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24th Jul '16 6:56:12 AM EarsplittingLepidopteran
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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', when Cell goads and torments Gohan to transcend his Super Saiyan power, Gohan does exactly that, to a tune called "Demon vs. Demon" (in some translations). A fitting name, considering what Gohan basically becomes in this state. An alternate translation is "Spirit vs. Spirit"; the concepts aren't as different in Japanese as in English, but both translations fit the scene pretty well.
** The original dub with Bruce Faulconer's 'Gohan Angers' for this scene fills the same role and is played repeatedly in Gohan's fight scenes following this.
** In the Funimation dub which uses the music of Bruce Faulconer, almost every member of the main cast has this during either powering up, laying the beatdown on an enemy, being revealed to still be alive after being on the receiving end of a huge explosion, or really doing anything sufficiently awesome. Used A LOT with Vegeta's "Hell Bells" theme.
** In addition, in the dub of ''Dragon Ball Z'' there's a theme that plays for Goku during his first Super Saiyan 3 transformation. This music is also played during the entire Majin Buu saga whenever one of the heroes does something awesome.
** On top of that, Vegeta got such an awesome song that when I downloaded it from iTunes, it was the second-best selling Bruce Faulconer song, after the main theme. (March 2009) Oddly enough, it's called "Vegeta Super Saiyan", even though he's not always Super Saiyan when it's playing.
*** This is because Vegeta transforming to fight #19 was the scene that introduced the song
** It should be noted that Trunks previously had two insert songs, one of them used for his first Super Saiyan Transformation against Freeza.

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* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' as when the most popular animes of all time naturally has some awesome kick ass music. Surprising the Funimation dub which uses the music of Bruce Faulconer is actually highly popular with Dragon Ball fans. Even more so than the original Japanese OST.
** in the Japanese OST
when Cell goads and torments Gohan to transcend his Super Saiyan power, Gohan does exactly that, to a tune called "Demon vs. Demon" (in some translations). A fitting name, considering what Gohan basically becomes in this state. An alternate translation is "Spirit vs. Spirit"; the concepts aren't as different in Japanese as in English, but both translations fit the scene pretty well.
** The original dub with Bruce Faulconer's 'Gohan Angers' for this scene fills the same role and is played repeatedly in Gohan's fight scenes following this.
** In the Funimation dub which uses the music of Bruce Faulconer, almost every member of the main cast has this during either powering up, laying the beatdown on an enemy, being revealed to still be alive after being on the receiving end of a huge explosion, or really doing anything sufficiently awesome. Used A LOT with Vegeta's "Hell Bells" theme.
Here's the list of the most notable themes.
** In addition, Gohan is rarely given a badss music themes early in the dub of ''Dragon Ball Z'' there's a theme that plays for Goku during his first Super Saiyan 3 transformation. This music show, then he is also played during the entire Majin Buu saga whenever given one of the heroes does something awesome.
** On top
most adrenaline pumping music themes in Funimation dub of that, Vegeta got such an awesome song that Namek. It happens during one the most violent moments of the series when I downloaded it from iTunes, it was BigBad Frieza has just powered up and Goku's lovable SideKick Krilln is ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice on Frieza's horns and tossed into the second-best selling Bruce Faulconer song, after sea. Gohan rushes to Krilln's aid but is stop by Frieza [[EvilGloating who mocks]] Gohan. The little warrior yells at the main theme. (March 2009) Oddly enough, it's called "Vegeta Super Saiyan", even though he's not always Super Saiyan tyrant to get out way, when it's playing.
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Frieza doesn't comply Gohan then goes [[UnstoppableRage CRAZY]] and delivers a brutal beat down on Frieza. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jK1ID_FzumI This is because Vegeta transforming to fight #19 was theme]] plays throughout, rightly titled "Gohan vs Frieza".
**GreenAndMean Piccolo got a pretty neat [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzYw9NaxE9gneat score]] whenever he did anything evil in
the scene that introduced the song
early series. Later in Funimation dub he given a pretty hardcore character theme when he fuses with Kami titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHHj4lZUYHU "Super Namek"]] this theme is also used for a few villains.
** It should be noted that TimeTravel Hero Trunks previously had two insert songs, one of them used for his first Super Saiyan Transformation against Freeza.Freeza. Just his his first appearance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1dmlnf_H9M theme music]] alone is enough to get you excited.
**[[HeelFaceTurn Villain turned Hero character]] Vegeta whose already badass enough on his own, is given two the most awesome themes in series. His causal theme neatly titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNt4DxcpCvs "Hell Bells"]] always gets you mood for Vegeta even when he [[TheDayTheMusicLied loses his fights]]. Vegeta's second theme when he goes Super Saiyan is even more epic [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrogZTkvRxs "Super Saiyan Vegeta"]], this is played once again when he uses Final Flash on Cell even though Vegeta is set to lose you can't help but get excited for him to win.
** But by the far the greatest theme in the dub (and possibly the series) is none other [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vfkhDiSijsGoku Super Saiyan 3 transformation music]]. A music theme so epic it literally SHAKES THE ENTIRE WORLD (and Goku's american voice actor Sean Schemmel yelling his lungs out thoughout the music also helps the mood). This theme was so good they used it for the rest of the heroic moments in the Majin Buu saga.
8th Jul '16 1:44:22 PM Willbyr
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* The final battle (against TheRival Papillion) in BusouRenkin is accompanied by the title theme. It is, like their first fight, fast paced and impressively choreographed, even if it is more down to earth than the fights involving gravity manipulation and HumongousMecha.

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* The final battle (against TheRival Papillion) in BusouRenkin ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' is accompanied by the title theme. It is, like their first fight, fast paced and impressively choreographed, even if it is more down to earth than the fights involving gravity manipulation and HumongousMecha.
30th Jun '16 12:21:35 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** One of two of the most iconic moments in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' is the SDF-1's assault on the Zentrandi fleet, outnumbered somewhere around a hundred ''million'' to one. The music was basically all the previous songs put back to back. Then ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' came around and presented "Do You Remember Love?" the track that is all but synonymous with the series and is the music for what is quite possibly one of the most awesome moments in Anime ever.
*** And don't forget about the final episode where Kamjin attacks Macross City... then the show's opening theme song starts to play as the Macross takes off one last time and blows the offender out of the sky with its main cannon.
** ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' featured an interesting variation. The music that powers up is not the fast paced songs but [[spoiler: Myung's song, the slow tempo ''Voices'', which she uses to snap Isamu out of Sharon's illusions]].
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' puts this to the limit with ThePowerOfRock. Literally, listening to [[TheChosenOne Basara's]] singing causes creatures to regenerate [[LifeEnergy Spiritia]], something the villains suck out and causes a person to go comatose. In the GrandFinale, his power up was so awesome that it overrode the BigBad's effect of draining spiritia and helps recover all his teammates. It also featured the song ''Try Again'', which had been first used for this trope when Basara blasted his song THROUGH A METEOR ''without damaging it'' to save Gamlin, with it also being used for a subversion when the heroes tried (and failed) to defeat a BrainwashedAndCrazy Gamlin.

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** One of two of the most iconic moments in the original ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' is the SDF-1's assault on the Zentrandi fleet, outnumbered somewhere around a hundred ''million'' to one. The music was basically all the previous songs put back to back. Then ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'' came around and presented "Do You Remember Love?" the track that is all but synonymous with the series and is the music for what is quite possibly one of the most awesome moments in Anime ever.
*** And don't forget about the final episode where Kamjin attacks Macross City... then the show's opening theme song starts to play as the Macross ''Macross'' takes off one last time and blows the offender out of the sky with its main cannon.
** ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' featured an interesting variation. The music that powers up is not the fast paced songs but [[spoiler: Myung's song, the slow tempo ''Voices'', "Voices", which she uses to snap Isamu out of Sharon's illusions]].
** ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'' puts this to the limit with ThePowerOfRock. Literally, listening to [[TheChosenOne Basara's]] singing causes creatures people to regenerate [[LifeEnergy Spiritia]], something the villains suck out and have been sucking out, causes a person their victims to go comatose. In the GrandFinale, his power up was so awesome that it overrode overrides the BigBad's effect of draining spiritia and helps recover all his teammates. teammates recover. It also featured the song ''Try Again'', "Try Again", which had been first used for this trope when Basara blasted his song THROUGH A METEOR ''without damaging it'' to save Gamlin, with it also being used for a subversion when the heroes tried (and failed) to defeat a BrainwashedAndCrazy Gamlin.



*** In Episode 24, [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope it is inverted horrifically]] for the Frontier fleet, as Ranka sings "Do You Remember Love?" ''for the Vajra'', which proceed to overpower the human forces]].
*** The entirety of Episode 25 [[spoiler: is pretty much THE defining example of Macross {{Theme Music Power Up}}s, combining almost every song in ''Frontier'' plus "Do You Remember Love?"]]
*** And in the Grand Finale of TheMovie Alto is once again ''literally'' powered up by the two female leads singing "Sayonara no Tsubasa".

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*** In Episode 24, [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope it is inverted horrifically]] for the Frontier ''Frontier'' fleet, as Ranka sings "Do You Remember Love?" ''for the Vajra'', which who proceed to overpower the human forces]].
*** The entirety of Episode 25 [[spoiler: is pretty much THE defining example of Macross ''Macross'' {{Theme Music Power Up}}s, combining almost every song in ''Frontier'' plus "Do You Remember Love?"]]
*** And in the Grand Finale of TheMovie adaptations, Alto is once again ''literally'' powered up by the two female leads singing "Sayonara no Tsubasa".Tsubasa" ("Wings of Goodbye").
** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', Delta Squadron act as bodyguards for GirlGroup Walkure, meaning that this trope is in play in virtually every battle. It's taken UpToEleven with Hayate, whose piloting skills receive a literal power up every time [[spoiler:Freyja sings for him, due to how well the two sync together]].
25th Jun '16 6:33:23 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Optimus in a post-movie ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode still has "The Touch" in "The Return of Optimus Prime" when he opens up the Matrix of Leadership to wipe out the HatePlague. His eventual successor, [[TransformersSuperGodMasterforce Ginrai]], gets the rather cool "Don't Cry".

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* Optimus in a post-movie ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode still has "The Touch" in "The Return of Optimus Prime" when he opens up the Matrix of Leadership to wipe out the HatePlague. His eventual successor, [[TransformersSuperGodMasterforce [[Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce Ginrai]], gets the rather cool "Don't Cry".
10th Jun '16 2:42:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* The ending of the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''. The main guy is trapped in a room with a hoard of zombies about to come in. He gets ready to kill himself, but he suddenly turns the gun around and shoots a zombie instead. Cue the cheesiest patriotic fanfare you can think of as he pushes zombies out of his way and runs to escape with the main girl. It's a good thing that music came out of nowhere and made the zombies completely ineffectual, or it would have really been a DownerEnding, which is actually what the original script called for.

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* The ending of the original ''Film/DawnOfTheDead''.''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978''. The main guy is trapped in a room with a hoard of zombies about to come in. He gets ready to kill himself, but he suddenly turns the gun around and shoots a zombie instead. Cue the cheesiest patriotic fanfare you can think of as he pushes zombies out of his way and runs to escape with the main girl. It's a good thing that music came out of nowhere and made the zombies completely ineffectual, or it would have really been a DownerEnding, which is actually what the original script called for.
9th Jun '16 11:24:29 PM gewunomox
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** Whenever YukiKajiura and the strings and chimes of awesome strike up, not only is the unkillable going to be killed, it's going to be ''spectacular''.

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** Whenever YukiKajiura Music/YukiKajiura and the strings and chimes of awesome strike up, not only is the unkillable going to be killed, it's going to be ''spectacular''.
7th Jun '16 12:36:32 PM Willbyr
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* PrincessWaltz has [[http://youtu.be/20agR_7VnSQ Battlefield of Steel]] to tell you when something awesome is about to happen. Perhaps the single most awesome moment being [[spoiler: when the ShrinkingViolet Riko transforms into the [[LightningBruiser strong, fast,]] and [[GeniusBruiser calculating]] Liesel right before Arata's eyes just when it looked like they were cornered by the token monsters.]]

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* PrincessWaltz ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'' has [[http://youtu.be/20agR_7VnSQ Battlefield of Steel]] to tell you when something awesome is about to happen. Perhaps the single most awesome moment being [[spoiler: when the ShrinkingViolet Riko transforms into the [[LightningBruiser strong, fast,]] and [[GeniusBruiser calculating]] Liesel right before Arata's eyes just when it looked like they were cornered by the token monsters.]]
4th Jun '16 10:48:41 PM nombretomado
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* The original ''VideoGame/StarSoldier'' ShootEmUp for the NES changes the music when you power up...and in a later remake for the PS2, GCN, and PSP a rock remix of the power up theme plays. AWESOME.

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* The original ''VideoGame/StarSoldier'' ShootEmUp for the NES changes the music when you power up...and in a later remake for the PS2, [=PS2=], GCN, and PSP a rock remix of the power up theme plays. AWESOME.
2nd Jun '16 5:05:55 PM Ninjabot
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* In the final episode of the first season of One Punch Man, the main show's theme plays as Saitama fights Boros.

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* In the final episode of the first season of One Punch Man, ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', the main show's theme plays as Saitama fights Boros.
28th May '16 8:43:58 PM nombretomado
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* The N64 / PlayStation ''VideoGame/MissionImpossible1997'' game powers up the MI theme during the Embassy Escape, Tunnel, and Gunboat levels.

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* The N64 / PlayStation UsefulNotes/PlayStation ''VideoGame/MissionImpossible1997'' game powers up the MI theme during the Embassy Escape, Tunnel, and Gunboat levels.
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