A character who has two or more separate "preset" forms, one of which is his "original/default" form, that he either switches between freely, or changes into each one successively over the course the story and in a one-way fashion (i.e. he can't go back to his original form under his own power). The transformation(s) can be voluntary or involuntary. Note that the forms should be more or less "unique" to the character, so merely being able to use shapeshifting powers to freely impersonate any other person does not count.
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- From Digimon, we have: Imperialdramon and his unnamed normal mode, Fighter Mode and Paladin Mode; and Belphemon and his Rage Mode and Sleep Mode.
- In the Ethshar novel Taking Flight, by Lawrence Watt-Evans, Irith is a shapeshifter with 7 different shapes. She can change voluntarily.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's Arda (the world of Middle-earth and The Lord of the Rings), the Ainur are angelic beings who by default have no bodies. But they can "clothe" themselves in bodies (called fanar) sort of the way we put on clothes, and these can be absolutely anything they want. It's a significant indication of how far they've Fallen when first the Big Bad Morgoth, and later Sauron, lose this ability and get stuck permanently in hideous, Obviously Evil "dark lord" bodies.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse there are many races of shapeshifters, all with Voluntary Shapeshifting, and all but werespiders have at least 3 forms: the human form, an animal form, and a large, hybrid war form. Most have in addition a near-human hybrid form and a near-animal hybrid form, while the Ananasi and Kumo (werespiders) have four forms: Homid (human-looking hybrid), Lilian (hybrid war-form), Pithus or Aghora (Giant Spider), and Crawlerling or Thousand Fangs (a swarm of normal-sized Hive Mind spiders). For Garou (werewolves) the five forms are named Homid (human), Glabro (near-human hybrid), Crinos (bipedal hybrid war-form), Hispo (near-wolf hybrid), and Lupus (wolf). A shapeshifter is always born in either the human, animal, or war form, which remains their default throughout life, but they can shift to the other forms at will.
- In Werewolf: The Forsaken the werewolves (called Forsaken) have 5 formes just as in Apocalypse, in varying degrees of wolf/human. The 3 named in-between forms are Dalu (mostly human), Gauru (halfway) and Urshul (huge wolf).
- In Exalted most of a Lunar Exalt's very numerous forms are those of specific, individual animals they've eaten. However, a few are specific to themselves: their human form, their totem/spirit form (an animal of some kind), and the in-between forms they can gain by learning Hybrid Body Rearrangement and Deadly Beastman Transformation.
- Asura's Wrath's title character has the following forms in addition to his normal one: Vajra Asura (and a six-armed variant), Berserker Asura, Wrath Asura, Mantra Asura, and Asura the Destructor.
- Pokémon: Deoxys is the franchise's posterchild of this trope, with a Default Form, an Attack Form, a Defense Form, and a Speed Form. Which form you get depends on which version Deoxys enters.
- El Goonish Shive. Grace can transform into several different forms, including a squirrel and a human being.
- In Gargoyles the Third Race (The Fair Folk) and the New Olympian serial killer Proteus are shapeshifters who can look like pretty much anything they want (though Perseus prefers to impersonate others). For example, the Weird Sisters have appeared as young women, creepy old women, creepy little girls, and creepy old gargoyles (they're creepy). Oberon has his usual humanoid form but at one point transmutes it to something resembling diamond, and another time grows taller than the world's highest skyscraper. Word of God is that the Third Race can, in fact, look like anything at all, and don't necessarily have "true forms" at all.
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