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Problem is, you ain't been loved like you should...
What I got to give will sho' 'nuff do you good!
— Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Tell Me Something Good"
Oftentimes the only
way to treat someone is to engage in some rather intimate activity. Some of these techniques are derived from actual methods, but often they're played up. You know why.
Frequently done to a Plot-Induced Illness
Variants include the "mouth-to-mouth medicine dosing" or "medicine kiss", climbing into bed with the patient to keep them warm / cool them down (nakedness "for better skin contact" optional), various kinds of blood or power transfers
through kissing/licking, a Magic Kiss
with healing properties
, and so forth. More explicit titles may have straight-up "healing through sex".
To the other extreme, the things a character won't
do because they resemble intimate acts, such as mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
, can be taken to silly lengths; the superficial resemblance of resuscitation to kissing
triggers all manner of modesty and embarrassment, ignoring the pushing and vomiting
usually associated with the procedure.
See Deus Sex Machina
for the offensive magic variety. See also Indirect Kiss
. May result in Florence Nightingale Effect
. Finger-Suck Healing
and Intimate Psychotherapy
are Sub Tropes
of Intimate Healing. Compare Kiss of Life
and Mate or Die
. If intimate contact acts as a Power Limiter
, see Cooldown Hug
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Anime and Manga
- In the manga of Nagasarete Airantou, when Ikuto is poisoned during a visit to Kunai's house, Shinobu does this. It annoys Ayane, surprise surprise.
- Ah! My Goddess:
- In the movie. Though that was more of a bastardly Mickey Finn trick.
- In the anime, to pass the wind crystal cure to Belldandy.
- There's a scene in the manga where Urd locked lips with Belldandy to pull an ailment (an "Ahem Bug" causing laryngitis) out of her. Keiichi walked in just in time to be paralyzed by the sight.
- Akira Okuzaki does this to Ill Boy Takumi Tokiha in both Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome, when he has a seizure that doesn't let him swallow his pills. She puts them in her mouth and then presses their lips together so she can give the meds to him properly.
- Re: Cutie Honey:
- It's a Medicine Kiss to restart the android during the showdown with the Big Bad.)
- Natsuko's solution to Honey's blue-screening in the previous episode, after realizing that the Robot Girl's skin is reacting to her touch in her otherwise lifeless body, is to strip completely naked and embrace Honey as intimately as she possibly can without actually having sex with her.
- 7 Seeds uses the sharing a blanket in order to warm up a few times. Once between Ango and Arashi during the Minor Heat arc. And another time between Koruri and Haru during the Ocean/Mountain arc, with them stripping down to share body heat.
- Fushigi Yuugi:
- The (in)famous Suboshi-Amiboshi kiss.
- Soi and Nagako's "sexual regeneration" sequences.
- In Fushigi Yuugi Genbu Kaiden, Takiko meets a girl and rescues her from demons and takes her to an inn. The girl has a fever, so Takiko decides to "absorb her fever," by stripping to the waist and climbing into bed with the girl. Who turns into the male Uruki...causing Takiko to freak out when she finds out.
- Used by Saya and Haji to give each other their blood in different situations during Blood+. The fact she lets out a little moan the first time he does it says all the rest...
- Rue uses this technique to give water to a dehydrated Mytho in Princess Tutu, in a flashback sequence meant to cement their relationship. Considering that she was only a little girl at the time, though (and Mytho might be Really 700 Years Old), it can come off as a little squicky.
- In Shattered Angels, or Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (Market-Based Title), the Absolute Angels survive by draining mana from humans by way of a kiss. Kazuyacan drain mana from Absolute Angels via a kiss as well.
- In Ranma ˝ manga, the one-shot character Densuke will only take his vitally-needed medication if it's given by a pretty nurse. Weird circumstances make this nurse out to be Ranma. And Densuke does his level best to get the medicine delivered by this method. He fails with Ranma, but the medicine is delivered by this method (by a male gonk of a doctor).
- The manga Eden's Bowy has a uniquely deliberate example of this. The heroine Elississ has the ability to heal anyone simply by holding her hands out above their body; but when hero Jorrne is hurt, she opts to heal by licking his wounds. Other characters have noted this on multiple occasions, some with knowing amusement, some with bitter jealousy.
- Ren delivers medicine to Kazuki like this in Getbackers. Later, the trope is mocked to an extent when she is told to do the same to Emishi who promptly sticks his tongue in her mouth.
- Used in the Sailor Moon R movie, when Mamoru drinks the sap from Fiore's Flower of Life and administers it to Usagi.
- Princess Mononoke: San gives Ashitaka his food this way (he's in no state to care for himself), chewing up meat for him and feeding him mama-bird style.
- Infamous lech Miroku from InuYasha once requests this. Kagome says "Yes, of course!"... then turns to the little fox boy Shippo and says "Take care of him, will you?" Suddenly Miroku thinks he can take the medicine okay by himself....
- In Ikki Tousen, Ryoufu does this to her bed-ridden ex-boyfriend Saji, giving him a pill through a kiss.
- Turn A Gundam: Harry Ord gives Lt. Poe Eiji some anti-radiation sickness medicine this way. What makes it strange is that she was conscious (if sick) and still fully capable of swallowing a pill herself.
- In Pandora Hearts Retrace 23, Vincent feeds an antidote to his servant Echo like this to prove that it works. Break probably didn't give that antidote to Sharon this way, though.
- Alice in the Country of Hearts: Peter White force-feeds a magic potion to Alice via mouth-to-mouth.
- In Ai Yori Aoshi Aoi holds Kaoru close in a very early episode to help Kaoru get over his cold. It could be said that she performs acts of intimate psychological healing as well, over the course of the series. His Achey Scars hurt less because of her influence.
- Excel Saga:
- Parodied in one episode where Excel prepares to share her body warmth with a frozen-solid Hyatt in a way that obviously plays up the sexual aspect. The heat created was apparently sufficient to not only remove Hyatt from a block of solid ice, but also cause an explosion. Hyatt winds up fine after the treatment... but Excel, doing the treating, suffers full-body frostbite.
- In the manga, Iwata is ecstatic at the possibility of having to administer CPR on Matsuya while they're searching the sewers of Fukuoka. She wakes up in time to stop him in his tracks — but he does have to perform CPR by the end of the story. On Sumiyoshi.
- Jubei-chan: This is apparently the only way that Jiyu's magical fever can be cured. It's done by her dad, who takes off her clothes while she's unconscious, immerses himself in ice water, then lies on top of her (clad only in boxers) as the water steams off and he gets burned. Then runs back for more ice water. This repeats until her fever breaks, at which point he collapses, still lying on her. She wakes up and sleepily mumbles that he's a pervert, but doesn't push him off.
- Twice in Mai-Otome: first by Arika on Erstin, and then one episode later by Sergey on Arika.
- It was done by Louise in Zero no Tsukaima, who opposed it in the first place, to Saito. But when Derf the talking sword tried to tell Saito what happened, she buried the sword.
- In the Outlaw Star episode "Forced Departure", Melfina cures Gene of poisoning from darts by taking him into the navigation chamber of the show's titular ship. In the chamber Melfina is always naked and Gene is seen wearing
boxers just as much as her. They float together in an embrace as she cures him.
- Keroro Gunsou:
- In one episode, during the Hinata family's stay on Momoka's private beach resort, Momoka tries to get Fuyuki's attention by pretending to drown so he'll perform CPR on her.
- Momoka invites Fuyuki his family to the Nishizawa family's private snow resort in the mountains, where with the help of a few high-tech snow-making machines, she plans to stage a blizzard and get stranded in a cabin with Fuyuki, where he'll hopefully perform the "nude body-warmth sharing" trick with her. Of course, between Fuyuki's Selective Obliviousness about Momoka's crush on him and the meddling of the Keroro Platoon, things don't go quite according to plan.
- Berserk: Casca is forced by her commander to lay with Guts like this after his first clash with the Hawks, which leads to a great deal of resentment on her part for much of the series. Guts returns the favor about halfway through the series after she gets hurt in their first fight with the Blue Whale Knights.
- When Ichigo is rescued and revived after his first confrontation with Byakuya, he wakes to find Urahara's burly assistant Tessai lying on top of him. Hilarity Ensues.
- Later in the series, Mayuri Kurotsuchi revives his dead assistant / daughter Nemu by doing something off panel that horrifies and embarrasses both Renji and Ishida - we don't see what happens, aside from one panel with Mayuri wiggling and a lot of sound effects involving Nemu panting and screaming. Ishida protest loudly about this much to Mayuri's confusion. Nemu, meanwhile, is restored to full, beautiful health - blushing deeply. The anime later goes on to have a field day with this.
- Subverted in Battle Royale. Mitsuko Souma basically rapes a mortally wounded boy, genuinely believing that this trope is in effect. Unfortunately, all she ends up doing is making his death even more agonizing.
- Great Teacher Onizuka does this with Urumi after saving her from her suicide attempt. Unfortunately for him, he's too unconscious to enjoy the act.
- Elfen Lied has Lucy and Kouta in their childhood, sharing back-to-back body heat after playing in the river.
- Saint Seiya: Cygnus Hyouga is released from an ice coffin by his companions, but is nearly dead from the cold. His friend Andromeda Shun burns his cosmo while lying on the ground with Hyouga in his arms, in order to thaw him out (neither of them was naked, though. They didn't even remove the armor-like Cloths, except for the bulkier parts.) It works and Hyouga is saved, but Shun is throughly drained and it takes him quite a while (aka: at least four episodes) to recover. In the manga, the scene lasted about only one page, while in the anime, they made it last around half an episode, probably to please the Yaoi Fangirls. Masami Kurumada, you sly dog.
- In Kanokon, both Chizuru and Nozomu do this to the resident cute little boy and odd woman magnet after the entire school gets frozen. But, Kanokon being Kanokon, they up the ante by taking every chance to fondle, rub up to and generally molest him, up to and including a (heavily implied) handjob. From both of them. At the same time.
- In Otoyomegatari, Amir does this with her young (and very embarrassed) husband during a cold night in a yurt.
- Used in Kaze no Stigma when super-powerful wind mage Kazuma Yagami uses an elixir to revive Ayano Kannagi.
- Karin and Kazune in Kamichama Karin, which is slightly creepy]] because the two characters are children in junior high, and later revealed to be Older Than They Look.
- Tsukune does this to Kokoa in the second Rosario + Vampire season.
- Eiken: When Kirika strips down to do the fever cure variant with Densuke when he falls ill. Surprisingly, it's actually a fairly sweet scene, given the series.
- This is how the Misago gets Takahiro to stop fearing her in the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou manga.
- In the Brazilian manga based on an RPG setting Holy Avenger, Lisandra's procedure to apply healing spells is through kissing the targets. The explanation is that, as she was raised by animals, that's just how she interprets the motherly figure of a wolf licking her cubs' wounds.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- In both series series, the "only convenient way" for Negi to enact a magical pactio contract with someone is to kiss them (alternative methods aren't gone into, although one implied method was "open veins, swap blood"). This has been done for healing purposes as well as power-up, including when Konoka kissed Setsuna in order to save her life in the end of the first series.
- Later in the manga, Konoka did a naked Transformation Sequence in which she held Negi closely from behind in order to seal up the wound through his chest.
- The manga PQ Angels required the heroines to kiss to transform.
- Lucia kisses Kaito in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch while he has amnesia. This kiss brings his memories back.
- Tokyo Mew Mew:
- Neko-Ichigo has to kiss someone, anyone, to turn back to normal. This causes a problem as the only one she actually wants to kiss is the one that she's trying to keep in the dark about her identity.
- In one episode, Retasu kisses an unconscious Ryou to activate the Mew Aqua required to save him.
- Martian Successor Nadesico: In the final episode, in order to combine their nanomachine fields and get enough reaction to boson-jump the entire ship, Ms. Fressange proposes that Akito and Yurika kiss. Ruri suspects after the fact that any sort of physical contact would have worked and Fressange was just trying to end the Will They or Won't They? dance.
- In the Divine Design arc of Get Backers, it is revealed in the middle of a resurrection ceremony that, for it to work, Ban has to kiss the spell's target full on the mouth. This produces some annoyance with Ban's male co-lead, Ginji, as the manga plays up a healthy amount of Ho Yay between the two. Might also count as a medicine kiss, as Ban had a mouthful of blood and that was previously established as a key component of the ceremony.
- Used in Loveless: given the fact that the connection between Sacrifice and Fighter is crucial to winning the magical battles it follows that Soubi should kiss Ritsuka in the middle of a showdown. This device is probably a means of allowing for intimate contact that isn't too intimate, after all Ritsuka is only 12.
- Omamori Himari:
- In the manga, Shuzuku (a water demon in the form of a little girl) rubs her naked body against the unconscious male lead's back to heal his stab wound, then admits after the fact that she just did it that way because it felt good, when a more mundane form of contact would have worked just as well.
- In the anime, it is his chest, although she does keep her panties on.
- In a later chapter, Himari gets in a battle at a ski lodge and ends up covered in snow. She claims to be extremely cold after the fight is over in the hopes that Yuuto will use his body to warm her up. She is extremely disappointed when he helps her get to the lodge's natural hot springs instead.
- The anime of Chrono Crusade has Chrono coming down with a fever after he uses too much astral energy. Rosette goes to a Fortune Teller to find out how to heal him—and she whispers a "folk remedy" into Rosette's ear. Of course, it's a kiss. Towards the end of the episode, Rosette tries it out of desperation, and the next morning Chrono's right as rain. (Of course, he had passed out right before she tried it, so he had no idea that Rosette used a "magical" cure.)
- Subverted in Lilim Kiss. The titular boy accidentally released
Sealed Evil in a Can a scintillating succubus. The Succubus requires life force to perform and usually forcibly gets it by kissing the protagonist. Said act almost always leaves said protagonist not being able to move for at least a day from exhaustion.
- Karin from Naruto can heal people, but only if they bite her (during which she seems to get a rather elated look). Unfortunately for her, this also leaves a permanent bite mark any time she uses it. While you might interpret it in the manga to just be pain, the anime makes it all the more blatant.
- It is known that Sakura has one of the special places in Naruto's heart but things take a new twist in Chapter 663 when Sakura attempts CPR and literally grabs his heart through a medical procedure called internal cardiac massage, to resuscitate his heartbeat when Kurama gets extracted from him
- In the Fatal Fury movie, Sulia Gaudeamus heals Terry Bogard by first stripping to her underwear and then initiating full body-to-body contact before turning on her healing powers. Of course, Terry being a Celibate Hero (for a rather... understandable reason), he doesn't do much afterwards except hugging her and warming her up when she doesn't have the strength to get up afterward.
- In New Fist of the North Star, this trope is invoked in a way that makes the entire series not very believable. Near the end of the series, Kenshiro is trapped by Seiji and put in a barred room. He continually tries to kick his way out of the bars, but it's ineffective. The only way he can get out is to use a technique that requires him to meld his chi with Sarah in order to produce the power needed to shatter the bars. They get pressed together in a very suggestive manner, as they gather the energy needed. It's Kenshiro, the man who has walked through collapsing skyscrapers, burning buildings, the DESERT, and beat up tens of thousands of mighty men with ease that would probably be outright fatal to master martial artists like Batman, Captain America, and Iron Fist in the zero prep time + no weapon but your body confrontations that he would often find himself in. And this cage that Kenshiro is in: it's not any supermetal or anything designed before the war, it's not specially designed to absorb extreme shocks or anything, there are no force fields or nano fibers or any of that shit involved. It's just made of cast iron, something Kenshiro was more than capable of handling in the very first episode of the series.
- In the Shaman King manga, Ren has to be cured through that by Jeanne. Due to Ryu's misunderstanding (he thought that Jeanne was going to have her first kiss with Ren), the poor fin-haired boy couldn't be completely healed, and became scarred. Actually, it was Shamash who was healing him with a kiss... Not that Jeanne doesn't end up married with Ren in the end, anyways. Or at least, as the mother of his kid.
- Sekirei require a kiss from their Ashikabi to use the full extent of their powers.
- Crimson Spell:
- Prince Vald passes an antidote to the magician Halvir this way. Unbenownst to Vald, Halvir's been having sex with him while he's controlled by the demon from his cursed sword, so he can't help feeling there's something... familiar about Halvir's lips.
- Halvir decides early on that it would be a good idea to have sex with Vald in demon form, as this will both drain the demon's energies and feed his own magic; this causes complications later on, though not all of them negative.
- Black Bird:
- Female lead Misao is plagued by demons trying to kill and maim her. The lead male and local Bastard Boyfriend Kyo can heal with his tongue. Do the math.
- Misao's Kiss of Life gives energy to whomever she's kissing, so she oftentime does this to Kyo to help heal him if he's injured in a fight.
- In a later chapter Misao falls ill and can't warm up even with four blankets on her. Kyo finally strips down and warms her with skin-to-skin contact.
- A couple of Contractors in Darker Than Black have to kiss people as the remuneration for using their powers. One of them is the (not-so) Innocent Fanservice Girl, appropriately enough, and the other is Mina Hazuki, who specifically has to kiss men and is not exactly pleased with this fact.
- In Full Metal Panic! Sousuke, while pretending to be dating Mizuki, kisses her in order to maintain the illusion that they were going out after asking "Is that when you put your lips to theirs?" After being yelled at for kissing he says " I have kissed all sorts of men before. Some survived and some died." After Kaname realizes what he means all is forgiven.
- In episode 15 of Brigadoon: Marin and Melan, Marin consumes a mind-altering chocolate. Melan is able to neutralize the reaction by feeding her the antidote orally (that is, mouth-to-mouth style). This leads to some Japanese wordplay, since the words for "kiss" and "neutralize" sound very similar. Marin is considerably more flustered about the whole thing than Melan is, since kissing is a totally foreign concept to him.
- In Episode 8 of Sengoku Otome Nobunaga gives an unconcious Hideyoshi medicine by kissing her.
- In Oniisama e..., an ill and drugged up Rei takes an icy Shower of Angst. Her best friend Kaoru stops her, drags Rei to her bedroom, and then strips both of them naked before the two get into bed so Rei can warm up via body heat.
- In Dragon Crisis!, dragons can apparently heal humans by kissing them. In one episode, when Ryuji is severely injured in battle, Rose kisses him and he instantly heals.
- Michiyo Akaishi's Honoo No Alpen Rose: After escaping from the Count's castle via jumping into a river and hiding in an abandoned shack, an injured and soaked wet Lundi is this close to suffer hypothermia. His girlfriend Jeudi lays him down on a piled of hay, strips both of them naked and lays with him to warm him up. It works, and the next day Lundi is a little weakened but basically fine.
- In Michiyo Akaishi's manga Towa Kamo Shirenai, the Miko Kosumo debrainwashes her guardian Hitsuji through a True Love's Kiss combined with this. In her case, she used said kiss to initiate skin contact with him and activate her powers to undo his Brainwashed and Crazy state.
- Ichika of Ano Natsu De Matteru has a high-tech alien healing device; it ought to avert this trope, except she apparently has to kiss the person she wants it to heal.
- In Saint Beast, Judas can heal with his lips making any healing fairly intimate by default.
- In Arata Kangatari, volume 12 has two instances happen in quick succession of each other. When Hinohara is poisoned and rendered unconscious, Kotoha lies on top of Hinohara in just her underwear in order for her powers as an Unemezoku to take full effect. Shortly afterwards, Mikusa gives Hinohara medicine through mouth-to-mouth transfer.
- Performed by Suu of Daily Life with Monster Girl to cure the main character of his fever. Specifically, she uses her unique biology to filter her own water and breast-feed Kurusu with it.
- By the same author of the above example, a well-intentioned but misguided Aero attempts to perform this on Mamoru in Deadline Summonner. She doesn't seem to understand that doing this to a person who has broken almost every bone in his body is a bad idea. Fortunately, the rest of his harem arrives to stop her... if only because they don't want her getting ahead of them.
- In Hagure Yūsha no Esutetika, Akatsuki fights off Phil, but gets slashed by Phil's poisoned sword and collapses with a terrible fever. Myuu strips them down and shares her body heat to break the fever. Afterwards, Akatsuki reveals he could have used his powers to neutralize the poison, but stopped since being hugged by Myuu while they were both in their underwear was much more appealing. Naturally, she gets pissed about him being a pervert.
- Spoofed in a Freezing omake. While stranded on an iceberg, Satellizer and Holly strip and hug Kazuya and Louis, then rub against them at super speed. The two girls then decide to compete to see how fast they can move and how much they can warm their respective partner. Eventually, this generates so much heat that the iceberg breaks, sending them all tumbling into the ocean.
- In the manga of S Cryed, Cherise at one point heals Ryuho by having sex with him using her Alter "Eternal Devotion"
- This is how Talia al Ghul gives Batman some much needed antidote after he succumbs to a scorpion bite while duelling her father, under the pretense of giving him one last smooch.
- Poison Ivy does this accidentally, kissing Batman to poison him, but accidentally curing him because a second kiss from her lips acts as an antidote, and she already poisoned Bruce Wayne earlier that evening. She fails to put two and two together when he laughs at her and appears unaffected.
- In Liberty Meadows, Brandy does this with Frank. Frank (who's having an out-of-body experience) is quite pleased.
- Used in Faker, a SF comic by Mike Carey involving college kids who get exposed to an experimental liquid data storage medium, and explicitly referred to as 'sexual healing'. Also provided the following quote:
Yvonne: "It was sort of like a transfusion, wasn't it Jess? Because you were still full of that stuff. It was the only way you could save Nick."
Jessie: "No. Just the only way that involved me coming like a train."
- In Final Crisis, this is how Superman saves a dying Lois Lane with The Bleed (the lifeblood of The Multiverse itself). He held The Bleed in his mouth and transferred it to her via a kiss.
Superman: (narrating) They said that no one could bottle or contain or hold The Bleed except for The Monitors. But they were wrong. Superman can!
- Played completely straight in The Day After Tomorrow. She gets him out of the wet clothes and then embraces him because "if the blood rushes back too fast, your heart could fail". He doesn't mind. She's his crush.
- In The Saint (1997), the title character (played by Val Kilmer) hides from the villains by diving into the nearly frozen river Moskva and staying submerged for a prolonged time. After the villains drive off, his Love Interest leads him to a nearby housing block. Due to a gas and oil shortage, the house is unheated, so she strips down to her undergarments and cuddles with him to warm him up.
- Featured in Tristan and Isolde (2006). Isolde and her maid discover Tristan washed up on the beach; guess what they do to keep him warm?
- The Spy Who Loved Me. Anya suggests this to James Bond to keep warm while they're on the boat to Cairo.
- Sleeping together for warmth appears in The Great Race (with no nudity though).
- Seen in Shogun Assassin. Ogami Ito and his son, pursued by a female ninja, swim from a burning ship to find shelter on land. (He fights and subdues her underwater before landfall, however.) Once inside an abandoned shack, Ogami ends up overpowering the ninja and stripping her. He likewise disrobes and pulls the ninja and his son closer so they won't freeze to death.
- In the Jackie Chan movie The Myth, Jackie was an Imperial soldier in a past life who nearly drowns, and gets dragged to safety by a Korean princess, who does this to revive him.
- The main characters in Without A Paddle have to attempt this to avoid catching hypothermia, to their great reluctance.
- In Brokeback Mountain, Ennis is brought in to share Jack's tent after he's been sleeping outside in the frigid cold. Of course, they sleep fairly normally and clothed for a while before Jack decides to jump him.
- In Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Snow White gets revived by the prince kissing her. The story goes different in the Brothers Grimm "Snow White", where the prince wants Snow White's coffin carried to the castle, but when the coffin bearers stumble, the piece of cursed apple stuck in Snow White's throat falls out.
- McGyver finds himself as a recipient of one from Natalia in Mac Gyver Trail To Doomsday TV-movie after he is caught in a poisoned boobytrap and loses consciouness.
- Cabin Fever: Seems to be inverted with intimacy making a character sicker. Marcy already had the disease, but it was barely showing when she had sex with Paul. But within an hour of their racy affair, her health deteriorates to a level that it took her friend almost a whole night to reach. A reasonable theory to explain this is that her accelerated heartrate during the tryst pumped the disease through her body much faster then normal, which sped up it's progression. There are sickly welts emerged on Marcy's back because Paul had been fondling her there while they made love.
- The military sci-fi novel Armor by John Steakley has the combat suits built with an energy transference function that occurs when they surface-to-surface contact. Though it isn't exactly as intimate by most standards, ie. flesh to flesh, the necessity to be in physical contact does make it intimate, and though siphoning energy from one suit to another isn't exactly healing, it does allow the suit to continue functioning and thus keep the protagonist alive, otherwise he would have died on any one of several occasions against his alien bug enemies.
- Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files:
- White Court vampires can heal from deep wounds via sex, but this drains the life force of their partner, sometimes to the point of killing them. They prefer to draw only a little energy at a time, but given the sort of mayhem that follows Harry everywhere...
- While it's not healing, White Night of The Dresden Files has kiss-fueled (well, lust-fueled, but the kiss helped) magic used to create a shield powerful enough to protect Harry and Lara Raith from an explosion strong enough to shoot them like a cannon ball with enough force that when they landed (unharmed by this particular bit except for their clothing - and that was mostly just the result of his kissing a hungry succubus), it was after crashing through several floors of her mansion.
- The Dresden Files is also notable in that, when someone is given mouth-to-mouth, that whole vomiting issue isn't ignored in the slightest.
- Elaine's Reiki, which is a type of energy transfer, performed while massaging Harry, used to stimulate Harry's healing. Made more intimate by Harry and Elaine's past relationship.
- In the book Changes, when Harry becomes the Winter Knight, the severe injury which prompted Harry to do this has a very intimate moment with Queen Mab to seal the deal, and to heal the injury at the same time.
- In DK Broster's The Wounded Name, Laurent cradles a wounded, sick, delirious, and freezing Aymar while they huddle in a tiny shelter that's being pelted a thunderstorm, and the scene is one of many that shows how deeply devoted Laurent is to Aymar.
- In Broken Angels, Takeshi uses his special psychodynamic rehabilitation techniques on Tanya, a recent internee at a wartime prison. Tanya decides that she needs to have sex with Takeshi to change her feeling of being 'fixed'. Said fornication causes the conditioning to break down.
- In Michael Crichton's Prey, Julia also transfers nanomachines by kissing. Unfortunately, these are not the good kind. It gets even worse later, with one unwilling victim being held down for the kiss.
- In Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age Nell uses this to transfer hunter-killer nanomachines to save her adoptive mother from a deadly nanomachine computation.
Live Action Television
- Older Than Print: In Norse legend, sorcery was derived from receiving male fluids, limiting it to women and homosexual males on the "bottom" of the coupling. If you were on the receiving end, as it were, you lost your manliness regardless of orientation or whether it was voluntary or not. There are famous instances where a man handing another man a pair of trousers was considered an insult that had to be washed away in blood. Lots of it.
- Daoism says that the sex act involved a transfer of mystical power. The woman can't lose power, but she can transfer power to the man, and the man can lose power by ejaculating. So the man was encouraged to have and satisfy multiple partners in order to keep from going in the red. This might be a cultural basis for some of the mana-transfer tropes about sex.
- The French RPG Qin has a magical ability ("The Union of Yin and Yang") which allows you to have sex to recharge your Chi.
- The Book of Erotic Fantasy introduces a character class known as the "Sacred Prostitute", whose powers involve doing this to restore various stats.
- And a resurrection spell that requires you to kiss the target, appropriately entitled kiss of life.
- Maid RPG lets you remove Stress by doing intimate things with your partner.
- Sharess, a minor goddess in the Forgotten Realms AD&D world, has as her portfolio lust/sex and sensual fulfillment. Hence, her way to healing is to lay on hands, on erogenous zones.
- In Ganbare Goemon: Kuru Nara Koi! Ayashige Ikka no Kuroi Kage, Goemon's injury prevents him from being able to drink the required medicine, leading to the use of this trope. The game makes it seem like the beautiful kunoichi Yae will be the one to perform the act, but she instead asks pudgy, Ambiguously Gay Ebisumaru to do it. Goemon is not pleased with this.
- This isn't exactly a 'magical' instance, but in the video game Bully, unless you feel like running around like an idiot for a while the favoured way of most players to regain main character Jimmy's health is as the result of passionately kissing the nearest sympathetic student, be they boy or girl. Hence, a LOT of yaoi moments, and a LOT of very happy female players.
- Of course, one can't forget prostitute-powered healing in Grand Theft Auto. When Bully's protagonist grows older it seems he can still recover using the same tactics, if taken to a more extreme level.
- Older than 3D: The main ways of healing in the NES game Golgo 13: Top Secret Episode are to kill enemies or to just die and continue, but at a few points in the game Golgo gets nookie. As the lights of the hotel window dim, his health meter fills to full. This might on the other hand just be a sexy, sexy Trauma Inn, since we never see him sleeping alone.
- Forget 3D, even ASCII graphics get in on this. NetHack has succubi and incubi, which will charm, strip, and share a vague intimate moment with players of the opposite sex. The effects are random, and bonuses range from healing to stat boosts to gaining a level ("That was a very educational experience"). Unpleasant consequences, besides the trouble of suddenly being naked in the middle of a dungeon, are also possible, and fooling around too rashly can even result in death. They will take all the player's visible cash after the encounter, for "services."
- This is next to the only way to regain health in Spelunky.
- In Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game Kim Pine can call Knives Chau to give her a kiss that heals her for a fair amount of health.
- Practiced by Sorceress Philippa Eilhart on Saskia the Dragonslayer in The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, as part of the healing spell against a rare poison she presses a rose petal on her lips with her own lips. Lampshaded by a crude onlooker: ""My favourite type of magic: Lesbomancy."
- Subverted in that this was actually part of a different spell to control Saskia (through intense love) tacked onto the healing spell
- In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Ms. Mowz's Ultra-rank skill is a kiss move that allows her to restore health to Mario. This isn't surprising, given that Ms. Mowz loves to flirt with Mario. Even before she joins the party.
- This was used by Princess Elise to revive Sonic in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
- Used a lot in various Kirby games that give you allies - after consuming a healing food item you can kiss (or hug, in some games) your team mates to heal them. The manga goes back and forth on whether this is an actual kiss or the healer throwing the food up in the patient's mouth, whichever is funnier at the time. By the way, half of Kirby's allies are male.
- Alyx is badly wounded after the events of Half-Life 2, and the cure involves a Vortigaunt ritual, binding her and Gordon's life together with some Antlion larval extract.
- This trope is fans' favourite explanation for how the Lady in Red restores Link's health in Zelda II.
- A suggested explanation for how Lois Lane instantly restores Superman's powers after he loses them by touching a Kryptonite meteor in the Atari 2600 game Superman.
- Alluded to in Fire Emblem Awakening, when Gregor suggests this to The Avatar when she or he isn't feeling well during their supports.
- In the Nasuverse (most prominently Fate/stay night, but also Kagetsu Tohya), sex is used to establish magical contracts for the purpose of "mana replenishment".
- In Tsukihime there's also the meido twins who have this as their super-power. Quite literally, they have the ability to restore life-force by swapping bodily fluids. Though this is taken to a bit of an extreme level. Also done in Ciel's route. In fact, let's just say Nasu loves this trope and be done with it.
- In Private Nurse, Maria uses this, among other techniques, in her attempts to cure Haroki of his mysterious ailment.
- Sengoku Rance does this when Rance idiotically went to a freezing mountain because he was following a panda and catch it to impress the ladies. Cue Kenshin warming him up, except they actually go all the way. Strangely though, that part was actually off-screen even though it has the daaaaaaaaaawwww moment.
- In Atlach Nacha, a giant spider has two ways of recovering her mana: eating people or having sex with them.
- An extremely creepy example in Yandere Chan: when the player character cuts his knee on a shattered calculator screen, Mia desperately insists that licking the wound clean is the only way to ensure it doesn't get infected. She settles with licking the blood off the calculator when you firmly turn down her offer.
- Spoofed in Vision of Escaflowne Abridged, where the healing arts pretty much consist of touching the patient inapropriately.
Allen: There is no part of that sentence that I didn't like!
Hitomi: That's not where he's hurt, you perv!
- Done quite awkwardly in The Legend of Neil.
- In the Sex Mage World stories by Salamando, one of the side-effects of Sex Magic is automatically generating a healing aura which enables nigh-infinite stamina and prevents physical injury while engaged in extreme acts of physical intimacy. Beyond that, however, trained Sex Mages can direct the healing aura for use as an all-purpose healing magic. Supposedly, it can even be used to cure terminal illnesses in extended sessions with highly skilled Mages.
- From Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG:
1272. My Paladin can be charged with sexual harassment if he doesn’t watch exactly where he lays on hands.
- College Roomies From Hell: Three words: "Indian method of relaxation." (It always works.)
- In Homestuck, all princes and princesses of Prospit and Derse (or, in other words, all Sburb/Sgrub players) can revive other players with a kiss. Instead of reviving the kissee's actual body, however, it awakens their dream self if it's still alive, causing it to take over as the 'real self'.
- This is first shown when Sollux gets killed by the Vast Glub because he had stayed behind to get Feferi into the Medium first. She repays him by bringing him back to life this way.
- Later, Tavros attempts it on Vriska, but her Dream-Self stops it just before it happens, having other plans.
- Karkat and Terezi also attempt it on Kanaya and Tavros, respectively. It doesn't work, since their dream selves are dead.
- More recently attempted on Rose and Dave, with more success.
- As it turns out, this kiss can even be successfully performed on a severed head.
- This element was likely introduced to poke fun at the old cliche of someone near death waking up after someone kisses them, by giving it an actual justification.
- Looking for Group: In this strip Benny and Pella are required to have a sexy pillow fight in order to do a spell that would get them to a shaman's hut. Then in said shaman's hut they use Pella to channel Richard, whom had been banished, and physically separate him from her to get him back. The Unfortunate Implications of Richard's last line in that page are ... well ... let's say they fuel the Richard/Pella shippers.
- Narbonic: A sex change serum is reversed by swapping bodily fluids with somebody else that has taken the serum in the past. The easiest way to do this is through saliva, which can be done fastest by, well, you know.
- The Order of the Stick:
- While it's not life-saving, in this strip, Durkon has to cast "Cat's Grace" on Elan to make him put his clothes back on (through a misunderstanding, Elan believes that the fewer clothes he has on, the less he'll be seen). The problem? "'Cat's Grace' is a touch spell..."
- In a more straightforward example of the trope, there's the time that Roy refuses female paladin Miko's offer to heal him with a "Lay On Hands" spell out of embarrassment, opting for his dwarf companion Durkon to heal him instead. Not surprisingly, Belkar calls him out on this. Miko doesn't get it at all.
- Fairy Pibgorn uses her "Baiser de la Fie" (sp?) to activate her magic. Actually, any physical contact will do, she just prefers kissing. Her romantic rival, a succubus, on the other hand...
- Sticky Dilly Buns plays with some implications of the trope when the virginal Ruby, unconscious after nearly drowning in a swimming pool, is revived by mouth-to-mouth resuscitation from lifeguard Andy — and Dillon not only tells her about this, but produces a video recording. She is subsequently confused and stressed about the incident, believing that she's just had her first kiss while unconscious. Her more experienced sister Amber has to try and reassure her that "mouth-to-mouth isn't exactly a kiss".
- Lampshaded in Code Lyoko; in one episode where XANA causes snow storm on Paris, Sissi and Herve get trapped together inside a car, and try to find a way to keep warm. Herve suggests the trope, stating it's "scientifically proven". Sissi replies by slapping him.
- In the Thor segment of Hulk Vs., Amora heals Thor with a kiss.
- In The Bible it is reported that King David in his old age was unable to keep warm so virgins were brought to lie with him (platonically, of course).
- According to William L. Shirer's The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and other sources, a Nazi scientist named Sigmund Rascher actually experimented with such a method to find out how to treat Luftwaffe pilots downed into the icy polar waters. He induced hypothermia in concentration camp prisoners, then put them into bed with one or two naked women. He came to the conclusion that hot baths are more effective.
- It had something to do with Nazi admiration towards Vikings - old tales told how a Viking rescued from icy Nordic waters had to be quickly rewarmed to life, and in the wilderness they placed him as intimately as possible with one or two volunteer women from the party (the fattest of them) and covered them tightly in whatever blankets or furs available.
- In the wilderness when one is camping or otherwise cut off from amenities such as plumbing, however, when a hot bath is not readily availible but a sleeping bag and a warm body are, the best thing is to strip victim and volunteer to their undies and snuggle in. Modesty is the least of your worries in an actual emergency. Though the best position for volunteer and victim to assume for maximum heat transfer is actually back to back, as it means more surface-area of skin-to-skin contact that's in the "core" of the body instead of at the extremities.
- In cases of beginning frostbite, gentle body heat is preferable to using a fire or other artificial heat in an uncontrolled manner which might have caused a burn injury.
- Also very important in cases of falling through the ice (or other forms of water-induced or water-aided hypothermia) that the victim be got out of the wet clothes and fast. Contrary to popular belief, few people die from drowning when they fall into frigid water. A bizarre but effective alternative in very cold weather is to have the victim roll in the snow, freezing their soaking clothing, which is better than having damp clothes on.
- None of these treatments are very effective for really serious hypothermia either. If the victim is in a stupor or worse, about to die, hospitals (if it's an emergency emergency, it's preferable to spend the thousands of dollars required to bring in a helicopter than try to treat the patient in the field) tend to rely on far less sexy methods like cutting holes in the patient to squirt hot water into the chest and abdominal cavities, hot IVs and enemas, and other unpleasant things.
- Tom Sullivan reported that his wife once treated him this way after he was accidentally locked outside once during a winter night. According to him, it worked pretty well.
- Mahatma Gandhi often slept with young girls on his bed as a Self-Imposed Challenge on his sexual abstinence. There were apparently times when this trope got involved too:
Sushila admitted that 'there was nothing special about sleeping next to Bapu . . . I used to sleep with him just as I would with my mother'.
She elaborated: 'He might say: "My back aches, put some pressure on it." So I might put some pressure on it or lie down on his back and he might just go to sleep.' She confirmed that this was not part of the chastity experiment, but more of a natural cure.
- Cracked's 5 Doctors Who Just Gave The World's Worst Medical Advice retells a CBS13 Sacramento story about a doctor who saw a woman with an oversensitive gag reflex and prescribed giving fellatio to her husband. PONOS to MOOTH, indeed.