History Main / TransformationSequence

22nd Apr '18 12:45:05 PM nombretomado
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* HenshinHero: Similar to the MagicalGirl but usually less elaborate and more [[RuleOfCool awesome]], our hero uses his [[TransformationTrinket special device]] (often a weapon) and/or [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull shouts his transformation phrase]] to turn into his superhero form in a faster but equally flashy sequence, that for some reason often involves [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]], [[PowerGlows glowing or shining]], and [[TransformationNameAnnouncement the hero announcing himself]]. This includes many American characters and series, like [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (widely considered the first HenshinHero) or ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.

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* HenshinHero: Similar to the MagicalGirl but usually less elaborate and more [[RuleOfCool awesome]], our hero uses his [[TransformationTrinket special device]] (often a weapon) and/or [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull shouts his transformation phrase]] to turn into his superhero form in a faster but equally flashy sequence, that for some reason often involves [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]], [[PowerGlows glowing or shining]], and [[TransformationNameAnnouncement the hero announcing himself]]. This includes many American characters and series, like [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (widely considered the first HenshinHero) or ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.



* An AnimatedAdaptation of ''{{Shazam}}!'' featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epde0PuyHwE Billy, Mary, and Freddy, and a drawn-out transformation sequence.]] Unlike most, they had sequences for transforming back to normal as well, and a variety of different stock sequences for various combinations of the main characters, transforming singly, in pairs, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQKkQDtWUE all three at once.]]

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* An AnimatedAdaptation of ''{{Shazam}}!'' ''Series/{{Shazam}}!'' featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epde0PuyHwE Billy, Mary, and Freddy, and a drawn-out transformation sequence.]] Unlike most, they had sequences for transforming back to normal as well, and a variety of different stock sequences for various combinations of the main characters, transforming singly, in pairs, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQKkQDtWUE all three at once.]]
22nd Apr '18 12:44:11 PM nombretomado
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* One of the earliest was, again, [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] in the serial ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. They didn't have the budget to have a lightning bolt strike Billy or Captain Marvel, but they managed a decent effect using smoke bombs and dramatic sound effects instead.

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* One of the earliest was, again, [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] in the serial ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. They didn't have the budget to have a lightning bolt strike Billy or Captain Marvel, but they managed a decent effect using smoke bombs and dramatic sound effects instead.
17th Apr '18 4:30:00 AM jormis29
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* In the 1970s ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' series, David Banner (Bill Bixby)'s transformations into The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) would usually be made specifically for each episode, but there were a few stock sequences that were sometimes used, involving multiple close-ups of Bill wearing colored contacts, his skin turning green, the shirt tearing on his back, and/or a full shot of the Hulk whipping off the remnants of the shirt. In later episodes, it would often happen almost entirely off-screen after the initial shot of Bill's glowing eyes, only the distinctive sound effect indicating anything was happening.

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* In the 1970s ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' series, David Banner (Bill Bixby)'s transformations into The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) (Creator/LouFerrigno) would usually be made specifically for each episode, but there were a few stock sequences that were sometimes used, involving multiple close-ups of Bill wearing colored contacts, his skin turning green, the shirt tearing on his back, and/or a full shot of the Hulk whipping off the remnants of the shirt. In later episodes, it would often happen almost entirely off-screen after the initial shot of Bill's glowing eyes, only the distinctive sound effect indicating anything was happening.
13th Apr '18 2:28:27 PM DarkStorm
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* Subverted by WesternAnimation/SuperChicken and his Super Sauce. There was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWeEI4FD-2E a sequence]] (redone for each episode), with the narrator playing up how he was being physically transformed, but he looked exactly the same afterwards.

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* Subverted by WesternAnimation/SuperChicken Super Chicken and his Super Sauce. There was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWeEI4FD-2E a sequence]] (redone for each episode), with the narrator playing up how he was being physically transformed, but he looked exactly the same afterwards.
13th Apr '18 2:27:28 PM DarkStorm
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* ''VideoGame/AttackTheLight'', like the cartoon it's based on (see ''Steven Universe'' in the Western Animation section), features the Gems fusing into Alexandrite as an AwesomeButImpractical super attack, complete with a [[https://youtu.be/qtyOblsHoJc?t=1975 dramatic sequence.]]
* Its sequel ''VideoGame/SaveTheLight'' makes combinations attacks, including Fusions, into a central element of battles. There's five Fusions in all, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsHMmZvQ2OM each of which has their own sequence]], though Alexandrite is not one of them this time.



* The 90's cartoon ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' had a transformation sequence for each of the knights as they put on their battle armor. Sometimes it was further padded by transforming their ''horses''.

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* The 90's cartoon ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czbro4p2VBs a transformation sequence for each of the knights knights]] as they put on their battle armor. Sometimes it was further padded by transforming their ''horses''.



%%* WesternAnimation/SuperChicken and his Super Sauce.

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%%* * Subverted by WesternAnimation/SuperChicken and his Super Sauce.Sauce. There was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWeEI4FD-2E a sequence]] (redone for each episode), with the narrator playing up how he was being physically transformed, but he looked exactly the same afterwards.
13th Apr '18 1:38:45 PM DarkStorm
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Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit ([[{{Filler}} and to eat up air time]]), and the actual change as experienced by the character in-iniverse is instantaneous -- or at least very brief. [[TransformationIsAFreeAction This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during his transformation sequence]], although the NoNonsenseNemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable PartialTransformation.

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Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit ([[{{Filler}} and to eat up air time]]), and the actual change as experienced by the character in-iniverse in-universe is instantaneous -- or at least very brief. [[TransformationIsAFreeAction This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during his transformation sequence]], although the NoNonsenseNemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable PartialTransformation.
7th Apr '18 11:11:02 AM Malady
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* GitarooMan's can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OugCBFX-hg here]] about a minute into the video. His transformation is sort of rushed in further levels, though.

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* GitarooMan's ''VideoGame/GitarooMan'': The titular hero's can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OugCBFX-hg here]] about a minute into the video. His transformation is sort of rushed in further levels, though.
30th Mar '18 10:45:03 AM DarkStorm
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* One of the earliest was, again, [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] in the serial ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. They didn't have the budget to have a lightning bolt strike Billy or Captain Marvel, but they managed a decent effect using smoke bombs and dramatic sound effects instead.



** In a case of typical {{Creator/Filmation}} cheapness, the detransform from Captain Marvel back to Billy was handled by simply running the transform footage ''backwards'', even though that meant the sequence ended with a lightning bolt ''unstriking'' Billy.

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** In a case of typical {{Creator/Filmation}} cheapness, the detransform from Captain Marvel back to Billy was [[https://youtu.be/on2fRhovQP8?t=190 handled by simply running the transform footage ''backwards'', ''backwards'']], even though that meant the sequence ended with a lightning bolt ''unstriking'' Billy.



* The 1970s ''Series/WonderWoman'' series iconically featured the character spinning in place as she changed from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman. The original version of this sequence showed her spinning and rapidly changing into Wonder Woman (still holding her old clothes and needing to dispose of them). Later in the season, as this effect was more expensive to shoot, this was replaced by Diana spinning in place as an optical effect played over her, changing her into Wonder Woman instantly (and not requiring her to deal with her civilian clothes). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O2etMo_Yw Here's six solid minutes of every single transformation from the first season]].

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* The 1970s ''Series/WonderWoman'' series iconically featured the character spinning in place as she changed from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman. The original version of this sequence showed her spinning and rapidly changing into Wonder Woman (still holding her old clothes and needing to dispose of them). Later in the season, as this effect was more expensive to shoot, this was replaced by Diana spinning in place as an optical effect played over her, changing her into Wonder Woman instantly (and not requiring her to deal with her civilian clothes). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O2etMo_Yw Here's six solid minutes of every single transformation from the first season]].season]], and ten minutes each for the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzfLXzebs4 second]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ecux9dlr-I third]] seasons.
20th Mar '18 12:21:35 PM DragonQuestZ
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* ''WebVideo/AnalystBroniesReact'': [=AnY=] does the ''Wonder Woman'' spin to... [[ParodiedTrope change his clothes]].
13th Mar '18 7:36:09 PM __Vano
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Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit ([[{{Filler}} and to eat up air time]]), and the actual change as experienced by the character is instantaneous -- or at least very brief. [[TransformationIsAFreeAction This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during his transformation sequence]], although the NoNonsenseNemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable PartialTransformation.

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Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit ([[{{Filler}} and to eat up air time]]), and the actual change as experienced by the character in-iniverse is instantaneous -- or at least very brief. [[TransformationIsAFreeAction This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during his transformation sequence]], although the NoNonsenseNemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable PartialTransformation.
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