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11th Jan '17 8:21:33 AM ChrisTheS
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** In one of the episodes in the second half of the first series, the Cures completed their demand for the creature of darkness to return from whence it came, only to discover that the creature of darkness ''had'' returned from whence it came (or at least run off to carry out her evil plan elsewhere) during the transformation.
10th Jan '17 10:37:03 PM Gamecubist
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', this is averted with Droidikas. While they generally transition from their ball mode to combat mode quickly, Ashoka and Anakin manage to kill one while it is in wheel mode and lightsaber range in the movie.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', this is averted with Droidikas. While they generally transition from their ball mode to combat mode quickly, Ashoka Ahsoka and Anakin manage to kill one while it is in wheel mode and lightsaber range in the movie.
23rd Dec '16 9:12:53 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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*** There is a reason for the white line: the flying trains that are part of the transformation for the helmet will smack anyone dumb enough to cross the white line HARD. As the Lion Inves from the crossover special found out the hard way.

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*** There is a reason for the white line: the flying trains that are part of the transformation for the helmet will smack anyone dumb enough to cross the white line HARD. As the Lion Inves from the crossover special found out the hard way. Since the series is aimed (more so than most) at small children, the {{Aesop}} being, even bad guys wait behind the white line when a train is coming.
20th Dec '16 6:09:35 PM ShorinBJ
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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' with the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf form]]. It isn't rare for a player to activate werewolf form during a fight, only to be cut or shot down during the transformation sequence. This isn't helped by werewolf form effectively turning your PlayerCharacter into a fast-moving GlassCannon and that [=NPCs=] will turn hostile before you even enter their line of sight.

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* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' with the [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf form]]. It isn't rare for a player to activate werewolf form during a fight, only to be cut or shot down during the transformation sequence. This isn't helped by werewolf form effectively turning your PlayerCharacter into a fast-moving GlassCannon and that [=NPCs=] will turn hostile before you even enter their line of sight. It can be subverted if your health is high enough, though, as enemies hack away at you without doing serious damage, and with the Glass removed from the Cannon, it's an OSM as you become a horrifying, fast-moving, unstoppable death monster.
20th Dec '16 6:05:35 PM ShorinBJ
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* Subverted in the original ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' trilogy, where transforming is not only instantaneous but has a stun/guard break affect when used near by an opponent.

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* Subverted in the original ''VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokai'' trilogy, where transforming is not only instantaneous but has a stun/guard break affect effect when used near by an opponent.


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** Not a transformation, per se, but summoning usually involves an elaborate sequence and is a free action.
20th Dec '16 6:01:43 PM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' brings the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' example above to its logical extreme: during her first ever transformation, Sailor Mercury manages to [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull chant the invocation phrase]] and go through the entire flashy sequence ''in midair'', while falling from roughly five stories high. Again, it's hinted that the transformation is actually instant and the flashy sequences are just a symbolic representation. This is showen to be the case several times during the series such as when Rei transforms while rushing into fight the yoma without the transformation sequence showing flames cover her then disapear to show her in her Sailor Mars costume.

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* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' brings the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' example above to its logical extreme: during her first ever transformation, Sailor Mercury manages to [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull chant the invocation phrase]] and go through the entire flashy sequence ''in midair'', while falling from roughly five stories high. Again, it's hinted that the transformation is actually instant and the flashy sequences are just a symbolic representation. This is showen shown to be the case several times during the series such as when Rei transforms while rushing into fight the yoma without the transformation sequence showing flames cover her then disapear to show her in her Sailor Mars costume.
20th Dec '16 5:59:07 PM ShorinBJ
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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the characters usually transform ahead of time, but occasionally are forced to transform during battle, sometimes multiple times, and noone ever tries to attack them during this time. Justified in the later books because they get a lot faster at transforming with practice.

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* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the characters usually transform ahead of time, but occasionally are forced to transform during battle, sometimes multiple times, and noone no one ever tries to attack them during this time. Justified in the later books because they get a lot faster at transforming with practice.
20th Dec '16 5:58:02 PM ShorinBJ
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* Worst case ever... ''Film/TheHowling''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP8fROTK5UA Run Karen Run!]] Well, Karen's not the villain. But she sure as hell lets a serial killer werewolf take his time.
** Actually, justified; he has her pinned behind a gurney.
20th Dec '16 5:50:26 PM ShorinBJ
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* They may be wary of trying to attack someone surrounded by a glowing aura.
19th Dec '16 12:44:27 AM LinTaylor
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* The various ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series avert this trope often. While most of the time it's played straight and the Rider transforms without interruption, many times they need to fend off and dodge the enemies until they can find a brief moment in safe spot to complete the transformation.
** [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Kamen Rider Diend]] sometimes plays with this, by actually ''firing his transformation energy at his opponent'', sending them reeling back before it returns to transform him.
** The Showa series played this trope straight but the Heisei series often averts. The "holding off MonsterOfTheWeek with one hand while triggering a transformation with the other" is often used to herald the start of a [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].
*** Series/KamenRiderKabuto emits a BattleAura when changing into his secondary form via Cast Off which is strong enough to concuss Kagami, and any Worm dumb enough to attack it gets smacked by the [[TransformationTrinket Zecter]].
*** In one episode [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]] is protected from an enemy's attacks both by the energy of the Decade transformation and the manifesting armor plates of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O's]] transformation.
*** Subverted with Series/KamenRiderBlack, who actually has a secondary transformation method where he jumps up in the air and shouts [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull "HENSHIN!"]], which is much less time consuming and more efficent. Also helps that he uses this method almost as much as his other, much more longer transformation sequence.
*** Series/KamenRiderOOO is sometimes attacked during his transformations, but is shown to be protected by the large flying medals that swirl around him while he changes. One notable instance had him getting interrupted by being attacked immediately ''before'' he could initiate the transformation, but usually he visibly makes the effort to time his TransformationSequence so this doesn't happen. Full-on [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in a later episode, though, when he gets hit by an attack powerful enough to outright break this protection.
** Some Riders are fortunate enough to get a SphereOfPower for their transformation, and attacks tend to bounce off of these, only making the Rider look all the cooler before the smackdown ensues.
** Played straight with ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', ''especially'' with Accel.
** Played straight and at least once subverted in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze where the driver actually counts down from 3 before he can change. At least once a monster has tried attacking him while this count down happens and he has to dodge it.
** In one episode of ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', Haruto spends a fair amount of time trying to fight off Phoenix long enough to complete his transformation.

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* ''Franchise/KamenRider'': The various ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series Showa-era shows play this one straight, while the Heisei-era shows tend to avert this trope often. it by doing transformations with standard special effects rather than StockFootage. While most of the time it's played straight and the Rider transforms without interruption, many times they need to fend off and dodge the enemies until they can find a brief moment in safe spot to complete start the transformation.
** [[Series/KamenRiderDecade Kamen Rider Diend]] sometimes plays with this, by actually ''firing his transformation energy at his opponent'', sending them reeling back before it returns to transform him.
** The Showa series played this trope straight but the Heisei series often averts.
transformation. The "holding off MonsterOfTheWeek with one hand while triggering a transformation with the other" is often used to herald the start of a [[CurbStompBattle curb stomp]].
*** Series/KamenRiderKabuto emits a BattleAura ** For the most part, when changing into his secondary form via Cast Off which is strong a Rider activates their transformation, the energy involved shields them from incoming attacks. On very rare occasions, a powerful enough to concuss Kagami, and any Worm dumb enough to attack it gets smacked by can disrupt the [[TransformationTrinket Zecter]].
*** In one
transformation midway through. Likewise, some Riders have a transitory "base" form not intended for combat, which gains armor in the transformation process; sometimes the armor shields them, while others (most prominently ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' episode 26) it doesn't.
**
[[Series/KamenRiderDecade Decade]] Kamen Rider Diend]] sometimes plays with this; because his TransformationTrinket is protected from an enemy's attacks both by a gun, he occasionally fires the energy of "transformation energy" at an enemy, staggering them before it comes back to him and completes the Decade transformation change.
** A few series (''[[Series/KamenRiderKabuto Kabuto]]'' , ''[[Series/KamenRiderDrive Drive]]'',
and ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'') have intelligent, autonomous {{Transformation Trinket}}s that can fly out and smack away an incoming enemy or attack in order to protect the manifesting armor plates of [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Den-O's]] Rider before they start/complete the transformation.
*** Subverted with Series/KamenRiderBlack, who actually ''Kabuto'' has a another level to this, as the secondary [[ShedArmorGainSpeed Cast Off]] transformation method where he jumps up causes their heavier armor to burst off in the air and shouts [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull "HENSHIN!"]], which is much less time consuming and more efficent. Also helps that he uses this method almost as much as his other, much more longer transformation sequence.
*** Series/KamenRiderOOO is sometimes attacked during his transformations, but is shown to be protected by the large flying medals that swirl around him while he changes. One notable instance had him getting interrupted by being attacked immediately ''before'' he could initiate the transformation, but usually he visibly makes the effort to time his TransformationSequence so this doesn't happen. Full-on [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] in a later episode, though, when he gets hit by an attack powerful
all directions, enough to outright break this protection.
** Some Riders are fortunate
knock back anyone foolish enough to get a SphereOfPower for their transformation, and attacks tend to bounce off of these, only making the Rider look all the cooler before the smackdown ensues.
attack.
** Played straight with ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'', ''especially'' with Accel.
** Played straight and at least once
Accel. However, it gets brutally subverted in ''Series/KamenRiderFourze where the driver actually counts down from 3 before he can change. At least once a monster has tried attacking him while this count down happens and he has to dodge it.
** In
one episode of ''Series/KamenRiderWizard'', Haruto spends where an enemy interrupts Double's transformation by shooting a fair amount of time trying to fight off Phoenix long enough to complete "sticky bullet" at his transformation.belt, plugging up one of the ports needed to transform and preventing him from changing.



*** Bruatally averted in episode 26, when Gaim is in the middle of changing forms to his MidSeasonUpgrade when he's shot in the back by [[spoiler:his former friend Micchy[=/=]Kamen Rider Ryugen, who's in the middle of a massive FaceHeelTurn.]]
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