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Make My Monster Grow
The situation is quickly becoming grizzly.

The villain (or the villain's servant) grows to an enormous size for the very definitely final battle. No, he doesn't go and get mutated into a terrifying One-Winged Angel form (usually), but simply becomes an absolutely huge version of himself, pretty much the attack of the 50-foot villain.

In some cases, this goes with a villain comeback after an assumed death by dangerous substance or fall, or getting hit with a bunch of energy beams and "exploding". There is also a pretty good chance the villain's castle or base will be nearly, if not completely destroyed when the villain does this and in certain funny usages of this, the villain or Monster of the Week will realize the unfortunate consequences of both the enormous size and the misfortune of standing on a piece of flooring that's by far too weak to support him. And finally, no matter how powerful or gigantic this villain becomes, never rule out the Bishonen Line, in which this monster will suddenly revert to a more humanoid appearance as a result of gaining even more power.

Compare Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever, Miracle-Gro Monster, One-Winged Angel, Rent-a-Zilla, and Turns Red.

Please try to only list examples where the villain's increase in size is the only change to his appearance, since most One-Winged Angel forms by definition are usually larger than the original character.

Not a Double Entendre. Usually.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Busou Renkin, Victor does this, although it's to combat a giant robot, the Buster Baron. It's explained that he used the bodies of all the dead creatures around him to create a giant version of himself around him. When the Baron destroys the giant form, he leaps out and catches them by surprise. Doesn't explain where he got the giant pants from, though.
  • In the 13th episode of Digimon Adventure, Devimon grows to giant size, eating Ogremon to help himself do this. After beating up the first six Champions this way, he's killed when Angemon uses up all his energy to destroy him.
  • The first arc of Digimon Savers had all their Mons Of The Week several times larger than what they would usually be, and sometimes they were even shown normal sized before growing. This indicated, of course, that there was a reason for this. Ironically, with all the parallels Savers had with SPD/Dekaranger, this was not one of them.
    • Also, the DATS Base doesn't turn into a Giant Robot. Tragic, really.
  • In Dragon Ball, Piccolo Junior did this during his big fight with Goku near the end of the original series. It was Goku who goaded him into doing it, so he can jump down his throat and retrieve the jar holding Kami.
    • Lord Slug did the same trick in the DBZ movie of the same name. Apparently this is a common power for 'Super Nameks'.
      • The Saiyans also do this as well, either by the Full Moon or by using a technique to create an artificial moon to transform into a giant monkey called the Oozaru.
  • Mazinger Z: In episode 12, Baron Ashura used a size-changing ray to turn a tiny robot into a giant Robeast -Bicong O9-. That ray had been invented by Big Bad Dr. Hell, who previously tested it with Ashura himself/herself, briefly transforming it into a giant. Throughout the series, Hell used more Mechanical Beasts could grow their size.
  • Transformers Cybertron. Starscream. Stolen Omega Lock power. Bursts out of a volcano. While triggering an eruption. Then forges a crown for himself out of the molten magma.
    Starscream: All of you will bow down before me or face my wrath!

    Comicbooks 
  • Protagonist (sort of) example from Watchmen: After the Big Bad vaporizes Dr. Manhattan with an intrinsic field remover, Doc comes back huge. Then he shrinks down to normal size again after smashing the building open with one hand.
    • Dr Manhattan won the Vietnam War this way as well.
  • The Spectre does this a lot.
  • In the Marvel Godzilla comics, as the heroic monster battles the intergalactic Mega Monsters (Rhiahn, Triax and Krollar), their alien commanders zap them with an "Energex Ray," doubling the monsters' sizes and making them tower over Godzilla.

    Film 
  • Happens to Sark in TRON and Kingdom Hearts II.
  • Idiocracy lampooned this. During the demolition derby match, the third enemy was so big ... his truck wouldn't fit in the tunnel to enter the arena.
  • Dude Wheres My Car, of all things.
  • The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters was one of these. He started out as a cute little cartoon mascot not unlike the Pillsbury Doughboy, but Ray Stantz's choice of him as the form of the Destructor made him gigantic. In fact, his size and mass are the only dangerous things about him.=
  • While not a villain, Jet Jaguar does this to himself in Godzilla vs. Megalon when he realized he had to distract Megalon until Godzilla arrived. The only problem was that Gigan showed up first, and he and Megalon beat the stuffing out of Jet Jaguar...
    • Also, Minya in both All Monsters Attack and Godzilla Final Wars. In the former movie it was part of a child's fantasy, but in the latter it was presented as a natural part of Minya's evolution.
  • Averted in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: The Movie! The two Ectomorphicon Titans are already giant, and the only "growing" is when Ivan Ooze merges with one of them. (Maligore does make himself grow in the second.)

    Literature 
  • An unusual literary example is David Eddings's Belgariad. When the final battle between Belgarion and Torak is about to start, both combatants suddenly decide to become huge for no apparent reason.
    • Explained post fight by Belgarath. Since Torak was so much larger than Belgarion, they both grew to even the fight, as dictated by the powers that be. Though as Torak only had a few feet on Garion to begin with, blowing them both up to 50 feet is a bit egregious.
  • A heroic example: Tanu, the potion master from the Fablehaven series does this occasionally.
    • In the finale of Book 2, the artifact is protected by what appears to be a harmless cat. When you kill it, it is resurrected as a larger cat. This happens eight times, until the cat is a winged, three-headed, three-tailed monstrosity with snakes sprouting out of its back.
  • The demons in Tales of Kolmar have size-changing powers. When they fight their mortal enemies the Kantri, they grow to match sizes. Some flames are exchanged, but the battles are won or lost through physically grappling, biting, clawing etc.
  • In Spirit Animals, the Slate Elephant supersizes the spirit animal of whoever's holding it.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Super Sentai/Power Rangers. Whenever the Rangers defeated the Monster of the Week, eight times out of ten the Big Bad of the season would resurrect it at giant size for the Rangers to fight in their Zords. Each villain had a different method for doing this; let's just list the Power Rangers ones - Trope Namer Rita Repulsa threw her magic staff to the Earth, Lord Zedd threw a magical grenade, the Machine Empire sent out a tiny robot with an enlarging ray... If you care...  (mind you, the monster being destroyed at small size first didn't become the norm until well into the series, and sometimes can't happen - any form of self-activated growth requires the monster to exist in order to do it.)
    • Averted in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger/Power Rangers S.P.D. as noted in the footnote above, where the enemies do not grow. Like the Rangers, when they need to escalate things, they hop into a Humongous Mecha.
    • There were also three occasions where the villain grew instead, never using the same method twice.
    • Going back to Super Sentai, Choudenshi Bioman did it first - they don't have growing monsters. Instead, they have five recurring human-sized monsters, and a separate large mecha Monster of the Week (occasionally piloted by one of the three generals).
    • In Dai Sentai Goggle Five the defeated monsters of the week would get revived and then sent a humongous mecha copy of their own body to pilot.
    • The first Mecha using Super Sentai, Battle Fever J, also averted this. Starting with episode 5, the monster of the week would call a giant robot duplicate of itself. In the early episodes, Battle Fever would have to defeat the monster while dodging attacks from the robot, then get in their own mecha to defeat it. In later episodes, sometimes the monster called its robot as it died, and sometimes both both battles happened simultaneously.
    • It's become such a cliche that in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, the Red Ranger nonchalantly tells the others in the first episode that the monster's going to revive and grow after its defeat. Sure enough, the monster does so, and Shinken Red doesn't even bat an eye before summoning his Humongous Mecha to dispatch it again. Furthermore, the process is automatic. All Ayakashi have two lives: whenever a human-sized Ayakashi dies, it's immediately reincarnated as a giant. Shinken Red knew this already, having fought them longer than the others.
      • The Shinkenger crossover in Kamen Rider Decade averts this by virtue of Story-Breaker Team-Up, though: When the Ayakashi Chinomanako stole Daiki's Diendriver and transformed into a corrupt version of Kamen Rider Diend, his biology was somehow altered, meaning that it now had only one human-sized life. Really though, this was done mainly because Kamen Riders don't have Humongous Mechanote .
    • Diend does this to Decadenote  in All Riders vs. Dai-Shocker as the final trump card against King Dark, the last man standing of Dai-Shocker after its leaders all went kablooie.
    • In Power Rangers Jungle Fury, growing is a martial arts technique. Monsters are able to do it at will. The Rangers, on the other hand, basically make mecha out of their Ki Attacks.
    • Interesting inversion with Power Rangers Mystic Force/Mahou Sentai Magiranger and the last set of monsters, the Ten Terrors/the Infershia Pantheon: They were naturally giant sized, and could make themselves human-sized. They'd go back to their natural size for the last round.
    • Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger has THREE ways the Jakanja could make their Chuunin grow to giant size; depending on which of the Jounin the monster of the week was in the service of, Wendinu either had to launch a mystical scroll onto the battlefield, physically hurl a size-changing mask out there, or—perhaps the most interesting of the three ways—summon a missile that transformed into a blank Copy Giant robot that would scan the monster's remains and become a gigantic copy of the monster.
    • In Engine Sentai Go-onger, one monster dramatically shouts the usual growth command... and nothing happens. Turns out a Genre Savvy Go-On Gold had removed the monster's module of grow-juice during the battle!
    • In Mirai Sentai Timeranger and Power Rangers Time Force, criminals convicted of time-travelling crimes are flash-frozen and shrunk down to the size of action figures. When they are revived, they have to wear a special seal in order to maintain their normal size, and breaking this seal results in their Humongous Mecha-necessitating growth.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger lampshades the concept in one episode, where the Big Bad impatiently fires the growth ray early, causing Gokai Green to remark "He grew even though we haven't beaten him yet! Can he do that?!" In another episode, after the monster grows, Gokai Red snarks "We weren't going to skip this part, were we?" Yet another episode has a monster that has the ability to grow as a latent power — as well as shrinking, which lets it get into the team's mecha and wreak havoc.
      • Gokaiger also averts it in a couple of special instances: the Disc One Final Boss has a self-styled Humongous Mecha, as does the Mad Scientist who invented the growth ray. The Rival has his own supply of humongous monsters that he unleashes when he wants to Troll the Gokaiger even more. And late in the series when the Bigger Bad shows up, growths become less common and finally stop entirely after the Mad Scientist is killed (though we do get some mecha battles because at that point, the invasion fleet has arrived).
    • Oddly, the Trope Maker for Super Sentai shows was actually Japanese Spider-Man. Yes, that one. When Toei made a Toku adaptation of Spider-Man, they couldn't think of a good spider-themed finishing move, so they had the villain make the monster grow and then Spider-Man would jump in his giant mecha Leopardon to defeat it. It was that kind of show. And yes, it ended up being a predecessor for Toei's own Sentai.
    • Gosei Sentai Dairanger also has a bit of funny Genre Savvy about growing. Like Morphin' season two, whose monsters it provides, the Dairanger monsters use grow bombs. When Lipstick Songstress (that's Lipsyncher to MMPR fans) gets pissed at having her 'perfect' face scratched, she whips out a grow grenade (clearly, she has no regard for the unwritten rule that you're only supposed to grow when you're losing.) and you can see the Mooks run away before she activates it, not wanting to be squished by her soon-to-be-giant feet! (Not seen in MMPR 'cause the Dairanger Mooks are different.)
      • Dairanger also defies in an episode where the Monster of the week tries to grow, but is blocked by the heroes by putting the staff to form a cage to prevent him from doing so.
    • As with Battle Fever J, the small monsters and the giant robotic versions aren't the same critter in Tokumei Sentai Go Busters. As such, while the big version usually arrives just after the small version goes kerflooey, there are nearly as many times when the team must split up as some fight the small one on the ground and the some fight the big one in their own robots, or the big robot must be fought first while the small monster carries out the evil plot du jour in hiding. Most interestingly, as the monsters are made from Earth machines, once, a robot made in the likeness of a monster is itself turned into a monster, which in turn has a robot based on it. At one point you've got a robot within a monster within a robot. This "Megazord Zeta" in turn is possessed by the Big Bad.
  • In the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who serial "Robot", the robot absorbs energy from the Brigadier's Ray Gun and grows to giant size for the final battle with the Doctor.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Munchkin has a "Humongous" card which can be played on any monster in combat. When played on the Fungus, it has a greater than usual effect.
  • Magic: The Gathering:
    • Pictured above is the classic "Giant Growth" card, which increases a creature's strength and toughness by 3 each (for reference, an average dragon in the setting would be either a 4/4 or a 5/5). There are also variations on the card, such as Mutagenic Growth (which can be paid with life instead of mana, but it's effect is reduced to +2/+2) and Enlarge (gives +7/+7, but causes enemy creatures to block it)
    • The use of +1/+1 counters on creatures is seen as growth in size as well; this is used in various mechanics such as Devour, Monstrosity and Evolve (to name a few). There are also variants on the aforementioned "growth" cards that gives +1/+1 counters, although usually in less quantities because of the fact that +1/+1 counters are permanent rather than a temporary boost.
    • Some Auras giving power and toughness boosts are represented as this as well. The most well known is Eldrazi Conscription. There's also Gigantiform, which can cause a chain reaction of things getting huge.
  • The RPG Mecha vs. Kaiju is, as the name implies, about mecha pilots fighting monsters. Most are already giant, but it acknowledges the Sentai convention in one sidebar and gives rules for duplicating it in the game.

    Videogames 
  • In Spore, during the Space phase, you can eventually obtain an enlarging beam to make a creature colossal in size.
  • Bowser from Super Mario Bros. has done this a few times, to wit:
  • DK Jungle Climber has giant King K. Rool as the final boss.
  • Mysterio from one of the Spiderman games does this.
  • The Guy from I Wanna Be the Guy grows to enormous size for the final battle.
  • A monster unit in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten can fuse with another monster to increase its size by about three times, which grants them a multitude of benefits. In a boss example, Deathzet does this through her own will for the second phase of her battle.
  • DK in Donkey Kong '94 (the Game Boy one).
  • Castlevania:
    • While most of Dracula's second forms are One-Winged Angels, he resorts to this in Haunted Castle.
    • Paranoia in Dawn of Sorrow, though less by magic and more by virtue of finding an adjacent room with a larger mirror.
  • For Capcom vs. Whatever examples, Apocalypse in X-Men vs. Street Fighter
  • In Drakengard, one of the paths has the final boss be a gigantic Manah that shoots magic projectiles at you.
  • How about if the boss has an attack that only temporarily makes it bigger? An example is Tabuu in Super Smash Bros.. Brawl, who has an attack where he enlarges himself and fires Eye Beams.
  • Ratchet & Clank is made of this trope. The boss at the end of the original pilots a giant mecha. Ditto for Deadlocked and Tools of Destruction. Going Commando has the final boss be a suddenly supersized enemy. This trope is also the main idea behind the non-canon Size Matters.
  • In Banjo-Tooie, Klungo grows to giant size after consuming his red potion. "Now Klungo sssquasssh!"
  • In the Touhou fighter Immaterial and Missing Power, final boss Ibuki Suika does this as a function of one of her declared attacks "Second Card [Giant Oni on the Scroll]." Her power is control of densitynote  so it only makes sense that she can do this.
    • in a Touhou imageboard, there was once a discussion over the implications of her abilities, one of them being the possibility that Suika, while in her mist form, could be inhaled; another being that, if she doesn't have a limit to how big she can become, she would be one of the series' fastest characters (despite herself already having impressive agility, according to tengu reporter Aya Shameimaru, who claims to be the fastest character in Gensokyo, the game's setting), with her smallest moves surpassing by far the speed of light; the last of them being, as a joke reply to who would be the most powerful character in the series, one poster mentioned her scale-increasing ability, to which someone else replied saying that "n times zero is still zero"
    • Alice Margatroid pulls off a more literal example of this trope at the end of Cirno's scenario in Hisoutensoku. After some typical spell cards attacks, she causes two of her helper Shanghai dolls to grow twice as big as Cirno and fire wide lasers. Her last attack then causes a single Shanghai doll to grow as big as her house, taller than the screen height and arm it with swords. The swords eventually start shooting lasers themselves.
  • After each boss battle in Ape Escape 2, you would capture the boss, except for Yellow Monkey, who just ran away. Later, The Big Bad has his scary speech interupted by a banana that fell on his head. Looking up, he sees Yellow Monkey, now gigantic, who you have to fight.
  • In many of the Mega Man X games, the Big Bad Sigma. Each game ends with you facing off against his multiple forms. His last form is almost always a large robotic body that fills up most of the screen.
  • Supreme Overlord Jergingha in The Wonderful 101. Also the "Unite Big" and "Unite Ultra Platinum" morphs, turning the characters into gigantic figures.
  • The Imprisoned in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a result of this (and later, the Bishonen Line, meaning that this monster is the weaker of its forms)!
  • Eggman's goal in Sonic Adventure is to do with Chaos, succeeding with each Chaos Emerald the creature houses in its body. Metal Sonic in Knuckles Chaotix and Sonic Heroes is a robotic example.
  • This is the resident Monster Clown's whole schtick in Klonoa: Door to Phantomile. He throws something at you, it turns into a giant monster. And later, he does as well.
  • The first Melty Blood. G-Akiha.
  • At the end of Hexen II, you whale away on Big Bad Eidolon for a while until he calls upon his Chaos Sphere and triples in height.
  • The final boss of Purple grows into a humongous Background Boss after you hurt him enough.
  • The Abominable Snowbug from Bug! does this as a Desperation Attack- it roars while beating its chest and flexing all the muscles in its body, growing to twice its size. Unfortunately for him, his hitbox stayed the same, so Bug could effortlessly jump on him like he could before.
  • Kirby in Abobo's Big Adventure.
  • World of Warcraft has Prince Kael'thas who, after reaching about half health, will start going mad with power, shattering the giant windows behind him and about doubling in size.
  • Agent Smith actually does this in The Matrix: Path Of Neo. No, really. All of the different Smiths form one giant Smith as the final boss.
  • Dark Souls has Ornstein and Smough, a Dual Boss and That One Boss. The fight has two phases, and when you kill one of them the other absorbs their fallen companion's power. Killing Smough first will cause Ornstein to grow into a giant.
  • Inverted by the final bosses of Rockman 4 Minus Infinity, the Petit Robot Masters.
  • War, the third Horseman of Apocalypse, grows to fifty feet tall for the second half of his boss battle.
  • The Mask of Dark Earth in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves will make anyone it possesses grow twice as large. When it possesses Carmelita, Bentley's attempts to put her to sleep with his darts only causes the mask to grow her to the size of a mountain, resulting in a boss battle with her.
  • In reaction to the death of his wife and the public reveal that he is the Abomination, Emil Blonsky, the Big Bad of The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, becomes an Abomination twice the size of his previous monstrous form for the final story stages of the game.

    Web Originals 
  • During Super Freakin Parody Rangers, Rita's son Zett orders his monster maker to make it Bigger, to which the monster maker replies "That's what she (Rita) said, to which Zett says "That's what your mother said!" to which the monster make retorts "No, that's what *your* mother said. When the monster grows, Meat the red Ranger replies "Yipes, I didn't expect that. What now?" and Zordon replies "Um, the robots like join together or something. Try that."
  • When the League of Mary Sue Factories unleashed the macrovirus in Protectors of the Plot Continuum Headquarters, they arranged to have Paul Bunyan in harm's way. The monsters that carry the actual virus grow in proportion to the host they hatched from.
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara has done this to himself twice, Mechakara did it once. All these times involved the Magic Coin from the Godzilla Vs Barkley review.
    • The third time it occurred, coincidentally, was during a review of a Power rangers comic book.
    • Not so coincidentally, Linkara quotes the Trope Namer the second time. Magic coin, make my me grow!...wait..."
  • My Way Entertainment, of course, did this in their first Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Gag Dub. In their usual style, it's... changed a bit.
    Rita: Make my niggas GROW!
  • Parodied by The Nostalgia Chick, who discussed Rita Repulsa in her "Top Ten Nostalgic Villainesses" video:
    Chick as Rita: Curses! Now I shall take a small thing and make it LARGE!
  • In Arfenhouse The Movie, Mah Freend Amy, after being "BAT" once by the protagonists, decides to "GO JINT" and gets bigger.

    Western Animation 
  • The Little Mermaid: In a classic example, Ursula grows into a towering monster in the climax. She does whenever she shows up in the Kingdom Hearts franchise.
  • Oddly enough, this is used by a hero in Ben 10: Alien Force. One of Ben's alien forms, Humongousaur, can become larger at will.
    • The original Ben 10 series had this in The Movie, when Ben had to rush across the galaxies to find the Omnitrix's creator, Azimuth, before it self-destructed, tearing the universe apart. Once the threat is neutralized, with Vilgax nearby and ready to kill them, Azimuth turns Ben into an alien bigger than the mountain they're on...who Ben immediately christens, "Way Big".
    • The Ben 10: Omniverse episode "Showdown" has this happen to Malware.
  • In Turtles Forever, the 2003 Shredder becomes humongazoid for the final battle. It's apparently a feature built into his new body from Krang's technology.
    • Krang's suit can be seen doing this in an early episode of the 1987 series, as well as in the video game Turtles In Time. He tries it on 2003 Shredder in Turtles Forever too, but doesn't do so well.
    • Shredder has this done to him by a dark fairy in the Japanese-made Legend of the Supermutants OVA.
  • In the Series Fauxnale of Dexter's Laboratory, after Dexter and family have the monster on the ropes, Mandark sweeps in with a laser tank so he can finish it off and get all the credit. However, he's too busy gloating to notice that the monster is absorbing the energy and growing even larger, until it picks him up and eats him (He got better).
  • On Muppet Babies, Bunsen tries to defeat a giant dough monster (played by Piggy) with his beast blaster. Only he used his yeast blaster by mistake, and we all know what yeast does to dough...
    • Bunsen then counters this by inflating Gonzo to her size with his weirdo inflator. But then the two start falling in love instead.
  • One What If? episode of Futurama has a giant Bender terrorising New New York, so the Professor uses a growth ray on Zoidberg to get them to fight one another.
  • The Shushu Rubilax in Wakfu is pretty puny normally (Yugo is taller than him) but each time he gets hit his size increases. Unfortunately, Sadlygrove learns this after he has already rained dozens of blows on Rubilax.
  • In The Problem Solverz episode "Breakfast Warz", Professor Sugar Fish uses the power of his cereal to become gigantic before the fight with Danny's mom. Because sugar makes you grow big. Crazy big!
  • Applied liberally in SWAT Kats, especially when Dr. Viper is in the picture.
  • Subverted in Teen Titans in the episode Mother Mae-Eye; an army of evil gingerbread men combines to become one giant gingerbread man. Beast Boy responds by turning into a T-Rex and biting it in half.
  • Lord Tirek from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic's fourth season finale increases in size and strength as he drains ponies of their magic, ulimately growing to 100+ feet tall after acquiring the alicorn magic from Twilight.
  • In Barbie And The Secret Door, Malucia grows gigantic to deal with Alexa and nearly crushes her with her scepter.


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