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11th Nov '16 9:33:50 AM flodoris
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** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Madara's Intangibility form, Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form... [[TheDragon Pain]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]] are the only who lack it.
*** And Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb.

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** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Madara's Intangibility form, Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form... [[TheDragon Pain]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]] are the only who lack it.
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form, Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb.bomb... [[BigBad Tobi]] the only who do not have this (Well, that is, before he became Jinchuuriki Ten-Tails).
31st Oct '16 7:44:27 AM Godzillawolf
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** In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' [[spoiler:[[BigBadDuumvirate Goku Black and Future Zamasu]] (who are alternate timeline versions of the same fallen Supreme Kai) ultimately decide to take the heroes seriously after Zamasu nearly gets [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] by the Mafuba. They proceed to perform [[FusionDance Potara Fusion]] into Merged Zamasu, who largely resembles a taller, more imposing, white haired Super Saiyan version of Zamasu with some of Goku's facial features and is ''far'' stronger than either of his components.]]
17th Oct '16 7:38:27 PM ItsCursorBby
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* He's not the BigBad, but Lovecraft from ''Manga/BungouStrayDogs'' (naturally) possesses the ability to turn into a giant EldritchAbomination, seen [[https://embed.gyazo.com/b464812319370c33b6a00203f4fdc88a.png here]] in a fight against Dazai and Chuya.
11th Jul '16 12:31:49 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': [[spoiler:The fourth movie revolves around our heroes being forcibly evolved into giant dragons.]]
11th Jun '16 8:27:25 AM CyberTiger88
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** [[TheMole Dennis]] in ''Anime/YugiohArcV'' goes through a metaphorical case via his deck and ace monster. He starts out with the Entermages, of which most resembles a hybrid of {{Magical Clown}}s and {{Stage Magician}}s, as his deck's archetype with his ace being the flashy and silly Entermage Trapeze Magician. During his second duel against Kurosaki who reveals Dennis' true colors as a spy from Academia as he destroys Trapeze Magician, Dennis stops using Entermages entirely, and switches over to the Antique Gears used by the rest Academia. [[IAmNotLeftHanded He then shows his true ace card]]: the gargantuan and abominable MechanicalMonster Antique Gear Chaos Giant.

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** [[TheMole Dennis]] in ''Anime/YugiohArcV'' goes through a metaphorical case via his deck and ace monster. He starts out with the Entermages, of which most resembles resemble a hybrid of {{Magical Clown}}s and {{Stage Magician}}s, as his deck's archetype with his ace being the flashy and silly Entermage Trapeze Magician. During his second duel against Kurosaki who reveals Dennis' true colors as a spy from Academia as he destroys Trapeze Magician, Dennis stops using Entermages entirely, and switches over to the Antique Gears used by the rest Academia. majority of Academia's forces. [[IAmNotLeftHanded He then also shows his true ace card]]: the gargantuan and abominable MechanicalMonster Antique Gear Chaos Giant.
11th Jun '16 8:22:31 AM CyberTiger88
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** [[TheMole Dennis]] in ''Anime/YugiohArcV'' goes through a metaphorical case via his deck and ace monster. He starts out with the Entermages, of which most resembles a hybrid of {{Magical Clown}}s and {{Stage Magician}}s, as his deck's archetype with his ace being the flashy and silly Entermage Trapeze Magician. During his second duel against Kurosaki who reveals Dennis' true colors as a spy from Academia as he destroys Trapeze Magician, Dennis stops using Entermages entirely, and switches over to the Antique Gears used by the rest Academia. [[IAmNotLeftHanded He then shows his true ace card]]: the gargantuan and abominable MechanicalMonster Antique Gear Chaos Giant.
2nd Jun '16 12:04:19 PM DoctorTItanX
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** The initial 'human' looking form is a mid stage, acting as a more inconspicuous but weaker version of their demonic forms, as their true forms are only revealed when they die when the power of the Behelit leaves them and they turn into the desperate (and usually dying human) [[DealWithTheDevil that made a pact with the God Hand]]

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** The initial 'human' looking form is a mid stage, acting as a more inconspicuous but weaker version of their demonic forms, as their true forms are only revealed when they die when the power of the Behelit leaves them and they turn into the desperate (and usually dying human) [[DealWithTheDevil that made a pact with the God Hand]]Hand]].



** The Arrancar transform (or revert back) into massive hulking demons when they release their zanpakutou. One of them even utters one of the page quotes above just before doing this.

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** The Arrancar transform (or revert back) into massive hulking demons when they release their zanpakutou.Zanpakutou. One of them even utters one of the page quotes above just before doing this.



** Ichigo's bankai would also count as a heroic example of this along with [[spoiler: the final getsuga tenshou that he used to defeat Aizen.]]
*** His hollow transformation is this mixed with an extreme case of CameBackWrong and is one of the more terrifying hollow forms seen to date

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** Ichigo's bankai would also count as a heroic example of this along with [[spoiler: the final getsuga tenshou Final Getsuga Tenshō that he used to defeat Aizen.]]
*** His hollow Hollow transformation is this mixed with an extreme case of CameBackWrong and is one of the more terrifying hollow Hollow forms seen to date



** [[spoiler: Kaname Tousen, who becomes a huge bug creature, giving him sight(never had sight), then gets owned then appears to die in the span of 5 chapters.]]

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** [[spoiler: Kaname Tousen, who becomes a huge bug creature, giving him sight(never sight (never had sight), then gets owned then appears to die in the span of 5 chapters.]]
4th Apr '16 7:49:15 AM rafi
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* Heroic example in ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle''. Near the end, Howl transforms himself into a giant flying bear/wolverine-eagle thing to fight off bombers.
* When Sebastian of ''Manga/BlackButler'' reveals his true form, we [[DiscretionShot don't get to see it]], but it apparently includes black feathers and stripper boots, and is so horrible that Ciel is not allowed to watch. Ciel's seen some pretty messed up things.
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has a BigBad named Lucemon who starts in the form of a child-like angel with wings and blonde hair and shiny light powers. He then turns out to be a fascist dictator and gets steadily deeper into OneWingedAngel territory over three new evolutions.
** Between the various forms of the villains in other series and the increasingly (sometimes ludicrously) powerful Digivolutions on the heroic side in all series, ''Franchise/{{Digimon}} loves'' this trope. The next best example is Myotismon becoming [=VenomMyotismon=], a humongous and less intelligent form of Myotismon. In Season 2 he returns as an even stronger and more sadistic [=MaloMyotismon=] before he is finally destroyed for real.
** Even a human has gotten in on it. Kurata, the BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' ultimately fuses with the Demon Lord Digimon Belphemon, taking direct control of it, his face appearing on its chest. Belphemon itself also counts, as this triggers its mode change from its cute Sleep Mode to its {{Kaiju}}-like Rage Mode.



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has villainous ''and'' heroic examples, with the various [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifters]]. Their transformations signal a major battle, often with plenty of carnage and destruction left in their wake. When [[TheHero Eren]] battles any of the enemy Shifters, the only thing his human allies can do is get out of the way. This is especially true when their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] are revealed, leaving them with no choice but to transform and fight.
* Done interestingly in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''. [[spoiler:Season 4 BigBad Mag Mel and his partner Razenoid turn out to be the OneWingedAngel incarnations of the previous seasons BigBad Emperor Barodius and his partner Dharak after being exposed to the power of the Bakugan god Code Eve.]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'''s Apostles typically have two forms. The first is their regular human form, often with some monstrous feature that serves as their "tell." The other is their full demonic form, which they typically go into when they want to devour a victim alive or when their regular form is not enough. Zodd has the form of a winged humanoid monster with a horned tiger's head and hooved feet, and later on in the manga loses one of his horns to Griffith and becomes his dragon. Grunbeld has the form of a powerful crystalline dragon. And Rosine [[spoiler: has a "fairy" form in addition to her true demonic form]].
** The initial 'human' looking form is a mid stage, acting as a more inconspicuous but weaker version of their demonic forms, as their true forms are only revealed when they die when the power of the Behelit leaves them and they turn into the desperate (and usually dying human) [[DealWithTheDevil that made a pact with the God Hand]]
* When Sebastian of ''Manga/BlackButler'' reveals his true form, we [[DiscretionShot don't get to see it]], but it apparently includes black feathers and stripper boots, and is so horrible that Ciel is not allowed to watch. Ciel's seen some pretty messed up things.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The Arrancar transform (or revert back) into massive hulking demons when they release their zanpakutou. One of them even utters one of the page quotes above just before doing this.
** Chad, a protagonist, had a similar line, "This is my right arm's true form," when he used his new ultimate technique, "Right Arm of the Giant", against the Arrancar Gantenbainne Mosqueda.
** During Ishida's climactic personal fight against [[MadScientist Mayuri]]--in which he gained a momentous amount of power temporarily [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique at a permanent cost]]--he took on a literal manifestation of the trope, complete with a spirit-particle-absorbing wing.
** Ichigo's bankai would also count as a heroic example of this along with [[spoiler: the final getsuga tenshou that he used to defeat Aizen.]]
*** His hollow transformation is this mixed with an extreme case of CameBackWrong and is one of the more terrifying hollow forms seen to date
** Ulquiorra Cifer [[spoiler: actually grows gigantic wings during his two releases. In fact, his final fight with Ichigo even ends with one of his wings missing, although he's really more of a devil than an angel.]]
** [[spoiler: Yammy Llargo, who grows gigantic, and reveals that his number is not 10, but 0.]]
** [[spoiler: Kaname Tousen, who becomes a huge bug creature, giving him sight(never had sight), then gets owned then appears to die in the span of 5 chapters.]]
---> "You never would have let me get an opening like that, when you were blind."
** The BigBad has spent 20 chapters or so gaining new "evolved" forms.
*** [[spoiler:419 gives us EldritchAbomination Aizen, who has three Hollow holes and mouths on his wings. He transforms into this by having his skull (likely painfully) ''shoved through his face''. [[http://manga.bleachexile.com/bleach-chapter-432-page-9.html If you look closely you can still see the features to the left and right of his new "face"]]. This was a much-needed improvement over his previous form - [[{{Narm}} a butterfly with effeminately long hair.]]]]
** More recently, the Vandenreich have shown themselves able to use [[spoiler: a more advanced form of Ishida's One-Winged Angel Form, with two wings and without the drawbacks.]]
* All of the Chevaliers in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', but especially James...
* Spoofed on ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. The villain Over has six lights on his chest that light up when he gets mad. When all six are lit up, he transforms into his true self... Torpedo Girl. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like.
** An enemy's true form being "Sambaman", an enemy whose method of attacking is... dancing the Samba. No, really.
** Bald the III after absorbing both Bobobo and Don Patch. [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100329031711/bobobo/images/thumb/0/0f/Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG/303px-Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG This is the guy]] and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090716223843/bobobo/images/thumb/1/17/Tsurulina_Creature.PNG/288px-Tsurulina_Creature.PNG this is what he becomes.]]. When a villain invokes this trope, expect something very silly to happen.



* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' we get a good example of this when Tyki Mikk loses control of his Noah. [[spoiler:He turns into an armored fiend with a good dozen tentacles coming from his back and a taste for blood.]]
** [[TheHeartless Akuma]] could qualify as well, when they reveal their true form by shedding off the dead body of the one who tried to bring them back to life.
** Recently, [[spoiler:the Earl has transformed into an even more monstrous version of his usual appearance.]]
** In Chapter 219, [[spoiler:we see the Earl's true face; [[BishonenLine he's actually hot]].]] And in Chapter 221, [[spoiler:when we finally get to see the Earl's Noah power.]]
* ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'' has a BigBad named Lucemon who starts in the form of a child-like angel with wings and blonde hair and shiny light powers. He then turns out to be a fascist dictator and gets steadily deeper into OneWingedAngel territory over three new evolutions.
** Between the various forms of the villains in other series and the increasingly (sometimes ludicrously) powerful Digivolutions on the heroic side in all series, ''Franchise/{{Digimon}} loves'' this trope. The next best example is Myotismon becoming [=VenomMyotismon=], a humongous and less intelligent form of Myotismon. In Season 2 he returns as an even stronger and more sadistic [=MaloMyotismon=] before he is finally destroyed for real.
** Even a human has gotten in on it. Kurata, the BigBad of ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' ultimately fuses with the Demon Lord Digimon Belphemon, taking direct control of it, his face appearing on its chest. Belphemon itself also counts, as this triggers its mode change from its cute Sleep Mode to its {{Kaiju}}-like Rage Mode.



* Sometimes happens to individual Duel Monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', particularly the Winged Dragon of Ra.
** Although in one episode Kaiba actually transformed into a Blue Eyes White Dragon.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]] (and Season 0 of the anime), near the end of the tabletop RPG against Yami Bakura, [[EldritchAbomination Zorc]] transforms into a super-form after his regular form is defeated. Yami Yugi even {{lampshades}} this by stating that, while horrifying, this is probably Zorc's last form.
** In the anime, there is an arc where the main characters are trapped in a virtual world and fight the evil Noah, whose father is Gozaburo, Kaiba's evil stepfather whom he battles in the end. After Kaiba wins, Gozaburo transforms into a beast of fire, but Noah holds him back and both remain as the virtual world is destroyed. Somehow, Gozaburo survives just long enough to appear for a few moments in the real world as a beast of fire and part of the explosion, but they escape him before he can eat them.
*** Considering that the real-world island is exploding as Gozaburo activated it's self-destruct as a last-ditch effort to kill the heroes, and that Gozaburo became a beast of fire in the virtual world, the explosion taking on his beastly characteristics was likely meant symbolically than Gozaburo manifesting in the real world.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' may seem too casual an example to list here as Pokémon evolve all the time, but when an important character's Pokémon evolves to their final form right before (or even sometimes in the middle of) a huge battle in the anime, this Trope is definitely played straight.
** Played even straight in ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' where just right after Celebi is corrupted by the Iron-Masked Maurauder, it actually transforms into a giant monster made from twigs and leaves which for some reason resembled a Darkrai.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has this a fair bit. A couple of the purer "villain" forms of the transformation involved Gaara's grotesque mutation into his demonic Shukaku form, and Orochimaru's curse seal's second stage, which turns the bearer into a monstrous version of their former selves: various members of the Sound Five grow horns, spikes, deformed facial features, an extra eye, and a tail from using it(of course, some fans found Tayuya's 2nd form to be hot), and FaceHeelTurn Sasuke actually grows hand-like wings.
** Orochimaru himself has a grotesque "true form" that he transforms into whenever he performs his [[GrandTheftMe body-switch technique]]. He takes the shape of a giant white snake made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with a monstrous, dragon-like face and shaggy black hair. He also has a jutsu that allows him to transform into [[{{Orochi}} a giant "hydra"]], one of the mouths of which holds his normal body.
** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Madara's Intangibility form, Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form... [[TheDragon Pain]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]] are the only who lack it.
*** And Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb.
** All the Jinchuriki (except maybe Gaara) have this. They have their human forms, then the Version 1 (as Killer Bee called it) chakra shroud, which is still human, but has the chakra of his/her Tailed Beast creating a BattleAura with the appearence of the beast. Then there is the Version 2, which makes the Beast's chakra burn their skin and making the tails solid, and has the risk of reducing the Jinchuriki lifespan if he doesn't have the beast under control. Then there is the change into the beast itself...
* Spoofed on ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. The villain Over has six lights on his chest that light up when he gets mad. When all six are lit up, he transforms into his true self... Torpedo Girl. Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like.
** An enemy's true form being "Sambaman", an enemy whose method of attacking is... dancing the Samba. No, really.
** Bald the III after absorbing both Bobobo and Don Patch. [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100329031711/bobobo/images/thumb/0/0f/Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG/303px-Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG This is the guy]] and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090716223843/bobobo/images/thumb/1/17/Tsurulina_Creature.PNG/288px-Tsurulina_Creature.PNG this is what he becomes.]]. When a villain invokes this trope, expect something very silly to happen.
* Spoof in ''Neko Majin Z'', in which Neko Majin transforms in a way so subtle he is forced to point it out ("Look closer... I have double eyelids").
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The Arrancar transform (or revert back) into massive hulking demons when they release their zanpakutou. One of them even utters one of the page quotes above just before doing this.
** Chad, a protagonist, had a similar line, "This is my right arm's true form," when he used his new ultimate technique, "Right Arm of the Giant", against the Arrancar Gantenbainne Mosqueda.
** During Ishida's climactic personal fight against [[MadScientist Mayuri]]--in which he gained a momentous amount of power temporarily [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique at a permanent cost]]--he took on a literal manifestation of the trope, complete with a spirit-particle-absorbing wing.
** Ichigo's bankai would also count as a heroic example of this along with [[spoiler: the final getsuga tenshou that he used to defeat Aizen.]]
*** His hollow transformation is this mixed with an extreme case of CameBackWrong and is one of the more terrifying hollow forms seen to date
** Ulquiorra Cifer [[spoiler: actually grows gigantic wings during his two releases. In fact, his final fight with Ichigo even ends with one of his wings missing, although he's really more of a devil than an angel.]]
** [[spoiler: Yammy Llargo, who grows gigantic, and reveals that his number is not 10, but 0.]]
** [[spoiler: Kaname Tousen, who becomes a huge bug creature, giving him sight(never had sight), then gets owned then appears to die in the span of 5 chapters.]]
---> "You never would have let me get an opening like that, when you were blind."
** The BigBad has spent 20 chapters or so gaining new "evolved" forms.
*** [[spoiler:419 gives us EldritchAbomination Aizen, who has three Hollow holes and mouths on his wings. He transforms into this by having his skull (likely painfully) ''shoved through his face''. [[http://manga.bleachexile.com/bleach-chapter-432-page-9.html If you look closely you can still see the features to the left and right of his new "face"]]. This was a much-needed improvement over his previous form - [[{{Narm}} a butterfly with effeminately long hair.]]]]
** More recently, the Vandenreich have shown themselves able to use [[spoiler: a more advanced form of Ishida's One-Winged Angel Form, with two wings and without the drawbacks.]]
* Happens nearly every episode in ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu''. The exception is the last episode of the TV series, where the final monster looks almost entirely human, making it somewhat less fine to kill her. [[spoiler:The fact that the monster was Miyu's [[BigBadFriend best friend]] [[ApocalypseMaiden Chisato]] all along does not '''really''' help either.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Kaguya transforms back to her true, gigantic form [[spoiler:after she drains the essence of youth out of Sayaka.]]

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* Sometimes happens ''Manga/FairyTail'': The whole point of "Take Over" magic performed on oneself. Erza's Purgatory Armor is implied to individual Duel Monsters in ''Anime/YuGiOh'', particularly turn the Winged Dragon of Ra.
** Although in one episode Kaiba actually transformed
user into a Blue Eyes White Dragon.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh the manga]] (and Season 0 of the anime), near the end of the tabletop RPG against Yami Bakura, [[EldritchAbomination Zorc]] transforms into a super-form after his regular form is defeated. Yami Yugi even {{lampshades}} this by stating that, while horrifying, this is probably Zorc's last form.
** In the anime, there is an arc where the main characters are trapped in a virtual world and fight the evil Noah, whose father is Gozaburo, Kaiba's evil stepfather whom he battles in the end. After Kaiba wins, Gozaburo transforms into a beast of fire, but Noah holds him back and both remain as the virtual world is destroyed. Somehow, Gozaburo survives just long enough
demon somewhat; [[spoiler:but we never get to appear for a few moments in the real world as a beast of fire and part of the explosion, but they escape him before he can eat them.
*** Considering that the real-world island is exploding as Gozaburo activated it's self-destruct as a last-ditch effort to kill the heroes, and that Gozaburo became a beast of fire in the virtual world, the explosion taking on his beastly characteristics was likely meant symbolically than Gozaburo manifesting in the real world.
* ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' may seem too casual an example to list here as Pokémon evolve all the time, but when an important character's Pokémon evolves to their final form right before (or even sometimes in the middle of) a huge battle in the anime, this Trope is definitely played straight.
** Played even straight in ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' where just right after Celebi is corrupted by the Iron-Masked Maurauder, it actually transforms into a giant monster made from twigs and leaves which for some reason resembled a Darkrai.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has this a fair bit. A couple of the purer "villain" forms of the transformation involved Gaara's grotesque mutation into his demonic Shukaku form, and Orochimaru's curse seal's second stage, which turns the bearer into a monstrous version of their former selves: various members of the Sound Five grow horns, spikes, deformed facial features, an extra eye, and a tail from using it(of course, some fans found Tayuya's 2nd form to be hot), and FaceHeelTurn Sasuke actually grows hand-like wings.
** Orochimaru himself has a grotesque "true form" that he transforms into whenever he performs his [[GrandTheftMe body-switch technique]]. He takes the shape of a giant white snake made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with a monstrous, dragon-like face and shaggy black hair. He also has a jutsu that allows him to transform into [[{{Orochi}} a giant "hydra"]], one of the mouths of which holds his normal body.
** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Madara's Intangibility form, Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form... [[TheDragon Pain]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]] are the only who lack it.
*** And Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb.
** All the Jinchuriki (except maybe Gaara) have this. They have their human forms, then the Version 1 (as Killer Bee called it) chakra shroud, which is still human, but has the chakra of his/her Tailed Beast creating a BattleAura with the appearence of the beast. Then there is the Version 2, which makes the Beast's chakra burn their skin and making the tails solid, and has the risk of reducing the Jinchuriki lifespan if he doesn't have the beast under control. Then there is the change into the beast itself...
* Spoofed on ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo''. The villain Over has six lights on his chest that light up when he gets mad. When all six are lit up, he transforms into his true self... Torpedo Girl. Yes, it's exactly
see what it sounds like.
** An enemy's true form being "Sambaman", an enemy whose method of attacking is... dancing the Samba. No, really.
** Bald the III after absorbing both Bobobo and Don Patch. [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100329031711/bobobo/images/thumb/0/0f/Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG/303px-Czar_Baldy_Bald_the_Third.PNG This is the guy]] and [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20090716223843/bobobo/images/thumb/1/17/Tsurulina_Creature.PNG/288px-Tsurulina_Creature.PNG this is what he becomes.]]. When a villain invokes this trope, expect something very silly to happen.
* Spoof in ''Neko Majin Z'', in which Neko Majin transforms in a way so subtle he is forced to point it out ("Look closer... I have double eyelids").
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** The Arrancar transform (or revert back) into massive hulking demons when they release their zanpakutou. One of them even utters one of the page quotes above just before
truly does despite her doing this.
** Chad, a protagonist, had a similar line, "This is my right arm's true form," when he used his new ultimate technique, "Right Arm of
the Giant", against the Arrancar Gantenbainne Mosqueda.
** During Ishida's climactic personal fight against [[MadScientist Mayuri]]--in which he gained a momentous amount of power temporarily [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique at a permanent cost]]--he took on a literal manifestation of the trope, complete
usual "None have lived" boast that comes with a spirit-particle-absorbing wing.
** Ichigo's bankai would also count as a heroic example of this along with [[spoiler: the final getsuga tenshou that he used to defeat Aizen.]]
*** His hollow transformation is this mixed with an extreme case of CameBackWrong and is one of the more terrifying hollow forms seen to date
** Ulquiorra Cifer [[spoiler: actually grows gigantic wings during his two releases. In fact, his final fight with Ichigo even ends with one of his wings missing, although he's really more of a devil than an angel.]]
** [[spoiler: Yammy Llargo, who grows gigantic, and reveals that his number is not 10, but 0.]]
** [[spoiler: Kaname Tousen, who becomes a huge bug creature, giving him sight(never had sight), then gets owned then appears to die in the span of 5 chapters.]]
---> "You never would have let me get an opening like that, when you were blind."
** The BigBad has spent 20 chapters or so gaining new "evolved" forms.
*** [[spoiler:419 gives us EldritchAbomination Aizen, who has three Hollow holes and mouths on his wings. He transforms into this by having his skull (likely painfully) ''shoved through his face''. [[http://manga.bleachexile.com/bleach-chapter-432-page-9.html If you look closely you can still see the features to the left and right of his new "face"]]. This was a much-needed improvement over his previous form - [[{{Narm}} a butterfly with effeminately long hair.]]]]
** More recently, the Vandenreich have shown themselves able to use [[spoiler: a more advanced form of Ishida's One-Winged Angel Form, with two wings and without the drawbacks.]]
* Happens nearly every episode in ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu''. The exception is the last episode of the TV series, where the final monster looks almost entirely human, making it somewhat less fine to kill her. [[spoiler:The fact that the monster was Miyu's [[BigBadFriend best friend]] [[ApocalypseMaiden Chisato]] all along does not '''really''' help either.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Kaguya transforms back to her true, gigantic form [[spoiler:after she drains the essence of youth out of Sayaka.]]
OneWingedAngel]].



* In the manga version of ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'', a couple aliens have this, but the most extreme example is the Nurarihyoon alien, who goes through quite a large number of different forms, each appearing after the previous form is seemingly killed. The forms vary wildly, from an old man, to a hulking horned beast, a demon-like creature, a floating ball, [[FanDisservice a giant naked woman made out of other naked women]], and at least one more demonic form after that.
* Stinger and Cohen from ''Manga/GetterRobo: Armageddon'' pull this at the end, fusing together and becoming some kind of planet sized LivingShip that can spew waves of [[BodyHorror Invaders]].
* In ''Manga/GreenWorldz'', everyone got freaked out when the [[NotQuiteDead supposedly dead]] female Hybrid human rapidly [[FromASingleCell regrow her body out from a small flesh]] and emerged out [[FullFrontalAssault naked with a creppy bug-like looking head]]. She then commented that this is why she didn't want to get serious and then proceeded to unleash powerful attacks that nearly took out everyone around her. Even {{Bad Ass}} Iwatobi had a hard tme fighting her in [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun his original fighting capability]].
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Dune growing to planet-sized proportions as part of his VillainousBreakdown as the Cures beat him down. They counter with their ''own''.
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' uses this frequently in the form of removing his PowerLimiters, to the point of not having much of a 'true' form. [[spoiler: Paladin Anderson uses a nail from the Cross to become a thorn-monster.]] Also, [[spoiler: Seras]] manages to pull off the One Wing (in place of an arm) look later in the series when [[spoiler:Pip is killed by Zorin Blitz and she uses the blood he offers her to awaken her true vampiric abilities]].
* A heroic example can be found in the sixth light novel of ''[[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD High School DxD]]'', where [[spoiler:Issei goes utterly -berserk- when he is told Asia was killed, sprouting wings and entering Juggernaut Drive and quite literally -biting off the villain's arm- while growing swords and dragon arms from all of the jewels in his dragon armor.]]
* The entire LivingShip ''Grey Geshpenst'' from ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' undergoes this process during the final battle, absorbing a bunch of [[SpaceWhale Space Whales]] into itself and transforming from a normal-looking spaceship to a massive organic... thing.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Sesshomaru is a powerful dog-demon who appears most of the time as a near-human PrettyBoy, so it's unsurprising he has the "true" form of a giant dog. He seldom uses it in combat, though, probably because it seems to compromise his mobility and [[ClippedWingAngel have little by the way of inherent advantage of its own]].
** [[BigBad Naraku]] is a walking process of OneWingedAngel; a shapeshifting conglomeration of demons, he's constantly rearranging himself and gaining more power, so that his current body is always a work in progress, and his humanoid guises (even the ones that are ActuallyADoombot) are prone to bursting into a mass of poisonous vapours or tentacles. In the final battle, when he's close to reaching ultimate power, [[spoiler: his body is that of an enormous floating spherical spider that may be even BiggerOnTheInside and that the heroes enter, and after that his central humanoid avatar inside still goes through some more changes.]]
* The ''mikura'' of ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' have this, transforming into mechanical monsters for combat.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has the Six Funeral Wreaths, a villain group who each have [[spoiler: their box weapons embedded in their bodies. Their ultimate ability is to activate said weapons, which turns them into powerful half-animal beings.]]
** And three of them [[spoiler: end up getting tricked into activating their transformation just so their boss can absorb their power, in order to fuel HIS one-winged angel transformation.]]
* In Manga/MagicKnightRayearth, we have [[spoiler: none other than ''Princess Emeraude herself''. When Zagato dies at the hands of the Magic Knights, Emeraude ''[[DespairEventHorizon loses it]]'' and decides to unleash her full power. This involves reverting to her ''actual'' adult age (her child-like appearance is a cover) and summoning a [[HumongousMecha Masshin]] of her own - to fight the girls to the death.]]
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reinforce's]] [[EnemyWithout berserked defense program]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. When its DeflectorShields were destroyed and Hayate [[TakenForGranite petrified it]], it simply shed its feminine first form and took on a more grotesque one with giant toothy heads and more tentacles. When that one [[AnIcePerson was frozen]] and destroyed with three {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, it started forming a third form. Unfortunately for it, it was jettisoned into space and [[DeaderThanDead vaporized by the Arc-en-ciel]] before it could finish its transformation.



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has this a fair bit. A couple of the purer "villain" forms of the transformation involved Gaara's grotesque mutation into his demonic Shukaku form, and Orochimaru's curse seal's second stage, which turns the bearer into a monstrous version of their former selves: various members of the Sound Five grow horns, spikes, deformed facial features, an extra eye, and a tail from using it(of course, some fans found Tayuya's 2nd form to be hot), and FaceHeelTurn Sasuke actually grows hand-like wings.
** Orochimaru himself has a grotesque "true form" that he transforms into whenever he performs his [[GrandTheftMe body-switch technique]]. He takes the shape of a giant white snake made up of a multitude of smaller snakes, with a monstrous, dragon-like face and shaggy black hair. He also has a jutsu that allows him to transform into [[{{Orochi}} a giant "hydra"]], one of the mouths of which holds his normal body.
** All the Akatsuki have a OneWingedAngel form in one way or another. Kakuzu's [[CombatTentacles tentacle mass thing]], Hidan's Grim Reaper form, Kisame's Samehada-Fusion form, Itachi and Sasuke's [[PowerArmor Susano'o]], Madara's Intangibility form, Sasori's real body, Konan and her paper angel form... [[TheDragon Pain]] and [[MadBomber Deidara]] are the only who lack it.
*** And Pain already consists of ''six remotely controlled zombies''; his final revealed form was a creepy wasted body impaled by many chakra antennae. Deidara did the thing mentioned in the trope description of becoming a living bomb.
** All the Jinchuriki (except maybe Gaara) have this. They have their human forms, then the Version 1 (as Killer Bee called it) chakra shroud, which is still human, but has the chakra of his/her Tailed Beast creating a BattleAura with the appearence of the beast. Then there is the Version 2, which makes the Beast's chakra burn their skin and making the tails solid, and has the risk of reducing the Jinchuriki lifespan if he doesn't have the beast under control. Then there is the change into the beast itself...
* Nyanko-sensei from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' usually spends his time in the body of a Fortune Cat - except when in battle, then he turns into [[http://tondemonothing.dasaku.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/natsume1nyanko.jpg this.]]
* Spoof in ''Neko Majin Z'', in which Neko Majin transforms in a way so subtle he is forced to point it out ("Look closer... I have double eyelids").
* A few examples in ''Manga/OnePiece''. Virtually anyone with a Zoan fruit will have this to some degree, though only Rob Lucci and Kaku try fighting without their fruit powers. Most notable among these thus far is Tony Tony Chopper of the Straw Hats; whenever he transforms into his Monster Point form, it means trouble for whoever he's fighting. Especially now that[[spoiler:, after the TimeSkip, he can control its power]].
** Also, [[PsychoElectro Eneru]] and Gecko Moria both go OneWingedAngel shortly before being defeated, with the former turning into a giant thunder god and the latter absorbing a thousand shadows to become a giant four-legged shadow [[BuffySpeak demon...lizard...thing.]] Magellan when he uses Hell's Judgement to sit himself in a giant demonic skeleton of corruption that threatened to destroy the entire building he was in (this one was actually unbeatable, effectively being an AdvancingWallOfDoom), and Sengoku the Buddha, who proves his moniker by becoming a ''giant golden Buddha statue with energy blasts from his palms''.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has [[spoiler:Chuck and Fastener, who can turn themselves into a big hellhound or a dragon (respectively) by turning themselves inside out.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' may seem too casual an example to list here as Pokémon evolve all the time, but when an important character's Pokémon evolves to their final form right before (or even sometimes in the middle of) a huge battle in the anime, this Trope is definitely played straight.
** Played even straight in ''Anime/Pokemon4Ever'' where just right after Celebi is corrupted by the Iron-Masked Maurauder, it actually transforms into a giant monster made from twigs and leaves which for some reason resembled a Darkrai.
* Kind of a weird example in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Charlotte has what can be best described a giant worm-clown thing as a tongue, and it only shows up after she's been beaten on for a bit [[spoiler:and promptly ''[[HeroKiller beheads]]'' [[HeroKiller Mami]]]]. Oh, and [[spoiler: witches are OneWingedAngel forms of {{Magical Girl}}s]].
** TheMovie plays it straighter, [[spoiler: with Sayaka and Nagisa both being able to turn into Oktavia and Charlotte respectively. [[SummonMagic Sayaka's body stays behind, though]], probably because [[OurLichesAreDifferent it's not her real body.]]]]



* In one of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' OVA's, Lina and [[MsFanService Naga]] aggravate a vampire until he shows them his "True Vampire Form". He sprouts wings and grows to forty or fifty feet... and then he [[ClippedWingAngel collapses into a fox-bat and gets beaten unconscious by Lina]].
** Mazoku in general in ''Slayers'' all have this. All Mazoku can look human, the degree of which depends on how powerful they are. Low ranking Mazoku are easy to spot as they have monstrous attributes. Mid ranking Mazoku are a little harder, they look completely human, save for some traits that are off, such as a wrong skin color, but considering that there are talking animals in the series, it's not that big of a deal. And lastly, High ranking Mazoku look completely human. However, if they're pushed, they can transform into a "beast mode" which turns them into their real forms.
* In the fourth-to-last episode of ''Anime/SonicX'''s third season, Dark Oak, Black Narcissus, and Pale Bay Leaf use a Planet Egg and all seven Chaos Emeralds to merge together with an all-water planet with a tree on top of it to transform into a massive three-headed plant dragon resembling King Ghidorah from several Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Toku films.
** Also, the male Seedrians were shown to be capable of turning into giant Godzilla-like monsters years before five of them survived and became the five Metarex commanders.



* In the manga version of ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', a couple aliens have this, but the most extreme example is the Nurarihyoon alien, who goes through quite a large number of different forms, each appearing after the previous form is seemingly killed. The forms vary wildly, from an old man, to a hulking horned beast, a demon-like creature, a floating ball, [[FanDisservice a giant naked woman made out of other naked women]], and at least one more demonic form after that.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s Apostles typically have two forms. The first is their regular human form, often with some monstrous feature that serves as their "tell." The other is their full demonic form, which they typically go into when they want to devour a victim alive or when their regular form is not enough. Zodd has the form of a winged humanoid monster with a horned tiger's head and hooved feet, and later on in the manga loses one of his horns to Griffith and becomes his dragon. Grunbeld has the form of a powerful crystalline dragon. And Rosine [[spoiler: has a "fairy" form in addition to her true demonic form]].
** The initial 'human' looking form is a mid stage, acting as a more inconspicuous but weaker version of their demonic forms, as their true forms are only revealed when they die when the power of the Behelit leaves them and they turn into the desperate (and usually dying human) [[DealWithTheDevil that made a pact with the God Hand]]
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reinforce's]] [[EnemyWithout berserked defense program]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. When its DeflectorShields were destroyed and Hayate [[TakenForGranite petrified it]], it simply shed its feminine first form and took on a more grotesque one with giant toothy heads and more tentacles. When that one [[AnIcePerson was frozen]] and destroyed with three {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, it started forming a third form. Unfortunately for it, it was jettisoned into space and [[DeaderThanDead vaporized by the Arc-en-ciel]] before it could finish its transformation.
* The entire LivingShip ''Grey Geshpenst'' from ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' undergoes this process during the final battle, absorbing a bunch of [[SpaceWhale Space Whales]] into itself and transforming from a normal-looking spaceship to a massive organic... thing.
* Stinger and Cohen from ''Manga/GetterRobo: Armageddon'' pull this at the end, fusing together and becoming some kind of planet sized LivingShip that can spew waves of [[BodyHorror Invaders]].
* A few examples in Manga/{{OnePiece}}. Virtually anyone with a Zoan fruit will have this to some degree, though only Rob Lucci and Kaku try fighting without their fruit powers. Most notable among these thus far is Tony Tony Chopper of the Straw Hats; whenever he transforms into his Monster Point form, it means trouble for whoever he's fighting. Especially now that[[spoiler:, after the TimeSkip, he can control its power]].
** Also, [[PsychoElectro Eneru]] and Gecko Moria both go OneWingedAngel shortly before being defeated, with the former turning into a giant thunder god and the latter absorbing a thousand shadows to become a giant four-legged shadow [[BuffySpeak demon...lizard...thing.]] Magellan when he uses Hell's Judgement to sit himself in a giant demonic skeleton of corruption that threatened to destroy the entire building he was in (this one was actually unbeatable, effectively being an AdvancingWallOfDoom), and Sengoku the Buddha, who proves his moniker by becoming a ''giant golden Buddha statue with energy blasts from his palms''.
* All of the Chevaliers in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', but especially James...

to:

* In The trope is so old and frequent, it has received numerous parodies for decades. Some time in the manga '90s, ''Manga/SoulHunter'' even went ahead and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the common downside: "Villains who turn into a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman giant monster]] ''always'' [[KarmicDeath die]]."
* Happens nearly every episode in ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu''. The exception is the last episode of the TV series, where the final monster looks almost entirely human, making it somewhat less fine to kill her. [[spoiler:The fact that the monster was Miyu's [[BigBadFriend best friend]] [[ApocalypseMaiden Chisato]] all along does not '''really''' help either.]]
* Mazoku generals Drum and Guitar from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' normally appear in relatively small and goofy-looking (although still extremely dangerous) forms, to conserve their finite amount of magical power/lifeforce. When pushed, they can transform into a city-sized, many-headed dragon and an horrific cerberus, respectively. Vocal, however hard this is to believe, after witnessing his CrazyAwesome acts of monstrosity is also sealed in a form that only utilizes 1/10th of his maximum power, however, in a subversion, his true form is a pretty boy
version of ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', a couple aliens have this, but the most extreme example is the Nurarihyoon alien, who goes through quite a large number of different forms, each appearing after the previous form is seemingly killed. The forms vary wildly, from an old man, to a hulking horned beast, a demon-like creature, a floating ball, [[FanDisservice a giant naked woman made out of other naked women]], and at least one more demonic form after that.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'''s Apostles typically have two forms. The first is their regular human form, often with some monstrous feature that serves as their "tell." The other is their full demonic form, which they typically go into when they want to devour a victim alive or when their regular form is not enough. Zodd has the form of a winged humanoid monster with a horned tiger's head and hooved feet, and later on in the manga loses one of his horns to Griffith and becomes his dragon. Grunbeld has the form of a powerful crystalline dragon. And Rosine
him [[spoiler: has a "fairy" form in addition to her true demonic form]].
** The initial 'human' looking form is a mid stage, acting as a more inconspicuous but weaker version of their demonic forms, as their true forms are only revealed when they die when the power of the Behelit leaves them
and they turn into the desperate (and usually dying human) [[DealWithTheDevil that made a pact with the God Hand]]
* [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Reinforce's]] [[EnemyWithout berserked defense program]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. When its DeflectorShields were destroyed and Hayate [[TakenForGranite petrified it]], it simply shed its feminine first form and took on a more grotesque one with giant toothy heads and more tentacles. When that one [[AnIcePerson was frozen]] and destroyed with three {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, it started forming a third form. Unfortunately for it, it was jettisoned into space and [[DeaderThanDead vaporized by the Arc-en-ciel]] before it could finish its transformation.
* The entire LivingShip ''Grey Geshpenst'' from ''Anime/InfiniteRyvius'' undergoes this process during the final battle, absorbing a bunch
exhausts most of [[SpaceWhale Space Whales]] into itself and transforming from a normal-looking spaceship to a massive organic... thing.
* Stinger and Cohen from ''Manga/GetterRobo: Armageddon'' pull this at the end, fusing together and becoming some kind of planet sized LivingShip that can spew waves of [[BodyHorror Invaders]].
* A few examples in Manga/{{OnePiece}}. Virtually anyone with a Zoan fruit will have this to some degree, though only Rob Lucci and Kaku try fighting without their fruit powers. Most notable among these thus far is Tony Tony Chopper of the Straw Hats; whenever he transforms into
his Monster Point form, it means trouble for whoever he's fighting. Especially now that[[spoiler:, after the TimeSkip, he can control its power]].remaining magic in half a minute, causing SuperpowerMeltdown]].
** Also, [[PsychoElectro Eneru]] and Gecko Moria both go OneWingedAngel shortly before being defeated, with * ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'': A Xam'd is a person who has the former turning ability to shapeshift into a giant thunder god humanoid creature with awesome powers such as SuperStrength, Inhuman agility, and crazy bio-weapons (think blades and projectiles, not germs). This is more of a case of being BlessedWithSuck, however, as these powers can also override a person's sense of self, resulting in them going AxCrazy, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing their memory]], being [[TakenForGranite turned into stone]], or all three in no particular order. It's a constant danger for them, so it's rare to see a Xam'd make a full transformation; usually they'll opt for a PartialTransformation (Often just their arms).
* In ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Kaguya transforms back to her true, gigantic form [[spoiler:after she drains
the latter absorbing a thousand shadows essence of youth out of Sayaka.]]
* Sometimes happens
to become a giant four-legged shadow [[BuffySpeak demon...lizard...thing.]] Magellan when he uses Hell's Judgement to sit himself individual Duel Monsters in a giant demonic skeleton of corruption that threatened to destroy ''Anime/YuGiOh'', particularly the entire building he was Winged Dragon of Ra.
** Although
in (this one was episode Kaiba actually unbeatable, effectively being an AdvancingWallOfDoom), and Sengoku transformed into a Blue Eyes White Dragon.
** In [[Manga/YuGiOh
the Buddha, who proves his moniker by becoming a ''giant golden Buddha statue with energy blasts from his palms''.
* All
manga]] (and Season 0 of the Chevaliers anime), near the end of the tabletop RPG against Yami Bakura, [[EldritchAbomination Zorc]] transforms into a super-form after his regular form is defeated. Yami Yugi even {{lampshades}} this by stating that, while horrifying, this is probably Zorc's last form.
** In the anime, there is an arc where the main characters are trapped
in ''Anime/BloodPlus'', a virtual world and fight the evil Noah, whose father is Gozaburo, Kaiba's evil stepfather whom he battles in the end. After Kaiba wins, Gozaburo transforms into a beast of fire, but especially James...Noah holds him back and both remain as the virtual world is destroyed. Somehow, Gozaburo survives just long enough to appear for a few moments in the real world as a beast of fire and part of the explosion, but they escape him before he can eat them.
*** Considering that the real-world island is exploding as Gozaburo activated it's self-destruct as a last-ditch effort to kill the heroes, and that Gozaburo became a beast of fire in the virtual world, the explosion taking on his beastly characteristics was likely meant symbolically than Gozaburo manifesting in the real world.



* Nyanko-sensei from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' usually spends his time in the body of a Fortune Cat - except when in battle, then he turns into [[http://tondemonothing.dasaku.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/natsume1nyanko.jpg this.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Sesshomaru is a powerful dog-demon who appears most of the time as a near-human PrettyBoy, so it's unsurprising he has the "true" form of a giant dog. He seldom uses it in combat, though, probably because it seems to compromise his mobility and [[ClippedWingAngel have little by the way of inherent advantage of its own]].
** [[BigBad Naraku]] is a walking process of OneWingedAngel; a shapeshifting conglomeration of demons, he's constantly rearranging himself and gaining more power, so that his current body is always a work in progress, and his humanoid guises (even the ones that are ActuallyADoombot) are prone to bursting into a mass of poisonous vapours or tentacles. In the final battle, when he's close to reaching ultimate power, [[spoiler: his body is that of an enormous floating spherical spider that may be even BiggerOnTheInside and that the heroes enter, and after that his central humanoid avatar inside still goes through some more changes.]]
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' uses this frequently in the form of removing his PowerLimiters, to the point of not having much of a 'true' form. [[spoiler: Paladin Anderson uses a nail from the Cross to become a thorn-monster.]] Also, [[spoiler: Seras]] manages to pull off the One Wing (in place of an arm) look later in the series when [[spoiler:Pip is killed by Zorin Blitz and she uses the blood he offers her to awaken her true vampiric abilities]].
* The ''mikura'' of ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' have this, transforming into mechanical monsters for combat.
* In one of ''{{Anime/Slayers}}'' OVA's, Lina and [[MsFanService Naga]] aggravate a vampire until he shows them his "True Vampire Form". He sprouts wings and grows to forty or fifty feet... and then he [[ClippedWingAngel collapses into a fox-bat and gets beaten unconscious by Lina]].
** Mazoku in general in ''Slayers'' all have this. All Mazoku can look human, the degree of which depends on how powerful they are. Low ranking Mazoku are easy to spot as they have monstrous attributes. Mid ranking Mazoku are a little harder, they look completely human, save for some traits that are off, such as a wrong skin color, but considering that there are talking animals in the series, it's not that big of a deal. And lastly, High ranking Mazoku look completely human. However, if they're pushed, they can transform into a "beast mode" which turns them into their real forms.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has the Six Funeral Wreaths, a villain group who each have [[spoiler: their box weapons embedded in their bodies. Their ultimate ability is to activate said weapons, which turns them into powerful half-animal beings.]]
** And three of them [[spoiler: end up getting tricked into activating their transformation just so their boss can absorb their power, in order to fuel HIS one-winged angel transformation.]]
* ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'': A Xam'd is a person who has the ability to shapeshift into a humanoid creature with awesome powers such as SuperStrength, Inhuman agility, and crazy bio-weapons (think blades and projectiles, not germs). This is more of a case of being BlessedWithSuck, however, as these powers can also override a person's sense of self, resulting in them going AxCrazy, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing their memory]], being [[TakenForGranite turned into stone]], or all three in no particular order. It's a constant danger for them, so it's rare to see a Xam'd make a full transformation; usually they'll opt for a PartialTransformation (Often just their arms).
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' we get a good example of this when Tyki Mikk loses control of his Noah. [[spoiler:He turns into an armored fiend with a good dozen tentacles coming from his back and a taste for blood.]]
** [[TheHeartless Akuma]] could qualify as well, when they reveal their true form by shedding off the dead body of the one who tried to bring them back to life.
** Recently, [[spoiler:the Earl has transformed into an even more monstrous version of his usual appearance.]]
** In Chapter 219, [[spoiler:we see the Earl's true face; [[BishonenLine he's actually hot]].]] And in Chapter 221, [[spoiler:when we finally get to see the Earl's Noah power.]]
* Mazoku generals Drum and Guitar from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' normally appear in relatively small and goofy-looking (although still extremely dangerous) forms, to conserve their finite amount of magical power/lifeforce. When pushed, they can transform into a city-sized, many-headed dragon and an horrific cerberus, respectively. Vocal, however hard this is to believe, after witnessing his CrazyAwesome acts of monstrosity is also sealed in a form that only utilizes 1/10th of his maximum power, however, in a subversion, his true form is a pretty boy version of him [[spoiler: and exhausts most of his remaining magic in half a minute, causing SuperpowerMeltdown]].
* The trope is so old and frequent, it has received numerous parodies for decades. Some time in the '90s, ''Manga/SoulHunter'' even went ahead and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the common downside: "Villains who turn into a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman giant monster]] ''always'' [[KarmicDeath die]]."
* Kind of a weird example in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Charlotte has what can be best described a giant worm-clown thing as a tongue, and it only shows up after she's been beaten on for a bit [[spoiler:and promptly ''[[HeroKiller beheads]]'' [[HeroKiller Mami]]]]. Oh, and [[spoiler: witches are OneWingedAngel forms of {{Magical Girl}}s]].
** TheMovie plays it straighter, [[spoiler: with Sayaka and Nagisa both being able to turn into Oktavia and Charlotte respectively. [[SummonMagic Sayaka's body stays behind, though]], probably because [[OurLichesAreDifferent it's not her real body.]]]]
* In the fourth-to-last episode of ''SonicX'''s third season, Dark Oak, Black Narcissus, and Pale Bay Leaf use a Planet Egg and all seven Chaos Emeralds to merge together with an all-water planet with a tree on top of it to transform into a massive three-headed plant dragon resembling King Ghidorah from several Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Toku films.
** Also, the male Seedrians were shown to be capable of turning into giant Godzilla-like monsters years before five of them survived and became the five Metarex commanders.
* Done interestingly in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''. [[spoiler:Season 4 BigBad Mag Mel and his partner Razenoid turn out to be the OneWingedAngel incarnations of the previous seasons BigBad Emperor Barodius and his partner Dharak after being exposed to the power of the Bakugan god Code Eve.]]
* A heroic example can be found in the sixth light novel of ''[[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD High School DxD]]'', where [[spoiler:Issei goes utterly -berserk- when he is told Asia was killed, sprouting wings and entering Juggernaut Drive and quite literally -biting off the villain's arm- while growing swords and dragon arms from all of the jewels in his dragon armor.]]
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Dune growing to planet-sized proportions as part of his VillainousBreakdown as the Cures beat him down. They counter with their ''own''.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has [[spoiler:Chuck and Fastener, who can turn themselves into a big hellhound or a dragon (respectively) by turning themselves inside out.]]
* In Manga/MagicKnightRayearth, we have [[spoiler: none other than ''Princess Emeraude herself''. When Zagato dies at the hands of the Magic Knights, Emeraude ''[[DespairEventHorizon loses it]]'' and decides to unleash her full power. This involves reverting to her ''actual'' adult age (her child-like appearance is a cover) and summoning a [[HumongousMecha Masshin]] of her own - to fight the girls to the death.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has villainous ''and'' heroic examples, with the various [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifters]]. Their transformations signal a major battle, often with plenty of carnage and destruction left in their wake. When [[TheHero Eren]] battles any of the enemy Shifters, the only thing his human allies can do is get out of the way. This is especially true when their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] are revealed, leaving them with no choice but to transform and fight.
* Gozaburo Kaiba in the Virtual Nightmare Arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Initially, he appears the way he looked when he was a normal human, but his true form in the virtual world, which he assumes [[SoreLoser after Seto defeats him in a duel]], is a flaming, demonic giant.
* In ''Manga/GreenWorldz'', everyone got freaked out when the [[NotQuiteDead supposedly dead]] female Hybrid human rapidly [[FromASingleCell regrow her body out from a small flesh]] and emerged out [[FullFrontalAssault naked with a creppy bug-like looking head]]. She then commented that this is why she didn't want to get serious and then proceeded to unleash powerful attacks that nearly took out everyone around her. Even {{Bad Ass}} Iwatobi had a hard tme fighting her in [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun his original fighting capability]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The whole point of "Take Over" magic performed on oneself. Erza's Purgatory Armor is implied to turn the user into a demon somewhat; [[spoiler:but we never get to see what it truly does despite her doing the usual "None have lived" boast that comes with a OneWingedAngel]].
* Younger Toguro from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' still looks outwardly human most of the time despite being turned into a demon. He looks more like the demon he truly is when unleashing 100% of his full power. In the English dub, Hiei comments that he can't believe Toguro's body used to be human after seeing his transformation. Coincidentally or not, his demon form has a strong resemblance to Kairen [[spoiler:the demon who slaughtered his students in the past (which became his StartOfDarkness).]]

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* Nyanko-sensei from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'' usually spends his time in the body of a Fortune Cat - except when in battle, then he turns into [[http://tondemonothing.dasaku.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/natsume1nyanko.jpg this.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Sesshomaru is a powerful dog-demon who appears most of the time as a near-human PrettyBoy, so it's unsurprising he has the "true" form of a giant dog. He seldom uses it in combat, though, probably because it seems to compromise his mobility and [[ClippedWingAngel have little by the way of inherent advantage of its own]].
** [[BigBad Naraku]] is a walking process of OneWingedAngel; a shapeshifting conglomeration of demons, he's constantly rearranging himself and gaining more power, so that his current body is always a work in progress, and his humanoid guises (even the ones that are ActuallyADoombot) are prone to bursting into a mass of poisonous vapours or tentacles. In the final battle, when he's close to reaching ultimate power, [[spoiler: his body is that of an enormous floating spherical spider that may be even BiggerOnTheInside and that the heroes enter, and after that his central humanoid avatar inside still goes through some more changes.]]
* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' uses this frequently in the form of removing his PowerLimiters, to the point of not having much of a 'true' form. [[spoiler: Paladin Anderson uses a nail from the Cross to become a thorn-monster.]] Also, [[spoiler: Seras]] manages to pull off the One Wing (in place of an arm) look later in the series when [[spoiler:Pip is killed by Zorin Blitz and she uses the blood he offers her to awaken her true vampiric abilities]].
* The ''mikura'' of ''Anime/{{Karas}}'' have this, transforming into mechanical monsters for combat.
* In one of ''{{Anime/Slayers}}'' OVA's, Lina and [[MsFanService Naga]] aggravate a vampire until he shows them his "True Vampire Form". He sprouts wings and grows to forty or fifty feet... and then he [[ClippedWingAngel collapses into a fox-bat and gets beaten unconscious by Lina]].
** Mazoku in general in ''Slayers'' all have this. All Mazoku can look human, the degree of which depends on how powerful they are. Low ranking Mazoku are easy to spot as they have monstrous attributes. Mid ranking Mazoku are a little harder, they look completely human, save for some traits that are off, such as a wrong skin color, but considering that there are talking animals in the series, it's not that big of a deal. And lastly, High ranking Mazoku look completely human. However, if they're pushed, they can transform into a "beast mode" which turns them into their real forms.
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has the Six Funeral Wreaths, a villain group who each have [[spoiler: their box weapons embedded in their bodies. Their ultimate ability is to activate said weapons, which turns them into powerful half-animal beings.]]
** And three of them [[spoiler: end up getting tricked into activating their transformation just so their boss can absorb their power, in order to fuel HIS one-winged angel transformation.]]
* ''Anime/XamdLostMemories'': A Xam'd is a person who has the ability to shapeshift into a humanoid creature with awesome powers such as SuperStrength, Inhuman agility, and crazy bio-weapons (think blades and projectiles, not germs). This is more of a case of being BlessedWithSuck, however, as these powers can also override a person's sense of self, resulting in them going AxCrazy, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia losing their memory]], being [[TakenForGranite turned into stone]], or all three in no particular order. It's a constant danger for them, so it's rare to see a Xam'd make a full transformation; usually they'll opt for a PartialTransformation (Often just their arms).
* In ''Manga/DGrayMan'' we get a good example of this when Tyki Mikk loses control of his Noah. [[spoiler:He turns into an armored fiend with a good dozen tentacles coming from his back and a taste for blood.]]
** [[TheHeartless Akuma]] could qualify as well, when they reveal their true form by shedding off the dead body of the one who tried to bring them back to life.
** Recently, [[spoiler:the Earl has transformed into an even more monstrous version of his usual appearance.]]
** In Chapter 219, [[spoiler:we see the Earl's true face; [[BishonenLine he's actually hot]].]] And in Chapter 221, [[spoiler:when we finally get to see the Earl's Noah power.]]
* Mazoku generals Drum and Guitar from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' normally appear in relatively small and goofy-looking (although still extremely dangerous) forms, to conserve their finite amount of magical power/lifeforce. When pushed, they can transform into a city-sized, many-headed dragon and an horrific cerberus, respectively. Vocal, however hard this is to believe, after witnessing his CrazyAwesome acts of monstrosity is also sealed in a form that only utilizes 1/10th of his maximum power, however, in a subversion, his true form is a pretty boy version of him [[spoiler: and exhausts most of his remaining magic in half a minute, causing SuperpowerMeltdown]].
* The trope is so old and frequent, it has received numerous parodies for decades. Some time in the '90s, ''Manga/SoulHunter'' even went ahead and [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the common downside: "Villains who turn into a [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman giant monster]] ''always'' [[KarmicDeath die]]."
* Kind of a weird example in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Charlotte has what can be best described a giant worm-clown thing as a tongue, and it only shows up after she's been beaten on for a bit [[spoiler:and promptly ''[[HeroKiller beheads]]'' [[HeroKiller Mami]]]]. Oh, and [[spoiler: witches are OneWingedAngel forms of {{Magical Girl}}s]].
** TheMovie plays it straighter, [[spoiler: with Sayaka and Nagisa both being able to turn into Oktavia and Charlotte respectively. [[SummonMagic Sayaka's body stays behind, though]], probably because [[OurLichesAreDifferent it's not her real body.]]]]
* In the fourth-to-last episode of ''SonicX'''s third season, Dark Oak, Black Narcissus, and Pale Bay Leaf use a Planet Egg and all seven Chaos Emeralds to merge together with an all-water planet with a tree on top of it to transform into a massive three-headed plant dragon resembling King Ghidorah from several Franchise/{{Godzilla}} Toku films.
** Also, the male Seedrians were shown to be capable of turning into giant Godzilla-like monsters years before five of them survived and became the five Metarex commanders.
* Done interestingly in ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}''. [[spoiler:Season 4 BigBad Mag Mel and his partner Razenoid turn out to be the OneWingedAngel incarnations of the previous seasons BigBad Emperor Barodius and his partner Dharak after being exposed to the power of the Bakugan god Code Eve.]]
* A heroic example can be found in the sixth light novel of ''[[LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD High School DxD]]'', where [[spoiler:Issei goes utterly -berserk- when he is told Asia was killed, sprouting wings and entering Juggernaut Drive and quite literally -biting off the villain's arm- while growing swords and dragon arms from all of the jewels in his dragon armor.]]
* ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' has Dune growing to planet-sized proportions as part of his VillainousBreakdown as the Cures beat him down. They counter with their ''own''.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' has [[spoiler:Chuck and Fastener, who can turn themselves into a big hellhound or a dragon (respectively) by turning themselves inside out.]]
* In Manga/MagicKnightRayearth, we have [[spoiler: none other than ''Princess Emeraude herself''. When Zagato dies at the hands of the Magic Knights, Emeraude ''[[DespairEventHorizon loses it]]'' and decides to unleash her full power. This involves reverting to her ''actual'' adult age (her child-like appearance is a cover) and summoning a [[HumongousMecha Masshin]] of her own - to fight the girls to the death.]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has villainous ''and'' heroic examples, with the various [[LovecraftianSuperpower Titan Shifters]]. Their transformations signal a major battle, often with plenty of carnage and destruction left in their wake. When [[TheHero Eren]] battles any of the enemy Shifters, the only thing his human allies can do is get out of the way. This is especially true when their [[SecretIdentity Secret Identities]] are revealed, leaving them with no choice but to transform and fight.
* Gozaburo Kaiba in the Virtual Nightmare Arc of ''Anime/YuGiOh''. Initially, he appears the way he looked when he was a normal human, but his true form in the virtual world, which he assumes [[SoreLoser after Seto defeats him in a duel]], is a flaming, demonic giant.
* In ''Manga/GreenWorldz'', everyone got freaked out when the [[NotQuiteDead supposedly dead]] female Hybrid human rapidly [[FromASingleCell regrow her body out from a small flesh]] and emerged out [[FullFrontalAssault naked with a creppy bug-like looking head]]. She then commented that this is why she didn't want to get serious and then proceeded to unleash powerful attacks that nearly took out everyone around her. Even {{Bad Ass}} Iwatobi had a hard tme fighting her in [[ForbiddenChekhovsGun his original fighting capability]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': The whole point of "Take Over" magic performed on oneself. Erza's Purgatory Armor is implied to turn the user into a demon somewhat; [[spoiler:but we never get to see what it truly does despite her doing the usual "None have lived" boast that comes with a OneWingedAngel]].
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Younger Toguro from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' still looks outwardly human most of the time despite being turned into a demon. He looks more like the demon he truly is when unleashing 100% of his full power. In the English dub, Hiei comments that he can't believe Toguro's body used to be human after seeing his transformation. Coincidentally or not, his demon form has a strong resemblance to Kairen [[spoiler:the demon who slaughtered his students in the past (which became his StartOfDarkness).]]
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3rd Apr '16 12:01:36 PM BulletproofLlama
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** Claymores can turn into one if they are willing to put greater reliance on the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide youma side of their souls]].

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** Claymores can turn into one if they are willing to put greater reliance on the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide youma side of their souls]]. In this state, they become known as Awakened Beings, and each Claymore has a unique form, which can vary in appearance, which some possessing demonic or even animal features.
12th Mar '16 6:51:02 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''{{Yaiba}}'', Kaguya transforms back to her true, gigantic form [[spoiler:after she drains the essence of youth out of Sayaka.]]

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* In ''{{Yaiba}}'', ''Manga/{{Yaiba}}'', Kaguya transforms back to her true, gigantic form [[spoiler:after she drains the essence of youth out of Sayaka.]]
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