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12th Jun '16 5:49:33 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in a ''{{Wildcats}} / {{JLA}}'' crossover where Maul is afraid to use his power to [[BlessedWithSuck exchange intelligence for size]] because he would become "too stupid to turn back" if he grew big enough to smash the villain's barrier. {{Superman}} solves it by giving him [[AppliedPhlebotinum an electric spark that turns him small after 30 seconds]].
* A [[{{ShapeShifting}} Skrull]] named Khn'nr was to be used in the infiltration of Earth in [[MarvelComics Marvel's]] Secret Invasion event. He was mode locked into the form of Captain Marvel, a long dead hero, and [[FakeMemories brainwashed into thinking he was him]] from the past. When he found out, he rejected his part in the invasion, and now is trying to work against it.

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* Averted in a ''{{Wildcats}} ''ComicBook/WildCATs / {{JLA}}'' crossover where Maul is afraid to use his power to [[BlessedWithSuck exchange intelligence for size]] because he would become "too stupid to turn back" if he grew big enough to smash the villain's barrier. {{Superman}} solves it by giving him [[AppliedPhlebotinum an electric spark that turns him small after 30 seconds]].
* A [[{{ShapeShifting}} [[ShapeShifting Skrull]] named Khn'nr was to be used in the infiltration of Earth in [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics Marvel's]] Secret Invasion event. He was mode locked into the form of Captain Marvel, a long dead hero, and [[FakeMemories brainwashed into thinking he was him]] from the past. When he found out, he rejected his part in the invasion, and now is trying to work against it.
11th Jun '16 10:48:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, the Metamorph species is able to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting voluntarily shapeshift]]. Their normal form is that of an amorphous blob. There are a few individuals who have a mutation that locks the individual into the first transformation for life. At that point, only slight changes are possible. These usually become spies among other races, able to slightly alter their appearance within the confines of the race. The observer on Earth took on the appearance of a human male. He's able to change into other males of any human ethnicity but not females due to radical physiological changes.

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''ArrivalsFromTheDark'' ''Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark'' series, the Metamorph species is able to [[VoluntaryShapeshifting voluntarily shapeshift]]. Their normal form is that of an amorphous blob. There are a few individuals who have a mutation that locks the individual into the first transformation for life. At that point, only slight changes are possible. These usually become spies among other races, able to slightly alter their appearance within the confines of the race. The observer on Earth took on the appearance of a human male. He's able to change into other males of any human ethnicity but not females due to radical physiological changes.
7th Jun '16 3:08:31 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* This happens to the Macross in TheMovie of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': when a Meltrandi attack blows off its VerticalMechaFins, the [[TransformingMecha Macross]] is locked into HumongousMecha mode since those fins, aside from being its WaveMotionGun, also happen to be the ship mode's forward section. And indeed after the final battle of both the movie and the series, the Macross never transforms into ship mode ever again as it's stuck waist down in a lake.

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* This happens to the Macross in TheMovie adaptation of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', ''Anime/MacrossDoYouRememberLove'': when a Meltrandi attack blows off its VerticalMechaFins, the [[TransformingMecha Macross]] is locked into HumongousMecha mode since those fins, aside from being its WaveMotionGun, also happen to be the ship mode's forward section. And indeed after the final battle of both the movie and the series, the Macross never transforms into ship mode ever again as it's stuck waist down in a lake.
30th May '16 5:02:14 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Used in TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet. A strange black hawk turns out to be a powerful mage after being given enough drugs to knock out a human - he was so sick in animal form that there was no way he could do anything, much less change back. Daine also gains the ability to shapeshift later on, but often can't shift back if she panics or forgets about her human self. Also, if she ever shapeshifted into an immortal, she would be unable to change back.

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* Used in TamoraPierce's Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet. A strange black hawk turns out to be a powerful mage after being given enough drugs to knock out a human - he was so sick in animal form that there was no way he could do anything, much less change back. Daine also gains the ability to shapeshift later on, but often can't shift back if she panics or forgets about her human self. Also, if she ever shapeshifted into an immortal, she would be unable to change back.
2nd May '16 5:47:04 PM DarkHunter
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** The Weeping Angels have a natural [[PowerIncontinence defense mechanism]] that turns them [[TakenForGranite to stone]], whenever in the sight of any living thing (including each other), forcing them to remain that way until they are no longer being looked at. Those who are ''incredibly lucky'' can manage to trick two angels into an eternal staring contest with the other, causing them to remain permanently frozen.

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** The Weeping Angels have a natural [[PowerIncontinence defense mechanism]] that turns them [[TakenForGranite to stone]], whenever in the sight of any living thing (including each other), forcing them to remain that way until they are no longer being looked at. Those who are ''incredibly lucky'' can manage to trick two angels into an eternal staring contest with the other, causing them to remain permanently frozen. This is hard to do though, as the angels are well aware of this weakness and thus will usually hide their face with their hands to avoid it (hence the "weeping" part of their name).
21st Apr '16 12:14:32 PM EDP
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* In ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}'' the Wise Ones of Kandrakar force this on Cedric twice, first as part of his punishment (being a shapeshifter and [[ConsummateLiar a formidable liar]] [[WickedCultured who loves books]], [[IronicHell they stuck him in his preferred human look, that isn't his true form, and locked him in a room filled with books that only include fiction and lies]]), and then, when he's given a chance to reform, as a security measure ([[GenreSavvy because leaving him on Earth with the ability to change his looks would just give him too many chances to wreak havoc if he stayed evil]]).
7th Apr '16 12:55:37 PM Kahran042
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* ''Manga/MarvelousMelmo'' has two chief examples of this trope. Melmo, the titular heroine, is gifted by her dead mother with two types of candies. The blue candies make her older, and the blue ones make her younger, [[PromotionToParent with the explicit purpose of making her able to care for her younger siblings]]. As early as the first episodes, Melmo discovers that by taking both pills at once, she can de-age herself to embryonic state, then regrow her body in another form, thus shapeshifting to another animal.

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* ''Manga/MarvelousMelmo'' has two chief examples of this trope. Melmo, the titular heroine, is gifted by her dead mother with two types of candies. The blue candies make her older, and the blue red ones make her younger, [[PromotionToParent with the explicit purpose of making her able to care for her younger siblings]]. As early as the first episodes, Melmo discovers that by taking both pills at once, she can de-age herself to embryonic state, then regrow her body in another form, thus shapeshifting to another animal.
11th Mar '16 4:51:09 AM GlitteringFlowers
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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 cannot 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.

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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 cannot 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 Joei]] (since having a ''kirin'' kneel in front of a prospect King/Queen is '''the''' proof of said King/Queen's worth.worth). Youko manages to release him.



*** Apparently, the mirror could have hit the ResetButton all the times, but [[spoiler:since it believed Akko-chan's desire for deafness shallow and impulsive, had decided to [[AnAesop show her how serious is an handicap]] by threatening Akko-chan with a permanent mode-lock, with the added perk to show how badly]] she was missing the point: instead of trying to feel on a temporary basis what deafness is, she should have rather stopped at how her new friend was going on even knowing that he couldn't get a magic mirror to fix him.

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*** Apparently, the mirror could have hit the ResetButton all the times, but [[spoiler:since it believed Akko-chan's desire for deafness shallow and impulsive, had decided to [[AnAesop show her how serious is an handicap]] by threatening Akko-chan with a permanent mode-lock, mode-lock]], with the added perk to show how badly]] badly she was missing the point: instead of trying to feel on a temporary basis what deafness is, she should have rather stopped at how her new friend was going on even knowing that he couldn't get a magic mirror to fix him.


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* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', the Avatar's dragon friend Lilith claims she has a human form but cannot use it any longer because she has used up her energy. [[spoiler: She only shapeshifts back into it as she's dying.]]
16th Feb '16 1:16:28 PM BigBertha
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Supernoobs}}'', if Kevin doesn't use his Battle Ball to turn back into a human within three hours, his DNA will permanently change and he will spend the rest of his life as his current animal form.
8th Feb '16 4:34:58 AM Thunderchin
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** Towards the beginning of ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'', Samus gets Mode-Locked out of her Morph Ball after it malfunctions, forcing her to procure a replacement.
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