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Since the dawn of time man has wanted to fly. But, well... To be honest it is pretty darn hard. It took a long time to figure out that humans themselves could not fly and it took even longer before man could do it with tools. But what if if could be done easier? What if humans could simply grow wings themselves and fly away?

GrowingWings is a trope centered around a person, animal, or even an object [[CaptainObvious that sprouts wings]]. The wings either grow over time, or are gained instantly. The wings can appear suddenly, often as a result of a magical spell or MacGuffin.

In case of a person or animal, the character could also go through {{Metamorphosis}}. They can [[JustWokeUpThatWay wake up one morning]] to discover tiny wings on their back, which [[SlowTransformation grow over time]] until they are functional. The initial sprouts can be ridges, feathery tufts, or tiny, articulated wings. The more realistic the story is, the more slow and painful the change will be. If the transformation and large flight muscles also develop, it can be a mild case of BodyHorror.

Note that this trope is for permanent or semi-permanent wings. Wings that appear and disappear go into the category of PowerGivesYouWings.

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* People often sprout wings in Red Bull commercials.

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* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' Sasuke sprouts wings during his fight with Naruto. The transformation sequence looks a bit painful and they burst through his clothing.
* Manga/PrincessAi sprouts a pair, on account of her unconventional heritage.
* In the final episodes of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', [[spoiler: Eureka is distressed when she undergoes a mysterious transformation that includes the sprouting of bright green butterfly wings.]]
* In ''Anime/AngelBeats'', Kanade programs angel wings on herself after Otonashi suggests it.

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* ''[[ComicBook/UncannyXMen The Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1]]'' story arc "Quarantine" (issues 530-534) introduces an experimental drug that gives a specific mutant's power to ordinary humans. One of the volunteers, Penny Newsom, chooses Angel. Shortly after taking it, she sprouts wings.
* The ''[[Comicbook/{{Flight}} Flight]]'' Volume 1 short comic "I wish..." by Vera Brosgol is about a teenage girl that grows angel wings one day. It's mostly her talking with a friend about growing up wishing she could fly.

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* In ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', Angel is shown to have something growing out of his back as a child. Fast forward ten years: he has wings.

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* An interesting variation occurs in the novel ''Mail-Order Wings'' by Beatrice Gormley. The protagonist Andrea builds a set of artificial wings from a kit and drinks a potion that causes them to gradually become real. Unfortunately for her, the potion also causes her to slowly metamorphose into a bird.
* The Icarii race in ''Literature/TheWayfarerRedemption'' series are born wingless, and develop wings in infancy. Dormant wing-buds of half-Icarii, half-human adults can still be encouraged to sprout, using magic.
* In ''TheMagiciansNephew'', [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Aslan]] gives Strawberry wings and [[MeaningfulRename renames him Fledge]]. Instant CoolHorse.
* Mervyn Peake's ''Mr Pye'' is such a saintly character that he begins to sprout angel wings. He finds them an embarrassing nuisance and eventually decides to try not being saintly any more to try and get them to go away again. It works... but he then begins to sprout horns instead. Reverting his character to get rid of the horns again works, but the wings come back...
* Laurel Winter has a book called "Growing Wings", where it's a kind of PubertySuperpower. The wings are too large to really be hidden, but there aren't any other physical adaptations for flight, so no one with wings can really use them to fly on their own.
* It happens to Miranda in ''Literature/DrFranklinsIsland'' in a horrifying way - she loses her hands and her breastbone [[PainfulTransformation bursts through her skin]] as she turns into a bird. As it happens she tries to stay positive about it, saying that she'd love to be able to fly.
* ''Rapture'' by David Sosnowski is about a virus that causes people to grow wings and how society adjusts and reacts to this new subset of the human race (i.e. [[FantasticRacism not very well]]).
* ''When We Have Wings'' by Claire Corbett is a dystopian novel where the extremely wealthy opt to get a combination of surgery, genetic modification, and drugs to grow and maintain flight-capable wings. These people live in floating paradises in the sky, making it kind of similar to ''Film/{{Elysium}}'' (although predating it by a few years).

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* The MusicVideo for Asian Kung Fu Generation's "After Dark" features a man randomly sprouting wings on his back one day, and desperately hiding them until a window-washer is dangerously close to falling off a building.

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* In ''[[Webcomic/DanandMabsFurryAdventures DFMA]]'', the Cubi race grows a second pair of wings on their head in addition to the pair on their back when they come into power.
* Jarred experienced this early in ''Webcomic/BoomerExpress''. It was [[http://www.boomerexpress.com/2002/09/05/40-that-must-sting/ quite the painful episode]].
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