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* ''WebAnimation/GamingAllStars'': Reptilian transformations featured in this series include the dragon-like [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/SonicHeroes Metal Overlord]]]] in ''The Ultimate Crossover'' and ''Remastered'', and [[VideoGame/MediEvilResurrection Zarok’s serpent phase]] in ''2''.


* In the first episode/chapter of ''Manga/BusoRenkin'', one of Kazuki's teachers morphs into a cobra-like creature. He manages to swallow Kazuki's sister Mahiro whole but gets thoroughly dismantled by Tokiko without even getting a chance to attack. ''Laaaaaame.''

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* In ''Manga/BusoRenkin'': At the first episode/chapter beginning of ''Manga/BusoRenkin'', the series, one of Kazuki's teachers morphs into a mechanical, king cobra-like creature. He manages creature that is [[SpikesOfVillainy covered in spikes]] and large enough to [[SwallowedWhole swallow Kazuki's sister Mahiro whole but gets thoroughly dismantled by Tokiko without even getting a chance to attack. ''Laaaaaame.''person whole]].


* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has both heroic and villainous examples. In the former case, Loki transforms into a giant serpent to hold a zombified Kraken still so Thor can get a clean shot in on it. In the latter case, in the sequel, Selene Gallio transforms into a black long wyrm (fire-breathing dragon with no wings), in an attempt to destroy her enemies, getting into a fight with Sue, Harry Dresden's zombie t-rex in the process. It doesn't work, as [[spoiler: Wanda Maximoff drops Dresden on her back, he uses his staff as an improvised spear and lightning conductor into her brain.]]

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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has both heroic and villainous examples. In the former case, Loki transforms into a giant serpent to hold a zombified Kraken still so Thor can get a clean shot in on it. In the latter case, in the sequel, Selene Gallio transforms into a black long wyrm (fire-breathing dragon with no wings), in an attempt to destroy her enemies, getting into a fight with Sue, Harry Dresden's zombie t-rex in the process. process - Dresden and Wanda actually quote the ''EvilOverlordList'', with Wanda noting that Strange made her memorise it, and speculates that he might well have written it. It doesn't work, as [[spoiler: Wanda Maximoff drops Dresden on her back, he uses his staff as an improvised spear and lightning conductor into her brain.]]brain]].


* In the first episode/chapter of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', one of Kazuki's teachers morphs into a cobra-like creature. He manages to swallow Kazuki's sister Mahiro whole but gets thoroughly dismantled by Tokiko without even getting a chance to attack. ''Laaaaaame.''

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* In the first episode/chapter of ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', ''Manga/BusoRenkin'', one of Kazuki's teachers morphs into a cobra-like creature. He manages to swallow Kazuki's sister Mahiro whole but gets thoroughly dismantled by Tokiko without even getting a chance to attack. ''Laaaaaame.''

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* ''VideoGame/DragaliaLost'' gives anybody who possesses the ability of "dragonblood" the ability to shapeshift into a dragon they've created a pactstone with. Most notably, all of the royal Alberian family has this ability, though there are a few exceptions, such as the twelve Wyrmclan leaders of Hinomoto (incidentally, they call pactstones "soulpacts" over there.) [[GameplayAndStorySegregation In-game, however,]] any playable character can shapeshift as long as they have a dragon equipped, forming the game's main "gimmick."

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* On one of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' [[WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons pilot shorts]], Vicky gets turned into a dragon at the end. In this case, it wasn't intentional on Vicky's part, but because Cosmo and Wanda lose control of their magic.


* Averted, [[spoiler:as well as inverted]], in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. In a world where wizards can, with hard work, learn to [[{{Animorphism}} transform into an animal]] that (arguably) fits their personality, Voldemort is: the last descendant of a man known for [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talking to snakes]], an [[InTheBlood inheritor of this ability]], member of a House whose symbol is a snake, commander of a giant serpent, owner of the pet snake Nagini, and wearer of a face repeatedly described as "snake-like". At no point does he turn into a snake. (Although events in [[spoiler:''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'']] may confuse one into thinking so.) [[spoiler:However, in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', Nagini is at one point disguised as a human.]]

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* Averted, [[spoiler:as well as inverted]], in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series. In a world where wizards can, with hard work, learn to [[{{Animorphism}} transform into an animal]] that (arguably) fits their personality, Voldemort is: the last descendant of a man known for [[SpeaksFluentAnimal talking to snakes]], an [[InTheBlood inheritor of this ability]], member of a House whose symbol is a snake, commander of a giant serpent, owner of the pet snake Nagini, and wearer of a face repeatedly described as "snake-like". At no point does he turn into a snake. (Although events in [[spoiler:''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'']] may confuse one into thinking so.) [[spoiler:However, However, in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'', Nagini [[spoiler:Nagini is at one point disguised as a human.]]


-->-- Rule #34 of the '''EvilOverlordList'''[[note]]No, not [[RuleThirtyFour THAT one]][[/note]]

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This trope is not strictly limited for the bad guys. However, when it's the good guys doing this, they typically turn into dragons instead of snakes. Note that since Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', many villains have also turned into fire-breathing dragons.

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This trope is not strictly limited for the bad guys. However, when it's the good guys doing this, they typically turn into dragons instead of snakes. Note that since Disney's ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'', many villains have also turned into fire-breathing dragons.



** In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', [[BigBad Jafar]] transforms into a humongous snake after gaining sorcerer powers from the Genie (he provides the ImageSource for the trope here). He actually has Aladdin and company on the ropes for quite a while until Al tricks him into trying to gain even more power by using his last wish to [[BecomingTheGenie become a Genie, and Jafar is sealed inside a new lamp]]. In hindsight, Jafar should have stuck to the reptile form.
** Averted in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, and in some of the storybooks, however, where he is instead either fought as a human or immediately goes straight to becoming a genie. Played straight in the [[VideoGame/AladdinCapcom Super Nintendo]] and [[VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames Sega Genesis]] games, however, which both use his snake form as the FinalBoss and omit the second OneWingedAngel form of the Genie.
** Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' is notable for upping the stakes of the final confrontation by turning into an enormous black dragoness; her image also is the ImageSource for OneWingedAngel.

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** In Disney's ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Aladdin}}'', [[BigBad Jafar]] transforms into a humongous snake after gaining sorcerer powers from the Genie (he provides the ImageSource for the trope here). He actually has Aladdin and company on the ropes for quite a while until Al tricks him into trying to gain even more power by using his last wish to [[BecomingTheGenie become a Genie, and Jafar is sealed inside a new lamp]]. In hindsight, Jafar should have stuck to the reptile form.
** Averted in ''Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar'', the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games, and in some of the storybooks, however, where he is instead either fought as a human or immediately goes straight to becoming a genie. Played straight in the [[VideoGame/AladdinCapcom Super Nintendo]] and [[VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames Sega Genesis]] games, however, which both use his snake form as the FinalBoss and omit the second OneWingedAngel form of the Genie.
** Maleficent from ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'' is notable for upping the stakes of the final confrontation by turning into an enormous black dragoness; her image also is the ImageSource for OneWingedAngel.



** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': At the beginning of Merlin and Madam Mim's wizard's duel, Mim explicitly forbids turning into dragons. [[LoopholeAbuse She later breaks this rule on a technicality]] in an attempt to beat Merlin by claiming she didn't specify ''purple'' dragons, only to have Merlin go in exactly the opposite direction and turn into a contagious bacterium. He makes her sick, which pushes her to bed rest. She also turns into a crocodile and a rattlesnake earlier in the fight, and Merlin himself started off by transforming into a turtle.
** Although ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does a good job at subverting the ReptilesAreAbhorrent trope, even going as far as to feature a benevolent snake as the pet of the BigGood, a happy-go-lucky alligator as one of the main protagonists and a pair of frogs as the central leads (not reptiles, but [[ColdBloodedWhatever close enough insofar as fiction tends to care]]), [[BigBad Dr. Facilier]]'s LivingShadow briefly turns into a snake during the "[[VillainSong Friends on the Other Side]]" scene. Since ''Princess'' is from the same directors as Aladdin, this may have been a nod to Jafar.

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** ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSwordInTheStone'': At the beginning of Merlin and Madam Mim's wizard's duel, Mim explicitly forbids turning into dragons. [[LoopholeAbuse She later breaks this rule on a technicality]] in an attempt to beat Merlin by claiming she didn't specify ''purple'' dragons, only to have Merlin go in exactly the opposite direction and turn into a contagious bacterium. He makes her sick, which pushes her to bed rest. She also turns into a crocodile and a rattlesnake earlier in the fight, and Merlin himself started off by transforming into a turtle.
** Although ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' ''WesternAnimation/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' does a good job at subverting the ReptilesAreAbhorrent trope, even going as far as to feature a benevolent snake as the pet of the BigGood, a happy-go-lucky alligator as one of the main protagonists and a pair of frogs as the central leads (not reptiles, but [[ColdBloodedWhatever close enough insofar as fiction tends to care]]), [[BigBad Dr. Facilier]]'s LivingShadow briefly turns into a snake during the "[[VillainSong Friends on the Other Side]]" scene. Since ''Princess'' is from the same directors as Aladdin, this may have been a nod to Jafar.



* Played straight by a female Dark One at the conclusion of ''The Wizard of Sunset Strip''. Probably a tribute to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', as the battle in question takes place at a reconstructed Disneyland.

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* Played straight by a female Dark One at the conclusion of ''The Wizard of Sunset Strip''. Probably a tribute to ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'', ''WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty'', as the battle in question takes place at a reconstructed Disneyland.



* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, Maleficent sometimes turns into a dragon at times of danger. She'd tried it [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep ten years earlier]] against an ActionGirl with the same type of weapon, as well as [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Prince Phillip]] himself. The result? She survives. Barely.

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* In the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series, Maleficent sometimes turns into a dragon at times of danger. She'd tried it [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep ten years earlier]] against an ActionGirl with the same type of weapon, as well as [[Disney/SleepingBeauty [[WesternAnimation/SleepingBeauty Prince Phillip]] himself. The result? She survives. Barely.



* Jafar does this as the FinalBoss of every ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' LicensedGame, including ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'' (where the snake really is his final form) and ''VideoGame/AladdinCapcom''.

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* Jafar does this as the FinalBoss of every ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Aladdin}}'' LicensedGame, including ''VideoGame/AladdinVirginGames'' (where the snake really is his final form) and ''VideoGame/AladdinCapcom''.

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** In the sequel series the fifth-generation Dragon Slayers (or [[CannibalismSuperpower Dragon Eaters]]) are introduced, they do have Dragon Force but consider it a DangerousForbiddenTechnique: [[spoiler: they do gain a transformation and an incredibly powerful form, but they slowly and inexorably undergo Dragonization and irreversibly become true dragons.]]


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* In ''Manga/SazanEyes'' we have Hua She, a snake demons who spends the entire second series as the human consciousness of the protagonist, Pai. After she sacrifices herself to stop Benares, she undoes the spell and returns being a small harmless snake... only for Parvati to actually give her a human identity which plays a bigger role during the fourth act, Trinetra. Benares himself usually appears as a human (well, a [[EvilIsBigger really big human]]) but when Yakumo tries to seal him away with Genma Hoshin he forcibly assumes his true form: a colossal, mindless wyrm made of brilliant energy. [[spoiler: Benares willingly undergoes a draconic-snakelike transformation for the final battle.]]

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/HerculesTheAnimatedSeries Hercules: The Animated Series]]'', Hercules and Adonis visits Nereus, an elderly, grouchy shape-shifter able to turn into various creatures. While attacking Hercules, Nereus transforms into a gorilla, serpent, and giant spider.

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** The 5th edition has the ninth level spell True Polymorph, which, among other things, allows its user to transform any creature into another creature of equal or lower level or challenge rating. Coincidentally (?), two creatures of challenge rating 20 are the Ancient Brass Dragon and the Ancient White Dragon. So it's perfectly possible to see a high-level wizard or warlock turn into a giant dragon in a pinch.
** A slightly less impressive result may be attained at lower level with the '''regular''' Polymorph spell, which only allows transformation into beasts as opposed to any creature. Coincidentally (?), the highest challenge rating beast one can transform into just so happens to be none other than '''Tyrannosaurus rex'''. (Which may or may not count as Scaling Up, given that it is now known T. rex was feathery instead, although common public perception of it remains as a reptilian creature.)

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* The Wyrmic class in ''WebComic/TalesOfMajEyal'' have skills that allow them to transform into several different kinds of dragon, including elemental, DracoLich (Undead Dragon), and DraconicAbomination (Scourge Dragon) types.


* Protagonist example: This is how [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Violet]], [[ShrinkingViolet of all people]]]] gains the power to stop the BigBad in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces''. A surprisingly interesting example in that [[spoiler:Ludlow was the one who gave Violet that power in the first place, attempting to turn her into his own personal {{Tykebomb}}. [[TheDragon Velociripper]] makes matters even worse (for the antagonists, anyway) when he gives Vi a dose of his [[DevolutionDevice devolution ray]], momentarily trapping her in her TyrannosaurusRex form. Needless to say, she immediately goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, cripples Ripper in single combat, destroys most (if not all) of the villainous forces, and fights the BigBad's {{tank|sForNothing}}. [[CurbStompBattle Really!]]

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* Protagonist example: This is how [[spoiler: [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Violet]], [[ShrinkingViolet of all people]]]] gains the power to stop the BigBad in ''Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces''. A surprisingly interesting example in that [[spoiler:Ludlow was the one who gave Violet that power in the first place, place,]] attempting to turn her into his own personal {{Tykebomb}}. [[TheDragon Velociripper]] makes matters even worse (for the antagonists, anyway) when he gives Vi a dose of his [[DevolutionDevice devolution ray]], momentarily trapping her in her TyrannosaurusRex form. Needless to say, she immediately goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, cripples Ripper in single combat, destroys most (if not all) of the villainous forces, and fights the BigBad's {{tank|sForNothing}}. [[CurbStompBattle Really!]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanVsTheTeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ComicBook/TheJoker mutates into a snake after being sprayed with Ooze.

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