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29th Oct '17 11:02:48 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/DetectiveDee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'': An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler:iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.

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* ''Film/DetectiveDee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'': An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler:iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.Creator/ChristopherWalken.
18th Oct '17 9:06:40 AM ajitter89
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* Professor Browne in ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' pulls this off when he uses Miss Price's spell to turn himself into a rabbit in order to gain access to the castle the Nazis have imprisoned Miss Price and the children.
10th Oct '17 9:07:49 AM x_countryguy
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** Sloth from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] has limited forms of this, due to her water powers. While she can't change her basic appearance, she can make small changes in things like her hair color and clothes, which she uses [[spoiler: to keep her cover as Juliet Douglas]].

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** Sloth from [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] has limited forms of this, due to her water powers. While she can't change her basic appearance, she can make small changes in things like her hair color and clothes, which she uses [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to keep her cover as Juliet Douglas]].



* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' George displays a lot of new magical forms (other dragons, a centaur, elementals, a cockatrice, a cloud giant, a troll, etc.) and later reveals that [[spoiler: he'd been reading the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D Monster Manual]] and gaming magazines while on Earth]]. He can also [[HulkingOut buff himself up]].

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* In ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' George displays a lot of new magical forms (other dragons, a centaur, elementals, a cockatrice, a cloud giant, a troll, etc.) and later reveals that [[spoiler: he'd [[spoiler:he'd been reading the [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons AD&D Monster Manual]] and gaming magazines while on Earth]]. He can also [[HulkingOut buff himself up]].



** The Mark X Sentinels in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', in addition to the an ice-form they can turn into a diamond-like form, which they do later on in the film [[spoiler: just before chopping off Sunspot's arm and killing him]]. Considering one of the mutants experimented on to create them was Emma Frost, it makes perfect sense.

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** The Mark X Sentinels in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', in addition to the an ice-form they can turn into a diamond-like form, which they do later on in the film [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just before chopping off Sunspot's arm and killing him]]. Considering one of the mutants experimented on to create them was Emma Frost, it makes perfect sense.



* ''Film/DetectiveDee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'': An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler: iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.

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* ''Film/DetectiveDee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame'': An important plot point hinges on a certain acupressure point that allows you to completely alter the shape of your face. For Chinese audiences, the impact is heightened by [[spoiler: iconic [[spoiler:iconic character actor Richard Ng transforming into equally iconic character actor Teddy Robin]]. A Hollywood equivalent would be if SteveBuscemi [[LatexPerfection ripped off a rubber mask]] to reveal himself as ChristopherWalken.



* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, [[spoiler: dragons]] have this ability.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' duology, [[spoiler: dragons]] [[spoiler:dragons]] have this ability.



** The 2012 ''Essential Guide to Warfare'' states that [[spoiler: the Celestials]] were "of malleable form."

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** The 2012 ''Essential Guide to Warfare'' states that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Celestials]] were "of malleable form."



* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Parshendi have a minor version of this: they can shift between certain specific forms by bonding appropriate spren to their bodies. So far, they have learned how to assume dullform (weak and stupid, their baseline state), mateform (lust-crazed, capable of reproduction), workform (strong, but with a mental block against confrontation), warform (strong and aggressive, with natural armor plate growing from the skin), and nimbleform (dexterous and agile, useful for precise work). [[spoiler: And in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', they learn how to assume stormform, which grants ShockAndAwe powers but leaves them AxCrazy.]]

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Parshendi have a minor version of this: they can shift between certain specific forms by bonding appropriate spren to their bodies. So far, they have learned how to assume dullform (weak and stupid, their baseline state), mateform (lust-crazed, capable of reproduction), workform (strong, but with a mental block against confrontation), warform (strong and aggressive, with natural armor plate growing from the skin), and nimbleform (dexterous and agile, useful for precise work). [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And in ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance'', they learn how to assume stormform, which grants ShockAndAwe powers but leaves them AxCrazy.]]



* ''Literature/StarTrekTheEugenicsWars'' has Isis, who can can turn into an (apparently) human woman, though she stays in cat form most of the time. [[spoiler: She spends most of the second volume pretending to be Ament, one of Khans most trusted advisers.]]

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* ''Literature/StarTrekTheEugenicsWars'' has Isis, who can can turn into an (apparently) human woman, though she stays in cat form most of the time. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She spends most of the second volume pretending to be Ament, one of Khans most trusted advisers.]]



* Jenova from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' (and anything with its cells) is essentially a semi-sentient viral colony that can read people's minds and assume the form, voice, and memories it finds there. The Jenova-infused protagonist, Cloud Strife, [[spoiler: is a coalescence of himself, his best friend and his girlfriend's memories]]. Jenova was eventually defeated by the Cetra, stuck in the half-gnarled appearance of the last person it tried to imitate.

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* Jenova from ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' (and anything with its cells) is essentially a semi-sentient viral colony that can read people's minds and assume the form, voice, and memories it finds there. The Jenova-infused protagonist, Cloud Strife, [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is a coalescence of himself, his best friend and his girlfriend's memories]]. Jenova was eventually defeated by the Cetra, stuck in the half-gnarled appearance of the last person it tried to imitate.
8th Oct '17 8:21:05 PM sgamer82
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* Tanuki in ''Literature/UchoutenKazoku'' are able to shape shift at will, in varying degrees of proficiency, just like their mythological counterparts.

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* Tanuki in ''Literature/UchoutenKazoku'' ''Literature/TheEccentricFamily'' are able to shape shift at will, in varying degrees of proficiency, just like their mythological counterparts.
29th Sep '17 11:33:15 AM Necrodomo
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* Revenants in ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' are a mashup of [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]] and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]] tropes and are implied to be the common origin of both in-universe. Most of their powers revolve around turning into a whole collection of different dangerous forms depending on the needs of the battle.
24th Sep '17 3:54:50 AM EDP
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* In the Italian satiric comic ''Jenus'', God explains that, as TheOmnipotent, He ''also'' has this ability. This happens when the Lamb of God asks Him how a giant like him could stand behind a small desk, and [[AsYouKnow God reminds him of this]] and demonstrates by taking the looks of a ''potted daisy'' (and still talking). That said, He usually looks as the elderly version of the identity He used the last time he was on Earth-Music/RonnieJamesDio.
23rd Sep '17 5:33:50 AM Rhodes7
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* The Yao Fei Beastmen in ''Literature/WayOfChoices'' can each shift back and forth between a human and a beast form.
16th Sep '17 11:33:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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** ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'':
*** ComicBook/{{Mystique}} is the major example naturally. Her morphing ability allows her to morph into anyone/anything (including a wooden chair and a giant dragon on separate occasions), but she retains her "default mode" mass (her larger transformations would, well, tear like a hot-air balloon filled with blood if damaged...which is what happened to her as Bishop in ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Uncanny X-Men]]'' issue 301).
*** Morph from the [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} 90s series]], who was in turn inspired by Changeling from the comics. Morph (maybe not the same guy) also appears in the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' event and the ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' ongoing monthly title.

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** ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'':
''ComicBook/XMen'':
*** ComicBook/{{Mystique}} is the major example naturally. Her morphing ability allows her to morph into anyone/anything (including a wooden chair and a giant dragon on separate occasions), but she retains her "default mode" mass (her larger transformations would, well, tear like a hot-air balloon filled with blood if damaged...which is what happened to her as Bishop in ''[[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ''[[ComicBook/XMen Uncanny X-Men]]'' issue 301).
*** Morph from the [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} [[WesternAnimation/XMen 90s series]], who was in turn inspired by Changeling from the comics. Morph (maybe not the same guy) also appears in the ''ComicBook/AgeOfApocalypse'' event and the ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' ongoing monthly title.
5th Sep '17 4:50:11 PM bigmouth12349
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* In a mock article written for ''Webcomic/ReversedStar'', some aliens are stated to be able to do this.
18th Aug '17 11:07:35 AM BeerBaron
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this is a trait of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]]. They are not bound to any one physical form and can manifest in whatever form they wish. Most stick to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith one humanoid form]] when dealing with mortals, though a few are known to [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous change the gender]] of that form between appearances.

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is a trait of the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Princes]]. They are not bound to any one physical form and can manifest in whatever form they wish. Most stick to [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith one humanoid form]] when dealing with mortals, though a few are known to [[OtherworldlyAndSexuallyAmbiguous change the gender]] of that form between appearances.appearances.
** Hircine, the Daedric Prince of [[EgomaniacHunter the Hunt]], possesses this ability like all Daedric Princes, but he has several different forms which he uses to present himself to mortals, each of which represents a different aspect of his. These include "[[PhysicalGod The Hunter]]" (also known as Guile), the "Quick Fox" (also known as Speed, and sometimes taking the form of a [[SavageWolves Savage Wolf]] instead), the "[[BearsAreBadNews Mighty Bear]]" (also known as Strength), the "[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Manbeast]]", and the "[[TheMarvelousDeer Great Stag]]".
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