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12th Sep '17 12:33:56 PM WillKeaton
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** ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock Infinite}}'' has Vigors, later revealed to be derived from early Plasmids. Vigors are drinkable plasmids that give the user powers similar to the first two games and generally serve the same roles with Possession/Hypnotize, Murder of Crows/Insect Swarm, Shock Jockey/Elecro Bolt, etc. Other Tonics introduce new attacks that serve as support in combat like Bucking Bronco[[note]]levitates foes[[/note]], Return to Sender[[note]]pulls in bullets to create an explosive cluster[[/note]], and Undertow[[note]]creates a water tentacle to catch and throw your opponents[[/note]]. All of these warp Booker's hands to match their abilities and they were going to cause people to turn into Vigor Junkies, people who turned into Splicers from excessive ingestion of Vigors but instead of tumorous growths they gained massive crystals growing out of their bones and skin. Characters such as the Zealots of the Lady and Cornelius Slate[[note]]He was intended to be a moderate Vigor Junkie, which explains why he has those growths on his head[[/note]], while early artwork was integrated as Frosty Splicers, who overdosed on the "Old Man Winter" Plasmid.

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** ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock Infinite}}'' has Vigors, later revealed to be derived from early Plasmids. Vigors are drinkable plasmids that give the user powers similar to the first two games and generally serve the same roles with Possession/Hypnotize, Murder of Crows/Insect Swarm, Shock Jockey/Elecro Bolt, etc. Other Tonics introduce new attacks that serve as support in combat like Bucking Bronco[[note]]levitates foes[[/note]], Bronco,[[note]]Levitates foes[[/note]] Return to Sender[[note]]pulls Sender,[[note]]Pulls in bullets to create an explosive cluster[[/note]], cluster[[/note]] and Undertow[[note]]creates Undertow.[[note]]Creates a water tentacle to catch and throw your opponents[[/note]]. opponents[[/note]] All of these warp Booker's hands to match their abilities and they were going to cause people to turn into Vigor Junkies, people who turned into Splicers from excessive ingestion of Vigors but instead of tumorous growths they gained massive crystals growing out of their bones and skin. Characters such as the Zealots of the Lady and Cornelius Slate[[note]]He Slate,[[note]]He was intended to be a moderate Vigor Junkie, which explains why he has those growths on his head[[/note]], head[[/note]] while early artwork was integrated as Frosty Splicers, who overdosed on the "Old Man Winter" Plasmid.
5th Jun '17 3:20:40 PM Kalu-chan
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* In TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade, a Gangrel's animal features can be this, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the Storyteller]]. For example, permanent claws might be practical for a variety of reasons, but big ones don't exactly look that great on humans. Antlers could also be used as a defense, but try hiding those.
30th May '17 3:46:57 AM KnightofLsama
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** This seems to be at least partly design philosophy rather than anything inherent to the process. Later developments give us the relatively more huamn looking Bio-Freezer, Libertus and Griselda zoanoid forms.
18th Mar '17 6:04:05 PM Doug86
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* Just about every Chaos mutation in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', since these mutations include things like CombatTentacles, pincers, extra mouths, cancerous growths...

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* Just about every Chaos mutation in ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'' ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', since these mutations include things like CombatTentacles, pincers, extra mouths, cancerous growths...
6th Mar '17 3:31:22 AM TitanJump
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* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}},'' this is how the titular SuperSoldiers are made, grafting in a piece of demon flesh to give them some of its powers, but they eventually succumb to TheCorruption, if they don't give in to their SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* The Tavoo/Taboo race in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' all have a core known as an Illuminus, which heightens their psionic abilities, but often disfigures them to the point of not even looking human anymore, usually taking on an [[BeeAfraid insectoid]] appearance instead. The few exceptions are the high-ranking W.I.S.E. members, [[DoubleStandard and several others such as Tatsuo and Alfred.]]
* Similar to ''Claymore'' example, if the [[spoiler:Magical Girls]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' falls into DespairEventHorizon, they will turn into [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Witches]]]]. This is actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since [[spoiler:Witches]] lose their sanity and acts purely on instinct, making them less effective in actual combat.
* The Zoanoids in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' are basically mutated humans whose new (revolting) forms are always tailored to give them a specific strength or super attack. [[MonsterLord Zoalords]] are however higher on the BishonenLine and look far less ugly than their underlings.
* Zarbon in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a powerful second form, but it makes him look fat and ugly (whereas his normal form is a {{Bishonen}}), so as a matter of vanity he avoids using it.


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* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}},'' this is how the titular SuperSoldiers are made, grafting in a piece of demon flesh to give them some of its powers, but they eventually succumb to TheCorruption, if they don't give in to their SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* The Zoanoids in ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'' are basically mutated humans whose new (revolting) forms are always tailored to give them a specific strength or super attack. [[MonsterLord Zoalords]] are however higher on the BishonenLine and look far less ugly than their underlings.
* Zarbon in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a powerful second form, but it makes him look fat and ugly (whereas his normal form is a {{Bishonen}}), so as a matter of vanity he avoids using it.


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* ''{{Manga/Jagaaaaaan}}'', the [[HumanoidAbomination Fractured Humans]] gain [[LovecraftianSuperpower lovecraftian superpowers]] from the [[UncannyValley Frenzied Frogs]] which has to merge with them in order to happen. The power-up comes with a disturbing,[[OneWingedAngel physical]] [[BodyHorror change]] that they can't control and makes them stand out like a sore thumb when among ordinary humans. That the change is permanent tends not to bother them, as they're [[UnstoppableRage far too out of their minds]] to care.
* The Tavoo/Taboo race in ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' all have a core known as an Illuminus, which heightens their psionic abilities, but often disfigures them to the point of not even looking human anymore, usually taking on an [[BeeAfraid insectoid]] appearance instead. The few exceptions are the high-ranking W.I.S.E. members, [[DoubleStandard and several others such as Tatsuo and Alfred.]]
* Similar to ''Claymore'' example, if the [[spoiler:Magical Girls]] of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' falls into DespairEventHorizon, they will turn into [[spoiler: [[EldritchAbomination Witches]]]]. This is actually a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]], since [[spoiler:Witches]] lose their sanity and acts purely on instinct, making them less effective in actual combat.
3rd Nov '16 1:00:46 PM StFan
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A Power Upgrading Deformation will make a character or creature much stronger but also make them look at the [[UncannyValley least]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman inhuman]] and at the [[BodyHorror worst]] [[EldritchAbomination horrendous]]--and the process isn't likely to be [[PainfulTransformation pleasant]] or [[TransformationHorror pretty]] either.

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A Power Upgrading Power-Upgrading Deformation will make a character or creature much stronger but also make them look at the [[UncannyValley least]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman inhuman]] and at the [[BodyHorror worst]] [[EldritchAbomination horrendous]]--and horrendous]] -- and the process isn't likely to be [[PainfulTransformation pleasant]] or [[TransformationHorror pretty]] either.



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* In the live action ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, the project behind creating Blanka is basically an attempt at creating mutant {{Super Soldier}}s and brainwashing them.

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* In the live action live-action ''Film/StreetFighter'' movie, the project behind creating Blanka is basically an attempt at creating mutant {{Super Soldier}}s and brainwashing them.



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* In WebAnimation/Qem95's project, ''Qem's Life Problems: Episode 1 - Tanning'', Qem gains the ability to blend in with his parrot red towel due to staying in the tanning machine for too long AND forgetting to put on his tanning lotion.
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* While not properly a webcomic, in ''WebOriginal/{{Qem-95}}'' 's project, Qem's Life Problems: Episode 1 - Tanning, Qem gains the ability to blend in with his parrot red towel due to staying in the tanning machine for too long AND forgetting to put on his tanning lotion.



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18th Sep '16 4:31:54 PM Pilomotor
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* The splicers in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' used genetic engineering to become {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, which generally while animalistic weren't ugly. When their boss fights Terry, he takes a boat load of them and goes OneWingedAngel... until Terry gives him a ''second'' round of drugs which pushes him into ClippedWingAngel.

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* The splicers in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' used genetic engineering to become {{Half Human Hybrid}}s, which generally while animalistic weren't ugly. When their boss fights Terry, he takes doses himself with a boat load bunch of them different serums and goes OneWingedAngel... until OneWingedAngel, becoming a huge, powerful, agile creature that retains his human intelligence. Terry gives manages to defeat him a ''second'' round by giving him ''more'' doses of drugs which pushes random drugs, pushing him into ClippedWingAngel.ClippedWingAngel territory, as he becomes more dangerous but also less stable.
7th Sep '16 2:24:23 PM AgProv
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* In ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', human soldiers pledging alliegence to Chaos gradually turn into monstrositoes who are part-man, part animal. This makes them harder fighters but at the expense of human intellect and intelligence. Creator/MichaelMoorcock returns to this theme in the ''Hawkmoon'' books, where the élite legions of [=GranBretan=] are human in form but wear realistic beast-masks according to their animal totem. And behave accordingly.

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* In ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', human soldiers pledging alliegence to Chaos gradually turn into monstrositoes monstrosities who are part-man, part animal. This makes them harder fighters but at the expense of human intellect and intelligence. Creator/MichaelMoorcock returns to this theme in the ''Hawkmoon'' books, where the élite legions of [=GranBretan=] are human in form but wear realistic beast-masks according to their animal totem. And behave accordingly. Here, the degredation is more symbolic and internalised. And just as terrible.
7th Sep '16 2:16:40 PM AgProv
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* In ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', human soldiers pledging alliegence to Chaos gradually turn into monstrositoes who are part-man, part animal. This makes them harder fighters but at the expense of human intellect and intelligence. Creator/MichaelMoorcock returns to this theme in the ''Hawkmoon'' books, where the élite legions of GranBretan are human in form but wear realistic beast-masks according to their animal totem. And behave accordingly.

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* In ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', human soldiers pledging alliegence to Chaos gradually turn into monstrositoes who are part-man, part animal. This makes them harder fighters but at the expense of human intellect and intelligence. Creator/MichaelMoorcock returns to this theme in the ''Hawkmoon'' books, where the élite legions of GranBretan [=GranBretan=] are human in form but wear realistic beast-masks according to their animal totem. And behave accordingly.
7th Sep '16 2:16:00 PM AgProv
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* In ''Literature/TheElricSaga'', human soldiers pledging alliegence to Chaos gradually turn into monstrositoes who are part-man, part animal. This makes them harder fighters but at the expense of human intellect and intelligence. Creator/MichaelMoorcock returns to this theme in the ''Hawkmoon'' books, where the élite legions of GranBretan are human in form but wear realistic beast-masks according to their animal totem. And behave accordingly.
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