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1st May '16 5:08:38 AM erforce
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* In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', after [[spoiler: Metal Sonic captures Chaos's data and becomes liquid metal a la the Terminator]], he chooses to take on a larger, spikier, eviler-looking form based on his original form. When he's defeated though, he reverts to his very first form.

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* In ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'', after [[spoiler: Metal Sonic captures Chaos's data and becomes liquid metal a la [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay the Terminator]], T-1000 Terminator]]]], he chooses to take on a larger, spikier, eviler-looking form based on his original form. When he's defeated though, he reverts to his very first form.
30th Apr '16 9:25:28 AM Quanyails
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* Double from ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' has a default form of a shapeless blob of body parts, which she flashes into throughout fights, and turns into after defeat. In cutscenes and pre-fight bows, she seems to prefer the appearance of a slightly pregnant looking nun with black irises.

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* Double from ''VideoGame/SkullGirls'' ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' has a default form of a shapeless blob of body parts, which she flashes into throughout fights, and turns into after defeat. In cutscenes and pre-fight bows, she seems to prefer the appearance of a slightly pregnant looking nun with black irises.
30th Apr '16 9:24:40 AM Quanyails
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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Loneliness, [[spoiler: Trixie]]'s EnemyWithin. During Twilight Sparkle's [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind trip into]] [[spoiler: [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Trixie]]'s]] [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind mind]], Loneliness takes multiple forms, but her most commonly used one is Morgan [[spoiler: Trixie's mother]]. There is no indication that this, or any of the other forms she takes, are her true appearance.

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* The ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'' has Loneliness, [[spoiler: Trixie]]'s EnemyWithin. During Twilight Sparkle's [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind trip into]] [[spoiler: [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind Trixie]]'s]] Trixie]]]]'s [[JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind mind]], Loneliness takes multiple forms, but her most commonly used one is Morgan Morgan, [[spoiler: Trixie's mother]]. There is no indication that this, or any of the other forms she takes, are her true appearance.
30th Apr '16 9:23:49 AM Quanyails
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* 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 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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* 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 [[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.]]
30th Apr '16 9:23:20 AM Quanyails
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* 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 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 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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* 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 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 has a "truer" form if all the aforementioned "corpses" are destroyed. It's a tiny slug/leech-like thing with big eyes.]]
3rd Mar '16 3:52:22 PM Sjogre
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' plays with this. The show features Gems, a race of aliens with the ability to shapeshift. Each Gem has a form they default to while not actively shapeshifting, typically one that looks human, but with unusual skin tones and hair colors. It's stated that this physical form is technically an illusion--their [[HeartDrive gems]] are their real selves--but they seem to be born humanoid and [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems look humanoid despite little interactions with humans]]. However, when they're extremely injured, they have a chance to ''change'' their default forms when they "regenerate". Each time this happens, they cycle through all their previous default forms. The new default form is usually very similar in appearance to the last, with only a few small changes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' plays with this. The show features Gems, a race of aliens with the ability to shapeshift. Each Gem has a form they default to while not actively shapeshifting, typically one that looks human, but with unusual skin tones and hair colors. It's stated that this physical form is technically an illusion--their [[HeartDrive gems]] are their real selves--but they seem to be born humanoid and [[spoiler:Homeworld Gems look humanoid despite little interactions with humans]]. However, when they're extremely injured, they have a chance to ''change'' their default forms when they "regenerate". Each time this happens, they cycle through all their previous default forms. The new default form is usually very similar in appearance to the last, with only a few small changes. Elements of True Form slip in because gems actually ''can't'' make large changes to their base form and keep it stable. Attempting to make it significantly larger, for example, causes the body to start to collapse and deflate.
17th Feb '16 9:04:00 PM LanceOmikron
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Envy has both a true form and preferred form. Its preferred form form manifests as an androgynous teenager with hair done in long spikes. As for his true form form, [[spoiler:Envy has ''two'' true forms. The first is an elephant-sized, six-legged...''thing'' covered in the screaming faces of the souls imprisoned in its Philosopher's Stone. The second and ''real'' true form is hidden with that: An almost embryonic version of its larger form which uses the mass provided by human bodies to shapeshift]].

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Envy has both a true form and preferred form. Its preferred form form manifests as an androgynous teenager with hair done in long spikes. As for his true form form, [[spoiler:Envy has ''two'' true forms. The first is an elephant-sized, six-legged...''thing'' covered in the screaming faces of the souls imprisoned in its Philosopher's Stone. The second and ''real'' true form is hidden with that: An almost embryonic version of its larger form which uses the mass provided by human bodies to shapeshift]].
29th Jan '16 9:00:02 PM Mavado
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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''.
27th Jan '16 6:17:16 AM DarkStarling
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** Adding to the complication is the varying ability of shape shifting between spirits.

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** Adding **Adding to the complication is the varying ability of shape shifting between spirits.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.
27th Jan '16 6:15:48 AM DarkStarling
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* In TheBartimaeusTrilogy, [[InsistentTerminology spirits]] are described as having both a true form and a preferred form. All demons have a default form, but they generally do not assume it on the mortal plane because [[BrownNote they look slightly repellent]] (hell, even some spirits prefer not to see each otherís true forms). Instead, most spirits generally refer back to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith a form most humans are comfortable with]], which is usually the form they took when they were first summoned. Which doesnít mean it canít still be scary.

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* In TheBartimaeusTrilogy, [[InsistentTerminology spirits]] are described as having both a true form and a preferred form. All demons have a default form, but they generally do not assume it on the mortal plane because [[BrownNote they look slightly repellent]] (hell, even some spirits prefer not to see each otherís true forms). Instead, Instead most spirits generally refer back to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith a form most humans are comfortable with]], which is usually whatever happens to match their preferences and history best. For example, Bartimaeus defaults to [[spoiler: imitating Ptolomy]] out of respect.
**Adding to
the form they took when they were first summoned. Which doesnít mean it canít still be scary.complication is the varying ability of shape shifting between spirits.
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