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21st May '18 2:23:53 PM Tyjohnson616
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* ComicBook/TheHulk is theoretically this; in human form Bruce Banner is just a regular guy (though fairly smart), while in Hulk form he's extremely strong and tough, but he's also ''really'' stupid (usually). Because the comic is called The Incredible Hulk instead of The Average Banner, he tends to spend about 90% of the time as the Hulk, with the writers only reverting him to human form to have him angst for a while.

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* ComicBook/TheHulk is theoretically this; in human form Bruce Banner is just a regular guy (though fairly smart), while in Hulk form he's extremely strong and tough, but he's also ''really'' stupid (usually). Because the comic is called The Incredible Hulk instead of The Average Banner, he tends to spend about 90% of the time as the Hulk, with the writers only before the 00s reverting him to human form to have him angst for a while.while. Since ComicBook/PlanetHulk and it's follow up stories, Banner has been given more control/a partnership with Hulk's personality that allows them to transform back and forth at will, with Green Hulk taking on a more intelligent form of speech, making them more a classical version of the trope, though both still see each other as the "other guy" to some extent.
10th May '18 3:17:17 PM PhantomRider
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* Tony Stark in ''Film/IronMan'', just like the comics. As he continues to advance the technology, donning it becomes easier every time, going from needing a lot of machinery to assemble and disassemble it around him in the first to having the suitcase suit in the second to each piece flying into place on its own with so long as he wears certain arm devices to summon it in ''The Avengers'' to basically ''doing a henshin pose'' that it responds to (not quite perfected) in the third. Particularly noticeable in the [[Film/IronMan3 third film]], where the climax involves him [[spoiler: alternating between suits in quick succession, each opening, letting him in, and resealing around him as needed even in midair]].

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* Tony Stark in ''Film/IronMan'', just like the comics. As he continues to advance the technology, donning it becomes easier every time, going from needing a lot of machinery to assemble and disassemble it around him in the first to having the suitcase suit in the second to each piece flying into place on its own with so long as he wears certain arm devices to summon it in ''The Avengers'' to basically ''doing a henshin pose'' that it responds to (not quite perfected) in the third. Particularly noticeable in the [[Film/IronMan3 third film]], where the climax involves him [[spoiler: alternating between suits in quick succession, each opening, letting him in, and resealing around him as needed even in midair]]. ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' takes it even farther - nanites stored in a chest-worn device pour around him to form the suit with a touch. That’s as close to a {{Toku}} hero as you’re getting without having him shout “[[Franchise/PowerRangers It’s morphin’ time]]!”
3rd May '18 8:44:49 AM RedShirtDown
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** [[spoiler: In an anniversary episode, he uses cards and the ''Series/PowerRangersMegaforce'' Morpher switch between different outfits.]]
22nd Apr '18 12:29:58 PM nombretomado
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* OlderThanTelevision: [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who debuted ''decades'' before He-Man or the Japanese heroes, making him the UrExample of all transforming heroes. He's normally a powerless little boy (or early teen) named Billy Batson, but when he says "Shazam" (an acronym of the names of six mythological figures), he's transformed into a powerful FlyingBrick. Cap's supporting cast featured a lot of these, including Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, and the Lieutenants Marvel, as well as a lot of Henshin Villains, like Black Adam, Ibac, and Sabbac. Later it was revealed that even the wizard Shazam himself was a former Henshin Hero thousands of years ago when he was Jebediah of Canaan, who transformed into The Champion by saying the magic word "Vlarem". Most of those characters were retconned out with the New 52 reboot in 2011, but the current version of Billy Batson still says "Shazam" to transform from a normal boy into a superhero (albeit one with somewhat different powers).

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* OlderThanTelevision: [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who debuted ''decades'' before He-Man or the Japanese heroes, making him the UrExample of all transforming heroes. He's normally a powerless little boy (or early teen) named Billy Batson, but when he says "Shazam" (an acronym of the names of six mythological figures), he's transformed into a powerful FlyingBrick. Cap's supporting cast featured a lot of these, including Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Hoppy the Marvel Bunny, and the Lieutenants Marvel, as well as a lot of Henshin Villains, like Black Adam, Ibac, and Sabbac. Later it was revealed that even the wizard Shazam himself was a former Henshin Hero thousands of years ago when he was Jebediah of Canaan, who transformed into The Champion by saying the magic word "Vlarem". Most of those characters were retconned out with the New 52 reboot in 2011, but the current version of Billy Batson still says "Shazam" to transform from a normal boy into a superhero (albeit one with somewhat different powers).
29th Mar '18 9:32:15 PM MagnusForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Neither Joey nor AP have powers until they perform their FusionDance and become the eponymous superhero, as Joey is the only one who can unlock Captain Atomic's lost powers from his BalefulPolymorph.
18th Mar '18 5:49:50 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Manga/WeddingPeach''

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* ''Manga/WeddingPeach''''Manga/WeddingPeach'', whose MagicalGirl heroines gain their powers from ThePowerOfLove to battle monsters.



* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''

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* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''''Anime/PrincessTutu'', in which the hero is a duck who is granted the power to become a magical princess.



* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.

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* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.''Manga/SaintSeiya'', which launched the armored warriors subgenre of shonen fighting manga/anime, as the main characters are granted cintellation-themed sculptures that can become suits of armour for battle.
18th Mar '18 5:42:57 PM MagnusForce
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%%* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''.
%%* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''.
%%* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
%%** ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''.

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%%* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''.
%%* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko''.
%%* ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
%%** ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon''.
* ''Manga/AkazukinChacha''. The anime more closely fits the trope than the manga, which was mostly just a CuteWitch series.
* ''Anime/DevilHunterYohko'', in which boy-crazy sixteen-year-old schoolgirl Yohko Mano can become a demon slayer to banish the forces of evil from Earth.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' is one of the best-known MagicalGirl-based examples of the trope. Young schoolgirl Usagi Tsukino discovers she's the reincarnation of the titular ancient lunar warrior from the Moon Kingdom and uses her newfound powers to protect Earth from the force s of evil. It also had a live-action adaptation called ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' from the folks behind ''Franchise/KamenRider'' and ''Franchise/SuperSentai''.



%%** The ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series.
%%** ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
%%** ''Tokyo Black Catgirl'', the short manga upon which ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' was based.
%%** ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.

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%%** * The ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' series.
%%** ''Manga/TokyoMewMew''.
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series, in which fairies bestow their powers onto ordinary schoolgirls to battle monsters and save both their world and that of the fairies.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', which was a short manga series called
''Tokyo Black Catgirl'', Catgirl'' and successfully brought the short manga upon which ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' was based.
%%** ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.
MagicalGirl team into the 2000s.
* ''Anime/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is yet another MagicalGirl example, this time ''with mermaids''.



%%* ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', whose main character was an [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]] of the MagicalGirl genre.

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%%* * ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', whose main character was an [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]] of the MagicalGirl genre.



%%* ''Manga/WeddingPeach''
%%* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' with Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles, and Powered Buttercup
%%* ''Anime/PrincessTutu''
%%* ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'', though a couple characters are able to use some of their abilities without transforming.

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%%* * ''Manga/WeddingPeach''
%%* * ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' gave this treatment to ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' with Hyper Blossom, Rolling Bubbles, and Powered Buttercup
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Buttercup.
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''Anime/PrincessTutu''
%%* * ''Manga/KamichamaKarin'', though a couple characters are able to use some of their abilities without transforming.



%%* The ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' in particular have their costumes actually be their casual wear only flipped around!

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%%* * The ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}'' in particular have their costumes actually be their casual wear only flipped around!



%%* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.

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%%* * ''Manga/SaintSeiya''.



* ''WebAnimation/KaijuGirls'': The girls are only slightly stronger than ordinary humans and most of their powers (such as SuperStrength) are only active after transformation.

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* ''WebAnimation/KaijuGirls'': ''WebAnimation/KaijuGirls'' features cute anime girls who possess the powers of the various monsters from ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' ([[Franchise/UltraSeries and its many spinoffs, sequels, and remakes]]). The girls are only slightly stronger than ordinary humans and most of their powers (such as SuperStrength) are only active after transformation.



%% * ''Franchise/MetalHeroes''
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' is the UrExample for Japanese Tokusatsu. It also combines this trope with TransformationTrinket.

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%% * ''Franchise/MetalHeroes''
''Franchise/MetalHeroes'', being from the same folks behind ''Kamen Rider'' and ''Super Sentai'' and running from 1982 to 1999 (with some movie revivals in the 2010s).
* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' is the UrExample for Japanese Tokusatsu. It also combines this trope with TransformationTrinket.In every series, an ordinary guy uses a TransformationTrinket to become a gigantic alien warrior of light in order to battle {{kaiju}} and [[SizeShifter sizeshifting]] aliens. Unlike the previous three major franchises, it's not produced by Creator/{{Toei}}, but Creator/TsuburayaProductions.



%%* There was a Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' series that turned him into a Henshin Hero (complete with GiantRobot!).
%% * American ''tokusatsu'' adaptations:
%%** ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
%% ** ''Series/VRTroopers''
%% **''Series/MaskedRider''
%% **''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad''
%% ** ''[[Series/{{Beetleborgs}} Big Bad Beetleborgs]]''
%% **''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.

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%%* * There was a Japanese ''[[Series/SpiderManJapan Spider-Man]]'' series that turned him into a Henshin Hero (complete with GiantRobot!).
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Hero, rather than the usual change of costume. He even got a HumongousMecha to battle the MonsterOfTheWeek whenever it turned giant-sized! [[WidgetSeries Yeah, it was that kind of show.]]
* Many American ''tokusatsu'' adaptations:
%%** ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
%% ** ''Series/VRTroopers''
%% **''Series/MaskedRider''
%% **''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad''
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adaptations (most of which came around the same time). Asides from ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' (which started the craze), we have ''Series/VRTroopers'', ''Series/MaskedRider'', ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'', and ''[[Series/{{Beetleborgs}} Big Bad Beetleborgs]]''
%% **''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight''.
Beetleborgs]]''. There was also ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', which came sometime after the trend had faded out and left only ''Power Rangers'' standing.



* The Lynda Carter ''WonderWoman'' series. Diana Prince had to spin (along with an act of will, so she couldn't change accidentally) to transform into Wonder Woman in order to access her powers.

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* The Lynda Carter ''WonderWoman'' ''Series/WonderWoman'' series. Diana Prince had to spin (along with an act of will, so she couldn't change accidentally) to transform into Wonder Woman in order to access her powers.



%%* The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''. Though some episodes shows that he ''can'' be a badass in human form.

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%%* * The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong''.WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong, who transforms into a dragon to battle monsters and supernatural creatures. Though some episodes shows that he ''can'' be a badass in human form.



%%* ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'', which may have been inspired by the armored warriors anime genre.

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%%* * ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'', which may have been inspired by the armored warriors anime genre.genre, is what happens when you apply this trope to Arthurian legend.
25th Jan '18 4:53:33 PM nombretomado
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* Eric Draven, from MallFight. He started off as a Green Ranger, moved onto becoming Kamen Rider Black, and now transforms (actually saying "HENSHIN!") into a fusion between Kamen Rider and Comicbook/GhostRider.

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* Eric Draven, from MallFight.''Roleplay/MallFight''. He started off as a Green Ranger, moved onto becoming Kamen Rider Black, and now transforms (actually saying "HENSHIN!") into a fusion between Kamen Rider and Comicbook/GhostRider.
2nd Oct '17 10:37:08 AM LeonardoRegulus
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%%* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
%%* Its DistaffCounterpart, ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', and its sequels ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''.
%%** Oh so is the rest of the PowerTrio, the LoveInterest and plenty of bit characters as well. For example, [[EnergyBeing Gwen]], [[EnergyAbsorption Ke]][[ElementalShapeshifter vin]], [[PowerArmor Ju]][[EquippableAlly lie]].

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%%* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
%%* Its
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'' as well as its DistaffCounterpart, ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower''.
%%* * ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'', and its sequels ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', and ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''.
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''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse''. Interestingly, Ben has multiple hero forms to choose from (10 initially, then he gets more forms as each series progresses).
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Oh so is the rest of the PowerTrio, the LoveInterest and plenty of bit characters as well. For example, [[EnergyBeing Gwen]], [[EnergyAbsorption Ke]][[ElementalShapeshifter vin]], [[PowerArmor Ju]][[EquippableAlly lie]].
24th Sep '17 11:05:54 AM nombretomado
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%%* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' was a wholly American henshin hero program, which used no Japanse footage (albeit borrowing a few ''{{Beetleborgs}}'' costumes, which were, in turn, borrowed ''JuukouBFighter'' and ''BFighterKabuto'' costumes.)

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%%* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'' was a wholly American henshin hero program, which used no Japanse footage (albeit borrowing a few ''{{Beetleborgs}}'' ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' costumes, which were, in turn, borrowed ''JuukouBFighter'' and ''BFighterKabuto'' costumes.)
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