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From the diary of [[ComicBook/JimmyOlsen James Bartholomew Olsen]]:

''"Dear Diary,''

''I became Turtle Boy today. I was better than last time; I only fell on my shell once and a nice man was there to flip me over. I don't know quite what set it off -- the [[GreenRocks radioactive meteorite]] I was investigating or that [[AppliedPhlebotinum mystical talisman]] my girlfriend gave me.''

''It was certainly better than yesterday: a combination of Omega Radiation and a kryptonite candle turned me into Melting Lad. I really [[WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow don't understand how]] [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway melting is a superpower]], but I was a puddle for half the day. Franchise/{{Superman}} had to use his [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands super-sculpting skills]] to put my atomic structure back together. I have to remember to get him something good for his birthday. Maybe a tie?''

''Well, tomorrow is a new day. Let's hope I don't get any more weird or wacky powers -- I don't know how much I can handle, to be honest. It's never just super-strength or flight, it's always something weird, like [[ContagiousPowers lycanthropy]] or becoming super-fat (again, ''how'' is that a superpower?).''

''Tomorrow looks to be better, though, diary. I only have one assignment with Ms. Lane: to photograph STAR Labs' new particle decelerator. [[TemptingFate Here's hoping there are no mishaps]].''

''Until tomorrow,''\\

A Sister Trope to UnfazedEveryman. Where an UnfazedEveryman is a normal person surrounded by [[WeirdnessMagnet weirdness]], but who stays normal nonetheless, someone who is Superpower Silly Putty is one who is transformed by the weirdness. Numerous times. He never keeps the powers, however; he always manages to [[SidekickGlassCeiling lose them]] just as he is getting [[SnapBack used to them]]. [[HowDoIShotWeb Don't expect him to know exactly how to use them during the duration]].

Pretty much a DeadHorseTrope by now, it was used quite frequently in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.

A subtrope of SuperpowersForADay.

Not to be confused with ComicBook/PlasticMan, a literal Silly Putty superhero.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Franchise/{{Superman}} family:
** ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, who had (and lost) so many superpowers, there is an entire collection called ''The Many Transformations of Jimmy Olsen''.
** In the {{Elseworld}} story ''Comicbook/TheNail'' Jimmy Olsen is the aide of Metropolis Mayor Comicbook/LexLuthor because he has extensive experience of [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Meta-Human]] affairs due to his numerous transformations. [[spoiler:Deconstructed when it is revealed that without Superman as his best friend, the transformations have driven him insane. And then Luthor used him as a guinea pig for grafting Kryptonian DNA to a human body. One short WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity later and Olsen is the BigBad, using Luthor as a {{Brainwashed}} puppet to bring down anyone who might be a threat to his dream of "New Krypton"]].
** One comic (a lead-up to the ''Comicbook/NewKrypton'' story) suggests Jimmy has had this happen to him so many times that it's made his mind impossible to read. Jimmy himself figures it out while being chased by a mind reading assassin. Long story.
** And in ''ComicBook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'', Jimmy starts cycling through ''all'' his powers, and decides now's his moment to become a superhero... Mr. Action.
** Jimmy's tendency to induce these transformations on himself eventually earned him the "My Brain Says No but My Mouth Says Go" Award in Creator/CraigShutt's [[http://www.cbgxtra.com/columnists/craig-shutt-ask-mr-silver-age/the-2012-mopee-awards-ask-mr-silver-age-cbg-1697-jan-2013 final Mopee Awards]] for the ''Comics Buyer's Guide''.
** ComicBook/LanaLang also fell into this a lot in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}.
** So did ComicBook/LoisLane. In fact, the sheer amount of Silver Age Superman stories where either Jimmy, Lois or Lana get superpowers is the most frequent RunningGag in Superdickery.com.
** At least [[DaChief Perry White]] got off scot-free, right? [[http://www.superdickery.com/perry-gets-powers-aga-wait-perry/ ...Oh.]] [[http://img4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20081231010330/marvel_dc/images/a/a7/Action_Comics_278.jpg Never mind.]]
* There was a period in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} when Franchise/{{Batman}} was either getting a superpower or experiencing a bizarre transformation (alien, genie, giant, merman, etc) every month. It would always SnapBack at the end of the story.
** It still happens every now and then. There's even an {{Elseworld}} based on Bruce Wayne becoming a Franchise/GreenLantern. (Or a pirate, or a knight...)
** And according to Creator/GrantMorrison, ''every single wacky [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] transformation'' is now canon. Albeit with most of them {{retcon}}ned into being hallucinations brought about by the sensory deprivation experiment he underwent in "Robin Dies At Dawn!", or by the many chemical weapons Batman's rogues tend to use.
* Rick Jones, the sidekick to the entire MarvelUniverse.
* There was a [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] "filler" series called ''ComicBook/DialHForHero'' where a kid found some mysterious artifact that looked a bit like a rotary telephone dial without the phone attached. Pressing a certain sequence on it would transform him into a "superhero", or at least something with (usually quirky) super powers, for a short period. The plot typically went "something bad happens, kid uses dial, kid turns into something weird, kid figures out how to use new abilities to solve problem, repeat sequence, repeat sequence ''again''" (there were usually three transformations per story). Initially each transformation was unique (and the latest transformation would be met with some kind of thought like "I wish I was (some previous transformation) again" because that form would have made solving the problem easy), but some of them did occur multiple times over the course of the series. The heroes (and the villains they fought) were [[AudienceParticipation sent in by readers]]. Brought back in the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] with ''two'' kids, a boy ''and'' a girl, again in the 2000s as ''H-E-R-O'', with the dial being passed from user to user, and yet again in the ComicBook/{{New 52}} as ''Dial H'', this time with the dial discovered by an unemployed schlub.

* Due to a near-fatal exposure to basilisk venom, the male lead character of A. Lee Martinez's ''Monster'' wakes up with a different superpower - some awesome, some trivial, some cool but flawed - every time he goes to sleep. His skin also turns a different color for each such power, so he can usually tell what ability he'll have by checking if he's blue, green, glowing yellow, etc.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'', Dennis mistakenly receives a "Super Duper Man" costume that was intended for use in the United States military.
* Ron Stoppable is hit with this quite frequently in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', to the point that some fans have joked that he gives ComicBook/JimmyOlsen a run for his money.
** Of note is that one of the superpowers he obtained - [[IKnowKungFu Mystical Monkey Power]] - actually stuck, though [[HowDoIShotWeb he had trouble getting it to work when he wanted it to.]] It became the focus of a number of episodes afterwards, as well as providing the final resolution in the finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''. Usually invoked by Johnny himself or his sisters.
* Clover in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' tended to be subject to FetishFuel inducing transformations.
** Similarly, Alex would always be the one to trade faces with the villain in the cases of a partial body swap machine. (Yes, there were multiple cases of this)
*** For the sake of completion, it was Sam who took on all the brainwashing.
*** Except when it came with a good dosing of physical transformation then it belonged to Clover.
* ''WesternAnimation/MartinMorning'' changes into a new character (spy, robot, eskimo, etc.) every morning.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Jumanji}}'s'' animated adaptation, Peter was often [[BalefulPolymorph transformed into all kinds of humanoid animals]], usually as a sanction for [[NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught trying to mess with the game's rules]] or TemptingFate.
** Of course, this was based on his transformation into a monkey in the original movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'' takes the theme from [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove the film it was based on]] and runs with it, having Kuzco be exposed to transformation potions so often, he could almost be considered a VoluntaryShapeshifter.