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->''"Go [[TropeNamer beyond the impossible]] and [[BadassCreed kick reason to the curb! That's how Team Gurren rolls!]]"''
-->--'''Kamina''', ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
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"[[ThisCannotBe That's impossible!]]"

No, no it's not. This trope is for actions and events that defy the limits set within a series. In RealLife they just wouldn't work, but the rules of fiction are somewhat... [[TheoryofNarrativeCausality looser]], i.e. whatever the author laid down when constructing it. Someone who, for instance, gains the power [[{{Flight}} to fly]] when no one else can is not this trope; that is AppliedPhlebotinum or FunctionalMagic or some other trope defining the character's power. LikeRealityUnlessOtherwiseNoted is a good thing to keep in mind when adding examples; aspects of the fictional reality not covered by the author's rules are covered by real life. For the example to count it has to be '''impossible''' according to the internal logic of the story.

In short, whenever someone "touches the untouchable" or "breaks the unbreakable",[[note]]''[[Memes/TengenToppaGurrenLagann ROW! ROW! FIGHT DA POWAH!]]''[[/note]] they are going Beyond The Impossible.

This could done by the CrazyAwesome, who ignores the rules, or the IdiotHero, who doesn't know them. Thus, going beyond the impossible can be AchievementsInIgnorance. Just as easily, however, it could be a calculated endeavor by AwesomeByAnalysis trying to break the rules. [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible These are just examples, there could be others.]]

Distinct from UpToEleven in two respects. 1.) There is no 'topping' involved; topping the previous maximum is not necessarily the motivation. 2.) The action is ''literally'' impossible instead of being one step higher than the current best. For example: Alice punches Bob and he steps back from the force. UpToEleven, Alice punches Bob [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom across the room]]. Beyond The Impossible, Alice punches Bob ''backwards in time''. The former is just a stronger punch while the latter has nothing to do with strength.

If you're looking for the old definition, 'a series tops itself over and over', go to SerialEscalation.

This trope is about events not the characters involved in them. Do not confused with RuleOfCool (where the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief is stretched because the example is cool) CrazyAwesome (which is characters that are effective because [[CrazyEnoughToWork they may be the only ones crazy enough to try]]) or {{badass}} which is Rule Of Cool personified.

For someone who fails at something in a extreme way, see EpicFail. If someone scores a 12 out of ten or a negative score or anything like that then you'll want BrokeTheRatingScale or FMinusMinus.

Compare the various ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes, which are more about breaking ''social'' rules than ''physical'' ones.

A violation of InternalConsistency and will not exist in stories with NegativeContinuity because a story needs strong internal consistency and continuity in order for either to be broken. WrongContextMagic is a subtrope where characters pull out magic abilities that don't fit into the local rules. Contrast MagicAIsMagicA, when even supernatural elements have rules that cannot be broken.

Named for one translation (of many) of one of [[CrazyAwesome Kamina]]'s (many, many) {{Catch Phrase}}s from ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''.

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* At one point in the ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' comics and books, Jaller sets Mantax [[ManOnFire ablaze]] ''[[WaterIsAir on the ocean floor]]''. ElementalRockPaperScissors is important in the series so its {{Hand Wave}}d with the [[AWizardDidIt Wizard Did It]] rule; he has power over fire, and if he wants fire underwater, ''he can do that'' (not easily, but still...). Further [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by Greg on an online Q&A when he pointed out that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic possible to have fire underwater.]] It just takes either certain chemicals or a lot of energy.
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' [[http://www.garfield.com/comics/vault.html?yr=2005&addr=050401 ate a pizza]] ''before'' it arrived. He has "friends high up in the delivery business".
* ''{{Foxtrot}}'', a universe grounded in real-life physics, has the Humbler, a Hummer BlandNameProduct that is implied to '''have a bigger gravitational mass than Earth'''.
** Jason the omninerd wants to go back in time by exceeding the speed of light. How? [[DrivesLikeCrazy By asking his brother Peter, of course.]]
--> '''Jason:''' I've seen how you drive on the freeway.
--> '''Peter:''' You're talking ''nine'' digit numbers. I've only flirted with ''four''.
** FYI, land speed records are firmly set in the three-digit range using specially designed rocket-propelled vehicles. Peter breaks 1,000 in a ''station wagon''.
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[[GurrenLagann Do the impossible! See the invisible!]]

[[AwesomeMusic ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER!]]
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