Playing With / Painful Transformation

Basic Trope: Physical transformations are not a pleasant experience.
  • Straight: When Luna the werewolf transforms, she goes through agony.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Luna's transformation leaves her with a mild chestache.
  • Justified: Her muscles, bones, and organs shifting around have got to affect her nerves somewhat.
  • Inverted: Luna's transformations feel good.
  • Subverted: Luna braces herself for her first transformation, but when it happens, it doesn't hurt at all.
  • Double Subverted: That's only the first stage. The next is pure Body Horror.
  • Parodied: By the time she reaches wolf form, she limps away with her tail between her legs, whimpering like a sad puppy, as her transformation has left her incapable of being any danger to anyone. Her friends decide to take her to a vet.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • While Luna's transformations are painful, other werewolves in the story appear to shapeshift painlessly.
    • Luna's transformation was painful because it was her first time. Her body adjusts, and subsequent transformations are much easier... But after forcing her body to transform on several consecutive occasions, the pain becomes even worse than during her first time.
  • Averted: Luna can change from human to wolf and vice versa with no pain.
  • Enforced:
    • "This show needs as much Nightmare Fuel as possible."
    • This, potentially among other reasons, is used to avoid someone with lycanthropy becoming Cursed with Awesome.
  • Lampshaded:
    • "Whenever werewolves evolve to transform without pain, it'll be a miracle..."
    • "Whoever said 'Change is good' was a lying bastard!"
  • Invoked: The villain keeps Luna in a confined space too small for her werewolf form as she transforms in order to cause as much pain as possible.
  • Exploited: One of Luna's potential victims takes advantage of Luna's crippling agony in order to get away safely.
  • Defied: Luna takes a large dose of painkillers every full moon before the transformation.
  • Discussed: "Oh, God, I am not looking forward to seeing the full moon tonight."
  • Conversed: "Hmm...I'm not so sure being a werewolf's actually that awesome anymore now that I've seen that. Ouch."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Luna slowly goes crazy from her transformations.
    • Luna passes out in mid-transformation, and is killed while unconscious.
    • The pain, among other reasons, contributes to Luna's self-loathing about being a werewolf, especially once it proved too much for her Heroic Willpower to overcome and she hurt her friends from losing control.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Luna is a hero, and her transformations, though painful, are worth it because they let her fight evil.
    • Luna and her friends are being pursued by another werewolf, and her friends hide her as best they can until she can reawaken and hand the other werewolf's ass on a silver platter.
    • In a world where Transhuman Treachery and other Jerkass behavior spreads like rabies amongst those with lycanthropy, Luna's situation strikes the right balance between getting the support from her friends to help her out of her self-loathing that threatens every time she feels the pain and not getting too big a metaphorical head from the power she has.
  • Played For Drama: Luna's particular lycanthropy means each transformation is essentially a battle of her Heroic Willpower against the more base and savage tendencies of her wolf form; if her willpower were ever to be completely overwhelmed, she would remain in her savage wolf form forever. The pain of her body shifting forms is one of the big things that saps her mental strength as she tries to maintain control of herself each night...and full moons are when the wolf howls strongest...

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