Created By: captainpat on October 17, 2011 Last Edited By: morenohijazo on September 23, 2013

Area Damaging Upgrades

When process of a character gaining new abilities is destructive to the surrounding area

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A character gains an item, or transformation or has a Super Mode that dramatically increases their abilties. To show just how dramatic the change is going to be, the mere process of reaching that new level is enough to cause environmental damage and in some cases harm other beings that happen to around the area.

As opposed to Painful Transformation, examples of this trope tend to do harm to their immediate surroundings.


Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Bleach anime episode 58. When Ichigo first achieves bankai state it causes massive damage to the ground in a circular area around him.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, when Toguro the Younger gets above 80% power in his fight against Yusuke, the force of his evil chi vaporizes a quarter of the spectators.
  • In Casshern Sins, when Casshern finally stops holding back his full strength in his ultimate battle with Dio, the ground beneath him breaks into a spherical depression three times in rapid succession.
  • Dragon Ball Z features this in spades. Anytime a character powers up, the surrounding landscape suffers because of it.
    • The best example of that is when Goku's first (shown) transformation into Super Saiyan 3, which causes storms around a large area.
    • In fact, this is part of the reason why Goku suggests fighting Cell in a tournament out in an isolated location, because they both know how much the city infrastructure would be destroyed (though mostly from the actually fighting more than powering up.)

Comic Books

Film

Video Games
  • In Devil May Cry activating the Devil Trigger, unleashes the character's devil form and also creates an explosion that damages nearby enemies.
  • In Infamous, the main character gets his powers when a package he was delivering explodes, takes out half a city and kills millions.
  • Your character in Diablo III causes an explosion when leveling up.
  • In Mega Man Battle Network 5, activating Tomahawk Soul will cause the entire tile of the battle area to be covered with grass.
Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • October 18, 2011
    dalek955
    • In Yu Yu Hakusho, when Toguro the Younger gets above 80% power in his fight against Yusuke, the force of his evil chi vaporizes a quarter of the spectators.
  • October 18, 2011
    Jhimmibhob
    This seems like a sub-set of a potentially larger trope: "Property-Damaging Transformation." As opposed to Painful Transformation, examples of this trope tend to do harm to their immediate surroundings. Along with the above video-game examples, this covers comic-book phenomena such as Shazam and Marvelman/Miracleman. One could probably come up with multiple anime examples, to boot.

    I propose a corresponding name change and slightly expanded definition.
  • October 18, 2011
    captainpat
    I'm open to just about anything and I agree this concept can be expanded.
  • November 11, 2012
    morenohijazo
    I think your character in Diablo III causes an explosion when leveling up. Can someone confirm this?
  • November 12, 2012
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach anime episode 58. When Ichigo first achieves bankai state it causes massive damage to the ground in a circular area around him.

    I'm sure I remember this happening with another character in an early Bleach episode too, but I can't remember any specifics.
  • November 12, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In Casshern Sins, when Casshern finally stops holding back his full strength in his ultimate battle with Dio, the ground beneath him breaks into a spherical depression three times in rapid succession.
    • Dragon Ball Z features this in spades. Anytime a character powers up, the surrounding landscape suffers because of it. In fact, this is part of the reason why Goku suggests fighting Cell in a tournament out in an isolated location, because they both know how much the city infrastructure would be destroyed (though mostly from the actually fighting more than powering up.)
  • November 12, 2012
    morenohijazo
    ^ The best example of that is when Goku's first (shown) transformation into Super Saiyan 3, which causes storms around a large area.
  • November 12, 2012
    DRCEQ
    ^ indeed, it seemed to only accelerate the environment's destabilization while the planet underwent it's own destruction.
  • April 7, 2013
    Alvin
    Would the Highlander franchise count? Edited to add: the second paragraph of the Highlander page seems to fit.
  • April 7, 2013
    morenohijazo
    I suppose you mean this:

    • When one Immortal takes the head of another, the winner gets the loser's power, while the beheaded Immortal is dead for good. This power exchange manifests as an explosion of energy called The Quickening, in which everything within 50 yards blows up.
  • April 7, 2013
    Alvin
    ^ Yes, I would have done that myself, but my arm hurt a little.
  • September 22, 2013
    DAN004
    • In Mega Man Battle Network 5, activating Tomahawk Soul will cause the entire tile of the battle area to be covered with grass.
  • September 22, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Does This Count?
    • The Incredible Hulk gained his superpowers after being caught near the epicenter of a gamma bomb blast.
  • September 23, 2013
    m8e
    I think that's an inverted example that doesn't fit.
  • September 23, 2013
    DAN004
    Compare and contrast Shapeshifter Accident (in YKTTW), a deconstruction of this trope when the damage resulted is too great and notable, either for you or the surroundings.
  • September 23, 2013
    GeminiSparkSP
    In Megaman ZX, when you first transformed with Model ZX, the surrounding mooks got vaporized. Shame it was only Cutscene Power To The Max.
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