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->''Dr. Joffries had the equipment at CHESAPEAKE to do something that would have come very naturally to any researcher: he could sequence the worm's DNA. Shortly after receiving the results from the DNA sequencing he sent a very short email to his colleague and EFRE head Dr. Paul Two-Horses.''
->''"Paul, it's us."''
-->-- [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/daily-dirt/instruction-for-america.php The View From Below]].

These are cases where a strange or fantastic creature eventually turns out to actually be a member of ''homo sapiens'' - a human being - or a {{human subspecies}}.

Since humans make up the majority of fictional characters, and being a human isn't (normally) regarded as a strange character attribute, this is often used as an {{inver|tedTrope}}sion of traditional reveal tropes (such as NotEvenHuman).

Often, the humans initially appear inhuman because of a BalefulPolymorph, or because of being some form of {{transhuman|Aliens}}. Compare ActuallyNotAVampire (though not all instances of ActuallyNotAVampire are ''human''; they're just ''not vampires''.)

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[Creator/DaftPunk Daft Punk's]] third album, ''Human After All''.

'''WARNING!! {{Spoiler}}s ahead!'''


[[folder: Anime And Manga]]

* The Jovian lizards in ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' turned out to be humans.
* [[spoiler:The UE]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' are actually members of Vagan, a human nation formed by colonists who were abandoned by the Earth Federal Forces 150 years before the start of the series.
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Anemone's appearance and role (and possibly her name) seem to imply that she is a Coralian. It turns out she's just a human whose appearance and abilities have been modified by horrible military experiments.
* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'', the youma turn out to be humans infested with parasites born from the flesh of the Descendants of Dragons.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', it turns out that the demons are all former humans who reached a DespairEventHorizon and made a DealWithTheDevil. In the apocryphal "lost chapter" of the manga, it is revealed [[spoiler: that the "devil" in question is a godlike being born of humanity's collective unconscious, so we can't even blame it on demonic interference.]]
* Yoruichi of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', who appeared to be a TalkingAnimal but was actually a human (soul) disguised as such.
* In Manga/{{OnePiece}}, It's turn out that [[spoiler:the living toys in the Dressrosa Kingdom]] actually were a human before [[spoiler:the Donquixote Family transform them.]]
* This becomes a crucial plot point in ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet''. [[spoiler:Ledo, a soldier of the Galactic Alliance, fights against their hated enemy, an alien force known as the Hideauze bent on destroying humanity in space. He later learns after being stranded on Earth that the Hideauze, which were also present on the planet, were genetically modified humans originally known as the Evolvers. He doesn't take this news well, especially as he had just slaughtered hundreds, if not thousands of them hours before watching the [[ApocalypticLog old recordings and news reels]] detailing the origins of the Hideauze/Alliance war on Earth.]]
* Witches from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' are [[EldritchAbomination terrible-looking surreal beings]] who rouse death and destruction... and they are [[spoiler:the final form of [[MagicalGirl Magical Girls]]]]. [[CrapsackWorld Oh shi...]]
* This is the basis of ''Manga/InterviewsWithMonsterGirls'', when monsters of the folklore were found to be just mutant humans some time before PresentDay.
* The [[spoiler:titular Titans]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. All were members of the [[spoiler:Eldian race]], a group of humans that possess an unique trait allowing them to [[spoiler:be transformed into a Titan.]] What makes this discovery even more horrifying are the revelations that the [[spoiler:''characters'']] are themselves [[spoiler:Eldians]] and that all the [[spoiler:Titans they've been fighting]] are poor souls that were transformed as [[AFateWorseThanDeath punishment]] by an [[spoiler:[[ANaziByAnyOtherName oppressive]] enemy nation.]]


[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'': [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Lyra]]. Princess Celestia turned her into a pony to hide her true identity, which explains her obsession with humans.
* ''Fanfic/FiveScoreDividedByFour'': Inverted example, they were ponies the entire time
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', it's revealed the Changelings aren't a separate species, but a lost tribe of ponies descended from the Flutterponies. Even the Changelings themselves were unaware of this.


[[folder: Films -- Animated ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'', Edmond was a BalefulPolymorph who had been turned into a kitten, but none of the animals really believed him until he turned back into a human at the end of the movie.


[[folder: Films -- Live-Action ]]

* This is one of the twists in ''Film/{{Pandorum}}'', the creepy alien mutant cannibals are descended from humans who've evolved to survive in a foodless spaceship over a thousand years. It helped that their ancestors were dosed with a treatment that caused accelerated evolution.
* In the film version of ''Literature/TheThirteenthWarrior'', the protagonist gain some courage in battle when he discovers that the Vikings' monstrous foes the Wendol are just men dressed up in bearskins. Later in the film, he and the rest of the band stumble upon a cave filled with the skulls of the Wendols' many [[ImAHumanitarian victims]]. He says he was wrong earlier, and claims that the Wendols are not men.


[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Dragonback}}'', the long-lost original [[TheSymbiote hosts]] of the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent K'da]] were called the Dhghem. Turns out that's actually "Human" in a really old language.
* The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent koloss]] and [[FaceStealer kandra]] from ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' both turned out to be transformed humans.
* In ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Gollum is described as a strange and nasty creature of undefined origins. In ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'', we get to know he's in fact a hobbit whose appearance and personality were twisted by centuries of exposure to the [[ArtifactOfDoom One Ring]].
* The monster from ''Literature/TheRelic'' is actually the missing scientist from the prologue, mutated beyond all recognition.
* In ''Literature/{{Pact}}'', Rose Thorburn is introduced as a vestige of Blake Thorburn, her DistaffCounterpart, a version of himself who was created artificially, lives, in mirrors, and is doomed by her nature to slow decay. It's later revealed that [[spoiler:It's Blake, not Rose, that's the vestige-he's a bogeyman loaded with FakeMemories to make him ''think'' that he's human, and Rose is the real human of the pair.]] And then it turns out that [[spoiler:neither is more 'real' than the other. Blake and Rose are the soul fragments of the real Thorburn heir who was split apart by The Barber.]]
* In "Merlin's Gun" (a Creator/AlastairReynolds short story), the AbsoluteXenophobe fleets that swarmed out from {{Dyson Sphere}}s near the galactic core millenia ago and have since then been eradicating every human ship and colony they come across are revealed to be human, albeit heavily modified with cybernetics.
* In GirlWhoAreYouAlienErImAnAlien, [[spoiler:this is inverted with the girl, who's technically the real alien by our standards. However, this is played straight with the alien, who's actually a human in a distant future where humanity has developed drastically, and can now explore space.]]


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* There's one episode of the original ''[[Series/TheTwilightZone Twilight Zone]]'', titled "The Invaders", where a woman is getting unpleasant visits from tiny alien invaders. But those people turn out to actually be human beings from Earth: the woman's world is the alien planet and the woman we've encountered is a humanoid alien giant.
* An episode of the 1980s ''Twilight Zone'' had this as well: In one episode titled "Hunted", a group of soldiers were hunting down a monster known as the Kreetor. Turns out that the Kreetor is a human being, and the people we thought were humans are actually robots. We also initially assume that "Kreetor" is a linguistic devolution of "Creature". Turns out it was actually from the word "Creator".
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', transporter-phobic character Barclay, when forced to travel via the transporter, sees some strange virus-like creatures in the matter stream. After suffering greatly due to his fears, he eventually figures out that those strange beings are actually humans, stuck in the pattern buffer.
* The Face of Boe from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is actually a human after eons of AgeWithoutYouth.
** The Toclafane who appeared in "The Sound Of Drums" and "Last of the Time Lords" were the last surviving humans from the previous episode "Utopia", who turned themselves into PsychopathicManchild {{Cyborg}}s to escape the universe's final collapse.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the end of ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'', the creators of [[BigBad Mother Brain]] are revealed to be an alien race who were planning to conquer the planets of the Algol system. Their homeworld? [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Earth]].
* A subdued version appears in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'': all of the enemies Raiden fights throughout the game are cyborgs who, like himself, are practically entirely mechanical except for their brain. When he finally defeats Jetstream Sam, however, he discovers that his rival had virtually no cybernetic enhancements whatsoever. This is particularly prominent in the Japanese version of the game, where cyborgs bleed white artificial blood, but Sam bled red.
* This is the big twist behind the Shades in ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'', though the backstory for it is rather complicated. The events of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'''s weirdest ending introduced a magical plague to Earth that forced humans to separate their souls from their bodies and store them until an army of {{Artificial Human}}s cleaned up the planet. Unfortunately these Replicants developed sentience, forgot their origins after completing their mission, and built their own civilization in the world's ruins. By the time of the game the Replicants are slowly dying out due to complications like the Black Scrawl disease, while the humans' Shades have started going insane without their bodies, with many devolving into ravening shadow monsters. There ''was'' a plan to put things right and reunite the Shades with their Replicants, but by the end of the game, [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nier kind of killed it.]]


* "Tengu" of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' is an eight-foot-tall flying monster. Diane refuses to use pronouns other than "[[ItIsDehumanizing it]]" to refer to him, but Nanase insists that "him" is the correct pronoun, not out of respect, but because he's a human abusing his magic powers.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Leela claims to be an alien cyclops woman who has been trying for years to find her home planet. But she's wrong. She is actually a mutant born from mutated human sewer dwellers on Earth, who gave her up and attached an adoption letter written in alien language as a way to give her a better life.
* With the occasional exception, pretty much every last ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo'' villain is this. And they would've gotten away with it too, if it wasn't for {{you meddling kids}}.
* The protagonists of ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', including Aelita herself, spent the first two seasons thinking that she was an AI, but the end of the second season reveals that she's not only human, but the daughter of Franz Hopper, the creator of Lyoko.
* Dr. Victor Falco of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' says that his partner, with whom he was experimenting with mutagen and psychic powers on a chimpanzee, was captured by the Kraang. But he's lying: Falco actually forcibly experimented ''on his partner'' and mutated his partner ''into'' said chimpanzee. The poor guy took a couple of seasons to get his intelligence back, and still looks like a chimp.
* In the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'', Lucky gets into a scuffle with the defeated Toon villain The Collector and pulls off one of his gloves, revealing that he has ''five fingers''. Since Toons in this series all have FourFingeredHands, this clues in everyone -- including The Collector's own unaware Toon henchmen -- that he is not a Toon. Lucky pulls off his mask, revealing that the Collector is indeed human. Disturbingly enough, the Collector keeps insisting he's a Toon even after TheReveal.