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2nd Oct '17 4:48:51 PM Unicorndance
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* ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters'' has the two species Little Red Riding Wolves (who are wolves that turn into little girls whenever the moon is full) and Wonky Wizards (wizards who have PowerIncontinence and sometimes turn into Pixel-Munching Snafflers, another type of Moshling).
28th Sep '17 6:11:20 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', Cedar's werewolfery is this. As opposed to the BalefulPolymorph his brother got.

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* In Creator/DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', ''Literature/DeadIron'', Cedar's werewolfery is this. As opposed to the BalefulPolymorph his brother got.
16th Sep '17 2:47:27 PM Fireblood
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* ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker'': The king in "Cursed" turns into a monster by night to stop the D'Harans invading. He can't stop it, even killing his wife unknowingly. [[spoiler: After he dies, his daughter receives the curse.]]
11th Sep '17 10:24:59 AM WillBGood
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* ''The Face Burglar'', like all of ''Creator/JunjiIto'''s works, takes this trope and dives headfirst into a pool of NightmareFuel with it. Kamei is a high-school student that, with enough contact with someone, will eventually assume their form. Eventually the students all don ''Youkai'' masks and surround her, taunting her while she screams in pain and mutates. [[BodyHorror The end result is not pretty.]]

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* ''The Face Burglar'', like all of ''Creator/JunjiIto'''s Creator/JunjiIto's works, takes this trope and dives headfirst into a pool of NightmareFuel with it. Kamei is a high-school student that, with enough contact with someone, will eventually assume their form. Eventually the students all don ''Youkai'' masks and surround her, taunting her while she screams in pain and mutates. [[BodyHorror The end result is not pretty.]]
13th Aug '17 6:22:54 PM Fireblood
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* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' it is established that although [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]] can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting generally shapeshift freely]] between mermaid, fish, and human forms, if a mermaid remains in human form for 12 hours they must spend their next 12 hours as a fish (and vice versa) to balance it out. This is a plot point for the mermaid Remora after she joins the (otherwise human) regular cast; in one event her personal {{Masquerade}} is nearly discovered when a basketball game runs into overtime and the team has to get her off the court before her transformation kicks in.
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* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' it is established that although [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent mermaids]] can [[VoluntaryShapeshifting generally shapeshift freely]] between mermaid, fish, and human forms, if a mermaid remains in human form for 12 hours they must spend their next 12 hours as a fish (and vice versa) to balance it out. This is a plot point for the mermaid Remora after she joins the (otherwise human) regular cast; in one event her personal {{Masquerade}} is nearly discovered when a basketball game runs into overtime and the team has to get her off the court before her transformation kicks in.
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18th Jul '17 6:57:37 AM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' both have diseases that can turn your character into a vampire (or, in a ''Morrowind'' expansion, a werewolf). After this happens, your character will constantly have to battle their own involuntary shapeshifting by drinking blood -- you normally look human, but spend long enough without feeding and ''everyone'' will recognize what you really are. Falls into the first variety for werewolves, and both the first and second for vampires if ''Oblivion'' is to be believed.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' and ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' both have ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** In every game starting with ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]'', the PlayerCharacter can catch one of the [[ViralTransformation
diseases that can turn your character into which leads to vampirism]] and then undergo this to become a vampire (or, in a ''Morrowind'' expansion, a werewolf). [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampire]]. After this happens, your character will constantly have to battle their own involuntary shapeshifting by drinking you risk damage (or at least weakness) from sunlight and, depending on the specific vampire bloodline, either magically drain health from [=NPCs=] or [[BreakingAndBloodsucking drink blood -- you normally look human, but spend long enough without from sleeping]] [=NPCs=]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', while the transformation itself is still involuntary, it is possible to avert GlamourFailure and maintain TheMasquerade by feeding regularly, which allows you to maintain a mortal appearance.
** This is also true for becoming a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] in each game where it is possible, with the exception of ''Skyrim'' (as the particular type of lycanthropy there allows for [[SuperMode voluntary transformations]]). In ''Daggerfall'', you transform one a month
and ''everyone'' will recognize what [[HorrorHunger must kill a sentient being]] during that night. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, you really are. Falls into transform nightly with the first variety for werewolves, and both same "kill a sentient being" rule. In either case, failure to kill someone while transformed causes you to awaken the first and second for vampires if ''Oblivion'' is to be believed.next morning in a severely weakened state.
25th Jun '17 10:28:46 PM RoxasOrDie
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Time Lords can "regenerate" when dying, an EmergencyTransformation that revives their body with a new life (and a [[TheNthDoctor new actor]]). It is unclear whether or not the regeneration process is voluntary or if it happens automatically; in one episode, the Master voluntarily refused to regenerate, choosing to let himself die. Also, regeneration does not seem to be a particularly traumatic experience in Time Lord society, with its members casually congratulating each other on their new appearance. It's only the Doctor who seems to have a particularly tough time of it. Saibra from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'' assumes the appearance of anyone she touches, for as long as they remain touching. She can choose to retain the appearance for as long she likes after they stop touching, but she can't choose not to mimic a person while they're in contact.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Time Lords can "regenerate" when dying, an EmergencyTransformation that revives their body with a new life (and a [[TheNthDoctor new actor]]). It is unclear whether or not the regeneration process is voluntary or if it happens automatically; in one episode, the Master voluntarily refused to regenerate, choosing to let himself die. Also, regeneration does not seem to be a particularly traumatic experience in Time Lord society, with its members casually congratulating each other on their new appearance. It's only the Doctor who seems to have a particularly tough time of it. it.
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Saibra from ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E5TimeHeist Time Heist]]'' assumes the appearance of anyone she touches, for as long as they remain touching. She can choose to retain the appearance for as long she likes after they stop touching, but she can't choose not to mimic a person while they're in contact.
31st May '17 3:11:15 PM TheGoodWario
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* In ''Film/{{Zelig}}'', the titular character played by Creator/WoodyAllen is discovered to have this ability and called "The Human Chameleon". The reason for this is not because of any magic, but due to his psychology that stemmed from not being able to admit he read ''Moby-Dick''. This resulted in him being so desperate to fit in that he changes opinions, facial hair, race, but not genders.
13th May '17 5:17:19 PM Jeduthun
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->''"In the heat of composition I find that I have inadvertently assumed the form of a large centipede. I am accordingly dictating the rest to my secretary."''

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->''"In the heat of composition I find that I have inadvertently assumed allowed myself to assume the form of a large centipede. I am accordingly dictating the rest to my secretary."''
8th Apr '17 10:18:31 PM nombretomado
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-->-- A letter from '''Screwtape''', ''TheScrewtapeLetters''

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-->-- A letter from '''Screwtape''', ''TheScrewtapeLetters''
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* Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters, by Creator/CSLewis, provides the page quote. In a letter to his idiot apprentice Wormwood, the titular bureaucrat devil Screwtape works himself up to so much anger that he accidentally transforms into a giant centipede.

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* Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters, ''Literature/TheScrewtapeLetters'', by Creator/CSLewis, provides the page quote. In a letter to his idiot apprentice Wormwood, the titular bureaucrat devil Screwtape works himself up to so much anger that he accidentally transforms into a giant centipede.
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