Created By: SentaiToku on September 27, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on September 30, 2012

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An ordinary human is/can/forced to become a monster of the week, normally on a weekly basis

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This trope refers specifically to instances of characters turning into this week's Big Bad (excluding say, were-anythings, and characters who turn evil for extended periods of time). Supporting main characters are particularly prone to this. Eg.: Live Action TV/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander and some other students in The Pack, possessed by hyenas (seriously). Joyce and other mothers in Witch, possessed by demon. Should this trope be limited to major players only? It's a broad net otherwise.

Examples Web Original Comics
  • Superman's friend Jimmy Olsen had a comic back in the Silver Age that had him become the monster of the week on several occasions.

Tabletop RPG
  • Champions. An early supplement mentioned the "radiation accident" - an event that could cause a normal person to gain super powers. One possible plot was for a non-powered NPC or low-powered PC to have a radiation accident, get powered up to incredibly high levels and fight the rest of the PCs.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • September 27, 2012
    acidxbel
    To elaborate, then: This trope refers specifically to instances of characters turning into this week's Big Bad (excluding say, were-anythings, and characters who turn evil for extended periods of time). Supporting main characters are particularly prone to this.

    Eg.: Live Action TV/ Buffy the Vampire Slayer Xander and some other students in The Pack, possessed by hyenas (seriously). Joyce and other mothers in Witch, possessed by demon.

    Should this trope be limited to major players only? It's a broad net otherwise.
  • September 27, 2012
    saintdane05
    Superman's friend Jimmy Olsen had a comic back in the Silver Age that had him become the monster of the week on several occasions.
  • September 27, 2012
    triassicranger
    Does the monster have to be one in a rubber suit (like in Power Rangers) or is it simply a good person made to assume the guise of a villain (like what happened to Dex's mom in Masked Rider once where Count Dregon turned her evil in made her dress up like Nefaria)?
  • September 28, 2012
    SentaiToku
    despite the two previous replies involve works i dont watch, it would be fair and/or fun to expand from the general meaning

    but to be honest the third reply specifically targeted the genre i had in mind for this trope to occur
  • September 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Tabletop RPG
    • Champions. An early supplement mentioned the "radiation accident" - an event that could cause a normal person to gain super powers. One possible plot was for a non-powered NPC or low-powered PC to have a radiation accident, get powered up to incredibly high levels and fight the rest of the PCs.
  • September 28, 2012
    Arivne
    I have capitalized the title.
  • September 28, 2012
    saintdane05
    In Sailor Nothing, all of the Yamiko are spawned from actual human negative emotion. Does that cont?
  • September 28, 2012
    Earnest
    Going off of saintdane05:

    • Sailor Moon actually had this happen with surprising regularity. Nephrite in the first season drew monsters from the negative energy of humans, later the Seven Shadows were released from their Sealed Inside A Person Shaped Can, and finally Zoisite and Malachite made their mooks by merging them with humans.
    • Guyver faced a whole mess of humans turned monster, and thanks to genetic engineering and mind control, none of them knew what they were until their transformation was triggered.
    • Smallville's early seasons had this as the default with the "kryptonite freaks."
  • September 28, 2012
    Bisected8
    A type of Face Monster Turn.
  • September 28, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    Needs a better name. The acronym just makes it confusing.
  • September 29, 2012
    SentaiToku
    when i was young some anime(presumably magical girl) involved ordinary humans envelopes in black energy and coming out as monsters. the first time i seen the tropes and it was fun
  • September 29, 2012
    saintdane05
    Edited the OP to start it off on a better foot.
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