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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.
5th Jul '17 12:51:50 PM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has 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.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has the Skyrim]]'':
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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.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.
25th Jun '17 8:43:43 AM rjd1922
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This trope has nothing to do with GenderBender. Not to be confused with {{Animorphism}}, {{Transflormation}}, or {{BalefulPolymorph}}, in which the thing that used to be a human is ''not'' a monster.

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This trope has nothing to do with GenderBender. Not to be confused with {{Animorphism}}, {{Transflormation}}, or {{BalefulPolymorph}}, BalefulPolymorph, in which the thing that used to be a human is ''not'' a monster.
23rd Jun '17 9:01:48 PM MoonByte
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has zombies and enemies and Ghouls as both enemies as well as possible character trait. The latter is usually considered a extreme difficulty spike, not only because of the FantasticRacism or their stats (their intelligence usually has a very harsh handicap), but also because they need specifically human meat to survive.
10th Jun '17 1:17:45 PM nombretomado
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* Pretty much all the minions of supervillain Dr. Macabre in the WhateleyUniverse. He kidnaps teens, transforms them into monsters, and forces them to do his bidding. The one captured by the police is a girl who is now mostly ghoul: she has a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth and requires human flesh to survive, despite everything she has tried.

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* Pretty much all the minions of supervillain Dr. Macabre in the WhateleyUniverse.Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He kidnaps teens, transforms them into monsters, and forces them to do his bidding. The one captured by the police is a girl who is now mostly ghoul: she has a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth and requires human flesh to survive, despite everything she has tried.
4th Jun '17 9:12:12 PM WillBGood
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* The quote from the top of the page (now on the quotes page) is from ''The Beast in the Cave'' by Creator/HPLovecraft, written at some point around 1908. Similar themes can be found in ''The Rats in the Walls'', ''Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family'', and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''.

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* The quote from the top of the page (now on the quotes page) is from idea pops up in several Creator/HPLovecraft stories, particularly ''The Beast in the Cave'' by Creator/HPLovecraft, written at some point around 1908. Similar themes can be found in Cave'', ''The Rats in the Walls'', ''Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and his Family'', and ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth''.
18th May '17 10:51:34 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' has the ash and corprus creatures. The former have been twisted by the magic of [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] into {{humanoid abomination}}s and the latter are infected with the corprus disease, slowly turning them into leprous zombies.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' has 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 enslaved by their kin.Not only did the Snow Elves degenerate into something like [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Morlocks]], but what the Falmer went through fundamentally changed their very souls; theirs can be trapped in normal soul gems like any other beast, while sentient beings like humans or elves require black soul gems.

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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' has the ash and corprus creatures. The former have been twisted by the magic of [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]] into {{humanoid abomination}}s and the latter are infected with the corprus disease, slowly turning them into leprous zombies.
** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has 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]].elves]]. As part of the contract the Falmer agreed to eat a fungus which caused the lose of their eyesight and to become enslaved [[EnslavedElves enslaved]] by their kin.kin. Not only did the Snow Elves degenerate into something like [[Literature/TheTimeMachine resembling [[TheMorlocks Morlocks]], but what the Falmer went through fundamentally changed their very souls; ''very souls''; theirs [[YourSoulIsMine can be trapped trapped]] in normal soul gems like any other beast, those of animals, while sentient beings like humans or other elves require black soul gems.
13th May '17 5:12:38 PM nombretomado
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* ''StarCraft'''s Infested Terrans, which are a lot more open about it (since they're named, well, "Infested Terrans"). They're still horrific abomination suicide bombers, though.
** In ''StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', an even more mutated form called "Aberrations" appears in a few missions. These get upgraded to a controllable unit in ''StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm''.

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* ''StarCraft'''s ''VideoGame/StarCraft'''s Infested Terrans, which are a lot more open about it (since they're named, well, "Infested Terrans"). They're still horrific abomination suicide bombers, though.
** In ''StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'', an even more mutated form called "Aberrations" appears in a few missions. These get upgraded to a controllable unit in ''StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm''.''VideoGame/StarCraftIIHeartOfTheSwarm''.
7th May '17 4:37:32 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* Several of the bosses (and implicitly the PigMan {{Mook}}s) of ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' were once people who the Ancestor directly or indirectly turned them into an undead abomination, were twisted into form by magic or monsters, or some combination thereof.
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