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->''Are you ready?\\
Transformation central!\\
Reformation central!\\
Transmogrification central!''
-->--'''Dr. Facilier''' giving some fine print, ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', "[[VillainSong Friends on the Other Side]]"

A character gets hit with a spell, {{Curse}}, or TransformationRay, causing an instantaneous and involuntary transformation into a harmless or useless form. This is commonly [[{{Animorphism}} some sort of animal creature]] (whether real or fantastic), though it can also be a plant or a lifeless object. This form will render them unable to pursue their goals, until they can revert to their usual form by some means -- they may [[TalkingAnimal or may not]] lose their voice, or even their mental faculties (in which case someone else will have to seek the cure for them).

Frogs, newts and toads are so common that they have their own subtrope, BewitchedAmphibians. Other common choices include mice, chickens, pigs, and sheep.

In role-playing or video games, this is frequently a {{Standard Status Effect|s}} that will disable or greatly weaken most attacks and magic, but will rarely affect the victim's HitPoints or armor. People may get turned into toads, but -- hot damn -- those toads will be MadeOfIron! A notable exception is when insects are involved, in which case the victim is not long for this world.

This is common in fiction, as it's a way for a spellcaster to defeat a foe with magic without simply [[ThouShaltNotKill killing them]]. It's also generally [[SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness less permanent]] and [[NeverSayDie more palatable]] than actual death. Often requires a hero to find the magic "[[FindTheCure cure]]" to turn his friend back into a person. This can be also be used to show a specific aspect of the character's personality, such as [[AnimalStereotypes greedy persons turned into pigs, or cowards into chickens]].

Occasionally in fiction a character may manage to save the day while still under this effect, sometimes through use of the animal form's abilities. This will lead to the {{Aesop}} that it's brains, not strength that's important. Or that courage is more important than size. Or that you ''can'' lay an egg and still feel like a man.

If the transformation is presented to disturb and frighten the viewer, it becomes TransformationHorror. It will then probably be a PainfulTransformation.

Whether or not a Baleful Polymorph is effective against a {{Voluntary Shapeshift|ing}}er varies, depending on whether or not it also imposes a ShapeshifterModeLock -- otherwise the shapeshifter can just transform themselves back to normal, or at least something else. Thus, it is a subtrope of [[{{curse}} curses.]]

Depending on the method, clothing may be transformed as well, or it may not, resulting in ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing if the characters or audience are aware of this fact, or EmptyPilesOfClothing if they are not. (In either case, naturally, when they get turned back they're [[NakedOnRevival going to need those clothes back...]])

Polymorphing into a nonliving form is much less likely to be played for laughs and much more likely to be permanent.

Can be used as a KarmicTransformation. Characters transformed this way may also exhibit MorphicResonance. See also EmergencyTransformation, ShapeShifterMashup and BeautyToBeast. Compare TakenForGranite (turning into a statue), UnwillingRoboticisation (turning from flesh into something mechanical). Compare SpawnBroodling, in which the "Baleful" part is turned UpToEleven. Contrast with HybridOverkillAvoidance, where the subject is immune to further polymorphing because they're already supernatural. Compare InvoluntaryShapeshifter.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Dokkoida}}'', Hyacinth's henchman Pierre has the ability to morph into almost any animal when whipped. The animal is always random, and never anything useful. However, in the past (i.e. before the start of the series) he morphed into animals that were quite threatening indeed, leading to Hyacinth's status as an A-class villain.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' villain Captain Ginyu (who has the ability to switch bodies with his opponents) is defeated when he is tricked into switching bodies with an ordinary, powerless Namekian frog. When the planet he is in explodes he is transported along with everybody else to Earth, and stays on Earth, along with the frog now inhabiting his old body, until the planet is destroyed by Kid Buu. In an anime filler, he manages to switch bodies with Bulma, but is soon forced back into his frog body.
** In the final saga, Majin Buu turns Vegito into a candy ball. [[SubvertedTrope Said candy proceeds to kick Buu's ass]] ([[Funny/DragonBallZ while the audience' laugh theirs off]]). Buu, considering Vegito to be even more dangerous as what basically amounts to an absurdly powerful living bullet[[note]]Note that reducing the surface area of an object while not reducing the force it exerts increases the pressure, hence doing more damage. Yay, physics![[/note]], decides to change him back. Now ''that's'' entertainment.
--> ''"I'm no ordinary candy! I'm a jawbreaker, the strongest candy there is!"''
* An AllThereInTheManual example in ''Manga/FairyTail'': Kinana was turned into a snake ten years ago and made to fight alongside Cobra, until Marakov turned her back. She doesn't have any memories of being a snake.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' likes to transform an opponent into a game animal of some kind and then try to cook them alive.
* Referenced in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'': The penalty for flagrantly breaking TheMasquerade is getting turned into an ermine. This ''may or may not'' be the case with [[WeaselMascot Chamo]], but it's [[InternetBackdraft best not to discuss that.]]
** In ''Negima!?'', Negi does [[spoiler: get turned into a {{chupacabra}}]], but he gets better.
* In a story of one the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' manga versions, a race of giant, man-eater, fish-alike, humanoid {{Eldritch Abomination}}s from another dimension named Chip Kamoy tried to invade Earth. They kidnapped a normal human girl and transformed her into a mermaid-like being to communicate with humans. Later they trapped TheHero Kouji Kabuto and she helped him to escape. In punishment [[spoiler:she got executed by the Chip Kamoy.]]
* In ''Manga/NyanKoi'', Junpei will turn into a cat (which pretty much kills him, since he's allergic) if he doesn't perform one hundred good deeds for cats.
* Any Witch in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' is turned into a Witch Frog whenever a human calls them a Witch. They can be changed back, but only the one who called them can pull it off. Unfortunately, most humans run away in fear when it happens, leaving many unfortunate Witches trapped in that form for the rest of their lives. It's even implied that most Witches never return to normal. [[spoiler:Averted later on when the curse the causes the BalefulPolymorph is lifted by the one who originally cast it in the first place; it still came too late for those who died as witch Frogs.]]
* Ash Ketchum gets turned into a Pikachu at the end of an episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' thanks to a rather careless magic spell. Luckily for him it only lasts for a while (Unluckily for the audience we barely see him do anything in this time).
** Pokemon also had Sabrina, who while suffering from Literal Split Personality turned some people [[AndIMustScream into dolls]] with her psychic powers.
* Inverted in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' -- Ahiru is actually a duck to ''begin'' with and gets turned into a human girl, but certain circumstances will cause her to revert to duck form ...
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', natch. While many of the springs can be CursedWithAwesome or BlessedWithSuck dependent only upon your feelings towards that curse and the situations of your life (Boy/Girl, Panda, Child, etc), the various little animal springs (like Cat, Duck and Pig) lean pretty heavily towards BlessedWithSuck. Especially seeing as how other springs include [[OneWingedAngel Yeti-Riding-Ox-Carrying-Crane-and-Eel]] and [[PhysicalGod Ashura]].
* In ''Manga/RuinExplorers'', Ihrie turns into a rat every time she uses her magic, a curse from her old master.
* Used in ''Anime/SailorMoon'', when [[spoiler: Wiseman tricks Esmeraude into putting a crown on herself that would boost her powers. It turns her into a mindless dragon instead.]]
* In ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', Chihiro's parents are turned into pigs. And in the same movie, a giant baby is turned into a hamster, and a large bird is turned into a tiny black hummingbird-thing. This trope is used a lot in Miyazaki movies, it seems.
* This trope is central to the plot of the [[{{Hentai}} ero-manga]] ''Tentacle Lovers'', wherein a young man is turned into a [[BreadEggsMilkSquick small, cute tentacle monster]] after a foreign princess botches a summoning spell. Played with by the end, wherein the Princess managed to make a ''new'' body for the protagonist, and transfers his soul into it. However, because it was designed from her memory (and the two had several MateOrDie moments), his new form was a bit more... [[BiggerIsBetterInBed endowed]]... than it used to be.
* ''Manga/{{Uzumaki}}'' features some people who transform into snails, and one couple who become snake-like. This isn't too bad for the snailized people until [[spoiler: the un-snailized people start looking for food]].
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', the samurai Kin'emon's missing son Momonosuke ate an artificially created Devil Fruit that turned him into a little eastern style dragon. Whether due to his inexperience with Devil Fruit powers or problems with the man-made fruit itself, Momonosuke is stuck in dragon form.
** The Dressrosa arc introduces Sugar, a member of the Doflamingo pirate crew. She has eaten the Hobby-Hobby fruit, which grants her the ability to turn people into toys and even [[{{Unperson}} remove people's memories of them]]. Though this comes with a tradeoff that she's stuck in the physical body of a ten-year-old girl. Actually, even ''that'' [[BadassAdorable doesn't come as a disadvantage]].
* In ''FruitsBasket'' the story centers around an entire family cursed that they turn into animals when embraced, though luckily they keep their human minds and can still talk. But expect an awful lot of [[NakedOnRevival awkwardness when they turn back]] Though the family learned to accept and deal with the curse, they still consider the whole thing a BlessedWithSuck especially if you're Hatori. (He turns into a seahorse)
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' when Sun Wukong manifests on Earth, all non-magical humans in the surrounding city are transformed into monkeys. Notably, this is not out of malice but primarily because Sun Wukong desires subjects to rule over; the transformed civilians are unharmed and eventually return to normal.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', a story arc focuses on Gintoki, Katsura, and Kondo trying to return to their original forms after they're cursed as a result of relieving themselves on a cat's grave. The former two transformed into cats, while the latter of the three inexplicably ends up as a gorilla instead (Befitting of his nickname). Despite the change, they're still able to beat up the ones responsible for capturing Kabukicho's stray cats rather easily, though in Kondo's case, it's more than justified.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a few of these. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=108863 Ovinomancer]] later got a reprint and shout-outs in the [[NostalgiaLevel Time Spiral block]] in the form of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=126212 Ovinize]] (Transforms target into a sheep) and [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=129015 Pongify]] (Transforms target into a giant ape). Shadowmoor has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=157401 Snakeform]] (Transforms target into a snake). Unglued has [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5822 Fowl Play]](Transforms target into a chicken). Mechanically similar "restraining" cards can instead represent [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5702 a new state of mind]] or magical bindings.
** Then there's [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=204977 Mass Polymorph]] which (at least in terms of flavor) transforms all your creatures into other creatures basically at random.
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[[folder:Comic Books ]]
* When ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' use the Transmogrifier, like most of their cardboard box technology, it never turns out well. This might be why ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' used the word as well in the above song lyric.
** Calvin was once turned into an owl by the Transmogrifier Gun, but accepted it when he realized that he wouldn't have to go to school. He was actually disappointed when the transmogrification wore off.
** He once used it to turn himself into a tiger, he ended up looking like a shorter Hobbes
* After the ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' defeat them, three Skrulls offer to turn into something else (and be hypnotised into forgetting their previous lives.) They are turned into cattle and put out to pasture. Which is very creepy after FridgeLogic sets in. In fact, that's not the last we ever hear of the Skrull-cows. The ''meat'' they are eventually turned into winds up giving a group of ordinary people superpowers. And cancer.
* In ''Transfer of Power'', TheAuthority's punishment for the superpowered monster that attacks them (depowered back into a hick) is to take him back home and change him into a flock of chickens. Just as the local bar turns out and the locals decide [[BlackComedyRape chickens are acceptable sexual partners]]. "Do you remember when heroes just used to take bad guys to jail?" (In this case, the reason they didn't is because the hick was empowered by G7. Yes, the seven wealthiest governments in the world. His jail stint would have been shorter than Paris Hilton's.)
** Worse, actually: the locals are actually his brothers, who had just been complaining about a lack of anything to eat.
* In the ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' comics, Dawn has been turned into a giant (well, at least she got to stomp Tokyo and fight a giant robot version of herself), a centaur (uh, gave Xander a ride...) and a doll.
* In the comic book ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', the realm Prince Charming came from had its fair share of cursed folks being turned into all sorts of talking animals. Of course, marriage to royalty would reverse the curse. King and Queen Charming disposed of the more troublesome ones by summoning the cook...
** Also, in a slight twist a rabbit named Colonel Thunderfoot is transformed into a human by the angry rabbit mother of a soldier who died after Thunderfoot sent him to battle. The terms of course were that Thunderfoot could only be turned back into a rabbit if he found a doe able to see past his appearance and love him. Judging by the end of the chapter, he is in rather bad luck on that score.
* During the ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' tie-in ''Day of Vengeance'', ComicBook/TheSpectre turns ComicBook/ThePhantomStranger into a rat, since he wasn't powerful enough to kill him.
** This is The Spectre's general specialty, with origins as a method of [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar getting murder past the Comics Code Authority]]. Generally, the polymorph is such that the transformed person gets killed or destroyed horribly in such a way as to make ordinary murder seem pleasant... but because it wasn't a human (or, often, a living thing) getting horrifically murdered, its OK!
* In some of the Witch Hazel in LittleLulu, hazel transforms Lulu into various things, such as a cat, a parrot, a monkey, a mermaid, and even a water pipe!
* Before ''Swing with Scooter'' turned into an ''{{Archie}}'' [[SerialNumbersFiledOff clone]], its seventh issue featured a story where Scooter and his friends were turned into anthropomorphic vegetables. [[http://www.dialbforblog.com/archives/333/scooter7p2.gif Yes.]]
* The mutant Masque of the sewer-dwelling [[ComicBook/XMen Morlocks]] can alter the flesh of anyone he touches, in pretty much any way he can imagine; and he has a ''very'' twisted imagination.
* Sersi of the Eternals is the Franchise/MarvelUniverse inspiration behind the legend of Circe, and often temporarily transforms her foes into harmless animals.
* Circe the Goddess is a straight-up villain for Franchise/TheDCU and turns her foes into animals. This doesn't stick for ComicBook/PlasticMan, for obvious reasons, but does kinda turn him on.
* ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'': Entertaining children in hospital, the shape-shifter Phylum [[spoiler:is permanently trapped in the form of a chimpanzee.]]
* [[SequenceBreaking Exploited]] by Brian in the ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' a few times.
* One {{Mickey Mouse}} comic had a witch turn Minnie into a lamb by tricking her into eating an enchanted fig.
* ''[[TabletopGame/WitchGirlsAdventures Witch Girls]]'' has this occur several times in its comics, notably with Lucinda Nightbane turning a couple of muggers into a frog and fly, and another in which she turns a bully into a two-headed rabbit who she releases into the world to breed.
* TheMightyThor was turned into a frog on more than one occasion. One time his fellow Avengers were transformed too. Thor groaned "not again..." while IronMan started freaking out.
* In ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comic book story "The Little Tree", Lumberjack Smurf finds out that an elf's sister has been turned into an evergreen tree and spares her from being cut down.
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[[folder: Fairy Tales]]
* In [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/eng/child/ch270.htm "Earl of Mar's Daughter"]], the hero's mother is a "queen o state and wealth" who is so "well skilld in magic spells" that she transformed her son into a dove so that he could fly to distant lands to "charm such maids" as the heroine. In another version, the mighty queen does this to her puny son because he wouldn't obey her.
* In "Literature/BrotherAndSister", Brother is transformed into a deer by his WickedStepmother and can only turn back [[NoOntologicalInertia after her death]].
* In "Literature/TheWhiteDuck", the queen is turned into a white duck, and her children are born as ducklings.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/firebird/stories/greekprincess.html "The Greek Princess and the Young Gardener"]], a fox proves to be the enchanted brother of the Greek Princess. (Note that many other variants of this tale have the fox as a TalkingAnimal).
* [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/index.html "The Six Swans"]] were princes changed to that form by their WickedStepmother. They could turn back into humans once an evening, but would turn into swans again after a short time.
* [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/brothersister/stories/lambfish.html "The Lambkin and the Little Fish"]] were a brother and sister changed to those forms by their WickedStepmother.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/stories/birch.html "The Wonderful Birch"]], after the hero marries the heroine, the WickedStepmother turns her into a reindeer and puts her own daughter in her place; a wise woman brings her child to the forest and she turns to a woman to tend it, and her husband burns her skin.
* In the [[Literature/ChildBallads Child Ballad]] "Literature/TamLin" (Child #39), Tam Lin is transformed in Fair Janet's arms by TheFairFolk, who want her to let go of him.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/authors/grimms/135whiteblackbride.html "The White Bride and the Black One"]], the WickedStepmother turns her stepdaughter into a duck.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/sevendoves.html "The Seven Doves"]] the heroes are turned to birds by their sister's carelessness; similarly for their mother's in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/sixswans/stories/twelvewilducks.html "The Twelve Wild Ducks"]] and their father's in Literature/TheSevenRavens.
* In [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/pussboots/stories/lordpeter.html "Lord Peter"]], a variant of "Literature/PussInBoots", the cat turns out in the end to be an enchanted princess.
* "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" is another example.
* The hero of "Literature/EastOfTheSunAndWestOfTheMoon" was made a bear, albeit a TalkingAnimal, by his WickedStepmother (for refusing to marry her daughter and let her become his mother-in-law) and can only take on his human form at night. Similarly with [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/norroway.html "The Black Bull of Norroway"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/brownbear.html "The Brown Bear of Norway"]], [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/enchpig.html "The Enchanted Pig"]], the dog in [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/daughterskies.html "The Daughter of the Skies"]], and [[http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/eastsunwestmoon/stories/whitewolf.html "The White Wolf"]].
* "Little Bunny Foo-Foo" is threatened with getting turned into a "goon" if he doesn't quit hitting field mice.
* Granted it's a ballet, but ''Theatre/SwanLake'' (Also adapted as ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'') is about a princess who becomes a swan during the day due to the spell of a sorcerer.
* In "Literature/IronHans", Iron Hans turns out to be have been a king, turned into a wild man.
* In "Literature/TheWhiteDove", the dove is a kidnapped princess. The witch also tries to hide her from the prince in other shapes.
* In "Literature/TheLoveOfThreeOranges", the princess is turned into a canary by the servants who tries to take her place.
* In "Literature/TheFrogPrince", the prince is turned into a frog before the story.
* In Creator/AsbjornsenAndMoe's "Literature/TheSevenFoals", the foals are the king's transformed sons.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'', a failed spell by Daolon Wong ends up transforming Jade back into her Shadowkhan form, leading to a FaceHeelTurn.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fanfiction ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'', a mysterious being (called "The Cackler", according to WordOfGod) transforms Jade back into her Shadowkhan form and sends her to the TT world (though her morality is unchanged this time round).
** Later, Mumbo turns Jade into a monkey.
* Hobbes is briefly turned into a rabbit by Calvin in order to get Sherman to his house safely in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''Fanfic/TheBlueBlurOfTermina'', Sonic the Hedgehog was transformed into a Deku Scrub by the Skull Kid.
* [[spoiler:[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Violet Parr,]]]] [[ShrinkingViolet of all people,]] gets a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for subverting this trope '''hard''' in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces.'' [[spoiler:Specifically, it works two-fold: first, she is turned into a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' by the BigBad in Chapter 24, and then again in Chapter 29. Both times, she is GenreSavvy enough to realize that [[LightningBruiser she now has the physical power of the (second) greatest carnivore on the planet.]] In a rare instance when the ''smarter'' of the {{Big Bad}}s is the one who carries the IdiotBall, Ludlow realizes this fairly quickly, and changes her back into her human form to avoid further trouble, but then the normally DangerouslyGenreSavvy Ripper traps her in her dinosaur form indefinitely for his own ends, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge with disastrous results.]]]]
* The PER from ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' use a [[MutagenicGoo a potion]] to forcibly turn people into [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic ponies]].
* [[ManipulativeBastard Tzeentch]] does this to TheEmperor, combined with GenderBender, at the end of their fight in ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind''. The Emperor/Princess Celestia is pissed off at first, but gets used to it after a few years.
* A variant from ''Fanfic/{{Generation 2021}}'', Hikaru is forced into a Garchomp costume. A costume that [[BecomingTheCostume grants him the same powers]] as a real Garchomp.
* In the PercyJackson fanfiction MoonDaughter, Annabeth is [[spoiler: turned into a grape "with no soul"]] when she catches Mr. D watching "child pr0n."
* In ''Fanfic/KnowledgeIsPower'' Voldemort gets turned into a squirrel. Yes, a squirrel.
* In ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', Athena cursed Arachne by transforming her into a spider, in revenge for an insult.
* In ''FanFic/ShadowchasersTorment'', the [[EvilSorceress Doomdreamer]] Loreli did this to enemies, former lovers, and [[DeceptiveDisciple even to her own father]], usually turning them into cats, keeping a few of them as pets simply to torment them. Nichole fell victim to this too (a "punishment" for breaking into Lorlei's room when the heroes made their final assault on the villain's HQ), but was rescued from the protagonist shortly before the spell became irreversible. (Because Lorlei was GenreSavvy enough to realize that she might accidentally fall victim to the spell herself since she used it so often, she kept a magical curse-breaker hidden in her room, where she cast it often; she was sure to lock up victims in a cage to make sure they couldn't look for it, but never counted on a rescue attempt.)
** The same fate befell Loreli herself at the conclusion; she accepted it as a plea bargain to escape the death penalty and was turned into a cat before being resigned to a private cell at the prison complex. This didn't last long, as she was broken out and cured (against her will, although she [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse didn't have much choice]]) in ''Fanfic/ShadowchasersAscension'' by the BigBad of that fic.
* In ''WebAnimation/TheWorstSonicFanfictionEver'', Sonic, Knuckles and Tails are turned into a salami at one point.
* This trope is one of the key aspects of ''FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay'' and it's sidestories. Arcues moves a vast majority of the Pokèmon and a handful of humans to Equis, and turns the selected Humans into Pokèmon. Some of the humans don't mind the change though.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Disney uses this a lot. ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has the Prince involuntarily transformed into the Beast by the Enchantress, along with the other servants.
* In ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'', the mice and dog are turned into the footman and horses. ''Cinderella III: Twist in Time'' has [[spoiler:the Stepmother steal the Fary Godmother's wand and ultimately turn Anastasia into a copy of Cinderella to steal the Prince away]]. While [[spoiler:Anastasia]] might have been bullied into agreeing, she still seems rather upset about the whole thing.
* ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''
** Abu is turned into an elephant and later a wind-up monkey toy.
** Jasmine's tiger is turned into a kitten.
** And inverted when Jafar is turned into a genie, in an itty bitty living space.
* In ''Disney/AliceInWonderland'', the protagonist changes size at alarming rates. While it does happen because she herself consumes various food and drinks, she usually is unaware of the exact effects of the consumption.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', various merpeople are changed by Ursula into shriveled polyps.
* In ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', Naveen and Tiana are both involuntarily turned into frogs. (The voodoo man promised "green" in Naveen's future ...)
* In ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'', the wayward boys are turned into donkeys. Bit by bit.
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' is based on this trope. Kenai is turned into a bear by the Great Spirit and his recently deceased eldest brother Sitka as punishment for attempting to avenge Sitka by killing the bear. [[spoiler:Justified when it turns out to be the mother of a bear cub named Koda]].
* ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove''
** The movie features a slew of polymorphing potions going awry, and some of the results are much less than useful -- becoming a turtle, a parrot, and a humpback whale are each pretty Baleful in their own right.
** The main character, Kuzco, is turned into a llama by Yzma by means of one of these potions.
** And then there's the entire palace guard, who get transformed into several different creatures, though their baleful-ness is apparently up to the individual:
--->'''Guard:''' Uh... I've been turned into a cow... can I go home?\\
'''Yzma:''' You're excused. Anyone else?\\
'''The rest of the troops:''' Nah, we're good!
** And of course Yzma gets her comeuppance when [[spoiler: one of the final potions is used on her. And she turns into a fluffy little kitten. Cue Kuzco taunting her until he gets scratched.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' (by Disney subsidiary {{Pixar}}), Queen Elinor becomes a bear. And the same fate fell upon a prince who became [[BearsAreBadNews killer-machine-in-bear-form]] Mor'du.
* Edmund from ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' is transformed into a kitten by the evil Duke of Owls, and upon realizing that he's been tranformed, he cries out [[MemeticMutation "Jeepers, I'm all furry!"]]
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Willow}}''
** [[EvilOverlord evil empress]] Bavmorda transforms all of an army into pigs this way. The pig transformation was also used as a temporary status effect in the NES {{RPG}} based on the movie.
** The sorceress Fin Raziel is also subjected to this treatment, though Bavmorda turns her into a possum, not a pig. And then Willow himself transforms her into... a bunch of other animals, with nary a pause in between. [[spoiler:She (finally) gets better]].
--->'''Goat!Fin Raziel:''' Maad Maartigan...\\
'''Madmartigan:''' What the Hell happened to you?
* In ''Film/TimeBandits'', the Source of All Evil turns one of the dwarves into a pig.
* The movie ''Russell'' is about a man who gets turned into a koala.
* ''Film/{{Troll}}''
** In the original film, Torok transformed the residents of the apartment complex into various magical creatures, judging by Peter's transformation it's quite painful.
** In ''Film/{{Troll 2}}'', people get turned into plant things by the goblins. Although if the reactions of one victim are anything to go by, it's not exactly painful.
* The first live-action ''Film/{{Guyver}}'' movie does this to [[spoiler:Creator/MarkHamill's [[WTHCastingAgency character]].]] [[KickTheDog Then he dies]].
* The film ''Film/{{Ladyhawke}}'' has a double case of this, orchestrated by an evil priest. Two lovers are cursed so that the man, Etienne Navarre, becomes a wolf by night, and the woman, Isabeau, becomes a hawk by day. They can only both be human at exact sunrise and sunset, but they can never touch.
* In ''Film/HocusPocus'', young Binks is turned into a black cat by the three sister witches, and is doomed to live forever with his guilt.
* ''Film/{{Stardust}}''
** The hero is promised safe transportation, food, and lodging by a witch. She turns him into a mouse and puts him in a cage with some cheese. As noted in the example in the Literature section, there is a practical reason for the transformation, rather than it just being a curse -- the witch didn't want Tristan to take up a lot of space and eat a lot of food.
** Also, Lady Una is turned into a bird and back by the same witch. She seems rather pissed about it.
** Earlier, the villain changes a farmboy into a goat to help pull her carriage. Later, she changes him into a young woman and the (real) goat into a man as a subterfuge. The drawback is that their voices don't change.
* In ''Sinbad' a sorcerer turns Sinbad's friend into a dog.
* This is used as a disturbing visual element in ''Film/BlackSwan'', where the protagonist imagines herself morphing into an actual black swan as she struggles psychologically with her role in the ballet. Unless it's really happening...
* In ''Film/BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' Miss Price turns several people into rabbits.
* In ''Film/HighSchoolMusical 2'', the "Humuhumunukunukuapua'a" skit is about a lonely Hawaiian princess who seeks to break the spell on a prince who's been turned into a fish.
* In the Turkish [[http://www.sinematurk.com/film/6254-tatli-cadinin-maceralari/ film ]] ''Tatlı Cadının Maceraları'' (''Adventures of the Sweet Witch'') (based on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''), a magical evil woman promptly [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Bwxoz-qIU&feature=player_detailpage#t=378s transforms]] a man into a goldfish on a frying pan when he is unresponsive to her advances. He is later rescued by his magical wife.
* In ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster'', Freddy turns [[spoiler:Debbie]] into a giant, helpless cockroach and then crushes her.
* The evil Djinn in ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' does this many times to his victims, with multiple variants. He changes people into trees, brick walls, mannequins, glass doors, crocodiles, a pimple on someone's ass, and many other unpleasantries.
* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' turns the raven Diaval into a man to save him from being beaten to death. When he later pledges his service to her, she changes him into whatever form best suits her needs.
--->'''Maleficent:''' I need a horse...
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Very common in ''Literature/ArabianNights'', where it is typically employed by sorceresses who are either hit upon by men they do not like, or for the purposes of punishing an erstwhile lover they are tired of.
** Example of both kinds are found in the story of [[http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/8599/pg8599.html King Beder]]. King Beder is first turned into a bird by Princess Giauhara when he tries to kiss her hand. He is later rescued by another benevolent sorceress queen, but then reaches the city of the formidable Queen Labe. She is so much into this trope that the first thing Beder notices on entering her kingdom is the abnormally large number of donkeys, mules and horses on the streets, who, he later learns, were all her former human lovers whom she had transformed into animals after she tired of them. Beder himself escapes her clutches when he first meets her, by transforming her into a mule with assistance from a magician friend. However, Labe is rescued by her mother, and quickly has her revenge by changing Beder into a "foul bird".
** Another extreme example is found in the [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/128/128-h/128-h.htm#chap09 Tale of the Younk King of the Black Isles]], where the king in the title is transformed into a living sculpture-he is stone from neck downwards- by his adulterous wife as punishment for harming her lover. The queen is not content with merely transforming the king her husband, and goes ahead and makes a display of her magical powers to him by transforming all the inhabitants of his kingdom into fish, color coded by their religion. This whole transfiguration explosion is later discovered when a fisherman tries to catch these fish and finds them to be rather unusually jumpy.
** Taken to an extreme in the story of [[http://www.bartleby.com/16/101.html The Merchant and The Djinn]] - the titular merchant finds himself having incurred the murderous wrath of the titular Djinn, but is saved at the last moment by the intervention of three completely unrelated travelers who happened to be in that stretch of desert at the time, all of whom are carting around various animals that all happen to be their wives/brothers/relatives who have had bad/foolish experiences with magic and were put under a spell - in something of a parody of this idea. What follows are various stories within stories explaining how each of them suffered this fate, and The Djinn is so amazed by having heard them that he agrees to let the merchant go in exchange for the experience.
* In Creator/RoaldDahl's ''Literature/TheWitches,'' the witches' plan to dispose of children is to turn them all into mice.
** And in his ''The Magic Finger'' this is the main character's special ability, although it so horrifies her that she never uses it unless she's ''really'' annoyed with someone.
** Violet Beauregarde's karmic fate in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' is a transformation into a giant blueberry, with only her head, hands, and feet showing that she was once human. (This is played up in the 2005 film and 2013 stage musical adaptations, in which her parent figure in each has SkewedPriorities with regards to their concerns for her -- in the former, it's that she won't be able to "[[CompetitionFreak compete]]", and the latter, that she can't be a starlet in this form.) At the end of the novel, after all the juice is squeezed out of her, she's NotQuiteBackToNormal, as her skin and hair are still blue.
* In ''[[Literature/LandOfOz The Magic of Oz]]'', a young boy learns to use a [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique very dangerous magic word]] ("Pyrzqxgl", hard to use because very few can pronounce it) which can turn ''anything'' into ''anything''. He learns to pronounce it, and becomes an UnwittingPawn of the villainous Nome King, who convinces him to use it to wreck havoc in Oz. Naturally, Ozma's protectors try to stop him, until in one scene, he panics and says it dozens of times, transforming nearly the entire cast into various animals - including the Nome King too, who makes the mistake of making him angry. Eventually, [[spoiler:the Wizard himself is able to use the word and turn it against them, then trick them into drinking the Water of Oblivion to make them forget the word and return them to a "blank slate". (Which, in the Nome King's case, only stops his evil ways for a short time...)]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In the novels, it's stated that Granny Weatherwax ''doesn't'' do this. Instead, she prefers to [[DelusionsOfDoghood make people think they're frogs]], which takes much less magic, is slightly less cruel, and is a lot more entertaining. The Discworld does, however, contain a few instances of turning people into animals and lots of ''threatening'' to turn people into animals. They usually, but not always, get better.
** In ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', Ridcully uses Stacklady's Morphic Resonator to turn a bandit chief into a pumpkin. In accordance with the [[RuleOfFunny universal laws of humour]], it's still wearing his hat.
** He also turns a particularly annoying complainer into a frog, albeit briefly, in ''Discworld/SoulMusic''.
** ''Discworld/GoingPostal'': "Oh, PLEASE sue the University! We've got PONDS full of people who tried to sue the University!"
** In ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', a University wizard in service to Coin the Sourcerer transforms Lord Vetinari into a small lizard, one of the few times anyone's gotten the better of him.
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Lilith, the quintessential "good witch" gone bad, revisits the Cinderella tale by [[spoiler:turning animals into humans and vice versa. When upset at some coachmen getting drunk, she turns them into cockroaches -- and ''steps on them'']].
** The ''Librarian'' of Unseen University is a subversion: he's accidentally turned into an orangutan near the beginning of ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic,'' but he prefers it so much (it's easier to fetch books from on high, for example) he refuses to be transformed back. His morphic field seems to have been permanently affected, as any other time he's transformed, he retains his red-orange orangutan fur. In later novels, his orangutan strength helps save the day.
** And in ''Discworld/EqualRites'' one silly boy was turned into the "more fitting" form of a piglet.
** In ''Discworld/AHatFullOfSky'', Tiffany Aching temporarily gains the ability to transform an arrogant would-be wizard into a frog, though her magic isn't yet powerful enough to violate the conservation of mass, thus necessitating making a giant magical bubble of all the leftover matter from his body next to the frog, which is more horrifying in many ways than the frog-transformation itself.
** The Tiffany books also have the Toad, who was once a lawyer who tried to represent a girl in a FrivolousLawsuit on a fairy godmother. It was the judge applauding that really got to him, though.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'':
** A witch turns Tristran into a dormouse to carry him in her cart. In the novel, it's made clear that this isn't actually meant as a {{curse}}; it's done for practicality: Tristan takes up a lot less room this way after him arranging for [[ExactWords food, bedding and travel]]. It's also implied that the spell turns you into the animal you are most like. The witch also turns Tristran back once she's given him a ride. OTOH, she does find it amusing.
** The witch earlier turned [[spoiler:Tristran's mother]] into a bird as a punishment.
* Morda inflicts this in ''[[Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain Taran Wanderer]]''. Taran resists because he is (unknowingly) carrying Morda's SoulJar.
* Circe appears in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', turning men into guinea pigs. (They're less difficult to keep than ''actual'' pigs).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' not only consciously avoids using this trope, but the author has actually come up with a [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody plausible reason]] why most "good" wizards have outlawed the practice.
* Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/{{Earthsea|Trilogy}}'' makes a spell to shift another person involuntarily rather difficult, and making shifting yourself perfectly easy, but running a very real risk of forgetting how... and why... to shift out of the other form.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, this is Sethra Lavode's favorite method of dealing with obnoxious [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dzur heroes]]. Also, in a ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' ShoutOut: "She'll turn you into a newt." "I'll get better."
* This happens a number of times in ''Literature/HarryPotter'', usually played for laughs. Justified in that one of the classes is Transfiguration, and a lot of students have bad aim. One example is Draco Malfoy, the Amazing Bouncing Ferret, in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire''. "Quidditch Through The Ages" also mentions that after one early match, they had to specifically come up with a rule prohibiting Transfiguring the Keeper into a polecat, although given that the use of several weapons and releasing a swarm of vampire bats were also banned after that match, whether this was intended to prevent the enemy from remaining on their broom or to increase their own team's ability to drop on other players and savage them remains a mystery for the ages.
* In the works of Creator/DavidEddings:
** In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Polgara uses this twice during the course of the series. She permanently transforms Queen Salmissra into a huge serpent in the original books. (Salmissra comes to appreciate the benefits of the change, and does not want to be returned to her previous form). In the prequel ''Polgara The Sorceress'', she temporarily transforms one of the Cherek kings into a man-sized frog because she thinks a regular DopeSlap won't be enough to get the message across.
** Mentioned in ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', when Beldin and Belgarath are talking to a sorcerer who hasn't learned the rules. Beldin discourages it, on the grounds that having one annoying person is less tiresome than having a hundred aggravating frogs.
* In Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip's ''Literature/TheBellAtSealeyHead'', it turns out [[spoiler:that the bell is the enchanted [[TheHighQueen Queen Hydria]], and the [[CleverCrows crows]] her enchanted knights.]]
* This is basically the whole premise of ''LadyMyLifeAsABitch'', with the title character (among others) getting accidentally turned into a dog by a tramp.
* This trope [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is the binding theme]] of Ovid's ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}''.
* The Creator/HarlanEllison short story "Literature/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream". [[AndIMustScream The title]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin really gives it away]].
* In ''Literature/EllaEnchanted'', Lucinda, a fairy of the gift-bestowing kind, doesn't think through the consequences of her 'gifts'. One of her favourites is turning people into squirrels, and she believes she's doing them a favour until she spends a week as a squirrel herself.
* In one early short story from ''Literature/TheWitcher'' saga by Andrzej Sapkowski, a young knight named Dani is under the spell that turns him into a giant hedgehog at day, and Geralt helps him remove it -- the whole story is rather gleeful {{deconstruction}} of the classic "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast" plot. Of course, Dani is a [[spoiler:Nilfgaardian prince who later went to become TheEmperor Emhyr var Emreis]], so it's a hell of a ChekhovsGun...
* The actual ''D&D'' spell has a notable use in Creator/RASalvatore's ''[[Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy Exile]]''. As noted under Tabletop Games, the spell gradually takes over the object's mind, which in story terms makes for all kinds of tragedy.
* Ironically enough the novel ''Polymorph'', which is about a literal "baleful polymorph" (e.g. an evil creature which can assume any form) contains no examples of this trope, since it cannot transform others.
* Creator/TomHolt's work both plays this straight and subverts it.
** In ''Literature/FallingSideways'' many, many characters get turned into frogs. Or made to think they're frogs. Or made to seem like frogs to others. Or various combinations. Sometimes frogs get turned into people, which, for the powerful, super-intelligent alien frogs in the story actually pretty much counts as this trope. There's a lot of frogs.
** In the ''Literature/JWWellsAndCo'' trilogy, the standard punishment for betraying the firm is [[spoiler: being turned into office supplies. You retain some measure of sapience.]]
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''[[Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles Dealing With Dragons]]'':
** It features a spontaneous example when [[spoiler:Woraug turns into a toad, having lost the privilege of being a dragon by not acting dragon-like enough.]]
** In in the later books, it's mentioned that there are countless ways a careless person could be cursed and turned into a flower or animal or rock or something in the Enchanted Forest. When [[spoiler:Mendabar and Cimorene get married]] and they're clearing out a meadow for the occasion, they find and disenchant several kings and princesses. In ''Calling on Dragons'', Cimorene mentions how you have to be careful in the Enchanted Forest, because you could sit or walk on someone important without knowing it. And while it's more of a spell transfer than an actual transformation, [[spoiler:we also get the annoying fellow with the long name getting turned into a sky blue, twelve-foot-tall donkey, floating above the ground and with giant wings.]]
* ''[[Creator/AlanDeanFoster Kingdoms of Light]]'''s Six-Man Band consists of a mage's pets (three cats, a dog, a snake, and a canary), turned into humans by the mage's dying spell. In the end, they are captured by the evil Munderucu and turned back into animals -- [[spoiler:except that due to character growth, they not only remained [[TalkingAnimal sentient]], but they became great cats, a huge wolf, a firebird, and a 40-foot python. [[OhCrap Oops]].]]
* "Evil" Magician Trent of the ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series can transform anything into anything. When he was ousted, rumors spread that he turned his enemies into fish and left them to suffocate on dry land. Trent explains that he did turn some into fish but only in rivers or other bodies of water.
* In Creator/RobertEHoward's "Literature/TheTowerOfTheElephant", ConanTheBarbarian remembers that Yara was said to have used a [[MineralMacGuffin gem]] to turn a prince into a spider before stepping on him. Not that that will stop him from trying to rob him.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''
** Rabadash, the Calormene prince, gets temporarily turned into a donkey, and is warned that it will happen again if he moves more than 10 miles away from the temple of Tashbaan.
** Subverted ([[CursedWithAwesome unintentionally?]]) with Eustace Scrubb, who gets turned into a dragon as a ''punishment''. While being a dragon seems awesome, he couldn't talk (and could barely write), couldn't fit on the boat to continue the group's quest (so would have had to spend the rest of his life alone on the island), and was wearing an armlet that was perfectly-sized for his human form but was digging into his foreleg and causing him constant pain as a dragon. And it has the intended result as well, turning him into a much better person in the end.
** There's also the unpleasant schoolchildren towards the end of ''Prince Caspian'', who get turned into pigs.
* ''[[Literature/OctoberDaye Rosemary and Rue]]'' begins with Toby being turned into a fish by the [[FairFolk Unseelie]] kidnappers she was tracking, and left in a koi pond at the Golden Gate Park Japanese Garden. It takes fourteen years for the spell to wear off.
* ''Literature/SecretHistories'': Wild witch Molly Metcalf admits to once turning a fox hunting party into foxes for a day, feeling it would give the hunters some perspective.
* More than a few ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books had this as a problem the kid-protagonist had to face, caused either through magic or technology.
* In ''No Such Thing as a Witch'', Nora and Todd find out that if four pieces of their neighbor's magic fudge are eaten together, it can turn you into whatever animal you're thinking of at the time. The first time this happens, it's to Todd and no one was expecting it. Towards the end of the book, Nora deliberately uses it to turn herself into a mouse to sneak into the neighbor's apartment. Todd also turns into a cat a few more times, [[spoiler:with one of those times being nearly in front of a health inspector!]]
* ''Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood'' is a bit confusing regarding this trope. It's made clear early on that there's something ''off'' about the knights who seek the Tanglewood's treasure, and it's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:they're all animals, turned human by a sorceress and forced to serve her. Only that's a lie: they were humans the villain turned into animals, and the sorceress turned them human again, and then the villain turned them into animals ''again''.]]
* A non-animal example occurs in ''[[Literature/WaysideSchool Sideways Stories from Wayside School]]'' in which Mrs. Gorf transforms her students into apples.
* This is the plot of Apuleius's ''The Golden Ass'' from c. 150 CE, one of the earliest surviving novels.
* In DevonMonk's ''[[Literature/AgeOfSteam Dead Iron]]'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned into a wolf -- with, fortunately, his own mind -- as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
* The first of the Endless Quest pick-a-path books, ''Dungeon of Dread'', was a surprisingly-grim adventure in a dungeon where all the monsters were created by an evil wizard casting this spell on enemies or innocent bystanders. [[spoiler: There's nothing you can do to restore the victims, but the villain gets HoistByHisOwnPetard, succumbing to this trope in turn, in the best ending]].
* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': Pinocchio and the other boys who have been lured to Toyland are after a while transformed into donkeys.
* The EvilSorcerer from ''Dungeon of Dread'', the first ever pick-a-path adventure book to be based on the D&D game, stocked his lair by transforming innocent townsfolk into various BigCreepyCrawlies and other monsters.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': Prince Bjorn is cursed by his sorcerous WickedStepmother to transform into a bear.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. Characters believe that the wizard Gandalf might turn Sam into a [[BewitchedAmphibians newt]], or Mr. Butterbur into a block of wood. Gandalf might not even have this ability. Sam and Butterbur behave well enough that no transformation is necessary.
* In the ''Literature/MercyThompson verse, sufficiently powerful Alphas are able to force members of their pack to change to werewolf form. This can be handy for temporarily stopping them in their tracks, as the change generally takes 15+ minutes.
* In ''Literature/{{Mogworld}}'', there's a bunny morph spell that Jim eventually buys. According to Jim, "It's a combat control strategy that also happens to be incredibly hilarious." It gets {{deconstructed}} when he explains that polymorphed rabbits are indestructible, because if you can turn any foe regardless of size, into a small harmless rabbit and instantly kill it there, then there would be no point in buying any other spells.
* In Creator/EDBaker's ''Literature/TheWideAwakePrincess'', a witch tries to turn Annie into a beetle. Annie's immunity to magic causes it to backfire on the witch.
* In ''Dead Witch Walking'', the first novel in ''Literature/TheHollows'' series, the BigBad transforms Rachel into a mink and keeps her as a pet for a time.
* In Creator/AletheaKontis's ''Literature/{{Enchanted}}'', in the BackStory, Jack Jr. was turned into a dog.
* In JosephaSherman's ''Literature/TheShiningFalcon'', Finist finds that a wolf really is a transformed man. His girlfriend, angry with him, hadn't really expected it to ''work''.
* In ''Literature/TheCatsOfTanglewoodForest'' (and the children's picture book it's based on, ''Literature/ACircleOfCats''), the titular cats do this as a way of saving the main character, Lillian Kindred, who had been bitten by a snake, so they turn her into something that's not dying, a kitten. As soon as Lillian wakes up, she sets off to get the spell reversed (as she prefers to be a girl), only the cats are in hiding now as their leader, The Father of Cats, disapproves of them using their magic in such a way.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/DreadCompanion'', Kilda finds that eating the food of the land slowly turns her toward a creature of it, and Oomart too. Fortunately, she has human food, which can turn you back.
* In the short story LadyIntoFox, a dainty elegant woman is turned into a talking fox, and very gradually becomes one mentally. The woman who always wore napkins and fancy etiquette, was now eating live rabbits in the living room. It was never explained why she transformed. But it's assumed that some karmic celestial intervention or God himself was punishing her husband for being a fox hunter.
* Froggy from ''Literature/TheLandOfStories'' is a human that turned into a large frog by a wish. [[spoiler: He's actually the missing Charming prince.]]
* In Creator/SusanDexter's ''The True Knight'', the queen's only son was turned to a swan. Wren and her master were forcibly recruited to retrieve him.
* In one ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' book, some goblins get turned into goldfish.
* ''Hundreds'' of victims of this effect make up the supporting case of ''Literature/TooManyCurses''. They're all very much disappointed when the death of the wizard who transformed them fails to negate this trope.
* ''Literature/{{Murderess}}'' features a race of people known as the Moonfolk, or Lavrice[[note]][[NoPronunciationGuide Rhymes with "grease"]][[/note]]. They are infertile, and one becomes one of them by transforming under very specific conditions, and it’s implied that it’s not a good thing. [[spoiler:Lu almost becomes one herself before ‘Hat Lad’ points it out to her]].
* The second book in Betsy Hanes' ''Bone Chillers'' series of children's horror novels, "Little Pet Shop of Horrors," dealt with a girl who was transformed into a dog, to be sold by a pet shop. Unlike some fictional transformations, [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing her clothes don't come along for the ride,]] which creates some momentary awkwardness when she regains her true form.
* ''Literature/HowTheMarquisGotHisCoatBack'': Lady Drusilla of the Raven's Court has a habit of turning people who upset her into birds of prey.
* In ''Literature/SabinaKane: Red-Headed Stepchild'' the untrained Sabina Kane attempts to cast a spell to banish the demon Giguhl back to his home plane, and accidentally traps him in the form of a hairless cat instead.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Often seen in ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.
** In various episodes, cousin Serena transforms Darren into a lamb, an ape and a statue. She is also shown as having transformed her erstwhile lovers into a crow and the Loch Ness monster. In one particularly extreme case, she transforms a man into a bed warmer and forget to transform him back for hundreds of years, leading up to the bed warmer being put up as an antique in a museum.
** In an episode, Samantha turns a chimpanzee into a man, then back into a chimpanzee, then back into a man, and then finally back again into a chimpanzee. In another episode, she transforms a detective who seems to have discovered her magical abilities into a parrot, to convince him of how powerful she really is.
* In ''Series/The10thKingdom'', the prince is turned into a dog almost from the beginning of the story but manages to escape and get help. He is helpless throughout most of the story but he does help the heroes when he can.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** The witch Amy Madison turns Buffy into a rat with a spell. Later, Amy turns ''herself'' into a rat to escape [[BuffySpeak burnage]] at a stake... and can't turn back. It's also possible she was trying to turn the angry mob that had kidnapped her into rats rather than herself and just suffered a MagicMisfire due to her being tied up and thus unable to properly aim the spell. Then there's that little spell at the end of the season... Amy does get restored twice but the first time, Willow doesn't realize she restored Amy and accidentally changes her back into a rat.
** In the fourth season, Ethan breezes back into town for a little more fun, which results in Giles being turned into a Fyarl demon.
* One episode of ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' uses a magic Bow and arrow belonging to Artemis to turn Herc into a pig for most of the episode, while Iolaus and Autolycus scramble to get him restored.
* In ''Series/PushingDaisies'', the children of Coeur d'Coeurs are terrified of aunts Lily and Vivian because they are reputed to turn unwary children into birds. That the aunts have taught at least one of their pet parrots to say "Help! She turned me into a bird!" may have contributed to the rumor.
* In the very first episode of ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' Flabber turns the kids into rats by mistake.
* It's a semi-recurring thing in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' for villains to nab innocent bystanders and turn ''them'' into the MonsterOfTheWeek. I can't think of a single time the Rangers spared any thoughts for the civilian's safety; they just made the monster go boom as usual and [[NoOntologicalInertia the person would be back to normal]]. Either that, or the MOTW would just as often transform civilians into whatevers for the scheme of the week, which is dealt with the same way.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'':
** The episode "Psychic Avengers" ends with the family turned into chimpanzees and Buck turned into a human by a gypsy's curse after a scam. The end credits to that episode even show Al and Peg in chimp form. Though granted they don't seem to care...
--->'''Peggy:''' Oh well, I guess we're monkeys. (''continues watching TV'')
** The episode "Field Of Screams" has a subplot involving this, Bud, Buck, and the new bug powder Kelly advertised called "Springtime in Baghdad". The transformations weren't shown on-screen, but what Buck and Bud end up as show. Buck was turned into a [[spoiler: different breed of dog, then a turkey.]] Bud, on the other hand, [[spoiler:grew breasts from the exposure to it]]. By the episode's end, [[spoiler:they had long, floppy ears.]] Doesn't it make you think what "Springtime in Baghdad" is made of?
--->'''Buck:''' [[spoiler:(''as a turkey'') I sure hope this crap wears off before Thanksgiving.]]
* Salem from ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' is changed into a cat for one hundred years as punishment for trying to take over the world. This punishment is fairly standard, as other characters suffer or nearly suffer similar fates. (In one episode, an old member of Salem's gang who's had his sentence commuted visits, and he's still just getting the hang of being human again.)
* The Nickelodeon sitcom ''Series/OneHundredDeedsForEddieMcdowd'' is about a bully who is transformed into a dog by a mysterious drifter and must perform 100 good deeds in order to turn back.
* An episode of ''Series/LoveAndCurses'' opened with three obnoxious fratboys being turned into carp. Since the witches promptly [[ImAHumanitarian plopped them into a frying pan]], though, the "less lethal" part doesn't apply.
* Happens now and again in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. The sisters have both turned people into animals and been turned into other creatures themselves. Usually this is because a spell backfires or has unforeseen effects, but sometimes it's deliberate.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' Morgana transforms Guinevere into a deer.
* ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'': In "The Ugly Truth", Alexia is transformed into a yeti by a magical beauty cream.
* In ''Series/MythQuest'', Cleo takes the place of Blodeuwedd after Blodeuwedd kills her husband. As punishment, she is turned into an owl.
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* Nearly every mythological tradition has examples of the gods turning some unfortunate, or sometimes favoured, human into an animal, demon, angel, plant, or mineral; either permanently or temporarily. Sometimes, even the gods themselves are affected, usually as a punishment inflicted by a more powerful or {{Trickster}} deity. This is particularly common in Greco-Roman mythology.
* OlderThanFeudalism from GreekMythology: Circe in ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' takes revenge on Odysseus's men by turning them all into pigs.
* Occurred with considerable frequency in CelticMythology, to the point that it's actually difficult to find stories that don't feature at least one instance of it. Literature/TheChildrenOfLir were turned into swans, a Welsh king got turned into a boar, Gwydion and Gilfaethwy were stuck spending three years as a breeding pair of animals that changed every year, Oisin's mother was changed into a doe, and so on.
* The ''Literature/ArsGoetia'' has a particularly scary practitioner in Ose. A conjuror can have Ose transform someone into most anything else. The scariest part: the victim begins thinking that ''[[FakeMemories they've always been what they've just been turned into.]]''
* While the cause for the ability varies between versions, the story of King Midas has his touch act like this, [[BlessedWithSuck turning anything touched into a gold statue]]. Very unfortunate when his daughter went to hug him. Fortunately for him, not only is this power removed, but the victims were restored.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** [[TropeNamers Named after]] the 4th-level ''baleful polymorph'' [[http://www.d20srd.org/srd/spells/balefulPolymorph.htm spell]], which turns involuntary targets into small, weak animals and can make them [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody lose their minds]]. Turning them into something that would kill them (a non-lunged fish on land, or a non-flying animal in a situation where only a flying creature has a reasonable chance of survival) makes the spell easier to resist, as though the target instinctively knows what he's being turned into and that the situation is even worse. Though the duration is permanent, the subject gets a second save to retain their mental faculties and their special powers.
** The ''Book of Vile Darkness'' has a magic item that gets around this, as it allows single aspects to be changed (also applying a rule that if a creature becomes unfeasible it instantly dies); thus, a lethal change can be made through several otherwise harmless additions, such as giving a flying creature several dozen additional wings.
** There is also ''polymorph any object'', which does ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: you can turn pretty much anything into pretty much anything.)
* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' has several spells like this, including one that not only turns the target into an animal but ''forces them to claw the way out of the excess mass''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** A particularly nightmarish variant of this is a staple of the daemons and sorcerers of Tzeentch. The demon gods grant gifts, usually in the form of mutations. Once you gain enough, there are two options. The first is a good one: badass daemon prince. The second is insanity, many eyes, and general fun and games. You live off grubs and act as cannon fodder. Fun. A common psychic power for Chaos Sorcerers in 40k, the ironically titled "Gift of Chaos", lets them immediately transform anyone, friend or foe, into a Chaos Spawn. Various editions of fantasy have also included various Chaos Magic spells that transform the victim into Chaos Spawn -- some Tzeentchian spells instead allow the warlock to turn their victim into a Horror of Tzeentch.
** Of course, the Orks aren't always that much better, given that their stronger Shamans or Weirdboyz have a nasty habit of turning people into Squigs (little bouncy things that are mostly Fungus and [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily Teeth]])
** In the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} expansion, Storm of Magic, miscasting while standing atop an [[WildMagic Arcane Fulcrum]] can result in a multitude of destructive and/or amusing effects, one of which turns ''all wizards on the table into frogs.'' There's also a Bretonian Cataclysm spell that can do the same thing.
** The Skaven have a spell known as "the Dreaded Thirteenth Spell", castable only by their strongest units (Grey Seers of 4th-level wizardry and [[DemonPrincesAndArchdevils Vermin Lords]]). If it hits, an entire unit of the enemy is turned into Skaven.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has Pattern Spider Touch, from the [[SupernaturalMartialArts Charcoal March of Spiders Style]]. It allows a Sidereal to fundamentally alter their opponent in some interesting way. Typically, it's used to punch people in the face and turn them into ducks.
* ''Witch Girls'' allows characters to do this with the Alteration-class spells of Animalize Human or Monsterize Human.
* ''Super Dungeon Explore'' has an expansion set Von Drakk Manor including happy looking [[http://superdungeonexplore.wikia.com/wiki/Curse_Coven_Witch witches]] with the ability to turn heroes engaged in combat into [[http://superdungeonexplore.wikia.com/wiki/Miserable_Toad Miserable Toads]]. Far from Miserable, they acquire several defensive abilities and a knack for stealing potions and healing from their foes. They are even reverted with a kiss from a friendly model.
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* In Creator/JohnMilton's ''Theatre/{{Comus}}'', the Attendent Spirit speaks of how Circe did this, and Comus after her.
-->''(For most do taste through fond intemperate thirst),\\
Soon as the potion works, their human count'nance,\\
The express resemblance of the gods, is changed\\
Into some brutish form of wolf or bear, \\
Or ounce or tiger, hog, or bearded goat,\\
All other parts remaining as they were.\\
And they, so perfect is their misery,\\
Not once perceive their foul disfigurement,\\
But boast themselves more comely than before,\\
And all their friends and native home forget,\\
To roll with pleasure in a sensual sty.''
* In Richard Wagner's ''Lohengrin'', this is what actually happened to [[spoiler: Elsa of Brabant's brother, Duke-Child Gottfried, who was cursed by the siblings's [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]] Ortrud. She and her husband Telramund falsely accuse Elsa of murdering him, which prompts the titular Lohengrin to [[KnightInShiningArmor step in her defense]].]] It turns out that [[spoiler: the swan that drove Lohengrin to the bank ''was'' the cursed Gottfried, turned into a swan; Lohengrin prays to God and manages to undo the curse, then elects him as the official Duke before taking off.]]
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* A rare non-animal or object instance of this occured in the [=Fairly OddParents=] sequence in ''Ride/JimmyNeutronsNicktoonBlast'', when Cosmo briefly turns Ooblar into a Yolkian Elvis, complete with his personality and mannerisms.
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* [[spoiler: Metus is changed into a snake]] in ''{{Bionicle}}''
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* ''Videogame/KidIcarus'' probably did this first by having monsters that can turn you into a ''mobile eggplant''.
** The third game, ''Videogame/KidIcarusUprising'', introduces Tempura. In addition to making you unable to attack, it also tires you out more easily, and if a Tempura Wizard is present, it will try to eat you for a OneHitKill.
* ''VideoGame/WonderBoyIIITheDragonsTrap'' (and its TurboGrafx16 variant, ''Dragon's Curse'') revolves around the human protagonist being cursed into various animal forms for defeating [[VideoGame/WonderBoyInMonsterLand the prior game's]] BigBad and trying to lift the curse. Each form has its own abilities, strengths, and weaknesses, resulting in a {{Metroidvania}}-style progression.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games have Pig and Toad transformations. The Pig effect (at least in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'') ''does'' disable all spells... except for Pig. (Which makes sense; otherwise, it's just another Silence with a different curative item.) The Toad effect greatly reduces Attack and Defense and disables all spells except for Toad.
** Casting Toad on your own party helps you pass a couple of obstacles in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII''.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyI'' the group of bats found in the Chaos Shrine are actually cursed warriors from Lufenia, who explain to the heroes how to travel back into the past and end the time loop once the Four Fiends are defeated.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' begins with Cecil attacking the village of Mysidia, slaughtering townspeople, and taking their Crystal. When he returns later on, properly contrite, the villagers haven't forgiven him. Unfortunately, Mysidia is the Village of Magic. He gets polymorphed if he talks to the wrong villagers. (The way the spells work means that talking to them again undoes it.)
** The Moogle status in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' works similarly and also appears in the sequel, ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana''. This status disables most actions and reduces defense to 0, which means you can easily be killed in one hit by late-game enemies in ''both'' games.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' had Imp form, which while it didn't reduce your hitpoints or the strength of conventional attacks, it did make it impossible for you to use magic or special character powers. It was more of an annoyance than threat as by the time in the game when enemies start throwing it around you will have many ways to undo the transformation but need a full turn to do it after which you might get Imped again.
*** The Imp example is subverted in that there is a series of [[LethalJokeItem Imp-specific equipment]] that can actually allow an Imped character to administer a beatdown.
**** In the early versions of the game a certain GoodBadBug allowed Gau to Rage while Imped. And a certain other GoodBadBug allowed him to equip a weapon. An fully decked-out Imp Gau was quite a GameBreaker, although it took up one of your Relic slots.
** Cid in ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX'' is transformed into an oglop (a type of verminous insect) as a punishment for being unfaithful to his wife. Dr Tot claims to have discovered a cure for his condition in an old book... which, when administered, turns Cid into a frog instead.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', a character whose Bravery goes below 10 becomes a literal chicken. The best way to do this is with Beowulf's aptly named Chicken attack, which reduces a target's bravery by 50. Chickens automatically run away from the action each turn, gaining 1 bravery point until they become human again, and their defense drops drastically.
*** There's also Reis, a young woman who was transformed into a dragon after TakingTheBullet for her beloved Beowulf. You can recruit her and change her back, though.
*** Additionally, this is useful in the BonusDungeon, where treasures are controlled by a RandomlyDrops statistic which isn't actually random but rather linked to your Brave stat. The unit that has the highest chance of finding the treasure? Someone who's been chicken'd.
** A good chunk of time in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyThe4HeroesOfLight'' is spent dealing with this. First, [[RoyalBrat Aire]] gets turned into a cat by some cursed treasure and has to go through several misadventures, teaming up with Brandt and going to Arbor in search of a cure... only for Brandt to be turned into a human topiary because TheFairFolk don't like humans. [[spoiler:And the mouse sage you meet in Arbor who helps? He is ''also'' one--the Fairy Queen made him a mouse as punishment for accidentally releasing Belephegor.]]
* The ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'' series traditionally includes enemies that can transform you into something helpless for several seconds. Over the years the forms have included frogs, babies, bees, old men, and [[strike:[[PowerPerversionPotential young women]]]] [[GenderBender young women]].
* Each game in the ''{{Heretic}} / VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' series has a polymorph item. In {{Heretic}}, using the 'morph ovum' (an egg) would temporarily turn an enemy into a chicken. The chicken would then attack you, ineffectively. In multiplayer, being hit with this item would reduce your health to 10 and render armor useless. Your only defense is to run; you are harder to hit due to your small size as a chicken, and the effect will wear off in 30 seconds.
** ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}}'' had the Porkalator, turning enemies into pigs. Certain traps in the game also could turn you into a pig, or by having this item reflected back on you. Some secret passages could ''only'' be navigated while in pig form, meaning that transformation is necessary to see all parts of some levels.
** ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}} 2'' had the Seal of the Ovinomancer, which turned most monsters into sheep (incredibly tough sheep).
** In ''{{Heretic}} 2'' the morph ovum is back, but this time has a chance of turning an enemy (in PVP at least) into a giant chicken with 999 hit points and a deadly attack. This would be a deadly problem if it weren't for the fact that you can hit him with another blast to turn him back into the less dangerous human form.
* In ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' a spell is available that turns creatures into chickens.
* A mainstay of the ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' series are guns that transform enemies into harmless animals if targeted long enough: chickens in [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 the first game]], sheep in ''[[RatchetAndClankGoingCommando Going Commando]]'', ducks in ''[[RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal Up Your Arsenal]]'', and cows in ''[[RatchetAndClankSizeMatters Size Matters]]''.
** ''[[RatchetDeadlocked Deadlocked]]'' had a weapon mod that could be attached to any weapon you had. So you could use it on your bomb launcher, and turn an entire room-full of enemies into various livestock (which includes pigs, even flying ones) all at once.
** Fully upgraded, many of these weapons turn the resulting animals into [[MadeOfExplodium ''living bombs'']].
* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' has two such effects: Characters can be turned into scarecrows that cannot attack or use items (but can still cast spells) or into mushrooms that can take no actions but slowly recover health (albeit generally not quickly enough to compensate for the damage you take in the meantime).
* This is a tradition of the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' series, with the most popular animal being the sheep. In ''Warcraft III'', using Polymorph on a flying creature (such as a dragon) would turn it into a flying sheep with little stubby bat wings. The Shadow Hunter's "Hex" ability was a hero unit version that turned the target into a randomly selected critter (with different options available for ground, air, amphibious and waterbound foes). Both are temporary and can be dispelled. The lethal variety is relegated to the Goblin Alchemist hero, whose ultimate spell turns the target into ''gold'', thus killing it and adding its value to the player's cashier.
** ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} II'' played this trope straight; the Polymorph spell permanently and irrevocably turns the target into a sheep or other creature (based on the map tileset--a seal on an icepack, for example). These creatures do not retain any of the hit points or abilities of the original unit, and can no longer be controlled by any of the players... virtually making it a OneHitKill.
** Even included in the spin-off GameMod sensation ''DefenseOfTheAncients''.
** The card game ''Hearthstone'' continues this usage with the "Polymorph" card that instantly converts one of your enemy's cards into a sheep you can kill with even the weakest attack card.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', a standard instance tactic is to have the mage (if present) turn one of the mobs into a sheep to keep them out of battle till struck. Plus, Elite Troll mobs of the magic-using type often turn high-threat [=PCs=] into frogs for a short period.
** Mages can also turn mobs into Pigs and Turtles, and with the new expansion, Cats, Snakes, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Penguins]], and Polar Bear Cubs.
*** [[MemeticMutation Don't break the sheep!]]
** Shamans have the spell Hex which turns the target into a frog for a short time. Unlike mages, they don't have a variety of forms to choose from but the hexxed target can also take some damage without transforming.
** It's worth noting that these effects are all quite pointless on druids, who can break the effects by willfully polymorphing themselves into something else.
** Probably best showcased in the TV spot -- in French only -- which featured Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme explaining what he liked best about playing ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'. The French word for sheep is "mouton," in case you were curious.
** The Satyr Zenn Foulhoof gives you a quest to kill various animals for him, which pisses the Nightelves off to no end, who in turn want you to seek redemption by punishing him, by giving him a fruit that turns him into a frog.
* Vertigo in ''PrimalRage'' has a FinishingMove that turns the enemy into a cow.
* In ''LordsOfMagic'', the Chaos Mage had the spell Polymorph Self, which turned units (not necessarily the Mage herself) into an elephant or a lion. And then there was Polymorph Other, which would turn the target into a goat, chicken, or goose.
* In ''NetHack'' it is possible to transform into almost ''any'' monster in the game (sometimes [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting unexpectedly]]). Without a Ring of Polymorph Control, you have virtually no control over ''which'' monster, though -- you could wind up a rat (with about [[OneHitPointWonder five hit points]], and all your human clothes and items scattered around you), a dragon (with all your human clothes and armor scattered around you, possibly in pieces), or anything in-between. But at least as a dragon you can [[CursedWithAwesome fly and blast your enemies with various]] BreathWeapons, or ([[PurelyAestheticGender if you're female]]) lay eggs which hatch into tame baby dragons!
* A [[ThatOneBoss boss]] in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' has an attack called Bael's Bane, a Curse attack with 100% accuracy that turns the afflicted into a fly. All their stats are dramatically lowered, their magic spells are reduced to a quarter-strength and worst of all, they become weak to Expel attacks (which the boss uses with alarming regularity). There's no way of curing this until the battle is over. Well, outside of death which is not an option for the hero. Your only hope of survival is to field a team that is immune to Curse attacks.
** Also in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei Digital Devil Saga series]]'' there is a [[ThatOneBoss boss called Bat]], whose Atma form is the Mayan bat god Camazotz, that from the second fight on would use a spell called Curse of Zotzilaha, which turns characters into bats. The only differences are that your characters become weak to Force, rather than Expel (and of course, Camazotz abuses Force attacks), and there's no way to avoid it (it does wear off after a few turns, though). Thankfully, in Digital Devil Saga you do NOT get an instant game over if the leader is killed...
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' includes a chapter based on Odysseus's experience at Aeaea, with Circe turning Arkantos and Ajax into boars. They must then gore villagers (the much stronger guards are apparently not hungry) to protect Odysseus and his men until such time as they can be un-piggified. Also, the cheat code "Goatunheim" turns all units into goats.
* In ''JusticeLeague Heroes'', one of Zatana's spells turns enemies into rabbits. They retain their status as enemies, leading to such scenes as Superman frying said rabbits with heatvision.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'', touching a certain dungeon enemy will turn Link into a giant pink bunny - still wearing Link's clothes, but unable to use any weapons or items. (Wears off after a minute, but all you can do is run, until then.)
** The same form Link is turned into when he goes into the DarkWorld without the Moon Pearl.
** In the same game, use of the Quake Medallion will turn all enemies on screen into blobs.
** The Triforce of Power transforms people into creatures reflecting what is in their hearts, for example, the evil and greedy Ganon(dorf) was turned into a anthropomorphic wild boar.
** ''MajorasMask'' begins with Link transformed into a Deku Scrub (essentially a walking plant) by the Skull Kid. One of the first tasks you are given is to find some way to reverse this (and once you do, you can freely transform by donning a mask, though this causes Link to scream in apparent pain).
** In the same game, Kafei is [[spoiler: transformed into a child.]]
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Link spends a large portion of the game trapped in the form of a wolf; later he becomes able to assume the form at will by carrying the curse crystal around with him. In his wolf form, he has no access whatsoever to any of his rather sizeable inventory, including health potions, however [[CursedWithAwesome he gains several new abilities he can only use in wolf form,]] [[VoluntaryShapeshifting and eventually becomes able to switch forms at will.]]
*** Pretty much anything touched by the Twilight becomes polymorphed into a monstrous version of itself. Then there's the Shadow Beasts, which are [[spoiler:actually the peaceful Twili people, changed by Zant]], and of course [[spoiler:Midna, the namesake princess, who was cursed with her implike form also by Zant]].
**** Although there was that one line in Kakariko: [[spoiler: "Those two shadow beasts came and carried her off! And when we went to rescue her, there were three!!"]]
** In one of the ''Oracle'' games, a later mini-boss has the ability to temporarily turn Link into a monkey, which greatly slows him down and leaves him unable to use weapons.
*** Also in the oracle games you can get rings that turn you into monsters, such as a Like-like and Octorok.
** ''Phantom Hourglass'' has an inversion, as the Ocean King, normally a great whale, has his power sapped by Bellum and spends most of the game as [[spoiler: old man Oshus]].
** ''TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' gives you a [[http://www.zeldawiki.org/images/8/8e/Ezlo.png talking hat]] as your ExpositionFairy. It turns out he's a [[spoiler: Minish wizard and craftsman cursed by the BigBad]].
** In ''TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'' Tarin is turned into an anthropomorphic raccoon, though it seemed to have affected him mentally as well since in that form he tricks Link (and gloats about it) while Link tries to enter the woods.
* In ''GodHand'', one of Shannon's more annoying moves in the first encounter with her is the ability to temporarily turn you into a defenseless chihuahua. She usually follows this move up by running toward you and [[KickTheDog punting you across the circus tent]].
* {{Sierra}} used this trope a lot in their adventure games, particularly the ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' and ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series. In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryI'', for example, Baba Yaga turns the hero into a frog; in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', she turns him into a hedgehog. And the only way to get rid of the wizard Manannan in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestIII'' is by secretly putting a magic cookie in his porridge that permanently changes him into a cat.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': In a subversion of sorts, [[spoiler:Magus turns the knight Glenn into a frog. A frog the size of a small human, who can still wield a sword and actually seems to have better abilities in this form than as a human and later comes back for revenge. [[SarcasmMode Great]] [[NiceJobFixingItVillain job!]] ]]
* This shows up in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''; the party is volunteered for a magic show and turned into housecats. They're supposed to be turned back a few minutes after, but Sneff the magician throws his back out. You're left as cats for a while. This does end up having an effect in a few areas that barred other people from going through ... and let you grab an inventory item too.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 5}}'', the Misery status turns your character into an adorable cat-version of themselves. Oh, and it disables all actions but Move. But it is also adorable.
* Again ''VideoGame/IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'' (the game), failing to beat the malevolent AI with the last character alive results in your character turned into [[AndIMustScream an armless, immobile blob]]...for all eternity. [[spoiler:Which is exactly how the original story ended.]]
* The whole point of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|Cursed Memories}}'' is to dispel a region-wide version of this at the source by defeating the EvilOverlord. [[spoiler: Future games in the series reveal that it didn't actually work.]]
** A gameplay example can happen as a result of one of the Dark Sun's effects, which will transform one of your humanoid or unique monster characters into a specific species of monster or a random one, depending on the map. It replaces the character's weapon skills with the skills of the species they transform into, but the special skills the main characters and cameo characters possess are retained, which can result in some hilarity.
* In the ''{{Eggerland}}'' games (''AdventuresOfLolo'' trilogy inclusive), Lolo can use Magic Shots acquired from Heart Framers to transform his enemies into eggs.
* ''ShirenTheWanderer'' features this trope a few times - in that "You are what you eat" is taken quite literally. Eating enemy Meat will turn you into that particular enemy. Though your HP and strength remain the same, you will be limited to that particular enemy's attacks and will be unable to use items. You'll also take on said enemy's qualities - some good (able to fire unlimited arrows, will regenerate on death, move at double speed) and some bad (will take heavy damage if hit in the back or side, move at half speed) [[spoiler: You can also become immune to every enemy in the game by eating meat that makes you invisible - since no enemy can detect invisible creatures, no one will hit you (though you still may die of hunger.)]] The enemies are the true victims of this trope, as throwing meat at them will cause them to turn into that particular enemy - without retaining any of their previous stats. Keeping Mamel Meat around to toss at a Death Angel may save your life!
* The witch from ''MendelPalace'' uses her powers of transformation to morph you into one of the dolls from her houses. This turns against her in the Sumo level, as any attempt to try and flip you over will lead your character to counterattack with a sumo stomp and [[AnticlimaxBoss send her flying into the wall]].
* ''{{Arcanum|OfSteamworksAndMagickObscura}}'s'' polymorph is described to turn the subject into any number of animals, but sheep were the most frequent. Few NPC's had and used this ability, and it was an effective neutralizer for any caster.
* The [[LimitBreak Arcana Blaze]] of Gier, the [[LivingShadow Arcana of Shadow]] in ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', has Gier turning the opponent into a black blob thingie that can only bounce around if it hits.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rogue}}'' you can sometimes find a Wand of Polymorph, which turns any monster you zap into another monster of random type. Depending on the RNG, you could indeed get a baleful effect (Dragon into Bat, for instance) ... or you could be toast (Dragon into Jabberwock, which is nearly as bad and now the monster has a free chance to attack).
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' features a 'mass fowl' spell, which can lots of enemies into chickens permanently, the verbal component sounds like chicken noises and cruel laughter. A similar 'mass frog' spell can be found in other variants of the D&D system.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' doesn't have it in vanilla, but the PRC as well as some custom haks in certain servers add this spell. It's called indeed Baleful Polymorph and transforms the caster into a chicken. Is one of the cases where the victim is heavily weakened, as he's reduced to a single hit point.
* ''{{Lusternia}}'''s Wiccan class has Toadcurse, transforming players into an ineffectual (and easily stomped) toad for a period of time. Gods can also reduce players to maggots if sufficiently irked.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series features the Daedric artifact Wabbajack. A nifty little toy that changes an enemy into something else. Problem is, it's [[MadGod Sheogorath's]] artifact, so the change is random. You could turn a bandit into a sheep, or a Daedroth... [[JokeItem It's more fun than anything else.]]
** Except for the fact that [[LethalJokeItem it also]] ''[[LethalJokeItem works]]'' [[LethalJokeItem on anything]]. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' you can turn even ''[[BigBad Mehrunes Dagon]]'' into a sheep or a Daedroth, which either way makes him killable.
** In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls: Redguard'' the hero Cyrus is transformed into a scamp for a short part of the game.
* One of the runewords in ''[[{{VideoGame/Diablo}} Diablo II]]'' has a chance of turning the user into an undead pigmy skeleton.
* In ''MapleStory'' magicians get a skill called Doom, which temporarily turns monsters into snails. They retain the power level of normal snails, but in this game, small is deadly.
* In ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxterThePrecursorLegacy'' Daxter is turned from [[RubberForeheadAlien human]] to [[MixAndMatchCritter ottsel]] when Jak accidentally knocks him into a vat of Dark Eco. Over time he grows to accept, and even ''like'' his new form, [[spoiler:because when given the chance to return to normal, he settles for a pair of pants instead.]]
* In ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCircleOfTheMoon'', one of the card combinations turns you into a skeleton, a common ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' [[GoddamnBats enemy]]. It had a weak attack and could be killed in one hit, but there was a small chance that it would throw a Big Bone, which could one-hit kill anything (even bosses).
* ''LandsOfLore II: The Guardians of Destiny'' has Luther, protagonist and son of the original game's big bad. He's cursed to have uncontrollable transformations between his human form, a hulking beast, and a tiny swift creature. Over the course of the game, he finds a means to control these transformations.
** However, Luther's transformations are anything ''but'' baleful. His beast form, while large and slow, grants super-strength, allowing him to push otherwise immovable objects out of the way, while his lizard form grants awesome magical abilities.
* At one point in ''[[VideoGame/{{Ys}} Ys II]]'', Dalles transforms Adol into a goon (different from the kind achieved by the Transform magic), and he must find a cure.
* In ''{{Achaea}}'', one of the ultimate punishments the gods can use on mortals is "shrubbing" - [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail turning you into a shrubbery]]. For all but the most foul offences, you will eventually get better.
* Elves could use the "Polymorph Other" spells in Capcom's ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' arcade games. It basically functioned as a SmartBomb since the cute bunnies and frogs couldn't do anything to you and bounced off the screen.
* Probably counts. In ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' the final boss will throw spiral-galaxy shaped discs at the title character. If she is struck, she turns into a defenseless--and so slow that she might as well be motionless--child.
* ''StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has a number of mook-class enemies called 'Masques' which possess the "Vegiform" and "Cutey Pie" special attacks. These attacks temporarily change the target into a vegetable or a pastry, respectively. The target of the attack is rendered immobile and helpless while in this form.
* In each game of the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series, you play as a human who's been transformed into a Pokemon. It's subverted in that their new form is far more suited to saving the world than that of a human's, though. [[spoiler: It's revealed have been willful in Rescue Team, and unintentional in Explorers.]]
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam'', this was also the eventual punishment of the human now better known as [[spoiler: Gengar]], who abandoned a Pokemon companion for the sake of his own safety.
** In ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity'', it turns out that [[spoiler: you're actually [[TheChosenMany one of an unspecified number of humans]] who were similarly called into the world as Pokemon, but are now the only one who remains, the others having been banished back their world after being defeated (Strongly implied to have been more or less ''killed'') by the villains.]]
* In the last dungeon in ''VideoGame/GoldenSun: The Lost Age'', you encounter and battle two Flame Dragons. Surprise, they were [[spoiler: your Fire Clan antagonists]], and being transformed against their will like this has drained so much energy that [[AlasPoorVillain they're freezing to death]] (averting the NeverSayDie variant of this trope). And then you learn the hard way that the Wise One's "miracle" to stop you was [[spoiler: turning ''your parents'' into a dragon and forcing you to fight it.]]
** Happened also in the first game, when trying to cut down the guardian of the forest got the people of Kolima (and all non-Adepts who went to rescue them) cursed into trees.
* In ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}'', GLaDOS [[spoiler:becomes a non-magical variant when Wheatley converts her main core into a potato battery.]]
* Sonson in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' can turn her opponents into fruit, and then [[ImAHumanitarian she eats them.]]
* In ''VideoGame/NieR'' it turns out that all the [[spoiler:Grimoire]] were originally humans who learned magic, and were forced into those forms to serve [[spoiler:Project Gestalt.]]
* In ''{{Solatorobo}}'', [[spoiler:Nero and Blanck turn into Caninu]] when The Order is given. Considering they considered themselves [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman so much better than everyone else]], the transformation upsets them greatly. [[spoiler:Red himself]] is also transformed [[spoiler:into his human Trance body,]] but he's less upset about the transformation and more upset about the mind control that comes with it.
* ''VideoGame/FantasyQuest'': A dog turns out to be a man stricken with a curse, which makes you feel bad for having tried to play fetch with him before.
* ''LeagueOfLegends''' Lulu loves to leverage her powers of legerdemain against her litigants. Alliteration aside, she turns her opponents into small woodland creatures.
* In ''GuildWars2'', there is the elite Mesmer spell Moa Morph, which turns the target enemy into a Chocobo-like Moa for ten seconds. While not entirely defenseless (the pecks and kicks deal moderate amounts of damage), it greatly reduces the threat the target presents.
* In ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'', one of the Masked Gentleman's Dark Miracles was turning people into horses.
* In the SegaMasterSystem version of ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'', the human Michael is turned into the [[FunnyAnimal duck]] Bin by [[BigBad Achacha.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Dota2}}'', the this is the effect of the spell "Hex". The heroes Lion and Shadow Shaman have it, with the former's turning people into frogs and the latter's turning them into chickens. The item "Scythe of Vyse" turns people into pigs (Sheep in the original [=DoTA=], leading to the nickname "Sheepstick").
* In DragonQuestVIII the main plot is about the heroes chasing after a rogue magician/jester who turned King Trode into an troll like creature, and his daughter Princess Media into a horse. Also... a man transformed into a short green creature chasing after a magic user with long silvery hair as well as being designed by Akira Toriyama. [[ChronoTrigger Sound familiar?]]
* Done twice in the ''VideoGame/WarioLand'' series. In ''VideoGame/WarioLand3'', [[spoiler:the entire population of the Music Box world was turned into the monsters Wario beats up throughout the game by [[BigBad Rudy the Clown]].]] In ''VideoGame/WarioLand4'', [[spoiler:Princess Shokora was transformed into the Black Cat by [[BigBad the Golden Diva]] after she lost in a magic duel.]] In both cases, the transformations happen before the events of the games, and are undone when Wario kicks the {{Big Bad}}s' asses.
* In ''[[Franchise/{{Thunderscape}} Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall]]'' the ruling class of an island kingdom are transforming commoners into giant insects to make them better workers and soldiers and more obedient. The hero fighting them ends up transforming himself too, because human body is too weak. The ultimate reveal is that the source of the transformative "juice" is [[spoiler:the queen, transformed by a cursed scarab, planted by an agent of the setting's [[BigBad Biggest Bad]]. She will help the hero to kill herself and neutralize the scarab, but still [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody will fight him ferociously]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'', Princess Darcy is imprisoned in a mirror, and her sprite 'becomes' the mirror until she's rescued—though oddly, there are no mirror-based Robopon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'': [[spoiler:Leorina's]] transformation into a giant robotic chicken-thing is imposed on [[spoiler:her]] by the BiggerBad.
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Vaarsuvius gets temporarily turned into a lizard. (S)he lampshades the trope.
--> '''Vaarsuvius''': Well, either I spontaneously decided to get in touch with my reptilian side, or I was just the target of a Baleful Polymorph.
** Of course, [[PronounTrouble (s)he]] can still cast a few spells as a lizard, and [[PlotTailoredToTheParty every one of them turns out to be useful]]. Except Hold Portal.
** Later, [[EvilChancellor Miron Shewdanker]] uses it to turn [[AwesomeMcCoolName Bloodfeast the Extreme-inator]], Belkar's allosaurus, into a small lizard.
* In ''SlightlyDamned'', Kieri is cursed with a Baleful Polymorph (snow bunny) by water guardian Toski. She can control it a little, but [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting sometimes involuntarily shifts to being a snow bunny or back to being an angel when she sneezes.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', Torg gave Zoe a necklace one Christmas, having found it inside of an Egyptian pyramid. It turns out to be cursed, and transforms her into a camel. Her friends eventually learn the necklace's history and change her back, but the necklace ended up binding to her in the form of a tattoo, and a pair of magic words spoken by anyone can turn her into a camel ("shupid") or human ("kwi").
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler strip, [[AuthorAvatar Dan Shive]] turns Melissa [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-03-21 into a cat]] to shut her up. The cat's been seen in at least [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-11-16 one filler]] since, but it's strictly non-{{Canon}}; [[WordOfGod Shive has expressed his distaste for this trope]].
** In-canon (and out), Grace occasionally gets hit with this trope...but she's a [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifter]], so it doesn't do anything other than give her a new form to play with.
* Princess Flibbage from ''WebComic/{{Footloose}}'' has a notorious habit of transforming unimportant characters when she's annoyed.
* In ''{{Goblins}}'', a major battle had several polymorph effects occurring due Shield of Wonders. One guard was polymorphed into an ogre, and another became a soulspike destroyer. A few issues later, another guard is transformed over the course of several panels into dozens of snakes, which promptly go slithering off in different directions.
* A fairly common affliction in ''TheDragonDoctors''.
* [[TwoKinds Trace]] hits the old Hight Templar with this; getting polymorphed in he Two Kinds setting is extremely painful. He made her look like a wolf Keidran ([[PettingZooPeople beast-man]]), and had the guards drag her off to a slave market. He also makes his ex-girlfriend's annoying little sister grow a set of cat's ears and thin fur, although it's unclear how "baleful" this was; she quite likes the look.
* ''[[http://www.tfsnewworld.com/ New World]]'' is largely based on this trope, as both Nicolo and Amanda love turning people into frogs, furries, or anything else comes to mind, usually throw genderbending into the mix as well.
* Several characters in ''TheKAMics'' have been unwittingly changed into various things. It usually happens to Gertrude & Brunhilda.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-29.html Prince Orson]] the talking bear. Perrault claims it, too.
* ''MinionsAtWork:'' [[http://www.minionsatwork.com/2007/06/minions-68-lab-animals.html the perils of door-to-door]]
* ''CityOfReality'' features the villain Hinto Ama, who wreaked havoc in the World of Magic with her transformation powers. Years later, the Manumitor is a man who seeks to undo the harm she caused by reversing as many of the transformations as possible, but is apparently capable of the same magic. [[spoiler:This is because he is in fact Hinto Ama in disguise, seeking [[TheAtoner to atone]] for her past misdeeds]].
* Angel's stock in trade in WebComic/TheGoodWitch, which she cheerfully applies to thugs, bullies...[[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] [[TheSociopath random innocent bystanders]].
* Yeve the sorceress in {{Atland}} teleports her arch-enemy Mael, another sorceress, out into the middle of a desert...then turns her into a fish.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'', King was involuntarily changed from a human named Joel to a Welsh Corgi, by a {{jerkass}} gryphon using Joel/King for the gryphon's own purposes.
* In {{Roza}}, [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2007-06-01 the title character uses her powers to shrink the Chimaera, a huge goat-like monster, into a regular goat]]. The goat follows the characters around afterwards.
* In ''ThaliasMusings'', Hera is very fond of visiting this fate on Zeus's paramours. Io in particular was turned into a cow and then given to Thalia as a pet.
* In ''{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/a-tale-with-a-riddle-0/#.T29vLNm6SuI three women are turned into flowers.]]
* In ''Webcomic/CrimsonFlag'' Julian Urocyon found a staff that could transform [[PettingZooPeople Reyn]] into ordinary (non-anthropomorphic) foxes. [[spoiler: He used it on the Red Queen and her bodyguard Bryce and planned to use it on the Red's entire military but was foiled by Lucian, though both of them were transformed in the process.]]
* Ubiquitous in ''Webcomic/TheWotch''.
* In ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'', the MentorMascot started out as a handsome WingedHumanoid with a variety of magical powers and immortality. Now he's a lop-eared bunny at the mercy--or lack thereof--of an ill-tempered middle school girl.
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* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the scheming mage Shyralis accidentally activates a curse which turns her into a goat while the Great War rages on. HilarityEnsues.
* Thanks to [=DovSherman=] at Website/DeviantArt, MarySue-ification [[http://dovsherman.deviantart.com/art/Mary-Sue-ification-Meme-d-169162395 now works like this too]].
* In ''The Adventures of Theatre/TheLeagueOfSTEAM'' episode "Prehistoric Peril!", the bad guy turns an henchman [[YouHaveFailedMe who've failed him]] into a white mouse, which [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing scrambles out of the pile of clothes]].
* [[SCPFoundation SCP]]-[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2950 2950]]: It's just a chair. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Nothing world-ending about it at all.]] [[BlatantLies Trust us.]] [[spoiler:It is actually an anomaly that takes the form of whatever the majority of people think it is. A book describing it as an extremely dangerous monster used to mean that it was a monster, but after figuring out the true nature of the object, the Foundation wrote a fake document claiming it was an extremely comfortable metal chair and spread information of it among their members in order to turn the monster into said chair.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has a direct ''American Werewolf'' parody called "The Laughing" (a reference to the werewolf movie ''The Howling'') where Dexter becomes a "were-clown" after being bitten by a pair of dentures belonging to a clown performing at Deedee's birthday.
* Parodied in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' titled "The Honking", which had Bender turning into a psycho werecar in one scene. But after a while he kind of gets used to it and it begins to actually [[EvilFeelsGood feel quite nice]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', "Metamorphosis". Elisa's younger brother gets transformed into a gargoyle-ish monster, and the only scientist who understood the process is [[StagedShooting killed]]. The episode ends with our cool veteran cop, [[HeartbrokenBadAss Elisa, crying uncontrollably]] at the fate of her brother.
* The subversion of this trope would be when the transformed hero is just as or even more effective in their new form, like that episode of ''PowerpuffGirls'' where Mojo turns them into dogs, but they manage to beat him anyway because...they're dogs with really sharp teeth and human intelligence.
** And the trope is actually averted in the sequel to that episode, in which Mojo tries the exact same scheme. He tells the girls that he has studied the last time extensively, and has taken special precautions, including ''not'' turning the girls into dogs. Too bad he missed the fact that, untransformed, they're superpowered girls, and are free to beat him up in the usual fashion.
* Happens to Wonder Woman in the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "This Little Piggy". She still has her bracers, at least. Still, Batman's reaction was...[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/batmangasp.bmp nonplussed]]. They then made a toy of ''Batman walking a pig''. Why, nobody will ever know.
* In one episode, ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' gets turned into a two-headed bluebird who can only speak in High School French and lays chocolate eggs. Let me say that again. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext The Tick gets turned into a two-headed bluebird who can only speak in High School French and lays chocolate eggs]].
** The MadScientist kid responsible for this had used his transforming machine for other purposes, like turning his entire PE class and coach into an ant colony (still doing the same climbing and running drills within their little ant farm, of course). When Arthur attempts to use the machine to turn the Tick back into his normal form, he struggles with the dizzying array of controls, turning the Tick into a blue dog, a blue sock, a blue houseplant, etc. before he finally notices [[NoOntologicalInertia the giant red button labeled "NORMAL" slightly to his right]].
** Partially subverted when The Tick rhapsodizes about how one can lay an egg and still feel like a man and protects his egg. Later turned in to squick when the egg is broken and he eats the chocolate.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' was cursed with transforming into a monkey, but she got better (at the very last second).
* The Monkey Talisman in ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has the power to turn anything into any animal (and only animals; Jade found that part out the hard way when she tried to change a log into a death ray and got a manta ray instead).
** There was also the Monkey King, an ancient mystical creature trapped as a puppet who turned people into puppets whenever someone pulled his leg. His first appearance features Jackie falling for it [[spoiler:though Jade hits him with the Rat Talisman, letting him go around and eventually change himself back]], while the second episode had a hapless construction worker fall victim to his curse.
** During the season 1 finale fight against Shendu, Jackie stole the power of the Monkey Talisman and turned Shendu into a rabbit. Unfortunately Shendu still had enough remaining powers to be a KillerRabbit, and promptly beat up Jackie and changed himself back into his demon dragon form.
* The obligatory appearance by Circe in the ongoing cartoon of Disney's ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' featured the personality polymorph, complete with Icarus, the resident weirdo, becoming a ''platypus''.
* One Episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has the team transformed into various animals such as a bear, cat, monkey, rabbit and... a lamp? (Beast Boy had pointed out to the suddenly nonplussed villain how he transforms into animals already, so the villain had to pick something else. Even then, Beast Boy could still shapeshift, but only into various types of ''objects''.)
* A TimeTravel episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' included a meeting with Circe, who, of course, turned Scrooge into a pig. A CarlBarks comic also had Magica use Circe's wand to turn Scrooge's nephews into animals to blackmail him for his NumberOneDime.
* [[spoiler:Metus being turned into a snake by the [[MaskOfPower Ignika]]]] in ''{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn''.
* In the rebooted series of ''WesternAnimation/YoohooAndFriends'' it is the central theme with polluting corporate executives being turned into [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter cute, cuddly animals]] by Father Time and sent on missions to fix up the environmental damage they have caused.
* A few times in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''. In a flashback, Twilight's PowerIncontinence turns her parents into potted plants. In "Too Many Pinkie Pies", people keep interrupting her as she's practicing her Apples to Oranges spell, resulting in unfortunate orange/animal hybrids of a bird and a frog when her aim is thrown off.
** In ''[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E23InspirationManifestation Inspiration Manifestation]]'', a party clown gets turned into a waiter and a mariachi pony gets turned into Octavia!
* This becomes a story point in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', where Mirta is turned into a pumpkin halfway through by Icy [[spoiler:for both foiling her plan to break Bloom's mind and making an illusion so terrifying that it scares Darcy and Stormy and keeps them from killing the other Winx]]. The rest of the season contains several references to Flora trying to figure out how to change Mirta back; she manages to do so in the second-to-last episode, though she plays it up as being very difficult to do.
** Later on Miss Faragonda is turned into a tree, but she gets better.
* This is Krudsky's major form of attack once he gains magical powers in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGoblinKing''. He turns Gribbles into a rabbit, Velma into a werewolf, Fred into a vampire, Daphne into a witch and [[spoiler:the Goblin King]] into a goose. Additionally, Shaggy and Scooby are turned into a snail and a mouse by the witches in the Dead Bogs.
* In another Franchise/ScoobyDoo film, ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'', Shaggy spends the majority of the movie as the werewolf in question.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale2'', the big bad, Eris, is given legs instead of a mermaid tail--her worst nightmare.
* The fate of many an individual unlucky enough to cross paths with the Magic Man of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* Besides a few times when humans have been turned into frogs, ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'' episode "The Noble Stag" has one instance where their friend King Gerard has been turned into a black stag by his cousin Malcolm the Mean, who desired to take over the throne.
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* German comedian Creator/{{Otto}} once told the story of Susi Sorglos, whose hairdryer claimed to be a transformed prince. This turned out to be a lie, it was actually a transformed razor.
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