Created By: deavilish21885 on September 28, 2012

Non-Winged Mortal

A One-Winged Angel is brought back to normal.

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The Big Bad has gained incredible power! All is lost! But suddenly a spot of hope appears. Their source of power is destroyed, their demonic benefactor has been defeated, or they have otherwise been reduced to their previous form. This does not necessarily mean death or even powerlessness for the villain, just regression. Usually followed by one of two things: either a one shot villian is subsequently destroyed, or Status Quo is God and the recurring villain escapes to fight again. Compare Brought Down to Normal. Not related to Broken Angel.
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  • September 28, 2012

    Anime & Manga - Dragonball Z - Anytime a Great Ape gets its tail cut off, this happens. Garlic Jr.'s Makyo Star is destroyed by Gohan, reducing him to a shriveled weakling. Gohan smashes Perfect Cell in the stomach, causing him to vomit up Android 18 and regress to his previous form. Subverted with Majin Buu, the heroes think they're doing this when they free the fat Buu but actually make him stronger.

    Books - Streets of Rage Saga - Musashi's Essence of Jutsu takes away Mr. X's power he stole from the Sons of Darkness, where he is shot by Adam.

    Fan Fic - Sonic: Nazo Unleashed - Hyper Shadic, Sonic and Shadow's Hyper Forms fused together, draw the negative Chaos energy out of Nazo and back into the Emeralds, making him weak enough to kill.

    Video Games - Paper Mario - Mario beats Bowser and wins back the Star Rod he stole. Cue shrinking down to normal and loss of power aura.

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - After being defeated by Yoshi, Kamek's magic spell on Bowser is broken and he shrinks back down to regular size.

    Western Animation - Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo - Brushogun is ripped out of the cursed printing press, causing Daizo to lose his power over him.

    Justice League Unlimited - Flash uses his super speed to separate Braniac from Lex Luthor, turning him back into a human.

    Duck Tales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp - Scrooge Mc Duck rips the magic talisman out of Merlock's hands, causing him to lose his transformation and magic power and plummet to his presumed death.
  • December 6, 2012
    Isn't this just an extension of Brought Down To Normal. If not then I have this to say (not sure if A change in clothes and color counts though):

    My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: The 2-part pilot has Nightmare Moon. An black Alicorn who wanted to shroud Equestria in an Imperishable Night. When The Elements of Harmony was used on her a secong time (the first time just banished her to the moon) she became a smaller indegoish Alicorn called Princess Luna. Her starry mane also turned blue as a result. ( though as of season two she has regain that trait and has a darker coat but not as dark as when she was Nightmare Moon. and she turned before the events of the show.)
  • December 6, 2012
    Needs a better title; could refer to any normal person.
  • December 6, 2012
  • December 10, 2012
    @Morning Star 1337 Not normal, just a previous form, previous forms aren't always normal but they can be. Guess the Justice League example would be that though. Princess Luna was Nightmare Moon's original form? Never seen the show so I have no idea.

    @Morgan Wick Yeah I know, best I could think of for now.

    @Star Sword Definitely compare. Gotta point out though, not changing into a different form (regardless of strength), but back into whatever they were before they went One-Wing.
  • December 10, 2012
    I agree with the above commenters. We already have this trope, or close enough that a single sentence in the example would clarify. It's unnecessary.
  • December 10, 2012
    One Winged Angel was never a good trope name. Not only is the actual song not an example it not an example, the wording does not even suggest it is about getting stronger.

    Broken Angel for those who considered being "super" normal. Brought Down To Normal for "normal" characters who got to play with superpowers for a little while.
  • December 11, 2012
    Eight Bit Theater: Black Mage is killed by Lich and goes to hell, becoming its ruler. He returns to the mortal plane, now an avatar of destruction, and quickly drags Lich into Hell. Unfortunately, Lich then takes over Hell and has the demons remove BM's powers.
  • December 12, 2012
    Definatively a trope i've seen more than once.. if only i could remember where.

    In the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, Father after absorbing all the souls of the country and then taking essentially god into himself, has his absorption countered by Hohenheim, turning his transformation slightly back to a Clipped Wing Angel.

    The decription needs to hold for examples such as this, as well as more gradual steps backwards when the transformation isn't a single formshift, but more of a sliding scale. And it needs to not be ambigous about it.

    I'm certain i've seen this trope (or something very much like it) in lots of video games, where there's a multi stage final boss, often with multiple One Winged Angel transformations, and the final form is the original untransformed state that's been reverted to, for either the final bossfight or for the afterfight cutscenes. This general thing happens in so many JRP Gs and similar i can't even list them all (Sephiroth himself being a good example(ish maybe) of how it usually looks) It definatively happens a lot that you'll fight something graphically huge and freakish monster, and then for the death cutscene they'll be back in their human form, or at least one more human like.