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->''"I'm a monster. Monsters... can't live with humans. All we can do is destroy."''
-->-- '''Chrono''', ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''

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When a character feels he is not human, perhaps due to a [[EmergencyTransformation certain]] [[BalefulPolymorph situation]] [[VampireRefugee that]] [[KarmicTransformation occurred]], he may ask WhatHaveIBecome and declare himself as a monster or a freak. When the character is either [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman not human]] or a HalfHumanHybrid, he may feel like a monster if others are scared of him or call him a freak.

This trope can also apply to non-human characters, as long as something about them makes them stick out compared to other characters who are the same race/species. If a character utters MyGodWhatHaveIDone (if (s)he killed or hurt someone, for example), then this will very likely be followed up by I Am A Monster and the character declaring him/herself not human for doing such a sinful act. Once a character calls him/herself a monster, (s)he will most likely tell supporting characters to back off and stay away from him/her so that they won't be hurt or hurt further--unless (s)he is a CardCarryingVillain, in which case (s)he will ''boast'' about how much of a monster (s)he is.

"BeYourself" may not be good advice here.

Compare HeelRealization. See YouMonster for when other characters consider the subject evil or an abomination.

'''SPOILERS AHOY''' for [[TheReveal non-human and half-human characters]].


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* A variation occurs in ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' when [[spoiler:Joshua]] accuses Chrono, a demon, of being a monster. The statement makes an impact on him, which he later shows by [[MeaningfulEcho echoing]] the statement, claiming that he's a monster and "all I can do is destroy."
** Of course, his self-perception as a monster has a lot more to do with personal trauma and the fact that as part of Aion's revolutionaries he slaughtered hundreds of other demons on a battlefield in Pandemonium, then got Mary killed, and is now ''slowly consuming Rosette's soul'', than with his race, though he's not wholly comfortable with that anymore either, especially vis-a-vis most of his friends being church-folk and the whole soul-consuming thing. But that still falls under this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'':
** Vash feels directly responsible for [[EvilCounterpart Knives's]] crimes and it is strongly hinted that he believes that independent plants are monsters who pose a direct threat to mankind. In the manga, he is terrified of their potential uses of plant power and is shown struggling with the ethical implications of his existence and Knives's. He even thinks at least twice that they shouldn't exist: at the end of the [[spoiler: Jenora Rock incident]], he thinks that Knives and him [[spoiler: shouldn't have been born]]. At the end of the manga, e also tells Knives of [[spoiler: his decision that they should both die together because they are too powerful and have no place in the future of Gunsmoke]]. (Ironically, though, Vash and Knives are [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory strongly implied to be (fallen) angels come to pose judgement on mankind]]--which is what Wolfwood seems to believe.)
** He does do some "stay away from me," especially to the girls in the anime. Most notably, at the end of 'Diablo,' after the plot [[CerebusSyndrome finally starts]].
** Wolfwood has a little bit of this himself, when he's feeling particularly down. Anime Wolfwood in purely moral terms; manga Wolfwood, who is a much more dyed-in-the-wool utilitarian and cynic[[note]][[YoungerThanTheyLook who goes from around fifteen to no more than eighteen over the course of the series]][[/note]], about the combination of moral issues and [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable his fucked-up body]]. ''He has nightmares about going back to visit the kids at the orphanage where he grew up and drowning in the blood on his hands.''
--->"[[StepfordSmiler I'm sorry, guys...]] [[DissonantSerenity It seems I am no longer qualified to hold you...]]
** And manga Wolfwood, while he may think 'angels,' is also pretty much totally in agreement with Vash about the monster plant thing, and for a while intermixes [[HeterosexualLifePartners heartwarming defense of Vash to outside parties]] with [[ParanoiaFuel moments where he thinks things like]] "he's got his back to me, and I could probably put a bullet in his skull right now and get ''one'' of them out of the way."
*** And Vash is ''completely aware'' of this. Vash is so fucked up.
* In the first season finale of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch and [[WhoWantsToLiveForever CC]] have a discussion about this. CC reveals that everyone called her a witch because of her [[spoiler: immortality]], to which Lelouch responds, "If you are a witch, then I am a warlock."
* In the new ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Shin Mazinger Zero]]'' manga, Kouji has a moment of this after a moment of unnatural UnstoppableRage in which destroys a rogue manufacturing robot with his bare hands
-->'''Sayaka:''' What? How in the world did you do...''that''!?\\
'''Kouji:''' I...I don't know. It just happened\\
'''Sayaka:''' It "just ''happened''?" Kouji, that wasn't even humanly ''possible''...\\
'''Kouji:''' ...Does it scare you?...I'm like a monster, huh?\\
[Sayaka's response to this question [[FreakyIsCool is not]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Shin_Mazinger_Zero_C01_34img.jpg what he was expecting]]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Setsuna, the [[HeroicAlbino albino]] [[HalfHumanHybrid half]]-{{Tengu}} [[HunterOfHisOwnKind demon hunter]], has severe personal issues about her past. This is somewhat fixed by Konoka [[FreakinessShame telling her she looks good]] and Setsuna becoming an fairly important part of Negi's TrueCompanions.
** As of chapter 288, [[spoiler:Negi himself]] feels this way after [[spoiler:seeing his SuperPoweredEvilSide in a dream]].
* Played with in the manga ''Takumi Dash''. Takumi plays this straight in the series proper, but in the one volume long Mirror Universe, his counterpart has a very different view on being BlessedWithSuck.
-->'''Alternate!Takumi:''' I am a monster, a jackass, a man slut and a demon, ''and it is awesome''. Good God, I love my life! I'm gonna go rob a [=McDonald's=]!
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** [[spoiler:Van Hohenheim]]; this is his catchphrase for at least the first half of the manga. (Usually in the form of 'What the hell are you?!' 'A monster.') Once we get his backstory and he joins up with the rest of the main plot, he more or less stops saying this. Partly because he had to reassure one of his sons that ''he'' was human.
** Roy Mustang, the [[PlayingWithFire Flame Alchemist]], has a variation. It's only when he's fighting ''real'' monsters like the Homunculi that he feels human.
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'''s Kotetsu used to have this attitude towards himself when he was a child, both because of the [[FantasticRacism ostracism he had to endure for being a NEXT]] and because of the [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength destructive, uncontrollable nature of his powers]]. He's mostly over it, but he didn't emerge from it entirely unscathed. (WordOfGod says his childhood fear of hurting others still lives on as [[FatalFlaw a reluctance of worrying people with his problems.]])
* A recurring motif in ''Anime/ArmitageIII'': the titular character feels like "some kind of monstrous doll" for her robot nature, and has salt rubbed into those wounds by other characters repeatedly calling her a monster when they [[RoboticReveal become aware of her non-humanity.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'', this is Yuu's view of himself in chapter 101 after he loses control in a friendly boxing spar.
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this happens more than once.
** During his trial, Eren is repeatedly accused of being a monster. When paranoia breaks out in the court room and someone accuses Mikasa of not being human, he lashes out by stating that ''he'' might be a monster but she has nothing to do with it.
** While unleashing a YouMonster! speech against [[spoiler: Reiner and Bertolt]], [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity Eren]] states that their crimes mean neither has any right to human emotions like [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilt]] or [[TearsOfRemorse remorse]]. [[spoiler: Reiner]] agrees that he's a monster, and later refers to himself and his allies as [[KarmicNod short-lived]] mass-murderers.
* [[VampireMonarch Princess]] [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire Mina]] [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Tepes]] from ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' occasionally invokes this. One of the more showy examples involved her ripping another vampire's throat with her teeth then gutting him like a trout with her bare hand before the horrified eyes of a woman who had been sheltering her from a rival faction she had escaped; then telling her, "''This'' is what you have been trying to protect with your puny human life! Now go, and forget that you ever saw me." The effect was undercut when she promptly extracted a solemn oath from the head of the retrieval squad to leave the woman and her young daughter unharmed[[note]](The guy she mauled to death? An admitted child pornographer who made it very clear he would be back for the child no matter what.)[[/note]] before submitting to being shackled and led back into her enemy's clutches.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** This happens to [[spoiler:Sayaka, when she realizes that becoming a MagicalGirl displaces your soul into a [[SoulJar Soul Gem]], making her very much a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] by any other name. Fittingly enough, this is part of what precipitates her transformation into [[TheHeartless an actual monster]].]]
** Homura displays this in a more subtle manner. Whenever someone calls her out for her cold affect and callous actions [[spoiler:she responds by pointing out her inhumanity, rather than consider how [[GroundhogDayLoop spending the better part of a subjective decade]] dealing with all manner of trauma may [[ShellShockedVeteran affect a human]].]]
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', [[spoiler: Ryuko Matoi discovers that she's a life fiber hybrid, courtesy of her villainous mother Ragyo. She doesn't take the discovery well at all, and after she wakes up from trauma-induced sleep refuses to wear Senketsu, shouting aloud that she's a "Life Fiber Monster". She does [[MemeticMutation find her way]] eventually.]]
* Used repeatedly in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' and its sequel, both as a negative ''and'' a positive.
** The most iconic example comes from [[HalfHumanHybrid Kaneki]]'s narration during the 10-days of being tortured by [[TortureTechnician Yamori]].
-->'''Kaneki:'''''"My fingers and toes regrew as if they were nails and hair, [[MadnessMantra over and over and over and over]]. They regrew every time. And I felt like I was truly a monster."''
** While fighting [[CainAndAbel his sister Touka]], Ayato demands to know whether she enjoys being friends with humans because it helps her forget that they're monsters. Flashbacks reveal he frequently called himself a monster while arguing against her trying to live as a human.
** Yoshimura's BadassBoast, in which he states that he is aware that he is evil and launches into a particularly bloody MookHorrorShow.
** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Seidou Takizawa]] has become a HalfHumanHybrid and provides a counterpoint to Kaneki's angst from the original series. He explains to a pair of cornered RedShirts that if you become a monster, you don't have to be afraid of them anymore.
* Part 3 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' opens with Jotaro locking himself in jail because he believes himself to be possessed by a demon when his Stand first manifests. It takes his grandfather's appearance to sort things out.
* [[spoiler:Vivio]] views herself this way near the end of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' when she discovers that [[spoiler: she's nothing but a clone made for the purpose of powering a massive battleship]]. She even stops calling Nanoha [[spoiler:"Nanoha-''mama''"]] and instead calls her [[spoiler:"Nanoha-''san''"]] since she doesn't view herself [[spoiler:worthy of having parents]]. Nanoha helps her the way she knows best; [[WarriorTherapist some kind words]] and [[WaveMotionGun copious amounts of firepower]].
* ''Anime/TekkenBloodVengeance'':
--> '''Ling Xiaoyu''': Jin! Don't let your hatred turn you into a monster!\\
'''Jin Kazama''': But I am a monster. It's all that's left.
* Alucard of ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' has been a vampire for a very, ''very'' long time, and he dearly misses being a part of humanity, so he admires Seras for being able to cling on to her human side while still embracing her new-found vampiric state. [[BerserkButton People who casually toss aside theirs tend to really get his goat]]. Although [[PlayingWithATrope Played With]] in that sometimes, he seems to enjoy being a monster, especially when he takes pleasure in dicking with lesser vampires and monsters, [[HorrifyingTheHorror running a chill down their spines and showing the wannabes what a real scary monster looks like]].
* While he never outright says this trope verbatim, it's clear that [[Anime/PumpkinScissors Randel Oland]] thinks this of himself.
--> '''Oland''': When the lantern's on, I just kill everyone. But I don't know who I am without it.
* After he accidentally injured his half brothers with magic when protecting some baby birds, Keith in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' was called a monster and feared by his family until the Claes family took him in. He came to believe it himself, which came to a head when he accidentally injured his new sister Katarina after she made him show off his earth magic. He went and hid himself in his room until she chopped through his door with an axe to apologize, convincing him she really wasn't afraid of him and allowing him to relax.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This seems to be the near constant mindset of ComicBook/{{Morbius}} which he's more than willing to [[{{Wangst}} monologue about]].
* Paul Moses, the protagonist of ''ComicBook/{{Red}}'', is a self-admitted RetiredMonster, and tries to warn people away from him. [[BullyingADragon They don't listen.]]
* Many Marvel characters have fallen under this trope from time to time, particularly many of the ComicBook/XMen, but the UrExample has to be The Thing from the Comicbook/FantasticFour. He even named himself according to this trope.
* When ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} got hit by the Penance Stare of the Comicbook/GhostRider, the manifestation of all of his fears, regrets, and sins Wade saw...was himself.
* The FBI's trigger man from ''ComicBook/NoHero'' admits this is why he is so good at killing other monsters, growing up with a disgusting serial killer that taught him how to charm his victims and how monsters like him shouldn't be in charge makes him a valuable but dangerous assets. The agents are afraid of what he is gonna do once he is augmented with a PsychoSerum and gruesomely butcher his targets. Thankfully [[spoiler: he simply kills himself after taking out the immortal leader of the Frontline]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* [[spoiler:Jack]], one of the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] protagonists of ''FanFic/{{Morphic}}'', [[DrivenToSuicide considers suicide]] because of this trope. [[spoiler:He's [[InterruptedSuicide talked out of it]] by Gabriel, a former NiceGuy who just [[PlayingWithFire set a villain on fire]] and [[BloodKnight discovered that he liked it]]. The way Gabriel sees it, if Jack's a monster, Gabriel's far worse--so he won't let Jack die for his supposed evil.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Alex in ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' says this once his lion instincts start kicking in out of hunger, and his friends start turning into MeatOVision steaks.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'', Quasimodo says he's a monster without actually having done anything wrong, because Frollo raised him to believe he was. Overcoming this is most of his CharacterDevelopment.
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', Elsa thinks this of herself after she almost killed her little sister, or at the very least, she thinks that she's too dangerous to be around other people.
* In ''Disney/BrotherBear'', Kenai spent a great deal of the movie believing that bears were savage beasts [[spoiler:due in part to a bear being involved in his brother Sitka's death]], until after being transformed into a bear he started learning more about them. Upon learning that [[spoiler:the bear he had killed in vengeance for Sitka's death was Koda's mother]], he realized that ''he'' was the real monster.
* The Beast from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' believed this about himself as the reason he could never earn the love of a woman as per his CurseEscapeClause, especially with the fact that his mind became more beastly over time. It wasn't so much his appearance than his anger and selfishness that initially made Belle despise him. Upon getting CharacterDevelopment, Belle started seeing him in a different light.
* In ''Disney/LiloAndStitch2StitchHasAGlitch'', this is a reformed Stitch's fear, believing that he's still a dangerous destructive creature, to the point that he chose to go into self imposed exile so not to harm anyone. What he didn't know was that he was actually going through seizure episodes that caused him to freak out.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* When the Operative says the exact words of the trope title to Mal in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', that is not an example of the trope. But when River tells Simon after the brawl on Beaumonde that she should just put a bullet in her brainpan that is.
** Also implied in this exchange:
--> '''Mal:''' ''(to River, who has him at gunpoint)'' I've staked everything on the assumption that you're a real person, actual and whole. And if that's not true, [[KillMeNowOrForeverStayYourHand you'd best shoot me now]].
--> ''River [[DramaticGunCock cocks her gun]].''
--> '''Mal:''' ''(quickly)'' OR we could talk some more about it.
* Said by Lawrence Talbot in ''Film/TheWolfman2010'': "I am what they say I am... I'm a monster".
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** In one of the TV spots for ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Sabretooth utters [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKwfV3j7FEE this chilling line]].
--->"I'm not your friend... I'm an animal who dreamed he was a man. But the dream is over... and the beast is awake. And I will come for you, because it's my nature."
*** This is either a ShoutOut or a ripoff of Seth Brundle's [[Film/TheFly "insect politics" speech]], which itself is an homage to the Japanese poem, "I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke. Now I wonder: Am I a man who dreamt of being a butterfly, or am I a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?"
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik Lehnsherr calls himself FrankensteinsMonster, believing that it was Sebastian Shaw's (whom he views as his "creator") experiments which turned him into a freak of nature.
** ''Film/Deadpool2016'': Wade says this after he gets his [[TheGrotesque scars]], but it's implied that he believed this of himself before it happened.
--> '''Wade:''' I'm a monster inside and out. I belong in the fucking circus.
* The titular character in ''Film/GhostRider'' calls himself this when faced with his LoveInterest.
* Nathan Wallace in ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' calls himself this in "Legal Assassin," taking it one step further by saying he is the villain.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse
** Loki from ''Film/{{Thor}}'':
--> '''Loki:''' What, because I... I... I am the monster parents tell their children about at night?
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': This idea is played with throughout the film with the Avengers, emphasized by [[YouMonster Ultron outright stating that they are.]]
--> '''Tony (to Bruce):''' We're mad scientists. We're monsters, buddy.
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy:'' During a particularly emotional moment for Rocket.
--> '''Rocket:''' Well, I didn't ask to get made! I didn't ask to be torn apart and put back together over and over and turned into some little monster!
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Denied by the Joker. "You see, I'm not a monster. [[HumansAreBastards I'm just ahead of the curve.]]"
* Rey calls Kylo Ren a monster in ''Film/TheLastJedi'', since on top of all the other evil he's done, he killed [[spoiler:his father]] right in front of her. To her surprise, [[TragicVillain Kylo agrees with her]].

* Sousuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', especially in the novels, has instances where he thinks that others must think he's a monster for [[TheStoic killing so many people and not feeling anything]]. In the novels, Kaname [[spoiler:actually starts thinking he is, reacting by flinching away from him and telling him he scares her]].

* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': "THIS IS THE SKIN OF A KILLER!"
** [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/470766 * wink!* ]]
* Both Shizuo and [[spoiler:Anri]] from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' have issues concerning this -- Shizuo because of his combination SuperStrength[=/=]UnstoppableRage and [[spoiler:Anri because she's the host for the EvilWeapon Saika]].
* Kerovan from ''Literature/TheCrystalGryphon'': his mother intended him to be the Literature/WitchWorld's equivalent of [[Film/TheOmen Damien Thorn]], and while it didn't work out that way, he still has SupernaturalGoldEyes and [[RedRightHand cloven hooves for feet]]. He tells his fiancee Joisan, "No fit mate for any human woman am I." '''She''' thinks, "He has been named monster until he believes it--but if he could only look upon himself through my eyes--"
* In ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', [[spoiler:Dave]] discovers that he is actually [[spoiler:an "evil" clone that killed and replaced the real Dave]], and has been this way for quite a while. After this revelation, his friends don't let him be alone for fear that he might try to kill himself. [[spoiler: Again. His friends are aware that he's only done good deeds up to that point (aside from killing the real Dave, which he has no memory of), and eventually convince him to live. In the end, it turns out to not really matter, and his true nature only comes up occasionally when John jokingly refers to him as Monster Dave.]]
* John Taylor is constantly asked why he returned to the ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' and stayed there after living in the normal world for five years. His answer? "I belong here--with all of the other monsters."
* Michael develops shades of this at the end of ''The Last Knight'' in the ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'' when [[spoiler:he develops magic]]. Fisk eventually manages to pull him out of it, mostly. Whenever the issue comes up Michael is still incredibly fearful of it.
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Tyrion Lannister, the much despised dwarf (as in a human with dwarfism rather than the more traditional fantasy race), says this a few times. Normally he says it to manipulate people in some way and doesn't actually believe it himself, but the nature of the CrapsackWorld he's in keeps pushing him more and more, so he skirts very close to truly thinking this of himself.
* Remus Lupin from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has frequent bouts of this, on account of being a werewolf. It gets worse when his wife, Nymphadora Tonks, is pregnant, and he worries about how their child will turn out.
* By the end of ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', Taylor is convinced she is this, haunting her even as she is given the chance to live a normal life-though whether it's due to looking back on her MoralMyopia or because of how much she became in sync with the EldritchAbomination that gave her her powers is debatable.
* Sylvester in ''Literature/{{Twig}}'' openly and happily embraces his role as a monster, taking comfort in his disconnection with the rest of humanity. Much of his character arc instead revolves around his dismayed discovery that at his heart, and against his best efforts, he's actually a ''pretty decent person.''
* Gets plain ridiculous in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' with Gunny Matthews proclaiming himself unfit to speak to real people after saying the ''shahada'' once.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Buster on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' screams this every time he accidentally hurts somebody with his hook hand.
** And once [[spoiler: after his mother caught him having sex with her [[{{Robosexual}} non-humanoid robot maid]]]].
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', among other characters.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has become so comfortable with the notion that he's a monster that he usually just mentions it in passing, cracking InnerMonologue jokes about it. The most dramatic it ever gets is when it occurs to him that he may not be as monstrous as he previously thought.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Said by the MonsterOfTheWeek in the episode "Heart" while pleading with Sam to kill her.
** In "Fresh Blood" Gordon declares himself a monster after [[spoiler: being turned into a vampire]]. He fully intends to kill himself, but is determined to kill Sam first.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. "I know you'll never love me. I know that I'm a monster. But you treat me like a man and that's..." Though Spike's breakdown towards the end of "Never Leave Me" is a bit closer to the trope.
** PlayedForLaughs in "Intervention"
-->'''Spike:''' If [Buffy] turns to me for comfort, well, I'm not gonna deny it to her. I'm not a monster.
-->'''Xander:''' Yes. You are a monster. Vampires are monsters. They make monster movies about them.
-->'''Spike:''' Well, yeah...you got me there.
** In "Conversations With Dead People" Buffy describes herself as a monster re: her [[BastardGirlfriend sexually abusive relationship with Spike]] in Season 6.
** Demon cyborg Adam escapes from the lab where he was created in "Goodbye Iowa". He meets a young boy playing with his toys and asks "Who am I?" When the boy tells him that he's a monster, Adam replies calmly, "I thought so" then kills the boy.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Lampshaded but averted in "Five by Five" -- a flashback scene shows a starving and ensouled Angelus who beats up a woman's protectors and tries to feed on her, all the time shouting "I am a monster!" He is unable to go through with killing her. Likewise Faith after a rampage of violence and torture is reduced to flailing ineffectually at Angel's chest while shouting "I'm evil! I'm bad! I'm evil! Do you hear me? I'm bad!" and begging Angel to kill her.
** She's more accepting of it after a spell in prison. When Angel becomes Angelus Wesley breaks Faith out to capture him. Angel's son however wants to kill him. Faith makes him back down by claiming she is a murderer (true) and she will kill him if she had to choose between him and Angel\us.
* In the first episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Quinn meets a wisecracking alternate dimension version of himself who tells him that this is his eighth slide and gives him the remainder of the formula he needs to complete his own sliding machine. Many many episodes later, Quinn meets the same double, but he has long grey hair and speaks in a monotone. His sliding adventures have turned him into a monster; he knows this and wants "our" Quinn to kill him.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': In the fairy tale world Rumplestiltskin becomes a monster and eventually comes to terms with the fact that it's true. In Storybrooke, [[spoiler: after the [[IdentityAmnesia curse]] is broken]], he realizes that, while now returned to his human form, he's still a monster at heart, which is why he tells [[spoiler: Belle]] to leave. [[spoiler: She]] replies that that's exactly why [[spoiler: [[MoralityPet she]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming should stay]]]].
* In the ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' episodes "Nubbins", a young woman who has just found out that both she and her grandfather have extrasensory perception due to an unusual brain formation reacts this way. At one point she says she feels like a freak who belongs in a sideshow.
* ''Series/IZombie'': After Liv's boyfriend Lowell realizes the brains he's been eating come from murdered teens, he went to a graveyard, watched a funeral, and then dug up the corpse himself to force himself to confront what he is.
-->'''Lowell:''' We're monsters, Liv. We eat ''people''.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' The Doctor's line "Every lonely monster needs a companion" seems like throwaway dialogue at first... [[FridgeBrilliance until you]] [[TearJerker think about it.]]
* Bellamy Blake of ''Series/{{The 100}}'' declares this about himself after realizing that the actions he took to disrupt communications with The Ark caused 300 people to be killed. Clarke convinces him otherwise.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''
** Inverted in "St. Lucifer" when Lucifer Morningstar is suspected of being the SerialKiller killing Satanists.
-->'''Lucifer:''' These ''kids'' were pretending to be bad, but they were innocent so I would never hurt them! I'm not a monster!
** But played straight in "Monster" during Lucifer's therapy session after killing his brother Uriel. His psychiatrist's [[HeroicBSOD reaction]] to seeing his NightmareFace only reinforces his belief.

* From "Re: Your Brains" by Music/JonathanCoulton:
-->I'm not a monster, Tom
-->Well, technically I am
-->I guess I am...
** Somewhat [[PlayingWithATrope played with]], as he treats it as more of an office joke, and then continues with his requests for delicious brains.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mjlM_RnsVE Monster]]" by Music/{{Skillet}} is so fitting one could easily take a character from this page and make a music video with it.
* The Music/ImagineDragons song "Monster," heard in the third ''VideoGame/InfinityBlade'' game, has this in spades.
* Music/TheMountainGoats' song [[https://youtu.be/8TgJusN8xJU "Neon Orange Glimmer Song"]] evokes this trope about a NoodleIncident with a side order of MyGodWhatHaveIDone

* Wrestling/{{Kane}} reminded us of this many times after he removed his mask on Wrestling/{{WWE}} Monday Night Raw. "Look at me [[Wrestling/JimRoss JR]]! IAMAMONSTER..." (he said something else then lit JR on fire)
** Kane also cited the title of this trope page (word-for-word) as the reason he [[FaceHeelTurn betrayed]] his [[{{kayfabe}} half-brother]] Wrestling/TheUndertaker in the early 2000s.

* The Riddle in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'': "A Beast I am, lest a Beast I become". Since you're now a vampire, you're going to have to assault people for blood. You can do it secretly as part of seduction, or you can do it in a flat-out ambush, but odds are, they never asked for it. But if you ''don't'' drink blood, you'll find the choice taken out of your hands [[UnstoppableRage as your instincts take over]], and doing that a lot will throw you off the slippery slope very quickly. It's one part IAmAMonster, one part IDidWhatIHadToDo.
* WebAnimation/BabyCakes suffers from this when his [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons barbarian goes too far.]]

* ''Theatre/BatBoyTheMusical'': [[spoiler: the title character, in the DespairEventHorizon song 'Apology to a Cow'.]]

* At the end of day 2 in ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve'' Aya starts to grow afraid that because of her powers being similar to [[BigBad Eve]] (Aya is a human while Eve is a mutated human whose mitochondria have changed her), she may become a monster like her.
-->'''Aya''': I... I think I may be a monster...like her!
-->'''Daniel''': What?! What are you saying, Aya?!
-->'''Aya''': I don't know. What if... What if I end up by killing you ?! Please, Daniel! I don't know! I just don't know anymore! Please go away from me!
--> ''A few moments later.''
-->'''Aya''': Even if I am a monster, I don't ever want to kill you, Daniel...please...! I...I could never forgive myself if I killed...you...
* Raziel in ''[[VideoGame/LegacyOfKain Soul Reaver 2]]'' has this exchange with his past self, after said past self killed Janos Audron.
-->'''Sarafan Raziel''': You're a righteous fiend, aren't you?
-->'''Raziel''': Apparently, I am.
** Also turned on its head in one encounter in ''Defiance'':
--->'''Demon Hunter 1''': [pointing] Monster!
--->'''Demon Hunter 2''': Where?!
--->'''Raziel''': [sliding into frame] Here!
* A slight variation appears in ''Franchise/FireEmblem 8'', said by Myrrh to Saleh in their A support:
--> '''Myrrh:''' It's because I'm a dragon. My father explained it to me. [[HalfHumanHybrid We are both human and monster.]] And because we are both, we are also neither. [. . .] We have the power of dragons; therefore, we cannot live together with humans... We have the hearts of humans; therefore, we do not belong with monsters. We are outcasts in this world, never a part of either community. And so we live our lives alone, never to be understood by anyone.
* In the VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII prequel ''Crisis Core'', [[spoiler: Angeal displays his degeneration-wing and announces that he's become a monster.]] Zack, the protagonist, replies that [[spoiler: [[FreakinessShame it is the wing of an angel]]]]. [[OneWingedAngel Not that it's *that* reassuring]]...
-->[[spoiler:'''Angeal:''']] Don't monsters usually want either world domination or revenge?
** He later ''[[InvokedTrope invokes]]'' the '[[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman makes it easier to kill 'em]]' facet of OneWingedAngel in order to make his protegee deliver him an honorable [[SuicideByCop Suicide By SOLDIER]].
*** This is [[WhatTheHellHero rather cruel of him]], but compared to [[OmnicidalManiac the other two]] he's practically a saint.
* The intro of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'':
--->'''Alex Mercer:''' My name is Alex Mercer. I'm the reason for all of this. They call me a killer, a monster, a terrorist. I'm all of these things.
* From ''Videogame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', We have Krieg. Good Lord, Krieg. He even says the trope.
* If you pursue a Rivalry with [[spoiler:Anders]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', he will come to believe this [[spoiler:after destroying the Chantry and sparking the Mage-Templar war.]] He explains that his hatred and resentment corrupted [[spoiler:Justice into a demon, and Anders/Justice is just another murderous abomination that needs to be put down. If you do go through with killing him he will only say that "you should have done this years ago."]]
* A rather nasty subversion can be found in ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}''. Scylla, the Horror of the Deep, is a CreepyChild per excellence who is also a sadistic monster to boot, her Ultimate skill is this trope name, but she said the words with glee, not angst. This can only mean that Scylla is bonafide evil and she's proud of being [[EnfanteTerrible herself]], a [[FullyEmbracedFiend monster]].
* [[spoiler:Ellie]] in ''VideoGame/Conception2ChildrenOfTheSevenStars'' considers herself one due to being [[spoiler:a Stillblood, which is a being just above the level of a thinking zombie. However, in exchange for being a Stillblood, all of them are forced to carry out secret assassinations for the church to ensure everyone in the world isn't brainwashed or killed.]]
* ''VideoGame/SlashEmExtended'' has hostile demons randomly utter "I AM... I AM A MONSTER! ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... [[JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal coach]]," an obvious ShoutOut to LetsPlay/DeliciousCinnamon's playthrough of ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal''.
* [[AntiHero Sol Badguy]] in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear Xrd -SIGN-'', who calls himself a monster with both meanings. He has vowed to hunt down and slay every [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Gear]] in existence because [[TheAtoner he's ashamed of having a hand in their creation and the destruction they have brought to the world]], even though [[HunterOfTheirOwnKind he's a Gear himself]]. When [[TheRival Ky Kiske]] asks him why he cares about Dizzy and Sin (Ky's wife and son, who are both half-Gears), he can't give a straight answer, prompting a little CharacterDevelopment.
** Strangely, his sour demeanor throughout the first half of ''-SIGN-'' indicates that he's backslid in the StagesOfMonsterGrief; the preceding game, ''[=GG2=]: Overture'' (set a year before ''-SIGN-''), had Sol [[IAmWhatIAm generally acceptant]] of his monstrous nature. Sol's mood [[TookALevelInKindness does]] [[TookALevelInIdealism improve]] as ''-SIGN-'' goes on, which continues into ''-REVELATOR-'', though this is largely owed to [[spoiler:Sol finally learning ''why'' he was converted into a Gear against his will by his former Gear Project colleague and getting the chance to [[BackFromTheDead revive]] [[TheLostLenore his dead girlfriend]]]] as opposed to coping with his existence as a Gear.
* In the extended ending of ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'', Soma becomes so upset about being Dracula's reincarnation that he starts trying to distance himself from everyone, for fear of hurting them. It's most visible with [[ImpliedLoveInterest Mina]] -- after starting [[TrialBalloonQuestion a cryptic conversation]] about the possibility that he might "become someone else," Soma becomes distressed and runs away mid-sentence, and can't even interact with her after that.
* In an evil way, [[TheRival Atlas]] describes himself as one in the Birth storyline of ''VideoGame/AstroBoyOmegaFactor.'' The full quote can be found at the Quotes page.
-->'''Atlas:''' Just look at me! I'm neither fully human nor fully robot! '''I'm a monster.'''
* In ''Videogame/GodOfWarPS4'', when Kratos returns to his home [[spoiler:to retrieve the Blades of Chaos because they are the only weapons that will work in Helheim]] he is taunted by [[spoiler:Athena or at least a vision of her]] who claims that no matter how hard he tries to be a teacher, a husband, or a father, he will never be anything but a monster. Kratos agrees, but adds that he is not [[spoiler:her]] monster anymore.
-->'''[[spoiler:Athena]]''': You cannot change. You will always be a monster.
-->'''Kratos:''' I know. But I am your monster no longer.

* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** Once she's in the throes of full-blown [[AxCrazy Ax-Craziness]], [[spoiler:Shion]] has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment after a particularly barbaric act, then promptly declares this as [[IgnoredEpiphany an excuse to go slaughter some more innocents]].
** In Someutsushi-hen, [[spoiler:Natsumi]] decides the exact same thing in a similar state, after [[spoiler:having tried to strangle her boyfriend]]. It ends about as well as the other case.
* In ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'', [[PoisonousPerson Cardia]]'s earliest memory is of her father telling her that she must never leave the isolated mansion where she lives and must remain alone because she is a monster. Given that contact with her skin will melt just about ''anything,'' including living flesh, she believes it without question.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': According to Washington, Locus is deliberately avoiding this realization by molding himself into a "true soldier". [[spoiler:Eventually, he finds the strength to admit how monstrous he really is, ditches his poisonous partner Felix, and tries to atone in his own way.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Locus:''' (To Felix) No, I'm not a soldier. I'm a monster. Like you.]]

* White Mage in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2007/07/07/episode-867-night-and-day/ this]] ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' strip.
** And in a literal example, [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/09/06/episode-1034-adjustment-period/ Red Mage]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea firmly believes this about herself. Of course, she thinks this makes her [[{{Ubermensch}} superior]] to humans.
* Dan from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', who has feared this since [[spoiler: learning his mother was a succubus and his own 'Cubi abilities emerging]]. This may be self-fulfilling, since Dan has been told by multiple people that not learning to control his new abilities (Dan refuses to attend the school [[spoiler: the 'Cubi]] have set up for just that purpose) dramatically increasing the chance that he'll lose control and become the monster he fears.
* ''Webcomic/{{Archipelago}}'''s Tuff despised his half-shark side so much he ran from his hometown to escape the FantasticRacism he faced there. However, [[spoiler:he ''has to'' come to terms with this when he finds himself uncontrollably transforming into a full shark form.]]
* UNS Intelligence wet-worker Kowalski in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' tends to agree whenever he's called a monster. Given the number of people who die when Kowalski gets going - especially since Kowalski's basic strategy relies upon using nanotechnology to download his brain into other people's bodies, eliminating the original personality - it's hard to disagree. [[spoiler:Culminates in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-03-28 this little speech]], where a recorded message left by a recently-deceased mind-clone of Kowalski, downloaded into a female police officer, encourages Sorlie not to go down the same road and asks if the mercenaries could kindly kill the original Kowalski.]]

* In ''WebOrignial/RedVsBlue'' [[spoiler:Locus]] combines this with YouMonster to call out [[spoiler:his ManipulativeBastard of a partner [[FauxAffablyEvil Felix]]]]. Excellent use of IronicEcho helps make this surprisingly satisfying and poignant.
-->[[spoiler:'''Locus''': I'm not a soldier. I'm a monster. Like you.]]

* Blackarachnia of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' believes herself to be a freak and a monster due to her partially organic robot form (the result of using her powers while damaged by a giant alien spider's venom -- really), and subsequently joins the Decepticons and reinvents herself as a FemmeFatale. However, a lot of it [[CursedWithAwesome seems to be in her head]], as she now posesses a number of spider-related powers in addition to her original abilities, and most of the non-Decepticon Transformers she encounters seem to find her [[EvilIsSexy smokin']] [[FreakyIsCool hot]].

** Then again, the Decepticons seem to regard her with tolerant disgust at best. And [[{{Jerkass}} Sentinel Prime]] leaves out the "tolerant" part entirely. Given that he was one of her closest friends, she might have a point.
** It's worse than that; Sentinel was ''dating'' her when it happened, though it's obvious that Optimus had a thing for her as well. One of the other reasons why she never returned to the Autobots is that she fear being dissected for science -- considering that Perceptor, one of the Autobot council, ''deleted'' his personality in order to store more information (according to the manual, [[AllThereInTheManual at least]]), this is probably an honest concern.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' The episode "Go With Me" indicated Marceline occasionally feels this way about herself, likely due to her semi-demonic heritage.
--> '''Marceline: '''Oh, Yeah? No one would want to go to the movies with... (turns into giant tentacle monster) this!
* During the episode "The Beach" in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Azula wistfully admits that her own mother thought that she was a monster before quickly perking up and saying that "She was right, of course, but it still hurt." While this is at first played off as a CardCarryingVillain-esque joke, it later turns out that [[AbusiveParents Fire Lord Ozai's upbringing]] has basically turned Azula into a mental and emotional wreck of insecurities and self-loathing.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Batman pleads with the MagmaMan of the [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Terrific]] [[CaptainErsatz Trio]] to not destroy the city by continuing the experiment that gave them their powers, because he's a hero. Magma disagrees:
-->'''Magma:''' No, I'm not a hero. I'm an accident. Heroes had a choice, we had none.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroes'' episode "[[Recap/FantasticFourWorldsGreatestHeroesHardKnocks Hard Knocks]]", Ben tells Bruce that, "Us monsters have to stick together." Bruce then retorts that the Thing is not a monster; the Hulk is.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': Lucius says this, not in response to his FauxAffablyEvil nature, or all the KickTheDog moments, but because his horns have been ruined.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', after having thrashed Mikey and realized what he had done in the "Hunted" episode, Leatherhead tells the turtles and Splinter to stay away from him and states his belief that he is a dangerous monster before running away. Things calm down for him later, however, when he realizes that Mikey is indeed fine as the turtles rescue him from a crocodile hunter.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E19PuttingYourHoofDown "Putting Your Hoof Down"]]: [[TookALevelInJerkass Fluttershy chides Rarity and Pinkie Pie, making both of them cry.]] When she [[JerkassRealization discovers Iron Will's lessons made her lash out at her friends]], she calls herself a monster.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "On the Run", [[spoiler:Amethyst is revealed to have a good deal of self-loathing about her origins in the "Kindergarden", even describing herself as an "evil-parasite"]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode ''Fight Fighters'' Dipper has to tell Rumble that he lied to him.
-->'''Dipper:''' Robbie... Robbie didn't kill my father.
-->'''Rumble:''' Huh?! Then who did?!
-->'''Dipper:''' What? No one. I-I lied to you.
-->'''Rumble:''' Hwuuhh?! Well then you're actually a...BAD GUY!
-->'''Dipper:''' I guess I kinda am...