Created By: Mozgwsloiku on September 7, 2010 Last Edited By: Mozgwsloiku on February 11, 2011
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GrowingMusclesSequence

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Up for Grabs and needs a better name. A sub-trope of Transformation Sequence (currently referenced as monstrous transformation ) this version is used for several versions of shapeshifting, One-Winged Angel and Hulking Out. The sequence will always contain at least three of these:
  • a close-up of an arm growing. (character will stare at his hand if surprised.)
  • a close-up of facial features distorting.
  • the character bending backwards as the chest expands
  • the character bending forwards as the back muscles expand, ripping the shirt , if any. (If the character is a villain, he will nearly always have Spikes of Villainy popping up along the spine.)
  • Roar Before Beating or a Skyward Scream

Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • September 6, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Does anyone have any more examples? I am sure I have seen it in more places
  • September 6, 2010
    KZN02
    Bane from Batman?
  • September 6, 2010
    foxley
  • September 6, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Do you have a specific example for Bane? because I know he wasn't so ridiculously bulky in the comins. The only two places I remember him rapidly growing was the live movie and Arkham Asylum - and I'm not sure he matched the requirements there: on both occassions he was tied down, preventing him from fully enacting the trope.
  • September 6, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    ok, I found a clean Bane example. He does count
  • September 6, 2010
    Tannhaeuser
    Done in a number of werewolf transformations in animation. Apparently the "were" in "werewolf" is the Anglo-Saxon for "body-builder."
  • September 6, 2010
    TBTabby
    Why didn't anybody mention The Incredible Hulk? He's practically the Ur Example!
  • September 6, 2010
    randomsurfer
    In The New Universe, David Landers of DP 7 goes through quite painful transformations when he grows muscles. He also has to eat a lot to sustain the muscle growth.
  • September 7, 2010
    Mozgwsloiku
    Tannhaeuser - That was a perfect 5/5 example. Thank you very much.
  • September 7, 2010
    SonicLover
    Ace Dick's transformation into Fiesta Ace Dick in Problem Sleuth.
  • February 10, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Violator transforms like this in the Spawn movie (in the comic he does it much faster, often between pictures)
  • February 10, 2011
    ssfsx17
    Altered Beast -- In-game (it takes a number of powerups for your character to get all the way beast) as well as the transformation cutscene
  • February 10, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Frieza when he goes from one form to another in Dragonball Z.
  • February 10, 2011
    FalconPain
    Oddly, He-Man only did this in the first few episodes of the second season of the 2002 series, before he got his new armor. Prior to that season and series, it was always a quick cut.
  • February 10, 2011
    EponymousKid
    inb4 someone says something like "This is seriously hot like Fetish Fuel omg"
  • February 11, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
  • February 11, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    We have enough examples to trope this. The picture shouldn't be hard either, though I haven't yet learned how to dothis. Now, anyone has a better suggestion for a name?
  • February 11, 2011
    TBTabby
    I was going to suggest Hulking Out, but that's already a trope.
  • February 11, 2011
    NateTheGreat
    Bane also did the "turn on the Venom and shudder as his muscles get bulkier" thing in The Batman.
  • February 11, 2011
    Indalecio
  • February 11, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The Simpsons: Bart has an Imagine Spot where he's a professional Human Guniea Pig. He takes one sip of Nature's Goodness soda and turns into a deformed monster.
    Bart: Sweet.
    Researcher: writing down Pleasing taste, some monsterism.
  • February 11, 2011
    Ronka87
    Another common trait--shrinking back down once the effect of whatever wears off.

    • Popeye, when he eats his spinach-- a briefer example than most.
    • Justice League Unlimited in the episode, "The Patriot Act," after a mad general steals super soldier serum and injects himself.
    • Patriot of Young Avenger, in the storyline where it's revealed he takes Mutant Growth Hormone. He injects himself with too much, and he grows to the size of a truck.
    • In his first appearance, Nightwing villain Blockbuster has one of these, turning him into a giant, deformed monster. Unlike most examples, the effect is permanent.
  • February 11, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • The younger Toguro brother from Yu Yu Hakusho gets one of these.
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