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10th Aug '16 8:18:39 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Our hero is in a duel with a crafty {{Shapeshift|ing}}er villain. It looks like the shapeshifter is going to lose, until he busts out the most underhanded trick of all -- suddenly impersonating one of the hero's loved ones or TrueCompanions, trying to cause him to lose his will to fight.

Usually, the hero ends up struggling to find the willpower to continue beating up someone who looks just like his mom/girlfriend/little sister. Bonus points if the form the shape shifter takes on is that of a dead little sister, for extra guilt.

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Our hero is in a duel with a crafty {{Shapeshift|ing}}er villain. It looks like the shapeshifter is going to lose, until he busts they bust out the most underhanded trick of all -- suddenly impersonating one of the hero's loved ones or TrueCompanions, trying to cause him them to lose his their will to fight.

Usually, the hero ends up struggling to find the willpower to continue beating up someone who looks just like his mom/girlfriend/little sister. their loved ones. Bonus points if the form the shape shifter takes on is that of a dead little sister, friend or family member for extra guilt.
guilt. Especially if it is one whose death the hero blame themselves for.
31st Jul '16 7:00:07 PM MisterCPC
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** In one encounter, Envy is about to be stabbed by [[spoiler: Ling Yao, so it alters its appearance to that of Lan Fan, who has just been driven away to get medical attention for a severe injury she attained while protecting Ling, causing him to freeze up and enable Gluttony to swallow him. ''Brotherhood'' takes this a step further than the manga, having Envy appear as Lan Fan in her current vulnerable state; bandaged and without her left arm, her mask gone revealing a hurt expression]].

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** In one encounter, Envy is about to be stabbed by [[spoiler: Ling Yao, so it alters its appearance to that of Lan Fan, who has just been driven away to get medical attention for a severe injury she attained while protecting Ling, causing him to freeze up and enable Gluttony to swallow him. ''Brotherhood'' takes this a step further than the manga, having Envy appear as Lan Fan in her current vulnerable state; bandaged and without her left arm, her mask gone revealing a hurt expression]].expression. Though admittedly, that was because in the anime adaptation he'd only seen Lan Fan unmasked as the anime cut out his earlier fight with her, so it was due to to this rather than due to any extra ruthlessness]].
17th Jul '16 10:02:29 PM PaulA
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* In ''[[Film/ClashOfTheTitans Wrath of the Titans]]'', Perseus fights and defeats a minotaur. As he's about to finish it off, the minotaur suddenly starts talking in his son's voice, begging his "father" not to hurt him. Perseus kills it anyway.

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* In ''[[Film/ClashOfTheTitans Wrath of the Titans]]'', ''Film/WrathOfTheTitans'', Perseus fights and defeats a minotaur. As he's about to finish it off, the minotaur suddenly starts talking in his son's voice, begging his "father" not to hurt him. Perseus kills it anyway.
11th Jul '16 3:35:39 AM ThatBitterTase
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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Cameo uses his JerkAssGenie Stand to manipulate Polnareff into this by reanimating his dead sister and Mohammed Avdol (who dies defending him), flaming him for their deaths. [[spoiler: Luckily, the real and alive Avdol appears to save the day, and Polnareff wises up to take down the fake image of his sister.]]

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Cameo uses his JerkAssGenie Stand to manipulate Polnareff into this by reanimating his dead sister and Mohammed Avdol (who dies defending him), flaming blaming him for their deaths. [[spoiler: Luckily, the real and alive Avdol appears to save the day, and Polnareff wises up to take down the fake image of his sister.]]]]
** In Part 7, this is the basis of the Stand Civil War. It conjures images of things you've "sacrificed" (read: abandoned or destroyed) and feel guilty about, which merge with your body and kill you.
9th Jul '16 11:57:47 AM nombretomado
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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', Makuta first appears to the Toa as a small Matoran. They know it must be some sort of trick, but they are still hesitant to attack him... until he goes OneWingedAngel.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'', Makuta first appears to the Toa as a small Matoran. They know it must be some sort of trick, but they are still hesitant to attack him... until he goes OneWingedAngel.
16th Jun '16 11:46:22 PM merotoker
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** [[spoiler:Later on, an Arrancar also impersonates Kaien Shiba, Rukia's mentor, to great effect. This particular one happened to be the 9th Espada, Aaroniero Arruruerie]]. In both cases, the impersonator had eaten the impersonate-ee.

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** [[spoiler:Later on, an Arrancar also impersonates Kaien Shiba, Rukia's mentor, to great effect. This particular one happened to be the 9th Espada, Aaroniero Arruruerie]]. Arruruerie.]] In both cases, the impersonator had eaten the impersonate-ee.



** To explain further, it really didn't help that [[spoiler:Genma forced Ramna to fight [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a giant cat]] since, no matter how weak a demon it was, Ranma is utterly ''terrified'' of cats. Right before booting his son towards said terror, Genma says that it's a martial artist's job to defeat demons, no matter what. Ranma repeats that right before beating up his old man.]]

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** To explain further, it really didn't help that [[spoiler:Genma forced Ramna to fight [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes a giant cat]] since, no matter how weak a demon it was, Ranma is utterly ''terrified'' of cats. Right before booting his son towards said terror, Genma says that it's a martial artist's job to defeat demons, no matter what. Ranma repeats that right before beating up his old man.]]man]].



* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', Cameo uses his JerkAssGenie Stand to manipulate Polnareff into this by reanimating his dead sister and Mohammed Avdol (who dies defending him), flaming him for their deaths. [[spoiler: Luckily, the real and alive Avdol appears to save the day, and Polnareff wises up to take down the fake image of his sister.]]

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* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Cameo uses his JerkAssGenie Stand to manipulate Polnareff into this by reanimating his dead sister and Mohammed Avdol (who dies defending him), flaming him for their deaths. [[spoiler: Luckily, the real and alive Avdol appears to save the day, and Polnareff wises up to take down the fake image of his sister.]]



* ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'': Subverted (and inverted?) in Creator/JossWhedon's run. Kitty Pryde is confronted with Colossus (the genuine article); not believing it's really Colossus, back from the dead, she tells him that if he's a robot or a clone, she'll understand, but if he's a shapeshifter or illusionist, he's in for a new meaning of pain.
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', the party encounters an undead monstrosity that uses magic to make whoever is looking at it see a dead mentor or parental figure they would trust implicitly (Nodwick sees his former guildmaster, Arthax sees the man who trained him to be a wizard, Piffany sees the head priest who raised her, and Rowan sees her adventurer father). All of them can only stare dead-eyed at it and mumble "I thought you were dead". Fortunately, while the magic also affected [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Orville]], his species of dragon instinctively try to [[SelfMadeOrphan fight and kill their own parents for dominance]]...

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* ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Astonishing X-Men]]'': ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen'': Subverted (and inverted?) in Creator/JossWhedon's run. Kitty Pryde ComicBook/KittyPryde is confronted with Colossus (the genuine article); not believing it's really Colossus, back from the dead, she tells him that if he's a robot or a clone, she'll understand, but if he's a shapeshifter or illusionist, he's in for a new meaning of pain.
* In ''{{Nodwick}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', the party encounters an undead monstrosity that uses magic to make whoever is looking at it see a dead mentor or parental figure they would trust implicitly (Nodwick sees his former guildmaster, Arthax sees the man who trained him to be a wizard, Piffany sees the head priest who raised her, and Rowan sees her adventurer father). All of them can only stare dead-eyed at it and mumble "I thought you were dead". Fortunately, while the magic also affected [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Orville]], his species of dragon instinctively try to [[SelfMadeOrphan fight and kill their own parents for dominance]]...



** During the Finale Arc, it is revealed that during [[BadFuture Dark World]], [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash almost managed to break the GroundhogDayLoop on her own by beating Nightmare Paradox into submission. Before she could finish her off, Paradox turned into Twilight Sparkle, which caused Rainbow to hesitate long enough for Paradox to drive a sword through her chest. Rainbow was incapacitated and cursed herself for falling for such a simple trick.]]

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** During the Finale Arc, it is revealed that during [[BadFuture Dark World]], [[spoiler:Rainbow Dash almost managed to break the GroundhogDayLoop on her own by beating Nightmare Paradox into submission. Before she could finish her off, Paradox turned into Twilight Sparkle, which caused Rainbow to hesitate long enough for Paradox to drive a sword through her chest. Rainbow was incapacitated and cursed herself for falling for such a simple trick.]]trick]].



* In ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': [[BigBad Checker]] does this to most of the Mane Six during the FinalBattle, taking the form of their loved ones and giving them each a BreakingLecture based around their personal faults and saying those faults have in some way harmed said loved ones. Special mention goes to Rainbow Dash's, which involves her how she handled Discord's SadisticChoice, something she feels genuine guilt for.

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* In ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': [[BigBad Checker]] does this to most of the Mane Six during the FinalBattle, taking the form of their loved ones and giving them each a BreakingLecture [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Lecture]] based around their personal faults and saying those faults have in some way harmed said loved ones. Special mention goes to Rainbow Dash's, which involves her how she handled Discord's SadisticChoice, something she feels genuine guilt for.



* In the ''[[Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles Spiderwick]]'' books and FilmOfTheBook, [[spoiler:[[BigBad Mulgarath]] attempts to do this to the main character by transforming into his dad. Much like in the FMA example, the main character has ParentalIssues and this ends up being a bad choice.]]
* In the ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, the villain Shang Tsung tries to pull this gambit with Liu Kang by assuming the form of his dead brother Chan, whom Shang Tsung had killed at the start of the movie. It doesn't work.

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* In the ''[[Film/TheSpiderwickChronicles Spiderwick]]'' books and FilmOfTheBook, TheFilmOfTheBook, [[spoiler:[[BigBad Mulgarath]] attempts to do this to the main character by transforming into his dad. Much like in the FMA example, the main character has ParentalIssues and this ends up being a bad choice.]]
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* In the ''Film/MortalKombat'' movie, ''Film/MortalKombat'', the villain Shang Tsung tries to pull this gambit with Liu Kang by assuming the form of his dead brother Chan, whom Shang Tsung had killed at the start of the movie. It doesn't work.



** In the second movie, ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', while in an EnemyMine situation with the X-men, she tries to seduce Logan as Jean, Rogue, and Storm. [[spoiler:He gets wise when he sees the scars he left on her belly from the first movie.]]

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** In the second movie, ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', while in an EnemyMine situation with the X-men, X-Men, she tries to seduce Logan as Jean, Rogue, and Storm. [[spoiler:He gets wise when he sees the scars he left on her belly from the first movie.]]



* In Juliet Marillier's ''Literature/ChildOfTheProphesy'', the EvilMatriarch Oonagh does this during the middle of the climactic showdown: [[spoiler:while facing off her son and granddaughter, she takes on the appearance of the son's dead wife. Made worse by the fact that she killed the wife in the first place. This throws her son off-balance long enough that she would have killed him, had his half-brother not intervened.]]

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* In Juliet Marillier's ''Literature/ChildOfTheProphesy'', the EvilMatriarch Oonagh does this during the middle of the climactic showdown: [[spoiler:while facing off her son and granddaughter, she takes on the appearance of the son's dead wife. Made worse by the fact that she killed the wife in the first place. This throws her son off-balance long enough that she would have killed him, had his half-brother not intervened.]]intervened]].



** A spell in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' gives [[spoiler: Ron Weasley]] a double-dosage of this trope - the ''two'' people closest and dearest to the victim manifest and give a BreakingSpeech in the form of a counterpoint argument.

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** A spell in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' gives [[spoiler: Ron Weasley]] a double-dosage of this trope - the ''two'' people closest and dearest to the victim manifest and give a BreakingSpeech [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking Speech]] in the form of a counterpoint argument.



* ''YoungDracula'' has a variant in which [[spoiler: Elizabeta]] turns into everyone Vlad cares about who he's disappointed or failed. Rather than doing it to gain an advantage, though, she's already beaten him and is just [[EvilGloating throwing his failures in his face before she kills him.]]

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* ''YoungDracula'' ''Series/YoungDracula'' has a variant in which [[spoiler: Elizabeta]] turns into everyone Vlad cares about who he's disappointed or failed. Rather than doing it to gain an advantage, though, she's already beaten him and is just [[EvilGloating throwing his failures in his face before she kills him.]]



* In ''Toy/{{Bionicle}}'', Makuta first appears to the Toa as a small Matoran. They know it must be some sort of trick, but they are still hesitant to attack him... until he goes OneWingedAngel.

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* In ''Toy/{{Bionicle}}'', ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'', Makuta first appears to the Toa as a small Matoran. They know it must be some sort of trick, but they are still hesitant to attack him... until he goes OneWingedAngel.



* Used a few times in a section of the first boss battle in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', with Laughing Octopus, who uses her [=OctoCamo=] and [=FaceCamo=] to disguise herself as Naomi, then as Metal Gear Mk. II, with Otacon's voice. When you approach it, it attacks you, with Otacon's voice (although obviously not him speaking) making fun of you. Of course you can spot the flaws easily (she never changes out of her suit when in the face cameo and MK II is much bigger then its normal size. Plus Otacan doesn't flag you down with it in regular play.)
** You can briefly pull this off in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' thanks to LatexPerfection. Put on the Raikov mask and uniform when fighting his gay lover to distract him for a moment. "Ivan is that you?"

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* Used a few times in a section of the first boss battle in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'', ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots'', with Laughing Octopus, who uses her [=OctoCamo=] and [=FaceCamo=] to disguise herself as Naomi, then as Metal Gear Mk. II, with Otacon's voice. When you approach it, it attacks you, with Otacon's voice (although obviously not him speaking) making fun of you. Of course you can spot the flaws easily (she never changes out of her suit when in the face cameo and MK II is much bigger then its normal size. Plus Otacan doesn't flag you down with it in regular play.)
** You can briefly pull this off in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' thanks to LatexPerfection. Put on the Raikov mask and uniform when fighting his gay lover to distract him for a moment. "Ivan is that you?"



* The ''BaldursGate'' series features doppelgangers and other shapeshifters who like to impersonate other characters, but all of them shift into their normal forms when attacking, thus disqualifying some interesting scenes from quite exemplifying this trope. The closest to actually qualifying are the random doppelgangers that attack you in the Candlekeep catacombs that appear in the form of familiar minor characters and speak lines that don't actually make sense for those characters but are still related to what they might actually say; the greater doppelgangers near the end of the level try to convince you that it's all been an illusion and you've actually been killing the people that the doppelgangers looked like, but they stop pretending immediately if you choose to fight them. ''Throne of Bhaal'' also has a similar scene where some wraiths have a go at [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking You by Talking]] in the form of lost loved ones, but they too do it only ''before'' the battle is joined, not during it.

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* The ''BaldursGate'' ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series features doppelgangers and other shapeshifters who like to impersonate other characters, but all of them shift into their normal forms when attacking, thus disqualifying some interesting scenes from quite exemplifying this trope. The closest to actually qualifying are the random doppelgangers that attack you in the Candlekeep catacombs that appear in the form of familiar minor characters and speak lines that don't actually make sense for those characters but are still related to what they might actually say; the greater doppelgangers near the end of the level try to convince you that it's all been an illusion and you've actually been killing the people that the doppelgangers looked like, but they stop pretending immediately if you choose to fight them. ''Throne of Bhaal'' also has a similar scene where some wraiths have a go at [[BreakThemByTalking Breaking You by Talking]] in the form of lost loved ones, but they too do it only ''before'' the battle is joined, not during it.



* Not quite an exact use, but referenced: In ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', when [[spoiler: the Shadow Queen takes over Peach's body]], Goombella tells you that no matter how much it looks like your friend, you can't think of it that way and just have to fight it.
* The Holoprojection droid PROXY in ''StarWars VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' uses it to his advantage several times. Going against Vader as Obi-Wan Kenobi or against Boba Fett as his father Jango does not guarantee him victory, but ''does'' confuse his opponent for a few precious seconds.

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* Not quite an exact use, but referenced: In ''PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', when [[spoiler: the Shadow Queen takes over Peach's body]], Goombella tells you that no matter how much it looks like your friend, you can't think of it that way and just have to fight it.
* The Holoprojection droid PROXY in ''StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed'' uses it to his advantage several times. Going against Vader as Obi-Wan Kenobi or against Boba Fett as his father Jango does not guarantee him victory, but ''does'' confuse his opponent for a few precious seconds.



* In ''{{Metroid}}'' [[spoiler: Gandrayda]] pulls one of these once you [[ShapeshifterSwanSong defeat]] [[spoiler: her]]. First, [[spoiler: she changes into Ghor, then into Rundas, then into Samus. The whole thing takes less than a minute, and the only sound that comes out of her mouth is a scream, but the message to Samus is clear: You couldn't save them from TheCorruption, you couldn't save me from it, and you're not going to be able to save yourself. YourDaysAreNumbered, Samus.]]

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* In ''{{Metroid}}'' [[spoiler: Gandrayda]] pulls one of these once you [[ShapeshifterSwanSong defeat]] [[spoiler: her]]. First, [[spoiler: she changes into Ghor, then into Rundas, then into Samus. The whole thing takes less than a minute, and the only sound that comes out of her mouth is a scream, but the message to Samus is clear: You couldn't save them from TheCorruption, you couldn't save me from it, and you're not going to be able to save yourself. YourDaysAreNumbered, Samus.]]Samus]].



* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', [[spoiler:a heavy trooper with an automatic shotgun "transforms" into Lugo, who was killed about an hour prior. Keep in mind nobody in this game has supernatural powers; the whole scene is Captain Walker's hallucination. He's guilt-tripping ''himself''.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', [[spoiler:a heavy trooper with an automatic shotgun "transforms" into Lugo, who was killed about an hour prior. Keep in mind nobody in this game has supernatural powers; the whole scene is Captain Walker's hallucination. He's guilt-tripping ''himself''.]]''himself'']].



* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''[[spoiler:Sync the Tempest mocks the protagonists, asking how it feels to fight against someone who resembles their deceased friend Ion. Luke counters that while he may resemble their friend, he isn't him.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''[[spoiler:Sync the Tempest mocks the protagonists, asking how it feels to fight against someone who resembles their deceased friend Ion. Luke counters that while he may resemble their friend, he isn't him.]]him]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'', Face-Changer [[SmugSnake Han]] finds himself backed into a corner by Lucinda, and attempts this trope multiple times to save himself. He shifts into Knull (their TokenGoodTeammate), Miss Tabitha (Lucinda's former mentor), and Corveau (the man who broke her heart, causing her StartOfDarkness). [[spoiler:It doesn't take, and she [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice runs him through]]. At her behest, he shows her ([[TheUnreveal but not the reader]]) his [[DyingAsYourself true form]] before their mutual DisneyVillainDeath]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'', Face-Changer [[SmugSnake Han]] finds himself backed into a corner by Lucinda, and attempts this trope multiple times to save himself. He shifts into Knull (their TokenGoodTeammate), Miss Tabitha (Lucinda's former mentor), and Corveau (the man who broke her heart, causing her StartOfDarkness). [[spoiler:It doesn't take, and she [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice runs him through]]. At her behest, he shows her ([[TheUnreveal but not the reader]]) his [[DyingAsYourself true form]] before their mutual DisneyVillainDeath]].DisneyVillainDeath.]]



** TheFlash and Franchise/{{Batman}} aren't affected: the Flash drone's attempt to HannibalLecture him fails miserably, and Batman defeats his double before it could open its mouth.

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** TheFlash Franchise/TheFlash and Franchise/{{Batman}} aren't affected: the Flash drone's attempt to HannibalLecture him fails miserably, and Batman defeats his double before it could open its mouth.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'':
** An inversion appears during a StoryArc of the animated series; a BrainwashedAndCrazy Morph shapeshifts into {{Wolverine}}'s most hated foes (including Sabretooth and Omega Red), trying to take advantage of Wolvie's fractured and tormented memories of said foes to drive him to insanity. Unfortunately for him, Wolvie's got plenty of experience with repressing those memories, and he only escapes by taking advantage of the one memory Wolvie ''can't'' repress: being forced to leave Morph to die after a semi-botched mission.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'':
''WesternAnimation/XMen'':
** An inversion appears during a StoryArc of the animated series; a BrainwashedAndCrazy Morph shapeshifts into {{Wolverine}}'s ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s most hated foes (including Sabretooth and Omega Red), trying to take advantage of Wolvie's fractured and tormented memories of said foes to drive him to insanity. Unfortunately for him, Wolvie's got plenty of experience with repressing those memories, and he only escapes by taking advantage of the one memory Wolvie ''can't'' repress: being forced to leave Morph to die after a semi-botched mission.



* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. While Rex fights Jack Scarecrow, the latter uses his [[ShapeShifting Shapeshifting]] abilities to turn into various friends/comrades of Rex. Rex is more than willing to punch (And possibly kill) him while taking the forms of people he loves, but he still falls for it as the UnstoppableRage quickly [[PsychoactivePowers drains his powers]].

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* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex''. While Rex fights Jack Scarecrow, the latter uses his [[ShapeShifting Shapeshifting]] {{shapeshifting}} abilities to turn into various friends/comrades of Rex. Rex is more than willing to punch (And possibly kill) him while taking the forms of people he loves, but he still falls for it as the UnstoppableRage quickly [[PsychoactivePowers drains his powers]].
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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A variation of this is used by [[DishingOutDirt Monsieur Sol]] against [[BoisterousBruiser Elfman]] in the anime. He uses his earth powers to create clones of [[DeadLittleSister Lisanna]], who all begin angrily accusing him of killing her.
** Much later during the Tartarus arc, Natsu, Lucy, and Happy are going up against a demon named [[ManipulativeBastard Franmalth]] who can turn into creatures whose souls he's absorbed, be they human or otherwise. He turns into two of Lucy's Spirits to invoke this on Natsu, who can't bring himself to hurt the already [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff much-abused]] [[ShrinkingViolet Aries]] and gets sucker-punched for refusing to attack her. Luckily, Franmalth next tries to use [[SuperStrength Taurus]], who is much more capable of taking such a hit.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A variation of this is used by [[DishingOutDirt Monsieur Sol]] against [[BoisterousBruiser [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Elfman]] in the anime. He uses his earth powers to create clones of [[DeadLittleSister Lisanna]], who all begin angrily accusing him of killing her.
** Much later during the Tartarus arc, Natsu, Lucy, and Happy are going up against a demon named [[ManipulativeBastard Franmalth]] who can turn into creatures whose souls he's absorbed, be they human or otherwise. He turns into two of Lucy's Spirits to invoke this on Natsu, who can't bring himself to hurt the already [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff much-abused]] [[ShrinkingViolet Aries]] and gets sucker-punched for refusing to attack her. Luckily, Franmalth next tries to use [[SuperStrength [[BoisterousBruiser Taurus]], who is much more capable of taking such a hit.
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--->'''Envy'''[[spoiler: (To Mustang, while disguised as Hughes)]]: What's the matter with you!? You didn't even hesitate to incinerate your best friend!?

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--->'''Envy'''[[spoiler: (To Mustang, while disguised as Hughes)]]: What's the matter with you!? you?! You didn't even hesitate to incinerate your best friend!?friend!



* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A variation of this is used by [[DishingOutDirt Monsieur Sol]] against [[BoisterousBruiser Elfman]] in the anime. He used his earth powers to create clones of his dead little sister. Borders with horror.

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* ''Manga/FairyTail'': A variation of this is used by [[DishingOutDirt Monsieur Sol]] against [[BoisterousBruiser Elfman]] in the anime. He used uses his earth powers to create clones of his dead little sister. Borders with horror.[[DeadLittleSister Lisanna]], who all begin angrily accusing him of killing her.
** Much later during the Tartarus arc, Natsu, Lucy, and Happy are going up against a demon named [[ManipulativeBastard Franmalth]] who can turn into creatures whose souls he's absorbed, be they human or otherwise. He turns into two of Lucy's Spirits to invoke this on Natsu, who can't bring himself to hurt the already [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff much-abused]] [[ShrinkingViolet Aries]] and gets sucker-punched for refusing to attack her. Luckily, Franmalth next tries to use [[SuperStrength Taurus]], who is much more capable of taking such a hit.
--->'''Natsu:''' Now ''you'' I can hit!
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** In a pivotal moment, [[NoBiologicalSex it]] uses this to [[spoiler:kill Hughes by transforming into a replica of the wife he adores, which makes poor old Hughes hesitate just long enough to get shot]]. And given Envy's regenerative powers, it wasn't really necessary either, it was just ForTheEvulz.
** In one encounter, Envy is about to be stabbed by [[spoiler:Ling Yao, so it alters its appearance to that of Lan Fan, who has just been driven away to get medical attention for a severe injury she attained while protecting Ling, causing him to freeze up and enable Gluttony to swallow him. ''Brotherhood'' takes this a step further than the manga, having Envy appear as Lan Fan in her current vulnerable state; bandaged and without her left arm, her mask gone revealing a hurt expression.]]
** In Envy's fight against [[spoiler:Mustang]] near the end of the manga: [[spoiler:Mustang finally gets to confront Envy about who murdered Hughes. Envy responds by shape-shifting into Hughes' wife, and laughing at how easily he was tricked. Mustang is not amused. During the fight, they end up in some narrow corridors, and Envy take the opportunity to appear in Hughes's form. It does make Mustang momentarily flinch, but unfortunately for Envy, the whole reason Mustang was after it was because it had murdered Hughes, and the reminder only served to piss him off even '''more'''. It was a CurbstompBattle to begin with, and that stunt only made things ''worse'' for Envy.]]

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** In a pivotal moment, [[NoBiologicalSex it]] uses this to [[spoiler:kill Hughes by transforming into a replica of the wife he adores, which makes poor old Hughes hesitate freeze just long enough to get shot]].shot. It's really clinched by his facial expression: he ''knows'' it's not Gracia, but he still can't make himself attack "her"]]. And given Envy's regenerative powers, it wasn't really necessary either, it was just ForTheEvulz.
** In one encounter, Envy is about to be stabbed by [[spoiler:Ling [[spoiler: Ling Yao, so it alters its appearance to that of Lan Fan, who has just been driven away to get medical attention for a severe injury she attained while protecting Ling, causing him to freeze up and enable Gluttony to swallow him. ''Brotherhood'' takes this a step further than the manga, having Envy appear as Lan Fan in her current vulnerable state; bandaged and without her left arm, her mask gone revealing a hurt expression.]]
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** In Envy's fight against [[spoiler:Mustang]] near the end of the manga: [[spoiler:Mustang finally gets to confront Envy about who murdered Hughes. Envy responds by shape-shifting into Hughes' wife, Gracia Hughes, and laughing at how easily he was tricked. easy this made killing Hughes. Mustang is not ''not'' amused. During the fight, they end up in some narrow corridors, and Envy take the opportunity to appear in Hughes's form. It does make Mustang momentarily flinch, but unfortunately for Envy, the whole reason Mustang was after it was because it had murdered Hughes, and the reminder only served to piss him off even '''more'''.''more''. It was a CurbstompBattle to begin with, and that stunt only made things ''worse'' for Envy.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesoftheAbyss''[[spoiler:Sync the Tempest mocks the protagonists, asking how it feels to fight against someone who resembles their deceased friend Ion. Luke counters that while he may resemble their friend, he isn't him.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesoftheAbyss''[[spoiler:Sync ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss''[[spoiler:Sync the Tempest mocks the protagonists, asking how it feels to fight against someone who resembles their deceased friend Ion. Luke counters that while he may resemble their friend, he isn't him.]]
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