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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].
10th May '16 10:21:16 AM StFan
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* In ''{{Kinnikuman}}'', this is how the Choujin King 100 Ton is defeated. 100 Ton uses cue cards in order to take different shapes, but when Kinnikuman throws ''all'' of the cards into the ring, 100 Ton starts to reflexively transform into every form at once, making his body unstable enough for his opponent, Terryman, to strike a crucial, finishing blow.

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* In ''{{Kinnikuman}}'', ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'', this is how the Choujin King 100 Ton is defeated. 100 Ton uses cue cards in order to take different shapes, but when Kinnikuman throws ''all'' of the cards into the ring, 100 Ton starts to reflexively transform into every form at once, making his body unstable enough for his opponent, Terryman, to strike a crucial, finishing blow.



* The comic book series ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' does this with the Skrull Xavin a couple of times when we're getting to know him/her, although it's a case of short-circuiting (probably the Skrull equivalent of going into shock or throwing up from pain or whatnot), not actual death.

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* The comic book series ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' does this with the Skrull Xavin a couple of times when we're getting to know him/her, although it's a case of short-circuiting (probably the Skrull equivalent of going into shock or throwing up from pain or whatnot), not actual death.



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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when the T-1000 fell into the molten iron.
** And ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when the T-3000 is pulled apart by magnetic fields.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMen1'', when Mystique was stabbed, even though she survived.
*** Even worse in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when [[spoiler:Cerebro-2 almost kills her (and every other mutant on earth)]]. She survives again, of course.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': [[spoiler:Invoked when Darwin's body goes through one state after another to adapt to Shaw's energy cherry-bomb about to go off inside him. His body ultimately gives out. [[NeverFoundTheBody Or did it...?]] The comic book version of Darwin survived having his entire body destroyed, and eventually generated a new one.]]

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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when the T-1000 fell into the molten iron.
** And ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when the T-3000 is pulled apart by magnetic fields.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMen1'', when Mystique was stabbed, even though she survived.
*** Even worse in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when [[spoiler:Cerebro-2 almost kills her (and every other mutant on earth)]]. She survives again, of course.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': [[spoiler:Invoked when Darwin's body goes through one state after another to adapt to Shaw's energy cherry-bomb about to go off inside him. His body ultimately gives out. [[NeverFoundTheBody Or did it...?]] The comic book version of Darwin survived having his entire body destroyed, and eventually generated a new one.]]
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** This also happens to Mater in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' when he accidentally smashes the light used to disguise himself while infiltrating the Lemon meeting.
* An interesting non-magical example occurs in ''Film/TropicThunder'' with the dedicated method actor Kirk Lazarus briefly playing previous roles before reverting to his original identity.
* The Dummy Dopant from ''KamenRider x Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie Wars 2010'' goes through these before entering its true form. [[spoiler:These include a priest, ''another'' Dopant, a pop idol singer, Shotaro's deceased mentor, and said mentor's alter-ego, Kamen Rider Skull.]]

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** * This also happens to Mater in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'' when he accidentally smashes the light used to disguise himself while infiltrating the Lemon meeting.
* An interesting non-magical example occurs in ''Film/TropicThunder'' with the dedicated method actor Kirk Lazarus briefly playing previous roles before reverting to his original identity.
* The Dummy Dopant from ''KamenRider x Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie Wars 2010'' goes through these before entering its true form. [[spoiler:These include a priest, ''another'' Dopant, a pop idol singer, Shotaro's deceased mentor, and said mentor's alter-ego, Kamen Rider Skull.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'':
** ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', when the T-1000 fell into the molten iron.
** And ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'', when the T-3000 is pulled apart by magnetic fields.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** In ''Film/XMen1'', when Mystique is stabbed, even though she survives.
** Even worse in ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', when [[spoiler:Cerebro-2 almost kills her (and every other mutant on earth)]]. She survives again, of course.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': [[spoiler:Invoked when Darwin's body goes through one state after another to adapt to Shaw's energy cherry-bomb about to go off inside him. His body ultimately gives out. [[NeverFoundTheBody Or did it...?]] The comic book version of Darwin survived having his entire body destroyed, and eventually generated a new one.]]
* An interesting non-magical example occurs in ''Film/TropicThunder'' with the dedicated method actor Kirk Lazarus briefly playing previous roles before reverting to his original identity.
* The Dummy Dopant from ''Franchise/KamenRider x Kamen Rider W & Decade: Movie Wars 2010'' goes through these before entering its true form. [[spoiler:These include a priest, ''another'' Dopant, a pop idol singer, Shotaro's deceased mentor, and said mentor's alter-ego, Kamen Rider Skull.]]
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* Creator/StephenKing's ''[[MonsterClown It]]'' culminates in [[spoiler:a psychic battle between Bill and Pennywise based on an ancient ritual of dominance.]] The monster cycles wildly through all his horrifying faces in a futile attempt to escape.

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* Creator/StephenKing's ''[[MonsterClown It]]'' ''Literature/{{It}}'' culminates in [[spoiler:a psychic battle between Bill and Pennywise based on an ancient ritual of dominance.]] The monster cycles wildly through all his horrifying faces in a futile attempt to escape.



* A story in ''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 ''TheMartianChronicles", ''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.



--> In a desperate attempt to save himself, the Shi'ido was shapeshifting into every form he could think of. But nothing could save him. With a wordless cry, Gog [[DisneyVillainDeath fell away from the ladder]] and Tash watched his gray form shrink into the void.

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--> In -->''In a desperate attempt to save himself, the Shi'ido was shapeshifting into every form he could think of. But nothing could save him. With a wordless cry, Gog [[DisneyVillainDeath fell away from the ladder]] and Tash watched his gray form shrink into the void.''



* ''TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Four Of Us Are Dying," a man who can alter his face to look like someone else's goes through a convulsive process of his face taking on the shape of each one he impersonated as he lies dying from a gunshot.

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* ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "The Four Of Us Are Dying," a man who can alter his face to look like someone else's goes through a convulsive process of his face taking on the shape of each one he impersonated as he lies dying from a gunshot.



* At the end of ''{{Roswell}}'s'' first season, the protagonists used alien technology to heal a shape-shifting associate, who promptly exhibited this trope.

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* At the end of ''{{Roswell}}'s'' ''Series/{{Roswell}}'s'' first season, the protagonists used alien technology to heal a shape-shifting associate, who promptly exhibited this trope.



* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' Odo kills another shape shifter, who reverts back to his gelatinous being before dying.

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* In ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
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Odo kills another shape shifter, shape-shifter, who reverts back to his gelatinous being before dying.



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* In ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', the [[EvilTwin SA-X]] starts to do this... but doesn't quite finish, becoming a OneWingedAngel instead.

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* ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'':
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In ''VideoGame/MetroidFusion'', the [[EvilTwin SA-X]] starts to do this... but doesn't quite finish, becoming a OneWingedAngel instead.



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* A survived example: Ariel in DrowTales, having a high sorcery ability that lets her shapeshift, cycles back through several people she imitated as she tries to control herself enough to close the gaping wound resulting from Kalki slashing off her arm at the shoulder.

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* A survived example: Ariel in DrowTales, ''Webcomic/DrowTales'', having a high sorcery ability that lets her shapeshift, cycles back through several people she imitated as she tries to control herself enough to close the gaping wound resulting from Kalki slashing off her arm at the shoulder.



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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the villain, who was a Chameleon, went through one of these when she was exposed to warm temperatures and her metabolism speed up, resulting in her turning into an [[FurryConfusion ''actually'' chameleon]]

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', the villain, who was is a Chameleon, went goes through one of these when she was is exposed to warm temperatures and her metabolism speed up, resulting in her turning into an actual [[FurryConfusion ''actually'' chameleon]]chameleon]].



* The ''Terminator 2'' example above was spoofed in a [[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Groundskeeper Willie as [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] turned into many things at once, after having been trapped in quicksand and desperately trying to get out.
* Minor example: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' episode ''Painted Windows'', Bob uses ''Paint'' of all things to remove Hexadecimal's mask. He then gets a HannibalLecture from all of Hexadecimal's faces as she starts to overload.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightskingdomPart2 Season 4 finale]], Tirek goes through this as he is depowered by the Mane Six's [[SuperMode Rainbow Power]] [[WaveMotionGun super laser]].

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* The ''Terminator 2'' example above was spoofed in a [[HalloweenEpisode "[[HalloweenEpisode Treehouse of Horror]] Horror]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where Groundskeeper Willie as [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] turned turns into many things at once, after having been trapped in quicksand and desperately trying to get out.
* Minor example: In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' episode ''Painted Windows'', Bob uses ''Paint'' of all things to remove Hexadecimal's mask. He then gets a HannibalLecture from all of Hexadecimal's faces as she starts to overload.
* In ''MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'''s [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightskingdomPart2 Season 4 finale]], Tirek goes through this as he is depowered by the Mane Six's [[SuperMode Rainbow Power]] [[WaveMotionGun super laser]].



* In the episode "Into the Bunker" of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Dipper, Wendy, Soos, and Mabel fight a shapeshifter and eventually push it back into the freezing chamber where it was originally contained. It turns into a flame to try to avoid freezing and tries to use large, muscular forms to break out, making it seem to fit the "survival reflex" variety. Also, when it finally freezes, it turns into Dipper and screams in agony in order to taunt and intimidate him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
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In the episode "Into the Bunker" of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', Bunker", Dipper, Wendy, Soos, and Mabel fight a shapeshifter and eventually push it back into the freezing chamber where it was originally contained. It turns into a flame to try to avoid freezing and tries to use large, muscular forms to break out, making it seem to fit the "survival reflex" variety. Also, when it finally freezes, it turns into Dipper and screams in agony in order to taunt and intimidate him.



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