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21st Jul '16 5:28:53 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Whatever the case may be, it ultimately comes down to the character being GenreBlind, and it rarely works out in their favor. A DangerouslyGenreSavvy character will just [[JustShootHim shoot first and get it over with]].

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Whatever the case may be, it ultimately comes down to the character being GenreBlind, and it rarely works out in their favor. A DangerouslyGenreSavvy character NoNonsenseNemesis will just [[JustShootHim shoot first and get it over with]].



* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' is a subversion of the highest order. The villains in this show are DangerouslyGenreSavvy and anytime Voltron tries to combine they are interrupted by either the villain or his minions though in some cases the interruption is too little too late.

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* ''Anime/{{Voltron}}'' is a subversion of the highest order. The villains in this show are DangerouslyGenreSavvy and anytime Anytime Voltron tries to combine they are interrupted by either the villain or his minions though in some cases the interruption is too little too late.



* Though usually played absolutely straight in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', the villain of the first movie gladly [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy attacks the heroes mid-transformation]].

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* Though usually played absolutely straight in ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'', the villain of the first movie gladly [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy attacks the heroes mid-transformation]].mid-transformation.



** It also happens in ''Anime/VoltesV'''s predecessor ''Anime/CombattlerV'', where the DangerouslyGenreSavvy BigBad fires an anti-super-electromagnetic beam to disrupt the team's [[CombiningMecha combining sequence]], and does so ''repeatedly'', foiling ''several'' attempts, all while [[EvilGloating gloating evilly]] about her new trump card.

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** It also happens in ''Anime/VoltesV'''s predecessor ''Anime/CombattlerV'', where the DangerouslyGenreSavvy BigBad fires an anti-super-electromagnetic beam to disrupt the team's [[CombiningMecha combining sequence]], and does so ''repeatedly'', foiling ''several'' attempts, all while [[EvilGloating gloating evilly]] about her new trump card.



** Played with for all its worth in ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry''. The Winning/Star Winning Gundam is an SD with multiple forms and many opponents will try to take potshots at it. However, the Gundam Trion 3 does its amazing Super Robot transformation... and stuns ''everyone stupid'' because of it. In the latter case, it turns out the maker was [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously genre savvy]] enough to have a barrier set up to ensure no one can attack the Tryon 3 during the transformation sequence.

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** Played with for all its worth in ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry''. The Winning/Star Winning Gundam is an SD with multiple forms and many opponents will try to take potshots at it. However, the Gundam Trion 3 does its amazing Super Robot transformation... and stuns ''everyone stupid'' because of it. In the latter case, it turns out the maker was [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy dangerously genre savvy]] enough to have had a barrier set up to ensure no one can attack the Tryon 3 during the transformation sequence.



-->'''Oh Duk Hee:''' "No. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy During transformation, there is no danger.]] That is the law of the transforming genre."

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-->'''Oh Duk Hee:''' "No. [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy During transformation, there is no danger.]] danger. That is the law of the transforming genre."



* The villain of OrsonScottCard's ''Magic Box'' has as her goal [[spoiler:a [[OneWingedAngel transformation]] from her [[EnfanteTerrible frail young self]] into a [[ScaledUp gigantic]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]. She sets up the conditions to begin it, and the hero stands helplessly as it progresses . . . [[SubvertedTrope and then a minor character kills her with a gun before she can finish]]. A bit of a pity, since there's [[{{Anticlimax}} no proper final battle]], but kudos for the GenreSavvy.]]

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* The villain of OrsonScottCard's ''Magic Box'' has as her goal [[spoiler:a [[OneWingedAngel transformation]] from her [[EnfanteTerrible frail young self]] into a [[ScaledUp gigantic]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragon]]. She sets up the conditions to begin it, and the hero stands helplessly as it progresses . . . [[SubvertedTrope and then a minor character kills her with a gun before she can finish]]. A bit of a pity, since there's [[{{Anticlimax}} no proper final battle]], but kudos for the GenreSavvy.battle]].]]



* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has an interesting version of this. The Gokaiger's transformations do take time, but they're DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to know they're safe while transforming and use it to protect themselves from attacks. In fact, Gokai-Oh's first formation happens while inside a huge explosion and leads to a pretty badass moment.

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* ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' has an interesting version of this. The Gokaiger's transformations do take time, but they're DangerouslyGenreSavvy enough to they know they're safe while transforming and use it to protect themselves from attacks. In fact, Gokai-Oh's first formation happens while inside a huge explosion and leads to a pretty badass moment.



** ...it's kind of funny, though, considering that the rule is fully in effect in all the other ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games - anyone who can combine, divide, transform or whatever, can do so whenever they like, without wasting a turn. In fact, you can even combine with units that have already moved this turn as long as the one who's activating the combination hasn't, which [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy you can take advantage of]] by separating a combined mecha, having all but the main pilot for the combined form attack, and then have the last one combine to launch a final attack that is much stronger than any attack the individual would make (and keep the individual units from being killed during the enemies turn).

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** ...it's kind of funny, though, considering that the rule is fully in effect in all the other ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' games - anyone who can combine, divide, transform or whatever, can do so whenever they like, without wasting a turn. In fact, you can even combine with units that have already moved this turn as long as the one who's activating the combination hasn't, which [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy you can take advantage of]] of by separating a combined mecha, having all but the main pilot for the combined form attack, and then have the last one combine to launch a final attack that is much stronger than any attack the individual would make (and keep the individual units from being killed during the enemies turn).



* One thing [[HeroKiller Azula]] is famous for in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is averting this in the final episode of the second season. When Aang starts to go into the Avatar State, and begins to glow and levitate, she doesn't wait for him to finish, but just shoots him in the back with a bolt of lightning, leaving him seriously injured and for a brief time clinically dead. It may be that for most people, the sight of the Avatar State being unleashed is just too awesome (in the old-fashioned, wrath-of-God sense) to not be frozen by it, unless you're the DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[MagnificentBastard Azula.]]

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* One thing [[HeroKiller Azula]] is famous for in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is averting this in the final episode of the second season. When Aang starts to go into the Avatar State, and begins to glow and levitate, she doesn't wait for him to finish, but just shoots him in the back with a bolt of lightning, leaving him seriously injured and for a brief time clinically dead. It may be that for most people, the sight of the Avatar State being unleashed is just too awesome (in the old-fashioned, wrath-of-God sense) to not be frozen by it, unless you're the DangerouslyGenreSavvy [[MagnificentBastard [[MagnificentBitch Azula.]]
27th Jun '16 5:08:39 AM Vir
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** Also averted on at least one occasion in the Vehicle version of ''Voltron'' (aka ''Anime/DaiRuggerXV''). The MonsterOfTheWeek attacks one the individual units that make up the left leg mid transformation, causing it to crash. This leaves the two other units that make up the leg flying solo while the main robot it very off balance. And while it ultimately fails, it does have the sense to try and neutralize the units that couldn't combine and prevent the combination sequence from completing.

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** Also averted on at least one occasion in the Vehicle vehicle version of ''Voltron'' (aka ''Anime/DaiRuggerXV''). The MonsterOfTheWeek attacks one the individual units that make up the left leg mid transformation, causing it to crash. This leaves the two other units that make up the leg flying solo while the main robot it is very off balance. And while it ultimately fails, it does have the sense to try and neutralize the units that couldn't combine and prevent the combination sequence from completing.completing.
** {{Discussed|Trope}} in [[https://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2016/06/27/professional-courtesy this]] Webcomic/PennyArcade strip.
11th Jun '16 3:54:52 AM jormis29
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* ''{{Exalted}}'': Transformation is initially ''not'' a free action for a Lunar Exalted --anyone can attack a Lunar when [[GenderBender s/he]] is shapeshifting-- but there is a set of Knacks to remedy that. The most powerful of those Knacks allow the Lunar to shapeshift once in every other character's turn. Which means that it's ''[[UpToEleven even faster]]'' than a Free Action, because after changing form a Lunar can still use any other Charms that can be used in other character's turn.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'': ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Transformation is initially ''not'' a free action for a Lunar Exalted --anyone can attack a Lunar when [[GenderBender s/he]] is shapeshifting-- but there is a set of Knacks to remedy that. The most powerful of those Knacks allow the Lunar to shapeshift once in every other character's turn. Which means that it's ''[[UpToEleven even faster]]'' than a Free Action, because after changing form a Lunar can still use any other Charms that can be used in other character's turn.
28th May '16 6:46:37 PM felipelight
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* Transformations in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are relatively short, but there's still some of this. Sayaka sees a woman jump off a (not particularly tall) building, and Mami takes about 10 seconds to transform, yet she manages to save her before she hits the ground ([[NotTheFallThatKillsYou and not suddenly or at the last second]]). The woman appears to fall in slow-motion, which may mean that transformations take only a second or two in-universe.

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* Transformations in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are relatively short, but there's still some of this. Sayaka sees a woman jump off a (not particularly tall) building, and Mami takes about we can see on Episode 10 seconds to transform, yet she manages to save her before she hits the ground ([[NotTheFallThatKillsYou and not suddenly or at the last second]]). The woman appears to fall in slow-motion, which may mean that transformations take only a second or two in-universe.hey are instantaneous. Apparently, the eye candy scenes are for the viewer only.
24th May '16 9:37:27 PM Nintendoman01
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* An aversion occurs in chapter 19 of ''FanFic/DigimonTrinity''; Mephistomon attacks Veemon while he's in the midst of digivolving to prevent him and Stingmon from [[FusionDance DNA digivolving]].
21st May '16 6:38:51 AM ThatBitterTase
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* Famously subverted in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', where Etna shoots two {{Sentai}} characters in the middle of a transformation sequence.

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* Famously subverted in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', where Etna shoots two {{Sentai}} characters in the middle of a transformation sequence. Which [[ThatOneLevel turns out to be a terrible, terrible idea]].
20th May '16 12:14:33 PM Kazmahu
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** The anime adaption only shows Balance Breaker transformations once each. Issei's happens so out of left field that his opponent gawking for a moment is entirely reasonable, and Vali was plainly just showing off [[spoiler:and was under no threat from the "enemies" he was about to defect to anyway]].
** Handwaved with [[spoiler:Juggernaut Drive]]. If they're that far gone, you're dead already.

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** The anime adaption only shows Balance Breaker transformations once each. Issei's happens so out of left field that his opponent gawking for a moment is entirely reasonable, and Vali was plainly just showing off [[spoiler:and was under no threat from the "enemies" he was about to defect to anyway]].
anyway]]. Later tranformations happen almost instantly, and usually before entering combat.
** Handwaved with [[spoiler:Juggernaut Drive]].Drive. While there is a lengthy invocation, the user's power is skyrocketing during the process]]. If they're that far gone, you're dead already.
20th May '16 12:12:25 PM Kazmahu
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** Raynare impaled Issei while he was powering up.

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** Raynare impaled Issei while he was powering up. Issei's vulnerability as he warmed up is a glaring weakness early on and one of the first hurdles his TrainingFromHell has to tackle.


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** The anime adaption only shows Balance Breaker transformations once each. Issei's happens so out of left field that his opponent gawking for a moment is entirely reasonable, and Vali was plainly just showing off [[spoiler:and was under no threat from the "enemies" he was about to defect to anyway]].
** Handwaved with [[spoiler:Juggernaut Drive]]. If they're that far gone, you're dead already.
18th May '16 12:58:12 PM bt8257
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* They have thus far been able to [[CurbstompBattle curbstomp their opponent]] previously and are [[INeedYouStronger looking for a decent challenge]].

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* They have thus far been able to [[CurbstompBattle [[CurbStompBattle curbstomp their opponent]] previously and are [[INeedYouStronger looking for a decent challenge]].
18th May '16 12:57:52 PM bt8257
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