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9th Jul '16 2:26:17 PM nombretomado
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* The Baterra from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' could shapeshift into anything, including trees and rocks, but avoided taking on the shapes of other people out of choice. [[ToylessToylineCharacter Sadly, they never appeared as sets]], [[WhatCouldHaveBeen although there were plans]]. Toys that ''did'' shapeshift were the Bohrok/Bohrok-Kal (into balls) and the Vahki (bipedal to quadruped).

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* The Baterra from ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' could shapeshift into anything, including trees and rocks, but avoided taking on the shapes of other people out of choice. [[ToylessToylineCharacter Sadly, they never appeared as sets]], [[WhatCouldHaveBeen although there were plans]]. Toys that ''did'' shapeshift were the Bohrok/Bohrok-Kal (into balls) and the Vahki (bipedal to quadruped).
3rd Jul '16 11:58:21 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The original ''Macross'' transformed into a humanoid configuration due to losing a lot of its power conduits during the space fold disaster: the human shape was them taking advantage of the modular nature of the ship to connect the remaining conduits to fire the [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]]. That it looked human-shaped when this happened was apparently coincidental. Later ''Macross'' and ''New Macross'' class vessels keep the transformation because... uh, well, they never really say. RuleOfCool, perhaps. Or the [[RammingAlwaysWorks Macross]] [[MegatonPunch Attack]] that was pioneered originally as the ''Daedalus Attack'' as a desperate move in the original series. It ''does'' work.

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** The original ''Macross'' transformed into a humanoid configuration due to losing a lot of its power conduits during the space fold disaster: the human shape was them taking advantage of the modular nature of the ship to connect the remaining conduits to fire the [[WaveMotionGun Macross Cannon]]. That it looked human-shaped when this happened was apparently coincidental. Later ''Macross'' and ''New Macross'' class vessels keep the transformation because... uh, well, they never really say. RuleOfCool, perhaps. Or because it's the [[RammingAlwaysWorks only way to pull off the ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks Macross]] [[MegatonPunch Attack]] Attack]]'' that was pioneered originally as the ''Daedalus Attack'' as a desperate move in the original series. It ''does'' work.



* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' features two types: the MOSPEADA, [[CoolBike motorcycles]] that can turn into powered armor, and the Legioss, which is similar to the Valkyrie fighters from Macross. This was one of Creator/KenichiSonada's first jobs in animation, and he liked the concept enough to reuse it for...

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* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' features two types: the MOSPEADA, [[CoolBike motorcycles]] that can turn into powered armor, and the Legioss, which is are similar to the Valkyrie fighters from Macross.''Anime/{{Macross}}''. This was one of Creator/KenichiSonada's first jobs in animation, and he liked the concept enough to reuse it for...



* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Thexder}}'' is obviously inspired by ''{{Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross}}'', transforming from a bipedal robot into a jet fighter. In the sequel, it attacks with {{Roboteching}} missiles, too.

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* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Thexder}}'' is obviously inspired by ''{{Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross}}'', ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', transforming from a bipedal robot into a jet fighter. In the sequel, it attacks with {{Roboteching}} missiles, too.
18th Jun '16 6:17:00 PM Pseudoname
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', the character Bastion can transform from his bipedal robot form to a either stationary turret or a tank.
12th Jun '16 1:28:31 AM Mhazard
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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': The Gundam AGE 1 has two MechaExpansionPack that actually replace the arms and legs. The AGE 2 fits the more traditional transformation meaning by transforming into a plane mode, in addition to using removable parts like the AGE 1. By the time the AGE 2 is constructed, it appears that the RedShirt mecha for the Earth faction can use similar designs to the AGE 1. The RedShirt mecha that accompany AGE 3 are the traditional plane[=/=]mech model.

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** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': The Gundam AGE 1 has two MechaExpansionPack that actually replace the arms and legs. The AGE 2 fits the more traditional transformation meaning by transforming into a plane mode, in addition to using removable parts like the AGE 1. By the time the AGE 2 is constructed, it appears that the RedShirt mecha for the Earth faction can use similar designs to the AGE 1. The RedShirt mecha that accompany AGE 3 are the traditional plane[=/=]mech model. The UE [[spoiler: also known as [[HumanAllAlong Vagan]]]] has several mecha which can [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons transform into]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamIronBloodedOrphans'': The Gundam Kimaris Trooper, piloted by Gaelio Bauduin, can transform into a centaur-like hover mode.
11th Jun '16 3:53:43 AM jormis29
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* The first chapter of ''Shards of the {{Exalted}} Dream'' features a voidfighter design capable of converting from space fighter to warstrider form. The first prototype was known as the ''Scarlet Empress'', and is so far the only one to be piloted by a non-Solar.
* ''{{Mekton}}'' has this, although it can get a bit pricey, especially when you have multiple forms.

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* The first chapter of ''Shards of the {{Exalted}} TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Dream'' features a voidfighter design capable of converting from space fighter to warstrider form. The first prototype was known as the ''Scarlet Empress'', and is so far the only one to be piloted by a non-Solar.
* ''{{Mekton}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Mekton}}'' has this, although it can get a bit pricey, especially when you have multiple forms.
7th Jun '16 11:14:00 AM tropesinreadiness
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* OlderThanTelevision: In what may be the earliest example of this trope, there was "The Terror", a vehicle from Creator/JulesVerne's ''The Master of The World'' (1904) which could become an airplane, a submarine & some kind of tank/armoured car that could move so fast it could not be seen by the naked eye.

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* OlderThanTelevision: In what may be the earliest example of this trope, there was "The Terror", a vehicle from Creator/JulesVerne's ''The Master of The World'' ''Literature/MasterOfTheWorld'' (1904) which could become an airplane, a submarine & some kind of tank/armoured car that could move so fast it could not be seen by the naked eye.
25th May '16 6:57:46 PM nombretomado
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*** It also returned as a final boss in ACE: R if the player is on their 11th playthrough and it's been pumped with steroids now featuring Primal Armor from the PS3 era games, a cloaking mode, Attack Drones and a wave motion cannon in its chest. The best part? You get to take it out for a joyride in an unlockable mission.

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*** It also returned as a final boss in ACE: R if the player is on their 11th playthrough and it's been pumped with steroids now featuring Primal Armor from the PS3 era [=PS3=]-era games, a cloaking mode, Attack Drones and a wave motion cannon in its chest. The best part? You get to take it out for a joyride in an unlockable mission.
19th May '16 8:04:56 PM erforce
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* The ''Ghostbuggy'', or "GB", from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' (No, [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} not the]] [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters famous ones]]); this could transform into an airplane, a hovercraft, a snowmobile, and other vehicles. "[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Did I mention, it also travels in time?]]"

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* The ''Ghostbuggy'', or "GB", from ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' (No, [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} [[Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}} not the]] [[WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters famous ones]]); this could transform into an airplane, a hovercraft, a snowmobile, and other vehicles. "[[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands Did I mention, it also travels in time?]]"
16th May '16 8:02:22 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* ''VideoGame/{{Strikers 1945}}'' features bosses that appear to be WorldWarII-era war machines at first...before transforming into mecha that [[AnachronismStew could not have been possible with 1940's-era technology]].
12th May '16 6:54:11 PM erehwonmorf
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** It has to be mentioned that with the tabletop ruleset at the time of their introduction, [=LAMs=] were a pain to deal with. While they couldn't compete in either Mech or Fighter mode, the hybrid [=AirMech=] form was a nigh unhittable FragileSpeedster perfectly capable of taking down 'Mechs twice its weight, thanks to the insane to-hit modifiers their speed provided.
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