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"Magic wand, make my monster GROW!"
Rita making one of her monsters grow.[src]

A staple of Power Rangers and Super Sentai in many seasons is the monster growing to giant size after being destroyed, or nearly destroyed, by the Rangers in battle. This would cause the Rangers to summon their Zords or Mecha to finish off the monster for good. Many monsters required one of the recurring villains to make them grow, while others possess the ability to grow on their own. In some cases the monsters do not grow but rather are shown to pilot their own giant robots, and there are a few cases were neither growing was not needed as the monster was naturally giant sized.

While most Super Sentai and all Power Rangers seasons make monsters giants, certain series do not follow this strategy: both Battle Fever J and Go-Busters use robotic clones of the monster, while Goggle V, Bioman and Dekaranger (as well as Dekaranger's adaptation Power Rangers S.P.D.) generally used giant robots that are piloted.

List of Growing methods

Super Sentai

Power Rangers

  • Mighty Morphin - During its three seasons, three different methods were used. See below.
    • Season 1 - Rita would chant "Magic wand, make my monster grow", or a variation thereof, before throwing her staff to Earth, where it would crack the ground and release a burst of magic to enlarge the monster.
    • Season 2 - Lord Zedd would materialize a grenade in his hand and then throw it to Earth, where the monster would detonate it. The energy of the explosion would enlarge the monster.
    • Season 3 - Rita and Zedd would bring their staffs together, creating a storm on Earth which would strike their monster with lightning, enlarging it. Rito used their staffs himself once.
  • Zeo - King Mondo sent a monster that was already giant in episode 3; he then upgraded Klank and Orbus for enlarging the rest of his machine monsters. Saying "Around, and round, and away you go!", Klank would swing Orbus on a chain and throw him at machine monsters, Orbus then re-energizing and/or enlarging the monster with a laser from his body. King Mondo apparently had the power to make himself grow, which he used twice.
  • Turbo - Divatox's Subcraft would fire a pair of torpedoes at the monster, which would enlarge it upon detonation. They defied the laws of physics, being able to fly out of water and through space. The Rangers used them once to undo Shrinkasect's spell on them; the torpedoes could also undo transformations, but would leave the ones cured temporarily invisible.
  • In Space - The Dark Fortress would fire a green ray from the Satellasers to enlarge the monster.
    • Darkonda fired an orange beam from his hand to make the Barillian Bug grow.
    • A tainted strength potion Darkonda took caused him to grow into a mutated version of himself, but temporarily caused him to become feral.
    • Spikey and the unnamed Owl Monster grew on their own with no apparent help.
  • Lost Galaxy - The monster would drink a flask of green elixir. This was later phased out, so instead the monster would grow on its own, usually after being hit by the combined attack of the Rangers' weapons. Radster, Horn, Mutantrum, Ruptor and Fishface were the only monsters to use the elixir phase.
  • Lightspeed Rescue - Jinxer would toss a special card on the debris of a destroyed demon, reciting a rhyming spell that was related to the demon's theme/element. The demon's remains would turn into bats, which flew together into a giant version of the demon. **At times an improved version of the revival card was used to make the demon more powerful and appear much uglier - "super demons". Diabolico used this on occasion to force Falkar to grow by stabbing him in the back with the card. **Queen Bansheera had the power to revive and empower demons by touching them with her tentacles, even brainwashing disloyal minions in the process.
  • Time Force - The mutant would remove a patch on its body to expose its DNA, causing the mutant to enlarge. The Rangers accidentally did this once, but all subsequent mutants would do so willingly if the fight wasn't going well. The process worked in reverse when the mutant was defeated, shrinking them down to the size of action figures for cryo-storage. Interestingly, the robot Max Axe was able to grow in a similar manner.
  • Wild Force - Toxica would resurrect fallen Orgs and cause them to grow by reciting the spell "Evil spirits of toil and strife, give this fallen Org new life", firing some magic beans from her staff into the puddle of goo that was formerly an Org. The beans would sprout into vines that reform and enlarge the fallen Org. Jindrax once recited this spell when Toxica had been destroyed. It was explicitly mentioned by Toxica that when an Org becomes giant, it can no longer return to its original size making enlargement essentially a 'last resort' (although this can be countered by Retinax having returned to his original size following his defeat, which Toxica was not aware of). Jindrax ate the magic beans one time and became a giant himself, however only a few minutes later he burped out fumes that cause him to go back to regular size, being the only Org to do so. Zen-Aku and Master Org had the power to make themselves grow. In Zen-Aku's case, he was apparently destroyed but somehow survived returned to his original size as seen in the final episode.
  • Ninja Storm - Lothor's Lairship would launch a Scroll of Empowerment to revive and/or enlarge the monster, though several of the main villains piloted robots instead. Lothor had a handheld device called a P.A.M., which activated when the scroll was sent down to enlarge the monster. Unfortunately, because he never paid to upgrade the device's memory, he was limited to growing one monster at a time.
  • Dino Thunder - Mesogog uses his hydro-regenerator to revive and/or enlarge his monsters. It took the form of a storm cloud that used rain to reconstitute the monsters.
  • S.P.D. - Broodwing would release a bat which would bite and enlarge the monster. This was done only once on T-Top, as the villain would often just use a robot instead. Two other monsters had their own one-use growth methods. Shorty was able to enlarge himself by absorbing the energy of the Canine Cannon.
  • Mystic Force - Koragg would often revive and/or enlarge the monster via a dark spell. Necrolai did this several times when she was given Koragg's magic in the from of a dark Mystic Morpher. Imperious had the power to grow larger than the Mystic Force Megazord (which was the size of his foot), but once used the ability once as he was still weak from revival and later didn't want to get his hands dirty.
  • Operation Overdrive - With four villain groups came four methods of instigating giant-sized battles. Kamdor would use a sutra to make his monsters grow. Moltor shot a dart at his to make them grow. This was used only once, as he tended to use small monsters or permanently giant robots. Flurious also preferred robots, or monsters that appeared giant sized in the first place. The Fearcats were able to grow on their own by tearing open their bodies, allowing the second body within to emerge and enlarge. The two main Fearcats, Mig and Benglo - perhaps losing this ability once upgraded by Flurious - typically attacked in a different giant robot in every appearance instead of doing this often. Vulturus, the sole monster created by Thrax, grew by unknown means.
  • Jungle Fury - Once a Rinshi Beast had collected enough human fear, it gained the ability to grow into a giant form. As evidenced by the Five Fingers of Poision, the Rinshi Beasts can take giant form any time once they have collected the amount of fear needed.
  • R.P.M. - Venjix would initiate a "Download", triggering machinery to restore and/or enlarge his robots. General Crunch once wondered why they waited until after their Attack Bots were destroyed to enlarge them.
  • Samurai - The Nighloks have two lives and, when destroyed at their regular size, they would then unleash the 'Mega-monster', which is a gigantic version of it that also has to be destroyed to finish the Nighlok completely. Moogers, the foot soldiers, are also capable of growing.
    • They can receive a third life, but only when another Nighlok gives up their second life, as is the case of Octoroo and Gigertox. However this third life, when activated, is even more powerful than the second, and doesn't resemble the original Nighlok.
  • Megaforce - Vrak sends five of his Zombats to revive and/or enlarge Insectoids or Toxic Mutants by surrounding their target with a circle of blue light emitted from their eyes. When Robots are grown, the Zombats, also called in this case Zombolts, would burrow into the Robots, like literal bolts, enlarging them.
  • Super MegaforceLevira unveils a new weapon in place of the defunct Zombats, called the Maximizer, a pair of cannons mounted on the Armada Mothership. When fired, it revives and/or enlarges one of the Armada's monsters, usually with a complement of Bruisers and/or X Borgs
  • Dino Charge - After a monster was destroyed, Sledge would fire his ship's Magna Beam down to Earth, reviving it and causing it to grow.
  • Dino Super Charge - After Sledge's Ship crashed on Earth, Heckyl, Snide, and/or Lord Arcanon, would have the Magna Beam fired at a satellite in space, which would reflect the beam back to Earth. The beam can also be used to shrink the monsters back to normal size.

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