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10th Apr '17 2:07:39 AM AnotherDuck
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' does this via Multiple Weapon Balance.

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%% * ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' does this via Multiple Weapon Balance.
6th Apr '17 8:02:34 PM Getta
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** Generation VI introduces Mega Evolutions, more powerful forms of certain Pokémon that can only be accessed in battle. The catch is that it requires using a held item specific to each Pokémon, which means they cannot use any other item. Most of these are worthwhile, though a few (such as Garchomp's) don't give enough to be worth the lack of an item, or simply don't do enough to make a bad Pokémon usable.



* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' has its Valor and Wisdom Forms spiking the player's physical and magical stats (respectively) at the cost of the other. This is then averted once the Master Form and Final Form are picked up, which balance melee attacks and magic by making both of them highly effective.

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** Rotom has 5 alternate forms, each with a different typing based on appliances: Normal Rotom (Electric/Ghost), Heat Rotom (Electric/Fire), Wash Rotom (Electric/Water), Fridge Rotom (Electric/Ice), Fan Rotom (Electric/Flying) and Mow Rotom (Electric/Grass).
** Both Arceus and Silvally can have different forms for ALL typings in the game.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' has its Valor and Wisdom Forms spiking the player's physical and magical stats (respectively) at the cost of the other. This is then averted once the Then comes [[SuperMode Master Form and Final Form are picked up, Form]], which balance melee attacks and magic by making both of them highly effective.



* ''Videogame/MegaManZX Advent'': This game allows you to take on the boss' forms after you defeat them. Your normal untransformed form and the bonus form "Model a" are {{Joke Character}}s (armed only with a non-chargeable buster and cannot dash), Mega Man forms are JackOfAllStats, Bifrost form is a MightyGlacier, Argoyle and Hedgeshock forms are {{Fragile Speedster}}s, Buckfire form is a LightningBruiser, Queenbee and Vulturon forms are {{Stone Wall}}s (with their weak attacks and ability to fly, Queenbee is longer-ranged while Vulturon is shorter-ranged), and Chronoforce and Rospark are gimmicky[[note]]Chronoforce cannot move or attack on land, but swims freely in water and shoots icicles, it has protective carapace on his back, and has the ability to [[BulletTime slow down time]]; Rospark moves slowly on land and cannot jump high, but upon climbing up ropes, it transforms into its true form, which can move around ropes and shoot spreads of thorns[[/note]].



* The various offensive powers in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are balanced like this. Claws are quite fast and have a slow ranged attack composed of spikes erupting from the ground and impaling the target from below, Musclemass is only useful for making long ranged attacks so it is almost wothless in close-combat, Hammerfist gives massively devastating splash damage attacks with really slow speed, the Whipfist has awesome range, anti-air attacks and crowd control capabilities [[DeathOfAThousandCuts in exchange for power]] and the Blade is similar to the Claws but replaces the latter's impalement attack with a brutally powerful [[GoombaStomp aerial attack]] that can OneHitKill ''tanks''.

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* The various offensive shapeshifting powers in ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' are balanced like this. Claws are quite fast and have a slow ranged attack composed of spikes erupting from the ground and impaling the target from below, Musclemass is only useful for making long ranged attacks so it is almost wothless in close-combat, Hammerfist gives massively devastating splash damage attacks with really slow speed, the Whipfist has awesome range, anti-air attacks and crowd control capabilities [[DeathOfAThousandCuts in exchange for power]] and the Blade is similar to the Claws but replaces the latter's impalement attack with a brutally powerful [[GoombaStomp aerial attack]] that can OneHitKill ''tanks''.



* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' has this as its core concept. The protagonist, Ben Tennyson, wears an alien watch-like device which he can use to shapeshift into a large variety of aliens beings, each with its own super-power (one has SuperSpeed, another is PlayingWithFire, and so on ). He started out with only ten, but got new forms as the series progressed, and it was explicitly stated he could potentially have more than one million.

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* ''Franchise/{{Ben 10}}'' has this as its core concept. The protagonist, Ben Tennyson, wears an alien watch-like device which he can use to shapeshift into a large variety of aliens beings, each with its own super-power (one has SuperSpeed, another is PlayingWithFire, and so on ).on). He started out with only ten, but got new forms as the series progressed, and it was explicitly stated he could potentially have more than one million.
6th Apr '17 4:43:23 AM Getta
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May overlap with EvolutionPowerup, especially if [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new forms are gained/discovered as the plot demands]], although MultiformBalance can switch back and forth. When HumongousMecha use this trope, it's usually done with MechaExpansionPack or TransformingMecha. May also be done with ShedArmorGainSpeed.

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Related to StanceSystem, which each forms being considered as different "stances". May overlap with EvolutionPowerup, especially if [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands new forms are gained/discovered as the plot demands]], although MultiformBalance can switch back and forth. When HumongousMecha use this trope, it's usually done with MechaExpansionPack or TransformingMecha. May also be done with ShedArmorGainSpeed.
18th Mar '17 4:40:35 PM ExSlacker
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** A Zygarde with all 100 of its Cells and Cores is capable of switching between 10% Forme, a [[FragileSpeedster fast but frail]] canine 10% Forme, or the [[MightyGlacier bulkier and slower]] serpentine 50% Forme. Either forme will have the Power Construct ability, which tranforms Zygarde into the even bulkier Complete Forme once it TurnsRed.

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** A Zygarde with all 100 of its Cells and Cores is capable of switching between 10% Forme, a [[FragileSpeedster fast but frail]] canine 10% Forme, canine, or the [[MightyGlacier bulkier and slower]] serpentine 50% Forme. Either forme will have the Power Construct ability, which tranforms Zygarde into the even bulkier Complete Forme once it TurnsRed.
17th Mar '17 10:54:29 PM ExSlacker
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** A Zygarde with all 100 of its Cells and Cores is capable of switching between 10% Forme, a [[FragileSpeedster fast but frail]] canine, or the [[MightyGlacier bulkier and slower]] 50% Forme. Either forme will have the Power Construct ability, which tranforms Zygarde into the even bulkier Complete Forme once it TurnsRed.

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** A Zygarde with all 100 of its Cells and Cores is capable of switching between 10% Forme, a [[FragileSpeedster fast but frail]] canine, canine 10% Forme, or the [[MightyGlacier bulkier and slower]] serpentine 50% Forme. Either forme will have the Power Construct ability, which tranforms Zygarde into the even bulkier Complete Forme once it TurnsRed.
17th Mar '17 10:53:38 PM ExSlacker
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** A Zygarde with all 100 of its Cells and Cores is capable of switching between 10% Forme, a [[FragileSpeedster fast but frail]] canine, or the [[MightyGlacier bulkier and slower]] 50% Forme. Either forme will have the Power Construct ability, which tranforms Zygarde into the even bulkier Complete Forme once it TurnsRed.
18th Jan '17 1:20:45 PM Dvandemon
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* Arbok is given this in Manga/PokemonAdventures in the form of a special smoke used by Agatha that changes its belly pattern. There are patterns for increased attack, defense, self-healing and NighInvulnerability.
31st Dec '16 10:09:12 AM nombretomado
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* {{Animorphs}}: While each of the kids have their own unique morphs, there are several occasions when they've morphed the same animal (sometimes to exploit the fact that the animal goes into a stupor when being acquired, long enough for them to escape, like the hammerhead shark or the TRex). The inverse of the trope bites them in the ass when they attack the Yeerk pool all in polar bear morph and nearly die.

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* {{Animorphs}}: ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': While each of the kids have their own unique morphs, there are several occasions when they've morphed the same animal (sometimes to exploit the fact that the animal goes into a stupor when being acquired, long enough for them to escape, like the hammerhead shark or the TRex). The inverse of the trope bites them in the ass when they attack the Yeerk pool all in polar bear morph and nearly die.
28th Nov '16 12:47:52 PM DragonRanger
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*** [[TheHero Ghost]]: JackOfAllStats (Ore and Toucon Boost), two {{Glass Cannon}}s (Musashi and Goemon), MagicKnight (Edison), two {{Fragile Speedster}}s (Robin Hood and Billy the Kid), two {{Mighty Glacier}}s (Newton and Benkei), two {{Squishy Wizard}}s (Beethoven and Himiko), another JackOfAllStats (Ryoma), LightningBruiser (Grateful) and SuperMode (Mugen).
*** [[TheLancer Specter]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), FragileSpeedster (Tutankhamun), GlassCannon (Nobunaga), LightningBruiser (Houdini) and SuperMode (Deep Specter). He also semi-regularly borrows Ghost's Edison Damashii for a MagicKnight form.

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*** [[TheHero Ghost]]: His Ore and Toucon Boost base forms are both JackOfAllStats (Ore and (with Toucon Boost), Boost being the stronger of the two), which can then make use of two {{Glass Cannon}}s (Musashi and Goemon), MagicKnight (Edison), two {{Fragile Speedster}}s (Robin Hood and Billy the Kid), two {{Mighty Glacier}}s (Newton and Benkei), two {{Squishy Wizard}}s (Beethoven and Himiko), and another JackOfAllStats (Ryoma), (Ryoma). He also has a LightningBruiser (Grateful) and a SuperMode (Mugen).
(Mugen) as other base forms; the Mugen Damashii form could theoretically adjust its stat balance by equipping other Damashii like Ore and Toucon Boost do, but Grateful Damashii explicitly can't since it's already using them as AllYourPowersCombined.
*** [[TheLancer Specter]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), form), FragileSpeedster (Tutankhamun), GlassCannon (Nobunaga), and LightningBruiser (Houdini) and SuperMode (Deep Specter).(Houdini). He also semi-regularly borrows Ghost's Edison Damashii for a MagicKnight form. He too has a SuperMode called [[DeadlyUpgrade Deep Specter]], and this form can and does make use of other Damashii (which would make Deep Specter a JackOfAllStats compared to Deep Tutankhamun, Deep Nobunaga, etc.).



** In ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', Yamato can switch powers between the agile Zyuoh Eagle and the strong Zyuoh Gorilla, and later on [[spoiler:the Zyuoh Whale SuperMode]]. SixthRanger Zyuoh [=TheWorld=] also has multiple modes, with the balanced rhino, speedy wolf, and powerful crocodile.

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** In ''Series/DoubutsuSentaiZyuohger'', Yamato can switch powers between the agile Zyuoh Eagle and the strong Zyuoh Gorilla, and later on [[spoiler:the the Zyuoh Whale SuperMode]].SuperMode. SixthRanger Zyuoh [=TheWorld=] also has multiple modes, with the balanced rhino, speedy wolf, and powerful crocodile.
1st Nov '16 12:30:47 AM Strafe2409
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*** [[TheHero Ghost]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), two {{Glass Cannon}}s (Musashi and Goemon), MagicKnight (Edison), two {{Fragile Speedster}}s (Robin Hood and Billy the Kid), two {{Mighty Glacier}}s (Newton and Benkei), two {{Squishy Wizard}}s (Beethoven and Himiko), and another JackOfAllStats (Ryoma).
*** [[TheLancer Specter]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), FragileSpeedster (Tutankhamun), GlassCannon (Nobunaga), LightningBruiser (Houdini). He also semi-regularly borrows Ghost's Edison Damashii for a MagicKnight form.
*** Necrom: JackOfAllStats (base form), MagicKnight (Grimm), MightyGlacier (Sanzo).

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*** [[TheHero Ghost]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), (Ore and Toucon Boost), two {{Glass Cannon}}s (Musashi and Goemon), MagicKnight (Edison), two {{Fragile Speedster}}s (Robin Hood and Billy the Kid), two {{Mighty Glacier}}s (Newton and Benkei), two {{Squishy Wizard}}s (Beethoven and Himiko), and another JackOfAllStats (Ryoma).
(Ryoma), LightningBruiser (Grateful) and SuperMode (Mugen).
*** [[TheLancer Specter]]: JackOfAllStats (base forms), FragileSpeedster (Tutankhamun), GlassCannon (Nobunaga), LightningBruiser (Houdini).(Houdini) and SuperMode (Deep Specter). He also semi-regularly borrows Ghost's Edison Damashii for a MagicKnight form.
*** Necrom: JackOfAllStats (base form), MagicKnight (Grimm), (Grimm) and MightyGlacier (Sanzo).


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** ''Series/UltramanOrb'': JackOfAllStats (Specium Zepellion), GlassCannon (Burnmite), FragileSpeedster (Hurricane Slash), StoneWall with [[TheBerserker brutal fighting style]] (Thunder Breastar), LightningBruiser (Orb Origin) and [[spoiler:SuperMode (Trinity)]].
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