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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]].
30th Apr '17 2:33:02 PM WillKeaton
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* {{ComicBook/Fables}} has a couple of magical duels involving Frau Totenkinder (the witch from Hansel and Gretel) and other powerful opponents, and shapeshifting is one of the techniques the combatants employ.

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* {{ComicBook/Fables}} ''{{ComicBook/Fables}}'' has a couple of magical duels involving Frau Totenkinder (the witch from Hansel and Gretel) and other powerful opponents, and shapeshifting is one of the techniques the combatants employ.



* 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 FairyTale ''[[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/asbjornsenmoe/farmerweathersky.html Farmer Weathersky]]'', 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.]]''
9th Apr '17 9:29:16 AM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'' by RogerZelazny has a duel between shapechanging gods Horus and Thoth. Instead of [[InformedAttribute expected shapeshifting]] Thoth keeps teleporting them, effectively changing the environment to keep Horus neutralized but mostly unharmed. Horus tries to grow extra arms faster than they [[ItMakesSenseInContext get disabled/get burned/eat themselves]].

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* ''Literature/CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness'' by RogerZelazny Creator/RogerZelazny has a duel between shapechanging gods Horus and Thoth. Instead of [[InformedAttribute expected shapeshifting]] Thoth keeps teleporting them, effectively changing the environment to keep Horus neutralized but mostly unharmed. Horus tries to grow extra arms faster than they [[ItMakesSenseInContext get disabled/get burned/eat themselves]].
22nd Jan '17 4:43:31 PM Xtifr
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* ''Child Ballad'' #44 ("The Two Magicians") is all about this, but with "duel" replaced by [[ShapeshiftingSquick "attempted rape"]]. Best performed by British folk-rockers SteeleyeSpan on their ''Now We Are Six'' album.

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* ''Child Ballad'' #44 ("The Two Magicians") is all about this, but with "duel" replaced by [[ShapeshiftingSquick "attempted rape"]]. Best performed by British folk-rockers SteeleyeSpan Music/SteeleyeSpan on their ''Now We Are Six'' album.
16th Jan '17 10:36:40 AM contrafanxxx
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* The final battle in ''Film/MortalKombatAnnihilation'' has [[spoiler: Liu Kang and Shao Kahn engaging in one of these. Though they only use one form.]]
22nd Dec '16 2:00:01 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Both ''GURPS Arabian Nights'' and ''GURPS Celtic Myth'' have discussions of the trope in relation to the respective mythologies, and how to handle it in games. The GURPS-based ''TabletopGames/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' has rules for "Flashy Duelling in Magic" with the duels ''appearing'' to be shapeshifter showdowns.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Both ''GURPS Arabian Nights'' and ''GURPS Celtic Myth'' have discussions of the trope in relation to the respective mythologies, and how to handle it in games. The GURPS-based ''TabletopGames/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' has rules for "Flashy Duelling in Magic" with the duels ''appearing'' to be shapeshifter showdowns.
22nd Dec '16 1:58:11 AM Spindriver
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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Both ''GURPS Arabian Nights'' and ''GURPS Celtic Myth'' have discussions of the trope in relation to the respective mythologies, and how to handle it in games. The GURPS-based ''TabletopGames/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' has rules for "Flashy Duelling in Magic'' with the duels ''appearing'' to be shapeshifter showdowns.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'': Both ''GURPS Arabian Nights'' and ''GURPS Celtic Myth'' have discussions of the trope in relation to the respective mythologies, and how to handle it in games. The GURPS-based ''TabletopGames/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' has rules for "Flashy Duelling in Magic'' Magic" with the duels ''appearing'' to be shapeshifter showdowns.
22nd Dec '16 1:56:00 AM Spindriver
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** A dramatic Shapeshifter Showdown between two magic users in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', was {{retcon}}ned into oblivion when the setting and a combatant settled into far less flashiness than what was shown. The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' suggests it was actually more of a [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Mental Illusion Showdown]][=/=]BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.

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** A dramatic Shapeshifter Showdown between two magic users in ''Discworld/EqualRites'', was {{retcon}}ned into oblivion when the setting and a combatant settled into far less flashiness than what was shown. The ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' suggests it was actually more of a [[BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind Mental Illusion Showdown]][=/=]BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.Showdown[=/=]BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind.
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