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"It's like they knew that we had seen this movie before, and we knew the curves they were gonna throw at us, but they made the curves just a little bit sharper than usual."
The Distressed Watcher, on The Hangover, from his 2009 Top 10 movies list

When the writers decide to play with a trope by raising the results to the extreme.

Since Tropes Are Flexible, they can be taken to various degrees. This is about taking them to degrees much higher than typical, often to ridiculous extremes.

In short, this is why The Same, but More warns that higher degrees of tropes alone are not new tropes. Those are simply Playing with a Trope.

This is usually done for parody, but there can be other reasons to do this.

Compare Troperiffic, Serial Escalation, Refuge in Audacity, Logical Extreme, Crosses the Line Twice.

Contrast Downplayed Trope.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Speaking of Power Levels, Dragon Ball would occasionally switch to a new system of power measurement, likely to avert doing this.
  • Space Runaway Ideon, GunBuster and Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann do this with Humongous Mecha, featuring impossibly powerful and unbelievably massive giant robots. More details on the latter, below.
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi exaggerates quite a bunch of tropes, such as School Festival (which is so large-scale it gives Disneyland a run for its money) and BFS (at one point, a character wields a sword the size of a building).
  • Monster does this to Self-Made Orphan; growing up, Johan Liebert killed at least five sets of foster parents.
  • Strawberry Panic! exaggerates Schoolgirl Lesbians.
    • As does Sakura Trick, where the main couple makes it their mission to kiss every chapter.
  • Queen's Blade exaggerates fanservice.
    • Same goes to Ikki Tousen, to the point where some readers complained.
  • Ecchi series Eiken exaggerates Gag Boobs to the point of extreme parody. The fact that even the 12-year old had boobs the size of her head was enough to get the series cut from the wiki.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei exaggerates social commentary by making the eponymous teacher prone to committing suicide over everything that is not right about society.
  • Elfen Lied takes Humans Are Bastards to stupidly unrealistic levels in an attempt to make the Diclonius and specially Lucy into poor little victims. To the point that, by the end, many viewers and potentially, some characters, simply don't care anymore.
  • One character of Penguin Musume, Saki, exagarate Moe by cumulating nearly every major Moe tropes. Of course, this make Sakura Crazy about her.
  • Digimon Frontier exaggerates Plot Armor Variant of Made of Iron.
  • Kill la Kill exaggerates numerous tropes, both for laughs and deconstruction.
    • Absurdly Powerful Student Council: With people getting expelled or even executed for the tinest of infractions, their capabilities of annexing other schools, and even having a student's status at school affect their quality of life in the city surrounding it, Honnouji Academy can be likened to a totalitarian regime.
    • Coming-of-Age Story: Not only is the story exclusively female (which is rare for a Coming-of-Age Story), but every single cliche is cranked up until the knob pops off. Blood as a metaphor for menstruation? Have superpowered over-sexed clothing that drinks the blood of its wearer. A Rich Bitch Alpha Bitch Student Council President? She's trying to take over the country. High school feels like everyone is against you? Here, they are literally trying to kill you.
    • Fanservice: The main character fights in a garter-belt bikini, every fight ends with the loser being stripped naked, and Mikisugi spends most of his screentime sensually removing his clothes for no reason at all.
    • Bare Your Midriff: Ryuko does this a lot and wears many outfits. Her Pyjamas even do this as well besides from the usual Senketsu and so does her Motorbike outfit. Due to the Stripperiffic outfits, most of the other female characters do this as well at some point, as well as Mako's Fight Club uniform.
    • Full-Frontal Assault: The rebels are literally nudists.
    • Hot-Blooded: When Ryuko gets angry enough, her blood literally boils, causing problems for the symbiotic clothing that drinks it.
    • Power Glows: Satsuki and her mother Ragyo both produce massive lights like stage effects at all times—Satsuki's lights are pure white, while Ragyo's are rainbow-colored. It's to the point that Ragyo's subordinates wear sunglasses at all times. In addition, Mikisugi's nipples and crotch glow pink.
    • Your Size May Vary: Ira Gamagoori always towers over everyone else. If that means he has to grow some fifty feet to properly tower, then so be it.
  • Kill la Kill's spiritual predecessor, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is no slouch in that department either:
    • Beyond the Impossible: It tends to happen every other episode, hence why this series named the trope. Some notable examples include Kamina willing himself back to life to give Simon a pep talk, invent the Giga Drill Break and avenge his own death before finally dying for good, Team Dai-Gurren escaping from the Extradimensional Labyrinth, which, according to the Anti-Spirals, cannot be escaped from by sentient beings and the Million-to-One Chance and Readings Are Off the Scale entries below.
    • Humongous Mecha: As mentioned above. The Gurren Lagann itself goes from a robot the size of a building, to a robot the size of a city, to a robot the size of the moon, to a robot that dwarfs galaxies, to an Energy Being that is comparable in size to the observable universe. Also deconstructed, as beings evolving to such heights en masse would cause the Spiral Nemesis, which the Big Bads, the Anti-Spirals, are trying to prevent.
    • Meta Mecha: By the end of the series, we have a a human piloting a building-sized robot piloting a city-sized robot piloting a moon-sized robot piloting a robot that dwarfs galaxies piloting an energy being that is comparable to the size of the observable universe.
    • Million-to-One Chance: The heroes succeed on one particular operation- Specifically, destroying the Death Spiral Machine, a suicide mission that required Kittan's Heroic Sacrifice- that was calculated to have zero chance of success. Not 'so miniscule that it may as well be zero', but zero, as in flat-out impossible. To quote Lordgenome on the subject:
      "The chances of this operation succeeding were zero, but I see now that theoretical calculations are useless with you people."
    • More Dakka: One weapon that one of the titular mech's line uses shoots all points in time and space at once, bringing it into the elite club of coming close to having enough dakka.
    • Mundane Utility: Simon literally invents conceptual-based teleportation for the sole purpose of getting to a suicidal Rossiu's location so he can snap him out of that funk by punching him in the face, just as Kamina did to him so many years ago. So it's not using an existing power in a mundane way, but inventing an entirely new one (as Gurren Lagann had not shown such an ability prior) just to do something mundane.
    • Rated M for Manly: All of the good guys are this, as being manly and hot-blooded (and by proxy, a Large Ham) is a requisite to use Spiral Power. Yes, that includes the women and even the resident Camp Gay Leeron, though the epitome of this trope has to be Kamina and later, Simon, after Kamina's death, best exemplified by Kamina's line introducing himself before challenging a giant robot to a fight armed only a nodachi (which, according to Word of God, he would have won, in spite of being lacking in Spiral Power):
      Kamina: "I'm going to tell you something important now, so you better dig the wax out of those huge ears of yours and listen! The reputation of Team Gurren echoes far and wide. When they talk about its badass leader - the man of indomitable spirit and masculinity - they're talking about me! The mighty Kamina!"
    • Readings Are Off the Scale: In the final battle, the scales that measure spiral power take on a never-before seen rainbow color, spirals out to fill the gauge, shatters the glass surrounding the gauge, and then keeps spiralling out into thin air, in plain defiance of logic and common sense. To put it simply, spiral power went off the scale on a scale that was designed to measure things that go off the scale.
    • Stuff Blowing Up: Enemy mechs typically explode when destroyed... unless they're on the receiving end of a Finishing Move- which tends to make them explode more than once in spite of all logic or common sense. The Giga Drill Break typically makes the target explode twice, and the final Big Bad, when finally defeated, explodes no less than four times in quick succession. There are also the times when Team Dai-Gurren performs an awesome speech, causing a volcano to spontaneously manifest and then explode behind them. Even in space, when the mechs they're piloting are large enough that they dwarf galaxies.
    • This Is a Drill: As far as the titular mech is concerned, they're everywhere. Giant drills (including the Giga Drill Break), spawning drills on the hands to enhance punches, drills all over the body for mass attacks, drills as projectiles, drills to connect things together, drilling into other mechs is the method that the Gurren Lagann uses to combine, even attacks that don't directly use drills tend to have some drill theming in there (For instance, the Arc-Gurren Lagann's Burst Spinning Punch sends the target flying in a cloud of spiral energy, shaped like- what else- a drill)- it'd be faster to list the attacks which DON'T have some sort of relation to drills. This gets taken to truly ridiculous proportions in the finale, where the heroes and the Big Bad engage in what can best be described as a Giga Drill Break-O-War with drills much larger than our own observable universe.
  • In Ceres, Celestial Legend, the exaggeration of Gory Discretion Shot in the scene where Mikage-in-Aki's body tortures Tooya via repeatedly gunning him down and taking advantage of his Healing Factor that won't let him die was so over the top that the scene itself was... funnier than it was probably intended.

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    Fan Works 
  • Ultraman Moedari takes some Ultra Series tropes, most notably the multiverse concept of the Zero Film Trilogy, and takes them beyond eleven. So much so that there are categories for groups of multiverses. Previous hero's powers? Take them all and combine them!
  • New Tamaran:
    • Supergirl and Wonder Girl have each been a Good Bad Girl and Friend with Benefits to note  every other young hero around the world, and then some, making time for coitus every single night. They both take after Wonder Woman, who has bedded every other Justice League member, and then some.
    • The sequel Justice Returns opens up by overdoing The Worf Effect by having Darkseid about to deliver death blows to the defeated Justice League, only for White Raven to appear and defeat him with absolutely no effort.

    Films — Animation 
  • Tangled:
    • The Frying Pan of Doom is exaggerated to the extent that at the end of the movie, frying pans are made the official weapon of the town guards.
    • The movie also exaggerates Light Is Good. As quoted from the trope example: "Rapunzel, a gentle, caring girl who is a Friend to All Living Things, loves daylight (as well as starlight) and has golden hair because her mother ingested a flower that had grown from a drop of liquid sunlight."
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie:
    • During Sonic's showdown with Metal Sonic, he attempts to do some kind of paradox by saying the now-famous line:
      SONIC: You might know everything I'm going to do, but that's not going to help you, since I know everything YOU'RE going to do! STRANGE, ISN'T IT!?
  • A rather extreme example of Slap-Slap-Kiss is used very briefly early in the film Ratatouille. When Remy is running through the walls of an apartment building, we briefly see a woman holding a man at gunpoint as he runs by; a shot goes off, narrowly missing Remy, who goes back to investigate. The two struggle over the gun briefly before they passionately kiss one another. Those French...
  • Barbie: Princess Charm School exaggerates Book on the Head. Delancy manage to walk with about twenty books. Later, Headmistress Privet exaggerates the trope while, in private lessons for Blair, she teaches the girl how to carry a dozen books on the head. While standing on one foot. With a flower vase in each hand.
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven 2 takes Cats Are Mean to another level. The demonic Red and his skeletal minions are all feline. Apparently, cats are not only mean but also The Legions of Hell.
  • The Nutcracker And The Mouseking exaggerates The Alleged Steed: The first of the Mouse King’s “steeds” we see is made of straw and wood, pushed by the minions Tall and Fat. As it gets crushed under a stone, later the King just uses Tall and Fat who stand under a piece of fabric and argue who's the tail and who's the head.
  • The 2006 film Over the Hedge exaggerates Absurdly Bright Light. The Depelter Turbo's activation causes tans, pops popcorn, and can be seen from space, specifically from outside the Milky Way galaxy.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Double Tap is exaggerated in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The alien who kills the Jerk Jock's friends is seen "stabbing" the dead body of the friend in the head over and over again, likely because it was feeding.
  • Avatar: Going Native. The protagonist physically becomes one of the People.
  • Innocent Bystanders is exaggerated in Batman: The Movie. Everywhere Batman goes to dispose of a bomb in the third act, a new group of innocents appears to prevent him from disposing of it. Whether it be a convent, a group of tourists, a family of ducks or a restaurant full of people, it looks like some days you just can't get rid of a bomb.
  • Le Chat does this with Awful Wedded Life. Julien and Clémence do not talk to each other any more, they do not eat together any more, but they do not want to separate.
  • Not Now, We're Too Busy Crying over You is exaggerated in Cruella. Horace cries at Estella's funeral even though he's attending it with her.
  • Dark City takes Intrigued by Humanity to an extreme degree. The Strangers’ whole purpose in creating the city and performing their nightly experiments is to study humans in order to become like them and reverse the death of their species.
    Murdoch: You know how I was supposed to feel. That person isn’t me—never was. You wanted to know what it was about us that made us human. Well, you're not going to find it <<points at his head>> in here. You were looking in the wrong place.
  • Harry Ellis in Die Hard was played as a comically over-the-top version of the sleazy, smarmy executive.
  • The Stinger is taken to extremes in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, even by MCU standards! The movie has five scenes during and after the credits.
  • An exaggerated version of Power Walk is in Hot Rod, set to John Farnham's "You're The Voice." Starts off pretty normal with the main cast doing it, and winds up with half the town following them and a mass riot breaking out. With bagpipes blaring in the background.
  • John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch exaggerates Trademark Favorite Food for laughs. Orson doesn't want anything but a plain plate of noodles with a little bit of butter. You could give him the fanciest lobster, and his heart will still yearn for macaroni.
  • Lifetime movies exaggerate pretty much every trope that makes men look bad.
    • Lifetime movies about eating disorders tend to exaggerate the effects. Starving in Suburbia actually has the main girl manifesting her eating disorder into an imaginary friend who she converses with and in one scene the mother inspects the smell coming from her daughter's closet and finds she had been stuffing food in her pockets and it was left there so long it went rancid.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss is taken to extremes by Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). The two main characters practically demolish a house with gunfire in an attempt to kill each other. They then proceed to punch, kick and smash objects onto each other, demolishing even more furniture in the process, until they grab their weapons again and get to a Mexican Standoff. Surprising nobody, little time passes before they put down the guns and start kissing and ripping each other's clothes off. They then proceed to demolish even more of the house...
  • Elaine May of A New Leaf takes Cute Clumsy Girl up to eleven as the socially inept Henrietta. She forgets to remove price tags from her clothes; has to be vacuumed after she eats; spills multiple cups of tea in one sitting; and accidentally puts her head through the arm hole of a Grecian nightgown.
  • 1982's slasher-parody Pandemonium satirized the various "hand tools as murder implements" tropes ubiquitous to the subgenre, with a baddie who not only killed with power tools, but converted his victims' remains into furniture afterwards. And was very good at it, such that his victims' "corpses" are portrayed by actual cabinets, dressers, and end tables.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene is exaggerated by the premise of A Quiet Place. Every scene is either dead silent or frantic white-knuckle terror. The only thing in between is when Lee takes Marcus to a waterfall where they can talk in normal voices since the monsters won't hear them over the sound of the rushing water.
  • Starship Troopers: Any tropes about war, army, etc…
  • This is Spın̈al Tap: Former Trope Namer of Up To Eleven. The band has (and actively uses) a speaker they can crank up to eleven instead of the normal ten.
  • La Tour de contrôle infernale (2016) exaggerates Banana Peel. According to Éric and Ramzy, bananas caused a truck to crash.
  • The TRON universe (films, games, comics, animated series) have Good Colors, Evil Colors and Tron Lines as exaggerated and Justified Tropes. A Program's circuitry patterns and coloration indicate their loyalties, native system, and relative social class. If a character changes their social position or loyalties, their circuitry will change to match.


    Live-Action TV 
  • iCarly does this with Comedic Sociopathy.
  • A Too Dumb to Live drug dealer in the Castle episode "Sucker Punch" has an exaggerated version of Cut Himself Shaving inflicted on him. His injuries are very obviously the result of being beaten half to death by the local Irish mob ("very obviously," as in Castle and Beckett literally walked in on the beating), but he explains it as having fallen down the stairs. And his eye being swollen shut due to having hit a door on his way down. And his mangled hand as a result of getting it caught in a grate at the bottom.
  • Blackadder Goes Forth: "A fate worse than a Fate Worse than Death? ...That's pretty bad."
  • In How I Met Your Mother, Victoria and Klaus were simultaneously treating each other as Disposable Fiances. Victoria is convinced to write a note to Klaus, but when Ted goes to drop it off, he bumps into Klaus himself... who was also running away from the marriage and ditching Victoria. Turns out that he realized that she is almost what he wants, but not quite.
  • Father Ted exaggerates Badass Cape with Bishop Brennan, whose cape somehow grow in size when he gets pissed.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - In the episode "House Of Quark," D'Ghor gets disowned by the Klingons openly for threatening to kill Quark, when unarmed. However, it's the way this scene is excuted that makes it seem like it devolved, hilariously, into self-parody. It's more hilarious than serious. Leans on narm.


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    Web Animation 
  • Similar to the South Park example below, the creators (who lampshaded it in their segment) of The Most Popular Girls in School exaggerated Potty Failure by revealing in Episode 29 that Deandra the New Girl pooped outside of her pants, all over her cheer squad, on everything within a 30-foot radius, and on the city!
    Brittnay: [about to puke] Oh, oh, oh my god, please stop, I'm gonna be sick. Ulp!
    Deandra: When you pressure-blast Mountain Dew out of your anus it's not easily forgotten! After that, I was ruined. I wasn't just the girl who pooped her pants. I was the girl who monster dumped on two prom court members, a candy cane princess, and the junior class treasurer!


    Web Original 
  • SCP Foundation: SCP-2000 exaggerates the Reset Button trope with an extremely long narrative, relentless Techno Babble and a very convoluted process to actually hit the button. Oh, and it's been used several times before. The current iteration of the Foundation broke the damn thing so that it doesn't actually work anymore, though.

    Western Animation 
  • A lot of the Disney Princess artwork really loves to crank up Everything's Better with Sparkles.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • The Hilariously Abusive Childhood of Doctor Doofenshmirtz's Multiple-Choice Past: "It all started when I was born. Neither of my parents showed up." He had to pretend to be a lawn gnome after theirs was repossessed, he had to wear dresses, he wasn't allowed to go swimming in public pools, his father preferred the dog and named it "Only Son" and he was abandoned and raised by ocelots.
    • Phineas and Ferb's Homemade Inventions—they think nothing of building a mountain ski resort in their backyard, a rollercoaster that spans the city or two spacecraft and mission control with a free morning, and Candace's inevitable case of It Was Here, I Swear!: whatever it is, and however much of a mess it should leave behind, everything vanishes without trace by the time she tries to show their parents.
  • Done in Adventure Time with Affectionate Pickpocket: When Finn and Jake assume they converted little orphan girl/thief Penny into living a new life, she gives Finn a thank you hug... then runs off after swiping all his clothes!
  • South Park:
    • The episode "World Wide Recorder Concert" exaggerates Potty Failure. When the boys slip the brown noise into the sheet music of rivals, it accidentally gets added to the sheet music for the entire concert, which is being broadcast worldwide...
      Reporter: Like the rest of the world, everyone here has crapped their pants. Some crapped themselves to death. And still others ...ruined perfectly good pairs of pants.
    • They do this a lot, especially how they exaggerate Hell seeing as how it has a million times more people than Heaven. In "Best Friends Forever" we also exaggerate Off Screen Moment Of Awesome as Kenny leads an army outnumbered a million to one and wins.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Kracked Krabs" exaggerates Stealing from the Hotel. Mr. Krabs and SpongeBob winded up stealing the entire room. They even call it "exaggerating".
  • Drawn Together exaggerates nearly every trope it uses. In the first episode, it's revealed that Xandir has died millions of times.
  • In The Simpsons, Ralph Wiggum is such an extreme example of The Ditz that at times one wonders if he has any functional brain cells. At one time, this wiki had its own trope called "Ralph Wiggum" which worked as an exaggeration of The Ditz.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Fake Dad" does this with Real Men Eat Meat when the huge, burly convict Kowalski requests a meat on meat sandwich [toasted], which he washes down with a glass of meat.
  • In the original batman comics, Batman's villain The Ventriloquist act is mediocre, because Scarface has an Speech Impediment (he substitutes the letter "B" for a letter "G", an unfortunate fact if you are going to fight "Gatman and Rogin") that is a common problem with Ventriloquism. Batman: The Animated Series exaggerates Adaptational Intelligence upgrading the Ventriloquist skills to ridiculous levels: Scarface not only can perfectly pronounce the letter "B" on all his appearances in the show, but "Read My Lips" shows the batcomputer analyzing The Ventriloquist and Scarface's voices like two different people. Also, Batman knew the greatest ventriloquist of his time, recognized as the world's best Stage Magician, Zatara (Zatanna's father) and believes the Ventriloquist could teach him lessons. So now the Ventriloquist act is so good he can fool an Artificial Intelligence and he can give lessons to the best Ventriloquist in the world.

Alternative Title(s): Goes To Eleven, Turned Up To Eleven, Up To 11, Exaggerated, Up To Eleven


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