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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.
31st Jan '16 7:32:10 AM Elephantrun
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''', Rachel has an allergic reaction to a crocodile morph, and the book "The Reaction" deals with her uncontrollable changes back and forth. One book has Marco changing into hybrid morphs whenever he is stressed out. At the worst possible times. And some of them, like the Osprey/Lobster, couldn't even ''breathe.''

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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.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''', ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Rachel has an allergic reaction to a crocodile morph, and the book "The Reaction" deals with her uncontrollable changes back and forth. One book has Marco changing into hybrid morphs whenever he is stressed out. At the worst possible times. And some of them, like the Osprey/Lobster, couldn't even ''breathe.''
17th Jan '16 3:00:09 PM thatother1dude
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** "Steven's Birthday" takes it in the opposite direction; Steven's literally as ''young'' as he feels, which leads him to a troubling revelation: [[spoiler:physically, he hasn't actually aged in ''years''. He later attempts to shapeshift himself into the "correct" age, which backfires due to the strain it places on his body]].

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** "Steven's Birthday" takes it in the opposite direction; Steven's literally as ''young'' as he feels, which leads him to a troubling revelation: [[spoiler:physically, he hasn't actually aged in ''years''. He later attempts to shapeshift himself into the "correct" age, which backfires due to the strain it places on his body]].body, reverting him to infancy]].
6th Jan '16 1:14:57 PM Blueeyedrat
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* Due to his inherent VoluntaryShapeshifter powers [[PowerIncontinence he has yet to master]], ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' finds he's literally as old as he feels. In other words, if he feels old, he'll ''be'' old.

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* Due to his inherent VoluntaryShapeshifter powers [[PowerIncontinence he has yet to master]], ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' finds is {{half|HumanHybrid}}-Gem, an [[TheAgeless ageless]] race with VoluntaryShapeshifter powers that he [[HowDoIShotWeb has yet to master]], which has caused him problems on occasion:
** In "Cat Fingers", his first attempt at shapeshifting goes awry and he gradually turns into a [[BodyHorror writhing mass of cats]].
** "So Many Birthdays" demonstrates that
he's literally as old as he feels. In feels; in other words, if he feels old, he'll ''be'' old.he ''is'' old. He ends up nearly aging himself to death via PowerIncontinence.
** "Steven's Birthday" takes it in the opposite direction; Steven's literally as ''young'' as he feels, which leads him to a troubling revelation: [[spoiler:physically, he hasn't actually aged in ''years''. He later attempts to shapeshift himself into the "correct" age, which backfires due to the strain it places on his body]].
13th Dec '15 7:11:47 PM Fireblood
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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 criminal is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted.

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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 criminal murderer is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted.hunted to his death.
13th Dec '15 7:11:01 PM Fireblood
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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 criminal is turned into a boar as punishment and hunted.
22nd Sep '15 3:31:18 PM Andyroid
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* In Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} series, Nanny Ogg's cat, Greebo, is temporarily turned human. Afterwards, his morphic field remembers the shape and shifts back to it when under stress, much to Greebo's consternation. Also, in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the Librarian catches the flu and, again, because of a weakened morphic field, changes shape every time he sneezes. Werewolves ''have'' to transform in the light of the full moon, but beyond that they can change whenever they like. There's a variant in a wolf who transforms into a ''human'' at the full moon.

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* In From Creator/TerryPratchett's Literature/{{Discworld}} series, series:
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad''
Nanny Ogg's cat, Greebo, is temporarily turned human. Afterwards, As seen in ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'', his morphic field remembers the shape and shifts back to it when under stress, much to Greebo's consternation. Also, in consternation.
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''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', the Librarian catches the flu and, again, because of a weakened morphic field, changes shape every time he sneezes. sneezes.
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Werewolves ''have'' to transform in the light of the full moon, but beyond that they can change whenever they like. There's a variant in Lupine from ''Discworld/ReaperMan'', a wolf who transforms into a ''human'' at the full moon.
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