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->''"FLAME ON!!"''
-->-- '''The Human Torch''', ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''

An Elemental Shapeshifter is a ShapeShifting character who can turn into one of the ElementsOfNature (typically air, earth, water, and fire, though this might vary according to the work). Depending on the story or situation, the character might be able to only partially change part of himself into the element involved, and may or may not retain his original shape after the change.

Often invokes ElementalBaggage. A subtrope of ElementalPowers and ShapeShifting. SuperSmoke (the ability to turn into air/smoke) and RideTheLightning are subtropes of this.

May overlap with AnIcePerson, MakingASplash, MadeOfAir, TakenForGranite, WreathedInFlames, and DishingOutDirt. Also see ElementalEmbodiment.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''OnePiece'', the [[ElementalPowers Logia]] [[PowerUpFood Devil Fruit]] users are essentially this. When attacked, their bodies disperse into their element, allowing most physical assaults to pass harmlessly through them.
* In ''MagicKnightRayearth'', Hikaru was able to become almost completely covered with fire.
* Juvia from ''Manga/FairyTail'' can transform her body in water.
** Also, [[ExtraOreDinary Gajeel]] can turn his limbs into iron weapons.
* Like Juvia, Suigetsu from ''{{Naruto}}'' can also transform his body into water; it seems that his clan as a whole has this ability.
** [[spoiler:Kabuto spliced Suigetsu's DNA into himself, enabling him to use a variation of this ability.]]
** There's also Kakuzu, who can turn his [[ChromeChampion skin into metal]], and Konan, who can turn her entire body into ''[[PaperMaster paper]].''
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', [[TheHero Negi]] has [[ShockAndAwe Raiten Taisou]] and Raiten Sousou, and [[PlayingWithFire Homura]] can transform into a fire spirit. [[spoiler:Quintum, the Averruncus of [[BlowYouAway Wind]] has an ability similar to Negi's transformation.]]
* Levia from [[PrincessLucia Princess Lucia]] does this primarily to travel through water systems.
* Like Gajeel of Manga/FairyTail, Diane from ''Manga/NanatsuNoTaizai'' can transform her body into metal.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Human Torches: Johnny Storm of the ComicBook/FantasticFour, and his predecessor from the Golden Age, an android (ironically not actually human) that due to some accident in his manufacture, catches fire when exposed to oxygen.
* {{Spider-Man}} villain Hydro Man can transform all or part of his body into water.
** Similarly, Sandman has the ability to change his body into sand.
** At one point the two got mushed together into a monster called Mud Man.
* Then there's the GoldenAge super-hero Hydroman, created by Bill Everett for Eastern Color Printing. He could transform any part of his body into water and control its form and movement.
* Bill Willingham's ''TheElementals'' had Fathom, who could shoot, control, turn into, or breathe water.
** The Top Cow comic ''{{Fathom}}'' is about a race of beings with similar powers.
* Franchise/TheDCU villainess New Wave can transform her body into any form of water, including steam and acid rain.
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' have a decent number:
** Magma can transform into magma and rocks.
** The original X-Man [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Iceman]] originally could only cover his body with snow or ice, but he eventually learned to turn his entire body into organic ice.
** Colossus can turn into metal.
** Dust can turn herself into a sandstorm.
** Rockslide and Onyxx are big guys made of rocks.
*** In the case of Rockslide, he is actually a psionic entity and is theoretically able to form his golem-like form using any earthen matter, such as rocks, lava, etc.
** Husk can turn into any solid substance, though alternate versions had her able to become liquid as well.
* Stone Boy of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion Of Super-Heroes}}'' is a Substitute Legionnaire who can turn into an immobile statue. However, he manages to use this power effectively anyway.
* Variation: ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' villain The Absorbing Man can absorb the properties of various materials just by touching them.
* [[MagmaMan Volcana]], who originated in ComicBook/SecretWars then became the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain Molecule Man]]'s girlfriend originally only had a fire form, but then gained a rock form and an ash form which was remarkably like sand.
* Cinder from ''Titans: Villains for Hire'' has the ability to transform her body into flame, and has enough control to only transform certain parts. In a somewhat infamous moment, she's introduced in the comic [[OutWithABang setting a child molester on fire with her vagina]].
* One-story ComicBook/{{Superboy}} guest character Fluid Man used "a formula of his own creation" to grant himself this "truly bizarre" power.
* The Franchise/{{Batman}} villain Clayface is a walking mountain of mud, and can use his powers for shapeshifting or brute strength. He's one of the few recurring villains Batman admits to being no physical match for. Amusingly, [[GreenThumb Poison Ivy]] once defeated him by planting a tree in his body.
** Unusually for a character with this power, Clayface is able to pull off more conventional {{Shapeshifting}}, which is justified by the fact his elemental body is made of clay, so he can reshape it and color it to imitate human flesh.
** He was once parodied in the ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'' comic with Shithead, a monster created by mingling the poo of history's 666 evillest people.
* {{Comicbook/Metamorpho}} [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Element Man]] can transform into [[AllYourPowersCombined all]] chemical elements, including the ones that make up air, water and dirt. He can't directly turn into fire, but he can shift into a highly flammable element.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* In Fanfic/KeepersOfTheElements, the Keepers have this ability, as they can all turn into their Element.
* John in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'' can turn himself into water, except it traumatizes him to do so, and he changes back as soon as possible. What sort of control he has over himself and water during this time is unknown.
* In the Negima fic ''[[Fanfic/StillWatersSeries Still Waters Book 1]]'', [[spoiler: Okochi Akira]] becomes this in the late chapters as a high powered water elemental.
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[[folder:Film]]
* David Banner in ''Film/{{Hulk}}'', taking elements from the Absorbing Man. After injecting himself with Bruce's reformed DNA, David becomes a very strong and diverse shapeshifter, but he really takes after the elements in the climax, going through electrical, rock, and water-based forms in quick succession.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''Amos Daragon'' books also feature this, as the main character is able to become water. At one point a maid unknowingly washed the floor with him.
* Loki from ''Runemarks'' can change himself into fire.
* All the sylphs from Let The Sky Fall
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* An episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has Sabrina struggling with trying to learn this technique; it finally clicks for her by the end of the episode in a moment of anger and frustration, and she easily turns into fire, air, water, and earth.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''.
** Genies. Djinni can change into gaseous form and Marids can change into liquid form.
** Elemental Grues. Harginn can change into fire and Varrdig can change into water.
** High level druids can shapeshift into elementals instead of animals.
* Elementals in ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'' get access to a [[FunctionalMagic Contract]] that allows them to control an element (surprisingly enough). The highest clause of the Contract allows them to transmute into said element, with certain benefits -- insubstantial elements (such as fire, air, and lightning) can only be harmed by certain kinds of damage, whereas substantial elements (such as stone or metal) grant heavy armor and physical bonuses.
** Its predecessor, ''ChangelingTheDreaming'', includes the Inanimae, a race of fae born from inanimate objects, whose kiths and powers are based on the elements.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', the Gangrel's Protean discipline includes turning into earth and mist.
* In ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'', this is doable in a number of ways through adding additional Arcana to the normal Life-based shapeshifting spell. Forces allows the mage to turn into living fire, Death allows turning into LivingShadow, and Matter allows turning to stone or almost any other physical substance.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''KameoElementsOfPower'', several of Kameo's elemental warrior forms fall under this trope, most notably Rubble (a pile of sentient magnetic rocks) and 40 Below (an ice-man).
* In ''SuperMarioBros. 3'' and ''SuperMario3DLand'' Mario could turn into a statue with the Tanooki suit. It turned him invincible, and he could kill nearly anything by falling on it.
* ''{{Warcraft}} 3's'' Pandaran's "Storm, Earth, and Fire" ability splits the hero into three different beings, each themed after the particular element.
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft Mists of Pandaria'', Shamans are gaining the ability to become an Ascendant for a short time. Ascendants are living humanoid elementals that were previously restricted to the Twilight's Hammer cultists.
* Arceus in ''VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl'' can change its element to any of the seventeen types in the game. Granted, Arceus is the god of the Pokémon world...
** Also, some Pokemon in all the games, such as Vaporeon and Grimer and Muk, can learn Acid Armor, in which the user melts in order to raise it's defense.
* Toxic Seahorse in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 3'' can turn into acid. According to background info, his body is made of a liquid metal-like substance, which allows him to do this.
** Similarly, Heatman in ''VideoGame/MegaMan2'' also becomes a blazing fireball as he charges you.
* Lampshaded is ''LegacyOfKain:Defiance''. [[PlayerNudge Maybe.]]
--> '''Kain:''' ''"These statues were [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness singularly inanimate]]. I knew better than to assume they would always remain so."''
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
* [[spoiler: John]] pulls this off in a duel in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'', [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands just in time to avoid getting killed]].

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Vulnapyezdka ("Wave Rider" in Russian) can turn into water.
* There was an Wiki/{{SCP|Foundation}} that could do this with all five (wind and lightning being separate) before it was destroyed.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Acidbath, a supervillain who can turn his body into acid.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ComicBook/{{Wonder Twin|s]] Zan from ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}'' can transform into various forms of water and ice.
* As can Zan's ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' {{expy}}, Downpour.
* In Hanna Barbera's ''TheImpossibles'', Fluid Man could change into regular water or vaporize himself into a cloud or a storm.
* In the finale of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', the Guardians learn how to transform into each of their respective elements of earth, air, fire, water and lightning. Unfortunately they almost lose themselves to the process and are nearly unable to change back.
* Livewire in ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' could turn into electricity, and true to name travel through powerlines.
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