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25th Jul '16 5:42:17 AM Dravencour
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* CartwrightCurse: Relationships that might change the status quo for a character or make the character no longer single don't last.

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* CartwrightCurse: Relationships that might change the a character's romantic status quo for a character or make the character no longer single don't last.
25th Jul '16 5:40:32 AM Dravencour
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* CartwrightCurse: Relationships that might change the status quo for a character or make the character no longer single don't last.
23rd Jul '16 4:46:00 PM nombretomado
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** Most writers will callback to previous stories they created but will ignore the ones made by others so as not to mess with anyone's long-term story plans. The exception is Creator/DonRosa, who considers all CarlBarks stories canon to his own universe and has written several sequels to Barks tales.

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** Most writers will callback to previous stories they created but will ignore the ones made by others so as not to mess with anyone's long-term story plans. The exception is Creator/DonRosa, who considers all CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks stories canon to his own universe and has written several sequels to Barks tales.
19th Jul '16 1:53:03 PM AHI-3000
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* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures''. The series begins with the dragon wizard Shendu trapped in a large stone icon attempting to recover eight talismans that contain his original power; the first season ends with Jade destroying Shendu's statue, jump-starting a series of antagonists crawling out of the woodworks to try to fill his now-vacant villainous shoes, trying to find a kind of balance between good and evil. The series ends many seasons later with Shendu, having survived beyond all of his upstarts, finally reclaiming his true body ... only to be sealed away in his statue form and his powers put back into talismans again.
13th Jul '16 9:22:17 PM Nicoaln
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* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' slipped into this - at first it actually ''did'' have a bit of continuity (Jason's teacher retiring, Andy's hairstyle changing, Andy's job being established as a columnist, the Summer Camp arc, Peter and Denise getting together) but it quickly fell into this, as with every story arc the status quo would be reset. This made the time when Phoebe and eugene visited seem somewhat odd.
12th Jul '16 6:27:58 AM rafi
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* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': The Netherworld is never mentioned after ''Poltergeist Report''.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' manages to reset practically every character or relationship development, even [[spoiler:finally getting into Tokyo University or Naru shouting she loves Keitaro at the top of her lungs when he is only a few feet away seems to have no effect whatsoever]].
** Naru and Keitaro's relationship is developed gradually and gracefully in the first half of the series, going from hostility to them generally liking each other even though they refuse to admit it. The status quo effect first comes when their relationship has gotten to the point where it is all or nothing. Every time they seem to finally become a couple, the circumstances are reset. Every time they seem to think that they will never be a couple, the circumstances are reset, too.



** Naraku is such an unkillable bastard that he manages to maintain his status as the BigBad for several hundred chapters, and usually is TheManBehindTheMan for every other villain who isn't a MonsterOfTheWeek.

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** *** Naraku is such an unkillable bastard that he manages to maintain his status as the BigBad for several hundred chapters, and usually is TheManBehindTheMan for every other villain who isn't a MonsterOfTheWeek.



* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Face it: Ash's Pikachu is never going to be a Raichu. This is explained in a few episodes, most notably when the Vermilion Gym match has it face its evolved form. In-universe, it's a matter of pride. In real life, it's because they'd have to redesign the series' iconic mascot. Taken to a particular extreme in the Mistralton Tower episode, in which Ash performs a DivingSave to prevent a Thunder Stone from accidentally hitting Pikachu.
** Ash will always hit the ResetButton whenever he finds out about a new region, ditching the Big Three of the last in favor of the next. Also Pikachu will continue defeating legends then losing to rookies.
** Speaking of Team Rocket, EVERY. SINGLE. TEAM ROCKET. [[CryingWolf SPLITTING UP. EPISODE.]] One has to wonder how many times the writers will recycle a plot about Team Rocket splitting up only to get back together by the end of the episode.
*** They did have a split up that lasted for several episodes in Black and White, with Meowth even being with Ash's group for a while. [[spoiler:Though Meowth was acting as TheMole.]]
** Ash will never win a League arc based on the main series's regions. [[CurbStompBattle Painfully enforced]] in the Sinnoh League, where Ash was bested by [[GodModeSue Tobias]] and his [[OlympusMons Darkrai and Latios]]. The fact that Ash put a better dent in his team than the person Tobias faced next implied that Ash would have won the whole tournament if it weren't for the [[DiabolusExMachina poorly-established man]].
** Ash will never have a love interest, and will always be oblivious to the feelings of any female that is interested in him.
** This trope is actually a reason why many fans and haters of the anime says that it has hit the point of SeasonalRot.

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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Face it: Ash's Pikachu is never going to be a Raichu. This is explained in a few episodes, most notably when
Unintentionally created by the Vermilion Gym match season 2 finale of ''Anime/TheBigO''. [[spoiler: As the two mechs duke it out a third, goddess, shows up and at first starts deleting everything until Roger convinces her to give the world a chance]]. It is implied that this has happened before and because [[ScrewedByTheNetwork there is no season three]] it face its evolved form. In-universe, could happen again.
* The crew of ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' as far as their financial fortunes went, at any rate. Although some people would say that if gambling was involved then their PerpetualPoverty was probably inevitable.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. The kids are discussing what they plan to do after graduating, and Hidenori breaks the fourth wall in order to explain that
it's a matter irrelevant since they'll '''always''' be in their sophomore year of pride. In real life, it's because they'd have to redesign the series' iconic mascot. Taken to a particular extreme in the Mistralton Tower episode, in which Ash performs a DivingSave to prevent a Thunder Stone from accidentally hitting Pikachu.
high school.
** Ash will always hit the ResetButton whenever he finds out about a new region, ditching the Big Three of the last in favor of the next. Also Pikachu will continue defeating legends then losing to rookies.
** Speaking of Team Rocket, EVERY. SINGLE. TEAM ROCKET. [[CryingWolf SPLITTING UP. EPISODE.]] One has to wonder how many times the writers will recycle a plot about Team Rocket splitting up only to get back together
And by the end of the episode.
*** They did have a split up that lasted for
series, he's correct. Despite several episodes in Black showing the kids taking summer breaks and White, with Meowth even being with Ash's group for a while. [[spoiler:Though Meowth was acting things such as TheMole.]]
** Ash
that, they're still inexplicably in their sophomore year at the end of the finale.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Ran
will never win a League arc based on the main series's regions. [[CurbStompBattle Painfully enforced]] in the Sinnoh League, where Ash was bested by [[GodModeSue Tobias]] and his [[OlympusMons Darkrai and Latios]]. The fact that Ash put a better dent in his team than the person Tobias faced next implied that Ash would have won the whole tournament if it weren't for the [[DiabolusExMachina poorly-established man]].
** Ash will never have a love interest, and will always be oblivious
start to the feelings of any female that is interested in him.
** This trope
suspect Conan is actually Shinichi, only for him to throw off her suspicions. Also, Shinichi is no closer to finding out more about the shady organization that turned him into a reason why child and turning back to normal again than he was almost two decades ago in real time when the manga first came out.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' reestablishes Vegeta's rivalry with Goku, which
many fans thought would have ended after the Buu Saga in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. However, here, Vegeta's rivalry takes an entirely different path - he knows and haters of accepts that Goku's the strongest, but he's itching to prove he can be just as strong, too.
* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', the group ACROSS will never completely take over Fukuoka City, but they can at least make progress. [[Anime/ExcelSaga In
the anime says that it has hit though]], every mission ACROSS attempts will end in failure and they will be no closer to controlling F City then when they started at the point beginning of SeasonalRot.the episode.



* Ditto the crew of the ''[[Anime/CowboyBebop Bebop]]'' as far as their financial fortunes went, at any rate. Although some people would say that if gambling was involved then their PerpetualPoverty was probably inevitable.

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* Ditto In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', no matter how many jobs the crew protagonists take on, they will never make any profit. And the rent never gets paid. Ever.
** Subverted with Gintoki's [[spoiler: sword]]. It is revealed in one episode that in case one gets broken, he just orders another from a galactic shopping channel and has it customized so it looks exactly the same as the previous one.
** Gintoki manages to pay the rent few times by helping Otose with her problems (i.e. preventing Katherine from running off with Otose's money at the beginning, saving Otose's life). And in one chapter, Gintoki pays the rent in cash (even though he is forced to do so by Tama).
** And now sadly inverted [[spoiler:after the Shogun Assassination Arc. The Shogun Shigeshige is assasinated and the Shinsengumi are disolved to name only few
of the ''[[Anime/CowboyBebop Bebop]]'' tons of things that changed after this arc. Oh! and Gintoki left the house due the Government persecution towards him!]]
* This is in fact a very important plot point in ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' [[spoiler: where the heroine who throughout the whole series was aspiring to become an angel for her loved one, upon gaining her much-awaited wings decides she doesn't really want to be an angel anymore. This applies to the majority of characters. The message is that you don't have to change when your loved ones love you the way you are and that change may sometimes lead to losing all that you held precious to your heart]].
* Commonly averted with ''Manga/KOn'', which sets up the sorts of "lesson of the week" situations that you'd normally fully expect a cast in a work like this to forget about by the next episode (i.e. don't be so clingy, be more thoughtful towards your friends, study hard, etc.) but actually has them work
as far as permanent character development.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'' manages to reset practically every character or relationship development, even [[spoiler:finally getting into Tokyo University or Naru shouting she loves Keitaro at the top of her lungs when he is only a few feet away seems to have no effect whatsoever]].
** Naru and Keitaro's relationship is developed gradually and gracefully in the first half of the series, going from hostility to them generally liking each other even though they refuse to admit it. The status quo effect first comes when
their financial fortunes went, at any rate. Although some people would say relationship has gotten to the point where it is all or nothing. Every time they seem to finally become a couple, the circumstances are reset. Every time they seem to think that if gambling was involved then their PerpetualPoverty was probably inevitable.they will never be a couple, the circumstances are reset, too.



* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' runs on this trope. While there is a slow passage of time occurring and character interactions have diversified, the characters themselves and the relationships they had that were established early-on have changed only marginally, if at all, since the time the manga started. It can be inferred that this is due to the fact that any significant romantic or dramatic developments will probably disrupt the lighthearted comedic nature of the series - the author has revealed several scrapped plot-lines that were all rejected for creating some form of complications between characters.



* The "perpetually broke" version of this trope was played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite being pirates, the Straw Hats [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything don't usually have much money around]]. In one anime filler arc, they finally have gotten their hands on a pile of gold, but they end up in tightly secured Marine base. Just when they make it back to their ship and are on their way to freedom, they realize that all their gold was confiscated by the Marines. Just when you think they'll sigh and suck it up, they turn around and break into the base to get it back. However, the status quo at the time was that they had already had a bunch of treasure they just haven't sold yet, so it's kind of a wash. A couple of islands later, they have it converted to cash and, soon enough, two of their three hundred million Berries is stolen and spent before they can get it back. But at the end of it all, the money went into materials used to build them a kick ass new ship.

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* The "perpetually broke" version of this trope was played with in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Despite being pirates, the Straw Hats [[ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything don't usually have much money around]].
**
In one anime filler arc, they finally have gotten their hands on a pile of gold, but they end up in tightly secured Marine base. Just when they make it back to their ship and are on their way to freedom, they realize that all their gold was confiscated by the Marines. Just when you think they'll sigh and suck it up, they turn around and break into the base to get it back. However, the status quo at the time was that they had already had a bunch of treasure they just haven't sold yet, so it's kind of a wash. A couple of islands later, they have it converted to cash and, soon enough, two of their three hundred million Berries is stolen and spent before they can get it back. But at the end of it all, the money went into materials used to build them a kick ass new ship.



* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', the group ACROSS will never completely take over Fukuoka City, but they can at least make progress. [[Anime/ExcelSaga In the anime though]], every mission ACROSS attempts will end in failure and they will be no closer to controlling F City then when they started at the beginning of the episode.

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* In ''Manga/ExcelSaga'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Face it: Ash's Pikachu is never going to be a Raichu. This is explained in a few episodes, most notably when
the Vermilion Gym match has it face its evolved form. In-universe, it's a matter of pride. In real life, it's because they'd have to redesign the series' iconic mascot. Taken to a particular extreme in the Mistralton Tower episode, in which Ash performs a DivingSave to prevent a Thunder Stone from accidentally hitting Pikachu.
** Ash will always hit the ResetButton whenever he finds out about a new region, ditching the Big Three of the last in favor of the next. Also Pikachu will continue defeating legends then losing to rookies.
** Speaking of Team Rocket, EVERY. SINGLE. TEAM ROCKET. [[CryingWolf SPLITTING UP. EPISODE.]] One has to wonder how many times the writers will recycle a plot about Team Rocket splitting up only to get back together by the end of the episode.
*** They did have a split up that lasted for several episodes in Black and White, with Meowth even being with Ash's
group ACROSS for a while. [[spoiler:Though Meowth was acting as TheMole.]]
** Ash
will never completely take over Fukuoka City, but they can at least make progress. [[Anime/ExcelSaga In win a League arc based on the main series's regions. [[CurbStompBattle Painfully enforced]] in the Sinnoh League, where Ash was bested by [[GodModeSue Tobias]] and his [[OlympusMons Darkrai and Latios]]. The fact that Ash put a better dent in his team than the person Tobias faced next implied that Ash would have won the whole tournament if it weren't for the [[DiabolusExMachina poorly-established man]].
** Ash will never have a love interest, and will always be oblivious to the feelings of any female that is interested in him.
** This trope is actually a reason why many fans and haters of
the anime though]], every mission ACROSS attempts will end in failure and they will be no closer to controlling F City then when they started at says that it has hit the beginning point of the episode.SeasonalRot.



* In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series, despite it running for 22 volumes, Tenchi STILL never chooses a girl. Oh, and if the house blows up, it'll be good as new next story. One story lampshaded this a bit.
** Admittedly, though, the manga does subvert a lot of how the OVA worked - the gang goes out to more places, the characters are a lot more outgoing, Mihoshi has a driver's license, Sasami goes to school, among others.



* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', no matter how many jobs the protagonists take on, they will never make any profit. And the rent never gets paid. Ever.
** Subverted with Gintoki's [[spoiler: sword]]. It is revealed in one episode that in case one gets broken, he just orders another from a galactic shopping channel and has it customized so it looks exactly the same as the previous one.
** Gintoki manages to pay the rent few times by helping Otose with her problems (i.e. preventing Katherine from running off with Otose's money at the beginning, saving Otose's life). And in one chapter, Gintoki pays the rent in cash (even though he is forced to do so by Tama).
** And now sadly inverted [[spoiler:after the Shogun Assassination Arc. The Shogun Shigeshige is assasinated and the Shinsengumi are disolved to name only few of the tons of things that changed after this arc. Oh! and Gintoki left the house due the Government persecution towards him!]]
* This is in fact a very important plot point in ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'' [[spoiler: where the heroine who throughout the whole series was aspiring to become an angel for her loved one, upon gaining her much-awaited wings decides she doesn't really want to be an angel anymore. This applies to the majority of characters. The message is that you don't have to change when your loved ones love you the way you are and that change may sometimes lead to losing all that you held precious to your heart]].
* Unintentionally created by the season 2 finale of ''Anime/TheBigO''. [[spoiler: As the two mechs duke it out a third, goddess, shows up and at first starts deleting everything until Roger convinces her to give the world a chance]]. It is implied that this has happened before and because [[ScrewedByTheNetwork there is no season three]] it could happen again.
* In the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' manga series, despite it running for 22 volumes, Tenchi STILL never chooses a girl. Oh, and if the house blows up, it'll be good as new next story. One story lampshaded this a bit.
** Admittedly, though, the manga does subvert a lot of how the OVA worked - the gang goes out to more places, the characters are a lot more outgoing, Mihoshi has a driver's license, Sasami goes to school, among others.
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys''. The kids are discussing what they plan to do after graduating, and Hidenori breaks the fourth wall in order to explain that it's irrelevant since they'll '''always''' be in their sophomore year of high school.
** And by the end of the series, he's correct. Despite several episodes showing the kids taking summer breaks and things such as that, they're still inexplicably in their sophomore year at the end of the finale.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Ran will start to suspect Conan is actually Shinichi, only for him to throw off her suspicions. Also, Shinichi is no closer to finding out more about the shady organization that turned him into a child and turning back to normal again than he was almost two decades ago in real time when the manga first came out.
* Commonly averted with ''Manga/KOn'', which sets up the sorts of "lesson of the week" situations that you'd normally fully expect a cast in a work like this to forget about by the next episode (i.e. don't be so clingy, be more thoughtful towards your friends, study hard, etc.) but actually has them work as permanent character development.
* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' runs on this trope. While there is a slow passage of time occurring and character interactions have diversified, the characters themselves and the relationships they had that were established early-on have changed only marginally, if at all, since the time the manga started. It can be inferred that this is due to the fact that any significant romantic or dramatic developments will probably disrupt the lighthearted comedic nature of the series - the author has revealed several scrapped plot-lines that were all rejected for creating some form of complications between characters.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' reestablishes Vegeta's rivalry with Goku, which many thought would have ended after the Buu Saga in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''. However, here, Vegeta's rivalry takes an entirely different path - he knows and accepts that Goku's the strongest, but he's itching to prove he can be just as strong, too.
5th Jul '16 12:14:06 AM C2
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** The biggest aversion of this trope probably came from Season 2 episode "Not what he Seems": [[spoiler: Stan's purpose for the Journals and his portal are revealed, to both the audience and his own family. It was meant to bring the author who wrote the journals from the other side, ''Stan's Brother'']]. Needles to say, the status quo will never be the same after that.

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** The biggest aversion of this trope probably came from Season 2 episode "Not what he Seems": [[spoiler: Stan's purpose for the Journals and his portal are revealed, to both the audience and his own family. It was meant to bring the author who wrote the journals from the other side, ''Stan's Brother'']]. Needles Needless to say, the status quo will never be was permanently altered, although there were only 9 episodes remaining in the same series after that.the episode.
5th Jul '16 12:05:54 AM C2
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** A harsh one of this was the original GrandFinale of the series, "Last But Not Beast". Dexter and his family had fully united to destroy the beast that Dexter accidentally awoke from its slumber and everyone was happy. However, Dad remembers about Dexter's titular lab and Dexter's quick to remove that information from both Mom and Dad, even making them forget the fact that ''they saved the world together!'' When Monkey's mask is torn off and Dexter discovers ''his'' identity, Monkey uses the gun to remove everything from that point from his mind, allowing Mandark to declare that he had destroyed the monster, leaving a despondent Dexter to bemoan that he should have destroyed it. Dee-Dee, the only member of the family that remembers the fight, waves goodbye to the audience as the (Original) show comes to a close.

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** A harsh one of this was the original GrandFinale of the series, "Last But Not Beast". Dexter and his family had fully united to destroy the beast that Dexter accidentally awoke from its slumber and everyone was happy. However, Dad remembers about Dexter's titular lab and Dexter's quick to remove that information from both Mom and Dad, even making them forget the fact that ''they saved the world together!'' When Monkey's mask is torn off and Dexter discovers ''his'' identity, Monkey uses the gun to remove everything from that point from his mind, allowing Mandark to declare that he had destroyed the monster, leaving a despondent Dexter to bemoan that he should have destroyed it. Dee-Dee, the only member of the family that remembers the fight, waves goodbye to the audience as the (Original) (original run of the) show comes to a close.
30th Jun '16 10:09:22 AM Silverblade2
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* Season 3 of ''Elementary'' begins with Sherlock having recruited a new protege to replace Watson and Watson herself having started her own detective business and found a steady boyfriend. After season 3's winter hiatus Kitty's CycleOfRevenge character arc was speedily resolved, Watson's boyfriend was killed by Elena March, and Watson decided to move back in with Sherlock. This was spread across five episodes to make the reset a little less obvious.

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* Season 3 of ''Elementary'' ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' begins with Sherlock having recruited a new protege to replace Watson and Watson herself having started her own detective business and found a steady boyfriend. After season 3's winter hiatus Kitty's CycleOfRevenge character arc was speedily resolved, Watson's boyfriend was killed by Elena March, and Watson decided to move back in with Sherlock. This was spread across five episodes to make the reset a little less obvious.
28th Jun '16 6:51:18 PM comicwriter
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** An almost appalling example of this is shown with the Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl. In the well-acclaimed graphic novel ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', she was shot in the spine by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, rendering her permanently paralyzed. Barbara then took on the persona of Oracle, working behind the scenes to aid the Bat-Family with her hacking skills and computer expertise, during which she became an inspiration and idol for many real life disabled readers, and led the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey. But after the 2011 reboot Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Barbara was back on her legs as Batgirl, despite spending almost exactly ''half'' her publication history as Batgirl.\\

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** An almost appalling example of this is shown with the The Barbara Gordon incarnation of Batgirl.Batgirl eventually had this happen. In the well-acclaimed graphic novel ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', she was shot in the spine by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker, rendering her permanently paralyzed. Barbara then took on the persona of Oracle, working behind the scenes to aid the Bat-Family with her hacking skills and computer expertise, during which she became an inspiration and idol for many real life disabled readers, and led the ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey. But after the 2011 reboot Comicbook/{{New 52}}, Barbara was back on her legs as Batgirl, despite spending almost exactly ''half'' her publication history as Batgirl.Oracle.\\



** Averted in the UltimateMarvel universe, following the end of ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour''. Ben Grimm does in fact manage to shake his rock-like form, and gain all-new powers which include the ability to switch between his regular human form and his rock form.



* Comicbook/{{Cyborg}}, like the Hulk and the Thing, frequently falls victim to this. Anytime he regains his normal human appearance (or at least gets a sleeker, less monstrous form), it's always undone within a few years.



* Averted, following the end of ''ComicBook/UltimateFantasticFour''. Ben Grimm does in fact manage to shake his rock-like form, and gain all-new powers which include the ability to switch between his regular human form and his rock form.
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