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* A handful of characters in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' gain this in their variations. Namely Quan-Chi (a bat-like demon), Kenshi (undead samurai), and Scorpion (demon).

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* A handful of characters in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX'' gain this in their variations. Namely Quan-Chi (a bat-like demon), Kenshi (undead (ancestral undead samurai), and Scorpion (demon).(a skeletal demon). Customization options in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat11'' can allow Kung Lao to summon the spirit of his ancestor, the Great Kung Lao.

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* ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'':
** Near the end of level 6, the villains summon an EldritchAbomination using the artifact they have stolen.
** In level 8, meddling with another artifact once again summons the same monster.
** Near the end of level 8, Derek the Cleric summons an angel to assist the team.

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* ''Literature/TheTravelersGate'': The primary magic system of the world. "Travelers" can open Gates to strange worlds called "Territories," filled with powerful elemental monsters and forces. The rules are slightly different for every Territory, but every Traveler can summon a small army at nearly any time. Valinhall is the main exception, as they summon powers ''into'' themselves rather than through a Gate.

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*As a [[Anime/FairyTail Celestial Wizard]] or a 'key-holder', Hikari from the ''Anime/FairyTail'' and ''Anime/OnePiece'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheDragonThatWillPierceTheHeavens'' can summon [[Anime/FairyTail Celestial Spirits]] using their keys.


* [[spoiler: This is Mayura's power in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''. She can conjure powerful creatures to act as guardians (and possibly for other uses).]]

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* [[spoiler: This In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', this is Mayura's power in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''. [[spoiler:Mayura]]'s power. She can conjure powerful creatures to act as guardians for her subject (and possibly for other uses).]]


* The Servants in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and the [[Literature/FateZero related]] [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia works]]. A Magus prepares a magic circle, usually made of blood. Optionally, he/she can add a relic of that hero or specify them as a Berserker. Then they show up, the Master makes a contract for a week or two throughout the Grail War. The Servant stays until either they are defeated or the Grail War ends, at which point the Grail stops helping the Master supply them with Prana and they go home. [[spoiler:Except for Gilgamesh. Saber and Rider too in two of the different endings.]] Oh, and the magus who summons them generally has absolutely 0 chance of ever being able to beat their Servant in combat, though there are a few exceptions.

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* The In the Franchise/FateSeries, the Servants in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' and ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', the [[Literature/FateZero related]] prequel]], and the [[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia works]].pseudo-sequel]]. The Servants are copies of Heroic Spirits, heroes or other major figures from history and myth stored in the Throne of Heroes, an interdimensional realm where these figures go after death. A Magus prepares a magic circle, usually made of blood. Optionally, he/she can add a relic of that hero or specify them as a Berserker.Berserker (provided that someone else hasn't summoned their Servant as a Berserker yet). Then they show up, the Master makes a contract for a week or two throughout the Grail War. The Servant stays until either they are defeated or the Grail War ends, at which point the Grail stops helping the Master supply them with Prana and they go home. their copies disappear and merge with their original versions in the Throne of Heroes. [[spoiler:Except for Gilgamesh. [[Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh Gilgamesh]], who did not return to the Throne of Heroes after the end of the Fourth Holy Grail War. In addition, due to making a deal with the Earth, Saber/[[Myth/KingArthur Arturia]] has chosen not to join the Throne of Heroes until she wins a Holy Grail War and gets her wish, so instead, she returns to her original moment of death every time she dies in a Holy Grail War (which is what happens offscreen at the end of ''Fate/Zero'', and the cycle ends in the main ending of the ''Fate'' route of ''Fate/stay night'', where she accepts a FinalDeath). Saber and Rider too Rider/[[Myth/ClassicalMythology Medusa]] also stay in the present with their Masters in two of the different endings.endings of ''Heaven's Feel''.]] Oh, and the magus who summons them generally has an absolutely 0 0% chance of ever being able to beat their Servant in combat, though there are a few exceptions.


See also SummoningRitual, for the more dangerous form of this kind of magic. Compare/contrast DroneDeployer. When an enemy does this, it is an EnemySummoner. AssistCharacter is a related trope commonly found in fighting games.

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See also SummoningRitual, for the more dangerous form of this kind of magic. Compare/contrast DroneDeployer.DroneDeployer and {{Mon}}. When an enemy does this, it is an EnemySummoner. AssistCharacter is a related trope commonly found in fighting games.


** Other wizards are known to summon fae or elemental spirits for various reasons, the titular wizard detective tends to use them as informants.

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** Other wizards are known to summon fae or elemental spirits for various reasons, reasons; the titular wizard detective tends to use them as informants.informants. Or a laundry service.



* The titular character on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has this. As a Dragonlord, he can summon and command the dragon by calling to it, and it was bound to obey him.

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* The titular character on ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has this. As a Dragonlord, he can summon and command the dragon by calling to it, and it was bound to obey him.him and come when he called, providing many a BigDamnHeroes moment.

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* ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'': Orie's only EXS ability is summoning a sword-wielding spirit called Thanatos to perform attacks for her ([[FightsLikeANormal the rest is just swordplay and strict training]]). Chaos has a slightly more belated version of this: his ability allows him to summon and read a magical tome, known as the Chaos Code. However, the Chaos Code shows him how to summon and control a medium-strength [[EldritchAbomination Void]] who does a lot of his fighting for him, and unlike Orie's he can keep it manifest for as long as he likes.

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** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'' brings back the Summoner job and it's almost exactly the same as it was in ''Advance''. Instead of just the Totema, the game also brings back the all of Espers from ''XII'', here called Scions. They can be accessed by any job with special accessories that can only be obtained from specific missions, mostly tournaments, and can be summoned once per caster per battle to hit all enemies with damage and sometimes another effect.


* The titular character on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' has this. As a Dragonlord, he can summon and command the dragon by calling to it, and it was bound to obey him.

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* The titular character on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has this. As a Dragonlord, he can summon and command the dragon by calling to it, and it was bound to obey him.

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* [[spoiler: This is Mayura's power in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''. She can conjure powerful creatures to act as guardians (and possibly for other uses).]]


* In ''{{Fate}}'', there is a group of spells classified as charm magic that allow you to summon up to six monsters to temporarily fight for you.

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* In ''{{Fate}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Fate}}'', there is a group of spells classified as charm magic that allow you to summon up to six monsters to temporarily fight for you.


* In the ''videogame/DarkSouls'' series, this is the lore behind the game mechanic of summoning allied phantoms to aid you. In the DLC ''The Ringed City'' for the third game, we finally get to see what a summoner who isn't a mere Undead Hollow can do. The Adjudicator Giants are able to summon ''entire armies at once''.

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* In the ''videogame/DarkSouls'' ''Videogame/DarkSouls'' series, this is the lore behind the game mechanic of summoning allied phantoms to aid you. In the DLC ''The Ringed City'' for the third game, we finally get to see what a summoner who isn't a mere Undead Hollow can do. The Adjudicator Giants are able to summon ''entire armies at once''.

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* In the ''videogame/DarkSouls'' series, this is the lore behind the game mechanic of summoning allied phantoms to aid you. In the DLC ''The Ringed City'' for the third game, we finally get to see what a summoner who isn't a mere Undead Hollow can do. The Adjudicator Giants are able to summon ''entire armies at once''.

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