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1st May '16 10:39:16 AM erforce
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** [[Franchise/SpiderMan Sandman's]] most common form of offense is to shift his arms into sand weapons in a style similar to [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} the T-1000]] (although Sandman was already doing this in the comics 2-3 decades before the Terminator films were made). It is also not uncommon for him to assume a giant humanoid sand monster form during battle.

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** [[Franchise/SpiderMan Sandman's]] most common form of offense is to shift his arms into sand weapons in a style similar to [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the T-1000]] (although Sandman was already doing this in the comics 2-3 decades before the Terminator ''Franchise/{{Terminator}} films were made). It is also not uncommon for him to assume a giant humanoid sand monster form during battle.



* John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' could change any part of its body into any living material it had previously absorbed. It loved spider legs. Combine this with the mechanic that "every part is a whole new animal" and you get situations where you cut one's head off, they both keep fighting, and the head grows spider legs to crawl away.

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* John Carpenter's Creator/JohnCarpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982'' could change any part of its body into any living material it had previously absorbed. It loved spider legs. Combine this with the mechanic that "every part is a whole new animal" and you get situations where you cut one's head off, they both keep fighting, and the head grows spider legs to crawl away.



* ''Film/FrightNight''. Evil Ed changes into a wolf to attack Peter Vincent. After he's staked he changes partially back into a human, looking like a humanoid wolf.

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* ''Film/FrightNight''.''Film/FrightNight1985''. Evil Ed changes into a wolf to attack Peter Vincent. After he's staked he changes partially back into a human, looking like a humanoid wolf.
2nd Apr '16 8:14:00 AM Perseus
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* Volga of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' does this in some attacks, transforming his arm into a dragon's claw or sprouting wings from his back to fly instead of transforming fully into his dragon form.

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* Volga of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' does this in some attacks, transforming morphing his arm into a dragon's claw or sprouting wings from his back to fly instead of transforming fully into his dragon form.
2nd Apr '16 8:13:32 AM Perseus
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* Volga of ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' does this in some attacks, transforming his arm into a dragon's claw or sprouting wings from his back to fly instead of transforming fully into his dragon form.
29th Mar '16 5:30:12 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/FrightNight''. Evil Ed changes into a wolf to attack Peter Vincent. After he's staked he changes partially back into a human, looking like a humanoid wolf.



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23rd Feb '16 12:40:56 AM Arivne
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* In Franchise/SuperSentai series, especially those of the past fifteen years, you know you've reached the end of the series when a team transforms into their costumes yet leave their helmets off until they pull off their roll call, in which their helmets appear.

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* In Franchise/SuperSentai ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' series, especially those of the past fifteen years, you know you've reached the end of the series when a team transforms into their costumes yet leave their helmets off until they pull off their roll call, in which their helmets appear.


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* ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', [[Characters/SCPFoundation Characters/SCPFoundation]], [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2750 SCP-2750 ("Navajo Skinwalkers")]]. After most of their population was wiped out the remaining SCP-2750 were forced into inbreeding. As a result, modern day SCP-2750 are sometimes trapped in transition between their animal and human forms.
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17th Feb '16 3:49:34 PM Galacton
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One of the understated traits of {{shapeshift|ing}}ers is their versatility, not just in having multiple forms they can assume, or people they can impersonate, but by using the stages in between. When a shapeshifter uses a Partial Transformation they can selectively shapeshift a part of their body (often an arm or limb) into their alternate form. This has [[MundaneUtility a lot of potential uses]]: For example, a shapeshifter needing to [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman open a safe underwater]] doesn't have to transform into a ''full'' fish or shark, but can instead choose ''just'' the gills (and perhaps a few fins) to breathe and maneuver underwater, while retaining their human hands to manipulate the safe itself; a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] thrown off a building could swap out her arms for a pair of [[WingedHumanoid bat wings]] to slow her fall; and a sniper without any surveillance gear could [[AnimalEyes transform his eyes into that of an owl's,]] cat's, or anything else with [[SuperSenses enhanced vision]].

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One of the understated traits of {{shapeshift|ing}}ers is their versatility, not just in having multiple forms they can assume, or people they can impersonate, but by using the stages in between. When a shapeshifter uses a Partial Transformation they can selectively shapeshift a part of their body (often an arm or limb) into their alternate form. This has [[MundaneUtility a lot of potential uses]]: For example, a shapeshifter needing to [[ThisLooksLikeAJobForAquaman open a safe underwater]] doesn't have to transform into a ''full'' fish or shark, but can instead choose ''just'' the gills (and perhaps a few fins) to breathe and maneuver underwater, while retaining their human hands to manipulate the safe itself; a [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] thrown off a building could swap out her his arms for a pair of [[WingedHumanoid bat wings]] to slow her his fall; and a sniper without any surveillance gear could [[AnimalEyes transform his eyes into that of an owl's,]] cat's, or anything else with [[SuperSenses enhanced vision]].
16th Dec '15 8:27:34 PM ultimomant
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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', Clare manages to Awaken only her limbs to save her CoolBigSis-figure Miria during the battle of Pieta. She later masters this technique, partially turning into an Awakened Being at will. As a much later chapter shows, [[spoiler:this may have something to do with her inability to Awaken ''completely'']]. Riful is also fond of this.

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* In ''{{Claymore}}'', ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', Clare manages to Awaken only her limbs to save her CoolBigSis-figure Miria during the battle of Pieta. She later masters this technique, partially turning into an Awakened Being at will. As a much later chapter shows, [[spoiler:this may have something to do with her inability to Awaken ''completely'']]. Riful is also fond of this.


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* In ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'', Quint turns his hand into a massive paw to slash through elevator cables.
14th Nov '15 1:32:38 PM Blazer
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* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' and ''Anime/HappinessChargePrettyCure'' had moments where the heroines are hit hard and powerful enough that shift down to a partial state. For the ''Heartcatch'' characters, their costumes revert back to something akin to sundresses while ''Happiness Charge'' characters resemble something akin to underwear.
* The original ''Manga/SailorMoon'' anime had an odd case of this, especially in {{The Movie}}s and ''especially'' towards Usagi as something could injure our heroine and essentially render her naked except for the ribbons that make up her costume.
* In ''Anime/ShatteredAngels'', the five Angels can shift a certain part of their body into their mecha form's body part. [[spoiler:It's also a sign of what part of the original Angel they were.]]


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* In Franchise/SuperSentai series, especially those of the past fifteen years, you know you've reached the end of the series when a team transforms into their costumes yet leave their helmets off until they pull off their roll call, in which their helmets appear.
4th Oct '15 4:47:53 PM nombretomado
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* In the first episode of ''Series/BeingHuman'' series 4 George manages to trick his body into thinking it's full moon in order to [[spoiler:rescue his daughter from vampires.]] He changes to somewhere between human and wolf, which greatly enhances his strength, but also allows him to remain somewhat in control. There is one drawback, though: while a complete transformation heals what it damages, a partial transformation does not. [[spoiler:It's fatal. George dies of heart, kidney and liver failure just minutes later.]]

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* In the first episode of ''Series/BeingHuman'' ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'' series 4 George manages to trick his body into thinking it's full moon in order to [[spoiler:rescue his daughter from vampires.]] He changes to somewhere between human and wolf, which greatly enhances his strength, but also allows him to remain somewhat in control. There is one drawback, though: while a complete transformation heals what it damages, a partial transformation does not. [[spoiler:It's fatal. George dies of heart, kidney and liver failure just minutes later.]]
7th Sep '15 12:21:26 PM nombretomado
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** Rahne Sinclair could change into a wolf or a transitional state between human and wolf. While still a member of the NewMutants, she was captured and taken to Genosha, where she was turned into a "mutate" slave with no free will of her own. When she was rescued, she found that using her powers restored her free will, but reverting to full-human form put her back in the "mutate" state, so she spent pretty much her entire run as a member of Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} in the transitional state, until the Genoshans' damage could be undone.

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** Rahne Sinclair could change into a wolf or a transitional state between human and wolf. While still a member of the NewMutants, ComicBook/NewMutants, she was captured and taken to Genosha, where she was turned into a "mutate" slave with no free will of her own. When she was rescued, she found that using her powers restored her free will, but reverting to full-human form put her back in the "mutate" state, so she spent pretty much her entire run as a member of Comicbook/{{X-Factor}} in the transitional state, until the Genoshans' damage could be undone.
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