Golden Super Mode

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.

Sub-Trope 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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  • Dragon Ball:
    • The Super Saiyan form is the Trope Codifier, famous for giving the character glowing golden hair and a gold Battle Aura. Interestingly, Super Saiyan 4 in Dragon Ball GT and Super Saiyan God in Battle of Gods are red, and the form attained by combining the regular and god Super Saiyan transformations is "Super Saiyan Blue",note  which is exactly what it sounds like.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, Frieza's new form also fits into this category. He outright says he *made* it gold, likely as a snub against Goku - only to find himself fighting Goku's new blue look.
  • A small handful of the most powerful evolved forms in the Digimon franchise have gold armour; the most prominent examples being Magnamon, OmegaShoutmon and ZekeGreymon (and by extension Shoutmon DX and Superior Mode). The God Grade Appmon in Digimon Universe Applimonsters are also adorned with plenty of gold accents.
  • Inverted in Tenjho Tenge. Soichiro Nagi has blond hair that turns black when he powers up.
  • In Saint Seiya when Bronze Saints get upgraded Cloths through the blood of Gold Saints. Then this trope is in full effect as their regular armors take a golden shade to highlight their full power.
  • Karasu from YuYu Hakusho turns his hair golden in the Dark Tournament finals. there have been a few jokes about him turning Super Saiyan. It's even funnier, considering that his voice actors play Vegeta and Son Gohan, respectively.
    • Also, Sensui 's Shinobu personality and Sei-Kou-Ki/Sacred Energy. Though it doesn't dye his hair.
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam has Gundam fighters turn gold when they're using their most powerful attacks.
  • In one of his many amateur manga, Harima Kenji from School Rumble makes himself into a super-saiyan style character, complete with gold shining hair and a kamehameha look-alike.
  • In Dance in the Vampire Bund (at least the broadcast anime version therof), Mina's true form is an adult with swirly gold skin, as seen here (slightly NSFW).
  • After their Mid Season Upgrade, Teppei and X in B't X are gold-colored.
  • Both GaoGaiGar and Genesic GaoGaiGar turn gold when they are respectively equipped with Goldion Hammer and Goldion Crusher.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Yusei's Over Top Clear Mind, which lets him summon his most powerful monster, dyes his entire body and his BIKE gold.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL: While the namesake ZEXAL form emulates Super Saiyan hair, the outfit is mostly white and red. ZEXAL II is has even less gold than ZEXAL (even though resembling Super Saiyan 3), but ZEXAL III looks like a combination of Super Saiyan and Gold Cloth.
  • Naruto gains this after defeating The Nine-Tailed Fox inside their shared consciousness, allowing Naruto to siphon the Fox's power at will. Naruto later achieves perfect control after making peace with Kurama, allowing the two to work in unison.
  • In Kishin Douji Zenki, Zenki gains one as his final transformation.
  • In Shinzo, Mushrambo has a golden armored form that's only second to God Mushra. Earlier in the series, a Humongous Mecha turns gold when at full power.
  • God Mars's Super Final Godmars..
    Takeru: Zuul! I'll show you everyone's anger! This is the final fight! I'll put everything on the line!
    (God Mars turns golden while church bells ring in the background.)
    Takeru:MARS FLASH!
    (God Mars summons the Mars Flash.)
    Takeru: FINAL GODMARS!
    (God Mars performs a vertical slash and jams the Mars Flash into Zuul's gut.)
  • The first Futari wa Pretty Cure MaX Heart movie had the Golden Power, which turned Pretty Cure and Shiny Luminous' clothes a glowing gold and their earrings and brooches into diamonds. (Subsequent movies featured a different super form.)
  • The Medicine Peddler of Mononoke has his demon-slaying form, who is robed in gold and covered with golden tattoos. As a bonus, the paper talismans he usually uses are replaced with stronger variations whenever his Super Mode shows up. What color are they? Guess.
  • The upgraded Goku Uniforms from Kill la Kill have gold accessories instead of silver.
  • This seems to be a recurring them in Shinzo as almost every important character able to transform has at least some gold in his transformed form:
    • Mushrambo normally appears as a purple haired samurai. He later gains a Golden Super Mode aptly named Gold Mushrambo, which gives him gold plate armor and turns his hair gold.
    • Insect King Daku appears as a knight with blue insectoid armor. When he powers up, his armor turns gold and becomes more ornate looking.
    • Reptile King Ryuma gains golden chest armor when transforming to his Super Mode. However, he is only seen in this form for a few seconds, as he performs a Fusion Dance with his pet dragon soon after, turning into a largely blue humanoid dragon.
    • Bird Queen Rusephine is a strange example. Her regular form looks like a golden haired angel, while her transformed state has purple hair, but gains golden chest armor and shoulder pads.
    • During the battle against the Greater-Scope Villain Lanancuras, it is revealed that Mushra is actually an angel. When he remembers this, he transforms into a form that has a gold suit of armor, circlet and a pair of golden wings.

  • 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.

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  • In the finale of the Enjin Arc in The Bridge, Aria Blaze's magical influence allows Monster X to access Kaizer Ghidorah's power without transforming; causing his armor to gain a golden tint from the glowing, ghidorah-shaped aura covering him.

  • X-Men: Apocalypse: When Xavier urges Jean Grey to cut loose her Phoenix Force, she manifests golden energy wings, and her powers are amped up to Physical God levels of strength, vaporizing Apocalypse with minimal effort.
  • The goal of The Last Dragon is to achieve this, apparently Bruce Lee was the first to do so here.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls Friendship Games: Sunset Shimmer gains this when facing off with Midnight Sparkle when calling upon the Magic of Friendship. Considering that the last time she attempted to channel it transformed her into a demon, she's gone a long way to activate it.
  • Masters of the Universe: Skeletor's golden armor at the climax.

    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.
  • Super Sentai and its adaptation Power Rangers have several of these:
    • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman has the Super Armor Shine, which adds several golden bracelets and anklets to the suits. Their Humongous Mecha also has access to this upgrade, which adds some golden decorations to its chest and helmet. In Power Rangers Lost Galaxy this upgrade is known as the Lights of Orion.
    • The Super Goseiger forms from Tensou Sentai Goseiger add golden chest armor, bracelets and anklets to the ranger's suits. Adapted as the Ultra Megaforce powers in Power Rangers Megaforce
    • Gai, the Sixth Ranger from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, has access to the Gold Mode. The Gold Mode is a combination of the power of all previous Sixth Rangers and takes the shape of an anchor that folds out to be a suit of golden armor, since this series is pirate-themed. This upgrade is also used in Power Rangers Super Megaforce and named Super Megaforce Gold.
    • Several seasons of PR give the Red Ranger a personal, toy-friendly "Battlizer" upgrade. Unsurprisingly, gold is a major colour in several of them.
  • 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.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Not the Riders, but the villains can upgrade from Low-Class Roidmudes to Advanced Roidmudes, and then further into a golden Super Evolution State through amplifying a certain emotion (humiliation for Freeze, jealousy for Brain) to extreme levels.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid has the title hero's Maximum Gamer and Muteki Gamer forms, the latter of which keeps with the video game by being a Super Sonic Shout-Out complete with Super Speed.
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  • Subverted in GARO The One Who Shines In The Darkness. The GARO suit of armor is normally gold and known to be very powerful. But somewhere before this series start, it lost most of its power and in turn most of its gold coloring, becoming predominantly black. When The Hero managed to unlock its full potential, the suit was restored to its usual golden brilliance. This trope is played straight in the finale, where The Hero manages to share his golden powers with his allies, turning their armor gold as well.

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    Video Games 
  • 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 3DS/Wii U and is a form of his in the comics and Sonic X.
    • As shown in the pic above, Shadow and Silver gain this too, along with other characters.
    • In Sonic the Comic, it was his Superpowered Evil Side.
  • 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 make him invincible for the remainder of the level.
    • The Golden Fire Flower also in New Super Mario Bros 2 is an upgraded Fire Flower that can blow up not only nigh every enemy in the game, but even blocks too and turn them into a huge pile of coins.
    • Super Mario 3D World has the Lucky Cat Suit, which allows the player to turn into a gold lucky cat statue when ground pounding. It functions exactly like the stone form the Tanooki Suit can do, but you get coins as you fall allowing you to obtain many lives.
  • 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.
    • Final Fantasy XIV did something similar with Gaius van Baelsar, his armor and sword turning gold during the battle against him in the Praetorium. The effect is undone when he's KO'd.
  • 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, reveals that he has a strange, almost illusionary-counterpart 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 Five Nights at Freddy's 2, He can no longer crash the game, but still appears only under certain circumstances, and kills you by firing his head off his body, and straight into your face.
      • In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, Springtrap, as the sole true animatronic takes this trope, mostly because of the Organic materials crushed into his endoskeleton...
  • 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.
  • After you win one fight with the Dojo Master in Paper Mario 64, he shows he's taking you more seriously by powering up into this. In case the Shout-Out wasn't obvious enough, his third fight adds a flaming gold Battle Aura.
  • In Breath of Fire III, Kaiser is the ultimate dragon form, but he only transforms fully into a dragon when using Kaiser Breath. Otherwise, the form just appears as Ryuu's normal form, colored gold.
  • Ashikaga Yoshiteru from Sengoku Basara 4 Sumeragi, turn his body golden when using his most powerful form, which increased everything, and stop time briefly.
  • When Fei-Yen from Virtual-ON drops below 50% health, she enters her golden Hyper Mode.
    • Z-Gradt both plays this straight and averts it: He turns gold when firing his Sun Cannon, but also takes significantly increased damage.
  • In Ōkami Orochi's true form, in which he exhibits his true power, is covered in golden armor.

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  • Break cards in Tabletop Game/Pokemon are Golden Supermodes of various non-mega Pokemon from an alternate universe.

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    Web Original 
  • 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 (Raven's golden spirit form and Cyborg's Omegadrome body) and jokes that had Gandalf been a member of the team, he would have been resurrected as Gandalf the Gold.

    • The Golden Kanohi and Golden Armor. The former gives the wearer the power of 6 Kanohi in one, while the Golden Armor allows to wearer to destroy all solid Antidermis.
    • In the game BIONICLE Heroes, a Toa's Hero Mode is completely Gold.

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: At the climax of the season 3 episode "Toffee", Star enters one of these immediately after undoing the corruption that had stopped all the magic in Mewni and returning from...wherever she was after she "died."