Created By: GamesOfTheVideo on February 5, 2012 Last Edited By: jormis29 on May 14, 2014

Hot As A Human

When a normally non-human character becomes human, expect HOTNESS.

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The True Companions have a scrappy-but-lovable talking Non-Human Sidekick, Robot Buddy, Cute Monster, or even an active imaginary friend. Due to the Applied Phlebotinum of the week, she is suddenly transformed into a human, and - heLLOOO NURSE!! All of a sudden, there are thousands of less than safe for work fan fictions and drawings about her, everywhere. Expect even the characters in the show to view her in a different light.

Alternately, the phlebotinum may simply show the audience what she would look like if she were human.

If the transformation is only temporary, it allows for a high-profile Cameo.

Related Tropes: A sort of trans-species Beautiful All Along. May overlap with Bishonen Line. See Baleful Polymorph. Contrast Attractive Bent Species for when this happens to a human transformed into a non-human. This would also be a Sub-Trope of Humanity Ensues.

Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, one of the heroes to use the White Tiger name was an actual white tiger transformed into a quite attractive female human. She eventually asked to be changed back to a tiger because being a human was too confusing.

    Fanfiction 
  • A short story based on Mercedes Lackey's Heralds of Valdemar. A Herald and his Companion ( an angel in the form of an idealized flawlessly perfect horse, a mare in this instance) meet up with a well-meaning but somewhat senile wizard, who proceeds to "restore" the Companion to its "true form": an angelically, superhumanly beautiful woman. This complicates not only their personal relationship but a delicate diplomatic mission as well.

    Film 
  • In The Muppets, the main character is a muppet by the name of Walter. During one of his songs, he looks into the mirror and we see what he would look like as a human: Sheldon.
  • In The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, four different woodland animals are combined and transformed into the quite fetching Animala.
  • In X-Men: The Last Stand, Mystique takes the form of the lovely Rebecca Romijn when stripped of her shapeshifting ability.

    Literature 
  • In Discworld, Nanny Ogg's cat Greebo is normally mangy and ugly looking, but when transformed into a human, has a dashing, roguish appearance.
  • In The Year of Rogue Dragons, Karasendrieth the song dragon is indeed beautiful when she shapeshifts to human form.

    Live Action TV 
  • Bewitched episode "A Bunny for Tabitha". Uncle Arthur accidentally turns a rabbit into a beautiful woman (Carol Wayne).

    Video Games 
  • Persona 4's Teddy is a blonde beautiful boy in human form. Normally, he looks like a creepy teddy bear.

    Webcomics 
  • In Questionable Content, Winslow is an artificially intelligent iPod. When he acquires a full-scale human chassis, the in-universe characters say he's a bit Uncanny Valley for their tastes, but to some members of the audience, he's adorable.
  • Artie, the super-intelligent gerbil in Narbonic. Apparently, Helen designed his human form to be hot.
  • El Goonish Shive, when not turning boys into much hotter girls than actual girls, also has this to a degree. Grace's brother, who is normally a gerbil, is quite attractive in his human form.

    Western Animation 

Community Feedback Replies: 78
  • February 5, 2012
    Bisected8
    • In the first Futurama "Anothology of Interest" episode (episodes that consist of three "What If" scenarios, in the vein of The Simpsons treehouse of horror episodes) a segment has Bender become human. Amy apparently finds him attractive enough to kiss, and vice versa (as does Prof. Farnsworth when Bender tries to see if kissing him works the same way it did with Amy).
  • February 5, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Anime and Manga:
    • In Zero No Tsukaima, Tabitha's familiar Sylphid is secretly a fully sentient shapeshifter, whose more human form, as Tabitha's "younger sister" Illococoo, is not only startlingly attractive and quite buxum, she's also an Innocent Fanservice Girl at first, since Rhyme Dragons don't normally have to worry about wearing clothes.
  • February 5, 2012
    dalek955
  • February 5, 2012
    captainpat
    I'm pretty sure that The Muppets example isn't this trope.
  • February 5, 2012
    DaibhidC
  • February 5, 2012
    GamesOfTheVideo
    Alrighty, then, discussion time!
    • ^^ I included the Muppet example because it's the idea that "if I were human, I'd look like this." But you're right, it is subtly different from the way I ended up describing this page. Thoughts?
    • ^ Do you guys think this trope should include the codifier, "only temporary transformations," or should we include permanent as well?
  • February 5, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Does the transformation have to occur in canon to count as this, or are fanfic examples allowed? If the latter, my favorite is a short story based on Mercedes Lackey's series of Valdemar stories. A Herald and his Companion (a angel in the form of an idealized flawlessly perfect horse, a mare in this instance) meet up with a well-meaning but somewhat senile wizard, who proceeds to "restore" the Companion to it's "true form": an angelically, superhumanly beautiful woman. This complicates not only their personal relationship but a delicate diplomatic mission as well.
  • February 5, 2012
    Jordan
    In Discworld, Nanny Ogg's cat Greebo is normally mangy and ugly looking, but when transformed into a human, has a dashing, roguish appearance.
  • February 5, 2012
    foxley
    In the Marvel Universe, one of the heroes to use the White Tiger name was an actual white tiger transformed into a quite attractive female human. She eventually asked to be changed back to a tiger because being a human was too confusing.
  • February 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    Persona4 's Teddy is a blonde beautiful boy in human form. Normally, he looks like a creepy teddy bear.
  • February 6, 2012
    Rognik
    • El Goonish Shive, when not turning boys into much hotter girls than actual girls, also has this to a degree. Grace's brother, who is normally a gerbil, is quite attractive in his human form.
  • February 6, 2012
    GuyIncog
  • February 6, 2012
    SharleeD
    Averted in the Spellsinger book The Paths of the Perambulator, in which a Funny Animal turtle, otter, hinny, owl, and koala bear are all magically turned human briefly- and they are decidedly not fanservice, but accurate analogues of their usual personalities.
  • February 6, 2012
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
    Western Animation:

    Anime and Manga:

    —EDIT—
  • February 6, 2012
    nman
    What about cases where Ms Fanservice is not human, but is almost always in their human form?
  • February 6, 2012
    peccantis
    "Buxum" should be spelled "buxom".
  • February 7, 2012
    Arivne
    Film

    Live Action TV
    • Bewitched episode "A Bunny for Tabitha". Uncle Arthur accidentally turns a rabbit into a beautiful woman (Carol Wayne).
  • February 7, 2012
    Synchronicity
    Compare Bishonen Line.
  • February 7, 2012
    Stratadrake
    What's this about? The storytelling trope (Humanity Ensues means Fanservice Ensues too), or the fan reaction?
  • February 7, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    ^^^Uncle Arthur's concentration wandered just for a moment when incanting the spell to conjure up a "bunny". :^D

  • February 7, 2012
    blueranger
    In Sabrina's Secret Life she turns Salem into a teenage boy for the evening and he ends up drawing the eyes of every girl at the school dance. Even Enchantra is turned on.
  • February 7, 2012
    Bisected8
    Contrast Attractive Bent Species for when this happens to a human transformed into a non-human. This would also be a subtrope of Humanity Ensues.
  • February 7, 2012
    Ryusui
  • February 11, 2012
    Sailor11sedna
    Would Ax count in Animorphs? The human girls seem to think he's cute. Maybe the cover designer got it wrong.
  • February 11, 2012
    BearyScary
    • Yoruichi in Bleach is actually a hot, dark-skinned female in human form.
  • February 11, 2012
    nman
    So does anyone know if this would include cases where the non-human is almost always in their human form?
  • February 12, 2012
    troacctid
    • In Animorphs, Token Nonhuman Ax combines the DNA of the rest of the team to create a human morph without having to look exactly identical to someone else. The result, as the other characters note, is a pretty attractive teenage boy.

    "Please Note: ONLY include fanfiction in which this transformation could feasibly happen in canon. If we counted every single fanfic that had a cute monster turn human, we'd never leave the editing page."

    I object to this. There Is No Such Thing As Notability. If it's an example, it should be listed. If there are too many examples, we can split off a subpage for them.
  • February 12, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Fanon examples may technically count, but I wouldn't exactly go out of the way to list them.
  • February 12, 2012
    captainpat
    How about just limiting this trope to when the character's human form is attractive to other characters in the story. That way subjective example won't be an issue. Just about all of the examples fit that criteria, just it shouldn't be an issue.
  • February 12, 2012
    azul120
  • February 12, 2012
    Damr1990
  • February 12, 2012
    chicagomel
    Illyria in Angel went from Eldritch Abomination to human, and Connor said she was hot. (Angel: 'They were supposed to fix that')
  • February 14, 2012
    troacctid
    ^^^^^ Examples from Fanfiction are canon In Universe for the fic in question. They're examples and should be listed.
  • February 15, 2012
    MetalGearChick
    When did Boota turn into a human? I've seen all the episodes of Gurren Lagann, and he stayed as a pig-mole the whole time. I'm guessing this was only in the manga?
  • February 15, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ When the Gurren-dan are trapped in the Lotus Eater Machine.
  • February 15, 2012
    Aquillion
    • Rakshun from The Twelve Kingdoms, though part of Youko's blushing on seeing his human form comes from her realization that she's been getting so physically affectionate with him without considering the fact that he was a man.
  • July 19, 2012
    zennyrpg
    • This goes both ways in Gargoyles when Goliath is transformed into a human and Eliza into a Gargoyle. Of course they are both attractive as the opposite species and of course they notice each others' hotness.
  • July 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    The name is a bit off. It doesn't indicate any morphing into a human. Perhaps Her Human Form Is Hot, or something like that.
  • July 19, 2012
    KinaKalamari
    ^ Except that it probably shouldn't be limited to females. I personally think the title sounds fine. It implies well enough that they were previously not human.

    • The TARDIS in series six of Doctor Who. She's quite attractive, despite being mildly insane, and she certainly flirts with the Doctor enough.
  • July 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "Except that it probably shouldn't be limited to females."

    Names like that don't limit the gender. See Unisex Tropes.

    "I personally think the title sounds fine."

    It objectively doesn't state there is any shapeshifting or morphing, which is what the trope requires.

    "It implies well enough that they were previously not human."

    Not really. "as a" also refers comparisons and similes. Take the phrase "stubborn as a mule".

    EDIT: But my suggestion could be tweaked anyway. Hot In Human Form?
  • July 19, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
  • July 19, 2012
    surgoshan
    • When Aylee briefly takes a humanoid form, she's a buxom babe.
  • July 19, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    ^ Er, who is Aylee?
  • July 19, 2012
    chicagomel
    Looks like Sluggy Freelance but, yeah, they forgot the pothole.
  • July 19, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Keep the name separate. Title potholes make bad examples.
  • July 19, 2012
    cygnavamp
    For the Gargoyles example, also mention Demona who is permanently "cursed" with being a drop dead gorgeous red head during the day.
  • July 19, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Andromeda: Rommie (the ship's A.I.) has three robot avatar bodies during the course of the series. The first & third look like her holographic form; but the second, created while she has amnesia and doesn't know she's a ship, looks quite different. Still hot though.
  • July 19, 2012
    Routerie
    The Muppets hardly seems like an example. They show that if Walter were a man, he'd be a muppet of a man. They choose an actor famous for playing an ambiguously autistic nerd - i.e. a troper sex symbol, but not hot by any normal standard.
  • July 20, 2012
    KillyMcgee
    Video Games
    • The Leagueof Legends has a few notable champions that either used their new found attractiveness to harness life energy(like Ahri), or have taken largely human forms(Like Zyra)
  • July 20, 2012
    Arivne
    The OP Games Of The Video hasn't edited this since February so it's Up For Grabs.
  • July 20, 2012
    MorganWick
    Which is kind of a bad sign, considering all the issues he left.

    To synthesize DQZ's comment with what he was referring to, "Always mention the name of the work."
  • July 20, 2012
    Cider
    Is this really distinct enough to be its own page? At most, I see soft splitting the bent species page we already have.

    I'd drop the fan reactions out of the description too. This is a story telling trope site, not the fan reaction site. I realize lots of people treat fan reactions like objective tropes on their launched pages but that's not a good thing.
  • July 20, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Yeah, I'd keep this to examples where people in-universe seem to think the humanified person is hot. Otherwise, everyone's got different tastes on what's hot or not.
  • July 20, 2012
    TheFarnell
    World Of Warcraft's dragons, when they take humanoid form, are given very flattering armor. Alextrasza, the most powerful among them, has a unique character model and highly stripperriffic clothing.
  • July 20, 2012
    Jir
    Web Original

  • July 20, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Referenced in The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader when the star guiding them assumes a human form to speak with them at Aslan's table. (Something like "if this form is a distraction, I can change it.")

    Description definitely needs help - this is an in-story / in-universe trope, fan/audience reactions (and subsequent fanart, Rule 34 or otherwise) are not a part. Some thought on why the trope occurs should be given mention, too. For example, it may be due to the fact that Humans Are Bastards; therefore a non-human is more "pure" and pure means "beautiful".

    More title brainstorming certainly can't hurt though - not fond of "Hot as a human", it seems to lack the transformation element.

  • July 20, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    I just found out we have Attractive Bent Species. Either we could expand that or make this into a Sub Trope.
  • July 20, 2012
    abk0100
    I have a couple image recommendations, both of Giganta, a Wonder Woman villain:[1], [2]
  • July 20, 2012
    Nekojin
    For title, how about, "She's hot when human," or something like that? That gives the suggestion of shape-changing.
  • July 21, 2012
    Xtifr
    I like Hot In Human Form suggested earlier.
  • July 21, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Hot While Human, maybe? More gender neutral.
  • July 21, 2012
    abk0100
    how?
  • July 21, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ I think that poster was responding two posts above, not one.
  • July 21, 2012
    ArkadyDarell
    Yeah, I somehow didn't see Xtifr's comment when I posted.
  • July 21, 2012
    terrafox
    Galaxy Quest featured a group of aliens who changed their appearance to human form. One of the male human characters is madly attracted to the female alien.
  • July 21, 2012
    Earnest
  • July 21, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Attractive Bent Species (good definition, poor snowclone title) is about humans turned into animals and getting hit on by other animals who consider them beautiful. If this has any relation at all it would be the inversion.
  • July 21, 2012
    kiapet
    In The Hollows, Jenks grows to be human-sized and is revealed to be extremely good-looking, to the point that he has multiple women fawn over him.
  • October 1, 2013
    onyx902
    My Little Pony Equestria Girls is this to the vast majority of bronies. (Unless we're only going for in-universe acknowledged hotness, in which case there's not a sausage.)
  • October 1, 2013
    Snicka
    I support Hot In Human Form as title. Hot As A Human indicates that the character is simply a nonhuman that is as hot as a human.
  • October 2, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work names, corrected a couple of spelling errors.
  • October 2, 2013
    DAN004
    That Bleach example is subverted, that human form is her real form. She just first appears in her cat form.
  • May 12, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Attractive Bent Gender when someone becomes prettier when they change their sex in some way.
  • May 12, 2014
    MorganWick
    If this is meant to be an objective trope with in-universe examples only, the line about the NSFW drawings needs to go, and maybe the last two sentences in that paragraph need to be totally reworked to emphasize the in-universe reactions.
  • May 12, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ many of our tropes about attractiveness are reactions from the audience. Looking at you especially, Fan Service.
  • May 14, 2014
    Chabal2
    Chroniques De La Lune Noire: The Oracle, a... blue thing made up of countless ginat faces, turns into a human female towards the end of the series and is immediately bedded by the protagonist and his succubus girlfriend.
  • May 14, 2014
    Tuckerscreator
    • Shrek 2: When Shrek and Fiona turn from ogres to humans via a potion, they go from looking like this to this. Justified in that it's a beauty potion and Fiona is an human-turned-ogre and merely went back to her old appearance.
  • May 14, 2014
    Notthegrouch
    Supernatural included Skinwalkers and Familiars who were pretty hot, but since it's unknown which form is their normal form, it's a subversion right?
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