When your Battle Aura
is sufficiently charged and you're preparing to call your attack
, or if you're a mage and you're invoking a particularly complicated spell, a wind will almost always whip around your feet, kicking up little wave-like peaks of dust in a perfect circle around you, possibly flaring out the hem of your Badass Longcoat
or Badass Cape
, if you have one.
If the writers have to surpass
whatever power is responsible for Swirling Dust
, they'll frequently resort to a Chunky Updraft
. The guiding principle behind both of these is Sphere of Power
. Not to be confused with Smoke Shield
, when large amounts of dust shield attackers. May also occasionally manifest as trail from the use of Super Speed
Anime and Manga
- Dragon Ball Z. All the time. Sometimes to the extent of giant swirling clouds.
- In Ah! My Goddess it's not dust, it's all of Keiichi's possessions.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! shows a swirl of dust kicking up around Negi as he casts a spell in the title sequence.
- In Mai-HiME, several of the girls get a dust swirl when they use or activate their HiME powers.
- In the Tales of Phantasia OVA, this happens around the edges of Klarth's summoning circle right as he finishes "purifying the area."
- All Chakra does this in Naruto, for varying levels of dust. For example, a simple jutsu to walk on water might make nearby grass bend slightly. Naruto in his fourth level of
Badass Demonic Possesion flattens a metal bridge and a square mile of forest. As a side effect.
- In the One Piece anime, Luffy's use of Haki causes a mild form of this. Generally as a rapidly expanding wind or pressure wave that causes loose items such as paper, dust, leaves, or hair to blow away as if caught in a sudden gust.
- As with many other tropes, End of Evangelion shows us just how it's done. Too bad Shinji was angsting at the time.
- In Juuni Senshi Bakuretsu Eto Ranger, Bakumaru does this when preparing his special spinning sword strike.
- Bleach does this from time to time, though most notably when Ichigo uses his Bankai for the first time, which creates a massive tornado of dust visible from miles away.