Anime characters with healing powers are often overlooked by fans. It’s not a power that usually goes to protagonists, and it isn’t as obviously cool as, say, shooting fire out of one’s hands. In fact, healers have a reputation for being weak, passive people who can’t fight and aren’t especially interesting.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. While there are some anime healers who don’t participate in battles, that’s for a good reason - they’re so critical to the outcome of a battle and the longevity of the heroes that they must prioritize their own safety. What’s more, there are plenty of anime healers who will happily throw hands - Tsunade is one of the greatest ninja in Naruto history, and not just for her healing prowess.
Each one of these healing abilities operates slightly differently - some are nearly infinite, while others have strict limits and rules. However their abilities function, anime characters with healing abilities are crucial members of their teams because they let warrior types take risks and keep going when they’d otherwise be bedridden or hospitalized. Let’s give these amazing characters some love!
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Orihime possesses a wide variety of incredible abilities, most of which derive from Shun Shun Rikka, a flower-shaped hairpin that can summon different combinations of spirits. One combination allows her to use a technique called Sōten Kisshun, which rejects or nullifies any event or phenomenon that she finds undesirable.
While Sōten Kisshun has a number of functions, its most noteworthy one is healing. If a friend or ally is injured, she can reject or negate that injury, making it as if it had never happened.2,533281Is this a great anime healer?
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Using Sky Dragon Slayer Magic, Wendy is able to heal everything from motion sickness to fatal injuries. She does this by manipulating pure air and using it to cure poisons, restore memories, and heal potentially fatal injuries. Because she uses clean air to help, her powers are less effective when she’s in a polluted area.1,297445Is this a great anime healer?
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As a reincarnation of the goddess Elizabeth, it’s no surprise that Elizabeth Liones has some pretty impressive abilities. One of those abilities is Invigorate, which allows her to rapidly heal almost any injury or ailment that a person can suffer from. She can also heal large groups of people simultaneously, and restore energy and stamina.
At first, she was not able to heal herself, but when her memories returned partway through the series she regained that ability. Also, if she doesn’t control her abilities well, they can have the opposite effect on demons - hurting them instead of healing them.1,366491Is this a great anime healer?
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Recovery Girl is the school nurse at U.A. High School and her presence is absolutely essential. That’s because her quirk, Heal, allows her to harness the power of a target’s immune system to rapidly heal injuries and illnesses. She can’t fix everything - if a person’s immune system is too weak, she can’t do much with it, and she also can’t go too hard, or else she risks causing further damage.
Despite these drawbacks, Recovery Girl remains the only reason that would-be heroes can participate in life-threatening training exercises without incurring permanent damage.1,239465Is this a great anime healer?