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20th Nov '17 2:25:24 AM Quanyails
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* In WebComic/{{Jix}}, the main aliens (the Ambis) have the ability to going from cute and fuzzy to large and pointy beasts. This is known as their feral form. One of the villains, Maricax, was introduced in his feral form, unable to revert back to normal. [[spoiler: That is...until another villain named Kelelder gives him super healing ability.]]

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* In WebComic/{{Jix}}, ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'', the main aliens (the Ambis) have the ability to going from cute and fuzzy to large and pointy beasts. This is known as their feral form. One of the villains, Maricax, was introduced in his feral form, unable to revert back to normal. [[spoiler: That is...until another villain named Kelelder gives him super healing ability.]]
20th Nov '17 2:22:57 AM Quanyails
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* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', a certain wonkiness in the nature of things makes it difficult -in some cases impossible- for the local druids to shapeshift. It's a story element and has no effect on the combat effectiveness of your party's druid.

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* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', a certain wonkiness in the nature of things makes it difficult -in difficult--in some cases impossible- for impossible--for the local druids to shapeshift. It's a story element and has no effect on the combat effectiveness of your party's druid.
19th Nov '17 6:35:44 AM Quanyails
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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.

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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 theirs is stuck looking like a diner.
24th Oct '17 5:44:35 PM JoeMerl
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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.

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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, while, and if he's still in deer form when it does, well, tough cookies. Fortunately, it doesn't happen.
26th Aug '17 11:28:32 AM Gamermaster
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* Downplayed in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. Ilulu 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 (though she improves enough to form proper hands later on). 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, she basically has to stay the way she is now to fit in until she can get better control of her shape.

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* Downplayed in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. Ilulu 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 breasts, PointedEars, and dragon claws, which is the best she can manage (though she improves enough to form proper hands later on). 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, she basically has to stay the way she is now to fit in until she can get better control of her shape.
26th Aug '17 11:26:34 AM 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.

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* Downplayed in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. Iruru Ilulu 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.manage (though she improves enough to form proper hands later on). 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 she basically has to stay the way she is now to fit in until she can get better control of her shape.
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.
** This point comes up
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.
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