A common trend in fiction is to give the character a Super Mode
. These come in many shapes, sizes, and colors but the most common color variation is gold. If a character and/or their weapon turns gold in fiction, he or she gains a boatload of power.
This is because gold has long been associated with greatness. It can mean authority, wealth, divinity, but in all cases, the bottom line is that gold=power. Thus, a character that glows gold has to be tremendously powerful. This makes it a useful visual cue for a Super Mode
of Power Makeover
and Law of Chromatic Superiority
(and to be specific, Gold-Colored Superiority
See also: Power Glows
and Super Mode
. It's often an Eleventh Hour Super Power
. It occasionally overlaps with Power Dyes Your Hair
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- Superman Prime, the being Superman will become many centuries into the future as seen in DC One Million, is completely Gold and is quite possibly Superman's strongest form.
- The Sentry, Marvel's pastiche of Superman, whose powers verge on the ridiculous and psychological problems on the tragic.
- The goal of The Last Dragon is to achieve this, apparently Bruce Lee was the first to do so here.
Live Action TV
- God Ryukendo from Madan Senki Ryukendo. He later gets a second Super Mode called Ultimate Ryukendo that adds even more gold trim. Magna/Ultimate Ryugunou and Ultimate Ryujinou get similar makeovers.
- Gooooooooooooooooooooookaisilver...GOLD MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODE!
- Some Heisei Kamen Riders have this, for example: Blade King Form, Kiva Emperor.
- Since Kamen Rider Black RX has no definite Super Mode, all three of his forms are equal on the Multiform Balance scale, and so, his RoboRider form (the first of his two upgrades, mind you) will qualify.
- Kamen Rider Kuuga has an interesting spin on this, as later in the series he gains access to the "Golden Power", which beefs up all of his alternate forms into "Rising" versions, giving them some nice gold trim in the process. Kamen Rider Decade takes this a step further, giving Kuuga a Rising version of his original Super Mode Ultimate Form (which already had some gold, but was still primarily black).
- Kamen Rider Double's Super Mode, CycloneJoker Xtreme gets an upgrade in The Movie, turning into CycloneJoker Gold Xtreme.
- Accel, in his standalone movie, gets a Gaia Memory Enhancement Adapter, creating Accel Booster.
- Kamen Rider Fourze's Aloof Ally, Kamen Rider Meteor, has Meteor Storm. The Movie has Fourze borrowing Meteor's powers, creating Meteor Fusion States.
- Kamen Rider Wizard takes this a step further, as his Infinity Style is primarily platinum-colored, with diamond-like accoutrements.
- Super Sonic from Sonic the Hedgehog. He is admittedly, by word of Yuji Naka, based on Super Saiyan Goku from Dragon Ball. He is obtainable by using all 7 emeralds in conjunction with 50 rings. he becomes invincible and gains the ablity to fly. Several other Super Forms in the series take on a golden hue. This is also his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and is a form of his in the comics and Sonic X.
- White Tanooki Mario and White Raccoon Mario from Super Mario 3D Land and New Super Mario Bros. 2, respectively. Both forms give mario a gold and white hue and grant him permanent invicibility.
- The Golden Gun from GoldenEye, and the golden Cougar Magnum from Perfect Dark. To a lesser extent, the golden/silver PP7s from GoldenEye as well.
- In BlazBlue this happens to Tager in his gag reels, thanks to Kokonoe's modifications.
- This may be a reference to its predecessor, the Guilty Gear series, which often included golden-shaded character variants that were extremely overpowered.
- In Knights of the Round, Arthur and his friends' armors and swords got bigger and eventually became golden as they leveled up.
- Yet another Arthur can don golden armor in the Ghosts 'n Goblins series, greatly powering up his attacks and giving him the ability to cast magic based on his weapon of choice. In his appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, equipping this armor is one of his super moves.
- In Wild Guns, when you activate your Limit Break, your character flashes gold.
- Averted in the first Tomb Raider game (and in Tomb Raider Anniversary): if Lara Croft steps onto the Midas Hand, she turns into solid gold and dies.
- The Warrior Force spell in Skyblazer does this: it makes you invincible and doubles the strength of your attacks for 5 seconds or so.
- In Mega Man X3, X's armor parts can be upgraded further if you find the corresponding chip parts, but normally you can only pick one. If you get the whole armor but pass up the chips, then in the first fortress level you can find a hidden capsule that gives X the benefits of all four chips and more, turning his armor a stunning gold color. The Ultimate Armor in the later games has its own amazing traits, but nothing as absolutely broken as the Gold Armor's combination of two air-dashes, health recovery, a damage-reducing forcefield, and a supply of instant charged shots.
- Laguna, in Dissidia 012, uses various weapons in battle. In his EX Mode, they all are colored gold, in reference to the Aura spell in Final Fantasy VIII, which turned the whole character gold.
- Front Mission Evolved plays with this. The EDGE System usable by the player gives a silver sheen to Dylan's Wanzer but the system used by Blood Knight Cornelius colors his Wanzer gold. The 'silver = good' and 'gold = evil' is reinforced by on-off ally Adela's EDGE System: When she is an ally her EDGE glow is silver but when she falls under More Than Mind Control in the same cutscene it becomes gold, as does Dylan's when his Wanzer gets taken over.
- Wang Tang in Power Stone, a Shout-Out to DBZ above.
- In Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon, Goemon's special power turns his hair gold and increases his strength.
- In High Seas Havoc, a game influenced by Sonic, it is the final boss who turns golden and starts summoning bigger meteors.
- In Doom, the Space Marine's eyes become golden when the god-mode cheat is entered.
- In Arfenhouse 3, Housemaster transforms into a Super Saiyan bread, with MS Paint-style yellow hair.
- Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 gives Jin Saotome a hyper named Saotome Shine, which, upon activation (which requires that Jin be the only surviving member of his team, has his feet on the ground, and has roughly only 35% of his health remaining), grants Jin an increase in attack power and defense, as well as super armor.
- In Batman: Return of the Joker for the NES, Batman's Temporary Invincibility power causes his sprite to become golden.
- In Five Nights at Freddy's, after certain events are triggered, the Big Bad, Freddy Fazbear, sometimes turns into a form known as Golden Freddy. Golden Freddy can move instantaneously — even through closed doors — and you only have a split second to change the cameras before his power crashes the game.
- In Sparkster: Rocket Knight Adventures 2, Sparkster will become Gold Sparkster when the player collects all seven Holy Swords, also resulting in the true ending being shown after the Big Bad, King Gedol, is defeated. Gold Sparkster can charge his jet pack faster, and his attacks do more damage, but unlike Super Sonic, he can still take damage.
- In Tasakeru, Zero's Shogun transformation has a glowing golden aura.
- Discussed in Linkara's review of The Technis Imperative. He notes how Teen Titans characters seem to be reincarnated into more powerful golden forms and joked that had Gandalf been a member of the team, he would have resurrected as Gandalf the Gold.
- The Golden Kanohi and Golden Armor in BIONICLE. The former gives the wearer the power of 6 Kanohi in one, while the Golden Armor allows to wearer to destroy all solid Antidermis.
- Also, in the game BIONICLE Heroes, a Toa's Hero Mode is completely Gold.
- In the Adventure Time episode "Power Animal", Jake is empowered by the Party God with the energy of a thousand partying demons to save Finn from the gnomes. His super-mode is a glowing golden-yellow with technicolor stars for eyes, which can be seen in contrast with his typical brownish-yellow when he runs out of steam.
- The Transformers has Electrum, a golden liquid with the special property of turning any metal that touches it temporarily Nigh Invulnerable. Transformers augmented by this material will also turn gold until it wears off.