You won't believe the things I can do now!
Occasionally, a character will either see fit to train, or, in some cases, be forced to train. This will take them away from their core group for a while, but they'll Take A Level In Badass
and come back stronger than ever.
Usually, though, during their absence, the core group will have to undertake a perilous journey or fight a group of enemies without Character X
. One bad guy will give them trouble, and just when all hope seems lost, Character X will appear and brutally manhandle the foe.
Character X likely went through Training from Hell
to acquire this new strength, or had someone tell them Time to Unlock More True Potential
. Compare Took a Level in Badass
, which doesn't require leaving the core group, and Big Damn Heroes
which doesn't require a training arc.
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- Transformers who get upgraded make a habit of doing this, especially in Beast Wars.
- In an issue of the Marvel comics, this happens to Grimlock right before a fight breaks out, immobilizing him in a sort of chrysalis, and just as the good guys seem to be on the ropes, the new Action Master Grimlock breaks free of his cocoon and goes to town.
- All-Star Superman has a couple of these. When Superman is powered up by intense sun exposure in the first issue, he immediately extends a bioelectric aura around Quintum's sunship. Later he performs a number of super-feats employing newly acquired super-intelligence (although this is sort of a power that Superman has had on and off over the years.)
Film — Animated
- Played straight in Kung Fu Panda: the Furious Five take on Tai Lung and are soundly trounced all while Po is off training to be a true master. After it appears that the Dragon Scroll is blank Shifu takes on his former pupil all alone. It doesn't work. Finally, Po shows up and demonstrates the wisdom he's gained from Shifu and the Scroll.
- This is pretty much the standard way to break up a Professional Wrestling tag team; one partner will turn on and injure the other, putting him out of action for several months. He'll then run rampant through the midcard until his former partner returns from injury out of nowhere and beats the snot out of him.
- This also appeared in Final Fantasy IV. Golbez appears and wipes the floor with Cecil's group, until Rydia returns and effectively destroys Golbez's summon.
- It happened in Earthbound, when Poo returned from training and demonstrated his new power on a boss creature, obliterating it with PK Starstorm.
- In Project Justice, the sequel to Rival Schools, if you should lose as Batsu early in the Taiyo High storyline, he'll go away from his core team for a while, and then come back battle-scarred, but stronger than ever.
- In Super Robot Wars games where there are route splits with different major plot events that give a particular character/mecha a new ability or a character gets an entirely new mech, this trope is often invoked if you field the unit you just got back.
- After a few months of video upload hiatus and borrowing Mario Party 4, Clel of the Mario Party TV group returns to one of his weakest minigames, Revers-A-Bomb, and utterly dominates it.