History Main / HumanShifting

1st Feb '18 12:42:50 PM thatother1dude
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* DependingOnTheWriter, Mystique from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics is usually limited to human shapes. Some adaptations have stretched this, though, such as the ''X-Men Evolution'' cartoon that had her turning into animals like wolves (and in one memorable case due to Apocalypse boosting her power, [[OneToMillionToOne she was able to turn into]] an entire ''swarm'' of bats).

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* DependingOnTheWriter, Mystique from the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics is usually limited to human shapes. [[AdaptationalSuperpowerChange Some adaptations have stretched this, this]], though, such as the ''X-Men Evolution'' cartoon that had her turning ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', where she can turn into animals like wolves (and in one memorable case due to Apocalypse boosting her power, [[OneToMillionToOne she was able to turn into]] an entire ''swarm'' of bats).
1st Feb '18 12:38:00 PM thatother1dude
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See {{Doppelganger}}. Compare {{Shapeshifter}} and MasterOfDisguise. Contrast WigDressAccent. For nonhumans that become humans, then that's HumanityEnsues. If someone is involuntarily shifted then see CloneByConversion. {{Weredragon}} is the subtrope for dragons that can do this.

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See {{Doppelganger}}. Compare {{Shapeshifter}} and MasterOfDisguise. Contrast WigDressAccent. For nonhumans that become humans, then that's HumanityEnsues. If someone is involuntarily shifted then see CloneByConversion. {{Weredragon}} {{Sexshifter}} and DualAgeModes are subtropes where shapeshifting is the subtrope for dragons that can do this.
even more restricted, only changing sex and age, respectively.
23rd Dec '17 12:19:09 PM ZombieAladdin
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** Oingo's Stand, Khnum, allows him to reshape himself into anyone else he wishes, right down to scent (so even animals, like Iggy, are fooled). That being said, Oingo seems cursed with rotten luck, as he repeatedly finds himself in situations where his shapeshifting won't do him much good (such as being forced to swallow lit cigarettes).

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** Oingo's Stand, Khnum, allows him to reshape himself into anyone else he wishes, right down to scent (so even animals, like Iggy, are fooled). That being said, Oingo seems [[BornUnlucky cursed with rotten luck, luck]], as he repeatedly finds himself in situations where his shapeshifting won't do him much good (such as being forced to swallow lit cigarettes).
21st Dec '17 1:18:24 AM ZombieAladdin
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'':
** Oingo's Stand, Khnum, allows him to reshape himself into anyone else he wishes, right down to scent (so even animals, like Iggy, are fooled). That being said, Oingo seems cursed with rotten luck, as he repeatedly finds himself in situations where his shapeshifting won't do him much good (such as being forced to swallow lit cigarettes).
** Toshikazu Hazamada's Stand, Surface, is a life-size manikin that can change its form to any specific person Hazamada wants, with the bonus in that if Surface meets up with the person it copies and they engage in eye contact, that person is forced to mimic Surface's actions like a mirror image.
14th Dec '17 4:15:25 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', this is Eames' job as a Forger, but he can only do it in dreams.
* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X is a Terminator with an endoskeleton covered by liquid metal. It can't shapeshift to the same extent as the T-1000, but it is more stable, is able to carry on-board weapons, and is still able to disguise itself as other people.

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* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' combines this is Eames' job with RapidAging when the evil queen drinks a potion to transform herself into an old hag as a Forger, but he can only do it in dreams.
* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X is a Terminator with an endoskeleton covered by liquid metal. It can't shapeshift to the same extent as the T-1000, but it is more stable, is able to carry on-board weapons, and is still able to disguise itself as other people.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Inception}}'', this is Eames' job as a Forger, but he can only do it in dreams.
* In ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'', the T-X is a Terminator with an endoskeleton covered by liquid metal. It can't shapeshift to the same extent as the T-1000, but it is more stable, is able to carry on-board weapons, and is still able to disguise itself as other people.
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** Metamorphmagi like Nymphadora Tonks ([[spoiler:or her son Teddy Lupin]]) have the ability to alter their appearance at will, but must presumably retain a human shape. This is in contrast to Animagi, who can perform {{Animorphism}} into one specific animal.

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** Metamorphmagi like Nymphadora Tonks ([[spoiler:or her and [[spoiler:her son Teddy Lupin]]) Lupin]] have the ability to alter their appearance at will, but must presumably retain a human shape. This is in contrast to Animagi, who can perform {{Animorphism}} into one specific animal.
28th Oct '17 8:06:22 AM Bebop
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** The ''alter self'' spell lets you transform into another creature of your type. Since most spellcasters are humanoids, this means [[FiveRaces humans, elves, dwarves, etc.]] (Although a dragon casting ''alter self'' could only turn into [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a different dragon]].) The ''humanoid shape'' invocation for Dragonfire Adepts lets them transform into any (non-templated) humanoid shape (it's not ''quite'' as powerful as ''alter self'' for humanoid adepts -- it misses out on a few boni the new form might have -- but on the other hand it lasts for much longer than a standard ''alter self'' spell).

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** The ''alter self'' spell lets you transform into another creature of your type. Since most spellcasters are humanoids, this means [[FiveRaces humans, elves, dwarves, etc.]] (Although a dragon casting ''alter self'' could only turn into [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a different dragon]].) The ''humanoid shape'' invocation for Dragonfire Adepts lets them transform into any (non-templated) humanoid shape (it's not ''quite'' as powerful as ''alter self'' for humanoid adepts -- it misses out on a few boni bonuses the new form might have -- but on the other hand it lasts for much longer than a standard ''alter self'' spell).
10th Sep '17 12:39:44 AM LummoxJR
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* Water nymphs can do this in ''Literature/{{Below}}''. They're already humanoid but for a stinging tail to render victims unconscious and rob them. Their memetic camouflage lets them hide the tail and adopt whatever features they like. They also use mind reading to perfect their disguise.
3rd Sep '17 12:08:31 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': Albireo Imma's Artifact allows him to assume the appearance, personality, memories, and abilities of anyone he desires, so perfect an imitation that he might as well be transforming into that person themselves. There is a catch that keeps this from being ridiculously overpowered: if he uses it to assume the form of someone more powerful than himself, ItOnlyWorksOnce, and only for a few minutes. People less powerful than himself he can transform into with impunity.
13th Aug '17 6:11:33 PM Matthewbr523
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{{Shapeshift|ing}}ers are very common in fiction due to their flexibility. They can turn into a [[{{Werewolf}} wolf]], a [[{{Sizeshifter}} giant]], a tree, a whale, or sometimes only transform into another person.

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{{Shapeshift|ing}}ers are very common in fiction due to their flexibility. They can turn into a [[{{Werewolf}} wolf]], a [[{{Sizeshifter}} giant]], a tree, [[{{Transflormation}} tree]], a whale, [[{{Animorphism}} whale]], or sometimes only transform into another person.
13th Apr '17 4:33:36 PM JoeMerl
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* Zee from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''. He has been known to appear as a (humanoid) statue and a broken version of his robot form, otherwise it's strictly people.

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* Zee from ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject''.''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' is a humanoid android who can disguise himself with holograms. He has been known to appear as a (humanoid) statue and a broken version of his robot form, otherwise it's strictly people.
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