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22nd Jun '17 3:26:28 PM thatother1dude
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* ''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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* ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'' (A ''WesternAnimation/TheZetaProject'': Zeta is a robot built for infiltration infiltration, who could don virtually any holographic disguise, but always went for favored a dark haired man in a purple trench coat.) 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".
20th May '17 12:34:20 PM ScroogeMacDuck
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* The demonic One-Eyed Black Cat in the ''Fanfic/HauntedMansionAndTheHatboxGhost'' FanVerse is ''always'' shifting a bit, but he generally appears as a black feline with only one good eye. Its proportions and its level of ghostliness greatly vary.
20th May '17 9:32:06 AM AsherTye
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* When he wasn't on the job or pulling a prank, [[EvilOverlord Hordak's]] master spy [[The Imp Imp]] is usually seen in something of a cross between a blue piglet and a bat. It's actually rather cute. Since he's never been rendered powerless, it can't be stated for certain that this is his default mode, but it's probably a safe bet.

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* When he wasn't on the job or pulling a prank, [[EvilOverlord Hordak's]] master spy [[The Imp Imp]] is usually seen in something of a cross between a blue piglet and a bat. It's actually rather cute. Since he's never been rendered powerless, it can't be stated for certain that this is his default mode, but it's probably a safe bet.
20th May '17 9:30:47 AM AsherTye
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* On his downtime, Klone from ''WesternAnimation/{{Blackstar}}'' usually looked like a statuesque humanoid with gray skin, white hair, and elfin features. That this was also the form he wore when he got knocked unconscious by the Overlord's minions seems to indicate it's what he really looks like.
* When he wasn't on the job or pulling a prank, [[EvilOverlord Hordak's]] master spy [[The Imp Imp]] is usually seen in something of a cross between a blue piglet and a bat. It's actually rather cute. Since he's never been rendered powerless, it can't be stated for certain that this is his default mode, but it's probably a safe bet.
5th May '17 9:50:55 PM NESBoy
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* 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 {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er and a RubberMan.

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* 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 {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er and a RubberMan. [[spoiler:As of "Skyhooks II", his true form had been reset to a tall, blue, five-eyed monster. It's unknown if the aforementioned limitations of his powers have been removed, or if he could still resume his original dog form as an example of a preferred form.]]
23rd Apr '17 5:08:30 PM binaroid
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* The ''FanFic/UndocumentedFeatures'' story "Hunter Rose" has a subplot blurring the lines between the Preferred Form and True Form versions of this trope. The UF-verse incarnation of Hyatt from ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' had her trademark IllGirl symptoms because she was actually a member of the same species as the ComicBook/MartianManhunter, who had taken an illegal and very unreliable treatment to change her default form to 'human'. After being critically wounded and saved by someone inexperienced with their healing powers, Hyatt ends up with her True Form changed to a green-skinned version of her chosen form (ala Miss Martian); she still chooses the human form as her Preferred Form.
8th Apr '17 5:37:08 AM DeathByPlot
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* It's debatable whether Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' would be considered to have either a true form or preferred form to fit this trope. He ''does'' use his appearance before being infected as a default form, this form being the one he assumes whenever the player deactivates all disguises and powers. However, [[spoiler: it's later revealed that he's not actually the "real" Mercer, but the Virus itself after consuming Mercer and assuming his shape and memories. So in that regard the player-controlled Mercer never really had a real original form to begin with; the closest we see would technically be either his black and red tendrils or the brilliant red goop the virus was while inert in its vial]]. His successor in [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}, James Heller]] does use his a true form, however.

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* It's debatable whether Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' would be considered to have either a true form or preferred form to fit this trope. He ''does'' use his appearance before being infected as a default form, this form being the one he assumes whenever the player deactivates all disguises and powers. However, [[spoiler: it's later revealed that he's not actually the "real" Mercer, but the Virus itself after consuming Mercer and assuming his shape and memories. So in that regard the player-controlled Mercer never really had a real original form to begin with; the closest we see would technically be either his black and red tendrils or the brilliant red goop the virus was while inert in its vial]]. His successor in [[VideoGame/{{Prototype VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}, James Heller]] Heller does use his a true form, however.
8th Apr '17 5:34:29 AM DeathByPlot
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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]]. [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} James Heller]], however, is a true form.

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