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Metaphoric Metamorphosis
In cartoons, characters will sometimes change into something depending on the situation:

  • A lollipop emblazoned with the word "Sucker" (the character has just been tricked)
  • A donkey, with optional braying (the character is stupid or being a (jack)ass)
  • Shoe heel (this example is often aligned with guilt and remorse akin to the trope My God, What Have I Done? rather than being embarrassed.)
  • A dumbbell (a more direct Visual Pun indication of stupidity)
  • A wolf, complete with Wolf Whistle (the character is lustful)

A specific form of Visual Pun. Compare Literal Metaphor.

Examples:

Film
  • In Aladdin, the Genie turns into a sheep after realizing Aladdin tricked him into granting a free wish.
    Genie: Boy, do I feel sheepish.
  • In Pinocchio this is Played for Drama since being on Pleasure Island for too long causes the misbehaving children to turn into actual donkeys, which in most cases seems to be permanent.

Live-Action TV
  • Used in iCarly: Spenser and Sam are the last ones surviving in the assassination game, with Spenser becoming increasingly paranoid. A deliveryman delivers to Spenser's apartment what Spenser calls a huge lollipop. The deliveryman says, "Yeah, but where I come from, we call it a... SUCKER!" He dives out of the way, and Sam nails Spenser from the doorway.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Very common in Looney Tunes
    • In "The Big Snooze", Elmer Fudd turns into a sucker after repeatedly falling for Bugs' "run through a hollow log over the edge of a cliff" gag.
      • This episode is basically a retrace of a scene from the earlier short "All This And Rabbit Stew", with the black caricature hunter redrawn as the similar proportioned (but more politically correct) Elmer Fudd.
    • Happens in "The Million Hare", after Daffy inadvertently donates his million dollar prize to his "best buddy" Bugs. The touched announcer asks Daffy for some words, to which a "ass-faced" Daffy donkey-brays.
    • In the short "Tom Turk and Daffy", Porky Pig first turns into a Dunce Cap, then a sucker, and then a bottle of dope.
  • Used a few times in The Flintstones as well. Played with in one example when Fred is guilt tripped by Wilma. He runs into Barney, who comments on his own still visible "heel" head, implying Betty used the same tactic on him.
  • Pretty common in Tom and Jerry, often after Tom tricks Spike the Bulldog into chasing after a bone.
    • In "Puppy Tale", Tom has an Imagine Spot caused by his guilt from casting three abandoned puppies out into the rain, with him becoming a skunk.
  • There are two Classic Disney Shorts in which characters turn into heels: "The Sleepwalker" (after Pluto destroys a dachshund's dog house, leaving her and her puppies without shelter), and "Cured Duck" (after Donald gets so frustrated from trying to open Daisy's window that he wrecks her living room).
    • In "The Barn Dance", Mickey's head briefly turns into a donkey's after Minnie gets mad at him for his clumsy dancing.
    • In "Donald's Crime", Donald beifly turns into a skunk when he's about to steal his nephews' money to go on a date with Daisy.
  • In an episode of Ren and Stimpy, Ren turns into a man's ass, accompanied by a donkey braying.
  • An episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants has Squidward's head be replaced by that of a donkey. Or, more precisely, an ass.
  • Subverted in Teen Titans Go! where Beast Boy transforms into a wiener after claiming Trigon is one.
  • In the Droopy short "Wags to Riches", Spike briefly becomes a skunk when he plots to kill Droopy to get his inheritance.

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