Healing Factor/Playing With

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    Basic Trope: An ability allowing for really fast regeneration.

    • Straight: Bob can heal from bullet wounds, burns, and missing limbs in a few hours
    • Exaggerated: From a Single Cell
    • Downplayed: Bob can heal from most major injuries in just a few weeks.
    • Justified: Bob is under some magic that makes him regenerate fast.
      • Bob is in a world/universe that has a strong connection to him. This means that the world/universe will constantly heal Bob, being a part of him allows it to do so easily.
    • Inverted:
      • Bob cannot heal from any wound, no matter how minor.
      • Bob's body is constantly deteriorating.
    • Subverted: Bob is said to have a healing factor. He is shot with a huge machine gun, but doesn't get back up...
    • Double Subverted: For a few minutes. He only needed more time than usual to heal from that.
    • Parodied: Bob's healing factor is Played for Laughs, and people get in line to beat him up. Bob might even charge a fee to make extra money.
    • Zig Zagged: Bob has an incredible Healing Factor, but it's Cast From Lifespan. Basically, in exchange for cheating death now, he'll die a little earlier several years down the road.
    • Averted: Bob has normal healing abilities.
    • Enforced: The writers wanted to create a character who can survive lethal situations without making him a Boring Invincible Hero.
    • Lampshaded: "How could you heal so fast, Bob?"
    • Invoked: Bob looks for a ring of regeneration.
    • Exploited: Bob starts selling his organs and his blood, earning him tons of money without doing much.
    • Defied: John knows of Bob's healing factor and maims one of Bob's friends via a method Bob can't heal.
    • Discussed: "Bob's ability to heal is great, he can recover from anything, so putting him on the front line makes sense."
    • Conversed: "Bob's ability to heal in Tropers Comics is really cool, right?"
    • Deconstructed:
      • Bob needs materials to regenerate, and can't get them from any other way than his food. He gets sick from hypoglycemia and other disorders normally associated with starvation.
      • Healing factors also extend to poison, too bad the body can't makes the difference between poison and anti depressive medications.
      • The ability to regenerate that fast allows for awful torture, since it isn't needed to make sure Bob will survive.
    • Reconstructed:
    • Played For Laughs: Good Thing You Can Heal
    • Played For Drama: Bob's healing factor goes Up to Eleven and gives Alice cancer which eventually kills her.

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