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8th Aug '16 6:15:34 AM Woggs123
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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 [[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.
7th Aug '16 5:39:01 PM nombretomado
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* ComicBook/{{Mystique}} of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.'' Interestingly done in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', where Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in disguise -- sans makeup. From ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand X-Men 3]]'', it seemed like the ''X2'' no-makeup appearance would be her normal human appearance, except with dark hair.

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* ComicBook/{{Mystique}} of the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}.''ComicBook/XMen.'' Interestingly done in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', where Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in disguise -- sans makeup. From ''[[Film/XMenTheLastStand X-Men 3]]'', it seemed like the ''X2'' no-makeup appearance would be her normal human appearance, except with dark hair.



* The {{Marvel}} Universe 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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* The {{Marvel}} Universe Franchise/MarvelUniverse has the Skrull, who often hang around in their normal forms even when there's no real reason to do so.



* ComicBook/MartianManhunter from TheDCU. The familiar alien "superhero" form in the comics is actually a slightly more human-like version of his true appearance, which is kind of playing with this trope.

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* ComicBook/MartianManhunter from TheDCU.Franchise/TheDCU. The familiar alien "superhero" form in the comics is actually a slightly more human-like version of his true appearance, which is kind of playing with this trope.
1st Aug '16 8:43:38 AM Malady
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* Doopliss in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 2'' has his default form he reverts to when defeated or not transformed into something else (which looks like a BedsheetGhost with party hat), as do possibly the Duplighosts in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 1'' and Mimi in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.



* Doopliss in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 2'' has his default form he reverts to when defeated or not transformed into something else (which looks like a BedsheetGhost with party hat), as do possibly the Duplighosts in ''VideoGame/PaperMario 1'' and Mimi in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario''.


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* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': The shapeshifters that infested the Green Heart have a default form of a "hideous [[SnakePeople snake lady]]", in Yvette's words.
2nd Jul '16 10:31:01 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': Krahka. Her toy is actually a combination of all six Toa Metru toys, and is the final form she took in ''The Darkness Below''. She has no known real form.

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Krahka. Her toy is actually a combination of all six Toa Metru toys, and is the final form she took in ''The Darkness Below''. She has no known real form.
1st Jul '16 8:36:19 PM nombretomado
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* The titular djinni of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is a shapeshifter, but his preferred form is that of his former master, Ptolemy. He takes the form as a way of remembering his old friend, and as a mark of respect. It's also noted that his shapeshifting has a very strong Egyptian bent in general (Ptolemy was Egyptian, just to be clear). For example, if he becomes a cat, its a desert cat. If he needs to be an insect, it's a scarab beetle.

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* The titular djinni of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is a shapeshifter, but his preferred form is that of his former master, Ptolemy. He takes the form as a way of remembering his old friend, and as a mark of respect. It's also noted that his shapeshifting has a very strong Egyptian bent in general (Ptolemy was Egyptian, just to be clear). For example, if he becomes a cat, its a desert cat. If he needs to be an insect, it's a scarab beetle.
1st Jul '16 8:33:51 PM nombretomado
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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]], whatever happens to match their preferences and history best. For example, Bartimaeus defaults to [[spoiler: imitating Ptolomy]] out of respect.

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* In TheBartimaeusTrilogy, ''Literature/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]], whatever happens to match their preferences and history best. For example, Bartimaeus defaults to [[spoiler: imitating Ptolomy]] out of respect.
20th Jun '16 10:08:13 AM 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.
28th May '16 7:41:55 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* [[MahouSenseiNegima Albireo Imma's]] artifact allows for shapeshifting to a wide variety of people, including Gateau Vanderburg, [[spoiler:Takamichi and Asuna's teacher]] and Nagi Springfield. But the robed appearance is what he really looks like.

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* [[MahouSenseiNegima [[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima Albireo Imma's]] artifact allows for shapeshifting to a wide variety of people, including Gateau Vanderburg, [[spoiler:Takamichi and Asuna's teacher]] and Nagi Springfield. But the robed appearance is what he really looks like.
21st May '16 9:01:08 PM AtticusOmundson
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11th May '16 11:47:23 AM erforce
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* 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/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' 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 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/TheSarahConnorChronicles'' ''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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