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13th Mar '17 7:47:52 PM Gamermaster
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* Played with in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''. The human forms that the dragons normally appear as are their true forms just as much as their draconic forms. It's explained as it being what their essence would look like if they were born as humans.

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* Played with in ''Manga/KobayashiSanChiNoMaidDragon''.''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. The human forms that the dragons normally appear as are their true forms just as much as their draconic forms. It's explained as it being what their essence would look like if they were born as humans.
8th Mar '17 4:06:44 PM nombretomado
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* The protagonists of ''MegaManZX'' ''Advent'' are both true form and a variant of preferred form; their shapeshifting is linked to a TransformationTrinket, so their true form is what they are when they're not using it. The game itself, however, enforces the use of a specific powered form when entering cutscenes or speaking to [=NPCs=].

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* The protagonists of ''MegaManZX'' ''Advent'' ''VideoGame/MegaManZXAdvent'' are both true form and a variant of preferred form; their shapeshifting is linked to a TransformationTrinket, so their true form is what they are when they're not using it. The game itself, however, enforces the use of a specific powered form when entering cutscenes or speaking to [=NPCs=].
28th Jan '17 11:28:42 AM Schol-R-LEA
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** Jello is technically an Shifter/Exemplar, but her BIT is basically a blank slate. Her default form is basically looks like a kind of peat jelly.
** Jimmy T. doesn't really seem to have a default form, or default gender, either; he is in Hawthorne cottage because, while he has good control while awake (even if it is sometimes a bit painstaking), his dreams cause him to shift unpredictably at night, often into an ameboid puddle. The form he had the most trouble maintaining? His original body.

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** Jello is technically an Shifter/Exemplar, but her BIT is basically a blank slate. Her default form is basically looks like a resembles some kind of peat jelly.
** Jimmy T. doesn't really seem to have a default form, or default gender, either; he is in Hawthorne cottage because, while he has good control while awake (even if it is sometimes a bit painstaking), painstaking to get it just right), his dreams cause him to shift unpredictably at night, often into an ameboid puddle. The form he had the most trouble maintaining? His original body.
28th Jan '17 11:27:10 AM Schol-R-LEA
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* You didn't really think we could avoid a ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' example, did you?
** Jello is technically an Shifter/Exemplar, but her BIT is basically a blank slate. Her default form is basically looks like a kind of peat jelly.
** Jimmy T. doesn't really seem to have a default form, or default gender, either; he is in Hawthorne cottage because, while he has good control while awake (even if it is sometimes a bit painstaking), his dreams cause him to shift unpredictably at night, often into an ameboid puddle. The form he had the most trouble maintaining? His original body.
** The SuperVillain Dragon Queen is an illusionist who uses them to make herself a sexy seductress. Her default form is a dumpy middle-aged shrew.
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13th Jan '17 9:07:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', the true form of the shapeshifting Kandra race is a big blob of tissue that essentially resembles a giant amoeba. They very rarely use this form, however, since in order to take the shape of someone or something a Kandra first has to ingest the one thing they ''can't'' turn into- a rigid skeleton. There's some crossover with preferred form, since although Kandra normally use the bones of whatever individual they're replicating, among themselves they use artificial skeletons called True Bodies that set a preferred shape for that Kandra, and are often fanfically inhuman.

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* In ''{{Mistborn}}'', ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', the true form of the shapeshifting Kandra race is a big blob of tissue that essentially resembles a giant amoeba. They very rarely use this form, however, since in order to take the shape of someone or something a Kandra first has to ingest the one thing they ''can't'' turn into- a rigid skeleton. There's some crossover with preferred form, since although Kandra normally use the bones of whatever individual they're replicating, among themselves they use artificial skeletons called True Bodies that set a preferred shape for that Kandra, and are often fanfically inhuman.
4th Dec '16 11:24:43 AM thatother1dude
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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]] [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands can reconfigure herself for nearly any situation.]] When she isn't fighting she's a 600-pound {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school student.]] Preferred form sneaks in at times, as it's never clear how much (if any) mental effort it takes to keep a gadget "loaded" and Jenny would rather [[IJustWantToHaveFriends pretend to drink milkshakes with her neighbors.]] Plus, some of her powers crop up once and never again, while her rocket engines and arm blasters are used in nearly every episode.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'': [[Jenny Wakeman]] [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands [[DoAnythingRobot can reconfigure herself for nearly any situation.]] When she isn't fighting fighting, she's a 600-pound {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school student.]] Preferred form sneaks in at times, as it's never clear how much (if any) mental effort it takes to keep a gadget "loaded" and Jenny would rather [[IJustWantToHaveFriends pretend to drink milkshakes with her neighbors.]] Plus, some of her powers crop up once and never again, while her rocket engines and arm blasters are used in nearly every episode.
1st Dec '16 9:32:56 PM Generality
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* All sorcerers in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' are able to alter their forms with few limits, though in practice they tend to [[{{Animorphism}} only transform into animals]]. Nevertheless, this trope, combined with a DoubleStandard about personal appearance, explains why the male sorcerers have all looked like old men for thousands of years, whereas female ones look young and beautiful: they have an idealized concept of how they should look, and subconsciously transform into that image.
19th Oct '16 5:46:35 PM dinobotTM2
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** She basically has 2 default forms. Blue-Skinned when her mutant powers are working, and normal human when de-powered.

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** She basically has 2 default forms. Blue-Skinned when her mutant powers are working, and normal human when de-powered. Basicalle, her Human Default Form is her exact look with normal skin and eyes.
15th Oct '16 5:40:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the original ''Series/{{V}}'' miniseries, the alien invaders took on human form to disguise their true reptilian nature (as well as their intentions to cannibalize the human race). Oddly, the aliens continued to maintain their human appearance long after the jig was up. (It's possible the human suits had some sort of protective factor against the environment, but it also conveniently kept half the cast from having to don expensive alien makeup before shooting.)

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* In the original ''Series/{{V}}'' ''Series/{{V 1983}}'' miniseries, the alien invaders took on human form to disguise their true reptilian nature (as well as their intentions to cannibalize the human race). Oddly, the aliens continued to maintain their human appearance long after the jig was up. (It's possible the human suits had some sort of protective factor against the environment, but it also conveniently kept half the cast from having to don expensive alien makeup before shooting.)
2nd Oct '16 12:44:59 PM merotoker
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* Due of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', though as a very effective assassin, the only enemies who've seen her default form don't live long enough to squeal about it. [[spoiler:At least, until Zest proves to be too much for her and promptly kills her to avenge his friend, Regius]].

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* Due of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'', though as a very effective assassin, the only enemies who've seen her default form don't live long enough to squeal about it. [[spoiler:At least, until Zest proves to be too much for her and promptly kills her to avenge his friend, Regius]].Regius.]]



** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Mystique could almost be considered to be true form ''and'' preferred form. Her original form is the blue skin and red hair we all know and love, but she spends most of her time as Jennifer Lawrence, much like Rebecca Romijn sans makeup in ''X2''. The fact that, like Clayface, she has to continually put effort into shifting, coupled with the final abandonment of her "regular human" disguise tips her into true form by the movie's end.

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** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Mystique could almost be considered to be true form ''and'' preferred form. Her original form is the blue skin and red hair we all know and love, but she spends most of her time as Jennifer Lawrence, Creator/JenniferLawrence, much like Rebecca Romijn sans makeup in ''X2''. The fact that, like Clayface, she has to continually put effort into shifting, coupled with the final abandonment of her "regular human" disguise tips her into true form by the movie's end.



* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the Skrull, who often hang around in their normal forms even when there's no real reason to do so.
** The Skrulls believe they are superior to all other forms of life, a very good ''psychological'' reason to assume their natural forms whenever possible, much like the way someone who has to wear a uniform they consider demeaning for their job probably takes it off in their spare time.

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* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the Skrull, who often hang around in their normal forms even when there's no real reason to do so.
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so. The Skrulls believe they are superior to all other forms of life, a very good ''psychological'' reason to assume their natural forms whenever possible, much like the way someone who has to wear a uniform they consider demeaning for their job probably takes it off in their spare time.



* Courier, a shapeshifter who most often appeared in the pages of Comicbook/{{Gambit}}'s solo series, is an interesting twist on this. Courier's default form started off as a man, but after being melted (while impersonating a woman) and reconstituted by Mister Sinister, became a woman permanently.
* When he's not fighting, flying, or impersonating more famous superheroes, Hulkling of the YoungAvengers looks like an ordinary sixteen-year-old boy.

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* Courier, [[http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Jacob_Gavin,_Jr._(Earth-616) Courier]], a shapeshifter who most often appeared in the pages of Comicbook/{{Gambit}}'s solo series, is an interesting twist on this. Courier's default form started off as a man, but after being melted (while impersonating a woman) and reconstituted by Mister Sinister, became a woman permanently.
* When he's not fighting, flying, or impersonating more famous superheroes, Hulkling of the YoungAvengers ComicBook/YoungAvengers looks like an ordinary sixteen-year-old boy.



** Adding to the complication is the varying ability of shape shifting between spirits. Many spirits are simply too unimaginative to take on complicated forms, while stronger spirits wind up with a RedRightHand or other signs of MorphicResponance since their power is too much to contain.
* The Were Hunters in Sherrilyn Kenyon's [[TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]] series can change into a specific animal.

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** Adding to the complication is the varying ability of shape shifting between spirits. Many spirits are simply too unimaginative to take on complicated forms, while stronger spirits wind up with a RedRightHand or other signs of MorphicResponance MorphicResonance since their power is too much to contain.
* The Were Hunters in Sherrilyn Kenyon's [[TheDarkHunters [[Literature/TheDarkHunters Dark Hunter]] series can change into a specific animal.



* Boggarts in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are rumored to have a true form, except nobody knows ''what'' their true form actually looks like; the instant a Boggart is spotted, it immediately transforms itself into something else.
** The only person who does know, is Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, as he was able to see inside a dresser one was hiding in, thanks to his magic eye. Sadly, he doesn't say what it looks like.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
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Boggarts in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' are rumored to have a true form, except nobody knows ''what'' their true form actually looks like; the instant a Boggart is spotted, it immediately transforms itself into something else.
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else. The only person who does know, is Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody, as he was able to see inside a dresser one was hiding in, thanks to his magic eye. Sadly, he doesn't say what it looks like.



* Shapeshifters of ''MonsterHunterInternational'' look like human form bread dough with glazed eyes. But they do have some kind of internal skeleton.

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* Shapeshifters of ''MonsterHunterInternational'' ''Literature/MonsterHunterInternational'' look like human form bread dough with glazed eyes. But they do have some kind of internal skeleton.



* ''Series/TheXFiles'': the Alien Bounty Hunter first appeared in "Colony" in the form of a Russian pilot played by Brian Thompson. While he could take on any form, he most often seen in the appearance of the pilot. It wasn't until "The Unnatural" that his true form was revealed to be that of a Grey alien and that he was using his current human template as far back as 1947... long before the events of "Colony". It was further revealed that there may have been more than one ABH but that they all had the same 'default' appearance since Mulder saw a number of Greys after being abducted and they all bore the same human form.

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': the Alien Bounty Hunter first appeared in "Colony" in the form of a Russian pilot played by Brian Thompson. While he could take on any form, he is most often seen in the appearance of the pilot. It wasn't until "The Unnatural" that his true form was revealed to be that of a Grey alien and that he was using his current human template as far back as 1947... long before the events of "Colony". It was further revealed that there may have been more than one ABH but that they all had the same 'default' appearance since Mulder saw a number of Greys after being abducted and they all bore the same human form.



* OlderThanFeudalism: Most gods of Myth/GreekMythology who can shapeshift (Zeus, I'm looking at you here) have a normal, everyday form. Of course, Zeus had a preferred form and a true form, so he was both A and B. He didn't appear in his true form to mortals, for [[YouCanNotGraspTheTrueForm reasons Semele discovered just before she burnt to death]].

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* OlderThanFeudalism: Most gods of Myth/GreekMythology who can shapeshift (Zeus, I'm looking at you here) have a normal, everyday form. Of course, Zeus had a preferred form and a true form, so he was both A and B. He didn't appear in his true form to mortals, for [[YouCanNotGraspTheTrueForm reasons Semele discovered just before she burnt to death]].



* Although most are [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220099 represented]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83850 in]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4699 the]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=145813 process]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=143253 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=229965 mimicking]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=229965 a]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=266274 creature]], many shapeshifters in ''[[MagicTheGathering Magic: The Gathering]]'' are shown as an [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5262 inform]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214375 mass]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=140339 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214037 goo]].

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* Although most are [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=220099 represented]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=83850 in]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=4699 the]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=145813 process]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=143253 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=229965 mimicking]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=229965 a]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=266274 creature]], many shapeshifters in ''[[MagicTheGathering Magic: The Gathering]]'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' are shown as an [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5262 inform]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214375 mass]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=140339 of]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=214037 goo]].



* ''FireEmblem'' Has [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]], who are basically humans with wings (and even that depends on which game you're playing). They need special stones to access their dragon forms.

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* ''FireEmblem'' Has ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Manaketes]], who are basically humans with wings (and even that depends on which game you're playing). They need special stones to access their dragon forms.



* It's debatable whether Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' would be considered a true form or preferred form form of this trope. He ''does'' use his appearance before being infected as a default form, however [[spoiler: it's later revealed that he's not actually the "real" Mercer, but TheVirus itself after consuming Mercer and assuming his shape and memories. So the player-controlled Mercer never really had a original form to begin with; the closest we see is either his black and red tendrils or the brilliant red goop the virus was while inert in its vial.]]

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* It's debatable whether Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' would be considered a true form or preferred form form of this trope. He ''does'' use his appearance before being infected as a default form, however [[spoiler: it's later revealed that he's not actually the "real" Mercer, but TheVirus itself after consuming Mercer and assuming his shape and memories. So the player-controlled Mercer never really had a original form to begin with; the closest we see is either his black and red tendrils or the brilliant red goop the virus was while inert in its vial.]]vial]]. [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} James Heller]], however, is a true form.



** [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} James Heller]], however, is a true form.
* Several characters in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4}}'' have shapeshifting abilities, though it's so downplayed you might not even realize it unless you watch some of their attacks. For example, Valvatorez is apparently a humongous black dragon, but chooses to walk around looking like a skinny teenager. He used to look older than he does now. It's not entirely clear how powerful their shapeshifting abilities are, however, meaning they may just have a single convenient human form to move around in and their true forms.

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** [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} James Heller]], however, is a true form.
* Several characters in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4}}'' 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}'' have shapeshifting abilities, though it's so downplayed you might not even realize it unless you watch some of their attacks. For example, Valvatorez is apparently a humongous black dragon, but chooses to walk around looking like a skinny teenager. He used to look older than he does now. It's not entirely clear how powerful their shapeshifting abilities are, however, meaning they may just have a single convenient human form to move around in and their true forms.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. His Phlebotinum only allows him to change form for a set period of time, afterward he changes back into his normal form. In the future of "Ben 10,000", he unlocked the master code removing the timelimit, and he instead chose the really fast [=XLR8=] as his default form because he'd basically decided to never stop working. [[spoiler:His younger self showed him that he should change back to human occasionally.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Ben 10,000 Returns", [[spoiler: Ben's Future Self has unlocked the humans ultimate form, meaning he can stay human, but use the powers of all the aliens.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''. His Phlebotinum only allows him to change form for a set period of time, afterward he changes back into his normal form. In the future of "Ben 10,000", he unlocked the master code removing the timelimit, and he instead chose the really fast [=XLR8=] as his default form because he'd basically decided to never stop working. [[spoiler:His younger self showed him that he should change back to human occasionally.]]
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]] In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'' episode "Ben 10,000 Returns", [[spoiler: Ben's Future Self has unlocked the humans ultimate form, meaning he can stay human, but use the powers of all the aliens.]]aliens]].



* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 2 finale is [[ManipulativeBastard Chrysalis]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[HiveQueen of the]] [[HornyDevils Changelings]], who dramatically reveals her true form (the same general shape as [[WingedUnicorn an alicorn pony]], but with [[BodyHorror hole-punched legs]] and various insectoid characterstics like dark, chitinous skin, antennae, and a set of transparent, fluttering wings) once she is outed as an imposter. The rest of her invading army have a similar default appearance.
* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' defaults to the form of a large (roughly half human-sized) bipedal dog. His powers have severe limitations: he can't change his surface coloration, he appears to need to retain eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, and he occasionally mentions having internal organs which can be rearranged but not done away with altogether. He's something of a halfway point between a VoluntaryShapeshifter and a RubberMan.

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* The villain of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s Season 2 finale is [[ManipulativeBastard Chrysalis]], [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen]] [[HiveQueen of the]] [[HornyDevils Changelings]], who dramatically reveals her true form (the same general shape as [[WingedUnicorn an alicorn pony]], but with [[BodyHorror hole-punched legs]] and various insectoid characterstics characteristics like dark, chitinous skin, antennae, and a set of transparent, fluttering wings) once she is outed as an imposter. The rest of her invading army have a similar default appearance.
* Jake from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' defaults to the form of a large (roughly half human-sized) bipedal dog. His powers have severe limitations: he can't change his surface coloration, he appears to need to retain eyes, nose, mouth, and ears, and he occasionally mentions having internal organs which can be rearranged but not done away with altogether. He's something of a halfway point between a VoluntaryShapeshifter {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er and a RubberMan.



* [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]] [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands can reconfigure herself for nearly any situation.]] When she isn't fighting she's a 600-pound RidiculouslyHumanRobot [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school student.]] Preferred form sneaks in at times, as it's never clear how much (if any) mental effort it takes to keep a gadget "loaded" and Jenny would rather [[IJustWantToHaveFriends pretend to drink milkshakes with her neighbors.]] Plus, some of her powers crop up once and never again, while her rocket engines and arm blasters are used in nearly every episode.

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* [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny Wakeman]] [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands can reconfigure herself for nearly any situation.]] When she isn't fighting she's a 600-pound RidiculouslyHumanRobot {{Ridiculously Human Robot|s}} [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld high school student.]] Preferred form sneaks in at times, as it's never clear how much (if any) mental effort it takes to keep a gadget "loaded" and Jenny would rather [[IJustWantToHaveFriends pretend to drink milkshakes with her neighbors.]] Plus, some of her powers crop up once and never again, while her rocket engines and arm blasters are used in nearly every episode.



* Doppel from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' prefers to look like a naked dark-skinned girl with long [[PrehensileHair prehensile white hair]] that [[GodivaHair always conveniently covers her naughty parts]]. And while she calls herself a doppelganger, her true form is hinted to be more like Nyarlathotep, the crawling chaos of ''CthulhuMythos''.
* Envy of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. His/her default form is rather conspicuous looking, with rather feminine attire and unusual hair that resembles the leaves of a palm tree. However he/she chooses to keep this form because he/she thinks it's cute. This is not his/her real form, which is what could best be called a [[spoiler:corpse dragon]], though [[spoiler:he/she has a "truer" form if all the aforementioned "corpses" are destroyed. It's a tiny slug/leech-like thing with big eyes.]]
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], he keeps the same Default form, but his true form is instead [[spoiler:an adult human male, namely Hohenheim's son with Dante]].

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* Doppel from ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' prefers to look like a naked dark-skinned girl with long [[PrehensileHair prehensile white hair]] that [[GodivaHair always conveniently covers her naughty parts]]. And while she calls herself a doppelganger, her true form is hinted to be more like Nyarlathotep, the crawling chaos of ''CthulhuMythos''.
the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
* Envy of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. His/her default form is rather conspicuous looking, with rather feminine attire and unusual hair that resembles the leaves of a palm tree. However he/she chooses to keep this form because he/she thinks it's cute. This is not his/her real form, which is what could best be called a [[spoiler:corpse dragon]], though [[spoiler:he/she has a "truer" form if all the aforementioned "corpses" are destroyed. It's a tiny slug/leech-like thing with big eyes.]]
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eyes]]. In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], he keeps the same Default form, but his true form is instead [[spoiler:an adult human male, namely Hohenheim's son with Dante]].



* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', most of the story takes place on Earth, so most of the alien characters stick with human form; however, it's implied that they prefer this anyway, because [[AliensStealCable Earth's pop culture is loved throughout the galaxy]]. The title character claims to be Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos from the CthulhuMythos, but sticks with the form of a beautiful human girl with silver hair and emerald green eyes, claiming that it's just one of her thousand different forms (and the easiest on the eyes). While the stories that do leave Earth sometimes show more alien creatures, there are still plenty who stick with human forms even out in space; Nyarko in particular is shown in a FlashBack to use her human appearance going all the way back to her childhood.

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* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', most of the story takes place on Earth, so most of the alien characters stick with human form; however, it's implied that they prefer this anyway, because [[AliensStealCable Earth's pop culture is loved throughout the galaxy]]. The title character claims to be Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos from the CthulhuMythos, Franchise/CthulhuMythos, but sticks with the form of a beautiful human girl with silver hair and emerald green eyes, claiming that it's just one of her thousand different forms (and the easiest on the eyes). While the stories that do leave Earth sometimes show more alien creatures, there are still plenty who stick with human forms even out in space; Nyarko in particular is shown in a FlashBack to use her human appearance going all the way back to her childhood.



* Xavin, a Skrull in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', was originally sexless, but when (s)he began a [[ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange lesbian relationship]], his/her female human form became the default. Though like all Skrulls, (s)he will revert to skrull form if rendered unconscious.
** Karolina later determined that Xavin's "true" self was the female body s/he reverted to when they were being romantic, because that was the form Xavin took when s/he temporarily stopped focusing on her physical form while arguing with Karolina.
* M'gann M'orzz, the DCU's Miss Martian. Her preferred default is the green-skinned redhead usually seen in the [[Comicbook/TeenTitans comics]], with her true form being one of the monstrous White Martians.
** Some comics have suggested that the real difference between Green and White Martians is purely psychological. Green Martians are peaceful, philosophical types, so they adopt a non-threatening form. White Martians are savage warriors so they adopt a more monstrous form. ''Theoretically'' a White Martian who defected to the Green camp would naturally adopt the true form of a Green Martian (and vice-versa) but this has never been demonstrated in the comics.

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* Xavin, a Skrull in ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', was originally sexless, but when (s)he began a [[ShapeshiftersDoItForAChange lesbian relationship]], his/her female human form became the default. Though like all Skrulls, (s)he will revert to skrull form if rendered unconscious.
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unconscious. Karolina later determined that Xavin's "true" self was the female body s/he reverted to when they were being romantic, because that was the form Xavin took when s/he temporarily stopped focusing on her physical form while arguing with Karolina.
* M'gann M'orzz, the DCU's Miss Martian. Her preferred default is the green-skinned redhead usually seen in the [[Comicbook/TeenTitans comics]], with her true form being one of the monstrous White Martians.
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Martians. Some comics have suggested that the real difference between Green and White Martians is purely psychological. Green Martians are peaceful, philosophical types, so they adopt a non-threatening form. White Martians are savage warriors so they adopt a more monstrous form. ''Theoretically'' a White Martian who defected to the Green camp would naturally adopt the true form of a Green Martian (and vice-versa) but this has never been demonstrated in the comics.



** In Shining Armor's side story, [[spoiler: [[DoubleAgent Reznov]]'s story of [[GeneralRipper Makarov]] suggests "Makarov" is simply this for [[HumanoidAbomination some]]''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' called the Shadow of Chernobull that a [[DirtyCommunist Hooviet]] experiment accidentally released from PandorasBox (the Draconequus, not the myth) who took on the role of the SuperSoldier the Hooviets had tried to create.]]

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** In Shining Armor's side story, [[spoiler: [[DoubleAgent Reznov]]'s story of [[GeneralRipper Makarov]] suggests "Makarov" is simply this for [[HumanoidAbomination some]]''[[EldritchAbomination thing]]'' called the Shadow of Chernobull that a [[DirtyCommunist Hooviet]] experiment accidentally released from PandorasBox (the Draconequus, not the myth) who took on the role of the SuperSoldier the Hooviets had tried to create.]]create]].



* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise had the lanky Robert Patrick police officer T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and the supermodel Kristina Loken Terminatrix T-X in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. Their true appearance is a liquid metal blob and an endo-skeletal robot, respectively. They also play with this trope with Ahnold, but with his voice, rather than his form. He can imitate anyone's voice, but most of his lines are said in a thick Austrian accent. Catherine Weaver of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' spends most of her time in a form played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Manson Shirley Manson]]. She's also pretending to actually be the person whose form she's wearing, so she would retain that one.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise had the lanky Robert Patrick Creator/RobertPatrick police officer T-1000 in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' and the supermodel Kristina Loken Creator/KristannaLoken Terminatrix T-X in ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines''. Their true appearance is a liquid metal blob and an endo-skeletal robot, respectively. They also play with this trope with Ahnold, but with his voice, rather than his form. He can imitate anyone's voice, but most of his lines are said in a thick Austrian accent. Catherine Weaver of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' spends most of her time in a form played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_Manson Shirley Manson]]. She's also pretending to actually be the person whose form she's wearing, so she would retain that one.



* Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' is an accomplished shapeshifter in the dream world, regularly appearing as other people, mechanical devices, and a host of other forms. While he can look however he wants, as a nightmare ghost he prefers to appear as his post-death burnt self, probably to scare his victims. His true form in the real world are his skeletal remains, but it remains to be seen if he even ''has'' a true specteral form.

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* Freddy Krueger of ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' is an accomplished shapeshifter in the dream world, regularly appearing as other people, mechanical devices, and a host of other forms. While he can look however he wants, as a nightmare ghost he prefers to appear as his post-death burnt self, probably to scare his victims. His true form in the real world are his skeletal remains, but it remains to be seen if he even ''has'' a true specteral spectral form.



* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', MasterOfIllusion Candace is preferred form when she's knocked out, and true form when she's killed. Even though in the latter, another illusion that she'd cast disappeared. Good job, InternalConsistency guys.
** Another character was capable of imitating other peoples' appearance; possibly that of anyone he came in contact with. We never got to learn how his ability worked or what he actually looked like before [[spoiler: he got brain-fingerbanged, care of Sylar. Wait... OhCrap...]]

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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}''
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MasterOfIllusion Candace is in preferred form when she's knocked out, and true form when she's killed. Even though in the latter, another illusion that she'd cast disappeared. Good job, InternalConsistency guys.
** Another character was capable of imitating other peoples' appearance; possibly that of anyone he came in contact with. We never got to learn how his ability worked or what he actually looked like before [[spoiler: he got brain-fingerbanged, care of Sylar. Wait... OhCrap...]]OhCrap..]].



* JustifiedTrope with ''TabletopGame/Changeling'', a ''TabletopGame/MutantsandMasterminds'' NPC, a Grue from an alternate universe where the Grue race is far more friendly than the basic universe. She takes the form of a blonde human, because of the Alterniteens telling the alternate universe Grue race that the other Grue are bad.

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* JustifiedTrope with ''TabletopGame/Changeling'', Changeling, a ''TabletopGame/MutantsandMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' NPC, a Grue from an alternate universe where the Grue race is far more friendly than the basic universe. She takes the form of a blonde human, because of the Alterniteens telling the alternate universe Grue race that the other Grue are bad.



* Decoy Octopus averts this slightly in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' - and much more thoroughly in ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND''. In ''[=MGS=]'', he's only ever seen 'in disguise', and the only way you know what he 'actually' looks like, is from an old photo from his personal file. In [=TLDOF=], he's also almost always in disguise - usually as one of the other characters - and when he's transferred to the spiritual realm, he shows up as an invisible man in a trench coat, remarking that he doesn't actually think of himself as looking like anything.

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* Decoy Octopus averts this slightly in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' - and much more thoroughly in ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND''.''WebComic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound''. In ''[=MGS=]'', he's only ever seen 'in disguise', and the only way you know what he 'actually' looks like, is from an old photo from his personal file. In [=TLDOF=], he's also almost always in disguise - usually as one of the other characters - and when he's transferred to the spiritual realm, he shows up as an invisible man in a trench coat, remarking that he doesn't actually think of himself as looking like anything.



** However, The last Days of Foxhound does use preferred forms for Decoy Octopus: when we first meet him he usually disguises himself as Ocelot, but after Liquid Snake takes a level in badass Octopus switches his default form to being Liquid.

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** However, The last ''The Last Days of Foxhound FOXHOUND'' does use preferred forms for Decoy Octopus: when we first meet him he usually disguises himself as Ocelot, but after Liquid Snake takes a level in badass Octopus switches his default form to being Liquid.



* Nergal Junior from ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy]]'' usually takes the shape of a short boy with [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette a washed-out complexion and black hair]]; the form of the first kid he approached and asked for friendship, but rejected him, causing him to attack in rage. His true form, which is [[TheFaceless never shown onscreen]], is apparently [[OneWingedAngel unimaginably horrifying]], so much so that he is extremely sensitive and self-conscious about it.
** However, in a later episode, he takes on a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque, monstrous form]] several times to scare people. With its bumpy black skin, tentacles and other features which were shown in partial shots of his true form, this is arguably the first appearance of his actual form onscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' (A robot built for infiltration could don virtually any holographic disguise, but always went for a dark haired man in a purple trench coat.)
** This is actually explored in the first episode; [[{{Sidekick}} Ro]] takes him to a fitting room and helps Zeta create a 'default' appearance designed to minimize suspicion. Before that, his default form was a middle-aged man wearing grey, or as Ro put it "Joe Robot".

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* Nergal Junior from ''[[WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy Billy & Mandy]]'' usually takes the shape of a short boy with [[EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette a washed-out complexion and black hair]]; the form of the first kid he approached and asked for friendship, but rejected him, causing him to attack in rage. His true form, which is [[TheFaceless never shown onscreen]], is apparently [[OneWingedAngel unimaginably horrifying]], so much so that he is extremely sensitive and self-conscious about it.
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it. However, in a later episode, he takes on a [[EldritchAbomination grotesque, monstrous form]] several times to scare people. With its bumpy black skin, tentacles and other features which were shown in partial shots of his true form, this is arguably the first appearance of his actual form onscreen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' (A robot built for infiltration could don virtually any holographic disguise, but always went for a dark haired man in a purple trench coat.)
**
) This is actually explored in the first episode; [[{{Sidekick}} Ro]] takes him to a fitting room and helps Zeta create a 'default' appearance designed to minimize suspicion. Before that, his default form was a middle-aged man wearing grey, or as Ro put it "Joe Robot".



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled", an alien greets the boys in the form of Stan's father. He explains that this is AFormYouAreComfortableWith but they think that's stupid because its reminiscent of ''Film/{{Contact}}''. When Najix takes its [[http://images.wikia.com/southpark/images/d/d2/Vlcsnap-2010-04-24-13h32m07s167.png true form]], they scream and quickly ask it to go change into something else. They then spend a few moments going through possible forms (including SantaClaus, Saddam Hussein, Don King, and FrankSinatra) until they decide on [[http://images.tvrage.com/screencaps/27/5266/159656.jpg a taco that craps ice cream]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''
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In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Cancelled", an alien greets the boys in the form of Stan's father. He explains that this is AFormYouAreComfortableWith but they think that's stupid because its reminiscent of ''Film/{{Contact}}''. When Najix takes its [[http://images.wikia.com/southpark/images/d/d2/Vlcsnap-2010-04-24-13h32m07s167.png true form]], they scream and quickly ask it to go change into something else. They then spend a few moments going through possible forms (including SantaClaus, Saddam Hussein, UsefulNotes/SaddamHussein, Don King, and FrankSinatra) Music/FrankSinatra) until they decide on [[http://images.tvrage.com/screencaps/27/5266/159656.[[http://67.media.tumblr.com/1ecc67b051e27e44a59a86b693393762/tumblr_mu5rg9H8yE1qz8x31o1_1280.jpg a taco that craps ice cream]].



** At the end of the series it's revealed that Martian Manhunter's default form isn't his real form either [[spoiler:since Green Martians are identical to White Martians except for the coloring.]]

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** At the end of the series it's revealed that Martian Manhunter's default form isn't his real form either [[spoiler:since Green Martians are identical to White Martians except for the coloring.]]coloring]].
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