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23rd Jan '16 6:25:35 AM XadhoomXado
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* Ben 10 [[JustifiedTrope Justifies]] this with the [[TransformationTrinket Omni/Ultimatrix]] being the source of all Ben's added and lost mass.
21st Jan '16 10:47:03 AM Antigone3
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Combined two entries for same series into one.
* Handwaved in ''Literature/TheElvenbane'', wherein the dragons explain that when they change from huge firebreathing beasties into humans or elves, the extra mass goes into an extraplanar space they call [[{{Hammerspace}} the Out]]. (A similar conceit is implied in the D&D universe, even though the transformations are magical.) A dragon in human form, when viewed in the magical spectrum, can be seen as a human surrounded by a dragony "shadow".
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* Handwaved in ''Literature/TheElvenbane'', wherein the dragons explain that when they change from huge firebreathing beasties into humans or elves, the ''Literature/TheHalfBloodChronicles'', by Creator/MercedesLackey and Creator/AndreNorton. Dragons shapeshifting to a smaller form have to shunt their extra mass goes into an extraplanar space they call [[{{Hammerspace}} the Out]]. (A similar conceit is implied in the D&D universe, even though the transformations are magical.) Out]]. A dragon in human form, when viewed in the magical spectrum, can be seen as a human surrounded by a dragony "shadow"."shadow". This shunting also takes a certain level of skill on the dragon's part. Taking a form that's the same size as the dragon in question is simple, taking a form as small as a human or elf is a challenge.

* In Creator/MercedesLackey's and Creator/AndreNorton's ''[[Literature/TheHalfBloodChronicles Elvenblood]]'' series, where shapeshifting dragons shift excess mass into the "Out", which is implied to be AnotherDimension. Not all dragons are equally skilled, so only the best can assume radically smaller forms such as humans and elves.
11th Jan '16 12:50:05 PM Soldancer
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If the issue is brought up at all, it's only to avert the trope by pointedly illustrating that its [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shifters]] ''cannot'' change mass and/or size. Or they may HandWave the issue with some [[MinovskyPhysics quasi-scientific]] AppliedPhlebotinum, e.g., 'Pym Particles' in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It's also possible that the character draws mass from an extra-dimensional source, or sends mass there when they get small (if any explanation is given to magical shapeshifters, it's usually this).
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If the issue is brought up at all, it's only to avert the trope by pointedly illustrating that its [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shifters]] ''cannot'' change mass and/or size. Or they may HandWave the issue with some [[MinovskyPhysics quasi-scientific]] AppliedPhlebotinum, e.g., [[ComicBook/AntMan 'Pym Particles' Particles']] in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse. It's also possible that the character draws mass from an extra-dimensional source, or sends mass there when they get small (if any explanation is given to magical shapeshifters, it's usually this).
30th Dec '15 3:21:28 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* Several [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/dragonTrue.htm dragons]] can take an alternative form of a medium size animal or humanoid. The smallest shape-shifting dragon can weigh 1/8 lb or less, the biggest can weigh ''125 Tons'' or more.
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* Several [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/monsters/dragonTrue.htm dragons]] can take an alternative form of a medium size animal or humanoid. The smallest shape-shifting dragon can weigh 1/8 lb or less, the biggest can weigh ''125 Tons'' or more. Conversely, Polymorph and similar spells allow the caster to transform him/herself or someone else into from a small animal to a dragon or another creature of similar size.
19th Dec '15 9:19:17 PM abkpark
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** Odo CAN change mass, as stated in "Broken Link". In Season 7, we also learn why: in "Chimera," Laas (Odo's race, "not" a Founder) shows that he can access the subspace for FTL. Most likely this access gives Odo's race mass-lightening abilities.
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** Odo CAN change mass, as stated in "Broken Link". In Season 7, we also learn why: in "Chimera," Laas (Odo's race, "not" ''not'' a Founder) shows that he can access the subspace for FTL. Most likely this access gives Odo's race mass-lightening abilities.
19th Dec '15 9:18:01 PM abkpark
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correcting a minor detail, as the changeling in episode is not a Founder
** Odo CAN change mass, as stated in "Broken Link". In Season 7, we also learn why: Founders can access the subspace for FTL. Most likely this access gives them mass-lightening abilities.
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** Odo CAN change mass, as stated in "Broken Link". In Season 7, we also learn why: Founders in "Chimera," Laas (Odo's race, "not" a Founder) shows that he can access the subspace for FTL. Most likely this access gives them Odo's race mass-lightening abilities.
25th Nov '15 7:45:58 PM jormis29
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* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', the bat narrator Kou-chan functions as the {{ShapeShifting}} WeaponOfChoice for Kokoa. The trope is subverted because Kou keeps his weight in any form, which is PlayedForLaughs on several occasions.
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* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', the bat narrator Kou-chan functions as the {{ShapeShifting}} ShapeShifting WeaponOfChoice for Kokoa. The trope is subverted because Kou keeps his weight in any form, which is PlayedForLaughs on several occasions.
25th Nov '15 6:48:07 PM FF32
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* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', the bat narrator Kou-chan functions as the {{Shapeshifter}} WeaponOfChoice for Kokoa. The trope is subverted because Kou keeps his weight in any form, which is PlayedForLaughs on several occasions.
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* In ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', the bat narrator Kou-chan functions as the {{Shapeshifter}} {{ShapeShifting}} WeaponOfChoice for Kokoa. The trope is subverted because Kou keeps his weight in any form, which is PlayedForLaughs on several occasions.
19th Nov '15 3:54:20 AM Bissek
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* Merlin in the ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' novels can change his appearance, but his mass and rough body dimensions always remain the same. The fact that all the seijins who are popping up are the exact same height and are never visibly active at the same time allows [[spoiler:Aivah]] to figure out that they're all the same person.
28th Oct '15 7:10:41 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''Webcomic/AddictiveScience'' when a transformation changes someone's mass a "random" nearby person (usually Lukas or Mark) turns into something with an equivalent mass change.
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