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24th Jul '16 11:14:37 AM Delphi
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* Combined with KarmicDeath in "You Know Willie," a short story by Theodore R. Cogswell. Willie is a local Klan leader who's just been aquitted of murdering a black man, and a black witch has cursed him, saying that the victim will come back at the first full moon. He stays up with his friends on that night, and they convince him to go to sleep cause they're on watch. He does, and come the moon, the victim does come back...in the form of Willie physically turning into him...while he's in bed with his white wife, and his armed Klan buddies are just downstairs.
22nd Jul '16 8:36:07 AM nighttrainfm
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** In "Planet of the Ood", [[spoiler: Mr Halpen, the head of the company which enslaves and lobotomizes the Ood is himself turned into one]].

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** In "Planet of the Ood", [[spoiler: Mr Halpen, the head of the company which enslaves and lobotomizes the Ood Ood, is himself turned into one]].one.]]
30th Jun '16 7:56:53 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', the character Nidhiki was a guy who betrayed his fellow heroes and suffered from insectophobia. He defected to a band of mercenaries who were less than merry, and was mutated into an insect shortly thereafter.

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* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', the ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
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character Nidhiki was a guy who betrayed his fellow heroes and suffered from insectophobia. He defected to a band of mercenaries who were less than merry, and was mutated into an insect shortly thereafter.
26th Jun '16 2:27:10 PM frogpatrol
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A Karmic Transformation is when a character is transformed into something they hate (or at least something they think they're superior to). It can be either temporarily or [[{{Metamorphosis}} permanently]]. Either way, it's very [[{{Irony}} ironic]], and often {{Anvilicious}}. Perhaps the most popular version of this is a [[ColorMeBlack white racist turning black]], followed closely by sexists [[GenderBender becoming the opposite sex]] because these are easy to make a point about. Then there is "the hunter becomes the hunted" plot lines where the hunter is [[BalefulPolymorph literally]] turned into the animal (or [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent partially so]]) they were hunting.

This can be made doubly maddening when the transformation is inflicted to ''save'' their life, as an EmergencyTransformation. If the character ''continues'' to hate the being they were temporarily turned into, the situation might smack of [[BoomerangBigot Boomerang Bigotry]].

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A Karmic Transformation '''Karmic Transformation''' is when a character is transformed into something they hate (or at least something they think they're superior to). It can be either temporarily or [[{{Metamorphosis}} permanently]]. Either way, it's very It is either way [[{{Irony}} ironic]], ironic]] and often {{Anvilicious}}. Perhaps the The most popular version of this is perhaps that of a [[ColorMeBlack white racist turning black]], followed closely in popularity by sexists [[GenderBender becoming the opposite sex]] because these are easy to make a point about. targets. Then there is "the hunter becomes the hunted" plot lines where the hunter is [[BalefulPolymorph literally]] turned into the animal (or completely]] or [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent partially so]]) partly]] transformed into the animal they were hunting.

This The transformation can be made doubly maddening when the transformation is inflicted to ''save'' their life, as an EmergencyTransformation. If the character ''continues'' to hate the being they were temporarily turned into, the situation might smack of [[BoomerangBigot Boomerang Bigotry]].



* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul''
** Kaneki starts out as a normal young man with fairly [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman typical]] [[FantasticRacism attitudes]] about Ghouls being monsters. He isn't malicious so much as uninformed, but soon finds himself transformed into a HalfHumanHybrid and forced to deal with life as a Ghoul. Initially, he insists that he's still human and not a "monster", which earns him both a verbal and physical beating from Touka. He quickly changes his tune, and realizes he is perhaps the only person capable of seeing both sides of the conflict.

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In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki starts out as a normal young man with fairly [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman typical]] [[FantasticRacism attitudes]] about who regards Ghouls being as monsters. He isn't malicious so much as uninformed, but soon finds himself transformed into a HalfHumanHybrid and forced to deal with life as a Ghoul. Initially, he insists that he's still human and not a "monster", which earns him both a verbal and physical beating from Touka. He quickly changes his tune, and realizes he is perhaps the only person capable of seeing both sides of the conflict.



* When the snail people start to appear in ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', a bully who torments the first one of them during his transformation later becomes a snail himself. [[spoiler:After the teacher destroys the eggs produced by the first two snail people, he also transforms]].

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* When the snail people start to appear in ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', a [[spoiler: the bully who torments the first one of them during his transformation later becomes a snail himself. [[spoiler:After spoiler:After the teacher destroys the eggs produced by the first two snail people, he also transforms]].



* ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. "Behold! The amazing Chicken Woman!"
* ''Film/{{Freaked}}''. The entire board of the EES (Everything Except Shoes) Corporation gets sprayed with the mutation-causing fertilizer they wanted to use on every person in the world, and gets turned into a single giant mutant fleshy shoe. Yes, it's [[WidgetSeries that kind]] of movie.

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* ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. "Behold! [[spoiler:"Behold! The amazing Chicken Woman!"
Woman!"]]
* ''Film/{{Freaked}}''. [[spoiler:] The entire board of the EES (Everything Except Shoes) Corporation gets are sprayed with the mutation-causing fertilizer they wanted to use on every person in the world, and gets turned into a single giant mutant fleshy shoe. Yes, it's [[WidgetSeries that kind]] of movie.]]



* A racist white man in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has his skin stained darker and is fed watermelon by the doctors, who say it's because his blood transfusion came from a black man.

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* A racist white man in an one episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'' has his skin stained darker and is fed watermelon by the doctors, who say it's because his blood transfusion came from a black man.



** In "Planet of the Ood",[[spoiler: Mr Halpen, the head of the company which enslaves and lobotomizes the Ood, is himself turned into an Ood]].
** In the serial ''Ghost Light'', an anti-evolutionist Victorian Clergyman is turned into a missing link-style apeman (complete with banana to hold).
** In the story "Dalek", the titular Dalek is 'infected' with Rose Tyler's DNA and ends up destroying itself rather than become even semi-human.

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** In "Planet of the Ood",[[spoiler: Ood", [[spoiler: Mr Halpen, the head of the company which enslaves and lobotomizes the Ood, Ood is himself turned into an Ood]].
one]].
** In the serial ''Ghost Light'', [[spoiler: an anti-evolutionist Victorian Clergyman clergyman is turned into a missing link-style apeman (complete with banana to hold).
a banana). Similarly, Smith gets devolved by Control at the end.]]
** In ''The Parting of the story "Dalek", Ways'', the titular Dalek is 'infected' with Rose Tyler's racial supremacist [[spoiler:Daleks have resorted to using the DNA and ends up destroying itself rather than become even semi-human.of hated humans in order to unable the species to survive.]]



* Happens to the Omnipotent Q in a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode when he is punished by being turned into a human - admittedly it was his own choice (though he had only "a split second" to decide, that ''could'' be forever to a Q) and he doesn't ''hate'' humans. He certainly, however, needed to understand them a little better. Conveniently for the writers, Q being turned human results in him appearing exactly as he did before.

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* Happens It happens to the Omnipotent Q in a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode when he is punished by being turned into a human - admittedly human. Admittedly, it was his own choice (though choice. (Although he had only "a split second" to decide, that ''could'' be forever to a Q) and he doesn't Q.) Nor does Q ''hate'' humans. He certainly, however, needed did need to understand them a little better. Conveniently for the writers, Conveniently, Q being turned human results in him appearing exactly as he did before.



** During a WhatDoTheyFearEpisode in Season One, Buffy is buried alive by the Master and transformed into a vampire. It only lasts for the Episode. The fear of becoming a vampire was actually ''Giles''' worry of what may become of his Slayer, but it still counts since she spends her nights slaughtering them.

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** During a WhatDoTheyFearEpisode in Season One, Buffy is buried alive by the Master and transformed into a vampire. It only lasts for the Episode. episode. The fear of becoming a vampire was actually ''Giles''' worry of what may become of his Slayer, Slayer but it still counts since she spends her nights slaughtering them.
9th May '16 2:48:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the musical ''FiniansRainbow'' a racist white senator is turned black. Thanks to laws penned by himself, he finds he has "no rights in this state -- not even the right to stay black."

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* In the musical ''FiniansRainbow'' ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'' a racist white senator is turned black. Thanks to laws penned by himself, he finds he has "no rights in this state -- not even the right to stay black."
30th Mar '16 6:49:25 PM GopherBroke
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* When the snail people start to appear in ''{{Manga/Uzumaki}}'', a bully who torments the first one of them during his transformation later becomes a snail himself. [[spoiler:After the teacher destroys the eggs produced by the first two snail people, he also transforms]].
26th Mar '16 8:50:52 PM Willbyr
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** Ryoga hates his curse even more in WebAnimation/RanmaAbridged, given that the creators made him Jewish, and pigs are the most commonly-known un-kosher animals. Of course, that doesn't stop him from taking advantage of the benefits of being a cute little piggy.

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** Ryoga hates his curse even more in WebAnimation/RanmaAbridged, ''WebAnimation/RanmaAbridged'', given that the creators made him Jewish, and pigs are the most commonly-known un-kosher animals. Of course, that doesn't stop him from taking advantage of the benefits of being a cute little piggy.



* [[spoiler:Furuichi]] from ''XamdLostMemories''.

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* [[spoiler:Furuichi]] from ''XamdLostMemories''.''Anime/XamdLostMemories''.
26th Mar '16 12:06:28 PM res20stupid
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* Most of the bosses fought in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' were members of the Healing Church who were corrupted by the Paleblood laced with the Plague of Beasts and became horrifying monsters as a result. [[spoiler: Considering how the plague was spread in their attempts to communicate with {{EldritchAbomination}}s they definitely deserve it.]]
16th Mar '16 2:35:06 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* ''Film/{{Freaked}}''. The entire board of the EES (Everything Except Shoes) Corporation gets sprayed with the mutation-causing fertilizer they wanted to use on every person in the world, and gets turned into a single giant mutant fleshy shoe. Yes, it's [[WidgetSeries that kind]] of movie.
9th Mar '16 12:50:08 PM Hossmeister
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* [[MorkAndMindy Mork from Ork's]] CrowningMomentOfAwesome was inflicting this punishment on a group of racists who had been terrorising Mindy because she's Polish. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yR6PcwZtB0 view here]]

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* [[MorkAndMindy [[Series/MorkAndMindy Mork from Ork's]] CrowningMomentOfAwesome was inflicting this punishment on a group of racists who had been terrorising Mindy because she's Polish. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yR6PcwZtB0 view here]]
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