Created By: Someoneman on September 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Someoneman on April 24, 2013


A character is transformed into an inanimate object.

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Bob is about to face the evil witch Alice. He readies his sword, but Alice simply casts a spell on Bob, who turns into a lifeless doll. Bob was a victim of being De Animated, or being turned into an inanimate object. If the victim is still "alive" during the transformation, it can become And I Must Scream. Sister Trope to Baleful Polymorph, where the victim is turned into a less dangerous, but still living form. Super Trope of Taken for Granite.


Video Games
  • In Super Mario RPG, some enemies can turn your characters into mushrooms or scarecrows. Mushrooms are completely unable to act, but recover a small amount of HP every turn. Scarecrows can act, but only have access to special attacks and guarding.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • September 21, 2012
    Really don't think this is tropeable since it's covered pretty well by all of the existing tropes mentioned.
  • September 25, 2012
    I disagree, I think this is trope worthy. And I Must Scream doesn't cover all situations, since the victim of the transformation may not be conscious at all. Neither do the existing tropes cover this entirely.
  • September 25, 2012
    In Simon Hawke's The Ambivalent Magician series, there is Brian the Werepot, a prince transformed into a chamber pot by an evil sorcerer. He turns human again every full moon.
  • September 25, 2012
    Live Action Television:
    • In the Supernatural episode "I Believe the Children Are Our Future," Jesse accidentally turns the angel, Castiel, (and his knife) into a plastic action figure, because Jesse doesn't realize that he has powers, because he is the antichrist.
  • February 12, 2013
    • The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe: The White Queen has many statues on her grounds, which are actually her various enemies who had come to try to kill her, whom she turned to stone. sorry, didn't notice the "supertrope to" line.
    • In Ozma of Oz the Nome King has turned the royal family of Ev into trinkets; Ozma and her group are invited to try to rescue them by guessing which trinkets they are, but if the rescuer doesn't guess any right then he/she is turned into a trinket as well.
  • February 13, 2013
    BIONICLE: Teridax turns Miserix into a painting as one of the first things he does after taking over Mata Nui's body. Subverted that it was actually an illusion.
  • February 13, 2013
    Teen Titans: Mumbo turns the Titans into animals, but since that is Beast Boy's power, he can change back. So Mumbo turns him into a lamp.
  • February 14, 2013
    In The Christmas Toy any Living Toy found out of place by a human is rendered permanantly inanimate.
  • February 14, 2013

    Tabletop Games
    • The Dungeons And Dragons spell Polymorph Any Object allowed a wizard to transform a living creature into an object.

    Web Comic
    • The Wotch. Anne's mentor Miranda turned the villainous Natasha Dahlet into a doll so she couldn't harm Anne.
  • February 15, 2013
    Happens very often in Greek Mythology with god turning humans into trees and other inanimate objects.
  • April 24, 2013
  • April 24, 2013
    Living Doll Collectors tend to do this to their victims. This trope is the polar opposite of Animate Inanimate Object.