energy, meaning he can now MegatonPunch with the best of them and be able to take a crippling blow without a problem (the other fist simply stops, losing all momentum)]]. The one ability he has no one thought was possible is to [[spoiler:absorb the energy created by another Super]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Severin can drain the mystical energy from anything supernatural he touches, and gets stronger every time he does.
* The space ameba from the original ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}''.
* The alien healing machine in ''Series/BabylonFive''. An alien space probe and a [[{{Precursors}} First Ones]]' ship are also equipped with EnergyAbsorption.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** After fighting the Asgard for some time, the Replicators gained the ability to absorb almost any directed energy weapon. A Human-Form Replicator stated that self-destructing a ship on a Replicator-consumed planet will simply provide them power.
** There were also the intelligent microbes from the episode "Message in a Bottle". It was determined that staff weapon and zat blasts fed them. When the self-destruct is activated, they tell SG-1 [[spoiler:(through O'Neill, whom they'd taken control of so they could communicate)]] that the explosion would only feed them.
** The Ori planet shield in the episode "Beachhead" (though others are implied in future episodes) uses energy absorbed from attacks by other weapons (for example, a ''nuclear bomb'') to expand and eventually collapse a planet into a black hole.
** The Stargate itself is one. Because it's made of [[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum naquadah]], it can absorb a wide range of different types of energy (lighting, radiant heat) and use them to power itself. It comes in handy when normal power source is broken or lost, as was the case when humans first found it on Earth. If it absorbs [[PhlebotinumOverload too much energy,]] it will explode.
* TheMaster in ''Series/PowerRangersMysticForce'' does this.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Game examples: Black Globes from ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' and the Andromedans from ''TabletopGame/StarFleetBattles''. Both are subject to PhlebotinumOverload.
* TabletopRPG ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' examples:
** Shambling Mound. Being hit by lightning causes it to grow.
** Iron Golem. Being hit by magical fire heals any damage it has taken. Also true with other golems and different damage types. Flesh golems, in a ''Frankenstein'' reference, have lightning.
** The ''Expanded Psionics Handbook'' introduces the power Energy Adaptation that converts 10 energy damage into light, Radiant armor that does the same, and the power Energy Conversion that allows you to store and release the energy damage that it prevents.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' the Absorption enhancement turns your Damage Reduction into a battery that you can use to heal yourself or improve any one of your primary stats.
* ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' has a power for this, as with everything else comics can ever do. As do ''Champions'', ''DC Heroes'', ''MSHRP'', ''Villains and Vigilantes'', and pretty much every other superhero RPG ever made.

* ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'':
** This is Vorahk's ability, though it's specifically stated that it needs to be in physical contact with the target to trigger the power and keep that contact during the absorption.
** The Nui Stone is able to absorb Toa Energy in a 3000 Kio radius and transfer it to a Toa.
** The quote above originates from Vezon, the FinalBoss of the 2006 storyline. One of the powers the [[MacGuffin Mask of Life]] gave him after making him its guardian was the ability to absorb kinetic energy, so any attack that struck him or his mount Fenrakk would only make them physically stronger. They could also get stronger by attacking things ''themselves'', so that even in the event an enemy could hurt them indirectly (creating a vacuum, dehydrating the air, increasing or decreasing the temperature to extreme levels), all they'd have to do to restore their energy was to literally ''stomp on the ground continuously and very hard''. [[spoiler:Things only got slightly easier later on when Fenrakk transformed and lost the ability to share Vezon's ability, but gained [[BreathWeapon extremely powerful energy blasts]] in exchange]]. Due to its [[StoryBreakerPower game-changing abilities]], Vezon lost this power when he lost the mask.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Utwig Jugger in ''[[VideoGame/StarControl Star Control 2]]'' has a shield which refills its energy banks when shot.
* The penultimate light-side ability in ''[[VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II]]'' is Force Absorb, which converts offensive Force attacks against you into mana.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'':
** The eponymous creatures feed by absorbing energy from living things through an unknown process. According to the lore of the recent games, their victims lose no blood or other body mass but appear unable to survive without the energy the Metroids drain.
** Likely because it's draining the bio-electricity from the victim's brain/nervous system. Hard to survive when your brain can't tell the rest of your body what to do. This doesn't explain how Metroid victims turn to dust after getting their energy drained completely.
** Many enemies in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' subseries had beam-absorbing abilities.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalCombat: Falcon's Revenge'', Zephyr's Cobra [[HumongousMecha ST]] carries a shield that can absorb any attack you throw at him. If you shoot his shield again with a powerful blast while he's absorbing, it'll be destroyed, and he'll have to fight the rest of the battle with only his [[{{BFG}} really big]] ArmCannon.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'':
** Ness and Lucas have an ability called PSI Magnet which they can use to absorb energy attacks and use them to heal themselves.
** Mr. Game & Watch's bucket can absorb energy attacks (and turns them into flat oil). Absorb three and he can spill the full bucket of oil to damage opponents.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** the games in general have a number of energy absorbing abilities. From the Dragoon's Lancet to the Element Eater abilities.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Celes has an ability called "Runic," which absorbs the MP of any single spell cast, completely negating the effect itself. This effectively means that magic is worthless until Celes absorbs a spell or selects a different action. It can be crippling to your party, or extremely beneficial.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
** Several classes have limited absorption abilities, often of their primary elements. Mages can gain various side benefits with talents, such as absorbing mana or spellpower from the negated spells. Deathknights can use an AntiMagic shield that gives them additional runic power when absorbing damage. Mages can also steal enemy buffs, although only for a maximum of two minutes.
** Preceded by ''The Frozen Throne'' expansion pack of Warcraft III, with the Blood Elves' ''Spellbreaker'' unit. Playing the magic addiction card of the ''former'' High Elves, the Spellbreaker can absorb '''any''' magic buff from '''any''' unit (friend and foe alike), to the bane of casters everywhere.
* There are several of this style of power in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', most of them simply drain health or stamina from nearby enemies to either heal or recharge the user. Then there is the Warshade power Eclipse, which drains stamina from nearby foes to increase the damage resistance of the user, and the titular Energy Absorption that allows an Ice Armor Tanker to drain stamina from enemies in order to boost his defenses.
* Sarara's block special in ''VideoGame/MagicalBattleArena'', which creates a shield that will absorb most attacks that strike it, making them heal her instead.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' it is said that the alien structure acts as a ''giant power sink'' draining energy from the surrounding environment to power itself up. This leads to an expanding bubble of flash-frozen mountain jungle around it. [[FromBadToWorse Guess what happens when]] [[NukeEm they detonate a nuclear weapon hoping to destroy it]].
* ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion 2'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Energy Absorber]], which absorbs a quarter of the damage from an attack in combat, and allows the equipped ship to fire it back like a regular energy weapon in the next turn.
* In ''VideoGame/SwordOfTheStars'', one of the "shield" sections available is the absorber. It cuts energy weapon damage by 75% and uses that energy to recharge the energy-based weapons of the ship it's on. Ships with this section and an all-energy weapon layout are going to be duking it out for some time.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** Throughout the series, there are examples in the spells/effects Absorb Health, Absorb Magicka, and Absorb Fatigue/Stamina. They do ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. There are also a number of (typically legendary artifact) items that grant these spell effects as long as you are using/wearing the item.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', there is [[http://www.uesp.net/wiki/Oblivion:Spell_Absorption spell absorption]], which at 100% makes you immune to magic (and thanks to a bug, unable to use telekinetic and summon spells).
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', Spell absorption also (mostly) protects against shouts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Ikaruga}}'' is defined by this concept, as well as ReversePolarity.
* In ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', there are several abilities that nullify damage taken from certain types, instead of raising one of the target's stats.
** Volt Absorb and Water Absorb will both heal the user if they take hits from Electric or Water attacks, respectively.
** Flash Fire boosts the power of Fire moves if the user is hit with one.
** In [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Generation V]], Sap Sipper, Lightningrod, and Storm Drain nullify Grass, Electric, and Water moves, respectively, to increase Attack (Sap Sipper) or Special Attack (Lightningrod and Storm Drain), provided the user doesn't have a type immunity to the move. The latter two will also redirect attacks of the absorbed type toward the user in double and triple battles. Before the fifth generation, however, the latter two only provide redirection rather than absorption.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' demons can have, depending on their position on the food chain, various absorptive abilities, allowing them to siphon the energy of various enemy attacks (even Physical attacks) and using it to replenish their own HP. However, is is worth mentioning that even EliteTweak has its limits and no demon by itself is perfect...
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' spinoff fighting games, Yukari can open a portal to absorb enemy bullets, which are turned into projectiles of her own which can be released using another ability.
* ''VideoGame/ProjectEden'' has the extractor weapon which allows you to slowly kill enemies while charging your batteries.
* ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' has Lifedrain (ranged) and Devour Essence (melee) powers.
* A not-uncommon ability ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' Champions:
** Kassadin's innate passive absorbs magic damage and turns it into additional attack speed.
** [[FallenAngel Morgana]] has an [[AntiMagic Anti-Magic]] [[BeehiveBarrier Shield]].
** [[OurCentaursAreDifferent Hecarim]] has an aura that absorbs enemy & ally damage into self-healing.
** [[WhenTreesAttack Maokai]] can create areas of effect that absorbs enemy's magic damage, then explodes on demand.
* In VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon, the protagonist Delsin Rowe, finds out that he's a [[SuperHero Conduit]] (labeled as a [[BlessedWithSuck "Bio-terrorist"]]) that can absorb and copy another person's powers, but suffers from [[PowerStrainBlackout blackouts]] every time he acquires a new one.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Tazer from [[HeroesUnite Heroes Unite/Heroes Alliance]] can absorb energy (although he is not able to contain Webcomic/{{Energize}}'s unique form of energy).
* Anvil from ''WebComic/GrrlPower'' is super strong by default but she can dramatically boost it by absorbing kinetic energy. Other brick-type superhumans find this a nasty surprise when she gets stronger the more times they punch her.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** The Fat Man, an unfortunately-if-appropriately named superhero, absorbs kinetic energy. The kinetic energy gets converted to fat, thus increasing his [[NighInvulnerable resistance to injury]]. It also increases his height and weight.
** Chinese superhero Overpower can absorb any sort of energy at all, increasing her already prodigious strength.
* Several [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] students in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' can absorb energy in one way or another. Buster can only absorb kinetic energy attacks.
** Blot absorbs all E-M radiation, which is why he looks like a living blackness; the more radiation he absorbs, the stronger he gets.
** Several characters, like Icer, absorb heat and can use that ability in an Iceman-like way.
** A couple, like Negator, can absorb or block whatever energy or phlebotinum powers other mutants' superpowers.
** And Lancer, a PK brick, can absorb energy attacks and fire them back at his opponents.
* The basis of many of Trayen's powers in ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}''. He absorbs the element, assimilates it and uses it.
* Assault from ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' can absorb and immediately redirect kinetic energy at will.
* Two characters from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' have shown this ability:
** Yang Xiao Long can absorb kinetic energy from the hits she takes, so the longer a battle goes on, the stronger she gets. After getting smashed through several concrete pillars by a MiniMecha, she is able to NoSell the Mecha's next attack before punching it to pieces.
** Nora Valkyrie can channel electricity into her body, giving her SuperStrength. During the Vytal Tournament, one of her opponents shocks her with a cattle prod; she just grins and knocks him halfway across the battlefield.
* ''WebOriginal/AcademyOfSuperheroes'': Arc in a peculiar variant converts kinetic energy into superstrength and superspeed. This includes her own kinetic energy so she charges up her powers by running back and forth.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Lord Tirek from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' has this ability, making him NighInvulnerable unless you hit him with such a powerful blast that it overwhelms him before he can absorb it.
* Parasite from ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries''.
* The 1966 Creator/{{Filmation}} series, ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' provides a classic example of the abovementioned PhlebotinumOverload: Superman deals with the Parasite by letting him absorb his nigh-infinite powers until he simply explodes, fatally. Deliberately arranging for an enemy's death was seriously out-of-character for the Man of Steel.
* A reborn [[spoiler:Solomon Grundy]] in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
** Kevin 11 has this power for a time, at first only shown absorbing electrical power -- until he meets the Omnitrix.
** ''Ben 10: Alien Force'' example: Chromostone can absorb and then redirect energy. Redirection is usually done in the form of energy beams shot from the hands.
** Aggregor in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' also has these powers. Coincidentally, he's the same alien race as Kevin and after alien powers (much like young Kevin in the original series). However, his plan seems to be going over better than Kevin's did. Until Kevin absorbed ''his'' powers.
* Gigabyte from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''. It turns out this ability was an aspect of the Web Virus that was combined with Megabyte and Hexadecimal to form Gigabyte. Bob refers to viruses possessing the ability as "Class 5".
* After Dr. Landon falls into his own mutant-destroying compound in ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', he ends up mutating into a large green reptilian creature, and the only way to ease the constant pain he endures while in this form is to absorb electrical energy, which also increases his size.
* In ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', [[PlayingWithFire Bloom]] can absorb regular fire and make it dissipate. She has a tougher time doing it with magical fires though.
* [[WesternAnimation/StaticShock Static Shock]] had a variation with a villain who gained his powers through [[ProfessorGuineaPig self-experimentation]] in bypassing metabolic processes for gaining energy. This gave him matter absorption, by which energy absorption was a side-benefit, but made him increasingly more dense the more he absorbed with a hunger to absorb more. Eventually, he rendered too heavy to move and needed to be carted to custody with a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crawler-transporter crawler-transporter]].