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8th Nov '17 6:07:22 AM UchuuFlamenco
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* [[MortalKombat Shang Tsung vs. Shang Tsung]] kombats.

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* [[MortalKombat [[Franchise/MortalKombat Shang Tsung vs. Shang Tsung]] kombats.
3rd Sep '17 9:56:33 PM Theriocephalus
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There's nothing quite like the awesome brought to bear when a hero goes into battle with - or as - a {{Shapeshift|ing}}er, as they change forms and faces, [[ShapeshifterWeapon grow weapons and limbs]], or use camouflage to hide and strike.

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There's nothing quite like the awesome brought to bear when a hero goes into battle with - -- or as - -- a {{Shapeshift|ing}}er, as they change forms and faces, [[ShapeshifterWeapon grow weapons and limbs]], or use camouflage to hide and strike.



* In the climax of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries''' second book, Loki and Badb fight this way, each trying to outwit another. One of them only manages to gain an edge over another only when [[spoiler:Faoilinara, goddess of those who turn into wolves, forces wolf form - in which Badb is much more proficient than Loki - on both of them.]]
* In the FairyTale ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/farmerweathersky.html Farmer Weathersky,]]'' after the father has reclaimed his son, [[EvilMentor Farmer Weathersky]] tries to reclaim him, but the boy runs off, shifting his shape to avoid being caught. Similarly in ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/68thiefmaster.html The Thief and His Master,]]'' ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/423.htm Master And Pupil,]]'' ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/121.htm The Magic Book,]]'' and ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/facetiousnights/night8_fable5.html Maestro Lattantio and His Apprentice Dionigi.]]''

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* In the climax of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries''' second book, Loki and Badb fight this way, each trying to outwit another. One of them only manages to gain an edge over another only when [[spoiler:Faoilinara, goddess of those who turn into wolves, forces wolf form - -- in which Badb is much more proficient than Loki - -- on both of them.]]
* In the FairyTale ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/farmerweathersky.html Farmer Weathersky,]]'' after the father has reclaimed his son, [[EvilMentor Farmer Weathersky]] tries to reclaim him, but the boy runs off, shifting his shape to avoid being caught. Similarly in ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/68thiefmaster.html The Thief and His Master,]]'' Master]]'', ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/423.htm Master And Pupil,]]'' Pupil]]'', ''[[http://www.mythfolklore.net/andrewlang/121.htm The Magic Book,]]'' Book]]'' and ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/facetiousnights/night8_fable5.html Maestro Lattantio and His Apprentice Dionigi.]]''Dionigi]]''.



* In ''Literature/{{Krabat}}'', in a dream. Krabat as a bird is hunted by the evil master (also polymorphed). Krabat sees a well, turns into a fish - but now he's caught in the well. Fortunately, [[LoveInterest the Kantorka]] is there to take him out. He shapechanges into a golden ring on her finger. Then suddenly a one-eyed nobleman appears. Krabat turns into one grain, which Kantorka throws on the ground. The master turns into a rooster - but Krabat is faster, turns into a fox and bites him dead. The dream sequence is a reference to the original tale Preussler's novel is based on; the shapeshifter duel there is how [[spoiler: Krabat kills the Master off for real]]

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* In ''Literature/{{Krabat}}'', in a dream. Krabat as a bird is hunted by the evil master (also polymorphed). Krabat sees a well, turns into a fish - -- but now he's caught in the well. Fortunately, [[LoveInterest the Kantorka]] is there to take him out. He shapechanges into a golden ring on her finger. Then suddenly a one-eyed nobleman appears. Krabat turns into one grain, which Kantorka throws on the ground. The master turns into a rooster - -- but Krabat is faster, turns into a fox and bites him dead. The dream sequence is a reference to the original tale Preussler's novel is based on; the shapeshifter duel there is how [[spoiler: Krabat kills the Master off for real]]



* [=ASPs=] ''Verwandlungen I - III'' is about a Shape Shifting Battle between Literature/Krabat and his master. It ends when [[spoiler:the master [[StakingTheLovedOne kills Krabats Loved One]]]].

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* [=ASPs=] ''Verwandlungen I - -- III'' is about a Shape Shifting Battle between Literature/Krabat and his master. It ends when [[spoiler:the master [[StakingTheLovedOne kills Krabats Loved One]]]].



** Another one is in "A Tale Of Porter And Girls" - princess duels with Irfrit, resulting in both of them turning into fire and dying.

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** Another one is in "A Tale Of Porter And Girls" - -- princess duels with Irfrit, resulting in both of them turning into fire and dying.



* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', kinda - in the first test of the [[TransformationRay transmogrifier gun]], Hobbes zaps Calvin into a (scientifically accurate) 2-foot pterodactyl. So Calvin zaps Hobbes into a duck, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into a pig, so Calvin zaps Hobbes into a monkey, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into a daisy, so Calvin zaps Hobbes into a crocodile, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into an armadillo... cut to "much later", where an owl and a hobgoblin are sulking and wondering who is which.

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', kinda - -- in the first test of the [[TransformationRay transmogrifier gun]], Hobbes zaps Calvin into a (scientifically accurate) 2-foot pterodactyl. So Calvin zaps Hobbes into a duck, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into a pig, so Calvin zaps Hobbes into a monkey, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into a daisy, so Calvin zaps Hobbes into a crocodile, so Hobbes zaps Calvin into an armadillo... cut to "much later", where an owl and a hobgoblin are sulking and wondering who is which.



* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifter Showdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.

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* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifter Shapeshifter Showdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.
3rd Sep '17 9:55:08 PM Theriocephalus
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* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifterShowdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.

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* A ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifterShowdown ShapeShifter Showdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy is pitted against an evil version of himself in the fourth season finale. Granted, a fair bit of it is offscreen, but the bits that they do show are really cool. Especially when Evil!Beast Boy turns into an elephant, so Beast Boy turns into a mouse to frighten him.
** Played with in that neither Beast Boy is able to overcome the other, leaving this ShapeshifterShowdown a draw. However, ''none'' of the Titans are able to beat their own EnemyWithout, so they switch who they're fighting, and it's Cyborg who defeats Evil!Beast Boy via NoSell. [[CallBack Cyborg always knew he could beat Beast Boy]] [[RockPaperScissors (but of course, Starfire can beat Cyborg, and Beastboy can beat Starfire)]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Beast Boy is pitted against an evil version of himself in the fourth season finale. Granted, a fair bit of it is offscreen, but the bits that they do show are really cool. Especially cool, especially when Evil!Beast Boy turns into an elephant, so Beast Boy turns into a mouse to frighten him.
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him. Played with in that neither Beast Boy is able to overcome the other, leaving this ShapeshifterShowdown Shapeshifter Showdown a draw. However, ''none'' of the Titans are able to beat their own EnemyWithout, so they switch who they're fighting, and it's Cyborg who defeats Evil!Beast Boy via NoSell. [[CallBack Cyborg always knew he could beat Beast Boy]] [[RockPaperScissors (but of course, Starfire can beat Cyborg, and Beastboy can beat Starfire)]].
25th Aug '17 3:17:50 AM jormis29
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* A ''Dragon'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifterShowdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.

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* A ''Dragon'' ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' article from the days of 1st Edition AD&D described how druids would fight duels for the chance to advance to their class's upper levels. It recommended that attaining the highest level should mean winning a ShapeShifterShowdown against the incumbent Grand Druid.



* ''{{Exalted}}'': When you play a Lunar and your nemesis of the day is someone from the Wyld, this is bound to happen. And the Lunars do fight TheFairFolk on regular basis.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': When you play a Lunar and your nemesis of the day is someone from the Wyld, this is bound to happen. And the Lunars do fight TheFairFolk on regular basis.
23rd Aug '17 2:36:01 AM PaulA
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* Mercedes Lackey's Literature/ElementalMasters series makes use of this not once, but twice. It is mentioned in a backstory conversation in 'Reserved for the Cat' [[spoiler: the Cat of the title is actually the heroine's father, trapped in cat shape as a result of this duel.]] and actually shown between the heroine and villain of 'The Gates of Sleep'. The Gates, the heroine makes a mental note of studying 'The Twa Magicians' (see the Music section below for details).

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* Mercedes Lackey's Literature/ElementalMasters series makes use of this not once, but twice. series:
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It is mentioned in a backstory conversation in 'Reserved for the Cat' [[spoiler: the ''Literature/ReservedForTheCat'' -- [[spoiler:the Cat of the title is actually the heroine's father, trapped in cat shape as a result of this duel.]] and actually shown between ]]
** Between
the heroine and villain of 'The Gates of Sleep'.''Literature/TheGatesOfSleep''. The Gates, the heroine makes a mental note of studying 'The Twa Magicians' (see the Music section below for details).
8th Jul '17 6:49:31 PM Andyroid
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* ''Fanfic/UniverseFalls'': "Into the Bunker" naturally has a showdown between Amethyst and Experiment 210, but Amethyst's brute-force tactics prove to be no match for the more cunning Shapeshifter, especially when he resorts to [[ShapeshifterGuiltTrip more psychological tactics]].
11th Jun '17 3:04:39 PM nombretomado
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* An erotic variation occurs in the ''XXXenophile'' story "Things That Go Bump in the Night".

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* An erotic variation occurs in the ''XXXenophile'' ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' story "Things That Go Bump in the Night".
5th May '17 2:51:02 AM Cryoclaste
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* In ''{{Pokemon}}'', battles between two Ditto are tiresome. A Ditto is a blob-like Pokémon whose only attack is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Transform]]. This allows it to shift into any opponent's form and use their attacks and stats for the duration of a battle. Catch is, it can only change into a copy of whatever opponent it is currently facing. [[DontExplainTheJoke One can fill in the rest]].

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* In ''{{Pokemon}}'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', battles between two Ditto are tiresome. A Ditto is a blob-like Pokémon whose only attack is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Transform]]. This allows it to shift into any opponent's form and use their attacks and stats for the duration of a battle. Catch is, it can only change into a copy of whatever opponent it is currently facing. [[DontExplainTheJoke One can fill in the rest]].
30th Apr '17 2:35:21 PM WillKeaton
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** ComicBook/MartianManhunter finally get a much better one in WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom in his fight with Ma'alefa'ak.

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** ComicBook/MartianManhunter finally get a much better one in WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'' in his fight with Ma'alefa'ak.



* In the "Whimzee Come Home" episode of the {{WesternAnimation/My Little Pony And Friends}} side-series "Moondreamers", Whimzee has one similar to the "Sword in the Stone" example against the Queen of Imagination, but with magic amulets.

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* In the "Whimzee Come Home" episode of the {{WesternAnimation/My ''{{WesternAnimation/My Little Pony And Friends}} Friends}}'' side-series "Moondreamers", Whimzee has one similar to the "Sword in the Stone" example against the Queen of Imagination, but with magic amulets.
30th Apr '17 2:34:30 PM WillKeaton
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* This can sometimes happen during [[Film/TheThing1982 Changeling mode]] on [[VideoGame/SpaceStation13 Space Station 13.]] As demonstrated masterfully during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyXIg03opA&feature=youtu.be this episode of Razage's LP.]]

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* This can sometimes happen during [[Film/TheThing1982 Changeling mode]] on [[VideoGame/SpaceStation13 ''[[VideoGame/SpaceStation13 Space Station 13.]] ]]'' As demonstrated masterfully during [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLyXIg03opA&feature=youtu.be this episode of Razage's LP.]]



* Depends on the fight in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson''. With novice (or nervous) Masters, Beings are more likely to enter battle in a single form and stick with it, sometimes with the Masters [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-four-page-4/ agreeing on that form beforehand]]. With more-experienced or more-daring Masters, or creative Beings whose options haven't been limited, look out for [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-seventeen-page-7/ fast-paced and dramatic changes]].

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* Depends on the fight in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson''. With novice (or nervous) Masters, Beings are more likely to enter battle in a single form and stick with it, sometimes with the Masters [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-four-page-4/ agreeing on that form beforehand]]. With more-experienced or more-daring Masters, or creative Beings whose options haven't been limited, look out for [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-seventeen-page-7/ fast-paced and dramatic changes]].changes.]]



* [[FourthWallMailSlot Ask Vect]][[Anime/TransformersCybertron or Prime]] brings us [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/Facebook_src#July_17 The tale of the Malignus and the Metrotitan]]. In the end [[spoiler:the Malignus tries to become entropy itself and explodes]].

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* [[FourthWallMailSlot Ask Vect]][[Anime/TransformersCybertron or Prime]] brings us [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Ask_Vector_Prime/Facebook_src#July_17 The tale of the Malignus and the Metrotitan]]. Metrotitan.]] In the end [[spoiler:the Malignus tries to become entropy itself and explodes]].
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