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Basic Trope: A ShapeShifter transforms into The Hero's loved one, giving him hesitation.

  • Straight: Eva transforms into Bob's dead little sister Alice, forcing Bob into a Heroic BSoD.
  • Exaggerated: Eva transforms into Bob's dead family, driving Bob to suicide.
  • Downplayed: Eva transforms into Bob's pet dog, which makes Bob confused.
  • Justified:
    • Eva knows about Bob's past to hit where it hurts.
    • Eva feeds off misery to live, and her time is nearly up so she takes Alice's form to feed off Bob's emotions.
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    • Eva isn't well adapted/trained for direct confrontations, with her shapeshifting abilities being better suited for stealth and infiltration missions. So, when she ends up engaged in a duel with Bob, she decides to take Alice's form to confuse him and try to make a shift escape.
  • Inverted:
    • Eva transforms into Bob's sworn-enemy, and taunts him in order to make him lose his composure and judgment.
    • Eva is on Bob's side, and transforms into Bob's mentor to give him more confidence.
  • Subverted:
    • Eva transforms into Alice, but Bob gives no response...
    • Alternatively, all the transformation manages to do is piss Bob off. "You don't deserve to wear that face!"
  • Double Subverted: Until Eva, as Alice, calls him out for letting her die. Cue BSOD.
  • Parodied: Eva turns into Bob's neglectful father, hoping to start a Heroic BSoD. Cue the parental abandonment issues.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • This strategy never comes across Eva's mind
    • Eva transforms into someone Bob has never met.
  • Enforced: "We're contractually obligated to have Alice's actress appear in another episode, but the character's dead. How about we have Eva shapeshift into her to emotionally freak out Bob?"
  • Lampshaded: "Oh yeah, transform into my dead little sister, very original."
  • Invoked: Eva starts studying all the information regarding Bob's lost sister, just in case she ends up in trouble and she has to use that transformation against him.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied:
    • Eva doesn't go for old wounds, seeing them as a cheap way to achieve a win.
    • Bob's instant response to seeing Alice again is to open fire. As he figures it, Alice is dead so either she's a hallucination or ghost (won't be harmed, he'll blame shooting at thin air on being spooked by something if necessary), a zombie or clone (better safe than sorry, he's making her rest again) or a shapeshifter (such as Eva).
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  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Eva transforms into Alice, but instead of pressing a BSOD button, it pressed a Berserk Button. Eva soon finds herself in fifteen separate pieces, with enough of her body to still be torn apart.
  • Reconstructed: Eva decides to stay as Alice, so that while Bob is killing her, it would look like he's killing Alice, thus BSOD moment.
  • Implied: Bob inexplicably sees Alice after her death, and there was previously a throwaway line about shapeshifters being discovered.

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