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14th Jan '17 7:28:10 PM Luppercus
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' has the Ghostmaster sending ghost bounty hunters to capture them. One of the ghost make them small in order to trap them easier and HilarityEnsues.
* Almost all episodes featuring the Fmeks in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' would include some sort of size-changing AppliedPhlebotinum as the Fmeks are very small. In one episode Jay is made small in order to [[ItMakesSenseInContext fight them easier]] and in other the opposite happens; a Fmek and one of the Worms is increase to {{Kaiju}}-size.
14th Dec '16 5:36:31 AM Luppercus
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* Professor Memelovsky creates the ''Mycromacromathic Shower'' to change the size of things, using it to make his group of small animal assistants into human size.

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* Professor Memelovsky in ''Series/OdiseaBurbujas'' creates the ''Mycromacromathic Shower'' to change the size of things, using it to make his group of small animal assistants into human size.
14th Dec '16 5:36:07 AM Luppercus
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* Professor Memelovsky creates the ''Mycromacromathic Shower'' to change the size of things, using it to make his group of small animal assistants into human size.
10th Dec '16 10:24:02 PM Luppercus
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* ''Series/ElChapulinColorado'' has his ''chiquitolina'' pills (chiquito means small, a rough translation will be ''smalline pills'') that shrink him down to the size of an insect.
10th Dec '16 9:48:34 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* This is Reducto's villain schtick in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdman''.

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* This is Reducto's villain schtick in ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdman''.''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw''.
8th Dec '16 9:38:56 AM Jacob175
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* In [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Creator/DCComics, {{Superman}} had one that could be used to allow people to enter the bottled city of Kandor (which was originally shrunk by Brainiac using a shrink ray). Notably, Superman's shrink ray worked by exchanging one full-size person for one shrunken Kandorian, making them swap sizes. It was many years before he could find a way to enlarge all of Kandor on its own, and permanently. Brainiac's shrink ray, on the other hand, was this trope played straight.

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* In [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] Creator/DCComics, {{Superman}} ComicBook/{{Superman}} had one that could be used to allow people to enter the bottled city of Kandor (which was originally shrunk by Brainiac using a shrink ray). Notably, Superman's shrink ray worked by exchanging one full-size person for one shrunken Kandorian, making them swap sizes. It was many years before he could find a way to enlarge all of Kandor on its own, and permanently. Brainiac's shrink ray, on the other hand, was this trope played straight.



* The ''ZulaPatrol'' episode about microscopes has the heroes shrunk down by the inhabitants of an "itty bitty city'' in a discarded pizza box. They just wanted to let the heroes know they were there, for fear they would unknowingly throw out the pizza box and destroy their city.
* The classic ''{{Spiderman}}'' cartoon series had an episode where the title villain, the "Fifth Avenue Phantom" has robots disguised as mannequins planted in fancy department stores where after hours they are activiated, shoot shrink rays from their eyes reducing furniture down to down size in order to smuggle them out to his secret warehouse where they would be converted back to their original size to be sold illegally. Eventually, when Spiderman catches up to him, the Phantom tries to have his robots use their shrink rays on him, but the hero manages to dodge the rays long enough to overpower the Phantom, seize his control box and deactivate them.

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* The ''ZulaPatrol'' ''WesternAnimation/ZulaPatrol'' episode about microscopes has the heroes shrunk down by the inhabitants of an "itty bitty city'' in a discarded pizza box. They just wanted to let the heroes know they were there, for fear they would unknowingly throw out the pizza box and destroy their city.
* The classic ''{{Spiderman}}'' ''WesternAnimation/SpiderMan1967'' cartoon series had an episode where the title villain, the "Fifth Avenue Phantom" has robots disguised as mannequins planted in fancy department stores where after hours they are activiated, activated, shoot shrink rays from their eyes reducing furniture down to down size in order to smuggle them out to his secret warehouse where they would be converted back to their original size to be sold illegally. Eventually, when Spiderman Spider-Man catches up to him, the Phantom tries to have his robots use their shrink rays on him, but the hero manages to dodge the rays long enough to overpower the Phantom, seize his control box and deactivate them.


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* ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' had an episode aptly titled "The Incredible Shrinking Mega Man" that used these. Wily's plan involved using a large shrink ray to shrink whole cities and sell them to wealthy criminals.
10th Sep '16 6:19:44 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In ''VideoGame/TazInEscapeFromMars'', the first world has a shrink ray, and the rest of the worlds have them in edible potion form. These will temporarily shrink Taz, allowing him to through small passages, but also hindering his ability to burrow through the ground. Also in the first world, there is a ray that makes Taz grow.
31st Aug '16 5:15:38 AM StFan
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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** TheMaster was armed in many of his appearances with a ray gun called the Tissue Compression Eliminator, which simultaneously killed the target and shrank the corpse down to a convenient-to-dispose-of size. It kept the rule about shrunk objects having less mass, but mostly averted the one about living creatures surviving the process. The novelisations explicitly state at one point that the death is due to realistic SquareCubeLaw effects. The one case where a person miniaturized by the TCE survived was when [[spoiler: TheMaster accidentally miniaturized himself (From the dialog, it is implied that he actually died, but then regenerated at his smaller size, forcing him to remotely take control of the robot Kamelian to restore himself to normal size.)]] Two characters in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip have survived the Tissue Compression Eliminator, ComicBook/DeathsHead presumably because he was a robot and less subject to SquareCubeLaw, and Izzy, for unknown reasons.

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** TheMaster was is armed in many of his appearances with a ray gun called the Tissue Compression Eliminator, which simultaneously killed kills the target and shrank shrinks the corpse down to a convenient-to-dispose-of size. It kept the rule about shrunk objects having less mass, but mostly averted the one about living creatures surviving the process. The novelisations novelizations explicitly state at one point that the death is due to realistic SquareCubeLaw effects. The one case where a person miniaturized by the TCE survived was is when [[spoiler: TheMaster accidentally miniaturized miniaturizes himself (From (from the dialog, it is implied that he actually died, dies, but then regenerated regenerates at his smaller size, forcing him to remotely take control of the robot Kamelian to restore himself to normal size.)]] Two characters in the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strip have survived the Tissue Compression Eliminator, ComicBook/DeathsHead presumably because he was is a robot and less subject to SquareCubeLaw, and Izzy, for unknown reasons.



* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Mission...Highly Improbable" has a device that sends out a ray that shrinks objects or people down to the size of toys.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' featured a ray designed to shrink small inanimate objects by shunting most of their mass to an alternate dimension. Only... it was miscalibrated, and accidentally shrunk ''the entire town''. Humans thus shrunk were still capable of functioning normally, other than being unusually hungry.

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* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Mission... Highly Improbable" has a device that sends out a ray that shrinks objects or people down to the size of toys.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' featured features a ray designed to shrink small inanimate objects by shunting most of their mass to an alternate dimension. Only... it was is miscalibrated, and accidentally shrunk shrinks ''the entire town''. Humans thus shrunk were are still capable of functioning normally, other than being unusually hungry.



** In "Bone To Be Wild", the villainous Br'Nee shrinks Zhaan in order to vivisect her.

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** In "Bone To to Be Wild", the villainous Br'Nee shrinks Zhaan in order to vivisect her.



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* Creator/GerryAnderson's lesser-known (and last) {{Supermarionation}} series ''The Secret Service'' features a shrink ray that Father Unwin uses to shrink secret agent Matthew to two feet tall. This allows Matthew to infiltrate the enemy's hideouts and learn their plans (allowing the 2-foot tall marionette to appear in full-size sets, occasionally hiding from full-size human arms and legs, or pets). It can also be used to literally bring the enemy down to size.
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* Steve thinks of creating one in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/3451.html episode 3451]] of ''IrregularWebcomic''.

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* Steve thinks of creating one in [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/3451.html episode 3451]] of ''IrregularWebcomic''.''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic''.



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* GerryAnderson's lesser-known (and last) {{Supermarionation}} series ''The Secret Service'' features a shrink ray that Father Unwin uses to shrink secret agent Matthew to two feet tall. This allows Matthew to infiltrate the enemy's hideouts and learn their plans (allowing the 2-foot tall marionette to appear in full-size sets, occasionally hiding from full-size human arms and legs, or pets). It can also be used to literally bring the enemy down to size.



20th Aug '16 1:29:37 PM Morgenthaler
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16th Aug '16 9:23:00 AM Kooshmeister
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* Dr. Thorkel has one in ''[[Film/DrCyclops Dr. Cyclops]]''.
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