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->''"It's Morphin' Time!"''
-->-- ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''

Before the OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent (or a hidden Bad Guy) can access her (or his) secret powers, there must be a power-up. This usually involves a change of form or at least costume, although the precise mechanisms usually vary by type. In Japanese television, this is called (a) ''henshin''. By genre, this usually goes as follows:

* MagicalGirl: Our heroine usually utters a [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull key phrase]], accompanied by certain gestures and/or using [[TransformationTrinket some sort of magical device]], and then hovers into the air [[StockFootage over a magical background]], then [[{{Fanservice}} has her clothes disappear]] as her hero costume [[PowerGlows glows into existence]] over her until all her [[FrillsOfJustice ribbons, jewels, feathers and assorted frippery]] have formed. Despite being strongly associated with {{Magical Girl}}s there are several "magical boys" who have comparable sequences, though their outfits are usually more like uniforms or armour and the strip-down is generally averted.
* HenshinHero: Similar to the MagicalGirl but usually less elaborate and more [[RuleOfCool awesome]], our hero uses his [[TransformationTrinket special device]] (often a weapon) and/or [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull shouts his transformation phrase]] to turn into his superhero form in a faster but equally flashy sequence, that for some reason often involves [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]], [[PowerGlows glowing or shining]], and [[TransformationNameAnnouncement the hero announcing himself]]. This includes many American characters and series, like [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] (widely considered the first HenshinHero) or ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.
* SuperMode: An already-powerful hero or villain becomes even ''more'' powerful to face the latest threat. While generally not as elaborate as the previous two transformation sequences, it often signifies a more intense upgrade. The [[PowerLevels raised power level]] is usually indicated by a colour change, [[UhOhEyes glowing eyes]] ([[DragonBall or hair]]) or appearance altered in other ways than a wholly new costume and accessories.
* [[TransformationHorror Monstrous Transformation]]: A darker and more physical sequence, usually when [[OneWingedAngel a humanoid character becomes more monstrous]] before our eyes -- often involving [[GrowingMusclesSequence bulging muscles]], [[ClothingDamage ripping clothes]], ([[MagicPants to various extents]]) and [[PainfulTransformation often implications of pain]], especially in a horror-themed series. [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]], JekyllAndHyde, and other magical or chemical induced transformations usually fall under this. It's often a way for the villain to get serious during the GrandFinale... and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman become something viewers won't mind seeing the heroes kill]].
* Mechanical Sequence: A HumongousMecha or PowerArmour wearing hero gets into battle mode, whether through [[TransformingMecha transforming]], [[CombiningMecha combining]], [[MechaExpansionPack adding the gear]], and/or just plain [[FighterLaunchingSequence launching into battle]]. Usually contains as much TechnologyPorn as time and budget will allow, and are very often tool-assisted in some way as the base's machines use mechanical arms and such to remove and add components.
* [[MakeMyMonsterGrow Size Increase]]: An already formidable monster or [[{{Sizeshifter}} hero]] doesn't make many physical changes but simply [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin increases their size massively]], often to {{Kaiju}} levels.
* Other Sequences: Ones that aren't covered by or overlap with the above include {{Mon}} "evolution" sequences (which are sometimes permanent), [[FusionDance characters combining into one]], or more mundanely, a {{superhero}} donning their outfit via conventional (if accelerated) means.

Transformation Sequences are good for a show's budget because they provide a large amount of StockFootage that can be (and often ''must'' be) [[EngagingChevrons reused each episode]]. They also provide nice filler for the writers. If a particular transformation sequence occurs multiple times in one episode, a shortened version will often be used after the first time (hopefully).

Rarely is there a special-effects sequence for changing ''back''.

It seems to be an unwritten rule that evil characters almost never get a StockFootage transformation sequence, instead opting for a special-effects-assisted "insta-transformation", a single sequence in the case of one-shot villains, or just transforming offscreen. This is a good way to spot the SixthRangerTraitor or a NobleDemon looking to make a HeelFaceTurn somewhere down the line.

Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit ([[{{Filler}} and to eat up air time]]), and the actual change as experienced by the character in-universe is instantaneous -- or at least very brief. [[TransformationIsAFreeAction This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during his transformation sequence]], although the NoNonsenseNemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable PartialTransformation.

Compare HulkingOut, GorgeousGarmentGeneration, CreationSequence, FighterLaunchingSequence, LockAndLoadMontage, and ActivationSequence. Generally overlaps with SuitUpOfDestiny the first time the character transforms.


* [[TransformationSequence/AnimeAndManga Anime and Manga has its own page.]]


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The UrExample has got to be Billy Batson shouting "Shazam!" and transforming into [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] with a magic bolt of lightning. Notably, in the GoldenAge, it was part of the magic of the transformation that nobody standing nearby ''[[SomebodyElsesProblem noticed this happening]]'' unless he wanted them to (often simply thinking that the "kid" had left and this new person arrived in their place). Well, DependingOnTheWriter, anyway. The other members of the Marvel family would transform the same way.
* Creator/MarvelComics' ComicBook/CaptainMarVell gained a version of this when he would swap locations with Rick Jones in a flash of light after banging his two wristbands together; ditto for his son Genis, who ''also'' ended up swapping places with Rick.
* Of course, the UrExample of the more straightforward changing-your-clothes version would be [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent]] [[ClarkKenting changing clothes in a phone booth or broom closet.]]
* The [[MonsterClown Clown]] from ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}'' becoming the terrifying devil Violator. The detailed transformation in [[Film/{{Spawn}} the movie]] is particularly disturbing.
* ComicBook/IronMan occasionally has one, depending on the title and era (for instance, it's very rare to see him activate the suit in an ''Avengers'' comic). The most typical one involves assembling the armor from a briefcase. This was abused a bit during the late 90s and early 2000s when every new writer on the Iron Man title introduced their new, super-advanced armor technology, like the SKIN armor, Tin Man and Ablative armor.
* In the first issue of ComicBook/BlueBeetle (ComicBook/{{New 52}}), Jaime's first transformation into Blue Beetle is shown in nine detailed panels. His later transformations usually take one panel.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In [=WanderingWordsmith=]'s Fanfic/ThawingPermafrost, Pandora the Shikigami explodes into a weird white goo, then reforms into the commanded form if it can manage it; otherwise, it just flips back to its normal form and collapses, exhausted.
* ''Kuso Miso Technique'''s Michishita Masaki has one in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a85Xdmk_WIA this]] fanvideo into his powerful, naked form.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Robert and Roll get one when they activate their battle modes.
* Averted in ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy''; the space normally used for describing the transformation are filled with random comments by the LemonyNarrator, usually about "[[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkly stuff]]". In episode 12, there is a little quote by the narrator during that part which reasons that.)
-->First, it's repetitive and boring if you read the series everyday; second, it's a matter of letting you guys imagine how they would be like; and third, I don't have the time to do it.
* In ''Fanfic/HopToIt'', Jack's transformation to Rabbit in the first chapter is described in about as much detail as one would expect for a ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' transformation:
-->'''Jack''': Mimmi! Hop to it!
-->Her Kwami stretched and got sucked into her old-fashion wristwatch, turning the leather strap white and changing the clock face so it measured five minutes instead of twelve hours, the single hand stuck in an upright position. The transformation continued from there, crawling down one arm, across her chest, and to the other. A large flat throwing ring, a chakaram, appeared in her hand, which she moved across her face in a circular motion, her white domino mask appearing. Tossing her weapon into the air, she yanked two rabbit ears into existence out of the back of her head and magically smoothed her caramel-colored hair into a perfect side fishbone braid. Jack then caught her chakaram and swung it down as she kneeled, the transformation reaching her toes. Now she was entirely dressed in a white skintight suit weaved out of hexagons. She had opera gloves with the tiniest of claws, more for aesthetic purposes than to actually scratch anyone, and heavy knee-high combat boots that packed a wallop whenever she kicked someone. As if to demonstrate, she stood back up and preformed a few low air kicks and a side kick. She ended by swinging one leg in a perfect circle, her shin level with her eyes at one point, before slamming it down just as her little fluffy tail appeared. To be honest, Jack could do without the tail, but it came with the bulletproof costume.
* [[http://animorphscomic.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-24T15:52:00-05:00&max-results=1&start=14&by-date=false This]] ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' fancomic went the extra mile and added animated morphing scenes.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' has a famous transformation sequence; the inverse of a monstrous transformation.
* The sequence at the end of the first ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' is a double subversion as 1) she is already a monster and 2) she doesn't actually transform. It's also a ShoutOut to the scene in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
* ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}'' has the infamous Pleasure Island sequence where Lampwick the wayward bad boy slowly turns into a donkey as did all of the other bad boys lured onto the island to be sold into labor. Only Pinocchio is fortunate enough to escape, but not without sprouting ears and a tail first. In other adaptations, Pinocchio also transforms (since he did in the original book).
* ''Film/SpaceJam'' has the tiny Nerdlucks transform into the gigantic Monstars thanks to the powers they stole from five [=NBA=] players.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'', Manolo gets one when [[spoiler:the gods bring him back to life.]]
* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
** Ariel's transformation when turning from mermaid to human. + 1 as she's mostly naked afterward.
** There's another transformation sequence in the same movie, though without the nudity. All the in-between stages of [[BigBad Ursula's]] transformation into Vanessa are ''extremely'' creepy, and her EvilLaugh doesn't help.
* ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs'' brings us the awesome transformation of the Wicked Queen into a hag. Subverted in that the transformation was not to increase her power (in fact, it seemed to make her weaker), but as a disguise.
* [[http://youtu.be/f5TmvR5jVAM Hal Jordan]] also got one of these in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternFirstFlight''.
* ''Disney/BrotherBear'' has the scene near the beginning of the film where Kenai is actually transformed into a bear as punishment for betraying his late older brother.
* Disney's ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' has the scene where Creator/CreeSummer's character, [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Kidagakash]], is transformed into a beautiful goddess-like sprite after merging with the Atlantean Crystal.
* ''Disney/WreckItRalph'': Vanellope Von Schweetz [[spoiler:transforms into a princess after crossing the finish line of her game Sugar Rush at the film's climax. It confused her until she found out she was Sugar Rush's true ruler before King Candy/Turbo sabotaged the game and made her an outcast.]]
* While many versions of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' either imply this trope or directly invoke it whenever she gets her gown for the ball, [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Disney's version]] is especially notable for this, although it only takes a few seconds.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls2013'':
*** In the climax of the movie, we get a classic sort of transformation for the Bearers of Harmony, adding LittleBitBeastly pony traits to the girls.
*** [[BigBad Sunset Shimmer]] also has one of the monstrous kind when she goes OneWingedAngel after stealing the crown.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'':
*** In the sequel, the transformations are [[TransformationTrinket activated by]] [[ThePowerOfRock the band members' instruments]]. They are different than those of the first movie, adding "Rainbow Power" hair to the mix.
*** Notably, when [[spoiler:a reformed Sunset Shimmer]] gets her own transformation, it's instead in the same style than in the previous movie.
*** The villain trio of the Dazzlings gets their own, more sinister-looking transformations, when they reach the apex of their powers. The ribbons of red lights that envelop them might be a ''Sailor Moon'' shout-out.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'':
*** In the third film film, the transformations are activated accidentally by the girls performing their Elements. [[spoiler: They are drained of it almost immediately after they transform by Human Twilight's amulet however.]]
*** [[spoiler:Human Twilight]] of all people gets the monstrous kind going OneWingedAngel when transforming into [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle]] as a callback to Sunset's transformation in the first film.
*** Sunset gets a GoldenSuperMode when she activates the Elements of Harmony to match [[spoiler:Midnight Sparkle.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree'':
*** First, one for [[spoiler:Gloriosa Daisy turning into Gaea Everfree]], with vines creeping up her legs before a flash of light and Kirby Dots flowing over her body.
*** Then, a continuous sequence for all seven of the heroines gaining brand-new Magical Girl costumes [[spoiler:when they bond with a crystal geode]].
* PlayedForLaughs in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueVsTeenTitans''. When they're attacked at the fair, [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Starfire]] gets a full MagicalGirl transformation where her costume appears, ComicBook/BlueBeetle powers up [[PoweredArmor his armor]], [[{{Animorphism}} Beast Boy]] drops onto his knees to turn into a tiger... and [[BadassNormal Damian]] just runs to the car, breaks in the window and grabs his costume from the backseat.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon'' and ''Film/TheHowling'' both have werewolf transformation sequences of the [[PainfulTransformation most painful and terrifying kind you can imagine]].
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' and ''Film/UnderworldEvolution'', with static vampires (except for the main vamp boss with the somewhat typical beastly demon-form) but human-werewolf transformations, and their werewolves have [[strike:inverted knees]] digitigrade legs.
** Not much outright transformation was shown in the first movie, the most notable sequence being one shot where two lycans change ''back'', as well as one sequence where a character had an aborted change. The second film had some decent shots of man-to-wolf changes, but they went quick because they were {{mooks}}.
* There are a number of these in ''Film/VanHelsing'', most notably the werewolves who transform by ripping their skin off.
* ''Film/FrightNight1985'' had something like this with Evil Ed turning back into a human from being a wolf, and the vampires have 3 stages of transformation.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' has the scene where Dana and Louis turn into Terror dogs; it's quite a disturbing process, though.
* ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor'':
** The '90s remake had some [[{{Squick}} surprisingly gruesome]] ones with plenty of BodyHorror.
** And the original has Jerry Lewis going through some grotesque transformations quite out of the tone with the rest of the movie.
* ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'' is just plain weird in general but the transformation parts are even weirder.
* Steven Chow's ''Film/GodOfCookery'' takes this to absurdity with Magical Chef Transformation Scenes. A character (not the lead) takes a power pose, his clothes fly off in all directions and underneath he is already dressed as a chef, all that is required is that he put the trademark hat on.
* ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' has a very important rule: "Don't feed them after midnight." If you do, the Mogwai goes into a slimy cocoon and mutates into a hideous monster. Unfortunately in the movie somebody makes that mistake as well as getting them wet (''causing them to multiply'', which looks incredibly painful).
* There are several gruesome gremlin-related transformations in ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', including those involving a bat, spider, fruit, electricity, and even a woman!
* ''Franchise/TheWitchesOfEastwick'' has the final scene in which the three witches mix up the body parts of a voodoo doll that resembles the main antagonist Daryl (Jack Nicholson) who at first turns into a giant, but then turns into a worm-like thing.
* The Jekyll and Hyde transformations from ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''.
* Pretty much every adaptation of ''Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde'', though the transformations are often fairly restrained in the less campy versions.
** The [[Film/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1931 1931 film]] is not very campy, and its transformation sequence was at the time a major breakthrough in special effects.
** In the musical ''Theatre/JekyllAndHyde'', Jekyll changes into Hyde by turning his head to the left, hunching a bit, sometimes changing clothes, and having the lighting change. If the actor is good enough, it ''works'', especially at the end when he's doing a duet with himself and changing back constantly.
** In ''Film/MaryReilly'', John Malkovich undergoes one of the most gruesome and spectacular Jekyll/Hyde transformations ever committed to screen, with Hyde appearing inside Jekyll's body and growing outwards. Then, afterward, he looks ''exactly the same''.
* The ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series has quite a few of these. For instance, in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster,'' fitness girl Debbie is turned into a cockroach and then trapped in a roach motel by Freddy.
* Eustace' transformation from dragon to boy in ''Film/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' film.
* The Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse plays around this:
** [[Film/IronMan Tony Stark]] puts on his suit different ways:
*** The Mark II and III armors were placed on him by [[TechnologyPorn JARVIS-controlled droid arms]], stored either in a safe platform inside his garage or in his helipad. The Mark IV and VI armor are also put on this way.
*** The Mark V travel armor, also known as the [[FanNickname "briefcase suit"]] is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin what you would imagine it to be]], with a button pushed for its handles to appear. Tony then places it across his chest/arc reactor and it assembles neatly around him.
*** The Mark VII is probably the most egregious: Tony would wear tracers on his wrists, with the armor (in a large capsule shape) summoned via voice-activation to latch onto the tracers and form around his body. It is practically useful on-the-go... [[spoiler: [[DestinationDefenestration or falling downwards]] after pissing off a megalomaniac BigBad.]]
*** The Mark 42 is relatively low-key. Tony tries to design it for an effective sequence, but it often goes wrong due to being a prototype. On the other hand, the armor can assemble on anyone he points to, such as Pepper or [[spoiler:the BigBad]].
*** Since ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', Tony modified the Mark VII and built his armors from then on so that they can open up for him to simply step in after which they close up around him, making the transformation even more low-key. They can also form around him in midair like the original Mark VII but at a much faster rate. Even Rhodey's Iron Patriot armor has this feature.
*** The Mark 50 or Bleeding Edge armor introduced in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'' consists entirely of nano-bots, and is stored in a new arc reactor installed on Tony's chest. All Tony has to do is tap a button and the armor forms around him.
** [[Film/TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]], [[HulkingOut being who he is]], can (a) be triggered into becoming the Hulk under stressful conditions or (b) lets it out freely. Whatever is happening could be determined whether [[PainfulTransformation he is struggling]] or [[TranquilFury he seamlessly transforms]].
** Film/{{Thor}}, while spending almost an eternity wearing his Asgardian dress armor, [[spoiler: loses it [[BroughtDownToNormal after being sent to Earth]]. After [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing himself to the Destroyer]],]] [[Myth/NorseMythology Mjolnir]] flies to him and strikes him with lightning, forming his traditional armor. His helmet, apparently, is a separate piece and not always worn. Later movies show that Mjolnir also allows Thor to change between different forms of his armor, whether it be by summoning a storm or just magically changing his clothes.
* Several of the ''Franchise/StarWars'' movies will have starfighter pilots immediately precede a space battle with an order to "[[LetsGetDangerous Lock S-Foils into Attack Position.]]", a process that usually involves the wings unfolding or splitting apart. Given George Lucas's love of old war movies and airplanes, it was likely a nod to the Dive Brakes that dive bombers would extend before going into a dive, as seen in [[http://youtu.be/XAPqoC3_hqA?t=1m4s this footage.]]
%% * ''Film/TheWolfman2010''
* One of the earliest was, again, [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] in the serial ''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. They didn't have the budget to have a lightning bolt strike Billy or Captain Marvel, but they managed a decent effect using smoke bombs and dramatic sound effects instead.

* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': The books made it quite clear that morphing almost never happened the same way twice, and was usually highly disgusting unless the morpher had an unusual talent for it (as did Cassie). It's also very DependingOnTheWriter how long and descriptive the transformations are--book #20 went into so much detail that it took almost a whole chapter for Marco to morph a cobra.
** A transformation sequence is shown on [[https://www.google.com/search?q=animorphs+covers&rlz=1CAACAP_enUS712US714&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjplLb7gL3XAhXC6CYKHa1vC6AQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=629 each cover]] of the main series, though technically [[CoversAlwaysLie they are inaccurate]]--in the books morphing doesn't happen evenly like that (one body part can change at a time, for example), and [[ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing normal clothes don't morph with you]].
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series, both vampires and werewolves can transform, vampires into either a swarm of bats or one really big bat. Not much detail is given to werewolf transformations, but there is at one point a fight between two of them where they're both in a constant state of flux between forms. Angua, the werewolf on the watch and Captain Carrot's girlfriend, is stated to be perfectly comfortable with him seeing her naked in either form, but doesn't want him to see her mid-change. Gaspode is surprised when he sees Angua change -- expecting the usual horror sequence, he instead describes it more like "A full-body sneeze."
* In ''Literature/WinniAllfours'', the protagonist is a girl who wants a pony. When that's denied to her, ''she chooses to turn herself into a pony''. Two whole pages of the small book are dedicated to showing her change from little girl to tubby little pony.
--> ''Very slowly things began to happen...''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The many and varied ''Franchise/UltraSeries'' usually involve a man-to-ultra transformation. The majority of hosts stick their items in the air and rises out of a bright background from the lower left of the screen, while other Ultras like {{Series/Ultraseven}} and ''Series/UltramanMax'' have more elaborate transformation sequences where the host's body becomes slowly covered in ultra armor. While the majority of hosts from [[Series/UltramanTaro Kotaro]] onward shouted the name of their Ultra, there are a few exceptions such as Shin Hayata and [[Series/UltramanTiga Daigo Madoka]] who remained silent, and others like Dan Moroboshi who instead shouted out something different (Dan shouts "Dwah!").
** In ''Series/UltramanAce'', Ultraman Ace was unique in that he had two hosts as compared to the usual one. To transform, Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami jumped in the air and flipped multiple times, then they would bump their respective rings together to transform into Ace. Later in the series when [[spoiler:Yuko returned to the moon]], Seiji gained both possession of both rings and simply fist-bumped himself to transform.
** ''Series/UltramanGinga'' has the most elaborate transformations of the entire franchise, having toys as it's main gimmick. To transform, Hikaru pulls out his Ginga Spark and takes out the doll of the Ultra/Kaiju he wants to transform into, then he places the doll's left foot on the Spark's tip which then creates a hexagram around Hikaru, allowing him to UltraLive into his doll. Other people could also use weaker Ginga Light Sparks/Dark Dummy Sparks to transform, going through the same transformation as Hikaru. Most notably, Ginga was one of the very first times Kaiju got rises of their own.
** Being joke series, Series/UltramanZearth and Series/UltramanNice had some ridiculous transformations. In the former, Katsuto Asahi transformed by brushing his teeth with the Pikari Brush, while in the latter Ginga Yumeboshi ate a chocolate from his Nice Dreamer to transform.
* ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' (2003-2004) showcased several different transformations managed via digital effects. The results ranged from Moon's clumsy and cringeworthy transform (the first created by the production team) to Dark Mercury's showstopper (the final transform created, after the team had gained months of experience with their tools).
** As with its animated counterpart, we see only one or two instances of ''de''-transformation, and these also appear to be simple acts of will.
** Additionally, we get to see one transformation -- Minako to Venus -- from the "outside", as an eyewitness on the scene would. Instead of all the fancy effects, it's an instantaneous, blink-and-you'll-miss-it change that she performs ''while running'', thus validating years of [[FanWank fan speculation]].
** A later sequence, however, has Ami transforming. Unlike Minako, however, she gets a blue glowy thing.
** They also fondly parodied the trope in one of the supplemental shorts: Mamoru becomes "Tuxedo Mask" just by putting on a tuxedo, top hat and mask, but the one time he does it ''on camera,'' it gets all the same fancy shots, edits, and sound effects as the girls' magical transformations.
*** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lq87oXAVkg Tuxedo Power!]]
* Many, many, many ''Franchise/KamenRider'' characters had this... until 1989. Actual sequences were common in the Showa era; even the enemies had transformation sequences, even if they amounted to little more than the camera zooming in on them, blurring a bit, and revealing the monster from its disguise. For the revival era (''Series/KamenRiderKuuga'' and onward) they were mostly phased out in favor of transformation special effects done on the fly. (By now, though, they're as elaborate as any full sequence.) Just about the only Heisei series to use honest-to-goodness stock footage Transformation Sequences is ''[[Series/KamenRiderKiva Kiva]]'', and only then for form changes (and Dark Kiva.)
** In several early Kamen Riders, the pre-change ''gestures'' were as epic as the sequences (also not so much nowadays; you ''may'' get the TransformationTrinket held in the air during the call of "Henshin.") and enemies sometimes stopped the henshin gestures by attacking during the middle of the gesture, or setting traps that would halt them. The first Rider's pose is very iconic and recognized in Japan, to the point that even the HowDoIShotWeb sequence in ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' has the new hero yell "Henshin!" and do the Rider-1 pose.
*** Likewise, episode 2 of ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'' has Kota trying out several transformation poses in his bedroom, [[MythologyGag including]] [[Series/KamenRiderAmazon Amazon]] and [[Series/KamenRiderSuper1 Super-1]]'s. Interestingly, in ''Gaim'', only the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism more idealistic]] Riders like Kota and (initially) his little brother-figure Mitzusane[=/=]Micchy bother with transformation poses; their more cynical rivals like Kaito and his minions just don the belt, say "Henshin", and change.
** The "transformation chivalry" was humorously acknowledged in the first ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'' movie: the BigBad's minions attack Ryotaro as he attempts to transform, causing Momotaros to angrily shout "Bastards! You're not allowed to interrupt the transformation sequence!"
*** Similarly, ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' has a scene where Yuusuke[=/=][[Series/KamenRiderKuuga Kuuga]] attempts to transform in order to fight Kaitou[=/=]Diend, only to be interrupted mid-pose when Kaitou points his own TransformationTrinket, a gun, at Yuusuke's face.
*** Subverted in ''Series/KamenRiderDouble'' when the Arms Dopant fires a goo "bullet" that plugs up Shotaro's belt, preventing him from transforming.
*** The "chivalry" aspect was parodied in the net-exclusive comedy shorts produced for ''Double''. Kirihiko asks Isaka why he didn't attack when [[TheLancer Accel]] transformed into his SuperMode, Trial. Isaka responds that he was "obeying traffic laws"[[note]]Trial's TransformationTrinket has a miniature traffic light on it, which changes from red to blue when activated[[/note]].
** The DarkerAndEdgier Heisei series like ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'' and ''Series/KamenRiderFaiz'' tended to have transformation chivalry less frequently, with characters often walking or even ''fighting'' in mid-transformation. Debut appearances always played it straight, though; probably best illustrated in the first episode of ''Blade'', where Kazuma's belt orbits his body several times, trailing a "tail" of cards, before finally settling in place around his waist.
** Transformation chivalry is ''enforced'' in some series by the SphereOfPower or other transformation effects being ''absolutely impenetrable,'' deflecting attacks and painfully repelling villains who attack in midmorph. The aforementioned ''Blade'' series was the ''first'' to do it: the card-shaped field of energy with his spade symbol on it that passes over him to change him (unless he's pissed. Then he charges straight through it instead of waiting.) is something you do not want to smack into facefirst.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' and its ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' counterpart (see below) ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'' both feature variations on the theme, since both those shows focus on heroes who can [[PowerCopying use the powers of their precursors]]. When Decade changes into a past Rider, it's represented by that Rider's usual Transformation Special Effect, except that it's happening to a suited-up Decade rather than an untransformed human as normal. For the Gokaigers, the initial transformation into Gokaigers is a straight Transformation Sequence while their changes into past teams are more simple (usually: [[IconicLogo team emblem]] flies out of their TransformationTrinket, lands on their body, and their suit changes in a flash of light), except in the special episodes where they unlock a past team's true power by coming to understand that team; in these cases, they get honest-to-goodness Transformation Sequences based on the originals.
*** Gokaiger's past Ranger powers are the powers of the ''actual'' past sentai heroes, meaning few returning characters get to change and fight, so we don't get to see a lot of old morphs done with modern effects like ''Decade'' below does. However, we do get one for [[spoiler: the Black Ranger of]] ''Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman,'' because he is [[spoiler: actually still dead.]] However, when the Gokaigers do the above-mentioned focus episode transformation sequences, we get some idea of what the old sequences would look like if made today.
** Also, these series feature old-school characters with modern effects, and in ''Kamen Rider'' terms, modern ''rules,'' which means we get to see what several transformation sequences look like in "real life." ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' and ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX'' get to change side-by-side with real-space versions of their classic sequences, and it is ''awesome.'' (Mind you, in those actual series, when Kotaro would transform with no stock footage sequence it would simply be a flash of green.) Also, in TheMovie of Decade, we get to see Shadow Moon's transformation for the first time ''ever'' (as in ''Series/KamenRiderBlack'' proper, Nobuhiko was in this translucent cocoon-thing until emerging in Shadow Moon form once his powers matured.) Interestingly, Kamen Rider Kiva still has form change sequences when Kiva ''himself'' is doing them (Decade's Kiva changes, like all his changes, are real-space.)
** And it is also seen in Saban's adaptation, ''Series/MaskedRider''. It's brand new, as ''Series/KamenRiderBlackRX's'' change was nothing but the belt appearing and getting glowy, at which point the transformed Black RX would be seen in real-space (in fact, ''several'' old Riders' transformation sequences are elaborate belt-summoning and activations without showing the actual suit formation - the poses, not the actual change, was the ceremony.) but it looks very much like something you'd see in old-school KR. The form changes are RX stock. Also, Robo Rider gets to transform onscreen (no sequence) where Shadow Moon didn't.
** Another adaptation, ''Series/KamenRiderDragonKnight'', gets a much fancier transformation than the ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' original did, complete with the monster-repelling SphereOfPower seen in more recent Japanese KR series. No stock footage sequence, though - it's all real-space, like modern KR. However, ''one'' small part is stock footage: the closeup of the Advent Deck being inserted and [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]] is the same every time. Of course, that didn't save 'em ''much'' time and money, as there were thirteen Riders[[note]]More if we count all the Ventaran Riders. However, this doesn't affect the Advent Deck spin.[[/note]] and one Advent Master, and we only saw some characters change once.
*** Interestingly, the "chivalry" was justified in Ryuki: The Mirror Monsters that attacked the people would run away back to the Mirror World after they finished eating or the Riders fended them off in the real world. Since they have no intention of coming back out until they feed again, the Riders had all the time they needed to perform their poses and transform. Even when Rider vs. Rider battles happened, the transformation was still justified, as the Riders just wanted to have an actual fight and power up their Contract Monsters. The only exception was when [[BloodKnight Ouja]] bruised Shinji's arm before their second real fight, and even then that was because he just wanted to be a dick.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'': In the earlier seasons, the usage of StockFootage became quickly grating, as the rangers would look the same at the beginning of the sequence, regardless of what clothes they'd been wearing beforehand or changes in their hairstyle. In later seasons, it became standard to use clever tricks to downplay this; many seasons have the Rangers wearing uniforms or otherwise having a LimitedWardrobe before the (full) sequence begins. In several other seasons, the sequence is cut such that their pre-transformation clothing is hidden during the sequence using close-ups and visual effects.
** Occasionally, a shorter StockFootage-free TransformationSequence was used instead, which, with a very few exceptions, used a much blander and more generic special effect. As seen in "[[Series/PowerRangersInSpace Countdown to Destruction]]" as well as several other times throughout the various series, the actual transformation is in fact instantaneous and consists of nothing more than a small explosion or just some glowing masking the shift -- the drawn-out sequence is purely for the audience's amusement. We see this in action for the first time in ''Series/PowerRangersZeo,'' where three Rangers dramatically run up and change in-scene. By now you're used to it, several in-scene changes in an episode and the "real morph" saved for the ''big'' final battle with the monster, but back then, this was after four years, at a time when it ''just wasn't done,'' and there was a lot of {{HSQ}} in it, especially because they did use ''some'' of the TransformationSequence's effects.
** By now, another thing that's different for every season is the "insta-morph" gleam (though it looked the same from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' through ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue.'') The demorph usually looks like the insta-morph in reverse, and there's even a pose and command for it (cross arms in front of you, say "power down!" and then pull arms apart and downward. This has largely stayed the same over the years, though there are many instances of the arm motions being omitted.)
** The ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' transformation sequences weren't very elaborate... so in "Once a Ranger" a new, snazzier sequence was made for Adam (the second MMPR Black Ranger) so he wouldn't be the only one without.
*** Adam's old morph was ScrewedByTheLawyers. At the time, Disney had rights issues with ''MMPR'', so they were forced to scrap the old sequence entirely (with an unfortunately generic song played along with it, as they couldn't get the MMPR music either).
** The record for most sequences in one season - MMPR season three. We've got civilian to ninja suit, civilian to Ranger (all new ones!), ninja suit to Ranger, Rangers to [[SuperMode Metallic Armor mode]], and then the five Alien Rangers.
** Then there's Justin's transformations in ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'', which have a little bit added compared to the others to show him growing to adult size.
** Like everything else in ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', nothing is safe from lampshading by ''[[Series/PowerRangersRPM RPM]]''. Not even morph sequences.
--->'''Ziggy:''' Sometimes when I morph, I can't help but notice this gigantic explosion right behind me for no apparent reason.
*** Taken to its logical extreme by Flynn in the same episode, where [[spoiler:he clears up a plot-induced fault in his morpher (energy buildup) and simultaneously ramps "one of Ziggy's runoff explosions" UpToEleven, catching Tenaya and a whole squad of mooks in the blast!]]
** Surprisingly subverted in ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. In the time it takes for the rangers to suit up, the bad guys ''flee the scene to set up an ambush.''
** ''Power Rangers ''gets extra trope mileage thanks to the HumongousMecha. [[FighterLaunchingSequence Entrance]], [[TransformingMecha transformation]] and [[CombiningMecha combination]] for a triple trope score combo!
* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'' has the drawn characters leap from the comic book which opens up, then the kids, drawn up as a comic book page, standing side by side. The armor appears slowly, then the three Beetleborgs step forth, with the [[KooshBomb Koosh Explosions]] turning into real flashes of yellow light as the Borgs go from comic-booky to real life Franchise/MetalHeroes. Later in the series, the pictures of the kids morph their chosen suits.
* ''Series/VRTroopers'' gets them, with the VRT actors' faces beneath what's mostly the Franchise/MetalHeroes' original Japanese transformations. Holding up the Virtualizer pendants is new.
** Speaking of the ''Franchise/MetalHeroes'' franchise, the ''Space Sheriff'' Trilogy makes it ''perfectly'' clear that the TransformationSequence is for our benefit. After an instant "flash of light, morphed now!" change, we'd get "[Hero name] takes 0.0[small number] seconds to equip his suit. Let's take another look at the [morph command] process." and then the changing sequence, which is a ''flashback''.
** ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie'' shows that the Gokaigers actually morph even ''faster'' than a Space Sheriff. ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGoBusters'' clocks in slower at a full half-second. (Mind you, their morph seems to take ''much'' longer than this - the in-scene morph is used much more often than their stock footage one, and it actually does take several seconds.)
* The Makai Knights of the ''Series/{{GARO}}'' franchise are quite minimalistic in their sequences, which usually involves them swishing their weapons (swords/staffs/spears/bows and many others) into creating [[{{Hammerspace}} a hole in reality]] through which their Makai Knight armors would assemble in their body at split-second rates. [[JustifiedTrope Quite justifiable]] in that the enemy Horrors of the Makai Knights have [[CombatPragmatist no concept of chivalry at all]].
* ''[[Series/GenSeiShinJustiriser Genseishin Justirisers]]'', the second of Toho and Konami's [[Series/ChouSeiShinSeries ChouSeiShin trilogy]], didn't involve PowerGlows in transformation sequence. It just uses [[LightningCanDoAnything lightning]] for changing the scene to Stock Footage.
** When the transformation starts in a Stock Footage, the Justirisers only wearing inner suit (bodysuit) in the same pose which they did just before the transformation(When they shout transformation call). Next, they install a [[TransformationTrinket transformation device]] at belt located on their left chest. Then, pieces of Justiriser suit are slowly being equipped one by one. So viewer can watch Justirisers only wearing bodysuit during half of the transformation sequence.
** [[https://78.media.tumblr.com/eb4e03bc54ee0f03156e6c0f051f8c3b/tumblr_p4fq5c2ybb1wtm6r7o2_r1_1280.jpg High school girl is also no exception. (Yuka Sanada transforms into Riser Kageri)]]
* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'' gets a hybrid of the real-space scenes and the stock footage sequences. Sam striking the 'power chord' on his guitar is ''half'' new footage (constant angle-changing for drama. The alternate angle is stock footage.) as is his transforming into energy and flying into the computer. The energy entering the Servo form on the screen and Servo flying into action is stock footage, as well as Servo's 'decompressing' into his proper size. (The original series, ''Series/DenkouChoujinGridman'', is a SpiritualSuccessor of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries'', so decompression replaces the heroic MakeMyMonsterGrow to building size.)
* An earlier {{Creator/Filmation}} production of ''ComicBook/{{Shazam}}!'' from the 1970s had the magic-word-and-lightning transformation between Billy Batson and Captain Marvel. It was usually paired with a similar show, ''ComicBook/{{Isis}}'', which had its own [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtTnCrQ_1lc transformation sequence]].
** In a case of typical {{Creator/Filmation}} cheapness, the detransform from Captain Marvel back to Billy was [[https://youtu.be/on2fRhovQP8?t=190 handled by simply running the transform footage ''backwards'']], even though that meant the sequence ended with a lightning bolt ''unstriking'' Billy.
* In the 1970s ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' series, David Banner (Bill Bixby)'s transformations into The Hulk (Creator/LouFerrigno) would usually be made specifically for each episode, but there were a few stock sequences that were sometimes used, involving multiple close-ups of Bill wearing colored contacts, his skin turning green, the shirt tearing on his back, and/or a full shot of the Hulk whipping off the remnants of the shirt. In later episodes, it would often happen almost entirely off-screen after the initial shot of Bill's glowing eyes, only the distinctive sound effect indicating anything was happening.
* The 1970s ''Series/WonderWoman'' series iconically featured the character spinning in place as she changed from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman. The original version of this sequence showed her spinning and rapidly changing into Wonder Woman (still holding her old clothes and needing to dispose of them). Later in the season, as this effect was more expensive to shoot, this was replaced by Diana spinning in place as an optical effect played over her, changing her into Wonder Woman instantly (and not requiring her to deal with her civilian clothes). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-O2etMo_Yw Here's six solid minutes of every single transformation from the first season]], and ten minutes each for the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RzfLXzebs4 second]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ecux9dlr-I third]] seasons.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' pulled off an impressive transformation scene despite limited special effects in ''The Howling Man''. A man walks down a pillar-lined hallway as the camera follows alongside him. As he passes behind each pillar, he gets more and more demonic (ending with a [[{{Satan}} cliche horns and tail]]). It's cut so that it appears to be one long take, but there's no effects on screen at any point.
** This technique is also used for the WolfMan transformation in the 1935 film ''Film/WerewolfOfLondon.''
* Masters of low-budget kid shows, [[Creator/SidAndMartyKrofftProductions Sid and Marty Krofft]] had a few of these. [[http://web.utk.edu/~lyle/ewdg/Movies/ewdg03.html "Activate Electra-Change!"]] turned Lori and Judy into ''Series/ElectraWomanAndDynaGirl'', and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQnnZOJSlh0 a magic horn turned the junky Schlep Car]] into ''Wonderbug''.
** Wonderbug's sequence was actually [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pvNQjrVqDFI#t=327s cheaper-looking during the actual show]] than it was in the opening, which was quite a feat.
* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'', the ancient Irish ''Franchise/PowerRangers.''
* ''Series/{{Manimal}}'', starring Simon [=MacCorkindale.=] Though he could transform into any animal, there were transformation sequences only for three animals. And they never explained why he always returned to human form fully clothed despite the transformation sequence's clear depiction of his clothes ripping.
* George's werewolf transformation in ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', heavily influenced by ''Film/AnAmericanWerewolfInLondon''.
* Series/CaptainPowerAndTheSoldiersOfTheFuture: "POWER ON!" By pressing the team's distinctive phoenix insignia, Captain Power and his cohorts would activate the [[PoweredArmor Power Suits]] which would transform from "patterned longjohns" worn under their uniforms, into actual plate armor with weaponry and personalized devices. Heavy damage to the Power Suit would make them fade back into their inactive shape.
* ''Series/KitchenNightmares'' -- in the UK show at least -- has Gordon Ramsay "transform" from normal everyman into Super-Badass-Chef-Ready-to-Save-the-Fucking-Day by stripping out of his civilian clothes into a brand-spanking new chef's coat. Estrogen rises predictably.
* KITT in the last season of ''Series/KnightRider'' and [=KI3T=] in the 2008 TV movie and show.
* On ''Series/TeenWolf'', when the Alpha twins Aiden and Ethan to perform their FusionDance to transform into a giant [[SuperMode "Super Alpha"]]. Both [[{{Fanservice}} strip off all the clothes]] [[MagicPants on their upper bodies]]. One of them drops to his hands and knees. The standing twin then slams his fist literally ''into'' the kneeling twin's back. Their bodies are then pulled together, complete with bones visibly shifting around as they become one.
* In the Netflix original series ''Series/HemlockGrove'' werewolves have a particularly gruesome transformation sequence. Their wolf body forms within their human form and slowly rips itself out. Then shakes off the remaining gore and eats it.
* The original Fox series {{Series/Werewolf}} featured a sequence very similar to (if somewhat hairier than) the Incredible Hulk series, with a bleeding pentagram on his palm replacing the glowing eyes as the initial indicator. The original villain Janos Skorzeny's transformation involved [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmpV1k2Qw-Y pulling the flesh of his face off]], revealing a fur-covered face beneath, which would then grow a snout and fangs.
* ''Series/TooManyCooks'' has parts parodying ''Series/{{Manimal}}'' with the grandma, and two superheroes with ''Series/WonderWoman''-style transformations, which humorously go on [[OverlyLongGag overly-long]], with them switching from heroic and civilian forms multiple times. [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus The Killer]] doesn't wait for them to finish]].

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* Music/MichaelJackson:
** The first segment of Music/MichaelJackson's "Thriller" has Michael transforming into a werepanther.
** There's also Michael turning into an Optimus Prime-esque {{Transformer}} at the end of ''Film/{{Moonwalker}}''.
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic undergoes a transformation sequence at the start of his video "Fat" that fortunately does ''not'' strip him nude in the process.
* Similarly enough, the music video for "Right Here, Right Now" has a transformation sequence based on the theory of evolution.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'': The [[MagicGirl Magical Child]] archetype (class modification) for the Vigilante class naturally has this by the exact name (and other Vigilantes can pick it up as a social talent); the supernatural Transformation Sequence ability cuts down the time to switch between the social (public) and vigilante (disguised) identities at the cost of making it a magical spectacle of sound and lights. It is ''not'' [[TransformationIsAFreeAction a free action]], although a high-level Vigilante can reduce it to almost if not quite that quick.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the Worgen race can switch between a human form and a werewolf form. When becoming a werewolf out of combat they exhibit a rather elaborately animated transformation scene; but since they have to be in werewolf form to participate in combat, entering werewolf form in combat is basically instantaneous.
* ''VisualNovel/PrincessWaltz'' has a transformation sequence MagicalGirl style, but despite it being a hentai game, the fanservice level isn't worse than you average ''Anime/SailorMoon'' episode (albeit minus the glowing BarbieDollAnatomy effect.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' regularly delves into this trope with the titular character's {{Eleventh Hour Super Power}}s. The most notable are Super Sonic and most related transformations, and Excalibur Sonic.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', when Etna shoots two {{Sentai}} members during a transformation sequence because, hey, they were wide open during it. Turns out [[ThatOneLevel that was the dumbest thing she could have done...]]
** Then again ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 3|AbsenceOfJustice}}'' and the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' plays this straight with the "magichange" feature (which allows a monster type unit to "merge" with a humanoid unit by acting as a weapon for them), although only the monster unit transforms.
** One of the combination attack animations in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' has the participants put on a simplistic, multi-person centipede costume, [[MundaneMadeAwesome accompanied by dramatic visuals, sound effects, and camera angles]].
*** Also features a brief one when monsters combine for the size increasing type of transformation.
** In ''VideoGame/DisgaeaDimension2'', Flonne [[spoiler:is given temporary Archangel powers]], she chooses to manifest it by becoming [[MagicalGirl Pure Flonne the Awakened Angel]]. With a costume and transformation sequence based on the magical girl anime she watches. However, Flonne avoids the risk of transforming in mid-battle because she wants to show it off to her friends right away and thus did in in the safety of Laharl's throne room, then stays transformed for the remainder of the game.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'' (Of all places...) when Heather equips her ridiculous Princess Heart outfit, [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=AwVr_MRkq2Y triggering a lengthy transformation]].
* The early ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' and ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games actually pause the action around the player character while he's transforming, though the change in form was fairly instantaneous and without frills otherwise.
* The SRX from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' has an impressive combinations transformation which has its own theme called "[[http://youtu.be/d17IoyC2KlM?t=52s Variable Formation]]".
* The ''VideoGame/BreathOfFire'' series is the king of this trope for video games, since the main character of each game (all named Ryu) can transform into a dragon or (for the fourth and fifth games) dragon hybrid, with a more elaborate sequence in each game. Furthermore, in the first and third games, a second character has a transformation sequence (Karn in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireI'', and his Fusions; Rei in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIII'', and his Weretiger transformation), and the fourth game's antagonist, Fou-Lu, is playable and can also transform into a dragon hybrid in a sequence largely identical to Ryu's. The fourth game also featured transformations from the dragon hybrid form into a full dragon as part of Ryu and Fou-Lu's breath attacks. Finally, VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly4Q8BwHSJc several different variations of the transformation sequence]], with the transformation seeming to become easier (but shorter and more urgent) as the D-Counter rose.
* ''VideoGame/SagaFrontier'': Red had one but nobody could see it because he needed to maintain his SecretIdentity. But a good SecretIdentityChangeTrick (Power Outage, Mecs only in party, Characters stunned/blinded) allows him to go Alkaiser no problem.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uk1nrgw2Ees individual anime-like transformations for every single playable character in the game]], as they turn into their Dragoon forms. One villain also gets a mid-battle transformation into a Dragoon with his own sequence. Dart, the main character, gets a second Dragoon form late in the game with an even more over-the-top sequence.
** Luckily there was a menu option to replace the sequence with a much shorter "Normal form ''Flash'' Dragoon form" sequence.
*** But you still got the full transformation sequence of the character who initiated the "transform all" Special command.
* ''Saiyuki: The Journey West'' features characters who can "[=WereChange=]" into monsters. Each one has an elaborate transformation sequence and an equally elaborate reversion sequence. Furthermore, there's two more sequences for transformation and reversion used in cutscenes (even though they otherwise use the same sprites!)
* More minor transformation sequences are used in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' (Vincent's LimitBreak) and ''VideoGame/{{Wild ARMs 2}}'' (Ashley's transformation into Knight Blazer). These pretty much are of the "original character fades out, new form fades in" variety rather than the flashy sequences mentioned above, though. Ashley's transformation is accompanied by a dramatic ThemeMusicPowerUp, though.
* This trope is arguably the entire point of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2''. Luckily, there's an option to shorten or turn off the transformation sequences after the first time the girls have changed into their new Dresspheres.
* The character of MOMO in ''VideoGame/XenoSaga'' gets power-ups that can be used once per fight that include transformation sequences.
* VideoGame/MegaManZX "Model X! Model Z! Megamerge!"
** Every single villain and hero also transform in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManStarForce Star Force]]'' games, though admittedly usually everyone except for Geo gets theirs shortened to a quick fade to white and back.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' series has quite a few. Including Devil Jin's ending from the fifth game and Ogre's transformation into True Ogre in Tekken 3.
* Transformation sequences were an oft-requested feature in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', and a small set of four costume-change emotes were finally released in 2009 with the Magic Booster Pack, as well as four generic transformation sequences. By the time the game closed, there were thirty-three in all. They ran the gamut from emulating Series/WonderWoman ("Spin") or [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] ("Lightning"), to being reminiscent of the arrival of time travelers in the various ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' movies ("Energy Morph"), as well as less-flashy changes like jumping out of frame and landing in the new costume ("Ninja Leap") or simply saluting ("Salute") or backflipping ("Backflip").
** Kheldians and Nictus, the game's resident body-stealing shape-shifting aliens, follow this trope to a T. Switching into their forms involves a moment of concentration and a big, screen-shaking flash of Kheldian/Nictus energy, whereas switching back just makes the human silently pop into existence where the alien used to be. (Kheldian characters could also use this sequence for a regular costume change)
* ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Melee]]'' has a relatively quick transformation sequence between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Zelda and Sheik]]. This is lengthened in ''Brawl'' because of loading, and Pokémon Trainer goes through a similar "transformation" when switching Pokémon, but the character transforming cannot be damaged or intercepted from the time the sequence starts to when it ends. There is still a lag period at the end, though.
* ''Super Smash Bros. Brawl'' Introduces the "Final Smash" which includes a couple of transformations. Wario transforms into "Wario Man" and Bowser transforms into "Giga Bowser"
* ''VideoGame/AlteredBeast'' has a momentary pause before buffing up when one of the [[TransformationTrinket magical floating balls]] is collected, followed after a third time by a short animated cutscene of the transformation into a werewolf, dragon, or giant cuddly bear with halitosis. [[http://www.i-mockery.com/shorts/altered-beast/3.gif The werewolf one]] is particularly detailed.
** The Japan- and Europe-only [=PS2=] game ''Project Altered Beast'' has horrifying transformations. The player takes the role of a "Genome Cyborg" investigating a town that has been overrun with "Genome Mist" transforming all its inhabitants into horrifying monstrosities. The main character appears as a human but has the ability to take various forms. No matter which form is chosen, it is accompanied by a gruesome CGI video detailing every aspect of the transformation as limbs blow up and regrow and various organs are mutilated and reshaped, with no limit on the amount of gore.
* ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}} 2'': In the cutscene before Act IV narrated by Marius, he has the misfortune to witness The Wanderer's horrific transformation into Diablo. Spikes burst out from his back, his face distorts horribly, and it ends with Diablo casting aside what's left of his human shell like a dirty rag.
-->'''Marius''': ''[[NightmareFuel What I saw next]] [[ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow was not meant for mortal eyes!]]''
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Pokemon evolution features the creature fading into its outline, and then the outline shifting into the new evolution, before fading back in. You can glitch this process in the first game, resulting in a near-endless stream of (impossible) evolutions.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' introduces [[SuperMode Mega Evolution]], which occurs within battle, and its activation takes place before any other selected attack.
** ''[[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire]]'' further adds Primal Evolution forms for Groudon and Kyogre, which involves an automatic transformation sequence that takes place at the start of the battle, rather than on command.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has earned its fame as the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest]] of the ''Zelda'' titles partially due to the transformation scenes, which involve Link [[NightmareFuel gasping and cringing to the background transformation sound effects, culminating in a scream as the sequence finishes]]. Skippable by pressing a button, but only after the first time. Transforming back triggers a short scene involving a halo effect around his head as he pulls the mask off, reappearing as human.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' has a disturbing transformation towards the end of the game. [[spoiler:After Link gets to the top of Gannon's Castle, Ganondorf has a disturbing cutscene when he monologues about Princess Zelda's Dream and the Gods of Hyrule. Then his bones snap as he moans and grows in size into a puppet Boar-Like monstrosity titled, "Puppet Ganon"]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' Also has a PainfulTransformation sequence when Link transforms into a wolf for the first time. After this all of links transformations into wolf link are much smoother. Midna gets one when using the fused shadows. A few of the bosses also have transformation scenes such as [[OneWingedAngel Ganondorf's transformations into a giant boar and then into a cloud of evil smoke with his face]] and also Yeta being transformed into Blizzeta.
* ''VideoGame/GitarooMan'': The titular hero's can be seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OugCBFX-hg here]] about a minute into the video. His transformation is sort of rushed in further levels, though.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', when Harbinger engages his VillainOverride and takes control of a Collector, the Collector's body goes through one of these. Note that he is ''not'' invulnerable during the transformation sequence, allowing a quick-witted player to whittle down his shields and armor before he starts attacking. The transformation sequence elevating him above most structures serving as [[TakeCover cover]] certainly helps getting a few good shots in.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': Alex Mercer goes through a lot of morphing, but acquiring a [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands power during a cutscene]], the camera zooms in for a sequence with writhing sinews of biomass in the [[RealIsBrown full spectrum of color from black to grey]] consuming him before he emerges with his new RedRightHand. You can also do the long version of the sequence at any time by holding the D-pad for the quick-change instead of just pressing it. This lets you see the sequence for powers you acquire as upgrades like muscle mass, whipfist, and the vision powers.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert3'' has the Empire's Tengu launching into a backflip and transforming mid-air when switching between mecha and jet forms. In-game.
** To a smaller extent, the Striker VX does it as well. The intro even shows it extending two spindly legs just prior to landing then folding back it's propeller before firing off-screen.
** Or for that matter, ''every single amphibious unit in the game'' does a Transformation Sequence when going from land to water or the opposite; from Allied Prospectors expanding an air cushion to Soviet Stingrays extending six legs and climbing ashore, SpiderTank style.
* ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoQogaKnellOfArCiel'' did this in a reverse effect. [[MagicalGirl Reyvateils]] ''remove'' their clothes during their [[FanService zoom-in transformation sequences]].
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia''.
* Carbuncle from ''VideoGame/PuyoPuyo'', in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjpVDO1G-74 this]] commercial, does the usual intro... right before Carbuncle transforms into a handheld with Carbuncle himself inside it.
* In the ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' games the characters all transform into demons to fight. The player characters and major [=NPCs=] emit glowing TronLines from the sigils tattooed on their bodies which extend across them before morphing into their monstrous forms, while minor enemies just summon a cylindrical energy field to surround them before being replaced by their monster shape. The sequence is not often seen though, as players almost always start battles already transformed and only start in human form when ambushed. Although they do have the option of switching back and forth between human and devil form in battle, this is rarely a good idea as human form is, unsurprisingly, much weaker. In the second game the player characters also gain access to a 'berserk form' which randomly happens when solar noise is at maximum, forcing them into a half-transformed state with [[GlassCannon massive attack power and critical chance, but low accuracy, all spells and skills apart from hunt skills sealed and 0 defence]].
* When a CPU or CPU Candidate in ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' activates Hard Drive Divinity, the user switches into a {{Stripperific}} bodysuit, her hair grows (or changes to drill hair in Uni's case), [[ExoticEyeDesigns her eyes glow and sport power switch shaped pupils]], and her weapon will increase in size or at least change how it looks to fit the appearance of the user; in Neptune's case, her voice is also changed. The Transformation Sequence is very ''Anime/SailorMoon''-esque in the first game and rather lengthy at that, but can fortunately be skipped with the press of a button. [[spoiler: Arfoire likewise gets a transformation in the first game as well; into a colossal and powerful dragon, that is.]]\\
Every later game uses a much shorter sequence, although it's unskippable now (since it hides the new model's load time).\\
And then ''VideoGame/MegadimensionNeptuniaVII'' [[ShootTheMoney had the budget]] to reintroduce gorgeously-animated MagicalGirl-esque transformations once again, although thankfully they can still be skipped.
* In ''VideoGame/GuitarHero Warriors of Rock'''s Quest mode, every character gets one when you play their encore song for the first time and they transform into their warrior form.
* Angelic Buster has one in ''VideoGame/MapleStory'' in the beginning of her class showing her transformation from Tear to Angelic Buster. You can play it as many times as you want.
* Every human party member in ''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars'' has a Magical Girl-style transformation sequence - even [[TheHero Wake]], though his emphasizes power instead of titillation. The length and flashiness of the transformations is given a HandWave two different ways: first, the impracticality of it is due to MinovskyPhysics (Wake's transformation produces ether particles, the heroines' depend on them being present); second, they need to transform before they can fight at all, and thus do so long before exposing themselves to actual danger.
* Samus, when activating her Power Suit in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM''.
* ''VideoGame/AttackTheLight'', like the cartoon it's based on (see ''Steven Universe'' in the Western Animation section), features the Gems fusing into Alexandrite as an AwesomeButImpractical super attack, complete with a [[https://youtu.be/qtyOblsHoJc?t=1975 dramatic sequence.]]
* Its sequel ''VideoGame/SaveTheLight'' makes combinations attacks, including Fusions, into a central element of battles. There's five Fusions in all, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FsHMmZvQ2OM each of which has their own sequence]], though Alexandrite is not one of them this time.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' has a downplayed version. Bee's transformation is less exaggerated than most, and Bee groans in complaint the entire time.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Starting with episode 6, this happens when a character changes form.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/TheFourthWall'' [[http://tapastic.com/episode/177767 here]] when the Creator decides to trick Greg out before he begins the search for Ric.
* In ''Webcomic/HolidayWars'', AprilFoolsDay is a shapeshifter and in between forms he turns into a giant glob resembling an ink blot, as seen in [[http://www.th3rdworld.com/web-comic/Holiday-Wars/episode/Holiday-Wars-Episode-51 this strip]].
* [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=010708 Played straight]] and [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=010727 parodied]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=010819 twice]] in the GOFOTRON arc of ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* Played straight in [[http://www.dresdencodak.com/cartoons/dc_023.htm this]] ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'' comic.
* In ''[[http://www.unionofheroes.com/comic/105-episode-2-page-25.html Union of Heroes]]'' there is an animated transformation sequence of Munin changing from his human to his raven form and flying away.
* Alex in the webcomic ''Webcomic/AngelMoxie'' [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/0/2/025.html has a sequence]], though it only occurs a couple of times [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/0/5/054.html the second time it crops up]] has a lampshade hanging.
--> '''Riley:''' You know, by the time you transform, the world could have already been destroyed.\\
'''Alex:''' It's my moment. Let me have it.
** Later, [[spoiler:[[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/4/1/418.html Riley]] and [[http://www.venisproductions.com/angelmoxie/archives/4/3/437.html Tristan]] also each get a one when they first activate their ultimate power]].
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', we get to see Norah's first transformation, which is rather short and conscise. From then on, however, both she and other girls change off-screen.
* Quite obviously gets quite a bit of use in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive.'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-05-12 Here's]] one of the earliest examples, that even got a fan animation once!
* Lampshaded in [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/266 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' strip.
* Parodied in ''[[http://headtripcomics.comicgenesis.com/d/20060514.html Head Trip]]''.
* Parodied and lampshaded in ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma''. June gets impatient by the third time she transforms. And she slaps the attacking monster when it tries to interrupt her in mid-transformation.
* ''Webcomic/SexyLosers'' parodies the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' example with... [[AllMenArePerverts obvious]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms results]].
* ''Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki'', of course.
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'': When he hears a cry for help, [[http://xkcd.com/663/ Sagan-Man]] whirls around and dons a cape.
* Parodied (along with the idea with the idea that all lesbian characters must be [[ButchLesbian stereotypically 'butch']] and own [[CrazyCatLady loads of cats]]) in [[http://www.redstring.strawberrycomics.com/?p=3267 this]] ''Webcomic/RedString'' [[FillerStrip guest comic]] by [[Webcomic/IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace Megan Gedris]].
* ''Webcomic/MahouShounenFight'' features one [[http://www.mahoushounenfight.com/?p=143 here]] for protagonist Mike Smith; note that he isn't stripped completely naked as he keeps his [[ShowWithinAShow Mantis Man]] [[GoofyPrintUnderwear underwear]] on.
* Much to her horror, Tohsaka gets one in ''[[VisualNovel/FateHollowAtaraxia Fate/hollow ataraxia]]'' thanks to the Kaleidostick.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/KidRadd''. "Magical Maid Robo Sheena!"
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/SupernormalStep'' where a '''male''' character is doing a MagicalGirl transformation sequence.
* The dragons in ''Webcomic/DragonMango''. [[http://dragon-mango.com/comic/chapter05/dm05-34.htm Sometimes quite short]].
* ''Webcomic/MagicalTwelfthGraders'': Usually naked, always lampshaded. This includes the boys, with the author noting that the lower half is obscured because he doesn't want to draw it. [[FemaleGaze It's not obscured for Yeorum]].
* ''Webcomic/SleeplessDomain'': [[http://www.sleeplessdomain.com/comic/chapter-1-page-7 Seen here for Team Alchemical]].
* ''Webcomic/LeifAndThorn'': For the magical girls (and boys, women, men, etc). [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/fish-story-2641/ Teenage girl Ivy]] gets a lavish one; so does [[http://leifandthorn.com/comic/fish-story-1541/ an adult male character]] earlier in the same storyline.
* ''Webcomic/TheLeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'': Lampooned in [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=257-downtime this strip]] where the more experienced villain clearly find this sort of thing odd, but doesn't question it anymore.
* Parodied in the ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' strip "[[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3474 Sailor Sagittarius A*]]", in which we see Bubbles de-armouring ''Sailor Sentai'' style, and then this turns out to be an ImagineSpot by Faye as she levers it off with a crowbar.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/ArcanaMagiZero'', when Alysia Perez calls for Saga and Megumi Miyazaki calls for Fable, their magic circles would go through their bodies forming their magical outfits and armor.
* Yuki Shimizu in ''Literature/TheImpossibleMan'' has a TransformationSequence off scene. The plausible reason was to hide her identity from everyone, even her co-workers. Unfortunately her co-workers already figured out her secret identity and she know its too, but she still goes off scene in their presence when there are no villains around to transform.
* Linkara's had a few Power Rangers styled ones in ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', and then there's Spoony turning into Dr Insano in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}''
* The {{Metaverse}} has two examples.
** Tom Fury attempts to replicate Ultraman's transformation into his signature gear...but he hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet.
** [[spoiler:Kid Sideburns]] becomes the superhero Captain Mental to defeat Coyle Commander byputting on a mask and having his clothes magically change,
* Prior to the climax of ''[[WebVideo/TheCartoonMan Return of the Cartoon Man]]'', Roy undergoes a transformation back into a Cartoon Man [[spoiler:so that he can stop Simon's diabolical scheme.]]
* ''WebVideo/ManateeGirlTheMovie'' features one that is roughly a minute long (of a 4 minute 30 second film) and has manatees in space floating in the background. The length is {{Lampshaded}} when the mid transformation sequence the main villain checks his watch.
* In ''Literature/MagicalGirlPolicy'', each of the spirit guard experience this, though it is so far only shown when Rob transforms for the first time.
* ''WebVideo/AnalystBroniesReact'': [=AnY=] does the ''Wonder Woman'' spin to... [[ParodiedTrope change his clothes]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' gets a full-on anime-style sequence. The BarbieDollAnatomy "naked" silhouette part is dropped in season two.
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' and its SpinOff ''WesternAnimation/PopPixie''. The Winx fairies each have completely unique transformations for each fairy form. As of season 6 they have had basic fairy, Charmix, Enchantix, Believix, Sophix, Lovix, Harmonix, Sirenix, Bloomix and Mythix though Sophix and Lovix were one-time transformations. With six girls, plus four for Roxy, Diaspro, Daphne and Miele, this makes 64 different transformations. Add in {{the movie}} versions of Enchantix and Believix, as well as the basic form getting a revamped transformation in Nick's specials, and the number is brought up to 82.
* From France, we also have ''{{WesternAnimation/Lolirock}}'', where the three main characters get their own transformation sequence. Talia and Ariana's sequences are sometimes shown together, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' -- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlgkZUS7t-A About a 15-second sequence]], as all the various parts of the chosen weapons system would beam in and attach to the hero's exo-frame one at a time, most ending with the helmet rudely clamping on to the head. Often showed all three heroes transforming back-to-back, and had the same [[{{Invocation}} trigger phrase]]: "Power Xtreme!" (Later episodes of the show usually skipped the stock footage, and just showed the pieces appearing and attaching all at once. The two {{Sixth Ranger}}s added later never even got the stock footage versions).
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', when it was a {{Creator/Filmation}} production, got maximum mileage out of Prince Adam's transformation into He-Man with lots of digital pyrotechnics for very little physical change. (He-Man looked identical to Adam except for a tan and a deeper voice; [[WigDressAccent how nobody put two and two together is baffling]].) If Cringer was present, his transformation into Battle Cat would further pad the scene.
** ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': He-Man's [[DistaffCounterpart twin sister]] She-Ra had a similar sequence, but it was actually longer (and more sparkly). Like Cringer becoming Battle-Cat, She-Ra's talking horse Spirit would become the winged unicorn Swiftwind. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V8tapPbXkE A video of He-Man and She-Ra's transformations.]]
** ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002'': He-Man's transformation here [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2Nr2xbuXHc seems to be even longer and more dramatic than the original]], though it retains its predecessor's StockFootage ability to be used time and time again.
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Gir begins a TransformationSequence, complete with music, lights, and midair spinning... and then [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPcQS1faWhg simply steps into his dog costume and zips it up.]]
* Curiously, the original appearance of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in the West did ''not'' include overt transformation sequences. The characters would make the switch between robot and vehicle/device forms wherever they were standing in complete continuity with the scene (although they always transformed [[StockFootage the exact same way]]). This is more cultural than cost; newer series such as the shows of the Unicron Trilogy, which were actual anime, frequently featured such scenes, and the Japanese AlternateContinuity third season of [[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers Generation 1]] featured transformation sequences for new characters only (old ones kept scene continuity).
** One exception to the stock footage: in the 1986 animated movie, Hot Rod never transforms the same way twice. This is possibly because Hot Rod wouldn't need a transformation sequence for the series since he becomes Rodimus Prime at the end so there didn't need to be one in place. Other characters who premiered in the movie and then went on to the next season of the show, like Kup and Arcee, did have standard transformation sequences.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' is generally in-scene but faster than G1, unless the bot in question is about to do something important (''e. g.'', Megatron transforming for the first time after being rebuilt and telling the Decepticons to "[[CatchPhrase Transform and Rise Up]]"). Then you get full-on Japan-esque transformation sequences, mostly for dramatic effect. However, we don't the "[name], transform!" call the actual Japan-original series have.
*** MagicalGirl-esque variant with [[spoiler: Sari]] in "Transwarped".
** ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' didn't have the music and lights, but ''did'' consider them a free action, such as Cheetor going into robot mode ''while [[OutrunTheFireball outrunning a fireball]]''.
*** The were more or less free actions considering that many of them had forms that had the same parts for legs or otherwise the ability to fly (in the above Case, Cheator shifts while leaping in mid air, so never actually slows down, and was still able to pull it off without the transformation itself being any faster than usual). Rattrap shows this shortly after acquiring his transmetal form and used the momentum from his motorized wheels to transition into a flying leap so that he could aim a few gunshots at Megatron without stopping.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' has only one prolonged transformation sequence, which ironically is given to Nemesis Prime, the only non-Cybertronian transforming robot in the show. This is presumably to emphasise his imperfect mechanical nature, whereas actual Cybertronians have far faster and more fluid transformations.
** ''[[WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots Rescue Bots]]'' is probably the first western Transformers series to use transformation sequences on a regular basis. Sadly lacking the traditional "[name], transform!" [[ByThePowerOfGrayskull command]] used in RID (the old one) and the UT, without which such scenes seem kind of... naked.
** The '15 series ''Transformers: Robots in Disguise'' will be utilizing flashy transformation sequences as evidenced by the teaser trailer.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' has ''ten'' unique, albeit [[StockFootage recycled]], sequences. There's one for each alien creature Ben has the ability to change into (though Grey Matter's didn't actually get ''used'' until season two). Two more are added in season two, but one was lost after the events of "Ghostfreaked Out". Some are longer and more detailed than others, but all follow the same pattern of showing the change progressing outward from his wrist. Sometimes a simple green flash of light is substituted for the transformation, and red light is ''always'' used for Ben changing back. Seasons three and four added more new aliens, but no new sequences, oddly enough. [[FutureMeScaresMe Future-Ben]] supposedly had [[OverNineThousand ten thousand]] alien forms but we (obviously) didn't see all of them.
** And one-shot villain Doctor Viktor gets his own TransformationSequence, going from oversized scientist into Frankenstein-ish monster. It's only used once, though.
** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' also has the sequences, and he's gained [[TransformationNameAnnouncement an irritating tendency to say the name of each creature he's turned into when he's done]]. The changes are actually instantaneous, as he's shown an ability to simply switch between forms in seconds when needed. It also regularly shows him changing back. Both of the latter use the same "glowing green dots" effect.
*** One particularly humorous moment has Ben's parents (who have forbidden him from using the Omnitrix) managing to catch him in the act during one of his (around 10-second) sequences, in episode 20 of ''Alien Force.''
*** ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'' has flashbacks to the original series era, and has a lot of new sequences in the old style. As for the present, such scenes are rare. However, the in-scene transformation shows more actual changing than in years past (the original series had a green flash; Alien Force and Ultimate Alien had a green flash with KirbyDots.)
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpiderWoman'' cartoon series features a transformation sequence for Jessica Drew to change into the title heroine wherein she spins around like the live-action Wonder Woman series (including the explosive flash in the middle).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' the [[UnstoppableRage Avatar State]] has this happen with a pause that is clearly in real time, with most people just too scared to react when they see it. Azula commits a dire breach of anime etiquette [[spoiler:when she takes advantage of Aang's TransformationSequence to shoot him from behind with a lightning bolt]].
** [[spoiler:The DVDCommentary actually mentions that is a vulnerable opening and part of mastering the Avatar State is ''not doing that'']].
** It should be noted that Aang ''did'' try and protect himself, as he made himself a little cocoon out of crystals to cover himself. Wait a minute, that means this could of all been avoided if it weren't for PowerFloats!
** He learned from that event, though, and by the time the Avatar state kicks in again, it's instantaneous.
** It's actually all part of the learning curve for an Avatar. In the first two seasons it's an instinct, reacting to mortal danger or extreme rage, and was uncontrollable, destructive, and scares the hell out of everyone, ''most of all'' himself once he's out of it. Then, he trains with a guru who teaches him how to activate and control it, but he has to run off for the season's final battle before he can finish. So to use it in the finale, must create a crystal barrier to meditate in, enters the Avatar State, rises into the air to use it and it's [[HarbingerOfAsskicking major asskicking time]]... nope! He gets nailed by Azula. It's time and experience that makes him able to use it as it's meant to be used; his eyes glow for a moment as he gathers power, and then he uses it under full control. ... most of the time.
* An AnimatedAdaptation of ''Series/{{Shazam}}!'' featured [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epde0PuyHwE Billy, Mary, and Freddy, and a drawn-out transformation sequence.]] Unlike most, they had sequences for transforming back to normal as well, and a variety of different stock sequences for various combinations of the main characters, transforming singly, in pairs, or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wQKkQDtWUE all three at once.]]
** In fact, {{Creator/Filmation}} in general. In addition to the ones mentioned above (He-Man, She-Ra, Shazam), there was also Web Woman, Super Strech and Microwoman, ''WesternAnimation/FantasticVoyage'', ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' (the 1986 cartoon), and ''WesternAnimation/{{Bravestarr}}'' (30-30 had transformation sequences when he went from bipedal to quadrupedal and back), just to name a few.
* Creator/HannaBarbera's late 1970s ''WesternAnimation/FredAndBarneyMeetTheThing'' featured The Thing from the ComicBook/FantasticFour as a teenager (stated in several episodes to be due to a cure gone wrong), but he could become the Thing by touching his rings together [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull and announcing "Thing Ring, Do Your Thing"]]. This also had a reverse transformation sequence, without a required phrase. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUSuPvkADDE See both transformations here.]]
** The series was mostly humorous in intention, and it even spoofed itself. At least one episode had the hero retreat to a nearby doorway to transform, only to be interrupted by an old woman exiting the door. She stopped long enough to give him a lecture.
** Hanna-Barbera was also good at filling time with these sequences. In addition to the Thing, there was also the ''WesternAnimation/MightyMightor'' (with a sequence very similar to He-Man, but predating it by twenty years), the Arabian Knights, ''WesternAnimation/TheImpossibles'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSuperGlobetrotters'', the Super Friends (in the Wonder Twins' segments), Wonder Wheels, Mighty Man and Yukk, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqiuVZ7pHXg the Drak Pack]], and even the ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''.
** Hanna-Barbera also spoofed this trope with one version of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainCaveman.'' On ''The Flintstones Comedy Show,'' he worked as a copy boy named Chester at a stone-age newspaper, disguising himself only with a pair of glasses and his cape folded into a bowtie. Despite the minimal disguise, he still required a coat rack and an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsXbe-Ujwd8 overly-elaborate transformation sequence]] (which included heroic music, explosions, lightning bolts, rockets, fireworks, glittery stars, foghorns, and was so loud that the entire city of Bedrock could hear it) to become Captain Caveman - even though the actual "transformation" part just had him straightening out his cape and hanging the glasses on the coat rack.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Bananaman}}'' it's triggered whenever Eric eats a banana. Its most famous form is [[http://youtube.com/watch?v=cNknWT-agT0 in the Opening Credits]], in which Eric sprouts muscles and grows two feet.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' Had quite a variety of them in different episodes. One had him meeting a werewolf, who used the classic Universal sequence of a still of the human actor, a series of transitional paintings, and finally the actor in full makeup. Freakazoid then says "I can do that too!" and sits in the same chair, transitioning through a series of paintings of him doing weird faces, plus a few random cameos from other characters, before arriving at himself.
* Subverted a bit, with Jerrica "Jem" Benton of ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'', which is only a "Showtime, Synergy" to summon the Jem hologram and a "Show's Over, Synergy" to remove the Jem hologram -- the answer is usually a pink light and very quick.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'': In the episode "Super Zeroes," the girls each try to change their look to be more like the super hero in their favorite comic books, complete with such elaborate transformations that, by the time they're done, the monster has left town. Blossom gets a [[SuitUpOfDestiny suiting up]] sequence to turn into a ComicBook/WonderWoman-inspired hero, Buttercup gets a dark magical transformation into a {{ComicBook/Spawn}}-inspired anti-hero, while Bubbles... crawls under the bed, emerges in a magical land, slides down a rainbow, and finds a bunny costume to wear.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManAndHisAmazingFriends'', Spider-Man's amazing friends could do it, to his envy (since he has to actually put on his costume).
--> '''Iceman and Firestar:''' "For us..." ''Flash!'' "...it's easy!"
* In the TooGoodToLast 1999 animated series ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManUnlimited'' (nothing to do with the comic with the same name) he finally got one via nanotech. When he's going to the DarkerAndEdgier war zone that is Counter-Earth, he trades his old threads for a [[ComicBook/IronMan Stark tech]] suit made of nanites that surround him during an anime-style sequence.
* Speaking of Stark, ''WesternAnimation/IronMan'' had a ''terrible''-looking CGI sequence for having his suitcase unfold into his suit, which he steps into and has it close around him.
* The 90's cartoon ''WesternAnimation/KingArthurAndTheKnightsOfJustice'' had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czbro4p2VBs a transformation sequence for each of the knights]] as they put on their battle armor. Sometimes it was further padded by transforming their ''horses''.
* Once the ''WesternAnimation/SkysurferStrikeForce'' activated their transforming watches, they would transform into heroes and their cars would become rocket boards.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'':
** Subverted somewhat as the transformation sequence is refreshingly simple and short, while still being rather stylish with a chance to play around with it and ''not'' use StockFootage. Whenever the titular character wants to transform into the titular alter-ego he simply focuses for a few seconds, a ring of blue white light appears, bisects and travels over him, leaving one superhero in place. Easy, done.
** BigBad and EvilCounterpart Vlad has an almost identical TransformationSequence, except that his ring of energy is black.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonsterBusterClub'': "MBC, poooooooower up!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/MummiesAlive'' had this. "[[ByThePowerOfGrayskull With the strength of Ra!]]"
* Most of the time after the first few episodes this happened in ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'', even though his costume was just regular clothes altered by the hero to obscure his identity. Though it was used less and less as the show went on, it was sometimes used to great effect if it happens when Static finally finds a power source to charge his electricity after running low for a while, signifying how powerful he is at full charge.
* The Nickelodeon TV movie ''WesternAnimation/GrooveSquad'', which was about three cheerleaders who could transform into, you guessed it, ''superpowered'' cheerleaders by drinking a magical red juice. After they drank said juice, the girls went through a rather overdone transformation sequence to change into their superheroine forms.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats'' and [[ContinuityReboot reboot]] ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'':
** TheHero Lion-O's ''weapon'', the Sword of Omens, has a stock transformation sequence via ByThePowerOfGreyskull where the blade lengthens from dagger to longsword while [[SwordSparks sparking]] impressively and shooting {{Sword Beam}}s, recreated [[InternalHomage shot-for-shot]] in the reboot.
** Mumm-Ra, [[BigBad lead villain]] has a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuWLThMuf7k stock transformation sequence]] with a ByThePowerOfGreyskull into a more intimidating OneWingedAngel. Incidentally, he also becomes a lot less clothed in the transformation.
* Mon-Star, main villain of ''WesternAnimation/SilverHawks'', has [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5q4TYxDgs a very similar transformation sequence]] to Mumm-Ra. One interesting note is that he grows metal spikes from various parts of his body, which is animated in a way that looks fairly painful, but no mention of pain is made.
* This was one of the reasons that ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersUnitedTheyStand'' was so poorly received by fans of the comic. Ant-Man, Wasp, Falcon, and Hawkeye all got elaborate Transformation Sequences that involved being covered by armor that was, for the purposes of their abilities, completely unnecessary. It didn't help that it added to the fact that none of these characters were wearing anything remotely like their comic book costumes.
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Good Times With Weapons," in which the kids buy some real ninja-weapons that -- in their imaginations -- transform them into crime-fighting ninjas through a lightning-transformation sequence... and who end up almost putting Butters's eye out with a ninja-star, as a parody of the potential harm caused by violent cartoons.
** Done again in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends", when Bradley plays a superhero called Mint-Berry Crunch who has superpowers he could call upon by turning in place and saying the magic word, "Shablagoo!"
** There's also "Music/{{Korn}}'s Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", in which the band is faced with a lynch mob of townspeople and titlar pirate ghosts. Although they're generally a parody of archtypical protagonists in Scooby-Doo-type mystery shows in this episode, Korn launches into an obtuse transformation sequence that turns them into... [[spoiler:various types of corn]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFAWKrzaXCE Even the pirate ghosts are stunned.]]
--->'''[[FaceOfTheBand Jonathan]]:''' ''(after the band changes back)'' Alright! Great job, gang!\\
'''Cartman:''' That didn't help at all.\\
'''Head:''' We know. [[RuleOfCool It's just cool to do.]]
* Played almost completely straight in the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' short "The Amazing Three", when Babs breaks out the "Acme Little Wonder Makeup Kit" -- complete with a outer space-themed LoveBubbles background and OrbitalShot.
* Lampshaded and spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'': when a group of {{Magical Girl}}s confront Jamie, they transform. Jamie just stands there waiting patiently and bored, until they finally finish after more than a minute. Even better, the ''Anime/SailorMoon ''{{Expy}} had a longer sequence than the others, so while the other girls were already done and posing, she kept [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning and spinning and spinning...]] to the point where by the end of the sequence, the other girls were already looking at her to see if she was done.
* Subverted by Super Chicken and his Super Sauce. There was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWeEI4FD-2E a sequence]] (redone for each episode), with the narrator playing up how he was being physically transformed, but he looked exactly the same afterwards.
* ComicBook/SheHulk's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQptInZJbXo transformation scene]] in the 1990s ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibleHulk Incredible Hulk]]'' episode "Doomed" is still venerated for graphic depictions of female muscle growth and BreastExpansion while Jennifer Walters apparently has an orgasm.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' episode "Flash Form a Go", the force meets an enemy that refuses to follow transformation chivalry, ramming the lions apart whenever they try to form Voltron, an act that takes precisely 36 seconds, according to Daniel.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperDuperSumos'': The sumos goes through a transformation sequence to become "Sumo-Sized."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', Cyborg had a rather epic one in ''The End: Part 1''. He connects himself to the main Titans Tower power system, unloads some very big guns against a glowing white background with crackling electricity and shoots Slade and his minions with the mother of all sonic blasts. ...Doesn't stop Slade, but it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, this is never used again.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', OncePerEpisode. It shows her standing on a red ground with cracks in it and magma underneath while she starts HulkingOut, part by part. Somewhat odd as she has been shown on many occasions to be able to transform into her [[HulkingOut Bad Kaeloo]] form near-instantly. From Season 3 onwards, she transforms into Bad Kaeloo instantly without the transformation sequence.
* One episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends U.S. Acres]]'' did this during a Snow White parody. First, Wade's inner tube disappears, causing him to put his hands on his crotch. Then, the bottom of the dress appears, followed by the top of the dress. After this, a wig is put on, and then one hand gets a broom and the other gets a bucket. While this happens, a sappy tune plays.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 A Canterlot Wedding Part 2]]", the evil queen Chrysalis of the Changelings has a monstrous transformation sequence when she regain her true form.
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E1PrincessTwilightSparklePart1 Princess Twilight Sparkle Part 1]]": Though in real-space instead of a fancy background, we get a point-by-point transformation of Princess Luna into Nightmare Moon in a flashback to her final battle with Princess Celestia a thousand years ago. The teeth reshaping themselves to becoming pointy is the part that looked like it really, ''really'' ought to hurt (and when the reformed Luna resumes her old appearance for the Halloween episode, getting into the spirit of things by scaring some kids, she transforms via magic but the teeth are ''artificial;'' maybe it really ''does'' hurt).
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E16ItAintEasyBeingBreezies It Ain't Easy Being Breezies]]": Twilight Sparkle turns herself and the rest of the Mane Six into Breezies in order to help the other Breezies get home before it's too late. Which includes a transformation sequence when they're transforming into Breezies.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E26TwilightsKingdomPart2 Twilight's Kingdom Part 2]]", the Mane Six assuming their [[SuperMode Rainbow Power forms]] is accompanied by a brief BallOfLightTransformation.
** Even Big Mac gets in on this in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E13DoPrincessesDreamOfMagicSheep Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep]]" -- before you ask, it is in a dream. His is a homage to the MagicalGirl genre -- the music and glowing in particular is a take on ''Anime/SailorMoon''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' has this in which the three mechas (Manus, Corus and Octus) form into the eponymous robot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', of the monstrous variety:
** In an episode, April O'Neil is turned into a wasp and you see the wings and antenna emerge from her.
** She also became a CatGirl in "The Catwoman of Channel Six", though the only on-screen part of the sequence was right at the end. Most of it was a SlowTransformation instead.
* At least OnceAnEpisode on ''WesternAnimation/DinoSquad'' when the teens [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvvXT6Wcnow morph to dinosaur form.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamoSupremo'' featured a rather drawn-out transformation sequence in each episode, activated (somehow) by the team jumping Brenda's jump-rope together at a high speed.
* WesternAnimation/MikeTheKnight puts on his armor via a contraption that looks a bit like a ClockPunk version of Iron Man's assembly robots.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', it's sort of [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with the Crystal Gems, a team of [[ResurrectiveImmortality nigh-immortal]], [[MagicalGirlWarrior Magical Girl Warriors]]... [[LimitedWardrobe who only have one set of clothing each]]. Granted, they change clothing whenever they respawn from the gemstones on their body, but that's not the trope example. The actual example is in "[[BeachEpisode Beach Party]]," where they change outfits by posing over flamboyant backgrounds [[RockyRollCall and shouting their names one by one]]. Normal, casual outfits meant for partying on the beach.
** The {{Fusion Dance}}s are handled more this trope's way, with elaborate dance moves, theme music, flashy effects, and the action seemingly stopping while they happen.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicAdventuresOfMumfie'' gives Scarecrow one in "Scarecrowella". He also has a changing back sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' has stock footage sequences for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvIChM4vF7o Marinette/Ladybug]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0JoAI58z5c Adrien/Cat Noir]], both following the MagicalGirl transformation sequence formula to a T (minus the disappearing clothes). Marinette's first transformation, however, went [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNGuP51qrXg slightly less smoothly]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'': Joey and AP have one when Joey puts AP on his hand to transform into Atomic Puppet. It doesn't appear in every episode, and sometimes it's just a partial version of the full sequence, but when it happens, ''it's awesome''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BionicSix'' had one, touching a ring on one hand to a bracelet on the other arm, while shouting [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSMaEeiku7o "Bionics On!"]] Bionic-1 and Karate-1 also had solo versions, and all the heroes had brief non-stock footage versions as well. Karate-1 once subverted the "transformation" part by activating his bionics without changing his outfit, leaving him looking exactly the same. The villains had their own non-stock footage version, where they'd bring their fist to their chest and declare "Hail, Scarab!", but this was used to transform back to their normal form when disguised, rather than transforming from their normal form to a super-powered one.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': As befitting it's MagicalGirl {{Animesque}} style, [[spoiler: Star performs one when unlocking her GoldenSuperMode at the end of The Battle For Mewni]]. It looks like something out of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' or ''Franchis/PrettyCure''.