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* Jason Blood is able to transform into the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} by saying a short poem.
* ComicBook/{{Mystique}} from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': people, some other creatures. Similarly, 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.
** Mystique's 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). Meanwhile, Kevin Sydney (who is in fact the same guy for both versions of Morph) transforms in similar fashion as [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] does by reshaping his features via concentrated power of will.
** Carmen Electra played a parody of Mystique in ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]]''. In one scene Peter requests her to transform into [[ShapeshiftingSquick increasingly bizarre forms]] to please his various fetishes: unibrows, giant butts, flabby arms, etc.
* Impossible Man from the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' comics and cartoon is a trickster-like alien who can turn into all kinds of crazy things. In an episode of the 90's series titled "Hopelessly Impossible", he turns into Galactus, Lawrence Limburger, Hulk, Lockjaw, and a Ninja Turtle.
* Dark Horse comic ''ComicBook/TheMask'' features another Trickster shapeshifter.



** Clayface from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' could assume human forms, and the blob attack after he was found out.
** Inque from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had a body made of a black viscous fluid, and could shape herself at will.

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** Franchise/{{Batman}}' villain Clayface from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (every versions). Being chemically altered gave him the ability to regenerate his body mass, change his shape, size, density and shape-shift into any form he could assume human forms, think of.
** Jason Blood is able to transform into the demon ComicBook/{{Etrigan}} by saying a short poem.
** Chameleon Boy of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} is a Durlan, another one of those alien races where everybody is a shapeshifter.
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** The Skrulls are an entire ''race'' of voluntary shapeshifters, something they use to great advantage in the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event.
** ''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 blob attack ''Comicbook/{{Exiles}}'' ongoing monthly title.
*** Kevin Sydney (who is in fact the same guy for both versions of Morph) transforms in similar fashion as [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic]] does by reshaping his features via concentrated power of will.
*** ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} is a mutant enhanced with futuristic technology and has absolute molecular control over his size and shape. Besides his laundry list of other powers, he can form his limbs into melee weapons, [[HealingFactor heal himself]] and disguise himself as a human.
** Impossible Man from the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' comics and cartoon is a trickster-like alien who can turn into all kinds of crazy things. In an episode of the 90's series titled "Hopelessly Impossible", he turns into Galactus, Lawrence Limburger, Hulk, Lockjaw, and a Ninja Turtle.
** The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk developed the ability to do this at one point in the early 1980s when Bruce Banner had taken complete control of the Hulk's form. While he normally stayed in his basic human body, Banner could transform himself into the Hulk at will and retained full control of his body while doing so. The emotionally reserved Banner couldn't get as angry as any of the actual Hulk personalities and so wasn't as strong, but he made up for it by using his scientific smarts to fight as a GeniusBruiser.
*** The later "integrated" version of the Hulk (originally intended to be all of Banner/Hulk's personae combined into a functional whole, later [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] to yet another split personality) reversed this to a degree. Having control over his emotions and physical power, he stayed as the Hulk full-time, not reverting to "normal" even when sleeping or knocked out. However, when his mental control eventually began to slip, and the savage, destructive Hulk persona re-emerged, he would revert to human form as a sort of "safety valve", with the rampaging Hulk's mind stuck in the body of Bruce Banner and thus incapable of large-scale destruction.
*** Both ComicBook/SheHulk and ComicBook/RedHulk are typically able to control their transformations.
** ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', who had his own title in the early 1990s, is a variation on this trope. While he can't change his own physical shape, his [[EyeBeams warp vision]] can be used to alter the physical shape of any inanimate object within its radius, and affect its physical characteristics to a lesser degree.
** ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''
*** One of Spider-Man villains, The Chameleon. He start as a MasterOfDisguise with no power. Later, his powers are made innate; his epidermis and skin pigmentation have been surgically and mutagenically altered by a serum so that he can take on the appearance of any person at will. Later he returned to his powerless state.
*** ComicBook/{{Venom}} can camouflage itself by blending in with nearby walls and mimic other humans or clothing.
** The new ''Comicbook/{{Ms Marvel|2014}}'' can change her {{size|Shifter}} and appearence in any way, up to the AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever, or taking the shape of other people (as of issue #6 she only managed the original Ms. Marvel's and her own mother's, though), or even inanimate objects (store manequin, sofa). She is also capable of {{Partial Transformation}}s which effectively also make her RubberMan, and give her SuperStrength (bigger arm -> more muscles -> more strength).
* The character E.V.E. from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' title was able to shift shapes to become stronger
after each defeat by the titular hedgehog. She did this so flawlessly that Sonic even thought he was found out.
** Inque from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had a body made of a black viscous fluid,
being attacked by multiple opponents. After reaching her ultimate form, however, this power was no longer used and could shape herself at will.may be an example of ShapeshifterModeLock.
* Sham of the ''[=DNAgents=]'' can be any human form, but he doesn't transform his clothing.



* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse's Skrulls are an entire ''race'' of voluntary shapeshifters, something they use to great advantage in the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event.
* The Creator/MarvelComics character ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', who had his own title in the early 1990s, is a variation on this trope. While he can't change his own physical shape, his [[EyeBeams warp vision]] can be used to alter the physical shape of any inanimate object within its radius, and affect its physical characteristics to a lesser degree.

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* The Franchise/MarvelUniverse's Skrulls Bigby from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has a default wolf form, can shapeshift to a man, and can take any degree of the in-between forms. His six brothers are an entire ''race'' much more versatile, but not nearly as strong.
* Shifty, a prominent member
of voluntary shapeshifters, something they use to great advantage in the ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' crossover event.
* The Creator/MarvelComics character ''ComicBook/{{Sleepwalker}}'', who had his own title
[[LegionOfDoom Confederacy of Crime]] in the early 1990s, ''ComicBook/TheIncredibles'' comic series.
* ''Comicbook/LastManStanding'' has [[MeaningfulName Karma]], which
is a variation on this trope. While he can't change his own physical shape, his [[EyeBeams warp vision]] can be used JustifiedTrope considering she's a robotic spy with advanced synthetic texture-mapping tech for skin.
* Dark Horse comic ''ComicBook/TheMask'' features another Trickster shapeshifter.
* Viktor Romanov's weapon crest in ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' allows him
to alter transform into the physical shape of any inanimate object within its radius, and affect its physical characteristics to a lesser degree.Romanov eagle.



* The character E.V.E. from ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'' title was able to shift shapes to become stronger after each defeat by the titular hedgehog. She did this so flawlessly that Sonic even thought he was being attacked by multiple opponents. After reaching her ultimate form, however, this power was no longer used and may be an example of ShapeshifterModeLock.
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk developed the ability to do this at one point in the early 1980s when Bruce Banner had taken complete control of the Hulk's form. While he normally stayed in his basic human body, Banner could transform himself into the Hulk at will and retained full control of his body while doing so. The emotionally reserved Banner couldn't get as angry as any of the actual Hulk personalities and so wasn't as strong, but he made up for it by using his scientific smarts to fight as a GeniusBruiser.
** The later "integrated" version of the Hulk (originally intended to be all of Banner/Hulk's personae combined into a functional whole, later [[{{Retcon}} retconned]] to yet another split personality) reversed this to a degree. Having control over his emotions and physical power, he stayed as the Hulk full-time, not reverting to "normal" even when sleeping or knocked out. However, when his mental control eventually began to slip, and the savage, destructive Hulk persona re-emerged, he would revert to human form as a sort of "safety valve", with the rampaging Hulk's mind stuck in the body of Bruce Banner and thus incapable of large-scale destruction.
** Both ComicBook/SheHulk and ComicBook/RedHulk are typically able to control their transformations.
* Shifty, a prominent member of the [[LegionOfDoom Confederacy of Crime]] in ''ComicBook/TheIncredibles'' comic series.
* Viktor Romanov's weapon crest in ''ComicBook/NikolaiDante'' allows him to transform into the Romanov eagle.
* [[ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} The Chameleon]].
* Chameleon Boy of the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} is a Durlan, another one of those alien races where everybody is a shapeshifter.
* ComicBook/{{Apocalypse}} from the ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' is a mutant enhanced with futuristic technology and has absolute molecular control over his size and shape. Besides his laundry list of other powers, he can form his limbs into melee weapons, [[HealingFactor heal himself]] and disguise himself as a human.
* ComicBook/{{Venom}} of ''{{Spider-Man}}'' can camouflage itself by blending in with nearby walls and mimic other humans or clothing.
* Sham of the ''[=DNAgents=]'' can be any human form, but he doesn't transform his clothing.
* ''Comicbook/LastManStanding'' has [[MeaningfulName Karma]], which is a JustifiedTrope considering she's a robotic spy with advanced synthetic texture-mapping tech for skin.
* Bigby from ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'' has a default wolf form, can shapeshift to a man, and can take any degree of the in-between forms. His six brothers are much more versatile, but not nearly as strong.
* The new ''Comicbook/{{Ms Marvel|2014}}'' can change her {{size|Shifter}} and appearence in any way, up to the AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever, or taking the shape of other people (as of issue #6 she only managed the original Ms. Marvel's and her own mother's, though), or even inanimate objects (store manequin, sofa). She is also capable of {{Partial Transformation}}s which effectively also make her RubberMan, and give her SuperStrength (bigger arm -> more muscles -> more strength).


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* Carmen Electra played a parody of Mystique in ''[[Creator/SeltzerAndFriedberg Epic Movie]]''. In one scene Peter requests her to transform into [[ShapeshiftingSquick increasingly bizarre forms]] to please his various fetishes: unibrows, giant butts, flabby arms, etc.


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* Clayface from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' could assume human forms, and the blob attack after he was found out.
* Inque from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had a body made of a black viscous fluid, and could shape herself at will.
16th Feb '17 5:15:24 PM Zoriax91
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** Part 3 has minor villain Oingo, whose Stand allows him to change his appearance at will, as long as the result is human.
16th Feb '17 2:17:06 PM ILikeRobots
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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has not only Manaketes [[spoiler:including the now-adult Tiki from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'',]], but also [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Taguel Taguels]], a humanoid race that can use Beaststones to turn themselves into [[HairRaisingHare sleek rabbit beasts with some wolf-like characteristics]] (though Panne's support with the Avatar indicates that more varieties of Taguel used to exist before they were all but wiped out). In-game, the Taguels are talented at taking down ground cavalry, and focus more on speed and skill than the Manaketes.

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has not only Manaketes [[spoiler:including the now-adult Tiki from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'',]], ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'']], but also [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Taguel Taguels]], a humanoid race that can use Beaststones to turn themselves into [[HairRaisingHare sleek rabbit beasts with some wolf-like characteristics]] (though Panne's support with the Avatar indicates that more varieties of Taguel used to exist before they were all but wiped out). In-game, the Taguels are talented at taking down ground cavalry, and focus more on speed and skill than the Manaketes.
16th Feb '17 2:16:21 PM ILikeRobots
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** The Laguz from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games are able to transform into their respective animals (be they beast, bird or dragon) for offensive purposes.
** Similarly, the Manaketes of the rest of the series can transform into dragons, albeit with the use of a Dragonstone. It is also possible for them to lose their ability to transform, as shown by [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Gotoh and Xane]], although Xane makes up for it by virtue of being able to transform into anything ''except'' a dragon.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has not only Manaketes [[spoiler:including the now-adult Tiki from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' games]], but also [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Taguel Taguels]], a humanoid race that can use Beast Stones to turn themselves into [[HairRaisingHare sleek rabbit beasts with some wolf-like characteristics]] (though Panne's support with the Avatar indicates that more varieties of Taguel used to exist before they were all but wiped out). In-game, the Taguels are talented at taking down ground cavalry, and focus more on speed and skill than the Manaketes.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Nohr]]-exclusive Wolfskin (who can transform into ogre-like werewolves) and the [[{{Wutai}} Hoshido]]-exclusive Kitsune (basically, well, {{Kitsune}}). The player avatar [[spoiler:and their children]] can also transform into a dragon.

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** The Laguz from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'' and ''Videogame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'' are able to transform into their respective animals (be they beast, bird or dragon) for offensive purposes.
** Similarly,
purposes, so long as the on-screen laguz transformation gauge is full (in ''Path of Radiance''), or has any points in it at all (in ''Radiant Dawn''). They are forced back into their humanoid form once the gauge depletes. The [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority rulers of the tribes]] can stay in their animal forms indefinitely.
** The
Manaketes of the rest of the series can transform into dragons, albeit with the use of a Dragonstone. It is also possible for them to lose their ability to transform, as shown by [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia [[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight Gotoh and Xane]], although Xane makes up for it by virtue of being able to transform into anything ''except'' a dragon.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has not only Manaketes [[spoiler:including the now-adult Tiki from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia'' games]], ''VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight'' and ''Videogame/FireEmblemMysteryOfTheEmblem'',]], but also [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Taguel Taguels]], a humanoid race that can use Beast Stones Beaststones to turn themselves into [[HairRaisingHare sleek rabbit beasts with some wolf-like characteristics]] (though Panne's support with the Avatar indicates that more varieties of Taguel used to exist before they were all but wiped out). In-game, the Taguels are talented at taking down ground cavalry, and focus more on speed and skill than the Manaketes.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' has the [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy Nohr]]-exclusive Wolfskin [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfskin]] (who can transform into ogre-like werewolves) and the [[{{Wutai}} Hoshido]]-exclusive Kitsune (basically, well, {{Kitsune}}). The player avatar [[spoiler:and avatar, [[spoiler:a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-dragon]], and their children]] child Kana]] can also transform into a dragon.
7th Jan '17 8:40:42 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/VoidCity'', this is a standard vampire power. Stronger vampires can transform into a variety of shapes such as bats, cats, and rats, while weaker vampires are limited to a single transformation. Froggy, for instance, got her nickname because the only animal she can shift into is a frog.
5th Jan '17 6:39:50 PM MiddleEighth
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** Another shapeshifter is Bayr, who can turn into a bear (which does not impress George at ''all'').

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** Another shapeshifter is Bayr, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin who can turn into a bear bear]] (which does not impress George at ''all'').
5th Jan '17 6:38:59 PM MiddleEighth
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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 been reading the [[DungeonsAndDragons AD&D Monster Manual]] and gaming magazines while on Earth]]. He can also [[HulkingOut buff himself up]].
**Another shapeshifter is Bayr, who can turn into a bear (which does not impress George at ''all'').
**The Animals' Bashaban, a ShoutOut to the Titanium Titan from ElTigre, with his liquid metal arms.
26th Dec '16 11:32:55 AM Rhodes7
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* Primarily the shtick of the villainous alien killers of ''Literature/{{Mindwarp}}'' but Todd Aldridge also has this power.
13th Dec '16 11:27:07 PM PhantomRider
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* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Primator]], a ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' MonsterOfTheWeek.

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* [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Primator]], a ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' MonsterOfTheWeek. He could become any Ranger in civilian or morphed form.
**Body Switcher from ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' could not only alter his own form, but ''others.'' Little do the Rangers know that it's not the Yellow Ranger who returned with them, but the BigBad having been disguised as her.
**Slate from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'' could take on the form of past monsters whose DNA patterns he'd been given by Broodwing. For the final round with him, Morgana split him into ''all'' the forms he'd taken.
**Many monsters and major villains throughout the franchise have the ability to disguise themselves as humans (or were humans who had been altered and could take on monster forms) even if shapeshifting is not otherwise part of their arsenal.
11th Dec '16 8:04:19 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': Thorn eventually learns how to change into different forms, ranging from real animals to made up creatures - though it seems he's either unable or unwilling to mimic appearance of others.

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* ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'': ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'':
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Thorn eventually learns how to change into different forms, ranging from real animals to made up creatures - though it seems he's either unable or unwilling to mimic appearance of others.others.
** Dragon, while naturally giant winged lizards, often interact with others as humans, irks or BodyHorror-ridden humanoids.
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