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* In Disney's ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Jafar's true form of a huge red Genie is too much for thief Abis Mal, so Jafar spends most of the film looking as he did while human, transforming back to his genie form during his musical number/confrontation with Genie and the climatic battle with Aladdin and his friends. Granted, this only helped a little, since let's face it, even human Jafar is pretty damn intimidating.

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* In Disney's ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', Jafar's true form of a huge red Genie is too much for thief Abis Mal, so Jafar spends most of the film looking as he did while human, transforming back to his genie form during his musical number/confrontation with Genie and the climatic battle with Aladdin and his friends. Granted, this only helped a little, since let's face it, even human Jafar is pretty damn intimidating.

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'', Morgana takes the form of a cat-like being in the Metaverse, and an actual cat in the real world (despite his insistence that he's not a cat). [[spoiler:He is, in truth, an attendant created by Igor, the master of the Velvet Room. On that same note, the BigBad spends most of the game disguised as Igor, but his facade is not quite perfect: while he looks the part, his voice is noticably [[EvilSoundsDeep deeper]].]]


* ''Literature/TheCosmere'': The Shards, the people who wield the PiecesOfGod, typically choose to appear in the form they had before they Ascended. Looking too closely--[[WindowsOfTheSoul especially at the eyes]]--can lead to seeing the Shard behind the form, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm which is usually so overwhelming that the person looking breaks down into tears]]. It should be noted that the evil Shards are more likely to alter their forms to something people find more comfortable, as well as more likely to throw off the facade and humble people with their true form. [[Literature/{{Mistborn}} Ruin]] appears as Vin's brother and Kelsier at various points, while his opposite Preservation only ever shows up as a humble man with a survivalist's knife on his belt. [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Odium]] appears to Dalinar as a human but to the parsh as a parshman, both times wielding an ornate golden scepter. And [[ComicBook/WhiteSand Autonomy]] has apparently created multiple pantheons where every single member is just a different version of herself.

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* ''Literature/TheCosmere'': The Shards, the people who wield the PiecesOfGod, typically choose to appear in the form they had before they Ascended. Looking too closely--[[WindowsOfTheSoul especially closely--especially at the eyes]]--can eyes--can lead to seeing the Shard behind the form, [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm which is usually so overwhelming that the person looking breaks down into tears]]. It should be noted that the evil Shards are more likely to alter their forms to something people find more comfortable, as well as more likely to throw off the facade and humble people with their true form. [[Literature/{{Mistborn}} Ruin]] appears as Vin's brother and Kelsier at various points, while his opposite Preservation only ever shows up as a humble man with a survivalist's knife on his belt. [[Literature/TheStormlightArchive Odium]] appears to Dalinar as a human but to the parsh as a parshman, both times wielding an ornate golden scepter. And [[ComicBook/WhiteSand Autonomy]] has apparently created multiple pantheons where every single member is just a different version of herself.





** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS38E1E2Spyfall "Spyfall"]]: The Kasaavin, mysterious extradimensional aliens, take glowing humanoid forms. [[InvertedTrope However]], they claim that the forms are to ''mock'' humanity instead.



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* A less extreme version of this trope would be "a form you will find more useful," and is practically ubiquitous with diagrams and route maps. If you're trying to find your way around a metro system, or build a complicated electrical circuit, a simplified not-to-scale representation using accepted symbols will be much more helpful than a completely accurate photorealistic image of the system.

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* A less extreme version of this trope would be "a form you will find more useful," useful", and is practically ubiquitous with diagrams and route maps. If you're trying to find your way around a metro system, or build a complicated electrical circuit, a simplified not-to-scale representation using accepted symbols will be much more helpful than a completely accurate photorealistic image of the system.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', this is often the case with most Zoan users and even some Logia users where they often stay in their human forms, hybrid forms, or even full animal forms in very few cases. They always take their respective forms when fighting but these users are the ones that take their forms almost every day.
** The best example is Tony Tony Chopper who is a reindeer that ate the Hito Hito no Mi that allows him to become a reindeer/human hyrid. Chopper has many forms called Points that he often takes at different points such as Walk Point and Heavy Point but his default form is Brain Point where he stands on two feet and is a lot smarter. Copper is a rare case of an animal becoming a human instead of the other way around.
** Marine Vice Admiral Dalmatian is always seen in his hybrid dalmatian form instead of his full human form.
** The Jailer Beasts of Impel Down are this as well. They're Awakened Zoan Devil Fruit users where they recover from damage much quicker than others. They're also always seen in their hybrid forms.
** Ceaser Clown is, so far, the only Logia example of this. Ceaser often stays in his gaseous form which does help considering he can't be hit normally and can fly/float around.


* The President in ''Anime/WishUponThePleiades'' does this, being actually an [[EnergyBeings energy being]].

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* The President in ''Anime/WishUponThePleiades'' does this, being actually an [[EnergyBeings energy being]].{{energy being|s}}.


* The President in ''Anime/HoukagoNoPleiades'' does this, being actually an [[EnergyBeings energy being]].

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* The President in ''Anime/HoukagoNoPleiades'' ''Anime/WishUponThePleiades'' does this, being actually an [[EnergyBeings energy being]].





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* The [[MasterOfIllusion wolves]] of ''Manga/WolfsRain'' spend most of their time as humans, even when they should be in wolf form (for example, when humans are nowhere to be seen, or when they ate a dead deer). Presumably this was because [[MostWritersAreHuman Most Animators Are Human]] and it was just easier to have their human forms be on screen. This is most likely a device to reinforce the fact that the "human form" seen by the world and the viewer is really an illusion. Very often, when the plot doesn't force the viewer to see them in a specific way (as people in the presence of people, for example), the viewer sees them switch back and forth: often very quickly from cut to cut.

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* The [[MasterOfIllusion wolves]] of ''Manga/WolfsRain'' ''Anime/WolfsRain'' spend most of their time as humans, even when they should be in wolf form (for example, when humans are nowhere to be seen, or when they ate a dead deer). Presumably this was because [[MostWritersAreHuman Most Animators Are Human]] and it was just easier to have their human forms be on screen. This is most likely a device to reinforce the fact that the "human form" seen by the world and the viewer is really an illusion. Very often, when the plot doesn't force the viewer to see them in a specific way (as people in the presence of people, for example), the viewer sees them switch back and forth: often very quickly from cut to cut.



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* All of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are made of this trope because, being the physical incarnations of ideas, everyone has a different interpretation of that idea. What this means is that two people could be talking to The King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "The Legend of Elvis Presley") and he'd look precisely like how they think Elvis Presley looks like when they think of Elvis Presley (meaning if one person pictures Ed Sullivan-era Elvis, he looks like Ed Sullivan-era Elvis; if they picture Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis, he looks like Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis).
* Kaja of ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' is normally quite human in appearance, despite the wings and halo, solely to make sure humans like and trust her. Get her angry enough, however, and she'll drop the act. [[http://angelkaja.tumblr.com/post/94792850919/k-aja-do-not-doubt-what-is-in-front-of It's pretty horrifiying.]]
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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a variant: The [[ClarkesThirdLaw sufficiently advanced AI]] "Spookybot" designs a BrainComputerInterface that lets a human view and edit the components of an AI mind... which are represented in cartoonishly simple terms.

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* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' has a variant: The [[ClarkesThirdLaw sufficiently advanced AI]] A.I.]] "Spookybot" designs a BrainComputerInterface that lets a human view and edit the components of an AI A.I. mind... which are represented in cartoonishly simple terms.



* On Website/DeviantArt there is this prose piece called "God Drinks Black Coffee". The main character meets God on the sidewalk in the form of a woman.
%%* In ''Literature/{{Phaeton}}'' the aeons are implied to be this.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Scion is actually the avatar of a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, who deliberately chose an appearance that would appeal to human ideals of worship.]]
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* All of the AnthropomorphicPersonifications in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are made of this trope because, being the physical incarnations of ideas, everyone has a different interpretation of that idea. What this means is that two people could be talking to The King (the AnthropomorphicPersonification of "The Legend of Elvis Presley") and he'd look precisely like how they think Elvis Presley looks like when they think of Elvis Presley (meaning if one person pictures Ed Sullivan-era Elvis, he looks like Ed Sullivan-era Elvis; if they picture Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis, he looks like Vegas-era white-tassle pudgy Elvis).
* Kaja of ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' is normally quite human in appearance, despite the wings and halo, solely to make sure humans like and trust her. Get her angry enough, however, and she'll drop the act. [[http://angelkaja.tumblr.com/post/94792850919/k-aja-do-not-doubt-what-is-in-front-of It's pretty horrifiying.]]
* On Website/DeviantArt there is this prose piece called "God Drinks Black Coffee". The main character meets God on the sidewalk in the form of a woman.
* In ''Phaeton'' the aeons are implied to be this.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Scion is actually the avatar of a SufficientlyAdvancedAlien, who deliberately chose an appearance that would appeal to human ideals of worship.]]


* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novels by Dave Stone reveal that the way the TARDIS interior appears to humans is "A Form You Are Comfortable With" (in its natural form the controls try to ''bite'' you), and strongly imply that the same applies to the Doctor himself.

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* ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novels by Dave Stone Stone, including ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresSkyPirates Sky Pirates!]]'' and ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresDeathAndDiplomacy Death and Diplomacy]]'', reveal that the way the TARDIS interior appears to humans is "A Form You Are Comfortable With" (in its natural form the controls try to ''bite'' you), and strongly imply that the same applies to the Doctor himself.

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*** Inverted in-universe during the brief period [[TheExile Odo]] was a solid. When the Great Link locks Odo into his familiar humanoid form as a punishment, it's stated that they ''could'' have made him look more realistically human--or, more likely, Bajoran--they simply ''didn't''. Odo speculates that this was probably meant to emphasize to the solids how ''[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer different]]'' Odo is.


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** The Mist is used to blur the perception normal people have when witnessing demigod events. For instance, in ''The Lightning Thief'', during the showdown between Ares and Percy on the Los Angeles beach, they have swords but bystanders and LAPD officers think they are having a gunfight. It causes a GasLeakCoverup event afterwards since it is said that Ares "fired" a shot that caused an underground gas line to rupture and blow up several police cars -- in reality Ares waving a fireball at the cruisers.

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** The Mist is used to blur the perception normal people have when witnessing demigod events. For instance, in ''The Lightning Thief'', during the showdown between Ares and Percy on the Los Angeles beach, they have swords but bystanders and LAPD officers think they are having a gunfight. It causes a GasLeakCoverup event afterwards since it is said that Ares "fired" a shot that caused an underground gas line to rupture and blow up several police cars -- in reality Ares waving a fireball at the cruisers.



* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Ainur, who are normally incorporeal spirits, capable of changing their physical shape as easily as people can change clothes, upon arriving to Arda, take on a form closely resembling the "Children of Iluvatar" - Elves and Men, for the sake of convinience during future interactions with them.



* In Creator/CatherynneMValente's ''Literature/SpaceOpera'', a species of sentient computers, out of politeness to humanity as the new kid on the galactic block, prints themselves a body that mimics electronic assistant who is supposed to help navigate a complex and confusing system. Unfortunately, their research missed some important cultural context, so they didn't realize that [[spoiler: hardly anyone actually finds Clippy (as in, yes, the paperclip from Microsoft Word, except giant) helpful]] and therefore they've missed the mark on "comfortable". Especially because a giant moving version of something usually encountered as a little pixel creature on your screen would be unnerving even if people ''did'' like it. (It also doesn't help that they get snotty and hostile when they realize it's not working.)



* The {{Web Serial Novel}} ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'' features reapers who act as {{Psychopomp}}s for the dead. The reapers are basically imaginary. They don't have a "true" form and those who can see them perceive them exactly as they expect a reaper to look.



* In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Ainur, who are normally incorporeal spirits, capable of changing their physical shape as easily as people can change clothes, upon arriving to Arda, take on a form closely resembling the "Children of Iluvatar" - Elves and Men, for the sake of convinience during future interactions with them.
* In Creator/CatherynneMValente's ''Literature/SpaceOpera'', a species of sentient computers, out of politeness to humanity as the new kid on the galactic block, prints themselves a body that mimics electronic assistant who is supposed to help navigate a complex and confusing system. Unfortunately, their research missed some important cultural context, so they didn't realize that [[spoiler: hardly anyone actually finds Clippy (as in, yes, the paperclip from Microsoft Word, except giant) helpful]] and therefore they've missed the mark on "comfortable". Especially because a giant moving version of something usually encountered as a little pixel creature on your screen would be unnerving even if people ''did'' like it. (It also doesn't help that they get snotty and hostile when they realize it's not working.)



* WebSeriaNovel ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'' features reapers who act as {{Psychopomp}}s for the dead. The reapers are basically imaginary. They don't have a "true" form and those who can see them perceive them exactly as they expect a reaper to look.



* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** Angels appear to characters throughout the series in the form of other characters. Notably Six to Baltar and vice versa, as well as an angel who looks like Leoben to Starbuck. Head-Leoben is the only one who confirms this, though. Head-Six and Head-Baltar appear in these forms even when no-one is around to see them. In fact, [[spoiler:Tyrol]] implies that the Final Five designed Cylon Model Six after the angel they saw, not vice-versa.
** That incident where Head-Baltar appeared to Baltar. Baltar was everything ''but'' comfortable.



* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'':
** Angels appear to characters throughout the series in the form of other characters. Notably Six to Baltar and vice versa, as well as an angel who looks like Leoben to Starbuck. Head-Leoben is the only one who confirms this, though. Head-Six and Head-Baltar appear in these forms even when no-one is around to see them. In fact, [[spoiler:Tyrol]] implies that the Final Five designed Cylon Model Six after the angel they saw, not vice-versa.
** That incident where Head-Baltar appeared to Baltar. Baltar was everything ''but'' comfortable.



---> '''Xe-Ls:''' You view us now in our true form, but this is one of many forms we can take. Our friends from this world call us aliens. You call us spirits. From now on, Tonane, you and your people may view us in the form which pleases you best.
---> '''Tonane:''' You have always been kind to my people. So, whatever makes you happy.
---> '''Xe-Ls:''' I think this form makes us happy.

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---> '''Xe-Ls:''' --->'''Xe-Ls:''' You view us now in our true form, but this is one of many forms we can take. Our friends from this world call us aliens. You call us spirits. From now on, Tonane, you and your people may view us in the form which pleases you best.
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'''Tonane:''' You have always been kind to my people. So, whatever makes you happy.
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'''Xe-Ls:''' I think this form makes us happy.



--->"Well! Since no one seems to care for any corn, we'll have to proceed ''ahead of schedule.''"

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Steve and God in "Stan of Arabia".
--->'''Steve:''' Wow! Creator/AngelinaJolie! I have so many questions to ask you. Is that whole thing about you sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' I'm not Angelina Jolie, Steve. I'm God. I simply chose the form most pleasing to you.\\
'''Steve:''' Oh, you're God. ...So is that thing about Angelina Jolie sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' Yeah. It's messed up, isn't it?
** Oddly, He later appears again as a typical GrandpaGod in Heaven. Well, that's how he appeared to Stan, who's something of a Christian fundamentalist, so Grandpa God is probably the only form Stan is willing to accept.
* In both ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Avatar Spirit (basically the setting's {{God}}) [[SymbioticPossession inhabits a human body]] to learn more about the humans it has chosen to protect. Most of the spirits either play this straight or invert this, as their usual form tends to be something like pandas, giant wolves, or owls, but they're capable of looking like an EldritchAbomination when angered. It's unknown which they prefer.
* When the Vok talk with Optimus Primal in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', they take the form of the head of Unicron, having scanned his mind and determining it to be a "figure of authority" that Optimus would listen to, though it was more likely "A Form You'd Know Not To Screw With." Pulling such a stunt is entirely in character for the Vok. They do show their true form to Tarantulas, when he tries to mess with their Tigerhawk puppet. He freaks out and tries to kill them with a [[FrickinLaserBeams big laser]], only to get himself killed. [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/thumb/d/d4/Purple_vok.jpg/300px-Purple_vok.jpg Here is their true form.]] The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in general have this trope as their M.O.; thus the CatchPhrase, "Robots in Disguise." But in ''Beast Wars'' it works both ways. Not only do the Maximal and Predacon Beast Modes provide a way to blend in with their environment, but the forms also provide a "skin" that protects them from dangerous raw energon radiation, thus also making it a form ''they're'' comfortable with. At least through the first season, if they stayed in their robot forms for too long, their systems start overloading.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** {{Invoked}} and {{Subverted}}. Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. appears through a portal, saves the day, then turns to leave. All bystanders are understandably surprised, as the man is apparently BackFromTheDead after decades. Dr. Thaddeus Venture begs his father to stay: he has so many unanswered questions, not to mention so many lingering DaddyIssues. The visitor sheepishly admits he's not Thaddeus' returned father, but an alien tasked with saving the Earth, and he merely took the form of the elder Dr. Venture because it would be familiar. As the alien explains he didn't want to upset anyone, Dr. Venture (now very upset) declares this is A Form He Is ''Not'' Comfortable With.
---> '''Dr. Venture:''' Why... you... SON OF A BITCH! Do you know what you just put me through? What the fuck were you thinking? What kind of fucked up planet are you from that you think showing up as my ''dead [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] father'' is supposed to make me feel any better?
** {{Double Subverted}}. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's ingratitude that he testily agrees to reveal his true form just to prove a point. The audience [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what the alien looks like, but the other characters do. Sure enough, they are utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''
--->''*off-screen [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm light]] and [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''
--->'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look at you! You practically crapped your pants! Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped his pants]]!
--->'''Alien:''' We know what we're doing up there, okay? So don't second-guess me!
** Possibly parodied/subverted with The Master, Dr. Orpheus's teacher. We've never seen his true form, so we have no idea is he's human, or what. But instead of taking on forms to comfort people, he seems to choose ones to screw with their heads (or at least to engage in PowerPerversionPotential) though he always claims there's a valuable lesson in them.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** {{Lampshaded|Trope}} and DoubleSubverted in "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]". An alien initially takes the form of Stan's father and the kids first think that this trope is lame, so the alien changes into its true form, which is a [[EldritchAbomination gigantic, hideous monster]]. The boys scream and quickly ask it to go back to a "comfortable" form. They then [[OverlyLongGag spend quite a while]] going through possible forms (including Santa Claus, Saddam Hussein, and Music/MissyElliot) until Cartman suggests "a taco that craps ice cream", which the boys decide is acceptable.
** The form of Moses in "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E3SuperBestFriends Super Best Friends]]" -- a giant spinning orange energy prism! Yeah. Not just any spinning energy prism, but a carbon copy of the [[Film/{{Tron}} Master Control Program]].
** {{Parodied|Trope}} in "[[Recap/SouthParkS8E9SomethingWallMartThisWayComes Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes]]", when the Wall-Mart (who looks suspiciously like [[Franchise/TheMatrix The Architect]]) tells Stan and Kyle he can take many forms. He then proceeds to put on a hat and ask: "Does this form please you?" and takes on several other "forms" such as the same guy but wearing a jacket. About a minute later, when the Wall-Mart store is falling in on itself, he says "Now you shall see my true form!" then rips off his (apparently) fake moustache while maniacally dancing about. [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104412/wall-mart-implodes This description does not do it justice.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** {{Invoked}} and {{Subverted}}. Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. appears through a portal, saves the day, then turns to leave. All bystanders are understandably surprised, as the man is apparently BackFromTheDead after decades. Dr. Thaddeus Venture begs his father to stay: he has so
''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': Daria met many unanswered questions, not holidays at the "Depth takes a holiday" episode. Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes day wanted to mention so many lingering DaddyIssues. The visitor sheepishly admits he's not Thaddeus' returned father, start a band, but an alien tasked with saving the Earth, Cupid and he merely took the form of the elder Dr. Venture because it would be familiar. As the alien explains he didn't want Saint Patrick day wanted them to upset anyone, Dr. Venture (now very upset) declares this is A Form He Is ''Not'' Comfortable With.
---> '''Dr. Venture:''' Why... you... SON OF A BITCH! Do you know what you just put me through? What the fuck were you thinking? What kind of fucked up planet
return home. They are you from that you think showing up as my ''dead [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] father'' is supposed to make me feel any better?
** {{Double Subverted}}. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's ingratitude
say that he testily agrees to reveal his true form just to prove home is "in your hearth", but it was actually in another dimension they could access through a point. dimensional wormhole at the back of the Chinese food restaurant. The audience [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what the alien looks like, but the other characters do. Sure enough, holidays seem and act like common teenagers, and in their dimension they are utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''
--->''*off-screen [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm light]] and [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''
--->'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look
all at you! You practically crapped your pants! Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped his pants]]!
--->'''Alien:''' We know what we're doing up there, okay? So don't second-guess me!
** Possibly parodied/subverted with The Master, Dr. Orpheus's teacher. We've never seen his true form, so we have no idea is he's human, or what. But instead of taking on forms to comfort people, he
a place that seems to choose ones to screw with their heads (or at least to engage in PowerPerversionPotential) though he always claims there's a valuable lesson in them.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** {{Lampshaded|Trope}} and DoubleSubverted in "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]". An alien initially takes the form of Stan's father and the kids first think that this trope is lame, so the alien changes into its true form,
like Lawndale High, but which is a [[EldritchAbomination gigantic, hideous monster]]. The boys scream and quickly ask it to go back to a "comfortable" form. They then [[OverlyLongGag spend quite a while]] going through possible forms (including Santa Claus, Saddam Hussein, and Music/MissyElliot) until Cartman suggests "a taco worse (a quote that craps ice cream", which the boys decide is acceptable.
** The form of Moses in "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E3SuperBestFriends Super Best Friends]]" -- a giant spinning orange energy prism! Yeah. Not just any spinning energy prism, but a carbon copy of the [[Film/{{Tron}} Master Control Program]].
** {{Parodied|Trope}} in "[[Recap/SouthParkS8E9SomethingWallMartThisWayComes Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes]]", when the Wall-Mart (who looks suspiciously like [[Franchise/TheMatrix The Architect]]) tells Stan
Daria and Kyle he can take many forms. He then proceeds to put on a hat and ask: "Does this form please you?" and takes on several other "forms" such as the same guy but wearing a jacket. About a minute later, when the Wall-Mart store is falling Jane will be repeating in on itself, he says "Now you shall see my true form!" then rips off his (apparently) fake moustache while maniacally dancing about. [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104412/wall-mart-implodes This description does not do it justice.]]their adult life).



* ''WesternAnimation/LegendQuest'': Alebrije he is a mythological creature that appears as a different animal to normal people, but Leo and the Ghost can see him in his true form which is a dinosaur-like [[MixAndMatchCritters mix-and-match creature]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has Time Ape, Dr. Zone's partner [[spoiler: and brother]]. His [[spoiler: presumed]] original form would have made any person's head [[YourHeadAsplode explode]], so he took the form of an "ape with a clock for a head." [[spoiler: Althogh, we do learn why he changed form thanks to Melissa.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower'': Light Hope initially appears to Adora in the form of a woman, albeit one who doesn't look human, and has odd proportions, even putting aside Light Hope's distinctly off behaviour. When Adora notes it's creepy, Light Hope tries to fix this, and turns into a CreepyChild instead. Then she tries to fix that, which we don't get to see, but Adora finds unsettling enough she just tells Light Hope to go back to her first form.



* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Steve and God in "Stan of Arabia".
--->'''Steve:''' Wow! Creator/AngelinaJolie! I have so many questions to ask you. Is that whole thing about you sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' I'm not Angelina Jolie, Steve. I'm God. I simply chose the form most pleasing to you.\\
'''Steve:''' Oh, you're God. ...So is that thing about Angelina Jolie sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' Yeah. It's messed up, isn't it?
** Oddly, He later appears again as a typical GrandpaGod in Heaven. Well, that's how he appeared to Stan, who's something of a Christian fundamentalist, so Grandpa God is probably the only form Stan is willing to accept.
* When the Vok talk with Optimus Primal in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', they take the form of the head of Unicron, having scanned his mind and determining it to be a "figure of authority" that Optimus would listen to, though it was more likely "A Form You'd Know Not To Screw With." Pulling such a stunt is entirely in character for the Vok. They do show their true form to Tarantulas, when he tries to mess with their Tigerhawk puppet. He freaks out and tries to kill them with a [[FrickinLaserBeams big laser]], only to get himself killed. [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/thumb/d/d4/Purple_vok.jpg/300px-Purple_vok.jpg Here is their true form.]] The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in general have this trope as their M.O.; thus the CatchPhrase, "Robots in Disguise." But in ''Beast Wars'' it works both ways. Not only do the Maximal and Predacon Beast Modes provide a way to blend in with their environment, but the forms also provide a "skin" that protects them from dangerous raw energon radiation, thus also making it a form ''they're'' comfortable with. At least through the first season, if they stayed in their robot forms for too long, their systems start overloading.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Steve {{Lampshaded|Trope}} and God DoubleSubverted in "Stan of Arabia".
--->'''Steve:''' Wow! Creator/AngelinaJolie! I have so many questions to ask you. Is that whole thing about you sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' I'm not Angelina Jolie, Steve. I'm God. I simply chose the form most pleasing to you.\\
'''Steve:''' Oh, you're God. ...So is that thing about Angelina Jolie sleeping with knives in the bed true?\\
'''God:''' Yeah. It's messed up, isn't it?
** Oddly, He later appears again as a typical GrandpaGod in Heaven. Well, that's how he appeared to Stan, who's something of a Christian fundamentalist, so Grandpa God is probably the only form Stan is willing to accept.
* When the Vok talk with Optimus Primal in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', they take
"[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]". An alien initially takes the form of Stan's father and the head of Unicron, having scanned his mind and determining it to be a "figure of authority" kids first think that Optimus would listen to, though it was more likely "A Form You'd Know Not To Screw With." Pulling such a stunt is entirely in character for the Vok. They do show their true form to Tarantulas, when he tries to mess with their Tigerhawk puppet. He freaks out and tries to kill them with a [[FrickinLaserBeams big laser]], only to get himself killed. [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/thumb/d/d4/Purple_vok.jpg/300px-Purple_vok.jpg Here is their true form.]] The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' in general have this trope as their M.O.; thus is lame, so the CatchPhrase, "Robots in Disguise." But in ''Beast Wars'' it works both ways. Not only do the Maximal alien changes into its true form, which is a [[EldritchAbomination gigantic, hideous monster]]. The boys scream and Predacon Beast Modes provide a way quickly ask it to blend in with their environment, but the forms also provide go back to a "skin" that protects them from dangerous raw energon radiation, thus also making it "comfortable" form. They then [[OverlyLongGag spend quite a form ''they're'' comfortable with. At least while]] going through the first season, if they stayed in their robot possible forms for too long, their systems start overloading.(including Santa Claus, Saddam Hussein, and Music/MissyElliot) until Cartman suggests "a taco that craps ice cream", which the boys decide is acceptable.
** The form of Moses in "[[Recap/SouthParkS5E3SuperBestFriends Super Best Friends]]" -- a giant spinning orange energy prism! Yeah. Not just any spinning energy prism, but a carbon copy of the [[Film/{{Tron}} Master Control Program]].
** {{Parodied|Trope}} in "[[Recap/SouthParkS8E9SomethingWallMartThisWayComes Something Wall-Mart This Way Comes]]", when the Wall-Mart (who looks suspiciously like [[Franchise/TheMatrix The Architect]]) tells Stan and Kyle he can take many forms. He then proceeds to put on a hat and ask: "Does this form please you?" and takes on several other "forms" such as the same guy but wearing a jacket. About a minute later, when the Wall-Mart store is falling in on itself, he says "Now you shall see my true form!" then rips off his (apparently) fake moustache while maniacally dancing about. [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104412/wall-mart-implodes This description does not do it justice.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Daria met many holidays at the "Depth takes a holiday" episode. Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes day wanted to start a band, but Cupid and Saint Patrick day wanted them to return home. They are supposed to say that home is "in your hearth", but it was actually in another dimension they could access through a dimensional wormhole at the back of the Chinese food restaurant. The holidays seem and act like common teenagers, and in their dimension they are all at a place that seems like Lawndale High, but which is worse (a quote that Daria and Jane will be repeating in their adult life).
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[spoiler:Miss Martian is a White Martian. Since White Martians are pretty hideous by human standards she uses her shapeshifting powers to look like an attractive young green-skinned humanoid. She based her humanoid form along with her ''entire personality'' on broadcasts of an old television show "Hello Megan!" since she hated her lonely life on Mars. As far as she is concerned, her "disguise" ''is'' her true self, so this is actually more a case of a form ''she'' is comfortable with.]] While the Team is momentarily creeped out by her NightmareFuel true form, they get over it quickly.
--> '''Kaldur'ahm''': Did you really think we would be so shallow?
* In both ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Avatar Spirit (basically the setting's {{God}}) [[SymbioticPossession inhabits a human body]] to learn more about the humans it has chosen to protect. Most of the spirits either play this straight or invert this, as their usual form tends to be something like pandas, giant wolves, or owls, but they're capable of looking like an EldritchAbomination when angered. It's unknown which they prefer.
* Deconstructed in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E8Reformed Reformed]]", where Amethyst is self-conscious of what Garnet thinks of her and constantly "poofs" back into her gem and comes back in different forms to counter Garnet's criticisms of her. At the end, Amethyst learns to think for herself and takes the time to come back in a new form, which Garnet is comfortable with because ''she'' is comfortable with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has Time Ape, Dr. Zone's partner [[spoiler: and brother]]. His [[spoiler: presumed]] original form would have made any person's head [[YourHeadAsplode explode]], so he took the form of an "ape with a clock for a head." [[spoiler: Althogh, we do learn why he changed form thanks to Melissa.]]
* Alebrije in WesternAnimation/LegendQuest he is a mythological creature that appears as a different animal to normal people, but Leo and the Ghost can see him in his true form which is a dinosaur-like [[MixAndMatchCritters mix-and-match creature]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[spoiler:In the last episode]], Emperor Palpatine's hologram appears as his younger, unscarred self from before his battle with Mace in ''Revenge'', and his personality matches. It's implied here and in ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' that this is the hologram he uses for official appearances, but when people don't cooperate, the hologram switches to his true form and he drops the friendly act.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower:'' Light Hope initially appears to Adora in the form of a woman, albeit one who doesn't look human, and has odd proportions, even putting aside Light Hope's distinctly off behaviour. When Adora notes it's creepy, Light Hope tries to fix this, and turns into a CreepyChild instead. Then she tries to fix that, which we don't get to see, but Adora finds unsettling enough she just tells Light Hope to go back to her first form.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}''. Daria met many holidays at ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS4E13FamilyReunionAndFarewell "Family Reunion]] [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS4E14FamilyReunionAndFarewellPartII and Farewell"]], [[spoiler:Emperor Palpatine's]] hologram appears as his younger, unscarred self from before [[spoiler:his battle with Mace in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'']], and his personality matches. It's implied here and in ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' that this is the "Depth hologram he uses for official appearances, but when people don't cooperate, the hologram switches to his true form and he drops the friendly act.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Deconstructed in "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E8Reformed Reformed]]", where Amethyst is self-conscious of what Garnet thinks of her and constantly "poofs" back into her gem and comes back in different forms to counter Garnet's criticisms of her. At the end, Amethyst learns to think for herself and
takes the time to come back in a holiday" episode. Christmas, Halloween new form, which Garnet is comfortable with because ''she'' is comfortable with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers''
** {{Invoked}}
and Guy Fawkes day wanted {{Subverted}}. Dr. Jonas Venture Sr. appears through a portal, saves the day, then turns to start a band, leave. All bystanders are understandably surprised, as the man is apparently BackFromTheDead after decades. Dr. Thaddeus Venture begs his father to stay: he has so many unanswered questions, not to mention so many lingering DaddyIssues. The visitor sheepishly admits he's not Thaddeus' returned father, but Cupid an alien tasked with saving the Earth, and Saint Patrick day wanted them he merely took the form of the elder Dr. Venture because it would be familiar. As the alien explains he didn't want to return home. They upset anyone, Dr. Venture (now very upset) declares this is A Form He Is ''Not'' Comfortable With.
--->'''Dr. Venture:''' Why... you... SON OF A BITCH! Do you know what you just put me through? What the fuck were you thinking? What kind of fucked up planet
are you from that you think showing up as my ''dead [[ClusterFBomb fucking]] father'' is supposed to say make me feel any better?
** {{Double Subverted}}. The alien is so irritated by Dr. Venture's ingratitude
that home is "in your hearth", he testily agrees to reveal his true form just to prove a point. The audience [[DiscretionShot doesn't see]] what the alien looks like, but it was actually in another dimension they could access through a dimensional wormhole at the back of the Chinese food restaurant. The holidays seem and act like common teenagers, and in their dimension other characters do. Sure enough, they are all utterly horrified.
--->'''Alien:''' All right, fine! You wanna see? Here! ''*pulls away disguise*''\\
''*off-screen [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm light]] and [[SinisterScrapingSound sound]]*''\\
'''Alien:''' There! THAT would have been better? If I showed up like THAT out of nowhere?! Look
at a place that you! You practically crapped your pants! Except for him, [[BowelBreakingBricks he crapped his pants]]!\\
'''Alien:''' We know what we're doing up there, okay? So don't second-guess me!
** Possibly parodied/subverted with The Master, Dr. Orpheus's teacher. We've never seen his true form, so we have no idea is he's human, or what. But instead of taking on forms to comfort people, he
seems like Lawndale High, but which is worse (a quote that Daria and Jane will be repeating in to choose ones to screw with their adult life).
heads (or at least to engage in PowerPerversionPotential) though he always claims there's a valuable lesson in them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'', [[spoiler:Miss Martian is a White Martian. Since White Martians are pretty hideous by human standards she uses her shapeshifting powers to look like an attractive young green-skinned humanoid. She based her humanoid form along with her ''entire personality'' on broadcasts of an old television show "Hello Megan!" show, ''Hello Megan!'', since she hated her lonely life on Mars. As far as she is concerned, her "disguise" ''is'' her true self, so this is actually more a case of a form ''she'' is comfortable with.]] While the Team is momentarily creeped out by her NightmareFuel true form, they get over it quickly.
--> '''Kaldur'ahm''': -->'''Kaldur'ahm''': Did you really think we would be so shallow?
* In both ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and its SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Avatar Spirit (basically the setting's {{God}}) [[SymbioticPossession inhabits a human body]] to learn more about the humans it has chosen to protect. Most of the spirits either play this straight or invert this, as their usual form tends to be something like pandas, giant wolves, or owls, but they're capable of looking like an EldritchAbomination when angered. It's unknown which they prefer.
* Deconstructed in the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "[[Recap/StevenUniverseS2E8Reformed Reformed]]", where Amethyst is self-conscious of what Garnet thinks of her and constantly "poofs" back into her gem and comes back in different forms to counter Garnet's criticisms of her. At the end, Amethyst learns to think for herself and takes the time to come back in a new form, which Garnet is comfortable with because ''she'' is comfortable with it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' has Time Ape, Dr. Zone's partner [[spoiler: and brother]]. His [[spoiler: presumed]] original form would have made any person's head [[YourHeadAsplode explode]], so he took the form of an "ape with a clock for a head." [[spoiler: Althogh, we do learn why he changed form thanks to Melissa.]]
* Alebrije in WesternAnimation/LegendQuest he is a mythological creature that appears as a different animal to normal people, but Leo and the Ghost can see him in his true form which is a dinosaur-like [[MixAndMatchCritters mix-and-match creature]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': [[spoiler:In the last episode]], Emperor Palpatine's hologram appears as his younger, unscarred self from before his battle with Mace in ''Revenge'', and his personality matches. It's implied here and in ''Literature/{{Thrawn}}'' that this is the hologram he uses for official appearances, but when people don't cooperate, the hologram switches to his true form and he drops the friendly act.
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaAndThePrincessesOfPower:'' Light Hope initially appears to Adora in the form of a woman, albeit one who doesn't look human, and has odd proportions, even putting aside Light Hope's distinctly off behaviour. When Adora notes it's creepy, Light Hope tries to fix this, and turns into a CreepyChild instead. Then she tries to fix that, which we don't get to see, but Adora finds unsettling enough she just tells Light Hope to go back to her first form.
shallow?


* Michael Scott Rohan's ''Literature/TheSpiralSeries'' does this twice to the protagonist. In ''Literature/ChaseTheMorning'' it's part of the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with the BigBad, and in ''Literature/CloudCastles'' it's his interaction with the BigGood. Both times it's presented as a business deal in his office, since that's how his brain could best handle what was happening.

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* Michael Scott Rohan's ''Literature/TheSpiralSeries'' does this twice to the protagonist. In ''Literature/ChaseTheMorning'' it's part of the BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind with the BigBad, [[BigBad villain]], and in ''Literature/CloudCastles'' it's his interaction with the BigGood. Both times it's presented as a business deal in his office, since that's how his brain could best handle what was happening.


* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', BigBad and ManInTheMachine Zone takes the appearance of Sherry's deceased father as a form that would leave her more open to his recruitment.

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', BigBad and ManInTheMachine Zone [[BigBad Zo]][[ManInTheMachine ne]] takes the appearance of Sherry's deceased father as a form that would leave her more open to his recruitment.


*** The Changelings. Odo was essentially doing this every episode, which would actually make this the most frequent occurrence of this trope in the whole franchise. It was actually an instance of CharacterDevelopment when he ''stopped'' being so compulsive about "A Form You Are Comfortable With" and became more interested in experiencing his own shapeshifter-hood, acquiring quarters and outfitting them with various objects to imitate, and "sleeping" anywhere he liked instead of in a bucket in his office. It was also provocative when he met Laas, another one of the hundred changeling babies sent to explore the galaxy, and one who, bitter at the Solids, had no interest in making them "comfortable". But like the Q example above, all of the other changelings appear in a form resembling Odo's [[UncannyValley mostly-human-but-just-a-little-off appearance]] despite being capable of perfectly mimicking any species in the galaxy (Odo, being young for a changling, isn't quite that proficient).

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*** The Changelings. Odo was essentially doing this every episode, which would actually make this the most frequent occurrence of this trope in the whole franchise. It was actually an instance of CharacterDevelopment when he ''stopped'' being so compulsive about "A Form You Are Comfortable With" and became more interested in experiencing his own shapeshifter-hood, acquiring quarters and outfitting them with various objects to imitate, and "sleeping" anywhere he liked instead of in a bucket in his office. It was also provocative when he met Laas, another one of the hundred changeling babies sent to explore the galaxy, and one who, bitter at the Solids, had no interest in making them "comfortable". But like the Q example above, all of the other changelings appear in a form resembling Odo's [[UncannyValley mostly-human-but-just-a-little-off appearance]] despite being capable of perfectly mimicking any species in the galaxy (Odo, being young for a changling, changling and having been separated from the people who could teach him, isn't quite that proficient).proficient).
**** The other Changelings' chosen appearance is actually a variation of this [[FridgeBrilliance if you think about it]]. The first time we meet them, they're taking on that form in order to be this to ''Odo'', who has never met another of his own species. In their future dealings with the Alpha Quadrant, they recognize that the Alpha Quadrant's idea of what Changelings look like is based on Odo, so when they're openly presenting themselves as Changelings, rather than imitate any particular species, they take on the form that they know people will recognize as "Changeling".


** This is actually necessary for baby primates when humans are feeding them. The human wears a monkey suit to simulate the fur of the mom. This way the baby will accept the mother when he's returned to her.

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** This is actually necessary for baby primates when humans are feeding them. The human wears a monkey suit to simulate the fur of the mom. This way the baby will accept the mother when he's returned to her.

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