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9th Dec '17 2:04:51 AM StFan
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* In ''FanFic/StreetSharksRedux'', the canon effects of gene slamming (see Western Animation) are made even worse. The protagonists feel sick, sore, and confused almost immediately after waking up, which only escalates as they try to figure out just what happened to them. When John starts changing, he's in too much pain to move and basically collapses on the ground. It's later mentioned that the brothers had relatively painless and simple transformations and that adults experienced mutations even ''worse''.

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* In ''FanFic/StreetSharksRedux'', ''Fanfic/StreetSharksRedux'', the canon effects of gene slamming (see Western Animation) are made even worse. The protagonists feel sick, sore, and confused almost immediately after waking up, which only escalates as they try to figure out just what happened to them. When John starts changing, he's in too much pain to move and basically collapses on the ground. It's later mentioned that the brothers had relatively painless and simple transformations and that adults experienced mutations even ''worse''.



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': From the look of it, Sunset Shimmer's transformation into a demon isn't enjoyable. The moment she put the crown on, she looks worried, then starts crying and screaming as she raises into the air. ''Friendship Games'' has Sunset admitting she was "overwhelmed" by the magic in the crown, so it's likely she was in pain as well.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': From ''Franchise/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls the first movie]], from
the look of it, Sunset Shimmer's transformation into a demon isn't enjoyable. The moment she put the crown on, she looks worried, then starts crying and screaming as she raises into the air. ''Friendship Games'' has Sunset admitting she was "overwhelmed" by the magic in the crown, so it's likely she was in pain as well.well.
** ''[[WesternAnimation.MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree Legend of Everfree]]'': In Twilight's mindscape during the climax, her slow transformation into Midnight Sparkle, with wings sprouting from her back and a horn coming out of her forehead, doesn't look like a pleasant experience ''at all''.



* ''Film/TheMask''. The first time Stanley puts on the mask. All the times it occurs later it's off-screen, for a good reason. The Mask Pressbook has this to an extreme in their test images of Jim Carrey turning into the Mask. One of them looks like it was borrowed from ''The Howling'' or ''American Werewolf In London''. There are pictures of that on [[http://www.jimcarreyonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8492 Jim Carrey Online.]]

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* ''Film/TheMask''. The first time Stanley puts on the mask. All the times it occurs later it's off-screen, for a good reason. The Mask Pressbook has this to an extreme in their test images of Jim Carrey turning into the Mask. One of them looks like it was borrowed from ''The Howling'' or ''American Werewolf In in London''. There are pictures of that on [[http://www.jimcarreyonline.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=8492 Jim Carrey Online.]]



* The poor title character of the dark and edgy ''Film/KamenRider'' {{deconstruction}} film ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'' suffers from this. Rather than simply having the 'armor' appear over his body, Shin's body actually changes, distorts and morphs into the Shin Kamen Rider. This is only done twice in the film, and is extremely painful for the guy (also leaving him naked for some reason); specific super-creepy examples include his forehead splitting open four ways at once, and his jaw ''splitting in half''. They had to tone the costume down a bit for his appearance in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', and even then he was pretty scary-looking.

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* The poor title character of the dark and edgy ''Film/KamenRider'' {{deconstruction}} film ''Film/ShinKamenRiderPrologue'' suffers from this. Rather than simply having the 'armor' "armor" appear over his body, Shin's body actually changes, distorts and morphs into the Shin Kamen Rider. This is only done twice in the film, and is extremely painful for the guy (also leaving him naked for some reason); specific super-creepy examples include his forehead splitting open four ways at once, and his jaw ''splitting in half''. They had to tone the costume down a bit for his appearance in ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', and even then he was pretty scary-looking.



* Using the shape-shift drug [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} polymorphine]] doesn't look like much fun if agent Lechias' face in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'' is anything to go by; not to mention that just to ''start'' the process you have to stab yourself in the stomach with a big friggin' needle.

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* Using the shape-shift drug [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 polymorphine]] doesn't look like much fun if agent Lechias' face in ''Film/{{Damnatus}}'' is anything to go by; not to mention that just to ''start'' the process you have to stab yourself in the stomach with a big friggin' needle.



* ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'': Sherman's transformation into Buddy Love is excruciating, and it causes him to pass out. [[spoiler: It is deconstructed when Jason, Sherman's assistant, discovers that the weight loss formula that Love plans to ingest is lethal]].

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* ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'': Sherman's transformation into Buddy Love is excruciating, and it causes him to pass out. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is deconstructed when Jason, Sherman's assistant, discovers that the weight loss formula that Love plans to ingest is lethal]].



** The regeneration process experienced by Time Lords is, if not always physically painful, an extremely traumatic and draining experience. Typically, just after regenerating the Doctor is weakened, partially amnesiac, and, in a few cases, comatose.

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** The regeneration process experienced by Time Lords is, Lords, if not always physically painful, is an extremely traumatic and draining experience. Typically, just after regenerating the Doctor is weakened, partially amnesiac, and, in a few cases, comatose.



'''Justin:''' (''suddenly a werewolf'') Really?

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'''Justin:''' (''suddenly ''[suddenly a werewolf'') werewolf]'' Really?



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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1575 SCP-1575 ("Venus Statue")]]. When an animal drinks water that has passed through SCP-1575, it mutates into a human being. If it survives the process, the former animal describes it as being extremely painful. The water doesn't lose it's potency after ingestion either; the SCP has to check animals for internal and external parasites after there was a half-mutated flea and a human-faced tapeworm screaming as it burst out of a dog's belly.
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** Normal shapechanging powers don't fall under this trope (in fact, the ''Polymorph'' spell, ''Metamorphosis'' psionic power, or Wild Shape ability will instead heal damage). However, the ''Force Shapechange'' spell (originally from the ''Oriental Adventures''), which forces shapeshifters to return to their true form, cause wracking pains -- even if the victims actually resist it.

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** Normal shapechanging powers don't fall under this trope (in fact, the ''Polymorph'' spell, ''Metamorphosis'' psionic power, power or Wild Shape ability will instead heal damage). However, the ''Force Shapechange'' spell (originally from the ''Oriental Adventures''), which forces shapeshifters to return to their true form, cause wracking pains -- even if the victims actually resist it.



* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1575 SCP-1575 ("Venus Statue")]]. When an animal drinks water that has passed through SCP-1575, it mutates into a human being. If it survives the process, the former animal describes it as being extremely painful. The water doesn't lose it's potency after ingestion either; the SCP has to check animals for internal and external parasites after there was a half-mutated flea and a human-faced tapeworm screaming as it burst out of a dog's belly.



* Spoony to Dr. Insano in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.

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* %%* Spoony to Dr. Insano in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' on Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.



* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'':

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* Ben's final stage of transformation into Benwolf, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. For most of the episode, he'd just been gradually getting furry and wolflike, then... ouch.

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* Ben's final stage of transformation into Benwolf, in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.''WesternAnimation/Ben10''. For most of the episode, he'd just been gradually getting furry and wolflike, then... ouch.



* Donatello's secondary mutation from the "Good Genes" arc of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''. The transformation itself -- which happens after a long illness -- is fairly brief, but still enough to leave him screaming in pain.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012]] cartoon, apparently, getting doused in Mutagen and undergoing a mutation is agonizing if you were human. When Mutagen Man is created, he screams that it burns.

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* ''Franchise//TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'':
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Donatello's secondary mutation from the "Good Genes" arc of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003''. The transformation itself -- which happens after a long illness -- is fairly brief, but still enough to leave him screaming in pain.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 2012]] cartoon, 2012 cartoon]], apparently, getting doused in Mutagen and undergoing a mutation is agonizing if you were human. When Mutagen Man is created, he screams that it burns.



25th Nov '17 8:57:18 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* In TheSecretWorld it's not made explicit in actual scenario, but lore clarifies, that turning into Imbued is excruciatingly painful. Worse: it's implied that pain never goes away, just characters grow accustomed to it and stop paying attention, and that's just the beginning.

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* In TheSecretWorld ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld,'' it's not made explicit in the actual scenario, but lore clarifies, clarifies that turning into Imbued one of the Bee-Imbued is excruciatingly painful. painful - not that shooting laser beams out of your eyeballs during the initial stage of PowerIncontinence looked ''pleasant.'' Worse: it's implied that pain never goes away, just characters grow accustomed to it and stop paying attention, and that's just the beginning.
23rd Nov '17 4:34:50 PM nighttrainfm
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** The regeneration process experienced by Time Lords is, if not always physically painful, an extremely traumatic and draining experience. Typically, just after regenerating the Doctor finds himself weakened, partially amnesiac, and, in a few cases, comatose.

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** The regeneration process experienced by Time Lords is, if not always physically painful, an extremely traumatic and draining experience. Typically, just after regenerating the Doctor finds himself is weakened, partially amnesiac, and, in a few cases, comatose.



** When the Doctor becomes (temporarily) human the process is only seen during a few extremely brief flashbacks -- and he's screaming in anguish the entire time.

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** When the Doctor becomes (temporarily) human human, the process is only seen during a few extremely brief flashbacks -- and he's screaming in anguish the entire time.
13th Nov '17 7:23:07 PM Willbyr
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** [[spoiler: Chocolat's transformation into Nyanma]]. Evil energy pulses around her, her eyes dilate, her muscles tighten, and she screams in agony the whole time.

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** [[spoiler: Chocolat's [[spoiler:Chocolat's transformation into Nyanma]]. Evil energy pulses around her, her eyes dilate, her muscles tighten, and she screams in agony the whole time.



* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the chronic [[ImHavingSoulPains soul pains]] that the eponymous Negi's been having ever since learning [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Magia Erebea]] are a symptom of him being [[spoiler:''turned into a demon'' by overuse of the technique]].

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the chronic [[ImHavingSoulPains soul pains]] that the eponymous Negi's been having Negi suffers ever since learning [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique Magia Erebea]] are a symptom of him being [[spoiler:''turned into a demon'' by overuse of the technique]].



** In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', Freddy Krueger transforms [[spoiler: Debbie]] into a cockroach by breaking off her arms and then [[TearOffYourFace forcing her to rip her face off]] to reveal the insect parts underneath.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', poor [[spoiler: Theodora]] undergoes this when tricked into consuming a sort of PsychoSerum. It's both a case of physical and mental pain, and the final result is [[spoiler: The Wicked Witch of the West]].

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** In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', Freddy Krueger transforms [[spoiler: Debbie]] [[spoiler:Debbie]] into a cockroach by breaking off her arms and then [[TearOffYourFace forcing her to rip her face off]] to reveal the insect parts underneath.
* In ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful'', poor [[spoiler: Theodora]] [[spoiler:Theodora]] undergoes this when tricked into consuming a sort of PsychoSerum. It's both a case of physical and mental pain, and the final result is [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Wicked Witch of the West]].



** Polyjuice Potion transformation is descriped to includes the phrase ''bubbling skin''... creepy and painful.

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** Polyjuice Potion transformation is descriped described to includes the phrase ''bubbling skin''... creepy and painful.



* [[CrapsackWorld Naturally]], ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have their own form of this trope with [[TheCorruption Chaos mutations]], all of which are disgusting, irreversible, and excruciatingly painful.

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* [[CrapsackWorld Naturally]], ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' have their own form of this trope with [[TheCorruption Chaos mutations]], all of which are disgusting, irreversible, and excruciatingly painful.



-->'''Francine:''' Ugh, I have a headache from all this screaming.
-->'''Stan:''' Well, not to compete with you, but I have a headache from my skull changing shape.

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-->'''Francine:''' Ugh, I have a headache from all this screaming.
-->'''Stan:'''
screaming.\\
'''Stan:'''
Well, not to compete with you, but I have a headache from my skull changing shape.
10th Nov '17 6:53:58 AM Gosicrystal
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** Whenever Link uses one of his transformation masks in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', it triggers a short cutscene in which he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGQas1eAXII screams horribly as the transformation occurs]]. Thankfully, they can be skipped with the press of a button once you've seen it for the first time. His initial wolf transformation in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' seems to be a dual homage to those scenes and the transformation in ''An American Werewolf in London'', but after that, no further cutscenes of that nature occur.
*** [[http://kotaku.com/why-does-link-cry-in-majoras-mask-its-pretty-dark-1692276196 One Nintendo employee]] provided an explanation that Link's scream may be from ''emotional'' pain rather than physical, saying that Link is being overcome by the sudden and overwhelming feelings of sorrow residing in the mask.
** Midna's first transformation with the Fused Shadows in ''Twilight Princess'' had her being thrown around and screaming painfully.

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** Whenever Link uses one of his transformation masks in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', it triggers a short cutscene in which he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGQas1eAXII screams horribly as the transformation occurs]]. Thankfully, they can be skipped with the press of a button once you've seen it for the first time. His initial wolf transformation in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'' seems to be a dual homage to those scenes and the transformation in ''An American Werewolf in London'', but after that, no further cutscenes of that nature occur.
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[[http://kotaku.com/why-does-link-cry-in-majoras-mask-its-pretty-dark-1692276196 One Nintendo employee]] provided an explanation that Link's scream may be from ''emotional'' pain rather than physical, saying that Link is being overcome by the sudden and overwhelming feelings of sorrow residing in the mask. \n These cutscenes can be skipped with the press of a button once you've seen them for the first time.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'':
*** Link's initial wolf transformation seems to be a dual homage to the transformation scenes in ''Majora's Mask'' and the transformation in ''An American Werewolf in London'', but after that, no further cutscenes of that nature occur.
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Midna's first transformation with the Fused Shadows in ''Twilight Princess'' had has her being thrown around and screaming painfully.
31st Oct '17 11:24:26 AM Dontfollowmeman
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* When Akatsuki from ''Anime/LogHorizon'' uses the shapeshifting potion to edit her character the transformation is accompanied by bursts of light, sickening cracking sounds and a lot of screaming.
26th Oct '17 1:29:00 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'': Spider-Man himself undergoes this during the "Neogenic Nightmare" arc. It starts with simple bouts of PowerIncontinence, and is then followed with debilitating pain in his sides, which he describes as feeling like "getting a massage from [[WolverineClaws Wolverine]] - from the inside." Finally, he sprouts [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four extra arms]] before painfully transforming into a monstrous half-man/half-spider creature.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'': Spider-Man himself undergoes this during the "Neogenic Nightmare" arc. It starts with simple bouts of PowerIncontinence, and is then followed with debilitating pain in his sides, which he describes as feeling like "getting a massage from [[WolverineClaws Wolverine]] - from the inside." Finally, he sprouts [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four extra arms]] before painfully transforming into a monstrous half-man/half-spider creature. An alternate Man-spider shows up in one of the later episodes when Spider-man has to team up with his alternates. That Peter accepted the mutation fairly well but the villain forced him to be Man-spider at the worst time. Man-spider's later fate is unknown but presumably he's back to normal.
24th Oct '17 12:41:37 AM Grounogeos
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*** [[http://kotaku.com/why-does-link-cry-in-majoras-mask-its-pretty-dark-1692276196 One Nintendo employee]] provided an explanation that Link's scream may be from ''emotional'' pain rather than physical, saying that Link is being overcome by the sudden and overwhelming feelings of sorrow residing in the mask.
8th Oct '17 3:54:53 PM Anorgil
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* In ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', the Dark Wanderer assumes Diablo's true form in the cinematic between Acts 3 and 4. Lumps move under his skin, horns sprout from his brow, and his face stretches and twists as he howls in pain. Thankfully, he collapses and the rest of the transformation occurs hidden under his cloak.

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* In ''VideoGame/DiabloII'', the Dark Wanderer assumes Diablo's true form in the cinematic between Acts 3 and 4. 4, and Marius describes the transformation as "not meant for mortal eyes": Lumps move under his skin, horns sprout from his brow, and his face stretches and twists as he howls in pain. Thankfully, he collapses and the rest of the transformation occurs hidden under his cloak.
7th Oct '17 1:07:33 AM ultimomant
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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}: Awakening'': Quint Lane has undergone experiments to transform him into a [[CanisMajor super-Lycan]], but an apparent side effect of the treatments seems to be that unlike most other [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycans]], he can't transform seamlessly; even simply [[PartialTransformation morphing one hand into a Lycan claw]] has him visibly wincing and groaning in pain.

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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}: Awakening'': ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'': Quint Lane has undergone experiments to transform him into a [[CanisMajor super-Lycan]], but an apparent side effect of the treatments seems to be that unlike most other [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Lycans]], he can't transform seamlessly; even simply [[PartialTransformation morphing one hand into a Lycan claw]] has him visibly wincing and groaning in pain.
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