->''"One of you?! You would make me one of you? [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Filthy! Slimy! Freaks!]]"''
--> -- '''Cleopatra''', ''Film/{{Freaks}}''
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A KarmicTransformation is when a character is transformed into something they hate (or at least something they think they're superior to). It can be either temporarily or [[{{Metamorphosis}} permanently]]. Either way, it's very [[{{Irony}} ironic]], and often {{Anvilicious}}. Perhaps the most popular version of this is a [[BlackLikeMe white racist turning black]], followed closely by sexists [[GenderBender becoming the opposite sex]] because these are easy to make a point about. Then there is "the hunter becomes the hunted" plot lines where the hunter is [[BalefulPolymorph literally]] turned into the animal (or [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent partially so]]) they were hunting.

This can be made doubly maddening when the transformation is inflicted to ''save'' their life, as an EmergencyTransformation. If the character ''continues'' to hate the being they were temporarily turned into, the situation might smack of [[BoomerangBigot Boomerang Bigotry]].

A variation is when the character hates members of another group because he ''envies'' them, and resents the fact that they (supposedly) have it better than he does. In this case, the transformation will likely teach two lessons: to be sensitive about other people's problems and to [[BeYourself be happy with who you are]].

See also: KarmicDeath, InAnotherMansShoes and BeautyToBeast. AndThenJohnWasAZombie is a subtrope of this. Many consider it a CoolAndUnusualPunishment, especially to the BrokenAngel. If the transformation is self-inflicted and not loathsome, that might be BlackLikeMe.

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[[folder:Anime]]
* A common branch of {{Fanon}} in RanmaOneHalf attributes this effect to the Jusenkyo Curses, despite WordOfGod that the reasoning behind any given character's curse was RuleOfCool slash RuleOfFunny. Canonical Jusenkyo curses seen lean more towards PersonalityPowers then anything- Genma Saotome is gluttonous, slothful, a petty trickster and a terrible father, who now changes into a panda. Most of the characters actually don't mind their curses, more or less, which takes the karmic "sting" out of them. Ranma does hate his GenderBender curse, but grows to tolerate it due to it having [[RealMenWearPink certain benefits]], not to mention the fact that the idea he is some kind of chauvinist or pervert is, itself, purely {{Fanon}}. The only other person in the main cast who hates his curse is [[TheRival Ryoga Hibiki]], and seeing as how he goes from a MadeOfIron martial artist with SuperStrength to a defenseless, tasty little pig, that makes him BlessedWithSuck (the fact his cursed form is so adorable and thusly popular with the girls keeps it from simply being a BalefulPolymorph). Only two examples of Jusenkyo victims with actual Karmic Transformations show up in the series, and neither is a main cast member.
** Anime-only Kin'nee is a hulking thug who loves to destroy things and mindlessly obeys the orders of his crazy cult because it means he gets to hurt people. His Spring of Drowned Priest curse turns him into a tiny, weak, pacifist and devout Bhuddist whenever he gets splashed with cold water.
** Herb, from a late manga story, is the leader of a civilisation of truly horrid misogynists who shunned all contact with human women and kept up their numbers (and bred for strength) by using Jusenkyo to change animals into women. Their children were taken from their mothers and forbidden any contact with the opposite sex once they were weaned. Attempting to create a "test girl" in this way led to him getting a Nyanniichuan curse and then getting stuck in female form for added measure... though it's entirely plausible that he got cured off-screen after the story arc ended.
** Ryoga hates his curse even more in RanmaAbridged, given that the creators made him Jewish, and pigs are the most commonly-known un-kosher animals. Of course, that doesn't stop him from taking advantage of the benefits of being a cute little piggy.
*** Human meat ain't kosher either.
* ''ArmitageIII'', the title character is a RidiculouslyHumanRobot, her partner is a policeman who hates robots and synthetic humans, but who slowly needs more and more cybernetic parts. TheyFightCrime!
* [[spoiler:Furuichi]] from ''XamdLostMemories''.
* In NyanKoi the main character is cursed to change into a cat because he accidentally knocked the head of a statue of a feline god. He treats cats badly because he's allergic to them, but to break the curse he needs to help 100 of them.
** In the final episode of the anime, amid claims of a second season, he does transform.
* In Manga/FullmetalAlchemist, [[spoiler: The homunculus Pride, who is known to detest humans, is tuned into a tiny human baby by Ed.]]
* In ''{{Saiyuki}}'' Chin Yisou deliberately enacts this trope on Hakkai, turning him into a youkai literally seconds after he went on a revenge driven rampage against the youkai who kidnapped and raped his sister.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', this is the back story to all Vizards, who were Soul Reapers forcibly given Hollow Masks and turned into monsters. However, after a while, they mastered it, and [[spoiler: the three Vizards that are now reinstated as captains have gotten over it 100%.]] Ichigo gets his own mask and treats it as an annoyance.[[spoiler:..until he goes insane, stabs his Lancer in the gut, and kills the guy he was supposed to be fighting all along unfairly, something Ichigo hates. Then again, during the same season/one mini-arc later, he loses his mask and all his other powers, so he didn't get much monolog about it.]]
* This is what Inori in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' finds her body swapping situation with Tarte due to her fear of ferrets.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ''Comicbook/XMen'' comic ''[[ComicBook/HouseOfM The House of M]]'' has [[spoiler:Magneto becoming human, with other characters pointing out that he's now been turned into something he considers worthless]].
** UltimateMarvel has a similar thing. [[spoiler: Again it's Magneto, but it's only a mental transformation]]
*** And Magneto ''again'' in {{Ultimatum}} [[spoiler: Turns out that UltimateMarvel mutants are all genetic experiments caused by a form of Super Soldier Serum. Magneto's as human as most others.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' # 30, Spawn turns the leader of TheKlan into a black person and then the leader gets lynched by the rest of the Klan members.
* ''Comicbook/AnimalMan'': The final demise of Dr. Myers, a scientist who has been involved in animal experiments. [[spoiler:He is turned into a gorilla and suffers the same fate.]]
* Lucy Lane, who used PoweredArmor to attack Kryptonians, not caring if they are good like {{Superman}} or bad like General Zod, finds that she has somehow been turned Kryptonian. This would be awesome, but all her former allies and family now want to kill her.
* In a [[VerySpecialEpisode Very Special Issue]][[note]]part of an imprint-wide {{Metaplot}} involving some sort of bigotry-enhancing Phlebotinum[[/note]] of the 90s ''{{Youngblood}}'' spinoff ''Bloodpool'', the titular team attends a concert that's attacked by a disgruntled rock band pissed that the club rejected their act in favor of a trio of black songstresses. After their inevitable defeat, the molecule-manipulating hero Fusion uses his powers to make them "black"[[note]]actually AmbiguouslyBrown, since the artist doesn't know how to draw black people[[/note]].
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[[folder:Commercials]]
* The Capri Sun drink commercials. "Respect the pouch! Respect it!"
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. "Behold! The amazing Chicken Woman!"
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. Davy Jones, prior to the events in the movies.
* This is the central premise of ''Film/WatermelonMan'', which is unusual in that the actor playing the white bigot was Godfrey Cambridge, a black actor, made up to look white.
* In the first ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' film, Magneto tries to find a way to turn normal humans into mutants. He uses this technique on a Senator who hates mutants [[spoiler: but the guy soon dies from complications]]. In the third X-Men film, [[spoiler:this is turned around on him, with the humans developing a "cure" and Magneto being robbed of his mutant powers. Though the final scene reveals that the cure is already starting to fail, as he's able to make a metal chess piece move slightly]].
* Since the titular genie of ''Film/{{Wishmaster}}'' takes the [[JerkassGenie jerkass]] title and [[UpToEleven cranks it until the dial falls off]], this is his favorite form of BalefulPolymorph, because it makes it suck that much more.
** In the second movie, a mob boss wishes for his enemy's head. Guess what happens...
** A similar wish granted was an extremely vain sales clerk who wanted to be young and beautiful forever, and ended up a mannequin. [[AndIMustScream Who was still completely sentient.]]
* The film ''Goodbye, Charlie'' has a womanizing male chauvinist die and come back as a woman.
* As does the film ''Switch''.
* The film ''TheHotChick'' has the AlphaBitch main character make fun of a shabby looking guy (who turns out to be a criminal), only to find herself [[FreakyFriday body swapped]] with him.
* In the first segment of ''Film/TwilightZoneTheMovie'', William Connor, after making hateful racial remarks in the a bar towards Jews, African-Americans, and Asians is transformed a Jew, African-American, and Vietnamese person. (He doesn't actually transform and the same actor appears throughout, but he appears as minorities to his different tormentors.) He then learns what it is like to be persecuted.
** WhatCouldHaveBeen: This was supposed to teach him a lesson about tolerance and lead to a happy ending. Unfortunately, the actor was killed in the infamous helicopter accident - leading to an altered CruelTwistEnding and KarmicDeath.
* At the end of the second ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' movie, the BigBad reveals that it happened to him years ago: He was turned into a human. Of course, he didn't learn the lesson, since he's still the villain...
* In ''TheFly 2'', [[spoiler:Bartok, who was experimenting on a mutated dog that Martin befriended, is forced to absorb Martin's fly DNA and becomes a... thing. Then we see it being kept in the same pit the dog was kept in.]]
* ''TradingPlaces'': after ruining the life of Louis Winthorpe, the Duke Brothers [[spoiler:lose their entire fortune at the New York Mercantile Exchange.]]
** [[spoiler:But they are EasilyForgiven in ''ComingToAmerica'' when Prince Akeem gives them a significant amount of cash while passing by.]]
* The main plot of ''Film/{{District 9}}'', which involves [[spoiler:our asshole protagonist [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Wikus]] being slowly transformed into a "prawn" - but as he becomes less physically human, he becomes a [[CharacterDevelopment far better man]].]]
* Variant: In ''Ant Bully'', a child who'd taken out his frustrations on ants is reduced to the size of one, and has to learn to live among them. While he only shrank to ant-size rather than becoming one, the karmic elements of this trope still apply.
* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', [[spoiler:Gabriel, a KnightTemplar angel who disliked humans and wanted to help the demon Mammon wage war against them, is forced to live as a human for her sins.]]
* The Creator/PedroAlmodovar thriller ''LaPielQueHabito'' is about a KarmicTransformation; [[spoiler: a surgeon kidnaps his daughter's rapist (the daughter was DrivenToSuicide by that) and surgically turns him into '' a physical double of his dead wife''.]]
* In the live action version of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'', Lorenzini (Udo Kier) is kicked by Donkey!Lampwick into the fountain that causes wayward boys to transform into jackasses, and swallows too much of the water. He leaps off a cliff into the sea, [[spoiler: and becomes Monstro the whale]].
** After finally becoming a real boy, Pinocchio (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) tricks Volpe and Felinet (Rob Schneider and Creator/BebeNeuwirth) into drinking from the same fountain. [[spoiler: [[MythologyGag They turn into a Fox and a Cat]].]]
* A special case in ''Film/BruceAlmighty''. Bruce Nolan curses God after having a rotten day, calling Him [[JerkassGods "a mean little kid with a magnifying glass."]] God shows up and challenges Bruce to do a better job of running the universe, endowing Bruce with all His power. What's unusual about this example is that Bruce doesn't so much hate God as he is ''envious'' of Him, and at first he thinks [[CursedWithAwesome having all of God's power is pretty awesome]]. It only gradually dawns on him that [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatResponsibility being God comes with enormous responsibilities]], and doesn't mean getting one's own way all the time.
* [[spoiler:Destro]] from ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra''. [[spoiler: After being badly burned, he was forced to have a face of metal, just like his ancestor. Though this is nanotech metal and not actual metal.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Empire State'' by Colin Bateman, the Klansman villain disguises himself as a black man, but gets struck by lightning and the makeup gets fused to his skin.
* A couple of examples in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' - Mr Pounder, the ratcatcher in ''Maskerade'', gets reincarnated as a rat, for example. Not to mention the New Firm in ''The Truth''. [[spoiler:Mr. Pin gets reincarnated on a potato after killing his partner to save himself from a fire he started, with the explanation, "I wasn't born to fry!" Said potato gets fried.]] It makes more sense when you read it.
* In Literature/SwanSong, after a nuclear war many survivors wind up with a condition called Job's Mask, where growths overtake their face where they were injured in the bombings. Once these growths fall off, they leave the person more attractive than they were before--if they're good people. The Job's Mask is said to bring forward the "true face", meaning the bad guys who get them wind up hideous (and in some cases monstrous) when they fall off.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles'':
** In ''Dealing With Dragons'', the dragon Woraug [[spoiler:spontaneously turns into a toad after his plans to steal the throne by conspiring with wizards fall apart. Kazul explains that that's what happens when a dragon stops acting like a dragon.]]
** In ''Calling on Dragons'', the rather ridiculous Arona Vamist, who had made a career out of chastising the magically-inclined for not being "traditional" enough, was turned into a seven-foot, blue, perpetually hovering, donkey with wings, an accumulated BalefulPolymorph picked up by a [[TooDumbToLive rather stupid]] rabbit named Killer the heroes had been traveling with.
* In ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', Eustace is changed into a dragon. The narration justifies this by stating that it was because he was resting on a dragon's hoard, thinking dragonish thoughts. He gets better thanks to [[CrystalDragonJesus Aslan]].
** C.S. Lewis was drawing on Norse mythology for that one - Fafnir the dragon, formerly a man or dwarf, and later slain by Sigurd.
** Rabadash [[strike:the Peacemaker]] the Ridiculous, who was turned into a donkey by Aslan.
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' [[spoiler: Forsaken Balthamel was quite the womanizer. When he has to resurrected later, he is brought back with the new name of Aran'gar. Oh, and he's also now a beautiful woman]]
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Double Star'' is about a Martian-phobic guy who becomes the body double [[spoiler:and later, permanent replacement after complications of a kidnapping/poisoning]] for an Earthling diplomat.
* In the [[Literature/LandOfOz Oz book]] ''The Lost Princess of Oz'', Ugu the Shoemaker attempts to conquer Oz, and Dorothy punishes him by transforming him into a dove. She later offers to return him to normal, but by then he prefers his new form.
* Inverted by the [[EvilutionaryBiologist Evilutionary Biologists]] in JackChalker's ''TheMoreauFactor'' (note the title) who got transformed into PettingZooPeople and {{Half Human Hybrid}}s using their own technology ''before'' their collective FaceHeelTurn. Their shady employers' attempt to keep them under permanent control by making them unable to leave ended up backfiring spectacularly by giving them nothing to lose instead.
** Heck, JackChalker made an entire ''career'' out of this trope. Virtually every Chalker villain who isn't killed undergoes a Karmic Transformation, and for many it's both.
* In ''TheGreenMile'' the HateSink guard Percy Wetmore is constantly bragging about how his family connections will soon get him out of the prison and into a much easier job in a mental institution. Percy eventually does go there... as an inmate.
* In Creator/RoaldDahl's ''The Magic Finger'', a family of hunting enthusiasts grow wings, shrink to the size of small birds and are forced to live in a nest in a tree, while a family of anthropomorphic ducks move into their house.
* In ''Literature/ArtemisFowl:'' ''The Lost Colony'', Demon warlord Leon Abbot, a firm believer in MightMakesRight, has his mind transferred into the body of a guinea pig.
* RodSerling wrote a story called "Color Scheme" where a racist rabble-rouser in the South gets changed into a black man; his victim (a black civil rights preacher whose youngest daughter is killed when his house is set on fire by the mob the racist guy stirred up) turns white and [[IronicEcho uses the rabble-rouser's own words against him.]] [[DownerEnding It ends]] with the preacher returned to his black self but pushed past the DespairEventHorizon and believing GodIsEvil and HumansAreBastards while the racist-- still black-skinned, what's left of him-- has been dragged to death behind a car.
* Features in Mercedes Lackey's ''TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms'', including one instance where a jackass Prince becomes... well, guess.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A racist white man in an episode of ''M*A*S*H'' has his skin stained darker and is fed watermelon by the doctors, who say it's because his blood transfusion came from a black man.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "Planet of the Ood",[[spoiler: Mr Halpen, the head of the company which enslaves and lobotomizes the Ood, is himself turned into an Ood]].
** In the serial ''Ghost Light'', an anti-evolutionist Victorian Clergyman is turned into a missing link-style apeman (complete with banana to hold).
** In the story "Dalek", the titular Dalek is 'infected' with Rose Tyler's DNA and ends up destroying itself rather than become even semi-human.
* A ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' UsefulNotes/WW2 story had a GloryHound soldier in the Pacific Front who repulses his battle-weary mates by acting like a BloodKnight PsychoForHire. The other soldiers tell him that by this point the enemy is NotSoDifferent (and probably much worse off), to no avail. Later, Glory Hound discovers that he's transformed into a Japanese soldier, and is sickened when his own bloodthirsty words are spat back at him by his "commander". Naturally, it was AllJustADream.
* [[MorkAndMindy Mork from Ork's]] CrowningMomentOfAwesome was inflicting this punishment on a group of racists who had been terrorising Mindy because she's Polish. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yR6PcwZtB0 view here]]
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits'' episode "Tribunal" has one of the best examples. An old Nazi war criminal who escaped justice is taken as an old man back through time and put in the camp he ran, now in the outfit of a prisoner. Combining this with KarmicDeath he is then shortly executed by his past self as just another worthless Jew.
** "The Grell" has a guy who was racist against aliens turned into one. He learns his lesson and treats them with compassion in the end.
* Happens to the Omnipotent Q in a ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode when he is punished by being turned into a human - admittedly it was his own choice (though he had only "a split second" to decide, that ''could'' be forever to a Q) and he doesn't ''hate'' humans. He certainly, however, needed to understand them a little better. Conveniently for the writers, Q being turned human results in him appearing exactly as he did before.
** It's worth noting that while Q claims he had "a split second" to decide, it's implied that he fully intended to be made a human and sent to the ''Enterprise''. Why? Because he knew all those different creatures he tormented over the years would be looking for him now and he wanted protection, knowing that Picard was the type who would shelter him from his vengeful victims. Regardless, the trope was definitely the Continuum's intent.
** Also in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' Janeway and Seven of Nine are abducted by an alien whose race was destroyed by the Borg. In revenge against the crew for their EnemyMine situation with the Borg a while back, he plans to direct them into Borg space so they'll all be assimilated. Janeway and Seven escape, but the alien does not.
** ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Inverted. At the end of the show, when the tide of the war finally turned against the Dominion, the disease affecting the Changelings finally destroys the female shapeshifter's ability to shapeshift, locking her into a single form. Not only does she have to witness the defeat of everything her people stood for, but she has to do it in the form of the creature her people most loath: a solid.
** Inverted earlier in the show: other Changelings lock Odo in a human form because he cared ''too much'' about humans.
* In an episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina turns [[AlphaBitch Libby]] into a geek. At first, it seems to work, as Libby's old GirlPosse turns on her and she has nowhere to go but the other geeks. Then it backfires spectacularly, as Libby leads ''them'' [[FullCircleRevolution to rule the school with an iron fist]] and mercilessly mock other students for not being geeky enough.
* In a Season 3 episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Sam and Dean are being chased by Gordon Walker, a WellIntentionedExtremist hunter who specializes in vampires, but also hunts demons. Gordon wants to kill Sam to stop him from leading a demon army. Sam and Dean happen to be hunting vampires in that episode, and [[spoiler:Gordon gets kidnapped and turned into a vampire, with Sam decapitating him at the end of the episode. Interestingly, after he transformed, Gordon planned to allow himself to be killed after killing Sam]].

* In the ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' episode "The Tale Of The Hunted", an EgomaniacHunter gets turned into a wolf and hunted down by her own father (who was unaware of the transformation and thought the "wolf" had killed her). She manages to survive and get changed back, with a newfound respect for life and nature.
* While the ''MissionImpossible'' team attempts to free an anti-apartheid resistance leader in the episode "Kitara", they use drugs to temporarily turn a white supremacist African governor's skin black, and more drugs to give him false memories of a black grandfather. Said governor is immediately suspected to actually be the resistance leader, and the team springs the real one during this diversion.
* A humorous example in an episode of ''FullHouse'' was when Uncle Jesse refused to have any part in Michelle's circus-themed birthday party because he hates clowns. Then he accidentally gets himself and Michelle locked in a service station so that she misses her party, and is forced to cheer her up by putting a funnel on his head to resemble a pointy hat and applying black grease to his nose and cheeks to make himself look like a (dirty) clown. Ultimately a subversion, since the experience doesn't encourage Jesse to take a more positive view toward clowns.
-->'''Michelle:''' Uncle Jesse was a clown!
-->'''Danny:''' Uncle Jesse was a clown? Jess, you hate clowns!
-->'''Jesse:''' More than ever.
* In one ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', we had a look into the dreams of Colin Mochrie. After Greg Proops did a skit involving him massaging his hair, Colin looked upset since this is the umpteenth time he's been the subject of a bald joke. Ryan has the next one be of himself, Wayne and Greg, bald and screaming.
* In Goosebumps. "Be careful what you wish for" has a teen dealing with a LiteralGenie situation. She has three wishes, but at the end she gives up and wishes someone else had found the wish granting Gypsy. Which in turn is the local AlphaBitch who wishes to be beautiful and adored forever. In which she turns into a statue in the middle of the park, with people commenting on her beauty.
* In BuffyTheVampireSlayer. Cordelia after her boyfriend Xander slept with willow (They were in a near-death situation) she makes an impulsive wish which summoned Anya. A spirit representing all scorned women and grants wishes. Anya hates men, everything about men, and appeared to Cordelia in the form of a teenage girl. The wish much to Cordelia's horror changes history and basically causes everything to go hell (Which delights Anya) After the wish is undone, Anya loses her powers and is permanently trapped in the form of a teenager, with all that comes with it. Including liking boys, no matter how hard she tries to resist.

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[[folder: Mythology]]
* An entire book of mythological Greek fables (Creator/{{Ovid}}'s ''Literature/{{Metamorphoses}}'') is devoted to transformation stories, many of them karmic in nature--making this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
** Lycaon was a tyrannical and cannibalistic king of Arcadia who tested the divinity of a disguised Zeus by serving him human flesh. Zeus turned him into a wolf, but Lycaon retained some of his human features. His name is the origin of the word [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthrope]].
** Actaeon was a hunter who had the extreme misfortune of [[NakedFirstImpression coming across Artemis bathing and oogled her]]. She [[BalefulPolymorph turned him into a stag]] so his own hounds would tear him apart. Siproites only glanced at her naked and was only turned into a woman.
** There's also the story of the prophet Tiresias, whom the gods [[GenderBender transformed into a woman]] for killing a copulating female snake (supposedly because he found the act of mating repulsive). An additional element, not mentioned by Ovid, makes the punishment especially karmic: during the seven years he spent as a woman (before he found a way of reversing the process), Tiresias became a well-renowned prostitute.
*** It earned him a second KarmicTransformation of a sort: later, Zeus and Hera, arguing over which gender got more enjoyment out of sex, asked Tiresias since he'd had experience as both. When he answered "Women", Hera got upset and blinded him. Zeus couldn't fix the blindness, but could make him the original BlindSeer.
** Then there's Narcissus: a self-absorbed pretty boy, he was so obsessed with his own beauty that he fell in love with his reflection in the surface of a pond. He transformed into a flower, and became rooted to the spot--forever drooping down over the water's surface.
* A spectacular case of Karmic Transformation happens to Gilfaethwy and his brother Gwydion after they rape their Uncle Math Mathonwy's handmaiden, [[TooDumbToLive somehow forgetting their uncle is a powerful wizard]]. After Math marries his handmaiden to preserve her honor, he punishes his nephews thusly: They're transformed into a literal couple of animals (deer, boar, and wolves) for a year each, switching between genders and [[BrotherSisterIncest their children]] [[note]]Is it really Brother Sister Incest if your "sister" is your {{Gender Bender}}ed brother?[[/note]] are adopted by Math and his wife.
* Some believers in reincarnation do believe that stuff like this can, in fact, happen.
* In Native American Mythology, ticking off a spirit is a good way to earn this fate.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* This was the plan [[BloomCounty Oliver Wendell Jones]] had, upon learning about apartheid in Africa. He invented a pigment-changing camera, which basically temporarily turned white people black. He tried to send Cutter John with it to Washington DC to use it on the representative from that region (who would have been white), but it doesn't pan out because Cutter John never actually makes it there. When the camera is tested on Steve Dallas, it's hinted that he thinks he became black as karma for various racial slurs he's spouted over the years. He then becomes convinced he's in a ''Series/TwilightZone'' episode and starts looking for Creator/RodSerling in the bushes.
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[[folder:Religion]]
* A positive example is Saul, a persecutor of Christians, being struck by light from Heaven on his way to Damascus and persuaded to convert to Christianity himself. He then becomes known as Paul - and the rest is history.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In the musical ''FiniansRainbow'' a racist white senator is turned black. Thanks to laws penned by himself, he finds he has "no rights in this state -- not even the right to stay black."
** Interestingly, the transformation doesn't do much to improve his racist views. A leprechaun notices this and uses magic to make him more open-minded. While this does make him much more tolerant, the fact that he's black means he doesn't have the power to defend the people of Rainbow Valley anymore.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Absolutely endemic to ''{{Ravenloft}}''. One of the sample paths of corruption for misbehaving player characters was to transform from a thuggish human into a towering ogre, at which point your character has fallen so far into corruption the DM takes him away from you.
** Then you have ''Twisting'' in The Carnival, where unprotected members eventually get physically warped to reflect their inner nature (for example a very shy girl becomes transparent, and an agent for a long-extending secret police has her arms replaced with tentacles). Can be CursedWithAwesome or BlessedWithSuck depending on the specific twisting.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' has a term for this: Cleopatras. Cleopatras are former models, movie stars, or just insufferably vain people who are targeted and embraced into the [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu clan]] [[ForTheEvulz for no good reason than because they]] ''really'' like to BreakTheHaughty.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* In ''{{Bionicle}}'', the character Nidhiki was a guy who betrayed his fellow heroes and suffered from insectophobia. He defected to a band of mercenaries who were less than merry, and was mutated into an insect shortly thereafter.
** Metus counts too. After betraying his own people to the enemy, he got transformed into what he really was (according to Mata Nui): a snake. Why they still let him roam freely a mystery, though, as he still proved to be a threat this way.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{Utawarerumono}}'' [[spoiler:The {{jerkass}} scientists [[WhoWantsToLiveForever get to live forever, just like they wanted]] and [[AndIMustScream have the indestructible bodies they wanted]]. It's implied that they got to keep their sentience, but all they can really do is manage a bizarre screaming sound. So, they ''do'' get to scream. Yay! Well, it turns out that inflicting horrible mental trauma on godlike beings you don't understand is a bad idea. Who knew?]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Jak|And Daxter}} 3'' Count Veger spends half his screen time getting annoyed at Daxter. [[spoiler:Guess what happens when Veger's quest to become a Precursor coincides with the reveal that Daxter has been a Precursor all along.]]
* Featured in ''Wonder Boy In Monster World: The Dragon's Trap'' for the SegaMasterSystem (rebranded ''Dragon's Curse'' when it was ported to the [[PCEngine Turbo Grafx 16]]). After [[WarmUpBoss slaying a dragon]] in the game's [[NoobCave opening level]], the main character is cursed by being transformed into a fire-breathing reptile himself. The player spends the ''entire game'' searching for an artifact to reverse the transformation, with the hero transformed into a different creature after each successive boss is defeated.
* In the ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' Saladin campaign, the narrator remarks that the Crusaders invaded the Holy Land with stories that the Saracens were a bloodthirsty and ferocious people. At the beginning of the campaign the Saracen leaders, particularly Saladin are shown as being wise, cultured, and benevolent. By the end of the campaign they have become as violent and bloodthirsty as the crusaders they defended against. May also be ''TruthInTelevision'' depending on your view of the crusades.
* Most of the [[KnightTemplar Scarlet Crusade]] in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm''. After the events of the Cataclysm, it is revealed that [[spoiler: in the ruined city of Stratholme, the dreadlord demon Balnazzar, [[NotQuiteDead thought to have been defeated by adventurers]], killed all the Scarlet Crusaders in the city, and turned all of them undead. A similar fate has befallen the Scarlets in nearby Tyr's Hand.]]
** There is also a daily quest for the Knights of The Ebon Blade, in which you are supposed to kill some Scarlet Crusade members and then turn them into ghouls.
** A lot of Gilneans were turned into worgen when trying to fend them off.
** Sylvanas is also raising her enemies as undead; some of them, like Lord Godfrey, are not too happy about this.
* In the first ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' game if you harm the spitting plants or the stag, the dryad will turn you into one.
* [[spoiler:Bertrand]] in ''VideoGame/InFamous 2'' activated the Ray Sphere in his backstory, killing hundreds of people in the process, in the hopes of awakening his Conduit powers. [[spoiler:He got the power to uncontrollably transform into a giant maggot.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Runescape}}'', the events of the Zogre Flesh Eaters quest involve an ogre burial ground being overrun by zombie ogres. Why? Because a wizard who is a member of Humans Against Monsters (H.A.M.) caused it to happen. Once you get evidence that Sithik did it, the secretary of the Wizard's Guild gives you a potion to lace Sithik's drink with in order to get him to tell you how to undo the necromancy. [[FantasticRacism Sithik hates ogres]]. Guess what the potion does.
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* The "D.O.L.L.Y." arc of ''TheWotch'', has Anne (who tends to throw around GenderBender spells for fun) getting scouted by a group of [[StrawFeminist militant feminists]]. When she eventually squares off against them, she finds that the most effective way to scare them off is to... turn them into men!
** It also had the more practical effect of neutralizing Feminine Pride's effect on them, since men don't have ''feminine'' pride.
** Miranda's ShootTheDog [[AndIMustScream treatment]] of their leader.
** [[LiteralSplitPersonality Anne's personified feminine pride]] turned a bunch of male chauvinists into girls too, but in that case [[FakeMemories they don't remember]] [[LossOfIdentity being male]] [[spoiler:or at least most of them don't, and they are apparently the only ones with the fake memories, everyone else just assumes the guys went away, or are oddly accepting in their families case]] and they got their own spin-off: ''[[{{Cheer}} The Wotch: Cheer!]]''.
* In ''DominicDeegan'', the misogynist Stunt eats a vegetable with a random transformation power and turns female. Before being turn back to normal, he comically comments on his fear of his reduced mental capacity.
** Not a punishment, but karmic nonetheless. Later, in the arc "The War in hell", Lady Loxo eats a soul (don't ask) and turns into a snakelike demonic creature. Apparently, she was manipulative untrustworthy-a "snake"-before she died. She tricks Bulgak into doing so, and he turns into a lumpy orc-like shape.
* Subverted in ''Anti-heroes'', a webcomic inspired by ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Lana defeats a vampire hunter and instead of killing him, attempts to turn him and then flee. Next time we see him, it turns out he hasn't become a vampire, because he can't ever become one again, having been one before, and found the cure for it.
* ''MSFHigh'': This is Rainer's life.
* Housepets had a character transformed into the dog "king" by a gryphon [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2009/12/02/an-undigested-bit-of-beef/ here]]
* In an ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler strip, Dan tries to inflict this on Justin by [[GenderBender turning him into a girl]] for messing with the narration when he was tasked with it. This backfires because, since Justin is gay and desperate to be with a guy, he views it as an opportunity to [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2003-01-26 "ask out every cute guy [he] sees"]].
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* WhateleyUniverse example: Trevor James Goodkind is a ShelteredAristocrat, one of the heirs of the Goodkind fortune. The Goodkinds ''hate'' mutants and privately support a lot of the anti-mutant organizations worldwide. Also, he supports his Father who rails against transsexuals [[spoiler: because older brother Greg was one and ran off]]. No points for guessing what Trevor turns into: an intersexed mutant who can't even pass as a guy anymore.
* Happens to the EgomaniacHunter in the short animated film [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMlKeT0J27Y Blackface]] with a hint of StableTimeLoop at the end.
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* Kenai from Disney's ''BrotherBear'' was turned into a bear, the very creature he was hunting obsessively.
* Demona being made human during the daytime in ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' by [[KarmicTrickster Puck]]. She ended up using it to her advantage by becoming a CorruptCorporateExecutive.
** In a more spiritual manner, Jon Canmore becomes the Hunter, even when he tries to get the others out of it at first, he finally succumbs to anger and rage and "transforms" to John Castaway.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheEmperorsNewSchool'', Kuzco mentions that he hates red-eyed tree frogs. Three guesses as to what he gets turned into.
-->"You may have noticed that Ms. Rip Van Winkle here plans to turn me into a frog, [[LampshadeHanging the exact creature I was bad-mouthing earlier.]] [[GenreSavvy Coincidence, or cleverly orchestrated device to teach me a lesson?]] You be the judge."
** In another episode Kuzco is cursed to take on the physical features he mocks in others.
** Don't forget the movie, where Kuzco arrogantly wants to destroy Pacha's ancestral home to build his own personal waterpark, causing all the farmers to be homeless and put out of business. Pacha is a Llama herder, guess what Kuzco turns into... though kind of ironic that that form was entirely coincidental.
* The 1988 Hungarian cartoon ''Willy the Sparrow'' is about a boy who's turned into a sparrow by the Sparrow Guardian after she discovers he enjoys [[strike:scaring]] shooting sparrows for fun.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Ginger Kids," after Cartman starts a crusade against gingers, the other boys try to stop him by dying his hair red and using makeup to turn his skin pale and freckly. But then Cartman just changes his tune, starts a "ginger power" movement, and tries to wipe out all non-gingers. He stops and begins preaching tolerance after Kyle explains to him that he's not really a ginger.
** Funny enough, a later episode reveals that [[spoiler: Cartman's real dad was Scott Tenorman's dad, whom Cartman had killed and fed to Scott. This makes Cartman half-ginger all along, despite his bigotry towards ginger. Bonus evil points for him being horrified at this revelation- not that he killed his own father, but rather that he is half-ginger.]]
* In the animated movie, ''TurtlesForever'', Hun from the [[TMNT2003 2003 series]] comes into contact [[spoiler:with both the mutagen from the 1987 series and the [[TMNT1987 1987 Donatello]] and 2003 Raphael. This turns him into a monstrous mutant turtle]]. He ends up using [[spoiler:his mutation]] to his advantage, now being able to defeat eight turtles without a sweat.
** "[[TMNT1987 Some people just can't handle change.]]"
** [[TMNT2003 The 2003 series]] has another example in the form of Mephos, a villainous avian supremacist who believes the [[WingedHumanoid avians]] are [[FantasticRacism inherently superior to surface dwellers.]] When he led a failed coup against the avian rulers, his punishment was to have the wings torn from his back and being exiled to the surface to live among the people he despises.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode, "I Was A Teenage Gary", Spongebob asks Squidward to watch his pet snail Gary while Spongebob goes to a jellyfishing convention. Squidward says he will, and promptly blows it off, causing Gary to nearly starve to death. Squidward later gets injected with snail plasma by accident and turns into a snail.
** Actually it goes even further than that, Spongebob was supposed to handle the plasma injection for Gary, but was terrified because he gets very squeamish around needles, he asked Squidward to do it for him but Squidward insisted Spongebob do it, causing him to prick himself, turning himself into a snail. Which in turn Snail Spongebob started stalking Squidward scaring the crap out of him until he accidentally got pricked with the same needle.
* When Baron Dark and Prince Lightstar broke the Lightstar Crystal it kick-started the plot of ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'' transforming the Baron into the first of the eponymous Skeleton Warriors and granting him the power to use the darkness in peoples souls to transform them into more of his kind. Prince Lightstar and his his sister were granted the powers of energy channeling and flight, respectively. Their brother, Prince Joshua however, had sided with the Baron but when he learned of his plan he pulled a ''HeelFaceTurn'' at the last moment and is caught between the two when the crystal shatters, transforming him into a half-skeletonised human with glowing eyes and a gravelled voice. This also results in his being able to walk through shadows and teleport between them but gives him a psychic link with Baron Dark.
* There's a big transformation, reflecting the townspeople's greed, at the end of Jiri Barta's stop-motion version of ''The Pied Piper of Hamelin''.
* In ''RegularShow'', Rigby gets transformed into a house and egged after egging a wizard's house.
* The short-lived animated sitcom ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'' was about an AmoralAttorney whose dirty tactics inexplicably got him turned into an anthropomorphic rat.
* In YooHoo and Friends, a group of money crazy CorruptCorporateExecutives pollutes the world with every manner of pollution imaginable, most of which are destroying animal habitats. Until Father Time appears and transforms them into adorable, cuddly animals and forces them to undo all the damage they did to the world if they ever hope of turning back.
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