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Of course Magical Girls would have matching wings.

"Where the hell do Safer Sephiroth's wings come from in Final Fantasy VII's final battle? Jenova? Lifestream? JRPG villain garage sale?"

If an android, Humongous Mecha, Powered Armor, Mon, 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, float, 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!" A subtrope of Growing Wings.

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  • The Trope Namer is the famous ad campaign for Red Bull; "Red Bull gives you wiiiiiings!"

    Anime & Manga 
  • Many Shoujo related stuff. They may not always keep the wings, but the wings will always show up in their Magical Girl transformation or something. And of course, wings are decorated on their accessories, weapons, and battle outfits as well.
  • Air Gear: When Minami Ikki discovers the wing road and later on the storm road, his motif is often depicted as a set of wings. He can also literally summon a pair of wings from his Air Treks whenever he enters the Wing road.
  • Used in Angelic Layer, where the most powerful Deus had an Angel that could spontaneously grow wings. By the end of the series, so could the protagonist - but only in the anime.
  • Armitage III: The upgrade that Armitage receives at the end of the OVA plays with this, as the wings (and the subsequent mobility they provide) is half of the upgrade. Even Armitage finds them to be a little pretentious.
    Armitage: It's a little too angelic for my taste.
  • Subverted in Battle Angel Alita: Last Order. In the ZOTT Finals, Alita grows a pair of enormous, angel-like wings with damascus blades instead of feathers, which seem to hamper her more than anything else. Her actual thoughts shortly after growing them? "Seriously though, what's with these wings?! They're in the way! Why did I grow them in the first place?"
  • When Griffith becomes a Godhand at the end of Berserk, he takes on a rather sleek demonic form with batlike Cape Wings known as Femto.
  • Black Clover:
    • Asta's Black Asta form comes with vastly increased speed, power, and control of the anti-magic in his blades. It also gives him a devil wing on his right side, a horn, turns the right side of his hair black, and a red devil eye.
    • When Yuno combines with Sylph, he gets a massive power boost to his Wind Magic, complete with a crown, a crown like bracelet made of mana around his left hand, and eventually a sword made of pure mana. He also gains a fairy like wing on his back.
    • Noelle's Valkyrie Armor form has her gain a boost to her magical power and speed, with wing-like ornaments that jut out from her lower back and help her to fly through the air.
  • Bleach: This trope is often combined with One-Winged Angel for final-form powerups.
    • Byakuya Kuchiki manifests an aura in the shape of a pair of wings when he uses the "Final Scene, White Imperial Sword" attack of his Empathic Weapon.
    • Toshiro Hitsugaya gets a pair of ice wings when he unleashes his bankai.
    • Uryu Ishida gains a single wing of light when he unleashes his ultimate power. It's later stated this was an incomplete form of an even more advanced Quincy technique, which can produce two wings.
    • Ulquiorra's bat wings.
    • Tosen's fly-like wings in his resurrección and Aizen's brief butterfly-like wings when fused to the hogyoku.
    • Ginjo gets some weird-ass dragonfly wings when he unleashes his full power. The anime made them bright pink.
  • Parodied in Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: Bo-bobo, after showing off the powers of his new jacket when fighting Wild Wister, says he can grow even stronger, and sprouts wings....out of his afro.
  • The Fly card in Cardcaptor Sakura initially causes wings to grow on Sakura's sealing staff, which she then can ride like a Flying Broomstick. But early in the Sakura Card arc, she changes the card to instead grow wings on her back, letting her fly alone and leaving the staff free to be used with the Sword card. Kero is completely astonished that she was capable of this.
  • The protagonist of Clover deploys an Arm Cannon from his prosthetic arm at the end of the story. It has wings for no particular reason.
  • In Code Geass, the ninth-generation Knightmare Frames, the Lancelot Albion and Guren SEITEN both sport glowing, angel-like wings made of green and red energy, respectively.
  • It's probably easier to name the Digimon who don't get wings (or at least some form of flight) as they reach their highest levels of power. Though Digimon does have a bit of a trend that the more wings you have, the more powerful you are. Example; Angemon, (six wings), Magnaangemon (eight wings), and Seraphimon, (ten wings).
  • Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure. During the final battle, after the limiter is removed, Zinv gets Lighthawk Wings and runs out of bubble gum.
  • In Fairy Tail, when Wendy obtains Dragon Force, she grows white feathers on her back that resemble wings, which makes sense considering that the Sky Dragon Grandine (who taught her her magic in the first place) actually has a more bird-like form than most Dragons, including feathery wings.
  • In GaoGaiGar, both J-Der and King J-Der have a utility called Plasma Wing. It basically gives the mecha 10 peacock-tailfeather-shaped wings, that allow them to travel much faster, and are fueled by raw determination. King J-Der only uses its Plasma Wings once, however, as part of its special attack, J-Phoenix, where it sets itself on fire and rams the enemy.
  • In Guardian Fairy Michel, Michel's most common power-up is the ability to grow wings.
  • Various machines in the Gundam multiverse have wings in various forms, mostly Mid Season Upgrades:
  • In a more comedic example, England from Hetalia: Axis Powers grows a pair of white, feathery wings in his Britannia Angel form.
  • In Hyper Speed GranDoll, Hikaru's final power-up, Gran Master, comes with wings.
  • In Il Sole penetra le illusioni, another magical girl series, Ginka gains red and blue wings (and even a halo!) in her Tenebrae form.
  • In the climax of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency, once Kars uses the power of the Red Stone of Aja to reach his ultimate form, he grows a pair of wings. Sort of a subversion though, since the wings weren't an inherent part of his powerup— one of his new abilities was shapeshifting, and he created the wings for the specific purpose of chasing down Joseph's plane.
  • In K: Missing Kings, Anna gets Hot Wings after Awakening as the new Red King.
  • Both Yayois in Koi Koi 7, who have wings in white and black, respectively. The pink-haired Yayoi made a Diving Save with hers, and the silver-haired Yayoi's wings were mostly limited to the OP to show that she meant trouble.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Hayate sprouts six black wings when she unisons with Reinforce, and Signum gains wings of fire when she unisons with Agito.
    • While Nanoha herself doesn't do this, her staff Raising Heart does, the number and size of the wings it sprouts for any given spell are a good rough indicator of just how much someone's going to get hurt. Subaru's Mach Caliber has Gear Excellion, which is a blue version of Nanoha's and she uses it against her older sister Ginga, who's been Brainwashed by Scaglietti as a Number.
  • Both Arika and Ninaof My-Otome grow wings during their final battle.
  • Once they turn into their mecha forms, the Mashin of Magic Knight Rayearth each have enormous wings based on their animal forms. Selece has draconic wings, Windam has bird wings, and Rayearth the wolf has fire wings. Oh, and in Part II of the manga, Mokona gains angelic wings when it reveals itself to be the Creator.
  • Mazinger Z: One of the many Mid Season Upgrades that the titular Humongous Mecha gets is the Jet Scrander, a Jet Pack with huge, red Razor Wings.
  • Rin Asougi in Mnemosyne sprouts a pinkish-white pair of wings after becoming the new Guardian of Yggdrasil. It may be interesting to mention that there are "normal" Winged Humanoids (appropriately called "angels") in the series but their wings are bloody red in color.
  • Michel in Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch starts out with four wings. After killing the Black Beauty Sisters and stealing their Life Energy, he's got six.
  • Naruto:
    • In the "Rescue Sasuke" arc, Chouji uses a number of food pills during a battle to give him power boosts. The third one instantly converts all his body fat into chakra, which blaze from his back like glowing blue butterfly wings (Chouji means "butterfly"). He is later able to summon the chakra wings without taking the red pill.
    • Also Sasuke's Curse Seal Level Two, though instead of being angelic they're more of a cross between bat wings and webbed hands, and he can't fly, just glide and use them as shields.
  • Setsuna's pactio card in Negima!? gives her large, beautiful white wings with which to fly around slicing the Monster of the Week. Does not apply in the main manga, as she (as a half-crow demon) has the power to pull out from the beginning but largely does just fine without them.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • Rei Ayanami gets a set of six wings in End of Evangelion. Suitably, her wings become so large, they can cover the entire earth.
    • Unit 01 and Shinji gain wings of pure energy when exiting the Geofront explosively, giving it a Seraph-like appearance. Except it doesn't really help, as he finds outside the reason why he fought—the last person who he thought alive who he loved—turns out to have been eaten, that being Asuka.
    • Unit 01 also sprouts six energy wings in the opening, even though that never occurs in the show itself (until the movie, anyway). Also, Adam sprouted quite a few wings...probably six too, before it initiated Second Impact, wiping out half of humanity and messing up the World's Ecosystem permanently.
    • A more straight example appears in Rebuild of Evangelion after Eva-01 merges with Rei and the remains of Zeruel (who had been given a very epic ass-kicking from Shinji) and grows wings of energy.
  • The Thriller Bark arc of One Piece had Robin showcasing a power where she can use her Hana Hana abilities to makes wings. The downside is that she can only stay in the air for five seconds. The wings are made of body parts after all.
  • In Phantom Thief Jeanne, Jeanne got a large wings in the final of the anime.
  • In Pokémon, during the Sinnoh Grand Festival where Zoey battles Nando. Mismagius used Psywave to give Leafeon an awesome set of glowing Hard Light wings.
  • All spirits in the world of Polyphonica have wings by default; the more they have, the more powerful they are. A great majority of them are two-winged, but one of the most powerful, Corti, has six.
  • Prétear, Pretear's final form White Pretear has huge translucent butterfly wings.
  • Very common in the Pretty Cure franchise:
    • Since Fresh Pretty Cure!, every movie features the lead Cure getting an upgrade with wings which later appear in the final of each TV series, but that said upgrade includes the entire group.
    • In the second Futari wa Pretty Cure MaX Heart movie, the main characters got wings, new hairstyles and new costumes.
    • In the first Yes! Pretty Cure 5 movie, the team becomes Super Precure 5 and grows butterfly wings as shown in the picture above. In the second, the leader becomes Shining Cure Dream, with feathery wings. The butterfly wings appear in the final of Yes! 5 GoGo again.
    • In Fresh Pretty Cure! Cure Peach becomes Cure Angel with angel wings. In the final episode of the series, everyone becomes Cure Angel.
    • Averted in HeartCatch Pretty Cure!, where the the wings of their Super Mode are already featured before the movie was aired and the ultimate upgrade in the series is something completely different.
    • In Suite Pretty Cure ♪ movie, Cure Melody becomes Cure Crescendo Melody with two pairs of golden wings. The group gets this upgrade later in the final episode.
    • In Smile Pretty Cure! movie, Cure Happy becomes Ultra Cure Happy, the group gets the Ultra upgrade in the final episode. However, Ultra Cure Happy's wings are much larger in the movie than in the series.
    • The Pretty Cure All Stars movies give every Cure new wings in the final battles.
  • Kaoru from Psychic Squad gets angel wings when she faces off against one of Mio's clones combined with a bulldozer. The show's second opening theme is titled "MY WINGS", and plays up the wing symbolism further by showing the entire trio with wings.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The eponymous character gets a pair of wings in her Goddess form. Later, Homura inherits this power. At an unspecified time in the future, her wings turn into a disturbing black tattered wings-thingie.
  • All Tennyo, save for Akira and Ryo, in Rakugo Tennyo Oyui, have a pair of glowing wings on the back of their magical girl outfits.
  • Reborn! (2004): After Byakuran finishes finishes his little Exposition about Ghost, he shows off the flames Ghost absorbed as wings.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • Sailor Moon has wings during her second transformation; for about 3 seconds before they disappear in a burst of feathers. She also has wings on her Eternal fuku, but these appear to be purely decorative along with her Frilly Upgrade. Later on, when it's time for the final battle, she grows real wings. Her opponent, Sailor Galaxia, grows demon wings.
    • In the manga, Moon, ChibiChibi, the Starlights, and Kakyuu can grow wings and fly in space, apparently.
  • In Saint Beast, all angels have wings, but most can't use them. Among the characters that can, however, are Rey, who gets functional wings bestowed on him at the Day of Benediction ceremony as mediated sort of power-up, and Luca an Amnesiac God, whose wings appear under duress.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • Every single time (particularly in the movies) Seiya's Cosmo burns bright enough to make him a real threat to the latest Big Bad, he summons the Sagittarius armor to him to replace the Pegasus Cloth. The wings, golden halo, and bow and arrow seem designed to inspire an angelic symbolism.
    • The Divine Cloths of the Saints are more powerful and winged versions of their normal armours. Especially notable with Shun and Shiryu since, while the other three bronze saints have winged animal motifs, Shiryu's symbolism is all based on the (wingless) Chinese dragon and Shun's patron constellation is a human princess. Yet, god cloth equals wings.
    • In Saint Seiya Omega and Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold, the new Bronze Saints and the original Gold Saints respectively get Omega cloths and god gold cloths with brand new wings.
  • Nodoka of Saki, when she's channeling the Nodocchi personality that allowed her to become the top online Mahjong player, will be depicted as sprouting wings from her back.
  • The Samurai Pizza Cats had a Mid-Season Upgrade with robot bird booster packs, which granted them flight capability and some increase in power.
  • Wings are very prominent in Sekirei, where a kiss from an Ashikabi is required to "wing" a Sekirei, granting them greater power. More a case of "wings give you power", but still a good example.
  • In Shugo Chara!, Amu and Utau's most powerful forms - Amulet Diamond and Seraphic Charm - both have very large wings that enable them to fly in pretty formations. Utau's prove useful, as the feathers purify all the X-Eggs in the area.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Maka demonstrates her new-found power (special 'Grigori' soul plus Death Scythe partner) by producing wings on Soul for them to fly with. Cute but unimpressive at first, Soul Resonance transforms them into large, angelic ones. They were only cute and unimpressive because Maka demanded cute wings. She later grows out of that line of thinking. It was also down to her and Soul disagreeing on the image of wings. Maka wanted 'cute angel', Soul could not imagine 'angelic' in relation to Maka, and the conflict makes them crash. The compromise resulted in the little wings they got when flying with Kim. As per usual, their mutual feeling and badassery allowed them to up the ante to fight Gopher. As with the black blood, the rather cool wings shown in that fight might well end up the norm.
    • Much earlier on, the result of consuming the souls collected by Nidhogg enables Crona and Ragnarok to grow wings. Kid appropriately calls them the "black dragon".
    • Hiro grows a pair of wings made of light while holding Excalibur.
    • Gopher's own grigori soul allows him to grow wings (though not physical ones) to fly, but unlike Maka's they are black which she puts down to magic, presumably Noah's influence.
  • Sword Art Online: In The Movie Ordinal Scale and the Alicization anime, when Asuna uses Yuuki's Mother's Rosario, she grows a pair of angelic wings.
  • Both Ameri and Yumina receive wings during the course of events in Tayutama. Yumina's wings are angelic and golden, so they're clearly good. Ameri's are dragonlike and black, so they are clearly bad.
  • Tenchi Muyo!, where Tenchi and Juraian warships have the Light Hawk Wings.
    • Much like kitsune mythology, the number of Light Hawk Wings shows how much power one has up to nine wings. Three is the highest a mortal can possess; ten wings are worn by gods and goddesses. Tenchi's not mortal, as the final (current) episode of the OVA shows that Tenchi's now sporting five of those things. Ryoko (as the daughter of a goddess) will also be able to have ten of them when she reaches full maturity (if Tenchi gives her back her other two power gems, that is), but given that she hasn't done so yet after 5000 years, who knows how long that will take.
  • In the Trigun anime finale, Vash's and Knives' Angel Arms are unleashed to the maximum level, and spontaneously sprout wings.
  • The Crusniks in Trinity Blood sprout wings in their more powerful forms.
  • Violinist of Hameln: Hamel sprouts wings while delivering the final blow to Kestra. It was the first time his angel blood showed. The wings disappear soon after.
  • In Umi Monogatari, Urin appears with a pair of butterfly wings after she awakens from a literal cocoon. In the final episodes the wings grow huge and colorful.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!: Capsule Monsters, Yami Yugi gains wings after using the Duel Armor to merge with his monsters. Usually, these monsters either have wings themselves or can fly on their own.

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    Fan Works 
  • Alternate Tail Series: With Holy Scriopture Magic, Levy Mcgarden can create blue wings made from wings.
  • The Bridge has an example with Monster X that is straight up Body Horror. When changing into Kaizer Ghidorah, he grows a set of wings. Unlike the norm for the trope, the wings are entirely physical and have to burst out of his back first. A tamer example, ironically appearing alongside Monster X, would be Ultrawoman Corona's fully charged state having jets of light shoot out of her back resembling angelic wings.
  • Children of an Elder God: As the main characters fight and kill Eldritch Abominations, their bodies evolve and gain new powers. One of those powers is the ability to grow or form wings. Asuka's long flaming wings.
  • Off the Line: In Terra Online high-leveled players can equip wings as that will allow them Flight. Even winged races like Gria, can only glide compared to the true flight of equipped wings. They also serve as decorative status symbols.
  • Thousand Shinji: When Asuka fights the MP-Evas, she and her giant robot go berserker, and [[spoiler:Unit-02 grows huge, black bat wings.

    Films — Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • Twilight Sparkle, along with the human versions of Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy gain wings when "ponied up" using the Element of Magic.
    • The same goes for Sunset Shimmer, who gets evil-looking bat wings as part of the full One-Winged Angel package.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks. Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle and Fluttershy get their wings — And once they get enough power, the villianous Dazzlings get wings that look like fins, evoking their true siren forms. The novelization for the movie also gives Sunset Shimmer wings, but this doesn't happen in the film proper. And in the Encore Shorts, Sunset Shimmer gets a pair of symbolic Hot Wings as she finishes singing My Past Is Not Today. Word of God is that it's a metaphor, not an actual power.
  • Also features in the third film, My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games. Once Human Twilight Sparkle unleashes the magic and goes One-Winged Angel, she gets very large, black feather wings that look like those of a bird of prey. Sunset Shimmer gets a set of wings made of light as part of her Golden Super Mode.

    Films — Live Action 
  • In Five Children and It, the children find a sand fairy (the title character) who grants them wishes. One of them is for wings. The wish is granted, the wings appear on their backs, much to the amazement of the children. They try the wings out and they work, much to the delight of the kids.

    Light Novels 
  • 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.
  • A Certain Magical Index provides a clear example of people who has started to reach the capability to understand the path of Heaven and God's will.
    • Accelerator does it during the climax of his fight against Kihara Amata grows Black Wings coupled with Unstoppable Rage, later being called The One Who Wields the Power of God. They eventually become white wings where he also maintains his sanity after coming to a personal realization. This is due to the fact that as the #1 Esper, he has the greatest potential of reaching the theoretical Level 6, where an esper ascends to the level of an angel.
    • Kakine Teitoku, the second strongest esper, has not two but three sets of wings making him to look as a seraph being called: The One Who Has Touched the Territory of God. He's the only other Esper aside from Accelerator who can reach Level 6 naturally.
    • Aiwass also has Golden Wings hidden by his/her/its very long hair. In the New Testament, Accelerator is implied to achieve wings of this level during his ascension.
    • Index also grows Red Wings when she activates John Penn Mode, which is probably due to she is technically a God of Magic.
    • Mikoto Misaka, the third strongest esper, can form these out of electricity and water vapor to fly in the air if she has enough. Unlike Accelerator and Kakine, however, her Level 6 form doesn't have wings, though this might be due to the fact it was both incomplete and artificially-induced unlike theirs.
  • In Shakugan no Shana, Shana sprouts Hot Wings during her second fight against Margery Daw.

  • In Dora Wilk Series, Joshua and Miron gain ability to manifest wings as a result of their Triumvirate bond forming, increasing their power threefold.
  • 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.
  • In the Magic: The Gathering War of the Spark: 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.
  • Warhammer 40,000:
    • In the 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 Ahriman: Unchanged, the Chaos Sorcerer Sar’iq grows a pair of functional feathery wings using Biomanipulation at one point.
  • 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.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • 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.
    • Fifth Edition allows 20th level paladins of the Oath of Vengeance to take on a (temporary) angelic avenger form, complete with wings.
  • The Legend System has this as a feat starting at level 9 and an ability for several tracks.
  • Many Daemon Princes and Living Saints in Warhammer 40,000 have wings.
  • 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.

    Video Games 
  • Achaea characters have the option of transforming into a dragon on reaching level 99. Wings, talons and really bad breath included.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Inverted somewhat in Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana - When weaker due to running low on mana thanks to being an Artificial Human, Lita sprouts a pair of white angel wings in battle. This lowers her HP, but increases her attack power, turning her into somewhat of a Glass Cannon.
  • 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.
    • Played straight at one point in the first game. After Kalas' Face–Heel Turn, he grows a second wing when he's infused with Malpercio's power. When he rejects Malpercio later, he rips the wing out of its socket.
  • Borderlands:
    • Borderlands 1: Some of Lilith's better class abilities give her wings.
    • Borderlands 2: Lilith is even more powerful, so she has wings basically whenever she does anything with her powers. Combined with her fire abilities, this has caused some bandits to start worshiping her as the Firehawk. Both other Sirens featured in the game also get wings at high level.
    • Borderlands 3: Interestingly, neither of the new Sirens have wings; Tyreen doesn't have them even when she's using the powers she stole from Lilith, and Amara gets spectral arms instead. Maya (from the second game) does still have them, and Tannis (using Angel's powers) has them as well.
  • Castlevania:
    • 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.
  • In Champions Online, the Celestial power "Ascension" temporarily grants the player glowing wings, increases both their healing and damage output, and grants them the ability to fly if they couldn't already.
  • In Child of Light, Aurora is bestowed fairy wings by the Lady of the Forest after recovering the Stars at the end of the first act.
  • During the climax of The ClueFinders 4th Grade Adventures: The Puzzle of the Pyramid, when the eponymous Cluefinders are given powers by a quartet of Egyptian gods, Horus bestows Owen with the power of flight. Much like the other kids, after the Big Bad is defeated and Professor Botch is saved, their powers go away.
  • In Dante's 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 Destiny and its successor, the use of the Warlock's solar super gives the player model wings.
  • In Devil May Cry some of Dante’s DTs gives him wings, his own, Nevan, Alastor and Sparda; however the absolute example is the Majin Form DT, it is packing two pairs of wings; being in line with some angelic mythos that the more wings one has, the more powerful one is, the Majin Form DT is by far Dante’s most powerful form.
  • Angels in Diablo have wings made of energy tentacles. In Diablo III the Demon Hunter gets a pair of dark colored wings identical to an angel's when using their Shadow Power ability.
  • The Bad Ending of Disgaea 2 has Adell grow a pair of huge black wings after he's possessed by Overlord Xenon.
  • Ayu Tsukimiya in Eternal Fighter Zero uses her winged backpack in battle, its wings grow several times to strike at her opponent; Ayu herself fully transforms into an angel for her Final Memory.
  • A sufficiently powerful character in Fable III will gain a luminous, transparent pair of wings, which show up when an attack is charging.
  • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Paladins in Final Fantasy XIV sprout giant wings of light when using their "Passage of Arms" skill, shielding party members standing behind the Paladin and reducing their damage. White Mages, on the other hand, gain smaller and less flashy wings when they use "Temperance", which also reduces the party's damage as well as increasing the power of the White Mage's healing magic.
  • 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.
  • Grandia 2: Millenia 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.
  • Guild Wars Paragons have an ability that has them momentarily grow wings of light before setting their next target on fire.
  • 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.
  • In Jak 3: Wastelander, Light Eco gives Jak glowing tentacle-like wings similar to the angels of the Diablo series.
  • Pit in Kid Icarus starts out with rudimentary wings, by the time he acquires all the Macguffins, he has fully functional wings.
  • In Knights in the Nightmare, 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.
  • 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.
  • Lumine's second form in Mega Man X 8 grows wings.
  • In the PSN/XBLA title Moon Diver, each of the characters gain a pair of energy wings when a special technique is used.
  • 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, though they don't do anything. Pinsir's Mega Evolution however does gain actual wings, and they're very much functional, giving it the Flying type and the Aerilate ability which converts Normal-type moves into Flying-type.
  • QP Shooting Dangerous!! has QP gaining a pair of wings after becoming Sweet Guardian in the final battle.
  • The final boss of Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc, Reflux, spawns bat-like wings in his fourth phase due to an enormous boost of energy caused by him lodging scepter directly into his body, being able to summon countless Hoodlums during that portion of the fight.
  • In Senran Kagura, Miyabi gains six wings whenever she uses her Ultimate Secret Ninja Art and Super Mode, with three on one side be black and three on the other side being white.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Hime from SUGURI has these as a part of her Accel Hyper attack.
  • 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.
  • P-Wings in Super Mario Bros. 3. Or is that Wings Give You Power (of flight)?
  • 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.
  • Super Robot Wars 64 has the Simurgh Splendid, created from the combination of the Simurgh and the Elblus.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Yoshi's final smash in Brawl mostly revolves around him growing wings and just going nuts on the other characters. A similar effect is seen in Super Mario World when Yoshi eats a flashing yellow shell.
    • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Touhou Project 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 being plant-based (I.E made out of vegetation), given her association with flowers.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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). In an interesting twist on the trope, the wings forcibly vanish under certain circumstances, leaving the Reapers as normal humans; in other words, the wings give them power.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • The Paladin ability Avenging Wrath temporarily boosts all damage and healing and causes the user to sprout a halo and golden wings of light.
    • 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.
      • In Legion, this was removed from Warlocks and instead made a signature mechanic of the new Demon Hunter class. They can even use their wings to fly (or at least glide).
    • 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 obtain 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.
  • In Xenogears, the red Gear piloted by Id has six wings of green light, with yellow feathery projections. They become more brilliant as the engine coil warms up.
    • Grahf's Gear has huge demonic-looking wings that only unfold when at full power.
    • The Omnigears, augmented versions of the heroes' typical Gears, all have wings.
      • Fei's upgraded Weltall II, though not technically an Omnigear, gains energy wings like Id's when in Hyper Mode, especially after using System Id to enter Hyper Mode at will. This is because Weltall and Id's Gear are one and the same, and the whole point of System Id is to let Fei tap into Id's power without letting him take over.
      • And of course, the Xenogears itself, which is just the evolved form of Weltall after Id allows Fei to use all of his latent powers without needing System Id. The explanation is that the wings are really just the superheated exhaust coming from the gear.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Web Animation 

  • 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).
  • Apricot Cookie(s)!: Jammy Smasher's magical girl outfit has wings in the back.
  • Angel Moxie: Alex's magical girl form.
  • X in Bob and George.
  • 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 Dangerously Chloe, young Abby has transformed herself into some sort of human/succubus hybrid Makes As Much Sense In Context. this has given her horns and wings, which don’t appear to allow her to fly.
  • In DevilBear, the Daivas have wings made entirely out of (infrared?) light.
  • 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 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 honor.
  • In Hi to Tsuki to Hoshi no Tama, the magical girls borrow wings from their beads — accidentally, at first.
  • 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).
  • In Problem Sleuth, using Sepulchritude at the start of chapter 22 grants the titular character huge white wings.
  • 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.

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    Western Animation 
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Twilight Sparkle gets a pair in episode "Magical Mystery Cure", both by completing Star Swirl the Bearded's most secret, unfinished spell, but also —and more importantly— fulfilling her journey as Celestia's student and realizing all the most important lessons of friendship, thus becoming an alicorn princess. Notably, her flight ability with them has been shown to be no better than a regular pegasus, and even learning to do that much takes considerable time and effort. However, her power level has increased to the point that she is non-ironically called the goddess of friendship by the fandon.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, populated by regular (if otherwise pastel-colored) humans instead of ponies, does not give its main cast wings... until they come across their world's version of the Elements of Harmony and transform into Magical Girl-like forms that give wings of various shapes and sizes to the characters whose pony counterparts would originally have them. Otherwise, it would take a massive influx of magical power (such as wearing an actual Element of Harmony, or absorbing the magic of all the major cast members) to magically transform a single person into a winged form.
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks: During Lieutenant O'Connor's transformation into an Energy Being, he's surrounded by light that forms an image of a bird, which includes two large wings.
  • Steven Universe: Once Lapis's cracked gem is healed, she sprouts a pair of liquid wings that issue from her back-mounted gem. As a measure of how cool they are, she can fly through space.
  • Transformers:
    • 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.
  • Winx Club: The characters are fairies, who by nature have wings as opposed to other types of magical girls, but every time they Level Up their wings get bigger and prettier. So more of a 'More Power Gives You More Wings'.
  • In the comic version of W.I.T.C.H. everyone's wings were useless except for Hay Lin. In the cartoon, everyone can fly.


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Sentai Gear #40 - Jyuohger

With the Jyuohger Sentai Gear, Zenkaiser gains JyuohEagle's wings, allowing him to fly around the battlefield.

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