"Thanks to you all, we have averted catastrophe. It was not without its price, however. But steel is forged through fire, and like it, we have been made stronger. We are prepared for what the future brings..."
― Closing Words (X-Men: Evolution)

The ability to gain strength from suffering. Variation of Affinity.

Also Called

  • Anguish Affinity/Empowerment
  • Misery Affinity/Empowerment
  • Suffering Affinity
  • Torment Affinity/Empowerment


Users become stronger, faster, more durable, etc. from suffering of oneself and others, possibly unlocking abilities related to the affinity and enhancing the existing powers. Some users may be able draw sustenance from suffering or even slow or stop aging.

  • Masochism Empowerment: User is empowered by their own suffering.
  • Sadism Empowerment: User is empowered by others' suffering.
  • Sadomasochism Empowerment: User is empowered by their own suffering and others' suffering.





  • The user needs suffering to sustain their strength and without it they would be powerless

Known Users


  • Graves (DC Comics)
  • Red Jack (DC Comics)
  • Hungry (Marvel Comics)
  • Wallow (Marvel Comics)


  • Pain Mages (Fade to Black)


  • Guardian ÄRM, Yggdrasil (Marchen Awakens Romance)
  • Orb of Caldia (Marchen Awakens Romance)

Video Games

  • WrexSoul (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Pokemon with the ability "Guts" (Pokémon)
  • Psyduck (Pokémon)
  • God (Silent Hill)
  • PainWheel (SkullGirls)

Known Objects

  • The Carronade (Breath Of Fire)


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