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"And she said: 'Alas! if he should die. Would that there were kings in Gondor, as there were once upon a time, they say! For it is said in old lore: 'The hands of the king are the hands of a healer.' And so the rightful king could ever be known.'"
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Characters with a Healing Factor have the ability to heal themselves at an incredibly fast rate. Characters with Healing Hands, however, are kind enough to share the wealth.

These are characters who have the ability to heal others. Usually this involves placing their glowing hands on another person's injuries, quickly healing the victim's wounds. In other more fantasy-based stories, a character may specialize in healing magic and be the team's designated healing hands. This is the role often given to the White Mage in RPGs or The Healer in MMORPGs. Their primary purpose is to make sure that their comrades don't get killed on the battlefield. More accurately, they're there to let the fighters nearly get themselves killed, and then patch them up back to fighting strength (which is the justification to Shoot the Medic First).

Due to its support nature, these abilities are often relegated to characters other than The Hero, usually The Medic, but may also be applied to teammates or sidekicks (often The Smurfette Principle, sometimes The Smart Guy). If the Hero does possess the ability, it will be just one of his many. When they aren't the hero, these characters usually have limited offensive power, and will optionally possess the ability to dole out status effects to enemies or to improve the fighting abilities of their teammates. Part and parcel of this package is the ability to cure poison and other such nastiness.

While some characters may possess healing abilities advanced enough to revive the dead, this trope does not apply to those who solely bring back the dead. That's a different animal entirely. Oddly, healing hands may not be able to remove scars or regrow limbs. Characters who heal by coming in contact or extremely close range with their patient may come from the imagery of real-life medics. Because, you know, it's not like medics have healing guns, or something.

It should be noted that when a villain has a healing power, it usually involves sapping life from others to restore their own vitality. Often, the reverse is true for a hero, who must pay a price, typically fatigue or life energy, to heal others. A villain who merely pretends to have this power is usually a Fake Faith Healer.

Also, if it actually involves hands, in the wise words of Mr. Welch, the person with Healing Hands should make sure he knows exactly where he lays his hands.

Oftentimes, this power is also coupled with Magically Regenerating Clothing, usually when the wound is caused either by bullet or stabbing weapon — it can usually be seen in the form of the bloodstain going slowly away (as if the soaking process was played backwards) and the clothes consequently appearing undamaged (i.e. without bullet holes, etc.).

If it's on the rare side, this might be the Sub-Trope, Healing Magic Is the Hardest, but that's more about statements of said magic's difficulty, and only effectively covers cases where healing occurs even if it's the case.

Compare the opposing ability, Touch of Death, where hands are actually needed, and touching others kills them instead. Not to be confused with the Hong Kong medical drama of the same name. See also Psychic Surgery for a more invasive form of magical healing. If a character with this ability is paired with another character with an opposing ability or the ability to raise the dead, see Life/Death Juxtaposition.

This trope is for the personal ability to heal others. Using a Healing Potion, a Healing Vat, or some other external method of healing doesn't count.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kotoha, Rami, and Miyabi of Arata: The Legend are members of the Unemezoku, who can heal others' wounds, but not themselves, through direct body contact.
  • Elf dust in Berserk can heal wounds. This is sometimes an unfortunate fact for Puck, the elf that travels with Guts — when he needs healing (and after a typical Apostle fight, he's usually in bad need of it), Guts has no problem with grabbing Puck and shaking him over whatever wounds need to be healed.
  • Black Clover has mages who can use Recovery Magic:
    • Mimosa mostly uses her magic as Plant Recovery Magic to create vines and flowers that heal others, able to form a dress made out of flowers that increases the power of her healing.
    • Fana has Flame Recovery Magic, using the spell Phoenix Robe to form flames that are not only able to heal herself but also others, using it to recover Patry's arm after Julius injures it.
    • Nero has Sealing Recovery Magic, using it to seal wounds, even reattaching an arm, as well as body damage.
  • Bleach:
    • Shinigami can use Kidou to heal. Battlefield healing can be performed by any kidou-capable Shinigami such as Rukia and Hinamori although (as Uryuu and Shinji observe) it only acts as a temporary measure until healers can treat the injuries properly. The Fourth Division practices a specialist form of Kidou called Kaidou, which is Healing Kidou. They can do more than just heal with their hands but can perform full surgery as well. Kira is once drafted to provide some very serious battlefield healing precisely because he had once been a member of the Fourth Division and therefore had the specialist training. Kidou Corps-trained shinigami such as Tessai and Hacchi also have phenomenal healing ability and the best Shinigami healer is Kirinji, whose power manifests as two waves of water, the first stripping the tainted blood and the second to replacing it, washing away all traces of the injuries in the process.
    • Orihime has phenomenal and unusual abilities, including "healing" talent. She creates a shield around the injured party and effectively rejects the idea that the injury ever occurred. She can regenerate completely destroyed limbs and even bring people back from the very verge of death, even if their head has been blown apart, which is supposed the kind of injury beings of reiatsu don't survive.
    • Nel's healing ability is a parody. She vomits on a person's injury as her saliva contains very effective healing powers. Unsurprisingly, no one wants her to heal them.
    • Villainous example Giselle uses the blood or skin of her victims to heal her friends and allies, grafting the skin from a dead shinigami to fully restore Candice's arm when it's lost in battle against Ichigo. As her ability can also enslave a person as her "zombie", even her allies are nervous about having her heal them just in case she takes control of them.
    • Quincies do possess a healing ability that works in a similar fashion to Shinigami kidou, but it's implied very few know how to do it, hence the reliance on Giselle's unsavoury method. Souken Ishida possessed the knowledge to both heal injuries and cleanse them of the attacker's taint. As inheritor of all of Souken's knowledge and abilities, Ryuuken is implied to as well, although whether or not he uses them is unknown. However, Ryuuken's cousin, Masaki Kurosaki, has been shown using the Quincy healing power.
  • The blood of the people of the Blue Ramun tribe of Blue Ramun has the magical ability to cure most ailments and injuries. Even close proximity to/ the physical touch of a member of the tribe can have curative effects, such as easing the intensity of a hangover or the pain of arthritis. Because of their gifts, the Blue Ramun people all train to serve as healers. The protagonist, Jessie, is a "Blue Doctor" who has just graduated from her training and has been posted to her first assignment.
  • Dr. Yosano Akiko of Bungo Stray Dogs can heal people this way, but with a twist: it only works if the person she's healing is on the brink of death.
  • Chrono Crusade:
    • Joshua, Rosette's brother, has a glowing version of this. (perfect healing)
    • Azmaria has similar powers, but she sings instead of using glowing hands.
  • Played with in D.Gray-Man. While Miranda's Innocence can heal any recently inflicted wound, no matter how severe (the only exception being death and the damage to Lenalee's legs brought on by driving her own Innocence too far,) it's only temporary, and once she deactivates her Innocence, any wounds that were healed (including ones suffered while it's activated) will come back all at once.
  • Expanded and explored very thoroughly in Double Arts. All of the Sisters, but in particular Sister Elraine, have an enhanced immunity to a strange and virulent plague called 'Troi.' The Sisters save patient's lives by putting their hands on them and absorbing the toxins from the patient's body, but, despite living, the patient still carries Troi and can never touch an unaffected person, at the risk of spreading the disease. On the other hand, Kiri, the only person so far who is completely immune to Troi, not only can heal minor diseases by touching someone else but when he touches another person, that person's strength doubles, along with his own. And as more people join in, the strength increases exponentially.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Mr. Popo, the genie-like assistant to Earth's Kami, has shown the ability to heal others.
    • Many Namekians possess the ability, though we generally see Dende being the one doing it. It was apparently a skill used by the "Dragon-clan" Nameks, which Dende is a member of. Piccolo (who is not of the Dragon-clan) can repair clothing but not heal, while the latter don't repair clothing. Blood usually vanishes, bloodstains have to be manually cleaned when other healing methods are used.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Goku uses the Super Saiyan transformation to revive a bird that was killed when Cooler tearing the planet apart, it's a very messianic moment.
    • This is suggested to be a common ability among the Supreme Kais. The Supreme Kai seen in the Buu arc isn't able to do it, relying on his assistant Kibito, but then again, it is later established that this particular Supreme Kai never completed his training. The reason Supreme Kais can do this is that they are the Gods of Creation, and thus can heal and create items, compared to the God of Destruction.
    • Majin Buu is also capable of healing, an ability that is implied to be the result of having absorbed two Supreme Kais during his original rampage (which is why the aforementioned Incompletely Trained Supreme Kai is in charge- he's the only one left). Fat Buu is the only version of the character to demonstrate this ability, but really, who'd Super Buu or Kid Buu want to heal in the first place?
    • In the Dragon Ball Super manga (but not the anime), Future Trunks reveals that he learned how to do this when training with his timeline's Supreme Kai.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • It's actually noted that proper Healing Magic itself is a rare art in the modern times, with most mages needing to rely on medicine, magic potions, their own toughness, and/or some form of Magitek.
    • Wendy and Chelia do this with their Sky Dragon Slayer and Sky God Slayer magic, respectively. The main difference between their types of healing is that Chelia cannot restore stamina, but Wendy cannot heal herself.
    • Before he became a Dragon Slayer, this was the magic of Acnologia, which he used in his role as a doctor for his village. However, his was far less impressive than Wendy and Chelia's, only capable of stopping bleeding and, as he bemoaned, unable to do things like fully heal wounds, restore lost limbs or even nullify pain. When his talents proved unable to save any of his fellow human villagers when the dragons betrayed them, he became obsessed with becoming stronger, not to heal but to kill and take revenge, which was the beginning of his own damnation.
  • Sulia Gaudeamus from Fatal Fury The Movie, although in her case it's any skin-to-skin contact. Hands are easiest and good enough for minor injuries, but when Terry is severely wounded and hands aren't enough to save him, she strips to her underwear and lays on top of him to allow for greater healing through greater physical contact. It works but afterwards leaves her so weak from the strain that she can barely move.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • Toki uses Hokuto Shin Ken to heal others with his hands. Ironically, he's dying of radiation poisoning. (Thus earning him the nickname "Kung-Fu Jesus".)
    • Kenshiro can do Hokuto Shin Ken as well, indeed one of the first things he did was cure Lin's muteness and then in a real Jesus moment bring back Airi's sight. Of course Toki taught him this ability.
  • Vanilla from the Galaxy Angel anime does this with the help of a glowing jewel on the back of her hand.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • High School D×D has Asia Argento. She can heal allies at a long distance. If she's near an enemy, the healing aura will just dissolve. She doesn't utilize the Reverse method because it would be risky for the Twilight Healing user (that and she's surrounded by one hell of a Badass Crew anyway).
  • Angelica (formerly known as "Ange") of Lapis Re:LiGHTs has this as her magic specialty. She's particularly notable for two reasons: she can cast the spell completely silently in a world where most witches need to whistle to use the "Echo Gift" and it's implied that she can heal anything, from arthritic knees, alcohol-induced hangovers, bleeding head injuries, and whatever else might be bothering you in a matter of seconds.
  • Shamal of Lyrical Nanoha specializes in this, and most mages eventually learn a healing spell or two.
  • My Hero Academia: Recovery Girl's Quirk, "Recovery", plays with the trope. It allows her to heal people, but by amplifying the patient's natural healing process, as opposed to magically making injuries go away. If a person's injuries are severe, they'll need breaks between sessions so their stamina doesn't burn out. Which means if one's injuries are too severe, they're boned anyway.
    • Overhauls quirk allows him to take apart and reassamble anything, and he can use this on people to restore them to a previous state where they were unharmed. He mostly uses it on himself, With one exception: Keeping Eri alive so he can continue his horrifying experiments on her.
    • Eri can do this in a sense, as her "Rewind" Quirk can bring anyone she comes in contact with in a previous state when activated. Izuku Midoriya/Deku was able to rely on her Quirk to heal himself from constant injury while using One For All at maximum power against Kai Chisaki/Overhaul. Since she is still just a child who is unable to understand or control it on her own, there is a chance she could rewind someone out of existence if not used correctly, like what she accidentally did to her father.
  • Nurse Yoko of the My-HiME manga version appears to have a healing Element, which works on physical injuries, but not illnesses (like Takumi's) or more permanent damage (Yuuichi's arm injury).
  • All the medical ninja from Naruto, most notably Tsunade and Sakura. Though, it's more like superpower assisted first-aid and surgery than healing and also that the knowledge of anatomy and chakra control necessary for healing makes them dangerous, to say the least.
    • Said Healing Hands and knowledge of the human anatomy make Kabuto a particularly dangerous enemy in his battle with Naruto, where he was cutting tendons and fracturing bones with mere touches of the skin.
      • This is played slightly differently during Naruto's fight with Neji. Kabuto, in disguise as an ANBU ninja, heals Hinata when she suffers a backlash from her previous fight with her cousin. Kiba, being one of the many Idiot Heros, does not recognize medical ninjutsu and at first thinks that Kabuto is... feeling Hinata.
    • Karin can heal anyone that bites her.
    • Toward the end Naruto has also gained this ability after meeting the Sage of Six Paths and his ability appears to be FAR beyond what even the greatest medic nins are capable of. Being able to stop Gai from dying even after he had unleashed all Eight Gates. Also he was able to recreate Kakashi's original left eye after his Sharingan was stolen by Madara and resuscitate Obito who was dying as of the result of using Gedo: Art of Rinne Rebirth (although this was a temporary effect).
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi's White Magic reacts this way, though usually only for basic healing spells. The higher-level healing is glowy-er. Konoka uses this often.
  • One Piece:
    • Bartholomew Kuma's powers to push anything gives him a variation on the trope, as he can push a person's pain away, giving it physical form as a paw-shaped bubble. This doesn't "heal" the person's wounds per se, but it does allow them to feel good as new.
    • The dwarf princess Mansherry that has eaten the Heal-Heal fruit, allowing her to instantly heal anyone to full health. This is the reason why she was captured by the Doflamingo Pirates: on the off chance that the executives are defeated, they would simply use her powers to revive and restore them, essentially leading to an endless battle of attrition against them.
  • Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix saga includes at least one point at which a phoenix feather heals people; this might not count so much, being an item, but that the people believed it was the power of the nun who was using the feather and didn't realize it was the feather itself, which they saw as incidental to the healing.
  • Yellow from Pokémon Adventures is gifted by the Viridian Forest with this ability. The healing applies to Pokémon only though.
  • Xiao Long of Psycho Busters does this with his Qigong. He calls it fixing.
  • Yuma Chitose of Puella Magi Oriko Magica.
  • Belnika, a late add-on to the team in Rave Master meets the main character via this ability.
  • Ruri from Rising × Rydeen can use her time manipulation ability as a substitute for healing hands. Her ability, "chain of lost memory", allows her to revert anything she touches or has touched with her right hand back to the state it was five minutes ago. So as long as the person has been wounded for less than five minutes and the wound is superficial she can reverse their injury.
  • Hotaru Tomoe/Sailor Saturn from Sailor Moon has this ability, despite being quite sickly herself. She's not a White Magician Girl, though.
  • Saori Kido from Saint Seiya, being the incarnation of Athena aka the Goddess of Defensive Warfare, is excellent at this.
  • In Saiyuki, this is apparently part and parcel of Hakkai's ki manipulation powerset, along with Ki Manipulation and barriers. The healing abilities are shown to be basically Cast from Hit Points, though, so he mostly uses them when people's lives would be in danger otherwise, and can't at all if he's injured.
  • Asa, Primula, Kareha, and Nerine from SHUFFLE!.
  • This is how healing is depicted in Slayers. While some of the cast have some level of healing magic, Sylphiel, being a cleric/priestess, is the master of it.
  • Solty in SoltyRei, though it's imperfect. Interesting considering her other main ability is a Power Fist.
  • In The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye, Iks's abilities help people heal from wounds quickly (sans glowing hands).
  • Queen Maria Pia Armonia from Victory Gundam has this, among several other Psychic Powers coming from her Newtype nature. Her daughter Shakti Kareen shares this ability.
  • Wicked City. Makie can generate a blue glow from her hands that can heal physical injuries and restore lost Life Energy.
  • In YuYu Hakusho:
    • Botan, Genkai, and Yukina all have healing powers, although the latter is the only one to use it more than once. The actual team medic is Kurama, the plant master.
    • When Sniper tried to off Mitarai and a bookshelf ended up falling on Botan, Genkai healed her. Also implied after the second fight with Goki that Botan had healed Yusuke; later in the same episode/arc, she ended up using her powers to prevent Keiko's demonification.
    • Although his healing powers are never shown onscreen (except for one instance where he reattached his severed arm), it is said at the end of the series that Sensui's former henchman Doctor Kamiya opened up his own medical facility, using his powers to heal the sick and injured.

    Comic Books 
  • Stephanie Harrington of D.P. 7 has the ability to heal people through physical contact.
  • ElfQuest healers have the lay-on-hands ability to heal. With amplification, they don't even need to touch their patients, and they can heal multiple patients at once. The power has been expanded to include flesh-shaping (a painful process at times); DNA-altering; pain-inducing; and some other applications. The ability to stimulate nerve endings can also enhance healers' relationships. The Gatherum notes that the attempted move to an Animated Adaptation required the loss of healing powers since the "lay-on-hands" thing offended the Media Watchdogs.
    • Flesh-shaping deserves special notice. See, healing is just the most common use of a very versatile power over organic matter. A nice flesh-shaper will be the best medic you've ever known, but a less-friendly one could inflict injury, illness, or Body Horror. Enhancements are also possible. Big Bad Winnowill uses her flesh-shaping ability both to reward followers and to be someone you really, really don't want to get on the bad side of...
  • Indigo Tribesmen from Green Lantern can heal.
  • In The Invisibles, Jack Frost later gets to use this power, curing King Mob's lung injury.
  • Raven in New Teen Titans heals others by absorbing their pain and some degree of their injury into herself, a grisly take on healing powers.
  • In The New Universe series Psi-Force, This was the paranormal ability of Anastasia Inyushin.
  • Vern of PS238 has this ability, to such a degree that he manages to bring another character back from the dead. This earns him a lecture from a third character who can speak with the dead about how this is unnatural and wrong and he can't ever do it again.
  • The Sandman (1989): In the issue "Tales in the Sand", Dream heals Nada's self inflicted wound to her "maidenhead"note  with a touch of his hand.
  • In Sleepless, the Healers of Aeon from the Kingdom of Harbeny can close wounds and hasten recovery from illness by drawing energy from the end of a patient's lifespan, but the magic has its limitations. Lady Poppy explains those limitations to Princess Rellen when the later questions why the Healers couldn't save Poppy's father, King Verato:
    Poppy: Our magic takes time from the end of our lives. Weighing the cost of an unknown future, healing is very beneficial for illnesses that that need time to recover and broken bones or deep cuts where infection might become fatal. But father had cancer in the stomach, which could not be cut out. The healers would have only sped up the process.
  • Toxyn from Strikeforce: Morituri was able to generate a variety of biochemicals after touching someone, including quick-healing antidotes.
  • Superman: The radiation from Phantom Zone prisoner Nam-Ek's horn appears to heal all injuries and diseases in the bodies of others in close proximity.
  • For a while Eddie Brock had his Venom's powers pull a Reverse Polarity after he came into contact with another person with heal powers. So now he has a white alien symbiote and all the associated powers and the ability to heal people. Not always a good thing considering he can also heal radiation, which gives people like Spider-Man or Radioactive Man their powers. Venom packs a mean punch, but it would only take a few seconds of Anti-Venom's touch to "cure" Spider-Man of being Spider-Man forever.
  • Wonder Woman (1987): After Julia starts miraculously recovering from her paralysis the doctor exclaims that Wonder Woman's presence must have magically healed her. As Diana knows this is not one of her powers the revelation ends up being the last clue she needs to realize that "Donna," who has been helping Julia, is a disguised Circe who has been using her magic subconsciously when she touches the woman she's trying to aid.
  • X-Men has some mutants with this power. The most well-known is the gold-skinned Elixir from New X-Men: Academy X. Beyond healing, he can also inflict damage and pain onto his foes in a similar fashion (causing his skin to become coal-black). He is considered an Omega-Level Mutant for this.
    • Angel is a more grisly variation, who is able to share his Healing Factor by cutting himself and bleeding on others. Earlier there was the Morlock Healer, who actually died by overstressing his power. Angel's power had an interesting limitation: it would only work on people with the same blood type as his (or maybe anyone who could accept his blood type). It was discovered when, after an attack by an anti-mutant fringe group, they had him donating blood through about eight separate tubes to as many badly injured mutants. However, only some of them were healed.
      • Angel's blood even burns mutants descended from ancient beings whose mutations classify them as "demonic," but we try to forget that.
    • In the generally regarded as "out of continuity" origin story Children of the Atom, there is a character called Scab who healed by taking whatever injuries one person had and putting them on himself. He saved Jean Grey's life and promptly died, never to be mentioned again.
    • Also, the alien Zsaji, an empathic healer who ended up dying to save Colossus during the Secret Wars (1984). She herself was not a memorable character, in that the sole purpose for her existence was to break up Colossus and Kitty Pryde. However, through some shenanigans as revealed in Secret Wars, Deadpool manages to rescue/resurrect before successfully wishing her to back to her home so she can live out her life in peace and happiness.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The Blue Mountains, the princess can revive the hero if there is even a bit of life in him.

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): Mothra, when instigating the Vivienne-San hybrid's metamorphosis into their second form, repairs their Body Horror and the defects in their first hybrid form which caused it.
  • Ember from Age of Heroes Saga has the power to heal severe injuries with a kiss but at the cost of her own energy. Book Three implies the power may be linked to her heart-shaped necklace.
  • Atonement has biokinetic hero Amy Dallon. Her lay-on-hands to heal is her biggest use of her power, though it's far from the only one. At first, she sticks to it because she's scared of what she can do, but after hanging around with Riley and Pandora, she starts relaxing somewhat and helps them with their biotechnological experiments.
  • In Divided Rainbow, both Rarity and Twilight know healing magic. Other unicorns, such as Drs. Osteoblast and Osteoclast of Bramblewood Hospital, have mastered this power to such a degree, that their horn-healing can take the place of major surgery.
  • A Dragon of the North has Jon Snow (the reincarnation of the Dragonborn) make up his own Dragon Shout, 'Kopraan Muz Haas', that can heal people.
  • Tailsko in Ed, Edd n' Eddy Z can heal the heroes in just a few minutes, sometimes less. You just have to make sure they are still alive first.
  • Escape from the Moon: In the later sequel Scavenge for the Future, Spliced Genome is able to heal, or "fix", others with her magic... up to and including effectively generating them a new limb, as shown when she restores Aerostorm's lost wing.
  • The Final Fantasy X comic Guardian has Yuna first display her white mage skills by effortlessly reviving a cat that had just been killed.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Apollo saves Supergirl's life thanks to this ability.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Raven cures Supergirl’s life-threatening injuries resulting from her battle against the Anti-Monitor by laying her hands upon her.
  • Lovehammer: Hotaru's nicer power is healing injuries through her hands.
  • In the Pony POV Series Dark World Arc, Applejack and Rarity both have this, Applejack due to her new Element of Kindness, and Rarity due to her Element of Desire allowing her to 'take' injuries from others (which are far less dangerous or damaging to her because she has Complete Immortality).
    • In the Loose Canon Expanded Universe story "Dark World Drabbles", Dark World!Silver Spoon (who was brought Back from the Dead by Queen Libra) became the primary Element of Kindness (Applejack remaining Element of Fantasy) and also inherited this power.
  • Quizzical: Princess Luna casts healing spells in multiple stories:
    • In "The Big Finish", she casts one on Quzzical and Indy, but she still needed food, water, and rest.
    • In Thweet Geniuth: "'And The Winner Is...' Reprise", after Quizzical bleeds from magical overexertion:
      "Hush, Quizzical," said Luna, gently resting her horn against Quiz's brow. "Be still and let your Princess heal your owie."
  • In Someone to Watch Over Me, Gabriel creates an akuma from Adrien named Lifeline, in hopes of reviving Emily. Lifeline's light form projects healing beams from both hands. When changed into a dark akuma, one of his hands changes to drain life instead, allowing him to supercharge the healing beam from the other, and Gabriel drains himself to stabilise Emily.
  • Slipstream, the Decepticons' medic in Transformers Meta, has a healing ray in place of an arm that she had lost in battle prior to the series's events.
  • In Undertale (Fan Novelization), Toriel heals Frisk in this manner multiple times early in the story. She is quick to note, however, that the healing does not work long-term.
    Toriel: This will only temporarily heal you, the only true healing is a nice meal and a good night's rest.
  • Vow of Nudity: One of Haara's monk abilities is to channel her ki and heal wounds, either her own or others'.
  • This is another aspect of Warren's Playing with Fire powers in War and Peace in Mind, which allows him to push his inner fire into others to heal their wounds. It's Cast from Hit Points, though.
  • Warriors of the World has crusaders doing this often. Priests use their hands to maximise efficiency, but they don't always need to. Unsurprisingly anyone with either profession will be serving as The Medic on their own teams.
  • Maybe the Last Archie Story: Moose gets stabbed while freeing Sabrina's aunts. Zelda and Hilda are able to get him stable by laying their hands on him and casting a spell. Moose's friends think it is some kind of "faith healing thing" instead of sorcery, and nobody who knows best tells them otherwise.
  • A Certain Magical Friendship: Mentioned and used in Context_Shift:
    • In "The cover of darkness - BRING_back_the_SUN", when Rainbow Dash wants healing, but not super badly, she thinks about the idea:
      Rainbow rolled her joints, wincing as the pain she received for her trouble. She didn't think she'd broken anything in her collision with the tree earlier, but she was definitely hurt somehow going by the pain. She moved closer to Twilight to see if the new girl knew any healing spells.
    • In "Round up the stragglers - RESURGENCE_part_two", with Index's guidance, Fluttershy uses healing magic to restore Applejack's legs:
      The misshapen flesh had… had un-crushed itself back into a recognisable shape.
  • A Flower's Touch: On her first mission with SOLDIERs other than Zack or the Trio, Aerith is able to completely restore one SOLDIER's leg that had been shredded by a landmine. This causes the mission commander to actually give a What the Hell, Hero? to Sephiroth of all people as to why she hasn't been sent on any missions before this, as this would quite obviously be extremely valuable.
  • The Palaververse: From The Tempest Celestia mentions that she has healing magic, but:
    Celestia: Even my healing magics sometimes fail to beat an old-fashioned rest.

    Films — Animation 
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire: Princess Kida heals Milo Thatch's wounds with her hands after the latter is badly injured. (Technically, though, the healing properties are contained in the crystal shard that she wears around her neck.)
  • The Son of Bigfoot: Bigfoot and his son both have this ability. It comes in handy when Bigfoot is injured.
  • In Tangled, Rapunzel has healing hair. If someone is injured, she can wrap the wounded part of the body in her hair, sing a magic song, and all better. This works on shallow cuts, deep stabbings, and has the nifty side-effect of removing the effects of age. The last part is deconstructed; Gothel kidnaps Rapunzel because of it.
  • In Wolfwalkers, the titular Wolfwalkers can heal wounds by touching them, though they seem to need their wolf pack present in order to amplify their magic enough for it to work properly. The graphic novel adaptation reveals that they were originally a tribe with healing powers before they became the Wolfwalkers.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Eternals: The first team leader, Ajak, has the ability to regenerate damaged tissue and cells with ease.
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, whose title character heals Elliott's cut finger with his own glowing fingertip.
  • In the horror film 5ive Girls a character in a reform school reveals that she has this power by easing the pain of a classmate who was recently spanked with a ruler. Fanservice demands that she literally lay on hands to the affected area.
  • Mr Miyagi of The Karate Kid, sort of. He knew some pressure points and techniques to suppress pain.
    • This gets an amusing Call-Back in the sequel series Cobra Kai. Daniel initially attempts to perform the technique himself on his pupil Robby... before deciding that getting a medic is probably the better course of action.
  • In Push, they're called Stitchers. Healing is very painful, and it hurts even worse when they use their power in reverse.
  • The Rise of Skywalker: Rey learned how to heal with The Force, but she mentions it is Cast from Hit Points; she transfers her own energy to the recipient. In the end, Ben Solo heals Rey while badly injured himself. He saves her, but dies in the process.
  • Thelma: Thelma cures her mother's paralysis near the end.
  • Touch 1997 is about a former monk played by Skeet Ulrich who suddenly develops the power to heal with his hands, which get stigmata in the process.
  • The angel Michael possesses this ability in Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell.

  • In the Lone Wolf book series, the various Healing disciplines allow a Kai lord to heal others by laying his hands. It can cost the player some Endurance if the wounds are extensive. Note that this very rarely can save a life if the person is too grievously wounded and at death's door; at best the power will allow a few last words followed by a peaceful death.

  • The Adversary Cycle book The Touch is about a doctor who receives this power.
  • In the Apprentice Adept series: Lady Blue is introduced as a healer who would treat anyone who came upon her door, only turning away those beyond her power to help. (Those whose injuries were too old or severe for her own magic to fix)
  • In Sever Bronny's Arcane series, "healing" is one of the seven major elemental magi…er, arcanery talents (and apparently one of the rarest to manifest), granting the appropriate powers.
  • Fairies in the Artemis Fowl series have a variety of healing abilities, ranging from purging the body of radiation and reattaching severed limbs to curing chronic depression. The ability is explicitly stated to "target" areas of the body, and physical injuries have a four-minute time limit, which can be fudged. like Butler in the third book, who was frozen before the time limit ended. This added a severe complication to the healing itself, but he got better.
  • In The Balanced Sword, healing ability is a common sign of a god's favor, and most priests have it in some form.
  • Bearheart: A woman's breast cancer gets cured when Saint Plumero lays his hands on the affected area.
  • Blank Rune: Blodwen uses her healing powers to heal her friends and keep the living things in her house alive without having to worry about taking care of them. Including keeping her baked goods fresh.
  • The Brightest Shadow: This is one of the major branches of sein, not incompatible with combat sein but requiring a high degree of specialization. Notably played with in potentially causing complications, such as rapid healing causing a condition that is strongly implied to be cancer.
  • In Chivalric Romance, such tales as Crescentia and Florence of Rome had the Blessed Virgin give the heroine healing powers, or sometimes a healing herb. (Her fame as a healer drew all the characters in the tale who had wronged her, resulting in a scene where the truth could be revealed, and the Happy Ending.)
  • Many academic mages from Circle of Magic have this ability. Briar, who has a Green Thumb and can do this for plants becomes emotionally distraught when he's stuck in a plague and realizes that he can't heal people.
  • In Jim Butcher's other series, Codex Alera has Watercrafters. This is their signature ability, though not their only one by any means. They actually have all sorts of combat abilities (when someone has all of the water pulled out of their body, they tend to stop being a threat). They are also empaths by virtue of their Watercraft, so the ones without Metalcraft to ignore the empathic pain from others tend to stick to healing.
  • The Tendu of The Color of Distance don't have healing hands exactly. Rather, they have fleshy spurs on their wrists and stick those into living things, which they are able to heal or alter freely. When linking with people, whether humans or other Tendu, they tend to clasp forearms. A small child healed this way describes it as holding hands.
  • The Cosmere has several examples:
    • The Stormlight Archive has Progression, a power shared by the Radiant Orders of Truthwatchers and Edgedancers, which combines Green Thumb with this, allowing them to heal people by touch. It also serves as Healing Factor that stacks with the regular Radiant Healing Factor, leaving a Truthwatcher or Edgedancer well-stacked with Stormlight Nigh-Invulnerable.
    • Elantris has Aon Ien, one of Instant Runes available to the Elantrians, that heals the person it's used on. To work best, it requires a number of modifier Aons targetting a specific body part and ailment, and using it incorrectly can even kill the patient.
    • The Emperor's Soul has Resealing, or Flesh Forgery, which basically rewrites the body to make it think that it's fine, which alters it to make it fine. It can even repair lethal damage, but it won't bring the soul back (fortunately, regular Forgery can do it, though with significant effort).
  • The Daevabad Trilogy: The lost Nahid line of daeva have the unique talent of healing magic, which can be powerful enough to create a new body for one whose soul was trapped as a Genie in a Bottle. Since the Nahids were regarded as holy, it's not generally discussed that their true power was Biomanipulation and they could just as easily inflict horrific injuries or disease.
  • In Dark Shores gods grant their chosen special powers. Hegeria (goddess of the body) allows her chosen to see what is wrong with another person's body and heal diseases and injuries. However, the price of healing can be steep — one healer ages rapidly and dies when forced to heal a dying man.
  • The Deed of Paksenarrion by Elizabeth Moon includes healing powers granted by various gods. Paladins also get healing powers, but it's anything but easy to use them, as Paks herself found out: You mentally dip into an awareness of the body, like a stream, locate the things that are impeding the stream, fix them, and then get forcibly ejected by a body that doesn't want interlopers on its territory.
  • Devils & Thieves: Venemon magic is capable of being used to heal others of various maladies, from hangover symptoms to life-threatening wounds.
  • In The Dinosaur Lords, Aphrodite proves that she's a sorceress by regrowing Karyl's cut-off hand.
  • Emphasizing her relationship with Christ and the Apostles in The Divine Comedy, Beatrice heals Dante's newfound blindness with a touch of her hand.
  • The Dresden Files has a few examples: Queen Mab (yes, that Mab) and the Leanansidhe can heal serious injuries with just a touch, and some human wizards (i.e., Elaine, Injun Joe) can use their magic for healing and medical purposes, albeit on a much smaller scale. This is supposed to be extremely hard to do, however; Harry mentions all the biological processes a healer needs to mind in order to make sure they don't screw it up, and the fact that Lea can heal one of his wounds with a simple kiss is a sign of just how powerful she is. And the fact that, in the case of Mab and Lea, Harry is indebted to them, so they can pretty much control his body anyways.
  • The Empirium Trilogy: After gaining better control of her powers, Eliana obtains the ability to heal wounds and past scars. Likewise, Rielle's growing connection to the empirium allows her to heal others and even revive someone from death.
  • Forest Kingdom: In book 3 (Down Among the Dead Men), thanks to his talent with Wild Magic, Scarecrow Jack can heal even those who are on the verge of death.
  • John Coffey in Stephen King's The Green Mile. The manifestation of the ailments he heals are tiny, luminescent bugs which he uses to scramble one bad guard's brain.
  • The Grimnoir Chronicles have Healers/Menders who can heal others and/or themselves. Actives can lay on hands and heal specific things, Passives have an area of effect within which people just heal faster.
  • The Guardians (Meljean Brook): Each Guardian has a unique Gift that relates to what they were in life. Healing Hands is the Gift of Michael, Dru, and Pim, but as they are bound not to interfere in human free will, they can only heal wounds inflicted by or on a supernatural being.
  • Guards! Guards! parodies the supposed healing powers of kings. When Vimes demands to know what "wrongs" the new King of Ankh-Morpork is supposed to right, someone comes up with dandruff, and another person instantly chimes in saying kings can cure that. Vimes is bewildered and infuriated by this claim.
  • Mercedes Lackey has magical Healers in both her urban fantasies and her Heralds of Valdemar series.
  • Thom Creed from the gay teen lit superhero novel Hero.
  • In How to Avoid Death on a Daily Basis, the protagonist Colin learns magic from some frog people, and figures out how to do this becoming his most used magic with seemingly no limit to what he can heal long as his patient in one piece, and which his companions learn use to a lesser degree. But when he heals a particularly bad wound it'll age him and drain his life force.
  • In Hurog, Oreg has healing magic that works like this.
  • James Herbert:
    • In Shrine, later adapted as The Unholy, a young girl, possessed by the malicious spirit of a nun, gains healing powers.
    • The Magic Cottage: The titular cottage, built on a point of the Earth's crust which exudes the "ethereal vitality" said to shape all, may attune occupants hereto.
    • Portent: A villainous example in Mama Pitie, who, while she straightens a baby's withered limb, cares nothing for its wails of pain. Meanwhile, young twins Josh and Eva, as part of their extrasensory insight, psychically ease the pain of Dr James Rivers' leg.
    • Others: When private investigator Nick "Dis" Dismas is viciously mugged, psychic Louise Broomfield relieves his headache.
    • Once: Another villainous example - Nell Quick, seemingly through some innate supernatural ability, claims to be a healer - but seems more interested in using occult ritual for acquisition and malice.
  • I Am Mordred: This is an ability of King Arthur's, and people come from across the kingdom to receive healing from him (based on a real belief in the Middle Ages). He can't heal Mordred or Guinevere though, saying it's a punishment for his past sins.
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: After Childermass's face is slashed with a knife, such that it's said it will leave a very ugly scar if it's left to its own devices, the Raven King heals the wound to a thin, old-looking scar in a matter of seconds.
  • In The Legend of the Ice People some members of the eponymous family have this power, most notably Tengel the Good.
  • Sam Shepard of Level Up Hero could heal others at the cost of his lifeforce.
  • Taggart from Ayize-Jama Everett's Liminal World books has this as part of his power to manipulate living human flesh and bone as a whole.
  • In Lives of the Mayfair Witches, this power is one of the most common to run in the eponymous family.
  • In The Lord of the Rings, the real king has healing powers. This is based on the old European folk belief that kings could indeed heal scrofulosis and other diseases. The same idea is referenced and parodied in various Discworld books. It is left somewhat ambiguous within the narrative whether Aragorn actually possesses special powers due to his distant elven ancestry or whether he's simply making use of herbal techniques the Gondorians have forgotten over the centuries.
  • Lux: Lifeforce, the ruling High Epic of the titular city, can heal his soldiers from even what should be mortal wounds. This is a large part of what makes Lux so impossible for anyone else to stand against.
  • Healing others is one of the powers of the titular character of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard as a son of Frey.
  • The aptly-titled Rapha (Hebrew for “healer”) from the second book of The Mark of the Lion trilogy gains a reputation for having these, although she herself attributes them to the power of God.
  • Merkabah Rider: In "Hell's Hired Gun'', the Rider is saved from a blizzard by a Preacher Man turned hermit. In a fit of religous fervour, the hermit is able to draw out the Rider's fever by laying hands on him: something which surprises the hermit as much as it does the Rider.
  • This is Parvati's most prominent power in Midnight’s Children, though she often combines it with medicinal poultices and the like. She can presumably perform other magic as well but refuses to demonstrate anything other than White Magic.
  • Sergej Lukjanenko's Night Watch (Series) tetralogy features healing as a rather common magic. Both watches prefer a half-decent fighter of some kind to another healer, e.g. Tiger Cub.
  • In Gail Dayton's One Rose Trilogy, many East naitani have this.
  • In Pegasus in Space, Amariyah Bantam, though she doesn't know it.
  • The Power: Allie learns to heal many ailments using the Power, and uses physical contact to do this.
  • In Princess Holy Aura:
    • Tsunami Reflection has strong healing powers, using her element of water.
    • Silvertails is an able user of healing magic, but it is not his specialty in magic.
  • Princesses of the Pizza Parlor: Gwen has learned one as of Princesses on the Broken Sea, although she's the third of her group to learn some:
    "Nothing appears broken," she reported, "but let me do a small healing spell anyway. Better safe than sorry, and you'll have fewer bruises to worry about." Flora knew only a little of the elven language, but Gwen's spell didn't sound like any of the bits she picked up. It felt like a cool breeze of mint wrapping her in fluffy clouds for a second, only for it to pass just as quickly. All her aches passed with it.
  • Prophecy Approved Companion: Qube's healing magic is discussed in the first chapter.
  • Aretzes in The Quest of the Unaligned get this as their secondary power. It's also the first form of magic the protagonist masters.
  • In The Reckoners Trilogy, Prof can "gift" parts of his power to others, and one of the powers he regularly shares is his Healing Factor.
  • Roswell High, similar to the Roswell TV show listed above. The aliens have the power to heal.
  • Healer Adepts (and Lord Adepts who have the right set of powers) can heal others and themselves in Jean Lorrah's Savage Empire books.
  • In The Savior's Series, one of the Savior's abilities is healing wounds with a touch; she can also temporarily transfer this ability to others, enabling her handmaidens to heal injured competitors. At the end of the first book, Leila uses this power to undo Tobias' sister's paralysis.
  • Vadim Panov's Secret City novels feature the Order and Monastery of Erli, where modern medical science intertwines with magic. While upholding true neutrality, a short story twists the image: Erli monks perform very dubious to outright illegal and immoral research.
  • The Wizard, from the Seekers of Truth books, can do this. It's one of the things that makes him think he's a bit Blessed with Suck compared to some of the others.
  • In Seekers of the Sky, a number of people know how to use the Word, the power to put any inanimate object into the Cold (a Pocket Universe of sorts) and retrieve it on demand. One of the few rules is that nothing of the living can be placed in the Cold. There is, however, Bishop Gerard Lightbringer (heavily hinted to be Gérard Depardieu's doppelganger), a reformed thief, who has discovered that he can cure cancer with a touch and a prayer. He truly believes that it's a divine miracle. Anyone who observes him, though, knows that he's simply using the Word. However, the fact that he's using it to put cancerous cells into the Cold is no less miraculous.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, all Lightbringers possess this ability, which they can also use on themselves in a pinch. This and their religious nature makes them basically a stand-in for D&D-style clerics.
  • In Shadows of the Apt, the Butterfly Apt allows for this.
  • Mia Cooper of The Shapeshifter series has this power, it nearly kills her on several occasions because she absorbs people's pain. Fortunately she gets better at using it.
  • Very much reconstructed and discussed in The Sharing Knife books, especially once Dag gets apprenticed as a maker. Medicine makers prefer to use mundane means whenever possible since healing (usually called ground work) can be draining. It is possible to do Psychic Surgery and similar, but it carries with it real risks to the maker too. Often, mundane methods of medicine or chirurgy are used primarily, while ground work supplements it to fend off infections, control internal bleedings, or repair nerve damage.
  • So This Is Ever After: The healer helping Matt puts both hands on him during healing, which glow with her magic as she does so.
  • Mother Abagail had it at least briefly in The Stand; she healed Frannie's back after the explosion. It was probably a channeling holy power kind of thing, given her role in the novel and the religious aspects.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe:
    • Jedi healers use the Force to help others in this regard — healers include Barriss Offee and Cilghal.
    • Cade Skywalker has a special variant on the technique called Force Resuscitation; it is unique in that it can heal normally fatal wounds rather quickly, as well as corruptive plagues and other such maladies. It also works in reverse; that is, kill people beyond repair. However, it has two major drawbacks; one, the user channels this ability through the dark side (Cade's eyes flash from their usual emerald green to a blood-red color whenever he uses it), and two, the recipient must be willing to accept the healing, or else it won't work.
    • The Courtship of Princess Leia: Luke heals Teneniel after she's struck by a Nightsister's Force lightning, and put his hands on her doing so. She's astonished because only the most powerful witches in her clan can heal, and always using incantations, concluding that Luke is very potent as a result.
  • Ainslee's Blessing in Stranger And Stranger. Conveniently, she already wanted to be a doctor before developing this power.
  • In Super Powereds, this is a fairly rare ability among Supers, and most healers merely accelerate the body's natural healing processes. There are those, who are able to completely remove injuries or sickness, as if they never happened. An extremely rare type is even able to retroactively remove past injuries that have already healed (there are less than a dozen of those in the world, and they are in extremely high demand and tend to charge a fortune for their services). Camille is also an interesting case. In fact, she's not a healer at all but an absorber, except instead of Energy Absorption, she absorbs injuries. She can then store those injuries and give them back with a touch (oh, and she can heal herself this way too, as long as she's conscious). Then there's Globe, whose Reality Warper powers within a certain spherical radius mean that he can also heal anyone (except himself) by rearranging their molecules.
  • In the Sword of Truth, any wizard can do this. War Wizards can do this on instinct alone. Sorceresses can learn to heal, but never as effectively as wizards. It has a nice integration of the Additive/Subtractive magic system: if someone has internal bleeding in their lungs, you have to remove that blood or they won't be able to breathe even if you rebuild their lungs. However, it's very hard to control Subtractive magic, so you have to be sure to not accidentally get rid of their organs. It fits the Crapsack World setting that even trying to heal someone risks horribly mutilating them.
  • In C. S. Lewis's Till We Have Faces, the people of Glome come to believe that the beautiful princess Istra can heal their plague. She goes around placing her hands on the entire country, and the plague goes away. It's uncertain whether she actually did have this power, but the people certainly believe she does, and begin worshiping her. The local goddess is not amused.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Technically it's Healing Breath but otherwise Erowin can cure even those in critical condition. After she becomes an angel, death itself is no longer an obstacle.
  • V. Ivashchenko subverts the trope with Valle, called "Black Earl". While a necromancer, Valle can treat diseases and curses beyond the abilities of regular healers, which are quite common in Ivashchenko's works. Valle learned healing in an attempt to turn his own necromancy backwards, to reduce the extreme prejudice he was treated with.
  • In Vampire Academy, one of the basic powers of spirit users is to heal others by placing their hands on them. Lissa Dragomir can lay her hand on people and animals to heal their injuries, no matter how close to death they are. In Rose's case, she resurrected her by healing lethal injuries. She also heals Christian Ozera in the climax of Vampire Academy when he was moments away from dying from an injury caused by a psi-hound's attack. She also temporarily cures Victor Dashkov of Sandrovsky's Syndrome (though completely under duress) earlier in the same book.
  • The Wheel of Time:
    • Aes Sedai. The Yellow Ajah specializes in healing. Placing their hands on the other person isn't necessary for Healing. They just learned it that way, and can't do it without the gesture; it's incredibly hard, if not impossible, to re-learn a technique.
    • Nynaeve Sedai is one of the most powerful healers in modern times, possibly ever. She figured out how to heal Stilling, Gentling, Tainted-Saidin-induced insanity, and assisted the Dragon Reborn in "healing" Saidin by removing the Dark One's taint from it. She intuited her way through most of these, itself unheard of never mind that each was an achievement to rival any in the last three thousand years.
  • Wild Cards series has several healers:
    • John Fortune had the power to heal others before his wild card was turned again with the Overtrump cure. This proves a mixed blessing as his original ability was slowly killing him.
    • Kim, something of a godchild to Archer, could heal others by copying their malady and then synchronously restoring herself and the afflicted to their respective healthy states. This included reversing the Wild Card virus.
    • While not explicitly described, Sleeper Croyd might have possessed healer powers.
    • Wyungare, the Australian shaman Ace, can heal some afflictions with his rituals.
    • The exact amount of the Radical's powers is unknown, as he can do anything any alter ego of Mark Meadows could do, even if Mark was not aware of this alter ego and ability. There might well be a healer in the set.
    • Tom Quincy, nicknamed The Eskimo, can produce and inject any substance on touch. Unfortunately, his chosen interest are psychopharmaka, and his employer a drug trafficking gang.
    • Quasiman, a deuce/ace, can heal others, but as he is not always completely in one mental, temporal, and spatial frame, this is erratic at best.
    • The Columbian Ace Coca Mama can administer therapeutic doses of cocaine directly into the bloodstream. Or kill by overdosing victims on the spot.
  • Alexey Pehov's Wind and Sparks universe features healer mages, predominantly female (the last two male healers were born 1000 years apart). Providing something of a twist, they are very rare. The actual healing works as the trope describes, but it's only their most basic spell. Advanced healers, especially male ones, can pull nigh divine feats of magic, including the ones unrelated to healing, like growing stone teleporters. Healers also have a deserved reputation of being somewhat crazy.
  • The Witchlands has several varieties of this trope:
    • Bloodwitches can keep people alive by forcing the blood to continue to course through their bodies and stopping it from flowing out of wounds. It helps that they can also control people's heartbeats.
    • Waterwitches can heal injuries related to blood and other bodily fluids.
    • Firewitches can heal inflammations and muscle-related injuries.
  • Due to the nature of powers in Worm, most healing powers are a creative application of another kind of power.
    • Panacea is considered the world's most powerful healer, but her real power is biokinesis, so she can fully manipulate every aspect of human biology through touch.
    • Scapegoat can heal anyone he touches by transferring the injury on himself. It also works the other way around.
    • Lizardtail has an healing aura of some sort.
    • Among the various powers Othala can temporarily give to others, she can give superhuman regeneration.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The 4400:
    • Shawn has the ability to heal others. In "Becoming", he uses his powers to awaken his cousin Kyle from his coma. He can heal someone who is on the verge of death but he can only bring a dead person back to life for a very brief period, usually less than a minute.
    • In "Fifty-Fifty", a woman in El Paso develops the ability to heal people after taking a promicin injection. She uses it to cure her father's Alzheimer's.
  • Babylon 5: Lorien is shown to have healing power capable of bringing Sheridan back from the brink of death, though at the cost of living only twenty more years.
  • In Carnivŕle, this is Ben Hawkins' main power, although it always comes with a price.
  • The Whitelighters from Charmed have this ability, but they only unlock it through The Power of Love. As a Half-Whitelighter, Paige Matthews also gets this power but it takes her until the final season of the show to learn how to use it.
  • Dead Man's Gun: Snake Oil Salesman Reverend Early becomes convinced that the Dead Man's Gun has given him one for real in "The Wages of Sin". Really, his simple-minded assistant Bill is the one with the healing touch.
  • Paul in The Fades has this ability, and it appears to be a common power of Angelics.
  • An episode of Friday The 13th: The Series involved a phony faith healer who found a glove that gave him real healing powers. Given the nature of the antiques on the show, there was a nasty twist. Namely, any disease/condition the healer cured was transferred to him and he had to pass it on to another victim, who would die of the original ailment multiplied a dozen times over. This leads to a rather nasty Karmic Death on the part of the healer when he tries to heal a bullet wound he receives later in the episode.
  • The Koschei, a breed of Wesen from Grimm named after the character from Russian folklore have this ability. They can also reverse the process, causing extreme radiation poisoning. The Koschei character in the episode "Red Menace" spent years as an assassin for the Russian government, before having a Heel–Face Turn and dedicating himself to healing. He sacrificed himself to save the daughter of a man he killed, establishing that the healing is Cast from Hit Points.
  • In Heroes:
    • Linderman is an interesting case, seeing as he's a healer and The Big Bad.
    • Hiro's mother is also a healer, except that she has healing lips. She can literally "kiss it and make it better."
    • Similarly, anyone on the show with a Healing Factor seems to have this ability now as long as they've got a syringe handy, seeing as Claire's blood brought her dad back from the dead.
  • Kingdom Adventure: The Prince has this ability as part of his status this Religious Edutainment show's Jesus Expy.
  • Little House on the Prairie: Season 6's "The Faith Healer" is about a charismatic preacher who claims that he can heal the sick, allow the lame to walk and the blind to see. But after a young teenager dies due to a ruptured appendix after supposedly being healed by the preacher, Charles sets out and confirms what he had suspected all along: that this faith healer is a phony.
  • The Child from The Mandalorian is able to use The Force to heal people. He's first seen attempting to do this in the second episode after The Mandalorian is injured, but the Mando stops him before he can do anything. In the seventh episode, he successfully heals Greef Karga's arm and removes the venom left by the creature that attacked him, which in turn leads to Greef's Heel–Face Turn.
  • Merlin in Merlin, thanks to his magic. Gaius too on a couple of occasions, and guest-star Alice, described as one of the most powerful healers of them all (though this is something of an Informed Attribute).
  • Metal Hurlant Chronicles: In "Whiskey in the Jar" the Hurlant gives a frontier doctor glowing hands that can heal the most grievous of wounds, causing a rise in gunfights as he can just heal them. Eventually the sheriff kills him, and preserves his hands in a jar of whiskey for his own use.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Some witches, like Raelle, specialize with healing magic. Laying hands on the patient is part of that.
  • The Nevers: Appropriately for a physician, Cousens can heal people by touching them. However, it appears to have limitations. He needs to physically remove a bullet before treating the wound proper; and more than once stresses to his patients that the wound is not fully healed and they must avoid aggravating it as it finished healing naturally.
  • The Outpost: The member of the Three known as Two can heal the wounds of others with her kinj, as a side effect of its main ability to raise the dead.
  • The Outer Limits (1995):
    • In "Corner of the Eye", aliens give Father Anton Jonascu the power to heal any injury or illness and raise the dead. He becomes a worldwide celebrity in the process. However, it turns out that the aliens are merely using Father Jonascu as part of their plan to occupy Earth and destroy its atmosphere.
    • In "Josh", Josh Butler is able to bring Allison James back from the dead by touching her.
    • In "Revival", Luke is able to heal people using the power that he receives from an advanced piece of technology disguised as a Bible. When he lays his hands on a man who lost his left ear in a thresher accident as a child, the ear grows back.
    • In "The Vessel", the alien lifeform in Jake Worthy's body is able to heal the stab wound suffered by a man who was mugged.
  • The aliens in Roswell. It was later retconned that only Max could do this.
  • In Sliders, Kromaggs (humanoids from a parallel Earth) have various Psychic Powers, one of which is healing. They don't even have to touch the person. Human-Kromagg hybrids can do it too, as well as humans who have been taught the technique.
  • In Smallville, freak of the week Cyrus has this in Season 2, and Season 6-7 gives this ability to Chloe.
  • Stargate SG-1 has several:
    • In "Frozen," the Sufficiently Advanced Alien Ancient woman is able to heal the disease she accidentally infects the team with. Though she can't heal herself of it.
    • In "Lost City," when O'Neill has the Ancient database loaded in his brain, the second time, the knowledge "unspools" far enough that he is able to do this after Bra'tac is stabbed by The Mole.
    • Too many times to count with Goa'uld, Tok'ra, and former hosts of either using the Goa'uld handheld healing device.
    • The Nox — though they brought people back from the dead, so maybe it doesn't really count...
    • The Wraith from Stargate Atlantis could heal and revive people by giving back the life-force they took from someone else. Not that they were in the habit of doing this a lot, but it's an effective way of "recruiting" loyal humans as their agents. They'd drain and then heal them over and over, thus creating a dependency, since the enzyme that allows a victim to withstand the draining process has a narcotic effect and the repeated draining keeps pumping it into the victim.
  • Star Trek: The Original Series: "The Empath" was about a Minaran woman who absorbed injuries into her own body, then dissipated them from there. She had to touch you to do it, and it took something out of her. She could die if she took on too much, and this is what the Vians who are experimenting with her are counting on.
  • The angels in Supernatural are shown to possess tremendous healing abilities, being able to heal major injuries and raise the dead with little effort. Naturally, this is the first ability Castiel loses after he defects from Heaven.
  • Taken: In "God's Equation", Allie Keys is able to heal her father Charlie, who is on the brink of death, after he was accidentally shot in the stomach by Ray Morrison during the Hostage Situation. After she lays her hands on his stomach, a scar is the only sign that he was ever injured.
  • Not necessarily "healing" but Isaac from Teen Wolf was able to take some of the pain away from a dying dog. Scott learned the ability earlier, and others have demonstrated it as well. Presumably all werewolves have this ability, or can at least learn it. Derek sacrificed his Alpha power to heal his sister Corra, and Scott has amped it up into actual healing on a few occasions as well.
  • Tidelands (Netflix): Tidelanders are shown to have the power of healing through touch.
  • The "Homo Superiors" from The Tomorrow People (1973) (and the reboot).
  • The made-for-tv movie A Touch of Hope based on the real-life Dean Kraft who is known for his ability to heal those who are beyond medical help with exactly this trope.
  • Cole in Tracker has this. He heals Mel at least once. It was never shown if Mel could do it; she did recharge Cole but never healed anyone.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985):
    • In "Healer", this trope overlaps with Healing Factor. A small-time crook named Jackie Thompson steals a rare stone from a museum and is shot in the process. He soon discovers that it can heal any injury when his wound disappears. The next day, his neighbor Harry Faulk has a heart attack and dies but Jackie manages to heal him using the stone. Realizing that they can make a great deal of money, Jackie (calling himself "Brother John") becomes a Fake Faith Healer and televangelist with Harry as his manager. Jackie enjoys the experience of healing people, including a wheelchair-bound girl named Amanda, but Harry is simply in it for the money. A Mexican man named Duende visits after a taping and warns Jackie that the stone, which his people loaned to the museum, is in the wrong hands. When a mob boss named Joseph Rubello for whom Jackie used to work asks Jackie to heal his rapidly spreading lung cancer, Jackie charges him $2 million. Rubello agrees but the stone fails to heal him. Jackie's attempt to heal a deaf boy is similarly unsuccessful. Duende then reveals that the stone only works when it is used selflessly. Immediately afterwards, Jackie's gunshot wound reappears. Harry refuses to use the stone to heal him as he wants all of the money for himself. The deaf boy finds Jackie dying in the alley and heals him. Having learned his lesson, Jackie returns the favor and heals the boy.
    • In "A Saucer of Loneliness", Margaret is approached by a devoutly religious woman who believes that the Flying Saucer that communicated a telepathic message to Margaret was sent by God. The woman is convinced that Margaret received the power to heal and begs her to heal her paralyzed son. Margaret barely manages to get away from her.
  • The Wheel of Time (2021): Channelers can use the One Power for healing, which is mentioned when Moiraine has been wounded. They can't heal themselves though, only others, so she needs help from someone else. Later another Aes Sedai heals her. Logain heals the wounds the King of Ghealdan suffered in a flashback as well.
  • Wu Assassins: Besides having a Healing Factor himself, the Wood Wu can also use his powers to heal others. This is why McCullough took the power for himself after killing the last Wood Wu, in hopes of using it to bring his wife and son back from death. Unfortunately for him, he couldn't do so.
  • The X-Files:
    • The show had a couple of healers, among them one who took onto himself the ailments he was healing. His was a miserable existence growing more miserable with every healing until finally he brought someone back from the dead, thus taking death onto himself and ending his suffering.
    • Aliens in The X-Files also had this ability, notably Jeremiah Smith and his kin.

    Myths & Religion 
  • Sekhmet, Horus, and several other deities in Egyptian Mythology. In some cases, like Sekhmet, it was described as basically them beating the crap out of the demons that supposedly caused sickness, which is why many of these deities are violent and war-like.
  • Older Than Feudalism: The New Testament is full of examples of Jesus and His followers healing people of everything from diseases to blindness to lameness that leaves people unable to walk. Whether you really believe it or just consider it myth, it is a very old trope and is probably the inspiration for priests and clerics acting as healers in RPGs. Jesus didn't really need to touch to make it happen, as his word was enough. One assumes he only occasionally used his hands to make the point more clear to some people.
    • Apparently there were a surprisingly large number of people walking around in that area, in the 1st century, healing the sick. It's just that all the other miracle healers took the credit for themselves, as in "I did this", whereas the J-dude said that he was merely channeling a higher power.
  • Greek holy men were often claimed to do this, causing quite astonishing parallels to Jesus. Pythagoras of all people was claimed to do this in addition to random magic acts like getting an eagle to go to him.
  • Under France's divine-right absolute monarchy, the King supposedly had this power.
    The King touches you, God heals you.
    • The belief was shared in England, although only as related to scrofula. George I abolished the practice as "too Catholic."
  • In Celtic Mythology, Fionn McCumhaill had a variation — his hands could imbue water with healing properties.
  • Gesta Danorum: Odin (in the shape of Roftar) offers to heal the wounds of Sigurd Ragnarsson if Sigurd will promise to dedicate all men he is going to kill in his life to Odin. When Sigurd agrees, Roftar touches him with his hand, causing the wound to close and scar over at once.
  • Lusitanian Mythology: Endovelicus was a god that was related to health.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Blessed in Deadlands can perform the miracle "Lay On Hands", which requires touching.
  • In Dungeons & Dragons:
    • "Laying On Hands" is an ability that can be acquired by paladins. In addition, clerics, druids, and bards are capable wielders of healing of the spellcasting variety, with their touch-based one being Cure Wounds. Paladins and Rangers are too, although they're both primarily combat classes that only have magic as supplement.
      • Tricked-out Healbot Paladins in 5th Edition actually get three different kinds of healing magic, all touch-based. Two work by default, one requires a specific career path.
    • In the third edition of D&D in particular, good and many neutral clerics have the ability to turn any of their prepared spells into healing energy as needed. This theoretically frees them from having to load up on healing magic to the exclusion of more "interesting" spells but doesn't do much to dispel the "heal-bot" image the class suffers from in some players' minds. Their being bar none the most powerful class as of Third Edition, though, does.
    • All core non-"mass" healing spells require touches, meaning a lot of them qualify.
    • In the 3.5 Source Book Complete Champion, reserve feats were introduced (which give a caster a power usable as long as he has a spell of a certain type prepared but hasn't cast it yet). One of these is "Touch of Healing".
    • Soto, a strangulation-oriented villain in the Ravenloft setting, was given this power as part of his Ironic Hell. He can't turn it off.
    • The 3.5 class Dragon Shaman gains an ability called Touch of Vitality that lets them heal wounds and eventually remove negative conditions by touch. It is nearly unique for such abilities in that it has no effect on the undead, good or bad.
    • 5th edition Aasimar have the Healing Hands ability, to go with their Celestial origins.
  • Exalted has a number of examples:
    • The Medicine Charms of the Solar Exalted really stand out. They allow a skilled surgeon to cut treatment time radically, instantly purge a person of poisons through proper manipulation of Essence, and regrow severed limbs.
    • While Solar charms are capable of impressive feats, the most impressive effects require an hour of treatment and a day of rest to manifest, specifically averting the instant healing side of this trope, although it still turns months of bed rest into mere hours. Alternatively, there is a martial art that allows one to heal a character instantly by punching him, repeatedly.
  • Various healing and regeneration spells in GURPS along with the advantage "Healing". Interestingly having actual medical knowledge is useful when using magic to heal a wound.
  • The "Medicine" skill in the third edition of In Nomine Satanis / Magna Veritas behaves like normal medicine/surgery for the first three levels (level 3 heals 3 HP in four hours), then switches to magical healing that works in one minute or even one second.
  • Any mage with enough knowledge of Life magic in either Mage: The Awakening or Mage: The Ascension can do this. Shapeshifters in Werewolf: The Apocalypse can learn Gifts for this.
  • Mostly the domain of White in Magic: The Gathering, though Green also gets some.
  • In Pathfinder, Paladins gain the ability to heal specific status problems (like poison, fatigue, disease, and even curses) with Lay On Hands with 'Mercies', and they gain access to more mercies as they level up. Some require having certain others to access.
  • In Psionics: The Next Stage in Human Evolution espers with biofeedback may be able to do this, depending on their talent build.
    • The Painkiller archetype is depicted doing this.
  • The Heal spell from Shadowrun requires hands to be placed on the affected area.
  • In the Trinity Universe:
    • Vitakinetics in Ćon can heal both physical and mental conditions. At the higher levels of power, they can cure cancer and regenerate limbs, although it takes from days to months for a patient to properly recuperate.
    • Novas in Aberrant can heal injuries, stop disease and poison, and regenerate limbs and organs.
    • Mesmerists in Adventure can heal others' wounds by touching them and concentrating for a moment.
  • Clan Salubri in Vampire: The Masquerade has the Discipline of Obeah, which allows them to heal both mental and physical damage.
  • In Warhammer the champion of Tzeentch Aekold Helbrass does this uncontrollably, causing anyone close to him to regenerate. This can include the enemy he just stabbed. The ability also causes plants to flourish wherever he walks.
  • In Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, the Healer God Shallya grants her priests spells to cure wounds, poison, disease, and even insanity. Other spellcasters' healing options depend on the edition: 1st Edition makes "Cure Injury" options available to Wizards and several priesthoods; some magical Beastmasters gain animal-exclusive versions; 2nd Edition Light Wizards have a unique but modest healing spell; 2nd and 4th Edition Priests share a petty spell that heals a single Wound; and 4th Edition Pyromancers can literally Heal It With Fire.
  • In Wraith: The Oblivion, wraiths who know Usury can heal via equivalent exchange, sacrificing part of their being to heal both wraiths and living humans, or taking others' life force to heal themselves (Stealing life force, however, strengthens the Shadow). Wraith 20th enables them to let other people make the equivalent exchange as well.

  • In the musical Violet, the title character is seeking the healing touch of the televangelist, leading to the bus trip from her family's farm in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, to the televangelist's headquarters in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

    • All Toa of Water are able to heal others (it is unknown if any other types of Toa can), but they have to sacrifice some of their Toa Power(or someone else's) to do so.
    • Gali healed Tahu of a Rakshi-inflicted wound by using hers, Lewa's, and Kopaka's elemental powers. There appeared to be no permanent loss of their Power, just fatigue.
    • The current Turaga used to be Toa, and were changed by pouring their power into the Matoran to wake them all up after they were put to sleep by Makuta. They had already imbued the six Toa Stones that were used to call Tahu's team with their energies, ensuring the future of their people.

    Video Games 
  • Baldur's Gate:
    • The first game gave even nonmagical Good-aligned PC's some minor healing spells as freebies as they unlocked more of their Bhaalspawn potential. The sequel took them away again after Jon Irenicus stole the PC's soul, but they were obsolete by that point anyhow.
    • Baldur's Gate II: Throne Of Bhaal introduced an item for paladins that could give extra healing to their lay on hands ability. It could then be upgraded to give them full-on resurrection once per day.
  • In Beyond Good & Evil, at the end, Jade is revealed to have such powers (and more) all along, because of who/what she used to be. And who/what was it? Revealed in the sequel!
  • Black & White:
  • Blasphemous has this in the form of the Order of Kissers of Wounds. They have possibly the only Miracle-granted power in Cvstodia that isn't in some way horribly twisted: when they kiss the wounded, the wounds heal faster.
  • Born Under the Rain: The Healer Signs On Early with Masud, who has the Bandage skill:
    Heals an ally.
  • The Boxxy Quest series: BoxxyQuest: The Shifted Spires and BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm: The Healer Signs On Earliest, a.k.a first. Catie is the character you start with, and she gets all the best healing spells, which most mainly involve making hand-hearts at her allies.
  • Ryu from Breath of Fire III is another example of a hero holding the game's best healing spells. However, most will end up never using them, since his magic power is better off being saved for his dragon transformations. Most will rely on Momo to heal instead, or just stick with items.
  • The Brief and Meaningless Adventure of Hero Man: Hero Man and the Cleric marionette start with the basic Cure skill, represented by a Heart Symbol, that:
    Restores about 40 HP to one ally.
  • In the Divine Divinity series:
  • Dragon Quest:
    • In Dragon Quest I, The Hero learns at levels 3 and 17, respectively, the curative spells Heal and Healmore.
    • Dragon Quest II: The Princess of Moonbrooke learns the curative spells Midheal and Fullheal at levels 1 and 15/16, respectively.
    • Dragon Quest III: Their ability to heal people upon touching them is the main reason for bringing Priests along, though The Hero also gains considerable talent in this area, with the expensive HealUsAll spell as one of the final spells the Hero learns.
  • Riley from Dubloon, aside from lightning spells, has a repertoire of healing and alcohol restoring spells.
  • Dungeon Siege has a Nature Magic spell called healing hands.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
  • In Eternal Card Game, Time, and to a lesser extent, Justice, have some healing spells and units.
  • Polka from Eternal Sonata. Both Frederic Chopin and Serenade have direct healing abilities as well. Viola can heal also, though it seems to be some sort of fusion power with her bow.
  • Paladins in EverQuest have the ability to Lay on Hands a single character to restore a large amount of hit points. Shadowknights, being the evil opposites of Paladins, also have a touch ability called Harm Touch, but this does large amounts of damage. Both abilities can be only be used once a Norrathian day, every 72 minutes.
  • In the Final Fantasy series, the category of spells that focuses primarily on healing (usually with a side-order of other defensive spells) is known as White Magic. White Mages use it best, though other jobs, or just anyone you arbitrarily assign the ability to, may be capable of using it to a lesser degree depending on the game. Specific characters that have healing abilities are:
  • In Fire Emblem: Awakening, the Bond skill (learned by Brides at level 15) allows them to restore 10 HP to all allies in a 3 tile radius at the beginning of each turn. Meaning, the Bride in question can heal people near her by simply staying there.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates, the Amaterasu skill (learned by Kinshi Knights at level 15) and Azura's personal skill Healing Descant heal allies standing in a 2 tile radius at the end of each turn. Azura's son Shigure has the Perfect Pitch personal skill: when it's used as a Rally command, allies within 2 tiles who have HP lower than Shigure will heal 10% of their max HP.
  • Micaiah from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (from the above picture) has the aptly-named "Healing Hand" (or Sacrifice in the English adaptation). More of a sacrifice than anything, as she uses her life force to heal others. Notable because she is one of the lead characters, the other being Ike. It's kind of a double-edged sword, though:
    • On one hand, its only real uses are for EXP grinding (by using it on someone and having Laura heal Micaiah) and healing status effects (something it does without HP loss). It becomes even more useless once she can promote and use staves — they don't leave the already frail liability (who gives a game over if she dies) injured.
    • On the other, it still retains situational uses for its ability to remove status effects without taking up inventory space and being unaffected by silence (If Micaiah is silenced, she cannot do anything but use this until the effect has passed.), which actually ends up being particularly handy in certain late-game maps.
  • This is used as a gameplay mechanic in Ghostbusters: The Video Game, and it gives ALL of the characters this quality by virtue of a "Positron Restore System" embedded in the suit and gloves.
  • The medic class in Global Agenda has a healing gun, healing grenades, and a "healing wave" — an inexplicable healing power that is an even-more inexplicable AOE effect emanating from the medic.
  • Golden Sun:
    • Mia has several offensive abilities but is primarily a healer.
    • The variable class system of Golden Sun means anyone can become the healer, but the secondary healing element is the earth element (which is the one that has the Revive psyenergy), which is the element of the main hero in both games.
    • Despite the class system where anyone can have healing abilities, the story treats Mia and Piers as the healers of the group due to their natural affinity with the Mercury (water) element. The third game passes this role on to Mia's son. Alex is also said to be a powerful healer, and is seen using this ability on the party. Like Mia, this ability is passed on to his son.
    • Although Jenna naturally gets a fire element healing spell that heals the whole party, so she can easily play the role of healer in the game while remaining in her natural element.
    • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn introduces wind-based healing spells. Karis has a weak but practical series of multi-target spells while Sveta has a series of moderately powerful single-target spells.
  • Hogs of War medics have this as one of their methods of healing, recovering 20 health and not ending their turn. In multiplayer mode, the medics get infinite Healing Hands, leading to something of a Game-Breaker: on their turn, given enough time, they can go around healing their entire team back up to full health. They can then finish off by, say, tranquilising an opposition pig, forcing them to miss their turn when it comes round. Shoot the Medic First, indeed...
  • inFAMOUS and its sequel has Cole McGrath does this with electricity powers in a Magical Defibrillator fashion.
    • Infamous Second Son has Deslin Rowe use his powers in a similar healing capacity, though his power sets (smoke, neon, video, and concrete) are pretty... unorthodox for healing.
  • Jimmy and the Pulsating Mass: There's at least three skills for healing others. First Aid, learned from a manual, High Five, from the Low-Level Goon, and some other skill from the Happy Little Sunflower.
  • Joe Dever's Lone Wolf: The Healing discipline allows Lone Wolf to do this.
  • The King of Fighters: Athena Asamiya has this as a part of her Psychic Powers, but it's rarely used in-games and/or in-story. It's seen in Athena: Awakening From the Ordinary Life (heals her muggle friend Rika), in KOF:G (attempts to heal Chizuru but is interrupted by Goenitz), in the XII manhua (heals Kyo), as a Striker in KOF 99 (heals the playing character when called upon), or as an optional part of her Psychic 10 Desperation Move in KOF 2003 (heals herself).
  • In The Last Story, one of the powers Zael is granted by his outsider's mark is cure, which allows him to revive an incapacitated party member by touching them while in gathering mode. He demonstrates this for the first time by using it to revive Syrenne after a Reptid shoots her in the throat with a crossbow.
  • Mipha in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has this power; in one cutscene she heals Link's arm, and once she has been freed from Waterblight Ganon's grasp, her spirit will show up to heal Link if he loses all his hearts.
    • Mipha is a playable character in the spin-off Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, and her special attack will heal her and other friendly units in range while damaging enemies.
  • In the interactive romance novel Moonrise, Ishara is The Medic and heals by placing her hand on her patients. Her hand emits a blue glow, which gently surrounds the patient as they heal.
  • Mother:
    • Earth Bound: Ness is a rare Hero example, although it is just one of many.
    • Poo gets all the same healing capacities as Ness (except Lifeup Omega) and learns Healing Omega, which Ness never learns. By the end of the game, you'll probably be using him mostly for healing powers.
    • Every Mother protagonist winds up getting the best healing skills. In fact, Ninten from Earthbound Beginnings never learns PSI that deals damage.
  • In the Neptunia series, this is the primary purpose of Compa, the local White Mage. She usually starts each game being able to heal single targets for small amounts of health or curing a single status effect, but by the end, she is usually capable of more potent area-of-effect heals, curing any status effect, and even reviving fallen allies.
    • To a lesser extent, this trope also applies to Rom and Ram, the local Red Mages, with Rom usually focusing on healing and reviving, and Ram focusing on curing status effects and inflicting a positive one that passively heals allies over time, which even Compa can't do.
  • Neuro grants you all kinds of amazing mental abilities thanks to your telekinesis, one which is healing yourself. You'll drain your psi-powers gauge to refill your health though.
  • Shepherds in Nexus Clash get this as a basic ability and can heal up their allies with ease with no equipment whatsoever. If they become Advocates, they can do away with the need to touch and do it to everyone in the same building as themselves.
  • The Of Pen and Paper series: A power of Clerics, among others.
  • Aya in Parasite Eve has several types of healing abilities; a few restore HP based on varying amounts, another gives her a health regeneration effect, and another can fully restore her HP and cure her of status ailments. The sequel simplifies her healing abilities, but their purposes are still the same.
  • Chidori Yoshino from Persona 3 has life-giving abilities that even function on herself. She uses them to save Junpei after he is shot to death by Takaya — at the cost of her own life.
  • Healing techniques are, surprisingly, typically available to several characters in each installment of the Phantasy Star series, which doesn't really discriminate between white and black magic as most RPGs do. Res and Gires are the most common among various party members, with Nares and Rever often being reserved for the given game's medic.
  • Pillars of Eternity, despite not being directly based on D&D like its predecessor BG, gives paladins the Lay on Hands power, which restores a moderate amount of Endurance on touch per combat encounter. While it can occasionally come in very handy (har har), dedicated healers like Priests are much better at keeping the party alive with their divine spells.
  • In the games, some Pokémon learn moves to heal other members on the party, like Heal Bell and Arometherapy, which heal the status effects, or Wish, which can heal 50% health of a teammate if it is switched in after use. Others like the Chansey line and Miltank have the moves Softboiled and Milk Drink to heal others outside battle.
    • Gen. V introduced Heal Pulse, a move that can heal any Pokemon in battle other than the user. Even your opponent's pokemon.
    • Yellow in the Manga also has the power to heal Pokemon by touching them. The difference is that she is a Trainer. She's not the only one with that power...
  • Prayer of the Faithless: As said in his character description, Aeyr is able to "heal an ally". This is due to his powers as a Revenant, which allows him to convert his held Soulfire into a healing skill. In the Tower of Sinners, Aeyr, Mia, or both will gain the ability to heal their enemies, which is necessary in order to heal Vanessa and convince her to live.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth: This is Butters' special ability, which involves him literally patting you on the back and assuring you that everything's going to be OK. Note that this is the only time your character smiles in-game.
  • Suikoden II has the protagonist using the Bright Shield rune. Out of four possible powers, the first heals the party, the second does moderate damage to enemies, the third heals the party more with the chance of giving Fury status (which doubles attack damage), and the fourth uses 2000 HP to heal the party, with any leftover HP being used to harm the enemy. It will get to the point that your protagonist is your primary healer, especially when he has to be in the party 99.9% of the time.
  • Super Mario RPG has two characters with healing abilities.
    • Mallow can summon a cloud (with a happy face, in typical Mario fashion) that rains on people to heal them.
    • Princess Toadstool joins your party knowing two healing spells by default; the single-target Therapy, and the less powerful but multi-target Group Hug (making this trope very literal). Both of them remove status effects as well as restoring HP.
  • Tales Series:
    • Raine from Tales of Symphonia is the team's healer, along with providing stat boosts and offense with the "Photon" and "Ray " spells. Kratos, Zelos, and Regal all also have secondary healing abilities.
    • Mint, from Tales of Phantasia. She never gets past that stage, although she does eventually get Resurrection and a couple debuffs, which are useless.
    • Farah from Tales of Eternia, despite being a fist-fighter, is given limited healing abilities. In the animated side story, they're depicted as Healing Hands. Whoever holds Undine in the game also has practically all the healing magic in the party.
    • Hisui from Tales of Hearts routinely uses his healing arte to patch people up out of battle, and is the game's primary healer within it. His sister Kohak eventually gains the most potent heal spells in the games, but long after Hisui's, and she never gains a good resurrection spell.
    • Estelle from Tales of Vesperia is the first healer in the party. Her array of healing artes is far greater than that of either Karol or Raven. Her artes are also much more powerful. The storyline actually focuses quite heavily on Estelle's healing powers.
    • Cheria from Tales of Graces earns her Healing Hands through a plot event and proceeds to found a group focused on healing those injured around the world. Sophie also has these abilities.
    • In Tales of Xillia, Jude, Elize, and Leia all have healing abilities. Jude is training as a doctor, though his abilities are hindered by his underdeveloped manalobe, Elize is a magical prodigy due to her doll boosting her powers, and Leia has already finished training as a nurse. All three are even stronger in Tales of Xillia 2.
    • In Tales of the Abyss, healing requires the innate ability to use the Seventh Fonon. Tear and Natalia are both acknowledged as skilled healers.
    • Tales of Zestiria has all the seraphim able to learn two healing artes that offer a buff in addition to healing while the humans have healing spells while armatized.
    • Tales of Berseria everyone except for the two daemons can learn two healing artes with Eizen and Eleanor learning Ressurection and Life respectively.
  • In Trauma Center, the "Healing Touch" is a mysterious power possessed by people thought to be descended from Asclepius, Greek god of medicine, which manifests as various methods of performing surgery extremely well. For Derek or Markus, the healing hands jack up his concentration, allowing him to move incredibly quickly and precisely (represented in-game as time slowing down). Nozomi's version causes the patient's vitals to improve every time she does something right (thus fulfilling this trope most directly), and Valerie's freezes the patient's vitals in place regardless of any injuries that happen.
  • Tyranny: Orphan Midwife, the Archon of Rebirth, has healing abilities and is the source of the Sigil of Life that is used to cast healing spells in-game. Graven Ashe, the Archon of War, has this ability as well, though it only works on his Elite Mook army of The Disfavoured by indirectly giving every soldier under his command a Healing Factor and a Comeback Mechanic called "Graven Ashe's Aegis".
  • World of Warcraft:
    • Paladins have Lay on Hands as a healing ability. On a long cooldown, they can heal a target for an amount equal to the Paladin's maximum health, and, at higher levels, restore some of their Mana. However, it is suspected that either literal laying on of hands is not required... or Paladins somehow have 40-yard-long arms. One of those. For its power, it is only usable every 20 minutes.
    • Less literally, pretty all of the other classes have potential methods to heal or resurrect their allies save for Death Knights, Hunters, and Rogues. Even then those two classes and be Alchemists to hand potions to their allies to heal them or get Goblin Jumper Cables as an Engineer to (sometimes) revive them. The Priest, Paladin, Shaman, Monk and Druid classes in particular are designed for the concept, with a talent tree dedicated to healing allies.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Party member Nia has this power and is one of the most incredibly potent healers seen in the story, even being able to revive the recently dead. For most of the game, though, she keeps it hidden even from her closest friends, since revealing it would also reveal that she's a Blade... and more to the point, a Flesh Eater. Lampshaded several times by the main villain:
    Malos: Have I mentioned how annoying that ability is!?

    Visual Novels 
  • In Kanon, it's revealed that Mai can heal others with her tears. Unfortunately, when news of her powers spread, the people around her condemned her as a freak.
  • Kaori, the protagonist of Nurse Love Syndrome, can relieve the pain of others by touching them. She herself believes that others are experiencing the placebo effect. She really does have healing abilities due to having the organs of a girl with special powers implanted in her.

    Web Animation 
  • Shandala, heroine of Broken Saints, demonstrates this on more than one occasion, first healing her brother Tui, then Oran.
  • Dreamscape: Melissa can heal herself and others via a golden pillar of light.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Waterfall Girl can use her water to heal wounds or bring popped balloons back to life.
  • RWBY: Subverted. Huntsmen have a power called Aura which they can manifest physically as a Semblance that is unique to each person. This means they possess a natural ability to stave off normally life-threatening attacks and to self-heal most wounds. However, if they're injured after their Aura runs out, or if the injury is too severe for their Auras to handle, they can receive life-threatening wounds. During the battle for Haven Academy, Weiss runs out of Aura and then receives a life-threatening injury that her friends, Ren and Jaune, are helpless to treat. Weiss is injured by the villain who killed her friend, Pyrrha, and that villain deliberately evokes Pyrrha's death to rub into Jaune's face how powerless he is against her. Luckily. that allows Jaune to finally manifest his Semblance. His hands glow white, bathing Weiss in a white glow, and her wounds begin to heal. Nora initially believes his Semblance is healing, but he realises that's not what is happening: he isn't healing Weiss, he's using his Aura to boost hers so that she becomes capable of healing such a terrible injury. At the same time, he boosts all her other natural abilities, making her own Semblance that much more powerful in the process.

  • In Castoff healing magic does not exist. And yet Marina, a kind young woman who may or may not have something to do with the mysterious happenings in the prologue, can heal wounds with a touch.
  • White Mage in 8-Bit Theater. Red Mage, too, though he rarely uses it because his teammates are all some combination of indestructible and insufferable, and he's too much of a nutcase to consider healing himself.
  • A few characters from Ashface's Daughter say that because they deal with life energy, necromancers make the best healers. One necromancer, Anna Dreschner, is seen healing someone who had a crossbow bolt punch into his chest.
  • Charby the Vampirate features:
    • Mye, a zombie witch. While she is proficient in making potions, she can also literally kiss things better, much to the chagrin of her boyfriend and brother — other characters abuse Mye's helper's syndrome shamelessly.
    • Kavonn, the Hat Mage. Kavonn wields a massive ankh-topped staff and can cast highly varied spells, including healing ones. Lesser artifacts from the Hat can also grant healing magic.
    • Zerlocke, a low-rank elite. As elites are nigh immortal and invulnerable with a whole set of other abilities, general magic is frowned upon. Zerlocke was one of the few to bother and possibly knows healing spells.
  • City of Trees: Malik, a certified cleric, is seen alleviating the pain from a wound in Ophidian's leg with magic cast from his hands. It is implied that he later heals Ophidian's leg through the same method, though this is not shown to the readers.
  • In Corgi Quest, Privious specializes in this due to her role as a Cleric. Bonabelle can also cast Cure Light Wounds in a pinch.
  • This is a standard magic type in Dominic Deegan. Gregory, in particular, starts out seemingly powerless but soon escalates his super-healing to ridiculous levels until it gets permanently removed. He can near-instantly heal himself and anyone nearby, but this isn't as great as it sounds, as he often ends up healing his enemies by mistake. One of the orcs also has this power, but healing people injures him.
  • Tristram of Earthsong can do this. And, given that his power is to treat Life Energy as a Liquid Asset, he can reverse it into Harming Hands too.
  • In Emergency Exit:
  • Lorelei in The Fourth has saved her friends a number of times with these.
  • In The Gamer, Han Jee-Han learns Yunhon Soul Recovery, a powerful technique he promptly uses to heal his best friend — gravely injured after a fight — so that his required recovery time goes from one month to one day.
  • As Goblins is set within D&D rules, most of the above for clerics, druids, and paladins applies here.
  • In Grrl Power, the chief medical officer for Archon has a healing touch.
  • In Harkovast, the priestesses of Hevalla use magical healing water to return Sir Muir to the fight (and just in time, as a bad guy breaks through the door a few moments later!)
  • This is present in some forms in Homestuck. Jane and Feferi, the Maid and Witch of Life respectively, both have the ability to heal wounds, though with Jane's being the strongest. Aranea Serket, the Sylph of Light, plays with this: she can heal others emotionally and physically, but only by allowing them to look at things and others honestly, meaning that she acts as more of a catalyst than a direct healer. As Kanaya is also a Sylph, she could have similar abilities, though they are never shown.
  • Marisa of How to be a Werewolf has this ability, on top of being a nurse. However, she has to use it sparingly in order to keep up The Masquerade, and she can only help the body restore itself to its natural state; her powers do not work on ailments such as cancer.
  • JoJopolis:
    • One application of Jordan Joan's Stand, Hurdy Gurdy Man, which can expand materials: it can expand damaged tissue to fill in wounds, though this is harder to do when treating organ damage.
    • Rose Speedwagon's Love Like Blood also has curative applications, letting her give blood transfusions to those who need it.
  • Subverted in The Longest Sojourn where the Havenhealers' healing crystals don't just heal the patient but also saps lifeforce from the same patient to do the healing. And leaves a whole range of nasty side effects. Oh and it can kill the patient if they were too weak to begin with.
  • Memoria. He heals up the children. Matty gets these toward the end of the next chapter.
  • Warrick from Namesake can also heal others. He is referred to as a "mender", someone who can repair things and people easily.
  • Dimension of Lame Gwynn from Sluggy Freelance.
  • In Oceanfalls, Nino's ability is this. He uses it to undo Five's Painful Transformation.
  • The Order of the Stick uses the D&D version. Durkon is the main recurring culprit.
  • In PS238, the school "nurse" is a full-fledged medical doctor with a healing touch.
  • In Rusty and Co., Madeline Goodlaw, being a paladin, has this power. Too bad she can't use it without causing an angelic ruckus.
  • Kieri in Slightly Damned tries to use healing magic on Buwaro when he is apparently killed by an electrical attack by a Seraph. It's more an act of desperation, as she admits she lacks skill at it. the way she administers it even looks like a Magical Defibrillator. Fortunately, it worked. It has been implied that she actually is better at it than she thinks she is, due to her self esteem issues. According to her brother, she is better at it than he is. After several of her friends are wounded in battle, she heals them quite easily, although in this case, their wounds were not nearly as serious as what had previously happened to Buwaro.
  • unOrdinary: Every Turf War team seems to include a healer, and Elaine can heal rather serious injuries in minutes by touching the injured. In addition to the Turf War team various characters who try out vigilante activites try calling on her for aid in order to keep off the radar, which isn't very sucessful because she reports them to Arlo.

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  • Joan Banks's story series Absolute Power stars a man who, having wasted the first two of Three Wishes from a genie, chose this for his third wish. As it turns out, this means that he can "heal" anything if he can think of it as a disease. This is exactly as powerful as it sounds.
  • The Call of Warr: Both Mabel and Ashes have the ability to perform magic, including healing magic. This magic saved Killsin from dying of a drug overdose and works with the sisters holding hands, chanting, and placing something on the subject's body.
  • Discussed in a Cracked article: 7 Video Game Healing Methods Least Likely to Actually Work
  • This is one possibility for Psychic Powers in Dead West, always paired with a Healing Factor; its users are called Medice. The Porcelain Doctor's most prominent ability is this. Usually Medices are only able to trat cuts and shots, mostly muscle injuries. He is strong enough to mend bones, and might have been able to bring someone back to life.
  • In The Gamer's Alliance, Unithien and Nesa use their white magic to heal others.
  • In In Serein, spontaneously discovering she can do this to a wounded traveller in need is one of Isca's first acts of magic and an important ability throughout the whole series. She later teaches it to other people and learns that her way of doing it is a big improvement on the Serein's magic because that was abstract and un-intuitive and took decades to learn while her method could be picked up by others in mere days.
  • In Trinton Chronicles only one person, Coatl, actually has this power and seeing as how its a super rare ability in this world, she keeps it well hidden from everyone she doesn't trust.
  • In the Whateley Universe, several characters have healing powers:
    • Nikky "Fey" Reilly can cure serious wounds with magic.
    • Chou "Bladedancer" Lee can use Taoist "chi" healing techniques through "laying on of hands".
    • At least two students in the 2006-07 stories, Prism and Banned Aids, have healing as their primary power.
    • Every time Kerry Ellison heals someone, she takes on their illness or injury. And all the illnesses and injuries she's ever healed before. At least the older healings manifest themselves to a lesser and lesser degree over time, but it's still pretty grisly when she heals a cancer victim, after healing a blind person and a person with crippling arthritis and... Even worse, near the end of her intro novel, she's being held captive and forced to do this. And she's only 14.
  • Worm: According to Word of God, there are no superpowers in the setting with healing as their primary application, though there are a few powers that can be used to heal others as a side effect:
    • Panacea has this power, though it's only one application of her ability to exert total control over the biology of any living organism. Unusually she considers this a form of Blessed with Suck as she feels crippling guilt if she isn't healing 24/7 and feels bad about wanting a life of her own. She also fears the other potential uses of her power and refuses to treat brain injuries for fear of causing Mind Rape.
    • Lizardtail of the Ambassadors can heal at long range.
    • Othala, white supremacist villain, has the power to give other people powers. This includes giving them a Healing Factor.
    • Scapegoat has a variant whereby he transfers wounds to himself (and possibly then to an enemy). He really hates his power.

    Western Animation 
  • Angel's Friends: Sulfus gets this power. He uses these to heal Raf once.
  • Katara in Avatar: The Last Airbender as a specialty of the Waterbenders. In contrast with the "Wound-B-Gone" effect this ability usually has, people tend to recover from major injuries gradually over several healing sessions. Korra, the Avatar from the sequel series, also has this ability and was trained by Katara herself.
  • Serena from Dino-Riders has this ability, which she uses both on her teammates and on the dinosaurs she befriends.
  • Rex from Generator Rex has the ability to cure EVOs from their mutations by shutting down the nannies that caused them. It doesn't work on everyone.
  • Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny: How the White Tiger qi manifests for the royally temperamental Jing.
  • This is the primary focus of the Healing Coven in The Owl House, and while their magic is capable of rapidly sealing minor wounds, it is shown to have limits. Stuff like mending broken bones can be sped up to about a third of the time that it would take in real life, but repairing more grevious injuries like lost limbs or nerve damage seems to be beyond their power.
  • In Rollbots, this is the power of Penny, Koto, and presumably the rest of the Kuzuri.
  • She-Ra: Princess of Power gains this ability, much to the surprise of He-Man who only got super strength.
  • Raven in the Teen Titans animated series has healing powers, but her allies tend to not receive notable injuries to use them on. Most notably, she heals Beast Boy's broken leg in "Final Exam".
  • Rose Quartz, from Steven Universe had healing tears, which her son, Steven, is disappointed that he didn't inherit. He does have healing saliva which, while gross, is just as useful. He eventually also turns out to have healing tears after all, though they don't function the same as his spit — they don't appear to be able to heal living people, but can bring the dead back to life, with the side-effect of turning them pink and giving them magical powers. His mother apparently had the same ability, if Lion is any indication.
  • Bloom from Winx Club gains this power in season 2. And is vital when several of her friends are wounded by her Brainwashed and Crazy self (including Riven, who almost dies), and the first thing she does when she returns to the side of good is healing them all.
    • Early in season 1, Darcy, of all people, shows this ability, saving Riven's life when he almost gets killed due to one of her sisters' machination.


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Alternative Title(s): Healing Magic, Instant Medic


Connie's Glasses

In the episode "An Indirect Kiss", Steven accidentally heals Connie's eyesight through his magical saliva, although Connie continues to wear her glasses (albeit with its prescription lenses removed) as she's afraid of explaining to her parents how her eyesight got magically fixed. It wouldn't be until during the events of "Nightmare Hospital" that Connie finally tells the truth to her mother.

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