'''Basic Trope''': A transformation is slow, painful, {{Squick}}ily organic, or all of the above.
* '''Straight''': A character is transformed into a monster; the process is slow, painful, and not pretty.
* '''Exaggerated''': A character falls down into organs and finally cells to be reconstructed in graphic details bit by bit into a horrible mishmash.
* '''Downplayed''': There are some creepy or painful moments in an otherwise sleek transformation sequence.
* '''Justified''': The change is moving bones and muscles around; not to mention internal organs. As anyone who has gone through puberty (or a hernia) can attest, this can take some time and involve some growing pains.
* '''Inverted''': The transformation looks neat and tidy. Its mental toll is nearly enough to drive the character insane each time it happens.
* '''Subverted''':
** A character goes through textbook body horror, but then crosses a BishounenLine, and the creature they wind up as is actually quite attractive.
** Bonus points if they look at their new body in the mirror and lampshade: "Well, I dodged a bullet."
* '''Double Subverted''': The final creature is pretty, but it has [[LovecraftianSuperPower Lovecraftian super powers]].
* '''Parodied''':
** A female werewolf's bloody, skin-ripping transformation garners the same reaction from her as bad cramps, down to a 'that time of month' line.
** A character's eating slightly-expired food is what causes the horrific transformation.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Transformations (even if they are the same) vary ''strongly'' in their degree of disturbingness.
* '''Averted''': Any transformations are clean, quick and relatively painless.
* '''Enforced''': "We need something really everybody fears- disfigurement, pain...
* '''Lampshaded''':
** "Why are transformations that horrible all the time???! Why can't there be normal transformations????!!"
** After seeing the horrified face of an observer, the shapeshifter quips "Serves you right for walking in while I was changing."
* '''Invoked''': "You think ''being'' [[BalefulPolymorph a frosh]] is the worst part? Think again!"
* '''Exploited''': Even though she's not dangerous, the character uses her transformation to gross out and frighten attackers.
* '''Defied''': Researchers try to make the transformation process less traumatic, and they succeed.
* '''Discussed''': "Dude, you ok?"
* '''Conversed''': Alice and Bob wrench in horror watching a transformation sequence during a horror movie. One of them is like "I can't watch!"
* '''Deconstructed''': The shapeshifter is most vulnerable at this point, especially to infection, as bodily fluids are exposed and protective membranes are breached. There is a severe danger of having loose organs get trapped outside the body. Shapeshifters are deathly terrified of ever using their abilities.
* '''Reconstructed''': While the transformation looks horrific, it's tantamount to an orgasmic experience for the shapeshifters, and the rapid increase in metabolism means that any injuries they take will be rapidly healed.
* '''Played For Laughs''': [[KidIcarus The character's top half is transformed into an eggplant]], and he flails about aimlessly, bumping into walls and running in circles in panic.
* '''Played For Drama''': The victim goes insane from the pain and either [[TragicMonster kills everyone it once held dear until it is finally killed because it is a terrible and dangerous monster]], [[FateWorseThanDeath is in such agony someone decides it is neccessary to euthanize it]], or is actually fine, but is killed because everyone assumed one of the former possibilities was the case.
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There's a way back to BodyHorror, but it's not pretty...
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