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29th May '16 8:28:13 PM Someoneman
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* [[spoiler: The Bohrok]] in ''{{Bionicle}}'' [[spoiler:were Once Av-Matoran]]. goes into NightmareFuel territory when you realize that Nuparu made the Boxor machines out of [[spoiler: Bohrok parts, so the Boxors are made out of [[HumanResources dead Av-Matoran]]... and are piloted by Matoran who use them to fight still functioning Bohrok. While he didn't pilot Boxors, one of the topmost fighters in the war against the Bohrok was Takua, himself an Av-Matoran!]]

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* [[spoiler: The Bohrok]] in ''{{Bionicle}}'' [[spoiler:were Once Av-Matoran]]. goes into NightmareFuel territory when you realize that Nuparu made the Boxor machines out of [[spoiler: Bohrok parts, so the Boxors are made out of [[HumanResources dead Av-Matoran]]... and are piloted by Matoran who use them to fight still functioning Bohrok. While he didn't pilot Boxors, one of the topmost fighters in the war against the Bohrok was Takua, himself an Av-Matoran!]]



*** For an extra dose of NightmareFuel, we have the Wracks, Dark Eldar who willingly let a Haemonculus turn them into lesser Grotesques. Some of them treat this as an apprenticeship, hoping to become Haemonculi themselves, but many are just bored with their decadent lives and ''want'' to spend decades as horrific abominations.

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*** For an extra dose of NightmareFuel, we have the ** The Wracks, Dark Eldar who willingly let a Haemonculus turn them into lesser Grotesques. Some of them treat this as an apprenticeship, hoping to become Haemonculi themselves, but many are just bored with their decadent lives and ''want'' to spend decades as horrific abominations.



* Crewman Norris in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. He begins hearing voices as you begin exploring Sector Bootes, and then he reaches for the sector's central tower, the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Palace of Pleasure]]. Next time you see him, he's being experimented upon, [[BodyHorror and the transformation ain't pretty]]. Worst part is, [[NightmareFuel you can see how he slowly loses his mind as you traverse the sector]].

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* Crewman Norris in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiStrangeJourney''. He begins hearing voices as you begin exploring Sector Bootes, and then he reaches for the sector's central tower, the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Palace of Pleasure]]. Next time you see him, he's being experimented upon, [[BodyHorror and the transformation ain't pretty]]. Worst part is, [[NightmareFuel you can see how he slowly loses his mind as you traverse the sector]].sector.



* Done in at least two side quests in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. In one mission, a requester asks for help as he and his friends are trapped in a mine and is afraid he will become the ghosts that haunt the place. When you get there, you encounter a gang of ghosts and [[TearJerker its leader weakly begs for help]].

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* Done in at least two side quests in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2''. In one mission, a requester asks for help as he and his friends are trapped in a mine and is afraid he will become the ghosts that haunt the place. When you get there, you encounter a gang of ghosts and [[TearJerker its leader weakly begs for help]].help.



* Stalkers in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' are humans taken prisoner by Combine forces for acts of rebellion or "simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time", according to Alyx. Their organs and genitalia are removed and their blood replaced with a saline solution, a metal plate welded over their "face" and a strong implication that they are rewarded for good behaviour with artifical limbs so that they can ''walk''. [[NightmareFuel Brrr.]]

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* Stalkers in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' are humans taken prisoner by Combine forces for acts of rebellion or "simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time", according to Alyx. Their organs and genitalia are removed and their blood replaced with a saline solution, a metal plate welded over their "face" and a strong implication that they are rewarded for good behaviour with artifical limbs so that they can ''walk''. [[NightmareFuel Brrr.]]



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' does this a lot. All the Aeons were human, and an optional superboss is a monk named Omega whose hatred of [[spoiler:Yevon]] turned him into a gigantic, four-legged monster with the power to create novae.
** The most [[NightmareFuel Disturbing]] / [[TearJerker Saddest]] example however is Anima, who not only looked monstrous (a chained, gap-mouth giant corpse rising out a shell) but is [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Seymour]]'s human mother, who basically had turned herself into one to give him the ability to return to his father's people. Now she rages at how evil he became.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' does this a lot. lot.
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All the Aeons were human, and an optional superboss is a monk named Omega whose hatred of [[spoiler:Yevon]] turned him into a gigantic, four-legged monster with the power to create novae.
** The most [[NightmareFuel Disturbing]] / [[TearJerker Saddest]] example however is Anima, who not only looked monstrous (a chained, gap-mouth giant corpse rising out a shell) but is [[spoiler: [[SmugSnake Seymour]]'s human mother, who basically had turned herself into one to give him the ability to return to his father's people. Now she rages at how evil he became.]]



* In ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' and ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', the majority of the enemies you face are people who have been captured and [[YouWillBeAssimilated forcibly turned into cyborgs]]. Some aren't even turned into troops, they just get their limbs hacked off and used as ''scenery'' (but they still twitch and bleed when shot). In ''Quake IV'', this happens to the ''player character'', and [[NightmareFuel you get to see it happen, from his point of view]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3clVvh5gbGE&feature=related Curious?]]

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* In ''VideoGame/QuakeII'' and ''VideoGame/QuakeIV'', the majority of the enemies you face are people who have been captured and [[YouWillBeAssimilated forcibly turned into cyborgs]]. Some aren't even turned into troops, they just get their limbs hacked off and used as ''scenery'' (but they still twitch and bleed when shot). In ''Quake IV'', this happens to the ''player character'', and [[NightmareFuel you get to see it happen, from his point of view]].view. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3clVvh5gbGE&feature=related Curious?]]



** The werewolves are humans suffering under a nasty curse, more progressive ghouls are humans, elves, or dwarves in advanced stages of the Taint infection, Broodmothers [[spoiler:(who were, rather, once women)]], and Golems [[spoiler:(who were living dwarves forged into stone soldiers by [[NightmareFuel pouring molten lyrium through their eyes and mouth before hammering and chiseling them into the proper shape]])]].

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** The werewolves are humans suffering under a nasty curse, more progressive ghouls are humans, elves, or dwarves in advanced stages of the Taint infection, Broodmothers [[spoiler:(who were, rather, once women)]], and Golems [[spoiler:(who were living dwarves forged into stone soldiers by [[NightmareFuel pouring molten lyrium through their eyes and mouth before hammering and chiseling them into the proper shape]])]].shape)]].



** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has the Ghost Pokémon Yamask (and, by extension, Cofagrigus), whose mask is its face from when it was human. Its Pokedex entry states that [[TearJerker 'it sometimes looks at its mask and cries'.]]

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** ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite'' has the Ghost Pokémon Yamask (and, by extension, Cofagrigus), whose mask is its face from when it was human. Its Pokedex entry states that [[TearJerker 'it sometimes looks at its mask and cries'.]]



** We have [[spoiler:Flowey The Flower, who was once Asriel Dreemurr, the child of Toriel and Asgore. He basically CameBackWrong without a soul, and went mental as a result of being unable to feel emotions and from MediumAwareness. To make matters worse you can't save him: He gets a brief respite in the GoldenEnding of the game where he gets to briefly be Asriel, but [[TearJerker is doomed to fade away]].]]

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** We have [[spoiler:Flowey The Flower, who was once Asriel Dreemurr, the child of Toriel and Asgore. He basically CameBackWrong without a soul, and went mental as a result of being unable to feel emotions and from MediumAwareness. To make matters worse you can't save him: He gets a brief respite in the GoldenEnding of the game where he gets to briefly be Asriel, but [[TearJerker is doomed to fade away]].]]



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Holly Jolly Secrets", it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Ice King was a normal human man named Simon Petrikov until he bought an old crown and tried it on. He was driven insane by the visions the crown produced, heard voices telling him the secrets of ice and snow, and was physically changed into the frigid, blue-skinned Ice King. [[TearJerker The final moments of the video depicting his descent show his desperate plea to stop him from hurting anyone while he tries to overcome his growing insanity.]]]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' episode "Holly Jolly Secrets", it's revealed that [[spoiler: the Ice King was a normal human man named Simon Petrikov until he bought an old crown and tried it on. He was driven insane by the visions the crown produced, heard voices telling him the secrets of ice and snow, and was physically changed into the frigid, blue-skinned Ice King. [[TearJerker The final moments of the video depicting his descent show his desperate plea to stop him from hurting anyone while he tries to overcome his growing insanity.]]]]]]
24th May '16 5:44:18 PM TheSinful
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* Theorized in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11669575/13/For-Love-of-Magic For Love of Magic]]'' after Harry nearly becomes a Dementor; he wonders if Dementors are wizards who tampered with magic they didn't understand.
18th May '16 6:14:23 AM Csann
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In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' using the Fanatical Frenzy unique ability of the Zealot stereotype. Suddenly all inhabitants in the world targeted turn into members of your species no matter what they used to be before.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' using the Fanatical Frenzy unique ability of the Zealot stereotype. Suddenly all inhabitants in the world targeted turn into members of your species no matter what they used to be before.
18th May '16 6:12:05 AM Csann
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In ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'' using the Fanatical Frenzy unique ability of the Zealot stereotype. Suddenly all inhabitants in the world targeted turn into members of your species no matter what they used to be before.
5th May '16 8:40:00 AM VVK
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* This is fairly common in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe. Notable is the Demon Hunter Illidan Stormrage, who, after using a demonic artifact to gain power, was transformed into a demon.

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* This is fairly common in the ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' universe. universe.
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Notable is the Demon Hunter Illidan Stormrage, who, after using a demonic artifact to gain power, was transformed into a demon.



*** The Broken, the Lost Ones, and the Eredar are all degenerated versions of the Draenei who were [[BodyHorror mutated]] by over-exposure to fel energy.

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*** The Broken, the Lost Ones, and the Eredar are all degenerated versions of the Draenei who were [[BodyHorror mutated]] by over-exposure to fel energy. The funny thing about Eredar is that they're physically not all that transformed; they look demonic because their ancestors already looked about like that, as do the good guy Draenei now.
1st May '16 3:37:00 AM TSBasilisk
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* Web Serial Literature/{{Worm}} features Mannequin, once a meek GadgeteerGenius striving to avert the ReedRichardsIsUseless trope, now a member of the villain group called the Slaughterhouse Nine, encased in a special protective suit of armor that features retracting blades, unnatural ranges of movement, and detached limbs that he can swing, throw or fire from his suit using chains. Topping it off,[[spoiler: he may only be a brain and a few organs that fit in the armored torso]]. And he did it all to himself.

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* Web Serial Literature/{{Worm}} features Mannequin, once a meek GadgeteerGenius striving to avert the ReedRichardsIsUseless trope, now a member of the villain group called the Slaughterhouse Nine, encased in a special protective suit of armor that features retracting blades, unnatural ranges of movement, and detached limbs that he can swing, throw or fire from his suit using chains. Topping it off,[[spoiler: off, he may only be a brain and a few organs that fit in the armored torso]].torso. And he did it all to himself.


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** Echidna is still human from the waist up, but below that is a bloated monster that is constantly growing. If angered the monster will go on a rampage and has killed dozens in the past. A chapter from [[spoiler:Noelle]]'s point of view shows that her mind is slowly being backseated by the monster's mind.
24th Apr '16 2:10:50 AM ChrisX
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' there was once a herbalist named Lesale who got stung by a very venomous reptile and in desperation, concocted an antitoxin that puts him to deep slumber. When he woke up, he's already mutated into an extremely venomous snake-ish creature. Now he's known as Lesale Deathbringer, the Venomancer.
23rd Apr '16 10:32:02 PM Xelloss08
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* In ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'', Shakti encounters a Yochlol, one of the hideous slime demons which serve as the Handmaidens of Lolth, which dimly recalls its former identity as a drow priestess.
-->'''Yochlol''': Before you stands the glorious form to which a priestess of power and prestige might aspire!
-->'''Shakti''': You are not long dead. You still remember your life and your name.
-->'''Yochlol''': In time, all this will fade. The priestess will be forgotten. Only Lolth will remain.
22nd Apr '16 3:24:17 AM erforce
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* BatmanArkhamKnight: Batman name-drops this trope when referring to Man-Bat (formerly Kirk Langstrom).
* VideoGame/DarkSouls and VideoGame/DemonsSouls are made of this. Pretty much every hollow you ever face is a human that gave up [[HeroicBSOD hope]]. Not only that but many of the bosses and all the black phantoms also qualify. Poor Artorias.

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* BatmanArkhamKnight: In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight'', Batman name-drops this trope when referring to Man-Bat (formerly Kirk Langstrom).
* VideoGame/DarkSouls ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' and VideoGame/DemonsSouls ''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'' are made of this. Pretty much every hollow you ever face is a human that gave up [[HeroicBSOD hope]]. Not only that but many of the bosses and all the black phantoms also qualify. Poor Artorias.



* Scorpion, from the ''MortalKombat'' series, was once Hanzo Hasashi, the leader of the Shirai-Ryu clan of ninjas. When their rivals, the Lin Kuei, slaughtered them, and their leader Sub-Zero killed him, he returned as a wraith fueled by a burning desire for revenge.

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* Scorpion, from the ''MortalKombat'' ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series, was once Hanzo Hasashi, the leader of the Shirai-Ryu clan of ninjas. When their rivals, the Lin Kuei, slaughtered them, and their leader Sub-Zero killed him, he returned as a wraith fueled by a burning desire for revenge.



* Kokiri are said to turn into the race of skullkids when lost. They're usually shown as more tragic enemies, you being able to talk with them as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** The same game mentions that Hylians would eventually be transformed into Stalfos when lost in the woods. Just as creepy, given that you actually ''meet'' a lost man in the woods who appears oddly gaunt and skeletal, and when you return from his fetch quest with what he wants, he's gone, and a Kokiri informs you he has become a Stalfos and seems positively joyed to claim eventually everyone lost in the forest will someday turn.

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* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''
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Kokiri are said to turn into the race of skullkids when lost. They're usually shown as more tragic enemies, you being able to talk with them as a child in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime''.
** *** The same game mentions that Hylians would eventually be transformed into Stalfos when lost in the woods. Just as creepy, given that you actually ''meet'' a lost man in the woods who appears oddly gaunt and skeletal, and when you return from his fetch quest with what he wants, he's gone, and a Kokiri informs you he has become a Stalfos and seems positively joyed to claim eventually everyone lost in the forest will someday turn.
21st Apr '16 1:59:14 PM PistolsAtDawn
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Sometimes the mind is not affected; [[ViralTransformation only the body is]]. Sometimes [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight the original mind can be reached.]] This does not undermine the horror of it. Indeed, in certain ways, it [[TragicMonster makes the horror even]] ''[[AndIMustScream worse]]''.

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Sometimes the mind is not affected; [[ViralTransformation only the body is]]. If the mind ''is'' affected it might be a PreInsanityReveal. Sometimes [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight the original mind can be reached.]] This does not undermine the horror of it. Indeed, in certain ways, it [[TragicMonster makes the horror even]] ''[[AndIMustScream worse]]''.
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