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9th Jul '16 11:57:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''

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* ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''
2nd Jul '16 6:02:00 AM nighttrainfm
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** Humorously addressed in the cinema prologue to "Deep Breath". Strax, recounting the Doctor's incarnations, notes the rather obvious height difference between Six and Seven and wonders what happened to the rest of him.
1st Jul '16 12:45:05 PM Quanyails
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* Handwaved in ''Literature/TheHalfBloodChronicles'', by Creator/MercedesLackey and Creator/AndreNorton. Dragons shapeshifting to a smaller form have to shunt their extra mass into an extraplanar space they call [[{{Hammerspace}} the Out]]. A dragon in human form, when viewed in the magical spectrum, can be seen as a human surrounded by a dragony "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.

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* Handwaved in ''Literature/TheHalfBloodChronicles'', by Creator/MercedesLackey and Creator/AndreNorton. Dragons shapeshifting to a smaller form have to shunt their extra mass into an extraplanar space they call [[{{Hammerspace}} the Out]]. A dragon in human form, when viewed in the magical spectrum, can be seen as a human surrounded by a dragony "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 simple. Taking a form as small as a human or elf is a challenge.
1st Jul '16 12:13:12 PM Quanyails
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* Subverted in the lesser known manga ''Momoiro 1/10'' -- The titular girl is 50 foot tall and weighs several tons. When she's shrunken to the size of a normal human, she still weighs several tons and is denser than lead. Trying to walk across the top floor of her school causes the floor to collapse, running across a parking lot causes a trail of destroyed concrete, etc etc.

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* Subverted in the lesser known manga ''Momoiro 1/10'' -- The titular girl Momoiro is 50 foot tall and weighs several tons. When she's shrunken to the size of a normal human, she still weighs several tons and is denser than lead. Trying to walk across the top floor of her school causes the floor to collapse, running across a parking lot causes a trail of destroyed concrete, etc etc.



* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the APTX-4869 toxin has a million-to-one chance will [[FountainOfYouth deage]] a victim back to when they're 8 years old. This is explained that it causes apoptosis to occur within non-neural cells, so that a large portion of tissue gets killed off and simply evaporates away. Shinichi described the sensation like his bones melting. However this doesn't explain how the re-aging antidote causes the mass to return.

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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', the APTX-4869 toxin has a million-to-one chance will [[FountainOfYouth deage]] de-age]] a victim back to when they're 8 years old. This is explained that it causes apoptosis to occur within non-neural cells, so that a large portion of tissue gets killed off and simply evaporates away. Shinichi described the sensation like his bones melting. However this doesn't explain how the re-aging antidote causes the mass to return.



* The Invaders in Shin Manga/GetterRobo Armageddon. For example, in one episode, the main characters respond to a distress signal from the ruins of New York City. When they get to the origin of the signal, they find two puppies and a dead person at a radio station, but the puppies afterwards turn out to be a pair of ''building-sized'' Invaders from a larger group that set a trap.

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* The Invaders in Shin ''Shin Manga/GetterRobo Armageddon.Armageddon''. For example, in one episode, the main characters respond to a distress signal from the ruins of New York City. When they get to the origin of the signal, they find two puppies and a dead person at a radio station, but the puppies afterwards turn out to be a pair of ''building-sized'' Invaders from a larger group that set a trap.
29th May '16 9:42:59 AM Sharlee
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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', sequences in which gargoyles awaken from "stone sleep" often show fragments of stone scattering from their skin as they re-animate, as if they're breaking out of a very thin coating of rock. Although there's plenty of magic in their Verse, "stone sleep" is described as a natural physiological quirk of their species, so losing an outer crust of stone every sunset ought to cost them whatever energy they'd allegedly accumulated from sunlight while immobile.
26th May '16 8:37:14 PM PaulA
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** Creator/HarryTurtledove not only keeps to the principle (illustrated distinctly by a couple werehawks too heavy to fly) in ''Werenight'', he gives this particular Giant Mook a semi-affectionate nod... and upgrade. An "immensely tall, immensely fat" barbarian chief turns into a '''sabretooth'''. A ''big'' sabretooth.

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** * Creator/HarryTurtledove not only keeps to the principle (illustrated distinctly by a couple werehawks too heavy to fly) in ''Werenight'', ''Literature/{{Werenight}}'', he gives this particular Poul Anderson's Giant Mook a semi-affectionate nod... and upgrade. An "immensely tall, immensely fat" barbarian chief turns into a '''sabretooth'''. A ''big'' sabretooth.
14th Apr '16 6:32:22 AM Prime32
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This can also apply to characters with a HealingFactor, as many of them appear to be able to regenerate biomass from thin air. Tropes that avert using Shapeshifter Baggage are PullingThemselvesTogether and AppendageAssimilation. Compare ElementalBaggage and see RequiredSecondaryPowers.

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This can also apply to characters with a HealingFactor, as many of them appear to be able to regenerate biomass from thin air. Tropes that avert using Shapeshifter Baggage are PullingThemselvesTogether PullingThemselvesTogether, AppendageAssimilation and AppendageAssimilation.KibblesAndBits. Compare ElementalBaggage and see RequiredSecondaryPowers.
5th Apr '16 8:24:17 PM Kid
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** it isn't stated that Angua is a similar mass in either form but the differential isn't huge - about 25% - so a short human woman would weigh about 50kg and a male wolf up to 45kg

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** it It isn't stated that Angua is a similar mass in either form but the differential isn't huge - about 25% - so a short human woman would weigh about 50kg and a male wolf up to 45kg
17th Mar '16 9:49:43 AM Kuruni
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** In the "Literature/GalaxyOfFear" series, the race known as the Shi'ido can shape-shift. It's explained that due to their extremely long lifespan, in which they can live for 500 years and only people older than 61 are considered adults (makes you wonder what their drinking age is), their shapeshifting ability improves with age. Young Shi'ido can only change skin color, older ones could change into any humanoid species they wanted, and ones even older can change into whatever. However, if they tried to change beyond their natural boundaries, they'd be [[ModeLock stuck in that form for weeks or months]]. How exactly they could change isn't well explained, but ''The Essential Guide to Alien Species'' said something to the effect (if this editor remembers) that they have folds of extra skin under their skin that they can use if they need to to change into larger or smaller species (or rocks and trees, apparently). Also, since some species identify others with smell as well as sight, and the Shi'ido aren't perfect at what they do, it's explained that they use telepathy to get around (what could be described as) LatexPerfection.

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** In the "Literature/GalaxyOfFear" series, the race known as the Shi'ido can shape-shift. It's explained that due to their extremely long lifespan, in which they can live for 500 years and only people older than 61 are considered adults (makes you wonder what their drinking age is), their shapeshifting ability improves with age. Young Shi'ido can only change skin color, older ones could change into any humanoid species they wanted, and ones even older can change into whatever. However, if they tried to change beyond their natural boundaries, they'd be [[ModeLock stuck in that form for weeks or months]]. How exactly they could change isn't well explained, but ''The Essential Guide to Alien Species'' said something to the effect (if this editor remembers) that they have folds of extra skin under their skin that they can use if they need to to change into larger or smaller species (or rocks and trees, apparently). Also, since some species identify others with smell as well as sight, and the Shi'ido aren't perfect at what they do, it's explained that they use telepathy to get around (what could be described as) LatexPerfection.
16th Mar '16 9:26:01 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/ExpirationDate'', a fugitive ghost is briefly able to disguise the body it's inhabiting by adding biomass to increase the body's height and shape. The question of where the extra biomass comes from is addressed, and it's not pleasant: [[spoiler:it's taken from the dog that was hunting them, which does not survive the process]].
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