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A Transformation Comic uses transformation as the central plot device. A main character is transformed for either a short or a long term so the story can examine the consequences. Plots involving more characters or more transformations are just elaborations on this basic theme, though if the story involves multiple transformations or transforms multiple characters expect each transformation to present a different dilemma or illustrate a specific point.


Since transformation as a primary theme tends to appeal to a niche market, most examples are Webcomics, which can be published easily and cheaply, and usually with few or no editorial restrictions on content. While a Transformation Comic might have some Author Appeal or be slanted towards specific Fanservice, transformation can also be used to explore gender roles, racism, isolation, belonging, and the maturation process.

Common transformations include but are not limited to:

  • Gender Bender - Male to female is most common (First Law Of Genderbending at work), but female to male or either to hermaphrodite are not unknown. This does not include characters who are Transgender or Crossdressers, though they may also appear.
  • Animal Transformation - Human to either anthropomorphic (furry or kemonomimi) or "normal" animal, or vice versa.
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  • Species Transformation - Human to alien or magical being, and vice versa.
  • Age Change - Both Overnight Age-Up and Fountain of Youth.
  • Cultural/Ethnicity Change - Black Like Me, White Like Me and so forth. Relatively rare, possibly because Race Tropes are likely to trigger some readers' Berserk Button, and thus it can be easier to deal with them through Fantastic Racism if the author is interested in approaching those subjects.
  • Mental Change - The character becomes Not Himself.
  • Mind Swap - Can be any of these, but applied to two characters at once, sticking them with each other's bodies in a "Freaky Friday" Flip plot.
  • Even a Grand Theft Me plot could be the basis of a transformation comic if the author chooses to explore the implications of becoming someone else.

If one of the main characters has Functional Magic or Mad Science skills, more exotic transformations may show up from time to time.


Note that the vast majority of these comics focus on involuntary transformations — either a Curse on a specific individual, or a few characters who transform others as a habit (or hobby). For purposes of this page, examples should be limited to comics where the transformations are central to the storyline or themes.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • There have literally been dozens (if not hundreds) of manga titles (mostly hentai) using gender swaps as the central dramatic (and pornographic) device. So many of them have been based on a "Freaky Friday" Flip caused by two characters either banging heads or falling down the stairs together that these two plot devices have become recognizable (and lampshaded) manga tropes in their own right. Most of these titles were never translated or exported to the west, but a more or less representative selection can be found here.

    Comic Books 
  • Animorphs, the Comic-Book Adaptation of the novel series, about a group of teens who gain the power to turn into animals. It manages to show the Body Horror aspect of the morphing process very well.
  • The original Captain Marvel is a small boy who has a Plot-Relevant Age-Up when in his powered form. Every so often, the fact that he's essentially a child in a grown man's body becomes a plot or characterization point.
  • Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld ages up to an adult woman from a 12-year-old girl when she visits her home dimension, due to time moving at different rates in the two universes.
  • The Fly's original incarnation was a preadolescent boy who can transform at will into an adult superhero; however, the very first story played with the concept by means of a Cliffhanger ending where he didn't know how to change back; the very next story (which was part of the same issue) resolved this, however.
  • Incredible Hulk: Mild-mannered doctor transforms into monstrous creature whenever he gets angry.
  • Billy the Cat: A boy who is cruel to animals is punished by being (depending on the medium) transformed or put into the body of a cat. In the animated series this is more of a "Freaky Friday" Flip.
  • Superman went through several transformations during the Silver Age, frequently under the influence of Red Kryptonite. Here's only a small selection of his many transformations: split into two people, given the head of an ant, turned into a non-superpowered giant, turned into an infant with an adult mind.
    • Superboy actually was on the receiving end of a Silver Age Gender Bender once (among other transformations).
    • Supergirl also went through a large number of transformations the 60's thanks to the influence of Red Kryptonite. She was turned into a toddler, a demon, a wolf-girl, split into two people... The The Unknown Supergirl storyline provides no less than five examples (she got turned into a human ballon, later into a werewolf, shrunk down to bacteria size, grew a second head and finally turned into a mermaid).
    • Jimmy Olsen during the Silver Age couldn't go more than an issue or two without undergoing some bizarre transformation or mutation. He experienced just about every category of transformation on the list except for Gender Bender... and he kinda-sorta made up for that omission on his own.
  • Marvel Comics 2: Zane Yama-Marko, son of X-Men villain the Juggernaut, transforms into a super-strong and invulnerable giant.
  • The Mighty Thor: Originally, the main character was mild-mannered disabled Dr. Donald Blake, who found the hammer Mjollnir and used it to turn himself into the Norse God of Thunder. (Said hammer appeared as an innocuous walking stick whenever Dr. Blake turned back.) Later, this was Retconned into Blake always having been Thor, but with his memory erased while he walked the Earth.

    Comic Strips 
  • Safe Havens: Samantha Argus is a grad student at Havens University who has unlocked the genetic code that allows her to transform anyone or anything, including herself.

    Web Comics 
  • Misfile. Ash is a Gender Bender and Emily has been hit with a Fountain of Youth. The former is used to deconstruct most gender bender tropes and the latter is a very subtle use of the trope as she's only "lost" two years. They just happen to have been two very important years from her perspective.
  • Abstract Gender. Brian and Ryan are both on a Gender Bender; Brian (who likes it) can go back to his original form, while Ryan (who doesn't) can't, a cause of considerable irritation on the latter's part.
  • El Goonish Shive: From Gender Benders to shapeshifting, magic to mad science, EGS showcases every form of transformation known to Dan. Every major character has been transformed at least once. In fact, one could even argue that a character isn't truly a main character until they've been transformed at least once (Though being transformed does not necessarily make someone a main character).
  • Becoming Hero: Webcomic that illustrates the shapeshift trope in its first issue, in which Pink uses her two identities, Jun and July, to betray her friends. This breaks a little bit of scifi ground by using the concept of the Barr body present in human female cells to explain her ability to warp between two identities ala Jekyll and Hyde.
  • Caribbean Blue: Cats and Cat Girls in adventures in the tropics.
  • Sparkling Generation Valkyrie Yuuki. Yuuki, of course, is a Gender Bender for the long haul. Hermod and Loki are both currently in Animal Transformation, with Loki additionally being a plushie.
  • Zebra Girl. The title character is permanently stuck with the body of a demon. Probably the least Fanservice-y example of the genre — the fact that Sandra's every bodily secretion is now incredibly acidic might have something to do with that.
  • Urgent Transformation Crisis is surprisingly serious about its subject matter. The transformations are usually one-way, less fan-servicey than normal, and the implications are taken far more seriously than in other strips of this nature. Hard-to-reverse transformation with life-changing effects would be a crisis, after all.
  • The Wotch. The title character and most other magic users in the strip tend to rely heavily on transformation spells. Interestingly, due to the nature of her powers, Anne is unable to be a Gender Bender herself. But she and her friends have undergone many transformations, some voluntarily. A number of supporting characters are permanently genderbent, with a special mention going to Mingmei, who has a trifecta of Gender Bender, Fountain of Youth and Asian Like Me. She used to have Not Himself as well, but her personality seems to have reintegrated. There are also a werewolf, a werecat , a couple who swap bodies every so often as a Running Gag (and, amusingly enough, she enjoys it and wants to keep it up), and a formerly-human centaur, just in case the gender games weren't enough.
  • Cheer!. A spin-off of The Wotch, featuring a quartet of Gender Bender cheerleaders, as well as an additional White Like Me Gender Bender (Peter Hall) who (unlike three of the other four) knows exactly what's happened to her. All of the Wotch regulars make appearances as well. One of the cheerleaders is fully aware of what happened, but likes herself and her friends better when they don't have excuses to be jerks.
  • Troop 37 focuses on a ten-year-old boy turned into a sixteen-year-old girl for reasons that, as a rule, are not to be explained. Written by first caller.
  • MSF High features frequent transformations (in which the victim always, almost always winds up female), mostly at the hands of the nurse, or occasionally Lovable Rogue Rainer. The victims have the option of reversing them at the end of the day, but seldom do, for various reasons. The artist of its predecessor, High School Changed Me, quit over, ahem, Creative Differences and later put a Take That! in his own strip when a familiar-looking Spear Carrier wishes to be turned into a woman. Also has a forum roleplay.
  • Discordia is a low-key strip about a man who's been transformed into a woman. A character also has the power to transform anyone but the aforementioned, but she's an innocent, albeit half-god, little girl, and mostly uses it on command. A consequence of her innocence, however, is that she can't produce a male form - even if the target started that way.
  • Panthera: A webcomic about a group of high school teens who transform into Big Cats in order to help their chemistry teacher wage war on some kind of "Evil Organization".
  • Paprika: The prequel and sequel to Caribbean Blue.
  • Sailor Sun is about an actor transformed into an actress by two unethical producers in order to add verisimilitude to his/her role as a boy transformed into a magical girl.
  • I Dream of a Jeanie Bottle by the same author is about a guy transformed into an I Dream of Jeannie-style genie with her best friend being her master.
  • Accidental Centaurs is Exactly What It Says on the Tin - two scientists become centaurs after an exploding teleporter sends them to a world where centaurs are real and humans are mythical. Other transformations ensue, usually at the behest of a tame genie, and a crossover with The Wotch ended with one of the main characters getting some of her powers...and the same basic move.
  • New World has a large number of magical transformations, most of which involve both genderbending and either age regression or furry transformation (or in the case of Mina, all three at once). It has since been rebooted as a straight Gender Bender comic, Spiderwebs...and then re-re-booted as New World again.
  • Crossworlds began as a side story to Accidental Centaurs and is tied to The Wotch through it. While its plot isn't entirely tied into transformation, the artist uses it often enough that it seems to qualify. (That, and the artist draws transformation art on his other website seems to help.)
  • Exiern is the story of a barbarian adventurer turned into a woman by a sorcerer's spell gone awry. Hilarity and Fanservice ensue in equal measure, as well as other characters transforming in various ways. The sub-comic Dark Reflections takes the same plot and spins it around as a What If? the hero didn't save the princess in time. In this version the gender-changed hero/heroine ends up mind-controlled by the Big Bad and becomes his bimbo Dragon.
  • The fancomic CharCole details a Pokémon journey from the perspective of a human-turned-Charmander.
  • ''Synthea is a trope-filled comic about a amnesiac woman ending up in a Stasis pod right before death being woken up in the distant future by a good Mad Scientist using experimental ancient biotech that gave her a body with the consistency of lime jello — a so called Slime-Girl. Synthea gains some powers from the shift — she can change shape at will, stretching, punching, creating mallets, etc, but her control over her body is very limited, as she oozes and drips all over the place. She even has to sleep in a barrel as when unconscious she reverts to a big puddle. She's also apparently physically immortal — she's been cut up, blown up, and vacuumed up by a sapient humanoid vacuum with little more than a headache.
  • The Dragon Doctors - Four magical doctors, a shaman/therapist, a surgeon, a magical scientist, and a wizard all get their respective genders reversed in the first chapter while trying to cure a cursed valley that causes everything within it to be female. They wind up stuck that way, and deal with that as they continue to diagnose and cure unusual diseases, curses and other problems — their methods often involving additional transformations — in a Schizo Tech fantasy setting.
  • Demon Eater has demons that change form every time they eat another demon. It's a dog eat dog world for reals. Saturno the main character has so far been in 30 different forms and counting.
  • Gender Swapped is similar to Misfile and Abstract Gender in that the main characters have to deal with a form of permanent Gender Bender. There's also some age regression involved.
  • She !s me (Oh no! I'm a girl!) The story of a guy who one day wakes up as a gal. Don't think of this as a funny bodyswitch comedy, but as a serious evaluation about the question "What would you really do if ...?"
  • Paradigm Shift is a Buddy Cop Comic centered around werecreatures being real.
  • The Good Witch begins with the former holder of the title passing it on to a transgirl named Angel, fulfilling her wish to be a cisgender girl (and retconning everyone's memory that this had always been the case.) As the Good Witch, Angel has amazing transformation powers...that she's severely abusing.
  • Spinnerette: A Freak Lab Accident leaves a mild-mannered grad student Multi-Armed and Dangerous; any resemblence to another costumed webslinger is purely intentional - and hilarious.
  • Jet Dream concerns the adventures of a Blackhawk style Multinational Team of aviators, the Thunderbird Squadron, after being transformed from T-Birds to T-Girls.
  • DreamTales comics feature growing and shrinking as well as age regression (and age progression) themes.
  • The Beast Legion is completely built on the concept of transformation & magic. Most of the characters have their own pieces of armore called 'Beast Transfers' that allow them to turn into Mystical beasts with Awesome powers.
  • Somewhere Different, about a boy who is run over by some scientists, who bring him to their lab to heal him but also take the opportunity to experiment on him
  • T Random Watch has Grant and Amy both experience transformations, as well as one of the government agents.
  • Type Trainer, a Pokémon fancomic about Ash getting turned into a Pikachu.
  • Jill Trent, Science Sleuth, the Remix Comic version, features a male hero transformed by the wonder element Femavium into a woman with the proportional brain cells of 58 girls.
  • 1-600 is a comic about a boy who finds a mysterious number that allows you to turn into an animal once called.
  • Witchprickers: Ilemauzer, a timid familiar bat, asks the cheery Old Scratch to turn her into a human, only to turn into a Humanoid Animal instead.
  • High School Changed Me: the predecessor to MSF High. While not the premise of the webcomic, transformations into other species or genderbending were quite common.
  • Skin Deep reverses the usual take on this subject since the main characters are all mythological creatures transformed into humans. In this case human is the transformation.
  • The website (mostly NSFW) is devoted to gender transformation comics, many of which are less pornographic than you'd think. While focuses on original art (including a large number of works created with Poser and similar programs), sister site is devoted to TG Remix Comics.
  • Wereworld: revolves around Steve, a cyborg who comes to the eponymous planet looking to make his body stop rejecting the implants. The planet, Sidra, is inhabited by several species of human-animal transforming hybrids.
  • Ruby's World has the main character turned into a nine foot tall giantess, though this soon becomes the least of her problems.
  • Ruby Nation continues Ruby's story, as well as introducing Elise, a girl who has apparently sprouted large metal wings.
  • Same New Woman follows Marita, an ordinary librarian who wakes up one morning with a hyper-muscular body and extraordinary strength. She tries to go on with her old life but finds her world increasingly out of control.
  • Shifters is a Webcomic heavily involved with Werecreatures.
  • Cat Nine. Myan, a cat, was given a magical collar that allows her to transform into any animal she wishes, or a catgirl.
  • Crimson Flag, starting at comic #158 many of the Funny Animal major characters (the queen, two of the protagonists, and the main villain up to that point...) get transformed into more realistic foxes, can't even speak without magic and a hundred comics later they're still stuck like that. And earlier was a character who could voluntarily transform into a dragon or a three-eyed feral fox.
  • Buster Wilde Weerwolf, a comedy that features a straight human who turns into a "weerwolf" note  during the night.
  • Addictive Science, the whole comic is based around transformation, mostly in the form of mad science.
  • One of the main characters within Housepets! is a human who had been turned into a dog. Story arcs where he's the main protagonist tend to involve him trying to come into grips with the fact that he's now a dog who was once human.
  • Welcome to Chastity: A college freshman moves into a town where all the women have huge breasts. Not long after she starts growing a huge pair herself.
  • Foxy Flavored Cookie is a webcomic of the Animorphism variety, as the main character is bitten and then transformed into a fox, after which he has to join a community of anthropomorphic animals living hidden from humans.
  • The Adventures Of Superstar: An average everywoman is turned into a super buxom heroine and decides to new powers for good.
  • Professor Amazing and the Incredible Golden Fox: Isla Grace receives a fox-shaped engagement ring from her husband-to-be, Parker, which gifts her with the ability to transform into a fox (both anthropomorphic and full fox versions). She then feels it's only appropriate to put her new powers to use in the service of her community.
  • Out-of-Placers: an exiled refugee from a defeated country is pushed further out of place when he is transformed into a Yinglet, a small weird creature like a cross between a rodent and a shorebird. Worse, he's been transformed into a female Yinglet, which gives him significant gender rarity value among his new people but causes his human employers to give him an offer he cannot refuse to serve as an "envoy" (spy, actually) in the yinglet's rather oddly matriarchal society.
  • Lusty Argonian Maid'd, by Valsalia (the same artist that created the above-mentioned Out-of-Placers), is a fancomic of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that features various characters undergoing Karmic Transformation as a result of a Daedric God's curse and having to still save the world in spite of them.
  • Magical Girl Neil is the story of a high school boy who inherited his family's thousand-year tradition of defending our dimension from Oni as a magical girl thanks to being an only child.
  • Trader Lydia: a comic about the dark gnome Lydia who sets her shop up in a Louisiana bayou, and Hilarity Ensues. Two transformations occur early on in the comic, but then the majority of the humor comes from the absurdity of the situation.
  • Scaled Up: a time-traveler is turning into a dinosaur thanks to his Time Machine running into an error. Baleful Polymorph is also frequent in the story.
  • Angela's Magic Lesson: A spin-off of The Underburbs, in which a suburban town's denizens are transformed by a vampire into various Halloween monsters, this work is a Gamebook in which a young witch casts a transformation spell on herself, with the result decided by the reader.
  • Endtown: Planet is reduced to a dustbowl and 99% of the human race dies. The survivors are made up of transformees into ravening monsters, transformees into FunnyAnimal anthros, or intact humans who are genocidally hunting down the first two groups, and a few hidden enclaves with human/anthro populations.