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Monstrous Humanoid
Monsters with a humanoid form.
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Monstrous Humanoids are beings that look (somewhat) human, but definitely aren't.

They may be the result of a monster that starts undergoing transformations that make it more human instead of more monstrous, or a human transforming into a monster. Expect a Game Face from the more "human" of them. While Lovecraftian Superpowers can act as a qualification, they aren't a requirement, and be careful the example doesn't qualify for Humanoid Abomination instead, as Eldritch Abominations in human form rarely qualify for this trope.

Uncanny Valley is related, but distinct from this trope, as monstrous humanoids, while human-looking, are still recognizably monstrous, while Uncanny Valley creeps people out because the monster looks almost indistinguishable from humans except for the one thing that is "off" about them.

Many mythological beings often take this form - as a physical manifestation of intelligence and civilization in the human form and assorted forces of wilderness in the monster, the result being a supernatural liminal being.

In fantasy and horror, monstrous features can be used as an outward indicator of the evil within, marking the character as villainous. Such examples are listed under Red Right Hand (and oftentimes Unfortunate Implications).

A Super Trope to Beast Man, Cute Monster Girl, Winged Humanoid, Horned Humanoid, Fauns and Satyrs, Monster Knight, and Monster Lord. More monstrous examples of Vampires and Wolf Man/bipedal wolf forms of Werewolves may qualify as well. Many Spirits are often depicted this way.

Compare and contrast Humanoid Abomination.

Examples on this page are only those which qualify but do not fit properly into any of the Sub Tropes.


Examples

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  • Bleach:
    • Sosuke Aizen, post merging with the Hogyoku. He undergoes four One-Winged Angel transformations, each more monstrous than the last, culminating as a Hollow-like monster with three Milky White Eyes, six wings with Hollow masks and eyes with horizontally slitted pupils, three huge holes in his body, facial skin splitting apart to reveal a black skull, and his right hand completely fused to his Zanpakuto.
    • Vasto Lorde-class Menos and Arrancar qualify; the former being immensely powerful Hollows that have assumed a humanoid form after devouring thousands, if not millions, of other Hollows; and the latter being Hollows that have broken their White Mask of Doom to attain a humanoid form and Soul Reaper-like powers.
  • Alucard from Hellsing. He was once a man, specifically Vlad III Tepes, aka Dracula, but over centuries of consuming people he acquired Lovecraftian Superpowers so far beyond what a normal vampire is capable of that he almost qualifies for Humanoid Abomination. In his 'normal' form he's not quite human - you can't fit that many pointy teeth in a human mouth - and he almost always manifests his "true form" as an extension of his human form.
  • InuYasha:
  • Claymore
    • The titular warriors are a squad of women who were infused with the flesh and blood of monsters called Yoma, giving them similar abilities at the cost of risking becoming a monster themselves.
    • The Yoma themselves qualify, being humans infected with a parasite that transforms them into flesh-eating humanoid monsters.
  • The Apostles of Berserk all used to be humans before offering up something they cherish the most - usually a loved one - to transform into man-eating, often-Lovecraftian abominations. The Godhand take that process a step further.
  • Naruto:
    • Orochimaru appears to be a tall, thin man with long black hair. However, he also has Hellish Pupils, fangs, insane regenerative capabilities, and a variety of snake-themed powers. His true form, after years of self-experimentation, is a giant snake-like monstrosity composed of hundreds of smaller snakes, and he can take over other peoples' bodies and use them as his own until his power burns them out.
    • Kabuto Yakushi, Orochimaru's righthand man, becomes one after he infuses himself with Orochimaru's, Juugo's, Suigetsu's, Karin's, and the Sound Four's DNA, gaining Hellish Pupils, scales all over his body, all of Orochimaru's and the others' powers, a massive snake where his navel used to be, and the ability to turn himself into a humanoid dragon of sorts.
  • In Spirited Away, the staff and guests of Yubaba's bathhouse are Youkai of various degrees of anthropomorphism, though they're all there to work or relax just as would be expected in any human tourist trap.
  • There are so many examples from the Digimon franchise that to list them all would require its own page.
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  • An actual creature type in Dungeons & Dragons, differentiated from normal humanoids by their monstrous or animalistic features. Examples include ogres, hags, gnolls, centaurs, and yuan-ti.
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  • The Rake is a wiry human figure, pale and hairless with cavernous eyes. It is often depicted as an unnaturally vicious predator, whether of human intelligence or animal cunning; however, it is also related to the mara of folklore, as it is described as slipping into bedrooms at night and watching the sleepers or leaving inexplicable slashes on their arms.
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  • Marceline from Adventure Time is a vampiress who can transform into a variety of Eldritch Abomination-esque forms at will, usually for the sake of tormenting Finn and Jake. It's also worth noting that her father, Hunson Abadeer, is a blue-skinned soul-sucking humanoid demon with similar powers, which stem from the Nightosphere Amulet.
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