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6th Dec '16 10:08:16 PM sorako
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* ''Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid'' sees the title character able to use a magic whistle to switch forms between human and mermaid, but she will revert back to a mermaid whenever she gets wet. Cue the villains constantly dumping things on her at the most inopportune moments.

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* ''Saban's Adventures of the Little Mermaid'' ''WesternAnimation/SabansAdventuresOfTheLittleMermaid'' sees the title character able to use a magic whistle to switch forms between human and mermaid, but she will revert back to a mermaid whenever she gets wet. Cue the villains constantly dumping things on her at the most inopportune moments.



* This also applies to the half-demon Izumo/Gyu-oh to from the anime ''Inuyasha''. During the day he looks like a pure human, but at night he looks like a pure demon.

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* This also applies to the half-demon Izumo/Gyu-oh to from the anime ''Inuyasha''.''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. During the day he looks like a pure human, but at night he looks like a pure demon.
1st Dec '16 6:51:45 AM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheCrimsonShadow'': Greensparrow made a pact with a dragon to share his body in return for magical powers. Most of the time he can control this, but the dragon forces him to transform occasionally.
24th Nov '16 4:21:49 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted to his death.
17th Nov '16 2:51:10 PM margdean56
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* Conversely to the above, if a character has just recently obtained a shapeshifting license, maybe they just [[HowDoIShotWeb don't know how to operate it yet]] (phlebotinum doesn't always come with instruction manuals, you know). If this is the case, expect it be the focus of one or two chapters/episodes until they get the ability under complete control.

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* Conversely to the above, if a character has just recently obtained a shapeshifting license, maybe they just [[HowDoIShotWeb don't know how to operate it yet]] (phlebotinum doesn't always come with instruction manuals, you know). If this is the case, expect it to be the focus of one or two chapters/episodes until they get the ability under complete control.
5th Oct '16 7:18:19 AM Kakai
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* ''Series/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted to his death.

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* ''Series/SchooledInMagic'': ''Literature/SchooledInMagic'': Changing someone into an animal is commonly used as a prank by the Whitehall students. Later Emily encounters a much nastier version, in which a murderer is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted to his death.
* In ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'', Nikita's berserk form is triggered by high adrenaline levels. She has a spinal implant that helps keep them in check, but it's far from a perfect solution.
8th Sep '16 3:02:58 PM Grayfox
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* This also applies to the half-demon Izumo/Gyu-oh to from the anime ''Inuyasha''. During the day he looks like a pure human, but at night he looks like a pure demon.
6th Aug '16 1:12:25 PM OgreProdigy
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* ''Narbonic'' (and, later, ''WebComic/SkinHorse'') features Artie. Normally a (superintelligent) gerbil, [[MadScientist Helen]] decided to send him to break up a fight between [[ArchnemesisDad her mother]] and [[PsychoForHire her intern]], which necessarily involved giving him an ActionHero human form. After which he discovered that he transformed back into it whenever he hiccuped. Like Jules above, he eventually masters the art of transforming back and forth at will, [[RuleOfFunny except when it's funny.]]
17th Jun '16 10:38:04 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'', afflicted lycanthropes (those who were bitten, rather than having been born with the condition) do not have perfect control over their shapeshifting, and may involuntarily assume their alternate forms in response to damage or the full moon.

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* In ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'', ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', afflicted lycanthropes (those who were bitten, rather than having been born with the condition) do not have perfect control over their shapeshifting, and may involuntarily assume their alternate forms in response to damage or the full moon.
21st May '16 6:06:54 PM Doug86
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In any case, the character is generally aware they have this ability, and it's a recurring aspect of their character; the shapeshifter will generally try to avoid triggering their ability accidentally (e.g. [[Comics/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] constantly warning people YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry); alternately, they can expose themselves to the trigger to deliberately invoke their ability when it's convenient (e.g. stimulus + container to hide it = instant TransformationTrinket); the line between voluntary and involuntary can get a little blurry, but unlike the Voluntary Shapeshifter, the involuntary one lives with a risk of transforming [[FinaglesLaw at the most inconvenient moments]] should their trigger hit them unexpectedly. (Even if they don't end up transforming very often, the potential for it is still there.)

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In any case, the character is generally aware they have this ability, and it's a recurring aspect of their character; the shapeshifter will generally try to avoid triggering their ability accidentally (e.g. [[Comics/TheIncredibleHulk [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] constantly warning people YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry); alternately, they can expose themselves to the trigger to deliberately invoke their ability when it's convenient (e.g. stimulus + container to hide it = instant TransformationTrinket); the line between voluntary and involuntary can get a little blurry, but unlike the Voluntary Shapeshifter, the involuntary one lives with a risk of transforming [[FinaglesLaw at the most inconvenient moments]] should their trigger hit them unexpectedly. (Even if they don't end up transforming very often, the potential for it is still there.)
24th Apr '16 8:54:18 AM billybobfred
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* You can become one temporarily in ''VideoGame/NetHack'', by wearing a ring of polymorph, or permanently by ''eating'' it. Combining it with a ring of polymorph ''control'' does exactly what it sounds like, making you a VoluntaryShapeshifter instead.
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