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The situation is quickly becoming grizzly.

Tommy Oliver: Let me guess - there's a 30-story version of the guy you were just fighting?
Ethan: You've done this before, haven't you?
Tommy: Once or twice.
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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. Usually done as a last resort when the villain has nothing left to lose, quite literally making this the Godzilla Threshold.

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 Bishōnen Line, in which this monster will suddenly revert to a more humanoid appearance as a result of gaining even more power.

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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.


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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.
  • Digimon:
    • 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.
    • Digimon Tamers: It's only shown once, but Ryo has a card that enables his partner to grow to a monstrous size, and it's stated that it's too much for anyone who's not a master Tamer to handle (in the original, it's called "King Device", and the "[chess piece here] Device" cards in general are too dangerous for amateurs; in the dub, it's given the simple and Meaningful Name of "Goliath").
    • 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.
  • 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 Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug. 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!
  • In Transformers Energon, Galvatron grows to Unicron size after overdosing on Super Energon. Optimus Prime can do similar when powerlinked with Omega Supreme.

    Comic Books 
  • 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, who's been cast as both a protagonist and an antagonist, 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.
  • In one issue of Fantastic Four, Reed Richards (prior to the space journey) observes that an alien monster's footprints are getting larger, but not deeper, at it grows in response to attacks. He then tells the officer in charge of getting rid of creature to keep firing. The bombardment forces the creature to grow and grow and grow... and to become less and less dense, until it becomes a full-on kaiju... and slightly less dense than fog. It dissipates.
  • The climax of Venom: The Enemy Within limited series has Demogoblin use the power or an old enchanted necklace to grow to 20 feet of height, seemingly for the final battle with Venom and Morbius. However, he actually uses it to drown the hordes of evil otherwordly goblins in the river.
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    Fan Fiction 
  • The Bridge has Garble and his gang of teenage dragons experience rapid greed-growth fueled size expansion out of craving revenge on Rainbow Dash for humiliating them and desire to eat a campground of fillies and colts. Thankfully a chance activation of magic from Rainbow Dash's Element of Harmony causes the then transformed-into-a-pony Anguirus to return to his true form and give the story it's first proper Behemoth Battle.

    Film 

    Literature 
  • An unusual literary example is David Eddings's The Belgariad. When the final battle between Belgarion and Torak is about to start, both combatants suddenly decide to become huge. 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 seems a bit egregious until you take into account the Hounds of Torak crawling around the ruins. A 10' tall Garion going mano e mano with your God? Go for the throat. A 50' tall Garion that could squish you underfoot? Yeah, run like hell.
  • 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.
  • In The Nekropolis Archives, Lyncanthropus Rex is a werewolf with the unique additional ability to increase his size, growing up to fifty feet tall.

    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:
    • The first Mecha using Super Sentai, Battle Fever J, 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 battles happened simultaneously.
    • The Vader Monsters of Denshi Sentai Denziman played this straight, as they can enlarge themselves by manipulating their cellular structures.
    • In Taiyou Sentai Sun Vulcan, the Mongers are installed with the "Expansion Program", which can enlarge them automatically if they're KO'ed.
    • In Dai Sentai Goggle Five, the defeated Mozoos would get revived and then sent a humongous mecha copy of their own body to pilot.
    • Kagaku Sentai Dynaman has two methods of doing this: the Evolution Beasts undergo "Big Bang Process" when they're defeated, while the Mechavolution Beasts are enlarged by the Gran Gizmo's "Big Bang Beam".
    • Choudenshi Bioman averted this again: they don't have growing monsters. Instead, they have five recurring human-sized monsters, and a separate Robeast serving as the series' Monster of the Week (occasionally piloted by one of the three generals).
    • Gyodai of Dengeki Sentai Changeman can resurrect and enlarge dead Space Beast Warriors by firing an enlargement beam from his eye. This would later become a staple in Hiroshi Soda's Sentai.
    • In Choushinsei Flashman, a giant mutant jellyfish called Kuragen is summoned to enlarge a Genetic Beast by expelling the energy from its body. Doing so causes it to shrink.
    • In Hikari Sentai Maskman, Okalempa would show up to resurrect and enlarge dead Dogglers with an energy shower. This can be only used Once per Episode, since Okalempa would get tired quickly after doing it.
    • Gash of Choujuu Sentai Liveman carries the Giga Phantom cannon to rebuild and enlarge the Zuno Beasts. However, as a side effect of using the Giga Phantom, the Zuno Beasts can't use their special powers.
    • In Kousoku Sentai Turboranger, the Bohma generals can summon magical tornadoes to enlarge the Bohma Beasts. However, each member has a different method of summoning it.
    • Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman zig-zags this. Similar to Goggle V, the Gorlin, a giant robot purchased by Zone for 100,000 Dolyun per unit, is summoned to absorb Galactic Beasts, but unlike the Kongs, instead of being Humongous Mecha copies, the Gorlin started out having a blank doll-like appearance before assuming the appearance of a Galactic Beast upon absorption. That being said, Gorlins can't absorb Galactic Beasts if they're killed off.
      • Chevalier would later use a Black Gorlin, which cannot absorb Galactic Beasts but is more powerful than the regular version.
    • In Choujin Sentai Jetman, if a Dimensional Beast is killed off while its Dimensional Bug survives, then the bug in question enlarges itself and assumes the appearance of the dead Dimensional Beast while gaining its powers. The same also applies to the Bio Dimensional Beasts and their Bio Dimensional Bugs as well. Some Dimensional Beasts, such as Fighter Jigen and House Jigen, are already giants due to their Dimensional Bugs possessing large inanimate objects.
    • Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger has Bandora chanting the magic spell "Evil spirits that sleep within the earth, give your power to Dora [Monster]!" before throwing her DoraScepter to Earth and enlarging the Dora Monsters. She also does this to Grifforzer, Lamie, and Burai too.
    • In Gosei Sentai Dairanger, the Gorma would usually bring Enlargement Bombs in case things are going south for them. It's also defied in an episode where the Monster of the Week tries to grow, but is blocked by the heroes by throwing their staves to form a cage to prevent him from doing so.
      • It also has some humorous awareness regarding growing. When Lipstick Songstress/Lipsyncher gets pissed at having her "perfect" face scratched, she whips out an Enlargement Bomb (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 running away before she activates it, not wanting to be squished by her soon-to-be-giant feet! This wasn't seen in MMPR 'cause the Dairanger Mooks are different.
      • Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers used the same method in the second season, except Lord Zedd would send it to his monsters instead.
    • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger has the Yokai being struck with lighting (which is made from humanity's rage, hatred, and sorrow) from the Yoki Cloud to enlarge themselves.
    • Chouriki Sentai Ohranger and Power Rangers Zeo has Kocha/Orbus being outfitted with an enlargement beam, with Acha/Klank throwing her at the defeated Machine Beasts to start the enlargement process.
    • Parodied (all the time) in Gekisou Sentai Carranger. In order for the Gorotsuki (Bowzock's Monsters of the Week) to grow, they must eat imo-youkan note . Said food must be freshly hand-made from a certain store (Imocho). Factory-made and/or expired imoyoukan makes the Gorotsuki shrink.
      • As Grotch found out in Episode 4, an expired imo-youkan can temporarily enlarge the consumer before reverting back to its original size. Gynamo took advantage of this in the finale, where he fed the expired imo-youkan on a giant Exhaus, causing the latter to weaken, revert back to his original form, and shrink to human-size for the Carrangers to finish him off.
      • However, in Power Rangers Turbo, Divatox would have her men launch enlargement torpedoes instead.
    • In Denji Sentai Megaranger, Bibidebi would infect Nezire Beasts and Psycho Nezilars with a bite containing the enlargement virus.
      • Power Rangers in Space replaced this with the Dark Fortress firing a "Satellaser" ray to enlarge the monsters.
    • Seijuu Sentai Gingaman has the Majins consuming an enlargement potion called "Balba-X" to grow. However, the "Balba-X" is only used as a last-ditch attempt to kill the Gingamen, since drinking it would slowly kill them. For some reason, in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, the monsters would automatically grow on their own after being KO'ed.
    • In Kyuukyuu Sentai GoGoFive and Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, Pierre/Jinxer throws Regeneration Cards to resurrect and enlarge Psyma Beasts/Demons. The Golem Cards have the same function as the Regeneration Cards with the addition of giving the enlarged Psyma Beasts/Demons more powerful and armored forms.
    • Mirai Sentai Timeranger and Power Rangers Time Force have the same method but with different reasons: In Timeranger, the Londerz Prisoners are flash-frozen and shrunk down to the size of action figures. When they're released from confinement, they have to wear Depression Seals in order to maintain their normal size, and removing the seals would cause a 'rebound', a side-effect of the compression process in which they become gigantic. In Time Force, the mutants have natural DNA Patches and removing them exposes their DNA, causing them to grow and increase in strength. In both cases, when they are defeated at giant-size, they are back in their compressed states.
    • In Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger and Power Rangers Wild Force, TsueTsue/Toxica would spit Org Seeds from her staff to resurrect and enlarge dead Orgs while chanting "Org Seeds, please allow the fallen to regain their enormous wicked power! Ogres come in! Blessings go out!" (TsueTsue) or "Evil spirits of toil and strife, give this fallen Org a new life!" (Toxica).
      • The Org Seeds are also consumable, as seen when Yabaiba/Jindrax enlarged himself by eating them to aid Juggling Org/Juggelo and when he forcefully fed them to Animal Tamer Org.
      • Yabaiba/Jindrax would sometimes replace TsueTsue as the monster enlarger if either her staff is broken or she's not around.
      • Rouki/Zen-Aku had his own Org Seeds, which are referred to as "Wolf Seeds".
    • Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger has THREE ways the villains could make the Monster of the Week grow to giant size; depending on which of the generals the monster was in the service of. Wendinu either had to launch a mystical scroll onto the battlefield, 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 (a similar method of sending a robot out to become a giant clone of the monster was also used in Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman), or physically hurl a size-changing mask out there.
      • Power Rangers Ninja Storm edited out Zurgane and Shimazu's enlargement methods while keeping Chuubo's for enlarging monsters (though Zurgane's "Copy Giant" device is used to summon enlargement scrolls instead of Chuubo's bazooka).
      • On one occasion, the Big Bad Lothor looks directly at the screen and says "What did you expect? He wasn't going to get smaller!" Another time, when Marah and Kapri first recruited Shimazu, Marah says "What's the worst that could happen? They blow him up, we grow him big again, they blow him up again and we grow him big again and they blow him and we grow him and-" Lothor cuts them off with "I know the formula!" On another occasion, Lothor had just sent several monsters, and orders The Dragon Zurgane to make them all grow. Zurgane tries, gets an error, and reminds Lothor that he'd been too cheap to pay for the upgrade that would let multiple monsters grow at once. Lothor grumpily tells him to make just one grow.note 
      • Amusingly, in one instance, a particularly tiny monster is defeated and gets enlarged....to the same size as a regular human. He has to be defeated a second time before he can grow to the usual giant size.
    • The Trinoids of Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger are implanted with Life Berries, so if they're killed off, the Life Berries will turn into a giant rain cloud to resurrect and enlarge them. Averted with Giganoids, who are already giants upon creation due to being created from Voffa's musical notes instead of Mikela's paintings (an animal, a plant, and an inanimate object).
    • Averted in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger and Power Rangers S.P.D., where the enemies don't grow. Like the Rangers, when they need to escalate things, they hop into a Humongous Mecha. There are also a few occasions where the villain grew instead, never using the same method.
    • Mahou Sentai Magiranger and Power Rangers Mystic Force has Wolzard/Koragg casting an enlargement spell via his WolzaPhone. Vancuria/Necrolai and Meemy/Imperious would later do the same (though the latter's monsters in Mystic Force can grow on their own).
      • Interestingly, the Infershia Pantheon/Ten Terrors are naturally giants, and could make themselves human-sized at will. They'd go back to their natural sizes for the last round.
    • Each GoGo Sentai Boukenger and Power Rangers Operation Overdrive villain had their own enlargement methods, whether by Ryuwon/Moltor's enlargement gun, Gekkou/Kamdor's sutras, or skin shedding from the Ashu/Fearcats.
      • However, Gajah/Flurious' Godom Giant Gods, Ryuwon/Moltor's Daijaryu and the Ashu/Fearcats' Quester Robos are already giants. Some Precious can also become monsters and enlarge themselves at will.
    • In Juken Sentai Gekiranger and Power Rangers Jungle Fury, enlarging 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.
    • The Banki Beasts of Engine Sentai Go-onger are installed with Bikkurium by Kitaneidas, which can enlarge them by the command "Industrial Revolution".
      • At some point in GP17, Happa Banki dramatically shouts the usual growth command... and nothing happens. Turns out Go-On Gold had removed the monster's module of grow-juice during the battle!
      • Due to Hiramechimedes installing himself with a hundred times amount of Bikkurium, he can enlarge himself through "Big Industrial Revolution" as Detaramedes.
      • GP24 has Urameshimedes (actually Hiramechimedes as a ghost) possessing Bakki to enlarge and become "Hirameki Banki".
      • In GP31, Lumbiaco can grow by simply hearing noises and male sounds and can only be shrunk back to its original size by hearing female sounds.
      • Kireizky and Chirakasonne used Dokkurium for "Super Industrial Revolution", while Yogoshimacretein had an even more powerful variant called "Third Industial Revolution".
      • Power Rangers RPM retains the "Industrial Revolution" process, but the Bikkurium is replaced with Venjix's "Power Download" to enlarge the Attack Bots.
    • In Samurai Sentai Shinkenger and Power Rangers Samurai, all Ayakashi/Nighloks have two lives: whenever a human-sized Ayakashi/Nighlok dies, it's immediately reincarnated as a giant (or in the Nighlok's case, a "megamonster"). Takeru/Jayden 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.
    • Tensou Sentai Goseiger and Power Rangers Megaforce has Buredoran/Brajira/Vrak calling his Bibi Bugs/Zombats to attach themselves to a monster and initiate the enlargement process. Buredoran/Brajira/Vrak and Mons Drake/Malkor can also enlarge themselves by using a single Bibi Bug/Zombat as well.
      • Because the Matroids are not organic beings, Metal-A has to convert the Bibi Bugs into Bibi Nails to enlarge them.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger and Power Rangers Super Megaforce has Insarn/Levira firing an enlargement ray from the Gigant Horse/Armada's mothership on the Action Commanders.
      • It also 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 Greater-Scope Villain 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).
      • Basco's Giant Battle Psuedo Lifeforms are already giants and can be summoned from Sally's stomach.
    • As with Battle Fever J, the small monsters and the giant robotic versions aren't the same critter in Tokumei Sentai Go Busters and Power Rangers: Beast Morphers. As such, just as in Battle Fever J, while the big version usually arrives just after the small version is killed off, 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. Monsters in this series are created from Earth machines, and on one occasion, a robot based on a monster is turned into a monster itself, and soon a new robot based on it arrives. At one point you've got a robot within a monster within a robot. Hurts your head, doesn't it? This "Megazord Zeta" in turn is possessed by the Big Bad.
      • Played straight with Rhino Doubler... strangely. Rhino Doubler is from Space Sheriff Gavan; the episode is a tie-in to the then-upcoming movie about Gavan's successor. Monsters in that series do not grow: in Gavan and several other Metal Heroes series, the "monster is against the ropes and escalates the battle" move is transporting the whole battle to a bizarre, trippy Phantom Zone area where monsters are three times stronger. When Go-Busters Dragon Enter tries to turn the device by which Rhino Doubler does this into a monster, the result is a giant Rhino Doubler in the only instance of typical "Make My Monster Grow" in all of Go-Busters.
    • In Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger the eponymous team wait until sunset for Shibuyaseitakaawadachisouhidenagaaburamushi to grow into a giant after he is destroyed, just like how they "always" do. It never happens. note 
    • Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger has a literal example. Luckyuro can enlarge the Debo Monsters using "water" (a fluid made from Deboth's cells) in a watering can. They can also be shrunk back to their original size if they're hit with his magical tennis balls that absorb away the water.
      • In later episodes, some Deboth Army generals can enlarge themselves at will by using the Deboth Super-Growth Cells. The Neo Deboth Army used this as well in Kyoryuger Brave.
      • Power Rangers Dino Charge replaced this with Sledge commanding a Vivix to fire the Magnabeam from his spaceship.
    • In Ressha Sentai ToQger, the Shadow Creeps would automatically enlarge themselves by absorbing the darkness they've gathered in a last-ditch attempt to kill the ToQgers.
    • Kyuemon of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger can enlarge the Yokai by using the Kibaoni Nin Shuriken attached to his mallet. The Kibaoni Nin Shuriken also works on other beings too, as seen when Mataneko used Kyuemon's mallet in an attempt to attack Takaharu, only to end up enlarging him by accident instead.
      • Power Rangers Ninja Steel had the same "enlargement beam from the villains' spaceship" method as Super Megaforce and Dino Charge by having Cosmo Royale fire a beam from the Warrior Dome if the Galaxy Warriors audience demands it.
    • Lampshaded by the Deathgaliens in Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger: They have medal slots somewhere in their bodies, so Naria can enlarge them by inserting Continue Medals on their medal slots and they would thank her for it.
      • Quval and Azald needed more than one Continue Medal to enlarge. In Azald's case, inserting three Continue Medals on his core causes him to become mindless. Banglay and Naria can also enlarge themselves by consuming a Continue Medal.
      • The crossover episode with Kamen Rider Ghost has a special guest MOTW in the form of Shiomaneking from Shocker, who had a Continue Medal shoved into his throat as he did not have a medal slot, while Naria raised her concerns of whether such an impromtu method would actually work. It still works as expected.
    • Each Daikaan in Uchu Sentai Kyuranger has an Enlarge Inrou note that automatically revives and grows them if they die, but it's a one-time use item as they burst apart upon usage. However, some don't get to use them, instead opting to use Moraimarz in fighting mode. Vice-Shoguns get special treatment in this regard - a golden idol on their right shoulders that allow them to do this repeatedly. Deathworms naturally have the ability to change size at will.
      • An unusual variant happens when two of the Kyurangers shrink down to fight against a tiny size monster called Microtsuyoindaver inside of somebody's brain. The first time he is killed, he grows to the size of a normal monster. The second time he is killed, instead of growing a second time to giant size, he manifests a giant copy of the person he was controlling with his dying breath.
    • Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai Patranger has Gauche performing "surgery" on a dead Gangler's "safe" remains by firing an enlargement serum from her Gros Caliber at it.
      • In one episode, the Patarangers seemingly destroy a monster before the Lupinrangers can retrieve the treasure in its chest, resulting in them becoming despondent (their Fetch Quest requires them to collect all the treasures the Gangler have). However, they soon realize that no giant version of the monster appeared. Both teams eventually connect the dots on how weird for Gauche to not show up and revive/enlarge it, and deduce that it must have escaped before the final blow was actually struck.
      • One of the Ganglers is revealed to be able to grow giant on his own power, and is larger and more powerful then those enlarged by Gauche and neither team's Kaiser is powerful enough to defeat it, prompting Goodie, the sentient mecha both teams' mechs merge with, to basically force them to work together and combines with all the mechs, including Lupin/Patran X's entire solo mecha, into Good Cool Kaiser VSX, made up of 11 different mechs at once.
      • Episode 29, being a clip show, has no real monster, just a modifed Poderman, one of this season's footsoldiers, with a safe for a head and a giant hand. It's killed fairly quickly and not enlarged and when Goodie shows up, he's surprised he's not needed, prompting his flashback about the giant robot battles.
      • Also lampshaded in episode 30, as the monster is so smelly, the fight is going nowhere, so Gauche just enlarges it without waiting for it to be defeated, prompting Lupin Yellow to complain they hadn't actually killed it yet.
    • Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger is an interesting case. The Minosaurs are created by using humans as Living Batteries and gathering enough human negative emotions and life energy would cause the them to instantly enlarge themselves.
  • 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.
  • 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 and forces 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.
    • Gigantomancer, which costs a good deal to cast but can very easily turn a lot of creatures... gigantic.
  • 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.
  • Inverted in the board game The Awful Green Things From Outer Space; the crew of the spaceship Znutar need to test various weapons and hopefully find one that causes the eponymous invaders to shrink, reverting to a less-dangerous stage in their life-cycle.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The game tends to include a few spells for this purpose among its various lists, depending on edition. Some will only work on specific creature types like animals or insects, others (like the low-level wizard spell Enlarge) can be cast straight on one's own fellow player characters.
    • Blood apes are a type of red-tinted gorilla with the ability to enlarge themselves, but they only do this in combat, retaining a smaller size to keep their feeding and nesting requirements down (already being six feet tall).

    Video Games 
  • 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 Spider-Man 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, Des-X does this through her own will for the second phase of her battle.
    • Disgaea 5, has a few examples of its own:
    • Usalia's "Prinnical Meteor" has her unfurl a ninja scroll before enlarging her Prinny mount to... about the size of the moon. Before flinging it back to earth and eating a plate of curry as she casually floats away to the view of the Prinny's impact.
    • Red Magnus has this as his skillset (he can naturally change his body structure's dimensions, such as smashing foes with an enlarged arm), but his Overload skill is where this trope comes out to play— it increases his size and gives him a stat buff for several turns. Hilariously, he has a team-up skill with the aforementioned Usalia which involves enlarging both the Prinny Mount and himself to crazy proportions before smashing the planet with Usalia's hammer.
    • There's also the Giant Killer Squad, which makes its assigned members giant for a few turns.
    • However, the best example of this trope is one of the Professor's unique skills, which can enlarge several targets on command.
  • Being an Affectionate Parody of Super Sentai and Power Rangers, Chroma Squad features monsters growing to colossal proportions, necessitating your team's Humongous Mecha to put it down.
  • 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.
  • In Super Smash Bros. from Melee and onwards, this is done through Super Mushrooms. Players can fool around with size changing by allowing these items during a Giant setting. And if this isn't enough for them, they can choose to allow only Lightnings (Brawl and onward) and wait for one to backfire and really super size the other foes.
  • 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 interrupted 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 Bishōnen 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.
  • 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.
  • In Pokémon, Kyogre is normally 14 feet tall. When it goes into its Super Mode however, its size increases to 32 feet, though it's hard to tell in battles as all mons are shrunken to avoid taking too much space.
  • Brevon does this to two Freedom Planet bosses: General Serpentine and Mila.
  • In Mega Man 11, this is the result of Block Man activating his Power Gear upon hitting half health.

    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 (1984), 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. Then it gets used against him when Sadlygrove keeps hitting him and causes him to fall down a sinkhole.
  • 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.
  • In Darkwing Duck episode, "Comic Book Capers", D.W writes a comic book based on his adventures which features him dealing with Megavolt and his super remote control that allows him to control all appliances in the city, only for him to be constantly interrupted and people throwing in their own ideas. When Megavolt himself gets his hands on the comic book, he becomes disgusted with the way he's being portrayed and adds in that he uses the remote control to channel the electric company's energy into himself, making him grow ten times his size and dramatic increasing his electrical powers.
    Darkwing: Don't worry, Launchpad. Megavolt may have superior size, he may have superior power, but I have superior intellect!
    (An electric blast from the giant Megavolt's volt gun reduces a nearby mailbox to ashes)
    Darkwing: (Meekly) Then again, let's not undersell size and power.


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