The Big Bad
has succeeded in his goal of stealing the Crystal of Unstoppableness
! Soon he will be unstoppable
! And to make things worse, all the heroes have been wounded and are unable to fight... except for John Q. Protagonist.
"Take my shield. You know how tough it is. It's not doing me much good right now anyway."
The main character then goes on to kick a ton of bad guy ass
using all of the items he received. This can be done with a single character who lends him a weapon, in which case it is usually The Rival
. Usually reserved for the Final Battle
Occasionally this will happen in a series with modular robots
, in which case the other heroes (or their vehicles
) lend their leader parts of their bodies
(not to be confused with the entire robots combining
Related to All Your Powers Combined
, Set Bonus
and Combined Energy Attack
. See also Give Me a Sword
Anime and Manga
- Medabots has a scene where Metabee has been badly damaged, so he borrows Sumilidon's super-fast legs, and the Arm Cannons of Crosserdog and Rokusho.
- Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu: Gaiking's cockpit combines with the arms of Raiking and the legs of Vulking to form the ludicrously powerful "Gaiking the Great".
- In Godannar, Gainer lends its Transforming Mecha sword to the eponyomous mech, resulting in "Godannar Triple Drive".
- In the finale of GaoGaiGar, the robot team lend their brains to GaoGaiGar's component machines to ensure that GaoGaiGar can combine and fight at his best.
- Used in Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds: Yusei's in jail and the arrogant warden tells him he can duel his way out - of course, his deck was confiscated when they're arrested. But all of the prisoners have smuggled in a card or two with special meaning to them, so they loan them all to Yusei, giving him enough to make a usable deck to take the warden down a few pegs.
- Saint Seiya has the fight between Seiya and Ikki. After his friends are knocked out, Seiya is forced to fight alone and is systematically helped by Shiryu's Dragon Shield and Shun's Andromeda Chain. An interesting variation happens at the climax of the battle when Seiya finds out he has received Hyoga's "Diamond Dust" and uses it together with his "Ryu Sei Ken" for increased power.
- Beet the Vandel Buster: Beet starts the series with the magical soul-born weapons of five veteran warriors who saved his life, and then disappeared. He still has to struggle to master each of them, however.
- Pokémon Special used this during the climax of the Diamond and Pearl arc. After Platinum discovers that the Sinnoh Gym Leaders had been taken out, the injured Candice, Gardenia, and Maylene each offer their one healthy Pokemon to Platinum to help her in the final battle. Then a wayward attack from Dialga and Palkia damages the mechanism of their Pokeballs, rendering them unusable but she's allowed to keep them afterward for a different mission.
- This also happened in an earlier arc, during the FRLG chapter, between Red and Green. Red's resident Giant Flyer, Aerodactyl, was still wounded from Red's encounter with Deoxys, so Green had to trade his Charizard with Red's Venusaur in order for Red to go after Giovanni.
- The Marvel/DC Intercontinuity Crossover JLA/Avengers ends with one of these. Superman wields Captain America's shield, and later Thor's Mjolnir, to fight the Big Bad. The way it's illustrated on the cover of the final issue might count as one of the most awesome things ever done in comics.
- Runaways: Given a clever twist when the character who receives the main character's equipment and powers reveals that they've been The Mole all along, and deliberately orchestrated the scenario to play out this way.
- The 2009 film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen features Jetfire sacrificing himself after a severe injury so that Optimus Prime can snap on his parts for the final battle.
- The scene in Lord of the Rings—"You have my sword", "And you have my bow," "And my axe"— comes close, although in that case the wielders of the weapons were pledging to come along with the hero, not just give him their weapons.
- A variation is used in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Johnny has been power-swapping with the other three members for most of the film, and in the climax, he takes on all four of their powers to fight the Big Bad.
- In the last book of The Elenium, an injured Bevier passes his Lochaber Axe to Berit when he's about to go with the main group into Azash's lair. Berit uses said axe in the climax to break Azash's concentration during his battle against Sparhawk and the Bhelliom.
- In Farscape, John is the only one of the crew who isn't too incapacitated by an alien who altered the bioluminescence on Moya (due to his comparatively poor eyesight). In a Lock and Load Montage the others give him heat-absorbent paste (pre-digested by Zhaan to increase its potencynote ), dorky flight goggles, a cap soaked in the same bio-paste, a cape (solar-reflecting flare wrap), a shield (an armored section of Aeryn's Prowler), and D'Argo's Qualta blade. He then decides to Stab the Sky while humming "Ride of the Valkyries". Upon seeing this Aeryn simply folds her arms and says: "We are going to die."
- Done literally in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, with four of the Rangers handing their swords to Gokai Blue. Yes folks, one guy with FIVE swords.
- Later on, Gokai Green tries to build a new weapon but runs out of spare parts. He eventually works up the nerve to ask the rest of his team for their weapons to disassemble, which they give without hesitation.
- In Power Rangers S.P.D., Sky idolized his father (who was a Red Ranger years ago); but when he became a Ranger himself he was assigned as a lower-ranked Blue Ranger because of his arrogance. When it came time to face the alien criminal who killed his father, Jack loaned Sky his Red Ranger morpher for the battle.
- The Kamen Rider Decade crossover with Samurai Sentai Shinkenger shows Decade and Shinken Red briefly trading their BFS weapons (the Blade Blade and Rekka Daizantou, respectively) in order to finish Chinomanako off.
- In the same show, as well as a novel that retells the series, Kaito finally gives Decade the Diend card so they can win a battle.
- Parodied in GoGo Sentai Boukenger, where Satoru is given a heaping of bad luck. His friends/teammates hand him lucky items that, while making a hilarious costume (and a Crowning Moment of Funny), serves to be quite effective against the Monster of the Week.
- In Mega Man X, if you haven't gotten the arm cannon upgrade, Zero will give X his arm cannon (which has the upgrade) just before he dies in Sigma's castle. In X3, he'll do it again; if you use him to fight a particular midboss in Sigma's fortress, he'll die after defeating it, but not before giving X his Z-Saber.
- A variation in Final Fantasy IX. Much of the story is about the characters' finding their purpose or reason for fighting. At the end of the game, a Hopeless Boss Fight sees your entire party defeated. Whichever four party members are inactive share their reason for fighting or the meaning they have found in their journey together, each reviving one of the active party members for the boss fight that immediately follows.