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Basic Trope: A character (usually a villain) transforms into a reptilian monster.

  • Straight: Emperor Evuls becomes a giant snake.
  • Exaggerated: Emperor Evuls becomes the Ur-Dragon, with six pairs of wings and draconic powers that surpass those of every other dragon whom has existed and will ever exist.
  • Downplayed: Emperor Evuls grows a serpent-like tail, draconic wings, draconic scales, and/or horns, adopting a draconic appearance, but still being of roughly humanoid shape and size.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • The hero, Bob, turns into a dragon to get the upper hand.
    • A reptilian villain turns into a mammalian monster to try to gain the upper hand.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • He just teleported, in order to complete his transformation into a dragon from a safe distance.
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    • Evulz turned into a teeny-tiny snake in order to slip through the cracks.
  • Parodied:
    • Emperor Evulz turns into a parade-float shaped like a snake, and floats away to freedom.
    • Emperor evulz turns into a completely normal snake. Hiro just shrugs, and steps on him.
  • Zig Zagged: Both Evulz and Hiro transform into dragons, but they change forms throughout their Shapeshifter Showdown. Even then, Evulz favors reptilian forms, and is finally slain in the form of a snake with hiro in the form of an eagle.
  • Averted: Evulz does not transform at all.
  • Enforced: "Bowderise Showing kids to stab people is wrong! Showing kids you can stab lizards is A-ok!"
  • Lampshaded:
    Hiro: So you're a dragon now? Doesn't matter! I'll make you into a handbag!
    Emperor Evulz: Wow. And people call me evil.
  • Invoked: Evulz has an entire selection of transformations spells, but decides on the dragon because it's most dramatically appropriate.
  • Exploited:
    • Hiro had prepared for this eventuality, and turns himself into a giant mongoose.
    • The sudden gain in weight breaks the fragile bridge Hiro had goaded Evulz into standing on, sending the latter plummeting to his Disney Villain Death
  • Defied: "I will not turn into a snake. It never helps."
  • Discussed: "Is it a tradition among dark lords to transform into a giant lizard before the final battle, or is it just weird co-incidence?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:

I shall show you my draconic powers now at Scaled Up so I can crush you.

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