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* ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'': Don Thousand's initial form is a monstrous demon. His true form has golden RapunzelHair, and handsome features with the skin of Number 96.
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* In ''Videogame/AgeOfEmpires Castle Siege'', the troops get less [[SuperDeformed cartoony]] and more realistic-looking as you upgrade them. Not to mention with armor\weaponry that gets heavier and more intimidating.



* During the final battle in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', The Id uses its mindpower to turn into a PSI-wielding, curse word-spouting superhuman version of Dr. Andonuts.
* In ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', [[spoiler:Pandora returns near the end in what is presumably her former humanoid form.]]



* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the failed ''Gundam'' RPG, exhibits this with the final boss's HumongousMecha. He starts the fight in the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/cca/nz-333.htm Alpha Azieru]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' and, when that's destroyed, uses the [[LostTechnology G-System]] to turn it into a black version of [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/endlesswaltz/xxxg-00w0.htm Wing Zero Custom]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.



* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' features a trio of dog-themed tanks - The Blitzhound K9, the Munsterlander and the Metal Woof - piloted by the BigBad's pet dog. Each new model is smaller and sleeker than the last, and obviously more powerful.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'': In the boss fight against [[spoiler: Ocelot, he slowly regresses in his mind to his {{Bishonen}} [[IWasQuiteALooker younger days]]. However, since this is only in his mind, he remains looking like an old man, and only his movements become more 'bishounen'. Note also that the Life Bars change as well!]]



* The BigBad of ''NoituLove 2''. For phase one of the boss fight, she's a blobby sphere with legs. For phase two, she transforms into a bat-winged human, and grows so big that only her head and shoulders fit on-screen. For phase three, she loses the wings and shrinks down to only slightly larger than the protagonist.



* In ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', the final boss actually has three forms. The first of which is [[spoiler:Super Gideon Graves, which is Gideon grown to twice his normal size]], the second of which is [[spoiler:Gigadeon Graves, a giant mutated monstrosity fought within Gideon's own subspace]] and the last of which is [[spoiler:Gideon Graves, fighting unaugmented with only his pixel katana.]]



* In ''{{Spectrobes}}'' the [[TheHeartless Krawl]] start off as relatively small monsters, growing in size slowly with each passing boss until the final boss who is relatively large, basically the largest enemy of all (to say nothing of your ally Tindera). Immediately in the second game you are introduced to the [[spoiler:high Krawl]] who are human shaped Krawl. but then this trope is subverted as the [[spoiler:high Krawl]] all [[spoiler:go OneWingedAngel]]. but then this is DoublySubverted with [[spoiler:the final boss[[SequentialBoss (s)]]]] who are all massive and only grow larger until [[spoiler:you face the ultimate Spectrobe, whom you ''cant'' defeat. (The TrueFinalBoss is [[FallenHero Krux]], a human, though).]]



* In ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', [[spoiler: Mitra fits the theme, as she starts as a statue-like being, then a giant half-human, half-serpent monster, and then assumes a smaller, more humanoid form for the final battle.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Terapets}}'', several monsters do get more human-looking but some monsters play an inversion.
* The Process of ''Videogame/{{Transistor}}'' display this. Two of their three most powerful forms, the Younglady and Man, are also the most humanoid. (The third is the gigantic Spine.)
* In ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', [[spoiler: Mitra [[spoiler:Mitra fits the theme, as she starts as a statue-like being, then a giant half-human, half-serpent monster, and then assumes a smaller, more humanoid form for the final battle.]]



* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', when [[spoiler:Sho Minamimoto becomes part Taboo Noise]], he basically just loses his NiceHat and gains another [[RedRightHand black hand]]; much more human than his original [[OneWingedAngel noise form]], and he becomes, in his own words, strong enough to rival the Composer.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' there are gigantic battleship-sized Orbital Frames, but the most powerful Orbital Frames ever made are comparatively small and bipedal. They get more powerful when they ''lose'' a lot of their armor and look even more human-like.



* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'': In the boss fight against [[spoiler: Ocelot, he slowly regresses in his mind to his {{Bishonen}} [[IWasQuiteALooker younger days]]. However, since this is only in his mind, he remains looking like an old man, and only his movements become more 'bishounen'. Note also that the Life Bars change as well!]]
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' there are gigantic battleship-sized Orbital Frames, but the most powerful Orbital Frames ever made are comparatively small and bipedal. They get more powerful when they ''lose'' a lot of their armor and look even more human-like.
* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the failed ''Gundam'' RPG, exhibits this with the final boss's HumongousMecha. He starts the fight in the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/cca/nz-333.htm Alpha Azieru]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' and, when that's destroyed, uses the [[LostTechnology G-System]] to turn it into a black version of [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/endlesswaltz/xxxg-00w0.htm Wing Zero Custom]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* In ''{{Spectrobes}}'' the [[TheHeartless Krawl]] start off as relatively small monsters, growing in size slowly with each passing boss until the final boss who is relatively large, basically the largest enemy of all (to say nothing of your ally Tindera). Immediately in the second game you are introduced to the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] who are human shaped Krawl. but then this trope is subverted as the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] all [[spoiler:go OneWingedAngel]]. but then this is DoublySubverted with [[spoiler: the final boss[[SequentialBoss (s)]]]] who are all massive and only grow larger until [[spoiler: you face the ultimate Spectrobe, whom you ''cant'' defeat. (The TrueFinalBoss is [[FallenHero Krux]], a human, though).]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', when [[spoiler:Sho Minamimoto becomes part Taboo Noise]], he basically just loses his NiceHat and gains another [[RedRightHand black hand]]; much more human than his original [[OneWingedAngel noise form]], and he becomes, in his own words, strong enough to rival the Composer.
* The BigBad of ''NoituLove 2''. For phase one of the boss fight, she's a blobby sphere with legs. For phase two, she transforms into a bat-winged human, and grows so big that only her head and shoulders fit on-screen. For phase three, she loses the wings and shrinks down to only slightly larger than the protagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', the final boss actually has three forms. The first of which is [[spoiler:Super Gideon Graves, which is Gideon grown to twice his normal size]], the second of which is [[spoiler:Gigadeon Graves, a giant mutated monstrosity fought within Gideon's own subspace]] and the last of which is[[spoiler: Gideon Graves, fighting unaugmented with only his pixel katana.]]
* During the final battle in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', The Id uses its mindpower to turn into a PSI-wielding, curse word-spouting superhuman version of Dr. Andonuts.



* In ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', [[spoiler:Pandora returns near the end in what is presumably her former humanoid form.]]
* The Process of ''Videogame/{{Transistor}}'' display this. Two of their three most powerful forms, the Younglady and Man, are also the most humanoid. (The third is the gigantic Spine.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terapets}}'', several monsters do get more human-looking but some monsters play an inversion.
* In ''Videogame/AgeOfEmpires Castle Siege'', the troops get less [[SuperDeformed cartoony]] and more realistic-looking as you upgrade them. Not to mention with armor\weaponry that gets heavier and more intimidating.
* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' features a trio of dog-themed tanks - The Blitzhound K9, the Munsterlander and the Metal Woof - piloted by the BigBad's pet dog. Each new model is smaller and sleeker than the last, and obviously more powerful.



* Bella Noche, the main antagonist in the "Betty" episode from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts looking like a large head made out of a green, slimy substance inside of a grey box, but his true form had the appearence of androgynous humanoid being with long hair and almost feminine appearance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', Ben 10,000's most powerful form just happens to be himself, not having any alien features (aside from the Omnitrix emblem on his chest). In this form (called "Ultimate Ben"), he can use the powers of all the aliens in the Ultimatrix without having to transform into them.



* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', Ben 10,000's most powerful form just happens to be himself, not having any alien features (aside from the Omnitrix emblem on his chest). In this form (called "Ultimate Ben"), he can use the powers of all the aliens in the Ultimatrix without having to transform into them.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', Ben 10,000's most powerful form just happens to be himself, not having any alien features (aside from It seems that the Omnitrix emblem on his chest). In this form (called "Ultimate Ben"), he can use more compatible and stable a [[FusionDance fusion Gem]] in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is, the powers more they resemble a normal human. Compare [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/garnet___regeneration.png Garnet]] (a fusion born out of all true love) to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/malachite_new.png Malachite]] (a fusion used to imprison one of the aliens in the Ultimatrix without having to transform into them.components).



* Bella Noche, the main antagonist in the "Betty" episode from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts looking like a large head made out of a green, slimy substance inside of a grey box, but his true form had the appearence of androgynous humanoid being with long hair and almost feminine appearance.
* It seems that the more compatible and stable a [[FusionDance fusion Gem]] in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is, the more they resemble a normal human. Compare [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/garnet___regeneration.png Garnet]] (a fusion born out of true love) to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/malachite_new.png Malachite]] (a fusion used to imprison one of the components).
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* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is the TropeMaker and TropeCodifier:
** Saiyans, over the years, [[ZigZaggedTrope have formed a very unique take on the trope]].
*** From the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga up through the Saiyan saga, the most powerful Saiyan form is the Oozaru: a mindless giant ape.
*** The B-Line is first crossed with the advent of the Super Saiyan form. In this form, a Saiyan's hair turns blonde and spikier while the eyes turn turquoise, and they gain a small amount of muscle-mass.
*** Super Saiyan 2 is merely a shinier version of Super Saiyan 1. Itself its own Bishonen Line of the various attempts to surpass Super Saiyan, from the bulky "2nd grade", bulkier "3rd grade", the plain looking but always on "full power" and then true Super Sayain 2 which rather than growing muscles just radiates more energy including sparks of electricity (TOEI of course missed the point that it was not supposed to grow muscles when adapting the comic into a show but later got it right in ''Bojack Unbound'').
*** Super Saiyan 3 takes a couple steps back to the ugly side of the B-Line. The most prominent change is that a Saiyan's hair gets extremely long, but his eyebrows also vanish, his muscles slightly bulk up again, and his [[ForeheadOfDoom forehead grows]], making him resemble a Neanderthal. On the other hand the eyes go from turquoise to a more natural blue with more visible pupils.
*** Super Saiyan 4 (from Dragon Ball GT) is reached through a different path. The first step is to reach Super Saiyan 1, then uncross the B-Line by becoming a Super Saiyan Oozaru (which is about as scary as you'd expect). Then, they have to take control of their rage in this form, at which point they cross a different B-Line; they shrink down to a primal-looking but still very human-like form that has all the raw strength of the golden ape form, while regaining their usual intelligence and personality.
*** [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Super Saiyan God]] is canon's answer to 4; instead of more simian features, spikier hair or sparks of electricity, the user only gets slightly tanner and slimmer along with red-violet hair and irises. When compared to 3's elongated hairstyle and enlarged forehead, this is a huge step. [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF The next movie]] adds the awkwardly-named Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, which is, as the name suggests, an SSG gone Super Saiyan, with the familiar spiky hair and additional muscle mass. The primary difference (apart from the appropriately god-sized aura) is that the SSGSS's hair is blue rather than gold.
** Frieza's intermediate states are larger and more monstrous than his delicate-looking final form. His second form looks to a large extent like a much bigger version of his first, plus his horns become bull-like (allowing them to gore an opponent, which he does in fact do). His third form looks like an even freakier version of the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Queen Alien]], except in Frieza's two-tone purple color scheme. His final form, though, looks almost human (aside from the tail, reptilian/alien ears and prehensile feet) and even seems downright unimpressive, even to the other characters, until he starts kicking ass. He bulks back up when powering up to 100%, though.
*** Krillin remarks that Frieza's true form is probably "the most hideous, disgusting, ugliest creature in the universe," complete with a thought bubble of a worse-looking version of the third form. Needless to say, he's [[LampshadeHanging quite surprised]] when proven wrong, but Piccolo seems fully aware this trope is in play.
*** According to an interview with Akira Toriyama, this trope exists specifically because he wanted to defy the readers' expectations that "more powerful" automatically meant bigger and beefier, thus designing Frieza's ultimate form to be small, slender, and yet still incredibly powerful and utterly terrifying.
*** Frieza's new fifth form from the 2015 film ''Resurrection 'F''' continues the trope, taking his original final form, turning it [[GoldenSuperMode gold]], and adding some elements that vaguely resemble armor (particularly on his thighs).
** Cell's initial form looks like some kind of a reptile-insect hybrid. His second form is slightly more humanoid, but bulkier and even more monstrous. His ultimate form, shorter than the last one, looks a lot like a very chiseled bishounen wearing reptile/bug armor. This might be justified because Cell transforms by absorbing the Androids, who are made from and resemble normal humans.
*** This is again lampshaded by Vegeta, who remarks that Cell's Perfect form looks less impressive than he imagined, being 'even smaller than he was before'. Considering that Vegeta is one of the shortest fighters in the series, and is towered over by his main rival Goku, this could be a bit of a Napoleon Complex in play.
*** [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/intended-end/cell/ Unlike Frieza]], Cell's transformations are entirely due to outside interference; originally he never intended Cell to go beyond his insectoid form, but a former editor insisted that Cell had to transform because his current form was "too ugly". That same editor complained about Semi-Perfect Cell, saying he "looked like a moron", which is why we have Perfect Cell.
** Majin Buu's final form is that of a boy ("Kid Buu"), as opposed to the hulking Fat Buu and the muscular Super Buu. Unlike most examples, Kid Buu isn't technically his ''strongest'' form, but it's still the most ''dangerous''. Fat Buu was the result of Majin Buu absorbing the [[BigFun tubby and kind-hearted]] Great Kai, which in turn tempered Buu's desire for destruction. Super Buu absorbed a bunch of warriors (most of them Saiyans), and put off [[KillEmAll wiping out humanity]] for as long as possible so he could [[BloodKnight get a better fight out of the heroes]]. While Kid Buu is weaker than the strongest form of Super Buu, he has absolutely none of the restraints showed by his previous forms and revels in causing as much destruction as possible.
** Super Buu: Mystic Gohan Absorbed (Buu's strongest form), in comparison to Fat Buu, plays this trope straight with a nose and genius intellect inherited from Piccolo, a more humanoid shaped face from absorbing Gohan with his signature Turtle School shirt and a much larger [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything head]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar tentacle]].
** Janemba of the post-Buu movie originally was a giant yellow marshmallow man, but became a sleek, muscled demon of human shape and size in his powered-up form.



* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** Generally, when a warrior overuses her Yoma power, she becomes an ugly monstrous inhuman drooling creature that likes to eat guts. Except more powerful ones, who start to maintain some degree of sentience ([[ImAHumanitarian though still like to eat guts]]). And the strongest (such as Abyssal Ones) having rather glamorous forms, the ability to take a completely human form and being very intelligent and manipulative.
** Particularly true of [[spoiler:the BigBad Priscilla]], whose ultimate ''combat'' form is that of a (naked) young woman wielding a two-handed sword--essentially her own perfectly human form before her Awakening, though this gets subverted later on when she starts feeding on her hatred of yoma to become even ''more'' powerful than that--at the cost of BodyHorror.
** The actual ultimate example seems to be [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile]], who finally Awakens after so many years--only to find out that her Awakened form is essentially the same as her (already ridiculously overpowered) human one, with some minor tweaks to her legs and a [[PowerGivesYouWings pair of angelic wings]].
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'': The Akuma start off looking like round things with cannons; by level two they could look like pretty much anything; by level 3, they resemble humanoid armored creatures. When they reach [[spoiler:level 4, they resemble a freaky angel-like child with three halos and fairy wings]]. Straight out of the UncannyValley.
** It's subverted here, though, in that even level one Akuma are capable of taking human form. When a human performs the ritual to summon a dead loved one's soul as an Akuma the monster's first act is to kill that human and take their body, which they can use to blend in to human society.



** Palmon/Lilymon is a perfect example of the trope, going from short, cute plant-monster to giant cactus with boxing gloves to beautiful, pink humanoid.
** Or just compare either Agumon line (Small Dinosaur > Big Dinosaur > Even Bigger Cybernetic Dinosaur > 7ft-ish semi-reptilian knight) then, Omnimon.
** In fact, virtually all ''Adventure'' digimon work like this. In addition to those mentioned above, Garudamon, Angewoman, Angemon and Zudomon are all more human-like than any of their lower forms. You can in fact pretty accurately measure how powerful the entire line up of the main characters Digimon are by how human they look - Angemon / Magnaangemon is the most human and the few times he's around he easily dominates Digimons of a higher level than himself. He solo kills the first big bad (Though the process almost kills him) on his first appearance (Said big bad easily stomped over the entire team). In his second appearance, he forces the then current Big Bad, an Ultimate level Digimon who again easily beats around the other Digimon of his level, into retreat despite being only Champion level himself. As Ultimate level Magnaangemon, he beats Mega-level Piedmon and in 02 holds his own / almost beats Mega level Black Wargreymon. The as human looking Angewomon meanwhile is the one to actually defeat the villain Angemon caused to retreat. In both cases, their formidable power is helped by the fact they seem to fight enemies whose motif you'd expect angel-themed creatures to be strong against: Demons, Vampires & Darkness.
*** Avoided with Tentomon, who doesn't get more human in any of his forms, but the closest subversion in ''Adventure'' is Gabumon; he gets more wolf-like with Garurumon, then more human-like with [=WereGarurumon=], then more robotic (and notably back to being four-legged) with [=MetalGarurumon=]. The reason this is not a true subversion is that he is one half of Omnimon.

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** Palmon/Lilymon is a perfect example of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Virtually all digimon work like this, such as the trope, going from short, cute plant-monster to giant cactus with boxing gloves to beautiful, pink humanoid.
** Or just compare either
Agumon line (Small Dinosaur > Big Dinosaur > Even Bigger Cybernetic Dinosaur > 7ft-ish semi-reptilian knight) then, Omnimon.
** In fact, virtually all ''Adventure'' digimon work like this.
knight > giant knight-shaped mecha). Palmon goes from short, cute plant-monster to giant cactus with boxing gloves to beautiful, pink humanoid. In addition to those mentioned above, Garudamon, Angewoman, Angemon and Zudomon are all more human-like than any of their lower forms. You can in fact pretty accurately measure how powerful the entire line up of the main characters Digimon are by how human they look - Angemon / Magnaangemon is the most human and the few times he's around he easily dominates Digimons of a higher level than himself. He solo kills the first big bad (Though the process almost kills him) on his first appearance (Said big bad easily stomped over the entire team). In his second appearance, he forces the then current Big Bad, an Ultimate level Digimon who again easily beats around the other Digimon of his level, into retreat despite being only Champion level himself. As Ultimate level Magnaangemon, he beats Mega-level Piedmon and in 02 holds his own / almost beats Mega level Black Wargreymon. The as human looking Angewomon meanwhile is the one to actually defeat the villain Angemon caused to retreat. In both cases, their formidable power is helped by the fact they seem to fight enemies whose motif you'd expect angel-themed creatures to be strong against: Demons, Vampires & Darkness.
*** Avoided with Tentomon, who doesn't get more human in any of his forms, but the closest subversion in ''Adventure'' is Gabumon; he gets more wolf-like with Garurumon, then more human-like with [=WereGarurumon=], then more robotic (and notably back to being four-legged) with [=MetalGarurumon=]. The reason this is not a true subversion is that he is one half of Omnimon.Omnimon, a giant knight-shaped mecha.



** In ''Adventure 02'', there's a mix. The three new digimon all have one more humanoid Armor Digivolved form (Flamedramon, Shurimon, and Digmon) and one less so (Raidramon, Halsemon, and Submarimon). Their Champion stages look more or less the same as their Rookie ones. While the DNA forms are notably more humanoid, Imperialdramon is not, until he switches to fighter mode.
** As Guilmon is explicitly based on Agumon by fanboy Takato, the above can describe his line as well. ''Minus the reptilian part.'' The final form is a heavily armored knight, only avoiding being bishounen due to the inability to see below the armor. The part that looks like Guilmon's head is actually on the outside of his armor, and wouldn't be part of the wearer if there was a body under it.
*** From the same series, Renamon starts as a bipedal fox, evolves into something more fox-like, then into a fox-featured, heavily built humanoid. Her final, and strongest, form is the completely human Sakuyamon, which only possessed fox-stylized armor (and Taoist themes) in common with previous forms.
** In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', this is averted with the beast spirit evolutions, which get earned by the kids after their human spirit evolutions and are significantly more powerful. It gets played straight later when TheHero and TheLancer gain higher forms by combining several of the spirits together, all of which more humanoid, than any beast spirit forms. It should be noted, however, that several of the "combined" spirits created for the card game, which never appeared at all in the anime, were more animal-like than humanoid, making the results varied. One of them is ''a giant penguin.'' Lucemon also gets progressively less human in his final two forms.
** Played completely straight in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', as the final forms of each of the main Digimon are all humanoid in stature. However, this trope is zigzagged as Agumons most powerful form is just himself with a pair of energy wings, with Agumon being a small childlike dinosaur.

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** In ''Adventure 02'', there's a mix. ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'': The three new digimon all have one more humanoid Armor Digivolved form (Flamedramon, Shurimon, and Digmon) and one less so (Raidramon, Halsemon, and Submarimon). Their Champion stages look more or less the same as their Rookie ones. While the DNA forms are notably more humanoid, Imperialdramon is not, until he switches to fighter mode.
** ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': As Guilmon is explicitly based on Agumon by fanboy Takato, the above can describe his line as well. ''Minus the reptilian part.'' The final form is a an adult human-sized heavily armored knight, only avoiding being bishounen due to the inability to see below the armor.knight. The part that looks like Guilmon's head is actually on the outside of his armor, and wouldn't be part of the wearer if there was a body under it.
*** From the same series, Renamon starts as a bipedal fox, evolves into something more fox-like, then into a fox-featured, heavily built humanoid. Her final, and strongest, strongest form is the completely human Sakuyamon, which only possessed has fox-stylized armor (and Taoist themes) in common with previous forms.
*** It's discussed when Vajiramon is scornful at Renamon crossing the line as Taomon, and Zhuqiaomon is disgusted by the partner Digimons' actually [[FusionDance merging with humans]]. [[spoiler:Digimon were born out of a computer program that simulated evolution but was also based on {{fairy tale}}s, [[EdutainmentGame to keep kids interested]]. Our fairy tale creatures eventually "evolve" into our legendary heroes, mythical figures and venerated gods, a good deal of which are humanoid.]]
** In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', this is averted ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'': Averted with the beast spirit evolutions, which get earned by the kids after their human spirit evolutions and are significantly more powerful. It gets played straight later when TheHero and TheLancer gain higher forms by combining several of the spirits together, all of which more humanoid, than any beast spirit forms. It should be noted, however, that several of the "combined" spirits created for the card game, which never appeared at all in the anime, were more animal-like than humanoid, making the results varied. One of them is ''a giant penguin.'' Lucemon also gets progressively less human in his final two forms.
** Played completely straight in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'', as the final forms of each of the main Digimon are all humanoid in stature. However, this trope is zigzagged as Agumons Agumon's most powerful form is just himself with a pair of energy wings, with Agumon being a small childlike dinosaur.



** It's actually discussed in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Vajiramon is scornful when Renamon crosses the line as Taomon, and Zhuqiaomon is disgusted by the partner Digimons' actually [[FusionDance merging with humans]]. [[spoiler: Digimon were born out of a computer program that simulated evolution but was also based on {{fairy tale}}s, [[EdutainmentGame to keep kids interested]]. Our fairy tale creatures eventually "evolve" into our legendary heroes, mythical figures and venerated gods, a good deal of which are humanoid.]]
* The Akuma from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' start off looking like round things with cannons; by level two they could look like pretty much anything; by level 3, they resemble humanoid armored creatures. When they reach [[spoiler:level 4, they resemble a freaky angel-like child with three halos and fairy wings]]. Straight out of the UncannyValley.
** It's subverted here, though, in that even level one Akuma are capable of taking human form. When a human performs the ritual to summon a dead loved one's soul as an Akuma the monster's first act is to kill that human and take their body, which they can use to blend in to human society.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito's transformations where he reverts his body to the form it was some number of centuries ago, getting progressively stronger as he goes further back: his 100-years-age form has an enormous upper body like a gorilla, his 200-years-ago form is streamlined and slightly feline, and his 400-years ago is a handsome young man (who can turn into a swarm of bats). Technically he had an even stronger form (from 800 years ago) that's even more monstrous than any of the others (including insect-like eyes) [[ClippedWingAngel but it was quite easily defeated]] possibly before Mosquito even finished transforming.

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** It's actually discussed in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Vajiramon * ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is scornful when Renamon crosses the line as Taomon, TropeMaker and Zhuqiaomon is disgusted by TropeCodifier:
** Saiyans, over
the partner Digimons' actually [[FusionDance merging years, [[ZigZaggedTrope have formed a very unique take on the trope]].
*** From the original ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga up through the Saiyan saga, the most powerful Saiyan form is the Oozaru: a mindless giant ape.
*** The B-Line is first crossed
with humans]]. [[spoiler: Digimon were born out the advent of the Super Saiyan form. In this form, a computer program that simulated evolution but was also based on {{fairy tale}}s, [[EdutainmentGame to keep kids interested]]. Our fairy tale creatures eventually "evolve" into our legendary heroes, mythical figures Saiyan's hair turns blonde and venerated gods, spikier while the eyes turn turquoise, and they gain a good deal small amount of which are humanoid.]]
* The Akuma
muscle-mass.
*** Super Saiyan 2 is merely a shinier version of Super Saiyan 1. Itself its own Bishonen Line of the various attempts to surpass Super Saiyan,
from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' start off the bulky "2nd grade", bulkier "3rd grade", the plain looking like round things with cannons; by level two they could look like pretty much anything; by level 3, they resemble humanoid armored creatures. When they reach [[spoiler:level 4, they but always on "full power" and then true Super Sayain 2 which rather than growing muscles just radiates more energy including sparks of electricity (TOEI of course missed the point that it was not supposed to grow muscles when adapting the comic into a show but later got it right in ''Bojack Unbound'').
*** Super Saiyan 3 takes a couple steps back to the ugly side of the B-Line. The most prominent change is that a Saiyan's hair gets extremely long, but his eyebrows also vanish, his muscles slightly bulk up again, and his [[ForeheadOfDoom forehead grows]], making him
resemble a freaky angel-like child Neanderthal. On the other hand the eyes go from turquoise to a more natural blue with three halos and fairy wings]]. Straight out more visible pupils.
*** Super Saiyan 4 (from Dragon Ball GT) is reached through a different path. The first step is to reach Super Saiyan 1, then uncross the B-Line by becoming a Super Saiyan Oozaru (which is about as scary as you'd expect). Then, they have to take control of their rage in this form, at which point they cross a different B-Line; they shrink down to a primal-looking but still very human-like form that has all the raw strength
of the UncannyValley.
** It's subverted here, though, in that even level one Akuma are capable of taking human form. When a human performs the ritual to summon a dead loved one's soul as an Akuma the monster's first act is to kill that human and take
golden ape form, while regaining their body, which they can use usual intelligence and personality.
*** [[Anime/DragonBallZBattleOfGods Super Saiyan God]] is canon's answer
to blend in to human society.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'' has Mosquito's transformations where he reverts his body to
4; instead of more simian features, spikier hair or sparks of electricity, the form it was some number of centuries ago, getting progressively stronger as he goes further back: his 100-years-age form has an enormous upper body like a gorilla, his 200-years-ago form is streamlined and user only gets slightly feline, tanner and his 400-years ago slimmer along with red-violet hair and irises. When compared to 3's elongated hairstyle and enlarged forehead, this is a handsome young man (who can turn into a swarm of bats). Technically he had huge step. [[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF The next movie]] adds the awkwardly-named Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan, which is, as the name suggests, an even stronger form (from 800 years ago) that's even SSG gone Super Saiyan, with the familiar spiky hair and additional muscle mass. The primary difference (apart from the appropriately god-sized aura) is that the SSGSS's hair is blue rather than gold.
** Frieza's intermediate states are larger and
more monstrous than any his delicate-looking final form. His second form looks to a large extent like a much bigger version of his first, plus his horns become bull-like (allowing them to gore an opponent, which he does in fact do). His third form looks like an even freakier version of the others (including insect-like eyes) [[ClippedWingAngel but it was [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Queen Alien]], except in Frieza's two-tone purple color scheme. His final form, though, looks almost human (aside from the tail, reptilian/alien ears and prehensile feet) and even seems downright unimpressive, even to the other characters, until he starts kicking ass. He bulks back up when powering up to 100%, though.
*** Krillin remarks that Frieza's true form is probably "the most hideous, disgusting, ugliest creature in the universe," complete with a thought bubble of a worse-looking version of the third form. Needless to say, he's [[LampshadeHanging
quite easily defeated]] possibly before Mosquito surprised]] when proven wrong, but Piccolo seems fully aware this trope is in play.
*** According to an interview with Akira Toriyama, this trope exists specifically because he wanted to defy the readers' expectations that "more powerful" automatically meant bigger and beefier, thus designing Frieza's ultimate form to be small, slender, and yet still incredibly powerful and utterly terrifying.
*** Frieza's new fifth form from the 2015 film ''Resurrection 'F''' continues the trope, taking his original final form, turning it [[GoldenSuperMode gold]], and adding some elements that vaguely resemble armor (particularly on his thighs).
** Cell's initial form looks like some kind of a reptile-insect hybrid. His second form is slightly more humanoid, but bulkier and
even finished transforming.more monstrous. His ultimate form, shorter than the last one, looks a lot like a very chiseled bishounen wearing reptile/bug armor. This might be justified because Cell transforms by absorbing the Androids, who are made from and resemble normal humans.
*** This is again lampshaded by Vegeta, who remarks that Cell's Perfect form looks less impressive than he imagined, being 'even smaller than he was before'. Considering that Vegeta is one of the shortest fighters in the series, and is towered over by his main rival Goku, this could be a bit of a Napoleon Complex in play.
*** [[http://www.kanzenshuu.com/intended-end/cell/ Unlike Frieza]], Cell's transformations are entirely due to outside interference; originally he never intended Cell to go beyond his insectoid form, but a former editor insisted that Cell had to transform because his current form was "too ugly". That same editor complained about Semi-Perfect Cell, saying he "looked like a moron", which is why we have Perfect Cell.
** Majin Buu's final form is that of a boy ("Kid Buu"), as opposed to the hulking Fat Buu and the muscular Super Buu. Unlike most examples, Kid Buu isn't technically his ''strongest'' form, but it's still the most ''dangerous''. Fat Buu was the result of Majin Buu absorbing the [[BigFun tubby and kind-hearted]] Great Kai, which in turn tempered Buu's desire for destruction. Super Buu absorbed a bunch of warriors (most of them Saiyans), and put off [[KillEmAll wiping out humanity]] for as long as possible so he could [[BloodKnight get a better fight out of the heroes]]. While Kid Buu is weaker than the strongest form of Super Buu, he has absolutely none of the restraints showed by his previous forms and revels in causing as much destruction as possible.
** Super Buu: Mystic Gohan Absorbed (Buu's strongest form), in comparison to Fat Buu, plays this trope straight with a nose and genius intellect inherited from Piccolo, a more humanoid shaped face from absorbing Gohan with his signature Turtle School shirt and a much larger [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything head]] [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar tentacle]].
** Janemba of the post-Buu movie originally was a giant yellow marshmallow man, but became a sleek, muscled demon of human shape and size in his powered-up form.
* ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'': The BigBad [[spoiler:[[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/Homuncurus.jpg Father]] first appeared in the form of Hohenheim, a handsome [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/462px-Father1.jpg older man]]. He then reverted to a formless blob with too many eyeballs, until Chapter 104 where he finally settled for [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/806px-Brotherhood61.jpg a teenage Hohenheim]]]].
** The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has this, too, with Envy: in that version he was the most powerful homunculus, TheDragon and even a [[spoiler:HeroKiller]]. And a definite Bishie, both in his preferred form and his original form [[spoiler:as the failed transmutation of Hohenheim and Dante's son, and Ed and Al's half-brother. The manga version of Envy, however, [[EldritchAbomination most definitely averts this trope.]]]]
* ''Manga/Hellsing'': Alucard's power level depends on how many power limiters are unlocked. His penultimate form comes with release level 1. It is a huge black mass filled with glowing eyeballs. In his level zero form that only his boss can unlock for him, he appears as a sexy medieval knight on a horse.
* ''Anime/JewelpetMagicalChange'': when the tiny and adorable titular pets turn into their human forms, the power and accuracy of their magic increases by a lot. This is very helpful because when Jewelpets try to cast magic, it tends to go wildly wrong. Unfortunately they can only cast one spell per transformation, after which they turn back.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'': The [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Elite Four]]'s [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku Uniforms]] are affected by this, each new revision over the course of the show making them smaller, sleeker and [[{{Fanservice}} more revealing]] (even for the guys.) Sanageyama's Blade Regalia is perhaps the biggest example of this, starting off as a gigantic suit of armor, and by the final version is just a skintight suit with a few armored bits, leaving his head and one arm exposed.



** [[spoiler: Alvatore, the monstrous mobile armor piloted by BigBad Alejandro Corner, has a "true form" of sorts in the Alvaaron, an angel-like mobile suit hidden in said armor but is a subverion. The armor was more powerful in terms firepower.]]

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** [[spoiler: Alvatore, [[spoiler:Alvatore, the monstrous mobile armor piloted by BigBad Alejandro Corner, has a "true form" of sorts in the Alvaaron, an angel-like mobile suit hidden in said armor but is a subverion. The armor was more powerful in terms firepower.]]



* Bishojo line in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
** Generally, when a warrior overuses her Yoma power, she becomes an ugly monstrous inhuman drooling creature that likes to eat guts. Except more powerful ones, who start to maintain some degree of sentience ([[ImAHumanitarian though still like to eat guts]]). And the strongest (such as Abyssal Ones) having rather glamorous forms, the ability to take a completely human form and being very intelligent and manipulative.
** Particularly true of [[spoiler:the BigBad Priscilla]], whose ultimate ''combat'' form is that of a (naked) young woman wielding a two-handed sword--essentially her own perfectly human form before her Awakening, though this gets subverted later on when she starts feeding on her hatred of yoma to become even ''more'' powerful than that--at the cost of BodyHorror.
** The actual ultimate example seems to be [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile]], who finally Awakens after so many years--only to find out that her Awakened form is essentially the same as her (already ridiculously overpowered) human one, with some minor tweaks to her legs and a [[PowerGivesYouWings pair of angelic wings]].
* ''{{Anime/Rebuild|OfEvangelion}}'' has [[spoiler:Zeruel. It eats Eva-00, and mutates into a humanoid form that's even bigger than its monstrous form.]]
* Rob Lucci in ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses his devil's fruit ability to turn into a giant leopard-man, but one of his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower kung-fu techniques]] is the ability to shrink himself down to normal proportions, making him much more agile.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', the BigBad [[spoiler:[[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/Homuncurus.jpg Father]] first appeared in the form of Hohenheim, a handsome [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/462px-Father1.jpg older man]]. He then reverted to a formless blob with too many eyeballs, until Chapter 104 where he finally settled for [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/806px-Brotherhood61.jpg a teenage Hohenheim]]]].
** The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has this, too, with Envy: in that version he was the most powerful homunculus, TheDragon and even a [[spoiler: HeroKiller]]. And a definite Bishie, both in his preferred form and his original form [[spoiler: as the failed transmutation of Hohenheim and Dante's son, and Ed and Al's half-brother. The manga version of Envy, however, [[EldritchAbomination most definitely averts this trope.]]]]
* In ''Manga/Hellsing'', Alucard's power level depends on how many power limiters are unlocked. His penultimate form comes with release level 1. It is a huge black mass filled with glowing eyeballs. In his level zero form that only his boss can unlock for him, he appears as a sexy medieval knight on a horse.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', both Naruto and Killerbee are [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Jinchuriki]]. They can transform into huge demons, but their most powerful incarnation is being human-sized with just the power of the demon surrounding them.
** Now [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Killer Bee. Naruto in [[spoiler: Kurama-Cloak is very transparent and just looks like Naruto inside of Kurama's head, while Killerbee in Gyuki-Cloak is completely solid]].

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* Bishojo line in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'':
''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Generally, when a warrior overuses her Yoma power, she becomes an ugly monstrous inhuman drooling creature that likes to eat guts. Except more powerful ones, who start to maintain some degree of sentience ([[ImAHumanitarian though still like to eat guts]]). And the strongest (such as Abyssal Ones) having rather glamorous forms, the ability to take a completely human form and being very intelligent and manipulative.
** Particularly true of [[spoiler:the BigBad Priscilla]], whose ultimate ''combat'' form is that of a (naked) young woman wielding a two-handed sword--essentially her own perfectly human form before her Awakening, though this gets subverted later on when she starts feeding on her hatred of yoma to become even ''more'' powerful than that--at the cost of BodyHorror.
** The actual ultimate example seems to be [[spoiler:Teresa of the Faint Smile]], who finally Awakens after so many years--only to find out that her Awakened form is essentially the same as her (already ridiculously overpowered) human one, with some minor tweaks to her legs and a [[PowerGivesYouWings pair of angelic wings]].
* ''{{Anime/Rebuild|OfEvangelion}}'' has [[spoiler:Zeruel. It eats Eva-00, and mutates into a humanoid form that's even bigger than its monstrous form.]]
* Rob Lucci in ''Manga/OnePiece'' uses his devil's fruit ability to turn into a giant leopard-man, but one of his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower kung-fu techniques]] is the ability to shrink himself down to normal proportions, making him much more agile.
* In ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', the BigBad [[spoiler:[[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/Homuncurus.jpg Father]] first appeared in the form of Hohenheim, a handsome [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/462px-Father1.jpg older man]]. He then reverted to a formless blob with too many eyeballs, until Chapter 104 where he finally settled for [[http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a271/SanCerulean/806px-Brotherhood61.jpg a teenage Hohenheim]]]].
** The first ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime has this, too, with Envy: in that version he was the most powerful homunculus, TheDragon and even a [[spoiler: HeroKiller]]. And a definite Bishie, both in his preferred form and his original form [[spoiler: as the failed transmutation of Hohenheim and Dante's son, and Ed and Al's half-brother. The manga version of Envy, however, [[EldritchAbomination most definitely averts this trope.]]]]
* In ''Manga/Hellsing'', Alucard's power level depends on how many power limiters are unlocked. His penultimate form comes with release level 1. It is a huge black mass filled with glowing eyeballs. In his level zero form that only his boss can unlock for him, he appears as a sexy medieval knight on a horse.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', both
Both Naruto and Killerbee are [[SealedInsideAPersonShapedCan Jinchuriki]]. They can transform into huge demons, but their most powerful incarnation is being human-sized with just the power of the demon surrounding them.
** *** Now [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] with Killer Bee. Naruto in [[spoiler: Kurama-Cloak [[spoiler:Kurama-Cloak is very transparent and just looks like Naruto inside of Kurama's head, while Killerbee in Gyuki-Cloak is completely solid]].



** Played straight when [[spoiler: Obito becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki]]. He starts out as himself with scales and spikes, but the overwhelming power turns him into a [[LovecraftianSuperpower warped monster that can barely speak]]. Then he pulls himself together through force of will, gaining a third form with a coat (growing out of his own body) and staff thrown in.

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** Played straight when [[spoiler: Obito [[spoiler:Obito becomes the Ten-Tails Jinchuriki]]. He starts out as himself with scales and spikes, but the overwhelming power turns him into a [[LovecraftianSuperpower warped monster that can barely speak]]. Then he pulls himself together through force of will, gaining a third form with a coat (growing out of his own body) and staff thrown in.



* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': All the Angels are bizarre {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, ranging from a colony of computer-hacking microbes to a giant blue octahedron. The only exception is Tabris, a.k.a. [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]], who takes the form of a 15-year-old {{Bishonen}}. Tabris is the final and the most powerful of the Angels.
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'': [[spoiler:Zeruel. It eats Eva-00, and mutates into a humanoid form that's even bigger than its monstrous form.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Rob Lucci uses his devil's fruit ability to turn into a giant leopard-man, but one of his [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower kung-fu techniques]] is the ability to shrink himself down to normal proportions, making him much more agile.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler:Homura Akemi. Throughout the movie, she runs the gamut from her Meganekko, [[FanNickname Moemura]] self in the back story, to her design from the series proper, to an ElegantGothicLolita version of herself, to her [[EldritchAbomination horrifying witch form]], to her final form as the Devil, which is essentially her normal self with [[WhatBeautifulEyes more vivid, shining eyes]], a pair of [[GoodWingsEvilWings black-feathered wings]] and a {{Stripperific}} outfit]].
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'': If a member of the dragon race, like Let, manages to pass their Dragon Trial and gain a human form, they become much more powerful.
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'': [[{{Kitsune}} Kuyo]] [[CrossesTheLineTwice crosses the line]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun twice]]''; once onscreen, once off. He starts off in the Yokai Academy standard [[VoluntaryShapeshifting human form]]. His 'monstrous' form is a fox forged out of fire, with four tails, trying to kill the main character. He crosses the B-Line when he goes into his 'Ultimate Battle Form', which is basically his human form, forged out of fire, plus fox tails and ears, and ''succeeds'' in killing the main character ([[CameBackStrong for all of about ten seconds]]). Next time we see him in Season II [[spoiler: as part of Fairy Tale]], he's crossed the B-Line for his default battle form - now he looks more like his human form, just with five tails.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Mosquito's transformations where he reverts his body to the form it was some number of centuries ago, getting progressively stronger as he goes further back: his 100-years-age form has an enormous upper body like a gorilla, his 200-years-ago form is streamlined and slightly feline, and his 400-years ago is a handsome young man (who can turn into a swarm of bats). Technically he had an even stronger form (from 800 years ago) that's even more monstrous than any of the others (including insect-like eyes) [[ClippedWingAngel but it was quite easily defeated]] possibly before Mosquito even finished transforming.



* In ''Manga/RaveMaster'', if a member of the dragon race, like Let, manages to pass their Dragon Trial and gain a human form, they become much more powerful.
* [[{{Kitsune}} Kuyo]] in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' [[CrossesTheLineTwice crosses the line]] ''[[IncrediblyLamePun twice]]''; once onscreen, once off. He starts off in the Yokai Academy standard [[VoluntaryShapeshifting human form]]. His 'monstrous' form is a fox forged out of fire, with four tails, trying to kill the main character. He crosses the B-Line when he goes into his 'Ultimate Battle Form', which is basically his human form, forged out of fire, plus fox tails and ears, and ''succeeds'' in killing the main character ([[CameBackStrong for all of about ten seconds]]). Next time we see him in Season II [[spoiler: as part of Fairy Tale]], he's crossed the B-Line for his default battle form - now he looks more like his human form, just with five tails.
* All the Angels in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' are bizarre {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, ranging from a colony of computer-hacking microbes to a giant blue octahedron. The only exception is Tabris, a.k.a. [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]], who takes the form of a 15-year-old {{Bishonen}}. Tabris is the final and the most powerful of the Angels.
* The [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Elite Four]]'s [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman Goku Uniforms]] in ''Anime/KillLaKill'' are affected by this, each new revision over the course of the show making them smaller, sleeker and [[{{Fanservice}} more revealing]] (even for the guys.) Sanageyama's Blade Regalia is perhaps the biggest example of this, starting off as a gigantic suit of armor, and by the final version is just a skintight suit with a few armored bits, leaving his head and one arm exposed.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler:Homura Akemi. Throughout the movie, she runs the gamut from her Meganekko, [[FanNickname Moemura]] self in the back story, to her design from the series proper, to an ElegantGothicLolita version of herself, to her [[EldritchAbomination horrifying witch form]], to her final form as the Devil, which is essentially her normal self with [[WhatBeautifulEyes more vivid, shining eyes]], a pair of [[GoodWingsEvilWings black-feathered wings]] and a {{Stripperific}} outfit]].
* In ''Anime/JewelpetMagicalChange'', when the tiny and adorable titular pets turn into their human forms, the power and accuracy of their magic increases by a lot. This is very helpful because when Jewelpets try to cast magic, it tends to go wildly wrong. Unfortunately they can only cast one spell per transformation, after which they turn back.



* Ultron from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is another example, which is even {{Lampshaded}} by Tony Stark who points out that, though Ultron, as a sentient computer program, could fashion any kind of body he wants, including ones that would be vastly more powerful or efficient, he keeps coming back to the human form for his template. To top it off, Ultron's planned most powerful form, which ultimately becomes Vision, would have been, both cosmetically and physically, his most human one yet.



* Ultron from ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' is another example, which is even {{Lampshaded}} by Tony Stark who points out that, though Ultron, as a sentient computer program, could fashion any kind of body he wants, including ones that would be vastly more powerful or efficient, he keeps coming back to the human form for his template. To top it off, Ultron's planned most powerful form, which ultimately becomes Vision, would have been, both cosmetically and physically, his most human one yet.



* In ''Master of the Five Magics'' by Creator/LyndonHardy, the Demons have a hierarchy of power. The least powerful are near human, but they grow larger and more bizarrely monstrous as they become more potent. The Archdemon, however, has the form of a lightly built human male.

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* In ''Master of ''Literature/CodexAlera'': The Vord queens start out fairly insectile, then go through a marginally more human look before eventually graduating to a [[spoiler:"green Kitai"]] form that tries for CuteMonsterGirl but [[UncannyValley falls a little flat]].
* ''Literature/DesolateEra'': Monstrous beasts that train like human immortal practitioners gain
the Five Magics'' by Creator/LyndonHardy, the Demons have ability to transform into human form when they reach a hierarchy certain level of power. The least more inherently powerful are near human, but beasts, the Godbeasts, must reach a higher stage before they grow larger and more bizarrely can do this. It appears, however, that using their full power requires that the monstrous as they become more potent. The Archdemon, however, has the form of a lightly built human male.beast return to their non-human form.



* In ''Literature/CodexAlera'', the Vord queens start out fairly insectile, then go through a marginally more human look before eventually graduating to a [[spoiler:"green Kitai"]] form that tries for CuteMonsterGirl but [[UncannyValley falls a little flat]].
* In ''Literature/DesolateEra'', monstrous beasts that train like human immortal practitioners gain the ability to transform into human form when they reach a certain level of power. The more inherently powerful beasts, the Godbeasts, must reach a higher stage before they can do this. It appears, however, that using their full power requires that the monstrous beast return to their non-human form.



* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' series, the protagonists have to fight monsters called malices. The first one they encounter is hideous and troll-like, and among the least dangerous of its highly dangerous kind. The second is so advanced and dangerous that it could become a threat to the entire world if not stopped quickly, and is breathtakingly beautiful. This is justified by the malices' particular magic--they absorb the powers of whatever they magically kill, and it's by quickly absorbing a large number of humans that the second malice acquired its power and intelligence and also its human-seeming beauty.

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* In ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' series, ''Master of the Five Magics'' by Creator/LyndonHardy, the Demons have a hierarchy of power. The least powerful are near human, but they grow larger and more bizarrely monstrous as they become more potent. The Archdemon, however, has the form of a lightly built human male.
* ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'': The
protagonists have to fight monsters called malices. The first one they encounter is hideous and troll-like, and among the least dangerous of its highly dangerous kind. The second is so advanced and dangerous that it could become a threat to the entire world if not stopped quickly, and is breathtakingly beautiful. This is justified by the malices' particular magic--they absorb the powers of whatever they magically kill, and it's by quickly absorbing a large number of humans that the second malice acquired its power and intelligence and also its human-seeming beauty.



* Omega from the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games starts off huge in his first form, then becomes even bigger in his second, and finally reverts to a much smaller form, which just happens to be [[spoiler:Zero's original body.]] As the trope states, he is infinitely more powerful in this form than he is in his others. He's actually a departure from series norm, which tend to be small, agile humanoids followed by a giant monstrous form. However, in early games, the humanoid is more dangerous than the monster, since Zero's most powerful weapons are close-range, which is harder with the boss's speed. Later final bosses show greater damage and reach on their attacks. (Compare Ragnarok-Weil to Copy X or Elpizo.)
** [[EnergyBeing Cyber]]-[[EquippableAlly elves]] start of as midgets and some {{Cephalothorax}}, but for each level raised they grow up and become more humanoid in the process. (Especially the Nurse types and the Mimic elf from ''4''.)
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' ''sort of'' fulfils this trope: he starts in humanoid form, his second phase is a giant robot dragon/hydra and his last phase is angel-like. However the dragon is not his transformation, but rather his throne's.
* Played straight and averted at the same time for all the dragons' Super forms in ''VideoGame/DragonSeeds''. They evolve from Baby, to Adult, and to Senior, gradually becoming more complex and massive each time, with one dragon type even becoming a ''harrier''! From there, they can branch off into two categories: Old, where they retain their Senior form, but lose a bunch of stats and only live for a few more days (dragon years), and Super, which plays the trope straight, and they revert into a more humanoid form that looks relatively small, but becomes biologically immortal and ungodly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that you can't do anything else with the dragon but defend the title of World Dragon Champion (assuming you did get to that point) and duel against another player.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Nintendo realized in ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' that the humanoid Ganondorf was a far more compelling character, and thus a better arch-enemy, than his boarlike bestial form Ganon, so they saved the duel with Ganondorf for ''last'', following a battle with a giant transforming puppet version of Ganon.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' [[spoiler:they did it all over again, giving the big man ''two'' human phases ''after'' you'd already dealt with his bestial form.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'''s [[TheManBehindTheMan The Imprisoned]] starts off as a giant ArmlessBiped covered in black-red scales with only a mouth and legs. Its second form grows arms, and its third form grows a tail, as well as the ability to levitate. [[spoiler: Once it absorbs the Goddess Hylia's soul, it achieves its true form Demon King Demise, which pretty much resembles [[XMeetsY a cross between]] Ganondorf and [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', [[spoiler:Airy the Fairy]] is fought in her huge Larval and Chrysalis forms, serving as FinalBoss to the Normal Ending. In the GoldenEnding, she gains access to her "Perfect" form, a human-sized [[spoiler:butterfly-like fairy]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', mad scientist Hojo seems mostly normal in his weakest form, except for strange movements and a slightly greenish tint to his skin. Defeating him in this form allows you to fight Helletic Hojo, a huge and ugly mutant. When Hellectic Hojo is defeated, he becomes Lifeform Hojo N/A, an eerily-beautiful humanlike creature draped in white.
*** In the final battles with Sephiroth he starts off as Bizarro-Sephiroth, a large demon-esque looking form. He then turns into the angelic-looking [[OneWingedAngel Safer-Sephiroth]] (complete with OminousLatinChanting). In his final form he is [[ShirtlessScene Himself With His Coat Off]]. However, this final scene is more symbolic than anything else. It's [[AnticlimaxBoss impossible to lose against shirtless Sephiroth]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' does this too, with [[spoiler: Genesis Avatar, a hundred-foot-tall [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]-esque monster knight, as the first form, and the final battle with Genesis being a straight sword duel after he's [[ThisWasHisTrueForm inexplicably reverted]] to his normal and non-decayed form.]] Gameplay-wise this may or may not be an example. The Avatar is going to be a [[MarathonBoss long and tedious]], if not difficult, fight regardless of what you do. The human form can and will mess you up provided you go into melee. It can be [[WeaksauceWeakness stunlocked by magic]], making the fight something of a joke.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' is also guilty, with Nero. He transforms into the huge and malformed Arachnero, and then into the human-sized and pretty Gorgonero.
** Vincent as well. His controlled Chaos form in the final area is stronger and looks more human than his earlier uncontrolled or partially controlled Chaos form.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' first fights in his original black-cloaked form, then changes into an armored knight on a throne which is itself on the head of a robot dragon; after several fights against said dragon and knight, the final fight is against him in a recolored version of his original outfit, with an upgraded version of his original fighting style.
** The Heartless, as a rule, grow more massive and horrifying the stronger they are. However, the the most powerful of them all, [[spoiler:Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless]], first appears as an unassuming cloaked figure before [[spoiler: possessing Riku]], at which point he becomes visually indistinguishable from a normal human. He's the exception to the rule, though.
** The usual Nobody {{Mooks}} are [[UncannyValley somewhat-inhuman]] beasts, with a few massive Nobody [[BossBattle bosses]], the frighteningly powerful Nobodies that make up Organization XIII are visually indistinguishable from normal human beings.
** In the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', the first fight against Marluxia is a straight up battle where he uses his own [[GreenThumb flower magic]] and wields a SinisterScythe. The second has him on a sinister, large, floating mech with scythes for arms. That was it in the original version, but the VideoGameRemake added a third fight that takes place on top of the remains of said mech, only this time Marluxia has a creepily beautiful angel-like familiar wielding a gigantic scythe backing him up and basically doing all the fighting for him.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', the digitized [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless]] first takes the form of a [[WarmupBoss Darkside]] with glowing tattoo-like markings, but after taking a beating transforms into [[spoiler:a dark copy of Sora]], then finally [[spoiler:''[[DualBoss three]]'' dark copies of Sora.]]
* Ryu, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', can transform into various dragon forms. His strongest form, Kaiser, is identical to his human form, except recolored gold. When you use that form's Kaiser Breath attack, however, he temporarily changes further into a gigantic dragon. This example is more justified than most, however, because the Kaiser form is just so frickin' huge that having Ryu fight permanently in it would fill up half the screen.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'', the Wizard of Darkness is originally a massive, horned demon-man; he changes into an even more monstrous green beast, then finally into a white-skinned humanoid slightly larger than Musashi.
* Eve's final form in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a rare ''Bishoujo Line'' example, having gone (over the entire game's course) from normal actress to 8-foot pale seductress with a serpentine lower body to taking up a good-sized room while preggers with the Ultimate Being to 20-foot floating monstrosity covered in grasping arms to [[{{Fanservice}} functionally naked]] FragileSpeedster harpy-thing.

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* Omega from the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games starts off huge in ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has several examples, being a game that lives and breathes anime tropes:
** Asura has several {{Super Mode}}s that turn him into a man with six arms, or a colossal lava monster, or a berserk demonic creature, but [[spoiler:Mantra Asura]],
his first [[spoiler:second-]]most powerful form, then becomes even [[spoiler: is just his regular body with bigger in his second, gauntlets. The one after that, Asura The Destructor, is the same, but black, bulkier, and finally reverts swollen to the size of a large planet]].
** Gohma Vlitra usually appears as a continent-sized skeletal face thing made of lava surrounded by massive tentacles, [[spoiler:but it's true form, Vlitra Core, is
a much smaller form, which just happens to be [[spoiler:Zero's original body.]] As the trope states, he is infinitely more powerful in this form than he is in his others. He's actually a departure from series norm, which tend to be small, agile humanoids followed by a giant monstrous form. However, in early games, the humanoid is more dangerous than monster]].
** [[spoiler:Chakravartin,
the monster, since Zero's most powerful weapons are close-range, which is harder ultimate villain of the game, starts off as a large golden spider, then turns into a blonde girl, then into a tall gold-robed humanoid with the boss's speed. Later dozens of arms, then into a metallic replica of that form big enough to toss around stars. His final bosses show greater damage and reach on their attacks. (Compare Ragnarok-Weil to Copy X or Elpizo.)
** [[EnergyBeing Cyber]]-[[EquippableAlly elves]] start of as midgets and some {{Cephalothorax}}, but for each level raised they grow up and become more
form, Chakravartin The Creator, is a simple skeletal humanoid in the process. (Especially the Nurse types and the Mimic elf from ''4''.)
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' ''sort of'' fulfils this trope: he starts in humanoid form, his second phase is a giant robot dragon/hydra and his last phase is angel-like. However the dragon is not his transformation, but rather his throne's.
* Played straight and averted at the same time for all the dragons' Super forms in ''VideoGame/DragonSeeds''. They evolve from Baby, to Adult, and to Senior, gradually becoming more complex and massive each time, with one dragon type even becoming a ''harrier''! From there, they can branch off into two categories: Old, where they retain their Senior form, but lose a bunch of stats and only live for a few more days (dragon years), and Super, which plays the trope straight, and they revert into a more humanoid form that looks relatively small, but becomes biologically immortal and ungodly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that you can't do anything else with the dragon but defend the title of World Dragon Champion (assuming you did get to that point) and duel against another player.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Nintendo realized in ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' that the humanoid Ganondorf was a far more compelling character, and thus a better arch-enemy, than his boarlike bestial form Ganon, so they saved the duel with Ganondorf for ''last'', following a battle with a giant transforming puppet version of Ganon.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' [[spoiler:they did it all over again, giving the big man ''two'' human phases ''after'' you'd already dealt with his bestial form.
silver armour.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'''s [[TheManBehindTheMan The Imprisoned]] starts off as a giant ArmlessBiped covered in black-red scales with only a mouth and legs. Its second form grows arms, and its third form grows a tail, as well as the ability to levitate. [[spoiler: Once it absorbs the Goddess Hylia's soul, it achieves its true form Demon King Demise, which pretty much resembles [[XMeetsY a cross between]] Ganondorf and [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', [[spoiler:Airy the Fairy]] is fought in her huge Larval and Chrysalis forms, serving as FinalBoss to the Normal Ending. In the GoldenEnding, she gains access to her "Perfect" form, a human-sized [[spoiler:butterfly-like fairy]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', mad scientist Hojo seems mostly normal in his weakest form, except for strange movements and a slightly greenish tint to his skin. Defeating him in this form allows you to fight Helletic Hojo, a huge and ugly mutant. When Hellectic Hojo is defeated, he becomes Lifeform Hojo N/A, an eerily-beautiful humanlike creature draped in white.
*** In the final battles with Sephiroth he starts off as Bizarro-Sephiroth, a large demon-esque looking form. He then turns into the angelic-looking [[OneWingedAngel Safer-Sephiroth]] (complete with OminousLatinChanting). In his final form he is [[ShirtlessScene Himself With His Coat Off]]. However, this final scene is more symbolic than anything else. It's [[AnticlimaxBoss impossible to lose against shirtless Sephiroth]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/CrisisCore'' does this too, with [[spoiler: Genesis Avatar, a hundred-foot-tall [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]-esque monster knight, as the first form, and the final battle with Genesis being a straight sword duel after he's [[ThisWasHisTrueForm inexplicably reverted]] to his normal and non-decayed form.]] Gameplay-wise this may or may not be an example. The Avatar is going to be a [[MarathonBoss long and tedious]], if not difficult, fight regardless of what you do. The human form can and will mess you up provided you go into melee. It can be [[WeaksauceWeakness stunlocked by magic]], making the fight something of a joke.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII: VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' is also guilty, with Nero. He transforms into the huge and malformed Arachnero, and then into the human-sized and pretty Gorgonero.
** Vincent as well. His controlled Chaos form in the final area is stronger and looks more human than his earlier uncontrolled or partially controlled Chaos form.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''
''VideoGame/BatenKaitos''
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' first fights in his original black-cloaked form, then changes into an armored knight on a throne which is itself on the head of a robot dragon; after several fights against said dragon and knight, the final fight is against him in [[spoiler:Malpercio, whose body is a recolored version hideous frankenstein made up of his original outfit, the body parts of various dead gods. After he's beaten, though, Melodia combines with an upgraded version of his original fighting style.
** The Heartless, as
him, turning him into a rule, grow more massive and horrifying the stronger they are. However, the the most powerful of them all, [[spoiler:Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless]], first appears as an unassuming cloaked humanoid figure before [[spoiler: possessing Riku]], at which point he becomes visually indistinguishable from a normal human. He's the exception with wings on his head]].
** Another example is [[spoiler:Geldoblame. When exposed
to the rule, though.
** The usual Nobody {{Mooks}} are [[UncannyValley somewhat-inhuman]] beasts, with a few massive Nobody [[BossBattle bosses]], the frighteningly powerful Nobodies that make up Organization XIII are visually indistinguishable from normal human beings.
** In the original ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'', the first fight against Marluxia is a straight up battle where he uses his own [[GreenThumb flower magic]] and wields a SinisterScythe. The second has him on a sinister, large, floating mech with scythes for arms. That was it in the original version, but the VideoGameRemake added a third fight that takes place on top
power of the remains of said mech, only this time Marluxia has a creepily beautiful angel-like familiar wielding a gigantic scythe backing him up and basically doing all the fighting for him.
** In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', the digitized [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless]] first takes the form of a [[WarmupBoss Darkside]] with glowing tattoo-like markings, but after taking a beating
End Magnus, he transforms into [[spoiler:a dark copy of Sora]], then finally [[spoiler:''[[DualBoss three]]'' dark copies of Sora.]]
* Ryu,
a grotesque tentacled thing, which still ends up being ThatOneBoss for many players. He appears to die after that, but [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is somehow able to come back during the protagonist ending cutscenes for round two.]] There, he "simply" appears as a giant version of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', can transform into various dragon forms. His strongest form, Kaiser, is identical to his human form, except recolored gold. When you use that form's Kaiser Breath attack, however, he temporarily changes further into a gigantic dragon. This example is more justified than most, however, because the Kaiser form is just so frickin' huge that having Ryu fight permanently in it would fill up half the screen.
* In ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'', the Wizard of Darkness is originally a massive, horned demon-man; he changes into an even more monstrous green beast, then finally into a white-skinned humanoid slightly larger than Musashi.
* Eve's final form in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a rare ''Bishoujo Line'' example, having gone (over the entire game's course)
head protruding from normal actress to 8-foot pale seductress with a serpentine lower body to taking up a good-sized room while preggers with the Ultimate Being to 20-foot floating monstrosity covered in grasping arms to [[{{Fanservice}} functionally naked]] FragileSpeedster harpy-thing.ground and [[ClippedWingAngel is easily dispatched by one Guardian Spirit attack.]]]]



* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''
** The original game features this. Although Yuri's fusion souls are all roughly human-sized, they generally get more bizarre or monstrous as they get more powerful, with the second-most-powerful, Amon, being a hulking, monstrous demon with a blade on one arm. However, his most powerful, the Seraphic Radiance, is just him, glowing white, with black wings and mystic-looking tattoos.
** Even more so in ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''. Yuri's low level fusion forms look like 'elemental' costume swaps of his normal body. His stronger forms include a giant armored knight, a beastly rock monster, and a sea dragon, all much larger than a human. Amon, as usual, is a big, muscular demon, and Dark Seraph looks like a black-winged, [[{{Fanservice}} almost completely naked]], but otherwise fairly normal Yuri.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''
**
''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'': [[spoiler:Airy the Fairy]] is fought in her huge Larval and Chrysalis forms, serving as FinalBoss to the Normal Ending. In the GoldenEnding, she gains access to her "Perfect" form, a human-sized [[spoiler:butterfly-like fairy]].
* ''VideoGame/BraveFencerMusashi'':
The original game features this. Although Yuri's fusion souls are all roughly human-sized, they generally get Wizard of Darkness is originally a massive, horned demon-man; he changes into an even more bizarre or monstrous green beast, then finally into a white-skinned humanoid slightly larger than Musashi.
* Ryu, the protagonist of ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', can transform into various dragon forms. His strongest form, Kaiser, is identical to his human form, except recolored gold. When you use that form's Kaiser Breath attack, however, he temporarily changes further into a gigantic dragon. This example is more justified than most, however, because the Kaiser form is just so frickin' huge that having Ryu fight permanently in it would fill up half the screen.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' is an evil wizard who first fights you by controlling crystals on a throne, then fights you on foot with a magic wand, then bloats up like a balloon and drops magical bombs, and finally becomes an enormous bat creature. When you defeat that, he regresses back through his balloon form to his normal form, where he summons a [[{{BFS}} gigantic sword]] for one final battle.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In the original PC Engine version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' (and the prologue sequence to its sequel, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''), Dracula's second -- and final -- form is a [[OneWingedAngel giant, fire-breathing, bat-winged reptile]], which you fight in an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield. In the PSP remake featured in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles The Dracula X Chronicles]]'', however, he assumes his human form again for the final round after you've defeated the lizard.
** In ''Symphony of the Night'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]'', Dracula's final form is a massive [[MultipleHeadCase three-headed dragon]], but Dracula's human form is visible [[SlouchOfVillainy slouching]] on a throne set into the center of it.
** Graham in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' has a OneWingedAngel transformation, with him sitting comfortably within what appears to be two giant pale women ''joined at the eyes and ribs''.
** Soma Cruz himself as Dracula's reincarnation in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' plays it straight, being even more bishonen than his past life ever was.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', where the bestiary mentions that vampires become more human-like
as they get become more powerful, with powerful.
** Legion's incarnation from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' also counts. It starts as
the second-most-powerful, Amon, being giant ball of corpses, as usual. After breaking off the shell and busting the core, however, it transforms into Nuculais, a hulking, monstrous demon with giant glowing white humanoid creature.
* In ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'', [[BigBad Lavos]] actually ''subverts'' the Bishonen Line. His colossal bug-like exterior is actually
a blade on one arm. protective shell guarding his true humanoid form, which, probably thanks to Creator/AkiraToriyama, happens to look a lot like Perfect Cell (see the trope picture above). However, his most powerful, upon defeating this form, the Seraphic Radiance, Lavos ''Core'' reveals itself to be a shambling monstrosity, the end result of Lavos' attempts to achieve biological singularity. [[spoiler:And, in actuality, the core is just him, glowing white, a tiny pod floating beside said monstrosity.]]
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' first mutates into a bloated version of himself, then into a giant wall-crawling lizard-thing
with black wings backwards hands, and mystic-looking tattoos.
** Even more so in ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''. Yuri's low level fusion forms look like 'elemental' costume swaps
finally into a giant version of his normal body. His stronger forms include a giant armored knight, a beastly rock monster, and a sea dragon, all much larger than a human. Amon, as usual, is a big, muscular demon, and Dark Seraph looks like a black-winged, [[{{Fanservice}} almost completely naked]], but otherwise fairly self. Subverted from the norm for this trope because [[spoiler:his normal Yuri.form is a goofy-looking fat man in overalls.]]



** In the original, prior to the third fight with [[WorthyOpponent Nelo Angelo]], he reveals his true face ([[spoiler: identical to Dante's, as he's his twin brother, Vergil]]). He still has blue skin and glowing eyes, but he's more human than before, and has some new, infuriating attacks.

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** In the original, prior to the third fight with [[WorthyOpponent Nelo Angelo]], he reveals his true face ([[spoiler: identical ([[spoiler:identical to Dante's, as he's his twin brother, Vergil]]). He still has blue skin and glowing eyes, but he's more human than before, and has some new, infuriating attacks.



* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', [[spoiler: it is revealed that Captain Blue, Joe's movie hero, is in fact the true villain of the piece. He transforms into his monstrous "King Blue" form that is so large, Joe must face him in his HumongousMecha "Six Majin". After the battle, Joe jumps to the nearby platform to commence the final battle; Blue appears again, much younger and more muscular than he ever was before. After being defeated, he reverts back to his older, overweight form.]]
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
** Dhaos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' fights you as is, then turns into his presumably true [[spoiler: alien]] form. After beating ''that'', though, he returns to being a humanoid, albeit very tall, suited in white, and sporting angel wings.
** Granted, that form was only put into the remakes.
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' fuses with the core of a giant planet-eating parasite to fight you, has a big magical lump of flesh for an ally, and can summon monsters, walls, and spikes from the room itself to attack you with. After beating that, you enter his mind and fight his "true self", which is him with a bunch of {{power crystal}}s, a silly collar and powerful spells, a tough defense, and a LimitBreak.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos''
** The final boss fight is against [[spoiler:Malpercio, whose body is a hideous frankenstein made up of the body parts of various dead gods. After he's beaten, though, Melodia combines with him, turning him into a more humanoid figure with wings on his head]].
** Another example is [[spoiler: Geldoblame. When exposed to the power of the End Magnus, he transforms into a grotesque tentacled thing, which still ends up being ThatOneBoss for many players. He appears to die after that, but [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is somehow able to come back during the ending cutscenes for round two.]] There, he "simply" appears as a giant version of his head protruding from the ground and [[ClippedWingAngel is easily dispatched by one Guardian Spirit attack.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', [[spoiler: Mitra fits the theme, as she starts as a statue-like being, then a giant half-human, half-serpent monster, and then assumes a smaller, more humanoid form for the final battle.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In the original PC Engine version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' (and the prologue sequence to its sequel, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''), Dracula's second -- and final -- form is a [[OneWingedAngel giant, fire-breathing, bat-winged reptile]], which you fight in an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield. In the PSP remake featured in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles The Dracula X Chronicles]]'', however, he assumes his human form again for the final round after you've defeated the lizard.
** In ''Symphony of the Night'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]'', Dracula's final form is a massive [[MultipleHeadCase three-headed dragon]], but Dracula's human form is visible [[SlouchOfVillainy slouching]] on a throne set into the center of it.
** Graham in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' has a OneWingedAngel transformation, with him sitting comfortably within what appears to be two giant pale women ''joined at the eyes and ribs''.
** Soma Cruz himself as Dracula's reincarnation in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' plays it straight, being even more bishonen than his past life ever was.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', where the bestiary mentions that vampires become more human-like as they become more powerful.
** Legion's incarnation from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' also counts. It starts as the giant ball of corpses, as usual. After breaking off the shell and busting the core, however, it transforms into Nuculais, a giant glowing white humanoid creature.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** At the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', the title character sheds its giant black arachnoid armor, revealing a mixture of an octopus, a Metroid, and a human face, then to a Phazon clone of Samus' armor.
** Also, at the end in ''Metroid Prime 2'', the Emperor Ing goes from being what resembles a giant eye with tentacle lashes, to a gas spewing shell, to a much larger version of the basic Warrior Ing, which isn't humanoid at all, but would be this trope from an Ing's point of view.
* Used in, of all things, the DS version of ''[[NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Globs of Doom]]'' with BigBad Globulous Maximus, who goes from a gooey cyclops meteor taking up the entire screen to a flying slime man the size of WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'': In the boss fight against [[spoiler: Ocelot, he slowly regresses in his mind to his {{Bishonen}} [[IWasQuiteALooker younger days]]. However, since this is only in his mind, he remains looking like an old man, and only his movements become more 'bishounen'. Note also that the Life Bars change as well!]]
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' is an evil wizard who first fights you by controlling crystals on a throne, then fights you on foot with a magic wand, then bloats up like a balloon and drops magical bombs, and finally becomes an enormous bat creature. When you defeat that, he regresses back through his balloon form to his normal form, where he summons a [[{{BFS}} gigantic sword]] for one final battle.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' there are gigantic battleship-sized Orbital Frames, but the most powerful Orbital Frames ever made are comparatively small and bipedal. They get more powerful when they ''lose'' a lot of their armor and look even more human-like.
* Wesker in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, in a rare out-of-boss-fight example. Despite being essentially a man in a trenchcoat with red eyes, he's more powerful than all the horrific genetically-engineered monsters in the series. [[spoiler: He seals his fate by going OneWingedAngel for the FinalBoss fight of [=RE5=], which allows you to (presumably) finally kill him for good.]]
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'':
** The Dark Force appears multiple times. First, as a monstrous head and shoulders attached to the satellite, and second in the form of a giant spider with the same head. Then it hides inside the form of a human archaeologist with dark magical powers, allowing it to hunt for the Aeroprism. When the party finds the Aeroprism, he transforms into the third Dark Force, which is a humanoid demon much smaller than either of the others.
** Even more the case with the Profound Darkness. First form: [[EldritchAbomination a collection of mouths and red eyes on a blob of purple flesh.]] Second form, it's got green-gray armor, plenty of appendages, but only one mouth and not as many eyes. The third form? A giant gray human female with bony wings and seven eyes in symmetrical positions on the thighs, wings and forehead; if you hadn't seen the prior forms, you'd probably take them as gems.

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* In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', [[spoiler: it is revealed that Captain Blue, Joe's movie hero, is in fact The first time you fight ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'''s BigBad, the true villain of demon lord Orgodemir, he first starts out as a humanoid creature (with pointy ears and wings), but halfway through the piece. He transforms into his fight, he goes OneWingedAngel and becomes a monstrous "King Blue" form that is so large, Joe must face demon centipede with new attacks and higher stats to use on you. When you fight him in his HumongousMecha "Six Majin". After at the end of the game, though, he starts out as a palette swapped version of the centipede, and halfway through the battle, Joe jumps to he crosses the nearby platform to commence the final battle; Blue appears again, bishonen line, becoming a palette swapped version of his original form with much younger and more muscular than he ever was before. After being defeated, he reverts back to his older, overweight form.]]
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
** Dhaos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' fights you as is,
powerful attacks and stats. He then turns further changes into a hybrid of the two forms before changing into his presumably true [[spoiler: alien]] form. After beating ''that'', though, he returns to being a humanoid, albeit very tall, suited in white, and sporting angel wings.
** Granted, that form was only put into the remakes.
** The
final boss of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' fuses with the core of a giant planet-eating parasite to fight you, has a big magical lump of flesh for an ally, and can summon monsters, walls, and spikes from the room itself to attack you with. After beating that, you enter his mind and fight his "true self", form, which is him just loaded with {{Squick}}.
* Played straight and averted at the same time for all the dragons' Super forms in ''VideoGame/DragonSeeds''. They evolve from Baby, to Adult, and to Senior, gradually becoming more complex and massive each time, with one dragon type even becoming a ''harrier''! From there, they can branch off into two categories: Old, where they retain their Senior form, but lose
a bunch of {{power crystal}}s, a silly collar stats and powerful spells, only live for a tough defense, few more days (dragon years), and a LimitBreak.
* ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos''
** The final boss fight is against [[spoiler:Malpercio, whose body is a hideous frankenstein made up of
Super, which plays the body parts of various dead gods. After he's beaten, though, Melodia combines with him, turning him trope straight, and they revert into a more humanoid figure form that looks relatively small, but becomes biologically immortal and ungodly powerful. So powerful, in fact, that you can't do anything else with wings on his head]].
** Another example is [[spoiler: Geldoblame. When exposed to
the power of the End Magnus, he transforms into a grotesque tentacled thing, which still ends up being ThatOneBoss for many players. He appears to die after that, dragon but [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere is somehow able to come back during the ending cutscenes for round two.]] There, he "simply" appears as a giant version of his head protruding from the ground and [[ClippedWingAngel is easily dispatched by one Guardian Spirit attack.]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', [[spoiler: Mitra fits the theme, as she starts as a statue-like being, then a giant half-human, half-serpent monster, and then assumes a smaller, more humanoid form for the final battle.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In the original PC Engine version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood'' (and the prologue sequence to its sequel, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight''), Dracula's second -- and final -- form is a [[OneWingedAngel giant, fire-breathing, bat-winged reptile]], which you fight in an AmazingTechnicolorBattlefield. In the PSP remake featured in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaTheDraculaXChronicles The Dracula X Chronicles]]'', however, he assumes his human form again for the final round after you've defeated the lizard.
** In ''Symphony of the Night'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaHarmonyOfDespair Harmony of Despair]]'', Dracula's final form is a massive [[MultipleHeadCase three-headed dragon]], but Dracula's human form is visible [[SlouchOfVillainy slouching]] on a throne set into the center of it.
** Graham in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' has a OneWingedAngel transformation, with him sitting comfortably within what appears to be two giant pale women ''joined at the eyes and ribs''.
** Soma Cruz himself as Dracula's reincarnation in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' and ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaDawnOfSorrow'' plays it straight, being even more bishonen than his past life ever was.
** Lampshaded in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', where the bestiary mentions that vampires become more human-like as they become more powerful.
** Legion's incarnation from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'' also counts. It starts as the giant ball of corpses, as usual. After breaking off the shell and busting the core, however, it transforms into Nuculais, a giant glowing white humanoid creature.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** At the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'',
defend the title character sheds its giant black arachnoid armor, revealing a mixture of an octopus, a Metroid, World Dragon Champion (assuming you did get to that point) and a human face, then to a Phazon clone of Samus' armor.
** Also, at the end in ''Metroid Prime 2'', the Emperor Ing goes from being what resembles a giant eye with tentacle lashes, to a gas spewing shell, to a much larger version of the basic Warrior Ing, which isn't humanoid at all, but would be this trope from an Ing's point of view.
* Used in, of all things, the DS version of ''[[NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Globs of Doom]]'' with BigBad Globulous Maximus, who goes from a gooey cyclops meteor taking up the entire screen to a flying slime man the size of WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'': In the boss fight
duel against [[spoiler: Ocelot, he slowly regresses in his mind to his {{Bishonen}} [[IWasQuiteALooker younger days]]. However, since this is only in his mind, he remains looking like an old man, and only his movements become more 'bishounen'. Note also that the Life Bars change as well!]]
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/CastleCrashers'' is an evil wizard who first fights you by controlling crystals on a throne, then fights you on foot with a magic wand, then bloats up like a balloon and drops magical bombs, and finally becomes an enormous bat creature. When you defeat that, he regresses back through his balloon form to his normal form, where he summons a [[{{BFS}} gigantic sword]] for one final battle.
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' there are gigantic battleship-sized Orbital Frames, but the most powerful Orbital Frames ever made are comparatively small and bipedal. They get more powerful when they ''lose'' a lot of their armor and look even more human-like.
* Wesker in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, in a rare out-of-boss-fight example. Despite being essentially a man in a trenchcoat with red eyes, he's more powerful than all the horrific genetically-engineered monsters in the series. [[spoiler: He seals his fate by going OneWingedAngel for the FinalBoss fight of [=RE5=], which allows you to (presumably) finally kill him for good.]]
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'':
** The Dark Force appears multiple times. First, as a monstrous head and shoulders attached to the satellite, and second in the form of a giant spider with the same head. Then it hides inside the form of a human archaeologist with dark magical powers, allowing it to hunt for the Aeroprism. When the party finds the Aeroprism, he transforms into the third Dark Force, which is a humanoid demon much smaller than either of the others.
** Even more the case with the Profound Darkness. First form: [[EldritchAbomination a collection of mouths and red eyes on a blob of purple flesh.]] Second form, it's got green-gray armor, plenty of appendages, but only one mouth and not as many eyes. The third form? A giant gray human female with bony wings and seven eyes in symmetrical positions on the thighs, wings and forehead; if you hadn't seen the prior forms, you'd probably take them as gems.
another player.



* Hunters from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are massive, ugly hulks. Leader Hunters are even larger, even uglier and even more powerful. [[spoiler: The Supreme Hunter]], on the other hand, while impossible to call handsome, is still slightly better-looking than the previous two, not that much bigger than Alex, and predictably even more powerful than Leader Hunters. Alex himself is also bordering on physical godhood by endgame, though he usually looks like a normal human. [[spoiler: PARIAH looks completely human, and as far as the Web of Intrigue can say, is capable of single-handedly wiping out all life on Earth.]]
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' get more humanoid as they evolve; Abra to Alakazam, Torchic to Blaziken, Mareep to Ampharos, just to name a few examples. Some play this trope straight as possible such as Cyndaquill-Quilliva-Typhlosion. Some avert it, such as Bulbasaur (in ''Red & Blue''), Togepi, and Oshawott.
** Zygarde is initially seen as a mass of small, blob-like creatures, which come in two varieties: the massive-numbered Zygarde Cells, and the two Zygarde Cores (presumably, the "brain"). When the situation calls for it, the Zygarde Cells can assemble into: 10% (canine), 50% (snake; the form Zygarde takes during ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''), and finally, 100%/Complete Forme (a gigantic HumanoidAbomination).
** Well, considering that most mythical pokemon are cute humanoids it is no surprise that pocket monsters lose the monster as they level.
* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the failed ''Gundam'' RPG, exhibits this with the final boss's HumongousMecha. He starts the fight in the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/cca/nz-333.htm Alpha Azieru]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' and, when that's destroyed, uses the [[LostTechnology G-System]] to turn it into a black version of [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/endlesswaltz/xxxg-00w0.htm Wing Zero Custom]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* In ''{{Spectrobes}}'' the [[TheHeartless Krawl]] start off as relatively small monsters, growing in size slowly with each passing boss until the final boss who is relatively large, basically the largest enemy of all (to say nothing of your ally Tindera). Immediately in the second game you are introduced to the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] who are human shaped Krawl. but then this trope is subverted as the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] all [[spoiler: go OneWingedAngel]]. but then this is DoublySubverted with [[spoiler: the final boss[[SequentialBoss (s)]]]] who are all massive and only grow larger until [[spoiler: you face the ultimate Spectrobe, whom you ''cant'' defeat. (The TrueFinalBoss is [[FallenHero Krux]], a human, though).]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', when [[spoiler:Sho Minamimoto becomes part Taboo Noise]], he basically just loses his NiceHat and gains another [[RedRightHand black hand]]; much more human than his original [[OneWingedAngel noise form]], and he becomes, in his own words, strong enough to rival the Composer.
* The BigBad of ''NoituLove 2''. For phase one of the boss fight, she's a blobby sphere with legs. For phase two, she transforms into a bat-winged human, and grows so big that only her head and shoulders fit on-screen. For phase three, she loses the wings and shrinks down to only slightly larger than the protagonist.

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* Hunters The third raid boss from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are massive, ugly hulks. Leader Hunters are even larger, even uglier and even more powerful. [[spoiler: The Supreme Hunter]], on ''VideoGame/{{Elsword}}'', Perkisas, has three phases. In the other hand, while impossible to call handsome, is still slightly better-looking than the previous first two, not that much bigger than Alex, and predictably even more powerful than Leader Hunters. Alex himself is also bordering on physical godhood by endgame, though he usually looks like he's simply a normal human. [[spoiler: PARIAH looks completely human, and as far as very large, scaly, scarred red dragon, but in the Web of Intrigue can say, is capable of single-handedly wiping out all life third, [[spoiler:he takes on Earth.]]
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' get more humanoid as they evolve; Abra to Alakazam, Torchic to Blaziken, Mareep to Ampharos, just to name a few examples. Some play this trope straight as possible such as Cyndaquill-Quilliva-Typhlosion. Some avert it, such as Bulbasaur (in ''Red & Blue''), Togepi, and Oshawott.
** Zygarde is initially seen as a mass of small, blob-like creatures, which come in two varieties: the massive-numbered Zygarde Cells, and the two Zygarde Cores (presumably, the "brain"). When the situation calls for it, the Zygarde Cells can assemble into: 10% (canine), 50% (snake;
the form Zygarde takes during ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''), of a ''very'' handsome man in a [[BareYourMidriff midriff exposing jacket]] with horns and finally, 100%/Complete Forme (a gigantic HumanoidAbomination).
** Well, considering that most mythical pokemon are cute humanoids it is no surprise that pocket monsters lose the monster
wings like his dragon form.]] Possibly a subversion, however, as they level.
* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the failed ''Gundam'' RPG, exhibits
this with the final boss's HumongousMecha. He starts the fight in the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/cca/nz-333.htm Alpha Azieru]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' and, when that's destroyed, uses the [[LostTechnology G-System]] seems to turn it into a black version of [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/endlesswaltz/xxxg-00w0.htm Wing Zero Custom]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* In ''{{Spectrobes}}'' the [[TheHeartless Krawl]] start off as relatively small monsters, growing in size slowly with each passing boss until the final boss who is relatively large, basically the largest enemy of all (to say nothing of your ally Tindera). Immediately in the second game you are introduced to the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] who are human shaped Krawl. but then this trope is subverted as the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] all [[spoiler: go OneWingedAngel]]. but then this is DoublySubverted with [[spoiler: the final boss[[SequentialBoss (s)]]]] who are all massive and only grow larger until [[spoiler: you face the ultimate Spectrobe, whom you ''cant'' defeat. (The TrueFinalBoss is [[FallenHero Krux]], a human, though).]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', when [[spoiler:Sho Minamimoto becomes part Taboo Noise]], he basically just loses his NiceHat and gains another [[RedRightHand black hand]]; much more human than his original [[OneWingedAngel noise form]], and he becomes, in his own words, strong enough to rival the Composer.
* The BigBad of ''NoituLove 2''. For phase one of the boss fight, she's a blobby sphere with legs. For phase two, she transforms into a bat-winged human, and grows so big that only her head and shoulders fit on-screen. For phase three, she loses the wings and shrinks down to only slightly larger than the protagonist.
take place within Perkisas's subconscious.



* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
** Around early July, [[spoiler:Teddie, after recovering from his ordeal with Shadow Rise and Shadow Teddie and poking into the real world, he talks about how he's grown on the inside. And he has, literally: when he takes off his bear costume, we see not empty space, but ''a blonde, blue-eyed bishounen.'']]
** ''Inverted'' with [[spoiler: with Izanami, who starts the fight as a woman in a strait jacket and a massive skirt, before revealing her true form, a monstrous, multi-limbed, rotting...''thing'' with what's left of Izanami's upper body from the last form on top...which is also rotting and unpleasant to look at.]]
* Ramirez in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does this when after going through his OneWingedAngel phase, [[spoiler: by fusing with the gigas Zelos]], he crosses the Bishonen Line once his second form is defeated and resembles something of a silver angel with his original human form clearly visible.
* The first time you fight ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'''s BigBad, the demon lord Orgodemir, he first starts out as a humanoid creature (with pointy ears and wings), but halfway through the fight, he goes OneWingedAngel and becomes a monstrous demon centipede with new attacks and higher stats to use on you. When you fight him at the end of the game, though, he starts out as a palette swapped version of the centipede, and halfway through the battle, he crosses the bishonen line, becoming a palette swapped version of his original form with much more powerful attacks and stats. He then further changes into a hybrid of the two forms before changing into his final form, which is just loaded with {{Squick}}.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' first mutates into a bloated version of himself, then into a giant wall-crawling lizard-thing with backwards hands, and finally into a giant version of his normal self. Subverted from the norm for this trope because [[spoiler:his normal form is a goofy-looking fat man in overalls.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', Zophar, takes a giant EldritchAbomination form when you first seen him. When you fight him for the first time, he looks decidedly...prettier, even when he goes OneWingedAngel on you. Both forms are also nowhere near the size of his original form, which he actually turns into the game' final dungeon.
* In ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'', [[BigBad Lavos]] actually ''subverts'' the Bishonen Line. His colossal bug-like exterior is actually a protective shell guarding his true humanoid form, which, probably thanks to Creator/AkiraToriyama, happens to look a lot like Perfect Cell (see the trope picture above). However, upon defeating this form, the Lavos ''Core'' reveals itself to be a shambling monstrosity, the end result of Lavos' attempts to achieve biological singularity. [[spoiler:And, in actuality, the core is a tiny pod floating beside said monstrosity.]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has several examples, being a game that lives and breathes anime tropes:
** Asura has several {{Super Mode}}s that turn him into a man with six arms, or a colossal lava monster, or a berserk demonic creature, but [[spoiler:Mantra Asura]], his [[spoiler:second-]]most powerful form, [[spoiler: is just his regular body with bigger gauntlets. The one after that, Asura The Destructor, is the same, but black, bulkier, and swollen to the size of a large planet]].
** Gohma Vlitra usually appears as a continent-sized skeletal face thing made of lava surrounded by massive tentacles, [[spoiler:but it's true form, Vlitra Core, is a much smaller humanoid monster]].
** [[spoiler:Chakravartin, the ultimate villain of the game, starts off as a large golden spider, then turns into a blonde girl, then into a tall gold-robed humanoid with dozens of arms, then into a metallic replica of that form big enough to toss around stars. His final form, Chakravartin The Creator, is a simple skeletal humanoid in silver armour.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
''Franchise/FinalFantasy''
** Around early July, [[spoiler:Teddie, after recovering from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Mad scientist Hojo seems mostly normal in his ordeal with Shadow Rise weakest form, except for strange movements and Shadow Teddie and poking into the real world, he talks about how he's grown on the inside. And he has, literally: when he takes off a slightly greenish tint to his bear costume, we see not empty space, but ''a blonde, blue-eyed bishounen.'']]
** ''Inverted'' with [[spoiler: with Izanami, who starts the
skin. Defeating him in this form allows you to fight as Helletic Hojo, a woman in a strait jacket huge and a massive skirt, before revealing her true form, a monstrous, multi-limbed, rotting...''thing'' with what's left of Izanami's upper body from the last form on top...which ugly mutant. When Hellectic Hojo is also rotting and unpleasant to look at.]]
* Ramirez in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does this when after going through his OneWingedAngel phase, [[spoiler: by fusing with the gigas Zelos]],
defeated, he crosses the Bishonen Line once his second form is defeated and resembles something of a silver angel with his original human form clearly visible.
* The first time you fight ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'''s BigBad, the demon lord Orgodemir, he first starts out as a humanoid
becomes Lifeform Hojo N/A, an eerily-beautiful humanlike creature (with pointy ears and wings), but halfway through draped in white.
*** In
the fight, he goes OneWingedAngel and becomes a monstrous demon centipede with new attacks and higher stats to use on you. When you fight him at the end of the game, though, he starts out as a palette swapped version of the centipede, and halfway through the battle, he crosses the bishonen line, becoming a palette swapped version of his original form with much more powerful attacks and stats. He then further changes into a hybrid of the two forms before changing into his final form, which is just loaded battles with {{Squick}}.
* The final boss of ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' first mutates into a bloated version of himself, then into a giant wall-crawling lizard-thing with backwards hands, and finally into a giant version of his normal self. Subverted from the norm for this trope because [[spoiler:his normal form is a goofy-looking fat man in overalls.]]
* The BigBad of ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', Zophar, takes a giant EldritchAbomination form when you first seen him. When you fight him for the first time,
Sephiroth he looks decidedly...prettier, even when he goes OneWingedAngel on you. Both forms are also nowhere near the size of his original form, which he actually turns into the game' final dungeon.
* In ''Videogame/ChronoTrigger'', [[BigBad Lavos]] actually ''subverts'' the Bishonen Line. His colossal bug-like exterior is actually a protective shell guarding his true humanoid form, which, probably thanks to Creator/AkiraToriyama, happens to look a lot like Perfect Cell (see the trope picture above). However, upon defeating this form, the Lavos ''Core'' reveals itself to be a shambling monstrosity, the end result of Lavos' attempts to achieve biological singularity. [[spoiler:And, in actuality, the core is a tiny pod floating beside said monstrosity.]]
* ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' has several examples, being a game that lives and breathes anime tropes:
** Asura has several {{Super Mode}}s that turn him into a man with six arms, or a colossal lava monster, or a berserk demonic creature, but [[spoiler:Mantra Asura]], his [[spoiler:second-]]most powerful form, [[spoiler: is just his regular body with bigger gauntlets. The one after that, Asura The Destructor, is the same, but black, bulkier, and swollen to the size of a large planet]].
** Gohma Vlitra usually appears as a continent-sized skeletal face thing made of lava surrounded by massive tentacles, [[spoiler:but it's true form, Vlitra Core, is a much smaller humanoid monster]].
** [[spoiler:Chakravartin, the ultimate villain of the game,
starts off as Bizarro-Sephiroth, a large golden spider, demon-esque looking form. He then turns into the angelic-looking [[OneWingedAngel Safer-Sephiroth]] (complete with OminousLatinChanting). In his final form he is [[ShirtlessScene Himself With His Coat Off]]. However, this final scene is more symbolic than anything else. It's [[AnticlimaxBoss impossible to lose against shirtless Sephiroth]].
** ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' does this too, with [[spoiler:Genesis Avatar,
a blonde girl, hundred-foot-tall [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Evangelion]]-esque monster knight, as the first form, and the final battle with Genesis being a straight sword duel after he's [[ThisWasHisTrueForm inexplicably reverted]] to his normal and non-decayed form.]] Gameplay-wise this may or may not be an example. The Avatar is going to be a [[MarathonBoss long and tedious]], if not difficult, fight regardless of what you do. The human form can and will mess you up provided you go into melee. It can be [[WeaksauceWeakness stunlocked by magic]], making the fight something of a joke.
** ''VideoGame/DirgeOfCerberus'' is also guilty, with Nero. He transforms into the huge and malformed Arachnero, and
then into a tall gold-robed humanoid with dozens of arms, then into a metallic replica of that the human-sized and pretty Gorgonero.
*** Vincent as well. His controlled Chaos
form big enough to toss around stars. His in the final form, Chakravartin The Creator, area is a simple skeletal humanoid in silver armour.]]stronger and looks more human than his earlier uncontrolled or partially controlled Chaos form.



* In ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', the final boss actually has three forms. The first of which is [[spoiler:Super Gideon Graves, which is Gideon grown to twice his normal size]], the second of which is [[spoiler:Gigadeon Graves, a giant mutated monstrosity fought within Gideon's own subspace]] and the last of which is[[spoiler: Gideon Graves, fighting unaugmented with only his pixel katana.]]
* During the final battle in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', The Id uses its mindpower to turn into a PSI-wielding, curse word-spouting superhuman version of Dr. Andonuts.
* A stunningly common trend in BulletHell games is for bosses to become larger and/or more complex as one progresses through the game, but instead of being even scarier, {{True Final Boss}}es are small and elegant-looking. This shows up in ''VideoGame/BlueWishResurrection'', ''XOP'', all the ''Trigonometry Wars'' games, and probably dozens of other places.
* In ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', [[spoiler:Pandora returns near the end in what is presumably her former humanoid form.]]
* The Process of ''Videogame/{{Transistor}}'' display this. Two of their three most powerful forms, the Younglady and Man, are also the most humanoid. (The third is the gigantic Spine.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terapets}}'', several monsters do get more human-looking but some monsters play an inversion.
* In ''Videogame/AgeOfEmpires Castle Siege'', the troops get less [[SuperDeformed cartoony]] and more realistic-looking as you upgrade them. Not to mention with armor\weaponry that gets heavier and more intimidating.
* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' features a trio of dog-themed tanks - The Blitzhound K9, the Munsterlander and the Metal Woof - piloted by the BigBad's pet dog. Each new model is smaller and sleeker than the last, and obviously more powerful.

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* In ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''
** The
final boss actually has three forms. The of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' first of fights in his original black-cloaked form, then changes into an armored knight on a throne which is [[spoiler:Super Gideon Graves, which itself on the head of a robot dragon; after several fights against said dragon and knight, the final fight is Gideon grown to twice against him in a recolored version of his normal size]], the second original outfit, with an upgraded version of which is [[spoiler:Gigadeon Graves, a giant mutated monstrosity fought within Gideon's own subspace]] and the last of which is[[spoiler: Gideon Graves, his original fighting unaugmented style.
** The Heartless, as a rule, grow more massive and horrifying the stronger they are. However, the the most powerful of them all, [[spoiler:Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless]], first appears as an unassuming cloaked figure before [[spoiler: possessing Riku]], at which point he becomes visually indistinguishable from a normal human. He's the exception to the rule, though.
** The usual Nobody {{Mooks}} are [[UncannyValley somewhat-inhuman]] beasts,
with a few massive Nobody [[BossBattle bosses]], the frighteningly powerful Nobodies that make up Organization XIII are visually indistinguishable from normal human beings.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'': In the GBA version, the first fight against Marluxia is a straight up battle where he uses his own [[GreenThumb flower magic]] and wields a SinisterScythe. The second has him on a sinister, large, floating mech with scythes for arms. That was it in the original version, but the VideoGameRemake added a third fight that takes place on top of the remains of said mech,
only his pixel katana.this time Marluxia has a creepily beautiful angel-like familiar wielding a gigantic scythe backing him up and basically doing all the fighting for him.
** ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'': The digitized [[spoiler:Sora's Heartless]] first takes the form of a [[WarmupBoss Darkside]] with glowing tattoo-like markings, but after taking a beating transforms into [[spoiler:a dark copy of Sora]], then finally [[spoiler:''[[DualBoss three]]'' dark copies of Sora.
]]
* During ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** Nintendo realized in ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker Wind Waker]]'' that
the final humanoid Ganondorf was a far more compelling character, and thus a better arch-enemy, than his boarlike bestial form Ganon, so they saved the duel with Ganondorf for ''last'', following a battle in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', The Id uses its mindpower to turn into with a PSI-wielding, curse word-spouting superhuman giant transforming puppet version of Dr. Andonuts.Ganon.
* A stunningly common trend in BulletHell games is for bosses to become larger and/or more complex as one progresses through ** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' [[spoiler:they did it all over again, giving the game, but instead of being even scarier, {{True Final Boss}}es are small and elegant-looking. This shows up in ''VideoGame/BlueWishResurrection'', ''XOP'', all the ''Trigonometry Wars'' games, and probably dozens of other places.
* In ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', [[spoiler:Pandora returns near the end in what is presumably her former humanoid
big man ''two'' human phases ''after'' you'd already dealt with his bestial form.]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'''s [[TheManBehindTheMan The Imprisoned]] starts off as a giant ArmlessBiped covered in black-red scales with only a mouth and legs. Its second form grows arms, and its third form grows a tail, as well as the ability to levitate. [[spoiler: Once it absorbs the Goddess Hylia's soul, it achieves its true form Demon King Demise, which pretty much resembles [[XMeetsY a cross between]] Ganondorf and [[Franchise/StreetFighter Akuma]].]]
* The Process BigBad of ''Videogame/{{Transistor}}'' display this. Two ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'', Zophar, takes a giant EldritchAbomination form when you first seen him. When you fight him for the first time, he looks decidedly... prettier, even when he goes OneWingedAngel on you. Both forms are also nowhere near the size of their three his original form, which he actually turns into the game' final dungeon.
* Omega from the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' games starts off huge in his first form, then becomes even bigger in his second, and finally reverts to a much smaller form, which just happens to be [[spoiler:Zero's original body.]] As the trope states, he is infinitely more powerful in this form than he is in his others. He's actually a departure from series norm, which tend to be small, agile humanoids followed by a giant monstrous form. However, in early games, the humanoid is more dangerous than the monster, since Zero's
most powerful forms, weapons are close-range, which is harder with the Younglady boss's speed. Later final bosses show greater damage and Man, are also the most humanoid. (The third is the gigantic Spine.reach on their attacks. (Compare Ragnarok-Weil to Copy X or Elpizo.)
** [[EnergyBeing Cyber]]-[[EquippableAlly elves]] start of as midgets and some {{Cephalothorax}}, but for each level raised they grow up and become more humanoid in the process. (Especially the Nurse types and the Mimic elf from ''4''.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terapets}}'', several The BigBad of ''VideoGame/MegaManZX Advent'' ''sort of'' fulfils this trope: he starts in humanoid form, his second phase is a giant robot dragon/hydra and his last phase is angel-like. However the dragon is not his transformation, but rather his throne's.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}''
** At the end of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', the title character sheds its giant black arachnoid armor, revealing a mixture of an octopus, a Metroid, and a human face, then to a Phazon clone of Samus' armor.
** Also, at the end in ''Metroid Prime 2'', the Emperor Ing goes from being what resembles a giant eye with tentacle lashes, to a gas spewing shell, to a much larger version of the basic Warrior Ing, which isn't humanoid at all, but would be this trope from an Ing's point of view.
* Eve's final form in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' is a rare ''Bishoujo Line'' example, having gone (over the entire game's course) from normal actress to 8-foot pale seductress with a serpentine lower body to taking up a good-sized room while preggers with the Ultimate Being to 20-foot floating monstrosity covered in grasping arms to [[{{Fanservice}} functionally naked]] FragileSpeedster harpy-thing.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''
** Around early July, [[spoiler:Teddie, after recovering from his ordeal with Shadow Rise and Shadow Teddie and poking into the real world, he talks about how he's grown on the inside. And he has, literally: when he takes off his bear costume, we see not empty space, but ''a blonde, blue-eyed bishounen.'']]
** ''Inverted'' with [[spoiler:with Izanami, who starts the fight as a woman in a strait jacket and a massive skirt, before revealing her true form, a monstrous, multi-limbed, rotting...''thing'' with what's left of Izanami's upper body from the last form on top... which is also rotting and unpleasant to look at.]]
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'':
** The Dark Force appears multiple times. First, as a monstrous head and shoulders attached to the satellite, and second in the form of a giant spider with the same head. Then it hides inside the form of a human archaeologist with dark magical powers, allowing it to hunt for the Aeroprism. When the party finds the Aeroprism, he transforms into the third Dark Force, which is a humanoid demon much smaller than either of the others.
** Even more the case with the Profound Darkness. First form: [[EldritchAbomination a collection of mouths and red eyes on a blob of purple flesh.]] Second form, it's got green-gray armor, plenty of appendages, but only one mouth and not as many eyes. The third form? A giant gray human female with bony wings and seven eyes in symmetrical positions on the thighs, wings and forehead; if you hadn't seen the prior forms, you'd probably take them as gems.
* Many ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' get more humanoid as they evolve; Abra to Alakazam, Torchic to Blaziken, Mareep to Ampharos, just to name a few examples. Some play this trope straight as possible such as Cyndaquill-Quilliva-Typhlosion. Some avert it, such as Bulbasaur (in ''Red & Blue''), Togepi, and Oshawott.
** Zygarde is initially seen as a mass of small, blob-like creatures, which come in two varieties: the massive-numbered Zygarde Cells, and the two Zygarde Cores (presumably, the "brain"). When the situation calls for it, the Zygarde Cells can assemble into: 10% (canine), 50% (snake; the form Zygarde takes during ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY''), and finally, 100%/Complete Forme (a gigantic HumanoidAbomination).
** Well, considering that most mythical pokemon are cute humanoids it is no surprise that pocket
monsters do lose the monster as they level.
* Hunters from ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are massive, ugly hulks. Leader Hunters are even larger, even uglier and even more powerful. [[spoiler:The Supreme Hunter]], on the other hand, while impossible to call handsome, is still slightly better-looking than the previous two, not that much bigger than Alex, and predictably even more powerful than Leader Hunters. Alex himself is also bordering on physical godhood by endgame, though he usually looks like a normal human. [[spoiler:PARIAH looks completely human, and as far as the Web of Intrigue can say, is capable of single-handedly wiping out all life on Earth.]]
* Wesker in the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, in a rare out-of-boss-fight example. Despite being essentially a man in a trenchcoat with red eyes, he's more powerful than all the horrific genetically-engineered monsters in the series. [[spoiler:He seals his fate by going OneWingedAngel for the FinalBoss fight of [=RE5=], which allows you to (presumably) finally kill him for good.]]
* ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts''
** The original game features this. Although Yuri's fusion souls are all roughly human-sized, they generally
get more human-looking bizarre or monstrous as they get more powerful, with the second-most-powerful, Amon, being a hulking, monstrous demon with a blade on one arm. However, his most powerful, the Seraphic Radiance, is just him, glowing white, with black wings and mystic-looking tattoos.
** Even more so in ''Shadow Hearts: Covenant''. Yuri's low level fusion forms look like 'elemental' costume swaps of his normal body. His stronger forms include a giant armored knight, a beastly rock monster, and a sea dragon, all much larger than a human. Amon, as usual, is a big, muscular demon, and Dark Seraph looks like a black-winged, [[{{Fanservice}} almost completely naked]],
but some monsters play otherwise fairly normal Yuri.
* Ramirez in ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' does this when after going through his OneWingedAngel phase, [[spoiler:by fusing with the gigas Zelos]], he crosses the Bishonen Line once his second form is defeated and resembles something of a silver angel with his original human form clearly visible.
* ''Franchise/TalesSeries''
** Dhaos from ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' fights you as is, then turns into his presumably true [[spoiler: alien]] form. After beating ''that'', though, he returns to being a humanoid, albeit very tall, suited in white, and sporting angel wings.
** Granted, that form was only put into the remakes.
** The final boss of ''VideoGame/TalesOfHearts'' fuses with the core of a giant planet-eating parasite to fight you, has a big magical lump of flesh for
an inversion.
ally, and can summon monsters, walls, and spikes from the room itself to attack you with. After beating that, you enter his mind and fight his "true self", which is him with a bunch of {{power crystal}}s, a silly collar and powerful spells, a tough defense, and a LimitBreak.
* In ''Videogame/AgeOfEmpires Castle Siege'', ''VideoGame/TreasureOfTheRudra'', [[spoiler: Mitra fits the troops get less [[SuperDeformed cartoony]] theme, as she starts as a statue-like being, then a giant half-human, half-serpent monster, and then assumes a smaller, more realistic-looking as you upgrade them. Not to mention with armor\weaponry that gets heavier and more intimidating.
* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' features a trio of dog-themed tanks - The Blitzhound K9,
humanoid form for the Munsterlander and the Metal Woof - piloted by the BigBad's pet dog. Each new model is smaller and sleeker than the last, and obviously more powerful.final battle.]]



** During the final fight with [[spoiler: Mettaton, after you flip the switch on his back he goes from looking like a giant boxy computer with arms and a unicycle wheel to the bishonen-looking Mettaton EX.]]
** While none of the monsters look quite human, [[spoiler: Flowey]] comes about as close as any monster can. [[spoiler: His initial appearance is a cute, smiling flower, who quickly becomes a [[NightmareFace much less cute flower]]. At the end of a Neutral run, he absorbs six human souls and becomes Photoshop Flowey, who is ''far'' more bizarre and monstrous than any other monster in the game, and does not look human in the slightest save for a human face occasionally appearing on his screen.]] In the True Pacifist ending, [[spoiler: he finally crosses the line after absorbing the six human souls and the soul of every monster in the underground. At this point he first appears as an anthropomorphic goat-child not unlike Toriel and Asgore, because he's their child: Asriel Dreemurr. During the final battle, he becomes a floating adult version of the same, then grows wings. At the very end, he reverts to his child form, and without the power of the souls he will inevitably become Flowey the flower again.]]
* The third raid boss from ''VideoGame/{{Elsword}}'', Perkisas, has three phases. In the first two, he's simply a very large, scaly, scarred red dragon, but in the third, [[spoiler: he takes on the form of a ''very'' handsome man in a [[BareYourMidriff midriff exposing jacket]] with horns and wings like his dragon form.]] Possibly a subversion, however, as this fight seems to take place within Perkisas's subconscious.

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** During the final fight with [[spoiler: Mettaton, [[spoiler:Mettaton, after you flip the switch on his back he goes from looking like a giant boxy computer with arms and a unicycle wheel to the bishonen-looking Mettaton EX.]]
** While none of the monsters look quite human, [[spoiler: Flowey]] [[spoiler:Flowey]] comes about as close as any monster can. [[spoiler: His [[spoiler:His initial appearance is a cute, smiling flower, who quickly becomes a [[NightmareFace much less cute flower]]. At the end of a Neutral run, he absorbs six human souls and becomes Photoshop Flowey, who is ''far'' more bizarre and monstrous than any other monster in the game, and does not look human in the slightest save for a human face occasionally appearing on his screen.]] In the True Pacifist ending, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he finally crosses the line after absorbing the six human souls and the soul of every monster in the underground. At this point he first appears as an anthropomorphic goat-child not unlike Toriel and Asgore, because he's their child: Asriel Dreemurr. During the final battle, he becomes a floating adult version of the same, then grows wings. At the very end, he reverts to his child form, and without the power of the souls he will inevitably become Flowey the flower again.]]
* The third raid boss In ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', [[spoiler:it is revealed that Captain Blue, Joe's movie hero, is in fact the true villain of the piece. He transforms into his monstrous "King Blue" form that is so large, Joe must face him in his HumongousMecha "Six Majin". After the battle, Joe jumps to the nearby platform to commence the final battle; Blue appears again, much younger and more muscular than he ever was before. After being defeated, he reverts back to his older, overweight form.]]
* Used in, of all things, the DS version of ''[[NicktoonsUnite Nicktoons: Globs of Doom]]'' with BigBad Globulous Maximus, who goes
from ''VideoGame/{{Elsword}}'', Perkisas, has three phases. a gooey cyclops meteor taking up the entire screen to a flying slime man the size of WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'':
In the first two, he's simply a very large, scaly, scarred red dragon, but in the third, boss fight against [[spoiler: Ocelot, he takes on slowly regresses in his mind to his {{Bishonen}} [[IWasQuiteALooker younger days]]. However, since this is only in his mind, he remains looking like an old man, and only his movements become more 'bishounen'. Note also that the form Life Bars change as well!]]
* In ''VideoGame/ZoneOfTheEnders'' there are gigantic battleship-sized Orbital Frames, but the most powerful Orbital Frames ever made are comparatively small and bipedal. They get more powerful when they ''lose'' a lot
of a ''very'' handsome man in a [[BareYourMidriff midriff exposing jacket]] their armor and look even more human-like.
* ''VideoGame/MSSagaANewDawn'', the failed ''Gundam'' RPG, exhibits this
with horns the final boss's HumongousMecha. He starts the fight in the [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/cca/nz-333.htm Alpha Azieru]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'' and, when that's destroyed, uses the [[LostTechnology G-System]] to turn it into a black version of [[http://mahq.net/mecha/gundam/endlesswaltz/xxxg-00w0.htm Wing Zero Custom]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing''.
* In ''{{Spectrobes}}'' the [[TheHeartless Krawl]] start off as relatively small monsters, growing in size slowly with each passing boss until the final boss who is relatively large, basically the largest enemy of all (to say nothing of your ally Tindera). Immediately in the second game you are introduced to the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] who are human shaped Krawl. but then this trope is subverted as the [[spoiler: high Krawl]] all [[spoiler:go OneWingedAngel]]. but then this is DoublySubverted with [[spoiler: the final boss[[SequentialBoss (s)]]]] who are all massive
and only grow larger until [[spoiler: you face the ultimate Spectrobe, whom you ''cant'' defeat. (The TrueFinalBoss is [[FallenHero Krux]], a human, though).]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou'', when [[spoiler:Sho Minamimoto becomes part Taboo Noise]], he basically just loses his NiceHat and gains another [[RedRightHand black hand]]; much more human than his original [[OneWingedAngel noise form]], and he becomes, in his own words, strong enough to rival the Composer.
* The BigBad of ''NoituLove 2''. For phase one of the boss fight, she's a blobby sphere with legs. For phase two, she transforms into a bat-winged human, and grows so big that only her head and shoulders fit on-screen. For phase three, she loses the
wings like and shrinks down to only slightly larger than the protagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', the final boss actually has three forms. The first of which is [[spoiler:Super Gideon Graves, which is Gideon grown to twice
his dragon form.]] Possibly normal size]], the second of which is [[spoiler:Gigadeon Graves, a subversion, however, as this fight seems to take place giant mutated monstrosity fought within Perkisas's subconscious.Gideon's own subspace]] and the last of which is[[spoiler: Gideon Graves, fighting unaugmented with only his pixel katana.]]
* During the final battle in ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'', The Id uses its mindpower to turn into a PSI-wielding, curse word-spouting superhuman version of Dr. Andonuts.
* A stunningly common trend in BulletHell games is for bosses to become larger and/or more complex as one progresses through the game, but instead of being even scarier, {{True Final Boss}}es are small and elegant-looking. This shows up in ''VideoGame/BlueWishResurrection'', ''XOP'', all the ''Trigonometry Wars'' games, and probably dozens of other places.
* In ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', [[spoiler:Pandora returns near the end in what is presumably her former humanoid form.]]
* The Process of ''Videogame/{{Transistor}}'' display this. Two of their three most powerful forms, the Younglady and Man, are also the most humanoid. (The third is the gigantic Spine.)
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terapets}}'', several monsters do get more human-looking but some monsters play an inversion.
* In ''Videogame/AgeOfEmpires Castle Siege'', the troops get less [[SuperDeformed cartoony]] and more realistic-looking as you upgrade them. Not to mention with armor\weaponry that gets heavier and more intimidating.
* ''VideoGame/MercenaryKings'' features a trio of dog-themed tanks - The Blitzhound K9, the Munsterlander and the Metal Woof - piloted by the BigBad's pet dog. Each new model is smaller and sleeker than the last, and obviously more powerful.
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "The Mutants", Solonians start as HumanAlien creatures. As they progress through their metamorphosis, they turn into hideous Mutts, which are unintelligent and violent insect-like beings. When life cycle conditions are met, the Mutts transform again into beautiful, glowing, androgynous rainbow-beings.
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' with Jaffar when he becomes a genie
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* ""WesternAnimation/Aladdin" with Jaffar when he becomes a genie

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* Bella Noche, the main antagonist in the "Betty" episode from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts looking like a large head made out of a green, slimy substance inside of a grey box, but his true form had the appearence of androgynous humanoid being with long hair and almost feminine appearence.

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* Bella Noche, the main antagonist in the "Betty" episode from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' starts looking like a large head made out of a green, slimy substance inside of a grey box, but his true form had the appearence of androgynous humanoid being with long hair and almost feminine appearence.appearance.
* It seems that the more compatible and stable a [[FusionDance fusion Gem]] in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is, the more they resemble a normal human. Compare [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/garnet___regeneration.png Garnet]] (a fusion born out of true love) to [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/malachite_new.png Malachite]] (a fusion used to imprison one of the components).
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* ""WesternAnimation/Aladdin" with Jaffar when he becomes a genie
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** While Heartless, as a rule, grow more massive and horrifying the stronger they are, the most powerful of them all, [[spoiler:Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless]], is visually indistinguishable from a normal human, though he's the exception to the rule. However, while the usual Nobody {{Mooks}} of the [=PS2=] sequel are [[UncannyValley somewhat-inhuman]] beasts, with a few massive Nobody [[BossBattle bosses]], the frighteningly powerful Nobodies that make up Organization XIII are visually indistinguishable from normal human beings.

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** While The Heartless, as a rule, grow more massive and horrifying the stronger they are, are. However, the the most powerful of them all, [[spoiler:Ansem/Xehanort's Heartless]], is first appears as an unassuming cloaked figure before [[spoiler: possessing Riku]], at which point he becomes visually indistinguishable from a normal human, though he's human. He's the exception to the rule. However, while the rule, though.
** The
usual Nobody {{Mooks}} of the [=PS2=] sequel are [[UncannyValley somewhat-inhuman]] beasts, with a few massive Nobody [[BossBattle bosses]], the frighteningly powerful Nobodies that make up Organization XIII are visually indistinguishable from normal human beings.
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** Most Riders from ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'' transform into heavily-armored Masked Forms, but once they trigger their TransformationTrinket's "Cast Off", they shed their armor and gain access to the [[SuperSpeed Clock Up]] ability.


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** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' apparently borrows ''Kabuto's'' transformation gimmick, only replace Heavy Armor with "Live Action SuperDeformed".
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