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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.
1st Jan '16 8:28:54 PM jormis29
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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 [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]] (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 [[SealedEvilInACan Pandora's Box]] PandorasBox (the Draconequus, not the myth) who took on the role of the SuperSoldier the Hooviets had tried to create.]]
1st Jan '16 4:58:42 PM nombretomado
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* The Mazoku of ''{{Slayers}}'' are preferred forms. They can appear to be anyone or anything they wish to, they just have 'default' human forms so that they can be recognized by people they want to be recognized by. On one occasion a Mazoku took the form of the default form of another Mazoku to act as bait for Lina and co, who were trying to track the other Mazoku.
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* The Mazoku of ''{{Slayers}}'' ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' are preferred forms. They can appear to be anyone or anything they wish to, they just have 'default' human forms so that they can be recognized by people they want to be recognized by. On one occasion a Mazoku took the form of the default form of another Mazoku to act as bait for Lina and co, who were trying to track the other Mazoku.
27th Dec '15 4:27:44 PM nombretomado
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* Nyarlathotep in the ''{{Persona 2}}'' duology appears as both Akinari Kashihara and Tatsuya Suou, mostly to {{troll}} his enemies. * Double from ''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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* Nyarlathotep in the ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'' duology appears as both Akinari Kashihara and Tatsuya Suou, mostly to {{troll}} his enemies. * Double from ''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.
25th Nov '15 6:54:27 PM FF32
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* The [[PhysicalGod Valar]] and Maiar of Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Silmarillion'' (in particular [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] and [[TheDragon Sauron]]) lose their ability to walk around as "unclothed spirits" if they invest too much energy in a form. In the latter case, they [[HumanityEnsues assumed human form, tall dark and terrible]] and after being wounded or killed off too many times, lost the ability to {{shapeshift|er}} into a pleasing appearance.
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* The [[PhysicalGod Valar]] and Maiar of Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Silmarillion'' (in particular [[{{Satan}} Morgoth]] and [[TheDragon Sauron]]) lose their ability to walk around as "unclothed spirits" if they invest too much energy in a form. In the latter case, they [[HumanityEnsues assumed human form, tall dark and terrible]] and after being wounded or killed off too many times, lost the ability to {{shapeshift|er}} {{shapeshift|ing}} into a pleasing appearance.
25th Nov '15 6:48:51 PM FF32
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A {{Shapeshifter}} (or a MasterOfDisguise or MasterOfIllusion) can look like anyone, and sometimes anything. But most such characters will have a regular form that they usually appear in.
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A {{Shapeshifter}} {{Shapeshift|ing}}er (or a MasterOfDisguise or MasterOfIllusion) can look like anyone, and sometimes anything. But most such characters will have a regular form that they usually appear in.
29th Oct '15 9:40:30 AM Willbyr
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* The Tower Guardians from ''{{Bizenghast}}'' are a combination of both types, since both their animal-like form and their human form are their real forms. They are put in with preferred form because they spend the most time in whichever form they like best, with Edaniel liking his animal form and Edrear preferring his human form.
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* The Tower Guardians from ''{{Bizenghast}}'' ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'' are a combination of both types, since both their animal-like form and their human form are their real forms. They are put in with preferred form because they spend the most time in whichever form they like best, with Edaniel liking his animal form and Edrear preferring his human form.

* Alucard from ''{{Hellsing}}''. He states multiple times throughout the series that "My form is of no concern to me", or anything along those lines. Basically, he doesn't care what he looks like, just that he needs an appearance.
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* Alucard from ''{{Hellsing}}''.''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''. He states multiple times throughout the series that "My form is of no concern to me", or anything along those lines. Basically, he doesn't care what he looks like, just that he needs an appearance.
19th Sep '15 6:10:55 AM Arivne
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[[folder:Other Sites]] * ''Wiki/SCPFoundation'', Characters/{{SCP Foundation SCPs 1000 And Beyond}}, [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1536 SCP-1536 ("Doppelgšngers")]]. SCP-1536's True Form is a large brown beetle 35 centimeters long and 15 centimeters wide with two legs on each side of its body. [[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop [=RPGs=]]] * In ''{{Eberron}}'', the changeling philosophy of The Passer is based on this part of the trope: pick an identity from a common race and stick to it, never letting anyone find out your true race, and essentially turning your back on your kind to become a member of your new race. * Changelings in ''{{Rifts}}'' have a true form default form, but since they are usually so hated they never use it when they can help it. Every Changeling NPC described in a {{Sourcebook}} has a "Favorite" form they use for an unofficial default when around friends. * JustifiedTrope with Changeling, a ''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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[[folder:Tabletop [=RPGs=]]] Games]] * In ''{{Eberron}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the changeling philosophy of The Passer is based on this part of the trope: pick an identity from a common race and stick to it, never letting anyone find out your true race, and essentially turning your back on your kind to become a member of your new race. * Changelings in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' have a true form default form, but since they are usually so hated they never use it when they can help it. Every Changeling NPC described in a {{Sourcebook}} has a "Favorite" form they use for an unofficial default when around friends. * JustifiedTrope with Changeling, ''TabletopGame/Changeling'', a ''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.
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