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28th Aug '17 11:41:04 AM nighttrainfm
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* This is the case in most ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games. The hordes of monstrous Heartless and Nobodies eventually turn out to be under the control of a being (or collective of beings) who look and act entirely human, [[spoiler:but looks are deceiving.]]
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep The Unversed]] are also under the control of [[spoiler: Vanitas, as they are incarnations of his feelings. Vanitas himself is under Xehanort's control as he is his master, although the exact degree of control he is under is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder debatable]]]].

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* * ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
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This is the case in most ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games. The hordes of monstrous Heartless and Nobodies eventually turn out to be under the control of a being (or collective of beings) who look and act entirely human, [[spoiler:but human - but looks are deceiving.]]
can be deceiving.
** [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep The Unversed]] are also under the control of [[spoiler: Vanitas, as they are incarnations of his feelings. Vanitas himself is under Xehanort's control as he is his master, although the exact degree of control he is under is [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder debatable]]]].debatable]].]]
2nd Jul '17 11:06:56 AM nombretomado
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* Paul Bearer may have been ghoulish-looking, but at least he wasn't a seven-foot-tall undead giant like TheUndertaker.

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* Paul Bearer may have been ghoulish-looking, but at least he wasn't a seven-foot-tall undead giant like TheUndertaker.Wrestling/TheUndertaker.
1st Jul '17 8:19:34 PM crowmagnon
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** On the non-villainous side, ''Monsters Unleashed'' introduces Kid Kaiju whose ability as an Inhuman is to summon monsters by drawing them. He's even able to use this ability to create ''new'' monsters in this way, bringing his own team of heroic kaiju into existence.
29th Jun '17 9:55:15 PM Lopiny
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* The Ancestor from ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' is directly responsible for almost every enemy you face, and the rest are probably his indirect fault as well. Brainwashing fishmen, demonic swinefolk, undead legions and parasitic fungus were all brought about by his hand, and when the villagers complained he hired a group of bandits to keep them in line and gave the witnesses to the creatures he had created. The reason behind all this is he was bored and wanted eldritch power for a laugh. This being a CosmicHorrorStory, it all went wrong quite quickly. Unusually he is not the BigBad, as he killed himself after realizing what he had done and supports you via narration as you clean up his mess.

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* The Ancestor from ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' is directly responsible for almost every enemy you face, and the rest are probably his indirect fault as well. Brainwashing fishmen, demonic swinefolk, undead legions and legions, parasitic fungus and vampirized aristocrat ex-pals were all brought about by his hand, and when the villagers complained he hired a group of bandits to keep them in line and gave the witnesses to the creatures he had created. The reason behind all this is he was bored and wanted eldritch power for a laugh. This being a CosmicHorrorStory, it all went wrong quite quickly. Unusually he is not the BigBad, as he killed himself after realizing what he had done and supports you via narration as you clean up his mess.
18th May '17 12:03:27 PM intastiel
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', as seen [[http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/alumni/20061212a here]].
14th May '17 2:55:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Franchise/StarCraft Star Craft: Brood War]]'' has Kerrigan, the (human with shoulder-mounted extensible claws) leader of the insectoid Zerg after the Overmind's fall. Before she arrives however, the trope was averted: the Overmind [[EldritchAbomination couldn't look less like a humanoid]].

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* ''[[Franchise/StarCraft Star Craft: Brood War]]'' ''VideoGame/StarcraftBroodWar'' has Kerrigan, the (human with shoulder-mounted extensible claws) leader of the insectoid Zerg after the Overmind's fall. Before she arrives however, the trope was averted: the Overmind [[EldritchAbomination couldn't look less like a humanoid]].
12th Jan '17 3:16:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Borg, being a HiveMind collective, didn't have a leader...until some writer decided to create the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]], who fits this trope.
* The Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Notable in that the monkeys were the first to cheer when the witch died, as they weren't serving her willingly. Subverted by the Winkies, who had the same green skin and long noses as the Witch herself; however, they were foreigners (with the witch even [[BreakingTheFourthWall turning to the audience]] in the stage adaptation and explaining that "Oh-Ee-Oh" is one of their native folk songs).

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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Borg, being a HiveMind collective, didn't have a leader...until some writer decided to create the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]], who fits this trope.
* The Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Notable in that the monkeys were the first to cheer when the witch died, as they weren't serving her willingly. Subverted by the Winkies, who had the same green skin and long noses as the Witch herself; however, they were foreigners (with the witch even [[BreakingTheFourthWall turning to the audience]] in the stage adaptation and explaining that "Oh-Ee-Oh" is one of their native folk songs).
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* The Goblin King from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' is played by Music/DavidBowie; his subjects are played by UglyCute {{muppet}}s.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' film has Loki and his alien army. Played with in that the army is a loan. Although [[spoiler:Thanos]] is still more humanoid-looking than the rank-and-file Chitauri grunts.
* Poison Ivy and Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' might or might not be a subversion, depending on whether outward appearance matters. Both have been mutated by Venom, but Ivy still looks like a normal (and sexy!) human woman while Bane is a green-skinned, apelike monster.
* Anton Arcane spends most of ''Film/SwampThing'' as a handsome older man played by French actor Louis Jordan. This is a case of AdaptationalAttractiveness, as he quickly went from gnarled old man to grotesque zombie-like figure in the comics.


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* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Borg, being a HiveMind collective, didn't have a leader...until some writer decided to create the [[HiveQueen Borg Queen]], who fits this trope.
* The Wicked Witch of the West and her Flying Monkeys from ''Film/TheWizardOfOz''. Notable in that the monkeys were the first to cheer when the witch died, as they weren't serving her willingly. Subverted by the Winkies, who had the same green skin and long noses as the Witch herself; however, they were foreigners (with the witch even [[BreakingTheFourthWall turning to the audience]] in the stage adaptation and explaining that "Oh-Ee-Oh" is one of their native folk songs).
* The Goblin King from ''Film/{{Labyrinth}}'' is played by Music/DavidBowie; his subjects are played by UglyCute {{muppet}}s.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'' film has Loki and his alien army. Played with in that the army is a loan. Although [[spoiler:Thanos]] is still more humanoid-looking than the rank-and-file Chitauri grunts.
* Poison Ivy and Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' might or might not be a subversion, depending on whether outward appearance matters. Both have been mutated by Venom, but Ivy still looks like a normal (and sexy!) human woman while Bane is a green-skinned, apelike monster.
* Anton Arcane spends most of ''Film/SwampThing'' as a handsome older man played by French actor Louis Jordan. This is a case of AdaptationalAttractiveness, as he quickly went from gnarled old man to grotesque zombie-like figure in the comics.
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11th Jan '17 9:27:58 PM Berrenta
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[[caption-width-right:350:[-So Davros created the Daleks in his own image, and Davros said unto the Daleks, "EXTERMINATE!"-] ]]
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7th Dec '16 7:59:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* Davros and the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho.'' Davros only barely qualifies as "human", but at least you can have a conversation with him. Among other minor examples, the new-series episode "School Reunion" features Tony Head as the leader of a group of bat-like, flying aliens - he says he keeps a human-like body as a "personal preference".

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Davros and the Daleks from ''Series/DoctorWho.'' Davros Daleks. He only barely qualifies as "human", but at least you can have a conversation with him. him.
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Among other minor examples, the new-series episode "School Reunion" features Tony Head as the leader of a group of bat-like, flying aliens - he says he keeps a human-like body as a "personal preference".
5th Oct '16 9:33:04 AM JamesAustin
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* PaulHeyman is the normal-sized handler of [[TheRedBaron "The Beast"]], BrockLesnar. Humorously, however, other WWE celebs often refer to Heyman himself as if he were a monster, calling him a "walrus" or a fat ogre.

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* PaulHeyman Wrestling/PaulHeyman is the normal-sized handler of [[TheRedBaron "The Beast"]], BrockLesnar.Wrestling/BrockLesnar. Humorously, however, other WWE celebs often refer to Heyman himself as if he were a monster, calling him a "walrus" or a fat ogre.
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