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16th May '17 4:20:50 PM nombretomado
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* Keiki from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' is mode-locked in his beast form per orders of {{The Evil Prince}}ss Joei, as a part of her plan to usurp Youko's throne. She does so because, in beast form, Keiki can't either speak to others (to let them know that Joei is ''not'' the rightful heiress to the Kei throne), nor show that [[KneelBeforeZod he's physically unable to kneel in front of Joei]] (since having a ''kirin'' kneel in front of a prospect King/Queen is '''the''' proof of said King/Queen's worth). Youko manages to release him.

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* Keiki from ''TheTwelveKingdoms'' ''LightNovel/TheTwelveKingdoms'' is mode-locked in his beast form per orders of {{The Evil Prince}}ss Joei, as a part of her plan to usurp Youko's throne. She does so because, in beast form, Keiki can't either speak to others (to let them know that Joei is ''not'' the rightful heiress to the Kei throne), nor show that [[KneelBeforeZod he's physically unable to kneel in front of Joei]] (since having a ''kirin'' kneel in front of a prospect King/Queen is '''the''' proof of said King/Queen's worth). Youko manages to release him.
11th May '17 6:46:34 AM ClatoLawa
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/7480533/ This Is It, The Apocalypse]]'', Marinette and Adrien both get trapped in their superhero forms when their kwamis go into hibernation without warning.
5th May '17 11:45:07 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] possess the innate ability to transform into nightmarish beasts as [[GodzillaThreshhold a final desperate act of defense against invaders]], known as "[[TheWildHunt the Wild Hunt]]." However, there is no known way to reverse this transformation, leaving them permanently stuck as these monsters. As such, it is only known to have been used twice in recorded history.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] possess the innate ability to transform into nightmarish beasts as [[GodzillaThreshhold [[GodzillaThreshold a final desperate act of defense against invaders]], known as "[[TheWildHunt the Wild Hunt]]." However, there is no known way to reverse this transformation, leaving them permanently stuck as these monsters. As such, it is only known to have been used twice in recorded history.
5th May '17 11:44:42 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Bosmer (Wood Elves)]] possess the innate ability to transform into nightmarish beasts as [[GodzillaThreshhold a final desperate act of defense against invaders]], known as "[[TheWildHunt the Wild Hunt]]." However, there is no known way to reverse this transformation, leaving them permanently stuck as these monsters. As such, it is only known to have been used twice in recorded history.
2nd May '17 9:18:57 PM nombretomado
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* Powermasters in ''TransformersGeneration1'', in theory, required their Nebulan partner in order to transform from vehicle mode to robot mode (in reality, all that was really required was to simply press a button. The toy was capable of working without it, but the partner made it a tad easier -- not to mention the toys looked better with the partner attached).

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* Powermasters in ''TransformersGeneration1'', ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'', in theory, required their Nebulan partner in order to transform from vehicle mode to robot mode (in reality, all that was really required was to simply press a button. The toy was capable of working without it, but the partner made it a tad easier -- not to mention the toys looked better with the partner attached).



** Swindle from ''TransformersAnimated'' got stuck in vehicle mode for a long time.

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** Swindle from ''TransformersAnimated'' ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' got stuck in vehicle mode for a long time.
29th Apr '17 6:40:04 PM nombretomado
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* When Ichigo first turns into a full cat in ''TokyoMewMew'', both she and MissionControl fear that it'll be permanent. However, she figures out [[IntimateHealing how to change back]] after [[HilarityEnsues a long and grueling day as a helpless kitten]].

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* When Ichigo first turns into a full cat in ''TokyoMewMew'', ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', both she and MissionControl fear that it'll be permanent. However, she figures out [[IntimateHealing how to change back]] after [[HilarityEnsues a long and grueling day as a helpless kitten]].
17th Apr '17 5:39:54 PM meanmetalmario
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** Agent 33 gets electrocuted while wearing a mask disguising herself as May, fusing the mask to her face and giving her a large scar on her right eye.
** Creel has the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches. When he's finally defeated, he turns to stone, seemingly permanently. But as Coulson mentions, "He could always do that," and recommends treating him as a dangerous prisoner rather than a corpse.

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** Agent 33 gets electrocuted to the face while wearing a high-tech mask disguising herself that can be programmed to disguise the wearer as May, anyone, fusing the mask to her face and giving locking her in her current disguise (Agent May), with the addition of a large nasty disfiguring scar on over her right eye.
eye. Eventually she gets the mask repaired. It's still fused to her face, but now it's functional again, so she just programmed it to "disguise" her as herself (she can also just shut it off, but she prefers this method since it hides the scar).
** Creel has the ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches. When he's finally defeated, he turns goes through a ShapeshifterSwanSong before turning to stone, seemingly permanently. But as Coulson mentions, "He could always do that," and recommends treating him as a dangerous prisoner rather than a corpse.
5th Apr '17 8:56:39 AM JoeMerl
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* This is part and parcel of [[MagicAIsMagicA the rules of shapeshifting]] in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''; stay in a morphed form too long (around 2 hours), and you'll get stuck in it (this is called ''nothlit'').
** Tobias gets stuck in red-tailed hawk form early in the series. He still manages to be useful to the team, though, and he eventually gets the ability to become human again, although the hawk becomes his default form from that point on: If he stays human for longer than two hours, mode lock applies again and he loses his ability to morph at all.
** Besides the intervention of a RealityWarper (which is how Tobias got his ability to morph back), the only other known way to escape being a nothlit is if your animal form undergoes a natural metamorphosis. Once this happens (as when Cassie was stuck as a caterpillar but became a butterfly), your biological clock is reset and you have 2 more hours to change back.
** SixthRangerTraitor [[spoiler: David]] was deliberately lured into a pipe and then stuck there until he was trapped as rat. He is later dropped off on a deserted island with no-one but real rats for company.
** The Andalite Aldrea forsook her people after the genocide of the Hork-Bajir, choosing to permanently become a Hork-Bajir and marry one of the survivors.
** Two Andalite characters become nothlits in ''The Andalite Chronicles'': [[spoiler:Arbron]], trapped in [[FateWorseThanDeath Taxxon form]], and [[spoiler:Elfangor]], who deliberately becomes human and even [[spoiler:has a [[HalfHumanHybrid human kid]].]] But said RealityWarper later turns the latter back into an Andalite with full morphing abilities.

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* This In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' this is part and parcel of [[MagicAIsMagicA the rules of shapeshifting]] in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}''; stay morphing]]--stay in a morphed form too long (around 2 hours), for more than [[TwoOfYourEarthMinutes Two of Your Earth Hours]], and you'll get you're stuck in it (this is called ''nothlit'').
that way. Andalites call these people "''nothlits.''"
** Tobias gets [[HeartbrokenBadass Tobias]] getting stuck in red-tailed hawk form early in is a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. He spends the series. He next twelve books still manages managing to be surprisingly useful to the team, though, and he eventually gets the ability at which point a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien gives him back his morphing powers, as well as allowing him to become morph his own human again, although body. This leaves Tobias a difficult choice: continue fighting in the war, even though he has to remain in hawk becomes his default form from that point on: If he stays most of the time, or stay in human form for longer more than two hours, mode lock applies again hours and he loses his ability stay that way, but never able to morph at all.
again.
** Besides the intervention You can apparently (if illogically) get out of a RealityWarper (which is how Tobias got his ability to morph back), the only other known way to escape being a nothlit is ''nothlit'' if your animal form undergoes a natural metamorphosis. Once this happens (as This becomes relevant when Cassie was [[TheHeart Cassie]] gets stuck as a caterpillar but became caterpillar--once she's a butterfly), your biological clock is reset and you have 2 more butterfly, she has two hours to change back.
demorph.
** SixthRangerTraitor [[spoiler: David]] [[spoiler:[[SixthRangerTraitor David]]]] was deliberately lured into a pipe and then stuck there until he was trapped as rat. He is later dropped off on a deserted island with no-one but real rats for company.
** The Andalite Aldrea [[ActionGirl Aldrea]] forsook her people after the genocide of the Hork-Bajir, choosing to permanently become a Hork-Bajir and marry [[ChildProdigy Dak]], one of the survivors.
** Two Andalite characters become nothlits in ''The Andalite Chronicles'': [[spoiler:Arbron]], [[spoiler:[[FireForgedFriends Arbron]]]], trapped in [[FateWorseThanDeath Taxxon form]], and [[spoiler:Elfangor]], [[spoiler:[[TheAce Elfangor]]]], who deliberately becomes human and even [[spoiler:has a [[HalfHumanHybrid human kid]].]] But said RealityWarper SufficientlyAdvancedAlien later turns the latter back into an Andalite with full morphing abilities.



** This also happens to Aftran, Menderash and the ENTIRE TAXXON RACE. All of these cases were deliberate however.

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** This also happens to Aftran, Menderash [[DefectorFromDecadance Aftran]], [[SurvivorsGuilt Menderash]] and the ENTIRE [[spoiler:ENTIRE TAXXON RACE.RACE, as well as most of the Yeerks]]. All of these cases were deliberate however.


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* {{Discussed}} in ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin''--Merlin is given the ability to turn into a deer [[VoluntaryShapeshifting at will]]. However, the power will naturally wear off after a certain amount of time, and if he's still in deer form when it does, well, tough cookies. Fortunately, it doesn't happen.
13th Mar '17 7:17:38 PM Gamermaster
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* Downplayed in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. Iruru is fully capable of assuming her true form as well as changing her human guise, but she isn't very good at finer control of her shapeshifting, so she ends up looking like a petite girl with ridiculous breasts and dragon claws, which is the best she can manage. Tohru states that if she relaxes her control her GagBoobs would get bigger, but would presumably end up with more inhuman features in turn. Thus, Iruru basically has to stay the way she is now to fit in until she can get better control of her shape.
5th Mar '17 4:09:09 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** In ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: MadScientist Izuka used a PsychoSerum to force Rajaion, a Dragon Laguz Prince, to stay in his dragon form ''and'' make him go insane. From then on he was enslaved by Izuka's boss Ashnard, who used poor Rajaion as his Dragon Mount. He was only released by the time Ashnard was slain in battle... but by then he was so weakened and wounded that he died almost immediately afterwards.]]

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** In ''[[FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', it's revealed that [[spoiler: MadScientist Izuka used a PsychoSerum on several laguz, causing them to force go insane and become what's known as the [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Feral_One Feral Ones]]. One of his victims was Rajaion, a Dragon Laguz Prince, forcing him to stay in his dragon form ''and'' make him go insane. From insane; from then on he was enslaved by Izuka's boss Ashnard, who used poor Rajaion as his Dragon Mount. He was only released by the time Ashnard was slain in battle... but by then he was so weakened and wounded that he died almost immediately afterwards.]]]]
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