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19th Oct '17 5:41:59 PM Shishkahuben
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*** PlayedForDrama when Buu turns Chi-Chi into an egg before stomping her to pieces, to the horror of everyone present.
12th Oct '17 7:49:59 PM TudorRose
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* The obligatory appearance by Circe in the cartoon of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' featured the personality polymorph, complete with Icarus, the resident weirdo, becoming a ''platypus''.

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* The obligatory appearance by Circe in the cartoon of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' featured the personality polymorph, complete with Icarus, the resident weirdo, becoming a ''platypus''. Alectryon, the soldier who fell asleep on guard duty and was punished by being transformed into a rooster, also appears in one episode.
10th Oct '17 2:55:58 PM DustSnitch
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* In Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate is a transformation into a giant blueberry, with only her head, hands, and feet showing that she was once human. (This is played up in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her--in the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
** In his ''Literature/TheWitches,'' the witches' plan to dispose of children is to turn them all into mice.
** And in his ''The Magic Finger'' this is the main character's special ability, although it so horrifies her that she never uses it unless she's ''really'' annoyed with someone.



** In in the later books, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're clearing out a meadow for the occasion, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more of a spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]

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** In in the later books, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're are clearing out a meadow for the occasion, meadow, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more of a spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]


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* ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'':
** In the seventh circle of Hell, those who commit suicide are transformed into trees, [[AndIMustScream unable to speak or scream]] unless their branches are broken, making them bleed.
** In the seventh Bolgia in the eighth circle of Hell, thieves are transformed into snakes. To regain their human form, they have to attack and bite their fellow damned ([[RuleOfSymbolism thus stealing their human forms]]), only to be transformed again when they themselves are bitten again by the snakes.


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* Creator/RoaldDahl:
** In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate is a transformation into a giant blueberry, with only her head, hands, and feet showing that she was once human. (This is played up in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her--in the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
** In his ''The Magic Finger'', this is the main character's special ability, although it so horrifies her that she never uses it unless she's ''really'' annoyed with someone.
** In his ''Literature/TheWitches,'' the witches' plan to dispose of children is to turn them all into mice.
8th Oct '17 3:40:03 PM darkemyst
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* In ''TheBlackCompany'' resident wizard One-Eye's favorite threat is to turn people into toads, but he's never shown actually doing it. This leads more than one of his companions to believe that he doesn't actually possess the ability to do so.

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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio and the other boys who have been lured to Toyland are after a while transformed into donkeys.
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' features a baby turning into a pig, possibly in accordance with the will of the Duchess, or it might be that [[TheWonderland Wonderland is the kind of place where babies sometimes spontaneously turn into pigs]]. In any case, as the baby was previously subject to severe BlackHumor abuse from the Duchess and Cook, Alice decides it's better off as a pig and leaves it to its own devices.
* In ''TheBlackCompany'' resident wizard One-Eye's favorite threat is to turn people the book ''All Tomorrows'', future humans are conquered by the Qu, a technologically advanced and extremely religious civilization. As punishment for terraforming different planets and killing the native life-forms, the Qu forcibly reengineer humans into toads, but he's never shown actually doing it. This leads more than one unintelligent, animal-like forms, which are sometimes used as pets or beasts of his companions to believe that he doesn't actually possess labour. When the ability to do so.Qu leave these planets behind, however, some of these post-humans re-develop sentience, and create a new empire in the process.



* In ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick'', Miss Price briefly turns Charles into a frog to prove her ''bona fides'' as a witch.
* In the works of Creator/DavidEddings:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Polgara uses this twice during the course of the series. She permanently transforms Queen Salmissra into a huge serpent in the original books. (Salmissra comes to appreciate the benefits of the change, and does not want to be returned to her previous form). In the prequel ''Polgara The Sorceress'', she temporarily transforms one of the Cherek kings into a man-sized frog because she thinks a regular DopeSlap won't be enough to get the message across.
** Mentioned in ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', when Beldin and Belgarath are talking to a sorcerer who hasn't learned the rules. Beldin discourages it, on the grounds that having one annoying person is less tiresome than having a hundred aggravating frogs.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', it turns out [[spoiler:that the bell is the enchanted [[TheHighQueen Queen Hydria]], and the [[CleverCrows crows]] her enchanted knights.]]



* In Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches,'' the witches' plan to dispose of children is to turn them all into mice.

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* In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' resident wizard One-Eye's favorite threat is to turn people into toads, but he's never shown actually doing it. This leads more than one of his companions to believe that he doesn't actually possess the ability to do so.
* ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'': Odette and the rest of the flock turn into swans due to a spell cast by Baron von Rothbard, in contrast to the {{voluntary shapeshifting}} of Von Rothbard and Odile.
* In ''Literature/TheCatsOfTanglewoodForest'' (and the children's picture book it's based on, ''Literature/ACircleOfCats''), the titular cats do this as a way of saving the main character, Lillian Kindred, who had been bitten by a snake, so they turn her into something that's not dying, a kitten. As soon as Lillian wakes up, she sets off to get the spell reversed (as she prefers to be a girl), only the cats are in hiding now as their leader, The Father of Cats, disapproves of them using their magic in such a way.
* In Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate is a transformation into a giant blueberry, with only her head, hands, and feet showing that she was once human. (This is played up in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her--in the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
** In his
''Literature/TheWitches,'' the witches' plan to dispose of children is to turn them all into mice.



** Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is a transformation into a giant blueberry, with only her head, hands, and feet showing that she was once human. (This is played up in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her--in the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
* In ''[[Literature/LandOfOz The Magic of Oz]]'', a young boy learns to use a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique very dangerous magic word]] ("Pyrzqxgl", hard to use because very few can pronounce it) which can turn ''anything'' into ''anything''. He learns to pronounce it, and becomes an UnwittingPawn of the villainous Nome King, who convinces him to use it to wreck havoc in Oz. Naturally, Ozma's protectors try to stop him, until in one scene, he panics and says it dozens of times, transforming nearly the entire cast into various animals--including the Nome King too, who makes the mistake of making him angry. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Wizard himself is able to use the word and turn it against them, then trick them into drinking the Water of Oblivion to make them forget the word and return them to a "blank slate". (Which, in the Nome King's case, only stops his evil ways for a short time...)]]

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is a transformation Rabadash, the Calormene prince, gets temporarily turned into a giant blueberry, donkey, and is warned that it will happen again if he moves more than 10 miles away from the temple of Tashbaan.
** Subverted ([[CursedWithAwesome unintentionally?]])
with only her head, hands, Eustace Scrubb, who gets turned into a dragon as a ''punishment''. While being a dragon seems awesome, he couldn't talk (and could barely write), couldn't fit on the boat to continue the group's quest (so would have had to spend the rest of his life alone on the island), and feet showing was wearing an armlet that she was once human. (This is played up perfectly-sized for his human form but was digging into his foreleg and causing him constant pain as a dragon. And it has the intended result as well, turning him into a much better person in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her--in end.
** There's also
the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At unpleasant schoolchildren towards the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
''Prince Caspian'', who get turned into pigs.
* In ''[[Literature/LandOfOz The Magic of Oz]]'', a young boy learns to use a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique very dangerous magic word]] ("Pyrzqxgl", hard to use ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', Morda inflicts this in Taran Wanderer. Taran resists because very few can pronounce it) which can turn ''anything'' he is (unknowingly) carrying Morda's SoulJar.
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Princess]]'', [[spoiler:Benedict Lightwood is gradually driven mad and finally turned
into ''anything''. He learns to pronounce it, and becomes an UnwittingPawn a gigantic serpent-like demon as a result of the villainous Nome King, who convinces him to use it to wreck havoc in Oz. Naturally, Ozma's protectors try to stop him, until in one scene, he panics and says it dozens of times, transforming nearly the entire cast demon pox.]]
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/DeadIron'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned
into various animals--including a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
* In ''Dead Witch Walking'',
the Nome King too, who makes first novel in ''Literature/TheHollows'' series, the mistake of making him angry. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Wizard himself is able to use the word and turn it against them, then trick them BigBad transforms Rachel into drinking a mink and keeps her as a pet for a time.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'':
** It features a spontaneous example when [[spoiler:Woraug turns into a toad, having lost
the Water privilege of Oblivion to make them forget the word and return them to being a "blank slate". (Which, dragon by not acting dragon-like enough.]]
** In
in the Nome King's case, only stops his evil later books, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're clearing out a meadow for the occasion, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more of a short time...)]]spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]



* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'':
** A witch turns Tristran into a dormouse to carry him in her cart. In the novel, it's made clear that this isn't actually meant as a {{curse}}; it's done for practicality: Tristan takes up a lot less room this way after him arranging for [[ExactWords food, bedding and travel]]. It's also implied that the spell turns you into the animal you are most like. The witch also turns Tristran back once she's given him a ride. She does find it amusing though.
** The witch earlier turned [[spoiler:Tristran's mother]] into a bird as a punishment.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', Morda inflicts this in Taran Wanderer. Taran resists because he is (unknowingly) carrying Morda's SoulJar.
* Circe appears in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', turning men into guinea pigs. (They're less difficult to keep than ''actual'' pigs).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' not only consciously avoids using this trope, but the author has actually come up with a [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody plausible reason]] why most "good" wizards have outlawed the practice.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series makes a spell to shift another person involuntarily rather difficult, and making shifting yourself perfectly easy, but running a very real risk of forgetting how... and why... to shift out of the other form.



* This happens a number of times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', usually played for laughs. Justified in that one of the classes is Transfiguration, and a lot of students have bad aim. One example is Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. "Quidditch Through The Ages" also mentions that after one early match, they had to specifically come up with a rule prohibiting Transfiguring the Keeper into a polecat, although given that the use of several weapons and releasing a swarm of vampire bats were also banned after that match, whether this was intended to prevent the enemy from remaining on their broom or to increase their own team's ability to drop on other players and savage them remains a mystery for the ages.
* In the works of Creator/DavidEddings:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Polgara uses this twice during the course of the series. She permanently transforms Queen Salmissra into a huge serpent in the original books. (Salmissra comes to appreciate the benefits of the change, and does not want to be returned to her previous form). In the prequel ''Polgara The Sorceress'', she temporarily transforms one of the Cherek kings into a man-sized frog because she thinks a regular DopeSlap won't be enough to get the message across.
** Mentioned in ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', when Beldin and Belgarath are talking to a sorcerer who hasn't learned the rules. Beldin discourages it, on the grounds that having one annoying person is less tiresome than having a hundred aggravating frogs.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', it turns out [[spoiler:that the bell is the enchanted [[TheHighQueen Queen Hydria]], and the [[CleverCrows crows]] her enchanted knights.]]
* This is basically the whole premise of ''Literature/LadyMyLifeAsABitch'', with the title character (among others) getting accidentally turned into a dog by a tramp.
* This trope [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is the binding theme]] of Ovid's ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}''.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison short story "Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream". [[AndIMustScream The title]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really gives it away]].

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* This happens ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'':
** The protagonist, Jasleth, is cursed to turn into
a number of times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', usually played raven for laughs. Justified in one hour a day -- and it's a different hour every day, at random, so he never knows when it's about to happen until it does.
** A StoryWithinAStory about a kidnapped princess features several instances, including a magic ointment
that one turns people into insects, and an animal that's really a cursed prince (as well as an animal that ''claims'' to be really a cursed prince but turns out to have just been fooling).
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Kilda finds that eating the food
of the classes is Transfiguration, land slowly turns her toward a creature of it, and a lot of students have bad aim. One example is Draco Malfoy, Oomart too. Fortunately, she has human food, which can turn you back.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' not only consciously avoids using this trope, but
the Amazing Bouncing Ferret, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. "Quidditch Through The Ages" also mentions that after one early match, they had to specifically author has actually come up with a rule prohibiting Transfiguring [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody plausible reason]] why most "good" wizards have outlawed the Keeper into a polecat, although given that the use of several weapons and releasing a swarm of vampire bats were also banned after that match, whether this was intended to prevent the enemy from remaining on their broom or to increase their own team's ability to drop on other players and savage them remains a mystery for the ages.
practice.
* In the works of Creator/DavidEddings:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Polgara uses this twice during the course
The first of the series. She permanently transforms Queen Salmissra into ''Literature/EndlessQuest'' pick-a-path books, ''Dungeon of Dread'', was a huge serpent surprisingly-grim adventure in a dungeon where all the monsters were created by an evil wizard casting this spell on enemies or innocent bystanders. [[spoiler: There's nothing you can do to restore the victims, but the villain gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, succumbing to this trope in turn, in the original books. (Salmissra comes best ending]].
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{Earthsea}}'' series makes a spell
to appreciate the benefits shift another person involuntarily rather difficult, and making shifting yourself perfectly easy, but running a very real risk of forgetting how... and why... to shift out of the change, and does not want to be returned to her previous form). In the prequel ''Polgara The Sorceress'', she temporarily transforms one of the Cherek kings into a man-sized frog because she thinks a regular DopeSlap won't be enough to get the message across.
** Mentioned in ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', when Beldin and Belgarath are talking to a sorcerer who hasn't learned the rules. Beldin discourages it, on the grounds that having one annoying person is less tiresome than having a hundred aggravating frogs.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', it turns out [[spoiler:that the bell is the enchanted [[TheHighQueen Queen Hydria]], and the [[CleverCrows crows]] her enchanted knights.]]
* This is basically the whole premise of ''Literature/LadyMyLifeAsABitch'', with the title character (among others) getting accidentally turned into a dog by a tramp.
* This trope [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is the binding theme]] of Ovid's ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}''.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison short story "Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream". [[AndIMustScream The title]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really gives it away]].
other form.



* In one early short story from ''Literature/TheWitcher'' saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, a young knight named Dani is under the spell that turns him into a giant hedgehog at day, and Geralt helps him remove it--the whole story is rather gleeful {{deconstruction}} of the classic "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" plot. Of course, Dani is a [[spoiler:Nilfgaardian prince who later went to become TheEmperor Emhyr var Emreis]], so it's a hell of a ChekhovsGun...

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* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': In one early short story from ''Literature/TheWitcher'' saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, ''Making of a young knight named Dani is under Mage'', Eliminster turns three magelords into stones whom he puts in an ocean, saying he hopes they have large and strong lungs to swim ashore when the spell that turns him wears off.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', in the BackStory, Jack Jr. was turned
into a giant hedgehog at day, and Geralt helps him remove it--the whole story is rather gleeful {{deconstruction}} of the classic "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" plot. Of course, Dani is a [[spoiler:Nilfgaardian prince who later went to become TheEmperor Emhyr var Emreis]], so it's a hell of a ChekhovsGun...dog.



* Ironically enough the novel ''Polymorph'', which is about a literal "baleful polymorph" (e.g. an evil creature which can assume any form) contains no examples of this trope, since it cannot transform others.



* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'':
** It features a spontaneous example when [[spoiler:Woraug turns into a toad, having lost the privilege of being a dragon by not acting dragon-like enough.]]
** In in the later books, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're clearing out a meadow for the occasion, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more of a spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]
* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Kingdoms of Light'', the Six-Man Band consists of a mage's pets (three cats, a dog, a snake, and a canary), turned into humans by the mage's dying spell. In the end, they are captured by the evil Munderucu and turned back into animals--[[spoiler:except that due to character growth, they not only remained [[TalkingAnimal sentient]], but they became great cats, a huge wolf, a firebird, and a 40-foot python. [[OhCrap Oops]].]]
* "Evil" Magician Trent of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series can transform anything into anything. When he was ousted, rumors spread that he turned his enemies into fish and left them to suffocate on dry land. Trent explains that he did turn some into fish but only in rivers or other bodies of water.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian remembers that Yara was said to have used a [[MineralMacGuffin gem]] to turn a prince into a spider before stepping on him. Not that that will stop him from trying to rob him.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Rabadash, the Calormene prince, gets temporarily turned into a donkey, and is warned that it will happen again if he moves more than 10 miles away from the temple of Tashbaan.
** Subverted ([[CursedWithAwesome unintentionally?]]) with Eustace Scrubb, who gets turned into a dragon as a ''punishment''. While being a dragon seems awesome, he couldn't talk (and could barely write), couldn't fit on the boat to continue the group's quest (so would have had to spend the rest of his life alone on the island), and was wearing an armlet that was perfectly-sized for his human form but was digging into his foreleg and causing him constant pain as a dragon. And it has the intended result as well, turning him into a much better person in the end.
** There's also the unpleasant schoolchildren towards the end of ''Prince Caspian'', who get turned into pigs.
* ''[[Literature/OctoberDaye Rosemary and Rue]]'' begins with Toby being turned into a fish by the kidnappers she was tracking, and left in a koi pond at the Golden Gate Park Japanese Garden. It takes fourteen years for the spell to wear off.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories'': Wild witch Molly Metcalf admits to once turning a fox hunting party into foxes for a day, feeling it would give the hunters some perspective.

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* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'':
** It features
In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', the "hiccups" - surges of black magic from the ley lines - can sometimes hit a spontaneous example when [[spoiler:Woraug turns person unexpectedly, turning them into a toad, having lost the privilege some manner of being a dragon by not acting dragon-like enough.]]
** In in the later books,
mindless beast. As far as everyone knows, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in impossible to reverse the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're clearing out a meadow for process.
* This is
the occasion, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more plot of a spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]
* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Kingdoms of Light'', the Six-Man Band consists of a mage's pets (three cats, a dog, a snake, and a canary), turned into humans by the mage's dying spell. In the end, they are captured by the evil Munderucu and turned back into animals--[[spoiler:except that due to character growth, they not only remained [[TalkingAnimal sentient]], but they became great cats, a huge wolf, a firebird, and a 40-foot python. [[OhCrap Oops]].]]
* "Evil" Magician Trent
Apuleius's ''The Golden Ass'' from c. 150 CE, one of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series can transform anything into anything. When he was ousted, rumors spread that he turned his enemies into fish and left them to suffocate on dry land. Trent explains that he did turn some into fish but only in rivers or other bodies of water.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian remembers that Yara was said to have used a [[MineralMacGuffin gem]] to turn a prince into a spider before stepping on him. Not that that will stop him from trying to rob him.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'':
** Rabadash, the Calormene prince, gets temporarily turned into a donkey, and is warned that it will happen again if he moves more than 10 miles away from the temple of Tashbaan.
** Subverted ([[CursedWithAwesome unintentionally?]]) with Eustace Scrubb, who gets turned into a dragon as a ''punishment''. While being a dragon seems awesome, he couldn't talk (and could barely write), couldn't fit on the boat to continue the group's quest (so would have had to spend the rest of his life alone on the island), and was wearing an armlet that was perfectly-sized for his human form but was digging into his foreleg and causing him constant pain as a dragon. And it has the intended result as well, turning him into a much better person in the end.
** There's also the unpleasant schoolchildren towards the end of ''Prince Caspian'', who get turned into pigs.
* ''[[Literature/OctoberDaye Rosemary and Rue]]'' begins with Toby being turned into a fish by the kidnappers she was tracking, and left in a koi pond at the Golden Gate Park Japanese Garden. It takes fourteen years for the spell to wear off.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories'': Wild witch Molly Metcalf admits to once turning a fox hunting party into foxes for a day, feeling it would give the hunters some perspective.
earliest surviving novels.



* This happens a number of times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', usually played for laughs. Justified in that one of the classes is Transfiguration, and a lot of students have bad aim. One example is Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. "Quidditch Through The Ages" also mentions that after one early match, they had to specifically come up with a rule prohibiting Transfiguring the Keeper into a polecat, although given that the use of several weapons and releasing a swarm of vampire bats were also banned after that match, whether this was intended to prevent the enemy from remaining on their broom or to increase their own team's ability to drop on other players and savage them remains a mystery for the ages.
* ''Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack'': Lady Drusilla of the Raven's Court has a habit of turning people who upset her into birds of prey.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison short story "Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream". [[AndIMustScream The title]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really gives it away]].
* In the second book of Creator/TamoraPierce's ''[[Literature/TheImmortals Immortals]]'' quartet, Numair manages to change [[DiscOneFinalBoss Book Two Final Boss]] Tristan Staghorn into an [[{{Transflormation}} apple tree]], which is treated as a near-impossible feat, and due to the nature of magic in the world caused a tree somewhere to turn into a very confused man.
* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Kingdoms of Light'', the Six-Man Band consists of a mage's pets (three cats, a dog, a snake, and a canary), turned into humans by the mage's dying spell. In the end, they are captured by the evil Munderucu and turned back into animals--[[spoiler:except that due to character growth, they not only remained [[TalkingAnimal sentient]], but they became great cats, a huge wolf, a 40-foot python, and a firebird. [[OhCrap Oops]].]]
* In the short story "LadyIntoFox", a dainty elegant woman is turned into a talking fox, and very gradually becomes one mentally. The woman who always wore napkins and fancy etiquette, was now eating live rabbits in the living room. It was never explained why she transformed. But it's assumed that some karmic celestial intervention or God himself was punishing her husband for being a fox hunter.
* This is basically the whole premise of ''Literature/LadyMyLifeAsABitch'', with the title character (among others) getting accidentally turned into a dog by a tramp.
* Froggy from ''Literature/TheLandOfStories'' is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. [[spoiler:He's actually the missing Charming prince, and is briefly returned to his human form, but later discovers he's actually better off as a frog, and decides to stay as one]].
* In the ''Literature/Gameknight999Series'', at the end of ''Last Stand on the Ocean Shore'', Herobrine is trapped in the body of a pig.
* The second book in Betsy Hanes' ''Bone Chillers'' series of children's horror novels, "Little Pet Shop of Horrors," dealt with a girl who was transformed into a dog, to be sold by a pet shop. Unlike some fictional transformations, [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing her clothes don't come along for the ride,]] which creates some momentary awkwardness when she regains her true form.
* This happens in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', where the Thor's fits of rage always cause the unwilling transformation of some hapless bystander or object. In the course of the novel this befalls an airport ticket agent (who ends up transformed into a vending machine), a lamp (turned into a cat) and [[spoiler:a jet fighter which turns into a short-tempered eagle, with the RAF rings still faintly visible on its wings.]]
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Characters believe that the wizard Gandalf might turn Sam into a [[BewitchedAmphibians newt]], or Mr. Butterbur intstopping them in their tracks, as the change generally takes 15+ minutes.
* In ''[[Literature/LandOfOz The Magic of Oz]]'', a young boy learns to use a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique very dangerous magic word]] ("Pyrzqxgl", hard to use because very few can pronounce it) which can turn ''anything'' into ''anything''. He learns to pronounce it, and becomes an UnwittingPawn of the villainous Nome King, who convinces him to use it to wreck havoc in Oz. Naturally, Ozma's protectors try to stop him, until in one scene, he panics and says it dozens of times, transforming nearly the entire cast into various animals--including the Nome King too, who makes the mistake of making him angry. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Wizard himself is able to use the word and turn it against them, then trick them into drinking the Water of Oblivion to make them forget the word and return them to a "blank slate". (Which, in the Nome King's case, only stops his evil ways for a short time...)]]
* This trope [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is the binding theme]] of Ovid's ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}''.
* In ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', there's a bunny morph spell that Jim eventually buys. According to Jim, "It's a combat control strategy that also happens to be incredibly hilarious." It gets {{deconstructed}} when he explains that polymorphed rabbits are indestructible, because if you can turn any foe regardless of size, into a small harmless rabbit and instantly kill it there, then there would be no point in buying any other spells.
* ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features a race of people known as the Moonfolk, or Lavrice[[note]][[NoPronunciationGuide Rhymes with "grease"]][[/note]]. They are infertile, and one becomes one of them by transforming under very specific conditions, and itís implied that itís not a good thing. [[spoiler:Lu almost becomes one herself before ĎHat Ladí points it out to her]].



* ''Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood'' is a bit confusing regarding this trope. It's made clear early on that there's something ''off'' about the knights who seek the Tanglewood's treasure, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they're all animals, turned human by a sorceress and forced to serve her. Only that's a lie: they were humans the villain turned into animals, and the sorceress turned them human again, and then the villain turned them into animals ''again''.]]

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* ''Treasure at Circe appears in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', turning men into guinea pigs. (They're less difficult to keep than ''actual'' pigs).
* Ironically enough
the Heart of the Tanglewood'' novel ''Polymorph'', which is a bit confusing regarding this trope. It's made clear early on that there's something ''off'' about the knights who seek the Tanglewood's treasure, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they're all animals, turned human by a sorceress and forced to serve her. Only that's a lie: they were humans the villain literal "baleful polymorph" (e.g. an evil creature which can assume any form) contains no examples of this trope, since it cannot transform others.
* In one ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' book, some goblins get
turned into animals, goldfish.
* [[spoiler: Carla's transformation]] forms half the climax for part one of ''Literature/TheRedAndTheRest''.
* In the ''Literature/RogueAgent'' series, Reg has been a bird for centuries when previously, she was the human Queen of Lalapinda. She can't use any of the magical powers she possessed but she can still sense it in a big way.
* ''[[Literature/OctoberDaye Rosemary
and the sorceress Rue]]'' begins with Toby being turned them human again, into a fish by the kidnappers she was tracking, and then left in a koi pond at the villain Golden Gate Park Japanese Garden. It takes fourteen years for the spell to wear off.
* In ''Literature/SabinaKane: Red-Headed Stepchild'' the untrained Sabina Kane attempts to cast a spell to banish the demon Giguhl back to his home plane, and accidentally traps him in the form of a hairless cat instead.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': Prince Bjorn is cursed by his sorcerous WickedStepmother to transform into a bear.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is
turned them into animals ''again''.]]a boar as punishment and hunted to his death.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories'': Wild witch Molly Metcalf admits to once turning a fox hunting party into foxes for a day, feeling it would give the hunters some perspective.
* In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Finist finds that a wolf really is a transformed man. His girlfriend, angry with him, hadn't really expected it to ''work''.



* This is the plot of Apuleius's ''The Golden Ass'' from c. 150 CE, one of the earliest surviving novels.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/DeadIron'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned into a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
* The first of the ''Literature/EndlessQuest'' pick-a-path books, ''Dungeon of Dread'', was a surprisingly-grim adventure in a dungeon where all the monsters were created by an evil wizard casting this spell on enemies or innocent bystanders. [[spoiler: There's nothing you can do to restore the victims, but the villain gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, succumbing to this trope in turn, in the best ending]].
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio and the other boys who have been lured to Toyland are after a while transformed into donkeys.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': Prince Bjorn is cursed by his sorcerous WickedStepmother to transform into a bear.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Characters believe that the wizard Gandalf might turn Sam into a [[BewitchedAmphibians newt]], or Mr. Butterbur intstopping them in their tracks, as the change generally takes 15+ minutes.
* In ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', there's a bunny morph spell that Jim eventually buys. According to Jim, "It's a combat control strategy that also happens to be incredibly hilarious." It gets {{deconstructed}} when he explains that polymorphed rabbits are indestructible, because if you can turn any foe regardless of size, into a small harmless rabbit and instantly kill it there, then there would be no point in buying any other spells.

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* This is Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'':
** A witch turns Tristran into a dormouse to carry him in her cart. In
the plot novel, it's made clear that this isn't actually meant as a {{curse}}; it's done for practicality: Tristan takes up a lot less room this way after him arranging for [[ExactWords food, bedding and travel]]. It's also implied that the spell turns you into the animal you are most like. The witch also turns Tristran back once she's given him a ride. She does find it amusing though.
** The witch earlier turned [[spoiler:Tristran's mother]] into a bird as a punishment.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' features Soulcasting, courtesy
of Apuleius's either a specific kind of artifact, or one of the two kinds of Surgebinding magic that have access to the ability. It's generally used to turn objects into other objects, such as rocks into food, wood into metal (handy for trade with a culture that has great reverence for stone and views mining as horrible blasphemy), or reshaping stone to make buildings. It can also be used on people, to horrifyingly lethal effect.
* In the [[NightmareFuel infamous]] children's book ''Sylvester and the Magic Pebble'', Sylvester [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor accidentally makes a wish]] with the pebble that [[AndIMustScream turns him into a rock]].
* ''Hundreds'' of victims of this effect make up the supporting case of ''Literature/TooManyCurses''. They're all very much disappointed when the death of the wizard who transformed them fails to negate this trope.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian remembers that Yara was said to have used a [[MineralMacGuffin gem]] to turn a prince into a spider before stepping on him. Not that that will stop him from trying to rob him.
* ''Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood'' is a bit confusing regarding this trope. It's made clear early on that there's something ''off'' about the knights who seek the Tanglewood's treasure, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they're all animals, turned human by a sorceress and forced to serve her. Only that's a lie: they were humans the villain turned into animals, and the sorceress turned them human again, and then the villain turned them into animals ''again''.]]
* In Creator/SusanDexter's
''The Golden Ass'' from c. 150 CE, one of True Knight'', the earliest surviving novels.
* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''Literature/DeadIron'', Cedar's brother Wil
queen's only son was permanently turned into a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
* The first of the ''Literature/EndlessQuest'' pick-a-path books, ''Dungeon of Dread'', was
a surprisingly-grim adventure in a dungeon where all the monsters swan. Wren and her master were created by an evil wizard casting this spell on enemies or innocent bystanders. [[spoiler: There's nothing you can do forcibly recruited to restore the victims, but the villain gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, succumbing to this trope in turn, in the best ending]].
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio and the other boys who have been lured to Toyland are after a while transformed into donkeys.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': Prince Bjorn is cursed by his sorcerous WickedStepmother to transform into a bear.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Characters believe that the wizard Gandalf might turn Sam into a [[BewitchedAmphibians newt]], or Mr. Butterbur intstopping them in their tracks, as the change generally takes 15+ minutes.
* In ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', there's a bunny morph spell that Jim eventually buys. According to Jim, "It's a combat control strategy that also happens to be incredibly hilarious." It gets {{deconstructed}} when he explains that polymorphed rabbits are indestructible, because if you can turn any foe regardless of size, into a small harmless rabbit and instantly kill it there, then there would be no point in buying any other spells.
retrieve him.



* In ''Dead Witch Walking'', the first novel in ''Literature/TheHollows'' series, the BigBad transforms Rachel into a mink and keeps her as a pet for a time.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', in the BackStory, Jack Jr. was turned into a dog.
* In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Finist finds that a wolf really is a transformed man. His girlfriend, angry with him, hadn't really expected it to ''work''.
* In ''Literature/TheCatsOfTanglewoodForest'' (and the children's picture book it's based on, ''Literature/ACircleOfCats''), the titular cats do this as a way of saving the main character, Lillian Kindred, who had been bitten by a snake, so they turn her into something that's not dying, a kitten. As soon as Lillian wakes up, she sets off to get the spell reversed (as she prefers to be a girl), only the cats are in hiding now as their leader, The Father of Cats, disapproves of them using their magic in such a way.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Kilda finds that eating the food of the land slowly turns her toward a creature of it, and Oomart too. Fortunately, she has human food, which can turn you back.
* In the short story LadyIntoFox, a dainty elegant woman is turned into a talking fox, and very gradually becomes one mentally. The woman who always wore napkins and fancy etiquette, was now eating live rabbits in the living room. It was never explained why she transformed. But it's assumed that some karmic celestial intervention or God himself was punishing her husband for being a fox hunter.
* Froggy from ''Literature/TheLandOfStories'' is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. [[spoiler:He's actually the missing Charming prince, and is briefly returned to his human form, but later discovers he's actually better off as a frog, and decides to stay as one]].
* In Creator/SusanDexter's ''The True Knight'', the queen's only son was turned to a swan. Wren and her master were forcibly recruited to retrieve him.
* In one ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' book, some goblins get turned into goldfish.
* ''Hundreds'' of victims of this effect make up the supporting case of ''Literature/TooManyCurses''. They're all very much disappointed when the death of the wizard who transformed them fails to negate this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features a race of people known as the Moonfolk, or Lavrice[[note]][[NoPronunciationGuide Rhymes with "grease"]][[/note]]. They are infertile, and one becomes one of them by transforming under very specific conditions, and itís implied that itís not a good thing. [[spoiler:Lu almost becomes one herself before ĎHat Ladí points it out to her]].
* The second book in Betsy Hanes' ''Bone Chillers'' series of children's horror novels, "Little Pet Shop of Horrors," dealt with a girl who was transformed into a dog, to be sold by a pet shop. Unlike some fictional transformations, [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing her clothes don't come along for the ride,]] which creates some momentary awkwardness when she regains her true form.
* ''Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack'': Lady Drusilla of the Raven's Court has a habit of turning people who upset her into birds of prey.
* In ''Literature/SabinaKane: Red-Headed Stepchild'' the untrained Sabina Kane attempts to cast a spell to banish the demon Giguhl back to his home plane, and accidentally traps him in the form of a hairless cat instead.
* In ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick'', Miss Price briefly turns Charles into a frog to prove her ''bona fides'' as a witch.
* In the ''Literature/RogueAgent'' series, Reg has been a bird for centuries when previously, she was the human Queen of Lalapinda. She can't use any of the magical powers she possessed but she can still sense it in a big way.
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Princess]]'', [[spoiler:Benedict Lightwood is gradually driven mad and finally turned into a gigantic serpent-like demon as a result of the demon pox.]]
* In the [[NightmareFuel infamous]] children's book ''Sylvester and the Magic Pebble'', Sylvester [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor accidentally makes a wish]] with the pebble that [[AndIMustScream turns him into a rock]].
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' features a baby turning into a pig, possibly in accordance with the will of the Duchess, or it might be that [[TheWonderland Wonderland is the kind of place where babies sometimes spontaneously turn into pigs]]. In any case, as the baby was previously subject to severe BlackHumor abuse from the Duchess and Cook, Alice decides it's better off as a pig and leaves it to its own devices.
* In the book ''All Tomorrows'', future humans are conquered by the Qu, a technologically advanced and extremely religious civilization. As punishment for terraforming different planets and killing the native life-forms, the Qu forcibly reengineer humans into unintelligent, animal-like forms, which are sometimes used as pets or beasts of labour. When the Qu leave these planets behind, however, some of these post-humans re-develop sentience, and create a new empire in the process.
* [[spoiler: Carla's transformation]] forms half the climax for part one of ''Literature/TheRedAndTheRest''.
* In the ''Literature/Gameknight999Series'', at the end of ''Last Stand on the Ocean Shore'', Herobrine is trapped in the body of a pig.
* ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'':
** The protagonist, Jasleth, is cursed to turn into a raven for one hour a day -- and it's a different hour every day, at random, so he never knows when it's about to happen until it does.
** A StoryWithinAStory about a kidnapped princess features several instances, including a magic ointment that turns people into insects, and an animal that's really a cursed prince (as well as an animal that ''claims'' to be really a cursed prince but turns out to have just been fooling).
* This happens in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', where the Thor's fits of rage always cause the unwilling transformation of some hapless bystander or object. In the course of the novel this befalls an airport ticket agent (who ends up transformed into a vending machine), a lamp (turned into a cat) and [[spoiler:a jet fighter which turns into a short-tempered eagle, with the RAF rings still faintly visible on its wings.]]
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' features Soulcasting, courtesy of either a specific kind of artifact, or one of the two kinds of Surgebinding magic that have access to the ability. It's generally used to turn objects into other objects, such as rocks into food, wood into metal (handy for trade with a culture that has great reverence for stone and views mining as horrible blasphemy), or reshaping stone to make buildings. It can also be used on people, to horrifyingly lethal effect.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', the "hiccups" - surges of black magic from the ley lines - can sometimes hit a person unexpectedly, turning them into some manner of a mindless beast. As far as everyone knows, it's impossible to reverse the process.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted to his death.
* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': In ''Making of a Mage'', Eliminster turns three magelords into stones whom he puts in an ocean, saying he hopes they have large and strong lungs to swim ashore when the spell wears off.
* ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'': Odette and the rest of the flock turn into swans due to a spell cast by Baron von Rothbard, in contrast to the {{voluntary shapeshifting}} of Von Rothbard and Odile.

to:

* In ''Dead Witch Walking'', the first novel in ''Literature/TheHollows'' series, the BigBad transforms Rachel into a mink and keeps her as a pet for a time.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', in the BackStory, Jack Jr. was turned into a dog.
* In Creator/JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Finist finds that a wolf really is a transformed man. His girlfriend, angry with him, hadn't really expected it to ''work''.
* In ''Literature/TheCatsOfTanglewoodForest'' (and the children's picture book it's based on, ''Literature/ACircleOfCats''), the titular cats do this as a way of saving the main character, Lillian Kindred, who had been bitten by a snake, so they turn her into something that's not dying, a kitten. As soon as Lillian wakes up, she sets off to get the spell reversed (as she prefers to be a girl), only the cats are in hiding now as their leader, The Father of Cats, disapproves of them using their magic in such a way.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Kilda finds that eating the food of the land slowly turns her toward a creature of it, and Oomart too. Fortunately, she has human food, which can turn you back.
* In the
one early short story LadyIntoFox, a dainty elegant woman is turned into a talking fox, and very gradually becomes one mentally. The woman who always wore napkins and fancy etiquette, was now eating live rabbits in the living room. It was never explained why she transformed. But it's assumed that some karmic celestial intervention or God himself was punishing her husband for being a fox hunter.
* Froggy
from ''Literature/TheLandOfStories'' ''Literature/TheWitcher'' saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, a young knight named Dani is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. [[spoiler:He's actually the missing Charming prince, and is briefly returned to his human form, but later discovers he's actually better off as a frog, and decides to stay as one]].
* In Creator/SusanDexter's ''The True Knight'', the queen's only son was turned to a swan. Wren and her master were forcibly recruited to retrieve him.
* In one ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' book, some goblins get turned into goldfish.
* ''Hundreds'' of victims of this effect make up the supporting case of ''Literature/TooManyCurses''. They're all very much disappointed when the death of the wizard who transformed them fails to negate this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features a race of people known as the Moonfolk, or Lavrice[[note]][[NoPronunciationGuide Rhymes with "grease"]][[/note]]. They are infertile, and one becomes one of them by transforming
under very specific conditions, and itís implied that itís not a good thing. [[spoiler:Lu almost becomes one herself before ĎHat Ladí points it out to her]].
* The second book in Betsy Hanes' ''Bone Chillers'' series of children's horror novels, "Little Pet Shop of Horrors," dealt with a girl who was transformed into a dog, to be sold by a pet shop. Unlike some fictional transformations, [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing her clothes don't come along for
the ride,]] which creates some momentary awkwardness when she regains her true form.
* ''Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack'': Lady Drusilla of the Raven's Court has a habit of turning people who upset her into birds of prey.
* In ''Literature/SabinaKane: Red-Headed Stepchild'' the untrained Sabina Kane attempts to cast a
spell to banish the demon Giguhl back to his home plane, and accidentally traps him in the form of a hairless cat instead.
* In ''Literature/BedknobAndBroomstick'', Miss Price briefly turns Charles into a frog to prove her ''bona fides'' as a witch.
* In the ''Literature/RogueAgent'' series, Reg has been a bird for centuries when previously, she was the human Queen of Lalapinda. She can't use any of the magical powers she possessed but she can still sense it in a big way.
* In ''[[Literature/TheInfernalDevices The Clockwork Princess]]'', [[spoiler:Benedict Lightwood is gradually driven mad and finally turned into a gigantic serpent-like demon as a result of the demon pox.]]
* In the [[NightmareFuel infamous]] children's book ''Sylvester and the Magic Pebble'', Sylvester [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor accidentally makes a wish]] with the pebble
that [[AndIMustScream turns him into a rock]].
* ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' features a baby turning into a pig, possibly in accordance with the will
giant hedgehog at day, and Geralt helps him remove it--the whole story is rather gleeful {{deconstruction}} of the Duchess, or it might be that [[TheWonderland Wonderland classic "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" plot. Of course, Dani is the kind of place where babies sometimes spontaneously turn into pigs]]. In any case, as the baby was previously subject a [[spoiler:Nilfgaardian prince who later went to severe BlackHumor abuse from the Duchess and Cook, Alice decides it's better off as a pig and leaves it to its own devices.
* In the book ''All Tomorrows'', future humans are conquered by the Qu, a technologically advanced and extremely religious civilization. As punishment for terraforming different planets and killing the native life-forms, the Qu forcibly reengineer humans into unintelligent, animal-like forms, which are sometimes used as pets or beasts of labour. When the Qu leave these planets behind, however, some of these post-humans re-develop sentience, and create a new empire in the process.
* [[spoiler: Carla's transformation]] forms half the climax for part one of ''Literature/TheRedAndTheRest''.
* In the ''Literature/Gameknight999Series'', at the end of ''Last Stand on the Ocean Shore'', Herobrine is trapped in the body of a pig.
* ''Literature/TheDragonHoard'':
** The protagonist, Jasleth, is cursed to turn into a raven for one hour a day -- and
become TheEmperor Emhyr var Emreis]], so it's a different hour every day, at random, so he never knows when it's about to happen until it does.
** A StoryWithinAStory about a kidnapped princess features several instances, including a magic ointment that turns people into insects, and an animal that's really a cursed prince (as well as an animal that ''claims'' to be really a cursed prince but turns out to have just been fooling).
* This happens in ''Literature/TheLongDarkTeatimeOfTheSoul'', where the Thor's fits
hell of rage always cause the unwilling transformation of some hapless bystander or object. In the course a ChekhovsGun...
* "Evil" Magician Trent
of the novel this befalls an airport ticket agent (who ends up transformed ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series can transform anything into a vending machine), a lamp (turned into a cat) and [[spoiler:a jet fighter which turns into a short-tempered eagle, with the RAF rings still faintly visible on its wings.]]
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' features Soulcasting, courtesy of either a specific kind of artifact, or one of the two kinds of Surgebinding magic
anything. When he was ousted, rumors spread that have access to the ability. It's generally used to turn objects into other objects, such as rocks into food, wood into metal (handy for trade with a culture that has great reverence for stone and views mining as horrible blasphemy), or reshaping stone to make buildings. It can also be used on people, to horrifyingly lethal effect.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', the "hiccups" - surges of black magic from the ley lines - can sometimes hit a person unexpectedly, turning them into some manner of a mindless beast. As far as everyone knows, it's impossible to reverse the process.
* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is
he turned his enemies into a boar as punishment fish and hunted left them to his death.
* ''Literature/TheElminsterSeries'': In ''Making of a Mage'', Eliminster turns three magelords
suffocate on dry land. Trent explains that he did turn some into stones whom he puts fish but only in an ocean, saying he hopes they have large and strong lungs to swim ashore when the spell wears off.
* ''Literature/TheBlackSwan'': Odette and the rest
rivers or other bodies of the flock turn into swans due to a spell cast by Baron von Rothbard, in contrast to the {{voluntary shapeshifting}} of Von Rothbard and Odile.water.



* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Vaarsuvius gets temporarily turned into a lizard by a greenhag. However, they can still cast a few spells as a lizard, and [[PlotTailoredToTheParty every one of them turns out to be useful]]. Except Hold Portal. They lampshade the trope.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Well, either I spontaneously decided to get in touch with my reptilian side, or I was just the target of a Baleful Polymorph.
** Later, [[EvilChancellor Miron Shewdanker]] uses it to turn [[AwesomeMcCoolName Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator]], Belkar's ''Allosaurus'', into a small lizard.
* In ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', Kieri is cursed with a Baleful Polymorph (snow bunny) by water guardian Toski. She can control it a little, but [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting sometimes involuntarily shifts to being a snow bunny or back to being an angel when she sneezes.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg gave Zoe a necklace one Christmas, having found it inside of an Egyptian pyramid. It turns out to be cursed, and transforms her into a camel. Her friends eventually learn the necklace's history and change her back, but the necklace ended up binding to her in the form of a tattoo, and a pair of magic words spoken by anyone can turn her into a camel ("shupid") or human ("kwi").
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler strip, [[AuthorAvatar Dan Shive]] turns Melissa [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-03-21 into a cat]] to shut her up. The cat's been seen in at least [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-11-16 one filler]] since, but it's strictly non-{{Canon}}; [[WordOfGod Shive has expressed his distaste for this trope]].
** In-canon (and out), Grace occasionally gets hit with this trope...but she's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], so it doesn't do anything other than give her a new form to play with.
* Princess Flibbage from ''WebComic/{{Footloose}}'' has a notorious habit of transforming unimportant characters when she's annoyed.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', a major battle had several polymorph effects occurring due to the Shield of Wonders. One guard is polymorphed into an ogre, and another becomes a soulspike destroyer. A few issues later, another guard is transformed over the course of several panels into dozens of snakes, which promptly go slithering off in different directions.
%%* A fairly common affliction in ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors''.
* In Issue 4 of ''Webcomic/{{Deadendia}}'', Pugsley accidentally turns Barney into a dog and Norma into a cat.
* Trace Legacy in ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' disposes of his predecessor High Templar by transforming her into a wolf Keidran ([[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic wolf]]) and having her guards drag her off to a slave market. Incidentally getting polymorphed in the Two Kinds setting is extremely painful. He also gives his ex-girlfriend's annoying little sister thin fur and a set of cat's ears although it's not clear how "baleful" this was as she quite likes the look.
* ''[[http://www.tfsnewworld.com/ New World]]'' is largely based on this trope, as both Nicolo and Amanda love turning people into frogs, furries, or anything else comes to mind, usually throw genderbending into the mix as well.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' have been unwittingly changed into various things. It usually happens to Gertrude & Brunhilda.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-29.html Prince Orson]] the talking bear. Perrault claims it, too.
%% * ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork:'' [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2007/06/minions-68-lab-animals.html the perils of door-to-door]].
* ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'' features the villain Hinto Ama, who wreaked havoc in the World of Magic with her transformation powers. Years later, the Manumitor is a man who seeks to undo the harm she caused by reversing as many of the transformations as possible, but is apparently capable of the same magic. [[spoiler:This is because he is in fact Hinto Ama in disguise, seeking [[TheAtoner to atone]] for her past misdeeds]].
* Angel's stock in trade in ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch'', which she cheerfully applies to thugs, bullies...[[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[TheSociopath random innocent bystanders]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', King was involuntarily changed from a human named Joel to a Welsh Corgi, by a {{jerkass}} gryphon using Joel/King for the gryphon's own purposes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'', [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-06-01 the title character uses her powers to shrink the Chimaera, a huge goat-like monster, into a regular goat]]. The goat follows the characters around afterwards.
* In ''Webcomic/ThaliasMusings'', Hera is very fond of visiting this fate on Zeus's paramours. Io in particular was turned into a cow and then given to Thalia as a pet.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/a-tale-with-a-riddle-0/#.T29vLNm6SuI three women are turned into flowers.]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', King was involuntarily changed from a human named Joel to a Welsh Corgi, by a {{jerkass}} gryphon using Joel/King for the gryphon's own purposes.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'', [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-06-01 the title character uses her powers to shrink the Chimaera, a huge goat-like monster, into a regular goat]]. The goat follows the characters around afterwards.
* In ''Webcomic/ThaliasMusings'', Hera
Several examples in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'':
** Mye
is very fond of visiting this fate on Zeus's paramours. Io in particular was turned into a cow an attractive statuesque winged demon woman with bunny ears and then given a tail due to Thalia as a pet.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/a-tale-with-a-riddle-0/#.T29vLNm6SuI three women are turned
potions accident. After she reverses the effects she still ends up [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter transforming into flowers.]]the form against her will any time she sneezes]].
** Kavonn turns Oleander Benson into a jackalope, while maintaining his sentience if not his voice, when the Bensons ambush and try to murder him.
** When Oleander's sisters track down Kavonn to ask for their little brother back they attack Kavonn as soon as Oleander is returned to his normal form resulting in him turning Oleander and Hydrangea into jackalopes.
** When [=LaBelle=] and Sadick capture Kavonn he curses [=LaBelle=] to shapeshift to become more monsterous or more beautiful in response to her actions. She eventually figures out how to weaponize this.
* ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'' features the villain Hinto Ama, who wreaked havoc in the World of Magic with her transformation powers. Years later, the Manumitor is a man who seeks to undo the harm she caused by reversing as many of the transformations as possible, but is apparently capable of the same magic. [[spoiler:This is because he is in fact Hinto Ama in disguise, seeking [[TheAtoner to atone]] for her past misdeeds]].



* Ubiquitous in ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
* In ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'', the MentorMascot started out as a handsome WingedHumanoid with a variety of magical powers and immortality. Now he's a lop-eared bunny at the mercy -- or lack thereof--of an ill-tempered middle school girl.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' had ''fun'' with this. One princess found a frog in the forest with a sign saying 'Kiss Me'. She did so, and the frog [[spoiler:turned into a bear that immediately mauled her.]] The whole thing was apparently a practical joke. But she got the last laugh by bringing a frog, kissed it, and threw it to the pranksters [[spoiler:where it immediately turned back into a crocodile mid-air.]]

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* Ubiquitous in ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
* In ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'', the MentorMascot started out as a handsome WingedHumanoid with a variety Issue 4 of magical powers and immortality. Now he's a lop-eared bunny at the mercy -- or lack thereof--of an ill-tempered middle school girl.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' had ''fun'' with this. One princess found a frog in the forest with a sign saying 'Kiss Me'. She did so, and the frog [[spoiler:turned
''Webcomic/{{Deadendia}}'', Pugsley accidentally turns Barney into a bear that immediately mauled her.]] The whole thing was apparently a practical joke. But she got the last laugh by bringing a frog, kissed it, dog and threw it to the pranksters [[spoiler:where it immediately turned back Norma into a crocodile mid-air.]]cat.
%%* A fairly common affliction in ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors''.


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* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/a-tale-with-a-riddle-0/#.T29vLNm6SuI three women are turned into flowers.]]
* Princess Flibbage from ''WebComic/{{Footloose}}'' has a notorious habit of transforming unimportant characters when she's annoyed.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'', a major battle had several polymorph effects occurring due to the Shield of Wonders. One guard is polymorphed into an ogre, and another becomes a soulspike destroyer. A few issues later, another guard is transformed over the course of several panels into dozens of snakes, which promptly go slithering off in different directions.
* Angel's stock in trade in ''Webcomic/TheGoodWitch'', which she cheerfully applies to thugs, bullies...[[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[TheSociopath random innocent bystanders]].
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler strip, [[AuthorAvatar Dan Shive]] turns Melissa [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-03-21 into a cat]] to shut her up. The cat's been seen in at least [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-11-16 one filler]] since, but it's strictly non-{{Canon}}; [[WordOfGod Shive has expressed his distaste for this trope]].
** In-canon (and out), Grace occasionally gets hit with this trope...but she's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], so it doesn't do anything other than give her a new form to play with.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', King was involuntarily changed from a human named Joel to a Welsh Corgi, by a {{jerkass}} gryphon using Joel/King for the gryphon's own purposes.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' have been unwittingly changed into various things. It usually happens to Gertrude & Brunhilda.
%% * ''Webcomic/MinionsAtWork:'' [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2007/06/minions-68-lab-animals.html the perils of door-to-door]].
* ''[[http://www.tfsnewworld.com/ New World]]'' is largely based on this trope, as both Nicolo and Amanda love turning people into frogs, furries, or anything else comes to mind, usually throw genderbending into the mix as well.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-29.html Prince Orson]] the talking bear. Perrault claims it, too.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'' had ''fun'' with this. One princess found a frog in the forest with a sign saying 'Kiss Me'. She did so, and the frog [[spoiler:turned into a bear that immediately mauled her.]] The whole thing was apparently a practical joke. But she got the last laugh by bringing a frog, kissed it, and threw it to the pranksters [[spoiler:where it immediately turned back into a crocodile mid-air.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Vaarsuvius gets temporarily turned into a lizard by a greenhag. However, they can still cast a few spells as a lizard, and [[PlotTailoredToTheParty every one of them turns out to be useful]]. Except Hold Portal. They lampshade the trope.
--->'''Vaarsuvius:''' Well, either I spontaneously decided to get in touch with my reptilian side, or I was just the target of a Baleful Polymorph.
** Later, [[EvilChancellor Miron Shewdanker]] uses it to turn [[AwesomeMcCoolName Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator]], Belkar's ''Allosaurus'', into a small lizard.
* In ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'', the MentorMascot started out as a handsome WingedHumanoid with a variety of magical powers and immortality. Now he's a lop-eared bunny at the mercy -- or lack thereof--of an ill-tempered middle school girl.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'', [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-06-01 the title character uses her powers to shrink the Chimaera, a huge goat-like monster, into a regular goat]]. The goat follows the characters around afterwards.
* In ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'', Kieri is cursed with a Baleful Polymorph (snow bunny) by water guardian Toski. She can control it a little, but [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting sometimes involuntarily shifts to being a snow bunny or back to being an angel when she sneezes.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg gave Zoe a necklace one Christmas, having found it inside of an Egyptian pyramid. It turns out to be cursed, and transforms her into a camel. Her friends eventually learn the necklace's history and change her back, but the necklace ended up binding to her in the form of a tattoo, and a pair of magic words spoken by anyone can turn her into a camel ("shupid") or human ("kwi").
* In ''Webcomic/ThaliasMusings'', Hera is very fond of visiting this fate on Zeus's paramours. Io in particular was turned into a cow and then given to Thalia as a pet.
* Trace Legacy in ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'' disposes of his predecessor High Templar by transforming her into a wolf Keidran ([[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic wolf]]) and having her guards drag her off to a slave market. Incidentally getting polymorphed in the Two Kinds setting is extremely painful. He also gives his ex-girlfriend's annoying little sister thin fur and a set of cat's ears although it's not clear how "baleful" this was as she quite likes the look.
* Ubiquitous in ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned into a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.

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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', ''Literature/DeadIron'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned into a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
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* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': In his arrogant younger form, Zedd turns a lovely young prostitute's customer into a mouse so he can have her for himself.
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* In "Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges", the princess is turned into a canary by the servants who tries to take her place.

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* In "Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges", the princess is turned into a canary by the servants servant who tries to take her place.
10th Sep '17 8:37:44 AM ZootyCutie94
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has "murps", a [[FusionDance mix]] gone horribly wrong in some way. Murps still have abilities of the two Mixels that are part of it, but with the catch that the Murp has his own personality with neither of them controlling it and no control of his own powers. Most of the time, they just giggle and let their powers affect them. Some are worthless (like the Flain/Slumbo Murp, which is just a log that does nothing), while others can be very dangerous and only make things worse (like the Scorpi/Glurt one, which encases everything in slime and can cut down trees with its tail).

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has "murps", a [[FusionDance mix]] [[MergingMistake gone horribly wrong in some way.way]]. Murps still have abilities of the two Mixels that are part of it, but with the catch that the Murp has his own personality with neither of them controlling it and no control of his own powers. Most of the time, they just giggle and let their powers affect them. Some are worthless (like the Flain/Slumbo Murp, which is just a log that does nothing), while others can be very dangerous and only make things worse (like the Scorpi/Glurt one, which encases everything in slime and can cut down trees with its tail).
30th Aug '17 10:17:23 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series features the Daedric artifact Wabbajack. A nifty little toy that changes an enemy into something else. Problem is, it's [[MadGod Sheogorath's]] artifact, so the change is random. You could turn a bandit into a sheep, or a Daedroth... [[JokeItem It's more fun than anything else.]]
** Except for the fact that [[LethalJokeItem it also]] ''[[LethalJokeItem works]]'' [[LethalJokeItem on anything]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' you can turn even ''[[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]]'' into a sheep or a Daedroth, which either way makes him killable.
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsAdventuresRedguard'' the hero Cyrus is transformed into a scamp for a short part of the game.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** The
series features the Daedric artifact Wabbajack. A nifty little toy staff that changes an enemy into something else. Problem is, it's [[MadGod Sheogorath's]] artifact, so the change is random. You could turn a bandit into a sheep, or a Daedroth... [[JokeItem It's more fun than anything else.]]
** Except for the fact that [[LethalJokeItem it also]] ''[[LethalJokeItem works]]'' [[LethalJokeItem on anything]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' you can turn even ''[[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]]'' into a sheep or a Daedroth, which either way makes him killable.
else]].
** In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsAdventuresRedguard'' the ActionAdventure spin-off game ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsAdventuresRedguard'', the hero Cyrus is transformed into a scamp Scamp for a short part of the game.
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* ComicBook/{{Zatanna}} once turned three girls into doves for annoying her. Her cousin Zachary [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out on this]].
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