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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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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series, this ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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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]]".
15th Aug '17 6:53:37 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.
31st Jul '17 4:36:44 AM Andyroid
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* In Mesoamerican folklore, the ''nahual'' is a person with the power to turn into an animal, usually a jaguar or puma.
24th Jul '17 5:14:10 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/RoguesOfTheRepublic:'' Unicorns can take any animal shape, including human. Ululenia usually takes a snowy white form, but she can probably change the coloration.
15th Jul '17 10:05:11 AM RobinZimm
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* It's revealed early on in ''Literature/RunningWithRats'' that [[spoiler:Alix]] is a shapeshifter.
2nd Jul '17 9:27:49 PM ectostar
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MagicPants are almost always in effect, unless the shapeshifting character demonstrates or mentions they are simply [[TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter molding what looks like clothing out of his/her body cells]] for the common decency of those around them. (In which case, it's [[BellisariosMaxim best not to think too much]] about that... [[PowerPerversionPotential whoops, too late.]])

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MagicPants are almost always in effect, unless the shapeshifting character demonstrates or mentions they are simply [[TechnicallyNakedShapeshifter molding what looks like clothing out of his/her body cells]] for the common decency of those around them. (In which case, it's [[BellisariosMaxim best not to think too much]] about that... [[PowerPerversionPotential whoops, too late.]])
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* Most Ninja in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can do this. However, the basic version is implicitly only skin deep, [[FridgeLogic otherwise all the ninja would transform]] [[OneWingedAngel into horrific monsters,]] or at least [[WolverineClaws weaponized]] [[BladeBelowTheShoulder versions]] of themselves, for extra fighting power. It's mainly used for deception.

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* Most Ninja in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can do this. However, the basic version is implicitly only skin deep, [[FridgeLogic otherwise all the ninja would transform]] [[OneWingedAngel into horrific monsters,]] monsters]], or at least [[WolverineClaws weaponized]] [[BladeBelowTheShoulder versions]] of themselves, for extra fighting power. It's mainly used for deception.



* Nyanko-sensei/Madara in ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. Aside from being able to go from SleepModeSize (a ManekiNeko) to his true form (a gigantic wolf spirit) on command, he changes into a human girl once in a while when being a cat is inconvenient. He also took Natsume's form once to keep Natsume's family and friends from realizing anything had happened when Natsume was trapped in a magic jar. This was not [[NotHimself entirely]] [[OutOfCharacterAlert convincing.]] To be fair, it was probably deliberate when he slipped up with Tanuma.

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* Nyanko-sensei/Madara in ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. Aside from being able to go from SleepModeSize (a ManekiNeko) to his true form (a gigantic wolf spirit) on command, he changes into a human girl once in a while when being a cat is inconvenient. He also took Natsume's form once to keep Natsume's family and friends from realizing anything had happened when Natsume was trapped in a magic jar. This was not [[NotHimself entirely]] [[OutOfCharacterAlert convincing.]] convincing]]. To be fair, it was probably deliberate when he slipped up with Tanuma.



* [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Due to Heath Ledger's death,]] a mechanism was written into ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' where dishonest people [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter tended to have different faces than their real ones]] when transported into the imagination world. Fitting this trope, it's somewhat implied that Parnasus COULD use this beyond clothes, but chose not to so as to be properly recognized by the others. Played totally straight - in the fantasy if nowhere else - by the one that gave him the Imaginarium: [[spoiler:no less than {{Satan}} himself.]]

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* [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Due to Heath Ledger's death,]] death]], a mechanism was written into ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' where dishonest people [[InvoluntaryShapeshifter tended to have different faces than their real ones]] when transported into the imagination world. Fitting this trope, it's somewhat implied that Parnasus COULD use this beyond clothes, but chose not to so as to be properly recognized by the others. Played totally straight - in the fantasy if nowhere else - by the one that gave him the Imaginarium: [[spoiler:no less than {{Satan}} himself.]]



** Mystique, just like in the comics, is a master shapeshifter. Wolverine is one of the only people who isn't fooled by her guises since [[TheNoseKnows she can't get quite get the scent right.]] [[spoiler:The Mark X Sentinels' ability to shapeshift is the result of experiments performed on Mystique.]]

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** Mystique, just like in the comics, is a master shapeshifter. Wolverine is one of the only people who isn't fooled by her guises since [[TheNoseKnows she can't get quite get the scent right.]] right]]. [[spoiler:The Mark X Sentinels' ability to shapeshift is the result of experiments performed on Mystique.]]



* A VillainOfTheWeek on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' uses this ability to get revenge on Simon by [[DivideAndConquer turning the Misfits against each other.]]

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* A VillainOfTheWeek on ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' uses this ability to get revenge on Simon by [[DivideAndConquer turning the Misfits against each other.]]other]].



* Quite a few dragons have this ability, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent depending on the story.]]

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* Quite a few dragons have this ability, [[OurDragonsAreDifferent depending on the story.]]story]].



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Lunar characters have the ability to change into animals that they have eaten. [[ImAHumanitarian Also humans,]] though they can eventually learn to add new human forms to their repertoire non-lethally. Also... Well, actually, there aren't really all that many limits on what a Lunar can and can't turn into, as some of their Knacks allow them to acquire the forms of plants, elementals, ''demons'', and '''''gods'''''. This is Exalted,[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]] (The Lunars' patron Luna, the shapeshifting god/dess of the moon, is able to take virtually any form in existence (and some that aren't).)

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'', Lunar characters have the ability to change into animals that they have eaten. [[ImAHumanitarian Also humans,]] humans]], though they can eventually learn to add new human forms to their repertoire non-lethally. Also... Well, actually, there aren't really all that many limits on what a Lunar can and can't turn into, as some of their Knacks allow them to acquire the forms of plants, elementals, ''demons'', and '''''gods'''''. This is Exalted,[[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch!]] (The Lunars' patron Luna, the shapeshifting god/dess of the moon, is able to take virtually any form in existence (and some that aren't).)



* Mario in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. At least, that's how he explains to other characters what's going on, because [[HeroicMime he won't talk.]]

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* Mario in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. At least, that's how he explains to other characters what's going on, because [[HeroicMime he won't talk.]]talk]].



** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has Elisa, TheHero's best friend. Thanks to her magic, she's able to take different forms, something she uses to play pranks...[[spoiler:and make a HeroicSacrifice via DeathFakedForYou.]]

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** ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' has Elisa, TheHero's best friend. Thanks to her magic, she's able to take different forms, something she uses to play pranks... [[spoiler:and make a HeroicSacrifice via DeathFakedForYou.]]



* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'''s most well-known [[PowerCopying characteristic.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'''s most well-known [[PowerCopying characteristic.]]characteristic]].



* Polymorphing in ''VideoGame/NetHack'' is one of the most complex and difficult aspects of the game, that can lead to major benefits if done well. A character has several ways to self-polymorph, such as a [[spoiler:wand, spellbook, ring, trap, potion, eating a polymorphing monster,]] and more. Most of these are uncontrolled without some form of polymorph control, such as a [[spoiler:ring or an intrinsic]]. Incidentally, polymorph control also lets you choose whether or not to accept shapeshifting due to [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent lycanthropy]]. Polymorphing can be very useful or detrimental, depending on if the new form destroys armor or if it can handle what the character is already carrying. (Weirdly, MagicPants is only played straight with the character's pants, as there are none equippable in game and there are [[DevelopersForesight ways the player should die if they aren't wearing pants]].)

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* Polymorphing in ''VideoGame/NetHack'' is one of the most complex and difficult aspects of the game, that can lead to major benefits if done well. A character has several ways to self-polymorph, such as a [[spoiler:wand, spellbook, ring, trap, potion, eating a polymorphing monster,]] monster]], and more. Most of these are uncontrolled without some form of polymorph control, such as a [[spoiler:ring or an intrinsic]]. Incidentally, polymorph control also lets you choose whether or not to accept shapeshifting due to [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent lycanthropy]]. Polymorphing can be very useful or detrimental, depending on if the new form destroys armor or if it can handle what the character is already carrying. (Weirdly, MagicPants is only played straight with the character's pants, as there are none equippable in game and there are [[DevelopersForesight ways the player should die if they aren't wearing pants]].)



* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail192.html shapeshifter,]] Strong Bad points out all the downsides to shapeshifting, such as the restrictive rules like only being able to turn into balloon animals, or half of a person, and the unintended consequences, like turning into a $100 bill, being picked up in the wind, and being stuffed in someone's sweaty pocket.

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* In the [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad Email]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/sbemail192.html shapeshifter,]] shapeshifter]], Strong Bad points out all the downsides to shapeshifting, such as the restrictive rules like only being able to turn into balloon animals, or half of a person, and the unintended consequences, like turning into a $100 bill, being picked up in the wind, and being stuffed in someone's sweaty pocket.



* Nimona from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Nimona the webcomic of the same name.]] Later more thoroughly explored as other characters start to figure out that a teenage girl [[HumanoidAbomination isn't actually]] [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm her default form...]]

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* Nimona from [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Webcomic/Nimona [[Webcomic/{{Nimona}} the webcomic of the same name.]] Later more thoroughly explored as other characters start to figure out that a teenage girl [[HumanoidAbomination isn't actually]] [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm her default form...]]



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the kids are captured by aliens. Their leader is a shapeshifter who initially takes the form of Stan's dad. The kids denounce this as stupid (a TakeThat against ''Film/{{Contact}}''), and he goes on to take a variety of forms ripped from pop culture, all of which the kids reject. Finally, he asks them what they want -- and they settle on "a taco...that craps ice cream", a form he [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments assumes for the remainder of the episode.]]

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', the kids are captured by aliens. Their leader is a shapeshifter who initially takes the form of Stan's dad. The kids denounce this as stupid (a TakeThat against ''Film/{{Contact}}''), and he goes on to take a variety of forms ripped from pop culture, all of which the kids reject. Finally, he asks them what they want -- and they settle on "a taco...that craps ice cream", a form he [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments assumes for the remainder of the episode.]]episode]].



25th Jun '17 1:34:52 PM nombretomado
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* Literature/TheGuardians and demons can change their appearance at will. Demons usually shapeshift into [[ManOfWealthAndTaste men of wealth and taste]] and both sides use it to disguise themselves.

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* Literature/TheGuardians Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}} and demons can change their appearance at will. Demons usually shapeshift into [[ManOfWealthAndTaste men of wealth and taste]] and both sides use it to disguise themselves.
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