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Playing With: Shapeshifting Lover
Basic Trope: A human has a lover or spouse who can shapeshift.
  • Straight: Princess Maria is betrothed to a white wolf who is really a handsome prince in disguise.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Princess Maria's fiancÚ is a Winged Humanoid who can make his wings disappear.
  • Justified:
    • The marriage is a political move to ensure peace between humans and wolves.
    • Princess Maria doesn't care about the fact that the object of her love is a white wolf - she cares more about his good character.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: At first Princess Maria thinks she is betrothed to an animal, but it turns out her suitor is just a hairy man.
  • Double Subverted: Who is hairy because his father was a werewolf!
  • Parodied: Turns out Maria really enjoys living the wolfish life! Running around naked in the woods, howling to the moon, beats being stuck in a castle all day! She is disappointed when her husband turns back into a man.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The hero/heroine does not shapeshift, no marriage to an animal takes place.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: Oh great! I guess I'm stuck in one of those fairy tales where I have to marry a hedgehog or something!"
  • Invoked: A shapeshifter transforms into a majestic creature to impress girls.
  • Exploited: Princess Maria's scheming cousins realize her lover's nature, and swap him out for an actual wolf.
  • Defied: Princess Maria performs background checks on all potential lovers, so that she doesn't end up with a shapeshifter.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The prince has spent much of his life living as a wolf and is unable to deal with humans, leaving Princess Maria in a relationship with a slobbish, illiterate, rude, and frequently naked barbarian.
    • White wolves are common in Princess Maria's country, causing the prince to end up being hunted down and killed in his wolf form.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Princess Maria educates the prince on the finer points of human society, and their relationship grows as a result.
    • Princess Maria gives the prince a piece of cloth to wear around his neck, so that he's easier to identify.

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