Created By: Ekuran on July 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on March 31, 2014

Viral Humanoid

A humanoid character that is (partially) made of/altered by The Virus, or a humanoid hive member.

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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:

Compare Humanoid Abomination, Plague Master, and Viral Transformation. Viral from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann is NOT an example!.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • All the humans infected by the parasites in Parasyte.

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  • Preston Chang in The Dragon Doctors turned himself into a living disease that could eat anyone.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • July 21, 2011
    Earnest
    Naturally are the Plague Master.
  • July 21, 2011
    GuesssWho
    So is this the supertrope of Worm That Walks and similar, then?
  • July 22, 2011
    TheJackal
    Elizabeth Greene and Alex Mercer of Prototype.
  • July 22, 2011
    ryanasaurus0077
    Albert Wesker of Resident Evil, especially in the ~3D Movie~.
  • July 22, 2011
    KhazemiElmirAmarna
    The special Infected in Left 4 Dead.
  • July 23, 2011
    Speedball
    Preston Chang in The Dragon Doctors turned himself into a living disease that could eat anyone.
  • July 23, 2011
    KamenZero
    Does This Count? In Mass Effect After Saren kills himself, the Sovereign completely takes over his body (presumably with the implants controlling his mind) and turns him into a skeletal monster for the final battle.
  • July 24, 2011
    Ekuran
    That's more like Robotic Possession than Viral Humanoid.
  • July 27, 2011
    benjamminsam
    Infected Sarah Kerrigan from Starcraft.
  • July 27, 2011
    Aminatep
    Oh, come on, Kerrigan being a Zerg is spoilered? Kerrigan? It's one of the most iconic plot twists in videogame history! You can't really talk about Starcraft while avoiding that theme. It's like spoilering Samus Is A Girl.
  • July 27, 2011
    TBeholder
  • July 28, 2011
    benjamminsam
    @aminatep I thought about it for a second, given that she's on the cover of Brood Wars I probably could have left it alone, but I've seen dumber things spoilered too haha
  • July 28, 2011
    benjamminsam
    Would the mook infected humans from I Am Legend count... or are those just straight zombies? They match a lot of the traits here, perhaps most notably the fact that their condition was caused by a viral cancer cure.
  • July 29, 2011
    madelinemary
    The FEV in Fallout 3. Which creates Super Mutants.
  • July 29, 2011
    DreamChaser
    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.
  • March 25, 2014
    starships
    The Gaiaphage of the Gone Series is said to be made partially of a virus from the depths of space.
  • March 25, 2014
    DAN004
    So this is about any viral infection that makes the victim superpowered in some way while leaving the victim mostly human?
  • March 26, 2014
    Arivne
    Compare Beneficial Disease, in which having a disease can give the victim special powers.
  • March 26, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ What's the difference of it from this ykttw?
  • March 26, 2014
    Earnest
    See also Heroic Willpower, which may be the reason this character isn't like bog standard viral victims.

    See also Sheep In Wolfs Clothing, where the character uses their condition to help regular humans as an act of Pro Human Transhumanism.

    Compare Made Of Evil, when a character that looks human is actually a mass of negative psychic energy.

    If the human viral character is in control of normal infected, he or she is The Man Behind The Monsters.
  • March 26, 2014
    Mr.Movie
  • March 31, 2014
    aurora369
    Why FEV? As far as I know, there is no Super Mutant in Fallout who looks like a human and is more powerful than the usual green giants. If you mean the Master, then no: he isn't humanoid at all.
  • March 31, 2014
    Omrega
    Would Seven of Nine's Borg implants be too obvious for this?
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