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A non-human character in a series, often an animal, is turned into a human. The major difference between this and a Pinocchio figure wanting [[PinocchioSyndrome To Become Human]] is that the transformed character usually doesn't ''want'' to be human. Such changes are, more often than not, involuntarily forced upon them, like the inverse of a BalefulPolymorph.

Sometimes, immediately after such transformation follows a HumansThroughAlienEyes sequence as the newly transformed inspects their new, strange pink extremities with five wriggling tentacles, the strange growth infecting the very top of their body and the bizarre inability to see in ultraviolet.

Once experiencing what it's like, the creature often can't wait to turn back to normal. The most common version of this trope will involve cats, due to the sly assumption that cats already think they're the best creatures, and also... [[CatGirl well]], [[{{Fanservice}} you know]]. This can also be a CoolAndUnusualPunishment for supernatural beings, as the loss of their powers forces them to be BroughtDownToNormal. If the character is a nonhuman who [[KillAllHumans hates the human race]] this may be a KarmicTransformation as they discover BeingHumanSucks.

If the change is {{voluntary|Shapeshifting}}, the character only occasionally puts up with it for the sake of convenience. Very often, they are simply '''so''' [[UncannyValley bad at]] [[HughMann acting human]] that it's better for everyone that they aren't.

Sometimes the character flips between both, and has no specific problems with it, but does it selectively because it makes other characters feel more [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith comfortable]]. This trope preferentially happens to the NonHumanSidekick, where it can't be permanent because [[StatusQuoIsGod it might disrupt the premise of the character]].

Naturally, the mascot-dominated demographics of {{shonen}} and {{shoujo|Demographic}} will result in the transformation into a character who is incredibly [[{{Moe}} adorable]] or [[{{Fanservice}} attractive]], providing eye candy for the audience while not invoking romantic notions in the established cast.

See also AFormYouAreComfortableWith. Compare BecomeARealBoy, in which attaining humanity is a central plot point. Contrast {{Animorphism}}, which is kind of the opposite (humans turn into non-humans). May result in AlienAmongUs or a ShapeshiftingLover. Contrast HumanityIsInfectious, where it's the human mindset that is catchy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Played with in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', where Yoruichi first appears as a snarky, deep-voiced cat, but is later revealed to be a hot, dark-skinned ''woman''.
* In one episode of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Kururu invents a device that turns animals into humans, and the Keronians take a trip to the zoo to find recruits for their forces. Despite their best efforts, they don't find any animals who are either able or willing to act as soldiers.
** Giroro's cat sometimes turns into a human. Apparently she's jealous of Natsumi, and/or [[ShipperOnDeck peeved that Natsumi doesn't notice Giroro's crush on her]].
** [[spoiler:Giroro himself becomes human in episode 196. ]]
* Tony Tony Chopper of ''Manga/OnePiece'' is a textbook example of the mascot variant. He got this way from eating the Human Human fruit, and unlike most examples of this trope, prefers to stay in his ''[[PettingZooPeople hybrid form]]''.
* Hippo in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is a penguin that, when he has been living on the surface long enough, attains an alternate form of a cute little boy. Oddly enough, he finds his human form ugly and his penguin form attractive. Additionally, the Dark Lovers are actually sea animals turned into humans. Same with the Black Beauty Sisters, who become [[PettingZooPeople kemonomimi]] instead.
* Kuromi in episode 23 of ''Anime/OnegaiMyMelody'', her goal being to seduce Keiichi. He actually seems to be very attracted to "Kurumi Nui" (as she calls herself), but she is forced to flee in the middle of the dance in order return to the spell-casting circle before all the magical candles blow out, otherwise she'd be turned into a tapir.
** In another episode, Mana's pet frog Kojiro got turned into a human boy. He retained amphibian strengths and weaknesses like leaping ability and sensitivity to cold. He declared his love for Mana and kissed her before getting changed back.
* Ryo-ohki gets one of these in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' OVA series. This leaves her with four forms: cute cuddly critter, little kid, sexy teen/adult, and CoolShip. She's usually shown in either critter or little kid forms (since she has no experience walking on two legs, she's learning how as a toddler like a normal human would). For the record, she started with just the battleship, and was given the cute critter form on her rebirth.
* Subversion in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': most animals don't care much about being turned into humans (or even other animals, for that matter.) The creatures conquered and captured by the Musk Dynasty, however, are justified in their hostility by virtue of being naturally aggressive, powerful beasts that take issue with being domesticated in the first place; the rage they express after being [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting dunked in the Spring of Drowned Girl]] and locked in the form of women comes less from the shock of being human than from simply wanting to rip their captors a new one.
* Katy the cat in ''The Fantastic Adventures of Manga/{{Unico}}'' wants to be a witch, so the kind-hearted little unicorn transforms her into a human girl (complete with cute outfit!). Katy doesn't believe Unico transformed her, so he returns her to her original form and refuses to make her human again because she's selfish (well, she ''is'' a cat). After Katy saves the life of the old woman she thought was a witch, Unico changes her back into a human.
** Similarly, Kukuru the BigBad of ''Unico and the Magic Island'' is [[spoiler:a simple puppet who willed himself to life through ''sheer anger and hatred'' (and sunlight) to avenge his abandonment by humans]].
* The title character of ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' is a duck who is granted the power to transform into a human, and then again into a MagicalGirl. Her name in Japanese is, in fact, Duck (Ahiru), and she regains her duck form whenever she accidentally lets slip a quack.
* One chapter of ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' has a bat working for a loser vampire, and recruits Ataru to find a fair maiden for the vampire to bite (or alternatively just a decent amount of blood from a maiden). Payment for services is a kiss from a pretty girl, but since the bat doesn't ''know'' any girls (he hired Ataru for this), it secretly turns itself into a hot babe... and is thoroughly creeped out by her reflection. She struggles to give Ataru a very brief peck, then flees in abject nausea, and is later seen (in bat form) furiously gargling and brushing his teeth.
* In the ''Franchise/SailorMoon'' franchise:
** Luna the cat is shown capable of attaining a human form in every permutation of the franchise. In TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], she turns into an adult human briefly in the ''S'' Movie, which was based on an arc in the manga where she also attained human form. In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], she does so more than once, as do her fellow cats Artemis (her lover) and Diana (their child). In ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'', however, her human form is that of a young child.
** In the manga only, Rei's crows, Phobos and Deimos, briefly become humans in order to grant Rei the Mars Crystal during the Dead Moon Circus arc. They're later revealed to be denizens of the planet Coronis, where Sailor Lead Crow also hails from. [[spoiler:Just in time for them to both get killed by her.]]
* ''LightNovel/CubeXCursedXCurious'' provides an unusual variant, in that the ones gaining human forms are inanimate objects. Still, the idea is the same.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'', Makoto is an updated version of the Japanese ''kitsune'' fox-woman, a fox who takes female human form to seduce a man.
* Ponta of ''Manga/GuruGuruPonChan'' becomes human by eating a magic bone.
* Inverted in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''; one of the main themes is of the human children coming to terms with their new identities as digimon. For example, this theme becomes apparent in one episode in which Duskmon inflicts a [[spoiler:LotusEaterMachine]] on Takuya, sending him back to the [[spoiler:human world, on the day he left for the digital world, in the form of a childlike digimon. Due to this, Takuya starts to realise that he's no longer completely human.]]
* Rayflo's cat in ''Manga/{{Vassalord}}''.
* The plot of ''Manga/{{Inumimi}}'' - the protagonist's father turns their three pet dogs into human girls.
* Also the entire premise of ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'', where the Devil, his loyal underling, and his sworn enemy are transported to modern Japan, lose their powers, and become broke young adults working as minimum-wage employees.
** "Are these... human hands?"
** In a subversion of the trope normally having them return to their original forms at the end of the arc, they all end up deciding that they are actually much ''happier'' living ordinary lives as humans. [[spoiler:Since their enemies aren't content to leave them alone, they're forced to use their demonic forms anyway...but only as a SuperMode when they have to fight; humanity remains their default form.]]
* In ''Anime/SuitePrettyCure'', Seiren had the ability to shapeshift into anything she wanted to, usually as a human to better deal with Hibiki and Kanade. However, when a combination of being brainwashed and Hummy's devotion to her caused her to be conflicted with her emotions and attempt to save Hummy, the collar that allowed her to shapeshift was destroyed and she became human... and Cure Beat. She's quick to accept she can't change back, but it takes her longer to accept people accepting her.
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' has villainous examples. Any sea creature Sedna corrupts takes on a human form.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', [[spoiler:all of the nonhuman races of Alma Torran, save the Dragons and the Red Lions,]] were turned into humans when they crossed over into the new world. [[spoiler:Most of the present day humans are their descendants.]]
* This trope is the premise behind ''DNA wa Oshiete Kurenai'' - animals all over the world have suddenly transformed into cute young girls with animal attributes, and they attend a research and training facility where they learn about humans.
* Mink's goal throughout ''Manga/DragonHalf'' is getting her hands on the magical People Potion and becoming pure human as opposed to a HalfHumanHybrid. In the end, [[spoiler:this trope happens to elf-girl Lufa, when Mink gives her the potion in order to restore her after she's turned into a toad]].
* In ''Manga/SpiritCircle'', this was to be Rune's reward once Fortuna accomplished his goals. [[spoiler:She eventually gets her wish when she is reincarnated as Fuuta's future child.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''[[ComicBook/AngelIDW After the Fall]]'' comics continuation to ''Series/{{Angel}}'', the Senior Partners turned Angel into a human to deprive him of his powers, but the ResetButton was eventually pressed again.
* In the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the ''Heroes for Hire'' incarnation of the ComicBook/WhiteTiger was an actual tiger, transformed into a human being. She eventually chose to be changed back into a tiger as being a human was too confusing for her.
* Happens quite frequently in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}'', mostly because Fables who are nonhuman (or at least don't look human enough) are forced to live in a secluded area called the Farm where they can't leave. As a result, Fables try to save up to buy a glamour spell to give them human appearances. Snow White helps give Bigby the ability to turn into a human with a lycanthropy-stained knife. There is also the case of Colonel Thunderfoot, a rabbit who is turned into a human by the angry mother of a rabbit who dies after Thunderfoot leads the troops into an unwinnable battle. She tells him he can only change back from this "hideous form" if he can find a female rabbit that loves him regardless. By the end of the chapter, his chances look rather bleak.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** A variant happens in ''ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', when Princess Sally's AI sidekick constructs herself a holographic mobian body after experiencing it first hand during a FreakyFridayFlip.
*** After the original Dr. Robotnik was KilledOffForReal in the 50th issue, the 75th issue reintroduced his AlternateSelf from issue 22, a Robotnik from an AlternateTimeline who [[EmergencyTransformation roboticisied himself]] to defeat Sonic. He [[BrainUploading transfers to a new body]] resembling the one from the main Sonic games (for the design of the original Robotnik took liberties with the source material), but it wasn't until issue 118 that his humanity was completely restored, bringing him 100% in-line with his video game depiction.
** An issue of ''ComicBook/SonicTheComic'' has an issue where Sonic is [[http://www.sonicthecomic.co.uk/images/larges/17.jpg a human]]. As the issue goes, Sonic wakes up one day in a strange bedroom as a human. As he wanders around the house he meets a woman who says she's his mother and makes him believe that Mobius and Sonic the Hedgehog were AllJustADream. As it turns out, though, it's just a trap by Robotnik.
* ComicBook/HowardTheDuck accidentally became human once, and boy, did he hate it.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Palmtop the cat in ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'' turns into a human ("Pam") as a result of genetic experimentation.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Take ANY canon that has a non-human character. Guaranteed, there is fanfic where a machine/magic turns them into a human. Usually a very [[AuthorAppeal hot one, at that.]] This is done for the express purpose of the non-human character being able to connect on a more "human" (NoPunIntended) level with their human companion as they feel that they can't properly convey their feelings as a non-human. Shippers LOVE this, though it has its platonic uses.
** Ladies and gentlemen, I present [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Sonic_series/4973539/ Sonic and Shadow being turned human by poison-gas-that-wasn't.]] [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot Doesn't last long though]].
* It's a common trope in FanArt in general to take one's favorite non-human characters and show what they'd look like as a human.
* In episode 44 of ''FanFic/PrettyCurePerfumePreppy'', [[spoiler:Pittan gains the ability to become human from Queen Aida, and is absolutely displeased with this, even refusing to go to school with the other girls. [[GilliganCut He does go anyways]]]].
* For a long while, this happened so often in ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'' fandom that the beginnings of a backlash were starting to brew. Fortunately, it seems that nothing too terrible came of it, as there was never any massive, public clash. It was more or less resolved when many artists/writers began more clearly marking their human form work as such.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles: Fanfic/RiseOfTheGaleforces'' gives us a variant on this concept, with a little help from GeneticMemory. While it helps explain why the cloned Supers can access memories of their past lives, it also applies to non-human creatures as well. Thus, if a non-human creature, such as a ''Pteranodon'' in [[AuthorAvatar Adam's]] case, is cloned such that the copy has a predominantly human form, the copy would thus feel as though he were actually transformed into a human being.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fic ''FanFic/ConstantTemptation'' Ryuk is caught and punished for interfering in human affairs and being turned into a human is his punishment. Ryuk decides it's totally worth it when Watari shows him how to make apple pie.
* Lyra Heartstrings of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''{{Fanfic/Anthropology}}'' is convinced that humans are more than just a fairy tale, and desperately wishes to know more about them, how they lived, etc. She goes so far as to [[spoiler:change her hooves into hands]], and it is eventually revealed that [[spoiler:she was HumanAllAlong, her obsession stemming from her previous life as a human. She's turned back into a human, and is sent to Earth.]]
* ''FanFic/ATwilightLanding'' does something similar to the Anthropology example above, this time with Twilight Sparkle as a pony turned into a human after being zapped to Earth. It takes getting used to walking, and she has to be reminded several times [[InnocentFanserviceGirl not to walk around naked]]. She's also curious about humans, but not to the point of obsession like Lyra above.
* The female writers of the ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' fandom have an affinity for turning SelfDemonstrating/{{Wheatley}} human, usually so some sort of physical contact can take place between him and a Mary Sue (but more frequently Chell acting as little more than a Mary Sue). In the more lemony explorations of this, Wheatley tends to find himself having new feelings or even "discovering the joys of the human body" if you catch my drift. There's usually a reference to The Itch during these sequences, as that plot point has been repeatedly (mis?)interpreted as a sexual innuendo. The most famous example of the Wheatley Turns Human narrative is Fanfic/BlueSky, which also showcases the popular trope of Wheatley's human form being based off of the voice actor, Stephen Merchant.
* Trixie's botched spell turns Twilight into a human in ''Fanfic/DiariesOfAMadman''. Once the spell is reversed, a few others occasionally make use of the human form.
* The third fic of ''Fanfic/TheDresdenFillies'' titled ''Great Power'' has the Mane Six plus Spike travel to Chicago. Things go [[HilarityEnsues wrong]] almost immediately.
* Trixie accidentally manages to turn Lyra into a human in ''[[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse Helping...Hands?]]''. Trixie thought the spell was supposed to turn Lyra into a zebra, but unbeknownst to her the spellbook had been very badly mislabeled. Unlike in most fanon portrayals, Lyra does ''not'' enjoy it (and notably doesn't know what it is she's been turned into, settling on "naked bear"). In addition, the fact that the spellbook was badly mislabeled makes it very hard to turn her back, as while they know that there is a counterspell, they don't know which spell it is.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', [[spoiler:this is what happens when the Going Merry consumes the Human-Human Fruit, Model: Child.]]
* In ''Fanfic/WhatTheWaterGaveMe'', after Astrid officially declares her love, Hiccup ends up going through a chrysallis stage, emerging from it as fully human. It doesn't last. At the end [[spoiler:the trope is inverted when Astrid becomes a mermaid]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2354468/1/Phoenix-Fire Phoenix Fire]]'', after suffering an accident so severe that she can't be repaired, Jenny has her mind transferred into [[spoiler:the body of Dr. Wakeman's brain-dead daughter]], thus becoming a human girl.
* In ''FanFic/AGoddessComesToCall'', Mara breaks the cardinal rule of Hell by granting a wish without getting anything in exchange, and is turned into a human woman for the span of a human lifetime as punishment. Since this means she gets to be with Sylia, it also qualifies as an {{Unishment}}.
* In ''Fanfic/TheDarkLordsOfNerima'', [[spoiler:Beneda the youma is turned into a human girl with water from the Spring of Drowned Girl]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Every human-appearing character in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', except Chihiro and her parents. If some of them look human-like, it's only because it's a matter of convenience. This, of course, make sense, since Japanese folklore is rife with this. Most of them are actually frogs (the men) or slugs (the women) while Lin is a weasel, Haku is a dragon, and Yubaba is a crow.
* The shape-changing foxes and tanuki of ''Anime/PomPoko'' do their best to blend in with humanity after they lose their fight to save their forests. Some even become real-estate developers themselves.
* In ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone'', Merlin forces Archimedes (his pet owl) to obey him by threatening to turn him into a human. This sequence is especially funny because Archimedes's shocked reaction [[ThisCannotBe ("You wouldn't dare!")]] suggests that [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters he considers it to be the most degrading fate imaginable]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'', Shrek gets turned into a human after drinking a potion. It's also revealed that [[spoiler:Harold, Fiona's father, got turned into a human from a toad by the Fairy Godmother]].
* "WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn", the titular Unicorn is turned into a human girl in the mid point of the movie. The rest of the story deals with the consequences of her understanding her newly acquired humanity. By the climax, she considers herself more human than unicorn.
* ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' had the Fairy Godmother turn both Major the horse and Bruno the bloodhound into humans to serve as the drivers for Cinderella's pumpkin coach (since [[FurryConfusion the role of the horses]] have been taken by the mice).
* Disney's direct-to-video ''Disney/CinderellaIIDreamsComeTrue'' had a sequence in which the mouse Jacques was turned into a human so he could be more helpful to Cindy.
* In ''Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime'', the cat Lucifer is transformed into a human [[spoiler:in order to drive a pumpkin carriage containing Cinderella off a cliff.]]
* [[PlayedForLaughs Played for a quick joke]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie''. After [=SpongeBob=] foils Plankton's plot, King Neptune proceeds to unfreeze Mr. Krabs with his trident, only to turn him into a fat human boy. Neptune says he accidentally had his trident set to [[BecomeARealBoy real boy ending]], so he fixes up Krabs and turns him back to normal.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** The plot of the first movie involves Twilight Sparkle traveling to {{another dimension}} where she turns into a human teenager. A good chunk of the movie's comedy stems from Twilight trying not to act like a pony and failing miserably at it. The antagonist Sunset Shimmer is also a pony turned human. She's had a lot more time to practice acting like a human.
** Similarly, in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', [[EnthrallingSiren The Dazzlings]] were sirens in the form of [[SirensAreMermaids merponies]] who attempted to take over Equestria thousands of years ago. They were defeated by Star Swirl the Bearded and banished to the human world, where they were trapped in human form with a limited version of their powers.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/CityOfAngels'', angels can choose to become human...but they have to commit angel suicide to do it. Nathaniel Messenger (DennisFranz' character) did so before the beginning of the movie [[spoiler:and Nic Cage's character does it near the end.]]
* In the 1940 film ''Theatre/TheBlueBird'' starring Creator/ShirleyTemple, a fairy transforms the children's pets Tylo the dog and Tylette the cat into humans to help them on their quest.
* The vampire film, ''Film/{{Daybreakers}}'' has two interesting examples. In a vampire-ruled world, human blood is running out. In their search for a cure to vampirism, the remaining human rebels [[spoiler:find out that rapid exposure to sunlight, usually lethal, followed by immersion in water, can revert a vampire to human form. The cure is impractical to use on the billions of vampires, but they discover that drinking cured blood cures the feeder. This creates a sort of positive virus effect, the starved vampires feeding on cured people, getting cured, then being fed on themselves, curing more people.]]
* When Freddy is dragged into the real world in ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'', he becomes human again. He turns back into his standard form pretty quickly though, although he's still human even then.
* Two instances with ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''. First, the aliens transform themselves into humans, and have newfound experiences with human emotions. Next, the other scientist merges four animals into one human - who can talk in English but still has animal behavior (such as table eating habits that the aliens copy.)
* The raven Diaval in ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' is turned into a man by the titular character at first to save him from being beaten to death by a farmer. After he [[IOweYouMyLife pledges service to her]], she keeps him as a raven to spy for her, and a human to give his reports.
* ''Film/NearDark'': Vampirization can be reversed with human blood infusion. In the end, [[spoiler:Caleb is turned back by his father and sister, and he does the same thing to Mae.]]
* Boots of ''Film/ASimpleWish'' was once a dog who was transformed into a human by her master, [[{{BigBad}} Claudia]], to serve as her [[{{TheDragon}} Dragon]]. [[spoiler:She is turned back following her HeelFaceTurn and is subsequently adopted by [[{{TheHero}} Murray]].]]
* In ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Lamia turns a goat into a human to play the part of an innkeeper in her trap. He still acts like a goat, bleating and chewing on people's clothing.
* ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' has this happening to mutants who are exposed to the "cure".
* In ''Film/CoolWorld'', Holli the Doodle becomes human after having sex with Jack.
* In ''[[Film/{{Halloweentown}} Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge]]'', mystical beings who succumb to the "Grey Spell" undergo a BitByBitTransformation into a color-drained human with mundane interests.
* The 2017 RomanticComedy ''Unleashed'' is about a young woman wishing that there were "[[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan guys out there like]]" her pet Labrador retriever and cat... who turn into a blonde {{Hunk}} and suave Casanova respectively and start fighting over her to keep a roof over their heads while she remains oblivious of the guy crushing on her. Both of the pets still keep their animal behaviors however such as [[CatUpATree the cat climbing a tree and needing the fire department getting him down]] and the Lab humping a copy machine.
* Throughout ''Theatre/FiniansRainbow'', Og is slowly turning into a human due to losing his pot of gold. [[spoiler: By the end, he's become completely mortal.]]

* [[Literature/AesopsFables Aesop's]] ''The Cat-Maiden'' has a cat transfigured into a woman to settle a bet between Jupiter and Venus. Jupiter thinks that instinct and nature can be transcended and Venus says that "nature will out". They turn the cat into a woman and give her to a man to wed. Jupiter thinks the bet is won until Venus releases a mouse into the wedding hall and the maiden pounces on it, revealing her true nature.
** In his collection of Aesop retellings, ''Aesopus Emendatus'', Creator/AmbroseBierce subverts this by having her react like a woman-- in such an over-the-top EekAMouse way that her potential suitor is irritated.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': There are two examples of animals gaining morphing power from touching the morphing cube. One, an otherwise incredibly dangerous Cape Buffalo, nearly achieves sapience [[spoiler:but then gets killed off]]. The other is an ant that partially morphs into Cassie.
** The ant transforming is treated similarly to the Literature/{{Discworld}} wolf above; Cassie remembers the Animorphs' [[ContinuityNod past experience of turning into ants]] and wonders what it would be like going from a mindless part of the colony to a human's sentience and independence, concluding that it would be [[HumansAreCthulhu just as horrible for the ant to become human as it was for the Animorphs to become ants]].
*** It screams as it loses its mind and its connection to the colony. One of the most terrifying scenes in a series packed with horror and ParanoiaFuel
** Ax counts too. He morphs human and then is really bad at it-he plays with his 'mouth sounds' and goes berserk around food, and he hates morphing human most of the time, always saying humans are unstable on two legs.
** [[spoiler:Elfangor]] turned into a human [[ModeLock permanently]] so he could spend the rest of his life on Earth with Loren. Alas, the universe still needed him to be an Andalite warrior. The Ellimist took him away from Earth, and the only evidence that he was ever there at all [[spoiler:was his and Loren's son Tobias.]]
%%* Bulgakov likes to play with it, usually for ironical purposes, like in "Literature/HeartOfADog".
* This happens at the end of several ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'' books. The first time, three Pachycephalosaurs briefly possess three human boys and jump around before being sent back home. The second time, in ''Please Don't Eat The Teacher'' the fifty-foot Acrocanthosaurus called Green Knight is killed and ends up SharingABody with [[spoiler:Will Reilly]], which appears to be permanent. He's content, though, since he can be with Patience [[InterspeciesRomance like this]]. The third time, in ''Dinosaurs Ate My Homework'', the intelligent saurian AlternateUniverse version of JD takes his body permanently and alone.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** This happens to Nanny Ogg's horrible cat, Greebo. Normally, he's ugly and foul-smelling, but when transformed into a human (in ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'' and ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}''), it is claimed that "His left eye glittered with the sins of angels, and his smile was the downfall of saints (female ones, anyway)". He has been described as looking evil in an interesting sort of way, like a pirate who really understands the term of "Jolly Roger", or a romantic poet who gave up the opium and tried red meat. In fact the best brief descriptions are that:
--->''He could swagger while asleep. Greebo could, in fact, commit sexual harassment while sitting very quietly in the next room.''\\
'''Nanny:''' He looks aristocratic.\\
'''Granny:''' He looks like a beautiful, brainless bully.\\
'''Nanny:''' [[AristocratsAreEvil Same thing.]]
** This also falls in line with the Disc's general opinion of cats: elegant, beautiful, brainless [[CatsAreMean bastards.]]
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Granny's evil sister Lily also did this to a wolf, partially anthropomorphising it to fulfill the Big Bad Wolf role in a living fairytale. This is treated as a monstrous act, because predator minds having to [[CarnivoreConfusion think like a human drives them insane]] and makes it impossible to live as either a wolf or a human. In the end a woodcutter gets called in for a MercyKill. (This doesn't apply with Greebo because cats have enough poise to pull anything off.)
** Inverted and later defied by the Librarian, who was a human to begin with, and has carefully destroyed all evidence of who he was so no-one will get the bright idea of trying to change him back.
* The dragons in ''Literature/DragonsInOurMidst''. Though technically voluntary, there was pretty much no other option they could take, and most if not all of them certainly would have rather stayed dragons.
* One of [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden's]] allies in ''Literature/FoolMoon'', [[spoiler:[[AmazonianBeauty Tera West]]]], is revealed to be a wolfwere, a wolf who can take the form of a human. [[spoiler:After the death of her lover,]] she goes back to the mountains to live with her pack.
* In ''Literature/TheFallenMoon'', this is Skade's punishment for killing humans.
%%* ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'':
* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/{{Spellsinger}}'', turtle wizard Clothahump coerces Mudge the otter into assisting Jon-tom by threatening to transform Mudge into a human if he refuses. In ''Paths of the Perambulator'', in the same series, Jon-tom's animal companions are all unwillingly transformed into humans by a surge of wild magic, and [[spoiler:he has to play Rick Springfield's ''Human Touch'' backwards to change them back]]. Also played for ironic laughs as Clothahump announces this as the "Worst transformation yet" (With everyone besides Jon-Tom agreeing) despite they had already been turned into giant Crabs, Giant Caterpillers, [[GenderBender Switching Genders]] and turning into literal viruses only to temporarily catch said diseases afterwards.
* In Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Kingdoms of Light'' the familiars of a fallen wizard are transformed into humans and forced to cross a weird dimension that represents the land of light (in the form of a huge rainbow) in order to bring back the power of light to a now darkly colored world. Needless to say with a snake, two cats, a dog, and a bird all turned human with a sudden realization of human feelings and emotions things get a little... odd.
* A rather neat example in Geoph Essex's ''Jackrabbit Messiah'': [[spoiler:Caleb O'Connor]] was involuntarily transformed into a human sometime in the past. Interesting in that: '''a)''' it happened [[BackStory long before the events of the book]] (and appears to be permanent); '''b)''' the character doesn't seem to mind much (aside from wondering who did it and why) and has [[IntriguedByHumanity adapted very well]]; and '''c)''' the book isn't primarily ''about'' [[HeroOfAnotherStory that character]], so the reader never finds out how it happened either. Before the casual reveal, there are some subtle and not-so-subtle hints, including the character's MeaningfulName (both first and last!), and what Indra calls the character when they meet.
* In the first ''Literature/KeysToTheKingdom'' book, it is mentioned that being made mortal is one of the punishments for disobedient Denizens.
* And in ''Kockroach,'' a cockroach inexplicably turns into a human being. Rather than trying to find a way back, he makes good on his predicament, taking advantage of everything that comes his way and thriving, because despite his new body he's still a cockroach.
* In one of the Literature/{{Goosebumps}} books, a bee's mind is accidentally swapped into the body of a human boy. The bee does not seem very comfortable in a human body--it continually makes buzzing noises and attempts (unsuccessfully) to eat nectar from flowers.
* ''Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality'': In ''Literature/OnAPaleHorse'', to grant a client's last request for a good story, TheGrimReaper tells a story about a whale who gets transformed into a woman. She falls in love with a man, but gets disgusted when she finds out he's a whaler. Her lover tries to explain that whale meat is the village's main source of food, but she dumps him and returns to the sea. [[spoiler:However, she eventually meets a whale who is really a transformed ''squid''. He is trying to investigate why whales hunt his kind. She tries to explain that squid are the whale's main source of food, then realizes that humans and whales are NotSoDifferent. She returns to human form, reconciles with her lover, and they get married, presumably HappilyEverAfter.]]
* In the book ''Literature/TheLastUnicorn'' by Creator/PeterSBeagle, the unicorn is turned into a human for about a third of the story to protect her from the Red Bull that had hunted down all the other unicorns. She is horrified at first, mostly because the transformation makes her mortal, something she's never experienced before. However, the longer she remains transformed the more human she becomes and the more she [[LossOfIdentity loses her own identity]], until eventually she wishes to stay human and spend what short life span she has as a human with her human true love. The end of the story leaves her quite melancholic, a unicorn once more, but not as pure and aloof from humans as her kind is, since she has experienced human emotion.
* Animals in ''LightNovel/MagicalGirlRaisingProject'' are occasionally chosen to become Magical Girls, whereupon they gain a human form and intelligence. Their normal forms remain the same however. Examples include Tepeskemei (an Egyptian Tortoise) in the ''Limited'' arc and [[spoiler:Cherna Mouse (a hamster) in the ''Restart'' arc, though her true form is only revealed in a side story]].
* The titular character of the Dutch children's novel ''Minoes'' by Annie M. G. Schmidt. She was a cat, and one day she woke up as a lady. It was later adapted into a movie starring Creator/CariceVanHouten.
* This trope is the entire point of the novel ''Shoebag'', in which a cockroach finds himself transformed into a human and wants to transform back.
* In the Creator/TomHolt book ''Snow White and the Seven Samurai'', the big bad wolf is turned into a handsome prince (by way of a frog), and isn't very happy about it.
* ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'''s got the king of the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Kantri]], Akhor, become human at the end of ''Song In The Silence''. As the one Kantri most fascinated by humans - he actually used to try to walk on two legs like them, but it hurt too much - he's initially very happy about it, enjoying the stronger sense of touch and the much more dexterous hands. There's a point in ''The Lesser Kindred'' where he realizes he can't fly, and later when it ''really'' sinks in that who he was is gone, which are both marked with grief and sorrow. It's very mixed. But it does mean he can be with his beloved. In ''Redeeming The Lost'' [[spoiler:he becomes a Kantri again and mourns his human shape]].
* Happens twice in the ''Literature/TortallUniverse''.
** In the ''[[Literature/DaughterOfTheLioness Trickster]]'' duology, it's established that crows can turn into humans if they want, but only one character becomes human permanently.
** In ''Literature/TheImmortals'' quartet, Numair tells Daine that because he turned an enemy mage into a tree, a tree somewhere has been turned into a human. This led to a lot of fanmail asking [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse what happened to the tree]], so the author finally wrote a short story on the tree.
* ''Treasure in the Heart of the Tanglewood'' has one of the few true subversions of this trope. Year after year, one KnightInShiningArmor after another rides into the Tanglewood to fight the monster within, and year after year, they never come out again. [[spoiler:The beast within turns each knight into an animal, then kills them, and tells the protagonist that these were the [[ThisWasHisTrueForm true forms]] of the knights, which they had been shifted out of for use as CannonFodder. The subversion is that [[VillainsNeverLie he lied]], and shapeshifted beings in this setting ''don't'' [[DyingAsYourself die as themselves]]. The knights were human all along.]]
* In ''Literature/WorldsOfPower'', Dr. Light accidentally turns Franchise/MegaMan into a human while running him through a duplicating machine.
* Happens to the titular character in ''Literature/TheLittleMermaid''. It's an extremely painful experience though - every step she takes feels like she's walking on knives - and she's unable to talk in human form, as the price for the transformation was her tongue.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Samantha of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' turned a horse into a woman just to understand what the horse wanted to say. The changeling was not happy with this: "I've got nothing to swat flies with!"
** She did this in another episode as well, turning a cat into a woman to model for her husband's boss. In this case, though, the cat-turned-woman actually ''likes'' being human.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
*** Exposure to a Mohra demon's blood can turn a vampire back into a human. Angel enjoyed the perks of being human, including being able to walk in the sunlight, but hit the ResetButton when he realized he needed his vampire powers to fight the forces of evil.
*** According to the Shanshu Prophecy, a vampire with a soul will earn the right to become human again after playing a pivotal role in the Apocalypse. So far, Angel and Spike are candidates.
*** Illyria started out life as a routine SealedEvilInACan, escaping from her tomb in a sarcophagus and possessing the body of Winifred "Fred" Burkle, a series regular. Illyria, having shrank down from the 50-foot Cthulhu into a skinny (albeit indestructible) corpse, is forced to throw in her lot with Angel's crew, being stuck with a form which would serve as catnip to her demonic cohorts. Adding to her problems, remnants of Fred's brain patterns start affecting the creature's personality, causing it to unconsciously reconstruct her host's old life -- including bonding with Fred's grieving lover, Wesley. By the series finale, it's almost impossible to tell where Fred ends and Illyria begins.
*** In the "I Will Remember You" episode of ''Series/{{Angel}},'' the titular vampire is made human by accidentally mixing his blood with the blood of a demon with regenerative powers. After becoming a SenseFreak, noting that he doesn't like yoghurt, having mucho bed-time with Buffy (in a ContrivedCoincidence {{Crossover}}) and generally enjoying the sun he employs an in-universe ResetButton when he learns that [[FlowersForAlgernonSyndrome his humanity will prevent him from fighting in the upcoming apocalypse]] and thus cause the deaths of many people, including the Slayer. His reward and punishment (two for one!) was being the only person to remember the lost day.
** Anya from ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'' is another example. Anya was originally a thousand-year-old vengeance demon who took human form to curse unfaithful men. Then in "The Wish" she loses her powers, and becomes human. She eventually resigns herself to being human. Her unfamiliarity with human social conventions (particularly not talking about sex in public) is a running gag/theme.
*** Or so it seems, at first; it actually turns out she ''originally'' was a human, born in Sweden during Viking times. And she was [[CloudCuckooLander just as weird]] back then, while other vengeance demons like Halfryk don't seem to have any such foibles.
** Also from Buffyverse, Darla, the first vampire seen in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, is resurrected as a human [[spoiler:complete with incurable disease that nearly killed her originally]] but with the full memory of having been a vampire intact. Later, [[spoiler:she is turned into a vampire again, but suffers from bouts of human emotions when she becomes pregnant with Connor.]]
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', a snake, a rabbit, and a pig were turned into humans by a group of girls who wanted a date for a dance. The spell was temporary but the transformed men wanted to remain human permanently.
* In ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'', Jeannie turned a chimpanzee named Sam into a man. Sam winds up liking being human.
* The ''{{Series/Dinosaurs}}'' episode "Little Boy Boo" has Robbie telling Baby a scary story about a "wereman", starring himself as the victim of the curse.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E8HumanNature "Human Nature"]], it's revealed that Time Lords can use a device called a Chameleon Arch to turn themselves human (or any other HumanAlien species) and put their memories and Time Lord nature in a fob watch. Opening the watch turns them back.
*** The difference from most examples of this trope is that Time Lords, while transformed, have no real memory of their former selves. The Doctor, as a human, has strange dreams of his Time Lord life, and the Master hears drums, but they still don't doubt their humanity and seem perfectly content.
** Also occurs in the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E4TheDoctorsWife "The Doctor's Wife"]], in which [[spoiler:the TARDIS']] soul is ripped out and stuffed into a human body.
** And then there's a halfway example in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E4DaleksInManhattan "Daleks in Manhattan"]]/[[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E5EvolutionOfTheDaleks "Evolution of the Daleks"]] where, in the 1930s, Dalek Sec absorbs a human ally and becomes the first Human-Dalek. Admittedly, he doesn't really ''look'' like a human except for having arms and legs--he still has Dalek tentacles and the single eye on his new head--but his worldly perspective becomes more and more human during the rest of the arc, to the point that he begins to consider the Dalek's creator Davros to have been wrong and wants to help and be helped by the Daleks' sworn enemy, the Doctor himself. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, this ends up getting him killed by the other Daleks as a heretic, possibly sacrificing himself to save the Doctor from the others.]]
* In ''Series/FridayThe13thTheSeries'', one man uses an artifact to turn his dog into a wife (his real wife is [[{{Animorphism}} turned into a dog]]).
* In ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'' a pig named Katharine fell in love with Hercules from a previous adventure where he got turned into a pig. Aphrodite granted her wish to be human, and as a bonus, gave her a body identical to hers (they were played by the same actress). However, while Hercules treated her well, she ultimately could not adjust to living like a human and asked to be changed back. The final straw for her was that her barnyard friends didn't recognize her and they couldn't understand each other.
* ''Series/MakoMermaids'' has a trio of mermaids banished from their pod when they accidentally allow a human boy to enter their sacred moon pool and become a merman. To get back, the trio use magic to become human and have a hard time at first from walking to figuring out what to eat and human customs.
** The trio soon discover the school principal is a mermaid herself who became human years before after falling in love with a human boy and she helps them get used to their new forms.
* Black cat Luna of the live-action ''Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon'' has the ability to turn into a human girl. Unlike prior incarnations in [[Franchise/SailorMoon the franchise]] she turns into a small child, and even a Sailor Senshi. However, she still acts like a cat sometimes, and sneezing changes her back.
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "DNA" had Kryten turn human, much to his surprise and pleasure -- until he found out his spare parts (most notably his spare heads) hated him for it. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ofl_UP3apM Just take a look]] at the scene. And the photos were an example of EnforcedMethodActing.
** And his eyes no longer have a zoom mode. And his nipples no longer pull in radio signals.
*** And the whole last-chicken-in-the-shop look for certain body parts.
* The Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} TV movie ''Rufus'' is about a dog who becomes a teenage boy by wearing a magical necklace. Like the above, it's filled with MyInstinctsAreShowing moments.
** The sequel has Rufus falling in love with a girl who owns a similar necklace -- and she's really a cat!
* Being [[ShapeshifterModeLock stuck in his]] [[ShapeshifterDefaultForm human-like form]] was a punishment for Odo on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. Interestingly, the condition lasted several episodes before it was finally reversed.
* It was also a punishment for Q in one episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. Having less than a microsecond to decide, he chose to be human in the hopes that Picard and crew would protect him. Then spent most of the episode lamenting that he should have asked to be turned into anything else other than human.
* [[MsFanservice Seven of Nine]] from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' started out as human, became a [[TheVirus Borg]] as a kid, and was forcibly [[BroughtDownToNormal brought back down to human]] (more or less) by the crew of ''Voyager''. While initially not happy about it (to say the least), Captain Janeway guided her through the process of rediscovering her humanity through time, patience, care, LesYay...
** Also, it was impossible to communicate with Species 8472 before they started taking on human form, and afterwards we never saw them in their tripedal, purple-skinned, cross-pupilled SupernaturalGoldEyes form again.
* Castiel in the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E21TwoMinutesToMidnight Two Minutes to Midnight]]". After his previous altercation with other angels in "Point of No Return", Castiel turns up in a hospital and finds that he has become pretty much human. [[spoiler:He shows that there's just enough angel left inside him to resist Pestilence's powers.]]
** As of the end of Season 8, [[spoiler:not only has Castiel been subjected to this again, but so has ''every angel in Heaven'', barring the one vengeful angel who forced them all to fall]].
** Additionally, late in Season 8 it was revealed that it was possible [[spoiler:to cure a demon's soul back into that of a human. The two times its been done on-screen have involved [[HeelRealization a lot of crying as the demons realize]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone just how terrible their actions as a demon were]].]]
%%* [[spoiler:Katherine]] in the Season 5 finale of ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
* The 1997 TV movie ''Whiskers'' is about a boy who spends too much time with his cat. His cat was turned into a human with the help of an Egyptian goddess wishing he has a human friend. Filled with MyInstinctsAreShowing moments.
* Used in ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' when Alex gets Justin to turn a couple of guinea pigs into humans for some information.

* Occurs in ''Pinball/TheMachineBrideOfPinbot'', where an influx of human DNA turns a HumongousMecha into a giantess.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' roleplaying game ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', some of the werewolves originated as wolves. These, though as intelligent as the others, usually find shapeshifting [[TransformationTrauma less than pleasant]] and make use of it only for special purposes. Some factions, such as the human-hating (and all-wolf) Red Talons rarely take on human shapes at all.
** This was also part of the backstory for the changelings of ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheDreaming''. With the encroachment of Banality and a severe decrease in all-around belief, the faeries who were unable to make it back to Arcadia bound their souls to human bodies. A changeling generally goes through a normal childhood until their fae soul goes through "Chrysalis," at which point they begin to perceive the world of the fae and start recalling information about their past lives.
** In the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' {{spiritual successor}} ''TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost'', those humans who were taken and turned into Beasts and Elementals have a hard time adjusting back to being human again. The Beasts have a hard time thinking non-instinctively after being animals for so long, and the Elementals have trouble relating to other people after spending so long as flames or trees.
** And again with the old World of Darkness, in ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen'', demons who'd escaped from the Abyss had to take empty bodies (the brain-dead, the severely insane, and the recently dead) to remain on Earth. This actually grounded a lot of them and made them less demonic, seeing as they were experiencing human emotion and sensation for the first time after millennia in a featureless abyss.
* More or less applies to a couple of [=NPCs=] from the ''Carnival'' supplement for ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}''. One is a former snake familiar of an evil wizard, whose master used to turn her into a sexy elf for "companionship"; gaining her freedom when she joined the Carnival, she now works as a snake-charmer/dancer. The other is either a leopard who turns into a man, or vice versa: he's not sure which.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' has rules for playing a character who can shift between human and an animal form. The main drawback to such a character isn't the hefty investment of character generation resources, it's the fact that such characters are supposed to be played as animals that turn into people, not people that turn into animals, which makes justifying why they're hanging out with a bunch of gun bunnies in a smelly city sprawl rather than climbing trees a bit difficult.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* ''VideoGame/AtelierIrisEternalMana'': Norn was an experiment on a housecat.
* In ''VideoGame/DarkCloud'' Xiao, Toan's pet cat, is turned into a catgirl once you give her a potion, and declares that she wants to help "Master" reassemble the Atlamilla, donning a slingshot and becoming your second party member.
* In ''Videogame/{{DiabloIII}}'', an angel [[spoiler:Tyrael]] becomes human after tearing off his own wings.
* This is precisely what happens to [[spoiler:Imnity and Rico]] at the end of the final route in ''VideoGame/DuelSaviorDestiny''. Taiga just sorta strips them of their status as spirits and absorbs their power before [[spoiler:going off to beat up God.]]
%%* This happens about halfway through ''VideoGame/FrogFractions.''
* Some of the [[PettingZooPeople beastmen]] in ''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'' originated as animals and became more human-like after Alchemy was released, and will happily chat with the heroes about how weird it is to be walking on one's hind feet, wearing clothes, and eating cooked meat instead of raw.
* A wolf in ''VideoGame/KingdomsOfAmalurReckoning'' is cursed with humanity by a gang of mischievous Sprites in a sidequest. He is ''pissed'' about the change -- he can't hunt well without his fangs and claws, his own pack drove him off thinking he was just another human, humans think he's just a lunatic and forced him to wear ''pants''. The Fateless One can help the unfortunate wolf by killing the sprites and undoing the curse.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' there is a hidden Easter egg. If you go into the northwestmost house in Kakariko village, there's a vase which has a Cucco ([[CallARabbitASmeerp basically an in-universe chicken]]) hiding under it. Part way through the game you get the "Magic powder" item. If you sprinkle it on this Cucco then it turns into a woman and complains about the shift. The effect is reset when you leave the house.
** The Cucco-turned-woman also gives a hint about the town's statue being not quite what it seems.
* EDI in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series. She starts out as a body-less AI residing in the Normandy SR2, and eventually she is referred to as the Normandy herself. In the third game, she gains a body, and with it, a new perspective on humanity that eventually causes her to refer to ''herself'' as alive.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MonumentValley'' [[spoiler:it is revealed that Ida is actually a bird princess who was cursed to become human because she stole the sacred geometry. She and the crows regain their true forms after all the geometry has been returned.]]
* Happens to [[spoiler:Aigis, the team robot]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' and [[spoiler:Teddie, the TeamPet]] in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''.
** [[spoiler:Ryoji]] is probably a better example for P3, as [[spoiler:Aigis]] never actually physically turns human - she's just a case of HumanityIsInfectious.
* ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'''s true ending. [[spoiler:Rose turns from a cat familiar to a CatGirl with random magic powder that has a power to grant any wish.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarCraftII'': [[spoiler:Kerrigan is de-infested at the end of the ''Wings of Liberty'' campaign.]]
* It's implied that Nastasia from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' used to be a bat who became humanoid to repay Count Bleck for freeing her from a trap.
* An interesting example from the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Project'': most fairies in Gensokyo are perfect {{mook}}s, lacking in personality but able to endlessly respawn if killed. [[AnIcePerson Ice fairy]] Cirno, on the other hand, has [[SmallNameBigEgo quite]] [[TheDitz a]] personality, and is several magnitudes more powerful than the average fairy. When she encounters Eiki Shiki, the yama conjectures that because Cirno's [[strike:[[MemeticMutation the strongest!]]]] so powerful and able to move around and cause trouble, she's coming closer to becoming a {{youkai}} and therefore mortal. The conversation goes completely over Cirno's head, of course...
** Plus, of course, there are all the {{youkai}} that take the form of cute girls, but which originally came from animals and inanimate objects lasting a hundred years, per Japanese mythology.
* Talazia from ''VideoGame/{{Weaponlord}}'' [[spoiler:is revealed to have actually been a raven who was cursed into becoming a human seven years ago. She also gets LaserGuidedAmnesia, making her only remember her time as a human.]]
* A town in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVII'' is under a curse, turning all animals into humans and humans into animals. A boy is found chained up in this town; he's actually a legendary white wolf. When the heroes defeat the monster responsible, he curses the wolf/boy to remain human despite the curse otherwise being lifted. The wolf/boy decides to join the heroes as "Ruff". After some time travel, the party encounters the monster again, mostly depowered, but also reformed. He apologizes to Ruff and attempts to turn him back into a wolf; instead, he accidentally gives Ruff the ability to speak. Ruff then tells him to stop trying to cast magic, as he's perfectly happy in his human form.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Myan from ''Webcomic/CatNine'' though she's more of a CatGirl because the spell that allows her to transform was incomplete. She doesn't seem to mind though.
* All the main characters in ''Webcomic/{{Deities}}'' eventually take on a human form, even God who is reluctant to at first.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'', Heru makes Sobek, crocodile god, turn into human, to Sobek's disgruntlement.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'': after his involuntary transformation from a hideous chimera Vlad/Vladia decides he's willing to accept being female [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-06-18 as long as he's human.]]
* Red from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is a [[TheFairFolk Regional Fairy]] who wants to become human, initially. The first time we see her post-{{metamorphosis}}, she's in a barely-contained rage over her new body and over the human classes she has to take.
** Although, once she learns about haircuts, she ''is'' pretty enthusiastic about the misguided notion that you can chop bits off a human's body, and Annie and Kat have to forcibly restrain her from trying it herself.
** The reverse also happens: humans can become animals through a similar process.
** And most non-fairy girls get turned into male humans. Ouch. Not going to stop the horny bunny!
* ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has the [[StarfishAliens butterfly creature]] Princess Voluptua, who spends most of her time in the comic disguised as a beautiful woman.
* In ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'', the portal from Furth to Earth transforms animals into humans. [[spoiler:Except Mrs. Aura and Nigel, who become dolphins. In Mrs Aura's [[CharacterBlog Twitter feed]], she became a human subsequently and the [[https://twitter.com/catherine_aura/status/454279793094451200 current retcon]] appears to be that dolphin-world is a separate reality.]]
** [[spoiler:Francis Fennec, the son of a fennec fox and a human-turned-rabbit, spent the first year of his life as what could only be described as a hereditary mess of an unclassifiable animal. Later, though, he turned into a human. Lindesfarne's research revealed that because Danielle was originally a human, any children born to her would eventually turn human...as would her own, since she too came from the human world originally. Funny thing, though, Francis isn't that bothered about his humanity, since he's still a baby, but the uproar that ensued from the general population...]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', Artie the superintelligent [[TalkingAnimal talking gerbil]] is temporarily turned into a human for a specific mission. The transmogrifier ray reacted with his modified DNA to cause him to spontaneously switch between human and gerbil forms. Eventually he learns to control the changes, but he still thinks of himself primarily as a gerbil. Also fits the trope by having moviestar-type good looks, and a voice to match.
** Also, Caliban the demon renounces his demonic powers and becomes mortal. He looks mostly the same, except for having lost the wings and horns, but that's because even as a demon he appeared as a little blond guy with a British accent.
* All Ace characters in ''Webcomic/{{Pandect}}'' are animals that can turn human at will. Since humanity comes with a soul and a greatly extended lifespan, earning Ace is a great reward, albeit one with a lot of responsibility attached.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=4541 after a trike feminist derides his fembot as "fake," Slick brings her into the Reality Zone. This results in her control box breaking, and she runs off -- in "auto-pilot mode".]]
* While Aylee from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has never become fully human, she has eventually adopted a form close enough that, with a little makeup and contact lenses she can reasonably pass herself off as one. She actually seems quite happy about the transformation (particularly having fingers delicate enough to do things like pick paperclips off a table), though some of her [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080520 attempts to fit in with humans]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080527 can be a little]] [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=080528 frustrating]].
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Witchprickers}}'', when Ilemauzer the [[TalkingAnimal talking bat]] asks [[SatanIsGood Old Scratch]] to change her into a human, [[UpliftedAnimal only to turn into a]] PettingZooPerson instead.
* One story in Phil Foglio's ''ComicBook/XXXenophile'' involved a witch who had accidentally cast a lust spell on herself. She summoned her patron god, Cernunnos, to, ah, scratch her itch, but even the randy deity can't satisfy her. It turns out her ([[TalkingAnimal sentient]]) cat familiar accidentally dumped a spoonful of a love potion she was making for someone else into something she was drinking. The spell could only be broken by playing with whoever had given her the potion. So Cernunnos turns the cat into a human and had him join in, after which the witch's familiar became the witch's fiance. The cat enjoys being a man-- but also thinks opposable thumbs are overrated and, after the witch declares her love for him, asks "Will you still feed me?"

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The end of Website/GaiaOnline's poorly-named "Demonbusters" event has the central demigod characters stripped of their powers and reduced to mortality. Subsequent events feature them trying to return to being deities, to no avail.
* The Moreaus of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' are {{Uplifted Animal}}s who were force-evolved into a near-human form. Regardless of their original species, their constant interaction with humanity over the decades have made them all very humanlike psychologically.
** The "Prime" variety of [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Anthropomorphic Personifications]] active on Earth in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' (that is, those who are "pure ideas" rather than a normal human who has been merged with the "power of the idea") generally start out as pretty inhuman, psychologically speaking. They get more and more human the more they interact with people. Of course, there are exceptions.
* ''WebOriginal/LawOfTalos'' has [[spoiler:Karl, a animated statue, turn into a human in the end due to A Wish to bring back every dead from the Tournament back to life (he was killed in the final round)... apparently the wish thought Animated Statue does not = Life. He is not pleased.]]
* ''[[http://fav.me/d2e389l Vanguard]]'', which involves a planet where bugs are apparently the dominant species being struck by a strange meteor. A scout goes to investigate...
* In WeAreAllPokemonTrainers, Audilith the Gigalith was turned human as a result of the Glitch Area in Twist Mountain. She was not very fond of it, deciding she'd rather not be human again.
** This is also a common occurrence on April Fools Days, where several odd things happen, though things are returned to relative normalcy by the day's end.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' this happens to [[spoiler:The Lich, as Finn splashes him with healing water that turned into a [[RaiseHimRightThisTime giant human baby]] (albeit still with the horn).]]
** [[spoiler:Although the Lich was originally a human transformed by the Mushroom Bomb, so...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingFeatsOfYoungHercules'', this happens to [[spoiler:Falina the sable]] at the end of the movie. However, [[spoiler:she was already a human princess before she was cursed into a sable]].
* A short-lived '90s cartoon based on the movie ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' in which one of the main characters was a female tomato who could be turned into a teenage female human by sneezing. Sneezing also turned her back into a tomato. ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'' has Albedo, a Galvan (species of super-smart small aliens), being a victim of this: after he attempted to create his own Omnitrix and set it to match human protagonist Ben's one. The problem is, an Omnitrix has its owner's DNA as the default form, meaning he ends up turned into a clone of Ben. He was displeased to say the least.
--> "I am stuck in a stinky, sweaty, noisy, hungry, hairy, smelly teenage human body, constantly craving chili fries and scratching myself in places I suspect are inappropriate!"
** Amusingly, from some perspective, this a rare case where being turned into a human [[CursedWithAwesome shouldn't be that bad]] technically talking: after all, humans are taller and physically stronger than Galvans, and it has been shown several times that Albedo retained his Galvan intelligence. The problem is, Albedo has a ''huge'' ego and believes HumansAreFlawed, so he considers it as unbearable.
* Happens to the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/BunsenIsABeast'' in the episode "Handsome Beast" after he eats a can of fancy body spray.
* Happens to a wolf named Harry in the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing". He's the victim of Professor Nimnul's latest plan which involves swapping species so he can turn into a WolfMan. (After said experiment [[SuperpowerMeltdown goes awry]], the episode also includes some spectacularly insane MixAndMatchCritters.)
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ConanTheAdventurer'' episode "Bones of Damballa" [[spoiler:Skulkar, an undead skeleton warrior servant of Wrath-Amon]] is transformed back into his original human form, and tricks Conan and Zula into helping him get his "other" form back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' episode "Pool Party Panic" involves Milo waking up to find that he and everyone else is human [[spoiler:, however it turns out to be AllJustADream]].
* In one of the "What-If" episodes of ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', Bender is turned into a human and discovers the joys of food and dancing. He [[SenseFreak proceeds to spend a whole week eating, drinking, and partying]]. By the time the other characters find him, he's an [[BodyHorror outrageously fat slob in terrible shape]]. He proceeds to teach scientists how to live it up, [[spoiler:and ultimately dies due to his lifestyle]].
-->'''Leela:''' Bender, you drank and smoked when you were a robot.
-->'''Bender:''' Yeah, but now it's bad for me!
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Demona gains the ability to turn human by day after a run-in with Puck. Despite initially being [[KarmicTransformation repulsed by this development]], due to her genocidal hatred of humans, she successfully uses her new form to become a CorruptCorporateExecutive, which [[CursedWithAwesome leaves her far better equipped to implement her murderous schemes]] (and even got married to the guy who wants her ''dead'' because he didn't recognize her human form).
** Puck himself counts, in a way; he created his human identity ([[spoiler:Owen Burnett]]) and voluntarily lived in it for years (very well, too), but when he helps Xanatos and the gargoyles fight Oberon his punishment is being trapped in that form ''[[DisproportionateRetribution permanently]],'' except when he needs to train or protect Alexander. Since he's ''Puck'', he proves entirely capable of engineering loopholes for himself on occasion.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'', Aya constructs herself a humanoid body, if only so that she can be a "real" Green Lantern, at the end of "Into the Abyss".
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' episode "Night of the Living Grim", Grim contracts a magical disease called "Encroaching Doom Syndrome" that ends up turning him into a mortal human.
* Happens to Ohno of the ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' in the episode "Wish World". She's forced to return to being a robot when it turns out [[spoiler:the Orbots cannot combine without her]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'': In "Enemy With My Face", the Melog is a creature of mud and rock that can [[PowerCopying take on the traits of whoever it touches]]. She touched She-Ra, gaining her strength, but also her personality, eventually leading to a HeelFaceTurn. She-Ra was able to use the magic of her sword to turn the Melog into a human girl.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SuperLittleFantaHeroes'' retelling of Literature/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame, Djali is turned into a human girl so that Pierre Gringoire can marry her. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Yes, really]].
* TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' revolves around this trope - Spot, who has always wanted to be human, becomes a human man thanks to a MadScientist. [[spoiler:In the end, he decides he's happy being a dog, and is returned to normal]].
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', Michaelangelo becomes a human after eating some mutagenic cookies.
** In the San Diego Comic Con-exclusive short Pizza Friday, the Turtles use a cloaking device Donnie invented to take on human disguises, which they use to enter April's school to enjoy the cafeteria's pizza, much to April's embarrassment.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'':
*** The episode "Only Human" involves Springer, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, and Arcee having their minds put into synthoid human forms by the villainous Victor Drath (with the help of the suspiciously familiar [[GIJoe Old Snake]]). While they were "created" with white t-shirts and boxers, by strong coincidence they managed to find clothing that corresponded to their paint scheme hanging on four hooks inside an empty warehouse.
*** An awkward section of this episode featured Rodimus being invited into Michelle's house followed by a fade to black. The next Rodimus-based scene is set the next morning, when Michelle betrays him to her boyfriend Drath. It's not completely clear [[DidTheyOrDidntThey what went on that night]], but [[ShapeshiftingSquick Rodimus seemed very uncomfortable with it]].
*** An earlier episode involves Seaspray falling in love with a human-like alien woman, resulting in his entering a magical pool in order to become a "human" man (however, he keeps his metal feet and his 'bubbly' voice"). The alien woman later uses the pool to become a robot.
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' appears to pay tribute to this episode with the two-parter "Human Error", which starts with the Autobots partying it up on Christmas Eve and going to sleep/"stasis", and then Optimus Prime waking up and finding himself--and all the other Autobots--in human form. This turns out to be a [[LotusEaterMachine Decepticon plot]] to demoralize them into changing sides. It doesn't work. They get to indulge their [[SenseFreak curiousity]] about food, Optimus appreciates humanity better after trying to manually drive the fire truck, and Prowl figures out the VR world and uses it to gain [[Film/TheMatrix Matrix]]-like power to help them return to their robot forms.
* Blinky from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' experience this for a short while after [[spoiler:being exposed to a number of unknown chemicals in Gatto's stomach.]]