Viral Humanoid YKTTW Discussion
A humanoid character that is (partially) made of/altered by The Virus, or a humanoid hive member.Needs Examples
Needs An Image, Up for Grabs, May Need A Better Title, Needs a Better Description, Needs More Examples. redirects: Made From A Virus, Viral Human, Part Virus, Hive Humanoid, Hive Human. Usually in fiction-land, The Virus turns you into some kind of inhuman monster, but not so for these characters. They retain a human(oid) appearance while gaining Bizarre Human Biology. Also, if The Virus forms a Hive Mind, they often become the Hive Queen, or at least have a special position within the hierarchy. Also remember that while the character has humanoid qualities, they have to be significantly "different" to be a Viral Humanoid. Vampires, werewolves, zombies and the like are often too similar too humans to qualify. When they do, you're probably thinking of someone like Alucard, not Edward Cullen. A variation has a member of the Hive Mind (usually the Hive Queen) start out looking humanoid without having been human first, although that raises the question of why they look like us. Common attributes include:
- Flying Brick powers, although flight isn't that common.
- A powerful Healing Factor, often having the ability to come back From a Single Cell.
- The ability to adapt against attacks used against them. This may or my not be due to them having an organic Adaptive Armor.
- Shapeshifting weapons (Combat Tentacles tend to be a favorite), and Voluntary Shapeshifting in general.
- Eating people to absorb their powers. Or just eating people.
- Psychic Powers, telepathy being almost mandatory if they're in a Hive Mind.
- The ability to spread their powers to others.
- Bizarre Human Biology, as mentioned above.
- ... and whatever else the writer can think of.
Examples:Anime and Manga
- All the humans infected by the parasites in Parasyte.
- The children in The Midwich Cuckoos (and its movie adaptation Village of the Damned) are humanoid members of Hive Minds. In fact, being humanoid is what makes them so unnerving.
- Elizabeth Greene and Alex Mercer of Prototype are perfect examples. They display just about every trait listed in the description.
- Albert Wesker of Resident Evil, especially in the ~3D Movie~.
- The special Infected in Left 4 Dead.
- Infected Sarah Kerrigan from Starcraft.
- The FEV in Fallout 3, which creates Super Mutants.
- Preston Chang in The Dragon Doctors turned himself into a living disease that could eat anyone.