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- Agito and other characters with white hair in Origin: Spirits of the Past were enhanced using the energy of the forest, making them super strong and part plant. But the more they use their enhancements, the closer they get to turning into a tree.
- Bleach: Hakuda trains a shinigami's body to the physical limit to become a weapon capable of extremely powerful unarmed combat. Yoruichi and her student Soi Fon independently discovered Shunkou. Later, on Yoruichi's brother Yuushirou also masters it. When activated, this technique drives kidou into the arms and legs to boost the body's Hakuda performance beyond its physical limit. Yoruichi, Soi Fon and Yuushirou are the only ones known to possess this level of Hakuda ability.
- In Fairy Tail, during the Edolas Arc, it's revealed that the inhabitants of Edolas create magical items and weaponry by merging an enchanted "Lacrima" (a crystal full of magical energy) with said weapon, giving it magical powers. The regular mages of Earthland often use their own magic to power up vehicles and machines.
- Wendy, Vjeeter, and Irene Belserion's magic allows them buff their allies and themselves, increasing their physical capabilities like strength and speed to far above their normal levels.
- The Second Generation Dragon Slayers such as Laxus, Cobra and God Serena are created this way, implanting the aforemention Lacrima based on Dragon Slayer magic into a human body.
- In Hunter × Hunter, "Enhancement" is one of the six main types of Nen. Enhancers tend to be the physically strongest people around and are noted for not always having named techniques because, more often than not, they don't need them.
- In Dragon Ball Z, Babidi's mind control not only allows him to control you, but also increases your power.
- The Lyrical Nanoha franchise has an offensive magic type called "Magic-Enhanced Attacks", which enhance the caster's weapon for a brief duration (such as setting it on fire) to increase its penetrating power.
- The Amakawa Demon Slayer Family in Omamori Himari has this as their standard power, calling it Light Ferry. They can charge an ordinary stick to be as strong as a "Legendary Weapon".
- In The Familiar of Zero, there are several examples. A golem (already a magic item) is further enhanced by a magic force field that makes it nearly indestructible. A magic sword that is able to absorb magic has "dispel magic" cast on it (normally you'd expect dispel magic to weaken a magic item) and becomes more able to cut through things protected by magic. An airplane with "gust of wind" cast on it takes off in a shorter distance.
- In Naruto, A's Lightning Armour, the Eight Gates technique, Sage Mode and Fox mode all greatly increase speed, strength and reflexes.
- This is the effect of Ako Izumi's Pactio in Mahou Sensei Negima!, via her using a HUGE syringe to inject a Super Serum that increases your speed/strength/stamina.
- Earlier, Nodoka learns and uses a reinforcement spell to rob Dynamis of his staff.
- The Pactio system has a facility for buffing strength and defense by drawing upon the mage's power, but it hasn't seen use for a long time.
- In The Dresden Files:
- Harry wears a magically reinforced black leather duster that can repel almost any physical attack. Others do similar enhancements to robes and other clothes.
- Wardens of the White Council have a unique Anti-Magic Enhancement on their swords to banish any spell or magical enhancement their enemy has in effect.
- In Harry Potter, various spells and potions can be used to grant the characters temporary increases in what we would consider various stats. Most obvious among them being the Supersensory Charm (granting super senses for the duration of the spells effect) and the Felix Felicis potion (granting increased luck for a set period of time). Other, less well-known or useful ones exist, and the fandom delights in inventing more for the purposes of their stories.
- In the Xanth novels, Ivy has the magic talent of Enhancement, and it is considered Sorceress-level magic because it is so versatile. For example, she used it as self-defense once by enhancing an enemy's throwing strength for a moment so that it would overshoot its aim when throwing something at her.
- In High Deryni, the Gwyneddian forces receive reports of strange noises coming from the Torenthi camp at night. Morgan and Duncan join Kelson, Nigel, and a couple of scouts to observe, and Morgan uses his powers to extend his hearing. All agree they hear sounds of construction: sawing, chopping, hammering.
- In Dave Duncan's A Man of His Word series and its sequel A Handful of Men, anyone who possesses a single word of power has their own natural talents enhanced to supernatural levels. More words mean more power, but knowing 5 words makes one a demigod, who either becomes a god or eventually burns alive.
- All magic in the Knight and Rogue Series enhances a things properties, though it sometimes also adds and extra ability (such as rabbits being able to turn invisible.)
- In Mistborn's primary magic system, allomancy, ingesting and "burning" tin and pewter cause this effect, enhancing the allomancer's senses and physical abilities, respectively. Duralumin (and alloy of aluminum) takes it a step farther, enhancing other allomancy. The other allomantic metals don't count; they provide powers such as Emotion Control and Combat Clairvoyance that the allomancer simply wouldn't have otherwise.
- In The Iron Teeth magical elixirs are used to turn people into Vessels. This grants them super strength and other abilities, but not everyone survives taking the elixir. They must also continue to drink more elixir in order to fuel their powers.
- In The Witcher, human children who show potential as monster hunters undergo rigorous training before being given the Trial of Grasses, a series of mutagenic herbs and mushrooms that will either kill them or grant them unnatural powers, turning them into Witchers.
- The heart and soul of (the) Exalted. Every single one of them started out as Puny Creationlings, and their Exaltions enhances them to (varying degrees of) god-like ability. They also get more powerful Ki Attacks/Functional Magic, if they had some form of it before.
- In Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, the Gods of Chaos give daemonic gifts to their servants that may enhance them to superhuman ability (or just increase their abilities for the Chaos Space Marines).
- Probably the most common form of magic item in most Dungeons & Dragons settings are enhanced objects, like a "shield +1" or a "sword +2 vs undead". They give a bonus to their wielder to hit if a weapon, to block a parry if a shield, etc. This is not limited to combat stats but those are the ones most people tend to remember/prefer.
- There are also enhancement spells, which increase the effect of other spells.
- GURPS 4th Edition introduces the idea that some superpowers are magical in origin, and gives some basic mechanics for characters who have them. (However, as of yet, it still doesn't include rules in any of its settings for how these powers are acquired in the first place.)
- Reinforcement Magic from the Fate series, which allows magi to sharpen blades, harden armors, or in the case higher level mastery, augment a living being with physical strength, speed and durability.
- In the New Vindicators universe, chi powers are very real, although very few people can master them. Among other things, people can manipulate their chi through Qiqong or a similar practice to make themselves stronger, tougher, or faster (in Mutants&Masterminds terms, this means increasing physical abilities), among other things.