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11th Aug '16 4:07:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example: The monster in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' has just been a giant woman carrying a screaming ape to the top of the tallest building in the city ([[Film/KingKong1933 what's wrong with this picture?]]). When it falls, it changes into several different things ''on the way down'', trying to find a form that can survive the fall. Unfortunately, as the narration notes, the only thing that could make that kind of fall is a corpse.
* Ols from Emily Rodda's ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series do this as they die.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example: ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': The monster in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' has just been a giant woman carrying a screaming ape to the top of the tallest building in the city ([[Film/KingKong1933 what's wrong with this picture?]]). When it falls, it changes into several different things ''on the way down'', trying to find a form that can survive the fall. Unfortunately, as the narration notes, the only thing that could make that kind of fall is a corpse.
* Ols from Emily Rodda's ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' series ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'': Ols, the [[BigBad Shadow Lord]]'s shapeshifting spies, do this as they die.



* A story in ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles", by Creator/RayBradbury, may be the TropeMaker, if not the UrExample: The title character of "The Martian" appears to whoever sees him as a lost loved one. When he's surrounded by a crowd of people, who all need to see somebody different, the results are not pleasant.

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* A story in ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles", ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' by Creator/RayBradbury, Creator/RayBradbury may be the TropeMaker, if not the UrExample: The the title character of "The Martian" appears to whoever sees him as a lost loved one. When he's surrounded by a crowd of people, who all need to see somebody different, the results are not pleasant.
26th Jul '16 6:56:55 AM Morgenthaler
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In shows aimed towards kids or ones where the shapeshifter is especially GenreSavvy, expect the shapeshifter to possibly survive, thus rendering this trope a bit confusing as the viewer wonders why there's the equivalent of death convulsions going on for a character who will later turn out to be fine.

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In shows aimed towards kids or ones where the shapeshifter is especially GenreSavvy, smart, expect the shapeshifter to possibly survive, thus rendering this trope a bit confusing as the viewer wonders why there's the equivalent of death convulsions going on for a character who will later turn out to be fine.
26th Jul '16 6:29:24 AM Willbyr
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** And ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when the T-3000 is pulled apart by magnetic fields.

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** And ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when the T-3000 is pulled apart by magnetic fields.
21st Jul '16 8:35:51 PM Eddy1215
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* In {{Literature/Animorphs}}, this reflex could actually save your life, as shapeshifting regenerates your body. In a more specific example, Rachel has an [[PowerIncontinence "allergic reaction"]] to the crocodile morph, and blacks out, morphing from creature to creature without "demorphing" human in between, something normally not possible for morphers. Downplayed in that the end result wasn't fatal, just ''incredibly'' unpleasant.

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* In {{Literature/Animorphs}}, ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}'', this reflex could actually save your life, as shapeshifting regenerates your body. In a more specific example, Rachel has an [[PowerIncontinence "allergic reaction"]] to the crocodile morph, and blacks out, morphing from creature to creature without "demorphing" human in between, something normally not possible for morphers. Downplayed in that the end result wasn't fatal, just ''incredibly'' unpleasant.
21st Jul '16 7:48:18 PM blkwhtrbbt
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* In {{Literature/Animorphs}}, this reflex could actually save your life, as shapeshifting regenerates your body. In a more specific example, Rachel has an [[PowerIncontinence "allergic reaction"]] to the crocodile morph, and blacks out, morphing from creature to creature without "demorphing" human in between, something normally not possible for morphers. Downplayed in that the end result wasn't fatal, just ''incredibly'' unpleasant.
13th Jul '16 12:38:55 PM Eddy1215
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** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', after the T-1000 fell into the molten iron it changed into all of its forms as it thrashed and screamed...and then starting taking multiple forms at once.

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** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', after the T-1000 fell into the molten iron iron, it changed into all of its forms as it thrashed and screamed...and then starting taking multiple forms at once.
13th Jul '16 11:59:20 AM Willbyr
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** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when the T-1000 fell into the molten iron.

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** In ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when after the T-1000 fell into the molten iron.iron it changed into all of its forms as it thrashed and screamed...and then starting taking multiple forms at once.
6th Jun '16 9:18:39 PM Loekman3
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** SelfDemonstrating/BillCipher, the BigBad of the series gets one during the GrandFinale. When he's being erased while inside Stan's mind, he starts glitching up and changes between multiple different forms, each of which are arguably more [[EldritchAbomination horrifying]] than his ShapeshifterDefaultForm, although retaining his triangle/pyramid motif.

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** SelfDemonstrating/BillCipher, BillCipher, the BigBad of the series gets one during the GrandFinale. When he's being erased while inside Stan's mind, he starts glitching up and changes between multiple different forms, each of which are arguably more [[EldritchAbomination horrifying]] than his ShapeshifterDefaultForm, although retaining his triangle/pyramid motif.
20th May '16 8:57:27 AM Prime32
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* A mental version occurs in the season 3 finale of ''Series/AgentsOfShield'' [[spoiler:where it is {{Subverted|Trope}}. The team attempts to kill [[PuppeteerParasite Hive]] by subjecting him to a machine which dredges up hidden memories, causing him to become lost in the personas of his past victims. However, they are unable to finish him off, and he has enough of his mind left to carry out the remainder of his plans.]]



* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBioticTitan'' where the MonsterOfTheWeek is a shapeshifting ghost, during the climatic battle with Titan, it morphs through all the forms it took on with each punch Titan gave it before it [[DefeatMeansExplosion eventually exploded].

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBioticTitan'' ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' where the MonsterOfTheWeek is a shapeshifting ghost, during the climatic battle with Titan, it morphs through all the forms it took on with each punch from Titan gave it before it [[DefeatMeansExplosion eventually exploded].exploding]].
20th May '16 7:44:37 AM Eddy1215
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SymBioticTitan'' where the MonsterOfTheWeek is a shapeshifting ghost, during the climatic battle with Titan, it morphs through all the forms it took on with each punch Titan gave it before it [[DefeatMeansExplosion eventually exploded].
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