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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.
25th Jun '17 3:12:42 AM jormis29
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* Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes 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.

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* Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes 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.
20th Jun '17 1:27:53 AM bfunc
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* Depending on who's writing the DC character ComicBook/TheSpectre, he may or may not have some form of this. The older stories treated him as a guy who was returned from death and could, when he wanted, take on a ghostly form with mystical powers. Most later writers treat the Spectre and the human host it's associated with as separate characters, with how much control the host has when in Spectre form being highly variable.

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* Depending on who's writing the DC character ComicBook/TheSpectre, he may or may not have some form of this. The older stories treated him as a guy who was returned from death and could, when he wanted, take on a ghostly form with mystical powers. Most later writers treat the Spectre and the human host it's associated with as separate characters, with how much control the host has when in Spectre form being highly variable. In the Ostrander run the two were separate to the extent that Corrigan didn't have a "Spectre form"; the Spectre essentially lived inside him (but could temporarily leave and act independently).
* Ultra Boy of the ComicBook/LegionOfSuper-Heroes 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.
* 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.
21st May '17 5:30:53 PM nombretomado
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** Downplayed in WerewolfTheForsaken, where human-form [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Uratha]] enjoy slightly increased physical durability and supernatural perception, but most of their power is in their Hybrid forms. Just take care with your [[UnstoppableRage rage]].

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** Downplayed in WerewolfTheForsaken, ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'', where human-form [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Uratha]] enjoy slightly increased physical durability and supernatural perception, but most of their power is in their Hybrid forms. Just take care with your [[UnstoppableRage rage]].
18th May '17 7:23:36 PM WillBGood
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* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman,'' if not the TropeCodifier, is an important early example, with the team members each having a wristband communicator that also triggers the transformation of their clothes into their PoweredArmor.

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* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman,'' if not the TropeCodifier, is an important early example, with the team members each having a wristband communicator that is also triggers the transformation of their clothes into TransformationTrinket for their PoweredArmor.
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