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25th Jan '17 2:06:56 PM Beedle
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25th Jan '17 2:06:24 PM Beedle
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->''"But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that's going to be Human and isn't yet, or used to be Human once and isn't now, or ought to be Human and isn't, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet."'' \\
''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''

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->''"But in general, take my advice, when you meet anything that's going to be Human and isn't yet, or used to be Human once and isn't now, or ought to be Human and isn't, you keep your eyes on it and feel for your hatchet."'' \\
''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''
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->--''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe''
23rd Jan '17 10:03:00 AM BKelly95
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* ''Series/YoungDracula'' sees devout, undead hating slayers become just as bloodthirsty vampire the second they get turned.
16th Dec '16 8:05:56 PM GentlemensDame883
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* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', [[HumanityIsSuperior Purity]]-aligned factions see [[{{BioPunk}} Harmony]] and [[{{Cyberpunk}} Supremacy]] factions as a bunch of transhumanist nutbars who are tossing away their humanity - as well as the needy humans back on Earth - to run off and turn themselves into freaky half-alien mutants and cyborgs, respectively. [[GreyAndGrayMorality However]], Purity factions may or may not be simply ANaziByAnyOtherName if some of their flavour quotes are any indication, so there is room for this trope to be {{Inverted|Trope}}.

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* In ''VideoGame/CivilizationBeyondEarth'', [[HumanityIsSuperior Purity]]-aligned factions see [[{{BioPunk}} Harmony]] and [[{{Cyberpunk}} Supremacy]] factions as a bunch of transhumanist nutbars who are tossing away their humanity - as well as the needy humans back on Earth - to run off and turn themselves into freaky half-alien mutants and cyborgs, respectively. [[GreyAndGrayMorality However]], Purity factions may or may not be simply ANaziByAnyOtherName if some of their flavour quotes are any indication, so there is room for this trope to be {{Inverted|Trope}}. That said, even pure Harmony and pure Supremacy think the followers of the Harmony-Supremacy hybrid affinity are going too far.
5th Dec '16 8:26:19 AM LBHills
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If this FaceHeelTurn is too quick, it gives the impression that one of the other things is going, like TheDarkSide, or WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. However; this trope may be justified a couple of ways. If TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody it doesn't matter that vampire Dan doesn't want to drink human blood, [[SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness he has to]], and trying to be [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire friendly]] won't last. Alternately, someone seeking the CurseThatCures may make the painful choice to switch sides to save their life. If the setting has an ongoing "[[FantasticRacism race war]]" against what the character has become, if they don't join their new race they'll quickly face death. However most of the time the switch in alliances comes about with alarming speed and lack of concern. At best you'll see these {{Big Bad Friend}}s offer the transformation to a friend or loved one... and kill them if they refuse. TheDarkSide, [[EvilTastesGood they have cookies.]]

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If this FaceHeelTurn is too quick, it gives the impression that one of the some other things trope is going, at work, like TheDarkSide, or WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. However; However, this trope may be justified a couple of ways. If TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody it doesn't matter that vampire Dan doesn't want to drink human blood, [[SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness he has to]], and trying to be [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire friendly]] won't last. Alternately, someone seeking the CurseThatCures may make the painful choice to switch sides to save their life. If the setting has an ongoing "[[FantasticRacism race war]]" against what the character has become, if they don't join their new race they'll quickly face death. However most of the time the switch in alliances comes about with alarming speed and lack of concern. At best you'll see these {{Big Bad Friend}}s offer the transformation to a friend or loved one... and kill them if they refuse. TheDarkSide, [[EvilTastesGood they have cookies.]]
2nd Dec '16 4:47:20 AM Morgenthaler
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*** And William/Spike does exactly this, and there's Vampire Willow. Theories exist that the vampire character derives from everything suppressed by the original human, but this only applies in some cases. Harmony, for example, starts killing people and decides she wants to be some kind of dark lord, but honestly doesn't change at ''all''. It probably has something to do with self-image. People with low self-esteem seem to change more, but the completely pathetic seem to stay pathetic. That Liam and William seemed like losers but turned into {{Badass}} vampires probably indicates that they had HiddenDepths.

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*** And William/Spike does exactly this, and there's Vampire Willow. Theories exist that the vampire character derives from everything suppressed by the original human, but this only applies in some cases. Harmony, for example, starts killing people and decides she wants to be some kind of dark lord, but honestly doesn't change at ''all''. It probably has something to do with self-image. People with low self-esteem seem to change more, but the completely pathetic seem to stay pathetic. That Liam and William seemed like losers but turned into {{Badass}} badass vampires probably indicates that they had HiddenDepths.
9th Nov '16 10:55:43 AM StFan
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* Because every demon in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' [[WasOnceAMan was once human]], there's a good amount of this going around in the general universe. The Godhand picks their own by demanding that the demon-to-be sacrifice whoever or whatever he or she most cares about. Once someone becomes a demon, they usually cast off their humanity, with many of them engaging in eating their former species and/or raping people on the side. There are exceptions to the general norm (Zodd, Locus, and some others), but many demons in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are dedicated to spreading misery and suffering among humanity, which is exactly how the Godhand likes it. It does help that the humans chosen to become demons by the Godhand were picked specifically because they were the type most likely to accept the Godhand's offer.

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* Because every demon in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' [[WasOnceAMan was once human]], there's a good amount of this going around in the general universe. The Godhand picks their own by demanding that the demon-to-be sacrifice whoever or whatever he or she most cares about. Once someone becomes a demon, they usually cast off their humanity, with many of them engaging in eating their former species and/or raping people on the side. There are exceptions to the general norm (Zodd, Locus, and some others), but many demons in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are dedicated to spreading misery and suffering among humanity, which is exactly how the Godhand likes it. It does help that the humans chosen to become demons by the Godhand were picked specifically because they were the type most likely to accept the Godhand's offer.



* Fujimoto from ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' is a formerly human sorcerer/demigod who wants to KillAllHumans in a GaiasVengeance plot.



* Averted in ComicBook/{{X-Men}} #2. It's made abundantly clear in the text that, despite this trope appearing to be in play, there is definitely brainwashing in play, at the least MoreThanMindControl.

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* Averted in ComicBook/{{X-Men}} ''ComicBook/XMen'' #2. It's made abundantly clear in the text that, despite this trope appearing to be in play, there is definitely brainwashing in play, at the least MoreThanMindControl.



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* In many ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' stories, those who are ponified end up renouncing their human past, if not outright working against it.
** [[DependingOnTheWriter Other stories]] invert this, having converted humans adopt [[ProHumanTranshuman the opposite view]].

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* In many ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' stories, those who are ponified end up renouncing their human past, if not outright working against it.
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it. [[DependingOnTheWriter Other stories]] invert this, having converted humans adopt [[ProHumanTranshuman the opposite view]].



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* Fujimoto from ''Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea'' is a formerly human sorcerer/demigod who wants to KillAllHumans in a GaiasVengeance plot.
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* Though any movie with still sentient zombies has this, ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' shows how Freddy 'has an epiphany' that the only thing that can stop his pain and will show Tina's true love for him, is letting him eat her delicious brains.
* The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemophages]] in ''{{Film/Ultraviolet}}'' follow the "race war" scenario, but since the humans treat them like a plague to be eradicated, it's not like they have a lot of options. At the beginning, two investigators arrive to the scene of the crime, where a hemophage's body can be seen. One of them accidentally touches the blood. Two seconds later, his partner pulls out a gun and puts a bullet in his head (which is, of course, ignoring the fact that he's bound to get some of his partner's blood on him).

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* Though any movie with still sentient zombies has this, ''Film/TheReturnOfTheLivingDead'' shows how Freddy 'has "has an epiphany' epiphany" that the only thing that can stop his pain and will show Tina's true love for him, is letting him eat her delicious brains.
* The [[OurVampiresAreDifferent hemophages]] in ''{{Film/Ultraviolet}}'' ''Film/{{Ultraviolet}}'' follow the "race war" scenario, but since the humans treat them like a plague to be eradicated, it's not like they have a lot of options. At the beginning, two investigators arrive to the scene of the crime, where a hemophage's body can be seen. One of them accidentally touches the blood. Two seconds later, his partner pulls out a gun and puts a bullet in his head (which is, of course, ignoring the fact that he's bound to get some of his partner's blood on him).



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': The Traitor Legions were half of the original Space Marine Legions, the half who followed their [[SuperPrototype Primarch fathers]] as they rebelled against the Emperor and turned to Chaos for various reasons during the Literature/HorusHeresy, becoming the first Chaos Space Marines. While most of the mortal forces of Chaos are comprised of the humans, mutants, later founding and some loyalist marines who decided to join their ranks, the original Legions remain amongst the most powerful and respected forces of Chaos.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Traitor Legions were half of the original Space Marine Legions, the half who followed their [[SuperPrototype Primarch fathers]] as they rebelled against the Emperor and turned to Chaos for various reasons during the Literature/HorusHeresy, becoming the first Chaos Space Marines. While most of the mortal forces of Chaos are comprised of the humans, mutants, later founding and some loyalist marines who decided to join their ranks, the original Legions remain amongst the most powerful and respected forces of Chaos.



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}''. The MadScientist ''hoped'' this trope would come into play after he upgraded (and deformed) you, but instead made you into a vengeful PhlebotinumRebel.
** Ironically, the protagonist ''still'' becomes what he hates in the process. He loathes them for trying to turn him into a murderously deranged cyborg... and by the end, he has become just that -- only directed at his creators, casually killing anyone even slightly related to his capture and transformation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': The Transhuman Arm of the Combine Overwatch ''combine'' this with being LesCollaborateurs. Humans start out joining Civil Protection to get decent rations; promotions are tied to voluntary brainwashing until they become eligible for MindRape and modification into actual transhumans (though the Combine often picks up random civilians for conversion too). Soldiers presumably go through the same rank system with the highest-ranking Elites being more like synths than cyborgs.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Bioforge}}''. The MadScientist ''hoped'' this trope would come into play after he upgraded (and deformed) you, but instead made you into a vengeful PhlebotinumRebel.
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PhlebotinumRebel. Ironically, the protagonist ''still'' becomes what he hates in the process. He loathes them for trying to turn him into a murderously deranged cyborg... and by the end, he has become just that -- only directed at his creators, casually killing anyone even slightly related to his capture and transformation.
* ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'': ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'': The Transhuman Arm of the Combine Overwatch ''combine'' this with being LesCollaborateurs. Humans start out joining Civil Protection to get decent rations; promotions are tied to voluntary brainwashing until they become eligible for MindRape and modification into actual transhumans (though the Combine often picks up random civilians for conversion too). Soldiers presumably go through the same rank system with the highest-ranking Elites being more like synths than cyborgs.



* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' has this in spades, for all major Infected characters. When it comes to the Evolved, a super-strain of infected that retain their intelligence and "humanity" while gaining combat and infiltration skills. Later in the story, a chemical has a chance to turn those nearby into Evolved if released, and those transformed will turn on their former allies. These even applies to [[KnightTemplar Blackwatch soldiers]], who take containment beyond seriously.
* [[spoiler: Averted]] in XComEnemyUnknown. [[spoiler: The Volunteer is pretty much a PhysicalGod by the end, and could have saved himself/herself and ruled the rest of the galaxy as a God. Instead they choose to sacrifice themselves to save Earth after the Temple Ship goes critical.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}'' ''VideoGame/Prototype2'' has this in spades, for all major Infected characters. When it comes to the Evolved, a super-strain of infected that retain their intelligence and "humanity" while gaining combat and infiltration skills. Later in the story, a chemical has a chance to turn those nearby into Evolved if released, and those transformed will turn on their former allies. These even applies to [[KnightTemplar Blackwatch soldiers]], who take containment beyond seriously.
* [[spoiler: Averted]] in XComEnemyUnknown. [[spoiler: The ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown''. [[spoiler:The Volunteer is pretty much a PhysicalGod by the end, and could have saved himself/herself and ruled the rest of the galaxy as a God. Instead they choose to sacrifice themselves to save Earth after the Temple Ship goes critical.]]



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* [[spoiler:Durkon Thundershield]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a [[DoubleSubversion double subversion]] when forcibly turned into a vampire. [[spoiler:When he is freed from his sire's thralldom, he viciously attacks his sire's killers, suggesting that he's succumbed to vampires' [[AlwaysChaoticEvil intrinsically evil natures]]. He doesn't deny the evil part, but subverts it by saying that he's still committed to the Order and their quest. It's later revealed [[DramaticIrony to the reader]] that undead "Durkon" is a spirit created by Hel, the goddess of the dishonoured dead, and is stealing memories from Durkon's [[AndIMustScream trapped soul]] to impersonate him while he advances Hel's agenda.]]

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* [[spoiler:Durkon Thundershield]] of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a [[DoubleSubversion double subversion]] when forcibly turned into a vampire. [[spoiler:When he is freed from his sire's thralldom, he viciously attacks his sire's killers, suggesting that he's succumbed to vampires' [[AlwaysChaoticEvil intrinsically evil natures]]. He doesn't deny the evil part, but subverts it by saying that he's still committed to the Order and their quest. It's later revealed [[DramaticIrony to the reader]] that undead "Durkon" is a spirit created by Hel, the goddess of the dishonoured dishonored dead, and is stealing memories from Durkon's [[AndIMustScream trapped soul]] to impersonate him while he advances Hel's agenda.]]



* In the MetamorCity podcast novel ''Making The Cut'', this happens to [[spoiler: Miriam]] after she's turned into a vampire. The vampires order her (which cannot be disobeyed) [[ICannotSelfTerminate to not kill herself]], do anything against them, lie to them, and she has to operate as a spy for them. They eliminate every possible option for rebellion/escape, or letting her Psi Collective people know what happened to her in any way. [[spoiler: They miss one or two tiny loopholes, which she exploits for all they are worth in an attempt to save her allies.]]
* The JonathanCoulton song "Re: Your Brains" has this as its central premise, with the singer using office lingo while attempting to talk a (former) co-worker into allowing himself and the other zombies in to eat the survivors' brains.
* In the site VampYou, all vampire transformations work like this. Anyone who is turned, gets a villain card.
* OrionsArm presents the phenomenon of 'hyperautism', a condition that arises following the ascension of a mind to one of higher toposophic level with the result that it can fully comprehend and model the mental and emotional states of its former peers. They effectively lose the ability to see less capable beings as sentients... instead envisaging them as simple automatons or even extensions of their own minds. This can result in Hyperautistic Sociopathy when the transcendant mind sees its former peers as tools to be used and abused as it sees fit.

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* In the MetamorCity ''Podcast/MetamorCity'' podcast novel ''Making The the Cut'', this happens to [[spoiler: Miriam]] after she's turned into a vampire. The vampires order her (which cannot be disobeyed) [[ICannotSelfTerminate to not kill herself]], do anything against them, lie to them, and she has to operate as a spy for them. They eliminate every possible option for rebellion/escape, or letting her Psi Collective people know what happened to her in any way. [[spoiler: They miss one or two tiny loopholes, which she exploits for all they are worth in an attempt to save her allies.]]
* The JonathanCoulton Music/JonathanCoulton song "Re: Your Brains" has this as its central premise, with the singer using office lingo while attempting to talk a (former) co-worker into allowing himself and the other zombies in to eat the survivors' brains.
* In the site VampYou, Vamp You, all vampire transformations work like this. Anyone who is turned, turned gets a villain card.
* OrionsArm ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' presents the phenomenon of 'hyperautism', "hyperautism", a condition that arises following the ascension of a mind to one of higher toposophic level with the result that it can fully comprehend and model the mental and emotional states of its former peers. They effectively lose the ability to see less capable beings as sentients... instead envisaging them as simple automatons or even extensions of their own minds. This can result in Hyperautistic Sociopathy when the transcendant mind sees its former peers as tools to be used and abused as it sees fit.



* Inverted with the Pack in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. When Coyote, a robot, offers various "upgrades" to the other members, Jackal and Hyena become {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s and Wolf becomes a HalfHumanHybrid. Dingo, the group's OnlySaneMan, forgoes the transhumanism, takes a suit of PoweredArmor, and would later make a HeelFaceTurn. Thing is, the guys that remain bad guys were always crazy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
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Inverted with the Pack in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''.Pack. When Coyote, a robot, offers various "upgrades" to the other members, Jackal and Hyena become {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s and Wolf becomes a HalfHumanHybrid. Dingo, the group's OnlySaneMan, forgoes the transhumanism, takes a suit of PoweredArmor, and would later make a HeelFaceTurn. Thing is, the guys that remain bad guys were always crazy.



10th Oct '16 10:16:10 AM Imjustme
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* ''Series/YoungDracula'' sees devout, undead hating slayers become just as bloodthirsty vampire the second they get turned.
27th Aug '16 11:16:06 AM rdpulfer
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* The series ''Series/TeenWolf'' has this. The fullness of the moon triggers a shift in personality for werewolves, which can be overcome by experience (Derek) or a special focus (Scott). Then, there are cases like Isaac, Erica, and Boyd, who are generally more bully-like regardless of the lunar phases.

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* The series ''Series/TeenWolf'' has this. The fullness of the moon triggers a shift in personality for werewolves, which can be overcome by experience (Derek) or a special focus (Scott). Then, there are cases like Isaac, Erica, and Boyd, who are generally more bully-like regardless of the lunar phases. This is particularly ironic because Isaac, Erica and Boyd were all bullied before they received the bite.
13th Jul '16 8:22:32 AM Morgenthaler
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A possible cause of BewareTheSuperman, this is the third sin in the ScaleOfScientificSins. Compare SheepInWolfsClothing and SpeciesLoyalty. Contrast MonstersAnonymous. May lead to forming an AntiHumanAlliance. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to ProHumanTranshuman or HumanityIsInfectious, depending on the details.

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A possible cause of BewareTheSuperman, this is the third sin in the ScaleOfScientificSins. Compare SheepInWolfsClothing and SpeciesLoyalty. Contrast MonstersAnonymous. May lead to forming an AntiHumanAlliance. {{Opposite Trope|s}} to Can overlap with SuperSupremacist. Contrast ProHumanTranshuman or HumanityIsInfectious, depending on the details.
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