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24th Dec '16 1:02:23 PM Discar
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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]'s {{Hellfire}}, then [[DiscardAndDraw Soulfire]], then [[spoiler: [[LadyAndKnight Status as the Winter Knight]]]]. Two out of three were [[DealWithTheDevil Deals with the Devil]] (one nearly literal), making them upgrades with a great deal of trade-off, and the odd one out [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique causes temporary damage to his soul when used]]. The 'enemies of the past are too weak to be an issue' aspect of the trope doesn't come up very often, since Harry is WeakButSkilled compared to most of the entities he faces - however, consider how much trouble he had with ghouls and Red Court vampires in the earlier books compared with now. [[spoiler: Okay, he doesn't actually have ''any'' trouble with the Red Court now on account of how he killed them all, but if he ''did'' it'd be less trouble than in earlier books.]]
* 'OctoberDaye'' books. Giving her better magic, endurance, stamina, night vision, and just about everything else but humanity.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]]'s Dresden's {{Hellfire}}, then [[DiscardAndDraw Soulfire]], then [[spoiler: [[LadyAndKnight Status as the Winter Knight]]]]. Two out of three were [[DealWithTheDevil Deals with the Devil]] (one nearly literal), making them upgrades with a great deal of trade-off, and the odd one out [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique causes temporary damage to his soul when used]]. The 'enemies of the past are too weak to be an issue' aspect of the trope doesn't come up very often, since Harry is WeakButSkilled compared to most of the entities he faces - however, consider how much trouble he had with ghouls and Red Court vampires in the earlier books compared with now. [[spoiler: Okay, he doesn't actually have ''any'' trouble with the Red Court now on account of how he killed them all, but if he ''did'' it'd be less trouble than in earlier books.]]
* 'OctoberDaye'' ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' books. Giving her better magic, endurance, stamina, night vision, and just about everything else but humanity.humanity.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Ideals are practically designed for this. Each Order of the Knights Radiant has five Ideals, with the first being the same for every Order ("Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination") and the next four unique. When a Knight swears the next Ideal, the efficiency of their [[{{Mana}} Stormlight]] use increases, and they suck in all the Stormlight within range to [[HealingFactor heal from any wounds]] and [[PowerGlows glow like the sun]]. Interestingly, the Ideals ''only'' modulate efficiency. A Knight can use all their abilities before swearing any Ideals, they just don't know how. This is why the Heralds, who had no ideals at all, were so powerful; while their Stormlight use was much less efficient than the normal Knights, [[WeakButSkilled they had thousands of years of practice with their abilities]].
24th Dec '16 8:12:10 AM Blazer
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** Interestingly, a few Showa Riders gained these sorts of powers, too. Series/KamenRiderStronger gained a special SuperMode partway through the series to help deal with stronger foes. Series/KamenRiderBlack is the odd one of the bunch - he doesn't change throughout the series, but becomes Series/KamenRiderBlackRX in the sequel series, then gains two extra forms - Bio Rider and Robo Rider.
16th Dec '16 10:07:41 AM Liamdurf
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** Natsu typically fights with his normal Flame Dragon Slayer mode, but has two different but arguably equally powerful power-ups. One is Dragon Force which he gets when eating powerful magically imbued substance like Lacrima crystals and it increases his powers to that of a true fragon (although this is still debatable, seeing that he can barely make a dent in a fight with real dragons). His second power-up is the Lightning Flame Dragon mode which he gained when he ate Laxus's lightning during the fight with Master Hades at Tenroujima and it allows him to combine his fire-based attacks with lightning, more than doubling its powers. He can enter Lightning Flame mode at will, but using it will exhaust him much faster than usual.
** Gajeel has two different power-ups as well. He normally fights with his Iron Dragon Slayer mode but can enter Iron Shadow Dragon mode at will, which a attained after he forcefully ingested Rogue's shadows during their fight at the Grand Magic Tournament. Recently, during his battle with Tartaros's Torafuza, he managed to turn his Iron Dragon mode in to Steel Dragon mode by absorbing the carbon in Torafuza's poisoned Black Water attack.
** Wendy has no special combined powers like Natsu or Gajeel other than her normal Sky Dragon mode, but she recently gained Dragon Force after breathing in the pure air in the cave where Face was found in her defeat of Tartaros's Ezel.
** Laxus is different than the other Dragon Slayers in that he typically fights with normal non-Dragon Slayer lightning magic, which by itself, is as powerful as the others normal Dragon Slayer magic (he defeated the entire Raven Tail team with just this}. He automatically enters Dragon Force whenever he uses his Dragon Slayer magic at all. Thus he only uses this when he fights powerful opponents like Jura or Tempesta (or a two-on-one match against both Natsu and Gajeel) and his Dragon Slayer magic has been seen to be more powerful than most of the Dragon Slayers' power-ups.
** Sting and Rogue has two levels of power-ups to their White and Shadow Dragon modes. First is the White Drive and Shadow Drive which enhances their power and speed a step above their normal levels. The second is the Dragon Force mode, which they can enter at their free will as they have Lacrima crystals embedded inside their body and this will power them up exponentially.
** Right before the TournamentArc, the main cast receive something called Second Origin from Ultear, which is basically just an increase of magic that one user can use. It has the same effect as this trope though as they all became exceptionally more powerful; Gray's ice making becomes larger, Lucy can summon and maintain two spirits at once when her previous limit was one at a time, and Erza can use an exceptionally powerful armor with it.

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** Natsu typically fights with his normal Flame Dragon Slayer mode, magic, but has two different but arguably equally powerful power-ups. One is Dragon Force which he gets when eating powerful magically imbued substance like Lacrima crystals and it increases his powers to that of a true fragon dragon (although this is still debatable, seeing that he can barely make a dent in a fight with real dragons). His second power-up is the Lightning Flame Dragon mode which he gained when he ate Laxus's lightning during the fight with Master Hades at Tenroujima and it allows him to combine his fire-based attacks with lightning, more than doubling its powers. He can enter Lightning Flame mode at will, but using it will exhaust him much faster than usual.
** Gajeel has two different power-ups as well. He normally fights with his Iron Dragon Slayer mode but can enter Iron Shadow Dragon mode at will, which a he attained after he forcefully ingested Rogue's shadows during their fight at the Grand Magic Tournament. Recently, during his battle with Tartaros's Torafuza, he managed to turn his Iron Dragon mode in to Dragon's Sword attack into Steel Dragon mode Dragon's Sword by absorbing the carbon in Torafuza's poisoned Black Water attack.
** Wendy has no special combined powers like Natsu or Gajeel other than her normal Sky Dragon mode, magic, but she recently gained Dragon Force after breathing in the pure air in the cave where Face was found in her defeat of battle with Tartaros's Ezel.
** Laxus is different than the other Dragon Slayers in that he typically fights with normal non-Dragon Slayer lightning magic, which by itself, is as powerful as the others normal Dragon Slayer magic (he defeated the entire Raven Tail team with just this}.this). He automatically enters Dragon Force whenever he uses his Dragon Slayer magic at all. Thus he only uses this when he fights powerful opponents like Jura or Tempesta (or a two-on-one match against both Natsu and Gajeel) and his Dragon Slayer magic has been seen to be more powerful than most of the Dragon Slayers' power-ups.
** Sting and Rogue has have two levels of power-ups to their White and Shadow Dragon modes. First is the White Drive and Shadow Drive which enhances their power and speed a step above their normal levels. The second is the Dragon Force mode, Force, which they can enter at their free will as they have Lacrima crystals embedded inside their body bodies and this will power them up exponentially.
** Right before the TournamentArc, the main cast receive receives something called Second Origin from Ultear, which is basically just an increase of magic that one user can use. It has the same effect as this trope though as they all became exceptionally more powerful; Gray's ice making becomes larger, Lucy can summon and maintain two spirits at once when her previous limit was one at a time, and Erza can use an exceptionally powerful armor with it.
12th Dec '16 2:44:52 PM rafi
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Late in the series, Kouji Kabuto learnt to combine his HumongousMecha RocketPunch with EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning to create Big Swing Rocket Punch (essentially, Kouji spins Mazinger's arms at full speed before shooting its fists). It counts like this trope and not like a MidSeasonUpgrade because it was not a new weapon installed into the mecha, but a new technique invented by Kouji drastically increased his power (It was several times stronger than a normal RocketPunch).
* Most of the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' characters gained a new weapon, tool, or power in the Skypeia arc.
** Specifically, Zoro gained a RazorWind attack and Nami got a Jet Ski. The real upgrader was the [=CP9=] Arc, when Luffy gained two new forms, Chopper became TheBerserker (temporarily), Nami and Usopp upgraded their previous weapons, Usopp started to gain confidence, Sanji set his attacks on fire, and Zoro tripled his swords to nine.
** The Fishman Island arc has had the crew reveal even MORE upgrades. Though these are completely justified, seeing as they spent 2 whole years specifically to gain Next Tier Power Ups.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Late Even Seinen manga are not immune from this. Though Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' doesn't learn any shounen-y techniques as the manga goes on, his acquisition of the [[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]] and the cannon-arm after the Eclipse definitely counts as an upgrade, as does the Berserker Armor later on, though this latter definitely comes with a downside in the series, Kouji Kabuto learnt to combine form of his HumongousMecha RocketPunch with EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning to create Big Swing Rocket Punch (essentially, Kouji spins Mazinger's arms at full speed before shooting its fists). It counts like this trope and not like a MidSeasonUpgrade because it was not a new weapon installed into the mecha, but a new technique invented by Kouji drastically increased his power (It was several times stronger than a normal RocketPunch).
* Most of the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' characters gained a new weapon, tool, or power in the Skypeia arc.
** Specifically, Zoro gained a RazorWind attack and Nami got a Jet Ski. The real upgrader was the [=CP9=] Arc, when Luffy gained two new forms, Chopper became TheBerserker (temporarily), Nami and Usopp upgraded their previous weapons, Usopp started to gain confidence, Sanji set his attacks on fire, and Zoro tripled his swords to nine.
** The Fishman Island arc has had the crew reveal even MORE upgrades. Though these are completely justified, seeing as they spent 2 whole years specifically to gain Next Tier Power Ups.
EnemyWithin getting strengthened every time he uses it.



* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the title character's Kyuubi tails are a form of this, as is the forming of Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan mid-fight-scene. Choji Akimichi's special Food Pills also count. There is also Orochimaru's Curse Seal, which Kimimaro, the Sound Four, and Sasuke all have. Kankuro gains more Ninja Puppets, while Tenten gets Weapon Scrolls. Later on, there is Jiraya and [[spoiler: Naruto ''again'']] with Sage Mode. Naruto then gains [[spoiler:full access to the Kyuubi's chakra by [[ThePowerOfFriendship befriending it.]]]] And, of course, Rock Lee and Might Guy have the Eight Gates to move up through. Naruto uses the trope a lot.



* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the God Cards are a version of this. So are the Orichalcos arc Legendary Dragon cards, which were brought into the main character's deck by pure willpower and TheMagicPokerEquation. The cards ''didn't actually exist'' before the moment the main character needed them and they magically came into existence.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Judai/Jaden's Elemental Hero Neos and the Neos Fusions count too.
** Clear Mind and its advanced stages (which produces Accel Synchro monsters) and Burning Soul (which allows you to summon Red Nova Dragon) for ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
** The forms of ZEXAL used by Yuma and Astral when they merge in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' are most definitely this, labelled in Duels as ZEXAL, ZEXAL II, and ZEXAL III, all allowing the user to create new cards through Shining Draw, ZEXAL II can transform a card into its true form while in the hand via Shining Evolution/Re-Contract Universe, and ZEXAL III creates a ZEXAL Field to prevent the debilitating effects supernatural Duels can have. They look a LOT like Super Saiyan forms and get just as flashy each time they transform. Then, there's Dark ZEXAL, the dark version of the first one.
* In ''Anime/SCryed'', Kazuma goes out to upgrade his Alter power because it is too weak, then later gets an additional upgrade at the end of the series through willpower. Ryuho also follows this, but his first upgrade is more an IAmNotLeftHanded, in that he had it retroactively.
* In ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' there is the Gigantic upgrade for each character equipped with a Guyver. Only problem there is a limit on using it and is essentially a suit that can be worn by only one character at a time. Aptom himself can qualify in which he slowly gains more power by absorbing more Zoanoid types.
** Guyver I can take the Gigantic upgrade a step further by transforming into the Gigantic Exceed, an [[HumongousMecha apartment-sized bio-armor]]. He's used it once so far, to fight the Zoalord Kabarl Khan in his equally huge zoanoid form.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has several of these. Several characters are half-demons with superpowered demon forms to match. Anyone with a Pactio can supercharge their strength with magic as well as summon a powerful artifact. Negi himself has his BlackMagic. [[spoiler: Not to mention his own Pactio]].
** After being defeated in her rematch with Tsukiyomi, Setsuna eventually gets one of these in the Magic World arc [[spoiler:via her new Pactio formed with Konoka, which granted her a different Pactio Card than the one she got from Negi]].
** And then there is the ''[[YinYangBomb kanka]]'' technique Asuna (re)learns during the Mahora Festival Budoki.
** It's also mentioned that Kotarou has the same ability as the Saiyans mentioned above - that is, after being defeated he comes back stronger.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the Sacred Cloths of Athena change into sleeker, more impressive new forms whenever they're destroyed and have to be rebuilt (especially the Bronze Cloths, which are broken at least once per series.) Works as a non-sexual form of {{Fanservice}} as the Constellation form of the Cloths [[CostumePorn becomes more and more intricately detailed with each iteration]] -- the original Pegasus and Cygnus Cloths required a LOT of imagination to resemble a winged horse or a swan, but by the time they became [[spoiler:Divine Cloths through [[NextTierPowerUp Athena's blood]]]] they were near-perfect reproductions -- and they cover more and more of their Saint's body at the same time.
** In regards to the Saints themselves, their goal in the Sanctuary Arc was to awaken to the mystical [[EleventhHourSuperpower Seventh Sense]], which would allow them to perceive the [[BattleAura Cosmo]] of faster-than-light Gold Saints and counterattack. In the [[BigBad Hades]] Arc, the objective was the ''[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Eighth]] Sense'', which grants them entrance into [[{{Hell}} the Hades]] while still being alive. Then, when facing Hades' [[TheDragon Dragons, Thanatos and Hypnos]], the overwhelming force of the Bronze Saints' Cosmo upgrades them (and their Cloths, see above) [[AGodAmI to godly levels]].
* In ''Anime/{{Transformers}}'', it's traditional for the Autobot/Maximal leader to get some sort of upgrade or SuperMode before the final scene.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has the God Cards are a version revelation that Kazuki's kakugane is actually one of this. So are the Orichalcos arc Legendary Dragon cards, which were brought three black kakugane capable of turning its wielder into a super-powered WalkingWasteland that drains the main life from everyone around them. [[spoiler: The upgrade actually becomes the driving force of the second half of the story, since Kazuki needs his kakugane to live, and the transformation is supposedly irreversible and will eventually cause him to remain in that form permanently, causing his former allies to turn on him.]] The transformation also causes a more standard upgrade, in the form of a new Sunlight Heart.
* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has series protagonist Clare acquire new abilities by either observation, but she also does so by assimilating people. It's more friendly than most PowerCopying, but the trope still applies.
** At one point, she gains a NextTierPowerUp by taking another more powerful
character's deck by pure arm and [[AppendageAssimilation attaching it to her own body]]. Especially interesting because the other character gave up the arm willingly as a "parting gift," and even cut it off herself.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Allen Whine Rand is the most guilty of them all and is all gained through sheer
willpower and TheMagicPokerEquation. The cards ''didn't actually exist'' before the moment the main character needed them emotion. Kanda and they magically came into existence.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Judai/Jaden's Elemental Hero Neos and the Neos Fusions count too.
** Clear Mind and its advanced stages (which produces Accel Synchro monsters) and Burning Soul (which allows you to summon Red Nova Dragon) for ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
** The forms of ZEXAL used
Lenalee also earn this by Yuma and Astral when they merge in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' are most definitely this, labelled in Duels as ZEXAL, ZEXAL II, and ZEXAL III, all allowing the user to create new cards through Shining Draw, ZEXAL II can having their Innocence transform a card into its true form while in the hand via Shining Evolution/Re-Contract Universe, and ZEXAL III creates a ZEXAL Field an unknown Crystalline form. Tyki Mikk as well, to prevent the debilitating effects supernatural Duels can have. They look a LOT like Super Saiyan forms and get just as flashy each time they transform. Then, there's Dark ZEXAL, the dark version of the first one.
* In ''Anime/SCryed'', Kazuma goes out to upgrade his Alter power because it is too weak, then later gets
an additional upgrade at the end of the series through willpower. Ryuho also follows this, but his first upgrade is more an IAmNotLeftHanded, in that he had it retroactively.
* In ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' there is the Gigantic upgrade for each character equipped with a Guyver. Only problem there is a limit on using it and is essentially a suit that can be worn by only one character at a time. Aptom himself can qualify in which he slowly gains more power by absorbing more Zoanoid types.
** Guyver I can take the Gigantic upgrade a step further by transforming into the Gigantic Exceed, an [[HumongousMecha apartment-sized bio-armor]]. He's used it once so far, to fight the Zoalord Kabarl Khan in his equally huge zoanoid form.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has several of these. Several characters are half-demons with superpowered demon forms to match. Anyone with a Pactio can supercharge their strength with magic as well as summon a powerful artifact. Negi himself has his BlackMagic. [[spoiler: Not to mention his own Pactio]].
** After being defeated in her rematch with Tsukiyomi, Setsuna eventually gets one of these in the Magic World arc [[spoiler:via her new Pactio formed with Konoka, which granted her a different Pactio Card than the one she got from Negi]].
** And then there is the ''[[YinYangBomb kanka]]'' technique Asuna (re)learns during the Mahora Festival Budoki.
** It's also mentioned that Kotarou has the same ability as the Saiyans mentioned above - that is, after being defeated he comes back stronger.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the Sacred Cloths of Athena change into sleeker, more impressive new forms whenever they're destroyed and have to be rebuilt (especially the Bronze Cloths, which are broken at least once per series.) Works as a non-sexual form of {{Fanservice}} as the Constellation form of the Cloths [[CostumePorn becomes more and more intricately detailed with each iteration]] -- the original Pegasus and Cygnus Cloths required a LOT of imagination to resemble a winged horse or a swan, but by the time they became [[spoiler:Divine Cloths through [[NextTierPowerUp Athena's blood]]]] they were near-perfect reproductions -- and they cover more and more of their Saint's body at the same time.
** In regards to the Saints themselves, their goal in the Sanctuary Arc was to awaken to the mystical [[EleventhHourSuperpower Seventh Sense]], which would allow them to perceive the [[BattleAura Cosmo]] of faster-than-light Gold Saints and counterattack. In the [[BigBad Hades]] Arc, the objective was the ''[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Eighth]] Sense'', which grants them entrance into [[{{Hell}} the Hades]] while still being alive. Then, when facing Hades' [[TheDragon Dragons, Thanatos and Hypnos]], the overwhelming force of the Bronze Saints' Cosmo upgrades them (and their Cloths, see above) [[AGodAmI to godly levels]].
* In ''Anime/{{Transformers}}'', it's traditional for the Autobot/Maximal leader to get some sort of upgrade or SuperMode before the final scene.
extent.



* In the anime of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' this is subverted because no matter what evolutions Ash's team go through, and what he learns about battles during the storyarc, he resets to Pikachu for the next region. [[StatusQuoIsGod Causing no change at all.]]



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', the main duo's driving goal is to obtain their NextTierPowerUp by turning Soul into a Death Scythe. [[spoiler: They eventually succeed.]] Black*Star and Tsubaki also get the katana upgrade.
** After some training in Japan (manga-only), Black Star and Tsubaki unlock the ''true'' potential of the Uncanny Sword, gaining a [[DarkIsNotEvil shadow form]] of every one of Tsubaki's forms.

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', ''Manga/FairyTail'', has a LOT of examples:
** Natsu typically fights with his normal Flame Dragon Slayer mode, but has two different but arguably equally powerful power-ups. One is Dragon Force which he gets when eating powerful magically imbued substance like Lacrima crystals and it increases his powers to that of a true fragon (although this is still debatable, seeing that he can barely make a dent in a fight with real dragons). His second power-up is the Lightning Flame Dragon mode which he gained when he ate Laxus's lightning during the fight with Master Hades at Tenroujima and it allows him to combine his fire-based attacks with lightning, more than doubling its powers. He can enter Lightning Flame mode at will, but using it will exhaust him much faster than usual.
** Gajeel has two different power-ups as well. He normally fights with his Iron Dragon Slayer mode but can enter Iron Shadow Dragon mode at will, which a attained after he forcefully ingested Rogue's shadows during their fight at the Grand Magic Tournament. Recently, during his battle with Tartaros's Torafuza, he managed to turn his Iron Dragon mode in to Steel Dragon mode by absorbing the carbon in Torafuza's poisoned Black Water attack.
** Wendy has no special combined powers like Natsu or Gajeel other than her normal Sky Dragon mode, but she recently gained Dragon Force after breathing in the pure air in the cave where Face was found in her defeat of Tartaros's Ezel.
** Laxus is different than the other Dragon Slayers in that he typically fights with normal non-Dragon Slayer lightning magic, which by itself, is as powerful as the others normal Dragon Slayer magic (he defeated the entire Raven Tail team with just this}. He automatically enters Dragon Force whenever he uses his Dragon Slayer magic at all. Thus he only uses this when he fights powerful opponents like Jura or Tempesta (or a two-on-one match against both Natsu and Gajeel) and his Dragon Slayer magic has been seen to be more powerful than most of the Dragon Slayers' power-ups.
** Sting and Rogue has two levels of power-ups to their White and Shadow Dragon modes. First is the White Drive and Shadow Drive which enhances their power and speed a step above their normal levels. The second is the Dragon Force mode, which they can enter at their free will as they have Lacrima crystals embedded inside their body and this will power them up exponentially.
** Right before the TournamentArc,
the main duo's driving goal cast receive something called Second Origin from Ultear, which is to obtain their NextTierPowerUp by turning Soul into basically just an increase of magic that one user can use. It has the same effect as this trope though as they all became exceptionally more powerful; Gray's ice making becomes larger, Lucy can summon and maintain two spirits at once when her previous limit was one at a Death Scythe. time, and Erza can use an exceptionally powerful armor with it.
** In the Tartaros Arc, Gray also gets a variant of slayer magic called Devil Slayer Magic
[[spoiler: They eventually succeed.which his undead father passed onto him.]] Black*Star and Tsubaki also get Not only does it make him stronger but unlike Dragon Slayer magic against dragons, it is ''very'' effective against demons, who just happened to be the katana upgrade.
main antagonists of that arc.
** After some training in Japan (manga-only), Black Star the second TimeSkip, Lucy gets another power up that allows her to utilize the abilities of her spirits by donning different clothes similar to Erza's requip. Now she can fight on the frontlines along with Natsu and Tsubaki unlock the ''true'' potential of the Uncanny Sword, others rather than just relying on her spirits.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'s'' protagonist [[{{Determinator}} Will. Not. Lose.]] And because she refuses to give up, she keeps drawing on and
gaining a [[DarkIsNotEvil shadow form]] of every one of Tsubaki's forms.more and more power.



* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has series protagonist Clare acquire new abilities by either observation, but she also does so by assimilating people. It's more friendly than most PowerCopying, but the trope still applies.
** At one point, she gains a NextTierPowerUp by taking another more powerful character's arm and [[AppendageAssimilation attaching it to her own body]]. Especially interesting because the other character gave up the arm willingly as a "parting gift," and even cut it off herself.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'s'' protagonist [[{{Determinator}} Will. Not. Lose.]] And because she refuses to give up, she keeps drawing on and gaining more and more power.
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Tsukune]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' receives one in the form of an {{emergency transformation}}. He has gained the powers of a vampire, subsequently received training from [[TheAce Inner Moka]], and most recently [[spoiler:had his body modified so that he can fight on par with [[TheDragon Akuha]]. [[TookALevelInBadass It worked]]]].

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* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' has series protagonist Clare acquire new abilities by either observation, but she also does so by assimilating people. It's more friendly than most PowerCopying, but In ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' there is the trope still applies.
** At one point, she gains a NextTierPowerUp by taking another more powerful character's arm and [[AppendageAssimilation attaching it to her own body]]. Especially interesting because the other
Gigantic upgrade for each character gave up the arm willingly as equipped with a "parting gift," Guyver. Only problem there is a limit on using it and even cut it off herself.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'s'' protagonist [[{{Determinator}} Will. Not. Lose.]] And because she refuses to give up, she keeps drawing on and gaining
is essentially a suit that can be worn by only one character at a time. Aptom himself can qualify in which he slowly gains more and power by absorbing more power.
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Tsukune]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' receives one in
Zoanoid types.
** Guyver I can take
the form of an {{emergency transformation}}. He has gained Gigantic upgrade a step further by transforming into the powers of a vampire, subsequently received training from [[TheAce Inner Moka]], and most recently [[spoiler:had his body modified Gigantic Exceed, an [[HumongousMecha apartment-sized bio-armor]]. He's used it once so that he can far, to fight on par with [[TheDragon Akuha]]. [[TookALevelInBadass It worked]]]].the Zoalord Kabarl Khan in his equally huge zoanoid form.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A particularly heartbreaking example with Akemi Homura, right at the last episode. To wit, [[spoiler:Madoka's wish turns her into a Goddess-like MagicalGirl, but she can no longer exist in this world. So, Madoka passes some of her powers to Homura as a proof of their bond.]] [[TragicKeepsake It's the black bow from the promotional materials]].
** Madoka's [[spoiler:Goddess-like form]] also counts. It's probably a ShoutOut to the aforementioned Infinity Silhouette.
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: has a dark example of this trope. At the end of the movie, Homura grabs onto Madoka's hands and prevents her from purifying her Soul Gem. Instead of turning into a witch, Homura's Soul Gem fills with ThePowerOfLove, and the human Madoka is seperated from her goddess self. Homura's Soul Gem then shatters and is replaced with a new item named the [[AllThereInTheManual Black Orb]], while Homura herself becomes a self-proclaimed [[SatanicArchetype demon.]]]]
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has the protagonist Reina learning Dragon Tail from Echidna.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has the eponymous protagonist learning Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki from his estranged mentor, while Sanosuke learns Futae no Kiwami ([[MemeticMutation AAAAAHHHHH!]]) from the wandering monk Anji [[spoiler:who is in league with the BigBad Shishio]]. They barely win the day even with those {{Dangerous Forbidden Technique}}s. [[spoiler:Somewhat note worthy in that NONE of the secret techniques work..the main Villain dies via a deus ex machina after soundly besting ALL of them.]]
* Even Seinen manga are not immune from this. Though Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' doesn't learn any shounen-y techniques as the manga goes on, his acquisition of the [[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]] and the cannon-arm after the Eclipse definitely counts as an upgrade, as does the Berserker Armor later on, though this latter definitely comes with a downside in the form of his EnemyWithin getting strengthened every time he uses it.
* This was mercilessly parodied in episode 5 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when Kotetsu and Barnaby discover their "Good Luck Mode" and uses it to defeat an opponent [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope only to find out that]] [[CoolButInefficient it doesn't do anything other than make them look cooler]]]].
** There's also a much more serious subversion in the second half of the series. For reasons unknown, Kotetsu suddenly gains an incredible boost in power at the cost of a slightly shorter [[HourOfPower time limit]] on his [[SuperMode Hundred Power]]. At first he's quite excited that his NEXT abilities are evolving...until he learns that [[spoiler:this sudden increase in strength is actually the first sign that his powers are ''fading'', "like a candle that burns brightest just before it burns out".]]
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has the revelation that Kazuki's kakugane is actually one of the three black kakugane capable of turning its wielder into a super-powered WalkingWasteland that drains the life from everyone around them. [[spoiler: The upgrade actually becomes the driving force of the second half of the story, since Kazuki needs his kakugane to live, and the transformation is supposedly irreversible and will eventually cause him to remain in that form permanently, causing his former allies to turn on him.]] The transformation also causes a more standard upgrade, in the form of a new Sunlight Heart.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A particularly heartbreaking example ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' gets rather obsessed with Akemi Homura, right at this. Since SoLastSeason is always in effect, the last episode. To wit, [[spoiler:Madoka's wish turns her into a Goddess-like MagicalGirl, but she can no longer exist in this world. So, Madoka passes some of her powers main characters have to Homura as a proof of their bond.]] [[TragicKeepsake It's the black bow from the promotional materials]].
get constant upgrades just to [[DownToTheLastPlay barely win]].
** Madoka's [[spoiler:Goddess-like form]] also counts. It's probably a ShoutOut to the aforementioned Infinity Silhouette.
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: has a dark example of this trope. At the end of the movie, Homura grabs onto Madoka's hands and prevents her from purifying her Soul Gem. Instead of turning into a witch, Homura's Soul Gem fills with ThePowerOfLove, and the human Madoka is seperated from her goddess self. Homura's Soul Gem then shatters and is replaced with a new item named the [[AllThereInTheManual Black Orb]], while Homura herself becomes a self-proclaimed [[SatanicArchetype demon.]]]]
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has the protagonist Reina learning Dragon Tail from Echidna.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has the eponymous protagonist learning Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki from his estranged mentor, while Sanosuke learns Futae no Kiwami ([[MemeticMutation AAAAAHHHHH!]]) from the wandering monk Anji [[spoiler:who is in league
The sequel, ''Inazuma Eleven GO'' ramps it UpToEleven with the BigBad Shishio]]. They barely win the day even with those {{Dangerous Forbidden Technique}}s. [[spoiler:Somewhat note worthy in that NONE avaliabilty of the secret techniques work..the main Villain dies via a deus ex machina after soundly besting ALL of them.]]
* Even Seinen manga are not immune from this. Though Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' doesn't learn any shounen-y techniques as the manga goes on, his acquisition of the [[{{BFS}} Dragon Slayer]]
[[Manga/SaintSeiya power armors]], [[DragonBall transformations]], and the cannon-arm after the Eclipse definitely counts as an upgrade, as does the Berserker Armor later on, though this latter definitely comes with a downside in the form of his EnemyWithin getting strengthened [[BlueDragon shadow avatars]]. Arguably almost every time he uses it.
* This was mercilessly parodied
possible NextTierPowerUp is in episode 5 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when Kotetsu and Barnaby discover their "Good Luck Mode" and uses it to defeat an opponent [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope only to find out that]] [[CoolButInefficient it doesn't do anything other than make them look cooler]]]].
** There's also a much more serious subversion in the second half of the series. For reasons unknown, Kotetsu suddenly gains an incredible boost in power at the cost of a slightly shorter [[HourOfPower time limit]] on his [[SuperMode Hundred Power]]. At first he's quite excited that his NEXT abilities are evolving...until he learns that [[spoiler:this sudden increase in strength is actually the first sign that his powers are ''fading'', "like a candle that burns brightest just before it burns out".]]
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has the revelation that Kazuki's kakugane is actually
this one of the three black kakugane capable of turning its wielder into a super-powered WalkingWasteland that drains the life from everyone around them. [[spoiler: The upgrade actually becomes the driving force of the second half of the story, since Kazuki needs his kakugane to live, and the transformation is supposedly irreversible and will eventually cause him to remain in that form permanently, causing his former allies to turn on him.]] The transformation also causes a more standard upgrade, in the form of a new Sunlight Heart.show.



* Subverted with ''Manga/ShamanKing'', where "furyoku" is set at birth and can only be raised by near-death experiences. Then double-subverted when several characters who can [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] people allows the FiveManBand to die once or twice in order to get stronger, even to the point of having LITERAL TrainingFromHell.
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'', Allen Whine Rand is the most guilty of them all and is all gained through sheer willpower and emotion. Kanda and Lenalee also earn this by having their Innocence transform into an unknown Crystalline form. Tyki Mikk as well, to an extent.
* ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven'' gets rather obsessed with this. Since SoLastSeason is always in effect, the main characters have to get constant upgrades just to [[DownToTheLastPlay barely win]].
** The sequel, ''Inazuma Eleven GO'' ramps it UpToEleven with the avaliabilty of [[Manga/SaintSeiya power armors]], [[DragonBall transformations]], and [[BlueDragon shadow avatars]]. Arguably almost every possible NextTierPowerUp is in this one show.



* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', has a LOT of examples:
** Natsu typically fights with his normal Flame Dragon Slayer mode, but has two different but arguably equally powerful power-ups. One is Dragon Force which he gets when eating powerful magically imbued substance like Lacrima crystals and it increases his powers to that of a true fragon (although this is still debatable, seeing that he can barely make a dent in a fight with real dragons). His second power-up is the Lightning Flame Dragon mode which he gained when he ate Laxus's lightning during the fight with Master Hades at Tenroujima and it allows him to combine his fire-based attacks with lightning, more than doubling its powers. He can enter Lightning Flame mode at will, but using it will exhaust him much faster than usual.
** Gajeel has two different power-ups as well. He normally fights with his Iron Dragon Slayer mode but can enter Iron Shadow Dragon mode at will, which a attained after he forcefully ingested Rogue's shadows during their fight at the Grand Magic Tournament. Recently, during his battle with Tartaros's Torafuza, he managed to turn his Iron Dragon mode in to Steel Dragon mode by absorbing the carbon in Torafuza's poisoned Black Water attack.
** Wendy has no special combined powers like Natsu or Gajeel other than her normal Sky Dragon mode, but she recently gained Dragon Force after breathing in the pure air in the cave where Face was found in her defeat of Tartaros's Ezel.
** Laxus is different than the other Dragon Slayers in that he typically fights with normal non-Dragon Slayer lightning magic, which by itself, is as powerful as the others normal Dragon Slayer magic (he defeated the entire Raven Tail team with just this}. He automatically enters Dragon Force whenever he uses his Dragon Slayer magic at all. Thus he only uses this when he fights powerful opponents like Jura or Tempesta (or a two-on-one match against both Natsu and Gajeel) and his Dragon Slayer magic has been seen to be more powerful than most of the Dragon Slayers' power-ups.
** Sting and Rogue has two levels of power-ups to their White and Shadow Dragon modes. First is the White Drive and Shadow Drive which enhances their power and speed a step above their normal levels. The second is the Dragon Force mode, which they can enter at their free will as they have Lacrima crystals embedded inside their body and this will power them up exponentially.
** Right before the TournamentArc, the main cast receive something called Second Origin from Ultear, which is basically just an increase of magic that one user can use. It has the same effect as this trope though as they all became exceptionally more powerful; Gray's ice making becomes larger, Lucy can summon and maintain two spirits at once when her previous limit was one at a time, and Erza can use an exceptionally powerful armor with it.
** In the Tartaros Arc, Gray also gets a variant of slayer magic called Devil Slayer Magic [[spoiler: which his undead father passed onto him.]] Not only does it make him stronger but unlike Dragon Slayer magic against dragons, it is ''very'' effective against demons, who just happened to be the main antagonists of that arc.
** After the second TimeSkip, Lucy gets another power up that allows her to utilize the abilities of her spirits by donning different clothes similar to Erza's requip. Now she can fight on the frontlines along with Natsu and the others rather than just relying on her spirits.
* In Manga/YuYuHakusho this happens several times.

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* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has a LOT several of examples:
** Natsu typically fights
these. Several characters are half-demons with superpowered demon forms to match. Anyone with a Pactio can supercharge their strength with magic as well as summon a powerful artifact. Negi himself has his normal Flame Dragon Slayer mode, but has two BlackMagic. [[spoiler: Not to mention his own Pactio]].
** After being defeated in her rematch with Tsukiyomi, Setsuna eventually gets one of these in the Magic World arc [[spoiler:via her new Pactio formed with Konoka, which granted her a
different but arguably equally powerful power-ups. One is Dragon Force which he gets when eating powerful magically imbued substance like Lacrima crystals and it increases his powers to that of a true fragon (although this is still debatable, seeing that he can barely make a dent in a fight with real dragons). His second power-up Pactio Card than the one she got from Negi]].
** And then there
is the Lightning Flame Dragon mode which he gained when he ate Laxus's lightning ''[[YinYangBomb kanka]]'' technique Asuna (re)learns during the fight with Master Hades at Tenroujima and it allows him Mahora Festival Budoki.
** It's also mentioned that Kotarou has the same ability as the Saiyans mentioned above - that is, after being defeated he comes back stronger.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Late in the series, Kouji Kabuto learnt
to combine his fire-based attacks HumongousMecha RocketPunch with lightning, more than doubling its powers. He can enter Lightning Flame mode EverythingIsBetterWithSpinning to create Big Swing Rocket Punch (essentially, Kouji spins Mazinger's arms at will, but using it will exhaust him much faster than usual.
** Gajeel has two different power-ups as well. He normally fights with his Iron Dragon Slayer mode but can enter Iron Shadow Dragon mode at will, which a attained after he forcefully ingested Rogue's shadows during their fight at the Grand Magic Tournament. Recently, during his battle with Tartaros's Torafuza, he managed to turn his Iron Dragon mode in to Steel Dragon mode by absorbing the carbon in Torafuza's poisoned Black Water attack.
** Wendy has no special combined powers like Natsu or Gajeel other than her normal Sky Dragon mode, but she recently gained Dragon Force after breathing in the pure air in the cave where Face was found in her defeat of Tartaros's Ezel.
** Laxus is different than the other Dragon Slayers in that he typically fights with normal non-Dragon Slayer lightning magic, which by itself, is as powerful as the others normal Dragon Slayer magic (he defeated the entire Raven Tail team with just this}. He automatically enters Dragon Force whenever he uses his Dragon Slayer magic at all. Thus he only uses this when he fights powerful opponents like Jura or Tempesta (or a two-on-one match against both Natsu and Gajeel) and his Dragon Slayer magic has been seen to be more powerful than most of the Dragon Slayers' power-ups.
** Sting and Rogue has two levels of power-ups to their White and Shadow Dragon modes. First is the White Drive and Shadow Drive which enhances their power and
full speed a step above their normal levels. The second is the Dragon Force mode, which they can enter at their free will as they have Lacrima crystals embedded inside their body and this will power them up exponentially.
** Right
before the TournamentArc, the main cast receive something called Second Origin from Ultear, which is basically just an increase of magic that one user can use. shooting its fists). It has the same effect as counts like this trope though and not like a MidSeasonUpgrade because it was not a new weapon installed into the mecha, but a new technique invented by Kouji drastically increased his power (It was several times stronger than a normal RocketPunch).
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the title character's Kyuubi tails are a form of this,
as they is the forming of Sasuke Uchiha's Sharingan mid-fight-scene. Choji Akimichi's special Food Pills also count. There is also Orochimaru's Curse Seal, which Kimimaro, the Sound Four, and Sasuke all became exceptionally have. Kankuro gains more powerful; Gray's ice making becomes larger, Lucy can summon and maintain two spirits at once when her previous limit was one at a time, and Erza can use an exceptionally powerful armor with it.
** In the Tartaros Arc, Gray also
Ninja Puppets, while Tenten gets a variant of slayer magic called Devil Slayer Magic Weapon Scrolls. Later on, there is Jiraya and [[spoiler: which his undead father passed onto him.]] Not only does it make him stronger but unlike Dragon Slayer magic against dragons, it is ''very'' effective against demons, who just happened Naruto ''again'']] with Sage Mode. Naruto then gains [[spoiler:full access to be the main antagonists Kyuubi's chakra by [[ThePowerOfFriendship befriending it.]]]] And, of that course, Rock Lee and Might Guy have the Eight Gates to move up through. Naruto uses the trope a lot.
* Most of the ''Franchise/OnePiece'' characters gained a new weapon, tool, or power in the Skypeia
arc.
** After Specifically, Zoro gained a RazorWind attack and Nami got a Jet Ski. The real upgrader was the second TimeSkip, Lucy gets another power up that allows [=CP9=] Arc, when Luffy gained two new forms, Chopper became TheBerserker (temporarily), Nami and Usopp upgraded their previous weapons, Usopp started to gain confidence, Sanji set his attacks on fire, and Zoro tripled his swords to nine.
** The Fishman Island arc has had the crew reveal even MORE upgrades. Though these are completely justified, seeing as they spent 2 whole years specifically to gain Next Tier Power Ups.
* In the anime of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' this is subverted because no matter what evolutions Ash's team go through, and what he learns about battles during the storyarc, he resets to Pikachu for the next region. [[StatusQuoIsGod Causing no change at all.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': A particularly heartbreaking example with Akemi Homura, right at the last episode. To wit, [[spoiler:Madoka's wish turns
her to utilize the abilities into a Goddess-like MagicalGirl, but she can no longer exist in this world. So, Madoka passes some of her spirits by donning different clothes similar powers to Erza's requip. Now she Homura as a proof of their bond.]] [[TragicKeepsake It's the black bow from the promotional materials]].
** Madoka's [[spoiler:Goddess-like form]] also counts. It's probably a ShoutOut to the aforementioned Infinity Silhouette.
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[spoiler: has a dark example of this trope. At the end of the movie, Homura grabs onto Madoka's hands and prevents her from purifying her Soul Gem. Instead of turning into a witch, Homura's Soul Gem fills with ThePowerOfLove, and the human Madoka is seperated from her goddess self. Homura's Soul Gem then shatters and is replaced with a new item named the [[AllThereInTheManual Black Orb]], while Homura herself becomes a self-proclaimed [[SatanicArchetype demon.]]]]
* ''Anime/QueensBlade'' has the protagonist Reina learning Dragon Tail from Echidna.
* [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent Tsukune]] from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' receives one in the form of an {{emergency transformation}}. He has gained the powers of a vampire, subsequently received training from [[TheAce Inner Moka]], and most recently [[spoiler:had his body modified so that he
can fight on the frontlines along par with Natsu [[TheDragon Akuha]]. [[TookALevelInBadass It worked]]]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has the eponymous protagonist learning Amakakeru Ryuu no Hirameki from his estranged mentor, while Sanosuke learns Futae no Kiwami ([[MemeticMutation AAAAAHHHHH!]]) from the wandering monk Anji [[spoiler:who is in league with the BigBad Shishio]]. They barely win the day even with those {{Dangerous Forbidden Technique}}s. [[spoiler:Somewhat note worthy in that NONE of the secret techniques work..the main Villain dies via a deus ex machina after soundly besting ALL of them.]]
* In ''Anime/SCryed'', Kazuma goes out to upgrade his Alter power because it is too weak, then later gets an additional upgrade at the end of the series through willpower. Ryuho also follows this, but his first upgrade is more an IAmNotLeftHanded, in that he had it retroactively.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':
** The Sacred Cloths of Athena change into sleeker, more impressive new forms whenever they're destroyed and have to be rebuilt (especially the Bronze Cloths, which are broken at least once per series.) Works as a non-sexual form of {{Fanservice}} as the Constellation form of the Cloths [[CostumePorn becomes more and more intricately detailed with each iteration]] -- the original Pegasus and Cygnus Cloths required a LOT of imagination to resemble a winged horse or a swan, but by the time they became [[spoiler:Divine Cloths through Athena's blood]] they were near-perfect reproductions -- and they cover more and more of their Saint's body at the same time.
** In regards to the Saints themselves, their goal in the Sanctuary Arc was to awaken to the mystical [[EleventhHourSuperpower Seventh Sense]], which would allow them to perceive the [[BattleAura Cosmo]] of faster-than-light Gold Saints and counterattack. In the [[BigBad Hades]] Arc, the objective was the ''[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Eighth]] Sense'', which grants them entrance into [[{{Hell}} the Hades]] while still being alive. Then, when facing Hades' [[TheDragon Dragons, Thanatos and Hypnos]], the overwhelming force of the Bronze Saints' Cosmo upgrades them (and their Cloths, see above) [[AGodAmI to godly levels]].
* Subverted with ''Manga/ShamanKing'', where "furyoku" is set at birth and can only be raised by near-death experiences. Then double-subverted when several characters who can [[BackFromTheDead resurrect]] people allows the FiveManBand to die once or twice in order to get stronger, even to the point of having LITERAL TrainingFromHell.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', the main duo's driving goal is to obtain their NextTierPowerUp by turning Soul into a Death Scythe. [[spoiler: They eventually succeed.]] Black*Star and Tsubaki also get the katana upgrade.
** After some training in Japan (manga-only), Black Star and Tsubaki unlock the ''true'' potential of the Uncanny Sword, gaining a [[DarkIsNotEvil shadow form]] of every one of Tsubaki's forms.
* This was mercilessly parodied in episode 5 of ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' when Kotetsu and Barnaby discover their "Good Luck Mode" and uses it to defeat an opponent [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope only to find out that]] [[CoolButInefficient it doesn't do anything other than make them look cooler]]]].
** There's also a much more serious subversion in the second half of the series. For reasons unknown, Kotetsu suddenly gains an incredible boost in power at the cost of a slightly shorter [[HourOfPower time limit]] on his [[SuperMode Hundred Power]]. At first he's quite excited that his NEXT abilities are evolving...until he learns that [[spoiler:this sudden increase in strength is actually the first sign that his powers are ''fading'', "like a candle that burns brightest just before it burns out".]]
* In ''Anime/{{Transformers}}'', it's traditional for the Autobot/Maximal leader to get some sort of upgrade or SuperMode before the final scene.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'', the God Cards are a version of this. So are the Orichalcos arc Legendary Dragon cards, which were brought into the main character's deck by pure willpower and TheMagicPokerEquation. The cards ''didn't actually exist'' before the moment the main character needed them and they magically came into existence.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Judai/Jaden's Elemental Hero Neos
and the others rather than Neos Fusions count too.
** Clear Mind and its advanced stages (which produces Accel Synchro monsters) and Burning Soul (which allows you to summon Red Nova Dragon) for ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
** The forms of ZEXAL used by Yuma and Astral when they merge in ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' are most definitely this, labelled in Duels as ZEXAL, ZEXAL II, and ZEXAL III, all allowing the user to create new cards through Shining Draw, ZEXAL II can transform a card into its true form while in the hand via Shining Evolution/Re-Contract Universe, and ZEXAL III creates a ZEXAL Field to prevent the debilitating effects supernatural Duels can have. They look a LOT like Super Saiyan forms and get
just relying on her spirits.
as flashy each time they transform. Then, there's Dark ZEXAL, the dark version of the first one.
* In Manga/YuYuHakusho ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' this happens several times.
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* Besides the standard EvolutionPowerUp all monsters can go through in ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', they have a secondary method. Exposure to large amounts of minkowski radiation, the kind produced by Patterson tech, induces massive mutations. This drastically alters their physiology, sometimes inducing weaknesses to produce new strengths or just completely replacing their existing abilities with new ones.
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* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening trigger event]] giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].

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* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening trigger event]] giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Moreover, WordOfGod states that second trigger events are never plain upgrades; for instance, a pyrokinetic might gain a longer range but lose precision. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].
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* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'': Super Silhouette, Heartcatch Orchestra, and ''finally'' the Mugen Silhouette. That last one is best described as ''PrettyCure'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. HCPC is one of the most Shounen-y straightly-played MagicalGirl shows ever.

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* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'': Super Silhouette, Heartcatch Orchestra, and ''finally'' the Mugen Silhouette. That last one is best described as ''PrettyCure'' ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. HCPC is one of the most Shounen-y straightly-played MagicalGirl shows ever.
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** Specifically, Zoro gained a RazorWind attack and Nami got a Jet Ski. The real upgrader was the [=CP9=] Arc, when Luffy gained two new forms, Chopper became TheBerserker (temporarily), Nami upgraded her previous weapon, Usopp started to gain confidence, Sanji set his attacks on fire, and Zoro tripled his swords to nine.

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** Specifically, Zoro gained a RazorWind attack and Nami got a Jet Ski. The real upgrader was the [=CP9=] Arc, when Luffy gained two new forms, Chopper became TheBerserker (temporarily), Nami and Usopp upgraded her their previous weapon, weapons, Usopp started to gain confidence, Sanji set his attacks on fire, and Zoro tripled his swords to nine.



* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second trigger event giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].

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* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second [[TraumaticSuperpowerAwakening trigger event event]] giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].
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* American webcomic ''Webcomic/ElijahAndAzuu'' has a variation on this concept: Most of the cast are angels and demons, and their power increases substantially when they let their wings out (which are normally hidden, even when they have no reason to hide them).
* This happened to the Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' when they got their class changes, complete with [[FrillyUpgrade new, but similar costumes.]]
* The characters in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' get these as they move up their Echeladders, slowly unlocking new abilities, with the ultimate objective of reaching [[SuperMode God Tier]]. Of course, their are also multiple God Tiers, each with their own added abilities, including the ability to talk without [[PaintingTheMedium the use of a digital chat interface]].
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* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second trigger event giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].
** Some capes actually experience second triggers immediately after their first. The stress of triggering combined with the actual event pushing them over the edge twice. [[spoiler:Taylor triggered twice in the locker but never fully accessed her secondary power]].
** [[spoiler:Taylor]] manages to massively power up her ability by having [[spoiler:Panacea directly modify her brain. At the cost of range and SanitySlippage she gains the ability to [[EleventhHourSuperpower control other parahumans during the final battle]]]].
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* American webcomic ''Webcomic/ElijahAndAzuu'' has a variation on this concept: Most of the cast are angels and demons, and their power increases substantially when they let their wings out (which are normally hidden, even when they have no reason to hide them).
* This happened to the Light Warriors in ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' when they got their class changes, complete with [[FrillyUpgrade new, but similar costumes.]]
* The characters in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' get these as they move up their Echeladders, slowly unlocking new abilities, with the ultimate objective of reaching [[SuperMode God Tier]]. Of course, their are also multiple God Tiers, each with their own added abilities, including the ability to talk without [[PaintingTheMedium the use of a digital chat interface]].
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* In {{Literature/Worm}} there are rare cases where someone who already has a superpower gets a second trigger event giving them a completely new power. However, this leaves the recipient so psychologically screwed up that they rarely last long. Most capes get better over time through just practice and using their powers more intelligently. Late in the story it's explained that [[spoiler:the second trigger simply removes some of the limitations meant to protect the shard's host]].
** Some capes actually experience second triggers immediately after their first. The stress of triggering combined with the actual event pushing them over the edge twice. [[spoiler:Taylor triggered twice in the locker but never fully accessed her secondary power]].
** [[spoiler:Taylor]] manages to massively power up her ability by having [[spoiler:Panacea directly modify her brain. At the cost of range and SanitySlippage she gains the ability to [[EleventhHourSuperpower control other parahumans during the final battle]]]].
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** In seven days, Uryuu goes from being unable to fight a lieutenant that's at 20% power to being able to one-shot a captain and his Bankai. Afterwards, he loses his power from the type of power-up he used and is chewed out by his father for it. His father comments that had he not run off half-cocked (before his power was ready for the power-up), he'd actually have been able to win his fight off his base abilities without needing that special power-up at all. Cue the final arc, and his power has suddenly become extremely important to everyone's fate; not only is he receiving Ichigo-style power-ups as a result, he's also destined to surpass the BiggerBad in power.

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** In seven days, Uryuu goes from being unable to fight a lieutenant that's at 20% power to being able to one-shot a captain and his Bankai. Afterwards, he loses his power from the type of power-up he used and is chewed out by his father for it. His father comments that had he not run off half-cocked (before his power was ready for the power-up), he'd actually have been able to win his fight off his base abilities without needing that special power-up at all. Cue the final arc, and his power has suddenly become extremely important to everyone's fate; not only is he receiving Ichigo-style power-ups as a result, he's also destined to surpass the BiggerBad BiggerBad, [[spoiler: Yhwach]], in power.
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