Monstrous Humanoids are beings that look (somewhat) human, but definitely aren't
It can be their original form, but they may also be the result of a monster that starts undergoing transformations that make it more human instead of yet more monstrous
, or a human transforming into a monster
but only going there halfway, or doing so much evil that they gradually become monsters
. Expect the more "human" of them to show their true monstrous features
at some point. While Lovecraftian Superpowers
can act as a qualification, they aren't a requirement, and be careful the example doesn't qualify for Humanoid Abomination
instead, as Eldritch Abominations
in human form rarely qualify for this trope.
is related, but distinct from this trope, as monstrous humanoids, while human-looking, are still recognizably monstrous
, while Uncanny Valley
creeps people out because the creature looks almost indistinguishable from humans except for the one thing that is "off" about them.
Many mythological beings often take this form - as a physical manifestation of intelligence and civilization in the human form and assorted forces of wilderness in the monster, the result being a supernatural liminal being
. That this form is so common is partly due to Most Writers Are Human
, as the monsters become more comprehensible and identifiable as advanced and cunning beings as their anthropomorphism increases, but ceasing it before they become too
human and progressing into Uncanny Valley
In fantasy and horror, monstrous features can be used as an outward indicator of the evil within, marking the character as villainous. Such examples are listed under Red Right Hand
(and oftentimes Unfortunate Implications
A Super Trope
to Beast Man
, Cute Monster Girl
, Winged Humanoid
, Horned Humanoid
, Draconic Humanoid
, Fauns and Satyrs
, Monster Knight
, and Monster Lord
. More monstrous examples of Vampires
and Wolf Man
/bipedal wolf forms of Werewolves
may qualify as well. Many Spirits
are often depicted this way.
Compare and contrast Humanoid Abomination
Examples on this page are only those which qualify but do not fit properly into any of the Sub Tropes
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Anime and Manga
- Sosuke Aizen, post merging with the Hogyoku. He undergoes four One-Winged Angel transformations, each more monstrous than the last, culminating as a Hollow-like monster with three Milky White Eyes, six wings with Hollow masks and eyes with horizontally slitted pupils, three huge holes in his body, facial skin splitting apart to reveal a black skull, and his right hand completely fused to his Zanpakuto.
- Vasto Lorde-class Menos and Arrancar qualify; the former being immensely powerful Hollows that have assumed a humanoid form after devouring thousands, if not millions, of other Hollows; and the latter being Hollows that have broken their White Mask of Doom to attain a humanoid form and Soul Reaper-like powers.
- Alucard from Hellsing. He was once a man, specifically Vlad III Tepes, aka Dracula, but over centuries of consuming people he acquired Lovecraftian Superpowers so far beyond what a normal vampire is capable of that he almost qualifies for Humanoid Abomination. In his 'normal' form he's not quite human - you can't fit that many pointy teeth in a human mouth - and he almost always manifests his "true form" as an extension of his human form.
- The titular warriors are a squad of women who were infused with the flesh and blood of monsters called Yoma, giving them similar abilities at the cost of risking becoming a monster themselves.
- The Yoma themselves qualify, being humans infected with a parasite that transforms them into flesh-eating humanoid monsters.
- The Apostles of Berserk all used to be humans before offering up something they cherish the most - usually a loved one - to transform into man-eating, often-Lovecraftian abominations. The Godhand take that process a step further.
- Orochimaru appears to be a tall, thin man with long black hair. However, he also has Hellish Pupils, fangs, insane regenerative capabilities, and a variety of snake-themed powers. His true form, after years of self-experimentation, is a giant snake-like monstrosity composed of hundreds of smaller snakes, and he can take over other peoples' bodies and use them as his own until his power burns them out.
- Kabuto Yakushi, Orochimaru's righthand man, becomes one after he infuses himself with Orochimaru's, Juugo's, Suigetsu's, Karin's, and the Sound Four's DNA, gaining Hellish Pupils, scales all over his body, all of Orochimaru's and the others' powers, a massive snake where his navel used to be, and the ability to turn himself into a humanoid dragon of sorts.
- In Spirited Away, the staff and guests of Yubaba's bathhouse are Youkai of various degrees of anthropomorphism, though they're all there to work or relax just as would be expected in any human tourist trap.
- There are so many examples from the Digimon franchise that to list them all would require its own page.
- Hellspawn in the Spawn comics, titular character included, are undead humans reanimated with necroplasm and bonded to a demonic symbiote, and possess a wide range of powers ranging from shapeshifting to limited reality warping.
- Whenever Spider-Man's "Spider" part overtakes over the "Man" part he transforms into a feral arachnoid monstrosity, as seen during the "Man-Spider" and The Other arcs. His clone Kaine underwent a similar metamorphosis a la The Other after being killed by the Lobos siblings.
- The Pale Man from Pans Labyrinth is a pale, skeletal, humanoid creature with eyes on the palms of its hands that usually sits at the head of a table laden with an enchanted feast. Anyone who eats the food wakes him up and, well...
- The Immortals in 300 are visualized as some undefined race of humanoid monsters with killer teeth fighting for dark emperor Xerxes. They seem human at first because they're all wearing ominous masks, but when one of them has his mask blown off, the Spartan who did so shows visible dread when he sees that his opponent isn't even human.
- Grendel in Beowulf, he is depicted as a misshapen humanoid that is tall and lean and parts of him are inside out.
- The antagonist of Varkon, who has small fangs and a rounded, brutish face filled with wrinkles.
- An actual creature type in Dungeons & Dragons, differentiated from normal humanoids by their monstrous or animalistic features. Examples include ogres, hags, gnolls, centaurs, and yuan-ti.
- Nightmare, the Big Bad of the Soul Series, starts off as the Super-Powered Evil Side of Soul Edge's protagonist Siegfried Schtauffen in SoulCalibur I and II, but later becomes a suit of Animated Armor in III and IV before gaining a new host in V. His defining characteristics are a blue suit of armour, glowing red eyes, a grotesquely mutated right hand, and a living BFS called Soul Edge.
- Sephiroth, the Big Bad of Final Fantasy VII, was infused with Jenova cells while a fetus. He has long white hair, glowing green eyes with Hellish Pupils, and is touted as the strongest Soldier First Class in existence. He later merges with Jenova, graduating to a full-blown Humanoid Abomination.
- Alex Mercer, James Heller, and the Evolved from the Prototype series are the avatars of a viral bioweapon called the BLACKLIGHT Virus, which grants them an array of Lovecraftian Superpowers. Elizabeth Greene, the Big Bad of the first game, is a Humanoid Abomination who is the avatar for the beta version of the BLACKLIGHT Virus, REDLIGHT.
- In Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC, Lord Harkon is featured as a seemingly ordinary man with unnerving eyes, but has the ability to turn into a humanoid bat-like monstrosity.
- Dark Samus, the main antagonist of the Metroid Prime trilogy, resembles a black, biomechanical version of Samus Aran. "She" began as the titular Metroid Prime, a Metroid mutated by prolonged exposure to Phazon and prophesied by the Chozo as the Worm. Following its defeat at the hands of Samus, it merged with her Phazon Suit and came back as a twisted doppelganger bent on spreading Phazon throughout the universe and even other dimensions.
- The vast majority of Pokémon in the "Human-Like" Egg Group.
- The J'avo from Resident Evil 6 look and behave human enough to pass as one. At least until they lose their mask or bandanas and you see that they have eyes where there shouldn't be eyes. It gets even worse when they injure a limb and insect parts erupt from their bodies to replace them.
- And if they burst into flames and spin a cocoon, well, run.
- The Rake is a wiry human figure, pale and hairless with cavernous eyes. It is often depicted as an unnaturally vicious predator, whether of human intelligence or animal cunning; however, it is also related to the mara of folklore, as it is described as slipping into bedrooms at night and watching the sleepers or leaving inexplicable slashes on their arms.
- In Brennus this is known as the Chimaera trait, an expression of the Physique power. It normally ranges from minor traits to still-humanoid full-body makeovers, but extreme cases can be outright weird or abstract.
- Marceline from Adventure Time is a vampiress who can transform into a variety of Eldritch Abomination-esque forms at will, usually for the sake of tormenting Finn and Jake. It's also worth noting that her father, Hunson Abadeer, is a blue-skinned soul-sucking humanoid demon with similar powers, which stem from the Nightosphere Amulet.