"You sure are strange though. Were you this small before?"
When an immensely powerful character has to have their power sealed for some reason
, the artists (usually overly fond of Super-Deformed
or "chibi" characters) will represent this by drawing the character in their depowered or "sleep mode" state as a tiny, delicate, and incredibly doll like version of their normal self with the wardrobe to match. This can vary, be it Elegant Gothic Lolita
or a more standard Kawaiiko
. A normal sized character can be turned into Sleep Mode Size if they have their powers temporarily drained.
Another version is the character just looking like a child version of themself. Sometimes the cast knows about only
that version despite suggestion. The Reveal
will show them to be extremely powerful... and probably really good looking.
This can also be done with dragons or other large monsters - they may enter Poké Balls or turn into playing cards, or into an adorable baby or plushie form. The small form may be their normal form and they can only power-up for short periods of time or if given a special stimulus, much the same as a Transformation Sequence
tend to do the reverse with Telescoping Robot
Compare with Eyepatch of Power
, Statistically Speaking
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Film — Animated
- Mogget and the Disreputable Dog from Lirael are both considered to be similar types of Eldritch Abomination that have been forced into much smaller, handily compact, forms.
- Olloch the Glutton from the Fablehaven series. To contain him, he was shrunk into a tiny stone statue of himself. If you feed him, he awakens, starts eating anything in his path, and grows at an incredible rate. He only reverts to statue form if he eats the person who fed him (though apparently he doesn't shrink again). At the beginning of the second book, Seth gets tricked into feeding Olloch, who eventually catches up with him and swallows him. Fortunately, at the time he gets eaten, Seth is wearing an impenetrable cocoon, so Olloch reverts to statue form and Seth passes through the digestive system and escapes with his life.
Live Action TV
- From The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Midna's true form is a striking blue-skinned woman slightly taller than Link, but she spends most of the game small and impish, due to a curse placed on her. When wearing all four Upgrade Artifacts, she turns into a giant octopus-looking monstrosity.
- The main character of Shadow Hearts: From The New World spends most of the game looking like a 12-year-old boy - albeit a boy with the mysterious ability to manifest an Energy Blade from an ordinary knife - but towards the end, his true form awakens, turning him into an adult - and an unstoppable Bad Ass at that. Which makes it somewhat more acceptable that he ends up dating the VERY adult ensemble babe in the ending. To be fair, he would be in the same age as the said chick had he not died once. It took five years for his father to gather everything required to revive him and his body didn't age during that time.
- Happens with monsters a lot. One example: In Final Fantasy XII, one of the hunts is for a giant tortoise monster that turns out to be someone's escaped pet. While you're fighting it, it's enormous - twice as tall as your party members and just as wide - but after you defeat it, it returns to its owner (a moogle) and is suddenly only about a foot high.
- Also, the Ice Titan from Kingdom Hearts. Taller than the colosseum when you're fighting it, but once you beat it, it suddenly becomes so small that it has to run away lest Sora kill it by stepping on it.
- Misha from Ar tonelico spends the entire first half of the game looking like a twelve year old girl. It's later revealed that her body reverted to this form when Bourd extracted the Hymn Crystal Chronicle Key from her.
- Aside from the general Pokémon Poke Ball sequences, there's Darmanitan in Gen V, which turns into a smaller statue of itself when it goes into Zen Mode to conserve energy (occurs when over half its HP is gone).
- Touhou fanon holds that this is the reason Suwako Moriya appears as a little girl, either because she was defeated and her domain conquered by Kanako Yasaka in the past, or because her followers stopped following them both in the present. Canonly, Sanae Kochiya is Suwako's descendant, which would have Squicky implications if Suwako doesn't have an adult form.
- The dragon in Dra Koi takes on a human form after getting beaten up by the dragonslayer to conserve energy, which naturally turns her into a cute girl. Which is, of course, lampshaded.
- Rak of Tower of God is really a giant 15 foot tall lizard man, who towers over just about every single cast member. Because he is so tall, the organization controlling the tower has given him the special ability to make himself extremely short to get around in areas he otherwise wouldn't fit. When he enters combat though, he instantly changes back to his true height.
- The Animesque Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki this happens to the Auroch, who ends up as Chiaki's pet.
- This strip of Loserz. (It's in the 4th panel, you have to look for it)
- Reynardine in Gunnerkrigg Court is trapped in the form of a stuffed wolf toy; but when Annie loosens the leash, he can assume the form of a full-sized wolf. His personality changes drastically based on his form, since (according to him, at least), the form has a great impact on one's mind.
- Word of God is that, in truth, he changes form according to his mood rather than the other way around.
- Toni of Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is a werewolf who, so far, seems to be the most competent supernatural odditity in series. However, due to her power source being damaged, she has to take a...slightly less indimitating form than usual. Aww!
- In Looking for Group, Richard got depowered and reduced to a cherub size when Elttil Hctib, his abused pet devil... thing... cursed him.
- In the Buildingverse, when Jareth overexerts himself using magic or suffers severe emotional trauma he turns back in his barn owl form (which he can also assume willingly, mostly for traveling purposes or to abuse Cuteness Proximity).
- The Treasure Monster from The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! looks like a beautiful pile of gold and jewels... until it's exposed to direct sunlight, which wakes it up and turns it into a huge, hideous monster.
- Dragonrider of the Whateley Universe has a dragon. A massive thing with a thirty-foot wingspan that can claw through granite. His normal form is a cuddly little critter the size of a housecat.
- Pasquale on Rose Is Rose has a gentle guardian angel who is a regular member of the cast. Most of the time he looks just like a floating, robed, and winged version of Pasquale. However, if he senses any threat to Pasquale, or is caught off guard, he instantly transforms into a 300+ foot tall colossus with an enormous, mountain-cleaving sword and a huge spiked buckler.
- Likewise, Rose herself ordinarily looks like your basic American housewife. But given the right provocation, her alter ego, a Bad Ass biker woman who relishes jalapenos, fast cars, and other "dangerous" things, will emerge (invisible to everyone but Rose).
- Alternatively, the adult characters in the strip (notably Rose and Jimbo) sometimes revert to child-form if they're doing something childlike.
- Robotboy's sleep mode size is an actual sleep mode. In it, he is inanimate and The Kid with the Leash passes him off as an action figure. His 'normal mode' is also similar to this in many respects, looking very cute and no bigger than his 10 year old owner. It isn't until he needs to kick ass that he extends into his largest form.
- Plasmus from Teen Titans was a normally looking man when asleep. They kept him that way as much as possible.
- He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983): In "Daimar the Demon", Daimar starts out as a cute little demon kid about Orko's size. The book about him said that he'd fall asleep, and that when he awoke, he'd lead the demon armies to conquer Eternia. When he woke up, he was HUGE.