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2nd Dec '16 3:06:46 PM upupandaway42
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** In the episode [[AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], [[ElementalShapeshifter Carl Creel]] goes through one when hit with a PowerNullifier, turning into a series of different materials in quick succession before being TakenForGranite.

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** In the episode [[AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead [[Recap/AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], [[ElementalShapeshifter Carl Creel]] goes through one when hit with a PowerNullifier, turning into a series of different materials in quick succession before being TakenForGranite.
2nd Dec '16 1:01:46 AM upupandaway42
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** In the episode [[AgentsOfSHIELDS2E2HeavyIsTheHead "Heavy is the Head"]], [[ElementalShapeshifter Carl Creel]] goes through one when hit with a PowerNullifier, turning into a series of different materials in quick succession before being TakenForGranite.
29th Oct '16 11:40:37 AM SSJMagus
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* The introductory episode for Clayface in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "Feat of Clay", had [[FanNickname Bats]] trick him into entering a room filled with [=TVs=] showing all the roles he'd played over the years (he'd been an actor). He started convulsing and turning into them at random (see the quote above); as he smashed the [=TVs=], he was electrocuted. However, at the end [[spoiler:it turns out the whole thing was an act, or at least the dying part, and Clayface survived, making this a subversion]].

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* The introductory episode for Clayface in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', "Feat of Clay", had [[FanNickname Bats]] trick him into entering a room filled with [=TVs=] showing all the roles he'd played over the years (he'd been an actor). He started convulsing and turning into them at random (see the quote above); as he smashed the [=TVs=], he was electrocuted. However, at the end [[spoiler:it turns out the whole thing was an act, or at least the dying part, and Clayface survived, making this a subversion]].subversion. Clayface inadvertently clued in Batman to this, because he couldn't resist making an aside about having wished for a death scene that good in his movies]].
16th Sep '16 4:05:24 PM themetalstickman
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** Downplayed in ''Film/XMenApocalypse''. As she is being throttled by Apocalypse, Mystique's scales flutter in waves down her body. Yet again, she survives.
2nd Sep '16 6:46:45 PM ZimFan89
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** 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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** BillCipher, 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.
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.
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