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1st Oct '17 3:02:09 PM RedScharlach
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And sometimes their history of metamorphisis is used to show transformations less drastic than total rebirth. (Because butterflies are also ethereal and can fly, if this is a moral transformation, it is more likely to be a HeelFaceTurn than the other way around.)

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And sometimes their history of metamorphisis metamorphosis is used to show transformations less drastic than total rebirth. (Because butterflies are also ethereal and can fly, if this is a moral transformation, it is more likely to be a HeelFaceTurn than the other way around.)



* The caterpillar in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' can be seen to serve this sort of symbolic function. For instance, at the end of the [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 2010 film]], Alice has been somewhat transformed by her experiences in Wonderland, and this is symbolized by the caterpillar (called Absolem in this adapation) appearing on her shoulders in the form of a butterfly and doing a FlyAtTheCameraEnding.
* The ''Film/IAmLegend'' remake feature the motif of a butterfly quite often. In the released film, it doesn't amount to anything; however, in the original ending, it represented that [[spoiler: that the Dayseekers weren't mindless, evil zombies, but sentient beings that had transformed into a ''better'' forms than the old-fashioned humans.]] Keep in mind that [[spoiler:the [[WeaksauceWeakness "better"]] form is eye of the beholder]].
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', Cinderella's gown from the Fairy Godmother has butterflies decorated along the neckline, as well her shoes, as a motif of her transformation.

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* The caterpillar in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' can be seen to serve this sort of symbolic function. For instance, at the end of the [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 2010 film]], Alice has been somewhat transformed by her experiences in Wonderland, and this is symbolized by the caterpillar (called Absolem in this adapation) adaptation) appearing on her shoulders in the form of a butterfly and doing a FlyAtTheCameraEnding.
* The ''Film/IAmLegend'' remake feature features the motif of a butterfly quite often. In the released film, it doesn't amount to anything; however, in the original ending, it represented that [[spoiler: that the Dayseekers weren't mindless, evil zombies, but sentient beings that had transformed into a ''better'' forms than the old-fashioned humans.]] Keep in mind that [[spoiler:the [[WeaksauceWeakness "better"]] form is eye of the beholder]].
* In ''Film/{{Cinderella 2015}}'', Cinderella's gown from the Fairy Godmother has butterflies decorated along butterfly decorations around the neckline, as well as on her shoes, as a motif of her transformation.



* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Delenn uses a butterfly-like cocoon to [[spoiler:transform into a half-human half-minbari]]. During the transformation, the security team exploited the trope by telling the traitor that it she became beautiful as she left the cocoon, as if she was a butterfly with wings.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', Delenn uses a butterfly-like cocoon to [[spoiler:transform into a half-human half-minbari]].half-Minbari]]. During the transformation, the security team exploited the trope by telling the traitor that it she became beautiful as she left the cocoon, as if she was a butterfly with wings.



* In the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series, the golden butterfly is symbolic of Philemon, the diety that allows the heroes to tap into their Personas. According to WordOfGod, in the later games in the series he actually appears as a blue butterfly with an implied similar, if lesser, function, although neither the characters nor any narrator identifies him.
* This is part of Morph Moth's gimmick in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2''. He starts the fight in a cacoon suspended on a thread, and after taking enough damage he, appropriately enough, metamorphosizes into a fully grown robot moth.
* In ''Videogame/BioShock2'', [[UnderwaterCity Rapture's]] change as "better" society fueled by Dr. Lamb's [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill extreme altruistic view]] are symbolized by a blue butterfly that is worn by most of the members of the Rapture family and it appears in most of the city. A lot of the graffitis with this motif also have written: "We will be reborn in the cold womb of the ocean. She is our savior".[[spoiler: Turns out more literal than you would think, as Lamb's plan is using her own daughter as a [[TheAssimilator "database" of the population of Rapture]] to create a human completely driven to benefit a group in its entirety.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/PaleBlue Pale Blue]]'', the organization Cocoon uses butterflies as symbolism of their goal to transform humanity from its ugly "larvae" state into beautiful butterflies through their actions. Their leader of Cocoon is even named after The Monarch Butterfly.

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* In the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series, the golden butterfly is symbolic of Philemon, the diety deity that allows the heroes to tap into their Personas. According to WordOfGod, in the later games in the series he actually appears as a blue butterfly with an implied similar, if lesser, function, although neither the characters nor any narrator identifies him.
* This is part of Morph Moth's gimmick in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2''. He starts the fight in a cacoon cocoon suspended on a thread, and after taking enough damage he, appropriately enough, metamorphosizes into a fully grown robot moth.
* In ''Videogame/BioShock2'', [[UnderwaterCity Rapture's]] change as "better" society fueled by Dr. Lamb's [[TheEvilsOfFreeWill extreme altruistic view]] are symbolized by a blue butterfly that is worn by most of the members of the Rapture family and it appears in most of the city. A lot of the graffitis graffiti with this motif also have written: reads: "We will be reborn in the cold womb of the ocean. She is our savior".[[spoiler: Turns out more literal than you would think, as Lamb's plan is using her own daughter as a [[TheAssimilator "database" of the population of Rapture]] to create a human completely driven to benefit a group in its entirety.]]
* In ''[[VideoGame/PaleBlue Pale Blue]]'', the organization Cocoon uses butterflies as symbolism symbols of their goal to transform humanity from its ugly "larvae" state into beautiful butterflies through their actions. Their leader of Cocoon is even named after The the Monarch Butterfly.butterfly.
11th Apr '17 6:07:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' pulls this in TheMovie with Inazuman, another ShotaroIshinomori creation. At first, Saburo Kazeta is a bitter young man who hates "normal humans" for [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunning him due to his psychic powers]], which include transforming into the larval Sanagiman. Fourze gives him a heart-to-heart ([[LampshadeHanging which outright includes the butterfly metaphor]]) which leads to Saburo pulling a HeelFaceTurn, at which point Sanagiman "molts" into Inazuman, complete with radiant wings.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' pulls this in TheMovie with Inazuman, another ShotaroIshinomori Creator/ShotaroIshinomori creation. At first, Saburo Kazeta is a bitter young man who hates "normal humans" for [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer shunning him due to his psychic powers]], which include transforming into the larval Sanagiman. Fourze gives him a heart-to-heart ([[LampshadeHanging which outright includes the butterfly metaphor]]) which leads to Saburo pulling a HeelFaceTurn, at which point Sanagiman "molts" into Inazuman, complete with radiant wings.
8th Apr '17 8:45:18 AM Chabal2
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* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} book "The Departure" heavily feature the theme of a caterpillar, and later a butterfly. It is not a coincidence that this is where Cassie meets a surprisingly sympathetic [[PuppeteerParasite yeerk]], one willing to give up her host body. This, along with Cassie's continued realisation that the world isn't as [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]] as she thought, signifies change.

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* The Literature/{{Animorphs}} book "The Departure" heavily feature the theme of a caterpillar, and later a butterfly. It is not a coincidence that this is where Cassie meets a surprisingly sympathetic [[PuppeteerParasite yeerk]], one willing to give up her host body.body [[spoiler:if Cassie is willing to experience the rest of her life as a Yeerk... or the closest thing at hand: a caterpillar]]. This, along with Cassie's continued realisation that the world isn't as [[BlackAndWhiteMorality black and white]] as she thought, signifies change. [[spoiler:It also brings up the fact that natural metamorphosis can somehow undo the ModeLock of remaining more than two Earth hours in morph, something Cassie willingly did to make the Yeerk free her host.]]
8th Mar '17 3:28:40 PM koolkame
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* The fourth entry in the Videogame/GearsOfWar series introduces JD Fenix and Kat talking about how a cocooned butterfly changes its shape just before they go on a raid. [[spoiler: This is foreshadowing for the reveal that the Locust Horde was not entirely entirely destroyed at the end of the third game and have returned in stronger forms and are converting humans into the Swarm through cocoons.]]
14th Nov '16 1:59:45 AM socialist-cokehead
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* Using a [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible dragonfly]] rather than a butterfly, the Music/EgoLikeness album ''Dragonfly'' has a theme of personal rebirth and the [[http://images.junostatic.com/full/CS1686192-02A-BIG.jpg cover art]] depicts the eponymous insect.

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* Using a [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible dragonfly]] rather than a butterfly, the Music/EgoLikeness album ''Dragonfly'' has a theme of personal rebirth and the [[http://images.junostatic.com/full/CS1686192-02A-BIG.jpg cover art]] art depicts the eponymous insect.
6th Nov '16 3:13:57 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', General Grievous [[http://darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0531.html explains why he became a cyborg]] by saying "The caterpillar sees not its destiny, except by fulfilling it. Only by shedding our previous bodies can we become beautiful butterflies."
30th Oct '16 6:46:03 AM Anddrix
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* The caterpillar in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' can be seen to serve this sort of symbolic function. For instance, at the end of the [[Film/AliceInWonderland 2010 film]], Alice has been somewhat transformed by her experiences in Wonderland, and this is symbolized by the caterpillar (called Absolem in this adapation) appearing on her shoulders in the form of a butterfly and doing a FlyAtTheCameraEnding.

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* The caterpillar in ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' can be seen to serve this sort of symbolic function. For instance, at the end of the [[Film/AliceInWonderland [[Film/AliceInWonderland2010 2010 film]], Alice has been somewhat transformed by her experiences in Wonderland, and this is symbolized by the caterpillar (called Absolem in this adapation) appearing on her shoulders in the form of a butterfly and doing a FlyAtTheCameraEnding.
15th Oct '16 6:28:09 PM CrystalGlacia
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* Music/RieFu's song "Butterfly" is appropriately about personal transformation. It's on one of the two albums she released to celebrate ten years of being a musician, and its official music video features clips of women holding up signs with advice written on them that they wish they knew when they were young.
21st Sep '16 10:26:19 PM Maverickface
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* This is part of Morph Moth's gimmick in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2''. He starts the fight in a cacoon suspended on a thread, and after taking enough damage he, appropriately enough, metamorphosizes into a fully a fully grown robot moth.

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* This is part of Morph Moth's gimmick in ''VideoGame/MegaManX2''. He starts the fight in a cacoon suspended on a thread, and after taking enough damage he, appropriately enough, metamorphosizes into a fully a fully grown robot moth.
25th Aug '16 4:30:41 PM themisterfree
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* A literal example in ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': [[BigBad Hawk Moth]] utilizes these to feed off people's negative emotions and turn them into an [[MonsterOfTheWeek Akuma]].
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