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A character is unshackled from a BalefulPolymorph -- changed back from a frog, cured of their [[{{Werewolf}} lycanthropy]], or just had a GenderBender undone -- but after sighing with relief, they slowly realize that they aren't 100% the same as they used to be. And it's not just because they've walked in another creature's shoes and improved as a person.

Maybe their tongue is a bit longer than they remember, and they have this inexplicable hunger for flies. Or they've still got a wolf tail (and all their friends burst into laughter whenever they turn around.) Or, [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody psychologically]], they've retained an uncontrollable fear of cats. At any rate, they've got leftovers.

Usually played for laughs (and often an EndingTrope) but it may be a plot point in a greater arc. BrainwashResidue has considerable overlap. See CloseEnoughTimeline for the TimeTravel equivalent. Some overlap with TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody, where a shapeshifter's mind is altered depending on the form they're in.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'': [[GenderBlenderName Koyomi Araragi]] has, as of the time the story starts, been cured from being a vampire. Although he's supposedly fully human again, he seems to have retained greatly improved eyesight and [[HealingFactor instant recovery from wounds]]. [[spoiler:A later story reveals he's still got some vampirism in himself, and that's mostly because he refuses to abandon his connection to Shinobu, the one who turned him. In fact, using his remaining vampiric powers is slowly turning him back into a vampire again, though he can avoid this by simply refusing to use those abilities.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/ClanDestine'', Walter's powers involve HulkingOut into a large blue form. When he changes back, sometimes a few body parts remain blue and over sized for awhile.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''RolePlay/WeAreAllPokemonTrainers'':
** After returning to their human forms after defeating Missingno, the trainers discovered they still had the ability to understand Pokémon speech.
** Some of them do it intentionally by using the armbands just because of said ability.
** Lyuri still has the ability to use Aura after being turned into a Lucario hybrid, despite being turned back to normal, and before her, Kim and Lily after being turned into a Riolu and Mienfoo respectively.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens'': A temporary case is seen where Susan is drained of Quantonium and shrunk down to her original size. Her hair, which became white when she first became a giantess, did not return to its original brown.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'', Puss and Donkey got their minds switched accidentally. At the end, Merlin switched them back... except he also switched their tails.
* In ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'', Sophie's curse is eventually undone but she still retains the silver hair color from her old woman transformation.
* In ''Animation/LastYearsSnowWasFalling'', the Dude foolishly toys with a magic wand and goes through insane sequence of shapeshifting into forms among which a tiger in Dude's hat is probably the least bizarre, before randomly changing back to normal. As he turns and walks away, we see that he still has tiger tail.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'' the villain, Yzma, is [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into a kitten]] in the end. By the time of the sequel, she is human again, but still possesses a tail and some catlike behavior (which is an ActorAllusion; Eartha Kitt is best remembered for playing [[Series/{{Batman}} Catwoman]])

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/HoneyIShrunkTheKids'', Wayne tests the shrink ray on his neighbor Russell. After being brought back to normal, Russell finds that his baseball cap is a little big for him.
* The ending of ''Film/YoungFrankenstein'' -- after the procedure that stabilizes the "monster," the creature has inherited the intelligence and mild manners of his creator. Frankenstein himself has inherited some...[[BiggusDickus interesting side effects]] if his assistant's reaction is any indication.
* ''Film/JamesAndTheGiantPeach'': At the end, James Henry changes back to a live action boy after remaining stop-motion throughout a majority of the film. This is because he coughs up the magic crocodile tongue that transformed him after he accidentally swallowed it. The insects that live inside the eponymous giant peach, however, stay huge and stop-motion animated, because the magic tongues ''they'' swallowed stay inside them.
* ''Film/SinbadAndTheEyeOfTheTiger'': The evil sorceress Zenobia doesn't have enough shapechanging potion to turn completely from seagull to human, so spends the rest of the film with one giant webbed bird's foot.
* At the end of ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'', it turns out the antidote hasn't completely countered all traces of the lizard serum present in Connors.
* In the first ''Film/XMen1'' movie, Rogue's hair starts to turn white as Magneto's mutation device drains her energy. After getting healed by Wolverine's healing factor, she's back to normal, except for now having her comic counterpart's signature SkunkStripe.

* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' book ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', Lord Vetinari is changed into a lizard for much of the novel. When he gets changed back, he notices a new habit of sticking out his tongue. It also occurs as a side effect of "Borrowing" (inhabiting the mind of another creature). Borrowers tend to return to their body with some animalistic behaviors and urges that gradually wear off.
* In John Morressy's ''Kedrigern'' book, ''A Voice For Princess'', although Kedrigern restores Princess to her former self from frog shape, the spell which made her a frog was more complicated than he realized. She becomes a beautiful princess who croaks like a frog.
* In ''Franchise/TheWitcher'', princess Adda has spent her entire youth as a monster. She looks perfectly normal but still likes raw meat.
* In Creator/JulesVerne's fantasy novel, ''Adventures of the Rat Family'', the family undergoes multiple transformations, and the comic-relief character always ends up with the tail of whatever the last thing was (for example: they get transformed from rats into fish, he's a fish with a rat's tail). At the end, when they're all human, he's still got an animal tail, and is apparently stuck with it for life.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Tobias gets {{Shapeshifter Mode Lock}}ed as a hawk in the first book, and gradually [[TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody his body's predatory instincts begin to affect his personality]]. Much later, he gains the ability to temporarily turn into his former human form - but he still has the tendency to stare intensely at people like a hawk, and has to put significant effort into forming facial expressions.
%%* Hermione in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets''.
* In ''Literature/{{Seraphina}}'', though she can no longer experience the emotion, Linn still remembers her love for Claude once returning to dragon form, and wants it back.
%% In ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'', Tessa worries that this would happen eventually.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': At the end of ''Literature/LoomingShadow'', Eric mana mutates into a grendel and tries to kill Basilard in mindless hunger. Then Kallen takes him for treatment and makes him not only human again but also sapient again. He has a pleasant talk with his teammates and it seems like he has come away from this experience no worse for the wear. Then his eyes shift into something feral and he asks with a monstrous voice if he can eat a human. The change reverts back just as quickly but it's clear that Eric is ''not'' the same as he used to be.
* A common form of the obligatory {{Goosebumps}} TwistEnding. If a book has the main characters transforming into something and the story is about them trying to turn back into kids, odds are quite high that the last sentence will have that happen.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', there are certain rules all Wargs must obey unless they want this trope to come in effect. You don't eat human flesh while you are in your beast's body, or you'll become a cannibal back in your own body. You don't have sex while in your beast's body, or you'll find yourself to enjoy bestiality as a human. You'd better avoid warging into herbivores (to avoid becoming a coward) and birds (apparently, flying is addictive, and not being able to as a human can drive you insane).

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* An episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'' had Rimmer make his holographic body look like Christine Kochanski in an attempt to manipulate Lister. He still had a boob after he changes back, [[AllMenArePerverts but was in no rush to get rid of it.]]
* ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'': Tesla is deeply depressed upon [[spoiler:being devamped]] and complains that he's "ordinary." He then realizes he has magnetic powers.
* In ''Series/TheFlash2014'', [[Comicbook/{{Firestorm}} Martin Stein and Ronnie Raymond]] were stuck in a FusionDance for over a year. They are able to get it undone, but Martin now retains Ronnie's love of pizza (previously, he'd hated it).
* An exploitation is PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Bashir, O'Brien and Dax and their runabout are [[ShrinkRay shrunk]] and restored to normal at the end. Odo suggests that the men seem a couple of centimeters shorter than normal.
-->'''Dr. Bashir:''' "Infirmary!" (He and O'Brien rush offscreen.)\\
'''Quark:''' (to Odo) And they say you don't have a sense of humor.
** Then Quark and Odo step ''down'' from the half-ledge they were on while standing next to O'Brien and Bashir.



* John Adams's opera ''A Flowering Tree'' is based on south Indian folklore. A girl (named Kumudha in the opera) has the power to transform herself into a flowering tree. She arouses the jealousy of the prince's spiteful sister, who tricks her into transformation and then ravages her, picking all the flowers and breaking the branches. Kumudha is unable to resume human form, and she crawls about the land as a misshapen half-human, half-tree thing.


[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''Monster Girl Quest'', "Witch Hunt" sidequest involves a witch turning human girls into tentacled monsters. After the witch is defeated, [[TheHero Luka]] apparently "seals" the girls' transformations... except not really, and they still can [[PartialTransformation sprout]] [[LovecraftianSuperpower tentacles]] at will.
* The story mode of ''VideoGame/SoulCalibur V'' has a serious variant at the end with [[spoiler:Pyrrha Alexandra breaking free of [[ArtifactOfDoom Soul Edge]]'s [[BrainwashedAndCrazy influence]]. [[BlackEyesOfCrazy Eyes]] normal? Check. [[PowerEchoes Voice]] normal? Check. No longer obsessed with gathering souls for the evil sword? Check. [[RedRightHand Monstrous right arm]] reverted to something presentable in polite company? Sorry, you are out of luck there.]]
* Sarah Kerrigan from ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' got infested by the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Zerg]] in the original opus, who used ViralTransformation to turn her from a human with psychic powers to a powerful Terran/Zerg hybrid as well as a BrainwashedAndCrazy MagnificentBitch. In ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', she is cured from her transformation and brought back to her human form and personnality. However, she turns out to still have some zerg mutagene inside her, resulting in her keeping the hair from her zerg form as well as some of her abilities. This becomes a plotpoint in VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm, where she uses what remains of her zerg abilities to take over the Zerg again, and eventually [[spoiler:turns her back in her Zerg form, with her ''regular'' personality in control this time.]]
* At the very end of the Freedom ending in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', [[spoiler:the now-human-again Demi-Fiend wakes up in his room and goes to meet his friends to visit their teacher, as they intended to do before the cataclysmic events of the Conception. All seems normal again... and then an e-mail by Lucifer implies the guy has retained all of his demonic power and one day will be forced to fight for his world again...]]


* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Dave manages to get his (and Helen's) GenderBender transformation cured, but still finds himself attracted to Mick Foley.
* Be glad you can't see Torg's "aftereffects" in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=970919 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' had a joke along these lines at the end of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-04-03 the second April Fool's Week storyline]]. And then again in [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/?date=2004-03-06 a side comic storyline]].
* Be grateful you are not in ''Webcomic/StationV3'' because they have suffered from this more than 10 times already... all with varying results always saying that they are back to 'normal'.
* In ''Webcomic/OnceStung'', after Samantha is turned back from giant snake to human she manifests several snake characteristics - such as reptile eyes, fangs and a forked tongue - the next morning.
* Shapeshifters in ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'' who use it to transform into animals (like Fletch and Donovan Sparc) gradually acquire physical traits of the animal in question the more and more they use it. Eventually you end up as a FunnyAnimal, and are stuck that way. Donovan is already at that step (as a rhinoceros), and Fletch is approaching it.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' gave Bender a sex change. When Farnsworth turned him back to normal, he found that he had become more in touch with his "feminine" side (but denies it).
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': The FreakyFridayFlip episode has many different body swaps going on, but eventually everyone seems to be back to normal- except that at the end it turns out Bubbles' body was still swapped with the Narrator.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'' animated series, Link is transformed into a frog. At the end of the episode, after he is cured, he still reflexively grabs and eats a fly.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckAmuck'' Daffy ends up completely erased by the sadistic animator and testily asks to be redrawn. He gets his wish in the worst way possible, but it's not until the animator draws a mirror in front of him that he notices (including the fact that he's inexplicably gone quadruped!).
* In ''Grim And Evil'' episode 5 during the ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'' segments ''Devolver, Part 1'' and ''Devolver, Part 2'', General Skarr keeps devolving into different species due to accidentally being exposed to Major Dr. Ghastly's devolving ray. In the end, Ghastly and Hector manage to expose Skarr (who has become an amoeba by that time) to a re-evolution ray, turning him back to his normal self... [[spoiler:except he still has a monkey tail (though only Hector and Ghastly seem to notice it)]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', Juniper is turned into a lemur, but when she is changed back at the end of the episode, she still has a tail. [[spoiler:Psych, no it was just [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Ray-Ray]] telling her she still had a tail.]]
* WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror:
** One episode had Homer Simpson get turned into a bizarre chimera with a chicken's body. When Homer turns back to normal at the end of the episode, it turns out that he still has the body of a chicken... ...and lays an egg.
** In another episode he went back in time and kept changing the past. In the finale one everything was back to normal...except everyone ate with long retractable reptile tongues. Homer just shrugs and says "[[CloseEnoughTimeline Eh, close enough]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'': In one episode, a soul-sucking nix sucked the souls of several students during a school dance. In the end, everything went back to normal--except that Trixie and Spud were now in each other's bodies. [[SnapBack They were inexplicably back to normal in the next episode.]] (Note that this happened ''before'' they learned about Jake being a dragon.)
* The 1961 WesternAnimation/{{Popeye}} cartoon "I Yam Wot I Yamnesia" delved into the bizarre, as bumps on the head suffered by Popeye, Swee' Pea, Wimpy and Olive has their personalities and voices switched with each other (Popeye is Swee'Pea and Swee' Pea is Popeye; Olive and Wimpy are switched similarly). After a second bump return everyone to normal (and a sock from Swee' Pea/Popeye on Brutus), only Brutus and Popeye are still reliving their infancies.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' has Garfield entreating the viewers to watch the story unfold and pick out all the graphic incongruities within. It ends with Garfield calling the up-to-then unseen Odie to follow him. Only it's not Odie--it's Marmaduke.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'' has Jasmine and Iago respectively turned into a rat and lizard by a curse. Genie is ultimately able to turn them back to their true forms by the end of the episode, but they still have some leftover traits of the previous forms: Jasmine still has a rat's tail while Iago is stuck with his umbrella-like neck.
* Inverted in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': When Fred gets amnesia and believes he's a three-year old, Barney takes him to a doctor in order to get him to recover. Said doctor is a mad scientist who swaps Fred's mind with his lab animal. Although he tries to turn him back to normal, things get ridiculously more out of hand when he winds up also swapping the brains of Barney, the wives, the pets, and ''even his assistant''. By the very end he's able to get them all back to normal... and they all really are too. He however isn't, as he winds up taking some of Fred's personality and voice and now also believes himself to be the real Fred Flintstone.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E7Bats Bats]]", Fluttershy is turned into a VegetarianVampire [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot pony]]. Twilight is able to change her back, but during the EverybodyLaughsEnding, the camera zooms in to show Fluttershy with CuteLittleFangs.
* In the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', Danny uses the Ghost Zone portal to remove his powers, but retains a white SkunkStripe in his hair. After he ultimately gets his powers back, it's gone.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' episode "Running With Scissors" focuses on Marco chasing Hekapoo through another dimension to get back Star's dimensional scissors. This ends up taking him ''sixteen years'', by which point he'd become a muscular BadassBiker. Then he discovers [[YearInsideHourOutside only eight minutes passed on Earth]] and Marco turns back into a teenager when he returns. However, Marco kept the bald spot from Hekapoo's burning {{Dope Slap}}s, and has some (comically minor) problems adjusting after a half-lifetime of absence (like forgetting his passwords). The next season would [[RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun periodically mention]] that Marco is an accomplished adventurer whose [[OlderThanTheyLook mentally twice his biological age]], and he even gets his CoolBike back.