'''Basic Trope''': A character with ShapeShifting powers is suddenly unable to transform anymore -- they're stuck in one form.
* '''Straight''':
** Alice knows how to turn herself into a [[WereCat werecat]]. The BigBad shot her with some some AppliedPhlebotinum and now she's stuck in that form.
** Or, she's stuck in human form and can't transform.
* '''Exaggerated''': It's permanent -- Alice is stuck this way ''for the rest of her life''.
* '''Downplayed''': Alice can shapeshift into any form, except after she's shot by the Applied Phlebotinum, then she can shapeshift into any form except for werecat.
* '''Justified''': Alice hasn't learned how to turn ''back'' into a human on her own yet.
* '''Inverted''': Alice is shot by a serum that causes her to constantly transform into different shapes without stop.
* '''Subverted''':
** Alice is shot by a serum, and can no longer shapeshift into a werecat, except it turns out that she still can shapeshift, only the trigger has changed.
** Or, Alice normally uses a TransformationTrinket, and because she can't change back she thinks it's broken. Instead, somebody swapped the real thing for a fake.
* '''Double Subverted''': Instead of transforming back, she transforms into ''another'' form, which she get's stuck.
* '''Parodied''': Alice gets stuck as a {{catgirl}}. She {{wangst}}s about this.
* '''Zig Zagged''': ???
* '''Averted''':
** Alice is never locked into one form.
** There are no shapeshifters portrayed.
* '''Enforced''': The writers decided that shapeshifting powers were too much of a GameBreaker, so decided to lock the shapeshifter in one form.
* '''Lampshaded''': "My mom told me my face would freeze like this."
* '''Invoked''': Alice creates a PowerLimiter to keep her from shapeshifting out of control.
* '''Exploited''': ???
* '''Defied''': ???
* '''Discussed''': "Why can't you change back?" "If I knew that, maybe I could work on fixing it!"
* '''Conversed''': "That must be so inconvenient to be stuck in one form like that."
* '''Deconstructed''': This becomes a major blow to Alice's reputation. She [[NeverLiveItDown never lives it down]].
* '''Reconstructed''': Alternatively, She grows fond of her new form.
* '''Played For Laughs''': Alice is stuck in her werecat form, but she decides to continue living her normal life as a high school student. Unfortunately her appearance causes panic everywhere she goes and makes it difficult for her to accomplish mundane tasks.
* '''Played For Drama''': Alice is stuck in her werecat form. She goes into hiding, afraid that her friends won't accept her anymore.
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%%* '''Implied''': ???
%%* '''Plotted A Good Waste''': ???