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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''.
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* ''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.)
24th Sep '17 10:59:28 AM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' does something odd with this trope. Although Nanoha has a TransformationSequence, all it does is summon her Barrier Jacket (combat uniform). She can use her magical powers without transforming. However, we only see her do it on a few occasions, and with relatively minor magic.

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' does something odd with this trope. Although Nanoha has a TransformationSequence, all it does is summon her Barrier Jacket (combat uniform). She can use her magical powers without transforming. However, we only see her do it on a few occasions, and with relatively minor magic.
23rd Aug '17 4:10:06 PM no_name86
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* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'', in which the operators can merge with their Navis in a process called Cross Fusion. Exclusive to the anime, this did not appear in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', the video game it was based on, although Starforce does feature a similar form of henshin.

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* ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior'', in which the operators can merge with their Navis in a process called Cross Fusion. Exclusive to the anime, this did not appear in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', the video game it was based on, although Starforce ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'' does feature a similar form of henshin.
3rd Jul '17 6:27:56 AM DarkStorm
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* The Linda 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 Linda 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.
3rd Jul '17 5:41:47 AM DarkStorm
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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. In one Golden Age story, even AdolphHitler tried to get in on the act, with a magic transforming word of his own ([[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he didn't seem to have any actual powers, just a new ill-fitting costume). 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}} 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. In one Golden Age story, even AdolphHitler tried to get in on the act, with a magic transforming word of his own ([[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he didn't seem to have any actual powers, just a new ill-fitting costume). 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).
3rd Jul '17 5:41:06 AM DarkStorm
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%%* OlderThanTelevision: [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who debuted *decades* before He-Man or the Japanese heroes.

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%%* * OlderThanTelevision: [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]], who debuted *decades* ''decades'' before He-Man or the Japanese heroes.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. In one Golden Age story, even AdolphHitler tried to get in on the act, with a magic transforming word of his own ([[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in that he didn't seem to have any actual powers, just a new ill-fitting costume). 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).



%%* ComicBook/BlueBeetle (The first and third.)

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%%* ComicBook/BlueBeetle (The * Comicbook/{{Miracleman}} (originally and still sometimes Marvelman - see MM's own page for the convoluted legal history) was a direct homage to Captain Marvel, created while the latter was in the middle of his twenty-year publishing hiatus, and transformed by speaking the word "Kimota" ("atomic" backwards, more or less). He likewise had two teenage sidekicks, Young Marvelman/Miracleman and Kid Marvelman/Miracleman, who transformed by speaking their mentor's name.
* ComicBook/BlueBeetle, especially the
first (Dan Garrett used a mystical scarab to transform into a superhero) and third.)the third (Jaime Rayes, who uses the same scarab, now revealed as an alien artifact, to turn into a power-armored superhero). The second Blue Beetle, Ted Kord, was never able to get the scarab to work for him, so he is not an example.



** Prior to that, he went through a period in TheSeventies when he only had his powers while visualising a lynx. Otherwise they were in the possession of a young boy who was psychically connected to the lynx. No, really.
* At some point, ComicBook/WonderWoman no longer had her powers when not transformed.

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** Prior to that, he went through a period in TheSeventies when he only had his powers while visualising visualizing a lynx. Otherwise they were in the possession of a young boy who was psychically connected to the lynx. No, really.
* At some point, ComicBook/WonderWoman no longer had her powers when not transformed. (This was also how it worked in her TV series)



%%* [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus]].

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%%* * [[ComicBook/XMen Colossus]]. Colossus]], who is large and buff-looking in his human form, but only superhumanly strong and tough in his metallic form.



* The ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' is the UrExample. It also combines this trope with TransformationTrinket.

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



%%* The Linda Carter ''WonderWoman'' series.

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%%* * The Linda Carter ''WonderWoman'' series.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.



* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', with wonderful catchphrases to go with it: "''Henshin a Go-Go, Baby!''" and "''Henshin Around!''". It just so happens that he only actually needs to say "Henshin". The rest of the catchphrase is just for fun. His EvilCounterpart gets his own, which is the stinger to this page.

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* ''VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe'', with wonderful catchphrases to go with it: "''Henshin a Go-Go, Baby!''" and "''Henshin Around!''". It just so happens that he only actually needs to say "Henshin". The rest of the catchphrase is just for fun. When Silvia and Blue transform, they just say "Henshin!" without the rest. His EvilCounterpart gets his own, mocks the phrase, which is the stinger to this page.page, but has his own Henshin phrase: "Devil Trigger!"
2nd Jul '17 9:32:57 AM nombretomado
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%%* {{Freakazoid}}

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%%* {{Freakazoid}}WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}
2nd Jul '17 1:22:54 AM Tropester26
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* This trope is also a staple of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, as well as their American ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' adaptations. Many Sentai needed {{Transformation Trinket}}s to do their stuff (the Power Morphers from ''Power Rangers'' being the biggest example.

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* This trope is also a staple of ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, as well as their American ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' adaptations. Many Sentai needed {{Transformation Trinket}}s to do their stuff (the Power Morphers from ''Power Rangers'' being the biggest example.)
25th Jun '17 3:13:35 AM jormis29
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* Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes had a slight variant. He had all the powers as Superboy had, but only one at a time; he could be either super-strong or invulnerable, but not both at the same time.
* The protagonist of Dial H for Hero had an alien artifact that would transform him (or her) temporarily into a superhero-ish sort of thing. The form and powers were random, though with some thought they were always applicable somehow to the current problem.

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* Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes ''ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes'' had a slight variant. He had all the powers as Superboy had, but only one at a time; he could be either super-strong or invulnerable, but not both at the same time.
* The protagonist of Dial H for Hero ''ComicBook/DialHForHero'' had an alien artifact that would transform him (or her) temporarily into a superhero-ish sort of thing. The form and powers were random, though with some thought they were always applicable somehow to the current problem.
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