Created By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on November 6, 2011 Last Edited By: GiantSpaceChinchilla on February 29, 2012
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Transformation of the Possessed

Possession gives you a demonic appearance

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formaly Possessive remodeling.Also, is this ready for launch? I see one hat four hats.
Perhaps it's just that Evil Makes You Ugly or that your body is the plaything of the mind, but when your body gets possessed there is a nasty tendency for you to be remodeled, and possibly shown off.

Compare and Contrast: Empathic Shapeshifter, Evil Makes You Monstrous , Heroic Host, Powers via Possession, Super Empowering, Viral Transformation, and Willing Channeler

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Apparently happens in Ao no Exorcist. Father Fujimoto is definitely an example. So is Toudou, later on, although it does seem to depend on how powerful the demon in question is.
  • Happens with Orochimaru's hosts in Naruto.
    • when Naruto bas a demon cloak with 4 or more tails the nine tailed fox is controlling him.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The first anime had Dante's deterioration with each possession.
  • Animals possessed by spirits in Berserk get deformed human-like faces

Film- Live Action
  • Legion: various angels do Odd things to the bodies they enhabit.
  • The Exorcist? had a pretty gruesome transformation.

Literature
  • True for most Denarians in The Dresden Files, though some of them choose to keep their human appearance.
  • Played With in Perelandra, Dr. Weston's possessed body at first looks quite normal but as it is damaged beyond repair in the course of the plot (yet continues to move thanks to the devil inside it), it becomes horrible to look at and wholly inhuman.
  • In The Inheritance Cycle, when a human is possessed by spirits and becomes a Shade, it transforms their appearance, including turning their hair bright crimson.
  • Professor Quirell from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Live-Action Television
  • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when the Pa-Wraiths possess someone, the person's sclera's become red.
  • In Kamen Rider Den-O being possessed by any of the friendly --taro imagin gives the character a lock of appropriately colored hair and sometimes a change in wardrobe.
  • Demonic possessions eventually tend to disfigure the host in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

Tabletop Games
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 & 4.0: Many fiends find remodeling their new body to their advantage and extensive remodeling can result in being completely replaced.
  • In Warhammer40000, Daemons will alter the body of their host, moulding it into one more suitable for them. The host rarely lasts for very long.
  • In Demon: The Fallen, Demons knowledgeable in the lore of transformation can make permanent alterations to its host.
  • The Fomori in Werewolf: The Apocalypse. When a bane (an evil spirit of the Wyrm) possesses a human body, that person's body is hideously mutated with whatever the Storyteller picks from a grab-bag of disgusting Body Horror-based powers. Examples include multiple limbs and mouths, corrosive puss boils, and internal organs replaced by infectious fungus.

Video Games
  • Legacy of Kain: Raziel learns to occupy corpses and shape them into an image of himself
  • This happens to anyone possessed by a demon in Dragon Age.
  • In Diablo 2 this happens to the first game's protagonist when they fail to contain Diablo's soul.
  • When an Ing from Metroid Prime 2 fuses itself to a host, the host takes on a darker, mutated appearance as a direct result.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Shendu a dragon-demon-wizard wanted his current host Valmont to get scales.
  • •After being possessed by Zordrak in an episode of The Dreamstone, Amberley gains a pair of extremely evil looking glowing eyes.
Community Feedback Replies: 45
  • November 6, 2011
    Koveras
    • True for most Denarians in The Dresden Files, though some of them choose to keep their human appearance.
  • November 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    • This happens to anyone possessed by a demon in Dragon Age.
    • In Diablo 2 this happens to the first game's protagonist when they fail to contain Diablo's soul.
  • November 6, 2011
    dalek955
  • November 6, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    ^ not quite the same thing but I can put it in the compare and contrast section if you wish
  • November 7, 2011
    Irrisia
    Apparently happens in Ao No Exorcist. Father Fujimoto is definitely an example. So is Toudou, later on, although it does seem to depend on how powerful the demon in question is.
  • November 7, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
    • Lord Of The Rings - Gollum who used to me a hobbit names Smeagol turned ugly and wierd after he got the ring
  • November 7, 2011
    Bisected8
    ^ This and Viral Transformation are both examples of a Face Monster Turn. I'd say the difference is that VT changes the mind and body of the victim, while this is the result of something else hijacking the mind and changing their body.

    • Jackie Chan Adventures is probably a borderline example, since Shendu-controlling-Valmont had to create and drink/force Valmont to drink potions (with a great deal of resistance from Valmant since they were Sharing A Body) which transformed his body rather than it being an inherent effect of possession.
  • November 8, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    I'm not familiar enough with the Lord Of The Rings to say whether or not the ring possessed Smeagol/Gollum or just drove him insane, but the latter seems to make more sense.

    I am tempted to leave in the Jackie Chan Adventures example anyway since in my mind if Shendu had the ability to do it himself he would have,I seem to recall Hsi Wu doing this, since he spends most of the series depowered. It is also a nice highlight that sometimes this is cosmetic as well as utilitarian shendu was part dragon and felt more comfortable with scales, which may or maynot have provided his new body some armor.

    or perhaps I should just add/or replace the example with Hsi Wu. Any opinions on the matter?
  • November 10, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    and crud I totaly misremembered Hsi Wu. any other examples?
  • November 21, 2011
    ChunkyDaddy
  • November 21, 2011
    arromdee
    In Kamen Rider Den-O being possessed by any of the friendly --taro imagin gives the character a lock of appropriately colored hair and sometimes a change in wardrobe.
  • November 21, 2011
    Nomic
    In Warhammer40000, Daemons will alter the body of their host, moulding it into one more suitable for them. The host rarely lasts for very long.
  • November 22, 2011
    surgoshan
  • December 8, 2011
    Tambov333
    • Happens with Orochimaru's hosts in Naruto.
  • December 25, 2011
    TBeholder
    Please calm down. You must speak clearly and slowly. Please stop breathing smoke like that, it bothers my throat. And what is the deal with the red glowing eyes? You should see a doctor.
  • December 25, 2011
    Mozgwsloiku
    Animals possessed by spirits in Berserk get deformed human-like faces
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Remodeling doesn't really imply some kind of shapeshifting. Visually Obvious Possession?
  • December 26, 2011
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    I'm not sure that would work, the trope I had in mind was more about a possessing being changing it's host not simply visual shorthand. And I'm not sure how or if it's distinguishable from Super Powered Alter Ego except that it involves a somewhat permanent transformation.

    any thoughts on the matter?
  • December 26, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Perhaps something along the lines of Transformative Posession?
  • December 26, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • January 2, 2012
    Koveras
    • Played With in Perelandra, Dr. Weston's possessed body at first looks quite normal but as it is damaged beyond repair in the course of the plot (yet continues to move thanks to the devil inside it), it becomes horrible to look at and wholly inhuman.
  • January 2, 2012
    AlexSora89
    Change the laconic version (or even the title) into "Possession gives you a demonic appearance" and I think we're in business.

    Well, not really, of course, the trope is still there, but I think something at least along the lines of what I've suggested would work better.
  • January 2, 2012
    Earnest
    I'm surprised no one's mentioned Demonic Possession, which would be a prerequisite for this trope.
  • January 2, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    Gollum wasn't possessed by the Ring. It drove him insane and corrupted him, but his messed up appearance was due to the Age Without Youth it inflicted on him, plus living underground in the dark and eating nothing but raw fish and orcs for centuries.

    A good example is the Fomori in Werewolf The Apocalypse. When a bane (an evil spirit of the Wyrm) possesses a human body, that person's body is hideously mutated with whatever the Storyteller picks from a grab-bag of disgusting Body Horror-based powers. Examples include multiple limbs and mouths, corrosive puss boils, and internal organs replaced by infectious fungus.
  • February 4, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • In The Inheritance Cycle, when a human is possessed by spirits and becomes a Shade, it transforms their appearance, including turning their hair bright crimson.
  • February 4, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Nice. "Transformation of the Posessed" sounds like a winner to me.
  • February 4, 2012
    captainsandwich
    when Naruto bas a demon cloak with 4 or more tails the nine tailed fox is controlling him.
  • February 5, 2012
    Telcontar
    • In Spirited Away, No Face is possessed and slowly takes on an appearance similar to a giant, deformed frog. His mind also changes, as he becomes monsterous rather than helpful and such.
  • February 5, 2012
    KTera
  • February 5, 2012
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    I don't think No Face was possessed, he seemed to be fine untill he entered the baths and started eating the employees.
  • February 6, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    I think you could argue that Smeagol was a victim of possession; Sauron did pour a great deal of his essence and power into the One Ring. Additionally, the Ring is said to have a will of its own, and those who carry and wear the Ring are subject to its whims (mainly finding its way back to Sauron). Part of it was Gollum's intense desire to have the Ring for himself, and part was the corrupting evil and arguably possessive influence of the Ring.
  • February 6, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Yeah, though Gollum wasn't necessarily "transformed" - the Ring did keep him alive far past his expected lifespan, but to what extent there was any physical transformation (versus just his body withering over time) is a matter of interpretation.
  • February 15, 2012
    Earnest
    Just remembered, there's also Evil Makes You Monstrous, when the mere act of being evil (though at infernal levels) transforms people into non-human creatures.
  • February 16, 2012
    Damr1990
    • On Megaman X6, there is the Nightmare Virus, wich infects the Pasive NPC's asking for help into Hostile Zombie versions of themselves who attack you, since many of them carry power ups and special items, failing to rescue them before getting infected, may result on having items Lost Forever
  • February 16, 2012
    chicagomel
    • What about The Exorcist? That was a pretty gruesome transformation.
  • February 16, 2012
    Stratadrake
    • When an Ing from Metroid Prime 2 fuses itself to a host, the host takes on a darker, mutated appearance as a direct result.
  • February 18, 2012
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    • I'm not sure if the nightmare virus counts since it would be The Virus, no?
    • Should the discription be lenghthend? Perhaps by saying since the transformation is happening to the body there may or maynot be No Ontological Inertia?
  • February 18, 2012
    CurlyWurly
    I'm pretty sure Professor Quirell from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone counts as an example.
  • February 18, 2012
    KZN02
    You know, I always had this in mind, but with regard to inanimate objects, like Ghost Rider and his bike.
  • February 18, 2012
    Psi001
    • After being possessed by Zordrak in an episode of The Dreamstone, Amberley gains a pair of extremely evil looking glowing eyes.
  • February 19, 2012
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    @ KZNO2: a bit of trivia Ghost Rider from the film is one of the first examples I added to The Magic Touch, can't say I connected the dots utill now.

  • February 26, 2012
    GiantSpaceChinchilla
    will launch some time next week,

    any advice on the discription?
  • February 27, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Description is rather ... short, but passable, I guess.
  • February 29, 2012
    Ryuuma
    In Bleach, when Kaien is possessed by Metastasia he first gets hollowed, empty eyesockets, then he starts sprouting tentacles from his limbs, sockets and mouth.
  • February 29, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Spellbent: Possession victims get funky eye colors. Their sclera (white of the eyes) turns red or in some cases purple, depending on the power level of what's possessing them.
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