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Before the Ordinary High-School Student (or a hidden Bad Guy) can access their secret powers, there must be a power-up. This usually involves a change of form or at least costume, although the precise mechanisms usually vary by type. In Japanese television, this is called (a) henshin. By genre, this usually goes as follows:

Transformation Sequences are good for a show's budget because they provide a large amount of Stock Footage that can be (and often must be) reused each episode. They also provide nice filler for the writers if a script happens to be running short. If a particular transformation sequence occurs multiple times in one episode, a shortened version will often be used after the first time (hopefully).

Rarely is there a special-effects sequence for changing back.

It seems to be an unwritten rule that evil characters almost never get a Stock Footage transformation sequence, instead opting for a special-effects-assisted "insta-transformation", a single sequence in the case of one-shot villains, or just transforming offscreen. This is a good way to spot the Sixth Ranger Traitor or a Noble Demon looking to make a Heel–Face Turn somewhere down the line.

Note that many transformation sequences are actually just for the viewer's benefit (and to eat up air time), and the actual change as experienced by the character in-universe is instantaneous — or at least very brief. This might explain why bad guys (almost) never attack a hero during their transformation sequence, although the No-Nonsense Nemesis usually will not let the opportunity slip by. This may result in an unstable Partial Transformation.

Compare Hulking Out, Gorgeous Garment Generation, Creation Sequence, Fighter-Launching Sequence, Lock-and-Load Montage, and Activation Sequence. Generally overlaps with Suit-Up of Destiny the first time the character transforms.

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  • In the Metro Manners series of PS As, which make loving use of Magical Girl and Henshin Hero tropes, every episode features one of these. When Super Kind notices bad behavior on the Metro, she yells her name and transforms into her superhero outfit. The transformation takes place on a blue background with red hearts, and Super Kind rotates slowly as clothing items appear. At the end, she strikes a dramatic pose.

    Asian Animation 
  • The characters in GG Bond tend to have extravagant transformation sequences whenever they morph into their stronger animalistic forms.
  • The heroes' vehicles in Happy Heroes get a transformation sequence whenever they transform into the Car Knights. The sequences are only a few seconds long, and it's very common for multiple Car Knights' transformation sequences to be played at once to save time.
  • In Jet and the Pet Rangers, the Pet Rangers have a flashy transformation sequence whenever they need to transform into their Pet Ranger personas, showing Jet being given his suit relatively slowly while the animals transform much faster.
  • In Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Mighty Little Defenders episode 1, Wolffy gets a transformation sequence parodying Sailor Moon when he uses General Wolf's chip. The sequence ends with him completely transformed into a dog.

    Comic Books 
  • The Ur-Example has got to be Billy Batson shouting "Shazam!" and transforming into Captain Marvel with a magic bolt of lightning. Notably, in the Golden Age, it was part of the magic of the transformation that nobody standing nearby noticed this happening unless he wanted them to (with the witnesses left believing that the "kid" had left and this new person arrived in their place while they were momentarily blinded). Well, Depending on the Writer, anyway. The other members of the Marvel family would transform the same way. During a story in the '90s, Billy was in Keystone City and attempted to transform, shouting "Shazam!" The Flash, racing by, saw lightning about to strike a small boy, and so heroically pulled him out of the way.
  • Marvel Comics' Captain Marvel gained a version of this when he would swap locations with Rick Jones in a flash of light after banging his two wristbands together; ditto for his son Genis, who also ended up swapping places with Rick.
  • Of course, the Ur-Example of the more straightforward changing-your-clothes version would be Clark Kent changing clothes in a phone booth or broom closet.
  • The Clown from Spawn becoming the terrifying devil Violator. The detailed transformation in the movie is particularly disturbing.
  • Iron Man occasionally has one, depending on the title and era (for instance, it's very rare to see him activate the suit in an Avengers comic). The most typical one involves assembling the armor from a briefcase. This was abused a bit during the late 90s and early 2000s when every new writer on the Iron Man title introduced their new, super-advanced armor technology, like the SKIN armor, Tin Man and Ablative armor.
  • In the first issue of Blue Beetle (New 52), Jaime's first transformation into Blue Beetle is shown in nine detailed panels. His later transformations usually take one panel.
  • Robin Series: In Bludhaven during a brawl one grey skinned woman is surrounded by what looks like glowing floating blood droplets before transforming into some kind of red-furred animal mash-up that includes a beaver tail and large fangs. She then joins the fight herself.
  • Wonder Woman can sometimes change clothes by spinning, and in Wonder Woman 600 the spinning has an added swirl of sparkly pink.

    Fan Works 
  • In WanderingWordsmith's Thawing Permafrost, Pandora the Shikigami explodes into a weird white goo, then reforms into the commanded form if it can manage it; otherwise, it just flips back to its normal form and collapses, exhausted.
  • Kuso Miso Technique's Michishita Masaki has one in this fanvideo into his powerful, naked form.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, Robert and Roll get one when they activate their battle modes.
  • Averted in Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy; the space normally used for describing the transformation are filled with random comments by the Lemony Narrator, usually about "sparkly stuff". In episode 12, there is a little quote by the narrator during that part which reasons that.)
    First, it's repetitive and boring if you read the series everyday; second, it's a matter of letting you guys imagine how they would be like; and third, I don't have the time to do it.
  • In Hop to It, Jack's transformation to Rabbit in the first chapter is described in about as much detail as one would expect for a Miraculous Ladybug transformation:
    Jack: Mimmi! Hop to it!
    Her Kwami stretched and got sucked into her old-fashion wristwatch, turning the leather strap white and changing the clock face so it measured five minutes instead of twelve hours, the single hand stuck in an upright position. The transformation continued from there, crawling down one arm, across her chest, and to the other. A large flat throwing ring, a chakaram, appeared in her hand, which she moved across her face in a circular motion, her white domino mask appearing. Tossing her weapon into the air, she yanked two rabbit ears into existence out of the back of her head and magically smoothed her caramel-colored hair into a perfect side fishbone braid. Jack then caught her chakaram and swung it down as she kneeled, the transformation reaching her toes. Now she was entirely dressed in a white skintight suit weaved out of hexagons. She had opera gloves with the tiniest of claws, more for aesthetic purposes than to actually scratch anyone, and heavy knee-high combat boots that packed a wallop whenever she kicked someone. As if to demonstrate, she stood back up and preformed a few low air kicks and a side kick. She ended by swinging one leg in a perfect circle, her shin level with her eyes at one point, before slamming it down just as her little fluffy tail appeared. To be honest, Jack could do without the tail, but it came with the bulletproof costume.
  • This Animorphs fancomic went the extra mile and added animated morphing scenes.
  • In the Pokémon fanfic FlamingRed and SplashingBlue, Pokémon are able to evolve by neatly shifting their own bodies into those of their evolved form. If a Pokémon has appendages, they push, pull, rub, etc. their body parts in order to form them as though they are on a potter's wheel. If they don't have appendages or are too short, they divert all the light to a certain part of their body, concentrate hard, and then push, pull, stretch, or bend their body parts.
    • The “pottery wheel” transformation continues in the fanfic Pokémon Carnegie. One of the evolutions involves a Staravia’s wing being shifted into a Staraptor’s in four steps: lift, push out from the tip, pull down into a smooth curve, and finally, puff the wing out. The entire sequence is in fact directly derived from this sequence from the Pokémon anime, which uses the same wing formation steps in a single, smooth motion, albeit not via the “pottery wheel” method.
    • The best part? The “pottery wheel” method is completely painless and is done in a hypnotic trance.
  • No Chance for Fate: It's revealed to the Senshi that even though their transformation takes mere five seconds, they are not only vulnerable but due to technical reasons butt-naked as well until their uniform forms on them. The transformations described, while less visually impressive as the long sequences from canon, are still interesting on their own.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: From A Deal with the Devil:
    "Mercury Power, Make Up!" A flash of blue light concealed Ami for a split second when she triggered her transformation to restore her ruined outfit. It also re-applied her make-up, removing all traces of crying, and cleaned her body, as it was intended to. To the senshi, everything felt normal. Her sailor crystal, embedded within the dungeon heart, felt rather confused though. Not with providing its magical power, everything was working as normal there. No, it wasn't quite certain what to apply the cosmetic operations to. There were just so many connections, going every which way. Which one to choose? The non-sentient crystal had no way to take a decision, so it just chose all of them. A cylinder of light, centred on the heart, started expanding through the dungeon, leaving only gleaming cleanness in blue and white tones and the occasional Mercury symbol in its wake
  • Tales of the Canterlot Deportation Agency: Jack: Shuffle: When the transition from Jack to the chemicals is described:
    From the outside, it can look just about instantaneous. They'd both seen that, for Victor had recorded the process on video — once.
    From the outside, chemicals contact skin and pink loses all hue, goes to white. The effect rushes along that outer layer of fully ineffective biological armor, even as the colors of the fabric start to shift. Entire limbs bleach, just about all at once. Hair goes through a different kind of color change, which includes one to the texture. Posture warps: the chemicals have a different way of standing, something which makes it a little taller than Jack and leaves his back sore for a few hours after the loan is repaid. (It's sorry about that, but the situation is something it can't help.) And then the side effects kick in, including the one which is the existence of that other.

    From the outside, it's a few heartbeats. But on the inside, everything is still shifting. Balances aren't quite any more, and the new levels haven't found themselves. Neurons are trying to fire two sets of messages at once.

    In transition (and only then), there are two. Transition creates a period of time where Jack and the chemicals communicate directly, each taking their part of the stage within the theater of the mind. In transition, there are arguments and agreements, plans made and dashed, information passed along. There have been times when they've risked leaving videos for each other on a phone, but such messages only go one way, and no permanent record can ever be kept. Transition allows them to talk.

    Transition lasts eighty-four seconds.

    Films — Animation 
  • Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire has the scene where Cree Summer's character, Kidagakash, is transformed into a beautiful goddess-like sprite after merging with the Atlantean Crystal.
  • Beauty and the Beast has its famous transformation scene; the inverse of a monstrous transformation.
  • In The Book of Life, Manolo gets one when he returns back to life.
  • Brother Bear has the scene near the beginning of the film where Kenai is actually magically turned into a bear as punishment for disregarding his late older brother's wishes.
  • While many versions of Cinderella either imply this trope or directly invoke it whenever she gets her gown for the ball, Disney's version is especially notable for this, although it only takes a few seconds.
  • Hal Jordan also got one of these in Green Lantern: First Flight.
  • Played for Laughs in Justice League vs. Teen Titans. When they're attacked at the fair, Starfire gets a full Magical Girl transformation where her costume appears, Blue Beetle powers up his armor, Beast Boy drops onto his knees to turn into a tiger... and Damian just runs to the car, breaks in the window and grabs his costume from the backseat.
  • The Little Mermaid:
  • In Luca, the Fish People turn human when dry and return to their normal forms when wet. Most of the time this happens instantly, but the second time that Luca turns human (and the first time that he does it willingly), the camera pans over him and lets us see the process in more detail, albeit still only lasting a few seconds.
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls:
      • Sunset Shimmer has one of the monstrous kind when she goes One-Winged Angel after stealing the crown.
      • In the climax of the movie, we get a classic sort of transformation for the Equestria Girls, adding Little Bit Beastly pony traits to the girls.
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks:
      • In the sequel, the transformations are activated by the band members' instruments. They are different than those of the first movie, adding "Rainbow Power" hair to the mix.
      • Notably, when a reformed Sunset Shimmer gets her own transformation, it's instead in the same style than in the previous movie.
      • The villain trio of the Dazzlings gets their own, more sinister-looking transformations, when they reach the apex of their powers. The ribbons of red lights that envelop them might be a Sailor Moon shout-out.
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games:
      • In the third film, the transformations are activated accidentally by the girls performing their Elements. They are drained of it almost immediately after they transform by Human Twilight's amulet however.
      • Human Twilight of all people gets the monstrous kind going One-Winged Angel when transforming into Midnight Sparkle as a callback to Sunset's transformation in the first film.
      • Sunset gets a Golden Super Mode when she activates the Elements of Harmony to match Midnight Sparkle.
    • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree:
      • First, one for Gloriosa Daisy turning into Gaea Everfree, with vines creeping up her legs before a flash of light and Kirby Dots flowing over her body.
      • Then, a continuous sequence for all seven of the heroines gaining brand-new Magical Girl costumes when they bond with a crystal geode.
  • Pinocchio has the infamous Pleasure Island sequence where Lampwick the wayward bad boy slowly turns into a donkey as did all of the other bad boys lured onto the island to be sold into labor. Only Pinocchio is fortunate enough to escape, but not without sprouting ears and a tail first. In other adaptations, Pinocchio also transforms (since he did in the original book).
  • The sequence at the end of the first Shrek is a double subversion as 1) she is already a monster and 2) she doesn't actually transform. It's also a Shout-Out to the scene in Beauty and the Beast.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs brings us the awesome transformation of the Wicked Queen into a hag. Subverted in that the transformation was not to increase her power (in fact, it seemed to make her weaker), but as a disguise.
  • Space Jam has the tiny Nerdlucks morph into the gigantic Monstars thanks to the powers they stole from five NBA players.
  • The Transformers: The Movie has Megatron turned into Galvatron, Thundercracker into Scourge, Shrapnel, and Kickback into the Sweeps, and Bombshell into Cyclonus, complete with one of these for them.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Vanellope Von Schweetz transforms into a princess after crossing the finish line of her game Sugar Rush at the film's climax. It confused her until she found out she was Sugar Rush's true ruler before King Candy/Turbo sabotaged the game and made her an outcast.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • One of the earliest was, again, Captain Marvel in the serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel. They didn't have the budget to have a lightning bolt strike Billy or Captain Marvel, but they managed a decent effect using smoke bombs and dramatic sound effects instead.
  • An American Werewolf in London and The Howling both have werewolf transformation sequences of the most painful and terrifying kind you can imagine. The former in particular is often held up as the gold standard among Werewolf Works.
  • Bloodthirsty: Grey turns into a wolf finally near the end in an extended sequence that shows her body warping painfully. Vaughn later partially changes too before Grey shoots him.
  • Fright Night (1985) had something like this with Evil Ed turning back into a human from being a wolf, and the vampires have 3 stages of transformation.
  • Ghostbusters (1984) has the scene where Dana and Louis turn into Terror dogs; it's quite a disturbing process, though.
  • Steven Chow's God of Cookery takes this to absurdity with Magical Chef Transformation Scenes. A character (not the lead) takes a power pose, his clothes fly off in all directions and underneath he is already dressed as a chef, all that is required is that he put the trademark hat on.
  • Gremlins has a very important rule: "Don't feed them after midnight." If you do, the Mogwai goes into a slimy cocoon and mutates into a hideous monster. Unfortunately in the movie somebody makes that mistake as well as getting them wet (causing them to multiply, which looks incredibly painful).
  • There are several gruesome gremlin-related transformations in Gremlins 2: The New Batch, including those involving a bat, spider, fruit, electricity, and even a woman!
  • The Jekyll and Hyde transformations from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe plays around this:
    • Tony Stark puts on his suit different ways:
      • The Mark II and III armors were placed on him by JARVIS-controlled droid arms, stored either in a safe platform inside his garage or in his helipad. The Mark IV and VI armor are also put on this way.
      • The Mark V travel armor, with a button pushed for its handles to appear. Tony then places it across his chest/arc reactor and it assembles neatly around him.
      • The Mark VII is probably the most egregious: Tony would wear tracers on his wrists, with the armor (in a large capsule shape) summoned via voice-activation to latch onto the tracers and form around his body. It is practically useful on-the-go... or falling downwards after pissing off a megalomaniac Big Bad.
      • The Mark 42 is relatively low-key. Tony tries to design it for an effective sequence, but it often goes wrong due to being a prototype. On the other hand, the armor can assemble on anyone he points to, such as Pepper or the Big Bad.
      • Since The Avengers (2012), Tony modified the Mark VII and built his armors from then on so that they can open up for him to simply step in after which they close up around him, making the transformation even more low-key. They can also form around him in midair like the original Mark VII but at a much faster rate. Even Rhodey's Iron Patriot armor has this feature.
      • The Mark 50 or Bleeding Edge armor introduced in Avengers: Infinity War consists entirely of nano-bots, and is stored in a new arc reactor installed on Tony's chest. All Tony has to do is tap a button and the armor forms around him.
    • Bruce Banner, being who he is, can (a) be triggered into becoming the Hulk under stressful conditions or (b) lets it out freely. Whatever is happening could be determined whether he is struggling or he seamlessly transforms.
    • Thor, while spending almost an eternity wearing his Asgardian dress armor, loses it after being sent to Earth. After sacrificing himself to the Destroyer, Mjolnir flies to him and strikes him with lightning, forming his traditional armor. His helmet, apparently, is a separate piece and not always worn. Later movies show that Mjolnir also allows Thor to change between different forms of his armor, whether it be by summoning a storm or just magically changing his clothes.
      • Used again in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and Loki both use a transformation sequence when facing against Hela for the first time. Thor's involves a massive lightning strike, while Loki's is a much more subdued affair. Hela has her own involves rubbing her hands upwards and backwards on her head to summon her iconic headpiece.
    • Avengers: Infinity War has a subtle one when Bruce Banner smashes into the New York Sanctum — one second, Doctor Strange is wearing street clothes, the next, he's in his typical sorcerer outfit, complete with cape of levitation. Spidey's quick transformation into the Iron Spider also qualifies.
  • The A Nightmare on Elm Street series has quite a few of these. For instance, in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, fitness girl Debbie is turned into a cockroach and then trapped in a roach motel by Freddy.
  • The Nutty Professor:
  • Several of the Star Wars movies will have starfighter pilots immediately precede a space battle with an order to "Lock S-Foils into Attack Position.", a process that usually involves the wings unfolding or splitting apart. Given George Lucas' love of old war movies and airplanes, it was likely a nod to the Dive Brakes that dive bombers would extend before going into a dive, as seen in this footage.
  • Pretty much every adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, though the transformations are often fairly restrained in the less campy versions.
    • The 1931 film is not very campy, and its transformation sequence was at the time a major breakthrough in special effects.
    • In the musical Jekyll & Hyde, Jekyll changes into Hyde by turning his head to the left, hunching a bit, sometimes changing clothes, and having the lighting change. If the actor is good enough, it works, especially at the end when he's doing a duet with himself and changing back constantly.
    • In Mary Reilly, John Malkovich undergoes one of the most gruesome and spectacular Jekyll/Hyde transformations ever committed to screen, with Hyde appearing inside Jekyll's body and growing outwards. Then, afterward, he looks exactly the same.
  • Underworld and Underworld: Evolution, with static vampires (except for the main vamp boss with the somewhat typical beastly demon-form) but human-werewolf transformations, and their werewolves have inverted knees digitigrade legs. Not much outright transformation was shown in the first movie, the most notable sequence being one shot where two lycans change back, as well as one sequence where a character had an aborted change. The second film had some decent shots of man-to-wolf changes, but they went quick because they were mooks.
  • There are a number of these in Van Helsing, most notably the werewolves who transform by ripping their skin off.
  • Videodrome is just plain weird in general but the transformation parts are even weirder.
  • Eustace' transformation from dragon to boy in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film.
  • The Witches of Eastwick has the final scene in which the three witches mix up the body parts of a voodoo doll that resembles the main antagonist Daryl (Jack Nicholson) who at first turns into a giant, but then turns into a worm-like thing.

  • Animorphs: The books made it quite clear that morphing almost never happened the same way twice, and was usually highly disgusting unless the morpher had an unusual talent for it (as did Cassie). It's also very Depending on the Writer how long and descriptive the transformations are — Book #20 went into so much detail that it took almost a whole chapter for Marco to morph a cobra.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair has the villain turn into a snake to fight the heroes. Quite a bit of detail goes into the description, though the narrator notes that it happened faster than it would take to read it.
  • In the Discworld series, both vampires and werewolves can transform, vampires into either a swarm of bats or one really big bat. Not much detail is given to werewolf transformations, but there is at one point a fight between two of them where they're both in a constant state of flux between forms. Angua, the werewolf on the watch and Captain Carrot's girlfriend, is stated to be perfectly comfortable with him seeing her naked in either form, but doesn't want him to see her mid-change. According to Gaspode in Men at Arms: "Angua in both shapes was OK to look at, but the second or two in between, as the morphic signal hunted between stations, was not a sight you wished to see on a full stomach".
  • In Winni Allfours, the protagonist is a girl who wants a pony. When that's denied to her, she chooses to turn herself into a pony. Two whole pages of the small book are dedicated to showing her change from little girl to tubby little pony.
    Very slowly things began to happen...

    Live-Action TV 
  • Beetleborgs has the drawn characters leap from the comic book which opens up, then the kids, drawn up as a comic book page, standing side by side. The armor appears slowly, then the three Beetleborgs step forth, with the Koosh Explosions turning into real flashes of yellow light as the Borgs go from comic-booky to real life Metal Heroes. Later in the series, the pictures of the kids morph their chosen suits.
  • The Boys (2019): Doppleganger transforms from male to female during sex with the Senator (though the latter is unaware, as he's been blindfolded).
  • Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future: "POWER ON!" By pressing the team's distinctive phoenix insignia, Captain Power and his cohorts would activate the Power Suits which would transform from "patterned longjohns" worn under their uniforms, into actual plate armor with weaponry and personalized devices. Heavy damage to the Power Suit would make them fade back into their inactive shape.
  • The Makai Knights of the GARO franchise are quite minimalistic in their sequences, which usually involves them swishing their weapons (swords/staffs/spears/bows and many others) into creating a hole in reality through which their Makai Knight armors would assemble in their body at split-second rates. Quite justifiable in that the enemy Horrors of the Makai Knights have no concept of chivalry at all.
  • Genseishin Justirisers, the second of Toho and Konami's ChouSeiShin trilogy, didn't involve Power Glows in transformation sequence. It just uses lightning for changing the scene to Stock Footage.
    • When the transformation starts in a Stock Footage, the Justirisers only wearing inner suit (bodysuit), formed by combining 'Courage'/'Virtue'/'Wisdom' in their bodies and 'Justipower', in the same pose which they did just before the transformation(When they shout transformation phrase). Next, they install a transformation device at belt located on their left chest. Then, pieces of Justiriser suit are slowly being equipped one by one. So viewer can watch Justirisers only wearing bodysuit during half of the transformation sequence.
    • High school girl is also no exception. (Yuka Sanada transforms into Riser Kageri)
  • In the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove werewolves have a particularly gruesome transformation sequence. Their wolf body forms within their human form and slowly rips itself out. Then shakes off the remaining gore and eats it.
  • In the The Incredible Hulk (1977), David Banner (Bill Bixby)'s transformations into The Hulk (Lou Ferrigno) would usually be made specifically for each episode, but there were a few stock sequences that were sometimes used, involving multiple close-ups of Bill wearing colored contacts, his skin turning green, the shirt tearing on his back, and/or a full shot of the Hulk whipping off the remnants of the shirt. In later episodes, it would often happen almost entirely off-screen after the initial shot of Bill's glowing eyes, only the distinctive sound effect/music cue indicating anything was happening.
  • Many, many, many Kamen Rider characters had this... until 1989. Actual sequences were common in the Showa era; even the enemies had transformation sequences, even if they amounted to little more than the camera zooming in on them, blurring a bit, and revealing the monster from its disguise. For the revival era (Kamen Rider Kuuga and onward) they were mostly phased out in favor of transformation special effects done on the fly. (By now, though, they're as elaborate as any full sequence.) Just about the only Heisei series to use honest-to-goodness stock footage Transformation Sequences is Kiva, and only then for form changes (and Dark Kiva.)
    • In several early Kamen Riders, the pre-change gestures were as epic as the sequences (also not so much nowadays; you may get the Transformation Trinket held in the air during the call of "Henshin.") and enemies sometimes stopped the henshin gestures by attacking during the middle of the gesture, or setting traps that would halt them. The first Rider's pose is very iconic and recognized in Japan, to the point that even the How Do I Shot Web? sequence in DokiDoki! Pretty Cure has the new hero yell "Henshin!" and do the Rider-1 pose.
      • Likewise, episode 2 of Kamen Rider Gaim has Kota trying out several transformation poses in his bedroom, including Amazon and Super-1's. Interestingly, in Gaim, only the more idealistic Riders like Kota and (initially) his little brother-figure Mitzusane/Micchy bother with transformation poses; their more cynical rivals like Kaito and his minions just don the belt, say "Henshin", and change.
    • The "transformation chivalry" was humorously acknowledged in the first Kamen Rider Den-O movie: the Big Bad's minions attack Ryotaro as he attempts to transform, causing Momotaros to angrily shout "Bastards! You're not allowed to interrupt the transformation sequence!"
      • Similarly, Kamen Rider Decade has a scene where Yuusuke/Kuuga attempts to transform in order to fight Kaitou/Diend, only to be interrupted mid-pose when Kaitou points his own Transformation Trinket, a gun, at Yuusuke's face.
      • Subverted in Kamen Rider Double when the Arms Dopant fires a goo "bullet" that plugs up Shotaro's belt, preventing him from transforming.
      • The "chivalry" aspect was parodied in the net-exclusive comedy shorts produced for Double. Kirihiko asks Isaka why he didn't attack when Accel transformed into his Super Mode, Trial. Isaka responds that he was "obeying traffic laws"note .
    • The Darker and Edgier Heisei series like Kamen Rider Blade and Kamen Rider Faiz tended to have transformation chivalry less frequently, with characters often walking or even fighting in mid-transformation. Debut appearances always played it straight, though; probably best illustrated in the first episode of Blade, where Kazuma's belt orbits his body several times, trailing a "tail" of cards, before finally settling in place around his waist.
    • Transformation chivalry is enforced in some series by the Sphere of Power or other transformation effects being absolutely impenetrable, deflecting attacks and painfully repelling villains who attack in midmorph. The aforementioned Blade series was the first to do it: the card-shaped field of energy with his spade symbol on it that passes over him to change him (unless he's pissed. Then he charges straight through it instead of waiting.) is something you do not want to smack into facefirst.
    • Kamen Rider Decade and its Super Sentai counterpart (see below) Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger both feature variations on the theme, since both those shows focus on heroes who can use the powers of their precursors. When Decade changes into a past Rider, it's represented by that Rider's usual Transformation Special Effect, except that it's happening to a suited-up Decade rather than an untransformed human as normal. For the Gokaigers, the initial transformation into Gokaigers is a straight Transformation Sequence while their changes into past teams are more simple (usually: team emblem flies out of their Transformation Trinket, lands on their body, and their suit changes in a flash of light), except in the special episodes where they unlock a past team's true power by coming to understand that team; in these cases, they get honest-to-goodness Transformation Sequences based on the originals.
      • Gokaiger's past Ranger powers are the powers of the actual past sentai heroes, meaning few returning characters get to change and fight, so we don't get to see a lot of old morphs done with modern effects like Decade below does. However, we do get one for the Black Ranger of Choujin Sentai Jetman, because he is actually still dead. However, when the Gokaigers do the above-mentioned focus episode transformation sequences, we get some idea of what the old sequences would look like if made today.
    • Also, these series feature old-school characters with modern effects, and in Kamen Rider terms, modern rules, which means we get to see what several transformation sequences look like in "real life." Kamen Rider BLACK and Kamen Rider BLACK RX get to change side-by-side with real-space versions of their classic sequences, and it is awesome. (Mind you, in those actual series, when Kotaro would transform with no stock footage sequence it would simply be a flash of green.) Also, in The Movie of Decade, we get to see Shadow Moon's transformation for the first time ever (as in Kamen Rider BLACK proper, Nobuhiko was in this translucent cocoon-thing until emerging in Shadow Moon form once his powers matured.) Interestingly, Kamen Rider Kiva still has form change sequences when Kiva himself is doing them (Decade's Kiva changes, like all his changes, are real-space.)
    • And it is also seen in Saban's adaptation, Masked Rider. It's brand new, as Kamen Rider BLACK RX's change was nothing but the belt appearing and getting glowy, at which point the transformed Black RX would be seen in real-space (in fact, several old Riders' transformation sequences are elaborate belt-summoning and activations without showing the actual suit formation — the poses, not the actual change, was the ceremony.) but it looks very much like something you'd see in old-school KR. The form changes are RX stock. Also, Robo Rider gets to transform onscreen (no sequence) where Shadow Moon didn't.
    • Another adaptation, Kamen Rider Dragon Knight, gets a much fancier transformation than the Kamen Rider Ryuki original did, complete with the monster-repelling Sphere of Power seen in more recent Japanese KR series. No stock footage sequence, though — it's all real-space, like modern KR. However, one small part is stock footage: the closeup of the Advent Deck being inserted and spinning is the same every time. Of course, that didn't save 'em much time and money, as there were thirteen Ridersnote  and one Advent Master, and we only saw some characters change once.
      • Interestingly, the "chivalry" was justified in Ryuki: The Mirror Monsters that attacked the people would run away back to the Mirror World after they finished eating or the Riders fended them off in the real world. Since they have no intention of coming back out until they feed again, the Riders had all the time they needed to perform their poses and transform. Even when Rider vs. Rider battles happened, the transformation was still justified, as the Riders just wanted to have an actual fight and power up their Contract Monsters. The only exception was when Ouja bruised Shinji's arm before their second real fight, and even then that was because he just wanted to be a dick.
    • In Episode 26 of Kamen Rider Ex-Aid, Poppy Pipopapo, uses the Gashacon Bugvisor II/Buggle Driver II & the Toki Meki Crisis Gashat to transform herself into a magical girl-like Rider, Kamen Rider Poppy, which the transformation contains elements from other Magical Girl series made by Toei Animation, owned and operated by Toei Company, like Sailor Moon, and the Pretty Cure/Glitter Force series.
    • Kamen Rider Saber is the first Rider in a long time with a legitimate transformation sequence, taking place in a green screen location and everything. That said, the characters still redo the transformation poses each time rather than using stock footage, and on-the-fly henshins with no green screen backgrounds started to be used in the fifth episode.
  • Kitchen Nightmares — in the UK show at least — has Gordon Ramsay "transform" from normal everyman into Super-Badass-Chef-Ready-to-Save-the-Fucking-Day by stripping out of his civilian clothes into a brand-spanking new chef's coat. Estrogen rises predictably.
  • KITT's Super Pursuit Mode in the last season of Knight Rider and KI3T in general (with a frequently used "Attack Mode" as well as the ability to mimic other vehicles) in the 2008 TV movie and show.
  • Manimal, starring Simon MacCorkindale. Though he could transform into any animal, there were transformation sequences only for three animals. And they never explained why he always returned to human form fully clothed despite the transformation sequence's clear depiction of his clothes ripping.
  • George's werewolf transformation in Being Human, heavily influenced by An American Werewolf in London.
  • The Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nóg, the ancient Irish Power Rangers, likewise had one for each character.
  • Power Rangers: In the earlier seasons, the usage of Stock Footage became quickly grating, as the rangers would look the same at the beginning of the sequence, regardless of what clothes they'd been wearing beforehand or changes in their hairstyle. In later seasons, it became standard to use clever tricks to downplay this; many seasons have the Rangers wearing uniforms or otherwise having a Limited Wardrobe before the (full) sequence begins. In several other seasons, the sequence is cut such that their pre-transformation clothing is hidden during the sequence using close-ups and visual effects.
    • Occasionally, a shorter Stock Footage-free Transformation Sequence was used instead, which, with a very few exceptions, used a much blander and more generic special effect. As seen in "Countdown to Destruction" as well as several other times throughout the various series, the actual transformation is in fact instantaneous and consists of nothing more than a small explosion or just some glowing masking the shift — the drawn-out sequence is purely for the audience's amusement. We see this in action for the first time in Power Rangers Zeo, where three Rangers dramatically run up and change in-scene. By now you're used to it, several in-scene changes in an episode and the "real morph" saved for the big final battle with the monster, but back then, this was after four years, at a time when it just wasn't done, and there was a lot of shockingness in it, especially because they did use some of the Transformation Sequence's effects.
    • By now, another thing that's different for every season is the "insta-morph" gleam (though it looked the same from Power Rangers Turbo through Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue.) The demorph usually looks like the insta-morph in reverse, and there's even a pose and command for it (cross arms in front of you, say "power down!" and then pull arms apart and downward. This has largely stayed the same over the years, though there are many instances of the arm motions being omitted.)
    • The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers transformation sequences weren't very elaborate... so in "Once a Ranger" a new, snazzier sequence was made for Adam (the second MMPR Black Ranger) so he wouldn't be the only one without.
      • Adam's old morph was Screwed by the Lawyers. At the time, Disney had rights issues with MMPR, so they were forced to scrap the old sequence entirely (with an unfortunately generic song played along with it, as they couldn't get the MMPR music either).
    • The record for most sequences in one season — MMPR Season 3. We've got civilian to ninja suit, civilian to Ranger (all new ones!), ninja suit to Ranger, Rangers to Metallic Armor mode, and then the five Alien Rangers.
    • Then there's Justin's transformations in Power Rangers Turbo, which have a little bit added compared to the others to show him growing to adult size.
    • Like everything else in Power Rangers, nothing is safe from lampshading by RPM. Not even morph sequences.
      Ziggy: Sometimes when I morph, I can't help but notice this gigantic explosion right behind me for no apparent reason.
      • Taken to its logical extreme by Flynn in the same episode, where he clears up a plot-induced fault in his morpher (energy buildup) and simultaneously ramps "one of Ziggy's runoff explosions" Up to Eleven, catching Tenaya and a whole squad of mooks in the blast!
    • Surprisingly subverted in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. In the time it takes for the rangers to suit up, the bad guys flee the scene to set up an ambush.
    • Power Rangers gets extra trope mileage thanks to the Humongous Mecha. Entrance, transformation and combination for a triple trope score combo!
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (2003-2004) showcased several different transformations managed via digital effects. The results ranged from Moon's clumsy and cringeworthy transform (the first created by the production team) to Dark Mercury's showstopper (the final transform created, after the team had gained months of experience with their tools).
    • As with its animated counterpart, we see only one or two instances of de-transformation, and these also appear to be simple acts of will.
    • Additionally, we get to see one transformation — Minako to Venus — from the "outside", as an eyewitness on the scene would. Instead of all the fancy effects, it's an instantaneous, blink-and-you'll-miss-it change that she performs while running, thus validating years of fan speculation.
    • A later sequence, however, has Ami transforming. Unlike Minako, however, she gets a blue glowy thing.
    • They also fondly parodied the trope in one of the supplemental shorts: Mamoru becomes "Tuxedo Mask" just by putting on a tuxedo, top hat and mask, but the one time he does it on camera, it gets all the same fancy shots, edits, and sound effects as the girls' magical transformations.
  • Masters of low-budget kid shows, Sid and Marty Krofft had a few of these. "Activate Electra-Change!" turned Lori and Judy into Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and a magic horn turned the junky Schlep Car into Wonderbug. (Wonderbug's sequence was actually cheaper-looking during the actual show than it was in the opening, which was quite a feat)
  • A Filmation production of Shazam!! from the 1970s had the magic-word-and-lightning transformation between Billy Batson and Captain Marvel. It was usually paired with a similar show, The Secrets of Isis, which had its own transformation sequence.
  • Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad gets a hybrid of the real-space scenes and the stock footage sequences. Sam striking the 'power chord' on his guitar is half new footage (constant angle-changing for drama. The alternate angle is stock footage.) as is his transforming into energy and flying into the computer. The energy entering the Servo form on the screen and Servo flying into action is stock footage, as well as Servo's 'decompressing' into his proper size. (The original series, Denkou Choujin Gridman, is a Spiritual Successor of the Ultra Series, so decompression replaces the heroic Make My Monster Grow to building size.)
  • In a more mundane version, in T And T Once an Episode private detective T.S. Turner (Mr. T) goes to his locker at the boxing gym to transform from a Badass in a Nice Suit to an intimidating street tough.
  • On Teen Wolf, when the Alpha twins Aiden and Ethan to perform their Fusion Dance to transform into a giant "Super Alpha". Both strip off all the clothes on their upper bodies. One of them drops to his hands and knees. The standing twin then slams his fist literally into the kneeling twin's back. Their bodies are then pulled together, complete with bones visibly shifting around as they become one.
  • Too Many Cooks has parts parodying Manimal with the grandma, and two superheroes with Wonder Woman-style transformations, which humorously go on overly-long, with them switching from heroic and civilian forms multiple times. The Killer doesn't wait for them to finish.
  • The Twilight Zone (1959) pulled off an impressive transformation scene despite limited special effects in The Howling Man. A man walks down a pillar-lined hallway as the camera follows alongside him. As he passes behind each pillar, he gets more and more demonic (ending with a cliche horns and tail). It's cut so that it appears to be one long take, but there's no effects on screen at any point. This technique is also used for the Wolf Man transformation in the 1935 film Werewolf of London.
  • The many and varied Ultra Series usually involve a man-to-ultra transformation. The majority of hosts stick their items in the air and rises out of a bright background from the lower left of the screen, while other Ultras like Ultraseven and Ultraman Max have more elaborate transformation sequences where the host's body becomes slowly covered in ultra armor. While the majority of hosts from Kotaro Higashi onward shouted the name of their Ultra, there are a few exceptions such as Shin Hayata and Daigo Madoka who remained silent, and others like Dan Moroboshi who instead shouted out something different (Dan shouts "Dyuwah!").
    • In Ultraman Ace, Ultraman Ace was unique in that he had two hosts as compared to the usual one. To transform, Seiji Hokuto and Yuko Minami jumped in the air and flipped multiple times, then they would bump their respective rings together to transform into Ace. Later in the series when Yuko returned to the moon, Seiji gained both possession of both rings and simply fist-bumped himself to transform.
    • Ultraman Ginga has the most elaborate transformations of the entire franchise, having toys as it's main gimmick. To transform, Hikaru pulls out his Ginga Spark and takes out the doll of the Ultra/Kaiju he wants to transform into, then he places the doll's left foot on the Spark's tip which then creates a hexagram around Hikaru, allowing him to UltraLive into his doll. Other people could also use weaker Ginga Light Sparks/Dark Dummy Sparks to transform, going through the same transformation as Hikaru. Most notably, Ginga was one of the very first times Kaiju got rises of their own.
    • Most Ultras have short and sweet transformation sequences, but the post-Bandai purchase series like Ginga mentioned above, as well as Ultraman Orb and Ultraman Geed, show lengthier ones. Due to Geed and Orb's Multiform Balance though, they can transform into new forms mid-fight, and although often we see their human alter egos stop and perform the whole sequence, shots of the Ultra fighting in the middle of the transformation show instantaneous change, thus avoiding the Transformation Is a Free Action problem.
    • Ultraman Zearth (created for a Denser and Wackier Self-Parody movie) and Ultraman Nice (an infomercial character) had some ridiculous transformations. In the former, Katsuto Asahi transformed by brushing his teeth with the Pikari Brush, while in the latter Ginga Yumeboshi ate a chocolate from his Nice Dreamer to transform.
  • VR Troopers gets them, with the VRT actors' faces beneath what's mostly the Metal Heroes' original Japanese transformations. Holding up the Virtualizer pendants is new.
    • Speaking of the Metal Heroes franchise, the Space Sheriff Trilogy makes it perfectly clear that the Transformation Sequence is for our benefit. After an instant "flash of light, morphed now!" change, we'd get "[Hero name] takes 0.0[small number] seconds to equip his suit. Let's take another look at the [morph command] process." and then the changing sequence, which is a flashback.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie shows that the Gokaigers actually morph even faster than a Space Sheriff. Tokumei Sentai Go Busters clocks in slower at a full half-second. (Mind you, their morph seems to take much longer than this — the in-scene morph is used much more often than their stock footage one, and it actually does take several seconds.)
  • The original Fox series Werewolf featured a sequence very similar to (if somewhat hairier than) the Incredible Hulk series, with a bleeding pentagram on Eric Cord's palm replacing the glowing eyes as the initial indicator. The original villain Janos Skorzeny's transformation involved pulling the flesh of his face off, revealing a fur-covered face beneath, which would then grow a snout and fangs.
  • The 1970s Wonder Woman series iconically featured the character spinning in place as she changed from Diana Prince to Wonder Woman. The original version of this sequence showed her spinning and rapidly changing into Wonder Woman (still holding her old clothes and needing to dispose of them). Later in the season, as this effect was more expensive to shoot, this was replaced by Diana spinning in place as an optical effect played over her, changing her into Wonder Woman instantly (and not requiring her to deal with her civilian clothes). Here's six solid minutes of every single transformation from the first season, and ten minutes each for the second and third seasons.

    Music Videos 
  • Michael Jackson:
    • The first segment of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" has Michael transforming into a werepanther.
    • There's also Michael turning into an Optimus Prime-esque Transformer at the end of Moonwalker.
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic undergoes a transformation sequence at the start of his video "Fat" that fortunately does not strip him nude in the process.
  • Similarly enough, the music video for "Right Here, Right Now" has a transformation sequence based on the theory of evolution.
  • Alestorm shoehorned one into their video for Shit Boat (No Fans). This being Alestorm, it's as random and hilarious as you'd expect.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Pathfinder: The Magical Child archetype (class modification) for the Vigilante class naturally has this by the exact name (and other Vigilantes can pick it up as a social talent); the supernatural Transformation Sequence ability cuts down the time to switch between the social (public) and vigilante (disguised) identities at the cost of making it a magical spectacle of sound and lights. It is not a free action, although a high-level Vigilante can reduce it to almost if not quite that quick.
    • Third-party Pathfinder add-ons include the Henshin Hero class and the Magical Girl / Magical Boy class (possibly named for the pages on this very wiki), which are basically the same thing as each other. The former is physical-based, while the latter is magic-based, but they both have similar Transformation and Finishing Moves abilities. The Henshin Hero's transformation isn't detailed, but the Magical Girl's is described as "an explosion of light and quite possibly ribbons".

    Video Games 
  • Altered Beast has a momentary pause before buffing up when one of the magical floating balls is collected, followed after a third time by a short animated cutscene of the transformation into a werewolf, dragon, or giant cuddly bear with halitosis. The werewolf one is particularly detailed.
    • The Japan- and Europe-only PS2 game Project Altered Beast has probably the least pleasant transformations of all of the examples on this page. The player takes the role of a "Genome Cyborg" named Luke Custer investigating a town that has been overrun with "Genome Mist" transforming all its inhabitants into horrifying monstrosities. The main character appears as a human being but has the ability to take various forms. No matter which form is chosen, it is always accompanied by a gruesome CGI close-up animation showing every aspect of Luke's transformation as body parts shed blood, blow up, fall off and regrow and various organs are mutilated and reshaped, with such excruciating and nauseating detail and intensity and limitless amounts of blood, violence and gore that makes The Fly look like a DreamWorks movie.
  • Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel did this in a reverse effect. Reyvateils remove their clothes during their zoom-in transformation sequences.
  • The Breath of Fire series is the king of this trope for video games, since the main character of each game (all named Ryu) can transform into a dragon or (for the fourth and fifth games) dragon hybrid, with a more elaborate sequence in each game. Furthermore, in the first and third games, a second character has a transformation sequence (Karn in Breath of Fire I, and his Fusions; Rei in Breath of Fire III, and his Weretiger transformation), and the fourth game's antagonist, Fou-Lu, is playable and can also transform into a dragon hybrid in a sequence largely identical to Ryu's. The fourth game also featured transformations from the dragon hybrid form into a full dragon as part of Ryu and Fou-Lu's breath attacks. Finally, Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter had several different variations of the transformation sequence, with the transformation seeming to become easier (but shorter and more urgent) as the D-Counter rose.
  • Transformation sequences were an oft-requested feature in City of Heroes, and a small set of four costume-change emotes were finally released in 2009 with the Magic Booster Pack, as well as four generic transformation sequences. By the time the game closed, there were thirty-three in all. They ran the gamut from emulating Wonder Woman ("Spin") or Captain Marvel ("Lightning"), to being reminiscent of the arrival of time travelers in the various Terminator movies ("Energy Morph"), as well as less-flashy changes like jumping out of frame and landing in the new costume ("Ninja Leap") or simply saluting ("Salute") or backflipping ("Backflip").
    • Kheldians and Nictus, the game's resident body-stealing shape-shifting aliens, follow this trope to a T. Switching into their forms involves a moment of concentration and a big, screen-shaking flash of Kheldian/Nictus energy, whereas switching back just makes the human silently pop into existence where the alien used to be. (Kheldian characters could also use this sequence for a regular costume change).
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 has the Empire's Tengu launching into a backflip and transforming mid-air when switching between mecha and jet forms. In-game.
    • To a smaller extent, the Striker VX does it as well. The intro even shows it extending two spindly legs just prior to landing then folding back it's propeller before firing off-screen.
    • Or for that matter, every single amphibious unit in the game does a Transformation Sequence when going from land to water or the opposite; from Allied Prospectors expanding an air cushion to Soviet Stingrays extending six legs and climbing ashore, Spider Tank style.
  • Every human party member in Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars has a Magical Girl-style transformation sequence — even Wake, though his emphasizes power instead of titillation. The length and flashiness of the transformations is given a Hand Wave two different ways: first, the impracticality of it is due to Minovsky Physics (Wake's transformation produces ether particles, the heroines' depend on them being present); second, they need to transform before they can fight at all, and thus do so long before exposing themselves to actual danger.
  • Diablo 2: In the cutscene before Act IV narrated by Marius, he has the misfortune to witness The Wanderer's horrific transformation into Diablo. Spikes burst out from his back, his face distorts horribly, and it ends with Diablo casting aside what's left of his human shell like a dirty rag.
  • In the Digital Devil Saga games the characters all transform into demons to fight. The player characters and major NPCs emit glowing Tron Lines from the sigils tattooed on their bodies which extend across them before morphing into their monstrous forms, while minor enemies just summon a cylindrical energy field to surround them before being replaced by their monster shape. The sequence is not often seen though, as players almost always start battles already transformed and only start in human form when ambushed. Although they do have the option of switching back and forth between human and devil form in battle, this is rarely a good idea as human form is, unsurprisingly, much weaker. In the second game the player characters also gain access to a 'berserk form' which randomly happens when solar noise is at maximum, forcing them into a half-transformed state with massive attack power and critical chance, but low accuracy, all spells and skills apart from hunt skills sealed and 0 defence.
  • Subverted in Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, when Etna shoots two Sentai members during a transformation sequence because, hey, they were wide open during it. Turns out that was the dumbest thing she could have done...
    • Then again Disgaea 3 and the PSP remake of Disgaea 2 plays this straight with the "magichange" feature (which allows a monster type unit to "merge" with a humanoid unit by acting as a weapon for them), although only the monster unit transforms.
    • One of the combination attack animations in Disgaea 4 has the participants put on a simplistic, multi-person centipede costume, accompanied by dramatic visuals, sound effects, and camera angles.
      • Also features a brief one when monsters combine for the size increasing type of transformation.
    • In Disgaea Dimension 2, Flonne is given temporary Archangel powers, she chooses to manifest it by becoming Pure Flonne the Awakened Angel. With a costume and transformation sequence based on the magical girl anime she watches. However, Flonne avoids the risk of transforming in mid-battle because she wants to show it off to her friends right away and thus did in in the safety of Laharl's throne room, then stays transformed for the remainder of the game.
  • More minor transformation sequences are used in Final Fantasy VII (Vincent's Limit Break) and Wild ARMs 2 (Ashley's transformation into Knight Blazer). These pretty much are of the "original character fades out, new form fades in" variety rather than the flashy sequences mentioned above, though. Ashley's transformation is accompanied by a dramatic Theme Music Power-Up, though.
  • This trope is arguably the entire point of Final Fantasy X-2, as changing Dresspheres (Jobs) involves two transformation sequences (specifically, the first half depends on what job they're changing from, the second half on what job they're changing to). Luckily, there's an option to shorten or turn off the transformation sequences after the first time the girls have changed into their new Dresspheres.
  • Gitaroo Man: The titular hero's can be seen here about a minute into the video. His transformation is sort of rushed in further levels, though.
  • In Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock's Quest mode, every character gets one when you play their encore song for the first time and they transform into their warrior form.
  • The Legend of Dragoon has individual anime-like transformations for every single playable character in the game, as they turn into their Dragoon forms. One villain also gets a mid-battle transformation into a Dragoon with his own sequence. Dart, the main character, gets a second Dragoon form late in the game with an even more over-the-top sequence.
    • Luckily there was a menu option to replace the sequence with a much shorter "Normal form Flash Dragoon form" sequence.
      • But you still got the full transformation sequence of the character who initiated the "transform all" Special command.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
  • Magia Record, a gacha game based on Puella Magi Madoka Magica features massive number of Original Generation Magical Girl in addition to the main cast of the original PMMM anime, and every one of them has a transformation sequence. Original generation characters usually get a simple and short transformation sequence, but the Holy Quintet tend to get transformation sequences that are considerably more complex and loaded with Mythology Gag.
  • Angelic Buster has one in MapleStory in the beginning of her class showing her transformation from Tear to Angelic Buster. You can play it as many times as you want.
  • In Mass Effect 2, when Harbinger engages his Villain Override and takes control of a Collector, the Collector's body goes through one of these. Note that he is not invulnerable during the transformation sequence, allowing a quick-witted player to whittle down his shields and armor before he starts attacking. The transformation sequence elevating him above most structures serving as cover certainly helps getting a few good shots in.
  • Mega Man ZX "Model X! Model Z! Megamerge!"
    • Every single villain and hero also transform in the Star Force games, though admittedly usually everyone except for Geo gets theirs shortened to a quick fade to white and back.
  • Samus, when activating her Power Suit in Metroid: Other M.
  • When a CPU or CPU Candidate in Neptunia activates Hard Drive Divinity, the user switches into a Stripperific bodysuit, her hair changes color and grows (or changes to drill hair in Uni's case), her eyes change color, glow, and sport (white) power symbol shaped pupils, and her weapon will increase in size or at least change how it looks to fit the appearance of the user; in Neptune's case, her voice is also changed as she goes from looking like a preteen to an adult woman. The Transformation Sequence is very Sailor Moon-esque in the first game and rather lengthy at that, but can fortunately be skipped with the press of a button. Arfoire likewise gets a transformation in the first game as well; into a colossal and powerful dragon, that is.
    • These sequences are also clearly meant for the sake of fan service, as we frequently get to see what they look like from an outside perspective when the characters transform during the visual novel segments due to plot reasons: they get enveloped by a column of light for a few seconds which then dissipates, revealing their new form (similar to what happens in-game if you choose to deactivate a transformation during battle). This has also been lampshaded by more than one occasion where a villain is momentarily blinded by the light of a transforming CPU, leading up to a dramatic reveal, such as when Plutia transformed on-screen for the first time.
    • Every later game uses a much shorter sequence, although it's unskippable now (since it hides the new model's load time).
    • And then Megadimension Neptunia VII had the budget to reintroduce gorgeously-animated Magical Girl-esque transformations once again, although thankfully they can still be skipped.
  • Pokémon:
    • Pokemon evolution features the creature fading into its outline, and then the outline shifting into the new evolution, before fading back in. You can glitch this process in the first game, resulting in a near-endless stream of (impossible) evolutions.
    • Pokémon X and Y introduces Mega Evolution, which occurs within battle, and its activation takes place before any other selected attack.
    • Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire further adds Primal Evolution forms for Groudon and Kyogre, which involves an automatic transformation sequence that takes place at the start of the battle, rather than on command.
  • Princess Waltz has a transformation sequence Magical Girl style, but despite it being a hentai game, the fanservice level isn't worse than you average Sailor Moon episode (albeit minus the glowing Barbie Doll Anatomy effect.
  • Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero?: Subverted and parodied by Asagi. In your final battle against her, Asagi will say the words Pretty Prinny Evolve and will appear to flash as her Theme Music Power-Up starts playing. However, once the flash is over, she runs off screen to put on her costume. And the kicker? It's just a Prinny costume.
    Asagi: Hey, no peeking, perv!
  • [PROTOTYPE]: Alex Mercer goes through a lot of morphing, but acquiring a power during a cutscene, the camera zooms in for a sequence with writhing sinews of biomass in the full spectrum of color from black to grey consuming him before he emerges with his new Red Right Hand. You can also do the long version of the sequence at any time by holding the D-pad for the quick-change instead of just pressing it. This lets you see the sequence for powers you acquire as upgrades like Musclemass, Whipfist, and the vision powers.
  • Carbuncle from Puyo Puyo, in this commercial, does the usual intro... right before Carbuncle transforms into a handheld with Carbuncle himself inside it.
  • SaGa Frontier: Red had one but nobody could see it because he needed to maintain his Secret Identity. But a good Secret Identity Change Trick (Power Outage, Mecs only in party, Characters stunned/blinded) allows him to go Alkaiser no problem.
  • Saiyuki: The Journey West features characters who can "WereChange" into monsters. Each one has an elaborate transformation sequence and an equally elaborate reversion sequence. Furthermore, there's two more sequences for transformation and reversion used in cutscenes (even though they otherwise use the same sprites!)
  • Parodied in Silent Hill 3 (Of all places...) when Heather equips her ridiculous Princess Heart outfit, triggering a lengthy transformation.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
    • The series regularly delve into this trope with the titular character's Eleventh Hour Superpowers. The most notable are Super Sonic and most related transformations, and Excalibur Sonic.
    • Similarly, in Sonic Heroes, Metal Sonic receives a very detailed nigh-minute long sequence depicting him transforming into his Metal Madness form.
  • The Steven Universe games, like the cartoon they're based on, feature fusion as a gameplay element, with appropriate sequences:
  • String Tyrant has a transformation sequence upon losing, Mary gets turned into one of denizens of the mansion and is made perfectly happy to be one. The same happens to her friends when Mary captures them.
  • The early Super Mario Bros. and Castlevania games actually pause the action around the player character while he's transforming, though the change in form was fairly instantaneous and without frills otherwise.
  • The SRX from Super Robot Wars has an impressive combinations transformation which has its own theme called "Variable Formation".
  • Super Smash Bros. Melee has a relatively quick transformation sequence between Zelda and Sheik. This is lengthened in Brawl because of loading, and Pokémon Trainer goes through a similar "transformation" when switching Pokémon, but the character transforming cannot be damaged or intercepted from the time the sequence starts to when it ends. There is still a lag period at the end, though.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl Introduces the "Final Smash" which includes a couple of transformations. Wario transforms into "Wario Man" and Bowser transforms into "Giga Bowser".
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: for her debut trailer, Min Min undergoes a transformation to claim the Smash invitation from her rivals, swapping out her ramen chef uniform for her fighting gear.
  • The Tekken series has quite a few. Including Devil Jin's ending from the fifth game and Ogre's transformation into True Ogre in Tekken 3.
  • In World of Warcraft, the Worgen race can switch between a human form and a werewolf form. When becoming a werewolf out of combat they exhibit a rather elaborately animated transformation scene; but since they have to be in werewolf form to participate in combat, entering werewolf form in combat is basically instantaneous.
  • The character of MOMO in Xenosaga gets power-ups that can be used once per fight that include transformation sequences.

    Web Animation 
  • Bee and Puppycat has a downplayed version. Bee's transformation is less exaggerated than most, and Bee groans in complaint the entire time.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Starting with episode 6, this happens when a character changes form.

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  • In Arcana Magi Zero, when Alysia Perez calls for Saga and Megumi Miyazaki calls for Fable, their magic circles would go through their bodies forming their magical outfits and armor.
  • Yuki Shimizu in The Impossible Man has a Transformation Sequence off scene. The plausible reason was to hide her identity from everyone, even her co-workers. Unfortunately her co-workers already figured out her secret identity and she know its too, but she still goes off scene in their presence when there are no villains around to transform.
  • In Magical Girl Policy, each of the spirit guard experience this, though it is so far only shown when Rob transforms for the first time.
  • The Metaverse has two examples.
    • Tom Fury attempts to replicate Ultraman's transformation into his signature gear...but he hasn't quite gotten the hang of it yet.
    • Kid Sideburns becomes the superhero Captain Mental to defeat Coyle Commander byputting on a mask and having his clothes magically change,

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  • Filmation uses this trope a lot in general. In addition to the ones with their own entries in this section (He-Man, She-Ra, Shazam), there was also Web Woman, Super Strech and Microwoman, Fantastic Voyage, Filmation's Ghostbusters (the 1986 cartoon), and Bravestarr (30-30 had transformation sequences when he went from bipedal to quadrupedal and back, though these rarely lasted more than a few seconds), just to name a few.
  • Hanna-Barbera:
    • This studio was great at filling time with these sequences. In addition to the Thing, there was the Mighty Mightor (with a sequence very similar to He-Man, but predating it by twenty years), the Arabian Knights, The Impossibles, The Super Globetrotters, the Super Friends (in the Wonder Twins' segments), Wonder Wheels, Mighty Man and Yukk, the Drak Pack, and even the SWAT Kats.
    • Hanna-Barbera also spoofed this trope with one version of Captain Caveman. On The Flintstones Comedy Show, he worked as a copy boy named Chester at a stone-age newspaper, disguising himself only with a pair of glasses and his cape folded into a bowtie. Despite the minimal disguise, he still required a coat rack and an overly-elaborate transformation sequence (which included heroic music, explosions, lightning bolts, rockets, fireworks, glittery stars, foghorns, and was so loud that the entire city of Bedrock could hear it) to become Captain Caveman — even though the actual "transformation" part just had him straightening out his cape and hanging the glasses on the coat rack.
  • Atomic Puppet: Joey and AP have one when Joey puts AP on his hand to transform into Atomic Puppet. It doesn't appear in every episode, and sometimes it's just a partial version of the full sequence, but when it happens, it's awesome.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The Avatar State has this happen with a pause that is clearly in real time, with most people just too scared to react when they see it. Azula commits a dire breach of anime etiquette when she takes advantage of Aang's Transformation Sequence to shoot him from behind with a lightning bolt. note 
    • He learned from that event, though, and by the time the Avatar state kicks in again later, it's instantaneous; his eyes glow for a moment as he gathers power, and then he uses it under full control... most of the time.
  • This was one of the reasons that The Avengers: United They Stand was so poorly received by fans of the comic. Ant-Man, Wasp, Falcon, and Hawkeye all got elaborate Transformation Sequences that involved being covered by armor that was, for the purposes of their abilities, completely unnecessary.
  • In Bananaman it's triggered whenever Eric eats a banana. Its most famous form is in the Opening Credits, in which Eric sprouts muscles and grows two feet.
  • Ben 10:
    • Ben has ten unique, albeit recycled, sequences, one for each alien creature Ben has the ability to change into (though Grey Matter's didn't actually get used until Season 2). Two more are added in Season 2, but one was lost after the events of "Ghostfreaked Out". Some are longer and more detailed than others, but all follow the same pattern of showing the change progressing outward from his wrist. Sometimes a simple green flash of light is substituted for the transformation, and red light is always used for Ben changing back. Seasons 3 and 4 added more new aliens, but no new sequences, oddly enough. Future-Ben supposedly had ten thousand alien forms but we (obviously) didn't see all of them.
    • Pop-up trivia versions of some first season episodes noted that the detailed sequences are slowed down compared to reality, which is the green flash of light.
    • One-shot villain Doctor Viktor gets his own Transformation Sequence, going from oversized scientist into Frankenstein-ish monster. It's only used once, though.
    • Ben 10: Alien Force also has the sequences, and he's gained a tendency to say the name of each creature he's turned into when he's done. The changes are actually instantaneous, as he's shown an ability to simply switch between forms in seconds when needed. It also regularly shows him changing back. Both of the latter use the same "glowing green dots" effect.
      • Early episodes of Alien Force use near identical sequences for every alien, with only the final shot of the alien form changing, although they quickly became more varied.
      • Interestingly, most of the transformation sequences either transition smoothly back into the scene, or the alien is only revealed when it cuts back.
      • One particularly humorous moment has Ben's parents (who have forbidden him from using the Omnitrix) managing to catch him in the act during one of his (around 10-second) sequences, in episode 20 of Alien Force.
      • The third season episode Ghost Town marks the only time a transformation sequence was used to represent Ben changing back (recycling the footage seen earlier, naturally), perhaps due to it being Ben wrenching control back from an attempted takeover by Ghostfreak and forcing the change.
      • Ben 10: Omniverse has flashbacks to the original series era, and has a lot of new sequences in the old style. As for the present, such scenes are rare. However, the in-scene transformation shows more actual changing than in years past, using a green silhouette visibly shifting between them (the original series had a green flash; Alien Force and Ultimate Alien had a green flash with Kirby Dots.)
  • The Bionic Six had one, touching a ring on one hand to a bracelet on the other arm, while shouting "Bionics On!" Bionic-1 and Karate-1 also had solo versions, and all the heroes had brief non-stock footage versions as well. Karate-1 once subverted the "transformation" part by activating his bionics without changing his outfit, leaving him looking exactly the same. The villains had their own non-stock footage version, where they'd bring their fist to their chest and declare "Hail, Scarab!", but this was used to transform back to their normal form when disguised, rather than transforming from their normal form to a super-powered one.
  • CenturionsAbout a 15-second sequence, as all the various parts of the chosen weapons system would beam in and attach to the hero's exo-frame one at a time, most ending with the helmet rudely clamping on to the head. Often showed all three heroes transforming back-to-back, and had the same trigger phrase: "Power Xtreme!" (Later episodes of the show usually skipped the stock footage, and just showed the pieces appearing and attaching all at once. The two Sixth Rangers added later never even got the stock footage versions).
  • Danny Phantom:
    • The transformation sequence here is refreshingly simple and short, while still being rather stylish with a chance to play around with it and not use Stock Footage. Whenever the titular character wants to transform into the titular alter-ego he simply focuses for a few seconds, a ring of blue white light appears, bisects and travels over him, leaving one superhero in place. Easy, done.
    • Big Bad and Evil Counterpart Vlad has an almost identical Transformation Sequence, except that his ring of energy is black.
  • In DC Super Hero Girls 2019, all of the Super Hero and Villain Girls have Magical Girl-esque sequences.
  • At least Once an Episode on Dino Squad when the teens morph to dinosaur form.
  • Freakazoid!:
    • In one episode, Freakazoid meets a werewolf, who used the classic Universal sequence of a still of the human actor, a series of transitional paintings, and finally the actor in full makeup. Freakazoid then says "I can do that too!" and sits in the same chair, transitioning through a series of paintings of him doing weird faces, plus a few random cameos from other characters, before arriving at himself.
    • Subverted with Dexter Douglas' own transformation into Freakazoid, which is a simple brief in-scene flash of light, activated by Dexter saying "Freak out!", and changing back to Dexter in a simple flash of light by saying "Freak in!" One episode featured him changing into random celebrities instead of into Dexter when he said "Freak in!", much to his consternation.
  • Hanna-Barbera's late 1970s Fred and Barney Meet the Thing featured The Thing from the Fantastic Four as a teenager (stated in several episodes to be due to a cure gone wrong), but he could become the Thing by touching his rings together and announcing "Thing Ring, Do Your Thing". This also had a reverse transformation sequence, without a required phrase. See both transformations here. The series was mostly humorous in intention, and it even spoofed itself. At least one episode had the hero retreat to a nearby doorway to transform, only to be interrupted by an old woman exiting the door. She stopped long enough to give him a lecture.
  • The Nickelodeon TV movie Groove Squad was about three cheerleaders who could transform into] superpowered cheerleaders by drinking a magical red juice. After they drank said juice, the girls went through a rather overdone transformation sequence to change into their superheroine forms.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983):
  • Spoofed in an episode of Invader Zim. Gir begins a Transformation Sequence, complete with music, lights, and midair spinning... and then simply steps into his dog costume and zips it up.
  • Iron Man had a terrible-looking CGI sequence for having his suitcase unfold into his suit, which he steps into and has it close around him.
  • Subverted with Jerrica "Jem" Benton of Jem, which is only a "Showtime, Synergy" to summon the Jem hologram and a "Show's Over, Synergy" to remove the Jem hologram — the answer is usually a pink light and very quick.
  • Kaeloo, Once per Episode. It shows her standing on a red ground with cracks in it and magma underneath while she starts Hulking Out, part by part. Somewhat odd as she has been shown on many occasions to be able to transform into her Bad Kaeloo form near-instantly. From Season 3 onwards, she transforms into Bad Kaeloo instantly without the transformation sequence.
  • The 90's cartoon King Arthur & the Knights of Justice had a transformation sequence for each of the knights as they put on their battle armor. Sometimes it was further padded by transforming their horses.
  • From France, we have Lolirock, where the three main characters get their own transformation sequence. Talia and Ariana's sequences are sometimes shown together, though.
  • Magic Adventures of Mumfie gives Scarecrow one in "Scarecrowella". He also has a changing back sequence.
  • Lampshaded and spoofed in Megas XLR: when a group of Magical Girls confront Jamie, they transform. Jamie just stands there waiting patiently and bored, until they finally finish after more than a minute. Even better, the Sailor Moon Expy had a longer sequence than the others, so while the other girls were already done and posing, she kept spinning and spinning and spinning... to the point where by the end of the sequence, the other girls were already looking at her to see if she was done.
  • Mike the Knight puts on his armor via a contraption that looks a bit like a Clock Punk version of Iron Man's assembly robots.
  • Miraculous Ladybug has stock footage sequences for Marinette/Ladybug and Adrien/Cat Noir, both following the Magical Girl transformation sequence formula to a T (minus the disappearing clothes). Marinette's first transformation, however, went slightly less smoothly. In later seasons, other Miraculous users get their own sequences, including the Big Bad himself. (Spoilers for Hawkmoth's identity starting at 3:29)
  • Monster Buster Club: "MBC, poooooooower up!!"
  • Mummies Alive! had this. "With the strength of Ra!"
  • Most of the time after the first few episodes this happened in Static Shock, even though his costume was just regular clothes altered by the hero to obscure his identity. Though it was used less and less as the show went on, it was sometimes used to great effect if it happens when Static finally finds a power source to charge his electricity after running low for a while, signifying how powerful he is at full charge.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "A Canterlot Wedding –- Part 2", the evil queen Chrysalis of the Changelings has a monstrous transformation sequence when she regain her true form.
    • "Princess Twilight Sparkle –- Part 1": Though in real-space instead of a fancy background, we get a point-by-point transformation of Princess Luna into Nightmare Moon in a flashback to her final battle with Princess Celestia a thousand years ago. The teeth reshaping themselves to becoming pointy is the part that looked like it really, really ought to hurt (and when the reformed Luna resumes her old appearance for the Halloween episode, getting into the spirit of things by scaring some kids, she transforms via magic but the teeth are artificial; maybe it really does hurt).
    • "It Ain't Easy Being Breezies": Twilight Sparkle turns herself and the rest of the Mane Six into Breezies in order to help the other Breezies get home before it's too late. Which includes a transformation sequence when they're transforming into Breezies.
    • In "Twilight's Kingdom –- Part 2", the Mane Six assuming their Rainbow Power forms is accompanied by a brief Ball of Light Transformation.
    • Even Big Mac gets in on this in "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep" — before you ask, it is in a dream. His is a homage to the Magical Girl genre — the music and glowing in particular is a take on Sailor Moon.
  • The Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero episode "Ninki Ninja Fight Town" features Sashi undergoing a transformation that's a parody of Sailor Moon's -- all of Sailor Moon's, getting fancier and fancier as it continues. It lasts so long she's disqualified from the tournament.
  • The Powerpuff Girls: In the episode "Super Zeroes," the girls each try to change their look to be more like the super hero in their favorite comic books, complete with such elaborate transformations that, by the time they're done, the monster has left town. Blossom gets a suiting up sequence to turn into a Wonder Woman-inspired hero, Buttercup gets a dark magical transformation into a Spawn-inspired anti-hero, while Bubbles... crawls under the bed, emerges in a magical land, slides down a rainbow, and finds a bunny costume to wear.
  • An Animated Adaptation of Shazam featured Billy, Mary, and Freddy, and a drawn-out transformation sequence. Unlike most, they had sequences for transforming back to normal as well, and a variety of different stock sequences for various combinations of the main characters, transforming singly, in pairs, or all three at once.
  • She-Hulk's transformation scene in the 1990s Incredible Hulk episode "Doomed" is still venerated for graphic depictions of female muscle growth and Breast Expansion while Jennifer Walters apparently has an orgasm.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power:
    • Adora has a transformation sequence, though it's often frequently averted (with the transformation being an instantaneous flash of light instead), with the full transformation reserved for more dramatic moments.
    • She gets a new outfit and a new sequence to go with it in Season 5 after she gains better control of her powers after her sword is broken and she needs to learn how to transform without it. The new outfit and sequence incorporates Glimmer's wings into her shoes, Bow's heart on her chest, and Catra's mask on her tiara
    • Swiftwind doesn't have a proper transformation sequence when he's introduced (he's accidentally transformed from a normal horse early on, and remains a winged unicorn from then on), but he gets a spoof sequence in a short, even calling it a transformation sequence.
    • Mermista gets a brief one in an Imagine Spot where she transforms into "Sea-Ra." Keep in mind that she is narrating the whole thing to her friends.
      Mermista: Then it's like, sparkle, sparkle, dolphin, sparkle.
      Adora: Mermista.
      Mermista: I get shoes that are slightly better than my normal shoes. There's probably another dolphin.
      Adora: Mermista!
      Mermista: Then I twirl, and my hair does this thing where it looks all messy, but it's actually, like, super-beautiful.
    • In Season 5, we get to see the transformation sequence of the previous She-Ra, Mara.
  • Mon-Star, main villain of SilverHawks, has a very similar transformation sequence to Mumm-Ra. One interesting note is that he grows metal spikes from various parts of his body, which is animated in a way that looks fairly painful, but no mention of pain is made.
  • Once the Skysurfer Strike Force activated their transforming watches, they would transform into heroes and their cars would become rocket boards.
  • Parodied in the South Park episode "Good Times With Weapons," in which the kids buy some real ninja-weapons that — in their imaginations — transform them into crime-fighting ninjas through a lightning-transformation sequence... and who end up almost putting Butters' eye out with a ninja-star, as a parody of the potential harm caused by violent cartoons.
    • Done again in "Coon vs. Coon & Friends", when Bradley plays a superhero called Mint-Berry Crunch who has superpowers he could call upon by turning in place and saying the magic word, "Shablagoo!"
    • There's also "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", in which the band is faced with a lynch mob of townspeople and titular pirate ghosts. Although they're generally a parody of archtypical protagonists in Scooby-Doo-type mystery shows in this episode, Korn launches into an obtuse transformation sequence that turns them into... various types of corn. Even the pirate ghosts are stunned.
      Jonathan: (after the band changes back) Alright! Great job, gang!
      Cartman: That didn't help at all.
      Head: We know. It's just cool to do.
  • In Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Man's amazing friends could do it, to his envy (since he has to actually put on his costume).
    Iceman and Firestar: "For us..." Flash! "'s easy!"
  • In the Too Good to Last 1999 animated series Spider-Man Unlimited (nothing to do with the comic with the same name) he finally got one via nanotech. When he's going to the Darker and Edgier war zone that is Counter-Earth, he trades his old threads for a Stark tech suit made of nanites that surround him during an anime-style sequence.
  • The Spider-Woman cartoon series features a transformation sequence for Jessica Drew to change into the title heroine wherein she spins around like the live-action Wonder Woman series (including the explosive flash in the middle).
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • As befitting its Magical Girl-inspired themes and style, Star performs one when unlocking her Golden Super Mode at the end of "The Battle for Mewni". It looks like something out of Sailor Moon or Pretty Cure.
    • More humorously, she uses her Radiant Shadow Transform spell to change her outfit in order to infiltrate St. Olga's School For Wayward Princesses in the episode of the same name.
  • In the Steven Universe episode "Beach Party", the Crystal Gems change outfits by posing over flamboyant backgrounds and shouting their names one by one. Inverted somewhat because what they're "transforming" into is just normal, casual outfits meant for partying on the beach.
  • Super Duper Sumos: The sumos goes through a transformation sequence to become "Sumo-Sized."
  • Super Monsters has one at the beginning of each episode. The episode Bookends with a detransformation sequence as well.
  • Super Why! has a sequence where the four protagonists turn into their hero forms before going into the book they need to solve their problem. In Season 2, their dog Woofster gets into the act, too.
  • Sym-Bionic Titan has this when the three mechas (Manus, Corus and Octus) form into the eponymous robot.
  • Teamo Supremo featured a rather drawn-out transformation sequence in each episode, activated (somehow) by the team jumping Brenda's jump-rope together at a high speed.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), of the monstrous variety:
    • In an episode, April O'Neil is turned into a wasp and you see the wings and antenna emerge from her.
    • She also became a Cat Girl in "The Catwoman of Channel Six", though the only on-screen part of the sequence was right at the end. Most of it was a Slow Transformation instead.
  • In Teen Titans, Cyborg had a rather epic one in The End: Part 1. He connects himself to the main Titans Tower power system, unloads some very big guns against a glowing white background with crackling electricity and shoots Slade and his minions with the mother of all sonic blasts. ...Doesn't stop Slade, but it was worth a shot. Unfortunately, this is never used again.
  • In Thunder Cats and reboot ThunderCats (2011):
  • Played with in the Tiny Toon Adventures short "The Amazing Three", when Babs breaks out the "Acme Little Wonder Makeup Kit" — complete with a outer space-themed Love Bubbles background and Orbital Shot. On the other hand, the actual "transformation" just involves manually putting on makeup and changing clothes; and they're not getting any superpowers, they're just getting ready to go to a party.
  • Curiously, the original appearance of the Transformers in the West did not include overt transformation sequences. The characters would make the switch between robot and vehicle/device forms wherever they were standing in complete continuity with the scene (although they always transformed the exact same way). This is more cultural than cost; newer series such as the shows of the Unicron Trilogy, which were actual anime, frequently featured such scenes, and the Japanese Alternate Continuity third season of Generation 1 featured transformation sequences for new characters only (old ones kept scene continuity).
    • One exception to the stock footage: in the 1986 animated movie, Hot Rod never transforms the same way twice. This is possibly because Hot Rod wouldn't need a transformation sequence for the series since he becomes Rodimus Prime at the end so there didn't need to be one in place. Other characters who premiered in the movie and then went on to the next season of the show, like Kup and Arcee, did have standard transformation sequences.
    • Transformers: Animated is generally in-scene but faster than G1, unless the bot in question is about to do something important (e. g., Megatron transforming for the first time after being rebuilt and telling the Decepticons to "Transform and Rise Up"). Then you get full-on Japan-esque transformation sequences, mostly for dramatic effect. However, we don't the "[name], transform!" call the actual Japan-original series have.
    • Beast Wars didn't have the music and lights, but did consider them a free action, such as Cheetor going into robot mode while outrunning a fireball.
      • The were more or less free actions considering that many of them had forms that had the same parts for legs or otherwise the ability to fly (in the above Case, Cheator shifts while leaping in mid air, so never actually slows down, and was still able to pull it off without the transformation itself being any faster than usual). Rattrap shows this shortly after acquiring his transmetal form and used the momentum from his motorized wheels to transition into a flying leap so that he could aim a few gunshots at Megatron without stopping.
    • Transformers: Prime has only one prolonged transformation sequence, which ironically is given to Nemesis Prime, the only non-Cybertronian transforming robot in the show. This is presumably to emphasise his imperfect mechanical nature, whereas actual Cybertronians have far faster and more fluid transformations.
    • Rescue Bots is probably the first western Transformers series to use transformation sequences on a regular basis. Sadly lacking the traditional "[name], transform!" command used in RID (the old one) and the UT, without which such scenes seem kind of... naked.
    • The '15 series Transformers: Robots in Disguise will be utilizing flashy transformation sequences as evidenced by the teaser trailer.
  • In the Voltron Force episode "Flash Form a Go", the force meets an enemy that refuses to follow transformation chivalry, ramming the lions apart whenever they try to form Voltron, an act that takes precisely 36 seconds, according to Daniel.
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender has the Combining Mecha variety of this: when the characters shout "form Voltron," we see the Lions interlocking into each other and powering up into the titular Voltron. Occasionally skipped, but usually if it's a big important feel-good moment, we're getting this trope.
  • Winx Club and its Spin-Off Pop Pixie: The Winx fairies each have completely unique transformations for each fairy form. As of Season 8, they have had basic fairy, Charmix, Enchantix, Believix, Sophix, Lovix, Harmonix, Sirenix, Bloomix, Mythix, Butterflix, Tynix and Cosmix, though Sophix and Lovix were one-time transformations. With six girls, plus four for Roxy, Diaspro, Daphne and Miele, this makes 67 different transformations. Add in the movie versions of Enchantix and Believix, as well as the basic form getting a revamped transformation in Nick's specials, plus the redone sequences in Season 8, and the number is brought up to 89.
  • W.I.T.C.H. gets a full-on anime-style sequence. The Barbie Doll Anatomy "naked" silhouette part is dropped in Season 2.

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Ultimate Level Digivolutions

The partner Digimon (minus Angemon) all evolve from champion to ultimate level.

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