Created By: Earnest on June 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Earnest on June 26, 2011
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Shapeshifter Seduction

Shape shifters are always "your type."

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I can assume any form I wish.
Any form you wish.
-- The Beast, Krull

Basically, a Master of Illusion or character with Voluntary Shapeshifting who gets their amorous advances rejected will simply change their appearance until they hit paydirt. Because this is usually done while the seducee is looking, it tends to break any kind of cover or illusion that they're normal. In fact, the act of shape shifting before the seducee may well turn them off. If not, then the Shape Shifter will likely do the shape changing equivalent of a foot-in-mouth by taking on a form that really turns them off.

If the seducee is okay with this, they may actually suggest forms or combinations for the shapeshifter to take. Kinky forms.

Compare You Sexy Beast. See also Power Perversion Potential.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

Film
  • Meet the Spartans has a scene where the Mystique Expy seduces a character... and he asks her to get fatter.
  • Mystique in X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class, which didn't really work for her either time until Magneto in First Class told her he preferred her without the shapeshifted appearance.
See also Power Perversion Potential.

Literature
  • In A Night in the Lonesome October, the Thing In The Circle tries this on the protagonist-narrator in an attempt to get free of the Circle that imprisons it. It never quite succeeds in making him forget what it really is, and all it gets for its trouble is a series of deadpan snarker demurrals.
  • Iris in the first Xanth novel does this. She never hid her capacity for Magician-level illusions (although the more deceptive particulars are another matter), and, this being a Xanth novel, where every able-bodied male is horny as hell, it very nearly works.

Live-Action TV
  • (It's been a while since I saw it, please confirm) The illusionist in Heroes tries this on Sylar in season 2 to get him to obey the company. It doesn't work.
Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • June 24, 2011
    DomaDoma
    • Iris in the first Xanth novel does this. She never hid her capacity for Magician-level illusions (although the more deceptive particulars are another matter), and, this being a Xanth novel, where every able-bodied male is horny as hell, it very nearly works.
  • June 24, 2011
    PaulA
    • In A Night In The Lonesome October, the Thing In The Circle tries this on the protagonist-narrator in an attempt to get free of the Circle that imprisons it. It never quite succeeds in making him forget what it really is, and all it gets for its trouble is a series of deadpan snarker demurrals.
  • June 24, 2011
    c0ry
  • June 24, 2011
    Earnest
    ^^^ Thanks, I forgot to include illusions as a possibility.
  • June 24, 2011
    Deboss
    I'd suggest making the Laconic an actual laconic instead of a dialogue gag.
  • June 25, 2011
    TechUnadept
    The Hentai Cosplay Sex Machine is based around this.
  • June 25, 2011
    Bisected8
  • June 26, 2011
    Arivne
    Film
    • Legend. While the protagonists are trapped in Darkness' jail, the fairy Oona tries to get Jack to kiss her by creating an illusion that she's Jack's girlfriend Lili.
  • June 26, 2011
    Evalana
    @Bisected8: Wasn't that scene actually from Epic Movie?
  • June 26, 2011
    Pawelguz
    Ditto in Pokemon breed with almost everything.
  • June 26, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    Somehow this makes me think of an eye-doctor office. "Which looks better, 1 or 2? 1 or 2? 2 or 3? 2 or 3?
  • June 26, 2011
    TBTabby
    There was a Spider-Man comic where The Chameleon tried to seduce Mary Jane by turning into different handsome men. It didn't go over well.
  • June 26, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    Isn't this covered by Shapeshifting Lover?
  • June 26, 2011
    TheFifthWall
    Shapeshifting Lovers only have one alternate form (and it's anima to human). That trope really has more to do with a classic fairytale archetype.
  • June 26, 2011
    TheFifthWall
    The Red Dwarf Episode "Camille" was based around an alien that did this. When each crewmember looked at her, they each saw their ideal partner and instantly fell in love. Also sort of happens in "Psirens", in which titular monstrous blobby aliens cause the crew to hallucinate that they (the Psirens) are beautiful women, so they can lure them out of the ship to eat their brains.
  • June 26, 2011
    Aielyn
    I'm concerned that the trope name may be read incorrectly - it reads just as easily as a trope about seducing shapeshifters as it does as a trope about shapeshifters doing the seducing.

    Can I suggest modifying the tenses, etc, to Shapeshifting Seducer? Alternatively, Seduction Shapeshifting?
  • June 26, 2011
    Bisected8
    @Evalana: Might of been. I try to supress the memories. >_>
  • June 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Runaways: Xavin is in love with Karolina, but he's not her type. Fortunately Xavin is a Skrull, with the ability to change his shape - including into a her.
  • June 26, 2011
    Fearmonger
    At the start of Season 2 of Heroes, the illusionist (forget the name) tried to seduce Sylar with, among other forms, hot twins, and himself. He kills her to try to steal the power for himself.
  • June 26, 2011
    PaulA
    I'd argue that neither of the proposed Red Dwarf examples fit. In both cases, the shapeshifter is able to immediately determine the ideal form and assume it first try.
  • June 26, 2011
    LordCrayak
    Mary Shelley Lovecraft tried this in a Hack Slash story, morphing into a number of Cassie's past love interests while saying We Can Rule Together.
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