Created By: FallenLegend on August 25, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on November 26, 2011
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Power High

Superpowers make you feel good (literally).

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She seems to be enjoying it a bit too much...

Power feels good...

And for some that is true in a very literally sense. When a character either gains superpowers( often coupled with Powers as Programs) or becomes more powerful they will feel pleasure sometimes expressed in a similar way to an orgasm. Often used as means of Getting Crap Past the Radar.

The pleasure this power gives is usually expressed to phrases like "Yes!, yes! yes!", "I can feel the power surging through my veins", "This feels so good" or similar, often in a very explicit way.

What ever the case it is made clear that the person is really enjoying the please his/her new powers gives. A probable side effect of this is that the person in question will have an addiction similar to drugs making "superpowers" similar to a G-Rated Drug.

This trope is mostly associated with villain characters. As they are the most likely to express pleasure when gaining power as opposed to heroic characters that are more likely expected not to enjoy their powers.

See also Evil Feels Good, Good Feels Good, and Power Is Sexy.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Inverted in Princess Tutu. Rue actually feels pain when she transforms.
  • In Puella Magi Kazumi Magica Ahiri after becoming YUURI says "haha this is great!... this powers are the best". All of this while pulling her tongue out of her mouth and looking very very pleased in a suggestive way. as it can be seen here.
    • Along with Yuuri from Kazumi Magica, Kazumi has a moment of this in chapter 1 in her first battle.
  • The reason all modern eponymous warriors from Claymore are exclusively female is because release of yoki (demonic energy that powers them) is this to men. To be even exacter, male Claymores (produced long ago) experienced the power-up as sexual pleasure and Awakened almost immediately.
  • Mecha pilots in Taiyou No Tsubasa react in a very orgasmic way when their mechs combine. The mechs gain a lot of power from the resulting Mind Meld, but the moaning and facial expressions are probably just there for fanservice.
  • In Dragonball Z: Piccolo's infamous "Yes! Yes! I feel great! I can do this!" moment when he fuses with Nail. Nail even teases him about it in in The Abridged Series

Film
Rogue: "Does it hurt when they come out?"
Wolverine: "Every time."

Live Action Tv
  • In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Willow started to OD on witchcraft it was explicitly analogous to being high on drugs.

Literature
  • In the Wheel of Time, the One Power is so addictive that most channelers who lose the ability to channel die of despair within a year or two, The True Power, the Power supplied by the Dark One to his favoured minions is even more addictive.
  • Everworld: Senna claims using magic "...filled me up, rushed through me, the sensation of power more erotic than any fantasy, more exciting. The power, I loved it so, it filled me and fulfilled me. It was mind, it was body, it was sex and money and power and revenge and triumph all rolled into one."

Music

Tabletop Games
  • In Forgotten Realms, some elves had a peculiar reaction on raising a mythal (city-scale spell field): magic users all over the area spontaneously levitate and space out. Elminster in Myth Drannor had a scene when one elven gardener found his noble lady and her handmaiden floating naked over the basin, staring into nowhere and "moaning a chant". He had no options but to shake his head and conclude that "pleasure spells were certainly becoming powerful things these days". Also, there were mentions of elven wizards who much later became mythal proponents after hearing about this effect.
  • Amber Diceless Role-Playing. In the section on the character Merlin, it says that the magical powers possessed by Amberites make the user feel so good that they can become addictive.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Girl Genius, when the new Heterodyne is subjected to the effect of Dyne water plus electroshock for the first time and feels godlike. Later the Castle implies it's a normal reaction:
    Agatha: I believe another forty-five point three seconds, and I would have exploded or something. [...] Oh, yeah... I have got to try that again!

Web Original
  • In The Lazer Collection:
    Dr. Octogonapus: "Feel the power, Randal! Let it seep up your thighs and penetrate your body! Let it penetrate you, Randal!"
    Randal: "It feels good!"
    Dr. Octogonapus: "Now release! Let it build up and release!"
    Randal: "Hnnn… BLAAAAH!!"

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 43
  • August 25, 2011
    peccantis
    I have extreme doubt about explicitly stated or Word Of God confirmed examples even existing in high enough numbers. If it's not either of this, it's just Looks Like She Is Enjoying It.
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Nope that trope is when pain is confused as pleasure. This is when superpowers literally give pleasure to a character.
  • August 25, 2011
    peccantis
    ^ but you still don't have any explicit examples. How should you know whether, say, Juri feels actual sexual pleasure from the ki, or if it's just the way you think it looks/sounds?
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^Not necessarily sexual pleasure. What I mean is that sexual pleasure may be suggested. But the point is the character feeling good while gaining power.

    For the record Juri did say and I quote "" mmm I like it" in a sugestive way.

    Proof she did this
  • August 25, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Note that YKTTW working titles are not Wiki Words.

    For titles, perhaps Power Feels Good or simply Power High; the term "pleasure" is all-too-often associated with sex.
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^ yeah those names are much better thanks!
  • August 25, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Another inversion is that bit of dialogue from the first X Men movie,
    Rogue: "Does it hurt when they come out?"
    Wolverine: "Every time."
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Thanks will mention it.
  • August 25, 2011
    AP
    • In Iron Man 2, when Tony Stark inserts the new element into his arc-reactor, he gets a very sudden high.
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    thx
  • August 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Buffy The Vampire Slayer when Willow started to OD on witchcraft it was explicitly analogous to being high on drugs.
  • August 25, 2011
    FallenLegend
    thanks will add
  • August 26, 2011
    Andygal
    In the Wheel Of Time, the One Power is so addictive that most channelers who loose the ability to channel die of despair within a year or two, The True Power, the Power supplied by the Dark One to his favoured minions is even more addictive.
  • August 26, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Thanks will add
  • August 26, 2011
    Koveras
    The reason all modern eponymous warriors from Claymore are exclusively female is because release of yoki (demonic energy that powers them) is this to men. To be even exacter, male Claymores (produced long ago) experienced the power-up as sexual pleasure and Awakened almost immediately.
  • August 26, 2011
    FallenLegend
    I knew this trope was very common. Thanks!
  • August 26, 2011
    Generality
    • Mecha pilots in Taiyou No Tsubasa react in a very orgasmic way when their mechs combine. The mechs gain a lot of power from the resulting Mind Meld, but the moaning and facial expressions are probably just there for fanservice.
  • August 26, 2011
    FallenLegend
    added!
  • August 27, 2011
    Chabal2
    Everworld: Senna claims using magic "...filled me up, rushed through me, the sensation of power more erotic than any fantasy, more exciting. The power, I loved it so, it filled me and fulfilled me. It was mind, it was body, it was sex and money and power and revenge and triumph all rolled into one."
  • August 27, 2011
    FallenLegend
    THX!
  • August 27, 2011
    Damr1990
    See also Evil Feels Good,
  • August 28, 2011
    terrafox
    • Spiderman3 had Peter Parker talk about how the power in his symbiote-infected suit felt good. This symbiote would later be cast off and infect a Rival Turned Evil, Venom in the climax of the movie.
  • August 28, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    I don't know I'd consider Wolverine's claws a power -- they're more body modifications that come in handy. Most of those are painful. Which might give this trope a flipside. Onboard powers feel good; cybernetics and body mods hurt?

    In the comic book X-Men, though, Storm loves her powers because of how they let her be in tune with the earth.
  • August 28, 2011
    darkclaw
  • August 28, 2011
    FallenLegend
    ^^ will add ^ wow now that's explicit...Thx will add
  • August 28, 2011
    Umune
    The Wheel of Time entry has a small typo. "channelers who loose the ability" should be "channelers who lose the ability" (loose vs. lose)
  • August 29, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Oh I see thanks I will fix
  • August 31, 2011
    Sheliak
    From the X-Men comic books, Phoenix was originally portrayed like this.
  • September 1, 2011
    FallenLegend
    Thx will add
  • September 4, 2011
    CrownClown
    Along with Yuuri from Kazumi Magica, Kazumi has a moment of this in chapter 1 in her first battle.
  • September 4, 2011
    Xtifr
    Western Animation:
    • In Harvey Birdman Attorney At Law, Harvey, who gets his power from sunlight, discovers that suntan lotion can provide the same effect. He quickly becomes addicted to the rush, and starts spending all his money on lotion, until his friends are forced to stage an intervention.
  • September 4, 2011
    nightelf37
    • In The Lazer Collection:
      Dr. Octogonapus: "Feel the power, Randal! Let it seep up your thighs and penetrate your body! Let it penetrate you, Randal!"
      Randal: "It feels good!"
      Dr. Octogonapus: "Now release! Let it build up and release!"
      Randal: "Hnnn… BLAAAAH!!"
  • September 4, 2011
    hevendor717
    From Dragonball Z: Piccolo's infamous "Yes! Yes! I feel great! I can do this!" moment when he fuses with Nail. Nail even teases him about it in in The Abridged Series.
  • September 15, 2011
    TBeholder
    • Girl Genius, when the new Heterodyne is subjected to the effect of Dyne water plus electroshock for the first time and feels godlike. Later the Castle implies it's a normal reaction:
      Agatha: I believe another forty-five point three seconds, and I would have exploded or something. [...] Oh, yeah... I have got to try that again!
  • September 18, 2011
    troacctid
    Please don't put a launch countdown before you've even proofread the trope for grammar.
  • September 18, 2011
    Ekuran
    Compare Power Is Sexy.
  • September 21, 2011
    TBeholder
    • In Forgotten Realms some elves had a peculiar reaction on raising a mythal (city-scale spell field): magic users all over the area spontaneously levitate and space out. Elminster in Myth Drannor had a scene when one elven gardener found his noble lady and her handmaiden floating naked over the basin, staring into nowhere and "moaning a chant". He had no options but to shake his head and conclude that "pleasure spells were certainly becoming powerful things these days". Also, there were mentions of elven wizards who much later became mythal proponents after hearing about this effect.
  • September 21, 2011
    Deboss
  • September 24, 2011
    surgoshan
    I think this also needs to be explicitly differentiated from Good Feels Good. It's not about the good or evilness of the power, it's about the power itself.
  • October 5, 2011
    TBeholder
    And one to Music:
  • November 18, 2011
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • Amber Diceless Role-Playing. In the section on the character Merlin, it says that the magical powers possessed by Amberites make the user feel so good that they can become addictive.
  • November 19, 2011
    somerandomdude
  • November 26, 2011
    TBeholder
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