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11th Sep '17 9:15:54 PM SullenFrog
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* Hysteria from ''VideoGame/{{Sundered}}'' was once a human soldier named Emmett Nelson, who was captured by the [[ReligionOfEvil Eschaton cult]] and transformed into a giant undead cyborg SpiderTank as punishment for slaughtering the cultís women and children.
11th Sep '17 8:36:48 PM PaulA
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* The idea pops up in several Creator/HPLovecraft stories, particularly ''The Beast in the Cave'', ''The Rats in the Walls'', ''Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family'', and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''.

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* The idea pops up in several Creator/HPLovecraft stories, particularly ''The stories:
** In "The
Beast in the Cave'', ''The Rats Cave", a man lost in a cave finds that there is some monstrous other creature in there with him, which turns out to be another man who also got lost in the Walls'', ''Facts cave long ago and has reverted to an animalistic state.
** "Literature/TheRatsInTheWalls".
** "Facts
Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family'', Family".
** In "Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth", people descended from the Innsmouth bloodline start out human
and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''.gradually transform into hideous FishPeople.
8th Sep '17 12:53:42 PM HolisticTigrine
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* During anti-video games rally in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', the crowd is asked to examine Ocho, an 8-bit spider, for evidence of what happens from playing too many video games. When it's pointed out that Ocho looks fine, they then reveal a photo of what he looked like before playing video games: a normal human child.
28th Aug '17 5:15:08 PM Morgenthaler
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** Judge Death started out as human before he met the Sisters of Death, who transformed him into the undead monster we know him as now. When his fellow Dark Judges see the results, they ask for the same to be done to them. The Sisters themselves used their magic to cast off their mortal bodies as they entered the astral plane, then return to the world of the living as banshee-like ghosts.

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** Judge Death started out as human before he met the Sisters of Death, who transformed him into the undead monster we know him as now. When his fellow Dark Judges see the results, they ask for the same to be done to them. The Sisters themselves used their magic to cast off their mortal bodies as they entered the astral plane, then return to the world of the living as banshee-like ghosts.
21st Aug '17 12:09:48 PM BeerBaron
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** Malacath, the Daedric Prince of the [[AllTheOtherReindeer Spurned and Ostracized]] and patron deity of the [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orcs]], was once the Aedric spirit Trinimac, beloved by the [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmer]]. Boethiah, the Daedric Prince of [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Plots]] [[HijackingCthulhu "ate" Trinimac]] in order to manipulate Trinimac's followers, who would become the Chimer. After being tortured in Boethiah's stomach, the remains of Trinimac were "excreted". These remains became Malacath and his remaining followers were transformed into the Orsimer (Orcs).
16th Aug '17 5:56:00 PM SAMAS
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* In the first ''Literature/GotrekAndFelix'' novel, the pair are hired to rescue a village's children from a mad scientist. After fighting their way through his mutant minions, they confront the scientist, only to find no trace of the kids. Felix suddenly realizes that those mutants were suspiciously ''smaller'' than usual right before their foe confirms his fears.


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*** Of course, the right amount of ''well''-considered gifts make them aescend into ''Daemonhood''. The path of Chaos Glory is fickle like that.
7th Aug '17 11:41:57 AM BeerBaron
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** The Ideal Masters are immortal beings who were once powerful mortal sorcerers during the Merethic Era. After finding their mortal forms to be too weak and limiting, they entered Oblivion as [[EnergyBeing beings of pure energy]] and settled an area of "chaotic creatia", forming the [[SpiritWorld Soul Cairn]]. The Ideal Masters are most infamous for their [[YourSoulIsMine trafficking in souls]], especially "Black" sapient souls. All souls trapped in soul gems end up in the Soul Cairn and are considered property of the Ideal Masters, who seem to possess a HorrorHunger for adding more. The Ideal Masters do not usually manifest physically within the Soul Cairn, but have been known to take the form of giant soul gems through which individuals can communicate with them, and through which they can drain the souls of approaching mortals.
25th Jul '17 6:31:12 AM BeerBaron
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** [[OurLichesAreDifferent Liches]] are another such example. Once mortal wizards (often [[{{Necromancy}} necromancers]]), they have undergone a process that sacrifices their humanity and very ''lives'' to become powerful undead sorcerers. Some are able to [[TheMasquerade maintain a facade of humanity]] using [[MasterOfIllusion powerful illusion magic]], but [[OneWingedAngel switch to their undead forms for combat]].
14th Jul '17 12:01:53 PM BeerBaron
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** The series' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Vampires]] can play this on two levels. All Vampires were once mortals who have been infected with a [[TheVirus disease]] that caused their transformation into a blood-sucking creature of the night, or it was a "[[CursedWithAwesome gift]]" received directly from [[GodOfEvil Molag Bal]], the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Domination and Corruption]] who [[MonsterProgenitor created the first vampire]]. On a different level, while most vampires maintain a sense of humanity, if they go too long without feeding, they are known to go irrevocably insane and feral. These feral Vampires are referred to as "Bloodfiends."
10th Jul '17 10:39:19 AM BeerBaron
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** The Falmer, former [[OurElvesAreBetter Snow Elves]] who, after losing a war against the [[HornyVikings Nords]], sought refuge with the Dwemer, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent a technologically-advanced race of underground elves]]. As part of the contract the Falmer agreed to eat a fungus which caused the loss of their eyesight and became [[EnslavedElves enslaved]] by their kin. Not only did the Snow Elves physically degenerate into something resembling [[TheMorlocks Morlocks]], but what the Falmer went through fundamentally changed their ''very souls''. The no longer possess the "black" souls of sapient species. Instead, they possess "white" souls like those of animals.
** The Dreugh, a race of [[FishPeople aquatic humanoid octopi]], were once far more intelligent. While sources conflict regarding the exact details, the Dreugh were said to have once ruled the world [[TimeOfMyths in a time long, long ago]]. Like the Falmer, the Dreugh de-evolution from an intelligent, sapient race with their own civilization has included their souls becoming white, like those of animals.



** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The Falmer, former Snow Elves who after losing a war against humans sought refuge with the Dwemer, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent a technologically-advanced race of underground elves]]. As part of the contract the Falmer agreed to eat a fungus which caused the lose of their eyesight and to become [[EnslavedElves enslaved]] by their kin. Not only did the Snow Elves degenerate into something resembling [[TheMorlocks Morlocks]], but what the Falmer went through fundamentally changed their ''very souls''; theirs [[YourSoulIsMine can be trapped]] in normal soul gems like those of animals, while sentient beings like humans or other elves require black soul gems.
*** Hagravens are a species of flightless [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]] who were once mortal women. They performed a ritual in which they traded their humanity for [[WitchSpecies access to powerful magic]]. This ritual twists their appearance into more a more bird-like form, complete with [[FeatheredFiend feathers]], a beak-like nose, and [[FemmeFatalons literal talons]] for their fingers and toes.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'':
*** The Falmer, former Snow Elves who after losing a war against humans sought refuge with the Dwemer, [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent a technologically-advanced race of underground elves]]. As part of the contract the Falmer agreed to eat a fungus which caused the lose of their eyesight and to become [[EnslavedElves enslaved]] by their kin. Not only did the Snow Elves degenerate into something resembling [[TheMorlocks Morlocks]], but what the Falmer went through fundamentally changed their ''very souls''; theirs [[YourSoulIsMine can be trapped]] in normal soul gems like those of animals, while sentient beings like humans or other elves require black soul gems.
*** Hagravens are
Skyrim]]'' has Hagravens, a species of flightless [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]] who were once mortal women. They performed a ritual in which they traded their humanity for [[WitchSpecies access to powerful magic]]. This ritual twists their appearance into more a more bird-like form, complete with [[FeatheredFiend feathers]], a beak-like nose, and [[FemmeFatalons literal talons]] for their fingers and toes.
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