Character Talents and Skills: Regeneration

As writers, we want to make our characters as unique and interesting as possible. One way to do this is to give your character a special skill or talent that sets him apart from other people. This might be something small, like having a green thumb or being good with animals, to a larger and more competitive talent like stock car racing or being an award-winning film producer. 

When choosing a talent or skill, think about the personality of your character, his range of experiences and who his role models might have been. Some talents might be genetically imparted while others are created through exposure (such as a character talented at fixing watches from growing up in his father’s watch shop) or grow out of interest (archery, wakeboarding, or magic). Don’t be afraid to be creative and make sure the skill or talent is something that works with the scope of the story. 


Description: the ability to restore one’s physical condition to an optimal state, healing wounds and bodily damage at a cellular level.

Beneficial Strengths or Abilities: to achieve this ability, one would require an evolved level of mental control so that the healing progress could be triggered at will. Superior genes and intelligence would both be needed to direct the allocation of energy, ensuring that if necessary, calorie intake, stored fat and even muscle tissue could be refocused to repair tissue or organ damage. Being able to consume large quantities of high energy foods without getting sick and learning to sleep at will would both heighten one’s ability to regenerate and recover as needed.

Character Traits Suited for this Skill or Talent: focus, intelligence, determination, adaptability, gluttony, conservative, self-controlled

Required Resources and Training: While a large part of regeneration would have to be genetically imparted (unless it came about through taking a drug or some kind of nano technology), a great deal of concentration and study would be required to learn how to harness and focus healing, especially during times of high stress. Meditation and having a mentor who can lead one through exercises to boost one’s mental prowess would help one master this skill. Additionally, a deep understanding of the body, organ placement and how everything works in concert would be necessary to perform regeneration without over extending oneself and depleting energy stores beyond recovery. As well, a person with regenerative skills would have to have constant access to an energy source (food, sleep, a drug, etc.) to power one’s ability to regenerate.

Scenarios Where this Skill Might be Useful:

  • in battle, warriors could fight longer and harder, and not be slowed by injuries
  • people with this skill could fight off infections and disease, even if there was no known cure
  • those with this skill could work in hazardous environments that could kill a person normally (radiation leaks, sub zero temperatures, etc.)
  • If one suffered a major trauma in an accident (such as losing limb) regrowth would be possible

You can brainstorm other possible Skills and Talents your characters might have by checking out our FULL LIST of this Thesaurus Collection. And for more descriptive help for Setting, Symbolism, Character Traits, Physical Attributes, Emotions, Weather and more, check out our Thesaurus Collections page.

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9 Responses to Character Talents and Skills: Regeneration

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  2. Dan B says:

    The character with this trait would be an extreme risk taker. They would not be apprehensible about anything that a normal person would consider potentially harmful or deadly.

    The concept could be taken to the extreme. For example, if the character is in a predicament where the only escape is to sever their own limb, they would do it. It could also be used as misdirection. By making it look like they killed themselves, they could avert another form of danger.

    Regeneration is more than just the ability to heal, it is a step toward immortality, and is a tool that the character can use for their benefit.

    • There are many different applications, I agree! And consider too that maybe the character isn’t a risk taker. It could be he is risk adverse, and wants nothing more than to be left alone, but people want to thrust him into danger because of his abilities. That would make for some great push-and-pull. 🙂

  3. Kelly says:

    One aspect of any super power like this that tends to really drive stories is the drawback or limitation. Often the conflict about maintaining or the threat of losing a power is the motivation behind a good story.

    • Exactly. Any talent like this must have a cost. Regeneration can do wonderful things, but how depleting too. If energy to replenish is not readily available, would the character risk himself? I guess that depends on the stakes. 🙂

  4. :Donna Marie says:

    The first character that came to mind was the Terminator—remember the one made out of liquid metal? Definitely a useful trait in fantasy!

  5. Another good skill to have!!

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