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A Person of Mass Destruction leaves rubble in their wake, but some people add to the surroundings rather than wrecking them. A Person of Mass Construction can also be a Person of Mass Destruction, either at different times or by razing the scenery to make room for their own. It can simply be mundane construction, overlapping in video game examples with Command & Conquer Economy, and on the other side of the Super Weight scale, characters with the Power of Creation often fit this trope. However, things must be permanent constructionsnote  to count as this; Alchemists from Fullmetal Alchemist would count, but not Green Lanterns, as the Lanterns' constructs are temporary. There can be Real Life examples of people or groups that produce improbably large amounts of things.

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By definition, Construction and Management Games make the player this by way of Ridiculously Fast Construction.

Compare Gorgeous Garment Generation.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Almost all alchemists in Fullmetal Alchemist can create anything they want out of the ground, raw materials lying around, or even their own bodies.
  • In Naruto, after the battle against Pain, Yamato helps rebuilding whole districts of the Leaf Village by himself with his Wood Art. Though he claims to be very tired afterwards.
  • Franky in One Piece serves as the Straw Hat Pirates' shipwright and carpenter. In his first arc as a Straw Hat, Thriller Bark, he puts these skills to use by doing things like constructing a very detailed and ornate bridge while the others with him have their backs turned discussing how to cross a huge gap. In the battle with Oars, he constructs a much more simplistic staircase as fast as he and Chopper can climb it to get them into position for a punch to the giant monster's jaw.
  • In Psyren, the First Star Commander of W.I.S.E, Grana, is first seen using his simple, yet astounding telekinesis to assemble an entire base of operations (which likely includes all the machinery, cables, conduits and whatnot) from scratch in about 2 minutes, as if it was a Real-Time Strategy game.
  • In Dragon Ball there is Majin Buu who can use a Transformation Ray to turn people into building supplies (or candy) and Cell who built a fighting ring with telekinesis, a relatively low grade attack, and a mountain.
  • I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level: Laika the dragon has extensive knowledge of carpentry and retains her Super Strength in human form, so can build a large house singlehandedly in a day.
  • In The Misfit of Demon King Academy has the Castle Lords, specialized members of Demon armies in charge of using spells like Iris to construct castles, fortifications, traps, and other defensive measures. Misha Necron of the main cast is especially notable for the scale and the speed she can construct things, making three grand, completely outfitted, and identical castles in a few seconds where other armies would need several Castle Lords working in unison. She is also famed for her ability to make extremely small, detailed, and intricate models, highly valued by art collectors.

    Comic Books 
  • In a battle between Cable and Silver Surfer, the only reason there wasn't massive devastation in the clash between the two god-like beings is because whatever damage they caused, Cable (at least) also repaired within nanoseconds, meaning that the Innocent Bystanders caught between them never even noticed that anything had ever been destroyed.
  • Magneto can use his Magnetism Manipulation to create as easily as he uses it to destroy. He's constructed multiple space stations in this way, including his various Asteroid Ms and Avalon (though Avalon was a pre-existing station called Graymalkin that he expanded and modified). He's also prone to erecting statues of himself (either as tribute to his ego, or as a warning, depending on who you ask), as demonstrated in 2018's X-Men: Blue, and in the same year's Uncanny X-Men (though this time, they were statues of Nate Grey, who had him on a psychic leash, and they're made of soldiers' guns).
    • Magneto's disciple Exodus also wields powers capable of both creation and destruction, though in his case he wields high-order telepathy and telekinesis. After the original Avalon was destroyed he constructed a New Avalon in the arctic north (though he had to abandon it as its launch into space would have killed millions) and later in X-Men Legacy he used his telepathy in combination with his telekinesis to read Cable's memories of a future Cerebro machine and then build it in the present day out of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrer.
  • Superman was originally very much like this; he might wreck something, but he would rebuild it at Super Speed, and helps out community construction projects, as well as building things on the fly to help combat villains. (His heat vision and super-cold-breath began as New Powers as the Plot Demands, welding metal together "with the heat from my x-ray vision" and then freezing it into place.)
    • A recent issue of Justice League featured the team debating whether to make any changes to the design before rebuilding the destroyed Hall of Justice. They then turn around to see that Superman and the Flash have rebuilt it exactly the way it was while they were arguing.
  • Supergirl is just so quick taking apart the landscape like putting it back together. She has been known to get a giant breakwater up in seconds to protect San Franciso from a tsunami.
  • This became a plot point in the solo series of Nate Grey, the X-Man, when Nate's high-order telekinesis started literally putting people back together in his sleep. He restored a doctor's arm in this way, as well as resurrecting Madelyne Pryor outright. Unfortunately, he was creating psionic constructs rather than actual flesh and when his focus slipped, most of what he created vanished (save Madelyne, who used her own power to liberate her body from its dependency on Nate). This proved to be Foreshadowing for his later veer into full on Reality Warper status.
  • The Flash is able to use his Super Speed in order to repair any damage that his battles may cause. One of the biggest examples occurs in the 2010 flash series when Barry Allen rebuilds an apartment that was completely destroyed by an explosion.
  • The super-powered soldiers of Über have this ability: they can transmute air into solid steel, generating platforms or bridges near-instantaneously.

    Fan Works 
  • In Child of the Storm, Magneto's space station base 'Avalon' a.k.a. Asteroid M is mentioned repeatedly throughout the first book, before appearing in the second. It's about 3/4 the size of Hogwarts, and with the exception of a few life support systems provided by Mar-Vell, entirely made by Magneto himself, who caught and hollowed out the asteroid, before building it - and with his powers, he can create rooms, collapse them, and alter walkways however he sees fit. This is widely considered to be very impressive: Harry, whose Psychic Powers are vast, says that while in theory he's got the power to do it, he wouldn't know where to start in actually making it work.
    • Referenced and Played for Laughs when Fandral tells a small child that whenever Thor tries to use Mjolnir to put up a house, he ends up knocking the house down (though in this case, he's just lying).
  • In the How to Train Your Dragon fanfic A Thing of Vikings, Hiccup, a creative person by anyone's measure, uses dragon-aided labor to create massive amounts of infrastructure, including water powered mills, an underground bathhouse, floating pile-drivers, and other such things, and has plans in motion to create a mail-network that will span Europe.
  • When Swamp Thing invades Gotham and turns it into a jungle in With This Ring, his plants break up concrete, block pathways, and generally disrupt regular services, but they provide food, water, cleaning supplies (unfortunately the gourds for those are hard to distinguish from the previous two), and even play equipment, as well as attacking and dousing fires. Several months later, the sewers are still self-cleaning and there's a bridge support made of ultra-hard wood, kept partly for tourist/historical value, and partly because no one could agree on what to do with it.
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    Films — Animation 
  • Fix-It Felix Jr. from Wreck-It Ralph is a guy who can both fix anything and build anything in a blink of an eye.
  • The Master Builders on The LEGO Movie, who are able to build anything out of random pieces in seconds.
  • Queen Elsa from Frozen can use ice powers to construct a giant castle of ice for herself filled with giant doors and a spiral staircase, all in the course of a single song! Kristoff, whose life pretty much revolves around ice, is all but driven to tears by how beautiful it is.
  • Big Hero 6: when demonstrating his microbots, Hiro shows how they can be applied to construction by using his microbots to build a roughly 10-foot tower in a matter of seconds. Yokai, alias Professor Callaghan later uses the microbots to reconstruct Krei's teleportation device as part of his revenge scheme against Krei.
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp features the use of a genies wish to turn Scrooge Mcduck's money bin into a fantasy castle in a fantastic Transformation Sequence.

    Films — Live Action 

    Literature 
  • Bran the Builder from A Song of Ice and Fire is said to have built Winterfell and Storms End, two of the strongest castles in the world, as well as the Wall in the north. Many characters, however, doubt that he actually existed, or that he was a single person.
  • Empire Star has the Lll, a race that the Empire reluctantly keeps as slaves because they are the only cost-effective way to rebuild planets which have been destroyed by war. Just a handful of Lll is enough to restore the most ravished planet.

    Live-Action TV 
  • When the Dark Curse from Once Upon a Time is enacted, it causes an entire town to form itself in the middle of the woods in Maine, right around the people camping there! A clock tower, a bed-and-breakfast, town hall, the mayor's office, a well, elaborate mines, a port and more can all be yours, just for the price of the heart of the one you love most!

    Myths & Religion 
  • As described in the Book of Genesis, God is an exaggerated example of this. He created light, the heavens, the stars, the lands, the animals, and humanity all in only six days.
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    Tabletop Games 
  • Changeling: The Lost has several dreamlike construction techniques available to creatures of faerie:
    • The Oathbound Power of the Ancient and Accepted Order of Bridgemasons lets them build at incredible speed, up to the size of a city bus every hour, with no need of tools, so long as Muggles don't see them at work.
    • The Contracts of Artifice let a changeling MacGyver almost any device out of "vaguely appropriate parts" within minutes or hours, like assembling an ultra-light plane out of a lawn mower and some pipes. However, the construction only lasts for a few hours.
    • Bloodbrute Ogres can turn available parts into any melee weapon with just a few seconds and a point of Glamour.
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The utility spell Fabricate transforms raw materials into finished products, which can do things like creating a bridge out of logs.
    • The Lyre of Building reproduces the work of 100 humans laboring for three days with every 30 minutes of playing, though it becomes increasingly difficult to play with every hour of use.
    • The 5th edition book Xanathar's Guide to Everything features two spells, Mighty Fortress and Temple of the Gods, that allow a spellcaster to summon huge buildings on command. They normally vanish after a while, but repeated castings of the spell make them permanent.

    Video Games 
  • In Total Annihilation and fittingly, its Spiritual Successor Supreme Commander, you begin with a single Commander, who builds up a base that can eventually produce massive numbers of units, some of which can build more buildings, making more units...
  • In the Civilization games, a city with high Production can build every turn buildings or units that usually take many turns to complete.
  • The point of Scribblenauts is to solve puzzles by creating things with your notebook, including castles, planets, dragons, and cheese.
  • The player character of MySims Kingdom is part of a legacy of these known as "Wandoliers." As the name suggests, they use a magical wand assigned by the Crown to construct domestic items for the troubled denizens of the kingdom. The player character of the original MySims is a similar story.
  • Mickey Mouse, thanks to his magical paintbrush, can instantly make giant structures appear mid-air in Epic Mickey. He can't choose where the structures go, but if he slaps Paint in the appropriate place, he can create giant buildings, advanced machinery and the greatest construction of all, love.
  • Every character present in any LEGO Adaptation Game can rapidly create complex structures, assuming a pile of interactive LEGO Bricks are around. This especially goes for characters with Telekinesis (ex: the Jedi, Wizards, Green Lanterns), who can manipulate LEGO Bricks from a distance.
  • Black & White 2: As a god, you can miraculously transform construction materials into finished buildings in a matter of seconds, though it wastes some resources compared to just letting your villagers build them normally.

    Webcomics 
  • White Mage in 8-Bit Theater accidentally created the entire universe the comic takes place in at the beginning of time.
  • Freefall's population of Ridiculously Human Robots was manufactured to Terraform and construct a colony on the planet Jean, so their acts of civil disobedience tend to look like this:
    Police Officer: Rampaging robots built a gazebo in Mrs. Jones' back yard! They're reroofing her neighbor's house as we speak!
  • Most of the Sparks in the main cast of Girl Genius are the gadgets-and-gizmos building sorts, whose scientific prowess and engineering savvy (and reality warping abilities) allow them to construct giant robots, death rays, fantastic medical equipment, and coffee machines out of stuff they find lying around. They work fast.
  • Homestuck: Sburb players usually become this, often turning the houses of their client players into tall and bizare complexes by copy-pasting various parts of the already existing house on top of it. The size of the buildings is only limited by the score the client achieves.
  • Mob Psycho 100: The titular character, who is quite possibly the most powerful esper in the world, is challenged by arrogant fellow esper Teruki. Despite Mob's own reticence to fight other humans, Teruki takes things way too far and ends up awakening Mob's Superpowered Evil Side, which absolutely obliterates the entire school the two were fighting in. Upon coming to, a remorseful Mob rebuilds the entire school from shattered rubble as good as new, in a matter of seconds.

    Western Animation 
  • While not all of Phineas and Ferb's inventions can be called massive, they have certainly demonstrated the ability to build just about anything, including things in the realm of impossible, in just one morning. Their accomplishments include multiple sport arenas, a giant aircraft made witf paper, a skyscraper that goes to the moon, a rollercoaster that spans through a entire city, multiple amusement park rides, and many robotic animals, to name a few.
  • Steven Universe: Crossing over with Person of Mass Destruction, Lapis Lazuli uses her control of water to turn Earth's oceans into a Star Scraper. We're later told her caste is meant for Hostile Terraforming.

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