->''Rebuilding Earth ought to be a lot more fun than ruining it was.''
-->--''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 2'' ending

Destruction is cool. Construction requires time, effort, planning, lots of minute stages, coordination... and there are seldom enemies and villains to defeat. The only antagonist is ourselves, our own flaws and laziness and that's not something people like to confront. [[ViolenceIstheOnlyOption A straight-up battle that ends with the destruction of evil is more entertaining and dramatic]], and less self-accusatory. However, some works manage to portray creation and construction and raising as activities deserving of awe and respect, and the hard work they involve is represented as dignifying rather than demeaning.

There are various ways this can be shown, usually through;
* Architecture.
* GaiasVengeance and other Green phenomena.
* Geological formations.
* Industry, Labor, and Craftsmanship. More awesome if robots are involved. It's what they've been invented ''for''.
* Weapon Construction: A special sort of example: the construction of tools of destruction takes some of its awe from [[{{Irony}} the use the creation is intended for]].
* CreatingLife and Building Systems.
* ... Or something that defies classification altogether.

Occasional parodied with people building much faster than physical possible or lacking organisation having HilarityEnsues.

Related to CreationSequence, HardWorkMontage, ATeamMontage, and maybe a ForgingScene or TheGreatRepair. Also, apparently, BuildingIsWelding, because it's showy, flashy, and '''[[Film/{{Flashdance}} manly.]]'''



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* In ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'', the Forest God and the kids magically grow a few seeds into a MASSIVE WorldTree. In the morning, the tree is gone, but the seeds have germinated abnormally fast.
* In ''Anime/OriginSpiritsOfThePast'', in what is probably [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome the most]] [[AwesomeAnimation beautiful]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome opening]] for an anime movie [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdRwvnr21H4&feature=related ever]], the genetic engineering of super-powered plants on the moon is [[{{Montage}} juxtaposed]] to their subsequent explosive growth to the point that THE MOON IS SPLIT IN HALF, ''burning reentry into Earth's atmosphere'', and '''''growing to cover all of the planet'''''. It combines the Creation and Growth aspects of this trope with DestructionIsCool.
* [[{{Cyborg}} Franky]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' clearly puts a lot of heart into everything he builds, as do the workers from Water 7. His mentor Tom builds "With a don!"
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', alchemy makes construction (and repairs) very easy, but cool-looking nonetheless.
** This becomes a DiscussedTrope when Winry helps deliver a baby, and Ed praises the creation of a new human life (and her help in achieving that as a midwife) as being more incredible than alchemy.


[[folder: Comics ]]

* The various stages of the creation of ''ComicBook/IronMan's'' [[PowerArmor armour]].
* Parodied in ''[[ComicBook/{{Asterix}} Asterix and Cleopatra]]'' where the latter tasks an architect with the building of a palace for Caesar in just three months. An impossible task, so he calls the druid Getafix whose magic potion suddenly makes the construction work much faster, with the now super-strong workers tossing the giant stone blocks between each other.
* Also parodied a pair of times with [[BoomTown Boom Towns]] in ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' with people running around with half houses, a saloon owner building the saloon around the already waiting costumers, an entire city build without streets and so on.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'', a circus is "built". During a storm. By faceless burly black dudes. And elephants. It is '''awe'''some.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt'', this is subverted: the Pharaonic monuments are impressive, but [[ArtisticLicenseHistory they are built with]] ''slave labor''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark'', the entirety of BigApplesauce is invaded by flower plants.
* In Max Fleischer's ''WesternAnimation/GulliversTravels'', the Liliputians binding Gullliver and transporting him to town.
* The mice and birds making Cinderella's dress in Disney's ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
* The climax of ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'', in which [[spoiler:Crysta and the other fairies cause a tree to grow around Hexus, imprisoning him again.]]
* This is done with a DeconReconSwitch in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoMovie''. There are 2 major sides in the show, [[OrderVsChaos Lord Business vs Cloud Cuckooland]]. The latter is a bunch of creative builders who build awesome and nonstandard things, but their creations tend to either not last long or not working as intended. The former is a paragon of "following instructions" who doesn't tolerate any kind of deviations, but his empire's boring buildings and vehicles are practical. Emmet's journey to become a Master Builder here is the reconstruction - in the end, by combining the knowledge of instructions that he has as a part of Lord Business' system with his newfound Master Builder sense, he can make awesome constructions that are also functional.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* Every time you see an underwater volcano surging from the ocean to become an island.
* There was that... huge... geological thing Lex Luthor used in ''Film/SupermanReturns''.
* Some of the stuff the protagonist uses in ''Film/{{Tron}}'' once he regains his Admin powers.
* A major theme in ''Film/TronLegacy''.
* ''Franchise/StarWars''. The construction of the [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Death Star.]] The construction of the [[Film/AttackOfTheClones Clone Army.]] The construction of [[WeCanRebuildHim Lord Vader.]]
* ''Film/{{Flashdance}}'' has some cool welding sequences. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILWSp0m9G2U WHAT A FEELING!]]. The inaccuracy of the way welding was depicted was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mIy6es9HhY mocked]] in ''Film/TheFullMonty.''
* Kind of AnAesop in ''Film/OfficeSpace'', where the hero quits his stressful, unsatisfying desk job and finds working at a construction site much more fulfilling in the end.
* The barn raising in ''Film/{{Witness}}''. Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode where they get a pool.
* The construction of the various [[PoweredArmor Iron Man suits]] in [[Film/IronMan the eponymous films]] combines this trope with TechnologyPorn.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', the reforging of the sword Narsil into Andúril, the forging of the Nine, the Seven, the Three and the One, the creation and armament of Saruman's army.
* The entire plot ''Literature/ThePillarsOfTheEarth'' centers around the expansion/reconstruction of Philip's church into a massive cathedral.
* The climax of ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', when the Hero of Ages brings the entire Scadrial back to its former glory, undoing all the damage done before.


[[folder: Liva Action TV ]]

* This trope is the core of ScrapheapChallenge .


[[folder: Music ]]

* From Music/DaftPunk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger": [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAjR4_CbPpQ WORK IT, MAKE IT, DO IT, MAKES US, HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER, MORE THAN EVER HOUR AFTER, OUR WORK IS NEVER OVER]].


[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The mindset of [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame your average dwarves]].
* In the lore of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 4e, this is Erathis' paradigm.
* The Alchemical ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has ''becoming a'' metropolis/patropolis as their final stage of evolution. In their case, they are so Awesome, they become Construction.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* The point of virtually all city-building games. ''Pharaoh'' has you building pyramids (sometimes [[UpToEleven more than one]] in a single city), while providing (by ancient standards) ridiculously high living standard for your citizens.
* Some Tycoon games, i.e. ''Railroad Tycoon''.
* The primary appeal of ''VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram'' is that it lets you design, build, and fly your own spacecraft, {{space station}}s, and surface bases, including the possibility of assembling them part by part in orbit or on another planet's surface.
* One of the live-action (or made to look such in this case) trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' centered on the inside of a Misriah Armory foundry on Mars assembling distinctive UNSC weapons.
* ''VideoGame/ScrapMechanic'', a construction sandbox with DesignItYourselfEquipment at its core, exemplifies this trope. It's really easy for the players to create magnificent, awesome machines [[UnexpectedlyRealisticGameplay that use actual physical and engineering priciples]] and [[NotTheIntendedUse utilize the game's available parts in novel ways]] to do pretty much anything one can imagine.
* Elaborate block-based construction projects are quite possibly the biggest reason to play ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cataclysm}}: Dark Days Ahead'' offers many construction options, from renovating abandoned houses and fixing up broken cars to building a zombie-proof fortress or creating a Deathmobile to [[CarFu run down hordes of zombies with]].


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* The scene in the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se", when [[TheChosenOne Aang]] builds a new zoo compound using [[DishingOutDirt earthbending]].
* One of the core themes of ''{{WesternAnimation/Dinotrux}}''. A group of dinosaur construction vehicle hybrids working together to accomplish feats of construction that generally end up saving the day. The climax of almost every episode features a building montage set to the show's main theme.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short "WesternAnimation/RhapsodyInRivets", in which a skyscraper is built to music, with the foreman acting as a CartoonConductor.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' building their inventions, all the time.