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This article is about the Red Dwarf character. For the Red Dwarf episode, see RD: Polymorph.
"Danger! Do not attempt to open this pod. The creature inside is extremely hostile. It feeds off the human psyche, seeks out the deranged, the unbalanced and the emotionally crippled."
Genetic Waste Pod[src]

HistoryEdit

OriginEdit

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A polymorph in scuttling form

A polymorph is a shape-shifting organism that can change into anything it pleases, and lives by draining a person of a negative emotion. It was designed to be the perfect warrior, blending into any background, causing confusion and disarray amongst the enemy by playing with their emotions, but the creature mutated into something terrifying its creators couldn't control. One of the polymorph's forms appears somewhat similar to the xenomorph alien from the movie Alien.

The Polymorph in the episode Polymorph also appeared to have some form of sentience. Examples appear in the start of the episode where it speaks when excusing itself after a large burp. It also showed disgust at the sight of its own reflection and went through a number of shapes before settling on a fluffy white rabbit. Only then did it decide on a basketball because it had better mobility.

ReproductionEdit

Deceased-Female-Polymorph

A deceased female polymorph after depositing her eggs in an accepting host

Female polymorphs lay their eggs in suitable humanoid hosts, through the use of a protruding tube out of their back that shoves its way down the mouth. Once inside these eggs grow into morphlings that eventually shoot out of any convenient orifice. Female polymorphs often die after successfully depositing their eggs. As a defence mechanism the morphlings will assume the shape of tumours when threatened by the risk of early extraction. Once born they try to become common household objects in order to blend in, and will also assume the shapes of cute animals when discovered. They also release an oxytocin hormone into the host's body in order to make them feel maternal. Due to their rapid development these defences only need to work for a short time before the morhplings become fully grown, often killing each other early on in order to reduce the competition between them.

DomesticationEdit

The Emohawk is a partially domesticated form of polymorhph used by Kinitawowi GELFs.

List of Forms taken by PolymorphsEdit

Polymorph

  • Plodgy form
  • A teddy bear
  • bucket and spade
  • pot of red flowers (a bowl of petunias)
  • Tonka dump truck,
  • a doll wearing a long hoop dress
  • white rotary-dial telephone
  • toy elephant
  • two-tone hat
  • a baseball mitt with ball,
  • a toy boxer
  • a toy drum
  • a yellow lamp
  • a red toy Volkswagen beetle,
  • a rollerskate
  • a traffic cone
  • a lampshade
  • a toy penguin with a sign on its belly
  • a piggy bank
  • a Ken doll
  • a blue potty
  • an alarm clock
  • a tennis ball
  • a tennis shoe
  • a large pot
  • a yellow Koosh Ball
  • a floor-scrub brush
  • a bucket on its side
  • a tiny blue toy whale
  • a statue of Indian origin
  • an incandescent lightbulb,
  • a red old-style horn
  • bell end down
  • a yellow ball
  • a red sock
  • a fluffy white rabbit.
  • a red-white- and-blue basketball
  • Shami Kebab Diablo
  • Lister's Underpants
  • Snake
  • Large Polymoph Monster - Sucks fear from Lister
  • Plodgy form
  • Geny {Human Woman}
  • Large Polymoph Monster - Sucks vanity from the Cat
  • Rimmer
  • Large Polymoph Monster - Sucks guilt from the Kryten
  • Mrs. Rimmer
  • Large Polymoph Monster - Sucks anger from the Rimmer
  • Large Polymoph Monster - destroyed by the heat seeking Bazookoids

Can of Worms

  • Ankita (Female Cat)
  • chatter teeth
  • a rubik's cube
  • a slinky
  • a rubber duck
  • a pineapple
  • a giraffe toy
  • a plush soccer ball
  • a fish toy
  • a jack-o-lantern
  • a toy boat
  • lager cans
  • a water dish
  • a Maneki-neko
  • a flower pot of roses
  • a plush duck with label
  • a toy car
  • a toy crab
  • a large red balloon
  • a chinchilla with a pink hat
  • hamsters on skateboards with hats
  • dalmatian puppies
  • a piglet with a bow
  • a white kitten
  • a hedgehog in a top hat sitting inside a mini shopping trolley
  • Cat
  • Lister
  • Kryten
  • Rimmer

Second PolymorphEdit

The Remastered version replaces the second-Lister scene with another shot of a bouncing ball, with a caption explaining that the second Polymorph, which was less intelligent than the first, stowed away in Lister's clean underpants drawer....where it died of old age many years later. According to Doug Naylor, the reason the ending was changed in the Remastered version was that he was getting tired of fans asking what happened to the second Polymorph.

NovelsEdit

The Grant Naylor novel Better Than Life provides a slightly different origin to the polymorphs. According to that book, the surviving GELFs of a great war were dumped on a garbage world (actually future Earth) and left to die. Most did die, except for those specifically suited to survive in such an environment. The polymorphs evolved from these organisms.

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