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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy accidentally gets shrunken in the episode "Let's Play Happy Rotter"[[note]]The episode is a parody of Literature/HarryPotter[[/note]] after he uses the wrong magic spell.
27th Mar '17 7:44:33 PM dsneybuf
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* ''ComicStrip/TheWackyAdventuresOfPedro'' has one storyline in which Ordep hatches a world domination scheme that involves shrinking everyone else in the world, including Pedro.
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20th Mar '17 5:02:40 PM CumbersomeTercel
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** The early serial "Planet of the Giants" featured the First Doctor and companions trying to stay alive in a typical suburban home after a TARDIS malfunction reduced them to the size of bugs.
** The First Doctor permanently crippled the TARDIS of the Meddling Monk by removing the "dimensional control" so the other Time Lord couldn't get back into his (brand new, more advanced) TARDIS; afterwards, the console room was too small for him to fit inside.
** In "The Invisible Enemy", the Fourth Doctor temporarily removed the "relative dimensional stabilizer" from his TARDIS to shrink clones of Leela and himself so they could be injected them into the doctor's brain to fight a virus (in an homage to ''Film/FantasticVoyage'').
** Later, another rogue Time Lord weaponized one in ''The Armageddon Factor'' (but wound up shrinking himself and the Doctor instead of the enemy).

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** The early serial "Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E1PlanetOfGiants Planet of the Giants" Giants]]" featured the First Doctor and companions trying to stay alive in a typical suburban home after a TARDIS malfunction reduced them to the size of bugs.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E9TheTimeMeddler The Time Meddler]]", the First Doctor permanently crippled the TARDIS of the Meddling Monk by removing the "dimensional control" so the other Time Lord couldn't get back into his (brand new, more advanced) TARDIS; afterwards, the console room was too small for him to fit inside.
** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy", Enemy]]", the Fourth Doctor temporarily removed the "relative dimensional stabilizer" from his TARDIS to shrink clones of Leela and himself so they could be injected them into the doctor's brain to fight a virus (in an homage to ''Film/FantasticVoyage'').
** Later, another rogue Time Lord weaponized one in ''The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E6TheArmageddonFactor The Armageddon Factor'' Factor]]" (but wound up shrinking himself and the Doctor instead of the enemy).



*** In ''Planet of Fire'', they meet a minaturised Master who had an accident while working on his TCE.

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*** In ''Planet "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetOfFire Planet of Fire'', Fire]]", they meet a minaturised Master who had an accident while working on his TCE.



*** In "Carnival of Monsters" the Third Doctor accidentally landed the TARDIS inside a "compression field", where the people on the outside were giants in comparison. Anything removed from the compression field returned to normal size within a few seconds. (The first thing so removed was the TARDIS, because it was interfering with the compression field. A giant hand reached in and picked it up.)
*** In "The Pirate Planet", the Fourth Doctor encountered a bad guy who kept the shrunken remains of planets he'd destroyed as trophies.
*** In "Last of the Time Lords" the Master transforms the Doctor to physically represent his current age (around 900), with the Doctor becoming a gnome-like 5 inch tall man. (This may not count because it's shrinking by old age, but it's still shrinking nonetheless).
*** In "Flatline", aliens from a 2-dimensional universe steal "dimensional energy" from the TARDIS, resulting in the TARDIS shrinking to a size where Clara can pick it up and fit it in her purse. This only affects the exterior shell of the TARDIS though, the interior is still the same size due to being BiggerOnTheInside. This does result in the Doctor being trapped inside though (since the exterior is too small for him to fit through the exit). The exit is still large enough for the Doctor to fit his hand through the opening and pass objects to Clara though, which results in some amusing scenes where a hand comes out of her purse holding a hammer that couldn't have possibly fit in said purse.

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*** In "Carnival "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS10E2CarnivalOfMonsters Carnival of Monsters" Monsters]]" the Third Doctor accidentally landed the TARDIS inside a "compression field", where the people on the outside were giants in comparison. Anything removed from the compression field returned to normal size within a few seconds. (The first thing so removed was the TARDIS, because it was interfering with the compression field. A giant hand reached in and picked it up.)
*** In "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E2ThePiratePlanet The Pirate Planet", Planet]]", the Fourth Doctor encountered a bad guy who kept the shrunken remains of planets he'd destroyed as trophies.
*** In "Last "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords Last of the Time Lords" Lords]]" the Master transforms the Doctor to physically represent his current age (around 900), with the Doctor becoming a gnome-like 5 inch tall man. (This may not count because it's shrinking by old age, but it's still shrinking nonetheless).
*** In "Flatline", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline Flatline]]", aliens from a 2-dimensional universe steal "dimensional energy" from the TARDIS, resulting in the TARDIS shrinking to a size where Clara can pick it up and fit it in her purse. This only affects the exterior shell of the TARDIS though, the interior is still the same size due to being BiggerOnTheInside. This does result in the Doctor being trapped inside though (since the exterior is too small for him to fit through the exit). The exit is still large enough for the Doctor to fit his hand through the opening and pass objects to Clara though, which results in some amusing scenes where a hand comes out of her purse holding a hammer that couldn't have possibly fit in said purse.



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "One Little Ship": A runabout is sent to study a NegativeSpaceWedgie whose shrinking effect is already known (the fact that the explorers will be shrunk is a matter of great amusement to those staying behind). Unfortunately the Defiant is captured by Jem'Hadar and the now miniscule explorers must help the crew take back the ship. One scene has Bashir and O'Brien having to exit the runabout to alter a circuit -- because they can't breathe the full-sized air molecules outside, they beam a bubble of the runabout's air inside the circuit's casing. The episode ends with [[OddFriendship Odo and Quark]] pulling a rare practical joke on Bashir and O'Brien, by pretending they haven't "quite" returned to [[OneHeadTaller full size]].

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "One "[[{{Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E14OneLittleShip}} One Little Ship": Ship]]": A runabout is sent to study a NegativeSpaceWedgie whose shrinking effect is already known (the fact that the explorers will be shrunk is a matter of great amusement to those staying behind). Unfortunately the Defiant is captured by Jem'Hadar and the now miniscule explorers must help the crew take back the ship. One scene has Bashir and O'Brien having to exit the runabout to alter a circuit -- because they can't breathe the full-sized air molecules outside, they beam a bubble of the runabout's air inside the circuit's casing. The episode ends with [[OddFriendship Odo and Quark]] pulling a rare practical joke on Bashir and O'Brien, by pretending they haven't "quite" returned to [[OneHeadTaller full size]].



* Happened on ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The Terratin Incident". In this one, it also affects the [[GreenRocks dilithium]] [[{{Phlebotinum}} crystals]] that are crucial to the ship's warp drive as well.

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* Happened on ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "The "[[Recap/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeriesS1E11TheTerratinIncident The Terratin Incident".Incident]]". In this one, it also affects the [[GreenRocks dilithium]] [[{{Phlebotinum}} crystals]] that are crucial to the ship's warp drive as well.
4th Mar '17 4:31:56 AM CaptainTedium
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}}'' episode "Rupert and the [=BIGsmall=] Machine" involved Rupert Bear, his friend Podgy Pig, and the Professor being shrunk by the titular [=BIGsmall=] machine.
1st Mar '17 4:08:53 PM StFan
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* {{ComicBook/The Atom}}s have this as [[LegacyCharacter their]] power; some plots involve them or other characters shrinking and then having the size controls taken away/[[PhlebotinumBreakdown break]].

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* {{ComicBook/The ComicBook/{{The Atom}}s have this as [[LegacyCharacter their]] power; some plots involve them or other characters shrinking and then having the size controls taken away/[[PhlebotinumBreakdown break]].



* In the revived ''{{Xombi}}'' series from 2011, John Rozum introduced [[PunnyName Nun the Less]], a nun who gained shrinking abilities after she ingested bad shrimp when she was 16.

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* In the revived ''{{Xombi}}'' ''[[Creator/MilestoneComics Xombi]]'' series from 2011, John Rozum introduced [[PunnyName Nun the Less]], a nun who gained shrinking abilities after she ingested bad shrimp when she was 16.



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* The Mega-Shrinker [[{{Trope 2000}} 5000]] from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' invokes this.

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* The Mega-Shrinker [[{{Trope 2000}} [[Trope2000 5000]] from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' invokes this.



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[[folder:Film]]%%* Done to MK in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.

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* The Franchise/{{Marvel|CinematicUniverse}} character Characters/AntMan gets his power from being the Incredible Shrinking Man, demonstrated to great effect in his [[Film/AntMan eponymous film]].

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* The Franchise/{{Marvel|CinematicUniverse}} character Characters/AntMan ComicBook/AntMan gets his power from being the Incredible Shrinking Man, demonstrated to great effect in his [[Film/AntMan eponymous film]].



* Done to MK in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''.



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* This happened in ''SnowboardKids2''. The main characters were shrunk down, turning Wendy's house into a snowboard track.

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* This happened in ''SnowboardKids2''.''VideoGame/SnowboardKids2''. The main characters were shrunk down, turning Wendy's house into a snowboard track.



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* ''WebVideo/OperationMikroorganisation'' is a 13-episode German web series about a teenager who shrinks after drinking a potion he purchased through a television shopping channel.



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* ''WebVideo/OperationMikroorganisation'' is a 13-episode German web series about a teenager who shrinks after drinking a potion he purchased through a television shopping channel.
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21st Feb '17 1:11:52 PM narm00
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* DC SuperHero ComicBook/TheAtom had this as his power; some plots involved him or other characters shrinking and then having the size controls taken away/[[PhlebotinumBreakdown break]].
** And of course, there was the appearance of the Atom at the end of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', [[spoiler:wherein he shrinks out of existence after finding out his ex-wife killed Sue Dibny]].
** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman rescues him from a deserted island in a strange universe full of monsters. [[spoiler:Except that he's actually trapped in a Petri dish, fighting what would normally be micro-organisms.]]
** The Atom has also lampshaded some of the oddities of his powers. When questioned about how people can breathe when they're barely the size of a cell, he admits that he has no idea how and he just goes with it.

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* DC SuperHero ComicBook/TheAtom had {{ComicBook/The Atom}}s have this as his [[LegacyCharacter their]] power; some plots involved him involve them or other characters shrinking and then having the size controls taken away/[[PhlebotinumBreakdown break]].
** And of course, there was the appearance of the Ray Palmer's Atom at the end of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'', [[spoiler:wherein he shrinks out of existence after finding out his ex-wife killed Sue Dibny]].
** In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman rescues him Ray from a deserted island in a strange universe full of monsters. [[spoiler:Except that he's actually trapped in a Petri dish, fighting what would normally be micro-organisms.]]
** The Atom has Ray's also lampshaded some of the oddities of his powers. When questioned about how people can breathe when they're barely the size of a cell, he admits that he has no idea how and he just goes with it.



* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparently somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of TheHulk for a while), and the (now ExiledFromContinuity) ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}''.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparently somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of TheHulk the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk for a while), and the (now ExiledFromContinuity) ''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}''.



* Mexican comedic superhero ElChapulinColorado had his Pastillas de Chiquitolina (Tinyline Pills), which he could take to shrink in size. It usually led to more grief for him, since before he takes them he's a mediocre hero and after he takes them he's a mediocre hero who's also tiny and helpless.

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* Mexican comedic superhero ElChapulinColorado Series/ElChapulinColorado had his Pastillas de Chiquitolina (Tinyline Pills), which he could take to shrink in size. It usually led to more grief for him, since before he takes them he's a mediocre hero and after he takes them he's a mediocre hero who's also tiny and helpless.



* In one episode of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'', Ralph ''gets another copy of the suit's manual'' from the original aliens - but shrinks himself while experimenting, gets scared by an ant, panics and goes back to normal size, leaving the manual shrunk... I guess they also gave him an IdiotBall to go with the replacement manual.

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* In one episode of ''TheGreatestAmericanHero'', ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'', Ralph ''gets another copy of the suit's manual'' from the original aliens - but shrinks himself while experimenting, gets scared by an ant, panics and goes back to normal size, leaving the manual shrunk... I guess they also gave him an IdiotBall to go with the replacement manual.



** The early serial "Planet of the Giants" featured the first Doctor and companions trying to stay alive in a typical suburban home after a TARDIS malfunction reduced them to the size of bugs.

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** The early serial "Planet of the Giants" featured the first First Doctor and companions trying to stay alive in a typical suburban home after a TARDIS malfunction reduced them to the size of bugs.



*** In "Last of the Time Lords" The Master transforms the doctor to physically represent his current age (Around 900) in which the Doctor ends up becoming a gnome-like 5 inch tall man. (This may not count because it's shrinking by old age, but it's still shrinking nonetheless)
*** In "Flatline", aliens from a 2 dimension universe steal "dimensional energy" from the TARDIS, resulting in the TARDIS shrinking to a size where Clara can pick it up and fit it in her purse. This only affects the exterior shell of the TARDIS though, the interior is still the same size due to being BiggerOnTheInside. This does result in the Doctor being trapped inside though (since the exterior is too small for him to fit through the exit). The exit is still large enough for the Doctor to fit his hand through the opening and pass objects to Clara though, which results in some amusing scenes where a hand comes out of her purse holding a hammer that couldn't have possibly fit in said purse.

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*** In "Last of the Time Lords" The the Master transforms the doctor Doctor to physically represent his current age (Around 900) in which (around 900), with the Doctor ends up becoming a gnome-like 5 inch tall man. (This may not count because it's shrinking by old age, but it's still shrinking nonetheless)
nonetheless).
*** In "Flatline", aliens from a 2 dimension 2-dimensional universe steal "dimensional energy" from the TARDIS, resulting in the TARDIS shrinking to a size where Clara can pick it up and fit it in her purse. This only affects the exterior shell of the TARDIS though, the interior is still the same size due to being BiggerOnTheInside. This does result in the Doctor being trapped inside though (since the exterior is too small for him to fit through the exit). The exit is still large enough for the Doctor to fit his hand through the opening and pass objects to Clara though, which results in some amusing scenes where a hand comes out of her purse holding a hammer that couldn't have possibly fit in said purse.



* One memorable scenario from the early days of ''Dungeon'' magazine involved the player characters being shrunk down to the size of gaming miniatures by a malfunctioning magical orb. Unusual in that, aside from the usual small animals posing a deadly threat, many previous groups of travelers had already fallen prey to this effect, forming themselves into {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s that feud over the resources of a small garden.

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* One memorable scenario from the early days of ''Dungeon'' ''Magazine/{{Dungeon}}'' magazine involved the player characters being shrunk down to the size of gaming miniatures by a malfunctioning magical orb. Unusual in that, aside from the usual small animals posing a deadly threat, many previous groups of travelers had already fallen prey to this effect, forming themselves into {{Wacky Wayside Tribe}}s that feud over the resources of a small garden.
21st Feb '17 5:09:43 AM Arcorann
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* Happens a few times in ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (although only slight effects), with [[http://www.wowhead.com/quest=14388 this quest]] being an exception: you're shrunk to the size of a ''rat''.

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* Happens a few times in ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'' ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' (although only slight effects), with [[http://www.wowhead.com/quest=14388 this quest]] being an exception: you're shrunk to the size of a ''rat''.


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* One of the DLC dramas for ''VideoGame/TheIdolmaster SP'' involves Yukiho inexplicably shrinking to 1/6 size.
20th Feb '17 10:28:18 PM Anddrix
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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparently somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of TheHulk for a while), and the (now ExiledFromContinuity) ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''.

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* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse in general, anyone who shrinks below a certain limit (apparently somewhere between cellular size and molecular size) shifts into a "microverse" - the theory is that a shrinking person is actually displacing their mass extradimensionally, and when 99.99999999999999% is over there, the rest (and consciousness) follows. Among the notable inhabitants of microverses are Psycho Man, Jarella (a lover of TheHulk for a while), and the (now ExiledFromContinuity) ''Franchise/{{Micronauts}}''.''ComicBook/{{Micronauts}}''.
8th Jan '17 12:03:56 PM MiddleEighth
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*In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'', one of the magic potions they take from some muggers turns out to be a shrinking potion. Paul, obliquely referring to his scene in ''Film/{{Help}}'', jokes that he'll probably be the one who has to use it. Sure enough, later on, he does.
20th Dec '16 3:05:35 PM WillKeaton
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* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4540557/1/bHuge_b_bSuccess_b Huge Success]]'', [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony]] decided to look at Dr. Pym's pym particles without permission and ended up being 6 inches tall.

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* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4540557/1/bHuge_b_bSuccess_b Huge Success]]'', Success,]]'' [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony]] decided to look at Dr. Pym's pym particles without permission and ended up being 6 inches tall.



* The 1936 short story ''[[http://johnnypez9.blogspot.it/2010/06/he-who-shrank-by-henry-hasse-part-1.html He Who Shrank]]'' takes this beyond all limits: a MadScientist injects his assistant with a serum that will make him shrink indefinitely. Said assistant shrinks to subatomic sizes, discovers that every atom is actually a solar system, lands on a planet, shrinks below the size of the atoms of ''that'' planet, and so on without end. It's a handy way of visiting innumerable planets without a spaceship[[note]]It was mentioned early on that the serum also conveniently allow you to breathe in space[[/note]]. [[spoiler:The end of the story has the protagonist visit our Earth.]]

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* The 1936 short story ''[[http://johnnypez9.blogspot.it/2010/06/he-who-shrank-by-henry-hasse-part-1.html He Who Shrank]]'' takes this beyond all limits: a MadScientist injects his assistant with a serum that will make him shrink indefinitely. Said assistant shrinks to subatomic sizes, discovers that every atom is actually a solar system, lands on a planet, shrinks below the size of the atoms of ''that'' planet, and so on without end. It's a handy way of visiting innumerable planets without a spaceship[[note]]It spaceship.[[note]]It was mentioned early on that the serum also conveniently allow you to breathe in space[[/note]]. space.[[/note]] [[spoiler:The end of the story has the protagonist visit our Earth.]]
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