If an android, Humongous Mecha
, Powered Armor
, Magic Knight
, Magical Girl
, or basically any super powered individual gets a power up
, or starts out really
powerful and wants it to show
, they will have wings
Specifically, feathery white angelic wings, even for villains!
(Though they might only have the one
.) Wings made of Hard Light
or Pure Energy
are also popular; expect them to be Color-Coded for Your Convenience
. These wings will of course allow the character to fly
, and glow
, all without needing to flap them
! If the cast already has a character with a pair and he's been surpassed
, the surpasser will have two
pairs of wings. To differentiate what sort of wings your newly-powered-up character has gained, see Good Wings, Evil Wings
Often paired with a Holy Halo
, just for the imagery, which you can enjoy here!
The title is a play on the Red Bull slogan "Red Bull Gives you Wings!"
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- The Trope Namer is the famous ad campaign for Red Bull; "Red Bull gives you wiiiiiings!"
Anime and Manga
- Peter David's Supergirl series had the heroine become an "Earth Born Angel" with Flaming Wings. However, she already had the ability to fly.
- In Empowered, Emp's Die or Fly-instigated uber-power-boost is accompanied by the appearance of temporary Energy Wings.
- In W.I.T.C.H. the wings of the Guardians are originally this, as (differently from the animated series) they can't actually fly (and admit they have no idea why they have them when Orube asks them why they have wings). Later the New Power Mid-Season Upgrade gives them working wings.
Films — Animation
- In the Magic: The Gathering Ravnica novels, Feather gets an interesting inversion. As punishment for an unmentioned crime, she had her wings bound and was demoted. When Kos removes the bindings, not only does she become able to fly, she also dramatically increases in power and her personality becomes more aggressive.
- Somewhat spoofed in this◊ Dragonlance doujinshi comic.
- In Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens when Crowley and Aziraphale take the side of the Antichrist in preventing The Apocalypse, they decide it's pointless hiding their wings anymore. In a subversion of the devil wings trope, Crowley also has feathered wings; after all, he may be Fallen, but he's still an Angel.
- Kerry Ellison, in the Whateley Universe. Well, her codename is Seraphim, so it's not exactly a big surprise. Slightly subverted in that the first time she manifests her angelic wings she flaps around and can't fly straight until she gets used to them..
- In James Swallow's Warhammer 40,000 novel ''Deus Encarmine'' and ''Deus Sanguinius'', Arkio grows wings — although in this case, it also makes him look like their primarch reborn, as Sanguinius had wings. Later, after the Chaos taint that had made Arkio like that was revealed, Rafen fights the demon behind it. For a moment, while wielding the power of the Spear of Telesto, he takes on the appearance of Sanguinius, complete with wings.
- In Sabbat Martyr, the eponymous Saint's reincarnation is shown charging into battle with giant, glowing, ethereal green wings. They don't appear to be functional, but they form the shape of the Imperial Aquila, serving as a sort of battle standard. They get even bigger when she kills Enok Innokenti, too.
- In Accel World, Haruyuki's Avatar Silver Crow is the first Flying Avatar in the Accel World. His "basic" moves — punch and kick — are actually special moves — flying punch and flying kick.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- Favored Souls grow a pair of wings at higher levels, as do Dragon Disciples.
- Bizarrely, natural half-dragons do not get wings unless they are size category large or bigger. But in 4th Edition, dragonborn can at level 11.
- The "Greater Visage of the Deity" spell in 3rd Edition allowed you to take the half-celestial/fiend template, which would give wingless characters wings.
- Many Daemon Princes and Living Saints in Warhammer 40,000 have wings.
- The Legend System has this as a feat starting at level 9 and an ability for several tracks.
- Each member of the Sephira archetype in the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG has wings and according to the lore, they received power from the Naturia Sacred Tree in order to fight the Infernoids.
- In Star Ocean Till The End Of Time when Fayt manifests his power of Destruction and blows up a Vendeeni battleship, he temporarily grows white, glowing wings for no readily apparent reason. He also has them when he uses his "Ethereal Blast" attack.
- In Xenogears, the Red Gear piloted by Id has wings of green light, with yellow feathery projections. They become more brilliant as the engine coil warms up.
- The Omnigears, augmented versions of the heroes' typical Gears, all have wings.
- And of course, the Xenogears itself, which is just the evolved form of Id's Red Gear.
- The explanation is that the wings are really just the superheated exhaust coming from the gear.
- Final Fantasy likes this trope. There's a reason it's the Trope Namer for One-Winged Angel.
- Kefka grows six wings for his final battle: two black, leathery bat/demon wings, two darkly feathered wings that seem like a mix of demonic and angelic wings, and two white, feathery angel wings. In The FMVs for the Anthology version of FFVI, he has six golden wings.
- Sephiroth: Six wings. He may have one extra, but he still counts. In other Compilation entries, Sephiroth has 1 black wing on his right, Genesis has a bigger black wing on his left, & Angeal has 2 white wings on his right.
- Vincent's Chaos form in Dirge of Cerberus has this in the form of dark, bat-like wings. It notably distinguishes the power of that form from the lesser form of the other playable demon, Galian Beast.
- Rinoa's "Angel Wing" Limit Break in Final Fantasy VIII, which provides her with exactly what it says and a heightened magical power. It should also be noted that Rinoa is a Sorceress, and of the three besides Rinoa seen in the game, two of them also have wings, and the third one has two strips of fabric extending from her back that kinda look like wings.
- Two decorative wings on Eiko's back grow to more realistic proportions during her Limit Break.
- Seymour in Final Fantasy X sprouts wings as he grows in power during the course of the game. Jecht sprouts wings in the second part of the final battle.
- In Final Fantasy XII, when Vayne goes One-Winged Angel in the final battle, he turns into a mechanical version of the iconic summon Bahamut, complete with giant steel wings.
- Cid Raines sprouts wings when he becomes a Cie'th Corpse in Final Fantasy XIII.
- Angels in Tales of Symphonia. Also renegade angels. And Colette, when she was turning into an angel. And Lloyd near the end, because he's just that much of a messiah.
- Millenia from Grandia 2 had a special attack called Fallen Wings, where they sprout behind her as a full moon appears. She is also seen with the wings in game, actually using them to fly instead of for decoration. Justified, as she is the Wings of Valmar.
- Some Pokémon gain wings and the Flying type upon reaching their last evolution. Notably Charizard, Dragonite and Salamence.
- Also many Bug types—Beautifly, Butterfree, Mothim, Masquerain, ect...unfortunately, aside from maybe Masquerain, none of these are particularly powerful like the examples mentioned above. Generation five did give us Larvesta, a bug who you could equate with power causing wing growth but it is not a flying type. It does learn many flying moves after evolution though.
- Trapinch gains wings and the
Flying type Levitation ability, because it also gains the Dragon type when it evolves into Vibrava. This is different because Vibrava is not the final form.
- Deino from Black and White gains a pair of wings upon evolving into a Zweilous. However, a Zweilous can't use its wings for flying until it becomes a Hydreigon where it has six wings and Levitate as its ability.
- Upon Mega Evolving, Absol's fur grows out to resemble wings. They aren't real wings though. Pinsir's Mega evolution however does gain wings and the Flying type.
- Achaea characters have the option of transforming into a dragon on reaching level 99. Wings, talons and really bad breath included.
- Mario in Super Mario 64 has the Wing cap, which has little wings on it. The power part comes at the end after beating the last boss. When Bowser is defeated he drops the last Power Star, and upon picking it the Wing cap appears automatically on Mario.
- Super Smash Bros.:
- Yoshi's final smash in Brawl mostly revolves around him growing wings and just going nuts on the other characters. This is based off a pair of power ups from Super Mario World, one of which is called "Yoshi's Wings".
- Tabuu has a set of bizarre looking butterfly wings. They also seem to represent his power: before Sonic destroys them, he's completely invincible to the main characters. Afterwards, he can only manifest his wings for a few seconds at a time, when using his ultimate attack: Off Waves, which, if not dodged, is a One-Hit Kill three times over.
- In Valkyrie Profile, the animation for Valkyrie's super attack includes luminescent wings sprouting from her back. This is continued in Valkyrie Profile 2 Silmeria for all three valkyries. Alicia starts doing this when her super attack upgrades. Finally, there's the one true valkyrie, who sprouts SIX wings in her version of Nibelung Valesti. One set for each vakyrie.
- In Twinkle Star Sprites, Princess Sprites, Ran's powered-up older self, has pixie wings. Possibly justified, since Ran's mother Memory also has wings.
- The Bad Ending of Disgaea 2 has Adell grow a pair of huge black wings after he's possessed by Overlord Xenon.
- Ernst in Ys: The Ark of Napishtim grows black feathery wings. Considering his goal was to gain the power of the Winged Gods, this should hardly be surprising. Also from the same game Adol Cristin temporarily sprouts white feathered wings.
- A minor example in Final Fantasy XI, Valaineral R Davilles has a unique AoE Weapon Skill where he temporarily grows wings of light before slamming the ground and making pillars of light come out of the ground.
- World of Warcraft has a Paladin ability, Avenging Wrath, that temporarily boosts all damage and causes the user to sprout a halo and golden wings of light.
- With the new expansion it now boosts damage and healing.
- Some of the armor sets that boast wings of varying levels of solidity as part of their shoulder pieces. Priests in particular seem to get this effect, although Warlocks have the best by far in a set that randomly and temporarily sprouts an enormous set of demonic bat wings. Wildheart Spaulders, the classic dungeon 1 set of druid shoulders, had birds perched on them, their wings stretching to the sky. Big birds.
- Warlocks who specialize in Demonology have a "Demon Form" they can shift into for a short time. In this form, they appear as a black goat-hooved demon ... with wings.
- As of the Cataclysm expansion, priests also have a spell that gives them wings and a temporary bonus to spells in correspondance to the magic they specialize in - "Archangel" with bright wings and a healing bonus for smiting priests, and "Dark Archangel" with black wings and a damage bonus for shadow priests.
- With the conclusion of the Cataclysm expansion, rogues who are willing to spend many hours, mountains of gold, and kill Deathwing can gain the "Fangs of the Father" daggers which, among other things, grant the rogues the ability to sprout wings after a set number of attacks. Granted said wings cannot fly, but hey, Rule of Cool.
- Also, Warcraft III has Illidan gain wings in his demon form after consuming the skull of Gul'dan. After a second power boost from Kil'jaeden, he gains permanent wings in his base form.
- Kil'jaeden himself gained wings after being empowered by Sargeras.
- Mists of Pandaria allows players to obtain legendary quality cloaks, two of which will manifest an energy wing visual effect both in and out of combat, either the green wings of the Jade Serpent of Wisdom Yu'lon or the orange of the Red Crane of Hope, Chi-Ji.
- Guild Wars Paragons have an ability that has them momentarily grow wings of light before setting their next target on fire.
- Inverted in Atelier Iris, where Lita occasionally sprouts wings, but only when in a greatly weakened state.
- Reapers in The World Ends with You have black skeletal-like wings, although Reapers can hide their wings to blend in with other people (their Impossibly Cool Clothes don't give them away... this is Shibuya, after all).
- Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow's Soma Cruz, while utilizing the soul of a flying humanoid, will sprout huge wings, twice his own size. The extent of this newfound wingspan is making him smarter and luckier.
- In Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia, Shanoa also gets this with the Volaticus Glpyh acquired late in the game.
- Touhou has several straight examples and variations:
- Fujiwara no Mokou has phoenix wings symbolizing her Immortality.
- Yuyuko Saigyouji has a giant fan.
- Byakuren Hijiri has what seems to be a lotus blossom. Byakuren's name can mean "White Lotus Saint".
- Toyosatomimi no Miko grows butterfly wings. As a Taoist, it's only appropriate that she invoke Schrödinger's Butterfly.
- Before any of them was the PC-98 boss Shinki, who grew six glowing white wings in battle that turned into more bat-like purple wings midway. Shinki is the god and creator of a world of demons.
- When Marisa Kirisame and Yuuka Kazami appeared in the Seihou series (a sort of sister series to Touhou), they both had a pair of wings. Yuuka's were green, befitting her power over flowers, while Marisa had angel wings. Fanon has generally decided that this trope applies to both of them when they're going all out — which may be supported by the games themselves: Yuuka only has wings when she's performing an attack, while Marisa in Seihou is the first boss of the Extra stage. Fanon also tends to depict Yuuka's wings as made out of leaves.
- In The Story of Eastern Wonderland, Mima gets a pair of blue and purple bat-like wings when she fights you. If you beat that form without continuing she changes her appearance, and they are replaced with six feathered purple wings. In further games, Mima does not have wings; but she is generally displayed as having them in fanworks, generally when fighting. Touhou Soccer takes it to humongous levels. She also sports a pair of black bat-like wings in her bombing image in Mystic Square.
- When using Ancardia for an Ex Skill, Maria sprouts an impressive pair of orange wings similar to Marietta's. Meria could probably do the same thing if she wanted to, but...well, let's just say she's the Revenge Before Reason type.
- Melissa also subverts this trend: When using her rage bullet, she literally uses her wings to materialize all the massive shrapnel and energy beams, and appears without them for as long as the attack is active.
- Nearly everyone in Baten Kaitos is a Winged Humanoid who can make said wings appear or disappear at will. They summon these wings in battle, mostly just because it looks awesome. The wings disappear at the end when The Magic Goes Away.
- Invoked in Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits, but as a Zigzagging Trope. Kharg gains the ability to learn magic early in the game, but doesn't know why; when it's revealed later in the game that his magic is a result of his Half-Deimos lineage, the shock causes him to grow a pair of wings, which he rips from his back in disgust, so he's both a justified case and an avertion. His brother Darc is an inversion; he begins the game with wings and spellcasting abilities, but shortly after his wings are torn off, he finds a human sword and decides to incorporate human martial arts into his fighting style.
- P-Wings in Super Mario Bros. 3. Or is that Wings Give You Power (of flight)?
- Pit in Kid Icarus starts out with rudimentary wings, by the time he acquires all the Mac Guffins, he has fully functional wings.
- Lumine's second form in Mega Man X 8 grows wings.
- Don't forget Copy X's in Mega Man Zero, from which the aforementioned Lumine is based on.
- Also Master Albert in Mega Man ZX.
- Super Robot Wars 64 has the Simurgh Splendid, created from the combination of the Simurgh and the Elblus.
- In Street Fighter III: Third Strike, Gill has a screen-filling super (called "Ascencion" or "Seraphic Wing" depending on who you listen to) during which he briefly is shown with three pairs of wings. Not surprisingly, this is the most universally loathed super in the game.
- Siter Skain's The Tale of ALLTYNEX: Any machine containing a ZODIAC core will get a set of energy wings (green at lower levels, then yellow at maximum power). This includes the player's ship at one point.
- These games are also largely responsible for the same style of wings appearing all over the place in Fraxy, after Eboshidori made several Siter Skain-inspired bosses.
- Angels in Diablo have wings made of energy tentacles.
- In Champions Online, one of the Celestial powers (I want to say Ascension) is a short-duration buff that, amongst other things, gives the player wings of glowing energy and the ability to fly briefly.
- A sufficiently powerful character in Fable III will gain a luminous, transparent pair of wings, which show up when an attack is charging.
- In The Legend of Dragoon, those who gain the power of a dragon and become a Dragoon grow wings when they transform, though these can't be used to fly except in cutscenes. The Divine Dragoon, strongest of them, has multiple pairs of wings.
- Kahu in Jade Cocoon 2 gets a pair of wings when Elrihm the Forest God declares him The Chosen One and sends him to do battle with Levant and Lilith.
- Galaxy Angel the emblem frames gain wings when the Halo system (based on the pilot's emotional state) reaches 100%. This gives them a huge boost of power.
- Peach's mega strike in Super Mario Strikers Charged involves her leaping into the air, growing a set of energy wings and then kicking the ball
- In Dantes Inferno, Dante can activate an ability called "Holy armour", which gives him invincibility and health regeneration over thirty seconds, giving him two wing-shaped beam things on his shoulder blades.
- They don't do anything, really, but some theories think that either the wings themselves are what give Dante his protection from Hellspawn, or they act as vents to prevent Dante from blowing up from the sheer Holy power.
- In the PSN/XBLA title Moon Diver, each of the characters gain a pair of energy wings when a special technique is used.
- In Aion, we have the Daevas (who are basically angels by another name). Humans can become Daevas, gaining Immortality, wings and other nifty powers in the process.
- Zone of the Enders has Anubis, with six massive wings. In an anime spinoff, they open up to absorb projectiles into subspace and redirect them back to their enemies.
- In The 2nd Runner, the wings become disembodied, held to the frame only by streams of data-like energy which is only visible when the lines flash along the frame. The also exhibit a red burst when open to contrast Jehuty's blue.
- Additionally, there is a boss fight involving a weaker duplicate of Anubis that lacks the wings to further lampshade the trope.
- Jehuty can also qualify as well. While the physical wings are quite small, the energy they produce is easily half the size of the frame itself when greater speed is demanded and its color changes as it evolves, going from blue for the whole of the first game, to bright green near the end of the game and white for the final battle
- The anime adaptation, Dolores i features Hathor, an armless machine that does its physical fighting with the large featureless wings growing from its feet. When it absorbs the conrol program from Dolores, it grows arms and its wings become more detailed and flare out to feature crystalline feathers not unlike its predecessor, Idolo.
- In the first Borderlands game, some of Lilith's better class abilities give her wings. This extends to Borderlands 2, where her wings and fire abilities have caused some bandits to start worshiping her as the Firehawk. Both other Sirens featured in the game also get wings at high level.
- In , Light Eco gives Jak glowing tentacle-like wings similar to the angels of the Diablo series.
- Zerglings in StarCraft II gain wings when they receive their speed upgrade. While they don't gain flight, their animations show them flapping and taking short hops as they run.
- Light Cavalry in Age of Empires II: the Conquerors fit the trope when they are upgraded to become Hussars, which do have wings—a reference to the famous Winged Hussars of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
- Hime from SUGURI has these as a part of her Accel Hyper attack.
- In DevilBear, the Daivas have wings made entirely out of (infrared?) light.
- In Problem Sleuth, using Sepulchritude at the start of chapter 22 grants the titular character huge white wings. This, combined with the Tectrixcalibur, makes for all sorts of epicness.
- Homestuck: In the kids' session, anyone who uses the Rings Of Power of Prospit and Derse - that is to say, currently only Jack Noir and PM]] - gains enormous crow wings; justified in that it gives him the traits of any objects that have been "prototyped" into the players' Sprites, one of which was a deceased crow. The same was the case in the trolls' session, as they prototyped at least two creatures with wings - Terezi's dragon and Kanaya's mother grub.
- The trolls themselves (with the exception of Blood players) grow butterfly wings when they ascend to the God Tiers, as a result of their cultural ideals of physical perfection as a vaguely insectoid race. Humans have no such cultural equivalent, and so don't gain wings (but can still fly).
- X in Bob and George
- In Goblins, Maglubiyet the Goblin deity marks his chosen ones with wings at birth, and each is destined to become a great leader amongst the Goblins; Duv the White Terror, leader of the Viper clan, currently holds that honour.
- In El Goonish Shive, the most powerful spell Nanase got is Flying Brick "angel form" giving pearly coating and two pairs of wings. In flight they at best add maneuverability, but apparently are near-unbreakable and at least the tail pair is prehensile.
- In Alien Dice, Lexx gains wings after leveling up. One of them is immediately bitten off by a giant alien monster. Disappointing, but this did save him from being eaten completely (and it grows back later).
- In Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama, the magical girls borrow wings from their beads — accidentally, at first.
- In UC, Iku gains a pair of fairy wings, when she uses her powers in the other plane they are exploring. It’s not clear if this is her tapping into her true form, or if it is an effect of the plane.
- In Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures Cubi, who already have four wings, can gain a third pair if they accumulate enough power. At that point they are practically immortal and can found a Clan.
- In Arcana Magi, Alysia Morales sprouted misty wings when she accepted her role as a Sentinel. In Arcana Magi Zero, after their Transformation Sequence, Alysia Perez and Megumi Miyazaki sprout wings from their Transformation Trinkets.
- In Dead Fantasy, Rinoa has a pair of white angel wings, to go along with her new-found levels of badass, presumably. In the second instalment of the series, when she turns up, she performs a huge Big Damn Heroes moment, then uses her new weapons and magic powers to deliver a Curb-Stomp Battle to Team Dead or Alive, which had been dominating until then.
- Optimus Prime frequently gets wings later in a series, though more mechanical than feathery. It's sometimes accomplished by combining with another Autobot, though.
- Optimus Primal also got wings after carrying Optimus Prime's spark for a few hours. The new modifications remained even after he gave the spark back to Prime.
- Cheetor in his Transmetal body could count. His flight mode wings had jets on the ends of them.
- On one occasion, Megatron got wings as part of a power up. They were somewhat overshadowed by him getting the ability to turn into a dragon at the time, though.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle gets a pair in episode "Magical Mystery Cure" by completing Star Swirl the Bearded's most secret, unfinished spell, thus becoming an alicorn princess.