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Jin and his many forms.

    In general 
  • Baleful Polymorph: Gets turned into a pig soon after his adventure starts.
  • Cursed with Awesome: Aside from some initial dissatisfaction with the pig form, Jin is more concerned with saving his uncle than turning back into a human.
  • Expy: Each form in an expy of a form from Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap, and they're even obtained in the same order:
    • Human is of course one of "Hu-Man": the protagonist's original form, playable at the beginning of the game, then lost.
    • Pig is one of Lizard-Man: this is the shape with which the protagonist is originally cursed, unable to equip any gear (although in this game, the Snake also has this trait) , and the only one that is not used in the final level outside of getting an optional chest.
    • Snake is one of Mouse-Man: smaller than the rest and able to move freely on special walls.
    • Frog is one of Piranha-Man: the water-based form, the most capable swimmer, and its walking (or rather, hopping) animation is even reminiscent of Piranha-Man's walking sprite.
    • Lion is one of Lion-Man: in addition to retaining the animal, this form also has techniques based on directional attacks, although this Lion's attacks are much more dynamic.
    • Dragon is one of Hawk-Man: the flying form.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: ...and reflect the enemy's projectiles back at them, depending on which type of shield is equipped.
  • Sword Plant: Most of the forms that can use weapons have this move.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Unlike Bocke, Jin quickly learns to shapeshift at will, though his human form remains impossible to change into until the very end of the game.
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    Human 
    Pig 
    Snake 
    Frog 
    Lion 
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    Dragon 
  • A Taste of Power: Starts with the talisman granting it unlimited flight and fire to spit, but loses it soon enough and needs to get it back.
  • Flight: Has this power.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: Several of the levels and bosses faced while in this form use this format.
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