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28th Dec '16 7:30:22 AM DaveE
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* ''Literature/UnitedStatesOfJapan'' introduces a lovely virus that rewrites the victim's DNA. Not into anything in particular: imagine spamming 1s and 0s across a hard drive to understand the effect, which is painful, gruesome to watch and inevitably fatal. It's used to interrogate traitors.
21st Dec '16 5:07:28 AM Morgenthaler
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7th Dec '16 9:38:42 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''. The hybrids become more and more like their [[spoiler: HumanoidAbomination]] relatives as they age.

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* Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''. The hybrids become more and more like their [[spoiler: HumanoidAbomination]] relatives FishPeople ancestors as they age.
19th Nov '16 10:46:45 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' almost single-handedly popularised this tropes' connection to werewolves.
* In ''Film/{{District 9}}'', Wikus [[spoiler:slowly transforms into a prawn]].
* ''Film/TheHowling''. Another particularly graphic example werewolf transformation, with the {{squick}} factor turned UpToEleven thanks to effects artist Rob Bottin. His next gig would be ''Film/TheThing1982'', widely considered a crowning achievement in body horror effects.
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', any human possessed by an Agent transforms into that Agent's appearance in a Silly Putty–style rearrangement of anatomy. Taken UpToEleven by Agent Smith's CloneByConversion ability in the later films, as the process takes place much more slowly and the victim appears to be fully aware of the fact that they are being overwritten by the Agent as it happens.



* The trailer for ''Film/DraculaUntold'', shows us a close-up glimpse of Vlad's face peeling and shedding away during his transformation into a Vampire. [[spoiler: This is a case of TrailersAlwaysLie as this happens when he is exposed to sunlight later in the film.]]



* ''Film/{{Willow}}'': Of the Horrifying Metamorphosis variety, when Queen Bavmorda magically transforms an entire army into pigs. It's made explicit that the transformation doesn't affect what the victims are wearing, making a slow, painful process worse with constriction by clothing and medieval armor as they change shape.


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* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' almost single-handedly popularised this tropes' connection to werewolves.
* In ''Film/{{District 9}}'', Wikus [[spoiler:slowly transforms into a prawn]].
* ''Film/TheHowling''. Another particularly graphic example werewolf transformation, with the {{squick}} factor turned UpToEleven thanks to effects artist Rob Bottin. His next gig would be ''Film/TheThing1982'', widely considered a crowning achievement in body horror effects.
* In ''Franchise/TheMatrix'', any human possessed by an Agent transforms into that Agent's appearance in a Silly Putty–style rearrangement of anatomy. Taken UpToEleven by Agent Smith's CloneByConversion ability in the later films, as the process takes place much more slowly and the victim appears to be fully aware of the fact that they are being overwritten by the Agent as it happens.
* The trailer for ''Film/DraculaUntold'', shows us a close-up glimpse of Vlad's face peeling and shedding away during his transformation into a Vampire. [[spoiler: This is a case of TrailersAlwaysLie as this happens when he is exposed to sunlight later in the film.]]
* ''Film/{{Willow}}'': Of the Horrifying Metamorphosis variety, when Queen Bavmorda magically transforms an entire army into pigs. It's made explicit that the transformation doesn't affect what the victims are wearing, making a slow, painful process worse with constriction by clothing and medieval armor as they change shape.
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15th Nov '16 10:10:50 PM CaptainsComingLookBusy
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** Similarly, the first time Link transforms into a wolf in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' appears very painful and disorienting for Link. Like Majora's Mask, however, transforming after this first cutscene is instantaneous and, presumably, painless.
15th Nov '16 11:47:54 AM Orbiting
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* ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'': Used in different ways for Sun and the dwarf planets consumed by Black Hole.
** Sun is very slowly changing into ''something'' else, growing physically much larger and (as he is made of fire) burning hotter, and he is conscious and worried by the fact that his personality is changing along with his body and turning him into something [[HorrorHunger very hungry]] and constantly on the edge of fury.
** The transformation for dwarf planets is very rapid and makes them look outright monstrous (among other things, growing distorted extra limbs can happen), with their minds either subsumed or controlled by Black Hole once the transformation is done.
5th Nov '16 8:33:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/BodyHarvest'': In the Siberia level some poor sap is being mutated into a GiantSpider-man hybrid by the aliens. Adam can even talk to him as he's lying helpless on a table.
11th Oct '16 9:58:57 AM SbenLives
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* ''Fanfic/AMinorMiscalculation'' has [[spoiler: Ryuko's transformation into her [[UnstoppableRage empowered berserk form]]. The process is quick, but grotesque: her bones and spine snap, her skin starts melting into Senketsu and her weapons, and blood (both human and [[AlienBlood decidedly different]] types) starts boiling out of her skin.]]
8th Oct '16 8:22:18 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'' has a Traumatic variety with Nikita's transformation into a berserk, and the story delights in providing the reader with an in-depth, vivid description of what exactly is hapenning to Nikita's body and mind.
6th Aug '16 5:04:31 PM FF32
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* ''StevenUniverse'' had Steven trying to learn how to use his shapeshifting powers, and his first successful attempt was to turn one of his fingers into a tiny cat head. Then another of his fingers into a second tiny cat head. Things escalated a bit out of control from there.

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* ''StevenUniverse'' ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' had Steven trying to learn how to use his shapeshifting powers, and his first successful attempt was to turn one of his fingers into a tiny cat head. Then another of his fingers into a second tiny cat head. Things escalated a bit out of control from there.
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