Rebuilding Earth ought to be a lot more fun than ruining it was.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. 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;
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- Gaia's Vengeance 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 the use the creation is intended for.
- Creating Life and Building Systems.
- ... Or something that defies classification altogether.
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Anime and Manga
- In My Neighbor Totoro, the Forest God and the kids magically grow a few seeds into a MASSIVE World Tree. In the morning, the tree is gone, but the seeds have germinated abnormally fast.
- In Origin: Spirits of the Past, in what is probably the most beautiful opening for an anime movie ever, the genetic engineering of super-powered plants on the moon is 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 Destruction Is Cool.
- Franky from One Piece 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 Fullmetal Alchemist, alchemy makes construction (and repairs) very easy, but cool-looking nonetheless.
- This becomes a Discussed Trope 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.
- The various stages of the creation of Iron Man's armour.
- Parodied in 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 Boom Towns in Lucky Luke 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.
Films — Animated
- In Dumbo, a circus is "built". During a storm. By faceless burly black dudes. And elephants. It is awesome.
- In The Prince of Egypt, this is subverted: the Pharaonic monuments are impressive, but they are built with slave labor.
- In A Troll in Central Park, the entirety of Big Applesauce is invaded by flower plants.
- In Max Fleischer's Gulliver's Travels, the Liliputians binding Gullliver and transporting him to town.
- The mice and birds making Cinderella's dress in Disney's Cinderella.
- The climax of FernGully: The Last Rainforest, in which Crysta and the other fairies cause a tree to grow around Hexus, imprisoning him again.
- This is done with a Decon-Recon Switch in The LEGO Movie. There are 2 major sides in the show, 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.
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 Superman Returns.
- Some of the stuff the protagonist uses in TRON once he regains his Admin powers.
- A major theme in TRON: Legacy.
- Star Wars. The construction of the Death Star. The construction of the Clone Army. The construction of Lord Vader.
- Flashdance has some cool welding sequences. WHAT A FEELING!. The inaccuracy of the way welding was depicted was mocked in The Full Monty.
- Kind of An Aesop in Office Space, 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 Witness. Parodied in The Simpsons episode where they get a pool.
- The construction of the various Iron Man suits in the eponymous films combines this trope with Technology Porn.
- In The Lord of the Rings, 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 The Pillars of the Earth centers around the expansion/reconstruction of Philip's church into a massive cathedral.
- The climax of Mistborn, when the Hero of Ages brings the entire Scadrial back to its former glory, undoing all the damage done before.
Liva Action TV
- This trope is the core of Scrapheap Challenge .
- From Daft Punk's "Harder Better Faster Stronger": WORK IT, MAKE IT, DO IT, MAKES US, HARDER BETTER FASTER STRONGER, MORE THAN EVER HOUR AFTER, OUR WORK IS NEVER OVER.
- The point of virtually all city-building games. Pharaoh has you building pyramids (sometimes 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 Kerbal Space Program is that it lets you design, build, and fly your own spacecraft, space stations, 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 Halo 3 centered on the inside of a Misriah Armory foundry on Mars assembling distinctive UNSC weapons.
- Scrap Mechanic, a construction sandbox with Design-It-Yourself Equipment at its core, exemplifies this trope. It's really easy for the players to create magnificent, awesome machines that use actual physical and engineering priciples and 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 Minecraft.
- 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 run down hordes of zombies with.
- The scene in the Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "Tales of Ba Sing Se", when Aang builds a new zoo compound using earthbending.
- One of the core themes of 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.
- Merrie Melodies short "Rhapsody in Rivets", in which a skyscraper is built to music, with the foreman acting as a Cartoon Conductor.
- Phineas and Ferb building their inventions, all the time.