Sometimes, one touch can change everything.
Literally touching one or more mundane objects (weapons, sticks, rocks, etc.) to transform them into awesome objects by infusing them with magic.
To repeat, it's just as easy as touch and go. You can, for example, make your pointy stick vibrate for extra killing potential
or make your Blade on a Stick
acidic. The important thing is that it is possible without a long amount of time or outside influence, such as The Blacksmith
or, in extreme cases, tools.
You may also ask how is this different from Magic-Powered Pseudoscience
? For the most part, the characters pulling this stunt know what they are doing and are under no illusion of "Pseudo"-science.
See also: Elemental Punch
, Item Amplifier
, and Spell Blade
Anime and Manga
- Skittles gives us the Skittles touch, a poor old man whose touch turns everything to Skittles. It's surprisingly dark for a candy commercial.
- Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Cinque's Inherent Skill "Rumble Detonator" in StrikerS turns any metallic substance she touches into high-grade explosive. Combined with her other special ability to summon any number of steel throwing knives, it turns her into one of the most dangerous girls around.
- Slayers has Astral Vine to enchant anything sharp including corporeal spell effects to damage targets immune to normal weapons.
- Omamori Himari has the Light Ferry ability of the Amakawa family.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this ability is possessed by Homura (along with a Shield of Holding), in contrast to most Puella Magi who summon magic weapons. Given the loose nature of magic in the setting, theoretically all Puella Magi could have this power.
- Mina Hazuki from Darker Than Black can turn anything she's holding into something indistinguishable from a lightsaber.
- Suzuka from Outlaw Star has a wooden katana that acts as a conduit for her Ki Attacks.
- Gambit of the X-Men has the ability to turn anything he touches into an explosive. Although he prefers to charge and flick playing cards at his opponent. The Ultimate X-Men version claims that he joined Fenris because he was losing control of his powers (basically an even suckier version of Midas since all the food he touches turns into a bomb) and their experiments stabilized him.
- Older Than They Think: Though it's oft-forgotten about now, Gambit's original connections to Mister Sinister were because he originally went to Sinister to get some of his brain excised to permanently dampen down his powers, so he couldn't lose control. He also had to deal with a short-lived villain called "New Sun", who turned out to be a version of himself from an Parallel Universe slash Bad Future who never got his powers dampened, grew to Physical God status, and lost control. He's called "New Sun" because he vaporised the entire planet Earth with his powers.
- The Silver Samurai of Marvel Comics, after his reveal as a mutant with Absurdly Sharp Blade as his power.
- Another Marvel Universe character, Harpoon, could charge a metal spear with his own bio energy and use it as a devastating weapon.
- In the Don Rosa Scrooge McDuck story "Of Ducks, Dimes and Destinies", it is learned that Magica DeSpell has been attempting to steal Scrooge's "Number One Dime" for this purpose; she possesses a magic formula that would grant her the ability to turn whatever she touches into gold, but the key component of the spell is the first coin ever earned by the richest person in the world.
- Two characters in Justice Society of Japan have this. One of them is Electra Pendragon, who enchants pretty much anything she touches into a magic item, with the catch that it falls apart when she lets go. In contrast, Ino has little control over her Anti-Magic powers, disenchanting anything she touches aside from her Keyblade.
- In one part of My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II, Rarity essentially gets the Midas Touch.
- Ghost Rider: Johnny's motorcycle and a random shotgun.
- Cinderella: The pumpkin
king coach and partially the nifty dress.
- In The Chocolate Touch a boy has the same gift as Midas but with chocolate instead of gold.
- Michael in the Knight and Rogue Series develops the ability to 'enhance' the properties of things, making water more effective while fighting fire, giving his horse Super Speed, and on one occaison making the air thicker to break his fall.
- Berserker, the resident Hero Killer of Fate/Zero, has a combination of this power, Instant Expert, Implausible Fencing Powers and Super Strength, with the result that he can rip a telephone pole out of the ground and use it to completely overwhelm a legendary swordsman with an Infinity+1 Sword. Oh, and any magic weapon he holds responds to him as if he were its master. One of the biggest Oh, Crap moments in the story comes when he manages to get his hands on a jet fighter.
- Soulcasting in The Stormlight Archive. One touch can turn rocks into food, wood into steel, or a brigand into smoke.
- A Troubled woman in Haven turns any food she touches into cake. She's more than a little overweight.
- Dungeons & Dragons: Gauntlets of Ghost-Fighting for when you want to kill incorporeal things but don't want to enchant all of your stuff. Even older are Gauntlets of Weaponry Arcane that make any weapon held count for purpose of immunities as silver and +1 to what it normally is.
- Or for a less flavorful version you could learn the magic weapon/fang spell and hope the enchantment lasted long enough.
- A Feat sorcerers can pick up in the tabletop game Pathfinder lets you make your normal weapon into a magic plus 1 weapon by channeling magic into it.
- Werewolf: The Forsaken has the rite of
pants dedication. Interestingly enough, most Klaives don't count since they require the outside influence of a spirit and a great deal of time/effort.
- In Changeling: The Lost, a lot of Clauses seem to work by empowering a prop, this is most clear in the case of the Entitlements: College of Worms, The Scarecrow Ministry, Bodhisattvas of the Broken Cage, and Squires of the Broken Bough.
- In Mage: The Ascension, Mages can imbue objects with energy, thus for example allowing them to hit ghosts.
- Warhammer 40,000: The first few stages of the obliterator virus work like this, up until you can't remove your weapons or armor anymore.
- Played with a bit in GURPS — when it comes to magic, "standard" spells work best on things the caster can, indeed, touch, and the chance of success then drops off fairly quickly with distance (effective skill is -1 per yard between caster and target, in a 3d6-roll-under-skill system). This is exactly the main benefit of a magic staff in the game, too: properly enchanted, touching something with it counts as touching it personally and it extends the user's reach accordingly as well.
- In Eternal Darkness, you learn the "Enchant Item" spell quite early on. While it can be used to power up weapons, it's also used to repair broken (by plot events only) items and at one point near the end make a C4 bomb powerful enough to destroy some catacombs full of Eldritch Abominations.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, poisons work this way. If you make a potion with only negative effects you can apply it to your weapon. While you're technically just using Poisoned Weapons, the poison is alchemical in nature, has most of the same effects as magic and allows the poisoned strikes to affect incorporeal creatures (magical weapon) regardless of type.
- In the Makin' Magic expansion pack of The Sims, any Sim with magical powers can use the Enchant spell to temporarily bring a garden gnome or lawn flamingo to life — or even just make the fridge open and close by itself as it pleases, or make the checkers on the checkerboard dance around.
- In the Devil May Cry series, Dante can shoot enchanted bullets, shotgun blasts and grenades when using his Devil Trigger. It's impicitly his touch that makes this possible.
- Worm: Dauntless has this as his superpower, being able to infuse a set of equipment with special powers each day, and therefore getting more and more powerful as time goes on.
- Flechette has the ability to make anything she touches completely ignore most of the laws of physics for a short time, which allows any projectiles she uses to bypass any and all defenses until they are already inside their targets.