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8th May '16 10:42:29 PM erforce
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* The eponymous flesh-covered killer robots of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series develop according to these lines over the years. From hulking Ahnold the later Terminator models seem to be heading towards ever more slender and graceful ones, from Robert Patrick to Kristanna Loken to Creator/SummerGlau. It does have some justification in that the Terminators are meant for infiltration; smaller people stand out less in a crowd, and the diminutive stature makes humans less wary.

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* The eponymous flesh-covered killer robots of the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series develop according to these lines over the years. From hulking Ahnold Ahnold, the later Terminator models seem to be heading towards ever more slender and graceful ones, from [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Robert Patrick Patrick]] to [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines Kristanna Loken Loken]] to Creator/SummerGlau.[[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles Summer Glau]]. It does have some justification in that the Terminators are meant for infiltration; smaller people stand out less in a crowd, and the diminutive stature makes humans less wary.
6th Apr '16 8:46:40 PM GreatWyrmGold
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* 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 directly subvert it, such as Bulbasaur (in ''Red & Blue''), Togepi, and Oshawott.

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* 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 directly subvert avert it, such as Bulbasaur (in ''Red & Blue''), Togepi, and Oshawott.
29th Mar '16 9:57:03 AM StFan
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*** From the original Dragonball manga up through the Saiyan saga, the most powerful Saiyan form is the Oozaru: a mindless giant ape.

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*** From the original Dragonball ''Manga/DragonBall'' manga up through the Saiyan saga, the most powerful Saiyan form is the Oozaru: a mindless giant ape.



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* ''PhantasyStarIV''

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''

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20th Mar '16 8:32:20 PM totoofze47
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** 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 God 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.]]

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** 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 God 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.]]
17th Mar '16 8:56:06 AM ObsidianFire
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*** 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 [[GenreSavvy Piccolo seems fully aware this trope is in play.]]

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*** 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 [[GenreSavvy Piccolo seems fully aware this trope is in play.]]



* 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 [[GenreBlindness seals his fate]] by going OneWingedAngel for the FinalBoss fight of [=RE5=], which allows you to (presumably) finally kill him for good.]]

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* 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 [[GenreBlindness seals his fate]] fate by going OneWingedAngel for the FinalBoss fight of [=RE5=], which allows you to (presumably) finally kill him for good.]]
13th Mar '16 12:17:31 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfZta3CBppU This commercial]] has two men dueling over the last beer by progressively turning into something more powerful and intimidating. The first guy starts by becoming a masked wrestler. The second guy responds by becoming a gorilla. The first guy then becomes an {{Expy}} of ConanTheBarbarian. The second guy then becomes a robot that looks like a cross between a {{Franchise/Terminator}} and Robosapien. Then, the first guy becomes a hot blonde babe. Guess who won the duel?

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfZta3CBppU This commercial]] has two men dueling over the last beer by progressively turning into something more powerful and intimidating. The first guy starts by becoming a masked wrestler. The second guy responds by becoming a gorilla. The first guy then becomes an {{Expy}} of ConanTheBarbarian.Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian. The second guy then becomes a robot that looks like a cross between a {{Franchise/Terminator}} and Robosapien. Then, the first guy becomes a hot blonde babe. Guess who won the duel?
13th Feb '16 2:45:20 PM Dark_Lord_
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** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' seems to use this trope for transformations of the title character. The transformations to his second and third forms add more armor to his suit, with the third form being almost completely covered in Samurai armor. His fourth and final form crosses the bishounen line, by being the least armored and thinnest looking suit in the whole show.
** Zodiarts that surpass Last One in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' regain their human form if they become a Zodiart.

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** Upon transforming one time too many, Zodiarts, the MonsterOfTheWeek in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'', will reach the Last One stage, in which they can't change back to their normal human form. However, some Zodiarts have the ability to surpass the Last One stage and evolve into a Horoscopes. One of the abilities of a Horoscopes is reverting back to human form.
** ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' seems to use this trope for transformations of the title character.character Kouta. The transformations to his second and third forms add more armor to his suit, with the third form being almost completely covered in Samurai armor. His fourth and final form crosses the bishounen line, by being the least armored and thinnest looking suit in the whole show.
** Zodiarts that surpass Last One
show. [[spoiler: Kouta takes this trope a step further by accepting godlike powers in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' regain their the finale, which causes him to transform into a white haired version of himself, thus making his powerful form the most human form if they become a Zodiart. for them all.]]
13th Feb '16 4:59:15 AM littlebeeper
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* In ''Literature/DesolateEra'', monsterous 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.

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* In ''Literature/DesolateEra'', monsterous 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.
7th Feb '16 8:17:12 AM Tyren
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* In ''Literature/DesolateEra'', monsterous 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.
22nd Jan '16 9:28:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* 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 ''BlueWishResurrection'', ''XOP'', all the ''Trigonometry Wars'' games, and probably dozens of other places.

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* 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 ''BlueWishResurrection'', ''VideoGame/BlueWishResurrection'', ''XOP'', all the ''Trigonometry Wars'' games, and probably dozens of other places.
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