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4th Jun '17 10:04:46 PM MurlocAggroB
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* Druid shapeshifting in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' could be considered this, with forms tailored to each of their four talent specialisations plus a couple of utility forms. The default form (AKA "caster" form) is for the CombatMedic and specialization adds a temporary Tree Form with even more enhanced healing. Cat form is a FragileSpeedster that deals damage. Bear form is a StoneWall specialising in getting attention of enemies from more squishy members of the group. Moonkin form (available via talent specialization; caster form suffices before that) is a GlassCannon SquishyWizard. While all Druids have access to Bear Form and Cat Form, they don't work very well for non-Feral Druids.

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* Druid shapeshifting in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' could be considered this, with forms tailored to each of their four talent specialisations plus a couple of utility forms. The default form (AKA "caster" form) is for the CombatMedic and specialization adds a temporary Tree Form with even more enhanced healing. Cat form is a FragileSpeedster that deals damage. Bear form is a StoneWall specialising in getting attention of enemies from more squishy members of the group. Moonkin form (available via talent specialization; caster form suffices before that) is a GlassCannon SquishyWizard. While all Druids have access to Bear Form and Cat Form, they don't work very well for non-Feral or Guardian Druids.


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* ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'': This is Varian's entire gimmick. He starts out as a MasterOfNone for the first 9 levels, but once he hits 10, he can choose between one of three Heroics to specialize. [[StoneWall Taunt]] increases his health but lowers his attack speed and gives him a brief stun ability, [[GlassCannon Colossus Smash]] increases his attack damage but lowers his health and gives him an armour-weakening leap, and [[GradualGrinder Twin Blades of Fury]] increases his attack speed but lowers attack damage and gives him extra movement speed after he hits a basic attack. Each of them are watered-down versions of the archetypal character of that role, and Varian's strength comes from his ability to fill any slot his team needs.
25th May '17 12:35:46 PM AnotherGamer
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* ''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]].

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* ''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 he has protective carapace on his back, back that makes him immune to SpikesOfDoom from above, and has the ability to [[BulletTime slow down time]]; Rospark moves slowly on land and cannot jump high, but upon climbing up ropes, it he transforms into its his true form, which can move around ropes and shoot spreads of thorns[[/note]].
25th Apr '17 4:23:02 PM Shaid
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** The [[EvilCounterpart Nemetrix]] from ''Omniverse'' is an even more specialized variation. It's designed to specifically counteract the Omnitrix's aliens with their natural predators. Whatever power or weakness an alien has, the Nemetrix's aliens are either counters or exploiters to/of those powers/weaknesses.
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.
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