->''"You cannot harm me. You cannot stop someone who has been touched by Vorlons."''
-->-- '''[[TropeNamer Lyta Alexander]]''', ''Series/BabylonFive''

A character, initially having no unusual powers, [[SuperEmpowering gains them]] through interactions with [[SufficientlyAdvancedAlien powerful aliens]] or [[AlienSpaceBats supernatural beings]]. Alternately, they might have very [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway weak or useless powers]] amplified to [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower godlike levels]].

The powers may come in a wide range of just how much they can do:
* It may be quite limited, so as not to unbalance the show, like a ProtectiveCharm or UpgradeArtifact.
* If the powers [[JustForFun/HowToGiveACharacterSuperpowers are more extensive]], the character may become a {{superhero}}, which may form the entire premise of a series.
* If the powers are near-omnipotent, then either it's a way of [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence writing the character out of the show without killing them off]] (they generally cease to be concerned with mere human troubles), or they cannot remain with the group because they are too powerful, or else the power is given to the character only for a short time, often just a single episode. The character learns AnAesop about [[ComesGreatInsanity having]] [[ComesGreatResponsibility power]].

Being Touched By Vorlons often, but not always, results in a character [[PowerIncontinence struggling to control]] their NewSuperPower. It may backfire morally because often WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, or literally in a SuperPowerMeltdown.

Less frequently, this trope may be reversed and a supernatural being (possibly The GreatGazoo, if it's being played for comedy more than drama) [[BroughtDownToNormal loses his powers]] -- again resulting in AnAesop.

This trope is closely related to SuperEmpowering. If the Vorlon that touched the character is marking them as their own, then it overlaps with ClaimedByTheSupernatural.

For the other kind of "touched" see MarsNeedsWomen or BoldlyComing. Although in a few rare examples they overlap.

%%If you have time, please take time to put examples in alphabetical order. This page Administrivia/HowToAlphabetizeThings should help you with that.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** A human can gain shinigami powers if a shinigami plunges their sword into the human's heart. It doesn't have a very high success rate but can work sometimes.[[spoiler: There are external factors involved in why Rukia and Ichigo's experience becomes a definite success instead of just a possible success.]]
** Captains and vice-captains have to wear power-limiters on their reiatsu when in the human world lest their power start affecting human souls. This is lampshaded by observations on how Ichigo's extremely powerful, uncontrolled reiatsu (when in shinigami form only) has affected humans around him [[spoiler: (with help from the Hougyoku changing the odds to make something that can sometimes happen into something that definitely happens)]] to enable Orihime and Sado to unlock latent powers they possessed from birth but couldn't access without help, and to give several classmates the ability to see ghosts and shinigami when they previously couldn't.
** Aizen uses the Hougyoku to create artificially-boosted arrancar at levels mock-arrancar in the past haven't naturally been able to reach. [[spoiler: He also uses it to, in his personal belief, break the boundary between the shinigami and divine (although Urahara and Ichigo between them suggest he might have misinterpreted what happened to him). The small print behind the Hougyoku does actually say that it's only capable of manifesting desires that already have the potential to be achieved without the Hougyoku's involvement.]]
** The leader of the Vandenreich can transfer bits of his own soul to other people to grant them special powers. Each of his highest ranking subordinates possesses a unique power represented by a letter of the alphabet. The dark twist is that [[spoiler:he sustains and empowers himself by reclaiming those bits along with the rest of their hosts' strength, which is inevitably fatal even if they aren't on the brink of death.]]
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', [[FunctionalMagic Nen ability]] can be gained by a process called Nen Baptism, which is basically direct exposure to Nen by a Nen user. The other method is through [[ReligionIsMagic meditation and prayer]], and can take years but is a lot safer.
* In ''LightNovel/MahouSensou'', exposure to magic is enough to turn a {{Muggle}} into a magician. After a magic battle occurs at their school, Takeshi, Kurumi and Ida all gain powers, and Takeshi's brother Gekkou gains them off-screen later on.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'''s father seals part of a legendary and evil monster's soul into Naruto. A seal that leaks some of the monster's energy for him to use. Lots of demon chakra proves to be really good ([[SpamAttack spell spam]], HealingFactor, stamina, SuperMode) and really bad (failing vital techniques due to chakra overload, wanting to tear everything apart with your energy claws in SuperMode, all that [[TorchesAndPitchforks bad stigma]] for housing what killed loved ones, potentially being a ticking time bomb, and the stigma of being a ticking time bomb whether you are or not). Using said chakra to help in the butt-kicking of genocidal maniacs -- who have actually done something bad and plan to do more -- however, can do wonders for one's reputation. About damn time.
** As it turns out, [[spoiler: the existence of ninjas itself is this. A significant chunk of humans are born with chakra because their lineages trace back to Kaguya Otsutsuki, an alien who imbued herself with the 10 tail tree's power which became an inheritable trait.]]
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Immortals can give people Geass, which manifests differently with each person. [[MysteriousWaif CC]] gives main character [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] the ability to make people [[MindControl obey him absolutely]].
* ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'',
** Shana becomes increasingly powerful when Yuji is near her, leading to her ability to fly using flame wings. This a cross between Yuji's status as a container for the Midnight-Lost-Child and ThePowerOfLove.
** This is the way Flame Haze gain their powers, which is essentially through a contract with a god. In particular, Shana goes from a BadassNormal to a [[PlayingWithFire flame-wielding]] superhero.
* Kurau from ''Anime/KurauPhantomMemory '' gains immense powers, such as flying, phasing through walls and disintegrating matter, after merging with an [[EnergyBeings energy being]] called "Rynax". She also [[BlessedWithSuck inherits the being's immense feeling of loneliness]] though, which is rather ironic since [[spoiler:the Rynax came to her because she felt alone as a child]].
* In ''Manga/DoctorSlump'', [[spoiler: Senbei and Midori's toddler son, Turbo]] gets PsychicPowers when he's accidentally killed, then resurrected, by aliens who don't quite grok human biology.
* In ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'', the human boy Kicker (Yes, Kicker. Is it any wonder he hates his father?) had a run-in with Primus earlier in his life that gave him the ability to sense Energon, which basically turns him into a walking MacGuffin. This makes him all angsty and stuff.
* Espers ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', have been touched by ''Haruhi'' in that she [[spoiler: created the world 3 years ago and therefore ''gave'' them their powers/identities.]] Aliens and time-travelers may be debatable but Koizumi outrightly states that he knows his powers came from Haruhi. If you don't trust him, ([[ConsummateLiar and you probably shouldn't]]), in ''Dissociation'', [[spoiler:Kyoko Tachibana, the esper girl, is sure her powers came from Sasaki]]. Different vorlons, same situation.
* This is essentially how Sho Fukamachi became the Manga/{{Guyver}}, though he never asked for the alien technology.
* In ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'', certain characters possess powers known as "Red Feather Powers." In addition to giving certain characters supernatural abilities that put them on a level far above that of normal humans, these powers have an additional effect known as Resonance, which means that people with powers, latent or otherwise, are stimulated by proximity to other people with powers. This results in either causing people with latent abilities to suddenly awaken their powers or enhancing the powers of people who are already awakened. Furthermore, the more people involved in the resonance effect, the greater its range and potency. This aspect leads the BigBad of the series to try and use the resonance effect to awaken the supernatural abilities of every person in the entire world.
* In ''Manga/TokyoUnderground'', the main character Rumina gains the ability to manipulate air, after dying, and being brought back to life from a kiss by Ruri, the "Maiden of Life".
* In ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'', a number of eighteenth century alchemists [[DealWithTheDevil summon a demon]] to grant them {{Immortality}}. The demon complies, tossing in the extra of being able to kill other immortals and [[GhostMemory steal their memories]], mostly for the the [[HilarityEnsues inevitable lulzy results]] of [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity giving twenty quarreling people stuck on a boat a reason and the means to kill each other]]. He is not disappointed.
* Near the end of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'', it turns out that the Doctor created Millenium's "vampires" by [[spoiler: infusing people with tiny bits of the corpse of Mina Harker, one of Alucard's aka Dracula's past victims, who survived and died as a human but still carried some of his power inside herself. So all of Millenium's vampires were Touched By Alucard.]] Small wonder that none of them really stood a chance against him.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' and its sequel, nearly all the original Digidestined were children who had been present personally for a massive battle between two Digimon, and the majority of the others seem to have witnessed the battle that took place on the internet. This seems to suggest that the only way to get a VIP pass into the [[CyberSpace Digital World]] is by being touched by Digimon.
* [[FanDisservice Played for horror]] in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'':
** When [[spoiler:Femto viciously raped Casca, who was pregnant with she and her lover Guts's child at the time. The baby was at first developing as a normal human in the womb, but when the fetus came in contact with Femto's demonic essence, it became [[TheGrotesque deformed]] and took on [[FetusTerrible a nature of evil]], and was eventually miscarried due to the trauma Casca endured. However, due to it being a supernatural being born between worlds, the Child survived and continued to linger around its parents, [[LoveRedeems actually helping]] and [[ParentsInDistress protecting them]].]]
** All Apostle Spawns are created this way, since an Apostle can taint a normal human's life with their demonic powers.
** The Apostles themselves are empowered by the God Hand, who demand the [[PoweredByAForsakenChild sacrifice]] of someone very important in the would-be Apostle's life in order to remove their humanity and transform them into a powerful demon.
** The God Hand, in turn, are empowered [[spoiler: by God himself, or the nearest equivalent, the [[GodIsEvil Idea of Evil]]]] through the sacrifice of ''many'' people who love and trust them. There's a bit of an inverse relationship between phenomenal cosmic power and being a decent human being in Berserk.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' When Tsukune needs to fight, a quick dose of vampire blood (courtesy of Moka) gives him some much needed ass-kicking powers. Unfortunately, this has some [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier unfortunate side effects...]]
** When Season II comes, Tsukune's more or less got the vampire blood under control... right up until Tohofuhai gives him a second dose of Vorlon contact in the form of the [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Body Modification Techinique]]. That was bad enough in itself, but when [[spoiler:those two get mixed, we've got a Tsukune that reeks of Alucard.]] [[spoiler:By the time he's finally brought back under control, Tsukune is less "touched" than "slowly turning into one" because Moka's "touch" turned out to secretly have a double whammy: the "touch" of [[BigBad Alucard]].]]
* In ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'', the Inquisition uses a special chemical to give them a brief moment of Vampire level speed and strength. The anime never states it, but the original books mention that the chemical is injected inside their suits, so the anime most likely [[LawOfConservationOfDetail never got around to showing this since it wasn't greatly important]].
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', one can be "touched" in different ways. For example, a side effect of a passage to Makai being forced open is that people in the vicinity start exhibiting assorted psychic powers. Also, once spirit or demon abilities enter a bloodline, it can be passed down through the generations (the Kuwabara siblings, Kazuma and Shizuru, are both naturally gifted), though atavism can result in the abilities not showing with each generation. [[spoiler:In the case of demon heritage, it can take a ''long'' break of many generations before emerging with just the right descendant.]] [[spoiler:In Yusuke's case, his demon heritage goes back 44 generations and only awakened when he died a second time.]]
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' this is what happens to anyone who sees The Gate of Truth. They are granted some amount of information about the fundamental laws of reality, making them vastly more powerful alchemists and granting them the ability to perform transmutation without physically drawing a circle.
** This is technically because of the realization after seeing the Truth, that All is One, One is All; this means that the alchemist is themselves also the transmutation circle, as everything in existence is the same thing, but in different form.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, kid superhero team ComicBook/PowerPack gained their superpowers from an encounter with a dying alien.
* Another Marvel example, the second-string superhero CometMan was disintegrated accidentally by aliens, then resurrected using a machine that reassembled his body according to an alien template, giving him many of their PsychicPowers.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', elves gain new powers or have their existing powers enhanced by proximity to the Palace of the High Ones.
* In ''ComicBook/TheUltraverse'', one of the only ways to gain superpowers was the Jump Start, a piece of alien technology on the moon that would randomly send out rays that gave humans superpowers.
* ''ComicBook/{{Hitman}}'' was given very useful powers (telepathy and x-ray vision) from an alien, when it sucked out his spinal fluid, and he survived.
* Jack Hawksmoor of ''ComicBook/TheAuthority''. Since he was a child, he was kidnapped by aliens ([[spoiler:actually, future humans]]) who turned him into a creature that could only survive in cities.
* The second-tier Creator/MarvelComics hero ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'' centered around a human college student named Rick Sheridan, who ended up with an alien from another dimension trapped in his mind. A partial subversion in the sense that it was the ''Vorlon'' that gained unusual abilities, namely the ability to manifest in the human world when Rick was asleep.
* Parodied by The Captain in ''ComicBook/{{Nextwave}}'' - he receives his [[FlyingBrick "generic superpowers"]] from a pair of aliens who find him as he drunkenly staggers home. Their message to him, "do great things." His first act with his new powers is to punch the aliens out. And then vomit on them.
** Hey, leprechauns are supposed to give you gold if you hit them!
* DC B-lister Comicbook/AnimalMan gained his powers from an exploding alien spaceship. At a later point some of the aliens reappear to help Animal Man.
* ComicBook/GreenLantern was given his powers (in the form of a ring) by a dying alien.
** They also gave GL Kyle the Ion power and transformed several other [=GLs=] into cyborgs called Alpha-Lanterns. Ganthet founded a Blue Lantern Corps for which he's recruiting. Sinestro got his yellow ring from another sort of aliens.
** The Orange Lantern Corps is a subversion. When the leader (Larfleeze if you care) gets touchy your soul, or something like it, is taken and made into a creature with superpowers... ''under his mental dominion''.
* In his ongoing series, Marvel Universe ComicBook/{{Gambit}} gained megatronic powers which allow him even to touch Rogue. [[spoiler: He had them all the time]]. In his fight against New Son, he burns out and goes back to normal.
* One of the major plot points of Creator/CrossGen's many [[FanNickname Sigilverse]] comics is the rise of the Sigil-Bearers, who gain their power from a red and yellow mark bestowed by [[spoiler: Solusandra]] via this trope.
* Ultraman, an [[MirrorUniverse evil version of Superman]] was a normal human astronaut who, like Animal Man was put back together by aliens.
* ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} was granted much of his power by Celestial technology.
* A number of the supers in Comicbook/{{Empowered}} gained their abilities through "contact" with aliens. Alien [=STDs=] interacting with humans = HilarityEnsues.
** "Wait, your whole team got your powers through sexual contact?! That's awfully coincidental!"
"Not at all. We met at a therapy group."
* In ''ComicBook/TheIntimates'', it's hinted that Destra's powers of NighInvulnerability and incendiary fingernail projectiles are a side-effect of her summer romance with an alien.
* Ultra the Multi-Alien from Creator/DCComics was a human astronaut who crash-landed on a distant alien planet. He was attacked by four different alien species at once, all shooting him with rays to turn him into a member of their own species. As a result, he's a mixture of all four species. Yes, he is from UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, why do you ask?
* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic story, ''Hunters of the Burning Stone'', we learn that this happened to [[spoiler:the cave people the TARDIS crew met on [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E1AnUnearthlyChild their very first adventure]]]].
* In the MarvelUniverse, this is the origin of ''nearly every superpowered human''. Humanity's potential to develop superpowers, Mutant and Mutate alike, was created during the Celestials' experiments on early humans.
** Several superpowered aliens have this origin too, such as the Heralds of Galactus.
* The gods in ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' are the Vorlons for this story. They can give portions of their power to their followers and make them essentially demigods. Specific cases are Woden's valkyries and [[spoiler: Laura, who was touched by Lucifer before the latter's death]].
* ComicBook/RedSonja was granted her strength and fighting skill from the goddess Scathach, in response for her cry for vengeance[[note]]Her family and village were destroyed by a band of mercenaries, and Sonja herself was raped by the band's leader[[/note]]. On the condition that she would never lie with a man unless [[BestHerToBedher defeated her in fair combat first.]]
* In ''Comicbook/{{PS238}},'' [[spoiler:Tyler's clone Toby]] started out as a {{Muggle}}, but was then possessed/influenced by [[OrderVsChaos a cherub of Order and an imp of Chaos]] as the two sides prepared for their war over Earth. As a result he became a RealityWarper whose powers operate on EquivalentExchange.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a couple of examples.
** Two are related to the same being, [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] - [[spoiler: Lily]] cut a deal with [[spoiler: the Phoenix that resulted in Harry's protection and her becoming the new White Phoenix of the Crown.]]
*** As a result of this, in chapter 2 of ''Ghosts of the Past'' Harry finds out that he can manipulate the fragment of [[spoiler: the Phoenix]] he's been given. Chapter 14 reveals that he can [[spoiler: use this to become the Dark Phoenix.]]
** [[spoiler: Jean-Paul]] is given access to the Speed Force, the bequeathed power of a long dead cosmic entity from the Marvel Universe known as the Runner.
* In FanFic/DivineBlood there are several examples.
** Ranma early on commiserates that she's not quite a "non-magical" being any more given the changes that constant exposure to supernatural energies has wrought on her, not the least being her [[RapeAsBackstory rape and]] [[ChildByRape impregnation]] [[HalfHumanHybrid by three]] [[DivineParentage of the Greek Gods]]
** It is shown that both Demons and Gods have used their method of achieving immortality to recruit mortals of random sentient species to their ranks. Currently, the target is human (and assorted subraces) since there aren't many other sentient species that aren't immortal. [[spoiler: And humans have recently stepped up to produce their own immortals]]
* Music/TheBeatles in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached''. The first instances (John and Ringo) are actually unintentional on the part of the aliens involved; they end up giving George and Paul powers to make them roughly equal.
-->'''Varx:''' I don't think we have a choice, Shag, unless you want half of our heroes feeling ''real'' inferior to the other half.
* ''FanFic/TheFallOfTheFireEmpire'': [[spoiler: Yue]] hasn't aged in a century and is the only remaining Waterbender, due to [[spoiler: her connection to the imprisoned Moon spirit]].
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6263444/1/Transition Transition]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Jinx and Raven]] gain EnlightenmentSuperpowers by [[DeusSexMachina having a lesbian threesome with an avatar of a sapient planet in its mindscape]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' movies, it's rather "Touched by [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Magical Pretty Ponies]]".
** After the events of [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013 the first film]], the human Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie still have some bits of Equestrian magic left in them, causing them to shift into their anthropony forms when they play. In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks Rainbow Rocks]]'' it also makes them immune to the Dazzlings' MindControlMusic, at least until they start breaking apart.
** In ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames Friendship Games]]'' it is revealed that the transformation can also be triggered by doing something that embodies their element (Rainbow leading a pep rally, Rarity designing uniforms for her friends, etc.).
** This becomes a major source of conflict in ''[[MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'', as human Twilight is revealed to still have some residual magic from her transformation in the last movie and she becomes terrified of reverting into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Midnight Sparkle]] every time her power manifests. Exposure to [[spoiler:Gloriosa Daisy's]] magical geodes causes the other six girls to develop new magical abilities as well. [[spoiler:By the end of the movie all seven undergo a transformation into [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warriors]], which they can apparently now do at will thanks to the magic lockets created from the geodes.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Moana}}'', Maui [[spoiler:was thrown into the sea by his [[AbusiveParent parents]]]] in an attempt to get rid of him. The gods objected to that and rescued him, making him SemiDivine in the process.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', Irina [[spoiler:receives the knowledge of, well, everything from the interdimensional being that she places the skull on.]] She gets exactly what she asked for. [[spoiler:The knowledge causes intense pain and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence pulls her into the being's dimension]].]] This was meant to be a reward. Lesson learned? Don't help the Vorlons. Or at least don't help them without specifying [[spoiler:how ''much'' knowledge]]. Be careful what you want, and all that good stuff.
* In ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'', astronaut David Bowman gets captured by SufficientlyAdvancedAliens, who cause him to AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence. He returns to Earth many years later as the Star Child, an [[EnergyBeings Energy Being]] with superpowers. ''2001'' presents this as the ultimate step in [[EvolutionaryLevels biological evolution]], but the sequel, ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'', reveals that the aliens have plans to use Bowman as a proxy while they carry on their mysterious agenda.
* In ''Film/FantasticFourRiseOfTheSilverSurfer'', the encounter with namesake Silver Surfer leaves Human Torch [[CursedWithAwesome with an unusual ability]] to transfer and even accumulate superpowers. It causes no end of trouble for the group before helping them to save the world.
* ''Film/AttackOfThe50FootWoman'' uses this to give the title character her size.
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' is a relatively mild example. All the Black Lectroids do is give him the ability to see all Lectroids as they really are and the knowledge to create an antidote to their illusion disguise.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Phenomenon}}'': the aliens turn out to be [[spoiler:hallucinations caused by George's brain tumor]].

* The Shanda'ryn of Adam R. Brown's ''Literature/{{Alterien}}'' series fit this trope nicely. It was specifically Dr. Grey along with Ara, Li'nia and an {{ultimate life form}} called Eve who created the Alterien species with the intention of having them eventually replace Homo sapiens.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' is a classic example of this trope.
** The protagonists were given amazing shapeshifting super-phlebotium by an alien who crashed in their hometown and hoped they could prevent the alien invasion he died trying to stop.
** The Andalites themselves got a big speed boost to their evolutionary process when Toomin was GoingNative with them in ''The Ellimist Chronicles''.
* ''Literature/NightWatch'':
** Similar but not quite the same: Potential Others could discover their powers by interacting with Others who had already discovered their powers.
** The third book also shows that members of the Inquisition are able to appeal directly to either the Light or the Dark (depending on what kind of Other they are) for a temporary boost in power, if necessary to carry out their duties.
* Being in the proximity of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} ([[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 40k]])'' Daemons is almost never a good idea. Unless, of course, you're on their side, and even that isn't all fun.
* In the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''The Source Of Magic'', the demon Xanth (the titular source) thanks Bink for freeing him - even though Bink [[HonorBeforeReason knew Xanth probably would fly the coop and take all Xanth's magic with him]] - by ensuring that every one of his direct descendants would have a Magician-class talent. (So, in a sense, Bink's ''kids'' were touched).
* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' series: Most of Petaybee's population over a certain age had been modified by the planet, itself, to live comfortably on the planet's sub-Arctic climate -- with the nasty drawback that, once so adapted, any prolonged absence from the planet's surface (as little as a couple of days) ends with complete organ shutdown and death. Sean Shongili was further altered to be able to transform into a seal-like creature. (The reason why isn't really explored to any depth.)
* Creator/StephenKing:
** In the novella ''Literature/HeartsInAtlantis - Low Men In Yellow Coats'' (adapted into a film named for the anthology in which the story appeared, ''Hearts in Atlantis''), anyone Ted touches gains his psychic abilities, at least temporarily. When the character turns up later in the [[Literature/TheWindThroughTheKeyhole final]] Franchise/TheDarkTower book, we find out not only can he temporarily give a normal person psychic powers, but is also able to exponentially boost the power of someone who was already psychic.
** In ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', an alien ship releases in the atmosphere a gas which gradually turns every inhabitant of a small town into [[MadScientist amoral geniuses]], [[OnlySaneMan except for the hero]].
* In the Creator/GeorgeRRMartin-edited ''Literature/WildCards'' books, the Aces and Jokers are given their superpowers and super-un-powers, respectively, from an alien virus that's sorta kinda accidentally spread across the planet.
* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'':
** Tuor lived among Elves for the greater part of his life and married one; depending on which draft of Tolkien's work you read, it is implied that he too eventually became immortal. Other passages, however, state that the Valar can't take away mortality by making a being immortal because, in Tolkien's mythology, death is the ultimate gift. Therefore it's perfectly plausible that Tuor eventually died, even if his life was extended far past that of a normal human's.
** It's possible, if incredibly rare in Tolkien's world for a human to give up their humanity and become an elf, the same way that few rare elves give up their immortality. The will of [[{{God}} Eru]] is always involved in these events, and it's perceived as giving up something incredibly valuable in return for something else in both cases.
** Most forms of awesomeness in Tolkien's mythology are contagious. The elves who hang out with the Valar are awesomer than the elves who don't, and the men who hang out with elves are awesomer than the men who don't. Some of this is simply a matter of learning skills and knowledge from them, but the elf-friends also tend to be taller, stronger, wiser, and ''much'' longer-lived. (Sadly, this doesn't stop some of the more High Elves from being total {{jerkass}}es.)
* The main character in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/LabyrinthOfReflections'' novel gains [[Film/TheMatrix Neo]]-like abilities both inside and outside the virtual environment after interacting with an [[EnergyBeings energy being]] either from space or another dimension (its true nature is never explained). He already possesses superhuman abilities while in VR, namely the ability to leave VR at will (normal humans can't do that) and to literally "see" holes and backdoors in code. The new abilities include making him immune to viral weapons used by the virtual cops, flying, and hacking into any system he wishes with a thought. His most amazing ability allows him to enter the virtual world without the aid of a computer or a phone line.
** Another MindScrew is that the energy being may have been someone like Leonid (if he ''did'' have a grasp on reality in certain stranger parts and wasn't hallucinating), what Leonid was fated to turn into, or a computer glitch that created a virtual spectre of a dead and utterly insane VR addict. Well, that or a ''really'' experienced troll who managed to put more than a few people into a MindScrew-corkscrew. And Leonid realizes that. Well, sort of...
* Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Strangers'' has this. [[spoiler:The Aliens wanted ''everyone'' to have the powers but crashed and were only able to give them to the people who had seen the crash and come to investigate.]]
* In ''Literature/BlindLake'', Tess becomes an OracularUrchin due to being a subject of interest to the StarfishAlien she calls Mirror Girl. At the same time, the scientists at Blind Lake are studying an alien called Subject, who is fundamentally changed by the experience and effectively becomes "Touched By Humans".
* Happens to the pets of wizards in the ''Series/YoungWizards'' series, by having wizardly energy leaked onto them. The powers gained can range from super strength to precognition to ''being able to create new universes''.
* Creator/JamesHSchmitz's Literature/TelzeyAmberdon starts out with latent psychic powers being awakened by aliens who need her to learn to communicate in a hurry. However, the learning process continues for longer than intended, eventually turning her into one of the most powerful telepaths in the ''Literature/FederationOfTheHub''.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/IronCouncil'', Judah Low learns [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic how golem magic works]] by studying a race of creatures born with this ability, but [[spoiler:is only able to use it himself after being touched by the Stiltspear chief.]]
* Peter F. Hamilton's scary ''[[Literature/TheNightsDawnTrilogy Night's Dawn]]'' trilogy has this happen to [[spoiler:Joshua Calvert]] when he encounters the Tyrathca Sleeping God (which is actually a [[spoiler:sentient naked singularity]]). An interesting example, in that while the Sleeping God gives him essentially unlimited access to its capabilities, he isn't allowed to use them as an offensive weapon and the capability only lasts as long as he needs it to [[spoiler:reverse the rampage of the Possessed across the galaxy]].
* In ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'', any animal within earshot of a practicing Taoist or Buddhist, whether the religious figure intends it or not, ''will'' gain some degree of the same powers as the travelers. [[spoiler: This is what led to the incident with the Scorpion-Woman, as even Buddha and Guanyin didn't want a damn thing to do with her.]]
* In ''Blue Light'' by Walter Mosley, a blue light comes from space and magically enhances anyone it comes into contact with. It makes them the best at what they are doing at the time.
* In ''The Featherbedders'' by Creator/FrankHerbert it's a reason why telepathic Slorin only rely on [[{{Metamorphosis}} polymorphing]] to infiltrate societies they are parasiting upon.
--> [[JediMindTrick A nudge from the Slorin mind-cloud]] helped, of course, but this carried its own perils. The nudged mind sometimes developed powers of its own -- with terrifying results.
** And then the creatures parasiting on ''their'' civilization need to take care...
--> Next time you find a blob of something jes' lyin' in a field, you leave it alone, hear? [...] It was you made him so dang strong, pokin' him that way. Slorin aren't all that strong 'less'n you ignite'em, hear?
* In ''Literature/TheParasiteWar'', Alex and Jo are infested by colloids, but they're driven out. Afterward, they retain telepathic connections with the colloids and with each other.
* ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'': Hugh the Hand was initially nothing more than a very skilled assassin, but after his death in the first book he was made immortal by a Sartan. There are also a number of other characters more subtly influenced as well as a Sartan weapon that made its wielder incredibly powerful, though at a cost.
* ''[[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]'': When the Fain commingle with people, they tend to leave quite a bit of residue behind.
* Mike Smith in ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'' is a textbook example. He was raised by Martians, which imbued him with certain powers like levitation and the ability to wipe things out of existence with his mind. By the end of the book, [[spoiler: he has established a school/cult that teaches others the martian language and culture, which in turn gives them these abilities.]]
* ''Literature/SholanAlliance'': Having had his telepathic abilities destroyed by an implant, the Cabbarans help repair the damage, as well as installing some ''improvements''. Once he's on the path to being 'fully powered up', he is able to detect some surveillance devices and destroy them with a thought.
* ''Literature/ChakonaSpace'' gives us several examples:
** Boyce Kline is interfertile with any mammalian morph, taur or alien species, thanks to a meddlesome Rakshani fertility Deity, or possibly more than one.
** Shamara, a Herm Rakshani, winds up fertile with any biped feline species thanks to a different Deity. Possibly the same one responsible for hir being born a herm in the first place (hir parents lost a boy and a girl child in an accident, apparently some Deity thought it would be amusing to replace them both in one), possibly another one.
** The character Shadowcrest from the "Tales of the Folly" stories ends up with hir natural empathic abilities going UpToEleven thanks to some more meddlesome alien Deities.
** The transporters aboard the ''Folly'' are able to perform a "Fountain of Youth" makeover thanks to yet a different Deity (or three).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry spends a few books with the psychic copy of a FallenAngel rattling around in his head, [[EnemyWithin trying to corrupt him]]. As a side effect of this, he gains the ability to cast {{Hellfire}} and use it to empower his spells. [[spoiler: After Lash (said Fallen Angel copy) is destroyed by a HeroicSacrifice protecting Harry, he loses the Hellfire, but then the ArchangelUriel steps in to maintain the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil balance]] of things by giving Harry access to Soulfire, the Heavenly equivalent.]]
* In ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'', the biologist's "brightness", which she gains from inhaling spores in the tower, renders her immune to hypnotic suggestions, and gives her superhuman healing and reflexes.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': During the events of ''Literature/TranscendingLimitations'', Annala [[spoiler: is possessed by the TopGod, Lady Chaos,]] which fundamentally alters her mind, body and soul. One result of this is acquiring many new abilities and divine-level power.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This happens a few times in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise.
** During ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' Riker is given the powers of the Q in order for him to learn a lesson.
** During ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' [[spoiler:Kes]], comes into contact with a powerful telepathic race, which causes her telepathic abilities to grow beyond her ability to control them. This forces her to leave the USS ''Voyager'', just in time for her to make room for Seven of Nine.
** This is how Wesley Crusher is given his final send off from TNG.
*** If you believe the [[Film/StarTrekNemesis movie that didn't exist]] apparently [[UnexplainedRecovery he gets better]] and rejoins Starfleet.
** This happens in the second pilot of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' where Kirk's pal and helmsman Gary Mitchell gains incredible telekinetic amongst other powers from the "Galactic Barrier", consequently [[DrunkOnTheDarkSide goes insane]], tries to kill Kirk, and Kirk has to kill him. Dr. Elizabeth Dehner, another Enterprise officer, goes through pretty much the same process, although slower enough than Mitchell that she ends up reacting to his greater insanity by turning against him and sacrificing herself to weaken him (giving Kirk the chance to kill him).
*** This is just a repeat of what happened before, when a pre-Federation ship ended up in the Barrier, causing one of the crewmembers to gain godlike abilities and forcing the captain to self-destruct the ship.
** In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Charlie X," the eponymous human character is given his powers by the superpowerful [[EnergyBeings Thasians]].
** ''Franchise/StarTrek'' loves this trope. [[ButtMonkey Lieutenant Barclay]] (temporarily) gets an [[ImprobablyHighIQ IQ in the thousands]] after an encounter with a Cytherian probe in "The Nth Degree". It lets him physically interface with the ship's computer and create subspace distortions far beyond Starfleet knowledge.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' is the {{Trope Namer|s}}:
** All telepaths were ultimately created by Vorlon meddling in order to use them in the next scheduled war with the Shadows, but Lyta Alexander, who disappeared after the events of the PilotMovie only to reappear in season three, was [[PersonOfMassDestruction vastly empowered]] by the Vorlons to serve their ambassador to the station. Before, she was a P5 rating (on a scale of 0, non-telepath, to 12, the Psi Cops), but afterward she's just plain off the scale. She says later that she thinks she was made to be the Vorlons' ace in the hole. To say it in her own words: "In a war, you have a certain number of small weapons, a certain number of medium sized weapons, and one or two big ones. The kind of weapons you drop when you're out of the small weapons, and the medium weapons, and you've got nothing left to use."
** Captain Sheridan was literally touched by a Vorlon; it left a piece of itself inside his head. That piece gave him telepathic resistance and guided him to encounter Lorien, [[spoiler:who's even more powerful, and kept John from dying.]] It also let him stand up to Lyta (check the stinger at the bottom).
** On the opposite side were Bester's "weapons components," rogue telepaths that Earth sold to the Shadows in exchange for powerful technology, whom the Shadows modified to be living computer cores.
** The Techno-mages are cyborgs whose implants [[MagicFromTechnology replicate magic]] and were originally created [[spoiler:by the Shadows]].
** An earlier example is Talia Winters, Lyta's [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute replacement who eventually got replaced by her again]]: [[spoiler:her old mentor and lover Ironheart [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascended to higher plane of existence]] after an experiment increased his powers way off the scale (complete with difficulty to control them). He then gave Talia a gift, this trope.]]
* Cordelia began ''Series/{{Angel}}'' as a normal young woman, a carryover from her role in ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}''. In the first season she gained the ability to have visions when Doyle, a half-demon, kissed her. These visions were from the PowersThatBe, mystical overseers in a way. In the third season the pain from the visions had become so intense that Cordy became half-demon to sustain them. Later in that season, Cordy [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence became a higher being]]. [[spoiler: Then comes back down to Earth with a [[BrainwashedAndCrazy murderous backstabbing villain]] in her head trying to create a true vessel for itself]].
* On ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', [[SinisterMinister Caleb]] was able to 'merge' with [[GodofEvil The First Evil]], which greatly enhanced his strength.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' has used this trope frequently. For example, Daniel Jackson's season-long "ascension", Sam's temporary blending with a Tok'ra that left her with some nice gifts-with-purchase, Jacob's permanent blending with a Tok'ra, Jack's downloading an entire library of ancient knowledge, etc.
** Anubis; the guy tricks himself into ascension, the Ancients are ticked off at this and pretty much kick him out of ascendedness, but leave him as an unkillable energy being with all the knowledge he had gained. Granted, he had some limitations on what he could do, but he could pretty much run over anyone in his way.
** The Priors are all humans or Jaffa that are empowered by the Ori. [[note]]Hallowed be thy name.[[/note]]
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney gains superpowers after touching a device created by the Ancients in "The Tao of Rodney."
** What about Weir? She was infused with replicator nanites and gained some of their abilities; namely, rapid regeneration (we're talking about ''brain damage'' here!), limited telepathy versus other replicators as well as the ability to mentally hack into their wireless network.
** Teyla has the ability to sense the approach of a Wraith attack, due to having some Wraith DNA, which with training she learns to use to tap into the Wraith hive mind. Her ancestors fit this trope even better, as their genes were modified by Wraith experiments, which resulted in them getting the abilities in the first place.
* The premise of ''Series/TheFortyFourHundred'' is that 4400 people have been abducted by people of the future, altered to have special abilities, and returned all at the same time and place. Each returnee demonstrates one [[StockSuperpowers unique ability]] (some have not yet been manifested or revealed).
* In series 1 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', Captain Jack Harkness is exterminated by Daleks but resurrected by the Time Vortex-empowered Rose. In the spinoff series ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', it is revealed that he has been immortal since then. In series 3 of ''Who'', it is confirmed that this immortality was a side-effect.
** Likewise, Donna in the season four finale "Touched a Time Lord" (well, his hand at least) and got super vast intellect [[spoiler: which got taken away thanks to VictoryGuidedAmnesia lest her [[YourHeadASplode brain go all asplody]] afterwards]].
** In new Series 6, we get [[spoiler: River Song. Her parents (Amy and Rory) are human, but she ends up being part Time Lord because she was conceived on the TARDIS]].
** In Series 7, Clara, a girl who at the beginning of her introductory episode can't even find the wifi button, becomes an expert hacker after [[spoiler: the Great Intelligence]] attempts - and fails - to download her consciousness. [[spoiler:The Time Lords kill her, setting off one hell of a RoaringRampageOfRevenge from the Doctor, and finally she's pulled out just before her last heartbeat. She's now time-locked with no heartbeat since her death is locked in time, but she also now has a [=TARDIS=]; she's decided not to accept her death right away.]]
** Series 9 introduces us to Ashildr, who was killed and then brought back to life when the 12th Doctor implanted her with Mire tech. That tech merged with her, creating an immortal hybrid who managed to see [[spoiler:clear through to the end of time, earning the infamous name "Me," as in the last being alive [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld at the end of time]]]]. [[spoiler:When we last see her, she's left to travel time with Clara in her [=TARDIS=].]]
* The BigGood [[spoiler:Jacob]] and the BigBad [[spoiler:The Smoke Monster]] of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' have supernatural powers and immortality thanks to [[spoiler:the Source of Life located in the heart of the Island]].
* Luther Dingle, titular character of ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Mr. Dingle the Strong". Martians want to test a gadget that gives humans super strength, so they use it on the wimpy Dingle, who quickly lets his new power go to his head. The Martians take away his power after he starts to abuse it and begin to leave, only to meet some Venusians looking for a human test subject for their intelligence enhancer. [[HereWeGoAgain The Martians helpfully point them to Mr. Dingle…]]
* In ''Series/{{Threshold}}'', people exposed to the Alien signal gain superhuman strength, resilience, and the desire to infect others. [[YourHeadASplode Or they die]].
* In a way, the demons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. They were [[WasOnceAMan once human]] souls that were twisted in hell (The first one turned by Lucifer himself) and became what could be described as Uber-Ghosts.
* ''Series/{{Roswell}}'' had this. Liz began to manifest alien powers toward the end, as result of Max healing her. The follow up novel "season" had Kyle start to exhibit powers as well.

* Jazz musician Music/SunRa claimed to have been born on the planet Saturn. Aliens brought him to Earth and gave him a mission to inform mankind to become one, pacifist people. He was told to spread this message through music. Sun Ra build on this concept by combining space imagery with imagery from UsefulNotes/AncientEgypt to dwell into the AncientAstronauts theories. He dressed up in long robes with Egyptian head gear and his shows and albums almost became hypnotic pseudo-mystical experiences.
* Music/DavidBowie's persona's on ''Music/SpaceOddity'' (1969), ''Music/HunkyDory'' (1971) and Ziggy Stardust from ''Music/TheRiseAndFallOfZiggyStardustAndTheSpidersFromMars'' (1972) are all either astronauts who came into contact with extraterrestrial beings and/or aliens themselves. Not to mention the alien in ''Film/TheManWhoFellToEarth (1975)''.
* Music/KlausNomi pretended to be from outer space in his lyrics. Not that odd considering he was once a back-up singer for Music/DavidBowie.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* OlderThanFeudalism: Happens pretty often in ''Literature/TheBible'':
** The language typically involves "the Spirit of God" / "the Holy Spirit" in some way: Being "filled with" the Spirit, having the Spirit "with" you, the Spirit "rushing upon" you, etc. The result may be miracles, or physical strength, or skill in battle, or even skill in craftmanship.
** The most notable Old Testament example would be Moses, who after talking to God through a [[IncendiaryExponent burning bush]], gained the power to turn his staff into a cobra, turn the Nile to blood, summon swarms of locusts, and blot out the sun.
*** In this case, Moses only looks as if Touched By Vorlons to the Egyptians (and the Pharaoh in particular). In the text, it is clearly God who is performing the miracles, with Moses serving only as a herald and giving the "signal" for God to do his thing. Jewish tradition has never recognized that Moses had any powers of his own whatsoever, being hailed only as a wise man who was skilled and fortunate enough to be recruited by God. In fact, the passover Hagaddah [[OutOfFocus mentions Moses exactly once, in passing]], for this exact reason.
*** Some interpretations, however, do claim he changed... after he ascended Mount Sinai. Apparently, what he experienced there was so intense that a lot of his humanity was burned away.
** Bezazel and others involved with constructing the tabernacle in the book of Exodus.
** Anyone from the book of Judges could be seen as touched.
** Samson is a wonderful example.
** Elisha has to qualify. After God took his mentor, Elijah, to Heaven (which He later revealed was a way to keep Elijah alive until the End Times, so he could prophesy again), God gave the power He had previously vested in Elijah to Elisha. Elisha proceeded to work many miracles in the Name of the Lord, and the power God bestowed on him was so great that his decaying bones revived a dead man.
** Like Elisha, the Apostles were given the ability to perform miracles in the Name of Jesus.
** Actually, Paul said in his first letter to the church in Corinth that ''every'' Christian has a "spiritual gift" which is a "manifestation of the Spirit for the common good". He ends up listing miracles & healing & prophecy alongside such mundane examples of service as "administration" and "teaching" and "encouraging".
*** The famous "love chapter", 1 Corinthians 13, comes in the middle of this discussion of using your gifts for mutual benefit, in love. ("since you are eager for manifestations of the Spirit, strive to excel in building up the church.")
* In Buddhism, one is supposedly able to perform amazing feats upon reaching nirvana.
* Rael, the founder of the Raelians, claims to be this. Funnily enough, his birth name is Claude Vorilhon.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** 4[[superscript:th]] edition has the Warlock class, which members are usually described as having made a [[DealWithTheDevil deal with a fiend]] or a [[EldritchAbomination lovecraftian entity from the stars]], but sometimes are described as this trope, especially if their powers were granted by TheFairFolk.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' provides an entire race Touched by Vorlons. The Kalashtar started out as human mystics until they merged with extraplanar beings known as Quori.
** ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' after Time of Troubles has "Touched mages" -- wizards who agreed to perform for the goddess of magic (but ''don't'' need to be Mystra's faithful) a "little" service -- help to erase a dead-magic zone, drop a "funny" surprise on local Cult of the Dragon cell and so on. They receive a temporary granted power (which may change mid-quest). When the mission is complete and this power vanishes, the wizard is left with a little, but useful spell-like ability (like Feather Fall or Light at will) and is a bit less vulnerable to one school of spells. Naturally, this also stimulates the faith more often than not.
** Overexposure to raw magic/eldritch energy can also result in a disease known as Warp Touch, which may result in the development of all sorts of RedRightHand attributes... unless the 1d100 roll is a critical failure, in which case the victim simply [[BodyHorror melts into a puddle of goo.]]
** In 3[[superscript:rd]] edition, a deity can designate a Proxy by investing [[DivineRanks a portion of its power]] in a mortal servant, who becomes a demigod while so empowered.
* Never, ever a good thing in ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''.
** Partly because you're liable to get [[BurnTheWitch nailed to a stick and purged with flame]] if you get touched by any alien... or listen to them... or look at them (unless through a gun sight)... or live in the same general area as someone who looked at them... and Emperor help you if someone on your planet was engaged in a Chaos Cult.
** Played more straight with Astropaths, a class of Psyker and the main means of interstellar communication in the setting. In order to survive sending messages through [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace the Warp]] they undergo the Soul Binding, exposing them for a brief second to the mind of the God-Emperor. As a result, their eyes burn out, leaving them blind.
** Aside from the [[EldritchAbomination Chaos Gods,]] there's also the [[PhysicalGod C'tan]], [[BlessedWithSuck Psykers]], and [[AbusivePrecursors the Eldar Gods]]. In general, getting Touched by Vorlons in [[CrapsackWorld this]] [[DarkerAndEdgier setting]] is never a good thing.
** Psykers in general are described as being "those touched by the warp." Since the Warp is home to a variety of [[EldritchAbomination Chaos Gods and daemons]] who think humans are wonderfully delicious, this [[BlessedWithSuck isn't a good thing.]] Which is when the Commissar ability "It's for Your Own Good!" comes into play....
* ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'':
** In both ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' and ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' ghouls are people who, willingly or not, became imbued with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Kindred blood]], creating TheAgeless EliteMook with the ability to walk around during the day and use certain Disciplines. Of course, they have a tendency to [[PunchClockVillain not]] [[TheStarscream like]] [[TheDogBitesBack you]] if they didn't have a say in the matter, since vampire blood is addictive.
** The Imbued of ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' are granted strange abilities by the [[PowersThatBe Messengers]].
** The changelings of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' were abducted by TheFairFolk and dragged off to Faerie, where their bodies adapted to the fact that the laws of physics had been thrown aside in favor of contract law. But then, at a certain level, it turns out the abduction [[spoiler: wasn't so much this trope as it was FaceFullOfAlienWingWong...]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has the [[{{Munchkin}} Cosmo Knight]], people with [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} phenomenal cosmic power]] granted by a mysterious artifact/being called the Cosmic Forge.
* The vast majority of Powers in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' are given their Estate by the conceptual beings known as Imperators, although a few gain theirs by eating the heart of a preexisting Power. Nobles can also perform this trope on mortals with Persona and Treasure miracles.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] gained the collective knowledge and experience of the Prothean race as a result of their exposure to the Prothean Beacons and receiving the Cipher. Because of this, they not only gained a subconscious understanding of the Prothean language, but are recognized by their technology as though they ''were'' Prothean.
** Also Saren, who was exposed to the same Prothean artifacts. [[spoiler:Not to mention the Reaper tech he was implanted with.]]
** In the third game, [[spoiler:it's revealed that the Asari as a whole were uplifted by the Protheans so that they would be the current cycle's best chance against the Reapers. [[DeconstructedTrope Unfortunately,]] the Asari instead chose to hide their Prothean tech and laud their supposed advancement over the other races, [[{{Hypocrite}} even as the Citadel Council required other races (like Humanity) to turn over Prothean tech that]] ''[[{{Hypocrite}} they]]'' [[{{Hypocrite}} found]].]]
* Geo Stelar of ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' becomes able to transform into the titular character through literal contact with the extraterrestrial [[EnergyBeings electromagnetic bioform]] Omega-Xis. He's not the only one, though...
* Although the bulk of her power comes from her power suit, ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'''s protagonist Samus Aran is known to have near-superhuman abilities due to being raised by (and infused with the blood of) the Chozo.
** Biggest one, in canon, is that she can fit into that morph ball. Experiments to replicate it didn't go so well.
*** The Morph Ball doesn't actually "fit" Samus in the ball. As demonstrated in the various Prime games, she actually is turned into ''energy'' when the morph ball is activated. The Space Pirates that attempted to replicate the technology didn't catch the "to energy" part, and so attempted to get their test subjects to crunch into little balls. Which, as mentioned above, didn't work. Samus's supposed other superhuman abilities have not been seen in canon.
*** Some level of strength has been demonstrated, however. In ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3'', she can rip metal plates and creatures apart, and, in one instance pried open Ridley's jaws.
*** In ''Zero Mission'', Samus ends up losing her Power Suit and running around with nothing but the Zero Suit, which apparently stores all her upgrades and still has an energy shield. She can still jump as high as she can with the power suit, and usually survives a number of hits (depending on energy tanks; one hit takes a whole tank) from an enemy (Space Pirates sometime obliterate themselves with same weapons). Snake's codec in Super Smash Bros probably doesn't count though.
** In ''Fusion'', Samus is injected with a "vaccine"[[note]]Troper's nitpick, vaccines do not work that way. Think of the term as a Sci-Fi malaproper.[[/note]] extracted from the last Metroid's DNA, which gives her extra abilities. Among them are an immunity to the deadly X Parasites and a more organic Power Suit, but it also comes with a vulnerability to cold (she gets better).
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'', it is possible for mortals to ascend into godhood by lingering around artefacts created by the Elder Gods or by killing an existing god.
* In the Nintendo 64 game ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment'', several humans are endowed with various types of [[PsychicPowers psychic and telepathic powers]], among other things, by receiving a [[InTheBlood blood transfusion]] from the mysterious girl, Achi.
* The Protoss and the Zerg of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' are this. Before the game began, there were these beings called Xel'naga who uplifted them both by giving one with "Purity of Form", and the other with "Purity of Essence". [[spoiler: The Xel'naga wished to have these two races [[FusionDance merge]] in the future so that they will make the new iteration of their race.]] ''Legacy of the Void'' reveals that [[spoiler:the Xel'naga normally don't do this. A key part of the cycle is letting the races achieve these qualities on their own to ensure that they are worthy successors to the Xel'nagas' responsibilities. Amon and his rogue faction of Xel'naga uplifted the Protoss and the Zerg as part of a long-running scheme to break the cycle forever.]]
* The player character in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' wasn't touched by Vorlons per se, but did have his powers implanted [[spoiler:by no less a figure than [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] himself]]. In fact, the entire game could be seen as a test case to see just how usable the method was. Just so long the empowering worked [[XanatosGambit it wouldn't matter what the newly-created Demi-Fiend did]], even if that involved defying his Vorlon (so to speak). The method would be proved as workable, and it would likely be not that much trouble to duplicate the process with a more ready accomplice.
** ''VideoGame/Persona4'' plays the trope similarly, with [[spoiler:the goddess Izanami]] granting the power to enter the TV universe and summon Personas to the main character [[spoiler:and two others]], more or less just to see what they would do with it. More relevant to this trope, [[spoiler:the power is granted via contact-- in this case, Izanami's disguised form as the gas station attendant giving you a friendly handshake.]]
** ''VideoGame/Persona2'' has Philemon granting humans the ability of Persona, though his rival Nyarlathotep played with this in the first ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' by empowering [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Kandori Takahisa]] during the SEBEC fiasco, in an effort to hasten the death of reality. Both continue playing with the same tricks through ''Persona'' and both halves of ''Persona 2''.
* Jak from ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'' is blessed with Light Eco abilities by the Precursors, god-like figures of his world. While his [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Dark Eco powers]] were a result of being experimented on by [[EvilOverlord Baron Praxis]], the Precursors help him to gain control of them.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'': Ragna the Bloodedge gained his powers [[spoiler: by fusing with the remains of the [[EldritchAbomination Black Beast]].]]
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' has this trope at the core. All six main characters are l'Cie, humans who have been given a task by inscrutable god-like beings called fal'Cie and superpowers to help them fulfill it. The downside of this is if they don't complete the task within a time limit, they turn into mindless monsters called Cie'th. And if they succeed? [[BlessedWithSuck Then they are turned into crystals until the next time the fal'Cie needs them.]] Also the fal'Cie apparently don't feel the need to actually ''explain'' the task, they just give a vague vision and the l'Cie have to figure it out themselves. The fal'Cie are basically complete assholes.
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'': [[spoiler:The entire Shinkoku Tratrium race is revealed to be this. Done by Chakravrtin, the games BigBad.]]
* Godlikes, one of the player races in Obsidian's ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'', were blessed in the womb by one or more deities. They typically possess some obvious physical traits of their patron, as well as having unique magical powers, but [[CursedWithAwesome cannot wear helmets due to their oddly shaped heads]].
* No one knows where the Bees come from in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'', but they're responsible for granting the power of Anima to select mortals.
* In the world of ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'', certain individuals are given magical powers by the mysterious Outsider, the closest thing the setting has to a God, if the Outsider thinks they will be "interesting". These people, like main character Corvo, are apparently allowed to do whatever they want with their powers, though the Outsider will pop in from time to time to comment on what they are doing.
* In ''VideoGame/Halo4'', the Librarian infuses John-117 with a "genesong" when he finds her on Requiem. Initially there doesn't seem to be any difference, but it turns out near the climax that [[spoiler:she has made John immune to the Composer]].
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' gives us Roger Bacon and Albert Simon. Bacon comprehended the will of [[EldritchAbomination God]] and being a scholar was compelled to record his findings. His apprentice eventually found said books and gained his own revelations. Both aside from being imbued with great power have gone almost completely mad, each adapting to it in their own way. For Roger he became TheWonka while Albert has adopted a TranquilFury. And honestly those two are probably the more composed examples, everyone else who reads them goes [[GoMadFromTheRevelation coo]]-[[LaughingMad coo.]]
* In ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'', ordinary humans can become the titular In-Births by being outside on a Hollow Night (a special night once a year where part of the world emerges in another dimension) and surviving an encounter with [[EldritchAbomination Void creatures]] who can turn you into one of them with the merest bite or scratch. Becoming an In-Birth is a horrific experience for the unfortunate soul but they do come out of it with the ability to manipulate EXS, the inherent power within all living things; usually this power manifests in a single unique ability ([[CuteBruiser Linne]] and [[NiceGirl Yuzuriha]] have SuperSpeed, [[BadassGrandpa Waldstein]] has SuperStrength, [[LadyOfWar Orie]] can summon a GuardianEntity called Thanatos, [[AxCrazy Carmine]] has the power of BloodyMurder, etc.) but some individuals are able to win the SuperpowerLottery through it; [[BigBadWannabe Hilda]] gained the ability to teleport, conjure up blades out of solid shadow and abilities far beyond that of a regular human, but the power broke her mind and made her insane.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Immortals can imbue a person with subtle magical abilities and start them down the road to more magic if they have a strong yearning for something or if they have an affinity for something specific. They can also unlock a person's natural latent magical abilities to be able to start getting access to and using explicit spells.
* In ''Webcomic/BlackAdventures'', [[TheMissingno Missingno]]. bitch-slaps Mary, injuring her eye. Her next appearance reveals that she has obtained some of MissingNo.'s powers, which she uses to help her and Joseph get the upper hand against Black.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', the [[FillerStrips filler story]] "Stick Figure Tales of Cotton", Torg and Riff both gained superpowers from a group of aliens ([[ItMakesSenseInContext that were actually the author's hand]]) after going through some parodic superhero origin stories that didn't actually give them any powers.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has [[PowersViaPossession possessed]] Jack Hyland turning from already [[GadgeteerGenius very tech savvy]] into a spirit-seeing and eventually flying MadScientist. Later he [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=797 says]] "all these great ideas" were a temporary effect, but after complete recovery has both fledgling etheric powers and possibly improved tech-savvy side, if not on the same crazy level.
* Frankly, [[Webcomic/{{Marooned}} captain Lian Fisher]] was quite badass already, but the Mindstone made her a powerful, [[PowerGlows glowy]] [[PsychicPowers psychic]].
* ''Webcomic/CaptainSNES'' has the Sovereign of Sorrow, who can grant upgrade and enhance a sprite's nature. Unfortunately, the Sovereign tends to break the minds of her victims, either revealing unsettling truths about the nature of their reality and filling them with nihilism or making them unhinged and murderous. It's a bad touch by Vorlons.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The denizens of the Metal Glen in ''Roleplay/RubyQuest'' had any ongoing ailments (like blindness) healed, didn't need food or water, and could resurrect from death due to taking a treatment made from a strange substance found in a room they discovered while excavating the Brig, which is heavily implied to be part of an EldritchAbomination. Of course, said treatment also [[HatePlague made them murderously violent]], [[LovecraftianSuperpower mutated them whenever they were injured]], and eventually turned them into mindless abominations until they died and were resurrected (which reset the cycle).

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Hilariously parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', with Dib being contacted by shoe aliens to help in his fight against Zim. He gains incredible mental and physical powers, which he then uses to prepare the Earth for an Irken invasion and defeat the Irken Armada. Turns out it was just Zim, having kidnapped him and hooked him up to an interrogation device, in order to determine if Dib threw a muffin at him earlier in the day. Zim then proceeds to gain his revenge by throwing a muffin at Dib. From a cannon.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'''s Demon Shredder started as a normal human and obtained his god-like abilities after he allowed a dying Tengu to possess him.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' version of ''Emperor Joker'', the titular villain receives godlike powers after ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero accidentally]]) getting Touched By Vorlons in the form of Bat-Mite, an imp from the fifth dimension, just like Mr. Mxyzptlk. The imp attempted to transfer his powers to Batman in order to help him fight The Joker; unfortunately, he does that by firing them in the form of an energy ball and he hits the wrong target.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' two-parter, "Beginnings" shows that this is how bending started: The Lion Turtle spirit temporarily gave humans the ability to bend an element, eventually letting them keep the power. The Avatar started by merging his energies with that of the spirit, Raava, allowing Wan (the first Avatar) to hold the power of more than one element. [[spoiler:Eventually, Raava merged permanently with Wan, in the process becoming what would be known as The Avatar Spirit.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In the episodes "Off Colors" and "Lars' Head", [[spoiler: Lars is brought back from the brink of death by Steven's healing powers, and Lars finds [[LockedIntoStrangeness his hair and skin have turned a faint pink]], he no longer feels hunger or thirst, his pulse is much slower than normal, and his hair has a portal to the same pocket dimension found in Lion's mane. This implies that Lion was an ordinary lion who was similarly saved by Rose Quartz and that Lars might have other powers he has yet to discover.]]
->''"[[ClickHello You're not the only one]] that's been Touched by the Vorlons."''
-->-- '''John Sheridan''', ''Series/BabylonFive''