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Playing With: Life Drain
Basic Trope: An attack which deals damage and heals the user.
  • Straight: Bob casts "Life Drain" on Alice, damaging her and healing himself.
  • Exaggerated: Bob's "Life Drain" attack keeps syphoning life from Alice even after she's dead.
  • Downplayed: Bob's attack restores his 1 point.
  • Justified: Bob is a vampire and is drinking Alice's blood for sustenance.
  • Inverted: Bob is an Empathic Healer and drains his own life to heal Alice.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob stands over Alice while glowy life energy leaves her body and is absorbed by Bob, but Alice isn't hurt and Bob isn't healing.
    • Bob drains life from a Muck Monster, and the toxic ooze in its body causes him to lose HP instead of healing.
  • Double Subverted: Until after a few such instances, Alice develops Cancer, and Bob's tumor that he secretly had the whole time has disappeared.
  • Parodied: Bob chews on his pet cat whenever he bangs his knee on a table.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob appears to be draining health from Alice, but it turns out Alice was in fact being healed by Bob...until Alice gets a side effect of the healing, so Bob draws the cancer into himself...but it turned out he was a cancer mage and was farming tumors inside Alice's body...because the cancer powers his Empathic Healing
  • Averted: Bob throws a fireball at Alice instead.
  • Enforced: "We need more ways for the player characters to heal themselves. Let's let them drain life from the bad guys."
  • Lampshaded: "Not sure if I lost a year off my life, or I just gotta fart."
  • Invoked: Bob becomes a vampire just to gain energy draining powers.
  • Exploited: Alice gets off on having her life energy drained and goads Bob into doing so.
  • Defied: "Oh no you don't, Bob! I brought my anti-draining armor!"
  • Discussed: "Hey, if you wanted to suck on me, you could have taken me out to dinner first. Jeez"
  • Conversed: "You know, when you think about it, it's a metaphor for Rape." "Except rape doesn't turn you into a mummy." "You just don't get metaphors, do you?"
  • Implied: Any time Alice fights/interacts with Bob, she comes off looking pale and sickly. It could be some poision or disease, but who knows?
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice pushes Bob into a plastic box, where he is rendered completely harmless.
    • Aice is immune or resistant to the life drain effect, and simply stabs Bob in the face.
  • Reconstructed:
    • ...Except his powers penetrate plastic.
    • ...And then Bob drains Alice's friends instead, healing his horrid face wound in the process.
  • Played For Laughs: Getting to second base is really difficult when you drain your girl's life force.
  • Played For Drama: I shall reiterate, getting to second base is really difficult when you drain your girl's life force.

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