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I can keep you grounded, or I can rile you up.

I can facilitate your travel, or I can discourage you from going.

I have assumed many forms including that of a cyborg, a professor, and a statue.

What am I?

Hint:

As long as people desire entertainment, my forms are seemingly endless.

Hint #2:

Two of my other notable forms are a schizophrenic mind, and a sled.

Hint #3:

The forms I have explicitly mentioned are, essentially, intangible. Some of the clues in the main body of puzzle point toward tangible items.

Hint #4:

The wordplay here is playing with multiple definitions. The “forms” apply to only one of these definitions.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does rot13(pubbfr lbhe bja nqiragher?) relate to your hint? $\endgroup$ – David Robie Nov 6 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Not exactly, no. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ does it have to do with rot13(zbivrf) possibly rot13(sebz n fcrpvsvp pbzcnal?) $\endgroup$ – MilesZew Nov 6 at 18:20
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Vg vf erfgevpgrq arvgure gb n fcrpvsvp pbzcnal abe gb zbivrf va trareny, gubhtu zbivrf ner n cevzr rknzcyr.) $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 18:24
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Based on TwoBitOperation's answer, I'm guessing its

Spoiler

I can keep you grounded

A car spoiler keeps it grounded

I can rile you up

Being spoiled makes people angry

I can facilitate your travel

Spoilers on plane wings help them fly

I can discourage you from going

If something is spoiled for you, you don't want to go as much

Everything regarding the hints and the forms is laid out in TwoBitOperation's answer, but in summary

Each form is a famous spoiler

Also, for the title

A reader should beware a spoiler when reading a book

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  • $\begingroup$ Ah, of course! I think you have it! $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Nov 12 at 19:25
  • $\begingroup$ Couldn't have done it without you getting most of the way there! $\endgroup$ – Rishabh2 Nov 12 at 19:27
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! I was impressed with many of the answers this question received, but this one is the intended answer. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 12 at 20:46
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You could be a

shock

Name of the puzzle

"You are in for a shock" is a phrase

I can keep you grounded

An electric shock could fuse circuitry so that there is a short to ground

Or I can rile you up

A shock can be a disturbance causing instability. A person who is shocked can be upset or outraged.

I can facilitate your travel

Shock absorbers or "shocks" in a vehicle make a smoother ride, helping you drive

I can discourage you from going

Entering medical shock can prevent people from dying or "going to the other side"

I have assumed many forms including that of a cyborg

Not sure about this one. Lots of enemies in System Shock are cyborgs. Also, there is an EDM song called "cyborg shock".

A professor

Professor Shock from the Goosebumps books

A statue

There's a company called "Pop Culture Shock", who make statues of game figures

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    $\begingroup$ Good effort, but this answer is incorrect. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 5 at 20:39
  • $\begingroup$ The main answer, or some clue explanations? $\endgroup$ – David Robie Nov 5 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ The main answer and the explanations are incorrect. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 5 at 20:40
  • $\begingroup$ Is it at all related to ROT13(Gur Tbbfrohzcf senapuvfr)? Because, ROT13(Ernqre Orjner, Lbh'er Va Sbe n FPNER) $\endgroup$ – David Robie Nov 5 at 20:56
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Ab, vg'f whfg n cynl ba gur Tbbfrohzcf gntyvar. V qba'g zrna gb FPNER gur ernqre, ohg...) $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 5 at 20:58
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First incorrect guess was

Twist

Second guess:

Are you are a:

Plot? (ie, a plot twist)

I can keep you grounded, or I can rile you up.

'Plot' as in literally a piece of land, or 'plot' as in a scheme

I can facilitate your travel, or I can discourage you from going.

'Plot' as in a plan of action, or an unexpected incident

a cyborg, a professor, and a statue, schizophrenic mind, and a sled.

All are the main focus of famous plot twists: Blade Runner, Harry Potter, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Citizen Kane

Hint: As long as people desire entertainment, my forms are seemingly endless.

This fits the 'intangible' def of plot. There are always new stories being made

EDIT: I feel like I'm basically there, and this question has stagnated. Can I get one more hint so I or someone else can push this over the line?

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  • $\begingroup$ Your word is incorrect. rot13(Lbhe nanylfvf bs gur uvagf (gur zbivrf) vf nyzbfg cresrpg, gubhtu!!) $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ I've added a second guess $\endgroup$ – TwoBitOperation Nov 6 at 18:13
  • $\begingroup$ Props for connecting your guess to the clues, and rot13(lbh'er npghnyyl abg sne bss, gurzngvpnyyl fcrnxvat.) See if you can find a word that also connects to the title somehow. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 18:15
  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Fhecevfr?) $\endgroup$ – David Robie Nov 6 at 18:17
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    $\begingroup$ Professor suggestion: rot13(Cebsrffbe Fancr va Uneel Cbggre) $\endgroup$ – Gunslinger711 Nov 7 at 14:05
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Brad Garret.

I can facilitate your travel:

Garret voiced Chug, a fuel truck in the movie Planes

Cyborg:

Garret voiced Krang in the TMNT Movie

Statue:

Garret voiced the Easter Island Head in Night at the Museum.

Still not sure about all the clues.

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  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, this is not on the right track. The answer is one word. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 5 at 19:37
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Partial answer, but you might be

The letter X

I don't have anything for the first 2 lines yet, but:

I have assumed many forms including that of a cyborg, a professor, and a statue.

Dr. X is a cyborg villain from Action Man, and also a doctor I guess, but if that's not good enough, Professor X from the X-Men is far more well known. And there's a number of famous statues of Malcolm X.

As long as people desire entertainment, my forms are seemingly endless.

The only thing I can think of here is NSFW... But there's certainly a wide variety of XXX entertainment...

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  • $\begingroup$ rot13(Ubj K-pvgvat!) But this is not the correct answer. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 17:08
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Taking a shot because the title strongly reminded me of

Goosebumps

Reader beware, you're in for a

scare

I can keep you grounded, or I can rile you up.

Fear can keep you rooted to the spot, or activate your fight or flight response.

I can facilitate your travel, or I can discourage you from going.

With the fight or flight response you run faster, or fear can stop you from going in the first place.

I have assumed many forms including that of a cyborg, a professor, and a statue.

Not fully sure of all the references, but maybe Terminator(cyborg), Frankenstein?(professor). Quite sure the statue refers to the Weeping Angels.

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Reader Beware, you're in for a

Tweet! (as in a message from Twitter)

I can keep you grounded, or I can rile you up.

Tweets can stoke emotions or you can just read zen tweets

I can facilitate your travel, or I can discourage you from going.

you can reach out directly to airlines etc, but you can also learn about hazards and be discouraged from being in public

I have assumed many forms including that of a cyborg, a professor, and a statue.

I'm sure there's been a parody account for all three of these, multiple times...

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Shot in the dark here:

Paradox

I can facilitate your travel:

Assuming we're talking about time travel, creating a paradox may or may not stop you from wanting/needing to time travel

Cyborg/Professor

Professor Paradox was/is both of those things https://ben10.fandom.com/wiki/Professor_Paradox

Edit: Answer attempt #2

Ride

Grounded or riled up

Rides on a bus, car and a bike keep you on the ground. A ride on an airplane keeps you up in the air

Facilitate travel, discourage you from going

If you catch a ride, you can travel. If you miss your ride, you don't get to go. Alternatively, if you have a bumpy ride you might stop your travel.

Assumed many forms

Amusement park rides can feature anything included statues, professors and cyborgs

Edit: Answer attempt #3

Title: You're in for a turn meaning you're in for a change
Grounded/Rile: A well timed turn of phrase can keep you calm and grounded or get you mad and rile you up
Travel: A good turn of luck (you could win money) could facilitate taking a trip, a wrong turn could discourage you from going further
Cyborg/professor: An unexpected turn of events- The lady from Blade Runner is a cyborg (thanks @TwoBitOperation) Professor Snape is actually trying to keep Harry Potter safe | Sled (thanks @TwoBitOperation) Rosebud in Citizen Kane is his sled

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  • $\begingroup$ Interesting start, but this is the incorrect path. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 5 at 22:22
  • $\begingroup$ Answer attempt #2 is also incorrect. $\endgroup$ – CGreen Nov 6 at 17:11

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