The 10 Craziest Cartoon Transformations (Not Performed by Robots)

By T.J. Dietsch in Cartoons, Daily Lists
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 8:06 am
5) She-Hulk
She's feeling good, folks. You wouldn't like her when she's feeling good. After a season of moody and introspective episodes, the mid-90s Incredible Hulk animated series took a more lighthearted turn when Bruce Banner and his cousin Jennifer -- a.k.a. She-Hulk -- started palling around. Originally turned into She-Hulk thanks to an injury sustained while going up against Dr. Doom in the first season, Jennifer really enjoyed becoming She-Hulk. Maybe a little too much? Play the clip and just listen to the audio, and tell us it doesn't sound like dialog that could come from the upcoming Hulk porn parody.

4) Bones Jones from Mutant League
Though he only transformed in the first episode, Bones Jones was a football player who changed after the ground gave out from under a football field to reveal barrels and barrels of toxic waste that mutated him and everyone else in the arena. Now, mostly a skeleton, Bones leads a team of fellow mutants through a series of different sports including, for some reason, volleyball. There's a lot about this cartoon based on the '90s Mutant League videogame series that doesn't make a lot of sense, but we're most surprised by the fact that they showed the main character's skin melting off of his body. Even more curious is that they showed it happen in the series' opening credits week in and week out. How did they get away with it?!

3) Bananaman
Leave it to the Brits to come up with a questionable version of the Captain Marvel (Shazam, not Kree) mythos in which deep-throating a banana turns a small boy into a chesty superhero called Bananaman. There's something exceedingly creepy about the whole thing.

2) The Ghost Busters
Based not on the '80s classic comedy movie of a similar name but actually a '70s TV show called Ghost Busters, the animated Ghost Busters was created to play off of the success of the much more popular film and also to compete with The Real Ghostbusters. Whether you love or hate the adventures of Jake, Eddie and Tracy the Gorilla, you've got to admit that these guys went through a lot of trouble just to change their clothes. First our heroes have to jump into a bone armoire of sorts and punch in the correct code on a skull which then sends them into another dimension filled with demons and monsters. There they are manhandled by giant skeleton hands, thrown onto a mystical spider-web that disappears all but their boxers and then set onto a conveyer belt -- also made of bone -- that first puts their ghost busting uniform on and then slaps their gear in place. Finally, to leave this strange dimension they have to jump onto a trapeze and dismount onto a slide that sends them back into their regular world where they have to rely on Tracy to pull a lever that will allow them to bounce off of an old mattress into the garage where their talking, transforming car awaits them. Couldn't they just keep that gear in their room and change like normal people, especially poor Eddie who doesn't fair as well in the demon dimension as Jake? Who's to say how precise or well-intending those skeleton hands are and whether they may or may not just toss you into a completely different dimension wearing nothing but heart-covered underwear?

1) Everybody in Dragonball Z
When it comes to transforming, only the robots seem to have more than the Dragonball Universe. At first, Goku and his fellow aliens called the Saiyans only transform into giant apes. But eventually they almost all can turn Super Saiyan, which gives them immense power and the characters' trademark spiky blond hair and blue eyes. Why ostensibly Japanese aliens turn into Aryan stereotypes to defeat their enemies is not worth examining closely -- seriously, it's not -- especially since at least have the bad guys in the show can also transform, usually multiple times, often by eating people. Oh, and then the main characters can actually fuse with each other, and transform again. And then at one point, Goku transforms into Super Saiyan 4, which turns his hair black again. But he also turns into a giant golden monkey at one point, too. See? Best not to worry about it too much.

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