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Area Damaging Upgrades
When process of a character gaining new abilities is destructive to the surrounding area
(permanent link) added: 2011-10-17 23:22:00 sponsor: captainpat edited by: morenohijazo (last reply: 2013-09-23 08:51:26)

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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.


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


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.
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