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Before a character dies or before performing a Heroic Sacrifice, they give all of or at least some of their power to the person they have the closest relationship to. Expect the receiver to say that they didn't have to do this while sobbing. The character who gave this power is often a mentor of the receiver.

Subtrope of Energy Donation and Super Empowering, however, the deceased person isn't really known for this ability, and the fact that he has this power, in some cases, was never brought up before he died. The receiver usually is not a Power Parasite or the possessor of a Cannibalism Superpower.

Compare Take Up My Sword and I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin. Contrast Devour the Dragon, where a villain kills a subordinate to gain their power. See also You Kill It, You Bought It.

As a Death Trope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Beet the Vandel Buster, a whole team of busters pass their saiga on to Beet before their (apparent) Heroic Sacrifice.
  • In Hunter × Hunter, Pakunoda gets afflicted with a curse that causes her to die if she uses her powers. She makes her way back to the organization she works for and uses her powers one last time, to insert what she knows about her attacker into their memories so they all have detailed information about this assailant.
  • In The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer, Hangetsu Shinome uses his wish as one of the Animal Knights to bequeath his phenomenal martial arts skills to Amamiya Yuuhi when he receives a mortal blow in battle.
  • It's possible that Mikoto, the Red King in season 1 of K, did this for Anna Kushina to succeed him - his last words are said to her, and she hears them even though she isn't there. She Awakens as the next Red King in the movie that comes between seasons 1 and 2, and when that happens, she sees a vision of Mikoto giving her his "red" - his power as a King.
  • In s-CRY-ed, Cherise Adjani's sole power is to allow whoever she loves most to be resurrected from any sort of death at the cost of her own life.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • The Namekian Grand Elder was approaching the end of his life for the final time, and before he did finally pass away, he gave his status as the Grand Elder to Moori, meaning the Namekian Dragon Balls were tied to the latter's life.
    • Similarly, the dying Nail allowed Piccolo to absorb him, which gave Piccolo a massive power boost. In this case there wasn't any deep connection between them; Nail simply recognized that Piccolo was the last warrior-class Namekian alive and therefore had the best chance to defeat Freeza.
  • In YuYu Hakusho close to the end of the Dark Tournament Genkai gives Yusuke her Spirit Wave Power before she sacrifices herself to Toguro. However, Yusuke (and possibly the whole team) used his reward for winning the tournament to bring Genkai back to life.
  • Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist got his alchemy seals from his brother in a case of Blessed with Suck.
  • In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part I, Zepelli transfers his Ripple power to Johnathan before he dies. In Part II the same thing happens with their grandsons.
  • This is a mechanism of Devil Fruits in One Piece. Whenever the user dies, the power of the fruit is reborn—-such as in the case of Ace's Flame Flame fruit.
  • Silver Fullbuster in Fairy Tail passes his Ice Devil Slaying power to his son Gray before he dies.
  • Combined with I'm Dying, Please Take My MacGuffin in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V with Yuto passing his soul, his Superpowered Evil Side, and his ability to Xyz summon onto Yuya by giving him his most powerful and magical card after Taking the Bullet for him. It's unclear right now if Yuto can ever be revived since his soul is still around, but the scene where this transaction occurs plays out like an example of this trope.

    Comic Books 
  • In Savage Dragon, the superhero Mighty Man works in this manner. The most common version is nurse Ann Stevens who was unwittingly given the Mighty Man power while treating the previous, dying host.
  • Power Pack is similar to Animorphs in that the kids get their powers from a dying alien.
  • When a Green Lantern dies, their power ring flies off to find a new worthy wearer. Hal Jordan's was personally given to him by the dying Abin Sur, however.
  • In A Distant Soil, the original Rieken attempts to given Seren his memories as he is dying. This goes wrong, and Seren actually becomes Rieken in all but face and psychic ability.
  • In CrossGen's Sigil universe, the eponymous Power Tattoo transfers, upon the death of the bearer, to their nearest blood relative. In addition to this being how Sephie of Meridian and Obo-San of The Path gained their respective marks, the later Negation War arc had shapeshifting Atlantean Capricia seduce Space Marine Sigil-bearer Sam Rey with the intent of bearing a child that could inherit Sam's extra-powerful Sigil, in addition to Atlantean powers. Unfortunately, that was the point where the company went bankrupt.
  • In Immortal Iron Fist, when Orson Randall dies, he bequeaths his half of the Iron Fist chi to Danny Rand.
  • In Nexus, when the rest of the Merk left to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence, all of their power and all of their blood were left to Drizripool, who in turn used it to empower Horatio Hellpop, the eponymous Nexus between the Merk and humanity. Until Drizripool went so mad that another Merk, GQ, returned to stop him.
  • Nova has pretty much the same origin as Green Lantern above. The main difference is that Richard Rider was a teenager, in order to recapture some of the original Spider-Man feel.
  • In White Sand, when Praxton dies in a burst of energy and Kenton suddenly sees his own power magify enormously, the latter assumes that his father somehow gave the power to him in the moment of his death. We don't get any "external" confirmation of the theory, though.

    Fan Works 
  • In the Axis Powers Hetalia After the End fanfic Gutters, Denmark performs a Heroic Sacrifice in order to let Sealand escape to safety. Through a mechanism that lets his body live three more days he bequeaths the remaining arable land of Denmark to Sealand, transforming him into a real nation.
  • Inner Demons: When Rarity is heavily wounded by Trixie, her last act before slipping into a coma is to transfer the Element of Generosity and all its power to Spike.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • During Dark World, Princess Cadence defeated Queen Chrysalis in battle. As Chrysalis was dying, she choose to transfer her remaining energy to Cadence, since the Changelings need a Queen.
    • When Dark World Discord was mortally wounded, his daughter Fluttercruel begged him to absorb her to save himself, but he instead transferred his remaining energy to her, transforming her into a full Draconequus.
    • During the Finale Arc, Nightmare Mirror shields Applejack from Nyarlathotrot's attack, then transfers her power to her. Applejack turns into an Alicorn as a result, Princess Veritas. She gives it up after literally kicking Nyarlathotrot out of the universe to resurrect Mirror, but as an innocent foal with none of her memories.
  • The Bridge: Enjin ensnares Aria Blaze with tentacles and starts pulling her towards his core for assimilation. Monster X grabs her and desperately tries to save her. Sensing that if this keeps up, he'll just get pulled in with her, she passes him her necklace, the source of her powers, then shoves him away, letting herself get absorbed.
  • Fate Zero Sanity: After Saber defeats Caster, who is Natsu Dragneel, he decides to give her his beloved scarf before he dies. This later grants her his fire powers.

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    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel, Doyle passes on his prophetic visions to Cordelia via kiss just before going off to heroically sacrifice himself.
  • In Tin Man, the Queen finds her possessed elder daughter killed her younger sister (Dorothy) using a Life Drain spell. The Queen pours her own power into Dorothy, reviving her. It's implied that the process depleted her of magic, leaving her and Oz defenseless against the Witch's reign of terror.

  • In Stone of Tears, each Sister of Light—if she fails to convince a person with the gift to come train with them—passes her life force to another so that when the second one (or third one) attempts she has stronger Mind Control powers to add to her arguments.
  • In the Malazan Book of the Fallen this is how Quick Ben became so powerful. The Aren cabal of mages, numbering twelve members, fled into the desert to escape pursuit by the Malazan army that had conquered their city. It is kept vague what really transpired in the desert, but somehow the youngest and thus fittest and strongest of them managed to convince the others to transfer their power and life force to him upon their deaths from thirst. It is heavily implied that Quick Ben had somehow managed to acquiere the ancient, supposedly lost art of transferring souls between bodies, and taking the souls of eleven powerful mages into himself made him unparalleled in power and knowledge.
  • In Animorphs the protagonist and his friends all get their power from a dying alien.
  • In Sourcery, a wizard is about to die (Death is standing by, waiting) and gives his staff to his newborn son—then projects himself and his wizard powers into it. This causes no end of problems for the kid as he grows up.
  • In Bright Shadows by Avi, the book starts with a poor kitchen girl running into a dying man in the castle that everyone else is ignoring. He gives her the last five wishes of legend in the land right before he dies.
  • In Pact, the Behaim Circle, a family of chronomancers, does this on a generational scale-each member sacrifices some of their personal time over the course of their lifetimes into a family store of power, creating a reserve which the family as a whole can grant to a single member, if necessary.
  • In The Girl from the Miracles District, it eventually turns out that what little Healing Hands magic Nikita has was given to her by her grandmother in an attempt to save her from Irena.
  • In the climax of Kafka on the Shore, it appears as though Nakata has passed on his ability to talk to cats to Hoshino.
  • In Dreadnought, the protagonist Danny Tozer is given the "mantle" of the titular Dreadnought after he suffers a fatal injury in a fight.
  • In Vasily Golovachov's The Envoy, the previous Envoy transfers his mission and powers (in the form of a Power Tattoo) to the protagonist, when he's ambushed and killed by the villains.

    Myths & Religion 

  • This is premise for Adam Beeson's The Magician's Daughter — a famous magician passes on the secrets of his craft to his daughter with his dying breath, which makes her wanted by his rivals. However, it's intentionally left vague as to whether the titular magician's secrets were merely stage magic or something more.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 
  • Final Fantasy V: Galuf gives his power (in other words job levels, abilities, and stats) to his granddaughter Krile after giving his all to fight off the newly-restored Exdeath.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, Ultimecia hands her powers to Edea in the past after her Time Compression plot fails. As a timey wimey bally detail, due to the unrolling of the time compression where Ultimecia has the power of all the sorcerers in her future, Edea ends up receiving the power of all Sorcerers in history.
  • In City of Heroes, Ralph Valetti somehow wound up killing The Invulnerable Ajax with a single gunshot, something that he has no idea how he accomplished given that Ajax was supposed to be immune to everything. In Ajax's dying moments, he stared into Ralph's eyes—and, according to the letter Ralph left in the Omega Team Time Capsule, that was when Ajax transferred his power of invulnerability to him.
    • In general, considering that players are free to write whatever history they want for their characters, it is entirely possible for a player character's powers to have been bequeathed to them.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Part way though Twilight Princess, Zelda sacrifices her physical form to save Midna's life by transferring... something to her. It's never specified what she gave her, but it's hinted to be the Triforce of Wisdom.
    • In Breath of the Wild, the four Champions, who were killed a century ago, give Link their special magical spells once he frees their spirits from the Divine Beasts. Mipha in particular notes that her magic would be wasted on herself now that she's a spirit.
  • In Zenonia 4, the hero lives in a typical RPG village with his dad. However he soon discovers that he is actually trapped in a fantasy realty inside his mind, but thankfully his future self gives him all his powers to Set Right What Once Went Wrong.
  • In Pokémon, the move Healing Wish will faint the user immediately. The Pokemon that takes its place is healed to full capacity.
  • Chapter 10 of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny ends with Stern and Levi handing all their remaining energy over to a protesting Lord Dearche after their battle with the Unbreakable Darkness left them nearly dead. For extra irony points, Lord Dearche is characterized as someone who only desires power, but now that she has that power, she can only scream in anguish after having lost her loyal retainers.
  • In Legend of Dragoon, after Lavitz is stabbed to death by Lloyd at the end of the first disc, he passes the Jade Dragoon Stone on to his liege and best friend Albert.
  • In Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Sam's blade is given to Raiden by Bladewolf at the request of Sam to destroy Senator Armstrong.

    Web Comics 

    Western Animation 
  • In Freedom Fighters: The Ray, Ray gets his light-based powers from his dying doppelganger from Earth-X, who was mortally wounded by Blitzkrieg and sent to Earth-1 by Earth-X's version of Vibe.
  • Adventure Time gives us Marceline, in a way. She was originally a vampire hunter (admittedly one who was half-demon); after killing all of the others, she fought with the the Vampire King. As she staked him, he managed to bite her, thus turning her into a vampire and keeping the species from being totally destroyed.