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20th Aug '17 7:11:24 PM superkeijikun
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* A variant of this trope appears in ''VideoGame/InfamousSecondSon'': when Delson absorbs a new power, he becomes unable to access any other power until he masters the one he absorbed. [[spoiler:Augustine tries to use this against him in the final battle, willingly giving Delsin her concrete powers, knowing that Delsin would be at a disadvantage since she had seven years to master her own.]]
4th Jul '17 5:00:53 PM sgamer82
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** This point comes up later in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Future Zamasu and Goku Black fuse into Fusion Zamasu using the earrings. Goku Black is in his Super Saiyan Rosé form at the time, which should bring up this issue. However,, because Fusion Zamasu inherited [[spoiler:Future Zamasu's CompleteImmortality]], a trait that prevents the mode lock's lethality and turns it into a benefit.

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** This point comes up later in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Future Zamasu [[spoiler:Future Zamasu]] and Goku Black fuse into Fusion Zamasu [[spoiler:Fusion Zamasu]] using the earrings. Goku Black is in his Super Saiyan Rosé form at the time, which should bring up this issue. However,, because Fusion Zamasu However, the fusion inherited [[spoiler:Future Zamasu's CompleteImmortality]], a trait that prevents the mode lock's lethality and turns it into a benefit.
4th Jul '17 4:59:54 PM sgamer82
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* The goal of the cursed characters in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was to be cursed again in the Spring of the Drowned Man or Drowned Girl. That way, when splashed with cold water, they'll turn into themselves (effectively not changing). Aside from that, the more common disadvantageous type of Mode Lock appears a few times as well:

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* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
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The goal of the cursed characters in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' was is to be cursed again in the Spring of the Drowned Man or Drowned Girl. That way, when splashed with cold water, they'll turn into themselves (effectively themselves, effectively not changing).changing. Aside from that, the more common disadvantageous type of Mode Lock appears a few times as well:



* This occurs with Frieza in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. While we first see him in his first stage, he mentions handily that he's used the second to take out opponents before, and proceeds to transform to a third and fourth form to reach his full power. However, after he loses out to Goku (and then is killed by Trunks), we never see him regress from the fourth form (which is actually his true form) when he's in Hell. To an extent Cell is this, as well, though it's {{justified|Trope}} in how he ''desired'' to remain in his perfect stage.
** Cell temporarily reverts to his Semi-Perfect form after Super Saiyan 2 Gohan beats him so hard he regurgitates Android 18. Though after his attempt to RageQuit and [[TakingYouWithMe take Earth with him]] is foiled, he regenerates FromASingleCell back into his Perfect form (which his cells somehow "remembered") and [[CameBackStrong gains a power boost from his Saiyan DNA]] which pushes him into his ''[[UpToEleven Super]]'' Perfect form.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection F]]'', this trope is thoroughly averted. Frieza is resurrected in his Cyborg form (albeit chopped to bits), is back in his first form after being healed, skips to his final form when his fight with Goku begins, assumes his Golden Form when he starts losing, and is ultimately beaten so badly by Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta that he reverts to his final form before being vaporized and sent back to Hell by Goku.
** In the Buu Saga, Old Kai warns Goku that [[FusionDance fusing]] via the Potara earrings while in Super Saiyan form will lead to the fusion being unable to power down, and the strain that Super Saiyan puts on the body could prove lethal. [[spoiler:Much later on in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Future Zamasu and Goku Black fuse into Fusion Zamasu, Goku Black is in his Super Saiyan Rosé form at the time... which doesn't matter, because Fusion Zamasu inherited Future Zamasu's CompleteImmortality.]]

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* This occurs with Frieza in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. While we first see him in his first stage, he mentions handily that he's used the second to take out opponents before, and proceeds to transform to a third and fourth form to reach his full power. However, after he loses out to Goku (and then is killed by Trunks), we never see him regress from the fourth form (which is actually his true form) when he's in Hell. To an extent Cell is this, as well, though it's {{justified|Trope}} in how he ''desired'' to remain in his perfect stage.
** Cell temporarily reverts to his Semi-Perfect form after Super Saiyan 2 Gohan beats him so hard he regurgitates Android 18. Though after his attempt to RageQuit and [[TakingYouWithMe take Earth with him]] is foiled, he regenerates FromASingleCell back into his Perfect form (which his cells somehow "remembered") and [[CameBackStrong gains a power boost from his Saiyan DNA]] which pushes him into his ''[[UpToEleven Super]]'' Perfect form.
** In ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection F]]'', this trope is thoroughly averted. Frieza is resurrected in his Cyborg form (albeit chopped to bits), is back in his first form after being healed, skips to his final form when his fight with Goku begins, assumes his Golden Form when he starts losing, and is ultimately beaten so badly by Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta that he reverts to his final form before being vaporized and sent back to Hell by Goku.
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** In the Buu Saga, Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', the Old Kai warns Goku that [[FusionDance fusing]] via the Potara earrings while in Super Saiyan form will lead to the fusion being unable to power down, when Super Saiyan can normally be activated and deactivated at will. On top of that, the strain that Super Saiyan puts on the body could prove lethal. [[spoiler:Much lethal.
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later on in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', when Future Zamasu and Goku Black fuse into Fusion Zamasu, Zamasu using the earrings. Goku Black is in his Super Saiyan Rosé form at the time... time, which doesn't matter, should bring up this issue. However,, because Fusion Zamasu inherited Future [[spoiler:Future Zamasu's CompleteImmortality.]]CompleteImmortality]], a trait that prevents the mode lock's lethality and turns it into a benefit.
13th Jun '17 1:33:25 PM Linda58
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** [[DefectorFromDecadence Aftran]], [[SurvivorsGuilt Menderash]] and the [[spoiler:ENTIRE TAXXON RACE, as well as most of the Yeerks]] all end up doing this deliberately.

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** [[DefectorFromDecadence Aftran]], [[SurvivorsGuilt Menderash]] and the [[spoiler:ENTIRE TAXXON RACE, as well as most of the Yeerks]] all end up doing this deliberately.deliberately as a humpback whale, a human, and anacondas respectively.


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** In "Hell Bent" [[spoiler:Clara and Me/Ashildr]] get their own TARDIS (complete with [[ReadTheFreakingManual instructional manual]]) but their chameleon circuit ''also'' breaks (suggesting they are the first thing to go on ''any'' TARDIS) so their's is stuck looking like a diner.
11th Jun '17 2:11:12 PM billybobfred
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** [[HeartbrokenBadass Tobias]] getting stuck in red-tailed hawk form is a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. He spends the next twelve books still managing to be surprisingly useful to the team, at which point a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien gives him back his morphing powers, as well as allowing him to morph his own human body. This leaves Tobias a difficult choice: continue fighting in the war, even though he has to remain in hawk form most of the time, or stay in human form for more than two hours and stay that way, but never able to morph again.

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** [[HeartbrokenBadass Tobias]] getting stuck in red-tailed hawk form is a FirstEpisodeSpoiler. He spends the next twelve books still managing to be surprisingly useful to the team, at which point a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien gives him back his morphing powers, as well as allowing him to morph his own human body. This leaves Tobias a difficult choice: continue fighting in the war, even though he has to remain in hawk form most of the time, or stay in deliberately mode-lock himself back into human form for more than two hours and stay that way, but never able to morph again. form, forever.



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

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** This also happens to [[DefectorFromDecadance [[DefectorFromDecadence Aftran]], [[SurvivorsGuilt Menderash]] and the [[spoiler:ENTIRE TAXXON RACE, as well as most of the Yeerks]]. All of these cases were deliberate however. Yeerks]] all end up doing this deliberately.
6th Jun '17 7:56:50 PM Amahn
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** A slightly less obvious example existed for Warriors in the same fight. Warriors, while not traditional shapeshifters, do have the ability to switch between different stances. When Nef called them out, "Warriors, is that all the damage you can do?", they were forced into Berserker Stance - which increases damage done but also decreases defenses. Like the above druids, at this point in the game 99.99% of raid tanks were Warriors and virtually all raiding Warriors were expected to at least be geared for tanking for trash and should a boss require multiple offtanks or should the shit hit the fan. This meant that when Warriors were called the tank suddenly took A LOT more damage, and it was time to blow defensive cooldowns and heal bomb. The entirety of phase 2 of that fight was built around messing with a class's ability to do its (at the time) primary job.
29th May '17 3:35:24 PM LordDynasmon
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** Also the [[TransformationRay TF Gun]] has a built in mode lock related to it's original purpose: Transformations normally only last 30 days, but If you get pregnant while transformed, you stay female. (It's implied that you can always use the gun again after giving birth.)

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** Also the [[TransformationRay TF Gun]] has a built in mode lock related to it's its original purpose: Transformations normally only last 30 days, but If you get pregnant while transformed, you stay female. (It's implied that you can always use the gun again after giving birth.)
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.
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